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August 20, 2022

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From the desk of Mrs. Jessica Boytim, SMS Principal

Thank you families and students for a wonderful start to the school year. It was so nice seeing our students and families. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.

Thank you for your cooperation with our parking arrival and dismissal. We have reflected on the first few days and are making a few adjustments, please continue to be patient and we appreciate you working to make this the best process it can be.

We hope for all to have a great first full week of school!

Mrs. Boytim


Guardians Day! Wear your Cleveland Guardians gear on Monday or your best red and blue!


School pictures will take place during Social Studies Classes on Wednesday. Lifetouch will supply our school pictures. Students should have picture forms sent home.

Be ready to smile!


Students will begin to follow their full schedule on Monday. We made adjustments the first week to review expectations, create relationships and adjust. Be sure to review your schedule, arrive to school on time and be in class prior to 7:55 to begin your day. We looking forward to another great week.


  • Charged computer every day
  • Bring all classroom materials to class
  • Make sure lock is locked at all times
  • Bring PE clothes if in PE
  • Instruments should be at school everyday and ready for play
  • Athletes- bring lock for locker room so that you can keep things their daily


LISTEN HERE to Help Understand our System- see details below:

ARRIVAL: See the parking lot diagram below- It is imperative that all car riders entering the school lot follow this diagram strictly. We plan to open up a second row upon entering the parking lot off Pearl. We hope this will help with the traffic at the light.

* PLEASE DO NOT PARK AND WAIT for entry until 7:40. The loop is meant for movement not standstill. Feel free to drop your student off if you arrive prior to the doors opening.

Bus riders ONLY will enter the main entrance.

Car riders ONLY will enter door Q and R (Back of school see diagram and unload ONLY in drop off area)- the lane around the school is ONE LANE. Do not pass as this will endanger students exiting their cars and may cause accidents. Also at the stop sign, it only transitions to a one lane exit)

Staff will enter Door S

DISMISSAL- Cars need to wrap the building, similar as drop off. You can notify your student where in the loop you are if they have a device to look at when they finish their day. Students will exit the back and side doors to find their cars. Bus riders will exit the front doors.

Please do not encourage your student to meet you in other nearby locations to get into your car- this creates a HUGE safety issue as cars are exiting and entering, and affects our Pearl Road traffic. If we efficiently use our system and are patient, we hope to get all out of the lot the best we can.

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Thanks for joining us at Open House! What a great way to kick off the year!

Please Consider Donating to our ALL SCHOOL and PTA Fundraiser!

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Team Leaders

The following staff are delegated team leaders for each team. To contact them, you can email them with their first initial, last name and @scsmustangs.org (ex: jboytim@scsmustangs.org)

Cruisers- R. Sobus

Vikings- G. Quien

Admirals- C.Otcasek

Captains- J. Scott

Discoverers- S. Sokolowski

Globetrotters- T. Fike

Pioneers- S. Baker

Seekers- M. Hertel

Dragons- D. Blackman

Pirates- T. Britton

Crusaders- S. Silvestri

Vanguards- A. Cletzer

Guardians- S. Conner


M. Wray

B. Wilson

T. Taylor


  • Contact your grade level counselor for any questions regarding your student schedule

6th Grade: spietrocini@scsmustangs.org

7th Grade: astaats@scsmustangs.org

8th Grade: kgerber@scsmustangs.org

Mustang Team Shop

The “Back to School” online SCS Team Shop is now open through Sunday, August 28. Shop for lots of great Mustangs gear, including personalized items! Visit https://mustangs-fall2022.itemorder.com/shop/home/ for the complete selection of items. A portion of sales will be donated back to Strongsville City Schools.

SCS Anonymous Reporting System

Parents/students have access to our anonymous reporting system. CLICK HERE to access. The more information shared when reporting, the better chance we have to investigate and support.

SMS Athletics: Mustang Athletic Pulse from SMS AD, Mr. Jason Keppler

Hello and welcome back Middle School Mustangs! As the dog days of summer begin to pass and temperatures start to cool that means one thing to an athletic department, the onset and return of fall sports! Congratulations to all of our fall athletes and good luck this season! Please read along to keep your "pulse" on SMS's Athletics.

Athletic Website:

Beginning this year athletic schedules, results, and recaps will be posted on the website linked below. Families can also find other pertinent athletic information there (forms, sports medicine info, rules, ticket purchasing, live stream info, etc...). Currently, this a work in progress but you'll see all of the features launch as the season progresses.


Ticket Purchasing:

This year the athletic department will be transitioning to an online/virtual form of ticketing. Cash sales may or may not continue for ticketed events. As the department knows more we'll continue to provide updates. The virtual ticketing agent we'll use is HomeTown Ticketing. You might want to download that app if you plan on attending any games to familiarize yourself with this process.

Student Athlete Eligibility:

-Students athletes who have outstanding previous academic year fees or unpaid Pay-to-Play fees will be ineligible to participate in athletic games/events/contests until all fees are paid or your family is enrolled in a payment plan.

-Student athletes who do not carry, a minimum 2.0 GPA will be enrolled in to a plan to help improve their studies. Each week that S.A. will be required to submit weekly progress reports to their coach that help determine eligibility for that week.

- Student athletes must be passing at least 4 credits to maintain eligibility.

-Student athletes who do not have a current physical on file will not be eligible to practice or play until one is submitted.

Mandatory Parent Meeting:

For those of you who would like to obtain more info about eligibility and other important fall sports related material please read the attached slideshow from last week's parent meeting.

Athletic Department Contact Info: jkeppler@scsmustangs.org

I look forward to meeting and working with everyone! Have a great school year!

8th Grade DC TRIP

Hi 8th Grade Parents!

We are excited to announce that our incoming 8th graders will be going to Washington DC this fall! This email and two attachments contain all the information you need to register your Strongsville Middle School 8th grader.

Some important information:

The parent leaders are Sarah Polo (sarahpolo@live.com) and Haley LaBahn (haleylabahn@yahoo.com)

  • We are using Nowak Tours as our travel company
  • Trip dates - Saturday, November 5, 2022 - Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Payment in full is due Friday, September 9, 2022
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00PM at Strongsville High School auditorium.
  • Register now at: http://www.nowaktours.com, click traveler login, trip ID: STMSDC2022

The full itinerary and registration information is attached to this email. There are also slides attached with important information for you to review.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah and Haley

Thank you!

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