Strongsville High School
VOL. XXXVI, NO. 2 1st SEMESTER 2011-12
THE PRINCIPAL'S PAGE DATELINE: Strongsville, Ohio
As we begin 2012, I extend to you and your families best wishes for many blessings in the New Year. I hope
that 2012 started off well and that your holidays were restful and fulfilling. We have now entered the third
marking period for the 2011-2012 school year. I hope that all students experienced success in the first
semester. I am eagerly anticipating all of the many activities planned for our kids during second semester. I
hope that all of us in the Strongsville School Community may experience a year of happiness and fulfillment
in the work we do together.
Though we’re early in the second semester, it’s already time for the scheduling process to begin for the 2012-
13 school year. Parents and students should begin considering and discussing what classes and levels of
difficulty are appropriate for each student’s interests and capabilities. Any student interested in Honors or
Advanced Placement courses are encouraged to talk to teachers and their guidance counselor to discuss which
and how many Honors or A.P. courses are in the student’s best interest. Please check the school website for
information pertaining to scheduling for classes. The High School Course Selection Guide is online as a
reference for your use.
Seniors received a newsletter with all the pertinent information concerning senior activities such as Prom,
Senior Salute and Graduation. The Senior Newsletter is also on-line. As mentioned in the newsletter, all
students must secure their own transportation to and from the Wolstein Center. The dates, times and details
for all senior activities are included in the Senior Newsletter.
Have a Great Second Semester
I believe that together we will have a fruitful and enjoyable second semester. With parental support, the
effort of our students and staff, and leadership that is caring and visionary, we will be a school community
and team that values high levels of citizenship and student achievement. As always, if you need assistance or
have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers, counselors, and administrators. We are
here to help. Have a wonderful second semester.
William R. Steffen
SECURITY AND VISITING GO HAND IN HAND
When visiting the high school, you will be asked to sign your name and provide your license plate number, and
then will be given a Visitor’s Tag by the greeter in the Main Entrance Hallway. You will also be asked to sign
out and return the Visitor’s Tag. Please, don’t take offense at this request. For the security of this large
building and the safety of the students, we have instituted this policy.
Employees of the district, but not members of the high school staff, are also asked to follow the above
procedures upon arrival at the high school and to sign out at departure.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding of this procedure.
ATTENTION PARENTS…ATTENTION PARENTS
Parent Conference Day is Thursday, March 1, 2012. The time is 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The high school Post Secondary Options meetings will be held at 12:30 and 5:00 in the auditorium.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
When calling your student in absent, please make note that ALL grade level attendance calls should be made
If your student needs to leave early and did not bring a note, please call 440-846-4072.
The Clinic has a direct number – 268-5918
Athletic Department – 572-7102
Guidance Department – 572-7103
Students who anticipate being out of school because of a family trip or vacation or college visitations must
secure a “Pre-arranged Absence” form from the Attendance Office. Student absences of this nature are not
considered as approved absence by the State of Ohio and Board of Education Policy.
The Pre-Arranged Absence form must be completed and returned to the designated administrator for approval
at least five days prior to the absence. All work should be obtained before the student leaves. The work is due
upon the student’s return. Tests and quizzes are to be made up on the one-day per day of absence schedule.
Ex: A student on a five-day pre-arranged absence missing a test on the third day of the pre-arranged absence
makes the test up no later than the third day after returning.
Students and parents are asked to follow the guidelines of the Pre-Arranged Absence request form in order to
receive credit for their work.
Pre-arranged absence days count against a student’s 10 days.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS? NEW PHONE NUMBER?
When you have a change of address or a new phone number, whether it is home or work, please notify all your
children’s school buildings. Please submit changes in writing to the Data Input Specialist, Mrs. Donna Turski.
STUDENT ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
To report an absence please call 440-572-7101
Parents are responsible for informing the school of their child’s absence and the reason for the absence before
8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. Parents/Guardians may leave a message the night before or prior to 8:30
a.m. The message should include the following information:
Name of student and grade
Date of absence and possible return
Reason for absence
Number where parent/guardian can be reached
Upon the student’s return to school following the absence, he/she must bring a note from the legal guardian
within 24 hours of the student’s return, giving the date(s) and reason for the absence if phone contact has not
already been made. Absences not confirmed through a phone call or accompanied by notes will become
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE – Crystal Tackaberry, RN, CSN
It is recommended that your student stay home if they are experiencing:
Fever over 100° F
Persistent pain (ear, stomach etc.)
If there is any doubt, contact your doctor or health care provider.
CONDITION: WHEN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL:
Conjunctivitis 24 hours after treatment starts
Cough cough is no longer persistent
Diarrhea 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea
Fever 24 hours after fever-free
Head Lice hair is treated and nit-free
Impetigo 24 hours after treatment starts – sores covered
Ring Worm 24 hours after treatment starts – sores covered
Strep Throat 24 hours after treatment starts and fever-free
Vomiting 24 hours after last episode of vomiting
A LETTER FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT
The Strongsville School District understands that the decision to close schools due to inclement weather or
loss of utilities has an enormous effect on all of our families. The following information may help you to
better understand the process used when making the decision.
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION?
When inclement weather or loss of utilities impacts the District, we make the decision whether to close
schools based upon a careful analysis of all relevant factors including:
Information on road conditions from our transportation staff, maintenance staff, and local safety
Amount of accumulated snow and ice.
Whether precipitation is expected to continue throughout the day.
Temperature and wind chill. (minus 15 to 20 degrees)
Impact on our bus fleet.
Weather predictions from satellite systems, local radar, National Weather and NOAA Weather
Building conditions (such as whether there is electricity and/or heat).
Discussions with Administrators from area school districts beginning the prior evening.
WHO MAKES THE DECISION?
As Superintendent of Schools, I am responsible for the final decision, based upon the factors above and
consultation with Mark Donnelly, Director of Business Services.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?
I try to make the decision by 5:30 a.m., so that we can notify local television and radio stations, post it to our
web site, and notify staff.
WILL WE CLOSE SCHOOLS IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?
Even if weather conditions worsen we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering
student safety. When we make the decision to keep the schools open, many parents rely on it and leave for
work. If we then send students back home, many will return to empty houses. Once students arrive at
school, we feel the safest plan is to keep them at school until the end of the school day.
Although we do our absolute best in this process by carefully considering all information, we know that
weather forecasting is an imperfect science and often no perfect decision exists. As always, our top priority is
the safety of our students. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to get to school, use your best
judgment as to whether or not he or she should attend.
I hope that this explanation helps in understanding the process used to make the best possible decision for
everyone in the district.
Jefferey R. Lampert
STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Please welcome the 2011-2012 elected officers of Student Council:
President: Brian Herrmann
Vice- President: Kelly Lynch
Secretary: Hannah Seawall
Treasurer: Brooke Gessler
Student Council’s first Blood Drive of the 2011-2012 school year was a great success! On December 13, 2011,
Strongsville High School students donated more than 120 usable pints of blood to the American Red Cross.
Our next endeavor will be the Winter Dance, which will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets for the dance will be sold during all lunch periods the week of February 6th.
“Mustang Privilege” grants the qualified senior or junior the privilege of beginning their day at 8:08 am or
concluding their day at 1:32 pm providing that the following conditions have been met:
Each applicant must have PASSED all five portions of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to be eligible for
Mustang Privilege. Eligibility begins with the semester following the passage of all five tests.
In addition to the above, juniors and seniors must meet the following criteria during the preceding semester:
Earned a minimum of 2.0 GPA
No suspensions or Corrective Learning
No “incomplete” grades
Please remember the scheduling of classes will always take precedence over Mustang Privilege. The
approval and scheduling of “Mustang Privilege” is not correlated with student parking and DOES NOT
mean a parking permit will be issued to the student. Students granted “Mustang Privilege” must be in the
building on time for homeroom/second period (AM Privilege) or leave the high school at 1:37 pm (PM
Privilege). If a student wishes to use the Media Center during AM or PM Mustang Privilege, the student
needs to follow the Media Center sign up procedure and arrive at the Media Center on time and stay the
STUDENT PARKING PERMITS....FOR SENIORS ONLY IN 2012-2013
Due to the space limitation of parking facilities, only seniors may apply for a parking permit. Information
about student parking permit sales will be distributed to next year’s seniors during the week of April 2,
Student parking at Strongsville High School is a privilege! In an effort to recognize and reward trustworthy
behavior, all applications submitted by current juniors wishing to be considered, will be screened by Mr.
Smithberger, unit administrator for the 2013 graduating class. Students may qualify for a parking permit if
they meet the following criteria:
Must be a Senior
Meet the Attendance Standards outlined in the Student Planner
Have a 2.00 GPA during the preceding semester (Junior Year)
Have no out of school suspension and/or corrective learning assignment during the preceding semester
No Incomplete grades
Students involved in Post Secondary Option (enrollment verification required)
Students Involved in Work Study Programs (enrollment verification required)
All Fees and Fines must be paid in full
The following procedures will be followed for the issuance of SHS parking permits.
1.APPLICATION PICK UP:
Current juniors wishing to be considered for a 2012-2013 parking permit must pick up an application
form from Mrs. Kovacs in the Assistant Principal’s Office during the week of April 16, 2012. All
financial obligations must be cleared before a parking permit will be issued for the next school year.
