February News Strongsville H.S.

February 2016

In this Month's Edition

  • Scheduling Classes for the 2016-17 School Year
  • From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger
  • Mustang Mentors Visit the Middle Schools
  • Senior D.J. Arslanian Selected Newsnet 5 Athlete of the Week
  • Juniors: New Immunization Requirement
  • Organization Tip: Google Keep
  • February's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Julia Williams
  • Wellness Focus: Meditation Mondays
  • Upcoming February Events

Scheduling Classes for the 2016-17 School Year

The window for online course selection for the 2016-17 school year is from February 9th - February 19th.

Students will do this independently. Parents are encouraged to assist their child in course selection.

To register for courses

  1. Log into your PASS account. It will be open even if you owe fines.
  2. Click on Class Registration.
  3. Click in the boxes to select your classes.
  4. Don’t forget to click OK after each selection.
  5. Click Submit after all classes have been selected.
  6. You can view your classes by clicking on View Course Request at the top of the page.

If you do not see the class you want, it could be because the teacher did not recommend you for the class or you have not completed the prerequisites. If this is not the case, please see your guidance counselor.

If you have forgotten your PASS account login information, see anyone in the guidance department or call the Guidance office (440) 572-7103. Instructions will be emailed to you through your school email account.

Counselors will present scheduling information to Freshman during their social studies classes on Monday, February 8th.

From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger

Planning for Next Year

I realize the calendar says it is February, but we are already planning for next year. A major part of this planning is building next year's schedule and this means student course selection. In the next two weeks your child is going to have a member of the guidance department visit their class and talk about scheduling classes for next year. Each student will be given a course selection guide that includes all of our courses and their descriptions.

We encourage you to talk to your student about the courses they sign up for and the level of courses they select. In general we believe students should challenge themselves by taking the most rigorous curriculum they can handle because we know this will best prepare them for life after high school, but this discussion should also include their interests, your input, current teacher input, and input from their counselor. Getting the schedule right for your child will make for a better start to next year and will set them up for their next step after high school. Please reach out to your child's counselor with specific questions regarding the scheduling process.

As always, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to provide your child their high school education.

Mustang Mentors Visit the Middle Schools

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Mustang Mentors is a new program created by the Strongsville High School guidance department where the high school students collaborate together to help eighth grade students handle challenges they face in both their academic and personal lives. Mustang Mentors provides a unique perspective by having high school students discuss various topics with eight grades students, allowing each eighth grade student to be better prepared to handle certain situations as they enter into high school, as well as their teen years. Our hope is that high school students will offer advice, present challenges, initiate friendships, teach something new, and express an interest in each individual eighth student – that our high school students will point out talents that our middle school students have not yet noticed in themselves and stimulate ideas about what each student can accomplish, now and in the future.

Senior D.J. Arslanian Selected Newsnet 5 Athlete of the Week

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Senior athlete D.J. Arslanian will be featured as Newsnet 5's Student-Athlete of the Week. D.J. holds not only the fastest time in nine different swimming events -- he holds the top three times in those events. And there's more, much more. This four-time varsity letter winner and varsity swim team captain is a Speedo Junior National Qualifier, a five-time All-Ohio swimmer and a two-time All-American. Next year, D.J. is committed to swim at Cleveland State University.

Watch Newsnet's 5 story on D.J. on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 PM.

Juniors: New Immunization Requirement

State law now requires that students entering 12th grade next fall receive the Meningococcal vaccine [MCV4].

Current 11th graders will need to show proof of having received the Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine before they can return to school for the 2016-17 school year. Section 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code states that students who do not provide documentation of this immunization will be excluded from school on the 15th day after school entrance until proof is provided.

Here is a link to the immunization form for the Meningococcal vaccine. Questions about this can be emailed to Crystal Tackaberry, SCS Nurse.

Organization Tip: Google Keep

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If one of your student's resolutions is to be better organized, Google Keep may be the app you're looking for. Once a note is added to keep, it can be seen anywhere you log in: Chromebooks, laptops, phones and tablets. You can even add pictures, voice messages and alarms. To try it go to www.keep.google.com or download the app.

February's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Julia Williams

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Education/Training: Bachelor of Science from North Carolina A & T State University, Master of Education from Johns Hopkins University

Years at SHS: 19

Family: Married, a daughter who has two girls, a son who has one daughter

Additional SHS Contributions: Guidance Department Chair

Why did you decide to be a teacher/counselor? I decided to become a counselor because I liked working with the students but didn't have the time I wanted when I was teaching.

What do you like best about working at SHS? The students and the staff.

What might students be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to know that I played basketball and was a cheerleader.

Thank you, Mrs. Williams, for all you do to make SHS a great school!

Wellness Focus: Meditation

Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to help people feel calm and relaxed. It helps with nervousness by quieting a mind that can't stop thinking.

SHS students are invited to try meditation themselves. Meditation Mondays are hosted weekly by the guidance department. Students are coached through a guided relaxation exercise. (No posing or chanting is required!) Sound interesting? Join us in the Mustang Room (room 303) during lunch study hall.

Upcoming Events


8 -- Counselors will present scheduling information to Freshman during Social Studies

9 -- Senior Class Panoramic Photo

9-19 -- Online Course Selection for 2016-17 open on PASS

11 -- PTA Meeting -- 9:30 AM - Mustang Room

11 -- Parent/Teacher Conferences -- 3:20 PM - 6:20PM

11 -- College Credit Plus Meeting -- 6:00 PM - Auditorium

15 -- Presidents' Day -- NO SCHOOL