Muraski Tribune: Issue 23


A Message From the Principals

Good Morning Muraski Families,

I hope this finds you enjoying the start of what is supposed to be a nice weekend. First and foremost, we want to thank all of the families who participated in our winter conferences. The more we can establish a strong connection and open lines of communication, the more we can support each other in providing our children with amazing learning opportunities each and every day at Muraski.

There is quite a bit coming up over the next few weeks at school. This starts with our parties on Monday to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Take a look at some of our winners of the week, as well as additional information about the happenings in Strongsville over the next few weeks.

Please remember that Friday, February 18th, is an Asynchronous Learning Day.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

Asynchronous Learning Day: February 18th

As you know, our next Asynchronous Day is on Friday, February 18th. Over the past month, a committee of parents and staff has been working hard to develop engaging options for students on this day that supports learning, but maybe in a different path than our traditional school days, while taking into consideration the busy schedule of our parents on these days.

Student ‘Explore Boards’

To engage students in exciting learning and exploration activities on this day, we have created ‘Explore Boards’ - one for Grs. K-2 and one for Grs. 3-5. You can click on the links below to access these boards. We have created plenty of options for exploration that can be done with or without technology, at home, at day care, with grandparents, or anywhere your child may be on this day. Teachers will also have these Explore Boards posted in their Google Classroom. Although we are sharing these boards now, there is no expectation that students work on them prior to Friday (2/18).

  • Click here to access the Explore Board for Grs. K-2
  • Click here to access the Explore Board for Grs. 3-5

‘Explore Boards’ Directions

  • Engage in as many of the Explore Board activities and experiences as you can based on what sparks your interest. You must complete at least one (1) Explore Board experience.
  • On Tuesday (2/22), your child will engage in a reflection activity in class based on his / her Explore Board activity selection(s). Again, this reflection will be done at school, not at home.
  • Your child does not need to bring in evidence of completion of their work on the Explore Boards to school.
  • If you would like to share a picture / post of your child’s work on the Explore Board activities on social media, use the #SCSExplores hashtag.
  • Unless your child has make-up work to complete, there will be no other assignments from your child’s teacher on this day.

Strongsville COVID Drive-Thru Testing: Saturday, February 12th

Strongsville City Schools, SAMP Health, and Nurse Practitioners Health Services have partnered to help reduce the stress on our hospitals with a FREE ($0 out of pocket costs) drive through COVID-19 testing opportunity at Pat Catan Stadium on Saturday, February 12 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. For entrance to the testing site, please access Rademaker-Miller Lane from Pearl Rd. Make sure you have a photo ID and your medical/health insurance card. PCR and Rapid Tests will be available. Click HERE for additional details.

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Muraski Major/Minor Behavioral Flowchart

Our PBIS team has created a behavioral flowchart. We will use this to determine consequences and reflection opportunities for minor behaviors, as well as major behaviors. Minor behaviors are reffered to behaviors that can be worked through in the classroom with the teacher. Major behaviors are those that are more serious and warrant a visit with Mr. Griffen or Mrs. Hawk. Please take a moment to review our flowchart. We tried to make it as clear as possible. We are hoping this flowchart will give you some guidance on how we support student behavior here at Muraski.
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PRIDE Ticket Winners


Greylen Schlather

Carrie Ann Yates

Milan Singh

Alana Stang

Emma Kraynik

Charlotte Burke


Hunter Jameson

Mandy Wu

Quinn Havel

Kailin August

Kayden Clay

Jovani Waked


Maci Flenoury

Kayda Begley

Everet Blech

Carrick Powell

Natalie Benieski

Robbie Arnold

Tony Powell

Ivy Cunningham


Lauryn Jovic

Vivian Borros

Paxton Healey

Hasini Senthil-Kumar

Austin Phung

Calvin Born

Evelyn Ashcraft

Natalie LaRocca


Jonah Ehrlich

Prisha Kaur

Delaney McCullough

Sharnavi Nori

Alice Blech

Jason Roberts


Brycen Dunbar

Sadie Capitoni

Finn Weeks

Xavier Halverstadt

Kevin Breslin

Laura Chetrusra

Kindergarten Winners

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First Grade Winners

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Second Grade Winners

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Third Grade Winners

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Fourth Grade Winners

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Fifth Grade Winners

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Muraski MVPs of the Week: Marin Timura and Madison Howard

Muraski Artist of the Week: Landon Nudell

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Muraski Rockstars of the Week: Pearce Melik-Garner & Ewan Kerns

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Valentine's Day Parties

Monday, Feb. 14th, 2:30-2:30pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

NO CANDY should be sent in, ONLY Valentine's Day Cards for ALL students in the classroom.
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ODH Discontinues COVID-19 Universal Contact Tracing for Schools

On Wednesday (1/26), the ODH shared a memo (CLICK HERE) detailing that schools may discontinue COVID-19 universal contact tracing effective immediately. Based on this ODH guidance and the consensus of the Board last night, Strongsville City Schools will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 after today. You can CLICK HERE to access the slides and/or CLICK HERE to watch my presentation to the Board on this topic that (1) provides local data to support this move away from universal contact tracing and (2) details a two-phase approach to reduce COVID restrictions as we move into our long-term response to COVID.

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will continue.

  • Staff / Students must continue to report all COVID+ cases to SCS
  • Continue to communicate active isolations on the COVID data dashboard Monday - Friday
  • Continue to follow the reduced isolation and the Mask to Stay / Test to Play (if known) protocols for staff / students exhibiting no symptoms
  • Continue with classroom-based COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Continue with current social distancing in classrooms

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will be discontinued Monday, January 31st.

  • Discontinue all contact tracing unless there is a cluster / outbreak as determined by the CCBH [see Slide 7 of presentation]
  • Discontinue communicating active quarantines on the COVID data dashboard
  • Discontinue building and individual COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Discontinue all parent COVID notifications for students in Grs. 6-12