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September 18, 2022

SMS Welcomes Mr. Keith Hawkins

Keith Hawkins is an international speaker that addresses over 400,000 educators, business owners, parents and students each year. Keith Hawkins is the creator of the program, “Day of

Understanding” that focuses on bringing people together through understanding and inclusion. Keith has dedicated his life and work to improving the human race by helping them strive for positive personal growth.

Students were motivated and encouraged to build a culture and community full of positivity and respect. He spoke to students about integrity, action and impact, mindset and gratefulness. The students were energized and you can see the positive effect that it made on many students.

Staff also nominated 75 students to attend a breakout leadership session after the large group, where leaders discussed ways to be confident, stand out, and impact themselves and others- the message was that all in the room have potential- its how they used this moment and other opportunities to use it (potential) for good.

Mr. Hawkins left our students with multiple thoughts: people may not remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel. People watch and model your actions and make habits by what they see, so help them see the good. Finally, he impacted the audience with his coin phrases: Give What You Need and Better Than Good! Mindset matters and a grateful heart go a long way. We appreciate his visit and encouragement and hope to continue this message throughout the year at SMS.


Start with Hello Week Monday Sept 19-23

Start with Hello starts next week (Monday Sept 19-23). Start with Hello is through Sandyhook Promise. The goal is for students to feel a sense of belonging and feel connected with other students. we encourage all to participate in our spirit week and activities throughout the week.


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Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Oct 5 and 6
  • Teams have reached out to students inviting you to attend conferences on these days.
  • Families are welcome to attend during the hours of 4-7.
  • Our Voyager teachers will be available in our cafeteria and teams are located in their team pods.
  • Please reach our to your team and see team emails for more information

Field Trips and Team Incentives

  • All medical forms need updated in our system in order for students to attend these events
  • Student fees need paid for your student to attend

Please be sure to update and pay these items so that your student can participate. Incentives and Field Trips begin next week.

Thank you

Edible Color Wheels 6th Grade


One of our students, Mara Wadenpfuhl (7th grade), is receiving a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation! The Make-A-Wish foundation would like to invite the Strongsville MS community to join them at their Walk for Wishes on Saturday, October 1st at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

If you are interested in supporting Mara, her family has offered to have anyone interested from the Strongsville MS Community join their already existing Walk Team. The more the merrier so please feel free to share/join via this link:

Northern Ohio Walk For Wishes 2022: Team Mara - Make-A-Wish Foundation

This is a family friendly event, free to register (donations are encouraged), and all participants will receive free zoo admission for the rest of the day along with a Walk for Wishes t-shirt. We would love to see you all there to support Mara and her wish. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Staats (7th grade school counselor) at astaats@scsmustangs.org. Thank you!



In years past, teachers and teams would reach out with requests for donations for school events

Please consider donating what you can to our SMS and PTA fundraiser. Click HERE.

  • ALL PROCEEDS go directly to ALL students for earned behavior and academic incentives. Each team has planned quarterly incentives for students. THis money will pay for these activities and money and donation will not be requested.

  • Pay now and allow your student to enjoy planned activities with their peers and teams.

  • Thank you for this ONE TIME donation and for supporting celebrating students and staff this year. Look below for grade level specific events your donations will support!

Construction Day

9/30- SMS Rocks Dance



PTA Council Sponsored: WHITEOUT GLOW DANCE PARTY- 9/30 @ 7pm!!

  • Tickets = $12
  • Online Sales End at 11:59pm Thurs. 9/29.
  • Cash Sales at the Door (Proceeds benefit SCS Council PTA Grant & Scholarship Funds!)
  • VOLUNTEERS SIGN UP HERE Please Consider Joining Us and helping out
  • Light Concessions & Bottled Water Available = $1.00 each (cash)




  • Stay to the right when entering the parking lot
  • Merge from two lanes to one
  • DO NOT PASS AFTER MERGING INTO ONE LANE and DROP OFF- please be mindful that this is a one way lane do not go around other cars as student exit from both sides
  • Be ready to dismiss your car- we are asking for students to get out of cars swiftly and for cars to pull forward so we can keep the line moving
  • Students are AT RISK being dropped off in neighboring lots and walking through our traffic pattern. Please do not put your student into an unsafe situation
  • If you arrive before 7:40, drop your student off and drive away. Parking and waiting only creates more traffic. If you are here early, your student can wait by the doors.

SCS Anonymous Reporting System

Parents/students have access to our anonymous reporting system. CLICK HERE to access. The more information shared when reporting, the better chance we have to investigate and support.

Follow SMS on Instagram @ STRONGSVILLEMIDDLESCHOOL or @TheSMSMustangs on Twitter!

Strongsville Middle School


Mrs. Boytim: jboytim@scsmustangs.org

Mrs. Peters/Mr. Howell: jpeters@scsmustangs.org, chowell@scsmustangs.org

Mr. Szczepanski: bszczepanski@scsmustangs.org


Mrs. Pietrocini (6): spietrocini@scsmustangs.org

Mrs. Marozsan (Staats) (7): astaats@scsmustangs.org

Mrs. Gerber (8): kgerber@scsmustangs.org