SHS Weekly Update

September 10, 2022

Principal's Update

We are entering homecoming season as we have an upcoming homecoming pep rally, the homecoming dance, senior parking spot painting, and other events. There are so many good things going on this fall, we want to see all students get involved and attend an event.

Both of our soccer teams are ranked in the top 10 in the state, football games have a packed student section, volleyball games have been very competitive and our other fall teams are enjoying successful seasons. Our student athletes have worked very hard and are representing SHS well.

Bill Wingler

Principal: SHS

Important Dates

September 20th- During the first period there will be a 10th Grade Class Ring Assembly

Sophomores will receive information to purchase class rings for those who would like to. Class ring orders will be due on the following days:

Sophomores Last Names A-L due on September 27th

Sophomores Last Names M-Z due on September 30th

September 20th- During 2nd period there will be a Senior Cap/ Gown and Homecoming Court assembly

Seniors will receive a senior information pack with IMPORTANT information for cap/gown, prom, graduation and much more. Please be sure to ask your senior for this information. It will also be available online under "Senior Class Council" as of that day.

Senior Cap and Gown orders will be due on the following days:

Seniors Last Names A-L due on September 27th

Seniors Last Names M-Z due on September 30th

September 23rd- Homecoming Football Game

September 24th Homecoming Dance

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Julia Isham (Girls Cross Country) - the senior cross country student-athlete ran in the Mentor Invite race last weekend and finished in First Place, narrowly missing the Meet Record with a time of 17:58.89.

Dean Upholzer (Boys Golf) - the junior golf student-athlete recently won the Golfweek Junior Tour event at Forest Akers in Michigan with back to back 2 under par 70’s. Dean sunk a 25’ birdie putt on the first playoff hole for the win!

Boys & Girls Varsity Soccer
- Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Rankings for Week #1 / DI Soccer: Mustang Boys (#2), Lady Mustangs (#1)


Attention parents of SMS and SHS students: SCS Crew is looking for new members! The SCS Crew is a talented team of video production members! Students in SCS Crew have the opportunity to be a part of the team that records district events throughout the school year - sports, concerts, Board of Education meetings, SHS Commencement, and MORE - for YouTube and our Strongsville City Schools TV channel. Click HERE for a video about SCS Crew! Interested students should contact Scott Benson (440.572.7032 /


This year’s Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 5:00pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Celebrate the accomplishments of: Jessica Carey (Roberts) (Girls Soccer) - SHS Class of 2004; Kyle Cobb (Boys Golf and Boys Basketball) - SHS Class of 2006; Cassie Martin (Girls Track & Field and Girls Basketball) - SHS Class of 2016; Deverin Muff (Boys Basketball and Boys Track & Field) - SHS Class of 2010; Nick Skully (Boys Basketball and Football) - SHS Class of 2001; Russ Jacques (SHS Football Coach); 1997 Boys Soccer State Championship Team; Bob Serpentini - SHS Athletic Wall of Fame Inductee. Purchase your tickets for the dinner & induction ceremony HERE. #foreveramustang


After two years of free meals for all students in our District, through a federal government program, we will be transitioning back to free, reduced, and paid statuses for student meals. If you believe your family may qualify for free or reduced price school meals, we encourage you to complete a Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application online, which may be found HERE. The online form must be completed by Friday, September 30, 2022. If your situation should change as a result of lower income or increased family size, you may complete a new form at any time during the school year.
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Here Comes The Bus' is an app for SCS families to track busing information and routes for their student(s), as well as real-time notifications. The app and complementary website - available on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or personal computer - enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on its daily route. Download the ‘Here Comes the Bus’ app to monitor daily transportation information. Families that utilized the app last year will need to delete last year’s student information and add their current year information in order to receive the latest routing details and updates. Click HERE for additional information about the app.

Chik - Fil A for a year

Brandon Lucek kicked a field goal at half time with Ethan Warner holding. Brandon will receive a Chik-Fil A sandwich every week for a full year.


Strongsville City Schools encourages students, teachers, staff, parents, and other members of our community to report any instances of potential violence, bullying, self-harm or any other issue where students may be at risk. Click HERE for additional Stay Safe. Speak Up! Information on the District’s website. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).

Wal-Mart Grand Re-opening

The SHS cheer team helped the Wal-Mart team with their grand re-opening. Thank you to Wal-Mart for their support of the SHS cheer program.
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Please note the following immunization requirements from the Ohio Department of Health.


All students entering 12th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 12th grade:

Two (2) doses of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine

Incoming 12th graders will need to show proof of having received these vaccines before they can return to school for the 2022-23 school year (exemptions are provided for under law, call for more information).

Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 12th graders

Section 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code states that students who do not provide documentation of this immunization will be excluded from school on the 15th day after entrance, until proof is provided.


11th & 12th GRADE STUDENTS



IF SO…… Please check out the flyers for DARE.

John's Safe Place

SHS has been fortunate enough to have a room designed for students who may be struggling with anxiety or depression and are having a difficult time coping at school on any given day. The room is called John’s Safe Place and was donated by the JCH Foundation. It will be available to students who need a safe place to decompress during the school day in an effort to keep you in school and then get them back to class. It’s filled with calming sensory items, a couch, fishtank, and much more. We will be hosting an open house on the evening of September 29th during parent teacher conferences from 4:30-6:00 for any parents and/or students that want to come check out the room. To hear more about the JCH Foundation and the story behind the amazing family that donated the room, please view the following You Tube Video. The room will officially open on September 6th!
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ACT Prep Class

Change your life! Gain admission to the college of your dreams

& obtain more scholarship money. Learn how to score higher on the ACT!

