Mustang Moments

Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 26)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - March 5, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • 71 SHS Students Qualify for DECA State Competition

  • Watch ‘State of the Schools’ Presentation On Demand

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Rose Dietrich,Custodian at Kinsner Elementary

  • Eat at Raising Cane’s on Monday, 3/8 and Support the Upcoming SHS Spring Musical

  • School Crossing Guards Needed

  • SHS Mustangs Gymnastics Qualify for State Meet

  • Girls Soccer All-American Game to Include Three Mustangs Representatives

  • Athletic Boosters Calendar Raffle - Win Prizes throughout April!

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, March 15
Regular School Day (Grades PreK - 12)
* This day was a previously scheduled SCS Professional Development Day and was switched to March 5th

Thursday, March 18 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Tuesday, March 30
All-City Orchestra Festival Performance (6th Grade Orchestra)
Strongsville Middle School Gym

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

Friday, April 2
(Good Friday)

Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9
(Spring Break)

60 Seconds with the Superintendent

“The Derby” Spirit Shop at Strongsville High School is now open! Several grants, generous donations from the community, and support from multiple departments within the District has led to the development of this unique learning opportunity for our students. The high school’s Special Education, Business, and Career Tech departments have collaborated to create this space for students with disabilities, to develop workplace readiness skills in the school community. Click HERE to learn more about “The Derby.”


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

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.


Strongsville High School juniors and seniors recently competed in this year’s virtual DECA District Competition. With a strong representation of one hundred five (105) students, seventy one (71) students qualified for this month’s Ohio DECA State Competition by finishing in the top three in either the team events or individual events for their specific categories.

DECA is the only national student organization operating in the nation’s schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship.

Best of luck to our students at the DECA State Competition!

Click HERE for the News Release and list of students advancing to the State Competition.


The annual “State of the Schools” presentation by SCS Superintendent, Dr. Cameron Ryba, was held this past week. 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.”


Mrs. Rose Dietrich has worked for 28 years in our District. Mrs. Dietrich has been a bus driver, worked in our cafeterias as both a cook and cashier, and is currently the night custodian at Kinsner Elementary. She started her professional career as a baker for 14 years at Parma Home Bakery and Hough Bakeries before deciding to make a complete career shift and coming to work for Strongsville City Schools.

“You never know where life is going to take you and I feel very proud to have been part of Strongsville Schools for so many years. I have enjoyed all of the places I’ve worked and that is especially the case with Kinsner Elementary. Kinsner has a wonderful staff and when I started at this school, I felt like I found a home,” said Mrs. Dietrich.

“When my shift starts, I like that I am still able to see the kids at the end of the day before they go home. Sometimes they leave me notes to tell me ‘Thank You’ and that is so heartwarming.”

Thank you Mrs. Dietrich for being part of a fantastic staff at Kinsner Elementary School! #WeAreStrongsville


Help support the upcoming Strongsville High School Spring Musical (“The Little Mermaid Jr.”) by making plans to eat at Raising Cane’s (14356 Pearl Rd.) on Monday, March 8th between 10:00am and 10:00pm. Bring in this FLYER, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 15% of the proceeds will be donated to this upcoming SHS Spring Musical performance..

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Please consider assisting the Strongsville Police Department with School Crossing Guard openings they currently have available. For additional information, please contact Lieutenant Michael Campbell at 440.580.3224, or click HERE.


Congratulations to our SHS Varsity Gymnastics team. They have qualified for the State Meet this weekend, after finishing in 6th place at the District Meet. Gymnastics team members include: Julia Spicer, Sarah Schoenberger, Camryn Larissey, Brooke Zellers, Kelsey Kappel, Amelia Sage, Emma Hahn, Ava Ketterer and Sophia Rinas. Good luck also to Junior Brooke Zellers for qualifying individually for the vault and beam state competitions!


SHS Seniors Shelby Sallee and Peyton Felton will be among 45 of the nation’s elite girl’s high school soccer players taking part in the 10th Annual High School All-American Game on May 29 in St. Louis, Missouri. Todd Church, SHS Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, has also been named as one of the six coaches participating in this All-American Game. Click HERE to see the complete team rosters. Good Luck to Shelby, Peyton, and Todd as they represent Strongsville in this elite soccer event!


Purchase tickets for the 2021 Strongsville Athletics Boosters Calendar Raffle NOW! Tickets are $10/each. Raffle drawings begin April 1st, with a winner chosen each day throughout the month of April. Prizes are worth at least $100/day. Purchase tickets from any Mustangs student-athlete, or click HERE. Proceeds benefit participating athletic teams.


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.


With the abundance of emails that we all receive on a daily basis, and some being directed to spam or becoming buried in other folders in your email account, it sometimes leaves you without knowing an email was sent. One way to address this issue is to send a text that alerts an email has been sent. Although our texting option is not new for the district, families must opt in to receive our texts. More parent opt ins are needed to make it an effective communication strategy. Please click HERE and follow the directions to opt in to our text messaging service.


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 or click HERE to submit your question.


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 ( 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).


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. Good luck and have fun!

Girls Go Med Day - Saturday, March 27

Are you a female high school student interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Learn more about what it is like to work in the healthcare field at GIRLS GO MED DAY! Girls Go Med, presented by student members of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) at NEOMED, will feature female physician speakers, interactive stations to provide students with hands-on experiences, and the opportunity to interact with current medical students. Girls Go Med Day will be held through ZOOM on Saturday, March 27 from 9am - 3pm. Click HERE for additional information and the registration link.

Sign Up Now For Strongsville Spring Soccer

Strongsville Spring Soccer registration is happening NOW for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit to register before the March 10th deadline. Click HERE for additional information.

Strongsville Recreation Center Winter Programs

Check out these Strongsville Recreation programs for all ages - signups are currently happening! Click HERE for the list of activities to help keep active this winter and spring.

The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-6, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!

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 March. You can register at

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

Strongsville Library

* Please note the following March 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Preschool Story Time on Facebook! For ages 3-5 with Caregiver.

Join us on Facebook every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Our in-person storytimes are on hold until we can come together safely again, but you can still enjoy reading aloud with our children's librarians every Monday at 10:00 a.m. on the Cuyahoga County Public Library Facebook page: A children's librarian will be available to respond to storytime viewers' questions and comments on Facebook from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Recording Studio Update

The Strongsville Branch Library Audio studio is currently closed until further notice, but our Video studio is open to those that have already done an orientation. Coming soon – virtual orientations for those interested in using the Video studio! For more information on the studio and how to book studio time, please call (440) 238-5530.

Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

Sounds of the Bagpipes. Tuesday, March 9th / 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom musical event and get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with local bagpiper Colin Donahue! Local bagpiper, Colin Donahue, will narrate the rich history of the highland bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest folk instruments. Mr. Donahue will also perform some fun and popular pipe tunes!

Southwest General Health Talk: Decoding Nutrition Labels. Wednesday, March 17th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Join Wendy Zullo, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist from Southwest General Hospital, for an informative talk on how to read nutrition labels. Learn how to choose more nutritious foods based on the information that is found on nutrition labels.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, March 17th / 7:00 p.m.

Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone virtual and will be live on Zoom at 7p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our March discussion title will be Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Google Photos 101. Thursday, March 25th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Learn essential skills needed to use Google Photos for storing, editing, and sharing your precious photo memories. Follow along with your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or just watch the demonstration.