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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 30)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - April 2, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 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!

  • DECA Students Advance to National Competition

  • Watch ‘State of the Schools’ Presentation On Demand

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Amy Hofmann, School Psychologist for SCS

  • Reagan Bass & Mackenzie Schulz Earn All-Ohio DI Girls Basketball Honors

  • Ahoy Mateys! Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Family Event!

  • SHS Color Guard Auditions

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Mustang Football “Got Mulch?” Fundraiser

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9

NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)


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

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.


Our District is excited to announce 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, hosted by Right At School representatives, 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


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 ( or Coach Orlosky ( Click HERE for a promotional video about the Spirit Squad.


Strongsville High School DECA students recently competed in the state competition, with qualifying for the national competition on the line. DECA is the only national student organization operating in the nation’s schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. The top 5 individuals and top 4 teams in each category qualified for the national competition, which will be held virtually this month. Congratulations to the 15 SHS students who qualified and will be representing Strongsville High School in the national competition:

INDIVIDUAL - Emily Lytle (Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series), Angelina DiCola (Automotive Services Marketing Series), Justin White (Business Finance Series), Megan McFadden (Quick Service Restaurant Management Series), Naomi Rohrbach (Retail Merchandising Series)

TEAM - Sophia Alonge & Sarah Schoenberger (Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making), Joshua Stevens & Jack Vargo (Hospitality Services Team Decision Making), Meredith Klinzing & Mariam Saleh (Marketing Management Team Decision Making), Josephine Klein & Max Prok (Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making), Emily Brewer & Ava Falcioni (Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making)


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.”


Mrs. Amy Hofmann has worked in our District for 19 years. Mrs. Hofmann is our school psychologist for the Early Learning Preschool and Strongsville Middle School. She spent her entire K-12 years in our community and is a proud graduate of Strongsville High School. “I had a wonderful experience as a student in the District and am thrilled to give back to the community I grew up in,” said Mrs. Hofmann. She also earned her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and graduate degree from John Carroll University.

“I love working with students to help them better understand themselves and their learning, and seeing them capitalize on their strengths and succeed. I also love collaborating with staff and students to increase learning and emotional awareness. I especially enjoy getting to know students when they are just starting school and then being able to see them grow on into middle school. I am so honored to be a part of such a dedicated and caring staff at Strongsville City Schools.”

Thank you Mrs. Hofmann for your dedication to our District and for the care and support you provide our students! #WeAreStrongsville

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Congratulations to SHS Mustang Basketball student-athletes Reagan Bass (Senior) and Mackenzie Schulz (Sophomore) for being named to the All-Ohio Division I Girls Basketball team. Reagan was named to the first team and is the all-time leader in points scored for the Lady Mustangs Basketball program. She will be continuing her academic and athletic career next year at the University of Akron. Mackenzie was an honorable mention and averaged 14.5 points per game this season.


Looking for an adventure over Spring Break? Families are encouraged to take part in the first ever Choose-Your-Own Adventure Literacy Activity. Through this interactive event, you will be transported to Captain Black Beard's pirate ship! While on the ship, you will search for treasure, solve mysteries, and take on exciting challenges-- all while trying to escape the ship with Captain Black Beard's gold! Completing these tasks will require bravery, resilience, and your very best literacy skills. Through reading, writing, and a bit of luck, you may just leave Black Beard's ship with his precious treasure. Just be careful-- one wrong step may lead to you walking the plank!

So what do you think? Do you have the skills to outwit Black Beard's crew? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Then step right up, click HERE, and start the journey! Your adventure awaits!


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 ( prior to April 12. Click HERE for additional information on auditions.


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.


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.


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 ( 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).


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.

Strongsville Safety Town

Registration for Strongsville Safety Town opens on Thursday, April 1 for Strongsville residents and/or those who attend a Strongsville school and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be exclusively on-line. Visit beginning April 1 to register. Click HERE for additional information, or contact Strongsville Police Youth Program Coordinator Marie McManus at 440.580.3257 or

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

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

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

May Business Luncheon

“State of the City” Presentation with Mayor Thomas P. Perciak

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Ehrnfelt Senior/Rec Event Center

11:15am* – 1:00pm (Lunch served at 11:45am)*

*Please note time adjustments

*Doors open at 11:15am

*Seating is Limited, reserve your space early.

*All Covid-19 State Mandates will be strictly followed.

Mark Your Calendars:

2021 Homecoming Festival

Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 18th

Firework Display (Saturday, July 17th at Dusk)

Strongsville Chamber Golf Outing

Friday, August 27, 2021

Shale Creek Golf Club

Strongsville Library

Please note the following April 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. If you are interested in attending these ESOL classes, please call Aspire at 833.277.4732 to register.

Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

Take & Make At Home Crafts!

Stop into the Strongsville Branch to see what the current take it and make it craft of the month is for All Ages. Each month the Youth and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.

Young at Heart Book Discussion. Tuesday, April 6th / 7:00 p.m.

A VIRTUAL book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The title for April's discussion is Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, 2020. Incarcerated teen Quan Banks writes letters to Justyce McCallister, with whom he bonded years before over family issues, about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.

This Isn’t a Road Show - The Divide between Antiques & Artifacts. Tuesday, April 6th / 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this VIRTUAL presentation by Rebekah Knaggs, park ranger at First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton. As American material culture becomes ever more present, people start to wonder what their family's possessions may be worth. What may hold sentimental value to one might hold no historical value to another. This talk will discuss how museum curators and collections managers decide what does and does not get preserved and the thoughts and issues that surround it. Do YOU have anything a curator might want now or in the future?

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, April 7th / 7:00 p.m.

Attention millennials we're going VIRTUAL! Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist? Discuss & Design (Millennial Book Discussion) has been going on at the Strongsville Branch for over a year. We meet bimonthly, alternating between children's, teen, and adult books. We discuss the assigned book and design something that complements the title, subject, or book cover. Maker kits will be available as a part of this program and can be mailed to a branch near you for pick up! A millennial is defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996. Our next discussion will be on All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred Taylor.

Zoom Virtual Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd , and 29th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, April 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that! You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces. During the COVID-19 pandemic these orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. We will offer orientations on both rooms, however, only the Video Studio is open during this time. The Audio Studio orientation begins at 9:30a.m. and the Video Studio orientation follows immediately after. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: Stroke Prevention & Awareness. Tuesday, April 20th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this VIRTUAL Zoom presentation! Join Maureen Moore, RN, BSN, SCRN, Stroke Coordinator, from the Primary Stroke Center at Southwest General, as she presents the signs and symptoms of stroke, shares prevention strategies, and introduces Southwest General’s Grey Matters Stroke Prevention and Circulation Circuit Programs.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th and April 27th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st and April 28th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, April 21st / 7:00 p.m.

Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our April discussion title will be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.