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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 34)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - May 7, 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

  • SHS Ranks #41 in Ohio on U.S. News Annual “Best High Schools” List

  • Facilities Development Committee Seeking New Members

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Bernadette Oppedisano, Educational Aide at Muraski

  • Three Mustang Student-Athletes Earn GCC “Player of the Month” Awards

  • SHS Students Inducted Into National Technical Honor Society

  • SHS Girls Basketball Coach Dawn Thall Named Coach of the Year

  • Boys & Girls Mustangs Summer Basketball Camps

  • Food Trucks Coming to SMS on Monday, 5/10 to Support SMS Track & Field Teams

  • Register NOW for the Strongsville Track Club

  • 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 12 - 7:00pm
SHS Top 5% Recognition Ceremony
Strongsville High School Auditorium
Live Streamed HERE

Thursday, May 13 - 7:00pm
SHS Senior Salute
Strongsville High School Auditorium
Live Streamed HERE

Friday, May 14 - 6:30pm
SHS Rhythmology
Strongsville High School Auditorium
Live Streamed HERE

Thursday, May 20 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting* / Retirement Recognition
Strongsville High School Auditorium (20025 Lunn Rd.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Our District’s Early Learning Preschool prepares students for their first steps in their educational journey. The teachers and staff work with students of all abilities in an inclusive setting, in partnership with families and the community. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, as we visit with Max, a preschool student, and learn about how many have worked together to provide opportunities for him to learn alongside his classmates with a unique communication device.


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. 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.


Strongsville High School has been named a 2021 U.S. News “Best High School” and earned the #41 spot in rankings of Ohio high schools. Strongsville High School has continually improved its ranking over the past four years, ranking #115 in 2017, #95 in 2018, #73 in 2019, and #49 in 2020 in this annual list. Strongsville High School also ranks #1,255 nationally, up from #1,386 nationally in last year’s listing. Click HERE for the U.S. News ranking of Strongsville High School and HERE for the District news release.


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.


Mrs. Bernadette Oppedisano is an Educational Aide at Muraski Elementary School. Mrs. Oppedisano has been working in our District for 12 years, having also worked as a monitor at both Surrarrer Elementary and at Strongsville High School, and in Muraski’s cafeteria. She is a 20-year Strongsville resident and has three children who attended Strongsville City Schools and are SHS grads..

“The best part of my job is working with students who need that extra help. Watching them achieve the things that they struggle with is so rewarding. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they accomplish something brings tears to my eyes. This validates that I have done my job and I can go home that day knowing that I made a difference in at least one student. That is my goal daily! Building relations with the students I work with is key with the intervention process. I make sure every student I work with feels comfortable with whatever we are working on that day. I like to add a little bit of fun into the intervention, including games, little dances, and even funny faces. We also make time for sharing at the end of our session which they look forward to every day. I love working with all the students, it makes my world complete. Working with such wonderful, caring staff at Muraski makes my job a GREAT one. I have made some amazing friends working in the SCS district. I am so grateful to be an Educational Aide at Muraski,” said Mrs. Oppedisano.

Thank you Mrs. Oppedisano for the care and compassion you show our students at Muraski Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville


Congratulations to the following Mustang student-athletes who have earned Greater Cleveland Conference “Player of the Month” awards for April:

Madison Rishel (Softball) - Madison broke the school record for triples in a season (7), just 13 games into the season. She is also hitting .590 with a .953 slugging percentage. As a freshman, she has been an extremely effective leader on and off the field, and has contributed defensively in multiple positions throughout the season.

Ben Giera (Lacrosse) - Ben scored 10 goals and recorded 4 assists during the last 4 games in April. 14 points. He also recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Otterbein University.

Anthony Gentile (Baseball) - In the month of April, Anthony hit .500 (18 for 36) with 13 BB and 6 HBP for a .673 OBP, with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 17 RBI, 13 R, and only 3 strikeouts. Anthony was also 5 for 6 stealing bases and had a .750 slugging percentage. Despite only being a junior, Anthony was elected as a team captain by his teammates.


