Intrinsic Art Auction April 25 Benefits Charity:WaterThursday, April 23, 2015
Solon High School is hosting an Intrinsic Art Auction on Saturday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m. at in the atrium.
Sponsored by the student philanthropic club Intrinsic Art, the annual auction connects art to the community and raises money for a charitable cause. This year, Intrinsic Art will donate the proceeds from the auction of original student works to Charity: Water.
Charity: Water is dedicated to establishing long-lasting clean water flows in developing nations.
Intrinsic Art has raised more than $2,000 in past auctions for Soldiers’ Angels, Doctors Without Borders and the Heifer International organizations.
Solon Future Problem Solvers Earn Trophies at the State BowlThursday, April 23, 2015
Defending their “home turf,” Solon’s Orchard, Solon Middle School and Solon High School Future Problem Solving teams and individual competitors competing in the State Bowl won 13 trophies in four different competitions.
Fourteen Solon students qualified for the International Competition at Iowa State University in June: Jake Adelstein, Ryan Ebenstein, Alex Fan and Lauren Tucker (SHS); Lea Kim, Alison Xin, Timothy Yi, Albert Zhu, Julia Fan, Neha Gupta, Sandy Shen, Rachel Wilson and Nicholas Kernan (SMS); and Natalie Miller (Orchard).
“I am so proud of all of our Solon competitors,” said Sabrina Tirpak, Solon FPS advisor. “The hard work and commitment show in the success our teams demonstrated throughout the competition.”
Overall, Solon students won the following awards at states:
• Global Issues Problem Solving
Solon Middle School: Lea Kim, Alison Xin, Timothy Yi and Albert Zhu (first) and Julia Fan, Neha Gupta, Sandy Shen and Rachel Wilson (second).
Solon High School: Jake Adelstein, Ryan Ebenstein, Alex Fan and Lauren Tucker (second) and Dorothy Chan, Jessica Jin, Chris Guo and Kathleen (third).
House Budget Retains TPP Phase-Out Starting This Year; Solon's $8.3 Million in Annual TPP Funding Still at RiskWednesday, April 22, 2015
Moving past the sound bites from the House Finance Committee action sending its version of the budget bill to the floor for a vote this week, the Solon Schools are headed for a fiscal cliff with $8.3 million in annual state reimbursement funding for lost local Tangible Personal Property taxes still in jeopardy.
“The spin from the amendment on TPP in the omnibus budget bill passed out of the House Finance Committee is that school districts are held harmless on TPP,” said Solon Superintendent Joe Regano. “The reality is that this bill starts the TPP phase out immediately. The amendment creates a temporary backfill of supplemental dollars as a Band-Aid for the first two years of the phase out for districts like ours with large TPP losses. This supplement is for two years only. At the end of this budget cycle in July 2017 we head off a cliff financially as we will effectively then be at year three of the TPP phase out with no reimbursement for those lost local revenues.”
For Solon, the TPP phase out means a loss of approximately $1.3 million a year every year until the district’s current $8.3 million per year in TPP funding is gone. Taking $8.
Solon Testifies at House Finance Committee Hearing on the Budget; Keep the Contact Coming to LegislatorsFriday, April 17, 2015
Solon Schools Superintendent Joe Regano, Treasurer Tim Pickana and Board Member Julie Glavin testified at the House Finance Committee hearing in the budget bill. Solon, along with a committed group of other impacted school districts, urged legislators to retain current law on TPP funding.
Please keep the pressure on lawmakers this weekend as they consider amendments to the budget bill. Call or email to our state Rep. Marlene Anielski and the entire Finance Committee this weekend to express your support for retaining TPP funding. The contacts are posted below.
Antoine Campbell selected as new Solon Middle School Assistant PrincipalFriday, April 17, 2015
Moving across S.O.M. Center Road, Antoine Campbell will become the new Solon Middle School assistant principal beginning this summer. Mr. Campbell is a Solon High School assistant principal. He will join Scott Hatteberg, who was recently named to replace retiring principal Eugenia Green, on the SMS administrative team.
An experienced administrator and educator, Mr. Campbell joined the Solon Schools eight years ago. He came to Solon from the Akron Schools, where he was a principal at the Akron Opportunity Center, an alternative school program for at-risk seventh and eighth grade students. He also worked as an assistant principal at Riedinger Middle School in Akron and in the Maple Heights City Schools. Mr. Campbell earned both his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s in educational administration from the University of Ashland.
“Antoine’s blend of academic experience and interpersonal skills make him a perfect fit for Solon Middle School,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano.
“I will miss the staff and students at Solon High School,” Mr. Campbell said.
April 20 OPEN Program Focuses on Language Skills and DevelopmentWednesday, April 15, 2015
The Solon Organized Education Network is hosting a speech-language specialist April 20 to share information for parents about the general language development of children in grades K-4.
Speech therapist Stefanie Peck, M.A. CCC-SLP, of The Center for LifeSkills in Solon, will share strategies for parents to help increase their child’s receptive and expressive language skills at home. She will also target the benefit of interdisciplinary treatment, such as involving occupational and physical therapy within speech treatments sessions.
The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Solon Board of Education. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Solon’s Parent Mentor Anne Harmody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solon Middle School Science Olympiad Team Captures State ChampionshipMonday, April 13, 2015
Continuing its winning ways, the Solon Middle School Science Olympiad team won the Ohio championship this weekend at the state competition at OSU.
The state win qualifies the team for a return trip to the national tournament next month in Nebraska.
Congratulations to the students, their parents and their advisers!
Take Action to Preserve TPP NOW: Your Help is Needed Immediately to Contact All House Finance Committee MembersThursday, April 09, 2015
It is time to ramp up the pressure on lawmakers in Columbus on the TPP funding issue. We have reached a critical point in the budget process.
If you have already contacted legislators by sending letters and postcards, thank you. There were noticed, but we need a stronger and louder voice during this part of the process.
We must get to the entire House Finance and Appropriations Committee right away. We are moving to email as the primary means of communication for now to be sure these messages get there quickly.
Attached for your convenience is a sample letter, which carries a similar message we began sending to Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairman Ryan Smith a week ago. If you haven’t sent the letter to Chairman Smith and our own state Rep. Marlene Anielski yet, please do so immediately. Additionally, please send this same letter via email to ALL members of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. Their contact information is attached for your easy reference and you can just copy and paste your letter and send to each legislator on the list. We know this list is long, but please take the 15 minutes or so to complete this needed action.
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