Muraski Tribune: Issue 25


A Message From the Principals

Good Morning Muraski Families,

We hope you all had a nice weekend and stayed warm! We had fun last week as the students were able to celebrate the February monthly incentives for PBIS. Each month the classroom teachers keep track of how many PRIDE reminders the students need. For the students who receive 3 PRIDE reminders or less, they get to celebrate with our monthly incentive. This month, the grade levels decided to plan their own incentive. We are excited to announce that our grade levels had a factastic percentage of students who earned that incentive

Kindergarten - 97% of students earned incentive

First - 96% of students earned incentive

Second - 96% of students earned incentive

Third - 93% of students earned incentive

Fourth - 100% of students earned incentive

Fifth - 93% of students earned incentive

We are very proud of our students! The great thing about our monthly incentives is each month the students start with a clean slate. This week the students will begin working towards their March incentive.

Have a great week!

Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

PRIDE Ticket Winners!

Kindergarten and First Grade


Shae Ross James

Wade Zamiska

Teddy Reece

Anthony Yovanno

Amelia Eid

Madison Howard


Caine Quinlan

Julianna Cham

Liam Caraballo

Hannah Kenderes

Seth Sprague

Kourtney Waters

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Second Grade

Jordan Sastre

Cailyn Wagner

Jace Lewon

Raylee Gobel

Natalie Benisek

Isabel Janakovich

Macy Flenoury

Brody Perrot

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Third Grade

Alivia Brown

Delaney Ehlert

Brayden Harrison

Anna Yusko

Zoey Starcovic

Riley McCullough

Ari Sovey

Joey Tucker

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Fourth Grade

Kevin Q.

Lily R.

Owen Haumesser

Mia Gojnic

Carter Lambert

Nora Arnold

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Fifth Grade

Jenna Schneiderhan

Anthony Jacko

Laura Chetrusca

Angelo Santo Domingo

Chloey Bou Ghantous

Matt Byrk

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PBIS Lunch/Recess Challenge

Last week we shared with you our February Lunch/Recess challenge. Each day the grade levels could earn a total of two points; 1 point at Lunch and 1 point at recess. We are really trying to reinforce the expected behaviors for our students. Mrs. Hawk and I have taken time each morning to update our students and staff on the February challenge as a way to keep the students motivated. Below you will find our updated total scores for each grade level as of this week. We still have one more day to earn points. The winners will be announced on Tuesday and this grade-level will ger a pizza party, provided by myself and Mrs. Hawk.

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Updated February Data

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OST Testing Dates: Grades 3-5

Spring testing will be here before we know it. We want to provide you with these dates because it is important that your child is in school on their assigned testing date prior to the start of the test. Students tend to do their best when their routine is consistent. We recognize that you are not able to control everything, but if you could be cognizant of these dates when making appointments, coming in late, etc. we would appreciate it. Note: If a child is late to school on a testing day, they are not able to enter the classroom if the test has already started.

ELA Grade 3: April 6 & 7

ELA Grade 4: April 5 & 6

ELA Grade 5: April 7 & 8

Math Grade 3: April 27 & 28

Math Grade 4: April 28 & 29

Math Grade 5: April 12 & 13

Science Grade 5: April 27 & 28

Trimester 2 Ends on 2/25/22

Friday 2/25 was the last day in the second trimester. You will be able to access student report cards through Powerschool on Friday, March 4th.

Strongsville Women's League Art Contest

Strongsville Women’s League is holding an art contest for Strongsville residents currently enrolled in grades K-5th Grade. Have you ever thought about what makes your family yours? What are the traditions that create great memories year after year? This year the Strongsville Women’s League wants to know what makes your family unique. Please create an image which shows your favorite part of being you in your family. “My favorite tradition is…”. Entries will be accepted March 14 - April 14 and can be dropped off in the main office at any elementary school. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for grades K&1, 2&3, and 4&5 students. Artwork will be judged and prizes will be awarded on Friday, April 29. Good luck and have fun! Please contact Karen Burgund ( or Barb Toth ( with any questions or concerns.

Birthday Book Club

It's back! The Muraski Birthday Book Club!

If you are looking for a way to help out, or if you want to commemorate your child’s birthday, or really for any reason at all . . . please consider joining the Muraski Birthday Book Club!

Click the link below for additional details and to donate $15 toward the purchase of a new book for the Muraski Media Center. All funds will go towards books/supplies!

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ODH Discontinues COVID-19 Universal Contact Tracing for Schools

On Wednesday (1/26), the ODH shared a memo (CLICK HERE) detailing that schools may discontinue COVID-19 universal contact tracing effective immediately. Based on this ODH guidance and the consensus of the Board last night, Strongsville City Schools will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 after today. You can CLICK HERE to access the slides and/or CLICK HERE to watch my presentation to the Board on this topic that (1) provides local data to support this move away from universal contact tracing and (2) details a two-phase approach to reduce COVID restrictions as we move into our long-term response to COVID.

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will continue.

  • Staff / Students must continue to report all COVID+ cases to SCS
  • Continue to communicate active isolations on the COVID data dashboard Monday - Friday
  • Continue to follow the reduced isolation and the Mask to Stay / Test to Play (if known) protocols for staff / students exhibiting no symptoms
  • Continue with classroom-based COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Continue with current social distancing in classrooms

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will be discontinued Monday, January 31st.

  • Discontinue all contact tracing unless there is a cluster / outbreak as determined by the CCBH [see Slide 7 of presentation]
  • Discontinue communicating active quarantines on the COVID data dashboard
  • Discontinue building and individual COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Discontinue all parent COVID notifications for students in Grs. 6-12