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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 6)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - September 25, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Emily Havel, First Grade Teacher at Whitney Elementary

  • Friday Night Community Concessions

  • Channel 19 Meteorologist Kelly Dobeck (SHS Class of 2012) Visits Kinsner Elementary

  • Breakfast/Lunch for SCS Students

  • SHS Girls Golf Finishes 2nd in the Greater Cleveland Conference

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • The U.S. Census - Have You Taken the Time to Register?

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Week of September 28 - through end of the first quarter (10/16)
Preschool - 5th grade students will attend school every day (PreK M-Th)

6th - 12th grade students will attend school following the green/white day schedule

Students in SOLO & SOLO 2.0 will continue/begin their virtual coursework. New students to SOLO and SOLO 2.0 should have already received their login credentials.

Tuesday, September 29 - 6:30pm
Strongsville Board of Education Special Meeting**
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
** All Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences*
* Teachers/building principals will be reaching out with the specific instructions to schedule these virtual conferences
Wednesday, September 30 (Grades 9-12)
Thursday, October 1 (Grades PreK-5)
Tuesday, October 6 (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, October 7 (Grades PreK-8)

Did you Know?

Earlier this summer, the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) announced their list of All-American swimmers. The Strongsville High School 200-yard Freestyle Relay team - Camille Merimee, Jordyn Homoki, Bridget Seghy, and Ryley Mayberry - were named to this prestigious list. Our Mustang All-Americans ranked #89 in the country, with a relay time of 1:36.46. Congratulations - we look forward to seeing the entire SHS swim and dive team competing again in a few months!

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SHS All American Swimmers (200 Freestyle Relay): Camille Merimee, Jordyn Homoki, Bridget Seghy, Ryley Mayberry


This week’s episode answers some common questions and provides an overview of our District’s procedures, as it relates to the reporting and communication of COVID 19 cases. It’s a slightly longer episode than usual, but worth the time to understand what has been put into place to mitigate risk and ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Click HERE for this week’s episode.


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.


With our students returning to in person learning next week, please remember that your student(s) immunizations records must be up to date with our Health Services Department. Click HERE for additional information on the immunizations required for the 2020-21 school year. Please submit proof of immunizations via email ( or via fax (440.846.3226). If you have additional questions, please call 440.846.4137.


Mrs. Emily Havel is beginning her fourteenth year teaching in our District. Whitney Elementary has been her teaching home for all but one of those years, where she is currently a first grade teacher. Mrs. Havel is a proud graduate of Strongsville High School and continues to be a resident of our community. She has three children currently attending Strongsville City Schools. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and a graduate degree from Walden University.

“I feel very lucky to work with first graders. The children learn, grow and mature so much over the course of the first grade year that it does seem like some sort of magic. Of course, it's not my magic, but that of the students, their families and all of our teachers and staff who work with me to guide them along the way. During our year together, we work to master academic standards, but just as importantly we really emphasize showing our Mustang PRIDE. I hope to instill in them a positive attitude toward learning, the courage to take on challenges, the satisfaction of celebrating their strengths, and the value of respect. My wish is that their time in first grade is just the beginning of a successful school career and beyond,” said Mrs. Havel.

She added, “My absolute favorite part of our days together is my time reading to the children. I LOVE books and lucky for us, there are so many to share! It is a joy to share storytelling with my first graders and watch them become enamored with the characters and their adventures.”

Thank you Mrs. Havel for instilling in our first graders a love for reading and providing a solid foundation for their elementary school years! #WeAreStrongsville


During Fridays this fall, the following local businesses have agreed to donate a portion of sales back to the Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters (SIMB). Please be sure to mention “Strongsville Concessions Fundraiser” prior to ordering.

  • Raising Cane’s (114356 Pearl Road) - 3pm - close

  • Dairy Queen (12152 Pearl Rd.) - 3pm - close

  • Gina’s Pizza (14405 Pearl Rd.) - 440.238.4820

  • Peace, Love, & Little Donuts (13500 Pearl Rd.) - Friday AND Saturday - 8am - 3pm

  • Robek’s (18025 Royalton Rd.)

  • Five Guys (15171 Pearl Rd. / 440.268.9968) - 5pm - 8pm *Carryout only - order online, through the app, or call in

  • Chick-fil-A (16584 Royalton Rd.) - 4pm - 9pm

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes (13433 Pearl Rd.) - 2pm - 7pm

SIMB normally staffs the concession stands during fall SHS football games at Pat Catan Stadium. They appreciate our community’s continued support, and thank the participating Strongsville businesses, for helping to raise funds to support our students and the various music programs in our District. GO MUSTANGS!
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Channel 19 Meteorologist and SHS Grad (Class of 2012) Kelly Dobeck recently visited Kinsner Elementary School to record a special segment on kids science experiments. Kelly worked with a few student volunteers to see why some were able to walk across an egg carton without breaking any eggs. Click HERE to see the results of the experiment!


Breakfast and lunch continues to be available for our students. As students return to in person learning, elementary students must pre-register for breakfast and/or lunch by 10pm the day before by clicking HERE. SMS and SHS students will be able to visit the cafeteria at designated times and choose their daily entrees and ala carte selections. In the Blended Learning framework, breakfast and lunch will be available for SMS and SHS students for their three days per week of remote learning. An email will be sent with specific details on how families may pick up these meals. Students in the SOLO program will also receive a weekly email to request meal pickups. As a reminder, The USDA recently announced that ALL students will be able to receive FREE breakfast and lunch until December 31, 2020 or until available funding runs out.


The SHS varsity girls golf team competed this week in the final Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC) tournament at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake. The team shot a 371 and finished 2nd overall in the GCC. Congratulations to Reagan Bass (Senior), Grace DuPerow (Junior), and Natalie Kostalnick (Freshman) - all three were named to the All Conference team!

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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.


PCs for People recycles business electronics and provides refurbished computers and low-cost internet to under-resourced households and communities. This program provides financial aid to families in Cuyahoga County with K-12 students by distributing 10,000 free computers and 5,000 hotspots through a partnership with participating Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Libraries. Registrations are currently open for the week of October 5th so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at


The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify.

Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts - visit for additional details about this program.


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 or click HERE to submit your question.


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).


Take the Census today for the good of our kids and community. When your family is counted, the programs that support you and your kids get more of the federal funding they need for the next 10 years. The Census is Important, Safe, and Easy. The Census closes on September 30th - visit or call 1-844-330-2020.


Strongsville Basketball League Tryouts
Tryouts for the Strongsville Basketball League will be held on Sunday, October 4 for boys and girls in grades 3-6. Tryouts will be held at Strongsville High School at the following times:

4pm - 5pm / 3rd Grade + 4th Grade (Boys and Girls)

5pm - 6pm / 5th Grade (Boys and Girls)

6pm - 7pm / 6th Grade (Boys and Girls)

A mandatory parent meeting will be held in the SHS cafeteria at 4:15pm. Tryouts will be closed to parents. OHSAA COVID-19 guidelines will be followed during the tryouts. Click HERE for the event flyer and additional information.

Eager Engineers

Eager Engineers is offering live online interactive classes! Join us live, on Zoom for both Lego and Citibloc adventures! STEAM concepts are built into every project, with new projects each class. Visit to register or click HERE for more 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

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce – 52nd Annual Golf Outing

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