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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 25)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - February 26, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • SHS & SMS Students Compete in Optimist Essay Contest

  • Watch Recent SMS Orchestra Concerts On Demand

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Cindy Vaccariello, Data Input Specialist/HR for SCS

  • Annual SCS “State of the Schools” Presentation - Wed. 3/3 at 6:30pm

  • SHS Swimming Coach Tom Stacy Earns Division I/NW District Coach of the Year

  • SHS National Art Honor Society Students Donate Care Kits to Cleveland’s Homeless

  • Best of Luck to the SHS Dance Team Competing in the State Competition

  • Athletic Boosters Calendar Raffle - Win Prizes throughout April!

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, March 1 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

Wednesday, March 3 - 6:30pm

SCS 'State of the Schools' Presentation
Visit for link to the live stream

Thursday, March 4
Remote/Asynchronous Learning Day for All Students (Prek - 12th Grade)
Teachers will have all assignments posted to Google Classroom and communicated to students prior to the start of the school day - no live instruction will occur. This also applies to SCS Connects students. This will not impact any students in Lincoln Learning, Edgenuity, Edmentum, or Apex.

Friday, March 5
NO SCHOOL (SCS Teachers & Staff Professional Development Day)

Monday, March 15

Regular School Day (Grades PreK - 12)
* 3/15 was a previously scheduled SCS Professional Development Day & was switched to 3/5


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.

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Nine students from SMS and SHS submitted essays in the annual Optimist Club International essay competition. This year's essay theme was, "Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism." The essays were judged by members of the Strongsville chapter of Optimist Club International. The winner at the local level, SHS Junior Anya Krishna, will move on to the district level where she will compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. Congratulations to all of the participants and special thanks to the Optimist Club for their generosity and support of our students.

SHS Students: 1st Place - Anya Krishnan / 2nd Place - Faith Lee / Finalists - Lauren Laneve, Emily Hoy, Emily Adanitsch, Anthony Zacharyasz

SMS Students: Finalists - Natalia Fisher, Aneesa Odetallah, Amanda Weiss


Our SMS 6th Grade Orchestra had two amazing concert performances this February! The Orchestra students practiced hard as a team and their performance showcased the new skills they have learned this year. Click HERE to watch the 6:45pm performance and click HERE for the 8:00pm performance. The SMS 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras also performed their first live concert in over a year on February 4th. Both orchestras did an outstanding job. Preparing for this concert taught students how to be resilient, persistent, and how to maintain our skills throughout the various changes in learning formats during the first semester. Click HERE to view their February performance.

Stay tuned for our SMS Orchestras’ next performances - Tuesday, March 30th (6th Grade) and Wednesday, March 31st (7th & 8th Grade).


Mrs. Cindy Vaccariello has been with Strongsville City Schools for five years, working in both Food Services and in her current role in the Human Resources Department. However, Mrs. Vaccariello’s involvement with our District goes much deeper. A resident of our community, she was very involved in PTA while her children were in school. Mrs. Vacciarello served as PTA President for both Chapman Elementary and Albion Middle School and Vice President for PTA at Strongsville High School. She also organized the first parent-run 8th grade Washington DC trip in 2011. This volunteer work led to substitute work and her eventual full time employment with SCS.

“There is a definite sense of community working in our District. Everyone truly works together to bring the best educational experience to our students. This year, people have stepped out of their comfort zones, taken on different roles, and helped wherever they could just to keep things as normal as possible for the kids. I really enjoy working with the people across our District. My job is very fast paced, and I get a great deal of satisfaction spending my work day helping people,” said Mrs. Vaccariello.

Thank you Mrs. Vaccariello for your many years of involvement with our District! #WeAreStrongsville


The annual “State of the Schools” presentation by SCS Superintendent, Dr. Cameron Ryba, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm and will be livestreamed on our District website ( We encourage our community to tune in for a review of the student and teacher accomplishments from this past year and the exciting path for the future of our District.

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Congratulations to Strongsville High School Boys Swimming & Diving Coach Tom Stacy for being named Division I/Northwest District Coach of the Year! Coach Stacy oversees both the boys and girls teams in our District. This year, the teams have 11 swimmers who have qualified and are competing in the State Meet this weekend. Good Luck Mustangs!

