December News Strongsville H.S.

December 2015

In this Month's Edition

  • Pinewood Derby Reinforces Physics Concepts for Freshmen CPE Science Students
  • Midterm Exam Schedule
  • Exam Cram Jam is Coming December 8th - 10th
  • From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger
  • December's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Trudy Molnar
  • Financial Aid Information Night - December 16th
  • Wellness Focus: Recognizing Depression
  • November Photos
  • Upcoming December Events

Pinewood Derby Reinforces Physics Concepts for Freshmen CPE Science Students

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On November 17th, over 300 freshmen happily turned in their cars for impounding. Freshmen with cars? How is that possible? Each impounded car measured less that 7 inches and weighed under 143 grams in order to be eligible for CPE Science's Pinewood Derby. The students' creatively designed and decorated pinewood cars competed in races during the week before Thanksgiving break. After the races, students submitted papers outlining their car's evolution and reflecting on what they learned.

This project requires students to apply all of the physics concepts they learn first semester, including potential and kinetic energy, work, power, Newton's laws, velocity, acceleration, and momentum. CPE Science teacher, Ms. Boron, was pleased with her students' cars. "It was great to see students' ideas come to life and watch them use what they learned in class in a real-world application."

CPE Science Pinewood Derby 2015

Midterm Exam Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions

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My daughter has lunch/study hall 5th period. Does this mean she can leave after the Session I exam time on 12/15?

Yes, students need to attend only the sessions for which they have a class. If your daughter doesn't have a 5th period exam, she can leave SHS at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, assuming she has transportation and no make-up exams that afternoon.

Is transportation available during exam week? Yes, buses will run their usual routes at the usual time. Students who want to arrive later or leave earlier will have to find their own transportation. Students waiting for their afternoon bus will be restricted to the cafeteria study hall from 11:00 AM until their buses arrive at 2:25.

Will lunch be available to students during exam week? The cafeteria will be offering a limited menu for students wanting to purchase food.

My son attends Polaris during the morning. When will he take his exams? Polaris students will attend their PCC classes at their regularly scheduled times and take their exams in the afternoon during the make-up exam period from 12:00 PM - 2:25PM.

Exam Cram Jam is Coming December 8th - 10th

SHS's National Honors Society and staff will host an Exam Cram Jam in the cafeteria from 2:30PM - 4:00PM on December 8th - 10th. These study sessions are open to all students. Teachers and peer tutors will be available to help any student who wants help reviewing for exams.

From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger

Getting Ready for Exams

As the semester comes to an end, we want to make sure our students are ready for their exams. We know exams can be stressful for both students and parents. Causing students and families stress is not our intention behind giving exams. Our intention is to measure how much our students have learned throughout the semester.

To help diminish some of the stress and anxiety around exams, we encourage our students to begin studying early. There are very few areas of life where waiting to the last minute is really a good idea, and waiting to study is not one of those areas. Also, if a student has concerns about the class or exam, the best person to talk is the teacher. Our teachers are ready and willing to help.

Finally, as we get ever closer to the holiday season. Our SHS family would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends.

As always, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to provide your child their high school education.

December's Featured Staff Member: Mrs. Trudy Molnar

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Position: Clerk, Assistant Principal's Office (Mr. Breckner and Mr. Tumino)

Education/Training: High School graduate with additional secretarial training in shorthand, typing and computers

Years at SHS: 25 years

Family: I married my high school sweetheart and have been married for 44 years. My husband, Rich, has a barbershop in Strongsville. I have two sons. My oldest son, Jeff, is also a barber and works with his dad. My younger son, Scott, is a hairstylist in California. I haven't paid for a haircut in 45 years!

Additional Contributions: In 1991, I started as a 3-hour monitor. I did that job for 4 years. Then I became a 6-hour monitor for 4 years. In 1999, I became a clerk and have been doing this job for the past 16 years.

What do you like best about working at SHS? This job is never dull or boring. I have met many interesting students and staff members over the years and have formed friendships with several of them. It always makes me happy when a former student comes back years later for a visit.

What might students be surprised to learn about you? I was born in Germany and speak three languages. I'm an avid reader. I read about 50 books a year.

Thank you, Mrs. Molnar, for all you do to make SHS a great school!

Financial Aid Information Night

At 7:00 PM on December 16th in the main gym, the SHS Guidance Department will host a financial aid information night. A speaker will present all the information parents need to know about financial aid and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Parents of seniors should plan to attend.

Wellness Focus: Recognizing Depression

Research shows that as many as 20% of people will have experienced depression by the end of the teenage years. The Mayo Clinic defines depression as "a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems." While most people have experienced times of sadness, depression in its true definition is prolonged.

The good news is that more than 85% of teens will improve with a combination of therapy and/or medication. However, 65% of depressed teens will not ask for help. Teenagers, in general, are often described as moody, so it can be hard to recognize the difference between just being a teen and depression. Teens with depression are often irritable, may not be depressed all the time, and often still see their friends.

For more information on signs, symptoms, and prevention: visit

More November Highlights

National Honor Society Inducts New Members
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DECA Hosts Mock Competition
November Students of the Month
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Upcoming Events

12/8 - 10 -- Exam Cram Jam -- 2:30 PM - 4:00PM - Cafeteria

12/8 -- Winter Choral Concert -- 7:00 PM - Main Gym

12/9 -- Winter Orchestra Concert -- 7:00 PM - Main Gym

12/10 -- Winter Band Concert -- 7:00 PM - Main Gym

12/16 -- Financial Aid Information Night -- 7:00 PM - Main Gym

12/18 -- End of the Second Quarter/First Semester

12/21 -- 1/3 - WINTER BREAK -- No School