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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 15)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - December 9, 2016

        • Important Dates to Remember

        • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

        • El Salvador Guests Visit Strongsville City Schools

        • 2017-18 Kindergarten Information Session + Deposits for Full Day

        • SHS Main Entrance Brick Pavers

        • Mustang Spotlight - Whitney & Surrarrer Counselor Eric Schibley

        • Susan Fee Event - Thursday, January 12

        • SMS Art Show - Wednesday, December 14

        • SHS Exam Cram Jam

        • Strongsville Early Learning Preschool PTA Event - Tuesday, January 17

        • Love & Logic Parent Survey

        • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, December 12 - 7pm

  • Strongsville High School Holiday Choral Concert

Tuesday, December 13 - 7pm
  • Strongsville High School Holiday Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, December 14
  • Strongsville Middle School Art Show - 6pm
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Choral Concert - 7pm
  • Strongsville High School Holiday Band Concert - 7pm

Friday, December 16 - 2pm

  • Muraski Winter Concert

Monday, December 19
  • Whitney Band/Orchestra/Choir Holiday Concert - 9:45am
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 5-6) - 7pm

Tuesday, December 20
  • Surrarrer Band/Orchestra Concert - 10am
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 7-8) - 7pm
  • All-City Elementary Orchestra Concert - 7pm

Wednesday, December 21
  • Kinsner Winter Holiday Concert - 10am
  • Muraski Holiday Sing-a-Long - 1:30pm

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

This time of year presents a great opportunity for enjoying the many musical talents of our students. Band, choir, and orchestra holiday concerts are scheduled at all of the schools. Click HERE for this week’s episode to hear more about the preparations and excitement for these performances.


This week, eight guests from El Salvador have been visiting our District through the “Connecting Communities & Cultures” program led by Mrs. Tonya Barba-Minor, Spanish teacher at Strongsville High School. Our guests have had the opportunity to co-teach in classes with our high school teachers and learn more about American high school classrooms. They have also been able to experience snow for the first time!

Click HERE for a NewsChannel 5 story on what this program has meant to both SHS and these educators from El Salvador.

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For parents of students who will be attending kindergarten beginning in the Fall of 2017, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00pm at Muraski Elementary School (20270 Royalton Rd.). That same evening, deposits ($300) will be accepted by cash or check beginning at 5:00pm for families interested in securing a space for full day kindergarten. According to State Law and District policy, any child who becomes five years old on or before August 1, 2017 is eligible for admission into the Strongsville School District's Kindergarten program in August.

Individual registration will take place at Strongsville City Schools Administrative Office (18199 Cook Ave.). Registration times will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Dates for kindergarten registration are as follows:

Chapman Elementary - Monday, March 13, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Kinsner Elementary - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Muraski Elementary - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Surrarrer Elementary - Thursday, March 16, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Whitney Elementary - Friday, March 17, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Click HERE for additional information on Kindergarten registration.


As part of the expansion of Strongsville High School in 1998, brick pavers were purchased by donors and installed in the main entrance area. During recent construction and renovation at the high school, it was necessary for these brick pavers to be removed. For those who are interested in retaining their brick paver, they may be found on pallets in front of our Maintenance Department on Rademaker-Miller Lane.

Click HERE for the specific list of donors and brick pavers available for pick up through March 31, 2017.


Mr. Eric Schibley is a counselor in our District for both Whitney & Surrarrer Elementary Schools. He has spent 11 years with Strongsville Schools and has worked in almost every one of our elementary buildings. As an elementary school counselor, he is responsible for assisting students by implementing comprehensive programs which include social and emotional learning, academic, and career learning.

He has been in education for 21 years, having worked in Columbia Local Schools and Elyria City Schools prior to starting in Strongsville. Mr. Schibley earned his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and his graduate degree from Cleveland State University. Mr. Schibley shares that education is a “family business” with his wife, his wife’s parents and his parents all having careers in education.

“The best part of my job is that I am able to help and assist students, teachers, parents, and administrators. I gain great satisfaction in being a helper. Also, I am consistently amazed by the work of the teachers. It is amazing to watch the students grow under their tutelage,” adds Mr. Schibley.

Thank you Mr. Schibley for being a valuable member of our District staff and making a positive impact on our students!


