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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 27)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - March 10, 2017

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Summer School Information

  • Mustang Spotlight - Transportation Head Mechanic Chuck Patton

  • Strongsville Swimmers Qualify for NCSA Junior National Championships

  • State Testing (AIR Tests) for 3rd-10th Graders Is Online This Year

  • SMS 6th Grader Maggie McGowan Advances to Elks Essay State Competition

  • Wanted: Local Businesses for SHS Job Fair & Senior Project Experiences

  • National History Day Competition

  • College Credit Plus Registration

  • State Orchestra Contest Results

  • 2017-18 Kindergarten Registration + Early Entrance Testing

  • Family First Night - Monday, March 13

  • Good Luck to SHS Mock Trial Team

  • “Love & Logic” Seminars

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

TONIGHT (Friday, March 10) - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 11 - 3:00pm
Strongsville Middle School Musical
“Singin’ In The Rain Jr.”
SMS Auditorium
$5 Tickets At The Door (Senior Citizens FREE)

TONIGHT (Friday, March 10) - 6:30pm-9:00pm
Rockin’ At The Rec Dance (6th - 8th Graders)
Strongsville’s Ehrnfelt Rec Center
Theme: St. Patrick's Day - Wear Green!

Monday, March 13
Family First Night

Tuesday, March 14 - 7:00pm
SMS Mid-Year Band Concert
SMS Auditorium

Thursday, March 16 - 7:00pm
SMS Mid-Year Choral Concert
SMS Auditorium

Wednesday, March 22 - 7:00pm
All-City Choir Concert
SHS Auditorium

March 27 - 31

Spring Break


We welcome Mr. Lou Cirino as the high school’s varsity football head coach. Not only will Coach Cirino be developing our student-athletes on the football field, but he will also be contributing to the growth of our students in the classroom, as he joins our social studies teaching staff at SHS in the fall. How does his coaching style transfer to inside the classroom? What is he looking most forward to with Strongsville students? Click HERE for this week’s episode, as we get to know Coach Cirino!


Elementary Grades 2-3

  • June 12th – 30th / Monday-Friday / 9:00am-11:30am / Strongsville HS Media Center
  • By invitation only (no cost)
  • Letters will be sent home in the coming weeks
  • Summer School Principal - Mr. Greg Pollock, Chapman Elementary Principal

Middle & High School Grades 7-12

  • June 12th – 30th / Monday-Friday / 7:30am-11:30am or 12:00pm-4:00pm dependent on course schedule @ SHS
  • $175 per course / ($225 non-resident)
  • Courses offered for credit advancement - Economics, Health, Physical Education, Personal Finance

In addition, SCS will offer Middle School and High School courses online for credit recovery (June 13-July 13, 2017), Monday through Thursday (AM). Please work with your building Principal and/or counselor to determine if your student is in need of summer school. All courses are online with open lab hours in the mornings for teachers to meet with students and assist with questions. These lab hours are mandatory for middle school students and optional for high school students. Registration forms will be available on the district website in the coming month. Our summer school administrator is Mr. Greg Pollock, Chapman Elementary Principal.


Mr. Chuck Patton is one of the longest tenured employees in our District. He began in our transportation department in 1978 and has been there ever since. Mr. Patton was promoted to his current Head Mechanic position in 1995.

Much has changed in the 39 years he has been with Strongsville City Schools, but Mr. Patton looks forward to coming to work every day, because every day is something different – “it makes things interesting,” he says. “We have to be skilled and keep good notes because each bus manufacturer has their own software. The ongoing changes in technology and the more electronically controlled vehicles have made things more complicated, but it is a good challenge. We are constantly learning, just like our students,” he adds.

Strongsville’s entire bus fleet is subject to annual inspections by the State Highway Patrol Department, as well as “spot checks” throughout the year. “We have to keep the busses rolling – and keep them rolling safely. And we do all of this at a responsible cost,” says Mr. Patton.

After all of the years with our District, there is no place that Mr. Patton would rather be. “Our guys are fantastic. They make it easier for me to do my job. We have an important job to do in keeping our students and drivers safe and everyone works well together.”

Thank you Mr. Patton for being an integral part of our District’s operations and for continuing to make safety a number one priority!


Best of luck to the following swimmers who have qualified for the 2017 Swimming NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando this upcoming week:

Shaunna Jones (SHS Senior), Megan Pederson (SHS Senior), Julia Newbould (SHS Junior), Jordyn Homoki (SMS 8th Grader), Michael Whitehead (SHS Sophomore), and Garrett Green (SHS Junior).


In a few weeks, students in 3rd-10th grade will be taking Ohio’s mandated state tests (AIR tests) in English Language Arts (reading/writing) and Math. Certain grade levels will also be taking other subject areas, as well. An important reminder that all tests will be online this year, as mandated by the State of Ohio. Please click HERE for additional information on upcoming AIR tests.


Strongsville Middle School 6th grader Maggie McGowan has advanced to the state competition in this year’s Elks Americanism Essay Contest. Maggie’s essay was awarded first place in the 5th-6th grade division. Fifteen Elks Lodges in the Northeast District of Ohio received entries. Maggie will be representing this district and will compete against students from five other districts in the state. Great job Maggie!


