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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 24)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - February 19, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Two SHS Students Have Artwork Featured in Black History Month Virtual Gallery

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Full Day Requests

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Pasko & Mrs. Tedeschi, 4th Grade Teachers at Muraski

  • Annual SCS “State of the Schools” Presentation - Wed. 3/3 at 6:30pm

  • FREE Student Breakfast/Lunch for the Remainder of the 2020-21 School Year

  • Popcorn, Coffee, & Granola - OH MY! - Strongsville Council PTA Online Fundraiser

  • Mustangs Winter Sports Postseason Tournament Success

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, March 2 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Wednesday, March 3 - 6:30pm

SCS 'State of the Schools' Presentation
Visit www.strongnet.org for link to the live stream


Thursday, March 4
Remote/Asynchronous Learning Day for All Students (Prek - 12th Grade)
Teachers will have all assignments posted to Google Classroom and communicated to students prior to the start of the school day - no live instruction will occur. This also applies to SCS Connects students. This will not impact any students in Lincoln Learning, Edgenuity, Edmentum, or Apex.

Friday, March 5
NO SCHOOL (SCS Teachers & Staff Professional Development Day)


Monday, March 15

Regular School Day (Grades PreK - 12)
* 3/15 was a previously scheduled SCS Professional Development Day & was switched to 3/5

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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.

TWO SHS STUDENTS HAVE ARTWORK FEATURED IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL GALLERY

Two Strongsville High School students have had their artwork selected to be included in a virtual art gallery. Jayanna Evans and Alicia He are among the several student artists represented in the annual Black History Month art exhibit at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. This year, it’s a virtual gallery - click HERE to see all of the fantastic artwork from students around Cuyahoga County.

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN FULL DAY REQUESTS

An informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students (2021-22 school year) was recently held. If you missed the meeting and want to view the presentation, please click HERE.

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year are currently being accepted exclusively online. Please click HERE for additional information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. PASKO & MRS. TEDESCHI, 4TH GRADE TEACHERS AT MURASKI

Mrs. Christine Pasko and Mrs. Jennifer Tedeschi are a fourth grade teaching team at Muraski Elementary. With a combined 47 years of service in our District (Mrs. Pasko - 27 / Mrs. Tedeschi - 20), these two Muraski teachers have been a part of many elementary students’ positive experiences in our District. Both are Strongsville residents and currently have children attending Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Tedeschi is also an alumni of SHS. She went to Surrarrer Elementary, Center Jr. High and graduated from Strongsville High School.


“Mrs. Tedeschi and I have a great teaching partnership that has grown strong throughout our eleven years together. The best part about working with our students is their resilience to learn. This year in particular because they have had to learn remotely and in person which is a challenge and transition for all. They are doing their best to make the adjustments to be successful learners. It is exciting to work with our students every day and experience their creative ideas, their enthusiasm, their curiosity, and their love for learning. I encourage all students to make mistakes because mistakes make their brains grow,” said Mrs. Pasko.


“I live for that “aha moment” when my students first understand a new concept or see how the lesson applies directly to them. It’s so exciting to see my students grow in confidence as their successes build on one another. Helping students discover their strengths and then develop those strengths into regular habits is extremely rewarding. Mrs. Pasko and I have worked together for the past eleven years. We have a strong friendship and work really well together to give our students the best 4th grade experience. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such amazing teachers, families, and students,” said Mrs. Tedeschi


Thank you Mrs. Pasko and Mrs. Tedeschi for being a fantastic team teaching our 4th graders at Muraski Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville

SAVE THE DATE! ANNUAL SCS “STATE OF THE SCHOOLS” PRESENTATION - WED. 3/3 AT 6:30PM

The annual “State of the Schools” presentation by SCS Superintendent, Dr. Cameron Ryba, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm and will be livestreamed on our District website (www.strongnet.org). We encourage our community to tune in for a review of the student and teacher accomplishments from this past year and the exciting path for the future of our District.

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REMINDER: FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Thanks to the USDA and Federal Meal Program, breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost to students through the end of the 2020-21 school year (5/28/21), or until available funding runs out. Elementary families still need to pre-order meals (by 10:00pm the night before) through Nutrislice - click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Visit the Food Services section (under Business Services) of our District website or call 440.572.7058 for additional information.

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POPCORN, COFFEE, & GRANOLA - OH MY! STRONGSVILLE COUNCIL PTA ONLINE FUNDRAISER

Check out Strongsville Council PTA’s online fundraiser, which includes granola, coffee, popcorn, and MORE! Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for graduating seniors scholarships and other Council PTA activities this school year. HERE is the direct link to the fundraiser page. Click HERE for the shareable flyer.

