September News Strongsville H.S.

September 2016

Serpentini Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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In this Month's Edition

  • Parent Information Meeting: Ohio Graduation Requirements (9th -11th Graders Only)
  • Honoring Excellence in the Class of 2016
  • From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger
  • Four SHS Students Advance to Believe in Ohio State Competition
  • Important Dates for Seniors
  • Final Exam Schedule (9th - 11th graders) and FAQs
  • Summer School Information
  • September's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Carol McKnight
  • Wellness Focus: Preparing for Final Exams
  • Upcoming May Events

State Graduation Requirement Meetings (Parents of 9th - 11th Graders)

Parent Information Meeting: Ohio Graduation Requirements

(9th -11th Graders Only)

Tuesday, October 4th


Wednesday, October 12th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Little Theater (Room 122)

After Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 4th and 12th, guidance and administration will host a information meeting for parents of 9th - 11th graders about Ohio's new graduation requirements. Along with information about Ohio's graduation pathways, parents will learn information about the state tests students took last spring and their impact on students' graduation progress.

The presentations will include information about:

  • Ohio's new graduation pathways
  • state testing
  • Interpreting your child's state test results
  • State testing retake schedule
  • Spring ACT testing for all Juniors

PSAT Registration is Open

The PSAT/NMSQT test will take place at Strongsville High School on October 19th. Students taking this test will gain knowledge about college readiness, including free test preparation through Khan Academy, as well as potentially qualify for scholarships through a variety of organizations.

Online registration is now available at

For more information on the PSAT or the National Merit Scholarship Program, including study resources, please check out the links below.

From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger

Off and Running

Here we go.

September's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Carol McKnight

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B.S. Applied Science - Miami University

M. Ed. Baldwin-Wallace University

Years at SHS: 14

Family: I've been married for 21 years. I have a step-daughter who lives in Washington D.C., and I have a step-son who lives in Lakewood.

Additional SHS Contributions: Department Chair - Language Arts

Why did you decide to be a teacher? I worked in the telecommunications industry before I became a teacher. I was ready for a career change, and I had a particular interest in working with young people who struggled with reading and writing.

What do you like best about working at SHS? I love to see students reach their potential. It's a rewarding experience unlike anything you can achieve in any other career.

What might students be surprised to learn about you? I spent three years in the marching band at J.F. Rhodes High School. This explains why I will always buy candy bars and pumpkin rolls from music students at SHS.

Thank you, Mrs. McKnight, for all you do to make SHS a great school!

Homecoming Information

This year's Homecoming Dance, themed Sunset Oasis, will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 7-10 PM at SHS. Tickets cost $15 each and may be purchased by check in lunch periods. Guest forms are available in the Main Office and must be completed before a guest's ticket may be purchased. Breathalyzer will be administered upon entry to the dance.

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