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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 11)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - October 30, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Learning Framework for Week of November 2

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Here Comes the Bus’ App

  • SHS Lady Mustangs Soccer Returns to ‘Sweet 16’ in OHSAA Postseason Play

  • Two SHS Grads Featured in FOX 8 “Voting Class of 2020” Special (10/30 - 7:30pm)

  • Join the SCS Crew!

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Annual Strongsville Athletic Boosters Car Raffle - Win a 2020 Chevy Trax!

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, November 3
NO SCHOOL (Election Day)

REMEMBER TO VOTE!

Thursday, November 5 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Friday, November 13
End of Trimester (Grades K-5)

Thursday, November 19 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

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60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week, our ‘60 Seconds’ episode highlights the disinfecting and sanitizing procedures in our buildings. Our custodial staff continues to work extremely hard in making sure our students and staff have safe and healthy learning environments. Click HERE for this week’s episode, to hear from SCS Operations Manager Steve Breckner, Surrarrer Head Custodian Donna Perrine, and SMS Head Custodian Paul Cummins.

LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2

At the SCS Board of Education meeting last night, the majority of the Board voted to keep all students, PreK-12, in school 5 days a week for the week of November 2nd. As a reminder, Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day and as noted on our district calendar, there will be no school for students on Tuesday.


Based on how the COVID-19 County Risk Level system works, Cuyahoga County is not at-risk to turn Purple for the week of November 9th. Also, Cuyahoga County, along with nearly every other county in the state has reached the “high incidence” designation. In this system, so long as we are designated as “high incidence”, we cannot be designated as Level 2/Orange even when we are meeting three (3) or fewer indicators.


Listed below is the pathway for our learning framework for the week of November 9th based on the actual options that are available for the county rating.


Yellow/Orange: If Cuyahoga County is yellow/orange on Thursday, 11/5, there will be no changes to our learning framework and all PreK-12 students will remain in school every day for the week of November 9th.

Red: If Cuyahoga County is red on Thursday, 11/5, the Board of Education will meet that same night to determine our learning framework for the week of November 9th. The decision will be communicated to SCS families on Friday (11/6).

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.

‘HERE COMES THE BUS’ APP

'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.

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SHS LADY MUSTANGS SOCCER RETURNS TO ‘SWEET 16’ IN OHSAA POSTSEASON PLAY

For the 6th year in a row, and the 19th time since 1998, the SHS Girls Varsity Soccer team won the district title and are headed to the ‘Sweet 16’ in the OHSAA Postseason tournament. Last night, the Lady Mustangs defeated Hathaway Brown 4-0. The win brought their overall season record to 16-0-0. It was also the 13th shutout of the season for the team. The Mustangs next match is Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm in a Regional Semi-Final matchup with Twinsburg.

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TWO SHS GRADS FEATURED IN FOX 8 “VOTING CLASS OF 2020” SPECIAL (10/30 - 7:30PM)

For the past three years, Fox 8 News has been chronicling the Class of 2020 and local first time voters. Included in the group are SHS Class of 2020 grads Megan Fleisher and Tyler Smith. Tune in tonight (Fri. 10/30) at 7:30pm for a half hour special and retrospective on the "Voting Class of 2020." Special thanks to Todd Meany at Fox 8 News for including Strongsville students in this project.

JOIN THE SCS CREW!

Attention parents of middle school and high school students:

SCS Crew is looking for new members. The 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. Interested students should contact Scott Benson (440.572.7032 / sbenson@scsmustangs.org). Click HERE for a video about SCS Crew!

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Please remember that your student(s) immunizations records must be up to date with our Health Services Department. Click HERE for additional information on the immunizations required for the 2020-21 school year. Please submit proof of immunizations via email (lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org) or via fax (440.846.3226). If you have additional questions, please call 440.846.4137.

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ANNUAL STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CAR RAFFLE - WIN A 2020 CHEVY TRAX!

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2020 Chevy Trax donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. The vehicle is on display in front of the SCS bus lot on Pearl Road. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each and only 3,000 will be sold. All proceeds benefit the SCS Excellence in Athletics Turf Project and the Strongsville School’s sports, music and PTA programs. The raffle drawing will be held during the November 20, 2020 Strongsville High School Girls Basketball Game. Purchase tickets:

  • Online at https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/Home

  • Via drive up on Saturdays (12-3pm) at Rademaker-Miller Lane near the SCS Transportation Building

  • Student-athletes, Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters, and PTA families have also been provided tickets to sell

PCs FOR PEOPLE

PCs for People recycles business electronics and provides refurbished computers and low-cost internet to under-resourced households and communities. This program provides financial aid to families in Cuyahoga County with K-12 students by distributing 10,000 free computers and 5,000 hotspots through a partnership with participating Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Libraries. Registrations are currently open for the week of October 5th so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST FOR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS

The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify.

Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts - visit

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html for additional details about this program.

“HEARD AROUND TOWN” ON SCS WEBSITE

Have you heard something that you want more clarification about concerning Strongsville City Schools? Share your questions with us, we're happy to provide information to clear up any misconceptions! Visit the new “Heard Around Town” link on the main page at www.strongnet.org or click HERE to submit your question.

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

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 in November. You can also register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Eager Engineers

Eager Engineers is offering live online interactive classes! Join us live, on Zoom for both Lego and Citibloc adventures! STEAM concepts are built into every project, with new projects each class. Visit www.creativeclasses.org to register or click HERE for more information.


Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit GreatScience.com.


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.