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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 10)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - October 23, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • District Updates from Superintendent Ryba

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Here Comes the Bus’ App

  • Virtual SHS Choral Concert - Wed. 10/28

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Karen Kennedy, Classroom Teacher at Early Learning Preschool

  • Chipotle Fundraiser for SHS Theatre Department - Wed. 10/28, 4-8pm

  • Join the SCS Crew!

  • Cross Country Postseason Awards

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville PTA Council Clothing Drive Fundraiser (Thu. 10/29)

  • Update Your Student’s Immunization Records

  • Annual Strongsville Athletic Boosters Car Raffle - Win a 2020 Chevy Trax!

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, October 28 - 6:00pm
Virtual Concert*, Featuring Performances by Our SHS Choral Groups:
6:00pm - Mustang Express (SHS Show Choir)
6:15pm - Concert Choir
6:30pm - Treble Choir
6:45pm - Cantorum
* Live Stream of Concert Can Be Found HERE

DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT RYBA

As a follow up to the discussions and decisions made during last night’s Board Meeting, HERE is an update from Superintendent Ryba that was emailed to our District families earlier today.

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Our District has created the SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide - one document in one location outlining our District’s policies and procedures. This document should be used as a guide, allowing you to quickly find answers to your questions. The guide can also be found at www.strongnet.org/restart.

As we have seen throughout the pandemic, factors can change on a daily basis and this Guide will remain adjustable and flexible to respond to state and local health guidelines.

‘HERE COMES THE BUS’ APP

'Here Comes The Bus' is an app for SCS families to track busing information and routes for their student(s), as well as real-time notifications. The app and complementary website - available on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or personal computer - enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on its daily route. Download the ‘Here Comes the Bus’ app to monitor daily transportation information.

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VIRTUAL SHS CHORAL CONCERT - WED. 10/28

Our SHS choral groups will be performing a virtual concert on Wednesday, October 28. The concert begins at 6:00pm, with the following groups performing:

6:00pm - Mustang Express (SHS Show Choir)

6:15pm - Concert Choir

6:30pm - Treble Choir

6:45pm - Cantorum


Even though we are not able to gather together in the Auditorium at this time, please plan to join us virtually and hear the wonderful music performed by our talented students - the concert will be live streamed HERE.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. KAREN KENNEDY, CLASSROOM TEACHER AT EARLY LEARNING PRESCHOOL

Mrs. Karen Kennedy (Miss Karen, as her students know her) has worked in our District for 21 years - all at our Early Learning Preschool. Miss Karen earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and her graduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Her involvement and work to provide the best learning environment for Strongsville’s “Mini Mustangs” goes beyond the classroom. She was part of the team that raised funds for a new playground at the preschool and has been a member of the preschool PTA since it was formed.


“I love the joy and energy our children bring. They are so excited to learn new things. It is amazing to see the changes and growth over the course of a school year. I love the time I spend working with our children and am also blessed to work with an amazing team at the preschool,” said Miss Karen.


Thank you Miss Karen for your efforts in developing our Mini Mustangs and building a strong foundation for their transition to kindergarten. #WeAreStrongsville

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER FOR SHS THEATRE DEPARTMENT - WED. 10/28, 4-8PM

The SHS Theatre Department is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, October 28 at the Strongsville Chipotle (15029 Pearl Rd.) to help raise money for a possible Fall/Winter Play. Order from Chipotle (4pm-8pm) - either carryout, online, or through the app - and a portion of the sales will go toward supporting our SHS student performers. See the online order code and additional details HERE.

JOIN THE SCS CREW!

Attention parents of middle school and high school students:

SCS Crew is looking for new members. The 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. Interested students should contact Scott Benson (440.572.7032 / sbenson@scsmustangs.org). Click HERE for a video about SCS Crew!

CROSS COUNTRY POSTSEASON AWARDS

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country team for placing 3rd at the Greater Cleveland Conference Championship Meet. Julia Isham (sophomore), finished in first place and was named the GCC Runner of the Year. Julia’s time of 18:23 was also a new Strongsville High School School record. Also earning All-GCC Honors were Marquis Globokar (senior) and Sydney Wingler (junior) with times of 19:41 and 20:01.


