Mustang Moments

Strongsville City Schools News ('16-'17 Vol I, Iss 4)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent
  • Reminder - Information Distributed Through PASS (Parent Portal)
  • SHS Symphony Orchestra Special Performance
  • Issue 120 - Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy
  • Mustang Spotlight - Kinsner Elementary 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Joanne Adams
  • Community Conversation with Superintendent Ryba at Strongsville Panera
  • SCS Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget
  • Nominate the SHS Marching Mustangs
  • Vote for the SHS Girls Soccer Team
  • Decision on Sale of Drake Elementary School Building & Property
  • Kinsner Elementary Principal Inducted Into Mount Union Athletic Hall of Fame
  • WANTED! SHS Alumni News
  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, September 19 - 7pm
Special Board of Education Meeting (Administration Building)

Tuesday, September 20 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
'Community Conversation' - Meet Superintendent Cameron Ryba
at Strongsville Panera (17090 Royalton Rd.)

Friday, September 23
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, October 4
Parent / Teacher Conferences (Evening Conferences)

Wednesday, October 5 - 7pm
Board of Education Work Session (Administration Building)

Wednesday, October 12
Parent / Teacher Conferences (Evening Conferences)

Friday, October 14

Thursday, October 20 - 7pm
Board of Education Meeting (Administration Building)

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

New buildings, new curriculum, new classes - the beginning of the 2016-17 has already been filled with great opportunities and experiences for our students. Another change that your student might have noticed is the new food options throughout our District. Click HERE to see more about the ‘new look’ lunch for Strongsville City Schools.


A reminder that important information (transportation, etc.) will continue to be communicated online through the PASS system. Please note that you must be logged on through the parent portal (not through a student account) to access this information. Should you have any questions about your PASS account, please contact your student’s school secretary.


The Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra has been selected to perform at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference at the Cleveland Convention Center in February, 2017. Thousands of music educators from K-12 to the college level attend this conference, making it one of the largest in the country. Strongsville was selected from over 150 ensembles who applied for the conference. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9:15 am at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Congratulations to our Symphony Orchestra for this tremendous honor, reserved for the very best ensembles in the State of Ohio!

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Strongsville City Schools will be placing a renewal levy (Issue 120) on the November 8, 2016 ballot. This is a renewal of an existing operating levy and is NOT a tax increase. This issue means continuation of the high quality education that our students and community deserve. Early voting begins October 12th.


Mrs. Joanne Adams has taught in the Strongsville City School District for 20 years. In addition to teaching her current 4th graders at Kinsner, she has also taught 4th grade at Allen, and kindergarten at Chapman. Mrs. Adams graduated from Baldwin Wallace and earned her Master’s Degree at Marygrove College.

Mrs. Adams grew up in Strongsville, attending Muraski, Center, and Strongsville High School. She is a 1989 SHS graduate and is also raising her family in our community. “I enjoy living where I teach because I also have the chance to see my students outside of school and as they continue to grow up in our District,” said Mrs. Adams.

She added, “I absolutely love my job! I love to see my students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills. I enjoy being able to interact with kids and love their energy. My goal is to inspire my students not only academically, but personally too. My goal is to help children become the best they can be!”

Thank you Mrs. Adams for continuing to inspire the students in our District!


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At last evening’s Board meeting, the Strongsville City Schools Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget was approved. The budget is available for viewing online - click HERE.

NOMINATE THE SHS MARCHING MUSTANGS is currently accepting nominations for its upcoming 'Best High School Marching Band' contest. Let's make sure Strongsville High School and our Marching Mustangs are among the finalists. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, September 19th. Visit HERE for more nomination details.

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Vote for our SHS Varsity Girls Soccer Team as the MaxPreps/JJHuddle Ohio High School Girls Soccer Team of the Week! Voting concludes at noon on Monday, September 19th. Click HERE to vote!

