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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 17)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - December 18, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SCS Learning Framework Following Winter Break (Monday, January 4)

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Informational Meeting + Full Day Requests

  • Happy Holidays from 5th Grade Band Students

  • PTA Reflections Contest

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Crystal Tackaberry, District School Nurse for SCS

  • Strongsville Lady Mustangs Soccer - #1 In The Nation

  • SMS Holiday Music Performances

  • Polaris - Sophomore Virtual Visits

  • SHS Seniors Shelby Sallee & Peyton Felton Earn National Recognition

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SHS Winter Concerts - On Demand via SCS-TV

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Strongsville Lacrosse 2021 Registration Now OPEN!

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

SCS Learning Framework Following Winter Break
Week of 1/4: Remote Learning 2.0 for All Students (PreK - 12th Grade)
Week of 1/11: In-Person Learning (PreK - 5th Grade) / Blended Learning (6th - 12th Grade)
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, December 21 - Friday, January 1
NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)


Monday, January 18

NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

DID YOU KNOW?

Earlier this week, our Food Services Department finished 5 straight weeks of USDA Meal Box Distribution to the Strongsville community. Each Monday, nearly 42,000 lbs. of food was distributed - which translated to a grand total of 209,600 lbs. of food given away to the families in our community over the course of 5 weeks. This could not have been done without the dedication of our volunteers from the Strongsville Kiwanis Club, Church Street Ministries, the SMS/SHS Campus Life youth group, Strongsville PTA members and parents, and valuable assistance from the SCS Food Services department, the SMS Custodial department, the SCS Transportation department, and the SMS monitors & aides. THANK YOU to all who helped distribute these meal boxes to our community! #WeAreStrongsville

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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 www.strongnet.org/restart.

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.

SCS LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOLLOWING WINTER BREAK (MONDAY, JANUARY 4)

At Wednesday’s Board of Education Special Meeting, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Ryba’s learning framework recommendation to follow when school resumes after Winter Break (Monday, January 4). Students will remain in Remote Learning 2.0 for the week of January 4. Beginning the week of January 11, PreK-5th grade students will return to In-Person Learning and 6th-12th grade students will be in Blended Learning. 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, please click HERE.

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN INFORMATIONAL MEETING + FULL DAY REQUESTS

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year will once again occur exclusively online. Online FDK requests will begin at 8:00am on Thursday, January 14. There will be an informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students on Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30pm. The virtual informational meeting will be live streamed HERE. Please click HERE for complete information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM 5TH GRADE BAND STUDENTS

Although we were not able to have in-person holiday concerts this year at the elementary schools, our incredible 5th grade band students put together these amazing performances. Thank you Mrs. Roblee for putting this video together and helping the students share their talents with our District. Click HERE to listen to the sounds of the holiday season, courtesy of our 5th grade band students!

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

Calling all Mustang Artists - we are looking for your submissions for the Reflections Art PTA Program! This year's theme is "I Matter Because . . . " This can be expressed through visual art, photography, literature, film production, or music composition. This is a great way for our students to express themselves through their art and tap into their critical thinking skills as well as have a chance to be recognized on a state or national level. The deadline for submissions is January 8th. For more information check out www.ohiopta.org/reflections or email Katie Drake at drake4jc@gmail.com.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. CRYSTAL TACKABERRY, DISTRICT SCHOOL NURSE FOR STRONGSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Crystal Tackaberry is in her 22nd year as the District School Nurse for Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Tackaberry earned her Nursing Science degree from Queen’s University in Canada and her Masters of Education degree from Ashland University. To say the last several months have been busy for Mrs. Tackaberry and her staff of school nurses is an understatement. She and the entire Health Services department have helped lead the efforts to support our students, families, and staff with all of the procedures, policies, contact tracing, quarantines, isolations, etc. having to do with COVID-19.

“One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with students, families, and staff at all of our District buildings. I enjoy that there are so many different aspects to promoting health and providing nursing services in my role. It is a privilege to have such positive relationships and be able to collaborate with so many District staff, and work closely with Linda Konopinski and our entire Health Services team of amazing nurses,” said Mrs. Tackaberry.

Thank you Mrs. Tackaberry for your efforts in keeping our District healthy! #WeAreStrongsville

STRONGSVILLE LADY MUSTANGS SOCCER - #1 IN THE NATION

Congratulations to the SHS Girls Varsity Soccer team who, after winning the Division I State Championship and compiling a 20-0 perfect season, was named the #1 girls soccer team in the nation by topdrawersoccer.com. This is the first time in the program’s prestigious history that they have earned the #1 national ranking. Congratulations to the Lady Mustangs for this well-deserved recognition! See the final Fall 2020 Girls Soccer national rankings HERE. GO MUSTANGS!

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SMS HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Though our traditional holiday concerts were not possible this year, our Strongsville Middle School teachers and students were still able to capture the magic of the holiday season with this year’s virtual concerts: Eighth Grade Orchestra Virtual Performance / Seventh Grade Band Virtual Concert / Sixth Grade Band Virtual Performance

POLARIS - SOPHOMORE VIRTUAL VISITS

Attention sophomores! Polaris high school enrollment season is heating up, and we are bringing sophomore visitations to you! Click HERE to meet our teachers and explore our programs. This is a great first step toward becoming part of the Polaris family!

SHS SENIORS SHELBY SALLEE & PEYTON FELTON EARN RECOGNITION FROM UNITED SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION

Congratulations to SHS senior student-athlete Shelby Sallee for earning All-American recognition for the 2nd straight year. Shelby is the all-time leading goal scorer for SHS girls soccer and helped lead the Lady Mustangs to a 20-0 record this season, a Division I State Championship, and a #1 national ranking by topdrawersoccer.com. She will be continuing her soccer and academic career next fall at Xavier University.


Congratulations to SHS senior student-athlete Peyton Felton for being named to the All-Central Region Team by the United Soccer Coaches Association. Peyton will be attending the University of Memphis next fall to continue her academic and athletic career.

OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCS

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.

SHS WINTER CONCERTS - ON DEMAND VIA SCS-TV

Did you miss any of the recent winter concerts performed by our high school student vocalists and musicians? They are available on demand HERE. Tune in for the sounds of the holiday season!

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

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.

STRONGSVILLE LACROSSE 2021 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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 https://www.strongsvillelacrosse.com. Due to social distancing guidelines, team rosters will be capped. Please register early to ensure your spot for the season.

STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP!

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 (www.strongnet.org). 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).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Kick Hunger Out of Strongsville

Join Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers in their fundraiser to benefit the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. Enroll in a 3 week starter course and all of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank. Click HERE for additional information.


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit gsneo.org/join, 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 GreatScience.com.


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 www.strongsvillechamber.com.