SHS Weekly Update

October 16,2021

Principal's Update

The first quarter is coming to end as it went by quickly. It seems that students are getting back into a more normal school environment and student learning is back to being the primary focus of the building.

Thanks to the PTA for providing snacks for last weekend's homecoming dance. The dance was a huge success and students seemed to really enjoy the outside venue. We were blessed with perfect weather as over 1300 students came out to dance and enjoy the homecoming weekend.

Just a reminder that Monday October 18th is an asynchronous learning day for staff Professional Development. Students will not be in the building Monday.

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Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, is on the November ballot. This renewal levy helps our District maintain financial stability and extends our budget through effective financial stewardship. Issue 68 allows Strongsville City Schools to maintain financial stability through at least the 2026-27 school year. What are some other examples of our District being effective stewards of the financial resources from our community? Click HERE for a tri-fold brochure that outlines additional SCS financial highlights.


Do you know what makes up your family’s ecological footprint? Students in Mrs. Maher’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science class were challenged to figure out the impact they are making on the environment. This project-based learning experience gave students the chance to study their water and electric consumption, as well as the trash they generate. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we hear more about their classroom experience.


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.
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Matthew Kaufhold, a junior at Strongsville High School, achieved Eagle Scout distinction. Matthew is the 154th Eagle Scout of his local Troop (701). He earned 27 merit badges, the World Conservation award, two National Honor Patrol awards, and hiked 196 miles earning him the 75- and 150-Miler Boot Club awards. Matthew also earned the Troop Community Service award four times with 99 hours of service. His Eagle Scout project benefited the Richfield Heritage Preserve, leading troop members in repairing a structure at a campsite. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank that Boy Scouts of America offers. Since the first Eagle Scout in 1912, more than 2.6 million Scouts have achieved this status, which equates to approximately four to eight percent of all Scouts who enter Scouting. (Photo Credit - Joe Wollet)


Congratulations to Mustang student-athletes Natalie Kostalnick and Dean Upholzer, who were named Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC) Athletes of the Month. Natalie was the overall individual medalist for the GCC as a sophomore. For the month of September, she averaged a 40 for 9 holes and 78 for 18 holes, while finishing first and second in this month’s GCC tournaments. Dean has been the Mustangs #1 golfer this year and is averaging 75.47 for the year. He shot 73 in the last GCC invitational tournament to finish second. He finished second in every GCC tournament this year and last year broke a 22 year old freshman scoring record by 1.5 shots.


Be the first in your neighborhood with the new Strongsville “slides”! Order this special footwear, with sales benefitting Strongsville Athletics. Click HERE for the order form or visit Hurry - order deadline is Sunday, October 24!


The COVID-19 vaccination is a key to keeping Ohio’s students in the classroom, and that’s why the Ohio Department of Health has launched Ohio Vax-2-School. Ohioans between the ages of 12 and 25 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination have the chance to win one of 150 $10,000 scholarships and one of five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education. The entry period is now open. To learn more about this initiative or to submit an entry, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.


The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2022 Chevy Trailblazer LS AWD donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. The vehicle is on display in front of the SCS bus lot on Pearl Road. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each. All proceeds benefit Strongsville Athletics. The raffle drawing will be held on December 3, 2021 at the Strongsville High School Boys Basketball Game. This year, a 2nd Place Prize of $500 and a 3rd Place Prize of $100 will also be awarded! Purchase tickets online at or from any SHS or SMS student-athlete.

Stay Safe, Speak Up

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

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is Tuesday, October 26th in the Media Center. Retakes start at 7:45am - 2:00pm. We suggest you come during a Study Hall or students need to get permission from your teacher.

Please come for pictures if:

  1. you missed Picture Day on September 14th.

  2. you took pictures on 9/14 and need retakes. If you took pictures and received a picture packet, please bring those with you and turn in to the photographer.

Fright Night at the Stadium

The Fourth Annual “Fright Night at the Stadium” will be held October 23rd from 7:30 to 10:30pm. High School students are invited to enjoy an episode of Scooby Doo and then a Halloween movie played on the scoreboard at Pat Catan Football Stadium.

Bring your pool floats and blankets!! Wear warm clothes! Tickets are $10 and will be sold from October 19th through October 22nd in the cafeteria during lunch periods and in room 805. Concessions will be provided for $1 each item. All proceeds go to the high school student-run magazine and website The Lantern. We meet every other Thursday in room 805 and publish monthly.

Contact Mary Giaimo at with any questions

PTA Updates

SHS PTA Updates:

It’s Back- The SHS PTA Perfect Parking Spot Raffle! Treat your student to the best

parking spot in the lot! This perfect parking spot is located in the main lot directly

across from the Main Entrance! Raffle tickets will only be sold on-line through

our MemberHub fundraising page. Ticket sales end on October 19 th at 9:59pm and

the drawing for the 2 nd Quarter winner will be held on October 19th at 11:00 pm.

The lucky winner will have the perfect parking spot until December 16 th when the

second quarter ends! If you would like to purchase raffle tickets for the 2 nd Quarter

drawing, please go to:

As always- thank you for your support of SHS PTA and good luck!

Our “The Choice is Yours” fundraiser, which gives you several options to choose

how much (or little) you would like to support PTA this year, is drawing to a close

soon! But it is not too late if you still want to give! We would appreciate your

support in any amount that you are able! For every $25 you give before October

18, 2021 (when we will close the fundraiser), you will be entered into a drawing

for a family fun basket valued at $100. To date we have raised $1575 from 36

generous donors! Thank you so much to all who have given already! To make

your donation please visit our Memberhub store at

And while you are there don’t forget to join SHS PTA if you haven’t yet!

Remember, parents of seniors must be PTA members by January 31, 2022 for their

children to qualify for PTA scholarships!