SHS Weekly Update

October 1st, 2022

Principal's Update

It was really nice to see so many parents at conferences this past week. As we get closer to the end of the first quarter the communication levels between teachers, students, and parents is important to support our students.

This Wednesday, 10/5, we have virtual conferences. These will require a sign up so that our teachers can provide you with a link to log in. The link for conferences is below. Click on the teacher's name in order to sign up.

Picture day went smoothly. The make up dates for pictures is 11/10.

Just a reminder that if a student forgets their Chromebook we are unable to give them a loaner. Students who forget their Chromebook can use a desktop in the media center as long as they get a pass.

Next week (10/3-10/7), Strongsville High School is celebrating Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello Week is a youth violence prevention program from Sandy Hook Promise that brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school.

Students and staff are encouraged to participate in the following dress up days to raise awareness of the week:

Monday (10/3) - “Hello. My name is…” Wear a name tag!

  • Teachers will be given name tags to pass out to students during 2nd period. Students are encouraged to wear the name tag throughout the school day.

Tuesday (10/4) - “You are not alone.” Bring a stuffed animal!

Wednesday (10/5) - “Brighten Someone’s Day.” Wear bright colors and/or a shirt with a positive message!

Thursday (10/6) - “Bring joy to others.” Wear holiday apparel!

Friday (10/7) - School Spirit Day! Pink Out!

Bill Wingler

Principal: SHS

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Ohio recently released its State Report Card results for school districts and Strongsville City Schools has received ratings which places the district in the top five percent of school districts in Ohio. This is the first year of the new State Report Card, which measures six different components through a rating system of one to five stars. Strongsville City Schools results on the Ohio Department of Education website can be found HERE.

A detailed presentation of Strongsville City Schools’ State Report Card results will be delivered by Dr. Ryba and Mrs. Erin Green, Director of Curriculum, at the Thursday, October 13 Board of Education meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm and will be held at the SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave. / Strongsville / 44136) and also live streamed at

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Congratulations to the following SHS students who were recently named to the following prestigious orchestra and band groups:

2022 Northeast Regional Orchestra The Strongsville High School Instrumental Music program had ten students selected as members of the 2022 Northeast Regional Orchestra. This group 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. 6, at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.

Audrey Greer (Violin), Jamil Halabi (Oboe), Natalie Hantz (Violin), Jade Lum (Violin), Adrianna Kostyack (Percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (Violin), Sofia Ruff (Cello), Lilly Vassel (Viola), Marissa Ventresca (Violin), Olivia Wingler (Viola)

2023 All-State Orchestra Four musicians from the Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra were selected as members of the 2023 All-State Orchestra, making this the 19th 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 2023 Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February.

Audrey Greer (Violin), Adrianna Kostyack (Percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (Violin), Marissa Ventresca (Violin)

2023 All-State Band Congratulations to Abby Maher (Clarinet) for being selected as a member of the 2023 AllState Band! The All-State Band consists of the best high school band musicians from all over Ohio, and will perform at the 2023 Ohio Music Education Associations Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February. Abby is a member of the Strongsville High School Marching Mustangs, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations Abby!

We are very proud of our amazing student musicians!

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Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Project Reflections! This year’s theme - “Show Your Voice” - calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Please come out to a parent/student informational meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 7pm at the Strongsville Library in the Conference room. This meeting is for elementary students and their parents. Questions? Feel free to contact Katie Drake at


Congratulations to SHS Senior Sophia Kuhar and SHS Class of 2022 Graduates Emily Adanitsch, Stephanie Burdick, Faith Lee, Edward Reed, and Sydney Wingler for earning the AP Capstone Diploma Award. AP Capstone is a College Board diploma program that's based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Both courses prepare students for college and career success through the development of critical thinking, academic research, collaboration, presentation, and time management skills. To earn the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing. Approximately 14,100 students at participating AP Capstone™ schools around the world earned this distinction.


Attention parents of SMS and SHS students: SCS Crew is looking for new members! The SCS Crew is a talented team of video production members! Students in SCS Crew have the opportunity to be a part of the team that records district events throughout the school year - sports, concerts, Board of Education meetings, SHS Commencement, and MORE - for YouTube and our Strongsville City Schools TV channel. Click HERE for a video about SCS Crew! Interested students should contact Scott Benson (440.572.7032 /


This year’s Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 5:00pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Celebrate the accomplishments of: Jessica Carey (Roberts) (Girls Soccer) - SHS Class of 2004; Kyle Cobb (Boys Golf and Boys Basketball) - SHS Class of 2006; Cassie Martin (Girls Track & Field and Girls Basketball) - SHS Class of 2016; Deverin Muff (Boys Basketball and Boys Track & Field) - SHS Class of 2010; Nick Skully (Boys Basketball and Football) - SHS Class of 2001; Russ Jacques (SHS Football Coach); 1997 Boys Soccer State Championship Team; Bob Serpentini - SHS Athletic Wall of Fame Inductee. Purchase your tickets for the dinner & induction ceremony HERE. #foreveramustang


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).

