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News From Strongsville City Schools (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 5)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville

In This Issue - September 23, 2016

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent
  • Sale of Drake Elementary School Building & Property
  • Kiwanis of Strongsville Donation to New Flagpole at Pat Catan Stadium
  • Issue 120 - Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy
  • Mustang Spotlight - Muraski Elementary 4th Grade Teacher Mr. Tim Zimmer
  • Vote for the SHS Marching Mustangs
  • Serpentini Chevrolet Car Raffle
  • WANTED! SHS Alumni News
  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, October 4
Parent / Teacher Conferences (Evening Conferences)

Wednesday, October 5 - 7pm
Board of Education Work Session (Administration Building - 18199 Cook Ave.)

Wednesday, October 12
Parent / Teacher Conferences (Evening Conferences)

Friday, October 14

Thursday, October 20 - 7pm
Board of Education Meeting (Administration Building - 18199 Cook Ave.)

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

Friday night football is a community event that wouldn’t be the same without performances by our Strongsville High School Marching Mustangs. This group has a long-standing reputation of being one of the best bands in northeast Ohio. This week, we visit with SHS Band Director, Mr. Brian King and three seniors who have been members of the Marching Mustangs for all four years of their high school career. Click HERE for more about the impact our Marching Mustangs have on students and the community.


During a special Strongsville Board of Education meeting held earlier this week, the Board voted to accept a recent public auction bid of $200,000 and move forward with the sale of the former Drake Elementary School building and property. Michael Chambers submitted the highest bid during this recent public auction, with his stated intent to further develop this property for an assisted living facility and independent living villas.

This decision will save the District $291,000 in demolition costs for the building and will also provide $200,000 from the auction bid, for a total of $491,000 for the District to use for capital improvement projects.

Click HERE for the entire news release regarding this decision by the Board.


Kiwanis of Strongsville recently made a donation to the “Excellence in Athletics” campaign. Their generous donation of $10,000 is pledged to be used toward the purchase and installation of a new flagpole, flag, and flagpole lights at Strongsville High School’s Pat Catan Stadium. We look forward to seeing this new addition to our athletic field in the coming weeks. Thank you to Kiwanis of Strongsville for their partnership and generous donation!

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Pictured left to right, Kiwanis of Strongsville Representatives Al Gizzi, Ken Mraz, & John Jurcago, Strongsville City Schools Superintendent Cameron Ryba


Strongsville City Schools will be placing a renewal levy (Issue 120) on the November 8, 2016 ballot. This is a renewal of an existing operating levy and is not a tax increase. This issue means continuation of the high quality education for our students and community. Early voting begins October 12th.
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Mr. Tim Zimmer teaches 4th graders at Muraski Elementary School. He has been with our District for 16 years. A graduate of Cleveland State University, Mr. Zimmer also has a graduate degree from John Carroll University.

When asked about what he enjoys most about teaching at Muraski, he said, “Our school is a true team! This team approach includes the principal, the teachers, the support staff, as well as our parents and students.”

Thanks Mr. Zimmer for being part of the Muraski team and being a positive influence for our 4th grade students!


Our Marching Mustangs need your vote to advance to the next round in the 'Best High School Marching Band in Greater Cleveland' contest. 32 finalists have made the cut - the top 8 vote-getters make it to the quarterfinals. Vote now and vote often (until Wednesday, September 28 at 7am). Click HERE to make your vote count!

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Enter to win a 2016 Chevy Cruze, courtesy of The Chevy Network & Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each and may be purchased in the Athletic Department at Strongsville High School, at the Strongsville Spirit Shop at the Rec Center, and from various student groups and Strongsville organizations. All proceeds benefit the Strongsville City School District, as well as other Strongsville school and community groups enhancing the the educational opportunities of all students in our district. Drawing will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Strongsville/Brunswick football game at Pat Catan Stadium. Click HERE for more information.

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We want to hear from our Strongsville High School graduates! Where are you working? Where are you completing your college degree? What kinds of success are you having? Where are you living? We want to share with our community the impact our alumni are having on the world in “life after SHS.” Send your alumni news to



Strongsville Historical Society Trick or Treat
The Strongsville Historical Society is hosting their 8th Annual ‘Old Fashioned SAFE Trick or Treat’ for preschool and kindergarten students on Saturday, October 22 from 3-4:30pm at the Strongsville Historic Village. Admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit the Strongsville Food Bank. Call 440.572.0535 for reservations to this event.

Team Strongsville Chipotle Fundraiser for Kick-It
Join the fight against pediatric cancer by making dinner plans at Chipotle. Visit the Strongsville Chipotle (15029 Pearl Rd.) on Sunday, September 25th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. 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 Strongsville Kick-It Event, raising money to support pediatric cancer research.

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.

Get to Know Your City Council & School Board. Tuesday, September 27th. 11:30am-1:00pm
Bring your business cards and brochures and join us at the Monthly Business Meeting. Enjoy networking, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to hear from and meet Strongsville City Council & School Board members. Cost is just $20 per person.

48th Annual Golf Outing. Thursday, September 29th. 10:00am-6:00pm
Reserve your foursome now! 4 person scramble-Shotgun start-Hole in one prize. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

SAVE THE DATE – 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 September 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.

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.

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, September 26th. This month we will be discussing The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Meet the Author: Karin Slaughter! Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and acclaimed stand-alones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. Her latest, The Kept Woman, is the long-awaited tenth installment of the Will Trent series and is an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller starring the Georgia detective. With more than 35 million copies of her books in print, Karin is known worldwide as a standout writer in the genre. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry.

The Over 40 Job Seeker. Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This informative and motivational workshop is designed for the over 40 jobseeker who wants to learn how to increase their marketability and success in today's job field. This workshop will provide hands on job search strategies and resources.