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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 16)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - December 16, 2016

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Ancient Egyptian Museum at SMS

  • SCS Earns AP District Honor Roll Recognition

  • SCS Students Give Back

  • 2017-18 Kindergarten Information Session + Deposits for Full Day

  • SHS Main Entrance Brick Pavers

  • Mustang Spotlight - Early Learning Preschool Intervention Specialist Cathy King

  • Susan Fee Event - Thursday, January 12

  • Strongsville Jump Rope Club - Session II

  • SHS Alumni Questionnaire

  • Love & Logic Parent Survey

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, December 19

  • Whitney Band/Orchestra/Choir Holiday Concert - 9:45am
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 5-6) - 7pm

Tuesday, December 20
  • Surrarrer Band/Orchestra Concert - 10am
  • Strongsville Middle School Holiday Orchestra Concert (Grades 7-8) - 7pm
  • All-City Elementary Orchestra Concert - 7pm

Wednesday, December 21
  • Kinsner Winter Holiday Concert - 10am
  • Muraski Holiday Sing-a-Long - 1:30pm

Thursday, December 22 - Monday, January 2
Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, January 5 - 7pm
Board of Education Work Session (Administrative Offices - 18199 Cook Ave.)

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

This past week, eight guests from El Salvador visited Strongsville schools as part of a “Connecting Communities & Cultures” exchange. This program was coordinated by SHS Spanish teacher Mrs. Tonya Barba-Minor, along with St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville. Our Strongsville students were able to learn more about El Salvador, while our guests were able to experience American classrooms and teaching techniques. Click HERE for this week’s episode to hear about the impact of this visit.


The 6th Grade Captains team have been working on transforming their common area into an ancient Egyptian Museum. The area is filled with artifacts and information detailing anything and everything you wanted to know about ancient Egypt. All of the students worked on a short research essay to accompany their project. Nice work Captains!

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Strongsville City Schools is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board, earning a place on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Strongsville is also one of only 32 school districts in Ohio to earn this recognition. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Strongsville City Schools had to increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three (3) or higher for the past three years. Reaching these goals shows that Strongsville is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students of all backgrounds who are ready for Advanced Placement classes and exams.

The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found HERE.


During this season of giving, we are thankful for and proud of the many school groups, students, teachers, staff, and administrators collaborating with our community to make the holidays special. In many instances, these individuals are true examples of those who “give back” to their community. These are just a few examples of our students making a difference:

  • The Strongsville High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams once again partnered with Team Strongsville for its annual Target Shopping Night, which made the holidays brighter for 119 children in our community.
  • All elementary schools in our District held holiday clothing drives, donating to area charitable organizations and shelters.
  • Strongsville Schools & Chartwells partnered for “Giving Tuesday” - the global day of giving held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Proceeds from all sales of pizza at lunch that day were donated to the Strongsville Food Bank’s Power Pack program.
  • The Strongsville High School Boys Lacrosse Team sponsored a family of six who recently suffered a devastating house fire in which all was virtually lost. The team gathered 72 gifts, including clothing, toys, and $300 in gift cards to bring Christmas to this family at their time of need.
  • “Strongsville Middle School Gives Back” is an effort by our middle school’s students, parents, teachers, and staff to provide for those families at the school who may be going through a difficult time.
  • The Strongsville High School Swimming & Diving Teams recently held their “Splash Out Cancer” event and made a donation of over $17,000, in the name of Kelly Kinney, to the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospital.
  • Twenty-two local sports teams, including many of our high school and middle school athletes, joined together with Head Start Basketball and several local businesses and civic groups to sponsor twenty-one families at Ohio Guidestone. The group purchased necessity and wish list items for these families which were delivered for the holidays.

Thanks to all of our students, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members for these, and many other examples, of giving back this holiday season.


For parents of students who will be attending kindergarten beginning in the Fall of 2017, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00pm at Muraski Elementary School (20270 Royalton Rd.). That same evening, deposits ($300) will be accepted by cash or check beginning at 5:00pm for families interested in securing a space for full day kindergarten. According to State Law and District policy, any child who becomes five years old on or before August 1, 2017 is eligible for admission into the Strongsville School District's Kindergarten program in August.

Individual registration will take place at Strongsville City Schools Administrative Office (18199 Cook Ave.). Registration times will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Dates for kindergarten registration are as follows:

Chapman Elementary - Monday, March 13, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Kinsner Elementary - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Muraski Elementary - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Surrarrer Elementary - Thursday, March 16, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Whitney Elementary - Friday, March 17, 2017 (at SCS Administrative Office)

Click HERE for additional information on Kindergarten registration.


As part of the expansion of Strongsville High School in 1998, brick pavers were purchased by donors and installed in the main entrance area. During recent construction and renovation at the high school, it was necessary for these brick pavers to be removed. For those who are interested in retaining their brick paver, they may be found on pallets in front of our Maintenance Department on Rademaker-Miller Lane.

