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Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - September 7, 2021

Reading Rocks at Whitney!

No School Monday, September 6, 2021

A Message From Mr. Stacho:

Dear Parents,

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the parents who have generously sent in gift cards in $5, $10, $15, $20, and $25 amounts to various local establishments to support the WOO HOO cart.

PLEASE . . . keep 'em coming!

We do NOT need anymore Giant Eagle gift cards to purchase the drinks and snack items. I believe I have enough at this time to cover the year in regards to the snacks and drinks.

Like I tell the students when I read the story "A Fine, Fine School" - We have fine, fine children and fine, fine teachers, and fine, fine parents . . . and I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. Ask your Kdg-2nd grade students about the story. The older students may remember it from when I read it to them as younger students.

I truly appreciate your partnership in all that we do at Whitney to BE THE BEST!!!!

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming: September 30th and October 6th.

We will be sharing more detailed information in the coming weeks, but we will be using two formats for parent/teacher conferences this year. For Kdg-3 we will be holding APTT conferences and for grades 4-5, we will have Student Led Conferences.

"This Isn't Your Mom's Parent-Teacher Conference" an excerpt from an article in Education Week:

"The new conference style, called Academic Parent Teacher Teams, or APTT swaps private meetings for group meetings where teachers inform parents about the skills students need in order to master their particular grade-level skills and parents learn how their child is doing on those skills compared with other students. The data provides parents with a benchmark they should help their children to reach by the end of the school year. It's important that parents understand that children naturally fall into different proficiency levels. What's important is that parents are helping their kids master the skills they need."

"APTT meetings generally follow a basic framework. Teachers will review data and benchmarks, model some learning games and activities that parents can do with their children at home, and parents will come away with a goal for their child to meet by the next round of conferences."

What are student-led conferences?

The premise is simple: For students to be invested in their own learning and develop a growth mindset, they need to be involved in conversations about their strengths, weaknesses and goals. Student-led conferences promote a school culture of engagement and growth and ask students to play an active role in planning their own learning.

A student-led conference is similar to a parent-teacher conference, but the student is present and in charge of leading the discussion.
  • The teacher acts as a facilitator for the discussion
  • The student presents their work and guides the discussion
  • The parents listen and speak with their child about his or her academic and social progress and needs
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Another funny video about car drop off. I hope you're laughing with me, but taking note. LOL

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Iowa/CoGat Testing for 2nd and 4th Grades

August 30, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The State of Ohio requires all public school districts (city, local, and exempted village) to provide whole-grade screenings for the purposes of gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band. Districts must use assessments approved for gifted identification in order to meet this requirement. Your child will be taking these national standardized tests to gain information about his/her abilities in the classroom during the period of October 1 through October 15, 2021. You may contact your child’s principal for specific testing dates.

Second and fourth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. This test is used to measure overall cognitive and reasoning abilities that can guide classroom and instruction planning efforts based on students’ individual ability levels. The CogAT also provides a measure of cognitive ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of Superior Cognitive ability.

Additionally, students in grades two and four will take the Iowa Assessments. The primary purpose of this test is for instructional development so teachers can identify where the skills of individual students are most and least developed and adapt curriculum and instruction accordingly. The Iowa will measure content-specific skills in the areas of reading and math and also provides a measure of academic ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of superior specific academic ability.

These are not tests that students can study for, nor should they be nervous to take them. They will not count as a grade and will be used to better assist teachers in meeting the needs of students. After the results are returned to the District, each student/family will receive a copy of the scores with a report highlighting the student's strengths and areas on which to continue to build.

Thank you for your continued assistance and dedication to your child’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or me.


Erin Green,

Director of Curriculum


Student Council Fundraiser

Student Council will kick off their annual fundraiser August 25th! It will run through September 8th. Look for fundraiser packets coming home with your child Wednesday, August 25th, and help us to sell, sell, sell! Check out some of the cool prizes for being a super seller and helping your school:

The Student Council Fundraiser is in FULL SWING!

The Student Council Fundraiser is in FULL SWING! Keep selling those items. Orders are DUE Wed., Sept. 8th. Please make checks payable to Strongsville City Schools.