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Upon the recommendation of the Board Facilities Development Committee, Strongsville’s Board of Education approved placing the Drake Elementary school building and property up for public auction to determine the market value of these district assets, and potential sale to an interested buyer. This public auction was held yesterday afternoon. Following last evening's Board of Education meeting, an Executive Session was held by the Board members to review the high bid, as Board approval was necessary to continue the process. The Board of Education has elected to defer their decision until Monday (9/19) at a special Board Meeting at 7pm at the Administration Building.


Congratulations to Mr. Adam Marino, Principal at Kinsner Elementary School, for his induction this weekend into the Mount Union Athletic Hall of Fame. Before beginning his career with Strongsville City Schools, Mr. Marino was a standout wide receiver for the Mount Union football team. A 2001 graduate, he was a two-time All-American and two-time winner of the Ohio Athletic Conference's Ed Sherman Award in 1999 and 2000 given to the conference's top wide receiver. When he graduated, Mr. Marino was the most prolific receiver in school history and still is the all-time leader in receptions with 272 and ranks second with 4,704 yards and 52 touchdowns. He was a member of the 1997, 1998 and 2000 national championship teams.


We want to hear from our Strongsville High School graduates! Where are you working? Where are you completing your college degree? What kinds of success are you having? Where are you living? We want to share with our community the impact our alumni are having on the world in “life after SHS.” Send your alumni news to



Team Strongsville Kick-It

Join the fight against pediatric cancer by participating in the upcoming Kick-It event! Organize a kickball team to compete on Sunday, October 2nd from 11:00am - 4:00pm at the Strongsville Youth Park (21255 Lunn Road). This event is open to the public and will feature food and fun, with all proceeds benefiting and supporting pediatric cancer research. Click HERE for more information.

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

Get to Know Your City Council & School Board. Tuesday, September 27th. 11:30am-1:00pm

Bring your business cards and brochures and join us at the Monthly Business Meeting. Enjoy networking, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to hear from and meet Strongsville City Council & School Board members. Cost is just $20 per person.

48th Annual Golf Outing. Thursday, September 29th. 10:00am-6:00pm

Reserve your foursome now! 4 person scramble-Shotgun start-Hole in one prize. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

SAVE THE DATE – Holiday Scholarship Dance. Friday, December 2nd. 7:00pm at Michaud’s

Contact the Chamber now to reserve your table! $350 for a table of 10 or $70 per couple.

100% of ticket sale revenue goes toward scholarships

Strongsville Library

Please note the following September 2016 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call 440.238.5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Fall story time sessions.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: Exercise Emotional Health Connection.

Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month for this special wellness talk sponsored by Southwest Wendy Zullo, from Southwest Lifeworks talking about living a healthy lifestyle. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk! For more information call (440) 816-4037.

Mother Daughter Upcycling Craft II: Snap Earrings. Teens ages 10-18 with their Moms or Grandmoms. Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Create a gorgeous pair of earrings by upcycling metal fabric snaps!

Stroke Awareness: Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Wednesday, September 21st from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for our bi-monthly Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Each month we bring a special speaker of interest to seniors and residents of Strongsville. Our September speaker will be Maureen Moore from Southwest General speaking on a topic for Stroke Awareness & Prevention month. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, September 21st. This month we will be discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!

Legal Issues Affecting Seniors. Thursday, September 22nd from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you have questions regarding Power of Attorneys, HIPAA Authorization, long-term care planning, or Medicaid? Join a representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for a presentation on common legal issues affecting seniors. Bring your questions and leave with answers.

Toddler Fair. Children 19-25 months with a Caregiver. Friday, September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Join us for a morning of hands-on sensory activities using common household objects. No registration required.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, September 26th. This month we will be discussing The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Meet the Author: Karin Slaughter! Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and acclaimed stand-alones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. Her latest, The Kept Woman, is the long-awaited tenth installment of the Will Trent series and is an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller starring the Georgia detective. With more than 35 million copies of her books in print, Karin is known worldwide as a standout writer in the genre. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry.

The Over 40 Job Seeker. Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This informative and motivational workshop is designed for the over 40 jobseeker who wants to learn how to increase their marketability and success in today's job field. This workshop will provide hands on job search strategies and resources.