Mustang Moments

Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 20)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - January 20, 2017

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Ohio School Board Recognition Month

  • Mustang Spotlight - Kinsner Elementary Cafeteria Manager Vicki Ladesic

  • Lauren Rakytiak, SHS Soccer Player, Earns All-American Recognition

  • 6th Grade SMS Students, Maggie McGowan & Katelyn Milvet, Win Essay Competition

  • Community Spaghetti Dinner - Friday, February 3

  • Strongsville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Opportunity for SHS Seniors

  • 2017-18 Kindergarten Information Session + Deposits for Full Day

  • SHS Main Entrance Brick Pavers

  • SHS Alumni Questionnaire

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, January 26 - Muraski Elementary School

Begin Accepting Full Day Kindergarten Deposits ($300 cash or check only) - 5:00pm
Kindergarten Informational Meeting - 7:00pm

Thursday, February 2 - 7pm
Board of Education Work Session (Administrative Offices - 18199 Cook Ave.)

Friday, February 3 - 5-7pm
Community Spaghetti Dinner
Strongsville High School

Friday, February 10 - 6:30pm-9pm

Rockin’ At The Rec Dance (6th - 8th Grade)
Ehrnfelt Recreation Center
Theme: Wear Red!

Thursday, February 16 - 7pm

Board of Education Meeting (NOTE LOCATION: SHS Media Center - 20025 Lunn Rd.)


Lt. Col. (ret) David Krempasky and CMSgt. (ret) Brad Buening lead this first year of the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Strongsville High School. JROTC is not just for students who want to go into the military. The class focuses on aerospace science, as well as developing teamwork, leadership, discipline, and other life skills. Click HERE to learn more about this impactful new program at Strongsville High School.


January is Ohio School Board Recognition Month - an opportunity for districts and communities to recognize the efforts of school board members. Among the many responsibilities of school boards, elected school board members assure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. School board members come from all walks of life and backgrounds. While they wear many hats in their individual workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts.

We appreciate the continued efforts and passion by our Board of Education members to move Strongsville City Schools forward. President Carl Naso, Vice President Richard Micko, and board members Duke Evans, George Grozan, and Jane Ludwig were recognized at last evening’s Board meeting by student representatives and thanked for their commitment to Strongsville students, staff and the community.

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Mrs. Vicki Ladesic has been with our District since 2003. She has worked at Drake and Chapman elementary schools, and is currently the Cafeteria Manager at Kinsner Elementary School. Mrs. Ladesic’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Akron (Food Services Management).

Mrs. Ladesic grew up in our District and attended Muraski Elementary, Center Junior High, and Strongsville High School. Both of her children are also proud graduates of SHS.

“The enthusiasm of elementary age children is contagious,” says Mrs. Ladesic. “I love that we get to watch our students grow up before our very eyes. There’s something new to admire, enjoy, and appreciate about our students every day!”

Mrs. Ladesic adds, “Our staff at Kinsner are exceptionally talented and kind. We have wonderful, hard-working people who really want each child to have a positive experience every day.”

Thank you Mrs. Ladesic for being part of the staff at Kinsner providing positive experiences for our students!

Lauren Rakytiak, SHS Soccer Player, Earns All-American Recognition

Strongsville High School Junior Lauren Rakytiak has become the twelfth Strongsville Lady Mustang soccer player to earn the designation of All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She joins an exclusive list of only fifty-one female high school players nationwide and was selected by a panel of high school coaches at the local, state, and national level. Lauren put together a phenomenal season in helping the Lady Mustangs go through an undefeated regular season against a schedule that included multiple national level programs, ending the year as the number one team in the final Ohio Soccer Coaches poll for the regular season.

Lauren's 2016 Season Stats:

  • 20 Games Played
  • 18 Games Started
  • 23 Goals (4 Game Winning)
  • 8 Assists (2 Game Winning)

Lauren continues to work very hard at her craft and is looking forward to continued growth for herself and her team in her senior year. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

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Strongsville Middle School 6th Graders Maggie McGowan and Katelyn Milvet earned local awards in this year's Elks Americanism Essay Contest. Students wrote essays for this year's theme - "Why Is It Important to Vote". Maggie's Social Studies teacher is Mr. Jay Mutti, Katelyn's Social Studies teacher is Mrs. Mary Goetz.

The Berea Elks Lodge received almost 400 essays this year from 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade students of the Berea, Olmsted Falls & Strongsville School Districts. Maggie & Katelyn's essays were two of the top three chosen in each of two divisions (5th-6th Grade and 7th-8th Grade). Their essays will now be submitted to the NE District of the Ohio Elks Association, competing against the top essays from all 15 lodges in the district. District winners will be selected, 3 each in the two divisions, by early March. Winners at the State level will be chosen by early April. National winners will be announced in late July.

Congratulations Maggie & Katelyn!

