December News Strongsville H.S.
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
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."
Midterm Exam Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions
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
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
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
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 http://familyaware.org/signs.
More November Highlights
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