Don’t miss a special event coming to the Strongsville Middle School on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm. Our District’s counselors and the Strongsville Civic Team are bringing Susan Fee to our city for a parent workshop on student anxiety and practical strategies to empower children and ways to encourage growth versus enable fears. Click HERE to register for this presentation.


Strongsville Middle School will be hosting its first Art Show on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. SMS students have created one-of-a-kind artwork for this fantastic Art Show. Every student enrolled in art class will have their own masterpiece framed and on display. The framed original artwork, as well as color reproductions, will be available for purchase. A percentage of the sales at the Art Show will go directly to Strongsville Middle School.

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Strongsville High School students wanting a stress reliever are invited to the Exam Cram Jams on December 13th, 14th, and 15th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm in the SHS Cafeteria. Gather in groups or study on your own for your end of the semester exams. Cookies and cocoa will be provided to help with your studying!


The Strongsville Early Childhood PTA is hosting the 13th Annual Preschool, Kindergarten and Childcare Open House on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:30pm - 8:30pm at the Strongsville Middle School.

Local preschools and childcare centers will be there and ready to meet with you! This is a free event and a great opportunity to explore options and interview different schools, all in one evening. Please visit or for additional information.


Love and Logic, developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline of the Love and Logic Institute, Golden, CO., is a program where parents learn parenting skills that put the fun back into parenting by teaching parents the skills of using empathy, choices, and natural consequences that lead to raising responsible children.

Our District is planning to bring this program to our elementary school families in early 2017. In hopes of tailoring this to as many interested families as possible, please fill out this SURVEY. Answers to the survey will help us select topics and location for this program.


“The Nutcracker” Performance at Strongsville Middle School
Ballet by Krista Morana presents “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, December 18 at 2pm. The performance will be in the new auditorium at Strongsville Middle School.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door on the day of the performance.
Visit for advance tickets.

Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp
The Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp will emphasize the FUN-damentals of basketball with individual attention given to each camper. The camp will not only provide a fundamental base for each player, but will also be a fun and enjoyable experience for each and every camper! The camp will be directed by former Strongsville High School and Kent State University player Mike Klinzing who has more than 20 years of basketball camp experience.

The Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp will be held from 1:30pm - 4:30pm on December 29 & 30, 2016 at the Hoop Guru Courthouse, which is located at 1669 West 130th St., Hinckley, OH 44233, Building #5. In order to assure individual attention for each camper the camp will be limited to the first fifty applicants. The cost of the camp is $45.

Please contact Mike Klinzing at 216-392-4059 or for more information or click HERE to register.

Skate With Santa

Don’t miss your opportunity to “Skate with Santa” at the OBM Ice Arena (15381 Royalton Rd.) TOMORROW (Saturday, December 10th) from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Enjoy face painting, a coloring contest, cafe specials, and lots of prizes - fun for the whole family! Visit for more information.

Baldwin Wallace Baseball Holiday Skills Camp

The BW Baseball Holiday Skills Camp is the perfect holiday gift for the young ballplayer. The camp is designed to enhance the overall development of youth baseball players of any skill level. Campers will learn fundamental techniques, approaches, and drills from college coaches and players in a fun, energetic atmosphere. The three day camp runs from December 27th - 29th with sessions available for youth players in grades 2-8. Click HERE for the camp flyer and registration information.

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

Chamber Holiday Luncheon
Wednesday, December 14th - 11:30am at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center

RSVP now for this very popular annual luncheon. The SHS Chamber Strings will be performing. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy in support of Operation Toy Soldier. Cost is just $20 per person.

Strongsville Library

Please note the following December 2016 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

***The Library and all branches will be CLOSED Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. We resume normal hours on Monday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.
***The Library and all branches will be CLOSED Saturday, December 31 through Sunday, January 1st for the New Year Holiday. We resume normal hours on Monday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Year-Round Story Times!
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are on hiatus for the month of December. Please call the library for more information about our upcoming winter story time sessions which will resume in January.

Gingerbread House Creations. Ages 3 - 8 with an Adult Caregiver. Saturday, December 10th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of the season by creating your own Gingerbread House! Please bring a bag of candy or edible decorating material to share.

Just 4 You Student Friends Volunteers. Ages 10-18. Saturday, December 10th from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Join Just 4 U Student Friends and get involved at the Strongsville Branch and in your community. Pick up an application at the Teen Desk.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, December 21st. This month we will be discussing The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!