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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 take Polaris to the next level.
The nomination deadline is Friday, February 18, 2011. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The official induction ceremony will take place in the spring. For additional information, call (440) 891-7609.
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The Math Club has had a great start, with guest speakers including Dr. Sean Hoynes showing students how mathematics is used in calculating air flow in the lungs, blood pressure, and oxygen content on the blood among many topics and Mr. Fred Russo, who gave a brief history of computers and discussed the uses of mathematics in technology and computer based fields. The club has been sponsoring the Ohio Math League since October. The officers this year are: President: Jay Alangar, Vice President: Shriya Shrinavasan, Secretary: Brian Capuder, and Treasurer: Natalie David. Our next speaker is an acoustics engineer, 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 8, the Math Club will sponsor the American Math Contest 12. Students must be in Math Club or pay a fee to take part in this national scholarship test. Top scorers get to take the prestigious American Invitational Math Exam.
On February 26, 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 22, then March 22 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 Mudassir Hussain, Vice President Jay Alangar, Officer at Large Natalie David and Secretary Eddie Cosma.
The Foreign Language Department welcomed Mrs. Hsiupei Wang as our Chinese teacher this year. Mrs. Wang is teaching Chinese III, and also teaches Chinese at North Olmsted High School. We also welcome back Class of 2005 graduate and new French teacher, Miss Alana Caraboolad. Miss Caraboolad is currently teaching French II and serving as co-advisor of the French Club. Miss Caraboolad is a graduate of the University of Akron, and spent last fall teaching English in France. We are incredibly excited to welcome her to the “other side!”
Spanish and French students are looking ahead to the summer when they will be traveling abroad on two separate trips. Miss Vicki Kellar will lead a group of Spanish students to Spain in June, and Mrs. Kelli Izzo will lead a group of French students to France, Monaco, and Italy in June as well. Bon voyage and buena suerte!
German teacher Mrs. Christina Potter led a group of German students on a trip through Germany and Austria that past summer. The students were able to use their language skills in a real life context and experience German culture in the most authentic settings. Joined by German teachers Mrs. Luci Jordan and Mrs. Barbra Spasic, the group truly enjoyed their time among the castles and mountains of Germany and Austria!
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 program includes class instruction and DECA activities for junior students; and class instruction, DECA activities, and the addition of supervised on-the-job training for senior students. Currently, over half of our nation’s workers are employed under the broad scope of the marketing umbrella. Projections for future employment see the number of positions rising and employment needs for our graduates at the premium.
Congratulations to Mikaila Keaton for being elected DECA class president!
We are looking forward to District Competition February 3rd and State Competition March 18th and 19th. Continue checking our class website for updated information.
Recruitment for next years junior DECA class will begin in February and applications can be picked up in the guidance office.
This April and May English 9 and 10 students from Lyssa Stonitsch, Alisa Bartel, Kelly Smalley, Kelly Rose, Kim Craigs, and Meghann Redds classes will participate in week-long Shakespearean workshops with the Great Lakes Theater Festival. After reading Romeo and Juliet and Othello, students will perform the play under the direction of a team of professional actors. In October, English 11 students from Mrs. McKnight and Mr. Lackeys classes participated in a similar program after reading Arthur Millers “The Crucible”. This is Strongsvilles 16th year of participation in the Great Lakes Theater Festival residency program.
The Social Studies Department is proud to announce that for the first time, SHS participated in the American Legion’s Americanism and Government Test. This was administered as a pilot program to students in Mrs. Wakefield’s and Mrs. Papish’s government classes and Mr. Tumino’s senior-level social studies classes participated. Five students were awarded U.S. Savings Bonds from the Berea Unit 91. They were Eric Bode, Kay-Lee Cangelosi, Mike Kline, Michael Meldon, and Hannah Smith. Meldon’s score was high enough to move on to the district level. We will keep you posted on his progress!
The Social Studies Department is once again proud to announce it is advising the Academic Challenge and Brain Game Teams, under the direction of Mrs. Wakefield and Mr. Tumino. The Brain Game competition was taped on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in Columbus. The Academic Challenge Team will do battle with Brunswick and Riverside on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at WEWS News Channel 5 in Cleveland. This year’s Academic Challenge Team includes: Seniors Sam Blankenship, Divya Raj, and Shriya Srinvasan. The Brain Game team consists of Seniors Brian Cook, Mudd Hussain, Junior Bristee Das, and Sophomore Carter Frazee. Come root for our students!
