Principal's Weekly Update

February 12, 2016 - No.22

What's Happening at "The Big A"

Dates for your Calendar:

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

February 18 - 8th Grade Student/Parent Information Night, 7:00 p.m., SHS

February 25th - Middle School Transition Parent Meetings - incoming 6th and 7th Grade

February 27 - Kiwanis Read Around the World

March 7 - Boys/Girls Track practice begins


Middle School Transition Parent Meetings:

Middle School administrators and guidance counselors will be on hand on Thursday, February 25 to meet with parents to discuss all things Middle School; courses, scheduling, and questions. The meetings will be held at the Strongsville High School auditorium at 6:00 pm for incoming 6th grade students and 7:00 pm for incoming 7th grade students.


Scheduling for 2016-2017:

Current 7th & 8th grade students will soon be scheduling their courses for next year. Guidance Counselors have provided an online document for 8th graders to help guide you and your child in the selection process in preparation for high school. Click on the link below for the document.


9th Grade Scheduling Worksheet


Heather Rothkegel, one of our two counselors at Albion, will be the counselor for ALL future 8th grade students next year at Strongsville Middle School. She will be working with 7th grade teachers to provide course selection sheets for students and prepare their schedules for 2016-17.


8th to 9th Grade Scheduling:

Our scheduling of classes always follows both the Polaris visitation trip and the scheduled assemblies with SHS counselors. Both of those activities occurred on Friday, February 5. Our counselors will meet with both the Roughrider and Patriot teams next week to begin the scheduling process. In preparation of course selection, please review the scheduling material with your student before Tuesday, February 16.


There is a meeting scheduled for eighth grade students and their parents for Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the SHS auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to review the information shared with students and answer questions. Please bring your student's Program of Studies to the meeting to reference during the meeting.


College Credit Plus:

You can access the latest Ohio Department of Education bulletin regarding the College Credit Plus program HERE!


Honors Courses at SMS:

Strongsville City Schools is committed to providing every child with the opportunity to access rigorous content at an appropriately challenging level. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, middle school parents will have the opportunity to self-select their child’s honors placement for Honors Language Arts, Honors Science, and/or Honors Social Studies.Teachers will continue to make recommendations and parents are urged to consider their child's test scores from Norm-Referenced Assessments such as the Iowa Test for Basic Skills. For Honors Math, students will be required to meet established criteria for placement based on the district's administered assessments.


The idea of increasing the number of students who take honors classes is really exciting! I have no doubt that we have more students who are capable of handling more rigorous curriculum and meeting those challenges.


Spring Sports:

Albion Middle School invites interested students to join the Albion MS track team. All 7th and 8th grade boys and girls who meet the established OHSAA Eligibility Requirements are encouraged to participate.


Our coaching staff for this year, includes:

Head Boys- Mark Demmerle

Boys Assistant- Ken Davenport


Girls Head- Danielle Blackman

Girls Assistant- Kevin Weir

Girls Assistant- Mark Hertel.


Team Update:


Kiwanis Read Around the World:

The Kiwanis Club of Strongsville is sponsoring its annual Kiwanis Read Around the World program on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Strongsville Community Library.

Important Links

Strongsville City Schools: Strongsville City Schools

Cameron Rypa, Superintendent: 60 Seconds With the Superintendent

Albion Middle School: Albion MS

Albion Middle School Calendar/Athletics: HERE.

Middle School Construction: Work Zone Camera!

Free and Reduced Priced Lunches: F/R Lunches

PASS: Your PASS Account

GMail: Gmail Info for Students

Snow Days Information: HERE

Two-Hour Delay Information: HERE

Albion PTA: PTA

Ohio Department of Education: ODE

Twitter: Albion on Twitter