The Clerk’s signature on the application will be required as part of the application process.
Exceptions to the Senior Privilege: In some cases students may be enrolled in an educational
program offered in 2012-13 that necessitates issuance of a parking permit. Therefore, the following
groups (current sophomore or juniors) must turn in the completed application to Mrs. Kovacs by the
end of the school day on Monday, May 7, 2012.
Students enrolled in Marketing Education, Cooperative Business Education (verification
Students involved in Post-Secondary Options (verification required)
Students involved in work-study programs through Polaris Career Center (verification
Students approved for parking privileges will be notified during the week of May 14, 2012 and may purchase
their permits beginning Monday, May 21, 2012 through Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 2:30 – 3:30 in the
Assistant Principal’s Office.
When students report to purchase their permits, they must present photocopies of permanent Ohio driver’s
license, proof of liability insurance, student identification card, and a check or money order in the amount of
$78.00 made out to Strongsville High School. They should also have the make, model and license plate
number of the car(s) they will be driving.
During a special Senior Homeroom, held on January
5th, all graduating seniors were given our “Senior
Information Booklet.” It is also available on the website.
The Information Booklet contains important information
and dates for the end of the year activities. Seniors also had
the opportunity to review the spelling of their first, middle
and last name for their diplomas.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR
Josten’s was in the building January 11th and 12th to
CLASS OF 2012 AND PARENTS
take orders for caps, gowns, and stationery products. Orders
The last official day for seniors is May 31st.
may also be mailed to Jostens in Medina at the address in
Seniors may elect to take second semester
exams, however they may be exempt from finals
if the following conditions are met for second
No student will be permitted to participate in the
Commencement ceremony unless all graduation
A. They have NO corrective learning
requirements have been met and the student has ordered
assignments, suspensions or
and paid for his/her cap and gown. Additionally all students
expulsions during second semester.
must have passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test. In
B. They have earned a minimum of a
addition to obvious grade and credit requirements, this also
“C” grade (69.5%) for both the third
includes all financial and/or disciplinary obligations as
and fourth quarter for that course.
C. All fees and fines must be paid in
full by May 4, 2012.
* Graduating Seniors are responsible for
D. A student’s attendance must reflect
providing their own transportation to and from
only 6 days of absence
the Wolstein Center on the day of
(excused/unexcused) through May
If you have any concerns, please contact Ms.
Vicki Turner at 572-7115
FOR SENIORS AND PARENTS
Monday April 2nd - Friday, April 27th Order Flowers – Approved Vendors
Wednesday, May 21st Senior Awards Assembly
Friday, May 4th All Fees/Fines to be paid
Friday, May 4th Prom – CSU Wolstein Ctr.
Saturday, May 5th After Prom – Rec Ctr.
Thursday, May 24th Senior Salute
May 25th – May 30th Senior Exams and Make-up
Thursday, May 30th Athletic Awards – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 1st Mandatory Commencement Practice
Saturday, June 2nd Flower Pick-up from Vendors
Sunday, June 3rd Mandatory Arrival at CSU BY 12:00
Sunday June 3rd Commencement at CSU – 1:00 p.m.
Please refer to the Senior Information Booklet for more details
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2012
Eric Bruckner Bristee Das Caroline David
Victoria Drazdik Sara Gregg Brian Herrmann
Jaime Larsen Avery Maddox Eileen McCafferty
Alejandro Nicolette Duncan O’Leary Hannah Patten
Christian Silva Shriya Srinivasan
NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM
COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS
College Bound Juniors should register for college entrance tests this spring. Registration materials are
available in the Guidance Office. Test dates are listed below. The SHS Guidance Staff recommends
that all students take the optional Writing Portion of ACT. It is recommended or
required by many colleges.
AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT)
TEST DATE REGISTRATION
February 11, 2012 January 13, 2012
April 14, 2012 March 9, 2012
June 9, 2012 May 4, 2012
Online Registration www.actstudent.org
SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) REASONING
(AND SUBJECT TESTS)*
TEST DATE REGISTRATION
March 10, 2012 February 10, 2012
May 5, 2012 April 6, 2012
June 2, 2012 May 8, 2012
Online Registration www.collegeboard.com
(SAT & ACT has “stand-by” testing available for a considerable penalty fee.)
Highly selective schools require one to three subject tests. They may be taken at the completion of a course
regardless of student grade level. Check the guidance website for more information and the links.
2012-2013 COURSE SELECTIONS
Yes, believe it or not, it’s almost time to begin making careful selections for next year’s courses. On
February 16th, in Alpha Homeroom, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be receiving information about
next year’s course offerings. Students need to consult with teachers and parents before making course
requests. Parents seeking additional advice relative to these important decisions are urged to contact their
student’s guidance counselor. Beginning February 28th, students will be registering their course selections
on-line through their English classes. Counselors will be talking with students at that time. It is
IMPERATIVE that students and parents discuss course selections and make informed course choices,
because these selections determine the construction of next year’s Master Schedule. Thank you for your help
in getting course selection sheets completed on time.
IMPORTANT COURSE SCHEDULING UPDATE
Students will make course selections after obtaining information from counselors, having discussions with
teachers and consulting with parents. Each student will meet with counselors while selecting courses using
our on-line computer program. The first phase will immediately allow students to select classes online and
enable the guidance counselors to provide more individualized counseling to students. Parents can view and
make changes on the PASS System.
In the long-term, this module will enable parents to have an online view of course selections, attendance,
grades and class assignments. This information will be password protected. The phased in implementation
approach will provide parents, students and staff the time to identify needs and to properly design and train
students, parents, teachers and counselors on how to use the system to its fullest potential.
Our plan is to have a tentative schedule (a list of confirmed classes) for next year available to students when
they leave in June. Over the summer, we will develop the student’s final schedule based upon the need to
balance class sizes, student results on the Ohio Graduation Test and the available teaching staff. They will
receive this schedule when they return to school in August.
Students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators need to work in partnership to ensure student
progress. We appreciate your support of this ongoing effort and appreciate your feedback as it progresses.
Please contact your student’s guidance counselor at 572-7103 if you have any questions.
The post-secondary options program is available to all high school students. Through this program students
may take coursework at college while still in high school. Students can receive high school as well as college
credit for these courses. There are advantages as well as disadvantages to this program. Counselors will
hold their mandatory meetings on March 1st, Parent Conference Day, to explain this program and answer
questions. Students may NOT participate in this program without first attending these meetings with their
parents. Declarations of intent to participate in post secondary options are due to guidance by March 30th. If
your child wishes to participate in post-secondary option during the 12-13 school year, please plan on
attending one of these meetings on Conference Day. Meetings will be in the Auditorium 12:30 and 5:00 p.m.
New graduation requirements for students mean more courses are required in each subject area. If your son
or daughter fails for the SEMESTER in any of the following required courses, parents should plan on
sending their student to summer school (courses offered are on an as needed basis) or night school to make-
up the required coursework. Courses required for graduation include:
Social Studies-Modern World History/Non-Western Studies, American History, Government, Economics
Science-Physical Science, Biology
If students fail coursework, they may become ineligible to graduate in four years without making up needed
credits during summer school (mid-June through July) or night school.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING
The Strongsville High Guidance Department will again serve as an Advanced Placement Test Center.
Students who receive high scores on these extremely difficult tests may be granted course credits upon
enrollment in college. The tests will be given from May 7th – 18th. This year the cost of each test will be
$87.00, a fee that students must pay in advance. Test registration materials will be distributed in AP
classes in early March. The deadline for registering and paying for tests is early March, and can be done
through the Guidance Office. (Fee reductions are available in cases of extreme financial handicap or for
students who are on Free or Reduced Lunch.) AP tests are available for Biology, Computer Science,
Economics, English, French, German, American Government, U.S. History, Math, Physics, and Spanish.
Further questions should be directed to Mr. John Young, counselor at 572-7114.
The minimum student course load is 5 credits per year. A student must carry a minimum of 5 classes per
semester. Therefore, a student will be promoted to the…
10th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 4.0 credits
11th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 9.0 credits
12th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 14.0 credits
The above guidelines should be viewed as minimums. Usually a student will have earned more credits than
are needed for grade promotion. Some grade placements may be adjusted by administration and guidance to
insure students the opportunity to take the Ohio Graduation Tests.
DELAYED START SCHEDULE FOR OGT TESTING
March 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2012
Testing 7:20 –9:15 a.m.
1st Period 9:30-9:53 5th Period 11:47-12:35
2nd Period 9:58-10:21 6th Period 12:40-1:28
3rd Period 10:26-10:49 7th Period 1:33-1:56
4th Period 10:54-11:42 8th Period 2:01-2:25
We have traditionally honored the Top 5% of the Senior Class at the Commencement ceremony, and we will
continue to do so. This is truly an accomplishment for students to reach this pinnacle of academic success.
In an effort to recognize the high level of achievement of the Senior Class, we will be expanding our senior
recognition to include more students who are excelling at high academic levels. In addition to the Top 5%,
we will be recognizing the following distinctions in the Commencement Booklet:
Summa cum laude: The student maintains a 4.0 or higher Grade Point Average.