Click HERE for the specific list of donors and brick pavers available for pick up through March 31, 2017.


Mrs. Cathy King is an intervention specialist at our District’s Early Learning Preschool. She has been with Strongsville City Schools for 12 ½ years. Mrs. King earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Park University (Chicago) and her Masters in Education (Early Intervention) from Cleveland State University. In addition to her role in our District, she also has two golden retrievers at home, Cali and Hunter. Hunter is a therapy dog and makes weekly visits with Cathy to local health and rehabilitation centers, libraries, and churches.

Mrs. King enjoys working with both her students and their families. “We get to create entertaining, engaging and creative classrooms that promote learning as well as social, cognitive, adaptive and emotional development. In fact, no day in the classroom is ever the same,” says Mrs. King. She adds, “The entire staff at the Strongsville Early Learning Preschool is dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing, challenging environment for all children.”

Thank you Mrs. King for being an integral part of this welcoming and inclusive environment at our preschool and preparing our “Mini Mustangs” for their next step into Kindergarten.


Don’t miss a special event coming to the Strongsville Middle School on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm. Our District’s counselors and the Strongsville Civic Team are bringing Susan Fee to our city for a parent workshop on student anxiety and practical strategies to empower children and ways to encourage growth versus enable fears. Click HERE to register for this presentation.


The second session of Strongsville Jump Rope Club is starting up and will be held Fridays, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, on January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and February 3rd at Muraski Elementary School. We hope you are able to join us! Please contact Dot Hepp at or call/text 216.924.1475 for more information.

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Are you an SHS graduate? Do you know an SHS graduate? We are working on building our alumni database in order to reconnect with those who have graduated from SHS, share with them the good stories of student achievement and other positive news about the District, as well as encourage them to return for alumni-specific events which will be planned in the future. Please share this LINK with any SHS alumni! #foreveramustang

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Love and Logic, developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline of the Love and Logic Institute, Golden, CO., is a program where parents learn parenting skills that put the fun back into parenting by teaching parents the skills of using empathy, choices, and natural consequences that lead to raising responsible children.

Our District is planning to bring this program to our elementary school families in early 2017. In hopes of tailoring this to as many interested families as possible, please fill out this SURVEY. Answers to the survey will help us select topics and location for this program.


Strongsville Early Childhood PTA Event

The Strongsville Early Childhood PTA is hosting the 13th Annual Preschool, Kindergarten and Childcare Open House. This is a free event! It will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:30pm - 8:30pm at the Strongsville Middle School.

Local preschools and childcare centers will be there and ready to meet with you! This is a great opportunity to explore options and interview different schools, all in one evening. Please visit or for additional information.

“The Nutcracker” Performance at Strongsville Middle School
Ballet by Krista Morana presents “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, December 18 at 2pm. The performance will be in the new auditorium at Strongsville Middle School.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door on the day of the performance.
Visit for advance tickets.

Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp

The Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp will emphasize the FUN-damentals of basketball with individual attention given to each camper. The camp will not only provide a fundamental base for each player, but will also be a fun and enjoyable experience for each and every camper! The camp will be directed by former Strongsville High School and Kent State University player Mike Klinzing who has more than 20 years of basketball camp experience.

The Head Start Basketball Holiday Camp will be held from 1:30pm - 4:30pm on December 29 & 30, 2016 at the Hoop Guru Courthouse, which is located at 1669 West 130th St., Hinckley, OH 44233, Building #5. In order to assure individual attention for each camper the camp will be limited to the first fifty applicants. The cost of the camp is $45.

Please contact Mike Klinzing at 216-392-4059 or for more information or click HERE to register.

Baldwin Wallace Baseball Holiday Skills Camp

The BW Baseball Holiday Skills Camp is the perfect holiday gift for the young ballplayer. The camp is designed to enhance the overall development of youth baseball players of any skill level. Campers will learn fundamental techniques, approaches, and drills from college coaches and players in a fun, energetic atmosphere. The three day camp runs from December 27th - 29th with sessions available for youth players in grades 2-8. Click HERE for the camp flyer and registration information.

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.

January Business Luncheon
Tuesday, January 17th - 11:30am
Ehrnfelt Recreation Center
Learn how to grow your business with email and social media. Diane Helbig of Seize This Day and Constant Contact will be the featured speaker. Cost is $20 per person.

Strongsville Library

Please note the following December 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 and all branches will be CLOSED Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. We resume normal hours on Monday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.
***The Library and all branches will be CLOSED Saturday, December 31 through Sunday, January 1st for the New Year Holiday. We resume normal hours on Monday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

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 on hiatus for the month of December. Please call the library for more information about our upcoming winter story time sessions which will resume in January.

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, December 21st. This month we will be discussing The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. 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!