Financial Aid Meeting (Virtual)

Financial Aid/FAFSA Meeting

All 12th grade students and families are encouraged to attend the virtual Financial Aid/FAFSA Presentation on Wednesday, 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.

ACT Prep Class

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Strongsville High School

Test-optional college admissions is quickly disappearing! This fall over 400 U.S. colleges and universities are returning to test-required or test-recommended admissions—with even more indicating that 2022 will be their last year for the test-optional experiment.

To be sure, selective colleges, special programs, and scholarship providers see a student’s performance on the SAT or ACT as a highly critical factor in their evaluation of that student’s academic prowess. In short, in a post-COVID world, college entrance exams are regaining their importance.

Our six-hour preparation seminar helps demystify the ACT by explaining

--the test’s structure,

--the academic content covered on it, &

--testing & time management strategies students can employ to maximize their performance.

Students learn specific, tangible strategies to answer more questions correctly, how to decipher questions designed to thwart

their performance, & specific academic content that is regularly tested on the ACT.

Each participant gets

--six hours of live, engaging, interactive instruction,

--a guided outline of strategies to approach the ACT,

--a comprehensive, 400-page, reference workbook,

--online access to over 1000 additional practice test questions,

--a 5-week ACT study plan, &

--free, live, phone-in, pre-test tutoring.

Next Level Prep is a national leader in SAT & ACT preparation. We currently work with over 100 high schools here in Ohio alone & thousands of students (urban, suburban, & small town/rural) each year in states around the country. Our typical students see a

2.0 composite point increase on the ACT after taking our seminar.

Our engaging instructors consistently score 94%-plus A ratings on student evaluations. So, students emerge justifiably confident—with decidedly less anxiety—about their prospects on the test.

To learn more about our seminars, access our brief, 3:32, informational video at or visit our website homepage

Price is just $59 for Strongsville HS students.

Register online at, using a credit card for the $59 payment, or complete the form below and bring it and a check to the School Counseling Center. Thank you!

Please note that your high school asks us to conduct our ACT seminars on a school day to maximize the opportunity for student participation and to avoid extra-curricular, work, and family commitments that occur on evenings and weekends.

Next Level Prep, 1805 O’Brien Rd., Columbus, OH, 43228

Call Dave Dobos at 614-580-7380 or email him at with any questions.

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Registration Form for the Next Level Prep ACT Preparation Seminar

Strongsville High School, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Name __________________________________________________________ Grade _______________

Address ________________________________________________ Student ID Number _____________

City _____________________________________ State ____________ Zip ______________________

Telephone ____________________________ Email address ___________________________________

To register, please complete the information above & bring it, along with cash, check, or money order for the $59 tuition

made out to Strongsville City Schools to the School Counseling Center. You also may register online at, using a credit

PTA Sign Up

  • * We hope everyone is having a good start to the school year. Don’t forget to join PTA! It’s a great way to stay current and support our various initiatives such as student and teacher grants, PBIS student incentives, staff appreciation, and After Prom. Parents of seniors – you need to be a PTA member by January 31, 2023 for your child to be eligible for any PTA scholarship. Only one parent/guardian needs to join. Visit our Memberhub store to join now: Or, you’re welcome to fill out a form along with payment and send it in to school. Thanks for your continued support!

    *SHS PTA has big plans for the 2022-2023 school year. We have already started coordinating staff appreciation events, grants for student groups and teachers, and have so much more planned for this year. In order to achieve our goals we need your help, so we are kicking off our fall fundraising drive. The easiest way to support our students is by making a donation online here. 100% of the funds in open donations go towards student and staff programs and grants.

    Conference nights are coming up soon and we need your help to provide dinner to all our dedicated staff who will be staying after school for a long night of parent meetings. Click here if you want to contribute directly towards staff appreciation.

    One of our biggest and most important initiatives is providing the rewards for the PBIS program. We are collecting donations online as well as in the form of gift cards and other goods that will be used as prizes for students who exhibit positive behaviors at school. Please click here to contribute online for any/all of our programs OR click here to sign up to donate a gift card or merchandise for PBIS rewards.

    As a bonus, all donors will be entered to a raffle if we meet our fundraising goal. Prizes include:

    - School Fee refund - (up to $250)

    - Cedar Point season pass

    - Lunch for your student and up to 3 friends delivered to school

    Thank you in advance for your support!

Hannah Odetallah (Pre-Nursing), Jayanna Evans (Pre-Nursing)

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