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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 9)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - October 16, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Special Board Meeting - TONIGHT (Fri. 10/16) at 8pm

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Here Comes the Bus’ App

  • Virtual SHS Orchestra Concert - Wed. 10/21

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Sheila Serne, Testing Room Aide at Strongsville High School

  • Fall Sports Teams Begin Postseason Tournaments

  • Join the SCS Crew!

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • SHS “Teachers of Significance” Recognized at Boys Varsity Soccer Game

  • Strongsville PTA Council Clothing Drive Fundraiser (Thu. 10/29)

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • 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

TONIGHT (Friday, October 16) - 8:00pm
Special Board of Education Meeting
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)

Wednesday, October 21 - 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm
Virtual Concert, Featuring Performances by Our Three SHS Orchestras
Live Stream of Concert Can Be Found HERE

Thursday, October 22 - 7:00pm

Strongsville Board of Education Meeting
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today our teachers and staff engaged in a Professional Development Day for the District. Many sessions, led by our own staff members, were held to continue to provide tools and resources to make our classrooms the very best they can be for our students, no matter the learning environment. Click HERE for this week’s episode, to learn more about what Professional Development means for the continued growth of SCS.

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING - TONIGHT (FRI. 10/16) AT 8PM

The Strongsville Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting tonight (Fri. 10/16) at 8:00pm. The meeting will take place at the SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Avenue) and is open to the public. Tonight's meeting will include a discussion related to the COVID-19 Learning Framework Decision Protocol in our Responsible Restart Guide (found on slides 15-16) and the learning framework implemented for our District based on the COVID-19 County Risk Level.


Due to the quick turnaround, we will not be live streaming this meeting; however, the meeting will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel in the next few days.


Based on tonight's discussion, a decision on the learning framework for our District will be communicated this weekend.

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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VIRTUAL SHS ORCHESTRA CONCERT - WED. 10/21

Our three SHS Orchestra groups will be performing a virtual concert on Wednesday, October 21. The groups will be performing at 6:15pm, 7:00pm, and 7:45pm. Even though we are not able to gather together in the Auditorium at this time, please plan to join us virtually and hear the wonderful music performed by our talented student musicians - the concert will be live streamed HERE.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. SHEILA SERNE, TESTING ROOM AIDE AT STRONGSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Sheila Serne has lived in Strongsville for over 30 years, and has worked in our District for 25 years. Her many responsibilities have included playground aide, educational aide, and special education aide at Surrarrer, Kinsner, and Chapman Elementary schools. Mrs. Serne is now the testing room aide at Strongsville High School. Her three children are also graduates of SHS.


“I’m proud to be working with the team of monitors and the Assistant Principals at the high school. There was an incredible amount of work that we accomplished to prepare for the beginning of this school year. As the teachers were overcoming hurdles, we were also busy registering and distributing 6,000 textbooks and assisting the media center and technology department assign over 300 Chromebooks. We all worked together as a team and the reward is seeing the return of our students,” said Mrs. Serne.


Thank you Mrs. Serne for your continued years of dedication to our District and for being part of a great team at Strongsville High School. #WeAreStrongsville

FALL SPORTS TEAMS BEGIN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS

Good luck to our fall sports teams beginning postseason play in the next week:

  • Girls Soccer - #1 overall seed in the Northeast District
    The Lady Mustangs will play on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm and face the winner of Parma/Valley Forge.


  • Boys Soccer - #11 seed
    The team travels to Lakewood (#8 seed) on Saturday, October 24 for a 7:00pm match.


  • Volleyball - #16 seed
    The Lady Mustangs will travel to #14 Elyria on Wednesday, October 21 for a 6:00pm match.


Additional information and the complete brackets can be found at OHSAA.org and at strongsvilleathletics.org. GO MUSTANGS!

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.

SHS “TEACHERS OF SIGNIFICANCE” RECOGNIZED AT BOYS VARSITY SOCCER GAME

Congratulations to Mrs. Naymik and Mrs. Orr who were recognized at a recent Boys Varsity Soccer match as “Teachers of Significance” for two senior student-athletes - Mason Kaiser and Matthew Minnick. Thank you Mrs. Naymik and Mrs. Orr for being role models, mentors, and friends for these students.

STRONGSVILLE PTA COUNCIL CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDRAISER (THU. 10/29)

Strongsville PTA Council will be hosting a clothing drive on Thursday, October 29 from 4pm - 7pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation & Senior Center (18100 Royalton Rd.). This clothing drive is a fundraiser to earn money for scholarships for the Class of 2021. They will accept any clothing, accessories, blankets and other soft goods. No electronics, home goods, etc. will be collected at this time. Everything must be in secured garbage bags. Please wear a mask! Social distancing rules will apply for help unloading your donations. Special thank you to Parma movers for generously donating a truck to collect and transport the donations!

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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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

Trunk or Treat Event - Wednesday, 10/28
Join us for a spooktacular socially distanced Trunk-or-Treat event hosted in the Generations Senior Living of Strongsville parking lot (18960 Falling Water Rd.) on Wednesday, October 28 from 3-5pm. Fun and games include fall concessions, a prize wheel, red carpet costume parade, and lots of candy! Please RSVP by calling 440.238.3600 or email scott@generationshcm.com. Click HERE for the event flyer.


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 October. You can 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.