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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 12)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - November 6, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • SCS Learning Framework - November 9-24

  • ‘SCS Connects’ Virtual Learning Opportunity for Elementary Students

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Mallory Logan, Speech Pathologist at Chapman Elementary

  • ‘Here Comes the Bus’ App

  • SHS Lady Mustangs Varsity Soccer Team Earns Spot in ‘Elite 8’ for 4th Straight Year

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • Join the SCS Crew!

  • SHS Sophomore Julia Isham Qualifies for Cross Country State Championship Meet

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Annual Strongsville Athletic Boosters Car Raffle - Win a 2020 Chevy Trax!

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, November 9 - Tuesday, November 24
SHS & SMS Students in Blended Learning Framework
6th - 12th Grade Students follow the Green/White Calendar

[Preschool and Elementary Students will continue in person, 5 days per week]


Friday, November 13
End of Trimester (Grades K-5)


Thursday, November 19 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

SCS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (NOVEMBER 9 - 24)

At the Strongsville Board of Education meeting last night, the majority of the Board voted to continue to keep all PRESCHOOL/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students in school 5 days a week from Monday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 24th, which coincides with our Thanksgiving Break. Students at the MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL will move to the Blended Learning framework during this same time period (November 9-24). SMS and SHS students will follow this Green/White calendar.


The decision for the learning framework covers the next two and a half weeks and no changes to the learning framework described above will occur prior to Thanksgiving Break. The Board of Education is scheduled to meet on November 19th to discuss and determine the learning framework for the week of November 30th.

‘SCS CONNECTS’ VIRTUAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Please click HERE for recent correspondence to our elementary school families regarding “SCS Connects,” a new virtual learning opportunity for our District.


Families currently with students in Lincoln Learning, SOLO 2.0, or In Person who wish to enroll in a virtual learning option must complete this survey by Monday, November 9th at 8AM. If the survey is not completed by this time, you will lose your opportunity to self-select your program of choice and the district will make the final placement decision for your child.

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.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. MALLORY LOGAN, SPEECH PATHOLOGIST AT CHAPMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mrs. Mallory Logan is a Speech Pathologist at Chapman Elementary School. Mrs. Logan has been working in our District for two years. Her undergraduate degree is from Baldwin Wallace University and she also has earned a graduate degree from Cleveland State University.


“I love having the opportunity to teach and facilitate communication skills to my students at Chapman Elementary School; everyone deserves a voice or method to communicate. The students at Chapman continue to teach me to appreciate even the smallest of victories, to be compassionate, and to embrace one another's differences,” said Mrs. Logan.


“Some of the best components of my job include watching my students grow and having the ability to collaborate, problem-solve, and learn from my colleagues. I love working in a building and district where we strive to do what is best for children!”


Thank you Mrs. Logan for being part of a great team at Chapman Elementary School! #WeAreStrongsville

‘HERE COMES THE BUS’ APP

'Here Comes The Bus' is an app for SCS families to track busing information and routes for their student(s), as well as real-time notifications. The app and complementary website - available on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or personal computer - enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on its daily route. Download the ‘Here Comes the Bus’ app to monitor daily transportation information.

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SHS LADY MUSTANGS VARSITY SOCCER TEAM EARNS SPOT IN ‘ELITE 8’ FOR 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR

The Strongsville High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team earned a spot in the “Elite 8” of the OHSAA postseason tournament for the 4th straight year. The Lady Mustangs defeated Twinsburg 4-0 earlier this week. It was the team’s 14th shutout of the season. The Mustangs will battle Akron Archbishop Hoban tomorrow (Saturday, 11/7) at 6pm with a trip to the State Final Four on the line. The match will be live streamed HERE.
Good Luck Lady Mustangs!

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.

JOIN THE SCS CREW!

Attention parents of middle school and high school students:

SCS Crew is looking for new members. The Crew is a talented team of video production members! Students in SCS Crew have the opportunity to be a part of the team that records district events throughout the school year - sports, concerts, Board of Education meetings, SHS Commencement, and MORE - for YouTube and our Strongsville City Schools TV channel. Interested students should contact Scott Benson (440.572.7032 / sbenson@scsmustangs.org). Click HERE for a video about SCS Crew!

SHS SOPHOMORE JULIA ISHAM QUALIFIES FOR CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

Congratulations to current SHS sophomore Julia Isham, who qualified for tomorrow’s Girls Cross Country State Championship Meet. Julia finished in 3rd place at last weekend's Regional Championship with a time of 19:39 - only 9 seconds off the first place finisher. She was also recently named the Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Good luck at the State Championship Meet Julia!

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.

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

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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ANNUAL STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CAR RAFFLE - WIN A 2020 CHEVY TRAX!

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2020 Chevy Trax donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. The vehicle is on display in front of the SCS bus lot on Pearl Road. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each and only 3,000 will be sold. All proceeds benefit the SCS Excellence in Athletics Turf Project and the Strongsville School’s sports, music and PTA programs. The raffle drawing will be held during the November 20, 2020 Strongsville High School Girls Basketball Game. Purchase tickets:

  • Online at https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/Home

  • Via drive up on Saturday (12-3pm) at Rademaker-Miller Lane near the SCS Transportation Building

  • Student-athletes, Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters, and PTA families have also been provided tickets to sell

PCs FOR PEOPLE

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 so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/

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).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.


Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered in November. You can also register at connectingforkids.org/register.


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

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.