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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 28)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - March 19, 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

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

  • Watch ‘State of the Schools’ Presentation On Demand

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Hallie Malloy, Building Secretary at SMS

  • Mustangs Team Shop - Available Online Through Sunday, March 21!

  • School Crossing Guards Needed

  • Winter Athletics - Postseason Awards

  • SHS Color Guard Auditions

  • Athletic Boosters Calendar Raffle - Win Prizes throughout April!

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Mustang Football “Got Mulch?” Fundraiser

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, March 24

All-City Band Concert
6:00pm - SHS Wind Ensemble / 7:00pm - 8th Grade Band / 8:00pm - SHS Jazz Band
Strongsville High School Main Gymnasium
Watch the Live Stream 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


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

Our Literacy Coaches have worked hard to bring a virtual event to the families in our District, in place of their annual Family Literacy Nights. Mr. Owens, SCS Elementary Literacy Coach, joins this week’s episode to give students and families a preview of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” experience that has been created by teachers and staff in our District. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode (Episode #200!). And be sure to click HERE to be transported to the “high seas” on a pirate adventure!

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

At last evening’s Board of Education Meeting, our Board Members unanimously approved 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 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

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.

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 - MRS. HALLIE MALLOY, BUILDING SECRETARY AT STRONGSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mrs. Hallie Malloy is in her first year as the Building Secretary for Strongsville Middle School. Before arriving in our District, Mrs. Malloy worked for several years in a medical office setting, gaining experience in administrative support.


“I love being a Strongsville Mustang. Everyone I've encountered throughout the district has been so helpful and welcoming to me. I see the dedication to the education and well being of our students on a daily basis from every staff member. I love that no two days are the same here at the middle school and it's so wonderful having the students back in the building full time. The strong leadership of our principal and assistant principals, Mrs. Boytim, Mrs. Bailey, and Mrs. Peters, is inspiring and it's a joy to work with them. My coworkers here at SMS work together really well as a team and have made me feel like this is exactly where I belong,” said Mrs. Malloy.


Thank you Mrs. Malloy for being part of a great staff at Strongsville Middle School! #WeAreStrongsville

MUSTANGS TEAM SHOP - AVAILABLE ONLINE THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 21!

Don't miss out - it's the last few days of this online Mustangs Team Shop! Add to your Strongsville wardrobe and get some updated gear! Click HERE to visit our special, limited time Mustangs Team Shop for short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and MORE! Personalized merchandise is also available. Hurry - Team Shop closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, 3/21!

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SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED

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.

WINTER ATHLETICS - POSTSEASON AWARDS

Congratulations to the following SHS Student-Athletes and Coaches who have earned the following postseason awards:

Reagan Bass - Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Basketball Player of the Year & Northeast Lakes All-District Division I Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Jordyn Homoki - Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Swimmer of the Year

Nick Begany - Greater Cleveland Conference Boys Swimmer of the Year

Tom Stacy - Greater Cleveland Conference Boys Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year & Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Swimming & Diving Co-Coach of the Year

Dawn Thall - Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Basketball Co-Coach of the Year


Check out the Greater Cleveland Conference website for more individual Mustang student-athletes and team awards for the winter athletics season!

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.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CALENDAR RAFFLE - WIN PRIZES THROUGHOUT APRIL!

These are the final days to purchase your tickets for the Strongsville Athletics Boosters Calendar Raffle! Tickets are $10/each and only available through March 25th. 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.

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.

“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

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.


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.


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.