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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 19)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - January 15, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SCS Learning Framework (Week of January 18)

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Full Day Requests

  • SHS Junior Faith Lee Receives Scholastic Gold Key Award

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Mary Giaimo, English Teacher at Strongsville High School

  • Polaris - Virtual Open House for Strongsville Students (Thu. 1/21 - 5:30pm)

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville Lacrosse 2021 Registration Now OPEN!

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

SCS Learning Framework
Week of 1/18: In-Person Learning (PreK - 5th Grade) / Blended Learning (6th - 12th Grade)
Beginning 1/25: In-Person Learning (PreK - 12th Grade)

Monday, January 18

NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Thursday, January 21
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences*
* Teachers/building principals will be reaching out with the specific instructions to schedule these virtual conferences
Tuesday, February 2 (Grades PreK-5)
Wednesday, February 3 (Grades 9-12)
Wednesday, February 10 (Grades PreK-8)
Thursday, February 11 (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, February 4
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


The English Department at Strongsville High School has started an English Honors Mentorship Program, providing 9th grade honors students guidance from senior AP English students. There are many benefits to this unique program, for all of the students involved. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode to hear from both teachers and students about the impact of this mentorship program.


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

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.


An important reminder: For the week of January 18, PreK-5th grade students remain engaged in In-Person Learning and 6th-12th grade students continue to be in Blended Learning, following the Green/White Calendar. On January 25, the plan is for all students (PreK-12th grade) to be In-Person, 5 days / week. For further details and Dr. Ryba’s recent email to families regarding our District’s Learning Frameworks, please click HERE.


An informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students (2021-22 school year) was held this past week. 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.


Congratulations to Strongsville High School Junior Faith Lee for receiving the Scholastic Gold Key Award in the Cleveland Institute of Art regional competition. Faith earned recognition for her poem Increasing Idiosyncrasies. Her poem will now be entered in the upcoming national competition. Best of luck Faith!


Mrs. Mary Giaimo has been teaching English at Strongsville High School for eight years. A graduate of Kent State University, Mrs. Giaimo has also been the advisor for the SHS student newspaper (“The Lantern”) for seven years. One of her notable annual student projects is the “Mrs. Dubose Project.” English 10 students participate in this service-learning endeavor by interviewing veterans and elderly community members. The students then write a short story in first person, which meets the purpose of the assignment as an experience of empathy.

“I love supporting students as they express their interests and ideas! Being a high school teacher gives me the unique opportunity to work with students as they develop their adult personalities, view points, and values. In English, we can discuss worldly and emotional topics in the context of books and short stories which makes my class a safe space for their individual expression,” said Mrs. Giaimo.

“I feel privileged to work with the staff at Strongsville High School. Our collaboration and innovation throughout this pandemic has made me feel part of a true, solid team. I am lucky enough to be a teacher-based team and tech coach, which means I am working with other teachers daily. I love supporting other teachers as they expand their practices and my favorite is to collaborate on a lesson. We are here to improve the lives and education of our students.”

Thank you Mrs. Giaimo for fostering a love for learning and being a part of the continued growth and development of both our high school students and your teaching colleagues! #WeAreStrongsville

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Strongsville sophomores, you're invited to visit Polaris programs, meet Polaris teachers, hear from current students and get ALL of your Polaris questions answered on Thursday, January 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm! Complete the official Google attendance form to be entered to win a set of Apple AirPods AND earn 5 points toward enrollment! Visit on January 21 to access the Zoom sessions and start your experience! In addition, there will be bonus “Q & A” sessions highlighting guidance and college credit, special education/IEP and Polaris enrollment. Each will run from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. These Zoom meetings can also be found at the link above.

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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.


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.


Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.


Come be a part of America’s fastest growing sport. Strongsville Youth Lacrosse has been growing since 2008 and registration for the 2021 season is now open for boys and girls in 2nd-8th grades. Indoor practices begin mid-February and the outdoor season will run from late March through May. All experience levels welcome. For detailed information, please visit the registration site at Due to social distancing guidelines, team rosters will be capped. Please register early to ensure your spot for the season.


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 ( 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).


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit, call 800.852.4474, or click HERE for additional information.

Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit

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