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Strongsville High School


Newsletter

VOL. XXXV, NO. 2

1st SEMESTER 2010-11




THE PRINCIPAL'S PAGE DATELINE: Strongsville, Ohio


As we begin 2011, I extend to you and your families best wishes for many blessings in the New Year. I hope that 2011 started off well and that your holidays were restful and fulfilling. We have now entered the third marking period for the 2010-2011 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.


Scheduling

Though we’re early in the second semester, it’s already time for the scheduling process to begin for the 2011-12 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.


Senior Activities

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. 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

Principal


^ 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 3, 2011. 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 of the following office numbers for attendance purposes:

572-7101 – 12th Grade

572-7123 – 11th Grade

846-4088 – 10th Grade

572-7104 – 9th Grade

If your student needs to leave early and did not bring a note, please call 846-4072.


The Clinic has a direct number – 268-5918

Athletic Department – 572-7102

Guidance Department – 572-7103


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PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES



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


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

  • Person calling

  • Number where parent/guardian can be reached

The same information should be included in the note the student brings to school within 24 hours of the absence.


Important Telephone Numbers for Reporting Absence by Grade Level

9th Grade - 440-572-7104

10th Grade - 440-846-4088

11th Grade - 440-572-7123

12th Grade - 440-572-7101


Upon the receipt of the absence list, the parents who have not notified the grade-level clerk about their child’s absence will be called to verify the absence. However, a student returning to school following an absence must present a written note explaining the reason for the absence. This note must be submitted to the grade level clerk no later than 24 hours of their return.


^ A NOTE FROM THE NURSE – Crystal Tackaberry

Many parents find themselves struggling with sick children and when to send them back to school. You do not want your children to miss school, but at the same time, you do not want them returning if they are too sick or could infect others. It is especially hard to determine if a child should stay home in the morning because you cannot tell if they will improve or get worse during the course of the day.

You should keep your children home if they are experiencing:

  • Fever over 100° F

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Frequent cough

  • Persistent pain (ear, stomach etc.)

  • Widespread rash


If there is any doubt, contact your doctor or health care provider.


CONDITION:


Conjunctivitis

Cough

Diarrhea

Fever

Head Lice

Impetigo

Ring Worm

Strep Throat

Vomiting

^ WHEN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL:


24 hours after treatment starts

cough is no longer persistent

24 hours after last episode of diarrhea

24 hours after fever-free

hair is treated and nit-free

24 hours after treatment starts – sores covered

24 hours after treatment starts – sores covered

24 hours after treatment starts and fever-free

24 hours after last episode of vomiting


^ A LETTER FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT


Dear Parents/Guardians,


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 forces.

  • 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 Radio.

  • Storm timing.

  • 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.


Sincerely,


Jefferey R. Lampert


High School Phone Flow December 2005






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