SHS Weekly Update
October 1st, 2022
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!
STATE REPORT CARD RESULTS EARN SCS SPOT IN TOP 5% OF OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICTS
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 www.strongnet.org/scstv.
ELEVEN SHS INSTRUMENTALISTS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS REGIONAL & STATE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
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!
PTA PROJECT REFLECTIONS / INFORMATIONAL MEETING (MON. 10/3)
STRONGSVILLE STUDENTS EARN AP CAPSTONE DIPLOMA AWARDS
JOIN THE “SCS CREW”
PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE SHS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP!
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.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
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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.
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To learn more about our seminars, access our brief, 3:32, informational video at
Price is just $59 for Strongsville HS students.
Register online at https://nlpamerica.com/product/strongsville-hs-act-seminar-tue-oct-11-2022/, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: https://strongsvillehspta.memberhub.com/store. 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!