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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 16)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - December 11, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SHS Theater Club Performance - “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play” (Sat. 12/12 - 7pm)

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Informational Meeting + Full Day Requests

  • SHS Winter Concerts - On Demand via SCS-TV

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Rachel Dlouhy, Kindergarten Teacher at Whitney Elementary

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville Lacrosse 2021 Registration Now OPEN!

  • 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

SCS Learning Framework (November 30 - December 17)
Remote Learning 2.0 for All Students (PreK - 12th Grade)


Saturday, December 12 - 7:00pm

Strongsville High School Theater Club Performance
“A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play”
* Watch the live stream HERE


Wednesday, December 16 - 6:00pm
Strongsville High School Winter Choral Concert
* Watch the live stream HERE


Wednesday, December 16 - 6:30pm
Special Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Friday, December 18
NO SCHOOL (Records Day)


Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1

NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Even though our winter concerts might look different this year, our student vocalists and musicians have been working extremely hard to bring the sounds of the holiday and the traditions of the season to you. This year’s concerts are being live streamed and can also be found on demand by clicking on the SCS-TV shortcut on the District’s main webpage at www.strongnet.org. This week’s ‘60 Seconds with the Superintendent’ episode - click HERE - details how our winter concerts have come together in a very challenging year.

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.

SHS THEATER CLUB PERFORMANCE - “A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RADIO PLAY” (SAT. 12/12 - 7PM)

Don’t miss tomorrow’s (Saturday, December 12) performance of “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play” by the Strongsville High School Theater Club at 7:00 p.m. Nineteen student actors will be taking on multiple roles from this classic tale. This production will be presented as a staged reading where the actors will be spaced out with their scripts on music stands. There will be no movement aside from gestures at their seats. The focus will be on the storytelling! Tune into the live stream of this performance at: https://tinyurl.com/SHSWinterPlay

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN INFORMATIONAL MEETING + FULL DAY REQUESTS

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year will once again occur exclusively online. Online FDK requests will begin at 8:00am on Thursday, January 14. There will be an informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students on Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30pm. The virtual informational meeting will be live streamed HERE. Please click HERE for complete information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

SHS WINTER CONCERTS - ON DEMAND VIA SCS-TV

Don’t miss out on this year’s holiday music, performed by our high school student vocalists and musicians. If you’ve missed the recent SHS Orchestra or SHS Band winter concerts, you can watch either on demand HERE. Tune into the same live stream link to see this upcoming concert:

SHS Choral Concert

Wednesday, December 16 (6:00pm)

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. RACHEL DLOUHY, KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AT WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mrs. Rachel Dlouhy is in her 3rd year teaching kindergarten in our District. Mrs. Dlouhy has taught at Surrarrer and Kinsner, and is currently at Whitney Elementary School. Her undergraduate degree is from John Carroll University and she has also earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University, along with a Reading Endorsement from Notre Dame College.


“Kindergarten is truly magical. It's where young children enter our classrooms at the beginning of the year and leave as proud little leaders. Working with 5 and 6 year olds makes you laugh, smile, and cheer, all while being the ultimate test of your patience. One of my favorite reasons for being a Kindergarten teacher is seeing the love and excitement the students have for learning. From our silly songs and chants, to trying to catch those sneaky Leprechauns in March, there's never a dull moment. The everyday joy we share in Kindergarten is the reason I teach. The amazing relationships that are formed which make you love each student and love your job - this is what makes it all worth it,” said Mrs. Dloughy.


“I am so thankful to work for Strongsville City Schools. Every administrator and staff member I've had the privilege to work with have been nothing short of amazing. The students and families I am lucky enough to work with remind me every day of why I became a teacher. Our entire community has been extremely supportive and I am extremely proud to be a Strongsville Mustang.”


Thank you Mrs. Dloughy for inspiring our kindergarten students and making learning fun in your classroom! #WeAreStrongsville

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

Strongsville City Schools is now hiring motivated, energetic, part-time professional substitute school bus drivers. This position features great pay ($16.19 per hour), flexible hours, no holidays, and is very rewarding. Requires a CDL Class B, with SP endorsement - TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!


If you would like to apply for a Substitute Bus Driver position, please complete this EXTERNAL application. When your application is complete, those interested, qualified candidates should contact the Transportation Department to schedule an initial interview at 440.572.7060.

OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCS

With the abundance of emails that we all receive on a daily basis, and some being directed to spam or becoming buried in other folders in your email account, it sometimes leaves you without knowing an email was sent. One way to address this issue is to send a text that alerts an email has been sent. Although our texting option is not new for the district, families must opt in to receive our texts. More parent opt ins are needed to make it an effective communication strategy. Please click HERE and follow the directions to opt in to our text messaging service.

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 LACROSSE 2021 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Come be a part of America’s fastest growing sport. Strongsville Youth Lacrosse has been growing since 2008 and registration for the 2021 season is now open for boys and girls in 2nd-8th grades. Indoor practices begin mid-February and the outdoor season will run from late March through May. All experience levels welcome. For detailed information, please visit the registration site at https://www.strongsvillelacrosse.com/register/ . Due to social distancing guidelines, team rosters will be capped. Please register early to ensure your spot for the season.

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 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

Kick Hunger Out of Strongsville

Join Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers in their fundraiser to benefit the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. Enroll in a 3 week starter course and all of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank. Click HERE for additional information.


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit gsneo.org/join, call 800.852.4474, or click HERE for additional 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.