Mustang Moments

Strongsville City Schools News ('16-'17 Vol I, Iss 3)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent
  • Strongsville Middle School Cereal Box Challenge
  • New Mustangs Athletics Logo + Spirit Wear
  • Mustang Spotlight - Peggy Kmetz (Chapman Elementary)
  • Community Conversation with Superintendent Cameron Ryba at Strongsville Panera
  • Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters Mattress Fundraiser
  • Strongsville Football Cheerleaders Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Strongsville Basketball Coaches Clinic
  • Strongsville Jr. Mustangs Basketball Program
  • SMS Community Open House + Cleveland Pops Event - Sunday, September 11
  • SHS Students Earn Eagle Scout Status
  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, September 11 - 12pm-3:30pm / 4pm-5:30pm

Strongsville Middle School Community Open House / Cleveland POPS Orchestra Concert

Monday, September 12 - 7pm

Superintendent Cameron Ryba speaks at Republican Club

Wednesday, September 14 - 7pm
SHS Meet the Choirs Night

Thursday, September 15 - 7pm
Board of Education Work Session (Administration Building)

Tuesday, September 20 - 5:30pm-7:30pm

'Community Conversations' - Meet Superintendent Cameron Ryba
at Strongsville Panera (17090 Royalton Rd.)

Friday, September 23
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

The Strongsville community is invited to an Open House at Strongsville Middle School on Sunday, September 11th from 12pm-3:30pm. It’s a chance to see the new home of our 6th-8th grade students and their wonderful learning environment. For a sneak preview with SMS Principal Steve Deitrick, click HERE.


Strongsville Middle School’s Student Council recently sponsored a Cereal Box Challenge to help support the Strongsville Food Bank. SMS students brought in over 500 boxes of cereal to support our community food bank - well done!
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The NEW Strongsville Mustangs Athletics logo is here! Online ordering is now open through September 13th for all of your favorite Mustangs gear featuring this new logo. Visit and use the access code mustan9M77

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Mrs. Peggy Kmetz is a Speech Language Therapist at Chapman Elementary School. She has spent the past 21 years working for Strongsville City Schools, 15 years as an Intervention Specialist and 6 years in her current role. Co-workers said the following about her: “Peggy fosters a community of respect and inclusion among a diverse population of students . . . she collaborates with team members to improve the social and academic atmosphere of Chapman for students and staff. Peggy is a cheerleader, a role model, an active community member, and the most positive person you will meet.”

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Peggy also earned a Master’s Degree from Miami University. She is the oldest of seven children, and also has two sons who are graduates of Strongsville High School.

“I am proud to be a public school educator! I want each of my students and each student I meet to have confidence, know that they have something important to say and know that they are respected. I am the happiest when I see all students enjoy and love learning,” says Mrs. Kmetz.

Our Chapman students are lucky to have you contributing to their growth and development - thank you for all that you continue to do for our students in the district!


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The Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters are holding their 8th annual mattress fundraiser at SHS tomorrow (Saturday, September 10th) from 10am-5pm. Mattresses of all sizes and name brands are available - save up to 50% off retail prices! Every purchase benefits the Strongsville music program. Click HERE for more information.


Show your Mustangs spirit and make plans to visit the Strongsville Buffalo Wild WIngs (8465 Pearl Rd.) today (Friday, September 9th). Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and 20% of your total bill will be donated to the SHS Football Cheerleaders.

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Strongsville High School Boys & Girls Basketball Coaches, Darren Collins and Jeff Eicher, will be conducting a FREE coaching clinic for youth basketball coaches on Saturday, October 29 from 9am - 12pm. Click HERE for additional information.

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The Junior Mustangs program is open to K-8th grade youth basketball players looking to further develop their skills. These Thursday night sessions, beginning November 3rd, will be led by SHS varsity basketball players and held at Strongsville High School. Participants also receive free admission to Mustangs Basketball Games! Click HERE for registration and more information.


Make plans to enjoy a community open house and special concert on Sunday, September 11th at Strongsville Middle School. The Strongsville Education Foundation, with sponsors Medical Mutual and Southwest General Hospital, is proud to present the Cleveland Pops Orchestra for a special concert at 4:00pm. Strongsville Middle School will also be featuring an open house for the community from 12:00pm-3:30pm. Mark your calendars to be part of this day and have the opportunity to see the newest addition to our Strongsville City School District. Click HERE for the event flyer.


SHS Seniors Michael Begany and Kyle Perisutti have recently earned the distinction of Eagle Scout. Both young men completed the requirements of their projects. Kyle's project was a community book collection for the Greater Cleveland Reach Out and Read of Rainbow Babies and Children, and Michael's project was replacing railroad bridges with culverts at the Northeast Ohio Live Steamers Club in Medina County. Congratulations to both young men on this wonderful accomplishment!
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Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

An Evening at the Indians Game hosted by the Strongsville Young Professionals. Friday, September 16th.