Magna cum laude: The student maintains a 3.85 to a 3.99 Grade Point Average.
Cum laude: The student maintains a 3.70 to a 3.84 Grade Point Average.
REQUIRED OHIO TESTING
Ohio Graduation Tests
The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is ONE state requirement for all students, including transfer students, who plan to graduate.
The Ohio legislature has established the graduation test in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science, Writing and Social
Studies. The Ohio Department of Education develops the tests, determines the criteria for passing, scores the tests, and
reports scores to each high school. Students must pass ALL five sections of the OGT to meet this graduation requirement.
The OGT will be given in the spring of the student’s sophomore year. Portions of the test in which the student is not
proficient will be retaken in the fall and spring of the junior year and again in the fall and spring of the senior year, if
The Strongsville staff will provide intervention to any student failing one or more portions of the test. This assistance may
include independent study assignments, tutoring, or placement in special assistance classes.
ALTERNATE WAY TO EARN AN OHIO DIPLOMA (Based upon current legislation)
Contained with Senate Bill 1 is a section of law that offers an alternative way to earn an Ohio diploma. If a student passes
four of the five OGT and meets all the following criteria, the student will meet the testing requirements for earning an Ohio
Be within 10 points of passing the one failed test
Has 97% attendance in each of last four school years
Has not been expelled from school in last four school years
Has a grade point average of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 in courses of test not yet passed
Has completed high school requirements
Has participated in those intervention programs offered
Has letters recommending graduation from principal and high school teachers of the courses of the test not yet
Seniors will be required to pass the Ohio Graduation Tests to receive a diploma and participate in
commencement exercises. Strongsville High School also mandates graduating seniors pass al 21 credits in
course requirements and fulfill all fee and fine obligations.
The five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test will be administered to all 10th grade students during the week
of March 12-16, 2012, beginning at 7:20 a.m. each morning. These tests are a more rigorous measure of
students’ high school achievement. The tests measure content learned through the end of 10th grade and are
aligned to the state academic content standards. These tests will include: multiple choice questions, 4-5
short answer questions (which may take several sentences to answer), and 1-2 extended response questions
(which may take one or more paragraphs to answer). Test scores are obviously very important to individual
students as well as the school district. School district results will be published in the media and on the
district’s state report card.
Approximately 620 tenth grade students will be taking the tests. In order to provide the required number of
tests sites, proctors and the best possible atmosphere for serious test taking, we will delay the start of school
for all students NOT taking the OGT Test. All 10th grade students should arrive to school and report to their
test location by 7:20 a.m. Alphabetical lists and room assignments will be posted for easy reference
throughout the building. All other students not required to complete any test, should arrive no earlier than
9:15. All testing will conclude at 9:15 and students will report to scheduled classes by 9:30. See alternative
schedule below. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast to be well prepared!
Transportation for high school students will not be changed because of the delayed start. Students not
required to test but needing transportation to school as usual, will report to the cafeteria for a quiet
supervised study hall. Student should bring work to complete and/or reading material and must remain in
this area until dismissed at 9:25. Going to McDonald’s is not an option.
We have designed the following special incentive for students to do well on the OGT.
OGT - SOPHOMORE INCENTIVE
OGT – The state mandated OGT dates: March 12-16, 2012. The Reading test will be on Monday the 12th,
Math on Tuesday the 13th, Writing on Wednesday the 14th, Science on Thursday the 15th and Social
Studies on Friday the 16th. We have completed an OGT incentive plan. 10th grade students may be
exempt from one or more final exams in June of their sophomore year under the following guidelines.
This is a one-time exemption for 2nd semester finals in the sophomore year.
1. Students must be passing both the 3rd and 4th quarter grading periods.
2. Students in Basic classes must score proficient in that subject area of the OGT.
3. Students in Regular, Honors or AP classes must score accelerated/advanced in that
subject area of the OGT.
4. Students in English classes must score at the appropriate level in both the Reading
and Writing portions of the OGT.
5. If any student passes all five of the OGT exams at the accelerated/advanced level,
he/she may waive all finals. This includes all electives such as Art, Music, etc.
(Students in Basic classes may be exempt at the proficient level)
6. Students still have the option of taking any or all-final exams.
7. Some 10th grade students are in classes that are beyond the testing scope and
objectives of the OGT. If these students are eligible to waive finals, they may opt out
of all finals except in those classes that have no objectives tested on the OGT. These
include students in Algebra II and Trigonometry. Pre-calculus and AP Statistics and
their Honors levels. AP History students must have taken the National AP exam to
opt out of the AP final.
1. Semester grades will be calculated 40%, 40%, 20% for all students taking finals.
2. Semester grades will be calculated 50%, 50% for all students not taking finals.
In case the State of Ohio does not supply results/data for this test in a timely manner, this waiver is
null and void.
Please discuss this information thoroughly and make any necessary arrangements for a successful testing
week. It is imperative that all parents require their child to be on time and present at school during the
scheduled exam times the week of March 12-16. Thank you for your assistance and support.
Schedule for OGT Week:
Testing Period 7:20-9:15
Period 1 9:30-9:53
Period 2 9:58-10:21
Period 3 10:26-10:49
Period 4 10:54-11:42
Period 5 11:47-12:35
Period 6 12:40-1:28
Period 7 1:33-1:56
Period 8 2:01-2:25
POLARIS STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2012-2013
The 2012-2013 Polaris high school enrollment process is off to a quick start. However, Polaris is still
accepting applications for next school year. Interested students are advised to enroll now as many
programs fill up quickly.
Applications must be submitted online at www.polaris.edu. Interested students may visit the Polaris Web
site at www.polaris.edu for additional information. Discover Polaris!
Career Tech Thursdays Give Prospective Students In-Depth
Look at Polaris Programs
Each winter, Polaris sponsors Career Tech Thursdays for sophomores who are interested in a Polaris
program but need more exposure to that program to help them make an informed decision. Students
participating in a Career Tech Thursday may choose to spend a half day in the program or programs (a
maximum of two) of their choice.
During each visit, students will participate in structured activities to gain a more through
understanding of that program. This “hands-on” approach helps students select the program
that is the best fit for them.
All visits take place from 7:50 to 10:50 a.m. The following is a list of upcoming Career Tech
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 1, 8, 22
April – TBD
All Career Tech Thursday visits should be scheduled through the High School Guidance Office in
coordination with the Polaris Enrollment Office. All requests should be made no later than the Friday
before the scheduled visit. Contact Cindy Crisler, Polaris Enrollment Counselor, at (440) 891-7732 for
Polaris Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations
Polaris Career Center is currently seeking nominations for its Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding
former students who have achieved career success and had a positive impact on the community. In addition,
it honors business and community representatives who have given their time, knowledge, and expertise to
help improve programs and make Polaris the great place it is today.
The nomination deadline is Friday, February 24, 2012. Nominations can be submitted via the Polaris Web
site at www.polaris.edu. In addition, nomination forms can also be printed off of the Web site, completed,
and faxed to the attention of Doug Miller at (440) 891-7642 or e-mailed to email@example.com. The official
induction ceremony will take place in the spring. For additional information, call (440) 891-7609.
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The LearningExpress Library is available to all Ohio residents through the state’s public libraries, K-12 schools, colleges, universities,
and community colleges, and adult education centers.
All citizens of Ohio are free to take any test once they have established an account.
This pilot project is funded by the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), with an additional Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to Libraries Connect Ohio, a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio, OPLIN, OhioLINK, and INFOhio.
Ohionet is also a partner on the project.