Mr. Stanley’s Honors Psychology class had several real-life psychologists speak to their class. SheaLynne Bause, spoke to the class in October regarding clinical psychology and Sandra McPherson spoke to the group in September on the area of forensic psychology. Mr. Sack and Mr. Slovick had a guest speaker from Bryant and Stratton College to speak to their economics students about financial independence. Law Enforcement Officer, Kevin Piazza, again returned to SHS to address the government students from Mr. Cook’s, Mrs. Papish’s, Mrs. Wakefield’s, and Mr. Davenport’s classes about aspects of Ohio law.
All sophomore students were engaged this semester in the Pro-Ohio program to measure their readiness for the OGT exam to be proctored in the spring. This computer based program provides enrichment and intervention where appropriate and provides classroom teachers with feedback about their students’ progress. Mr. Genther’s Sociology classes were able to apply what they have learned in class through their involvement in a community service project to help the needy. Mr. Tumino’s Psychology classes were again involved in several simulations that involved using chocolate chip cookies to figure out mean, median, and mode and oranges to simulate brain surgery. Mr. Sack and Mr. Stanley had their economic students involved in a stock market simulation where students “bought” and “sold” stocks to learn about the volatility of the stock market, while Mrs. Jordan’s U.S. History students were busy creating original editorial and political cartoons.
This school year all juniors will have the opportunity to hear speakers from the Ohio Bureau of Investigation. The agents are going over the laws and making good choices in life.
Many of our Government students also are having the opportutnity to hear members of the United States Marshal Service. This is a practical application of the academic opportunity in their Government classes.
Economics classes will be having speakers from local banks on the loan process and how that has changed in recent years.
The Strohigan staff of Strongsville High School has been busy as usual. As in past years we started the school year with our typical business agenda. We began the planning of the upcoming school year’s annual yearbook and had a successful blood drive battle with Brunswick winning for the 2nd year in a row, collecting over 1,500 dollars in scholarship money and will be having another one in April. We also filled various staff roles for the club. The 2010-2011 Strohigan Editors-In-Chief are Molly Stroemple and Lauren Schoch. Senior Editors are Jess Coon and Mallory King. 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 high school website. All books will be shipped from the Jostens plant to each purchaser’s home. There are also 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 year’s Strohigan is May 15, 2011.
Also, the deadline for senior pictures for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Strohigan is February 22, 2011. Pictures must be taken at a Woodard Photography studio for inclusion. This is a FREE picture sitting and takes approximately 5 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 Mr. Slovick at Slovickd@strongnet.org or by calling SHS and leaving a voicemail at 440-268-5630.
Club Picture Day – February 8, 2011
Scholastic Art Awards
The Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists and Writers sponsored the longest running and most prestigious National art and writing award competition for talented young artists. The Cleveland Institute of Art sponsored our regional art competition. The show is very prominent and showcases some of the best high school art production in Cuyahoga County. Students are eligible to win Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key awards. Students winning at the Gold Key level will compete further in the Scholastic National Competition. The opening ceremony took place on Sunday, January 9, 2011, 1:00 P.M. in the Reinberger Galleries, at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The show will hang in the Reinberger Gallery of the Cleveland Institute of Art through February 5, 2011. The gallery is open to the public during normal business hours.
Art teachers, Ms. Tonya Barba, Mrs. Ellen Goodworth, Mrs. Terri Harbart, Mrs. Joanna Pusti, Ms. Kristi Trussa, along with Principal Mr. William R. Steffen, are very proud of our students.