Come out to meet others, network, enjoy food and the fun of cheering on our home team. Invite friends, family, and coworkers! All are welcome! Cost is just $21 per person.

Get to Know Your City Council & School Board. Tuesday, September 27th. 11:30am-1:00pm

Bring your business cards and brochures and join us at the Monthly Business Meeting. Enjoy networking, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to hear from and meet Strongsville City Council & School Board members. Cost is just $20 per person.

48th Annual Golf Outing. Thursday, September 29th. 10:00am-6:00pm

Reserve your foursome now! 4 person scramble-Shotgun start-Hole in one prize. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

SAVE THE DATE – Holiday Scholarship Dance. Friday, December 2nd. 7:00pm at Michaud’s

Contact the Chamber now to reserve your table! $350 for a table of 10 or $70 per couple.

100% of ticket sale revenue goes toward scholarships

FREE Art Classes at the Baseball Heritage Museum
Classes every Wednesday from 5pm-7pm at historic League Park. Contact Joe Gazzo (440.823.9741 / for additional information

Strongsville Library

Please note the following September 2016 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call 440.238.5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

**The Library, administration and all branches, will be CLOSED from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Fall story time sessions.

Friends of Strongsville Library Fall Book Sale. Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Friends of Strongsville Branch Library will hold their annual fall book sale. A members only preview will take place from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Friends memberships will be available for $8.00 at the door and are good for one year. The book sale will then open to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lots of books for sale - for all ages! Fiction, non-fiction, audio visual materials, magazines, & more!

NOPEC Energy Bike Demonstration. Saturday, September 10th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

A representative from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council will be here to demonstrate the NOPEC Energy Bike. Come take a ride on this fun and engaging bike! It makes it easy to visualize how you spend money on energy, and even easier to educate you about ways to be more energy-efficient. Stop in the Library anytime between 1 to 4 p.m. to give it a try. All NOPEC Energy Bike Participants will need to sign a Participation Waiver to ride.

Just 4 You Student Friends Volunteers. Ages 10-18. Saturday, September 10th from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Join Just 4 U Student Friends and get involved at the Strongsville Branch and in your community. Pick up an application at the Teen Desk.

Friends of Strongsville Library Fall Bag of Books Sale. Sunday, September 11th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. andMonday, September 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The bag of books sale will be on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bring your own reusable shopping bag that is no larger than 15x15 inches and fill it for only $1 dollar. Our plastic bags will be available at the sale if needed. The bag sale will conclude on Monday and will run from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fill a Friends' provided bag with books for only 50 cents! While Supplies Last!

Intro to Genealogy Workshop. Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of the city of Strongsville's 200th Birthday, the library is offering a free genealogy workshop. Join expert genealogist, Barbara Griffith, as she shares information on how you can get started researching your family history. Learn about all the wonderful resources available to the amateur genealogist. Program sponsored by the Friends of Strongsville Library and the Strongsville Historical Society.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: Exercise Emotional Health Connection.

Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month for this special wellness talk sponsored by Southwest Wendy Zullo, from Southwest Lifeworks talking about living a healthy lifestyle. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk! For more information call (440) 816-4037.

Mother Daughter Upcycling Craft II: Snap Earrings. Teens ages 10-18 with their Moms or Grandmoms. Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Create a gorgeous pair of earrings by upcycling metal fabric snaps!

Stroke Awareness: Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Wednesday, September 21st from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for our bi-monthly Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Each month we bring a special speaker of interest to seniors and residents of Strongsville. Our September speaker will be Maureen Moore from Southwest General speaking on a topic for Stroke Awareness & Prevention month. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, September 21st. This month we will be discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!

Legal Issues Affecting Seniors. Thursday, September 22nd from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you have questions regarding Power of Attorneys, HIPAA Authorization, long-term care planning, or Medicaid? Join a representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for a presentation on common legal issues affecting seniors. Bring your questions and leave with answers.

Toddler Fair. Children 19-25 months with a Caregiver. Friday, September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Join us for a morning of hands-on sensory activities using common household objects. No registration required.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, September 26th. This month we will be discussing The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Meet the Author: Karin Slaughter! Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and acclaimed stand-alones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. Her latest, The Kept Woman, is the long-awaited tenth installment of the Will Trent series and is an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller starring the Georgia detective. With more than 35 million copies of her books in print, Karin is known worldwide as a standout writer in the genre. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry.

The Over 40 Job Seeker. Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This informative and motivational workshop is designed for the over 40 jobseeker who wants to learn how to increase their marketability and success in today's job field. This workshop will provide hands on job search strategies and resources.