For more information, contact the Strongsville High School Media Center at 440.268-5515
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Sarah Tuckowski Jennifer Lash MERIT ROLL Adam Kerr
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Ross Vasko Christopher Leight Ziad Allan Patrick King
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Hannah Weisbarth Jacob Lockhart Riya Amin Heather Klein
Anna Wiese Hallie Mach Mallory Arthur Vitaliy Kolb
Victoria Wojton Courtney Maddocks Liyana Asmar Jordan Kosar
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Kelly Mencini Rachel Chen Katie Palko Brandon Godinsky
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Victoria Morris Alyssa Church Cameron Perisutti Kayla Green
Demari Muff Elizabeth Clifford Madison Phillips Jacob Gregg
Matthew Mullally Michael Diemert Molly Potoczak Aimee Haluska
Michael Myers Kevin Dorocak Lauren Rebholz Joseph Hattery
Haya Nofal Christopher Dular Kaitlin Rizk Kelly Hayes
Sima Omercic Elizabeth Ehrnfelt Nicole Roberge Keri Hill
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Benjamin Pasenow Hannah Evola Zachary Schmidt Justin Hocevar
Ashka Patel Lydia Fawzy Ariel Schrage Brandon Horsham
Sunny Patel Andrea Fowler Shivani Shah Stephen Hruby
Dylan Phillips Ryan Frank Zachary Sluzala Morgan James
Austin Previt Sarah Gabay Mathangi Sridharan Michael Jones
Matthew Psellas Alyssa Gibson Matthew Stauder Natalie Korlatowych
Lena Qasem Katelyn Gonczy Kyle Stewart Matthew Kubulins
Carlton Reinhart Caroline Granger Nicholas Stewart Tony Machnik
Michael Rizzo Blake Green Hashim Syed Trevor Mancuso
Kirk Salvage Nicolette Griesinger Karen Tan Spencer Martineau
Ian Satterwaite Dean Hayes Callen Therrien Jeremy Meyerson
Kara Schirripa Joseph Herold Alyssa Trojan Haley Mikula
Taylor Schneider Amanda Herrera Meredith Uhlir Thomas Murach
Anthony Sebok Jon Hickman Emma Valentin Hannah Noser
Tony Shamatta Carson Hinckley Austin Wilson Daniel O'Brien
Husna Shariff Eric Huber Rebecca Wojton Kevin O'Neill
Melissa Shoff Claire Jackman Michael Yanetta Joseph Otcasek
Jayson Smith Elizabeth Jackson Kaitlyn Yatson Thomas Papish
Nicholas Smith Madison Jupina Sora Yu Riyaz Patel
Abigail Stadalsky Ameera Khan Alina Zaremba Heather Patterson
Eric Steciw Sean Klemme Elias Zarzour Marisa Pawlowski
Michael Stehlik Melissa Kling Zoe Zwolenik Alyssa Pejic
Matthew Stephano Hayley Klosowski Margaret Pinkevitch
Benjamin Szymczak Sara Klypchak HONOR ROLL Stephen Potter
James Thacker Hanna Knauss Vibha Alangar Abbigail Reno
Katie Thomas Thomas Krokey Bradley Anderson Marissa Rinas
Timothy Tipton Anubhuti Kumar Sarah Atoulikian Austin Robinson
Sarah Torok Andrea Larsen Stephen Barnes Bernadette Rowe
Carly VanCucha Jennifer Lawhead Sarah Baskey Anthony Rudnick
Jenna Vonderau Grace Lee Jacob Belz Heather Schmitt
Derek Wedel Zoe Legato Evan Bluemel Hannah Schnaterbeck
Jacob Wetherill Sean Lincoln Courtney Brewster Matthew Schroth
Melissa Wilson Alissa Lisi Madeleine Butcher Jordan Sedivy
Sarah Yacobian Katarina Liska Zachary Cales Stefani Shamrowicz
Andrey Yevtushenko Paige Mackulin Ann Chrysler Dylan Smith
Kenneth Young Hannah Maxwell Bren Chua Rebekah Soos
Hannah Zablotney Natalie Maxwell Adam Covey Warren Spragg
Kristen Zeszut John Mazzeo Alexandru Croitoru Charis Szabo
John McNelis Isabella Cromleigh Justin Thai
GRADE 10 Nicholas Mendenhall Gabriella D'Abato Alexis Thomas
PRINCIPAL’S ROLL Mackenzie Mihalik Gwen D'Amico Kelly Trimper
Samer Abusway Nathalie Milbrandt Mary-Catherine Dixon Vrinda Trivedi
Megan Allen Lauren Miller Brandon Donelan Sarah Vapenik
Salman Arif Kevin Monahan Nathan Doty William Venter
Chiara Banez Patrick Monnius Lindsay Dunbar Elizabeth Vidoli
Nathan Bianco Patrick Moran Jacqueline Fabec Heather Wade
Katarina Bischof Concetta Morino Brady Fine Matthew Williams
Kelsey Bittinger Andrea Mott Nicole Fogwell Kallie Wilson
Kara Zeszut Hannah Kovach Niki Taylor Kathryn Hartig
Amanda Kubick Jonathan Telep Nora Hassan
MERIT ROLL Leslie Laneve Prasad Thakkar Jack Hentosh
Andrijana Akovic Nicole LaPerna Jacob Thomas Julie Hild
Alexis Albro Jordyn Lappin Maria Treudler Rachel Hinton
Samantha Andress Michael Laufik Emily Trihas Kaylee Hopkins
Daniel Andrews Ellen Lavelle Lien Vannuyen Samantha Hudson
Michelle Arendas Sara Leahy Amanda Vennetti Paige Ingram
Brandon Bailey Taylor LeHoty Paul Warren Andjela Jevtic
Brett Baker Jeremy Lemon Molly Washko Daniel Kerr
Robert Begley Michael Lemon Michelle Watson Gabryelle Konn
Brent Biernacki Zachary Lombardo Jordan Weideling Justin Kwiecien
Yana Bobyk Kendal Lyon Luke Wellman Reese Laurell
Merideth Boehnlein Aaron Mains Alyssa Wienclaw JangBok Lee
Tyler Borges Samantha Mallin Alex Wilson Amanda Lindamood
Alex Boyd Samantha Mansour Helena Wilson Andrew Makovec
Angela Brendza Christopher Marflak Madeline Winget Colin McKinley
Amber Brihan Julia McGregor Jesse Wynn Madelyn McMillen
Bradley Campbell Kelly Michaels Ryan Yee Jeffrey Miles
Kelly Church Emma Middeldorf Sarah Young Hannah Moretti
Craig Cochran Adam Moore Leanne Zappia Justin Nadzan
David Cola Bryan Moore Zack Zatezalo Cassandra Nemeth
Michael Congeni Aaron Musser Katie Oldenburg
Heather Cormier Kelly Novak GRADE 9 Kate O'Malley
Jack Cortelezzi Madeline Novak PRINCIPAL’S ROLL Julia Oppedisano
Blake Cortright Cassidy O'Boyle Kevin Allen Carter Ostrowski
Samuel D'Amico Samantha Ortenzi Noelle Armitage Mary Owen
Nicholas DeLisio Emily Osburn Emmanuel Bagirov Shaheen Pahldad
Kayla Dicks Miranda Peck Kylen Bailey Mary Papandreas
Luigi DiRienzo Adriana Perta Robert Berardi Riddhi Patel
Andrew Donnellan Mary Peters Anna Brantley Shyla Patton
Alyssa Dreiman Marcus Phelps Grant Brighter Shane Platt
Arica Fiorini Rachel Pogozelski Matthew Bringman Haley Pobari
Laurel Foell Aimee Pohan Madison Brown Zachary Prebel
Allison Fox Elizabeth Pohan Elisabeth Bruckner Lindsey Pritchard
Jessica Frost Violetta Praslova Mason Chapello Sarah Puntel
Kaitlin Gairing Fadi Rabadi Samuel Chuna Samantha Ramsay
Kayla Georgio Rebecca Reed Emily Clapper Andrew Rebholz
Bridget Gibbons Kevin Rowan Kelly Claridge Celine Rivera
Ariana Gonzales Rachel Rudolph Amanda Coon Amber Rodriguez
Abigayle Gootee Jordan Ryan Jason Cosma Dominick Rongone
Dana Gore Laila Said Sarah DeGirolamo Calisher Rosenwasser
Trevor Gorfido Noor Samman Brooke Delventhal Adrienne Ross
Tyler Gorfido Mikayla Scherry Haleah DeMio Alex Ruch
Emily Greywacz Mason Schoch Ellen DeWitt Andrew Rygalski
Samantha Hartman Brianna Schultz Timothy Doyle Rachel Schirripa
Nicole Heina Austin Simpson Catalin Dragomirescu Christopher Schomisch
Zachary Henkels Ian Simpson Horia Dragomirescu Jonathan Sedlak
Derek Hesse Karissa Smith Poornarchita Dwarakanath Drew Shepherd
Kyle Hocevar Shannon Smith Brian Eliason Samuel Sherman
Timothy Jett Yanu Sou Adam Eyerman Mitchell Shimko
Alexis Johnston Carli Stefanik Lauren Fechtel Hannah Singerline
Emily Jones Alexandra Stelnicki Lindsey Fechtel Rebecca Slavik
Jenna Jordan Marianna Stepanov Jeremy Foust Ashlynn Snyder
Tyler Kaszian Courtney Stephan Alexandrea Futo Taylor Spaulding
Mackenzie Keith Matthew Stephan Nicole Gaydos Taylor Stroemple
Ryan Kerr Jack Stone Jeffrey Geiss Caleb Thomas
Jessamine Klefman Amy Strawser Jada Gerz Sara Tilisky
Amanda Kluck Kyle Suts Marissa Hamm Venkat Tondapu
Nicholas Koprowski Edward Talpas Emily Harker Peter Trepke
Maria Vargo Hannah Mott Victoria Brandt Dean Miller
Chiron Wey Martin Munshower Theresa Buzzelli Nicholas Miller
Katelyn Wisniewski Joseph Noble Ashley Byrge Stuart Miller
Olivia Worthington Kaitlyn Nolan Kiera Byrne Melanie Minut
Zachary Zoloty Rachel Nordbusch Briana Calloway Kathleen Moser
Ryan Overton Christopher Carr Samantha Mraz
HONOR ROLL Sarah Perron Jasmyne Curry Chad Mroczka
Joseph Amato Michael Pichette Matteo DaDante Adam Muntaser
Brooke Anderson Austin Platt Garrett Daugherty Bruce Naylor
Abhishek Bhatt William Poffenberger Alexandria Derkacs Grant O'Bryon
Jacob Bokar Grant Powers Samantha DeTullio Trenton Ohmer
Amanda Budzick Alexandra Previt Thomas Donato Nathan Olee
Alyssa Cavett Megan Rahm Patrick Drennan Kathryn O'Rourke
Noebe Caychingco Matthew Redinger Elizabeth Duke Robert Orszycki
Joseph Chandler Morgan Reik Dominic Estremera Michael Painter
Erin Chips Kai Richards Cameron Ferguson McKenzie Palmer
Alyce Clayton Brandon Roberts Andrea Fischer Anna Panzero
Bobby Cole Jasmine Rodriguez Dana Fowler Stephanie Paoli
Angelica Corrado Dimitri Rousos Erin Franczak Jeffrey Pearce-Nims
Griffin Crossmock Imad Salti Rachel Frawley Kyle Prijatel
James Cubberley Leah Satterwaite Erin Friedmann Roger Puzzitiello
Lucy Cummins Caricia Scheeff Daniel Frigeri Emily Ragland
Timothy David Roman Sembay Samantha Girardi Halle Raymond
James Diaz Andrew Semelsberger Jasmine Godoy James Reese
Vincent Dindia Allison Semmelroth Ana-Cristina Gonzalez Quienton Reid