Premium, Cost-Effective ACT Preparation

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Strongsville High School

Test-optional college admissions is quickly disappearing! This fall over 400 U.S. colleges and universities are returning to test-required or test-recommended admissions—with even more indicating that 2022 will be their last year for the test-optional experiment.

To be sure, selective colleges, special programs, and scholarship providers see a student’s performance on the SAT or ACT as a highly critical factor in their evaluation of that student’s academic prowess. In short, in a post-COVID world, college entrance exams are regaining their importance.

Our six-hour preparation seminar helps demystify the ACT by explaining

--the test’s structure,

--the academic content covered on it, &

--testing & time management strategies students can employ to maximize their performance.

Students learn specific, tangible strategies to answer more questions correctly, how to decipher questions designed to thwart

their performance, & specific academic content that is regularly tested on the ACT.

Each participant gets

--six hours of live, engaging, interactive instruction,

--a guided outline of strategies to approach the ACT,

--a comprehensive, 400-page, reference workbook,

--online access to over 1000 additional practice test questions,

--a 5-week ACT study plan, &

--free, live, phone-in, pre-test tutoring.

Next Level Prep is a national leader in SAT & ACT preparation. We currently work with over 100 high schools here in Ohio alone & thousands of students (urban, suburban, & small town/rural) each year in states around the country. Our typical students see a

2.0 composite point increase on the ACT after taking our seminar.

Our engaging instructors consistently score 94%-plus A ratings on student evaluations. So, students emerge justifiably confident—with decidedly less anxiety—about their prospects on the test.

To learn more about our seminars, access our brief, 3:32, informational video at or visit our website homepage

Price is just $59 for Strongsville HS students.

Register online at, using a credit card for the $59 payment, or complete the form below and bring it and a check to the School Counseling Center. Thank you!

Please note that your high school asks us to conduct our ACT seminars on a school day to maximize the opportunity for student participation and to avoid extra-curricular, work, and family commitments that occur on evenings and weekends.

Next Level Prep, 1805 O’Brien Rd., Columbus, OH, 43228

Call Dave Dobos at 614-580-7380 or email him at with any questions.

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Registration Form for the Next Level Prep ACT Preparation Seminar

Strongsville High School, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Name __________________________________________________________ Grade _______________

Address ________________________________________________ Student ID Number _____________

City _____________________________________ State ____________ Zip ______________________

Telephone ____________________________ Email address ___________________________________

To register, please complete the information above & bring it, along with cash, check, or money order for the $59 tuition

made out to Strongsville City Schools to the School Counseling Center. You also may register online at, using a credit

Congratulations SHS Polaris Ambassadors

Congratulations to Strongsville students who were recently selected as a Polaris Career Center Student ambassador for the 2022-23 school year! These students will represent Polaris at recruitment related events and help promote Polaris to potential students. Student ambassadors must meet the following requirements: maintain a B or above in all Polaris classes; maintain 95% attendance; have no excessive tardies or major discipline issues; and an instructor recommendation.


Student Ambassadors

Keanu Bindel, Aeronautics

Nicolas Buhtoiarov, Criminal Justice

Catherine Springer, Cosmetology

Sarah Rider, Cosmetology

Elizabeth Riddle, Cosmetology

Genesis Diaz, Cosmetology

Deliah Urzycki, Construction Trades

Nick Dasher, Culinary Arts

Allison Walsh, EMT/Fire

Lynda Stricko, EMT/Fire

Marissa Masola, Medical Professions

Zach Monyak, Precision CNC Machining

Hannah Odetallah, Pre-Nursing

Jayanna Evans, Pre-Nursing

Sarah Ren, Pre-Veterinary Science

Hunter Mantynen, Welding Technology

VFW Scholarship Opportunity

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

The 2022-23 theme is:
"Why is the Veteran Important?"

About the 2021-2022 winner ...

Daniela Mare, a junior at Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, was named the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Daniela's speech on the theme, "America: Where Do We Go from Here?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Daniela was sponsored by VFW Post 9486 and its Auxiliary in Centereach, New York. Watch as Daniela delivered her speech during the VFW's virtual Parade of Winners award ceremony.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the full virtual Parade of Winners ceremony which was streamed live on Facebook, or see this year's complete list of winners.

Guidance Updates

The PSAT will be held at Strongsville High School on Wednesday, October 12th. Registration will begin on September 5th and will end at 11:59 pm on September 13th. Here is the link to register although it will not go live until September 5th. It will also be located on the high school's webpage. Any PSAT related questions can be directed to Tracy Davidson at


SHS is looking for nominations to be Teen Mental Health Ambassadors. A Mental Health Ambassador bridges the gap between students and supportive adults in our school. We have asked students to think about someone they can trust and can approach to talk about anything on their mind. Please ask your child to complete the nomination form on their Google Classroom for their corresponding graduation year. Or, they can complete it with the link here. Thank you for your assistance in this important initiative.

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