Attention local businesses - there are two opportunities to partner with Strongsville High School in the coming months. SHS is hosting a Job Fair on May 17th, giving businesses the chance to interview students for potential part-time/summer work. SHS is also in need of businesses to sponsor Senior Projects for students interested in exploring career options. Please click HERE for a letter outlining additional details and information.


Last weekend, SHS students competed at the regional level of National History Day at the History Center in Cleveland. All students did a fantastic job in representing our District. Congratulations to all involved in this competition:

Krista Albertins - 1st Place in the Individual Exhibit Category. Krista will be moving on to the State Contest in Columbus April 29th.

Sarah Kalout - Special Prize for Jewish History

Corinne Scott, Claire Scott, Rachel Smith, Kayla Cristell - Exhibit, The Mayday Marches and the Fight for Equality

Solida Phay, Lexie Forse, Aubrey Powell, Megan Vapenik - Exhibit, Oberlin College

Halle Moder, Allison Zhong - Exhibit, Rachel Carson: Silent Spring

Katherine Withington, Crystal Lum - Exhibit, Empress Theodora and the Nika Riots

Devon Rogers, Angelo Turan, Noah Knoblock - Performance, Al Capone and the St. Valentine's Massacre

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College Credit Plus provides students with the opportunity to take college classes offered by any Ohio public college or university, or from any participating private postsecondary institution, at SHS, on the college or university campus, or online. The program allows students to explore college interests sooner and to earn college credits toward a degree before graduating from high school. It is free to families when students take courses offered by Ohio public colleges and universities.

Students are now able to notify the high school’s main office of their interest to participate, and must declare their intent to participate by April 1. This includes students who participated in the first and/or second year of College Credit Plus.


Strongsville High School students recently participated in the State Orchestra Contest. Congratulations to Director Andrew Hire and the following groups:

Strongsville String Orchestra - Excellent (II) Rating
Strongsville High School Chamber Strings - Superior (I) Rating
Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra - Superior (I) Rating

Both the Chamber Strings and Symphony Orchestra earned the best score possible receiving superior ratings (I's) from all four adjudicators!


Kindergarten registration is happening next week in our District. According to State Law and District policy, any child who becomes five years old on or before August 1, 2017 is eligible for admission into the Strongsville School District's Kindergarten program this August. There is a convenient three step process to register your kindergarten student:

  1. Pick up a registration information packet at the elementary building closest to your home. This packet contains specific details regarding kindergarten registration, information about Safety Town, school transportation and helpful hints you can use to prepare your child for Kindergarten.

  2. Complete the online pre-registration form at:

  3. Register in person at the District’s Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Avenue) from 8am-12pm on the following dates:

Chapman Elementary Monday, March 13

Kinsner Elementary Tuesday, March 14

Muraski Elementary Wednesday, March 15

Surrarrer Elementary Thursday, March 16

Whitney Elementary Friday, March 17

Early Entrance Testing: Children turning 5 years of age after August 1st, 2017 but on or before December 31, 2017 must meet the requirements of the early entrance assessment to be permitted to attend kindergarten this fall. Testing will be held in April and May. Please register for the screening by calling (440) 572-7015.


Dinner Together? Game Night? Family Outing? What have you decided as your family activity for Family First Night on Monday, March 13? No after school events or activities are scheduled and no homework is being assigned, so that families throughout our District can spend quality time together. Should your family want a “night out,” Strongsville Middle School will be hosting activities from 6-8pm. Click HERE for the event flyer and to RSVP.

Share and tag your Family First Night pictures (#SCSFamilyFirst) on Monday - we can't wait to see what you have planned!


Two SHS mock trial teams (Team Scorpio and Team Orion) recently participated in district level competition. Over 300 teams from the State of Ohio competed at the district level.

Team Scorpio won the regional Mock Trial competition and has advanced to state competition. They are currently competing in Columbus. Team Scorpio is one of only 32 teams in the state competition. Individual district award winners include:
Suraj Srinivasan - Best Attorney, Daniel Morris - Best Witness, Satya Nayagam - Best Attorney.

Team Orion, another regional finalist, did not advance to state but received the following individual district awards: Cassidy Brengartner - Best Attorney, Samir Sajjad - Best Witness

Best of luck to those students still competing in the state competition!


Three informative “Love & Logic” seminars for parents are coming soon to Strongsville City Schools, courtesy of the SCS Guidance Department and the Strongsville Civic Group:

Wednesday, March 15 - “Power Struggles & Control Issues”
Wednesday, April 12 - “Parenting with Calmness”
Wednesday, April 26 - “Teaching Responsibility for Academic Success”

Each of the seminars will be held at Strongsville Middle School from 7-8pm. Click HERE for additional information and to RSVP.