MUSTANGS WINTER SPORTS POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to the following winter sports teams and individuals who have already posted victories in their respective postseason tournaments:


Girls Basketball: Defeated Wooster in Sectional Final, 61-29 last night. The Lady Mustangs were led in scoring by Mackenzie Schulz who scored 12 points. Regan Bass added 10 points, while Taylor Bass and Ava Kadras both contributed 9 points. Next game - Tuesday, 2/23 in a District Semi-Final matchup with Berea-Midpark at 7:00pm.


Gymnastics: FInished second at last Sunday’s Sectional Meet, with a season-record score of 140.65. The team advances to the District Meet at Mentor on Saturday, 2/27. Congratulations to team members: Julia Spicer and Camryn Larissey (Seniors) / Amelia Sage, Brooke Zellers and Kelsey Kappel (Juniors) / Sophia Rinas, Emma Hahn and Ava Ketterer (Freshman)


Boys & Girls Swimming: Strongsville has 22 District Swimming Qualifiers - the most of any team in the Northwest District! Congratulations to Camille Merimee, Emmy Paul, Jordyn Miller, Jillian Rymer, Cayla Locigno, Ryley Mayberry, Abbey Kutchel, Kerry Gavigan, Jordyn Homoki, Grace Telesz, Alex Sachelarie, Conlan Mayberry, Ethan Holka, Andrew Arslanian, Gabe Griffiths, Colin Peters, Kyle Canonico, Gibson Painter, Nick Begany, Noah Bruening, Jaden Zaleski, and Luka Parojcic as they head to their next postseason meet!

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.

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

Sign Up Now For Strongsville Spring Soccer

Strongsville Spring Soccer registration is happening NOW for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit www.strongsvillesoccer.com to register before the March 10th deadline. Click HERE for additional information.


Case Western Reserve University Virtual Engineering Carnival Event

ALL students are invited to participate in FREE engaging STEM webinars with CWRU faculty and students as part of their Engineering Week (February 20-27). No registration is required. Click HERE for the activity schedule and links to join the sessions.


Cavs Academy Youth Clinic - Saturday, February 27th

Cavs Academy is headed to Strongsville Recreation Center on Feb. 27th for an awesome opportunity for young basketball players to engage in a safe, fun and active basketball clinic. Each participant will receive a Cavaliers game ticket, T-shirt & Basketball with their registration. For more information please visit: https://www.cavsyouth.com/clinics


Strongsville Recreation Center Winter Programs

Check out these Strongsville Recreation programs for all ages - signups are currently happening! Click HERE for the list of activities to help keep active this winter and spring.


The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-6, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at www.strongsvillefootballbackers.com. Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!


Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered in February. You can register at connectingforkids.org/register.


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.


Strongsville Library

* Please note the following March 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information.


Preschool Story Time on Facebook! For ages 3-5 with Caregiver.

Join us on Facebook every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Our in-person storytimes are on hold until we can come together safely again, but you can still enjoy reading aloud with our children's librarians every Monday at 10:00 a.m. on the Cuyahoga County Public Library Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CuyahogaLib A children's librarian will be available to respond to storytime viewers' questions and comments on Facebook from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Recording Studio Update

The Strongsville Branch Library Audio studio is currently closed until further notice, but our Video studio is open to those that have already done an orientation. Coming soon – virtual orientations for those interested in using the Video studio! For more information on the studio and how to book studio time, please call (440) 238-5530.


Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/Virtual-Classes.aspx


Pysanky Art. Wednesday, March 3rd / 7:00 p.m.

In this virtual Zoom event, learn about Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs. Local artist Linda Hupert from www.planetegg.org will present a tutorial on how to get started and how to decorate the eggs while also sharing the rich history of the eggs.


Sounds of the Bagpipes. Tuesday, March 9th / 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom musical event and get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with local bagpiper Colin Donahue! Local bagpiper, Colin Donahue, will narrate the rich history of the highland bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest folk instruments. Mr. Donahue will also perform some fun and popular pipe tunes!


Southwest General Health Talk: Decoding Nutrition Labels. Wednesday, March 17th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Join Wendy Zullo, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist from Southwest General Hospital, for an informative talk on how to read nutrition labels. Learn how to choose more nutritious foods based on the information that is found on nutrition labels.


Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, March 17th / 7:00 p.m.

Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone virtual and will be live on Zoom at 7p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our March discussion title will be Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.


Google Photos 101. Thursday, March 25th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Learn essential skills needed to use Google Photos for storing, editing, and sharing your precious photo memories. Follow along with your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or just watch the demonstration.