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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 13)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - November 18, 2016

    • Important Dates to Remember

    • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

    • Whitney Elementary is This Week's FOX 8 "Cool School"

    • College Commitments for Mustang Student-Athletes

    • Mustang Spotlight - Muraski Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher Kelly Barrett

    • Strongsville Education Foundation Continues to Support Strongsville Schools

    • Chapman Elementary Student Gives Back to the Cleveland Clinic

    • Community Conversation at Strongsville Library - Wednesday, December 7

    • SHS Basketball Cheerleaders Fundraiser at Chipotle

    • Splash Out Cancer Dedication Swim Meet - Wed. 12/7

    • Chartwells & Strongsville City Schools - #GivingTuesday

    • Rebroadcast of SEF Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert

    • Love & Logic Parent Survey

    • Thank You to Donors

    • Online Ordering for Mustang Merchandise

    • SHS Alum On Broadway

    • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, November 22 - 6pm-9pm

D.A.R.E. Ice Skating Party for all students and their families

OBM Arena (15381 Royalton Rd.)

$3 Admission (+ skate rental)

November 23-25
NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday, December 7

  • Community Conversation with Superintendent Ryba (“SCS & District Finances”) at Strongsville Library - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Band Concert - 7pm

Monday, December 12 - 7pm

Strongsville High School Holiday Choral Concert

Tuesday, December 13 - 7pm

Strongsville High School Holiday Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, December 14

  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Choral Concert - 7pm
  • Strongsville High School Holiday Band Concert - 7pm

Monday, December 19 - 7pm

Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 5-6)

Tuesday, December 20

  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 7-8) - 7pm
  • All-City Elementary Orchestra Concert - 7pm (SHS Auditorium)

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

Strongsville City Schools held several activities honoring and saluting veterans last week. For a recap and highlights of our District's Veterans Day remembrances, click HERE.


FOX 8 News holds a weekly contest for schools to be recognized as their "Cool School" of the week. Our very own Whitney Elementary earned this week's honors. Congratulations Whitney Elementary!


Congratulations to the following SHS Mustang student-athletes who recently made college commitments to compete at the next level:
  • Bethany DeLoof - University of Rhode Island (Track)
  • Shaunna Jones - BGSU (Swimming)
  • Madeline Kreller - Ashland (Track)
  • Parker Shannon - Mercyhurst (Baseball)


Ms. Kelly Barrett is a second grade teacher at Muraski Elementary School and is in here sixth year with our district. Ms. Barrett started as a substitute teacher at Surrarrer and then taught at Drake. This is her first year at Muraski. “Everyone has been so welcoming! From questions to concerns, the staff at Muraski is always willing to help and offer support. Collaboration is an important part of teaching. It is great to work with teachers who are willing to share their great ideas,” says Ms. Barrett.

Ms. Barrett earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Toledo and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Reading from Bowling Green State University.

“My students are my motivation. It is my goal to allow each student to succeed in the classroom. They enter the classroom each morning with big smiles and always have stories to share. They are full of energy and remind me to make each day fun,” adds Ms. Barrett.

Thank you Ms. Barrett for helping our second graders grow at Muraski - and making it fun for them to learn every day!


The Strongsville Education Foundation (SEF) is an independent community organization raising and disbursing funds to support and foster creativity, innovation and outstanding achievement for students, teachers and the community served by Strongsville City Schools. Since it’s founding in 1984, The Foundation has distributed over $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships to support the learning and growth of SCS students.

SEF recently announced their continued support of Strongsville Schools through a donation of $7,500 to create a "Makerspace" classroom at Kinsner Elementary.

In addition, the Foundation will also be funding field trips for elementary and middle school students in our District for the 2017-18 school year. Click HERE for the SEF news release.

Don't miss your opportunity to help raise funds for SEF - which are donated back to the students in our District in various ways - by visiting Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (1550 Chester Ave.) on Tuesday, November 29th from 5-7pm. 10% of all food orders during that time frame will be donated back to Strongsville City Schools via this SEF fundraiser.


Chapman 2nd grader Lilliana Cox is raising money for Cleveland Clinic Children's. She designed a t-shirt and 100% of the proceeds from sales of the shirt (now through 12/31/16) will be donated to the Clinic. Cleveland Clinic Children's is a special place for Lilliana, as she underwent successful heart transplant at the Clinic last year. Click HERE to order this special edition t-shirt.

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Join Superintendent Ryba at the next Community Conversation on Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Strongsville Library. The focus will be on District finances and how Strongsville City Schools continues to look for ways to operate efficiently and with great care of taxpayer dollars. The District’s Treasurer, George Anagnostou, will also be there to answer questions and provide additional insight.

