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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 13)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - November 13, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • SCS Learning Framework (November 9-24)

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Diane Heidt, Speech Pathologist at Kinsner & Whitney

  • SCS Students and Staff Honor Veterans

  • Mustangs Team Shop - Order Online Through Nov. 22

  • SHS Lady Mustangs Varsity Soccer Team Plays for State Championship TONIGHT (11/13)

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SHS Sophomore Julia Isham Finishes 11th at Cross Country State Championship Meet

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Annual Strongsville Athletic Boosters Car Raffle - Win a 2020 Chevy Trax!

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Monday, November 9 - Tuesday, November 24
SHS & SMS Students in Blended Learning Framework
6th - 12th Grade Students follow the Green/White Calendar

[Preschool and Elementary Students will continue in person, 5 days per week]


Friday, November 13
End of Trimester (Grades K-5)


Thursday, November 19 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

SCS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (NOVEMBER 9 - 24)

At the Strongsville Board of Education meeting last week, the majority of the Board voted to continue to keep all PRESCHOOL/ELEMENTARY school students in school 5 days a week from Monday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 24th, which coincides with our Thanksgiving Break. Students at the MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL will be in the Blended Learning framework during this same time period (November 9-24). SMS and SHS students will follow this Green/White calendar


The decision for the learning framework covers the next two and a half weeks and no changes to the learning framework described above will occur prior to Thanksgiving Break. The Board of Education is scheduled to meet on November 19th to discuss and determine the learning framework for the week of November 30th.

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.

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

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.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. DIANE HEIDT, SPEECH PATHOLOGIST AT KINSNER & WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Diane Heidt is a Speech Pathologist at Kinsner and Whitney Elementary Schools and has worked in our District for 15 years. Throughout her SCS career, she has helped students at the Early Learning Preschool, Muraski, Kinsner, and Whitney. Prior to her time with SCS, she spent six years at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Heidt is a graduate of Strongsville High School (Class of 1993) and is raising her family in the house she grew up in! Both of her children also attend Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Heidt has both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Cleveland State University.


“For as many students I have had the pleasure of teaching in the past 21 years, they have taught me much more than I ever could teach them. The students have taught me everything from the dietary habits of zombies, to the latest dance moves, to the true meaning of patience and perseverance. I believe I am a better person because of the talented people I have worked with, the supportive parents I have met, and the students I have come to know. I truly love what I do,” said Mrs. Heidt.


Thank you Mrs. Heidt for being a positive influence for our students at Kinsner and Whitney Elementary Schools! #WeAreStrongsville

SCS STUDENTS AND STAFF HONOR VETERANS

This week, our District held many activities and events to recognize Veterans. Drive through parades and in classroom virtual interviews were some of the ways our students honored those who have served our country. We salute our Veterans and say “Thank you for your service!”

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MUSTANGS TEAM SHOP - ORDER ONLINE THROUGH NOV. 22

Get a jump on your holiday shopping from the safety and comfort of your home. Visit the online Mustangs Team Shop at https://mustangs-w20.itemorder.com/sale and shop for the Strongsville fan on your holiday list. Choose from T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and MORE! Many of the items can be personalized with name, number, and favorite sport. Delivery of items before the holidays! HURRY - the Mustangs Team Shop closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 22!

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SHS LADY MUSTANGS VARSITY SOCCER TEAM PLAYS FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT (11/13)

The Strongsville High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team battles Lewis Center Olentangy for the Division I State Championship TONIGHT (Fri. 11/13) at 7:00pm in Columbus. The Lady Mustangs are a perfect 19-0 on the season, and have recorded an amazing 14 shutouts. It's the program's 9th appearance in the State Finals, where the Lady Mustangs have earned 4 State Championships (1998, 2002, 2005, 2011). Tonight’s State Championship will be live streamed through the NFHS Network (paid subscription service) HERE. GO MUSTANGS!

OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCS

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.

SHS SOPHOMORE JULIA ISHAM FINISHES 11TH AT CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

Congratulations to current SHS sophomore Julia Isham, who finished 11th at last week’s Girls Cross Country State Championship Meet, with a time of 18:29.1. Julia averaged 5:56.6 per mile and was only 30 seconds off the first place finisher. Julia, the Greater Cleveland Conference Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, has qualified for All-Ohio recognition based on her finish at last week’s State Championship Meet. Congratulations Julia!

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CAR RAFFLE - WIN A 2020 CHEVY TRAX!

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2020 Chevy Trax donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. The vehicle is on display in front of the SCS bus lot on Pearl Road. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each and only 3,000 will be sold. All proceeds benefit the SCS Excellence in Athletics Turf Project and the Strongsville School’s sports, music and PTA programs. The raffle drawing will be held during the November 20, 2020 Strongsville High School Girls Basketball Game. Purchase tickets:

  • Online at https://strongsvilleboosters.membershiptoolkit.com/Home

  • Via drive up on Saturday (12-3pm) at Rademaker-Miller Lane near the SCS Transportation Building

  • Student-athletes, Strongsville Instrumental Music Boosters, and PTA families have also been provided tickets to sell

PCs FOR PEOPLE

PCs for People recycles business electronics and provides refurbished computers and low-cost internet to under-resourced households and communities. This program provides financial aid to families in Cuyahoga County with K-12 students by distributing 10,000 free computers and 5,000 hotspots through a partnership with participating Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Libraries. Registrations are currently open so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST FOR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS

The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify.

Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts - visit

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html for additional details about this program.

“HEARD AROUND TOWN” ON SCS WEBSITE

Have you heard something that you want more clarification about concerning Strongsville City Schools? Share your questions with us, we're happy to provide information to clear up any misconceptions! Visit the new “Heard Around Town” link on the main page at www.strongnet.org or click HERE to submit your question.

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

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit gsneo.org/join, call 800.852.4474, or click HERE for additional information.


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 November. You can also register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Eager Engineers

Eager Engineers is offering live online interactive classes! Join us live, on Zoom for both Lego and Citibloc adventures! STEAM concepts are built into every project, with new projects each class. Visit www.creativeclasses.org to register or click HERE for more information.


Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit GreatScience.com.


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 www.strongsvillechamber.com.