Shout out to the Boys Cross Country team for their fifth place finish at the GCC Championship Meet. The varsity team stepped up with their best team time average of the year. John Yarwood (junior) earned First Team All GCC with a time of 16:38, his career best time - beating his previous best by 27 seconds!

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

STRONGSVILLE PTA COUNCIL CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDRAISER (THU. 10/29)

Strongsville PTA Council will be hosting a clothing drive on Thursday, October 29 from 4pm - 7pm at the Ehrnfelt Recreation & Senior Center (18100 Royalton Rd.). This clothing drive is a fundraiser to earn money for scholarships for the Class of 2021. They will accept any clothing, accessories, blankets and other soft goods. No electronics, home goods, etc. will be collected at this time. Everything must be in secured garbage bags. Please wear a mask! Social distancing rules will apply for help unloading your donations. Special thank you to Parma movers for generously donating a truck to collect and transport the donations!

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Please remember that your student(s) immunizations records must be up to date with our Health Services Department. Click HERE for additional information on the immunizations required for the 2020-21 school year. Please submit proof of immunizations via email (lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org) or via fax (440.846.3226). If you have additional questions, please call 440.846.4137.

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ANNUAL STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CAR RAFFLE - WIN A 2020 CHEVY TRAX!

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2020 Chevy Trax 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 and only 3,000 will be sold. All proceeds benefit the SCS Excellence in Athletics Turf Project and the Strongsville School’s sports, music and PTA programs. The raffle drawing will be held during the November 20, 2020 Strongsville High School Girls Basketball Game. Purchase tickets:

  • Online at https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/Home

  • Via drive up on Saturdays (12-5pm) at Rademaker-Miller Lane near the SCS Transportation Building

  • Student-athletes, Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters, and PTA families have also been provided tickets to sell

PCs FOR PEOPLE

PCs for People recycles business electronics and provides refurbished computers and low-cost internet to under-resourced households and communities. This program provides financial aid to families in Cuyahoga County with K-12 students by distributing 10,000 free computers and 5,000 hotspots through a partnership with participating Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Libraries. Registrations are currently open for the week of October 5th so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST FOR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS

The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify.

Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts - visit

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html for additional details about this program.

“HEARD AROUND TOWN” ON SCS WEBSITE

Have you heard something that you want more clarification about concerning Strongsville City Schools? Share your questions with us, we're happy to provide information to clear up any misconceptions! Visit the new “Heard Around Town” link on the main page at www.strongnet.org or click HERE to submit your question.

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. The Stay Safe. Speak Up! link is located in the shortcuts along the right hand side on the homepage of the District website (www.strongnet.org). It can also be found on the homepage of each of our individual building websites. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Trunk or Treat Event - Wednesday, 10/28
Join us for a spooktacular socially distanced Trunk-or-Treat event hosted in the Generations Senior Living of Strongsville parking lot (18960 Falling Water Rd.) on Wednesday, October 28 from 3-5pm. Fun and games include fall concessions, a prize wheel, red carpet costume parade, and lots of candy! Please RSVP by calling 440.238.3600 or email scott@generationshcm.com. Click HERE for the event flyer.


Eager Engineers

Eager Engineers is offering live online interactive classes! Join us live, on Zoom for both Lego and Citibloc adventures! STEAM concepts are built into every project, with new projects each class. Visit www.creativeclasses.org to register or click HERE for more information.


Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit GreatScience.com.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Did you know that the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, established in 1941, is one of the largest and most active Chambers in the state of Ohio? The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce provides members with an opportunity to be a part of the framework of the local business community. Through various business related activities and events, the Strongsville Chamber promotes and supports the growth of local businesses and the Strongsville area business community. The Strongsville Chamber offers a convenient way to network, locate business opportunities, and access a vast array of information vital to your business’s continued growth. Join the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce today by calling the Chamber office at 440.238.3366 or visit the Chamber website at www.strongsvillechamber.com.