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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 31)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - April 16, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Right At School’ to Offer Before- & After-School Care in Our District for 2021-22

  • SCS Earns National Recognition as “Best Communities in Music Education”

  • Upcoming Vaccination Clinic - Wednesday, May 5th

  • SHS Spring Musical - Live Stream April 23 & April 24

  • SCS Selects New Principal at Chapman Elementary

  • Watch the All-City Orchestra Concerts On Demand!

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Stephanie Stewart, Bus Aide

  • Boys & Girls Mustangs Summer Basketball Camps

  • SCS & OAPSE Agree on 3-Year Contract Extension

  • Awards & Recognition for SHS Mustang Express

  • Attn: Current 5th Graders - Register for 6th Grade Camp (Sept. 10-12)!

  • SIMB Fundraiser at Jersey Mike’s - Thursday, April 22

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, April 23 (7pm) & Friday, April 24 (7pm)
SHS Spring Musical - Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” (Live Stream Event)
Purchase Live Stream Tickets HERE

Thursday, May 6 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Mrs. Gonczy’s music classes at Whitney Elementary have been learning about Africa and the different instruments played in this country throughout this year. Recently, she connected her third grade class with Mr. Roblee, a Walsh University professor and expert in African drumming. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we hear more about the different African instruments and customs that students were able to experience.


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.


Our District is excited to announce a partnership agreement with the nationally recognized school enrichment provider, Right At School, to provide before- and after-school care for elementary students this fall. Right at School will be offering before- and after-school care every weekday (Monday-Friday) at each of the elementary school buildings in our District, beginning in August, 2021. Two Parent Forums, hosted by Right At School representatives, are scheduled on Wednesday, April 21st to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. The virtual events will be at 10:00am and 6:30pm on 4/21. Here are the links to the Zoom Meetings: 10:00am event / 6:30pm event


Strongsville City Schools has been honored with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the eighth straight year the District has earned this distinction. Strongsville is one of 686 school districts nationwide to be recognized by NAMM, and one of just 20 school districts in Northeast Ohio to receive this prestigious award in 2021.

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Health Heroes, Inc. will be offering the TDaP and Meningitis vaccinations on Wednesday, May 5th at Strongsville High School and Strongsville Middle School. These vaccinations are REQUIRED for school attendance by the State of Ohio. Click HERE for additional information on this vaccination clinic. If you are interested in getting your student vaccinated on May 5th, click HERE for the consent form which needs to be completed and returned to your student’s school no later than Friday, April 30th.


This year’s SHS Spring Musical is a live stream event that you will be able to watch in the comforts of your own home! The Little Mermaid Jr. will be available to stream at home via ShowTix4U. Streaming dates for the musical are Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 7pm.

  • You may purchase tickets HERE

  • Streaming tickets are $15 + a processing fee.

  • You must sign in by 7pm on the assigned date to view the stream. There is no open window for viewing.

  • Each ticket purchase is per device (i.e. you can only view on one laptop or one tablet).

Click HERE to view the program for cast & crew information.


Please welcome (back) Mrs. Kaylee Harrell to Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Harrell was approved at last night's Board of Education Meeting to be the new Principal at Chapman Elementary School.

Mrs. Harrell is currently the Principal at Melrose Elementary School in Wooster. She has been a part of the Wooster City School District since 2014 and has held positions as both a teacher and administrator. Mrs. Harrell has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, earning both degrees at Ashland University.

Mrs. Harrell also attended Strongsville City Schools through 10th grade, and has several family members still in the area. Welcome back to Strongsville! Click HERE for the complete news release.


Congratulations to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra Musicians on their outstanding All-City Orchestra Concert Performances! You can watch the performances on demand here:

6th Grade Orchestra (Both the 6:45 and 8:00 performance can be viewed here)

7th and 8th Grade Orchestra (with SHS Symphony)

We are proud of all of our Orchestra students. Keep up the fantastic work and thank you parents, teachers, and administration for your continued support!


Mrs. Stephanie Stewart is in her first year working as a Bus Aide in the Transportation Department for our District. Mrs. Stewart recently moved to our District and has a son with special needs who is at Strongsville High School. She spent the past 14 years working with students with special needs in another District. This is her passion and provides the motivation for her on a daily basis. “I like to say that you can just take the ‘dis’ off of ‘disability’ for students. They have the ability. It just might not be the same as we envision.”

“The favorite part of my job is making a difference with students. I have started to learn sign language in the past few months so that I can connect with a student on one of my buses. Showing that we care brings a calmness to parents. It only takes small things each day - like creating fun games for the students to engage in on the bus ride to and from school - to let our parents and students know that they matter,” said Mrs. Stewart.

