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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 32)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - April 23, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Right At School’ to Offer Before- & After-School Care in Our District for 2021-22

  • SHS Senior Alexandru Sachelari Receives National Merit Scholarship

  • Upcoming Vaccination Clinic - Wednesday, May 5th

  • SHS Spring Musical - “Home Streaming” on April 23 & April 24

  • SMS Art Teacher Mrs. Carla Ganim Nationally Recognized by Artsonia

  • Eight SHS Student-Athletes Make Athletic & Academic Commitments

  • Mustang Spotlight - Ms. Rachel Flynn, 1st Grade Teacher at Chapman Elementary

  • SHS Musicians Participate in the OMEA Virtual Solo & Ensemble Contest

  • Boys & Girls Mustangs Summer Basketball Camps

  • Register NOW for the Strongsville Track Club

  • Strongsville Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing - Friday, June 11

  • Attn: Current 5th Graders - Register for 6th Grade Camp (Sept. 10-12)!

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

TONIGHT (Fri. 4/23) & TOMORROW (Sat. 4/24) - 7:00pm
SHS Spring Musical - Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
Purchase “home stream” tickets HERE


Thursday, May 6 - 7:00pm

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

Strongsville High School is proud to present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” - a special home streaming event! Because of the pandemic, this production took on a very different pathway to completion. The cast includes 35+ SHS students, along with 10+ students working backstage. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we learn more about this unique production for our high school students.

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.

‘RIGHT AT SCHOOL’ TO OFFER BEFORE- & AFTER-SCHOOL CARE IN OUR DISTRICT FOR 2021-22

Our District is excited to announce a partnership agreement with the nationally recognized school enrichment provider, Right At School, to provide before- and after-school care for elementary students this fall. Right at School will be offering before- and after-school care every weekday (Monday-Friday) at each of the elementary school buildings in our District, beginning in August, 2021. This week, two Parent Forums were held to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. In case you missed it HERE is the video and HERE are the slides presented. For additional information, please click HERE to visit their website dedicated to the newly established Strongsville Schools program.

SHS SENIOR ALEXANDRU SACHELARI RECEIVES NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to Strongsville High School Senior Alexandru Sachelari for being one of 37 Ohio high school students recently announced as a National Merit Scholarship recipient. More than 1.5 million students applied for the highly competitive scholarship, with approximately 7,500 students receiving these highly coveted scholarships that are financed by corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

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UPCOMING VACCINATION CLINIC - WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH

Health Heroes, Inc. will be offering the TDaP and Meningitis vaccinations on Wednesday, May 5th at Strongsville High School and Strongsville Middle School. These vaccinations are REQUIRED for school attendance by the State of Ohio. Click HERE for additional information on this vaccination clinic. If you are interested in getting your student vaccinated on May 5th, click HERE for the consent form which needs to be completed and returned to your student’s school no later than Friday, April 30th.

SHS SPRING MUSICAL - HOME STREAMING ON APRIL 23 & APRIL 24

This year’s SHS Spring Musical is a live stream event that you will be able to watch in the comforts of your own home! The Little Mermaid Jr. will be available to stream at home via ShowTix4U. Streaming dates for the musical are TONIGHT & TOMORROW (Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24) at 7pm.

  • You may purchase tickets HERE

  • Streaming tickets are $15 + a processing fee.

  • You must sign in by 7pm on the assigned date to view the stream. There is no open window for viewing.

  • Each ticket purchase is per device (i.e. you can only view on one laptop or one tablet).

  • Click HERE to view the program for cast & crew information.

SMS ART TEACHER MRS. CARLA GANIM NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BY ARTSONIA

Congratulations to Strongsville Middle School Art Teacher Mrs. Carla Ganim for being one of just 15 individuals nationally recognized with an Art Education Leadership Award by Artsonia. This annual award is given to visionaries who continually inspire their peers in the art education community through their online school gallery on Artsonia. #WeAreStrongsville

EIGHT SHS STUDENT-ATHLETES MAKE ATHLETIC & ACADEMIC COMMITMENTS

Congratulations to eight of our Strongsville High School senior student-athletes, who recently announced their commitment to continue their academic and athletic careers at the following universities and colleges:

Matt Cornelius - University of Notre Dame (Track & Field)

Luke Demmerle - Baldwin Wallace University (Lacrosse)
Zach Gaspar - Shawnee State University (Baseball)

Ben Giera - Otterbein University (Lacrosse)

Ryley Mayberry - John Carroll University (Swimming)

Matt Minnick - Notre Dame College of Ohio (Soccer)

Alex Rowley - Capital University (Tennis)

Zach Zoul - Baldwin Wallace University (Football & Lacrosse)

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Seated (L to R): Matt Cornelius, Ryley Mayberry, Ben Giera

Standing (L to R): Alex Rowley, Zach Zoul, Luke Demmerle, Zach Gaspar, Matt Minnick

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MS. RACHEL FLYNN, 1ST GRADE TEACHER AT CHAPMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Ms. Rachel Flynn has been a first grade teacher at Chapman Elementary for two years. Ms. Flynn earned her undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University and is also in the process of working on her Master’s Degree at CSU.