Olmsted Performing Arts Musicals

Olmsted Performing Arts has two upcoming musicals for the entire family (click below for additional information):

Snoopy The Musical - March 24-26 at The Parma Snow Library Auditorium

The Little Mermaid - April 21-23 at The Elyria High School Performing Arts Center

To purchase tickets, call 440.973.4363 or visit

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association would like to invite students to come check out rowing. Come by, learn more, and jump in! No experience necessary. Practices held Monday through Friday 4:45-7pm at The Foundry (1831 Columbus Road in The Flats). Please reach out with any questions to or check our website for more middle and high school rowing opportunities:

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

State of the City Address with Mayor Perciak

Tuesday, March 14th – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Ehrnfelt Recreation Event Center

Reservations are required! $20 per person. Seating is available for those who would like to attend but not have lunch. Register by calling 440.238.3366 or at

Strongsville Young Professionals

Cleveland Monsters Game

Tuesday, March 21st - 7pm

Tickets - $15 per person

Register & purchase tickets at

Business After Hours Event

Thursday, March 30th - 5:30pm-7:30pm

Brown Aveda Institute


Transition Bootcamp

Introducing Transition Boosters 2017! These booster sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no charge. Please see this FLYER for additional details and session offerings.

Strongsville Library

Please note the following March 2017 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Winter story time sessions.

Strongsville Branch Library Fundraiser - the Friends of the Strongsville Branch Library have partnered with local roaster Red Cedar Coffee to sell Library Lovers' Brew at the branch, with sales supporting the Library. Twelve-ounce bags of ground regular and decaf are $8.99 each. Stop in and pick up a special gift for yourself and a friend!

2017 Strongsville Branch Library Reading Challenge!

We challenge you to resolve to read in 2017! Adults 18 and over – stop in to the Strongsville Branch Library today to pick-up a Reading Challenge bookmark. Complete the 10 reading tasks and be entered to win a Kindle Fire courtesy of the Friends of Strongsville Library. Contest ends December 1, 2017. One entry per person.

Friends of Strongsville Library Spring Book Sale. Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Friends member preview will be from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Friends memberships will be available for $8.00 at the door and are good for one year. The book sale will then open to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lots of books for sale - for all ages! Fiction, non-fiction, audio visual materials, magazines, & more! For more information, call (440) 238-5530.

Just 4 You Student Friends Volunteers. Ages 10-18. Saturday, March 11th from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Just 4 U Student Friends and get involved at the Strongsville Branch and in your community. Pick up an application at the Teen Desk.

Friends of Strongsville Library Spring Bag of Books Sale.

The bag of books sale will be on Sunday, March 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bring your own reusable shopping bag that is no larger than 15x15 inches and fill it for only $1 dollar. Our plastic bags will be available at the sale if needed. The bag sale will conclude on Monday, March 13th and will run from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fill a Friends' provided bag with books for only 50 cents! While Supplies Last!

Treat Yourself: Body & Mind. Grades 5-9. Tuesday, March 14th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Life is stressful! School, homework, friends, family, and activities--sometimes it can just be too much! Learn more about stress and different ways to cope. We will also make a lavender sugar scrub that is perfect for relaxing in the bath.

National Nutrition Month: Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Wednesday, March 15th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for our bi-monthly Good Morning Strongsville Speaker Series. Each month we bring a special speaker of interest to seniors and residents of Strongsville. Our March topic will be on fitting healthy Nutrition into your lifestyle. March is National Nutrition Month®; take some time to learn about a healthy lifestyle. Come join Amy Dunbar, Registered Dietitian at Southwest General Health Center, and learn about healthy food choices and physical activity habits and how to fit into our lifestyles. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, March 15th. This month we will be discussing H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!

Folded Book Sculptures Workshop. Wednesday, March 15th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a workshop on the art of folded book sculptures led by local artist and art instructor from Lorain County Community College Gene Epstein. Using books which have been rescued from the recycling bin, we will form beautiful book sculptures by simply folding the pages in sequence. Many examples and instruction sheets will be available. Books for folding will be provided, or bring along one of your own.

Build It! – A Preschool S.T.E.A.M. program. Ages 3 – 5 with parent or caregiver. Saturday, March 18th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Explore various S.T.E.A.M. concepts as you build amazing structures with a wide variety of blocks and other construction toys.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: "Ways to Cope with Everyday Anxiety" Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month for this special wellness talk sponsored by Southwest Hospital. Our speaker this month will be Marlene Kurz speaking on ways to cope with anxiety. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and South Park Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk! For more information call (440) 816-4037.

American Red Cross Blood Drive. Wednesday, March 22nd from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In just an hour of your time you can help save up to three lives. Make sure hospital patients get the treatment they need. Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call the American Red Cross at (216)431-3010.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, March 27th. This month we will be discussing My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Creative Gardening in Containers. Monday, March 27th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Big yard, small yard, no yard - - Come learn how to garden creatively in containers. There is no limit to what you can grow: herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials. The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will share with you what you need to know to get started and successfully garden in contains through the seasons.

Heinen’s Healthy Living Seminar: Probiotics. Thursday, March 30th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Debbie Piper, wellness consultant and a Registered Dietitian at the Strongsville Heinen's store, will discuss probiotics. What are they? Where do they come from, and how do you incorporate them into a nutritious diet plan?