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News From Strongsville City Schools (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 7)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville

In This Issue - October 7, 2016

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent
  • 'Fill The Truck’ Fundraiser with Easter Seals
  • K-5 Go Math! Program Parent Meeting
  • Mustang Spotlight - Whitney Elementary Media Assistant Mrs. Gail Trimper
  • Community Conversation at Tom+Chee - Thursday, October 27
  • Issue 120 - Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy
  • Voter Registration Information
  • Inaugural 'Greet & Treat' Event - Wednesday, October 26
  • Princess (& Prince) Tea, hosted by SHS Mustang Express - Sunday, October 16 at 1pm
  • Reminder: Information on PASS
  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

TONIGHT (Fri. 10/7) - 7pm

SHS Varsity Football vs. Solon (Homecoming Game)

Saturday, October 8 - 7pm

SHS Homecoming Dance

Wednesday, October 12

Parent / Teacher Conferences (Evening Conferences)

D.A.R.E. Halloween Party for 7th-8th Graders at Michaud's (6-9pm)

Thursday, October 13 - 6-9pm

D.A.R.E. Halloween Party for 5th-6th Graders at Michaud's

Friday, October 14


Rockin’ at the Rec Dance (6th-8th Grade) - 6:30-9:00pm

at Strongsville Rec Center

Thursday, October 20 - 7pm

Board of Education Meeting (Administration Building)

Wednesday, October 26 - 6-8pm

Community “Greet & Treat” Event at Strongsville Middle School

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

Strongsville City Schools Special Education Department is a proactive group of highly qualified and driven educators that are dedicated to serve students with disabilities with passion and hard work. We are one of the few districts in the area with a Parent Mentor for our students and families. Click HERE to meet our Parent Mentor, Teresa Karsnak, and learn more about her valuable role in our District.


Easter Seals Northern Ohio is partnering with Strongsville High School to give back to the community while helping children and adults with disabilities. Strongsville High School is hosting a “Fill the Truck” fundraiser to benefit the Strongsville High School PTA.

Easter Seals will have a truck parked at Pat Catan Stadium and will be accepting donations tonight (Friday, October 7th) from 5-8pm and tomorrow (Saturday, October 8th) from 8am-2pm. Donation items accepted include: any and all clothing items, small kids’ toys/games, books, CDs/DVDs/VHS tapes, kitchenwares (pots/pans, silverware, dishes, etc.), small picture frames/wall hangings, knickknacks, and jewelry.


For those parents interested in learning more about the Go Math! Program, please plan to attend a meeting on Monday, October 17 at 6:00pm at the Strongsville Schools Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.). Click HERE for more details on this informational night.


Mrs. Gail Trimper, is in her 5th year as Whitney Elementary’s Media Assistant. Prior to this position, she also worked at Chapman Elementary and Center Middle School. Her career in the District actually began at Whitney Elementary as a playground monitor. She is a Strongsville resident and has two children who graduated from Strongsville High School.

Mrs. Trimper feels lucky that her job provides the opportunity for her to work with every student in the building. She loves the different ways they have been able to incorporate technology in their Media Center and the positive impact that continues to have on the students. The staff and students at Whitney are a great group and she appreciates their supportiveness.

Through the changes over the years, one thing remains constant. “Reading is still so important. I love that I still read to all of the classes every week. It is one of my favorite things I am able to do at Whitney,” says Mrs. Trimper.

Thank you Mrs. Trimper for inspiring our students, for fostering a love of reading, and being an important part of their learning at Whitney!

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Mrs. Trimper with Whitney Elementary Young Readers


Join Superintendent Ryba at the next Community Conversation on Thursday, October 27 from 5:30-7:30pm at the new Tom+Chee. The focus will be on how technology is being integrated into Strongsville City Schools and the impact it has on a daily basis with our students. The District’s Director of Instructional Technology, Vicki Turner, will also be there to answer questions and provide additional insight.

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Strongsville City Schools will be placing a renewal levy (Issue 120) on the November 8, 2016 ballot. This is a renewal of an existing operating levy and is not a tax increase. This issue means continuation of the high quality education for our students and community. Early voting begins October 12th.

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You must be registered to vote by October 11 in order to vote on November 8.

Need to register to vote? Click HERE.

Not sure if you're registered? Check HERE.

Want to vote-by-mail? Click HERE.

(Hurry! Early voting begins October 12)


Strongsville City School’s SPOT (Strongsville Positive Outreach Team) Committee is proud to present the inaugural community “Greet & Treat” event at Strongsville Middle School from 6-8pm on Wednesday, October 26th. This event is open to all students, staff, and the Strongsville community. Please bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation to the Strongsville Food Bank. See you on October 26th for a special Halloween celebration! Click HERE for the event details.