James Ellis Noah Sheppard Julia Grady Isaac Reyes
Mamdouh El-Mahdy Marissa Shinners Devin Halladay Lauren Ridgeway
David Erdelac Emily Sindyla Aaron Hartke Johnathan Risner
Adam Fader Francis Skupnik Gregory Heiser Drew Robertson
Ronnie Farah Alden Smith Camryn Hill Katherine Robinson
Moira Fraser Clement Smith Allison Hinton Hannah Sartschev
Asia Frazier Phillip Spronz Emily Hodges Jacob Schneider
Richard Fulkerson Danielle Stewart Matthew Hurley Aleah Siry
Laura Gabay Blake Strozyk Meredith Jones Aleina Soueidi
Gregory Gershkowitz Paige Thompson Bryan Kapsar Dana Specht
Sarah Gorges Kaitlyn Trimper Devon Kelley Katherine Stone
Nicholas Gyurky Mackenzie Tymoszczuk Alyssa King Jahnahn Taghiani
Hayley Hammerstrom Jared Unger Emma Klippel Julia Thacker
Alexandra Hovanec Joshua Vago Sarah Kostalnick Kaitlyn Tingler
Cassandra Hovanec Nicole Veselits Devin Kovach Karla Toth
Darian Hugo Kenneth Whitlock Caitlin Kraker Alexander Uhas
Zachary Johnson Julia Wright Kayla Kren Ali Usmani
Matthew Kahle Kerri Yarber Adam Kruczek Alyssa Vaccariello
Maxx Kalal Gabriel Zarzour Elias Lahham Kayla Vasquez
Jordan Karpinsky Adam Zibert Christopher Lake Brenda Vazquez
Kaylie Kirkwood Casey Lally Robert Wauschek
Patrick Kovachick MERIT ROLL Erinn Lampert Alexandra Wiemken
Katherine Kurnick Christopher Abraham Miranda Lemmer Spencer Wiese
Kelly Lamb Justin Abston Mark Lipovits Adrianna Williams
Rachel Lawler Stephanie Anderson Shannon Lloyd Nicole Wilson
Lauren Licursi Alexander Barnes Kelly Maguire Sarah Winrod
Alycia Link Alexander Barth Connor Martin Judith Winter
Zachary Matuszak Cheyenne Baum Olivia Matuch Devon Wolfe
David Mayell Jacob Berry Nathan Mazzone Austin Wright
Madeline McKinley Declan Bialowas Michael McCafferty Yaroslav Yavorski
Emma Medrano Mark Bischof Kevin McDonald Issraa Zein
Matthew Mendenhall Madeline Blankenship Michael McMillan
Sean Moore Isabel Bourquin Danielle Miller
The Math Club has had a great start, with guest speakers including Dr. Ed Meyer showing students how
mathematics is used in risk management and financial markets and SHS graduate, Pam Castricone, who
gave an overview of her career as an actuary. The officers of Math Club created and ran a Math Scavenger
Hunt for the December meeting. The club has been sponsoring the Ohio Math League since October. Team
scoring leaders are Teddy Reehorst , Jon Nelson and Jeff Ding. The officers this year are: President: Jeff
Ding, Vice President: Shriya Shrinavasan, Secretary: Eric Bruckner, and Treasurer: Chris Silva. Our next
meeting is scheduled for February 15 in room 616 after school. Please see Mr. Dillon, Mrs. Lamberty or Mrs.
V. White if you have questions.
On February 7, the Math Club will sponsor the American Math Contest 12. Students must be in Math Club
and have participated in the Ohio Math League to take part in this national scholarship test. Top scorers
get to take the prestigious American Invitational Math Exam.
On February 25, students have the chance to partake in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Statewide math contest. Scholarships are available, as well as the chance to take the Ohio Invitational Math
Olympiad. Students must register on their own for this contest by going to ohioctm.org and going to the
Contests page. Contact Mr. Dillon for details.
The Ohio Math League is a series of 6 monthly contests sponsored. The next contest is February 14, then
March 15 in room 614 at 2:35 to 3:05.
Mu Alpha Theta is getting ready to select students for membership in our branch of this National Math
Honorary. If your student feels he/she qualifies and has not heard any information, that student should see
Mr. Dillon or Mrs. V. White in the Math Office. Juniors must have a 3.8 Math GPA, and seniors a 3.7 Math
GPA to qualify. This year’s officers are President Eric Bruckner and executive committee Bristee Das, Alice
Lee, and Shriya Srinavasan.
Alyssa Hoslar has been chosen as one of six high school teachers from across the United States to be a
facilitator for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics summer institute on centering mathematics
instruction on reasoning, sense making and the new Common Core standards for Mathematics.
Fred Dillon has had several articles published in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, co-authored
with Dr. Erik Tillema from IUPUI. Fred has also been selected to read grant proposals for the National
Science Foundation and with the selection committee for the Knowles Foundation Scholarship awards in
This spring English 9 and 10 teachers Josh Sorge, Meghann Redd, Kelly Smalley, Kelly Rose, Lyssa
Stonitsch, Mandi Williams, Kim Craigs and Chris Crawford are hosting week-long theater residencies with
Great Lakes Theater Festival. After reading “Othello”, “Julius Caesar” or “Romeo and Juliet”, students will
perform the play under the direction of professional actors. In October, Linda Lackey and Heather Keirn-
Swanson’s English 11 students participated in a similar program after reading Arthur Miller’s “The
Crucible”. This is Strongsville’s 17th year of participation in the Great Lakes Theater Festival residency
FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOTES
The Foreign Language Department is happy to welcome Mrs. Maria Schleich to our team this year. Senora
Schleich comes to us from Albion and Center Middle Schools, where she taught Spanish and French. This
year, Senora Schleich is teaching Spanish II. We are excited to have her join us this year!
Mrs. Kelli Izzo, Mrs. Luci Jordan and 17 French students had an outstanding time on their June trip to
Paris, the Riviera, and Rome. While overseas, the students visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles,
the beaches of Nice, the Colusseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the ruins of Pompei. What an amazing
experience! Again and again, the Strongsville students were complimented on their outstanding attitudes
and behavior. They were truly outstanding examples of our community.
Miss Vicki Kellar and Mrs. Sara Sebring led 20 Spanish students this summer overseas to explore Spain.
The group had the opportunity to see many famous mosques, cathedrals, and even a flamenco show. It was
an outstanding opportunity for the students to put their Spanish skills to use in a real world setting and an
unforgettable trip for everyone!
The physics students welcomed John Agostinelli (University of Toledo) to the physics lab during 1st
semester. He introduced the students to the various fields of engineering. Physics students also made
mousetrap powered cars.
Forensic students studied decomposition rates with a chicken carcass, analyzed blood spatter patterns
and determined age, race and gender based on skeletal remains.
Some CPE Science students created element advertisements and researched elements necessary for life.
Chemistry students made crystal holiday ornaments as one of the labs they participated in this year.
Biology II used classic conditioning to train their classroom animals to respond in a certain way to a
Some Biology students created self-sustaining ecosystems and vertebrate/invertebrate collections.
Anatomy students finished the quarter by dissecting fetal pigs.
Biotech students created a living machine which, after 5 months, is still a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Environmental Science students performed water quality studies of community streams using chemical
test kits and bio-analysis of pollution-sensitive organism counts!
MARKETING EDUCATION &
DECA, an Association for Marketing Students
Welcome to Marketing Education! This course will prepare you for a career in marketing or business.
Students are required to participate in all aspects of the Marketing Education Program. The mission and
philosophy of Marketing Education is…
· To develop competent works for the major occupational areas of marketing, management, and
· To broaden the scope of career technical education through classroom instruction, on-the-job
training, DECA activities, and employability skills.
· To instill in our students the social and civic responsibilities that accompanies their right to engage
in business in our free enterprise system.
· Prepare students for further education, at junior colleges and universities in the marketing and
DECA prepares the next generation to be: academically prepared, community oriented, professionally
responsible, and experienced leaders. We pride ourselves on innovation, integrity, and teamwork.
We are looking forward to District Competition January 31st and State Competition March 16 and 17th in
Columbus, Ohio. Continue checking our class website for updated information.
Recruitment for next year’s junior DECA class will begin in February and applications can be picked up in
the guidance office.
