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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 29)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - March 26, 2021


  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Right At School’ to Offer Before- & After-School Care in Our District for 2021-22

  • SHS Students Participate in Optimist Club Speech Contest

  • Join the Strongsville Spirit Squad - Open to Incoming 9th-12th Graders!

  • $2,000 Mini-Grant Awarded to the District

  • Watch ‘State of the Schools’ Presentation On Demand

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mr. Kevin Klein, Math Teacher at Strongsville High School

  • ‘The Derby’ Spirit Shop Officially Opens at SHS

  • Ahoy Mateys! Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Family Event!

  • SHS Color Guard Auditions

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Mustang Football “Got Mulch?” Fundraiser

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, March 30

All-City Orchestra Festival Performance (6th Grade Orchestra)
Strongsville Middle School Gym
Watch the Live Stream HERE

Wednesday, March 31
All-City Orchestra Festival Performance (7th & 8th Grade Orchestra)
6:00pm - 7th grade Orchestra / 7:00pm - 8th grade Orchestra
8:00pm - SHS Symphony Orchestra
Strongsville High School Auditorium
Watch the Live Stream HERE


Thursday, April 1 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Friday, April 2
NO SCHOOL
(Good Friday)

Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9
NO SCHOOL
(Spring Break)

60 Seconds with the Superintendent

Strongsville High School, in partnership with the District’s Business Advisory Council, has developed a Career Education Pathway Program for students. SHS is currently in the process of accepting applications from a select group of sophomore students to join this program. This cohort of students will take classes together, have opportunities to explore their career interests, as well as grow and develop job readiness skills. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we hear more about the expected impact on students who will soon be interviewing and selected for this unique program at SHS.

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Our District has created the SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide - one document in one location outlining our District’s policies and procedures. This document should be used as a guide, allowing you to quickly find answers to your questions. The guide can also be found at www.strongnet.org/restart.

As we have seen throughout the pandemic, factors can change on a daily basis and this Guide will remain adjustable and flexible to respond to state and local health guidelines.

‘RIGHT AT SCHOOL’ TO OFFER BEFORE- & AFTER-SCHOOL CARE IN OUR DISTRICT FOR 2021-22

Our District is excited to announce a partnership agreement with the nationally recognized school enrichment provider, Right At School, to provide before- and after-school care for elementary students this fall. Right at School will be offering before- and after-school care every weekday (Monday-Friday) at each of the elementary school buildings in our District, beginning in August, 2021. Two Parent Forums, hosted by Right At School representatives, are scheduled on Wednesday, April 21st to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. The virtual events will be at 10:00am and 6:30pm on 4/21. Here are the links to the Zoom Meetings: 10:00am event / 6:30pm event

SHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN OPTIMIST CLUB SPEECH CONTEST

Five Strongsville High School students recently participated (via Zoom) in the annual Strongsville Optimist Club Speech Contest. Junior Faith Lee was awarded first place and sophomore Jessica Deal placed second. Both have qualified to participate on April 10th in the district regional Optimist Speech Contest. Other participants included senior Marquis Globokar (third place), sophomore Gabriella Mathiellis (fourth place), and sophomore Sopia Kuhar (fifth place). All five students received a certificate of participation and a monetary reward. In addition, the top three received medals. Best of luck to Faith and Jessica at the next level!

JOIN THE STRONGSVILLE SPIRIT SQUAD - OPEN TO INCOMING 9TH-12TH GRADERS!

Attention all incoming 9-12th graders - Strongsville High School is starting a Spirit Squad! This team is an inclusive cheerleading team that will be open to students who identify as having a disability, and those who do not. Our goal is to work to cultivate school spirit, create a culture of inclusiveness, and allow students to work together to have fun while building relationships. This team is open to everyone, no matter what your cheer experience is or your background! A virtual informational meeting will be held on April 14th at 6pm for anyone who is interested. Information such as practices, expectations, and the team selection process will be reviewed. Click HERE for the informational flyer. If you are interested in learning more from the meeting, please sign up for the informational meeting HERE or contact Coach DuPlaga (kduplaga@scsmustangs.org) or Coach Orlosky (jorlosky@scsmustangs.org). Click HERE for a promotional video about the Spirit Squad.

$2,000 MINI-GRANT AWARDED TO THE DISTRICT

Recently, the Ohio Department of Education offered Parent Mentors the opportunity to apply for a resource mini-grant to help support students. Mrs. Teresa Karsnak, our District’s Parent Mentor, was awarded the full amount of $2,000 to assist our students in the classroom.

Mrs. Karsnak worked with our District’s occupational therapist, speech pathologists and intervention specialists to determine what types of sensory items were needed to support students. Sensory items help students with ADHD, autism, anxiety, and other needs to stay focused and open to learning.


The $2,000 grant will be used to purchase sensory items for the fifty-eight intervention specialists and nine speech pathologists in our District, including therapy putty, mesh fidgets, and other items that have been effective for students to self-regulate and become more engaged learners.

WATCH ‘STATE OF THE SCHOOLS’ PRESENTATION ON DEMAND

The annual “State of the Schools” presentation was held recently. If you missed the live presentation, you can watch the recording HERE. This year’s “State of the Schools” highlights the ways our District has broken through barriers during this very challenging year and the various ways we are developing our students into “Model Mustangs.”

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MR. KEVIN KLEIN, MATH TEACHER AT STRONGSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Kevin Klein has been a math teacher at Strongsville High School for 21 years. Mr. Klein graduated from Bowling Green State University and earned a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University in Sports Management. Thinking he would eventually like to become an Athletic Director, he soon realized that he missed time with students and it was more meaningful for him to stay in the classroom.