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Show your Mustangs spirit by making dinner plans at Chipotle. Visit the Strongsville Chipotle (15029 Pearl Rd.) on Monday, November 28th between 4:30pm and 8:30pm. Bring in this FLYER, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the SHS Basketball Cheerleaders.


The Strongsville High School swimming and diving team have a special meet on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. For the past month, swimmers at all levels (high school, middle school, and elementary) have been raising funds for their annual “Splash Out Cancer” meet. All the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center in memory of Kelly Kinney.

At this upcoming home meet, a check will be presented to University Hospital. Make plans to cheer on the SHS swim team on Wednesday, December 7th as they swim against Brunswick & Medina, and swim for the fight against childhood cancer.


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This year, Chartwell's and Strongsville City Schools are joining #GivingTuesday by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of every slice of pizza at each school during lunch on Tuesday, November 29 to "Power Pack." In conjunction with the Strongsville Foodbank, this program helps deliver food and supplies to families in Strongsville who are in need.


Did you miss the recent concert by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at the new Strongsville Middle School Auditorium? A rebroadcast of this concert will take place on November 22 at 7pm on SCS-TV (check your local cable channel listings). Special thanks to the Strongsville Education Foundation for bringing this concert to our community.


Love and Logic, developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline of the Love and Logic Institute, Golden, CO., is a program where parents learn parenting skills that put the fun back into parenting by teaching parents the skills of using empathy, choices, and natural consequences that lead to raising responsible children.

Our District is planning to bring this program to our elementary school families in early 2017. In hopes of tailoring this to as many interested families as possible, please fill out this SURVEY. Answers to the survey will help us select topics and location for this program.


At last evening's Board of Education Meeting, donors were recognized for our "Excellence in Athletics" campaign and for fundraising which brought a new flag & flagpole to Pat Catan Stadium at SHS. We are so grateful for the generous donations by 67 different businesses and individuals, raising more than $1.7 million for these projects.

Thank you again for helping to move our District forward. Your generosity will benefit our students for many years to come!


Just in time for the holidays! Get your Mustangs merchandise online. All orders will be delivered in time for the holiday season. Follow this LINK to outfit your whole family in apparel featuring the new Mustangs athletic logo.


Congratulations to Alex Boyd (SHS Class of 2014) for making his Broadway debut as part of the cast of "My Love Letter to Broadway," starring Tony Award winning performer Kristin Chenoweth. While at SHS, Alex was a member of both Cantorum and Mustang Express and a key contributor to the Drama Department. Congratulations Alex! #foreveramustang
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Baldwin Wallace Baseball Holiday Skills Camp

The BW Baseball Holiday Skills Camp is the perfect holiday gift for the young ballplayer. The camp is designed to enhance the overall development of youth baseball players of any skill level. Campers will learn fundamental techniques, approaches, and drills from college coaches and players in a fun, energetic atmosphere. The three day camp runs from December 27th - 29th with sessions available for youth players in grades 2-8. Click HERE for the camp flyer and registration information.

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County’s Inaugural Youth Advisory Council

Applications are now being accepted through an extended deadline of November 21, 2016 for this Youth Advisory Council.

  • The ADAMHS Board is looking for young individuals between the ages of 13-18 who are interested in partnering with other youth in Cuyahoga County and who are passionate about making a difference in the fields of mental illness, addiction and recovery.
  • The first Youth Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for January 2017 at the ADAMHS Board office where monthly meeting dates, times and locations will be determined for the remainder of the year. Youth Council Members will also be developing activities and goals to be accomplished through this program.
  • Click here to access the application, or visit our website at, click About Us and then choose the Youth Advisory Council tab.

Southwest General ‘Safe Sitter’ Classes

Southwest General, partnering with University Hospitals, presents “Safe Sitter” classes. Keep your child safe while home alone or when babysitting. Safe Sitter is a nationally recognized program, developed by a pediatrician, designed to teach both boys and girls (ages 11-14) how to be safe and responsible sitters. Call Southwest General at 440.816.8036 to register.

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

Holiday Scholarship Dance. Friday, December 2nd. 7:00pm at Michaud’s

Contact the Chamber now to reserve your table! $350 for a table of 10 or $70 per couple.

100% of ticket sale revenue goes toward scholarships

Strongsville Library

Please note the following November 2016 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

**The Library, administration and all branches, will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd. Regular hours resume on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Fall story time sessions.

Online Security Series. Mondays, November 21 & 28th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Come learn how to identify threats and security weak points and take home practical, actionable, advice for securing your information and implementing best practices. Week 1: Basic Computer Security; Week 2: Basic Internet Security; Week 3: Set up a Secure Wireless Network.

Weird Science: Build a Bridge! Teens Ages 10-18. Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Calling all future engineers! Learn how to build a truss bridge with craft sticks. Even if you don't plan to be an engineer, come have fun with us!

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, November 28th. This month we will be discussing Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!