The Strohigan staff of Strongsville High School has had a very busy first semester. As in past years,
the staff started the school year with their typical business agenda. The staff began the planning of the
upcoming school year’s annual yearbook and had a successful blood drive battle with Brunswick for winning
the 3rd year in a row and earning $4500 in scholarship money. The yearbook staff’s 2nd blood drive will be
February 21, 2012.
The 2011-2012 Strohigan Editors are: Jordan Ferree and Katie Tippy Co-Editors-in-Chief, Nina Vinci
Yearbook purchases can be made online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or by calling 1.866.282.1516.
Order forms are also available in the main office or on the yearbook website. All books will be shipped from
the Josten’s plant to each purchasers home. There are many add-ons offered that can make the book a bit
more special for each student. Please take the time, if you haven’t already done so, to look at the website
and purchase this year’s book. The last day for ordering this edition is 15 May 2012.
In May, the Yearbook will be hosting a new and improved version of an old favorite; Mr. Mustang. The
competition will be held on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.
Also, the deadline for senior pictures for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Strohigan is 23 February
2012. Pictures must be taken at a Woodard Photography Studio for inclusion. This is a FREE picture
sitting and takes approximately 10 minutes. Please call any of their 7 locations today so you will not be left
out of the yearbook
Any questions regarding the yearbook can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling SHS and leaving a voicemail at 440.268.5630
Club Picture Day February 7, 2012
Yearbook Blood Drive February 21, 2012
Deadline for Senior Pictures in the Yearbook February23, 2012
Mr. Mustang Competition May 16, 2012
The Social Studies Department is proud to announce that for the second year, SHS participated in the
American Legion’s Americanism and Government Test. This was administered as a pilot to students in Mrs.
Papish’s AP Government classes and Mr. Tumino’s senior-level social studies. In addition, for the first
time, students in Mr. Cicerchi and Mrs. Jordan’s Honors U.S. History classes participated. Six students
were awarded U.S. Savings Bonds from the Berea Unit 91. They were seniors Taarika Hegde and Luis
Herrera, juniors Bradley Hajden and Victoria Wojton, and sophomores Elizabeth Clifford and Kevin
Dorocak. Five of their scores were high enough to move on to the district level. Congratulations to these
The Psychology classes had several real-life experiences this semester. Dr. Cecil Brennan, Professor of
Allied Studies at John Carroll University, spoke to the class in November regarding clinical psychology and
Mr. Nic Maier, school psychologist, spoke about psychological testing. Law Enforcement Officer, Kevin
Piazza, again returned to SHS to address the government students from Mr. Cook’s, Mrs. Papish’s, and
Mrs. Tollis’ classes about aspects of Ohio law.
The Honorable Judge Mark A. Comstock again returned to Strongsville High School to conduct court.
As part of a junior-level in school assembly, students were able to watch real court proceedings with real
cases pending before the Berea Municipal Court. After the proceedings, Judge Comstock and Clerk of
Courts and SHS Alumnus, Raymond J. Wohl, answered student questions.
The Honors Psychology class had a rare opportunity. In November, along with their instructor Mr. Tumino
and Guidance Counselor and former Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. Barnes, they got a behind scenes tour of
the Center for the History of Psychology. After a tour of the main gallery, Ms. Dorothy Gruich guided
students through the collection of rare books, documents, artifacts, and other primary source materials.
Students got to hold an early copy of the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin and a copy of Thomas Hobbes’
Leviathan. Students got to see many of the artifacts from the experiments that they learned about in their
classes, including Phillip Zimardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, Stanley Milgrim’s “Shock Box”, B.F.
Skinner’s “Skinner’s Box”, Harry Harlow’s Monkeys and many others.
The Social Studies Department made several curriculum changes for this school year and is planning some
for next year. The old “Global Studies” class was reconfigured this year into two separate semester courses.
One semester focused on European History while the other semester was called Non-Western Studies. This
course took a thematic look at various regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East,
and Oceania. The majors themes covered within each unit included geography, politics, economics, and
culture. Additionally, each of these two semester courses ended with a “Capstone” Project that involved
research and an oral presentation. This will reinforce the skills the students are learning in their
English/Language Arts classes and are being required as part of the Common Core Standards the State of
Ohio has adopted.
Next school year, the department will be revamping the Business Law course and adding some additional
units to it. The new name of this revised course will be Practical Law. The goal of this semester course is
to improve students’ understanding of the fundamental principles and values underlying the legal system in
the United States. The course is designed to provide a practical explanation of the basic areas of law,
including business law, criminal law, consumer law, family law, torts and civil liberties. Upon completion of
the course, students will have an improved understanding of the roles that law, lawyers, law enforcement
officers, and the justice system play in our democracy.
The Social Studies Department would like to congratulate Mr. George B. Pana on his retirement from
teaching effective at the end of the 1st semester. Mr. Pana plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Christian
Leadership. He spent over 35 years in education, with thirty of those being spent at SHS. Among the course
he taught were U.S. History, World History, American Government, International Relations, and AP US
History. In addition, Mr. Pana served as a track and football coach at various levels. We wish him well.
Finally, we would like to enthusiastically welcome back recent retiree Mrs. Debbie Wakefield back to SHS.
She has agreed to return to the department to replace Mr. Pana for the second semester.
The Art department has been busy getting work ready for a number of art shows. The Scholastics Art Show
was held earlier this year and the following students placed. Matthew Schroth – Printmaking –Gold Key;
Alicia Weniger, Emliy Specht, Samantha McLaughlin and Allison Vassanelli. The Strongsville Chapter of
the National Art Honor Society went to Crystal Waters on Saturday, January 14th and taught acrylic
painting to the residents.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Music Department at SHS has been very busy so far this year!
The Marching Mustangs had another successful season entertaining the thousands of people at our football
games, outdoor events and the Parma Band Spectacular. Our Orchestras did a fantastic job with the
Elementary Preview and October Pot Luck Concerts. The following students also made the OMEA All State
Orchestra Katherine Chen, violin; Karen Tan, violin; Patrick Monius, viola. The Choral department
entertained at local events and city gatherings, and performed the national anthem at Cleveland Browns
Stadium. All of our groups celebrated the holidays with their three holiday concerts and the school assembly
before the holiday break. The pep band has been performing at all the home boys’ basketball games, a
hockey game and participated at the opening of the new Strongsville Chick Fil A.
The SHS Choral Department has completed a fantastic first half of the school year!
All groups have presented outstanding concerts beginning with our Kids in the Ville Singing Camp; Meet
the Choirs, Fall Choral Concert, and our Holiday Extravaganza/Assemblies.
The Mustang Express has been very busy representing SHS at the Westlake, Medina and Brush Showchoir
Invitationals. They have performed for the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheons to the
delight of all in attendance. The “Bootiful Showcase of Showchoirs” was a huge hit again many thanks to
Mrs. D’Amico and Mrs. Wells for all their help!
Mustang Express will be competing with all the top showchoirs in Ohio at Cuyahoga Falls, Twinsburg and
Solon in the near future. We wish them the very best of luck!
Cantorum has been just as busy with many local and civic events during the year. On December 4th,
Cantorum had the huge honor of singing the National Anthem at the Cleveland Browns game. A big thanks
to Mr. Foust for arranging this event! They along with Women’s Chorale had a fabulous Choral Workshop
with faculty members from B.G.S.U. at Bay Village High School. They are currently preparing for O.M.E.A.
contests on January 28th and March 9&10th.
The entire Choral Department will be traveling to NYC April 18th-22nd! They will be competing, singing in a
beautiful cathedral and seeing Broadway musicals! Our former SHS grad Corey Mach is on Broadway in the
musical “Godspell”. We can’t wait to see him!
SHS preliminary judging for the coveted SHS Teen Idol will be Saturday February 4th – noon till 4 p.m.
SHS Teen Idol will be Saturday March 24th at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now for a great show!
A huge thank you to the SHS Choral Boosters for all the help and support! We appreciate it!
The local SADD chapter of Strongsville High School has been busy. Like past years, we started the school
year with our typical business agenda to attend to, the planning of upcoming events and a social calendar
that is now underway. To start the year off, SADD took on the task of making sure Homecoming would be a
safe, fun-filled event. We once again made our anti-drunk driving campaign with posters and
announcements to increase awareness. Next on the agenda was Red Ribbon Week. Posters, red ribbons, and
wristbands filled the hallways, delivering the friendly message; “Drug free is the way to be”. During the
month of December, SADD constructed and strung up the ‘Chain of Life’, which was made up with a link
from each student. This symbolized that one person’s destructive decision could result in a break in the
chain. In the months to come we will be preparing for fundraisers, our anti-smoking month, the Spring
Fling dance, and our annual Prom festivities. SADD will continue to do everything in their power to keep
the inner walls at Strongsville positive, safe, and drug free.
Key Club is the oldest and largest service organization for high school students. It is a self-governing
organization that elects its own officers, determines its own service activities and establishes its own dues
structure while teaching leadership through service to others. As members of the Kiwanis International
family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.
At Strongsville High School, Key Club members participate in a wide variety of service projects throughout
the school and community. Annual service projects include helping out with the Harvest Festival at the
Historical Society, participating in the Halloween Hullabaloo at the Metro Parks Chalet, and Breakfast with
Santa and the Easter Bunny at the Recreation Center.