“I love getting to know the students. It is so important and enjoyable to find out what else drives them in their lives. I am always curious about other things they do, whether that means sports they are involved in, musical pursuits like Contemporary Youth Orchestra or Cleveland Youth Orchestra, or things beyond school as well. I feel very fortunate and privileged to work in such a great and supportive community. I have incredible students every year and the parents and school are responsible for the quality of the students coming into my class every year. I just try to enhance all parts of their lives when they enter my classroom,” said Mr. Klein.


“The absolute best part of my job is working with the students. I honestly can't imagine doing any other job. I love what I do, and it's incredible to say that after 21 years of teaching I love it more now than when I entered the profession. That comes down to having incredible students every year.”


Thank you Mr. Klein for being an important teacher and mentor in the growth and development of many of our high school students! #WeAreStrongsville

‘THE DERBY’ SPIRIT SHOP OFFICIALLY OPENS AT SHS

'The Derby' officially opened this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This new spirit store at Strongsville High School will help develop workplace readiness skills for students with disabilities. Our Special Education, Business, and Career Tech departments have collaborated to also introduce two new courses, Exploring Retail and Entrepreneurial Skills and Independent Living and Career Skills, where students are learning alongside their peers in co-taught classrooms.


The retail store is currently open during lunch periods for students and staff. Plans continue to be developed to extend the reach of this spirit store and offer merchandise to the community. Stay tuned!

AHOY MATEYS! CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE PIRATE EVENT!

Looking for an adventure over Spring Break? Families are encouraged to take part in the first ever Choose-Your-Own Adventure Literacy Activity. Through this interactive event, you will be transported to Captain Black Beard's pirate ship! While on the ship, you will search for treasure, solve mysteries, and take on exciting challenges-- all while trying to escape the ship with Captain Black Beard's gold! Completing these tasks will require bravery, resilience, and your very best literacy skills. Through reading, writing, and a bit of luck, you may just leave Black Beard's ship with his precious treasure. Just be careful-- one wrong step may lead to you walking the plank!


So what do you think? Do you have the skills to outwit Black Beard's crew? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Then step right up, click HERE, and start the journey! Your adventure awaits!

SHS COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS

Auditions for the 2021 SHS Color Guard are coming soon and open to interested students currently in 8th - 11th grade. The SHS Color Guard performs in the fall with the Marching Mustangs. Auditions will be held in the SHS Main Gymnasium from 3pm - 5pm April 12-15 and April 19-21. Applicants must pre register with Mrs. Stroup (mstroup@scsmustangs.org) prior to April 12. Click HERE for additional information on auditions.

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

Strongsville City Schools is now hiring motivated, energetic, part-time professional substitute school bus drivers. This position features great pay ($16.19 per hour), flexible hours, no holidays, and is very rewarding. Requires a CDL Class B, with SP endorsement - TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!


If you would like to apply for a Substitute Bus Driver position, please complete this EXTERNAL application. When your application is complete, those interested, qualified candidates should contact the Transportation Department to schedule an initial interview at 440.572.7060.

MUSTANG FOOTBALL “GOT MULCH?” FUNDRAISER

Beautify your yard - the Mustang way! Get your mulch delivered and installed by members of the Strongsville High School football team, as part of their annual fundraiser. Different options are available and orders must be received by April 15th. Click HERE for all of the specific information.

STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP!

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. The Stay Safe. Speak Up! link is located in the shortcuts along the right hand side on the homepage of the District website (www.strongnet.org). It can also be found on the homepage of each of our individual building websites. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Art Contest for Elementary School Students

Attention Elementary School Students! Have you ever thought about your favorite things in Strongsville? Strongsville Women’s League is holding an art contest for Strongsville residents in K-5th grade. Whether you’re in school, learning remotely, or home schooled, just create an image to answer ”I Know I’m In Strongsville When I See . . . “ (person, place, or thing). Entries will be accepted between March 15 - April 15 and can be dropped off in the main office at any of the five elementary schools. Artwork will be judged and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Click HERE for entry rules and guidelines. Good luck and have fun!


Strongsville Safety Village

Safety Village is a Strongsville Police Event designed to provide most of the same information delivered in Safety Town to the children of Strongsville that did not have a chance to attend Safety Town last year pre-kindergarten due to the Pandemic. This event is strictly for Strongsville residents who have completed kindergarten and will be starting 1st Grade in August. Register online NOW - HERE is the link for registration. For additional information about this program, click HERE.


Strongsville Safety Town

Registration for Strongsville Safety Town opens on Thursday, April 1 for Strongsville residents and/or those who attend a Strongsville school and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be exclusively on-line. Visit https://forms.strongsville.org/safety-town-registration beginning April 1 to register. Click HERE for additional information, or contact Strongsville Police Youth Program Coordinator Marie McManus at 440.580.3257 or marie.mcmanus@strongsville.org.


Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered this spring. You can register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Did you know that the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, established in 1941, is one of the largest and most active Chambers in the state of Ohio? The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce provides members with an opportunity to be a part of the framework of the local business community. Through various business related activities and events, the Strongsville Chamber promotes and supports the growth of local businesses and the Strongsville area business community. The Strongsville Chamber offers a convenient way to network, locate business opportunities, and access a vast array of information vital to your business’s continued growth. Join the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce today by calling the Chamber office at 440.238.3366 or visit the Chamber website at www.strongsvillechamber.com.