High School Stage Will Sizzle With Drama Club Fundraiser August 7 & 8Friday, July 24, 2015
The Solon High School Drama Club is set to stage its popular summer fundraiser SHS Sizzles on August 7 and 8 on the high school auditorium stage.
Show time is 7 p.m., with a barbecue dinner prior to the show starting at 6 p.m.
This summer’s production is “Wish List,” a compilation of songs from the shows the Drama Club members and advisers “have always wanted to do,” said adviser Kris Ferencie. “We will be performing an eclectic collection of songs, including pieces from Camelot, Finian’s Rainbow, South Pacific, Chess, 1776, Big River, Wicked, Newsies, and Mamma Mia just to name a few.”
Drama Club member Olivia Chamberlain will emcee the evening, with performances by Danielle Stanek, Ally Benjamin, Jacob Burko, Meredith Maiorana, Kyle Maiorana, JR Heckman, Chad Ressler, Jake Ressler, Sydney Klein, Sam Novak, Kyle Novak, Megan Lebowitz, Bridget Miozzi, Lilly Saunders, Emily McCulley, Emma Moughan, Jessie Uggucini, Brandon Zlotnik, Jeremy Klein, and Talia Mesnick.
Tickets are $14 and include dinner with a choice of grilled chicken, hamburger, hot dog, veggie burger or steak; potato salad or coleslaw; corn bread; beverage; and dessert.
Read MoreResources: Buy SHS Sizzles Tickets Here
New District-PTA Calendar Now AvailableMonday, July 20, 2015
The 2015-16 school year events calendar is here. All families will receive a copy in the mail at the beginning of August, but to begin your planning now, a color pdf file of this year's calendar is posted here for your convenience.
Please mark your calendar for the upcoming back-to-school and orientation events planned in August.
We look forward to seeing the students soon!Resources: 2015-16 Solon Schools' Calendar
Solon Schools’ Day Care Transportation Request Forms Are Due August 5Friday, July 17, 2015
With the start of the 201-16 school year just over a month away, the Solon Schools’ Transportation Department is working to finalize bus routes for this year. Parents can assist in this process by ensuring that any special transportation needs for students are clearly outlined now by filling out and submitting the district’s Day Care Transportation Request Form by August 5.
This form is necessary for all students who will be attending a Solon before- or after-school day care program and wish to ride Solon Schools’ buses to get to school in the morning from day care or from school to the day care program in the afternoon.
The form must arrive at the Transportation Department by August 5 for day care transportation to begin the first week of school. Day care transportation is not guaranteed. We must have a minimum of five children from your child’s school going to a day care location to provide transportation. In addition, day care transportation is limited to the number of seats we have available for transport on that day care bus.
Read MoreResources: 2015-16 Day Care Transportation Request Form
2015 Solon High School Graduate Helps Propel U.S. Physics Team to Second Place Tie at International Physics OlympiadTuesday, July 14, 2015
Solon High School 2015 graduate Zach Bogorad earned a gold medal en route to helping the United States Physics Team to a tie for second place at the 46th International Physics Olympiad in Mumbai, India. Individually, Zach also earned a tie for fifth place on the rigorous experimental exam during the 10-day competition from July 5-12, which featured the world's top high school physics students.
Overall, the U.S. team won four gold and one silver medal, tying the team with Russia, Taiwan and Korea. Only the team from China earned five gold medals.
Zach qualified for the U.S. traveling team in May after an demanding study “boot camp” at the University of Maryland, where team members engaged in intense studying, labs and exams, and problem solving. The five-member traveling team then went to Thailand in late June to train with the Thai team.
This is the fifth Olympiad at which the U.S. team brought home four gold medals and a silver. Previously, the team earned this level of achievement in 1995 in Australia, 2006 in Singapore, 2008 in Vietnam and 2009 in Mexico. The U.S.
Contact Lawmakers to Express Dissatisfaction with Outcome of Budget Process that Includes a Total TPP Funding Phase Out & Line-Item Veto of Fiscal 2017 Hold Harmless DollarsThursday, July 02, 2015
Despite our – and your – best efforts, the final outcome of this year’s budget process retains the phase out of Solon’s $8.3 million in annual Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursement.
When Governor Kasich signed the state budget with the total TPP phase out intact, he also line-item vetoed the second year of the temporary “hold harmless” patch the legislature proposed to mute the impact of the phase out as we had warned. The district will receive the same amount in state funding this year as it in 2015. However, the fiscal cliff we referenced in our earlier communications will actually begin in summer 2016, when we will lose more than $2.2 million -- $476 per student – in TPP reimbursements on July 1.
This gives us one year to continue our TPP fight. Your efforts were instrumental in educating and communicating to legislators this session.
However, as you can see by how this process played out, sometimes that is not enough to overcome more powerful political influences.
Read MoreResources: Sample Letter to Sen. Tom Patton & Rep. Marlene Anielski
Governor Accelerates Impact of TPP Phase Out for Solon Schools with Stroke of Veto PenThursday, July 02, 2015
Solon and other Ohio school districts in communities that are home to large-scale industry will soon feel significant effects from Governor Kasich’s veto pen. The governor line-item vetoed the second year of a temporary legislative plan to mute the impact of the phase out of Tangible Personal Property tax funding included in the state biennium budget.
Highly impacted schools throughout Ohio will lose millions of dollars annually due to the TPP phase out that begins today and the governor’s veto action that removed the hold harmless reimbursement for the second year of that phase out. Solon Schools will lose $2.2 million, or $476 per student, on July 1, 2016. When the TPP phase out is complete in approximately six years, Solon would lose $8.3 million in annual funding, or $1,723 per student.
“We are disappointed but not surprised by the governor’s action to veto the TPP hold harmless payment reimbursement for fiscal year 2017,” said Solon Schools' Treasurer Tim Pickana.
10 Years and Still No TPP Remedy: Solon and Other Highly Reliant TPP School Districts Highlight Impending Fallout from Proposed State Budget Phase OutWednesday, June 10, 2015
Solon was among the highly reliant Tangible Personal Property (TPP) school districts from around the state that testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee and held a Statehouse press conference to voice concerns with provisions contained in the state’s pending biennium budget (HB64).
As currently written and pending the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, the state budget bill (Amended Sub HB 64) continues to push school districts in some of Ohio’s most business friendly communities to the brink of a fiscal cliff with a complete and total phase out of tangible personal property tax funding. The budget bill as introduced by the governor, passed by the House and amended in the Senate casts aside current law that called for ongoing reimbursement funding to highly reliant TPP school districts.
“We have been seeking a solution for more than 10 years since tax reform eliminated the local Tangible Personal Property tax to make Ohio more attractive to business,” said Solon Schools’ Treasurer Tim Pickana, who serves as president of the Coalition for Fiscal Fairness in Ohio, a group of the state’s most highly impacted TPP districts.
Summer Reading: Don't Experience a Summer Slide!Friday, June 05, 2015
All Solon students are encouraged to read over the summer. There are specific requirements and suggestions for all grade levels.
It is important to have fun and engage in creative activities over the summer break, but maintaining reading is critical to continued academic growth and achievement.
> Students in grades K-4 should read at least 500 minutes this summer. A summer reading calendar is posted below and on each elementary home page to help students track their minutes.
> Students in grades 5-6 should read at least 1,000 pages this summer.
> Students in grades 7-8 must read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book of their own choosing.
> Students in grades 9-12 should read books of their own choosing as well as the required readings for individual classes as posted on the SHS site. Please be sure to check back at the end of June for specific assignments that may accompany high school readings.
Have a great summer and happy reading!Resources: K-4 Summer Reading Log 2015