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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 4)

We Are Strongsville

NEVER FORGET 09.11.01

IN THIS ISSUE - September 11, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Clark-Reliance Partners with SCS for Classroom Safety

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Mara Elliott, First Grade Teacher at Muraski Elementary

  • Friday Night Community Concessions

  • 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Virtual Information Meeting (Wed. 9/16 - 7pm)

  • Mustangs Team Shop - Shop Online NOW through Sun. 9/13

  • Lady Mustangs Soccer Tied at #2 Spot in Initial Ohio Division I Rankings

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • 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

Wednesday, September 16th - 7:00pm
Virtual Information Meeting*
For Parents of 5th Grade Students Interested in Band/Orchestra
* Link for Meeting Will Be Posted in the Orchestra & Band Google Classroom


Thursday, September 17 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting (Regular Meeting)**
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
** All Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Did you Know?

On Monday, September 14, Dr. Ryba will be communicating the decision of whether the District will be returning to in-person learning in the next few weeks. Please watch for an email to all families in our District on Monday. A Community Conversation will also occur next week. Specific details about that event (time/date) will also be included in Monday's email.

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Surrarrer Elementary first graders are learning all about books and recently had the chance to virtually meet a local author and illustrator. Click HERE for this week’s episode as we visit with first grade teachers Mrs. Misencik and Ms. Bialosky to hear more about this very special virtual visit.

CLARK-RELIANCE PARTNERS WITH SCS FOR CLASSROOM SAFETY

Thank you to Clark-Reliance for their continued partnership with our District. Their recent generous donation helped support the installation of BOLO Sticks in every classroom in our District. These devices are designed to provide an added layer of safety by reinforcing locked doors in the event of a school and/or classroom lockdown.. Click HERE for the complete news release. (Pictured - L to R: Dr. Cameron Ryba, Superintendent/SCS; Kristen Modzelewski, Digital Mktg. Specialist/Clark-Reliance; Victoria Weber, Mktg. Mgr./Clark-Reliance; Christopher Doherty, CIO/Clark-Reliance)

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

With our students potentially returning to in person learning in the next few weeks, 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 (lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org) or via fax (440.846.3226). If you have additional questions, please call 440.846.4137.

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MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. MARA ELLIOTT, FIRST GRADE TEACHER AT MURASKI ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Mara Elliott is a first grade teacher at Muraski Elementary School and is beginning her sixth year in our District. Mrs. Elliott’s undergraduate degree is from Slippery Rock University and she also has a K-12 Reading Endorsement from Heidelberg University.


“First graders bring so much vibrancy to the classroom each day, and they live life so fully. Their joy is infectious and I love having the opportunity to show my students that they can tackle the hard things that they are skeptical about. First grade really sets the tone for how learners feel about education and my goal is to make sure that each student feels valued and encouraged to work hard and share their joy with the world around them,” said Mrs. Elliott.


She added, “I am so lucky to be a part of the Muraski family! I have had the opportunity to grow and learn with some of the best students, parents, and staff members. I love that everyone, regardless of their role, is always willing to work together to do what is best for our students.”


Thank you Mrs. Elliott for providing positive learning experiences for our first grade students at Muraski! #WeAreStrongsville

FRIDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY CONCESSIONS

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


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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5TH GRADE BAND/ORCHESTRA VIRTUAL INFORMATION MEETING (WED. 9/16 - 7PM)

This past week, all 5th graders had the opportunity to hear a virtual demonstration of band and orchestra instruments and met their instrumental music teachers during IE (Surrarrer Elementary demonstration - Mon. 9/14 at 11:15am). The instrumental music staff will hold a (virtual) parent informational evening meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 PM. Please check your student’s Orchestra & Band Google Classroom for the meeting link.

MUSTANGS TEAM SHOP - SHOP ONLINE NOW THROUGH SUN. 9/13

The “Back to School” online SCS Team Shop is open now through Sunday, September 13. It’s your last weekend to shop for lots of great Mustangs gear, including fashionable face masks! Visit https://mustangsf20.itemorder.com/ for the complete selection of items. A portion of sales will be donated back to Strongsville City Schools.

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LADY MUSTANGS SOCCER TIED AT #2 SPOT IN INITIAL OHIO DIVISION I RANKINGS

The initial Ohio Division I girls soccer rankings have been released and the Lady Mustangs are tied with Medina in the #2 spot. The SHS girls soccer team is currently 3-0 and have shut out each of their opponents. Their next match is tomorrow (Sat. 9/12) against the #9 ranked team Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse). GO MUSTANGS!

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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, Chromebook information, and a 'Live Tech Chat' (available during school hours) to answer your questions. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST FOR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS

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

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html for additional details about this program.

“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).

THE U.S. CENSUS - HAVE YOU TAKEN THE TIME TO REGISTER?

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 my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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 www.creativeclasses.org 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 GreatScience.com.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce – 52nd Annual Golf Outing

The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd Annual Strongsville Chamber Golf Outing on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Shale Creek Golf Course in Medina. Registration begins at 8:30 am followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 am. The scramble-format outing also includes a boxed lunch, dinner following golf, skills contests and prizes. To register or for more information, please visit www.strongsvillechamber.com, or call the Chamber office at 440.238.3366.