Weekly Update

April 15, 2019

State Testing Information

State testing at SHS will take place on April 23 & 24 and May 6 - 8. All of these days will have late arrivals for our non testing students. For a full look at the schedule and testing information, please click this link.


Reminder: Students will be using their chromebooks for testing. Therefore, all students should bring their chromebooks fully charged and ready to go for testing. Please remind your son or daughter to bring their chromebook and charger home over Easter weekend.

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Yearbook Order Ends Soon

Dont miss out on getting your yearbook. Place your order at www.jostens.com or pick up an order form in the main office. Time is running out...

Levy Update

As you may know, Strongsville City Schools has a 5.9 mill, 5-year limited operating levy on the May 7th ballot - Issue 4. The passage of Issue 4 will provide our District with financial stability through the 2026-2027 school year.

Unfortunately, reductions will be necessary should Issue 4 fail in May. For our school, these reductions would include:


  • Indefinite delay of technology and textbook purchases for our students

  • Elimination of Student Council, Student Newspaper, Musical Director, Musical Choreographer, Musical Pit Director, Musical Vocal Director, Drama Director, Pep Band, Key Club, Freshman Class Advisor, Sophomore Class Advisor

  • Reduction of Marching Band Trips, Show Choir Competitions, and other Club/Group Field Trips

  • Elimination of Junior Air Force ROTC Program

  • Increase of $50 in “Pay to Participate” fees

  • Increase of class minimums to 20 students and average class sizes to 30 students

  • Elimination of transportation services for 11th and 12th grade students

  • Implementing zone busing transportation service for 9th and 10th grade students

Please visit www.strongnet.org/Issue4 for important information about this operating levy and the financial impact on our District.
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Color Guard auditions 2019 are coming!

Who?: Anyone grades 8-11 interested in becoming a member of the Color Guard and wants to perform with the Marching Mustangs!

When?: Mon Ap 29, Wed May 1, Mon May 6, Wed May 8 -Selection day! 3:30-5:30

Where?: HS main gymnasium

Lantern Movie Night

Did you enjoy "Fright Night" in October? Are you going to see Avengers: End Game? The Lantern is back with "A Night Under the Lantern Lights!" We will be showing Avengers: Infinity War on April 18th at 7pm in the high school auditorium to get you ready for the release of the new movie. Get your $10 tickets from a Lantern member, room 805, or during lunch periods during the week of April 15th through the 18th. Pay by cash or check made out to Strongsville City Schools. This is an event for high school students.

Highlighting Success at SHS

Computer Science Student Compete in Baldwin Wallace Competition

Last week, two teams of computer science students competed in the Baldwin Wallace coding competition. Each team is made up of four students and teams were from all over Northeast Ohio. Our teams finished 5th and 8th respectively out of 33 total teams. Congratulations to each team!
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Lantern Recognized at Ohio Scholastic Media Association Competition

The Lantern, our student-run magazine, won 16 awards at the recent Ohio Scholastic Media Association competition this past Friday Night at Kent State University! Our students submitted work from the past year to be judged by Journalism teachers and journalists from all over Ohio.


Our staff, led by Bailey Klingbeil, Munira Odetallah, and Erin Sievers, made some incredible changes this year. They switched from newspaper to magazine which allows more room for creativity and design elements. They went from being writers for the staff to collaborative leaders. The staff as a whole has published four issues already with our fifth coming out in May. It is a privilege to watch them grow as designers, writers, problem-solvers and MUSTANGS!


The awards are as follows:


1. Superior Review (2)- Kristin Johnson

  • Kristin is a freshman!! She wrote two reviews this year on Avengers: Infinity War and another on Les Miserables at Playhouse Square. Both won Superior, the highest rating!

2. Superior Review (2)- Kristin Johnson

3. Excellent News Feature- Khizzer Ahmed

  • “Varsity Football Makes the Playoffs”

4. Excellent First Person Narrative- Erin Sievers

  • “Snowballs don’t kill people” A first person POV creative writing commentary on gun control

5. Excellent Sports Coverage/News- Jack Berney

  • “Hockey”

6. Honorable Mention Personality Profile- Jenna Lusk

  • “Hometown Heroes” Personality Profile on Michael Bickelmeyer

7. Honorable Mention Personality Profile- Jack Berney

  • “Student Athlete Spotlight: Paige Meyers, Girls Tennis”

8. Honorable Mention News Feature- Faith Lee

  • “CYO Brings Jason Treuting to Inspire SHS Students with the Art of Music”

9. Honorable Mention Alternative Copy- Malini Gaddamanugu and Nadira Sry

  • “Welcome to SHS” New Staff Highlight

10. Honorable Mention First Person Narrative- Allie Davidson

  • “The Calling” A first person POV creative writing

11. Honorable Mention Commentary- Crystel Tohme

  • “Chicktastic Debate: Chik-fil-A or Canes?”

12. Honorable Mention Sports Coverage/News- Bilal Haider

  • “Lady Mustangs Kicking Off the Season”

13. Honorable Mention News Photo- Joanne Munshower

  • Joanne and The Lantern crew of 2017-2018 went to the soccer game in Columbus and took a photo for this year’s Lantern crew, so we entered it! You can enter graduated.

14. Honorable Mention Opinion Page Layout- Erin Sievers

  • Les Miserable Review Page

15. Honorable Mention Opinion Page Layout- Bailey Klingbeil

  • Nerd’s Corner from the November December Issue


The Full Schedule

Here is a link to our athletic and school calendars for all of our events scheduled for the week of April 15.