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Elks Americanism Essay Contest Winners & SMS Social Studies Teachers (L to R)

Mr. Mutti, Maggie McGowan, Katelyn Milvet, Mrs. Goetz


Mark your calendar for Friday, February 3rd and join us for a Community Spaghetti Dinner at Strongsville High School from 5-7pm. Enjoy a great dinner and stay for the Mustangs Boys Basketball Game against Elyria. Tickets are just $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 (Kids 5 & under eat free!). Proceeds benefit the ‘Continue the Excellence’ campaign. Click HERE for the event flyer and to order advance tickets.

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The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications from high school seniors who live in Strongsville for their annual scholarship awards. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2017. Please click HERE for additional information.


For parents of students who will be attending kindergarten beginning in the Fall of 2017, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00pm at Muraski Elementary School (20270 Royalton Rd.). That same evening, deposits ($300) will be accepted by cash or check beginning at 5:00pm for families interested in securing a space for full day kindergarten. According to State Law and District policy, any child who becomes five years old on or before August 1, 2017 is eligible for admission into the Strongsville School District's Kindergarten program in August.

Individual registration will take place at Strongsville City Schools Administrative Office (18199 Cook Ave.). Registration times will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Dates for kindergarten registration are as follows:

Chapman Elementary - Monday, March 13, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Kinsner Elementary - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Muraski Elementary - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Surrarrer Elementary - Thursday, March 16, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Whitney Elementary - Friday, March 17, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Click HERE for additional information on Kindergarten registration.


As part of the expansion of Strongsville High School in 1998, brick pavers were purchased by donors and installed in the main entrance area. During recent construction and renovation at the high school, it was necessary for these brick pavers to be removed. For those who are interested in retaining their brick paver, they may be found on pallets in front of our Maintenance Department on Rademaker-Miller Lane.

Click HERE for the specific list of donors and brick pavers available for pick up through March 31, 2017.

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Are you an SHS graduate? Do you know an SHS graduate? We are working on building our alumni database in order to reconnect with those who have graduated from SHS, share with them the good stories of student achievement and other positive news about the District, as well as encourage them to return for alumni-specific events which will be planned in the future. Please share this LINK with any SHS alumni! #foreveramustang

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Southwest General Safe Sitter Classes

Safe Sitter is a national program that teaches students a variety of skills they need to stay at home safely and/or to babysit. It is for young people 11-14 years of age. Instructors are certified through the Safe Sitter program and are employed through Southwest General. This class includes American Heart Association CPR, as well as American Academy of Pediatrics First Aid. Click HERE for more information on upcoming classes.

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.

Women in Business Breakfast

New Year New You. Updating Your Look in 2017

Thursday, January 26th – 7:30am

Holiday Inn Strongsville

Are you looking for personalized skin care, color analysis, image or wardrobe tips? The featured speaker will be Anne Cannon, Executive Director BeautiControl and owner Uniquely YOU Image Consulting. Ms. Cannon works with men and women who desire to look and feel their best. Cost is $20 per person.

February Business Luncheon

Tuesday, February 21 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Strongsville VFW #3345 - 17900 Strongsville Blvd.

$20 per person / Register by calling 440.238.3366 or at

Strongsville Library

Please note the following January 2017 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.

The Friends of the Strongsville Branch Library have partnered with local roaster Red Cedar Coffee to sell Library Lovers' Brew at the branch, with sales supporting the Friends organization. Twelve-ounce bags of ground regular and decaf are $8.99 each. Stop in and pick up a special gift for yourself and a friend!

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 Winter story time sessions.

Technology Training Classes

Beginning in 2017, Cuyahoga County Public Library will offer a new series of technology training classes for beginners to advanced users. We are also offering more evening classes. All classes are free. Registration begins 30 days before each class date. Classes are for adults age 18 and over. To see a full class list and to register, please visit

Power of Meditation Series. Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Meditation has been proven to strengthen memory, lower blood pressure, help with chronic pain, depression, anxiety and decrease stress. Join us for a four-week mini-series of meditation exercises facilitated by Kemper House. No experience necessary.

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, January 23rd. This month we will be discussing Be Frank with Me by Julia Clairborne Johnson. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Meaningful Life & Work After Retirement. Tuesday, January 24th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Many people are discovering that retirement provides them with an opportunity to now do what they have always wanted. If this sounds like you, come to this workshop to find out about the opportunities available to you. Learn how to put your business acumen to work by becoming a mentor at SCORE, go back to school utilizing the 60+ programs colleges offer, and more.

2017 Building Competition. All Ages/Families. Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come to our third annual LEGO™ bricks competition. Official entry forms and rules are available Monday, January 2nd. Entry forms MUST be dropped off by Wednesday, January 25 to be entered into the competition. Drop off your built creation 10:00 AM to 12 noon. The public exhibition and judging will take place from 12 noon to 3 PM. Prizes will be awarded for various age levels including a Family category this year.