SHS Weekly Update

September 25, 2021

Principal's Update

This week begins the fall season and the first round of our parent-teacher conferences. This is an opportunity to meet and discuss your child's progress in their classes.

Here is the information for the sign up for conferences. The deadline to sign up is Sunday 26th at 8 pm.

Strongsville High School Parent Teacher Conferences 1st Semester 2021

When are Parent Teacher Conferences for the first semester at Strongsville High School?

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on WED September 29th & TUES October 5th from 3:15 pm to 6:15 pm.

Where and how will Parent Teacher Conferences take place?

  • This year we are pleased to announce that you will have the opportunity to select from 3 different ways to hold Parent Teacher Conferences. You can select to have a scheduled phone conference, Google Meet (virtual platform), or an in person Face-to-Face conference.

How do you sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences for the first semester?

  • Please use this LINK

  • Please select the teachers you would like to have a conference with and fill out the Form.

What you need to know for in person Face-to-Face Parent Teacher Conferences.

  • Please note that the primary option that we are asking for Conferences to take place is through the use of Google Meet.

  • It is highly recommended that all visitors during Parent Teacher Conferences wear a face covering.

  • Please observe 6 FT social distancing while in the building.

What you need to know if you selected a Google Meet.

  • Our teachers will be emailing you a Google Meet link or Calendar Invite so you can access Google Meet for your virtual conference.

When is the deadline to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences?

  • The deadline to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences is Sunday September 26th at 8:00 pm.

Helping your 9th, 10th, or 11th grader Explore Careers, Colleges, and Majors

Naviance is an amazing tool that helps parents and school staff understand students’ interests, strengths, and needs,so you can individualize support to help them reach their goals.

SHS Guidance Staff will be available to help you navigate the system from a parent point of view.

The next 2 drop in help sessions are September 29 4:00pm -5:00pm or October 5 5:00pm -6:00pm in Room 303


Did you know that one of the fastest growing groups of students in our District are those students who are learning English for the first time? Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, to hear about how co-teaching teams at the middle school and high school are providing valuable instruction, support, and resources to help our English Language Learners succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to our Homecoming Court

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Have questions about our District Operating Procedures for this school year? You can view a recorded presentation by Superintendent Ryba HERE and view the presentation slides HERE.


Each year, Polaris Career Center selects students representing their various programs of study to serve as Student Ambassadors. These Ambassadors are recommended by their instructors, and must meet the following criteria: maintain a “B” average, have a 95% or better attendance rate, and have no discipline issues. Congratulations to the following Strongsville High School students who were selected to be Polaris Student Ambassadors for the 2021-22 school year: Alexandria Beck (Criminal Justice), Audrey Barno (Cosmetology), Caleb Smith (Precision CNC Machining), Caroline Hickle-Zambo (Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management), Connor White (Construction Trades), Grace Botsch (Baking & Pastry Arts), Jeffrey Huston (Computer Networking Academy), Kyra Jo Savage (Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy), Landon McCahan (Computer Networking Academy), Layallee Odetallah (Medical Professions), LeAnne Hawk (Aeronautics), Mia Davis (Criminal Justice), Nicole Bodean (Computer Networking Academy), Roderic Miller (EMT/Fire Training), Seth VanHove (Construction Trades), Yanicia Miranda (Cosmetology)
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Congratulations to a record-setting number of SHS Band & Orchestra students for earning spots on several prestigious groups. Fifteen students were selected as members of the 2021 Northeast Regional Orchestra, which is an auditioned honors orchestra consisting of the best student musicians from Northeast Ohio. This select ensemble is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association, and will perform on Nov. 7, at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.

2021 Northeast Regional Orchestra: Johnathan Carman (Percussion), Lauren Dunlap (Violin), Audrey Greer (Violin), Jacob Huber (Bass), Jocelyn Huber (Violin), Henry Joniak (French Horn), Sanjana Katiyar (Viola), Jade Lum (Violin), Delaney Merkle (Violin), Zach Rinas (Violin), Sofia Ruff (Cello), Amanda Shaffer (Viola), Lillian Vassel (Viola), Marissa Ventresca (Violin), Hunter Zadar (Violin)

Nine musicians from the Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra were selected as members of the 2022 All-State Orchestra, making this the 18th year in a row an SHS Orchestra student has been selected for this elite ensemble. The All-State Orchestra consists of the best high school orchestra musicians from all of Ohio, and will perform at the 2022 Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference at the Cleveland Convention Center in February.

2022 All-State Orchestra: Lauren Dunlap (Violin), Audrey Greer (Violin), Jacob Huber (Bass), Sunjana Katiyar (Viola), Alternate Delaney Merkle (Violin), Alternate Zach Rinas (Violin), Amanda Shaffer (Viola), Lillian Vassel (Viola), Alternate Marissa Ventresca (Violin)

Congratulations also to Abby Maher (Clarinet) for being selected as a member of the 2022 All-State Band! The All-State Band consists of the best high school band musicians from all over Ohio, and will perform at the 2022 Ohio Music Education Associations Professional Development Conference at the Cleveland Convention Center in February. Abby is a member of the Strongsville High School Marching Mustangs, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.

We are very proud of all of our ‘Musical Mustangs!’

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2021 Northeast Regional Orchestra Members

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2022 All-State Orchestra Members

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Abby Maher - 2022 All-State Band Member

Financial Aid/FAFSA Meeting

All 12th grade students and families are encouraged to attend the virtual Financial Aid/FAFSA Presentation on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:00pm. Our presenter is from the office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarship at Tri-C. Here is a link to the virtual Financial Aid/FAFSA Presentation. The link will be live on the evening of October 5th and can also be found under "SHS News" on the main SHS website.

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Join Strongsville High School’s “Mustang Express,” for this fun family event on Saturday, October 16 (two performances - 12pm & 2pm). Kids of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon hanging out with their favorite Disney characters. A musical show will be followed by tea and cookies with your favorite characters. Bring your camera for royal photo opportunities! Click HERE for additional event information.


Get your “Musical Mustangs” gear and support the Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters! Click HERE for the SHS Band & Orchestra Spirit Wear and Yard Sign store. Hurry - this special online store closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 3.


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. Click HERE for additional Stay Safe. Speak Up! Information on the District’s website. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).

Missed the September 14th picture day??

No Problem, PICTURE RETAKE DAY is October 26th!

Just remember Seniors, if you miss BOTH of these days there is another way to get your picture for the SHS Yearbook.

You can Call the Lifetouch Westlake Studio directly at 440-892-4615!! Make sure to leave a message and they will call you back!


SHS Homecoming Dance 2021 – “A Night in New York”

Saturday, October 9th, 7-10 PM @ Catan Stadium

In case of rain, moved inside to multiple gyms; masks required indoors

Each SHS student buys their own ticket, $15 apiece.

Check only; make out the check to Strongsville City Schools.

Sold in lunch periods, Monday through Wednesday, October 4th – 6th.

Guest Forms now available to pick up in the Main Office.

You MUST turn in completed Guest Form & copy of guest’s picture ID before purchase your ticket.

No stilettos (tall, pointy heels) worn on the turf – wear flats, wedges or chunky heels.

Questions? Email

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