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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 36)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - May 21, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SHS Students Invite Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to Connect Virtually With Their Class

  • FREE Summer Reading Resources for Grades K-12

  • Early Release/Last Day of School - Friday, May 28

  • SMS 8th Grader Jackson Griffin Places in 2 Events at Middle School State Track Meet

  • Facilities Development Committee Seeking New Members

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Leanne Ambroziak, Gifted Intervention Specialist at Whitney

  • Immunization Requirements for Incoming 7th & 12th Graders for 2021-2022

  • Boys & Girls Mustangs Summer Basketball Camps

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

  • SHS Class of 1981 - 40th Reunion

  • Surrarrer Elementary Virtual Art Show

  • Strongsville Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing - Friday, June 11

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

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, May 26 - 6:30pm

SMS Band Spring Concert
Strongsville High School Auditorium
Live Streamed HERE

Friday, May 28 - Early Release / Last Day of the 2020-21 School Year
Click HERE for the Early Release Schedule


Sunday, May 30
Strongsville High School Commencement Ceremonies
11:00am - Last Names A-L
3:00pm - Last Names M-Z
Serpentini Field at Pat Catan Stadium
Live Streamed HERE

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Transitioning to a new school can sometimes lead to feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Some of our new students arrive in our District during the year. But what happens when they arrive during the 4th quarter? 6th grade SMS student Juliette found herself in a brand new school a few months ago, and with the help of fellow 6th grade classmate Violet, other classmates, and our SMS teachers and staff, she has made a great transition. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we visit Strongsville Middle School and hear about the welcoming environment she has experienced.

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.

SHS STUDENTS INVITE REPRESENTATIVE ANTHONY GONZALEZ TO CONNECT VIRTUALLY WITH THEIR CLASS

At the high school, Mr. Knapp's 2nd period Government class have been working in groups over the past few weeks on a Civic Action Project. His students have picked a current issue in America, then completed a task to have an effect on that issue, whether that be writing a letter to a government official, conducting a survey or petition, etc.


SHS students Blake Miller and Charlie Wendenhof decided to tackle the problem of Political Polarization in the United States. For their civic action, they contacted and set up an interview with State Representative Anthony Gonzalez. Blake and Charlie conducted the virtual interview in front of the entire class - well done!

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FREE SUMMER READING RESOURCES FOR GRADES K-12

Even with summer soon approaching, many families are still looking for ways to keep their children engaged in literacy. If you are searching for opportunities to make reading a regular part of your summer routine, then look no further! Click HERE for information regarding FREE reading opportunities, available all summer long! Gain access to free reading websites, explore links to free reading materials, review high-interest book lists, and learn about engaging, interactive summer reading programs-- all provided within one link!


As we all know, summer is a time of excitement and adventure for our children. Why not let reading be part of that adventure? So go ahead, click on the link above, and see what reading has to offer you this summer. It's sure to make a splash!

EARLY RELEASE/LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - FRIDAY, MAY 28

A reminder to all families: Friday, May 28 is the last day of school for the 2020-21 school year. It is also an early release day for students throughout the District. Please click HERE for specific details about the early release times at each grade level on Friday, May 28.

SMS 8TH GRADER JACKSON GRIFFIN PLACES IN TWO EVENTS AT MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE TRACK MEET

Congratulations to 8th grade SMS student-athlete Jackson Griffin, who recently competed in the Middle School State Track Meet. This elite competition features the top 24 student-athletes in each event. Jackson placed 8th in the Long Jump with a personal record of 19'2.25” and also set a personal record in the 400m Dash with a time of 55.55 seconds.

FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Strongsville City Schools offers several opportunities for community members to serve on Board of Education committees, with the goal of continued growth for our District. The Facilities Development Committee is focused on the maintenance of our buildings, as well as the vision for future growth and development of our physical space (land and buildings). The Facilities Development Committee is currently seeking new members - click HERE for additional details and contact information to become involved.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. LEANNE AMBROZIAK, GIFTED INTERVENTION SPECIALIST AT WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mrs. Leanne Ambroziak has been with Strongsville City Schools for six years. Mrs. Ambroziak has worked at Drake Elementary and is currently at Whitney Elementary, where she is the school’s Gifted Intervention Specialist. She grew up in Berea, but began her teaching career in Las Vegas, before moving back to Strongsville where, according to Mrs. Ambroziak, “feels like home to me - I’m exactly where I want to be!” Mrs. Ambroziak is a graduate of Kent State University and earned her graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


“My students have a zest for learning, and I love being able to push them to think creatively, and be independent thinkers. I look forward to who they will be one day, and the mark they will make on the world. I love getting to ‘loop’ with my students for three years in a row. This allows me to build such great relationships with my students, and know what they can really do,” said Mrs. Ambroziak.


