Principal's Weekly Update

Weeks of February 22 and 29, 2016 - No.23

What's Happening at "The Big A"

Dates for your Calendar:

February 25th - Middle School Transition Parent Meetings - incoming 6th and 7th Grade

February 27 - Kiwanis Read Around the World

March 7 - Boys/Girls Track practice begins

March 9 - Albion PTA, 9:30 am

March 10 - Albion/Center Choral Exchange Concert @ Center, 7:00 pm

March 12 - OMEA Honors Band/Orchestra Festival, Avon Lake HS

March 15 - Albion/Center Band Exchange, 7:00 pm, Center MS

March 19 - Solo & Ensemble Contest - Greenbriar Middle School

March 25 - OMEA Honors Festival, Orchestra Only

This Week's Principal's Update:

This issue of the Principal's Update covers the weeks of February 22 and 29, leading us into March. Check back over the next few weeks, as I may add additional items as they come up!

Team Update - Trailblazers Having Winter Fun!

If you stepped into the Trailblazers' rooms during the Academic Assist period this February, you might think you had stepped back in time 700 years or so. As one of their STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects, the Trailblazers students are building models of medieval siege "engines" called trebuchets. At the end of the month, the team will be culminating their study of the Middle Ages with a Medieval Festival, for which students will dress and eat according to their assigned station in medieval society; the "King," "Queen," and "Pope" will be the beneficiaries of entertainment designed just for them; and trebuchet builders will face off to see who can launch their "missiles" the farthest. Mrs. Gary's Art 7 students will add to the festivities by displaying colorful, shining coats of arms which they have designed and created in her classes. The Medieval Festival promises to be a tasty, fun-filled learning experience extending far beyond the everyday world of the classroom!

Marching Mustang Color Guard

Please click on the link below for information on the Marching Mustang Color Guard.

Color Guard Flier

Flapjack Fundraiser:

Who doesn’t love pancakes and helping support a great Strongsville organization! Consider supporting our Strongsville Athletic Boosters by attending their Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 28th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 10 and younger. Please contact Athletic Director, Andy Jalwan ( or Renee Cole ( for tickets. Click here to view the event flyer.


Whether their students are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It's a great way to show your student that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Access the District's Webpage to learn more about volunteering in the Strongsville City Schools.

Final Walkthroughs:

Here is the schedule for final walkthroughs of Albion, Center, and Drake Schools


  • Drake Elementary School: Tuesday, April 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Albion Middle School: Tuesday, April 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Center Middle School: Tuesday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Middle School Transition Parent Meetings:

A reminder...Middle School administrators and guidance counselors will be on hand on Thursday, February 25 to meet with parents to discuss all things Middle School; courses, scheduling, and questions. The meetings will be held at the Strongsville High School auditorium at 6:00 pm for incoming 6th grade students and 7:00 pm for incoming 7th grade students.

College Credit Plus:

You can access the latest Ohio Department of Education bulletin regarding the College Credit Plus program HERE!

Honors Courses at SMS:

Strongsville City Schools is committed to providing every child with the opportunity to access rigorous content at an appropriately challenging level. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, middle school parents will have the opportunity to self-select their child’s honors placement for Honors Language Arts, Honors Science, and/or Honors Social Studies.Teachers will continue to make recommendations and parents are urged to consider their child's test scores from Norm-Referenced Assessments such as the Iowa Test for Basic Skills. For Honors Math, students will be required to meet established criteria for placement based on the district's administered assessments.

The idea of increasing the number of students who take honors classes is really exciting! I have no doubt that we have more students who are capable of handling more rigorous curriculum and meeting those challenges.

Spring Sports:

Albion Middle School invites interested students to join the Albion MS track team. All 7th and 8th grade boys and girls who meet the established OHSAA Eligibility Requirements are encouraged to participate.

Kiwanis Read Around the World:

A final reminder...The Kiwanis Club of Strongsville is sponsoring its annual Kiwanis Read Around the World program on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Strongsville Community Library.

Important Links

Strongsville City Schools: Strongsville City Schools

Cameron Rypa, Superintendent: 60 Seconds With the Superintendent

Albion Middle School: Albion MS

Albion Middle School Calendar/Athletics: HERE.

Middle School Construction: Work Zone Camera!

Free and Reduced Priced Lunches: F/R Lunches

PASS: Your PASS Account

GMail: Gmail Info for Students

Snow Days Information: HERE

Two-Hour Delay Information: HERE

Albion PTA: PTA

Ohio Department of Education: ODE

Twitter: Albion on Twitter