Mustang Moments

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

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - January 29, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Andrew Bidwell (SHS Class of 2016) Helps Bring Broadway Production to BW

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Full Day Requests

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mr. Curtis Washington, Assistant Supervisor, SCS Transportation

  • Save the Date! Annual SCS “State of the Schools” Presentation - Wed. 3/3 at 6:30pm

  • FREE Student Breakfast/Lunch for the Remainder of the 2020-21 School Year

  • SHS Sophomore Justin Wypasek Sets Single Game Basketball Scoring Record

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences*

* Teachers/building principals will be reaching out with the specific instructions to schedule these virtual conferences
Tuesday, February 2 (Grades PreK-5)
Wednesday, February 3 (Grades 9-12)
Wednesday, February 10 (Grades PreK-8)
Thursday, February 11 (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, February 4
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Monday, February 15
NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Our 4th grade SOLO 2.0 students created their own “Living Wax Museum” this week. Each student researched a famous abolitionist and presented interesting facts about their historical significance. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode as we hear from Ms. Ruman and a few of the students in her class who brought these historical figures to life.

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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 www.strongnet.org/restart.

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.

ANDREW BIDWELL (SHS CLASS OF 2016) HELPS BRING BROADWAY PRODUCTION TO BALDWIN WALLACE

Andrew Bidwell (SHS Class of 2016), a theatre acting and directing major at Baldwin Wallace University, recently was part of a team producing a virtual Broadway musical, “Spring Awakening.” The musical was performed by students in the BW Conservatory of Music's music theatre program and the department of theatre and dance. The groundbreaking show was shot on iPhones at more than 40 locations throughout Northeast Ohio, and was profiled in American Theatre magazine and The New York Times. Click HERE for additional details on this innovative production. #foreveramustang

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN FULL DAY REQUESTS

An informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students (2021-22 school year) was recently held. If you missed the meeting and want to view the presentation, please click HERE.

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year are currently being accepted exclusively online. Please click HERE for additional information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MR. CURTIS WASHINGTON, ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR, SCS TRANSPORTATION

Mr. Curtis Washington is the Assistant Supervisor in our District’s Transportation Department. Upon retiring from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities after 28 years, Mr. Washington drove both motor coaches for Lakefront Lines and buses for Berea City Schools for two years before arriving in our District. He has been a fantastic addition to our SCS transportation staff. Mr. Washington earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University and his graduate degree from Capella University.


“In my job responsibilities, I enjoy serving both our students and parents on a daily basis. The ability to impact lives in a positive manner is one of the best aspects of my job,” said Mr. Washington.


Thank you Mr. Washington for bringing your positive attitude to our Transportation Department on a daily basis! #WeAreStrongsville

SAVE THE DATE! ANNUAL SCS “STATE OF THE SCHOOLS” PRESENTATION - WED. 3/3 AT 6:30PM

The annual “State of the Schools” presentation by SCS Superintendent, Dr. Cameron Ryba, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm and will be livestreamed on our District website (www.strongnet.org). We encourage our community to tune in for a review of the student and teacher accomplishments from this past year and the exciting path for the future of our District.

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REMINDER: FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Thanks to the USDA and Federal Meal Program, breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost to students through the end of the 2020-21 school year (5/28/21), or until available funding runs out. Elementary families still need to pre-order meals (by 10:00pm the night before) through Nutrislice - click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Visit the Food Services section (under Business Services) of our District website or call 440.572.7058 for additional information.

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SHS SOPHOMORE JUSTIN WYPASEK SETS SINGLE GAME BASKETBALL SCORING RECORD

Last weekend, SHS sophomore Justin Wypasek set the Mustangs single game basketball scoring record with 52 points, as the varsity team defeated Open Door Christian Academy 97-61. Justin also tied the school record with nine 3-pointers on the night. Congratulations Justin on a historic night!

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

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.

OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCS

With the abundance of emails that we all receive on a daily basis, and some being directed to spam or becoming buried in other folders in your email account, it sometimes leaves you without knowing an email was sent. One way to address this issue is to send a text that alerts an email has been sent. Although our texting option is not new for the district, families must opt in to receive our texts. More parent opt ins are needed to make it an effective communication strategy. Please click HERE and follow the directions to opt in to our text messaging service.

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

“HEARD AROUND TOWN” ON SCS WEBSITE

Have you heard something that you want more clarification about concerning Strongsville City Schools? Share your questions with us, we're happy to provide information to clear up any misconceptions! Visit the new “Heard Around Town” link on the main page at www.strongnet.org or click HERE to submit your question.

STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP!

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 (www.strongnet.org). 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).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-6, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at www.strongsvillefootballbackers.com. Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit gsneo.org/join, call 800.852.4474, or click HERE for additional information.


Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit GreatScience.com.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Did you know that the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, established in 1941, is one of the largest and most active Chambers in the state of Ohio? The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce provides members with an opportunity to be a part of the framework of the local business community. Through various business related activities and events, the Strongsville Chamber promotes and supports the growth of local businesses and the Strongsville area business community. The Strongsville Chamber offers a convenient way to network, locate business opportunities, and access a vast array of information vital to your business’s continued growth. Join the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce today by calling the Chamber office at 440.238.3366 or visit the Chamber website at www.strongsvillechamber.com.