Thank you Mrs. Ambroziak for helping our Whitney Elementary students grow and develop, and providing them strong foundations for the academic expectations at SMS! #WeAreStrongsville

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING 7TH & 12TH GRADERS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Please note the following immunization requirements from the Ohio Department of Health

All students entering 7th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 7th grade: One (1) dose of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine (a second dose of meningococcal vaccine will be required prior to entry into the 12th grade) & One (1) dose of Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis] vaccine


All students entering 12th grade need to receive the following immunizations prior to entering 12th grade: Two (2) doses of Meningococcal [MCV4] vaccine


Incoming 7th and 12th graders will need to show proof of having received these vaccines before they can return to school for the 2021-22 school year (exemptions are provided for under law, call for more information).


Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 7th graders

Click HERE for the form to confirm immunizations for 12th graders


Strongsville City Schools Health Services


Section 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code states that students who do not provide documentation of this immunization will be excluded from school on the 15th day after entrance, until proof is provided.

BOYS & GIRLS MUSTANGS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS

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 strongsvillebasketball.com

‘RIGHT AT SCHOOL’ TO OFFER BEFORE- & AFTER-SCHOOL CARE IN OUR DISTRICT FOR 2021-22

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. Parent Forums were recently held to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. In case you missed it HERE is the video and HERE are the slides presented. For additional information, please click HERE to visit their website dedicated to the newly established Strongsville Schools program.

SHS CLASS OF 1981 - 40TH REUNION

Attention members of the SHS Class of 1981 - your 40th reunion is happening later this summer! A golf outing and BBQ is scheduled for Friday, August 27 and a get together at Strongsville’s Brew Garden is being planned for Saturday, August 28th. RSVP by May 31 to Joe Perri (jvperri@aol.com). Join the Strongsville Class of 1981 Facebook Page for additional updates!

SURRARRER ELEMENTARY VIRTUAL ART SHOW

COVID-19 may have changed some of the ways we did things this year, but it did not stop Surrarrer Art Teacher Mrs. Solecki from putting together her annual Art Show. Click HERE to enjoy beautiful pieces of art work created by Surrarrer Elementary students. Thank you Mrs. Solecki for your continued dedication to our students and the fine arts.

STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS ANNUAL GOLF OUTING - FRIDAY, JUNE 11

Don’t miss the Strongsville Athletic Boosters annual golf outing, with proceeds benefiting the Mustangs athletic program. This year’s event will be held at Bunker Hill Golf Course on Friday, June 11. The day includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast and lunch on the course, and a dinner and auction. Click HERE to register as an individual golfer or as a golf foursome. Registration is also available for non-golfers to attend the dinner only.

ATTN: CURRENT 5TH GRADERS - REGISTER FOR 6TH GRADE CAMP (SEPT. 10-12)!

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!

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

Strongsville Soccer Registration

Registration for Strongsville’s Fall Soccer league is happening now through July 25 for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit strongsvillesoccer.com or click HERE for additional registration information.


Kindness Camp - C’s the Day

A camp for kids in grades 1-7 dedicated to EMPOWERING kids to positively impact their communities through acts of kindness, INSPIRING kids to become leaders by growing in character, confidence and personal wellness, and CHALLENGING kids to practice mindfulness in thoughts, words, and actions with self and others.

WHEN: July 5-9 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

WHERE: Albion Woods Picnic Area

Click HERE for additional information and to register for the camp.


Strongsville Football League Registration

Register now for the upcoming season of the Strongsville Football League. Cheerleading, flag, padded flag, and tackle teams for Grades 1-6 will be competing in the fall. Register at www.strongsvillefootballleague.com or click HERE for the flyer with additional information.


GOH Run Camps

GOH Run Youth running day camps provide an opportunity for young runners and those interested in running and physical activity to learn about the sport. We build confidence and character through team building, games, and activities that get everyone moving. We learn about nutrition, relaxation, and promote wellness. Campers are coached by experienced high school coaches and high school volunteers who lead the small teams of young runners. For additional information email Rae Alexander at gohrunwithus@gmail.com. Check out our website at GOHRun.org or click HERE for the upcoming GOH Run Day Camp and click HERE for the upcoming Bulldog XC Camp.


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 (www.strongsvillechamber.com) to register and to see additional details.


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