Thank you Mrs. Stewart for making a difference with our students and being an impactful member of our Transportation team in our District. #WeAreStrongsville


Join the Mustangs Boys & Girls Basketball programs for this year’s summer camp series for youth in 1st - 8th grades. Camps will be held the week of June 7th at Strongsville High School and all participants will receive a Mustangs T-Shirt and basketball. Click HERE for the boys camp information. Click HERE for the girls camp information. Register online at


Strongsville City Schools & Locals 290 & 028 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) have agreed on a 3-year contract extension. These local OAPSE units include our transportation, custodial/maintenance, food services, educational support, office support, and technology staff in the District. Click HERE for the complete news release.


Congratulations to the Mustang Express (Strongsville High School’s Showchoir) for recent awards and recognition. The group competed at both the Marysville Invitational, which included showchoirs from Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and New York, and the Medina Midwest Invitational. In Marysville, Mustang Express earned Best Set, Best Costumes, Best Combo, Best Choreography, Best Vocals, and were named Grand Champion in their division. Isaac Seimer was named Best Soloist and Caleb Kocsis was named Best Overall Male Dancer. In Medina, the group earned the “Gold Award” and Lindsay Cox was named Outstanding Performer.


Attention current fifth graders - don't miss your chance to zipline, swim, fish, and participate in lots of fun activities with your friends at the annual Sixth Grade Camp in the fall! The Sixth Grade Camp will be held at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio from Friday, September 10 - Sunday September 12 (students attending the Sixth Grade Camp will be excused from school on Friday, September 10th). Cost per camper is $180.00 and includes transportation to/from Skyview Ranch, meals throughout the weekend, activities and rental fees, drawstring bag, camp t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is July 1 - click HERE for additional information on the camp and to register!


Make plans to order from Jersey Mike’s (13309 Pearl Rd.) on Thursday, April 22 from 2pm-8pm in support of Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters. 30% of the proceeds will benefit SIMB and our musicians in the District. Click HERE for the flyer to show at your time of purchase.


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).


Strongsville Safety Village

Safety Village is a Strongsville Police Event designed to provide most of the same information delivered in Safety Town to the children of Strongsville that did not have a chance to attend Safety Town last year pre-kindergarten due to the Pandemic. This event is strictly for Strongsville residents who have completed kindergarten and will be starting 1st Grade in August. Register online NOW - HERE is the link for registration. For additional information about this program, click HERE.

Strongsville Safety Town

Registration for Strongsville Safety Town opens on Thursday, April 1 for Strongsville residents and/or those who attend a Strongsville school and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be exclusively on-line. Visit to register. Click HERE for additional information, or contact Strongsville Police Youth Program Coordinator Marie McManus at 440.580.3257 or

Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered this spring. You can register at

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

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

May Business Luncheon

“State of the City” Presentation with Mayor Thomas P. Perciak

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Ehrnfelt Senior/Rec Event Center

11:15am* – 1:00pm (Lunch served at 11:45am)*

*Please note time adjustments

*Doors open at 11:15am

*Seating is Limited, reserve your space early.

*All Covid-19 State Mandates will be strictly followed.

Mark Your Calendars:

2021 Homecoming Festival

Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 18th

Firework Display (Saturday, July 17th at Dusk)

Strongsville Chamber Golf Outing

Friday, August 27, 2021

Shale Creek Golf Club

Strongsville Library

Please note the following April 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. If you are interested in attending these ESOL classes, please call Aspire at 833.277.4732 to register.

Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

Take & Make At Home Crafts!

Stop into the Strongsville Branch to see what the current take it and make it craft of the month is for All Ages. Each month the Youth and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd , and 29th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, April 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that! You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces. During the COVID-19 pandemic these orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. We will offer orientations on both rooms, however, only the Video Studio is open during this time. The Audio Studio orientation begins at 9:30a.m. and the Video Studio orientation follows immediately after. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: Stroke Prevention & Awareness. Tuesday, April 20th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this VIRTUAL Zoom presentation! Join Maureen Moore, RN, BSN, SCRN, Stroke Coordinator, from the Primary Stroke Center at Southwest General, as she presents the signs and symptoms of stroke, shares prevention strategies, and introduces Southwest General’s Grey Matters Stroke Prevention and Circulation Circuit Programs.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th and April 27th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st and April 28th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, April 21st / 7:00 p.m.

Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our April discussion title will be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.