“I love working with my students, connecting with each of them individually, and watching their growth throughout the school year. My students amaze me with their resilience, growth mindsets, and kind hearts! The best part about my job is making a difference in a child's life. It has been a pleasure working at Chapman with colleagues that are supportive, and helpful. I love working at a school that is so diverse and inclusive. I feel so grateful each day to be a part of the Strongsville community,” said Ms. Flynn.


Thank you Ms. Flynn for being part of a fantastic teaching staff at Chapman Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville

SHS MUSICIANS PARTICIPATE IN THE OMEA VIRTUAL SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST

In March the Strongsville High School Music Program had over 100 student musicians participate in the first ever Ohio Music Education Association's District 4, Virtual Solo & Ensemble Contest. This annual event was supposed to have been held in person at North Ridgeville High School in January. Due to the pandemic, the event was held virtually. Student musicians from the SHS band, orchestra, and choir programs prepared repertoire, made recordings, and submitted them for virtual adjudication. The judge's comments and ratings were recently returned with most of our student musicians earning Superior (I) or Excellent (II) ratings! We are very proud of the dedication, and accomplishments of our awesome “musical mustangs.” Congratulations!

BOYS & GIRLS MUSTANGS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS

Join the Mustangs Boys & Girls Basketball programs for this year’s summer camp series for youth in 1st - 8th grades. Camps will be held the week of June 7th at Strongsville High School and all participants will receive a Mustangs T-Shirt and basketball. Click HERE for the boys camp information. Click HERE for the girls camp information. Register online at strongsvillebasketball.com

REGISTER NOW FOR THE STRONGSVILLE TRACK CLUB

Interested in a Summer Running Experience? Join the Strongsville Track Club. Registration is open NOW - click HERE for more information. Running begins on May 17th!

STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS ANNUAL GOLF OUTING - FRIDAY, JUNE 11

Don’t miss the Strongsville Athletic Boosters annual golf outing, with proceeds benefiting the Mustangs athletic program. This year’s event will be held at Bunker Hill Golf Course on Friday, June 11. The day includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast and lunch on the course, and a dinner and auction. Click HERE to register as an individual golfer or as a golf foursome. Registration is also available for non-golfers to attend the dinner only.

ATTN: CURRENT 5TH GRADERS - REGISTER FOR 6TH GRADE CAMP (SEPT. 10-12)!

Attention current fifth graders - don't miss your chance to zipline, swim, fish, and participate in lots of fun activities with your friends at the annual Sixth Grade Camp in the fall! The Sixth Grade Camp will be held at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio from Friday, September 10 - Sunday September 12 (students attending the Sixth Grade Camp will be excused from school on Friday, September 10th). Cost per camper is $180.00 and includes transportation to/from Skyview Ranch, meals throughout the weekend, activities and rental fees, drawstring bag, camp t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is July 1 - click HERE for additional information on the camp and to register!

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

Strongsville Safety Village

Safety Village is a Strongsville Police Event designed to provide most of the same information delivered in Safety Town to the children of Strongsville that did not have a chance to attend Safety Town last year pre-kindergarten due to the Pandemic. This event is strictly for Strongsville residents who have completed kindergarten and will be starting 1st Grade in August. Register online NOW - HERE is the link for registration. For additional information about this program, click HERE.


Strongsville Safety Town

Registration for Strongsville Safety Town opens on Thursday, April 1 for Strongsville residents and/or those who attend a Strongsville school and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be exclusively on-line. Visit https://forms.strongsville.org/safety-town-registration to register. Click HERE for additional information, or contact Strongsville Police Youth Program Coordinator Marie McManus at 440.580.3257 or marie.mcmanus@strongsville.org.


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 this spring. You can register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following upcoming events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 for more information or to register. Those interested in the following events may also visit the Chamber website (www.strongsvillechamber.com) to register and to see additional details.


May Business Luncheon

“State of the City” Presentation with Mayor Thomas P. Perciak

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Ehrnfelt Senior/Rec Event Center

11:15am* – 1:00pm (Lunch served at 11:45am)*

*Please note time adjustments

*Doors open at 11:15am

*Seating is Limited, reserve your space early.

*All Covid-19 State Mandates will be strictly followed.

Mark Your Calendars:

2021 Homecoming Festival

Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 18th

Firework Display (Saturday, July 17th at Dusk)


Strongsville Chamber Golf Outing

Friday, August 27, 2021

Shale Creek Golf Club


Strongsville Library

Please note the following April 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information.


English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. If you are interested in attending these ESOL classes, please call Aspire at 833.277.4732 to register.


Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/Virtual-Classes.aspx


Take & Make At Home Crafts!

Stop into the Strongsville Branch to see what the current take it and make it craft of the month is for All Ages. Each month the Youth and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.


Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd , and 29th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.


Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th and April 27th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.


Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st and April 28th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.