Teaching rewards heart as well as mindTuesday, April 08, 2014
Ben Feuer - News Editor
Working with the mentally and physically disabled can be one of the most difficult and exhausting careers. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding.
Cheryl Massey, an Intensive Instructional Resource Teacher, knows this more than anyone. Massey has been working with mentally disabled young adults for a total of 16 years and at SHS for six years.
Solon High School’s multiple handicap unit, located in the art wing of the school, currently includes 28 students and three teachers. The unit is separated into two academic classes that are based on age. Massey is in charge of one of these classes.
“My unit is considered the transition unit,” Massey explained. “My unit is
The MH department also has nine aides who are mainly involved in working with the more severely disabled students, many of whom are restrained to wheelchairs. The main responsibilities of the aides include taking care of the medical needs of students like feeding and changing.
Students in the MH department are taught lessons throughout the day in separate classes apart from other students.
Drama in dancing: Drama Club brings 'Footloose' to SHS stageTuesday, April 08, 2014
Students take to the stage during the Parent Performance
Taylor Lurie - People Editor
Falling in love. Rebelling. School dances. Playing chicken with stolen tractors. It’s just everyday life for a teenager.
Solon High School’s spring musical this year is “Footloose”; it includes the perfect love story and is based on similar events that happened in the small community of Elmore City, Oklahoma. This play is not only entertaining, but also teaches a very valuable lesson: Don’t be afraid to be yourself and stay true to what you believe.
“Footloose” is based in the small Midwest town of Bomont, where dancing was banned after some local teens were involved in a tragic car crash after a night of partying and dancing. The crash shocked the town and the reverend made a law to ban dancing. Ren McCormack, played by junior Brett Castro and senior Marc Lashner, moves to this town and falls in love with the reverend’s daughter, Ariel, played by junior Leah Saltzer and senior Kristin Kapusta. Ren and Ariel team up to take on the town and break the ban to give the students their first prom in years.
Auditions for the musical lasted three days.
Everybody Get Footloose! SHS Spring Musical Opens April 10Friday, March 28, 2014
The Solon High School Drama Club is staging Footloose! as its 2014 spring musical April 10-13.
A coming of age story, Footloose! is one of the most explosive movie musicals brought to the stage, according to SHS director Kris Ferencie.
The show tells the story of high schooler Ren, who moves with his mother from Chicago to a small farming town. Although Ren is prepared for some adjustment in moving from the city to a rural environment, he is not prepared for strict local edicts such as a ban on dancing put in place by the local preacher, who is determined to control the town's young people, including his own rebellious daughter. The heartfelt story that plays out in Footloose! captures the interplay of a father longing for the son he lost and a teen yearning for the father who deserted him.
Showtimes are Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, except for opening night. Student tickets are $5 for the Thursday night general admission show. Solon senior citizens are free to all shows with proof of Solon residency.
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Additional Parking Spaces Available for Sophomores Beginning March 31Friday, March 21, 2014
Solon High School will have a limited number of parking spaces (50) available to sophomores after spring break. Any sophomore who has a driver’s license and wants to park in the high school lot may register online beginning Monday, March 31, at 3 p.m.
Sophomores who registered last month but did not receive one of the limited number of permits available at that time do not need to register again.
After completing the online registration, students may pick up a permit on Wednesday, April 2, not before 7:10 a.m. in the SHS office. Students must bring their driver’s license, current vehicle registration, proof of insurance and paid receipt (showing student’s name, parking pass & amount paid) to the main office. Parking permits will be issued on a first come-first served basis – determined when students pick up their permit – NOT when they register online. Students who still owe past due fees or fines are not eligible to receive a parking permit.
SHS PTA After Prom FundraiserWednesday, March 19, 2014
Just a reminder that tonight is the Ladies Night Out event at Grantwood. All proceeds will benefit this year's senior send-off after prom event.
You are invited to come and enjoy the evening and support this event. The attached flier lists all of the vendors who will be displaying items tonight.
The cost of admission is $20 cash or a $20 gift card appropriate for senior students headed to college.
Free wine, beverages and appetizers will be served. We hope to see you there - Bring your friends!Resources: SHS PTA Ladies Night Out Artists & Vendors
Guidance News - April 2014Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Scheduling for the 2014-2015 School Year
From February through May the counselors have met and continue to meet with every student in grades 9-11 for individual scheduling conferences. During these meetings, counselors and students review grades, standardized test scores, course selections and career and college planning. Student schedules for next year will be mailed to students in August before the start of school.
AP Exam Information
AP Exams will be administered during the first two full weeks of May. The calendar of test dates is available at www.collegeboard.com/ap and on the Guidance webpage.
A reminder for all current AP students; AP fees were due March 7 to the bookstore. These are required school fees. If you have not yet submitted your fee, please do so as soon as possible.
Please contact Mrs. Brownlow in the Main Office with any questions regarding AP exams: (440) 349-6240: email@example.com.
For information regarding AP exam credit policies at the college level, go to http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp.
Article Submitted by: Solon High School Guidance Office
Swimming season wrap-upMonday, March 10, 2014
Taylor Lurie - People Editor
The boys swim team performed at a high level during the State competition this year placing fourth in the state and making Solon’s swim team overall the best public school swimming team in all of Ohio.
Junior Grant Pinchot finished fourth in the 100 meter butterfly relay and fifth in the 100 meter backstroke relay. In addition, Pinchot and teammates junior Jack McNulty, junior Chris Gou and senior Patrick Tippenthat placed third in the 200 meter medley. The medley consists of swimming butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Lastly, Pinchot took sixth in the 200 meter freestyle relay with senior Andrew Mitchell, senior Patrick Tippen, and junior Anthony Immormino.
Guo took eighth place in the 200 meter individual medley (IM). IM is an event in which an individual swimmer swims an equal distance in four different strokes-butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. Guo also finished 13th in the 100 meter breastroke relay.
Ohio Graduation Test Week Reminders for March 10-14Sunday, March 09, 2014
All Solon High School sophomores will be taking the Ohio Graduation Test during the week of March 10-14. Because of this testing, Solon High School is adjusting the bell schedule for all students this week.
Testing for sophomores begins at the regular start time of 7:50 a.m. and sophomores are expected to be in their testing rooms by 7:45 a.m. Sophomores will take a different section of the Ohio Graduation Test between 7:50 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. daily. Sophomores should bring a #2 pencil to the test – mechanical pencils are not allowed.
For all SHS students, the official school day will begin with first period starting at 10:15 a.m., and all classes will be held each day. The revised bell schedule for the week is posted here on the Solon High School home page.
The buses will run at regular times all week. Ninth, 11th and 12th grade students who arrive to school before 8 a.m. must report to study hall. Please be advised that all entry doors will be locked between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. All students not taking the OGT will be permitted to enter the building at 10 a.m. and will be allowed to go to their lockers at 10:05.