Front & Center

April 1, 2016

In This Week's Edition

  • Food Drive
  • All-City Orchestra
  • State Testing
  • Believe in Ohio Update
  • Washington DC Trip
  • Final Walkthroughs
  • PTA Update
  • Student Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events

Student Council Food Drive

The week of April 4-8, the Albion and Center Student Councils, along with the district 6th grade classes, are sponsoring a Food Drive to benefit the Strongsville Food Bank. At Center, the donations will receive points for a friendly Core Team Spirit Competition.

Point values are as follows:

Peanut Butter = 5 pts.

Jelly = 4 pts.

Canned tuna/chicken = 3 pts.

Household items = 3 pts.

4 pk. toilet paper or

2 rolls paper towels or

shampoo (full size, not travel size)

Pasta sauce = 2 pts.

Canned fruit or veggies = 1 pt.

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Track Season Is Under Way!

All-City Orchestra

Our All-City Festival Orchestra concert is this Thursday, April 7th at Strongsville High School, 7:00 PM, in the (newly renovated!) SHS Auditorium. The 7th and 8th grade students will be combined to perform Slavonic Legend, Medieval Wars, and Ridin' the Rails. They will also combine with the High School Orchestras as the finale of the concert to perform Coldplay's Viva La Vida. This will be a great event.

Solo Ensemble

On the first Saturday of Spring Break, 55 Center Middle School Orchestra students participated in the Greater Cleveland Solo and Ensemble Competition. Our students received a total of 19 Superior Solo ratings, 4 Excellent Solo ratings, 57 Superior Ensemble ratings, and 21 Excellent Ensemble ratings from the adjudicators. Congratulations, to Mrs. Rogers and ALL of the students who performed! We truly have a talented group of young people here at CMS!!!
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Exploring Groundwater Flow

State Testing

Students will begin taking state-issued standardized tests beginning April 18. The AIR Tests measure student progress toward Ohio's Learning Standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science (8th grade only). State tests are critical for measuring student learning and ensuring that all of our students receive a high-quality education. The results from state tests are a measure we use for shared accountability for our district, schools, and teachers to ensure we are providing the best education possible for our students to be college and career ready.


A testing schedule will be sent out in the April 8 issue of Front & Center once the details are ironed out.

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Coding Club

Believe in Ohio Winners

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the Believe in Ohio Competition:


1st Place: Michael Fallon- Smart Shower Head

  • This is a shower head equipped with smart technology that determines the amount of hot water remaining in your tank during the course of use of the shower

2nd Place: Jaime Melland- Cancer Bot

  • This is pencil-tip sized device that is injected into cancer cells that will distribute medicine and fight the infected cells

3rd Place: Jack Matuszak & Dylan Hyun- Infinity Tri-Wheel

  • This is an automobile that runs on electrical energy. The mechanical energy from the motion of the car will recharge its own battery, requiring no recharging.


What a fantastic competition! It was difficult to pick the winners as all contestants and participants had great products and pitched their ideas quite well.

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Believe in Ohio Winners

Washington DC Trip

There will be a parent meeting on APRIL 7 at 7pm at Strongsville High School. The post cards stated the auditorium but, they will be moving us to the gym due to a double booking. The itinerary, cost and other important information will be shared at this meeting.

Rockin' at the Rec

PTA Council's next RATR on April 8 will be "Bring a Friend" night. Every student in grades 6 through 8 may attend and bring a friend that is also in grades 6-8 from another city. So if you are in soccer with people outside of Strongsville, or take dance class with students from other cities, invite them to attend with you. Tickets will be sold for $5 on Thursday, April 7 from 6-8pm at the recreation center lobby area or for $10 at the door. Please remember the dress code will apply to all students attending the dance and the theme is NEON. Dance hours are from 6:30-9PM. For more information, contact Robin Micko or Laura Housum. We are also still in need of chaperones. Please sign in to the following link to sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45a8a72aa0f94-rockin6 We could not have these dances for our children without the help of all of our wonderful chaperones. Thank you for helping, and remember, every chaperones child receives a free to the dance!
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PTA Fundraiser Monday, April 11

Help Needed

On Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00am at the Strongsville Library, PTA will be having a meeting for anyone who is interested in helping to plan the end of the year celebration for Center students (to be held on Thursday, May 19th). Please consider attending this meeting if you are interested in helping with end-of-the-year activities and celebrations!

Final Walkthroughs

  • Drake Elementary School: Tuesday, April 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Albion Middle School: Tuesday, April 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Center Middle School: Tuesday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Also Walkthroughs will take place at all 3 schools on Saturday, April 23 from 12-3.

Student Spotlight

Stephanie Parish, an 8th grade Magic team member, is the Xtreme Team's choice for our latest Student Spotlight. Stephanie loves to perform! A member of Center's Show Choir and Select Choir, she is also active with the Olmsted Performing Arts. She was recently a Featured Dancer and Ensemble member of the OPA production of Beauty and the Beast, and also takes dance and voice lessons at OPA. Stephanie's also a swimmer, and is a member of the Strongsville Swim League, competing for Meadowmoor. Her favorite event is the backstroke. It's no surprise to hear that Stephanie's favorite class is Choir--she loves to sing, and also truly enjoys having Mrs. Foky as a teacher. Stephanie's favorite thing about CMS is that students have such a variety of classes to take--you can truly follow your passion. In the future, Stephanie plans to attend the Ohio State University, and of course--pursue a career in theatre. Maybe one day, we'll see Stephanie's name in lights on Broadway, starring in her favorite musical, Hamilton. Remember CMS when you're a star, Stephanie! ​
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Important Dates & Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 7 - 7:00 DC Trip Meeting @ SHS
  • Apr. 7- 7:00 All-City Orchestra @ SHS
  • Apr. 12- 1:00 PTA @ Library
  • Apri. 18-26- AIR Testing

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