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The Strongsville High School National Art Honor Society chapter recently made blankets and put together personal need kits, complete with hand-made positive notes, for a Cleveland homeless shelter. The student group worked with St. John Neumann's Church in Strongsville, which services Cleveland homeless shelters through their participation in a program called FrontLine Service. Special thanks to the 27 SHS Art Honor Society students for their generosity and special community service efforts.


Best of Luck to our SHS Dance Team as they compete virtually this weekend in the OASSA State Cheer and Dance Championships. The team is a two-time State Championship qualifier and will compete in both the Jazz and Hip-Hop categories. The competing SHS Dance Team members are: Izzy Abruzzino, Natalie Arslanian, Keira Calloway, Annalisa Crowder, Kelly Cunningham, Katie Diab, Reese Dombek, Ella Grebey, Aubrey Kocsis, Caleb Kocsis, Katie Sanuk, Ava Seuffert, Lucy Smith, and Lauren Steinberger.


The Strongsville Athletic Boosters will be selling Calendar Raffle tickets beginning on March 1st! Tickets are $10 each. Raffle drawings begin April 1st, with a winner chosen each day throughout the month of April! Prizes are worth at least $100/day. Purchase tickets from any participating student-athlete. Proceeds benefit the participating athletic teams. Please click HERE for more information.


Strongsville City Schools is now hiring motivated, energetic, part-time professional substitute school bus drivers. This position features great pay ($16.19 per hour), flexible hours, no holidays, and is very rewarding. Requires a CDL Class B, with SP endorsement - TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!

If you would like to apply for a Substitute Bus Driver position, please complete this EXTERNAL application. When your application is complete, those interested, qualified candidates should contact the Transportation Department to schedule an initial interview at 440.572.7060.


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.


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).


Girls Go Med Day - Saturday, March 27

Are you a female high school student interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Learn more about what it is like to work in the healthcare field at GIRLS GO MED DAY! Girls Go Med, presented by student members of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) at NEOMED, will feature female physician speakers, interactive stations to provide students with hands-on experiences, and the opportunity to interact with current medical students. Girls Go Med Day will be held through ZOOM on Saturday, March 27 from 9am - 3pm. Click HERE for additional information and the registration link.

Sign Up Now For Strongsville Spring Soccer

Strongsville Spring Soccer registration is happening NOW for boys and girls ages 4-14. Visit to register before the March 10th deadline. Click HERE for additional information.

Strongsville Recreation Center Winter Programs

Check out these Strongsville Recreation programs for all ages - signups are currently happening! Click HERE for the list of activities to help keep active this winter and spring.

The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-6, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!

Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered in March. You can register at

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

Strongsville Library

* Please note the following March 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.

Preschool Story Time on Facebook! For ages 3-5 with Caregiver.

Join us on Facebook every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Our in-person storytimes are on hold until we can come together safely again, but you can still enjoy reading aloud with our children's librarians every Monday at 10:00 a.m. on the Cuyahoga County Public Library Facebook page: A children's librarian will be available to respond to storytime viewers' questions and comments on Facebook from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Recording Studio Update

The Strongsville Branch Library Audio studio is currently closed until further notice, but our Video studio is open to those that have already done an orientation. Coming soon – virtual orientations for those interested in using the Video studio! For more information on the studio and how to book studio time, please call (440) 238-5530.

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

Pysanky Art. Wednesday, March 3rd / 7:00 p.m.

In this virtual Zoom event, learn about Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs. Local artist Linda Hupert from will present a tutorial on how to get started and how to decorate the eggs while also sharing the rich history of the eggs.

Sounds of the Bagpipes. Tuesday, March 9th / 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom musical event and get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with local bagpiper Colin Donahue! Local bagpiper, Colin Donahue, will narrate the rich history of the highland bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest folk instruments. Mr. Donahue will also perform some fun and popular pipe tunes!

Southwest General Health Talk: Decoding Nutrition Labels. Wednesday, March 17th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Join Wendy Zullo, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist from Southwest General Hospital, for an informative talk on how to read nutrition labels. Learn how to choose more nutritious foods based on the information that is found on nutrition labels.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, March 17th / 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 March discussion title will be Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Google Photos 101. Thursday, March 25th / 10:00 a.m.

Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! Learn essential skills needed to use Google Photos for storing, editing, and sharing your precious photo memories. Follow along with your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or just watch the demonstration.