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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 38)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - June 4, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Update to District Facial Covering Policy

  • Congratulation to the “Top 5%” in This Year’s SHS Class of 2021

  • FREE Summer Reading Resources for Grades K-12

  • SHS Senior Charles Lin Receives National Merit Scholarship

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Kim Sweigart, Family & Consumer Science Teacher at SHS

  • SHS Boys Lacrosse Coach Andrew Spreng Named GCC Coach of the Year

  • All-Conference Mustang Athletes (Spring Sports)

  • Immunization Requirements for Incoming 7th & 12th Graders for 2021-2022

  • ‘Right At School’ to Offer Before- & After-School Care in Our District for 2021-22

  • Last Weekend to Register for Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing

  • Attn: Current 5th Graders - Register for 6th Grade Camp (Sept. 10-12)!

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, June 6

Strongsville High School Prom & After-Prom
Serpentini Field at Pat Catan Stadium
6:00pm - 8:30pm (Prom)
9:00pm - 12:00am (After-Prom)

Tuesday, June 29 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This year’s Commencement Ceremonies were held at Strongsville High School’s Pat Catan Stadium. The Class of 2021 was recognized for their resiliency during a school year like none other. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, and highlights from Commencement, as we salute the Class of 2021.


Based on a review of our vaccination rates, vaccination opportunities, SCS COVID data/trends, and that state health experts have removed all current orders mandating facial covering restrictions, facial coverings will no longer be required to be worn on school property, at school events, or while waiting for the school bus. Continued use of a facial coverings will be an individual decision for our employees, students, and parents. These are the rules that will be in place for all district summer activities, inclusive of our in-person summer learning opportunities.

In terms of the status of other COVID-related restrictions, those will be discussed in the coming weeks and updates will be provided as decisions are made.


Congratulations to the following students who comprise the “Top 5%” academically for the Class of 2021 at Strongsville High School. These students received gold cords as part of their recent recognition at Commencement. The listing below includes the college/university they will be attending in the fall::

Elias Asmar (Cleveland State University), Matthew Cornelius (University of Notre Dame), Delaney Cunningham (Ohio University Honors Tutorial College), Nicholas Cyranek (The Ohio State University), Isabella Estephan (Kent State University), Matthew Fragapane (Purdue University), Malini Gaddamanugu (Baldwin Wallace University), Marquis Globokar (Case Western Reserve University), Timothy Heflin (University of Dayton), Jordyn Homoki (Miami University), Miranda Lee (Washington University), Charles Lin (Case Western Reserve University), Samantha McNabb (Clemson University), Jenya Oswal (The Ohio State University), Alexandru Sachelarie (The Ohio State University), Krish Sanghvi (The Ohio State University), Vardaan Shah (Stanford University), Marit Tainer (The Ohio State University), Aron Tocaj (Johns Hopkins University), Ran Wei (The Ohio State University), Seth Welch (The Ohio State University), Kevin Whitbred (The Ohio State University)

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Even with summer soon approaching, many families are still looking for ways to keep their children engaged in literacy. If you are searching for opportunities to make reading a regular part of your summer routine, then look no further! Click HERE for information regarding FREE reading opportunities, available all summer long! Gain access to free reading websites, explore links to free reading materials, review high-interest book lists, and learn about engaging, interactive summer reading programs-- all provided within one link!

As we all know, summer is a time of excitement and adventure for our children. Why not let reading be part of that adventure? So go ahead, click on the link above, and see what reading has to offer you this summer. It's sure to make a splash!


Congratulations to Strongsville High School Senior Charles Lin for receiving a National Merit Scholarship. Each month, the National Merit Foundation has announced lists of students receiving these prestigious scholarships. Charles joins SHS senior classmates Matthew Cornelius, Vardaan Shah, and Alexandru Sachelari, who are among the 7,500 students nationally receiving these highly coveted awards. This year, more than 1.5 million students applied for the competitive scholarships, which are financed by corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.


Mrs. Kim Sweigart has been a Family & Consumer Science teacher at Strongsville High School for five years. Mrs. Sweigart’s original major at Ohio State was Molecular Genetics and Pre-Med. She eventually changed her major to Family Consumer Science, with the goal of working with pregnant and parenting teens and other at-risk youth. Along with her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, Mrs. Sweigart earned two masters degrees - in Education from OSU and in Special Education with Autism Certification from Bowling Green State University.

“The students have very different personalities, attributes and interests. I love interacting with them in the classroom. I think I learn as much about them as they learn from me. I really appreciate the innovation and current initiatives in education that are available within Strongsville Schools. Having worked in three other districts before coming here, I do not think that everyone recognizes how lucky we are to have our district resources. From the MakerSpace equipment, middle school and high school course offerings, and district leadership who not only provide relevant professional development opportunities, but also model these best practices through their daily work, Strongsville is truly a remarkable school system and I am proud to teach here,” said Mrs. Sweigart.

Thank you Mrs. Sweigart for your commitment to innovation and helping our high school students prepare for ‘life after SHS’! #WeAreStrongsville


Congratulations to Mustangs Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Andrew Spreng for being named Greater Cleveland Conference Coach of the Year. This was Coach Spreng’s 2nd year as head coach of the program, as he led the Mustangs to an 11-5 regular season record. This marks the 4th Mustangs coach in 2020-21 to be named Coach of the Year.