These examples are only a small portion of what Key Club hopes to accomplish throughout the year.
Members are required to attend at least three meetings a year, complete 25 hours of community service, and
participate in at least one service project with our club. Officers are elected in the spring to serve for the
next year and plan all the club’s activities. Officers have the opportunity to engage in many district and
divisional events with the Ohio District of Key Club International. New members are always welcome, and
should see the website for membership materials. Become a part of an international organization. Join Key
SHS PTA NEWS
Please support PTA by becoming a member!
Sign up to receive information via email regarding PTA sponsored events!
PTA extends our thanks to the parents and staff who have supported the efforts of SHS PTA
throughout the first semester.
The PTA sponsored After Prom Committee is working to present another outstanding event on May
4th-5th. Contact Carla Hoopingarner 238-9314 or Debbie Krywyj 572-3055 if you are interested in
helping out. There is a volunteer meeting in early March at the high school. Volunteers are
urgently needed to help out with the decorations for After Prom. Please contact Barb
Budzick (440)212-1347 or email@example.com. Come one, come all!
Thank you to the many parents and students who have volunteered their time and efforts to support
our fundraisers during the first semester: Open House, Conference and student Bake Sales,
Student Parking spot raffle, 50/50 raffle (Varsity Boys Basketball Games), Final Score Jackets, Gift
Wrapping at the Mall, Marco’s Pizza Day, and Holiday Cookie Trays for the staff.
SHS PTA meetings are held at SHS and are scheduled as follows for the remainder of the year:
Thursday, February 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 8th at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 19th at 9:30a.m.
Thursday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. at J Bellas. This is our Installation Luncheon.
Attention Parents of High School Seniors
Each year PTA awards scholarships. Many units require that parents are PTA members. Please make sure
you are a member of a PTA unit. Contact Barb Handloser at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you are a
member of SHS PTA. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to a fun
filled 2nd semester. Thank you for your continued support!
SCHOLASTIC SPONSORS ASSOCIATION
Strongsville City Schools is now a part of Scholastic Sponsors Association! This NO-COST program
generates cash for our district by placing small, school-approved ads on our website. Every “click” counts, so
be sure to check out our family-friendly sponsors and take advantage of their special offers and
coupons. CASH FOR YOUR SCHOOL + SAVINGS FOR YOU! See more at
STRONGSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PTA
MEMBERSHIP FORM 2011-2012
Parents Name(s): _____________________________________________ SHS Staff: yes
Address: _____________________________________________________ Zip Code: 44136 44149
CIRCLE YOUR ZIP CODE
Home Mom – Work &/or cell Dad – Work &/or cell
Only those parents providing an e-mail address will receive monthly SHS and PTA information.
PARENTS OF SENIORS MUST BE MEMBERS BY JANUARY 31, 2012
IN ORDER FOR YOUR CHILD TO QUALIFY FOR PTA SCHOLARSHIPS!
Name of Student(s) Grade
1. __________________________/_____________ If your child is a SENIOR, check the schools attended:
2. __________________________/_____________ Albion Center Allen Chapman Drake Kinsner
3. __________________________/_____________ Muraski Surrarrer Whitney Zellers St. Joseph/John
MEMBERSHIPS: INDIVIDUAL ($5.00) FAMILY ($10.00) ALUMNI ($5.00)
Make checks payable to: SHS PTA
MAIL TO: Strongsville High School PTA Membership
c/o 9757 Woodhurst Drive, Strongsville, OH 44149
**Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for your membership card(s)**
Questions?? Contact: Monica Lash 440-234-8923 Cell Phone: 440-227-5744
For PTA USE ONLY
Cash $ Check# Amount $ Date Received: Card(s) yes no
______ Spring conference day - Thur., March 1st 2012 send in baked goods or help at the PTA table
______ Help sell 50/50 raffle tickets at home varsity basketball games
______ Help sell Parking raffle tickets, during lunch hours, for PTA parking spot (once each quarter)
_______ Send in salad/baked goods for Staff Appreciation Day in May 2012
_______ Assist with set-up/clean-up for Staff Appreciation Day in May 2012
_______ After-Prom – Friday, May 4, 2012 - Be on a committee or be a chairperson (open to all grade level parents)
_______ AS NEEDED: Please indicate any interests or areas of expertise you have:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Dear Parents and Friends of Strongsville High School:
Plans for Strongsville High School PTA’s 2012 After Prom “A Night at the High Seas“are well under way!
Approximately 650 students attended last year’s After Prom. Once again, all Strongsville High School juniors and
seniors are invited to attend After Prom as a safe, alcohol and drug-free activity. Students do not need to attend Prom or
have a date to attend After Prom; however they may bring a guest to After Prom. Tickets will be on sale for $15.00 a
person, advance sale only, the week before Prom (April 23-27) in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. This year’s After
Prom will be held at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Complex from midnight Friday, May 5, 2012 until 4:00 a.m. Saturday,
Your participation is an integral part of making After Prom a success. It takes the help of many parents to
ensure the success of an event of this size and scope. Parent volunteers are needed to work the night of After Prom, as
well as to assist in the preparatory work leading up to the After Prom Party. We hope you will volunteer your services in
some way! Without parental involvement, there is no After Prom Party! A parent volunteer meeting will be held in
March; additional information will be forthcoming. Please check the high school PTA website along with local cable
television. Come learn more about the many committees we have! Planned activities for this year’s After Prom include:
casino, DJ/Karaoke, basketball, volleyball, bingo, inflatable games, food, prizes and fun!
As in past years, the After Prom Party is funded solely by donations. We receive no money from the Strongsville
High School or the school district. Your support is critical to the success of this event. Over the years we have relied
heavily on donations from our local businesses. In today’s difficult economy many businesses no longer are able to
donate additional funds to our cause. We are asking parents to please consider a minimum donation of $15.00 to
help us meet our expenses to provide a safe, fun activity for our children. Please consider what contribution you can
make to help make this event a successful one for our juniors and seniors. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Sponsorships are again available this year. This year’s After Prom theme is “A Night on the Seas”. Please complete
the bottom portion of this letter and return in with your donation by April 15, 2012. Checks should be made
payable to: SHS PTA After Prom.
On behalf of the Classes of 2012 and 2013 and the After Prom Committee, we sincerely thank you for your generous
support. If you have any questions, please contact any of the chairs. Working together, we can make this a truly
memorable and successful event for our students.
Barb Budzick (440.212.1347), Carla Hoopingarner (440.238.9314) and Debbie Krywyj (440.572.3055)
After Prom Committee Chairs
Checks payable to: SHS PTA After Prom
________Donation enclosed or Sponsorship: _____$500 Black Beard Level ______$400 Blue Beard Level
______$300 Black Bart Level______$200 Captain Hook Level ______$100 Jack Sparrow Level
_______Yes, I would like to help with “behind the scenes” preparation for After Prom
_______Yes, I would like to help the evening of After Prom
Mail to: SHS PTA After Prom
20025 Lunn Road
Strongsville OH 44149
Thanks to the generosity of
Bob Serpentini &
Strongsville High School
kicks off its
Annual Car Raffle
Strongsville High School
GRAND PRIZE: 2012 CHEVY
SECOND PLACE: $700
THIRD PLACE: $300
Date and time of drawing will be announced via
school channel and morning announcements.
Contact the Athletic, Choral, SIMB Boosters,
Student Council, or Main Office to purchase
Special thanks to Bob and Kathy Serpentini.
FALL SPORTS BRIEFS
We are now into 2012. Let’s take a look back at what was accomplished in the fall sports season of our
student athletes and teams. The Lady’s soccer team brought the state championship trophy back to
Strongsville. Coach Felton, his staff and the soccer program has compiled 4 state championships.
Outstanding!! The boys cross country team won 3 tournament events and Mike Miller made it to Columbus.
