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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 8)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - October 9, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Julie Andersen, Cafeteria Manager at SMS

  • Friday Night Community Concessions

  • Join the SCS Crew!

  • Eat at City BBQ to Benefit Athletic Boosters (Tue. 10/13)

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville PTA Council Clothing Drive Fundraiser (Thu. 10/29)

  • Greater Cleveland Conference Athletes of the Month

  • Bid on Premier Parking Spot at SHS

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

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

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Week of September 28 - through end of the first quarter (10/16)
Preschool - 5th grade students will attend school every day (PreK M-Th)

6th - 12th grade students will attend school following the green/white day schedule

Students in SOLO & SOLO 2.0 will continue their virtual coursework.


Friday, October 16
Remote Learning Day for All Students

Monday, October 19
Beginning of Second Quarter
All SMS/SHS students return to school 5 days per week


Thursday, October 22 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting**
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
** All Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week, our Transportation Department rolled out a new app for our District - “Here Comes the Bus.” This app will give families the opportunity to track bus routes before and after school and will provide personalized notifications for transportation information. The app is available on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Click HERE for this week’s episode, to learn more about the “Here Comes the Bus” app for our District.

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.

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

With our students returning to in person learning next week, 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.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. JULIE ANDERSEN, CAFETERIA MANAGER AT STRONGSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mrs. Julie Andersen is our Cafeteria Manager at Strongsville Middle School. Mrs. Andersen is in her 22nd year in our District and was a resident of Strongsville when her children were a part of our District. She helped in the concession stand during high school football season and was an active parent volunteer while her children were Zellers students. Mrs. Andersen is a graduate of Siena Heights University and spent many years in the restaurant business, managing several small food chain businesses, prior to working in our District.


“I like working with the students and getting to know them. Seeing them grow from year to year is fun. I pride myself in offering the students a variety of foods that appeal to them. I talk to them to see what they would like offered and do the best I can. Working with our Food Services team at the middle school makes for a fun environment,” said Mrs. Andersen.


Thank you Mrs. Andersen for providing healthy meal options to our SMS students on a daily basis! #WeAreStrongsville

FRIDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY CONCESSIONS

During Fridays this fall, the following local businesses have agreed to donate a portion of sales back to the Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters (SIMB). Please be sure to mention “Strongsville Concessions Fundraiser” prior to ordering.


  • Raising Cane’s (114356 Pearl Road) - 3pm - close

  • Dairy Queen (12152 Pearl Rd.) - 3pm - close

  • Gina’s Pizza (14405 Pearl Rd.) - 440.238.4820

  • Peace, Love, & Little Donuts (13500 Pearl Rd.) - Friday AND Saturday - 8am - 3pm

  • Robek’s (18025 Royalton Rd.)

  • Five Guys (15171 Pearl Rd. / 440.268.9968) - 5pm - 8pm *Carryout only - order online, through the app, or call in

  • Chick-fil-A (16584 Royalton Rd.) - 4pm - 9pm


SIMB normally staffs the concession stands during fall SHS football games at Pat Catan Stadium. They appreciate our community’s continued support, and thank the participating Strongsville businesses, for helping to raise funds to support our students and the various music programs in our District. GO MUSTANGS!
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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!

EAT AT CITY BBQ TO BENEFIT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS (TUE. 10/13)

Eat at City BBQ (17818 Royalton Rd.) on Tuesday, October 13th, and support Strongsville Athletic Boosters! The Boosters will receive 20% of all proceeds from orders when you mention the code: “Fund A” (phone, online, or app orders) or “Fundraiser A” (at cashier) at checkout. Click HERE for the fundraising flyer.

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 PTA COUNCIL CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDRAISER (THU. 10/29)

Strongsville PTA Council will be hosting a clothing drive on Thursday, October 29 from 4pm - 7pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation & Senior Center (18100 Royalton Rd.). This clothing drive is a fundraiser to earn money for scholarships for the Class of 2021. They will accept any clothing, accessories, blankets and other soft goods. No electronics, home goods, etc. will be collected at this time. Everything must be in secured garbage bags. Please wear a mask! Social distancing rules will apply for help unloading your donations. Special thank you to Parma movers for generously donating a truck to collect and transport the donations!

GREATER CLEVELAND CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Michael Lee (Boys Golf) and Shelby Sallee (Girls Soccer) for earning “September Athlete of the Month” honors from the Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC). Michael won the individual title at the final 2 GCC Golf Tournaments, shooting even par for both. He was also recently named the 2020 GCC MVP for Boys Golf. Shelby had 11 goals and 2 assists in 7 games for the Mustangs, including the game-winner against seventh-ranked Anthony Wayne. The Lady Mustangs are currently ranked #2 in Ohio. GO MUSTANGS!

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BID ON PREMIER PARKING SPOT AT SHS

Strongsville Athletic Boosters is pleased to offer a premier parking spot at Strongsville High School for the 2020-21 school year to the highest bidder of an eBay auction. This premier parking spot is optimally located - approximately 25 steps from Pat Catan Stadium and only 40 steps from the side entrance to Strongsville High School - and is available for all Strongsville High School events, including weekend activities!


Avoid long walks in harsh conditions from remote lots with this elite parking space. Bid today (18 and older only). Bidding closes on Sunday, October 11th at 9:00pm (EST).


Click HERE to bid on this SHS parking space.

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 for the week of October 5th 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).

THE U.S. CENSUS - HAVE YOU TAKEN THE TIME TO REGISTER?

Take the 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. The Census deadline has been extended to October 31st - visit my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Girl Scouts Robot Building Party (Virtual Event)

Join the Girl Scouts for a Robot Building Party on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm. Register for the virtual event at gsneo.org/join. Click HERE for the event flyer.


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 October. You can 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.