Congratulations to following Mustang student-athletes who earned All-Conference recognition in their respective spring sports:

Baseball: Gus Gregory, Anthony Gentile, Mitchel Szymczak, Adam Hartman
(Honorable Mentions: Connor Chupek, Maddux Beard)
Softball: Stephanie Mraz, Madison Rishel, Sarah Ramaglia
(Honorable Mentions: Shelby Topor, Jackie Karpinsky)
Boys Lacrosse: Ben Giera, Conor Dentkos, John Faron, Preston Stallard

Girls Lacrosse: Emily Funk, Libby Hershiser, Alyssa Glenn, Julia Spicer

Girls Track & Field: Julia Isham (3200 Run), Paige Fabrizi (High Jump)

Honorable Mentions: Brynn Severance, Marquis Globokar, Sydney Wingler, & Tina Varis (4x800 Relay), Taylor Demmerle, Mackenzie Schultz, Kennedy Griffin, & Shelby Sallee (4x200 Relay), Paige Fabrizi, Taylor Demmerle, Mackenzie Schultz, & Shelby Sallee (4x100 Relay), Sophia Birch (300 Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump)


Please note the following immunization requirements from the Ohio Department of Health

All students entering 7th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 7th grade: One (1) dose of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine (a second dose of meningococcal vaccine will be required prior to entry into the 12th grade) & One (1) dose of Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis] vaccine

All students entering 12th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 12th grade: Two (2) doses of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine

Incoming 7th and 12th graders will need to show proof of having received these vaccines before they can return to school for the 2021-22 school year (exemptions are provided for under law, call for more information).

Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 7th graders

Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 12th graders

Strongsville City Schools Health Services

Section 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code states that students who do not provide documentation of this immunization will be excluded from school on the 15th day after entrance, until proof is provided.


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. Parent Forums were recently held to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. In case you missed it HERE is the video and HERE are the slides presented. For additional information, please click HERE to visit their website dedicated to the newly established Strongsville Schools program.


Don’t miss the Strongsville Athletic Boosters annual golf outing, with proceeds benefiting the Mustangs athletic program. This is the last weekend to register - sign up by Sunday, June 6!

This year’s outing will be held at Bunker Hill Golf Course on Friday, June 11. The day includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast and lunch on the course, and a dinner and auction. Register at


Attention current fifth graders - don't miss your chance to zipline, swim, fish, and participate in lots of fun activities with your friends at the annual Sixth Grade Camp in the fall! The Sixth Grade Camp will be held at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio from Friday, September 10 - Sunday September 12 (students attending the Sixth Grade Camp will be excused from school on Friday, September 10th). Cost per camper is $180.00 and includes transportation to/from Skyview Ranch, meals throughout the weekend, activities and rental fees, drawstring bag, camp t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is July 1 - click HERE for additional information on the camp and to register!


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).


Jeff Ellis' International Karate Summer Enrichment Program

Join Jeff Ellis' International Karate Summer Enrichment Program, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Strongsville City Schools. This five class program begins Tuesday, July 13th and registration is due by June 14th. Click HERE for additional program information and the registration form.

Strongsville Soccer Registration

Registration for Strongsville’s Fall Soccer league is happening now through July 25 for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit or click HERE for additional registration information.

Kindness Camp - C’s the Day

A camp for kids in grades 1-7 dedicated to EMPOWERING kids to positively impact their communities through acts of kindness, INSPIRING kids to become leaders by growing in character, confidence and personal wellness, and CHALLENGING kids to practice mindfulness in thoughts, words, and actions with self and others.

WHEN: July 5-9 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

WHERE: Albion Woods Picnic Area

Click HERE for additional information and to register for the camp.

Strongsville Football League Registration

Register now for the upcoming season of the Strongsville Football League. Cheerleading, flag, padded flag, and tackle teams for Grades 1-6 will be competing in the fall. Register at or click HERE for the flyer with additional information.

GOH Run Camps

GOH Run Youth running day camps provide an opportunity for young runners and those interested in running and physical activity to learn about the sport. We build confidence and character through team building, games, and activities that get everyone moving. We learn about nutrition, relaxation, and promote wellness. Campers are coached by experienced high school coaches and high school volunteers who lead the small teams of young runners. For additional information email Rae Alexander at Check out our website at or click HERE for the upcoming GOH Run Day Camp and click HERE for the upcoming Bulldog XC Camp.

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.

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 June 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.

Summer Reading Game Returns: Tales & Tails Summer Reading Game. June 5th – August 15th, 2021.
Visit to register to play online. Stop in to your local branch library beginning June 5th to pick-up a game board or download the Beanstack Tracker app to play on your mobile device. Track your reading and win some prizes along the way. Read all summer for a chance to win some great prizes! Go to YouTube now to see our promotional video:

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.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesday, June 1st, 8th, and 15th 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 Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesday, June 2nd, 9th, and 16th 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. Thursday, June 3rd , 10th, and 17th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. or Mondays, June 7th and 14th from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Annuity Basics. Tuesday, June 8th / 7:00 p.m.
Connie Costanzo will explain on Zoom what an annuity is and how it can provide you with supplemental retirement income beyond traditional retirement sources such as IRAs and 401(k)s. Explore the key features of immediate vs deferred annuities and fixed vs variable annuities.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, June 12th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, June 14th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.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. 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: Promote Healthy Gut Bacteria and Boost Immunity. Wednesday, June 16th / 10:00 a.m.
Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Judy Steffes; MS, RDN, LD, from Southwest General will help you learn how to promote healthy gut bacteria and boost your immunity.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, June 16th / 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 next discussion title will be The Daughters of Erie Town by Connie Schultz. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Out of Rushmore’s Shadow. Tuesday, June 29th / 7:00 p.m.
In this virtual presentation, Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather and talks about his unsung contribution as chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial, Mount Rushmore. Lou uses authentic photos, timelines and primary source documents to bring Luigi’s story to life.