The SHS Mustang Express is excited to host a Princess (& Prince) Tea - a fun family event on Sunday, October 16th at 1pm. Kids of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon hanging out with their favorite Disney Characters. Watch an exciting musical show featuring Elsa, Anna, Belle, Ariel, Snow White and her prince, Aurora, Jasmine and Aladdin and Cinderella and Prince Charming played by our own Mustang Express members! After the show, come have tea and dessert with your favorite characters. Make sure to bring your cameras for royal photo opportunities. Click HERE for additional event information.


At the beginning of the school year, parents were asked to fill out their emergency medical forms and other back to school forms online through InfoSnap registration, accessed through PowerSchool Parent Portal (PASS) accounts. If you have not yet filled out these important forms for your student(s), please do so at your earliest opportunity. Should you have any questions about your PASS account, please contact your child’s school secretary.



The Strongsville Historical Society is hosting their 8th Annual ‘Old Fashioned SAFE Trick or Treat’ for preschool and kindergarten students on Saturday, October 22 from 3-4:30pm at the Strongsville Historic Village. Admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit the Strongsville Food Bank. Call 440.572.0535 for reservations to this event.


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.

October Luncheon - State of the Schools Address by Superintendent, Cameron Ryba

Tuesday, October 18th at 11:30am at the Strongsville Holiday Inn. Cost is just $20 per person.

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee

Community Organizations Showcase Event

Get involved in your community! Strongsville’s many community organizations will be at Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30pm. We encourage EVERYONE to attend this highly informative, networking event. Cost is just $20 per person which includes food & beverages.

Business After Hours Event – Hosted by Olympia Sweet Treats & Grill

Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm

Strongsville Chamber members are free! Future members cost just $10 per person.

Holiday Scholarship Dance - Friday, December 2nd 7:00pm at Michaud’s

Contact the Chamber now to reserve your table! $350 for a table of 10 or $70 per couple.

100% of ticket sale revenue goes toward scholarships


Please note the following October 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.

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 in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Fall story time sessions.

ACT/SAT Practice Test. Grades 6 - 12. Saturday, October 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Need to take the SAT or ACT? Take a free practice test first! Sylvan Learning Center will give you the opportunity to take either test during this workshop. Please bring a No. 2 pencil and graphing/scientific calculator to the exam.

Meet Author Kyle Mills. Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Kyle Mills, the New York Times bestselling author of more than 15 political thriller novels. His latest, Order to Kill, is the follow up to last year’s bestseller The Survivor and continues Vince Flynn’s acclaimed series starring undercover CIA counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. Kyle is also the author of three installments in the Covert-One series, originally created by Robert Ludlum. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry.

Just 4 You Student Friends Volunteers. Ages 10-18. Saturday, October 15th from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Join Just 4 U Student Friends and get involved at the Strongsville Branch and in your community. Pick up an application at the Teen Desk.

National Chemistry Week - Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry. Grades 3 - 6. Saturday, October 15th from2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Come join us for fun, hands on activities that let you get close to the action! Be prepared to get in and get messy. Led by volunteers from the American Chemical Society. We invite families to stay and participate.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: "I Like Change...Only if it's Money!" Tuesday, October 18th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This month's speaker will be Marlene Kurz, from LISW Oakview talking about dealing with change. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk!

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, October 19th. This month we will be discussing StationEleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 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!

Little Pumpkins. Ages 2 - 4. Friday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.

Calling all toddlers! This pumpkin-themed program is geared for the little pumpkins in your life, ages 2-4. Join us for stories, crafts, and games featuring pumpkins. Prepare to get messy with many fun hands-on activities. Please register each child separately. Space is limited. Registration begins on Friday, October 7.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, October 24th. This month we will be discussing Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Down by the Old Mill Stream Run. Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.

The Strongsville Historical Society presents this special Metroparks presentation. Cleveland Metroparks Historian, Judy MacKeigan, presents, Down by the Old Mill Stream Run, an informal, entertaining, history of Mill Stream Run Reservation. A short Strongsville Historical Society meeting will precede the presentation.

Tales from the Eerie Shore - Ghosts of Ohio. Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of storytelling with award-winning authors, ghost hunters, and para-historians Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber - aka The Haunted Housewives. Gather 'round our virtual campfire for true tales of ghoulish ghosts and creepy cryptids. Ohio’s Heartland is filled with strange creatures, fascinating places, and restless spirits. It’s a spine-tingling tour of the most interesting paranormal hotspots of the north coast and beyond!

Hearing Screenings. Thursday, October 27th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.

Southwest General Community Nurses are hosting a free hearing screening which will be offered by ENT Health Services, Inc. from Southwest General Health Center. Please call 440-816-4037 for an appointment.

Play, Learn, & Grow. Birth - 3 Years Old with Parent/Caregiver. Friday, October 28th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Children will play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while parents meet and learn from community health experts. Registration begins on Friday, October 14.