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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 20)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - January 22, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SCS Learning Framework (Week of January 25)

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Full Day Requests

  • SHS Seniors Form “Victory in the Ville” Team to Support Leukemia Lymphoma Society

  • FREE Student Breakfast/Lunch for the Remainder of the 2020-21 School Year

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Nancy Herron, Special Education Aide - Preschool

  • SHS Sophomore Sophia Kreze Crowned International United Miss Ohio Junior Teen

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Chris Cola (SHS Class of ‘05) Part of Cleveland Browns Memorable Season

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville Lacrosse 2021 Registration Now OPEN!

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

SCS Learning Framework
Beginning Monday, 1/25: In-Person Learning (PreK - 12th Grade)


Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences*
* Teachers/building principals will be reaching out with the specific instructions to schedule these virtual conferences
Tuesday, February 2 (Grades PreK-5)
Wednesday, February 3 (Grades 9-12)
Wednesday, February 10 (Grades PreK-8)
Thursday, February 11 (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, February 4
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

‘SCS Connects’ is a program providing students learning remotely the opportunity to interact with and learn with students in the classroom. This innovative program pairs an SCS Connects teacher with an SCS grade-level teacher in a collaboration which provides learning, as well as social/emotional benefits. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode as we learn more about ‘SCS Connects’ and its impact on our classrooms.

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.

SCS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (WEEK OF JANUARY 25)

An important reminder: On Monday, January 25, all students (PreK-12th grade) will be In-Person, 5 days / week. Families who are enrolled in remote learning programs (Lincoln Learning, Edmentum, SOLO 2.0, SCS Connects, etc.) will remain in those learning frameworks for the remainder of the school year.

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN FULL DAY REQUESTS

An informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students (2021-22 school year) was recently held. If you missed the meeting and want to view the presentation, please click HERE.

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year are currently being accepted exclusively online. Please click HERE for additional information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

SHS SENIORS FORM “VICTORY IN THE VILLE” TEAM TO SUPPORT THE LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

SHS seniors Emma Platten, Julia Spicer, and Max Prok were nominated by SHS staff for the Northern Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Students of The Year campaign. These three dedicated students form Team Victory in The Ville.


The Students of the Year campaign is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, ensuring that they stand out when preparing for college and beyond. During the program, students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Student leaders fundraise for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team in each community that raises the most funds during a 7-week competition.


The 7-week competition runs through Saturday, February 27, 2021. Team Victory in The Ville has a goal to fundraise $75,000 and needs all the help that they can get to achieve or surpass this goal. If you have the ability, please consider supporting these SHS seniors and LLS. You can visit their webpage HERE to make an online donation or click HERE for additional information about the SHS team’s efforts to support LLS.

REMINDER: FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Thanks to the USDA and Federal Meal Program, breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost to students through the end of the 2020-21 school year (5/28/21), or until available funding runs out. Elementary families still need to pre-order meals (by 10:00pm the night before) through Nutrislice - click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Visit the Food Services section (under Business Services) of our District website or call 440.572.7058 for additional information.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. NANCY HERRON, SPECIAL EDUCATION AIDE AT EARLY LEARNING PRESCHOOL

Mrs. Nancy Herron is a Special Education Aide at our Strongsville Early Learning Preschool. Mrs. Herron has also worked at Drake Elementary during her 24 years of service in our District. Her family has lived in Strongsville for over 30 years and both of her children are Strongsville High School graduates.


“I love seeing our students’ smiling faces and how they work to achieve their goals. Each day is something new. It is fantastic to see their excitement when they learn something new or do something they could not do just the day before! I love being part of the staff at the Early Learning Preschool. Everyone works together - we are a true team,” said Mrs. Herron.


Thank you Mrs. Herron for helping to build the foundation for our Mini-Mustangs at the Early Learning Preschool! #WeAreStrongsville

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SHS SOPHOMORE SOPHIA KREZE CROWNED INTERNATIONAL UNITED MISS OHIO JUNIOR TEEN

Sophia Kreze, a sophomore at Strongsville High School, was recently crowned as the International United Miss Ohio Junior Teen 2020-2021 in Columbus Ohio. Sophia was selected after a day of interview, personal introduction, and gown competition, where she was 0.38 of a point away from achieving perfect scores across the panel of expert judges. Sophia will be representing Ohio for the next year, and will compete for the International United Miss Junior Teen title in July of 2021 in New Jersey. Sophia is involved in a number of community outreach projects, including the creation of “The Teacher’s Closet” for SCS. This gives Strongsville teachers access to school supplies to assist students during the course of the school year, without using their own funds. Seeing that it has been able to help students already, her goal is to reach out to neighboring districts and start these teacher supply closets in other communities.

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

Strongsville City Schools is now hiring motivated, energetic, part-time professional substitute school bus drivers. This position features great pay ($16.19 per hour), flexible hours, no holidays, and is very rewarding. Requires a CDL Class B, with SP endorsement - TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!


If you would like to apply for a Substitute Bus Driver position, please complete this EXTERNAL application. When your application is complete, those interested, qualified candidates should contact the Transportation Department to schedule an initial interview at 440.572.7060.

CHRIS COLA (SHS CLASS OF ‘05) PART OF CLEVELAND BROWNS MEMORABLE SEASON

Congratulations to the Cleveland Browns on a memorable season! Did you know that there is a Strongsville connection in the Browns front office? Chris Cola (SHS Class of ‘05) is the Facilities Manager for the team’s practice facility in Berea. Chris played football while at SHS, as well as at Heidelberg University. At Heidelberg, he was a Business Administration and Sport Management major. Click HERE for a great article about Chris and his thoughts on being a member of the Browns organization. #foreveramustang
Photo Credit: Heidelberg University

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.

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.

STRONGSVILLE LACROSSE 2021 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Come be a part of America’s fastest growing sport. Strongsville Youth Lacrosse has been growing since 2008 and registration for the 2021 season is now open for boys and girls in 2nd-8th grades. Indoor practices begin mid-February and the outdoor season will run from late March through May. All experience levels welcome. For detailed information, please visit the registration site at https://www.strongsvillelacrosse.com. Due to social distancing guidelines, team rosters will be capped. Please register early to ensure your spot for the season.

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

The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-5, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at www.strongsvillefootballbackers.com. Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!


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.


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.