Mustang Tidbits from Room 304 & 306

September 2015

This Month We Are Learning About:

Leaders in Our Lives

Identifies the roles of federal, state and community leaders and their impact in our lives.

Understanding Laws and Rights
(Personal Life)

Describes individual rights guaranteed by law with an emphasis on self-advocacy.

Standards We Are Focusing On:

Social Studies

  • Identify persons in authority in the school or community.
  • Identify a public agency that offers services (post office, police and fire departments, etc.)
  • Participate in a supported volunteer activity.


  • Actively participate in supported reading of literature forms, including chapter books, biographies, poems, fiction and nonfiction works that have adapted to student ability level.
  • When presented with illustrations of a character or an event from one story, select a matching character or event from a similar story.
  • Participate in conversational exchanges using communication technology and picture supports.


  • Communicate basic information on a topic or experience using communication technology and picture supports.
  • Participate in creating multimedia components to support a presentation.
  • Communicate by using supported modes of expression.
  • Given error-less choices of pictures make a selection to communicate facts on a given topic.


  • Count a set of objects in an addition or subtraction problem through an active participation response.
  • Select a number within a math problem.
  • Select numbers and count within a two-step problem in the context of a real world scenario.


  • Actively participate in a scientific process related to grades 9-12 science topics.
  • Identify the sun.
  • Point to an item that can be recycled or reused.


  • Communication: Demonstrate effective communication skills and strategies within school and community activities.
  • Employability: Demonstrate effective personal skills and characteristics that affect employability potential.
  • Self-Advocacy: Demonstrate skills, behaviors and attitudes to responsibly plan and advocate for personal goals.

Physical Education Class

This month in gym class we will be playing and participating in lots of activities. These include:

  • Wiffle ball
  • kickball
  • frisbeee
  • walking the track
  • and many more!

Art Class

This month in Art Exploration our class is exploring the Elements of Art! The Elements of Art are the "ABC's" of the art classroom and very important for all artists to know. We have been creating art using a wide variety of approaches including drawing, collage, painting, and even Edible Art to make our color wheels! Our class has been very productive, creative and well behaved! I am very much looking forward to sending home your child's artwork so you can see their progress! If you have any questions I can be reached at


Our Teachers

Mr. Frederick

Mr. Frederick is going into his third year at SHS. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a license in Multi-Handicapped in Special Education K-12 in 1998 and a Master’s Degree from Marygrove College in the area of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. He has been employed with Strongsville City School since 2002. He started at Surrarrer Elementary as an Intervention Specialist in the Moderate to Intensive units for 11 years before transferring to Strongsville High. Prior to Strongsville, he spent four years as an Special Education Teacher at Huron High School in the Mild/Moderate classrooms. In addition to teaching he has spent 14 years coaching at various levels and various sports including football, volleyball and baseball. He is currently the 8th grade Volleyball Coach at Albion Middle School and was an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Strongsville High School for 9 years. He has been married to his wife Kelly for 9 years and has two daughters Cora (7) and Paetyn (12).

Hobbies and Interests: Mr. Frederick likes to golf, fish and go camping. He is an avid fan of the Browns, Indians and Cavs. He thoroughly enjoys watching the smoke roll out of his Big Green Egg Grill. His favorite things to make on his grill are pizzas, brisket, skirt steak and hanger steak. If he's not around the grill he's in the garden, doing yard work or at one of his daughters events and activities.

Ms. Rubenstein

Ms. Rubenstein graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 2013 with a degree as an Intervention Specialist Moderate to Intensive Needs K-12.

She taught for the past 2 years at Wickliffe High School. This is her first year here at Strongsville and she is very excited to be here!

Hobbies and Interests: She loves to run and a year ago ran a half marathon. She also loves to cook, bake, and read in her spare time. She's known to bake a mean Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies and Truffles. If Ms. Rubenstein loves to travel and would one day like to travel abroad. She spends her free time at Indians games, Cavs games or down at Playhouse Square.

Labor Day - No School

Monday, Sep. 7th, 7am

20025 Lunn Road

Strongsville, OH