Candace Bembenick Honorable Mention Drawing
Gloria Collins Gold Key Drawing
Torrie Davic Honorable Mention Painting
Leah Hustak Honorable Mention Drawing
Leah Hustak Silver Key Mixed Media
Emily Kardamis Honorable Mention Printmaking
Emily Kardamis Honorable Mention Comic Art
Jeannie Leary Gold Key Drawing
Samantha McLaughlin Honorable Mention Painting
Bailey McPherson Gold Key Drawing
Joseph Otcasek Silver Key Printmaking
Hannah Patten Honorable Mention Painting
Olivia Metzger Honorable Mention Drawing
Jessica Ressler Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Allison Ryan Honorable Mention Design
The excellent reputation of the SHS Art Department made it possible for our art students to participate in an influential program at the Cleveland Museum of Art for the eighth year. The Program called the Art Ambassadors helps our students participate in philanthropic work in our community along with other school districts from a variety of different locations. The Art Department would like to thank the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, Strongsville Arts, Strongsville Gifted and Talented, along with the funding of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Women League who provided grants to fund this program. The purpose of the Art Ambassador program is to involve high school students in the events and the day to day operation of an internationally known art museum. Students in return, think of their own ways to give back to the community. Strongsville Art Ambassadors worked at “Day at the Chalet” and will again work at the Cleveland Museum of Art Community Day held on Sunday April 30, 2011. As Ambassadors, students learn how to give tours at the museum, improve their knowledge of art history and artistic techniques, learn public speaking techniques, work together in groups, appreciation diversity and design philanthropic events. The following students represent SHS as Master Art Ambassadors this year: Gloria Collins, Michelle Janosky, Danielle Keating, Alex Long, Maia Maytas, Kaylee McClure, Alison McGhee, Amy Monnius, Jessica Reese, Emily Specht, Christina Thomas, Alicia Weninger and Emily Williams.
Strongsville Council PTA Reflection judges have selected entries to advance to competition at the state level. The following student from the high school will advance:
Alexa Rinas – Visual Arts
The Music Department at SHS has been very busy so far this year!
Our bands are now in concert mode after a very successful marching season. The marching band was very fortunate to have donations made so we could travel to our away games this year. Our season was a huge success! We topped off 2010 with a trip to Florida (funded by students and parents) a parade in the Magic Kingdom and a halftime performance at the Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida. We are now working toward our performances at OMEA large group contest which will be held at Strongsville High School on March 18 & 19.
Our Orchestra has been very busy as well. After a pot luck concert in October by all orchestras, our Symphony Orchestra traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall! All orchestras are preparing for OMEA State competition which will be held on February 25 & 26 at Lakewood High School.
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 Concert/Assemblies.
The Mustang Express has been very busy representing SHS at the Westlake, Medina and Brush Invitationals, as well as many local and civic events. The “Bootiful Showcase of Showchoirs” was a huge success! Many thanks to Mrs. Laura Switzer for chairing this great event. Mustang Express will be competing at the Medina, Cuyahoga Falls and Twinsburg Showchoir competitions in February. Good luck Mustang Express!
Cantorum has been just as busy with many local and civic events during the year. On December 8th, Cantorum had the honor of performing the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers game at the “Q”! They are currently preparing for OMEA contest and the Mid-Winter Concert on March 9th.
Our eighth annual Teen Idol Contest was a huge success! Kalan Macatangay won!
DRAMA CLUB NEWS
The Thespian season began this year with a challenging production of the Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet. This version was set in San Francisco in 1967 in an effort to highlight the universality of the themes. The students worked incredibly hard to create a theatrical experience for the audience and did an outstanding job. Juliet was played by senior and seasoned actress, Mallory King, while Romeo was played by newcomer and freshman, Spencer Kilgore. Additional strong performances were contributed by seniors Ryan Gates, Brian Capuder and Sarah Evans. Strongsville is also thrilled to announce the coming of state competition, where three of Strongsville’s finest performers, senior Scott Miese, and juniors Lauren Macatangay and Terry Hugo, have been invited to participate in the All Ohio State Play. Break a Leg to all!!
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 eorganization for high school students. It is a self-governing organization that elects it’s own officers, determines its own sercie 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 Club!
SHS PTA NEWS
Please support PTA by becoming a member!
SHS PTA meetings are held in the SHS Career Room and are scheduled as follows for the remainder of the year:
Monday February 14th at 9:30 a.m.
Monday March 14th at 7:00a.m.
Monday April 11th at 9:30a.m.
Friday May 20th at 11:00 a.m. location TBA. This is our Installation Luncheon
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 Traci Kalin at email@example.com or Teri Shoff at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you are a member of SHS PTA.
Please contact Contact Traci Kalin at email@example.com or Teri Shoff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to an event filled 2nd semester.
Thank for your continued support.
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