Front & Center

May 13, 2016

In This Week's Edition

  • Reality Day
  • HS Band Meeting
  • Honors US History
  • Combination Locks
  • 8th Grade Records Request
  • Lost and Found
  • Summer Band Camp
  • Music in the Parks
  • Party at the Park
  • Student Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events
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Reality Day!

Reality Day

Reality Day is designed for our 8th graders to get a glimpse into the real world in regards to managing their finances and starting to think about their future careers. On Friday,in the morning, students participated in an event called Mad City Money, a program in which students assume the responsibilities of adulthood including buying a house, paying bills, and running a family, all while maintaining a budget. Students also attended several other stations throughout the morning that helped foster their future vocational vision. Students had a lot of fun along the way and learned some valuable lessons.


In the afternoon, students listened to guest speakers talk about their occupations in individual classrooms. From premier chefs to elephant trainers, students were treated to an array of first-hand career experiences.

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Honors US History 2016-17

Attention all current 8th Graders who will be enrolled in Honors United States History for the 2016-2017 school year. As reminder, all students who will take Honors United States History are required to complete a summer assignment. The summer assignment can be located under the Social Studies Department link on the High School website. This assignment is to be completed and turned in by August 1st.

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Elephant Pelt

High School Band Meeting

There will be a Freshman Band Orientation meeting for students and parents on May 17th at SHS auditorium. If your child is planning to be a member of the SHS band next school year, this would be an informative meeting for you to attend.
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View From Inside the Commons at SMS

Students' Combination Locks

Current 7th graders, who will be attending the new Strongsville Middle School next year, should take their combination lock home with them over the summer, and return with it next school year to put on their locker. All lockers at the new Middle School will require a combination lock. Students who return without a lock will be required to purchase a new one.

Yearbooks Available

Yearbooks are available in the Main Office for $15.00. First come, first serve.
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Trip to Hawaii, Anyone?

8th Grade Records Requests

If your child is currently an 8th grader and does not plan on attending Strongsville High School, you may want to attain his/her records BEFORE the last day of school, May 20. Student records will be boxed and stored over the summer. They will be inaccessible until some time in August. Please contact Patti Bendzuck at 440.572.7088 for assistance.
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Chamber Strings at Music in the Parks

Lost and Found

We have lots of items that have accumulated in the lost and found. Please encourage your child to look through the items if there is something that may be missing. Items will be donated after Thursday of next week.
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Elephant Trainer Speaking at Reality Day

Summer Band Camp

Summer Band for 5th thru 7th grade will run June 27-July 14 from 10:30 - 12:00 at Albion Middle School. Ms. Taylor, Albion Band Director this year, will be running the program.

Registration forms can be found on Ms. Taylor's website here. Forms/Money are due by May 16th. We are hoping this year's Summer Band will be bigger and better than ever!

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Making Memories!

Music in the Parks

On Saturday, May 7, many students in the CMS Performing Arts attended Music in the Parks at Cedar Point. Here are the results from their performances:


  • Show choir, select choir and jazz band all received "excellent" ratings
  • Chamber strings received "superior" rating
  • All 4 groups received 1st place in their divisions
  • Chamber strings also placed first among all string orchestra groups


I am so proud of our students and staff and the work they put in to being the best they can be in their performance area. I often brag about our choir, band and orchestra to anyone who will listen!

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Chef Izzo Speaks with Students

Party at the Park!

*Party at the Park: The Final Act!*


Center Middle School PTA in conjunction with the staff of Center Middle School are throwing a party May 19th from 11 to 2:30PM as part of the "Final Act!" . Our students will be escorted to the ball fields at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center for lunch and activities. We are looking for parent volunteers and donations to help subsidize lunch. Please consider donating your time or food items! You can volunteer by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fafae2aaa8-party/


Here is the permission slip to be filled out and returned to school no later than Weds. May 18 for the event.


Permission Slip: Party in the Park


Thank you for your support!

Student Spotlight

Michael Fallon, an eighth grade Magic team student, is this week's Student Spotlight. Michael is a straight A student, and very active at CMS. You might see Michael on our Morning Announcements, participating in our annual Dodgeball Tournament, serving on Student Council for which he was chosen to be an officer, or as a member of the Cleveland Clinic Adventures in Health, Science, and Medicine Investigative Team. Michael was also the winner of the Believe in Ohio contest for his invention, the Smart Shower Head. Outside of Center, Michael enjoys playing basketball, being active outdoors, and is a member of NEO Club Soccer and Strongsville Soccer Organization travel team as a goalie. His favorite goalie is none other than US superstar, Tim Howard, and he's a big fan of Messi and Carli Lloyd. Michael's favorite class at Center is math because although Honors Geometry can be stressful, Michael still enjoys the challenge. His favorite aspect of CMS is that it's more like a community than just a regular middle school, and the teachers are very nice. In the future, Michael would love to attend Harvard Business School, and play soccer for the university. After college, he's got a few options--- either play professional soccer or become a CEO of a large company. Sounds like some outstanding choices!! Whatever you choose Michael, we can see success as your ultimate goal!
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Important Dates & Upcoming Events

  • May 16- 7:00 Band Concert
  • May 17- 7:00 Orchestra Concert
  • May 17- 7:00 SHS Band Meeting @ SHS
  • May 18- 7:00 Choir Concert
  • May 19- 7/8 Grade Party in the Park
  • May 20- Last Day of School (Early Release at 2:00)

Important Links

Strongsville City Schools: Strongsville City Schools

Cameron Ryba, Superintendent: 60 Seconds With the Superintendent

Volunteer in Our Schools: Volunteer SCS!

Center Middle School: CMS

Center Middle School Calendar/Athletics: Athletics

Middle School Construction: Work Zone Camera!

Free and Reduced Priced Lunches: F/R Lunches

PASS: Your PASS Account

GMail: Gmail Info for Students

Center PTA: PTA

Ohio Department of Education: ODE