The girls cross country team competed in the regional championships and Natalie Camardo represented
SHS as a state qualifier. Boy’s golf got to the districts individually and Paul Minko made it to the State
tournament. The girls’ golf team was the 2011 NOC champions going 10-0. The boys’ soccer team was a
district semi-finalist. The volleyball team finished 2nd in the NOC. The most valuable players of the year
were Ashley Meir girls’ soccer, Bryan Wolanski boys’ soccer and Ali Jakubecz girls’ golf. Coaches of the year
were John Felton and Nancy Vaughn. Lastly, our student athletes represented SHS with 45 seniors, 29
juniors, 17 sophomores and 10 freshmen who are honored as NOC All-Academic Team.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY 6th in NOC – Regional Qualifier
NOC All Conference: Mike Miller
State Qualifier Mike Miller
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY 5th in NOC – Regional Qualifier
NOC All Conference: Natalie Camardo
State Qualifier: Natalie Camardo
FOOTBALL 5th in NOC
NOC All Conference: Corey Dohar, Ryan Przeslica and Zak Lors (2nd)
NOC Honorable Mention Zak Lors
BOYS GOLF 2nd in NOC – District Qualifier
NOC All Conference: Justin Hill, Matt Krause, Ryan Maatz, Sean Meyer,
State Qualifier Paul Minko
GIRLS GOLF NOC Champions (10-0) – District Qualifier
NOC All-Conference: Jennifer Andrella, Taylor Ingram, Nicole Lisi,
Marisa Mindyas, Emily Williams,
NOC MVP Ali Jakubecz
NOC Coach of the Year Nancy Vaughn
BOYS SOCCER 4th in NOC – District Qualifier
NOC All-Division Team Chris Mir-Salami, Jarrod Nadzan, Mario Suarez
NOC MVP Bryan Wolanski
NOC Honorable Mention Jared Abston, Brandon Lumsden
GIRLS SOCCER NOC Champions, State Champions
NOC All Conference: Ashley Meier, Ali Sender
NOC Player of the Year Ashley Meier
NOC Coach of the Year Jon Felton
NOC Honorable Mention Elena Griffo, Alexis Manoa
GIRLS TENNIS 4th in NOC
NOC Honorable Mention: Katelyn Dougherty, Kelly Peskura, Rachel Walcoff,
VOLLEYBALL 2nd in NOC – District Qualifier
NOC All Conference: Maria Grecol, Shannon Jordan
NOC Honorable Mention Kelsey Bittinger, Taylor Powers
A special thank you is also extended to the football cheerleading squads for their support of our football
teams, as well as signs for the fall sports teams. A special thank you to the cheerleading advisors, Kristin
Sharkus and Crystal Queen, is also warranted for the tremendous dedication and commitment they
provided. Also, a big thank you is also extended to our excellent Marching Mustangs under the direction of
Dave Harbart, Bill Bedford, Chris Chidsey, Dave Eby, Wes Scott, and Terri Harbart.
Northeast Ohio Conference All-Academic Award Winners
This prestigious award is presented by the Northeast Ohio Conference to athletes involved in
the athletic program who achieved a 3.4 GPA.
NAME SPORT NAME SPORT
Jennifer Andrella Girls Golf Michael Miller Boys CC
Eric Bode Boys CC Joe Monahan Football
Matt Chandler Boys Soccer Brandon Moore Boys Soccer
Emily Cobb Volleyball Kevin Mott Football
Catherine Connolly Girls CC Jarrod Nadzan Football & Soccer
Kristen Cornelius Cheerleader Eric Novak Football
Matt Dorocak Boys CC Duncan O’Leary Football
Katelyn Dougherty Girls Tennis Kyle Overton Football
Jacqueline Fabec Volleyball Ross Palenik Boys CC
Alexys Fulkerson Cheerleader Erin Peskura Girls Soccer
Elena Griffo Girls Soccer Taylor Powers Volleyball
Ashley Harker Volleyball Austin Pritchard Football
Taarika Hegde Girls Tennis Kayla Reed Girls Golf
Alison Jakubecz Girls Golf Dan Regrut Football
Richard Jones Boys Soccer Kyle Robertson Boys Golf
Shannon Jordan Volleyball Leah Sandercock Girls Soccer
Jaime Larsen Girls CC Mario Suarez Boys Soccer
Jacqueline Leonti Cheerleader Catherine Trihas Girls Tennis
Michael Lewis Boys Soccer Rachel Walcoff Girls Tennis
Nicole Lisi Girls Golf Megan Waskowski Girls Soccer
Kelly Lynch Girls Soccer Samara Weerasuriya Girls Tennis
Rachel Maykut Girls Golf Emily Williams Girls Golf
Ashley Meier Girls Soccer Austin Wirtz Boys Golf
Sean Meyer Boys Golf
NAME SPORT NAME SPORT
Paige Amodio Girls Soccer Matthew Krause Boys Golf
Darshana Balasubramaniam Girls Tennis Michael Moran Football
Zach Bruvarny Football Matthew Oprea Football
Natalie Camardo Girls CC Kimberly Pillari Girls CC
Eric Collins Boys CC Ben Potoczak Football
Matthew Gajoch Football Ryland Puzzitiello Football
Adam Gundlah Football Ryan Ruch Boys CC
Rob Handloser Boys Soccer Matthew Schomisch Boys CC
Marissa Hicar Volleyball Tony Shamatta Football
Mallory Hutton Cheerleaders Savannah Sherman Girls Tennis
Alex Iammarino Boys CC Dustin Stout Football
Taylor Ingram Girls Golf Sarah Torok Girls CC
Claire Jackman Volleyball Alyssa Wolfinger Girls CC
Kathryn Kesicki Girls CC Mitchell Zacharyasz Football
NAME SPORT NAME SPORT
Sarah Baskey Girls Soccer Andrea Mott Volleyball
Kelsey Bittinger Girls Soccer Emily Ogle Girls Soccer
Clay Caruso Football Alyssa Pejic Girls Soccer
Elizabeth Ehrnfelt Girls Soccer Stephen Potter Boys CC
Elizabeth Erdelac Girls CC Heather Schmitt Volleyball
Nicolette Griesinger Girls Soccer Matthew Schroth Football
Andrea Larsen Girls Soccer Jordan Sedivy Football
Alissa Lisi Girls Soccer Ian Simpson Boys Soccer
Concetta Morino Girls Soccer
NAME SPORT NAME SPORT
Angelica Corrado Girls CC Justin Nadzan Boys Soccer
Timothy Doyle Boys CC Cassandra Nemeth Girls Golf
Kathryn Hartig Girls CC Grant O'Bryon Boys CC
Paige Ingram Girls Golf Rachel Schirripa Girls Soccer
Gabryelle Konn Girls CC Drew Shepherd Boys Soccer
For information on upcoming athletic events, driving directions, cancellations, and schedule changes, please
call the HOTLINE NUMBER – 572-7110, then press 6 for athletic information.
ATHLETIC INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
Daily athletic schedules and complete season schedules for our athletic teams are now available on the
internet at two locations: highschoolsports.net, click on Ohio, click on Strongsville High School and the daily
schedule will appear. Individual sport schedules may then be selected at the bottom of the daily schedule
page. You can also access this information through our high school athletics webpage at strongnet.org.
Scroll over the Schools icon in the upper-left of the screen to High School (click this) and then find the
athletic department icon. Some of the preseason materials are also available through the athletic site.
GRADES 9-12: To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a member school and have passing grades
in a minimum of five one-credit courses (physical education does not apply) in the immediately preceding
grading period. For eligibility purposes, summer grades may not be used as a substitute for failing grades
received in the final grading period of the regular school year or for lack of enough courses taken the
preceding grading period. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE OR DROP A COURSE
WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR, COACH, OR GUIDANCE
COUNSELOR TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT WILL AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Monday, March 5 7:00 PM Athletic Boosters Meeting
Wednesday, March 14 7:00 PM Spring “Meet the Mustangs”
Tuesday, March 20 7:00 PM Winter Awards Night
Monday, April 2 7:00 PM Athletic Boosters Meeting
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
The Strongsville Athletic Hall of Fame is taking nominations for enshrinement. Nomination forms can be
picked up in the Athletic office located at Strongsville High School. They are also available on the
Strongsville High School Athletic website. Any questions may be directed to Paul Moses at 440-572-7102 or
can be emailed at email@example.com.
February 20 ......................................................................................................Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL
March 1 ..........................................Teacher/Parent Conference Day 11:30-3:00 & 4:30-7:00 - NO SCHOOL
March 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16 ...................................................................Ohio Graduation Test – Delayed Start
March 28...................................................................................................................End of 3rd Grading Period
April 6 - 13 ..................................................................................................................................... Spring Break
April 30 ...............................................................................................11th Grade Academic Awards Reception
May 1 ....................................................................................................9th Grade Academic Awards Reception
May 4 ............................................................................................................................................... Senior Prom
May 14 ................................................................................................10th Grade Academic Awards Reception
May 21 ................................................................................................12th Grade Academic Awards Reception
May 28 ................................................................................................................Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
June 3 ................................................................................Commencement – 1:00 p.m. CSU Wolstein Center
June 5 - 8 .....................................................................................................................Underclass Final Exams
June 8 ...............................................................................End of 4th Grading Period - Last Day for Students
THE MISSION OF THE STRONGSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS, AN “EXCELLENT” SCHOOL DISTRICT
WITH A TRADITION OF NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, IS TO
ENSURE ALL STUDENTS REACH THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL, THROUGH CHALLENGING
CURRICULUM AND ACTIVITIES, PROVIDED BY A HIGHLY QUALIFIED, MOTIVATED STAFF,
IN A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, WITH UP-TO-DATE FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
– IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY.
ADMINISTRATION for 2011-2012
Mr. William R. Steffen Principal
Mrs. Vicki A. Turner Assistant Principal – 12th Grade
Mr. Mark E. Smithberger Assistant Principal – 11th Grade
Mrs. Doreen R. Mathas Assistant Principal – 10th Grade
Mr. Stephen M. Breckner Assistant Principal – 9th Grade
Mr. Paul M. Moses Athletic Director
GUIDANCE COUNSELORS for 2011-2012
Mrs. Christin Maichrye A-CO
Mrs Stephanie Barnes CR-HA + Ombudsmen
Mr. John Young HE-LO
Mrs. Tracy Davidson LU-PE
Mrs. Tara Brzuski PF-SR
Mrs. Julia Williams ST-Z