Congratulations to the following SHS and Polaris students who were among the 81 students recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS):

Audrey Barno (Cosmetology), Mitchell Behm (Engineering), Nicole Bodean (Computer Networking Academy), Grace Botsch (Baking & Pastry Arts), Connor Chupek (Engineering), Mia Davis (Criminal Justice), Aaron Deal (Engineering), Nicholas Haderski-Cromer (Engineering), LeAnne Hawk (Aeronautics), Jacob Huber (Engineering), Braedon Kennedy (Engineering), Tristan McCrann (Engineering), Stephanie Mraz (Criminal Justice), Emma Ogg (Engineering), Noah Ragan (Engineering), Luke Rodak (Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training), Joseph Sanuk (Engineering), Kyra Jo Savage (Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy), Zachary Taylor (Engineering), Seth VanHove (Construction Trades), Connor White (Construction Trades), Charles Williams (Engineering), Zoe Zylstra (Engineering)

NTHS is America's highest award for excellence in career and technical education, honoring student achievement and leadership, promoting educational excellence, and enhancing career opportunities for the organization’s members. Fewer than two percent of America's secondary students are nominated for membership into this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be eligible, students must earn all A’s in his/her Polaris program, maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate, and maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average.


Congratulations to SHS Girls Basketball coach Dawn Thall for being named “Coach of the Year” by the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association this past week. This year, her Lady Mustangs team reached the ‘Sweet 16’ in the OHSAA State Tournament, compiling a 19-3 record.


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


Make plans to support the Strongsville Middle School Track & Field teams on Monday, May 10 by purchasing food from the Barrio and Kona Ice Food Trucks. The food trucks will be in the SMS parking lot on Monday from 3:30pm - 7:30pm and located near Pearl Road for easy and safe access.


Interested in a Summer Running Experience? Join the Strongsville Track Club. Registration is open NOW - click HERE for more information. Running begins on May 17th!


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.


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!


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 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 or click HERE for the flyer with additional information.

Strongsville Women’s League Art Contest Winners

The Arts and Culture Committee of the Strongsville Women’s League would like to thank all 70 children who entered the art contest that ran March 15 – April 15, 2021. We are very proud to announce the contest was very successful and well received, and we would like to thank all the students who entered. The judging panel of Councilman Jim Kaminski, Dare Officer Aaron Plut, and Strongsville Middle School Teacher, Lisa Bluemel met on April 26,, 2021. After careful deliberation, they have determined the following winners.

Category K-1: First Place – Samantha D. Grade 1, Second Place – Katie B. Kindergarten, Third Place – Maria W. Grade 1.

Category 2-3: First Place – Madelynn R. Grade 3, Second Place – Benjamin L. Grade 3, Third Place – Estella G. Grade 3.

Category 4-5: First Place – Allison M. Grade 4, Second Place – Prathula S. Grade 5, Third Place – Dhanvita I. Grade 5.

We had four winners from Saint Joseph & John, two winners from Kinsner, one winner from Saint Ambrose, Muraski and Whitney Elementary. Congratulations all!

The winner’s art work will be displayed at the Strongsville Recreation Center in the lobby, starting Friday, April 30th through May 20, 2021. Each of the nine students won a gift certificate – First Place won $25 to Maggie & Ellie’s Pottery and Art Studio, Second Place won $20 to Target, and Third Place winners won $10 to the Strongsville Spirit Shop. Congratulations and Way to Go!!! Sincerely - Helen Hartman and Karen Burgund, Co-chairs, Art and Culture Committee

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 Check out our website at 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 ( 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 May 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.

Summer Reading Game Returns: Tales & Tails Summer Reading Game. June 5th – August 15th, 2021. Visit to register to play online. Stop in to your local branch library beginning June 5th to pick-up a game board or download the Beanstack Tracker app to play on your mobile device. Track your reading and win some prizes along the way. Read all summer for a chance to win some great prizes! Go to YouTube now to see our promotional video:

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.

Take & Make Teen DIY Special Edition – Stress Balls!
Pick up supplies during the month of May while supplies last to make your own stress ball. Perfect for finals week or whenever life stresses you out.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, May 8th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, May 10th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.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. 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: Healthy Summer Eating. Tuesday, May 18th / 10:00 a.m.
Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! It's summer. . . Time to relax, but don’t take a vacation from healthy eating. Join Amy Dunbar, Lead Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Southwest General Hospital, as she discusses ways to improve summer eating. She will share tips about nutrition and how to buy fresh ingredients and cook them on the grill to ensure healthy eating this summer.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, May 19th / 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 The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Podcast 101. Thursday, May 27th / 7:00 p.m.
Have you been wanting to start your own podcast? Well look no further! In this VIRTUAL event, successful podcaster, Matthew Aaron Diemer, will walk you through the steps on how to make your very own podcast. Please note that this workshop is geared towards Apple computer users.