Whitney Student Council is about to Kick Off! First, we need to elect a President, Vice President, and a Secretary.

Election Rules and Dates:

  • Students interested in running for one of the three executive offices listed above must state his/her intent by completing the *Bid for Candidacy form no later than 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. You are welcome to turn them in before then. NONE will be accepted after this time. *These were passed out in class.

  • You must be able to attend ALL Student Council meetings and events as an executive board member. Meetings will be held in room 20 every other Friday beginning promptly at 8:30 am.

  • The Bid for Candidacy must include signed referrals from two Whitney teachers (NOT including Mrs. Ambroziak or Mrs. Trimper) who know you and can vouch that you are an outstanding citizen and show Whitney PRIDE regularly. You also need a parent/guardian signature (by signing they agree that you can make it to meetings).

  • The Student Council Advisors (Mrs. Ambroziak and Mrs. Trimper) will review all Bids for Candidacy and pick three candidates to run for each office. These students will be announced during Morning Announcements on Monday, September 13th.

  • Once picked, you will need to prepare a 30 to 60-second speech that will be video recorded and published through our school website. Speeches should include your name, which position you are running for, the qualities that make you the best for the job, and any possible ideas you would like to pursue through student council that would serve our school or community. You may also create posters to hang in the school to persuade voters to elect you. Follow all campaigning rules (given once selected).

  • The entire student body will watch your videos and be able to vote.

Speeches will be recorded by Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 via Flipgrid. Voting will take place Sept. 20-24 online. The polls will close at the end of the school day, Friday, Sept. 24. Elected Officials will be announced Monday, Sept. 27th. on Morning Announcements.

After electing Officers, a classroom representative will also be selected from each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom.

  • These students will also attend meetings and participate in Student Council activities. In addition, they will report information to and from their classrooms (and an assigned primary classroom for Student Council.

Mr. Schibley's September Guidance Newsletter

Please click here to view Mr. Schibley's guidance newsletter.


See below for important information.

Please join our PTA. They do so much for our students. Click here for the membership form. "Make a copy", print it out, complete it and send it to school with the membership dues and you'll be helping PTA out greatly . . . and your kids, too! To join PTA, please click this link.

Whitney PTA 2021-2022 PTA Chairman

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill positions for 2021-2022 PTA Board. Please look through the list of chair positions and their descriptions. If you see any that may interest you, indicate this on the Sign Up Genius. If you are new to a position, we have plenty of documentation to get you started and help with your event and are working towards streamlining the process even more. ***Please note, many of these positions allow for the majority of the work to be done from home AND have the option (even if not listed) of co-chairs. Thank you so much for considering a position.


To stay update on all the latest news and events from Whitney PTA please follow our Facebook at Whitney Elementary PTA | Facebook

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Whitney's Guide To Policies and Procedures! (Repeat Item)

This document highlights some of the most important aspects of the student handbook (found online). Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these items.

Whitney's Guide To Policies and Procedures

Would you like to follow Whitney Elementary on Twitter.... (Repeat Item)

For up to date highlights on Whitney Elementary, follow @WhitneyElement1 on Twitter!

Attention all fifth grade students and parents. (Repeat Item)

All fifth grade students have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and become a member of the Strongsville City Schools Band and Orchestra team. Our band and orchestra teachers will be meeting with the fifth grade classes to demonstrate the awesome instruments students may choose to learn. They will also be providing information on how to become a Musical Mustang. All fifth grade students will be invited to join a special Beginning Band and Orchestra Google Classroom; be sure to check your school email. The beginning band and orchestra parent meeting will take place in the Strongsville High School Auditorium, on Wednesday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be livestreamed for those who can not attend. Beginning band and orchestra lessons will start the week of Sept. 13th. We are looking forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions, please email your specific band/orchestra teacher. Thank You.


COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff that may not be vaccinated. As we want to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone, we will continue to implement the following preventive measures for the 2021-22 school year in consideration of the recommendations provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

  1. Vaccination. We will continue to share vaccination opportunities/locations for eligible students and staff.

  2. Wearing Masks. Per the CDC, masks must be worn by all students and staff when riding on the school bus. When at school and indoors, masks are optional for students and staff, yet strongly recommended for those who are unvaccinated. When outdoors, masks are not necessary, but still are optional based on individual/family preference.

  3. Ventilation. We will continue to implement our ventilation protocols to bring in as much outside air as possible and provide air filtration at the highest level possible for our existing HVAC units.

  4. Social Distancing. We will strive to maintain 3 feet social distancing within classrooms, cafeterias, and learning spaces. Cooperative grouping opportunities for students may be phased throughout the fall based on COVID trends in the school district.

  5. Additional Mitigation Strategies. We will continue to provide opportunities for regular hand washing / hand sanitizer use and educate students on proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes.)

  6. Cleaning / Disinfection. We will continue to implement the same cleaning / disinfection procedures as were implemented last school year.

  7. Health Screenings. Families/Staff continue to be required to perform daily health screenings and must stay at home when feeling ill and/or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (CLICK HERE).

  8. Contact Tracing, Isolations, and Quarantines. We will continue to perform regular contract tracing in combination with isolation or quarantine mandates as set by the Ohio Department of Health or other state/local mandates.

Note. The Superintendent may enact further restrictions, such as mandatory masking and increased social distancing by classroom, grade-level, or building based on COVID-related data and trends.

For additional information on the prevention strategies listed above and COVID-related restrictions in our buildings for the 2021-22 school year, click on the link below.



Strongsville Public Library

***Please note the following September 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.

***Please note all branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Administration Building will be closed on Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 7th.

Cuyahoga Works – Need help with your resume or interview skills? A Cuyahoga Works Career Counselor will be at the Strongsville Branch on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. to meet with individuals in need of job search assistance. For more information, visit https://cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Cuyahoga-Works.aspx To schedule an appointment, please call (216) 475-2225.

English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. Students must attend an ESOL/Citizenship orientation session before beginning ESOL or citizenship classes. 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

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, Teen, and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 1st / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention millennials we're going virtual! Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist. We meet bimonthly, alternating between children's, teen, and adult books. We discuss the assigned book and design something that complements the title, subject, or book cover. Maker kits will be available as a part of this program and can be mailed to a branch near you for pick up! Our next discussion will be on the book My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Fall Into Health. Tuesday, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CSU nursing students along with licensed RN will provide health screenings, one-on-one chronic disease education and general health education with the focus being overall health and wellness.

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, September 7th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The next discussion title is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, 2021. Register online to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, September 7th, 21st, and 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.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, September 22nd and 29th 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 Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesday, September 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, September 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, September 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, September 27th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Branch Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that! You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces. These orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Galaxy in a Jar. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. IN PERSON - Monday, September 13th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Learn about the universe while creating your own galaxy to take home in a mason jar. Registration for this in-person event begins August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Colorful Shrubs Through the Seasons. Tuesday, September 14th / 7:00 p.m.
With a bit of planning, you can create a welcoming and colorful landscape year round. The key is to plant perennials and shrubs that bloom at all different times of the year. The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will introduce you to combinations of perennials, shrubs, and even small trees to achieve this effect. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 15th / 7:00 p.m.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

First Page Book Club. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. Monday, September 20th / 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
The Strongsville Teen librarian will read the first page of a few teen books of various genres. We will then discuss other books we have read and enjoyed. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: You May Be Losing More Sleep. Tuesday, September 21st / 10:00 a.m.
Everyone has an occasional restless night, but if sleepless nights are persistent, it can affect your health! A Southwest General Pharmacist will discuss ways to improve your sleep hygiene! Learn about medications that may cause insomnia and medications that may help. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Six Wives of Henry VIII. Thursday, September 23rd / 7:00 p.m.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. These were the fates of the six wives of Henry the VIII. Susan Cannavino will talk about each woman's personality, personal life and circumstances, as well as Henry the VIII's. You will be transported back to 16th century British court life. Register online to receive the Zoom link.