Comets for a Cure Starts Friday, October 2!Thursday, October 01, 2015
Solon’s Comets for a Cure campaign officially launches on October 2, with the first of four Pink Out games during the week of October 2-8. Funds raised during the week-long event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support cancer research.
Again this year, the Solon High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions is sponsoring a Dunk Tank to raise funds for the Comets for a Cure campaign. Students “voted” for the SHS staff members they most wanted to see appear in the Comets for a Cure Dunk Tank on Friday during class periods 2-6. Students made $1 donations per vote and the staff members who received the most votes will take their turn in the tank on Friday.
The price of dunking the winning SHS staff members is $1 per ball or $5 for 6 balls. Students may also choose to donate $10 for the privilege of walking up and pushing the target. Students in study hall and Senior Commons will be asked to donate $1 if they would like to watch during that free period.
Last year, Solon’s campus-wide Comets for a Cure campaign raised approximately $12,000, more than any other district in Northern Ohio.
Reminder: Free & Reduced Lunch Status Must Be Renewed Before October 1Tuesday, September 29, 2015
This is a reminder about the October 1 cut-off day for renewing free and reduced lunch status for your family if you qualified for the Federal Lunch Program offered at the Solon City Schools last year and believe you do so again for 2015-16.
Each year, many free and reduced lunch applications are processed. For your convenience, the Solon City Schools has implemented an online application process for the 2015-16 school year. With the online application, the approval status (free, reduced or denied) for lunch is known immediately when the application is submitted.
There are two processing methods for program approval: online application and direct certification.
1. If you have already filled out a new application online and received a confirmation letter from us that your child(ren) will receive a free or reduced lunch for the 2015-16 school year, we appreciate your promptness. You do not need to do anything further.
2. If you have received a confirmation letter from us stating that your child(ren) have been directly certified and will receive a free lunch for the 2015-16 school year, you do not need to do anything further.
Read MoreResources: Complete Free & Reduced Lunch Application Here
Solon High School Participates in 2015 Into the Light Campaign Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Solon High School is shedding light on depression, mental illness and suicide prevention this week as part of the 2015 Into the Light Campaign. All week during morning announcements, the health and physical education department is sharing important information with students, including:
• Depression is a treatable illness just like cancer, asthma, diabetes or heart disease. It is not a weakness or a character flaw. Depression can be genetic and/or triggered by events in a person’s life.
• More teenagers die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals age 15-24.
• Depression is the most basic warning sign. Warning signs of depression in adolescents include anger, irritability, isolation, changes in appetite and sleep patterns.
• Half of all lifetime cases of clinical depression begin by age 14.
• According to the Ohio Department of Mental Health, 20 percent of high school students have seriously considered suicide, 14 percent have made a plan and 9 percent have made a suicide attempt.
Read MoreResources: Support Team Solon Here
Fall Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is September 26: Help Protect Against Accidental Overdoses and Students Accessing Addicting MedicationsFriday, September 25, 2015
Abuse of prescription drugs among teens is on the rise, and prescription drug abuse is often a gateway to less expensive – but more dangerous – drugs such as heroin.
This is why it is so important for parents to get unused medications out of the house if they are no longer in use. An easy way to accomplish this and protect against children and teens accessing potentially dangerous and addicting drugs is to stop by Solon’s fall National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents may simply drive up to the Solon Senior Center and representatives from the Solon Police Department, Service Department and Water Reclamation District will be waiting to collect unneeded or expired medications. Properly disposing of unused prescription drugs also protects the water supply.
This confidential program makes it easy to dispose of medications. No personal information is collected and you may scratch out your name with a marker or remove all prescription labels before dropping off the medication.
24 Additional Solon High School Seniors Honored by the National Merit Scholar Program Thursday, September 24, 2015
Solon High School has more good news to share regarding honors for seniors from the National Merit Scholar Program. Twenty-four members of the class of 2016 have also been recognized for their academic promise and earned National Merit Commended Scholar status for 2016.
Commended students scored in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students nationwide who took the PSAT last spring.
The 2016 SHS Commended Scholars are Jacob Adelstein, Shreyans Bafna, Tara Bhargava, Matthew Carlisle, Alark Choudhary, Aaron Dobres, Kevin Du, Joshua Eston, Jarrett Freeman, Aaron Friedman, Akshay Jain, Erika Kahn, Josephine MacDougall, Maya Martinko, Melanie Myeroff, Jason Ong, Christina Poduska, Jerry Ren, Andrew Rosen, Celia Schwartz, Amala Uli, Ryan Xie, Jeffrey Yang and Elizabeth Ye.
With these additional honors, a total of 47 SHS seniors have been recognized in the National Merit Scholar program for 2016. This is again among the highest of any high school in Ohio, regardless of private or public school status.
Solon Schools Release 2015 Quality Profile: Annual Quality Report Highlights Depth and Breadth in the Educational Experience of Solon Students Friday, September 18, 2015
Joining 60 other districts statewide, the Solon Schools this week released the second annual Quality Profile, a comprehensive community-oriented companion report to the State of Ohio School Report Cards. The Quality Profile details additional accountability indicators that more completely define a high-quality public education.
The Solon City Schools’ Quality Profile demonstrates the depth and breadth of the excellent educational program provided in Solon and reflects the values and goals outlined in the district’s mission and Strategic Plan. Specifically, the Quality Profile outlines results in the following categories: Academics; Arts, Athletics & Activities; Student Leadership & Engagement; Fiscal Stewardship; Parent & Community Involvement; and Student Services.
“Our most recent Ohio School Report Card ranks Solon #3 in the state and #1 in Northeast Ohio for student achievement and we are gratified to see the achievement of our students at such high levels,” said Solon Superintendent Joseph Regano. “However, providing the best possible educational program extends beyond the accountability measures graded by the state.
Read MoreResources: 2015 Quality Profile
Music In Motion Show Choir Stages Annual Cabaret Night Fundraiser September 19Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Come to the Cabaret as members of Solon High School’s show choir, Music in Motion, share their talents at Cabaret Night on September 19. This annual musical fundraiser for the show choir is presented as a true cabaret, with the audience watching the show and having dessert in an intimate coffee house setting on the Solon High School auditorium stage.
Doors open at 6 for the silent auction and the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The funds raised from the auction and the event help support the show choir’s competition fees and travel expenses.
“Cabaret Night is way for us to showcase the individual talents of our students,” said show choir adviser and SHS music teacher Gary Lewis. “The majority of the year we are all about the group as a whole, so this event provides a way for our musicians to see how their individual artistry and talents impact the overall complexion of Music In Motion.”
Tickets for Cabaret Night are $18 for the dress circle and $12 for the upper circle. All seating is reserved includes complimentary desserts and coffee.
Tickets are available online at http://solon.es/cabaret or at the door on the night of the event.
Read MoreResources: Buy Cabaret Night Tickets Here
Organized Parent Education Network Program on September 17 Outlines Special Education in the Solon SchoolsTuesday, September 15, 2015
The first Organized Parent Education Network program of the year will cover Special Education in the Solon Schools. The session is slated for September 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Board of Education offices, 33800 Inwood Road.
Anne Harmody, Solon’s Parent Mentor, will discuss her role as a parent liaison and introduce Tebra Page, the district’s incoming Coordinator of Pupil Services.
The program will also include time for networking and Q & A with the school psychologists about special education in the district buildings.
We hope you can join us for this kick-off event! The remainder of this year’s programming is attached for your convenience.
For more information about this event or to RSVP, please email Anne Harmody at firstname.lastname@example.org.Resources: OPEN Program Book for 2015-16
This program will be videotaped.