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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 2)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - August 28, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Erin Barbour, Art Teacher at Chapman Elementary

  • Immunization Requirements for Incoming 7th & 12th Graders

  • SHS Junior Nicole Bodean Represents Strongsville in Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibit

  • Special Message from Our Bus Drivers and SCS Transportation Department

  • SCS Food Services - Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Become a Member of the Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters

  • New SHS Tennis Courts

  • Fundraiser at Mootown Creamery for “The Derby” - Tue. 9/1

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville Athletic Boosters Membership Drive

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • The U.S. Census - Have You Taken the Time to Register?

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 3 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting (Work Session)
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)

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?

During the summer, Strongsville City Schools participated in the USDA Farms to Families Program. 84,000 pounds of fresh produce was distributed to families in our District and community throughout this weekly program. Special thanks to the following who assisted and supported this summer program: Strongsville Kiwanis Club, United Church of Christ, Strongsville City Schools food service department, Strongsville Middle School custodial department, Strongsville City Schools teachers and staff who volunteered to distribute produce boxes, Church Street Ministries, Strongsville Food Bank, and our preferred produce distributor “Premier Produce”.

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Our teachers and staff have completed the first week of Remote Learning 2.0. What can students at our middle school and high school expect over the next few weeks in this learning environment? Click HERE for this week’s episode as we visit with Ms. Smolik at SMS and Mrs. Ribblett at SHS to hear more about what secondary students will experience during the first few weeks of Remote Learning 2.0.

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART WEBSITE - WWW.STRONGNET.ORG/RESTART

Don’t forget to bookmark www.strongnet.org/restart - it’s the informational hub for resources along with answers to your questions about the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to update this site often, so please keep checking the site for important information.

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MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. ERIN BARBOUR, ART TEACHER AT CHAPMAN ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Erin Barbour is beginning her fourth year at Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Barbour has worked at the Early Learning Preschool, Kinsner Elementary, and is currently the Art Teacher at Chapman Elementary. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Miami University and her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dayton.


“Having lived in Strongsville for most of my life, I am proud of this community and am honored to be a part of the lives of the children in my neighborhood. Not only did I grow up in Strongsville, but I now live in the same neighborhood as the students I teach! As an Encore teacher, I am privileged to work with almost 400 students at Chapman. Watching them grow and develop over the years is my favorite part of teaching,” said Mrs. Barbour.


She added, “Chapman is such a unique and collaborative learning environment. My students’ diverse needs challenge me to seek innovative ways of inspiring creativity. You never know what you’ll see when you walk into my classroom. I absolutely love introducing my students to as many different types of art media as possible and enjoy watching their creativity evolve as they grow over the years.”


Thank you Mrs. Barbour for continuing to inspire creativity in our elementary students and being part of a fantastic staff at Chapman! #WeAreStrongsville

* Picture of Mrs. Barbour and her students was taken during the 2019-20 school year

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING 7TH & 12TH GRADERS

Even though we are beginning the school year in Remote Learning 2.0, please note the following immunization requirements from the Ohio Department of Health. Proof of these immunizations need to be on file in our Health Services Department for incoming 7th & 12th grade students:


All students entering 7th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 7th grade:

One (1) dose of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine

(A second dose of meningococcal vaccine will be required prior to entry into the 12th grade)

One (1) dose of Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis] vaccine


All students entering 12th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 12th grade:

Two (2) doses of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine


Incoming 7th and 12th graders will need to show proof of having received these vaccines before they return to school for the 2020-21 school year (exemptions are provided for under law, call for more information).


Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 7th graders


Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 12th graders


Strongsville City Schools Health Services


Section 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code states that students who do not provide documentation of this immunization will be excluded from school on the 15th day after entrance, until proof is provided.

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SHS JUNIOR NICOLE BODEAN REPRESENTS STRONGSVILLE IN OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

Congratulations to SHS Junior Nicole Bodean who is representing Strongsville and District 7 in the Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse. Nicole’s artwork joins 99 other students highlighted in the Verne Riffe Center and Ohio Statehouse connector hallways. The exhibit will continue to be on view until Spring 2021 during the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts business hours.

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR BUS DRIVERS AND SCS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

The SCS Transportation Department misses our students! They recently created a video to make sure our students know they are thinking about them. Click HERE to view the video - they “can’t wait to get on the road again!”

SCS FOOD SERVICES - WEEKLY MEAL DISTRIBUTION

During Remote Learning 2.0, breakfast and lunch is still available for families in our District. Each Monday, an email will be sent for the upcoming week. Families can choose either a Wednesday pickup (for Thursday and Friday meals) and/or a Friday pickup (for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday meals). Meal pickups will occur at your student’s school.

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE STRONGSVILLE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC BOOSTERS

Even in these uncertain times, the Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters (SIMB) is working hard to support the needs of our student musicians. SIMB is the 501c3 organization that provides direct support to our music program through the purchase of music, instruments, music stands, repairs, guest clinicians, and performance fees.


This summer, SIMB was working to keep all involved in the music program healthy and safe, by providing consumable and durable items to help protect our students and staff. SIMB purchased and donated plastic dividers for the band and orchestra classrooms at the high school and middle school. They donated cases of masks and gloves, as well as infrared thermometers for our music department, athletic department, and the school district.


We’d like to invite you to join SIMB to help us continue these good works. Joining is easy - you can get started at https://simb.membershiptoolkit.com/home


Join by September 2nd to be included in the fall sports Media Guide. Thank you to our friends at Strongsville Athletic Boosters for their support!

NEW SHS TENNIS COURTS

The SHS girls varsity tennis team has started the season 6-1 and now have new tennis courts for their home matches. The six courts were recently completed and are a fantastic upgrade for our tennis program. The tennis courts were one of the additional projects funded by the $81 million bond issue passed by our community in 2012, as a result of cost savings on the original construction projects. You can check out the new courts, just outside of the east end of Pat Catan Stadium.

FUNDRAISER AT MOOTOWN CREAMERY FOR “THE DERBY” - TUE. 9/1

When students return to classes at the high school, Strongsville will have a Spirit Shop located at SHS.


"The Derby" is a collaboration between the Special Education Department, CareerTech, and Business Department with the goal to create a school-based enterprise that will allow job training, collaboration, creativity, and inclusion within the school and community. Students at Strongsville High School identified with special education needs will be collaborating with their non-disabled peers, to plan, develop, and create items for school spirit wear. Together, we are creating one environment for ALL.


You can support “The Derby” through a 50/50 raffle hosted by Mootown Creamery in Berea on Tuesday, September 1 from 5 - 8 pm. Mootown Creamery is committed to giving back to communities through hosting a raffle during their weekly Cruise-in event. Strongsville High School's "The Derby" has been selected to be their community group on September 1. Come on out to enjoy cars, ice cream, music, and donating to the 50/50 raffle to benefit "The Derby."

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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.

STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters 2020-2021 Membership Drive is under way! Join the boosters today to support all of our Mustang Athletes. Athletic Boosters provides team uniforms, team incentives, scholarships for graduating seniors and much, much more! We can't do it without the support of our parents!
Please consider joining - visit https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/home - there are multiple levels and great incentives! GO MUSTANGS!!

“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 United State 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. Visit my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.