Families and residents invited to Community Open House to View After Prom Friday, May 06, 2016
To provide a safe, drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere for students to pursue their after-prom festivities each year, the Solon High School PTA stages an extensive, themed event immediately following prom.
This year’s event will again be held at Solon High School, where party-goers will enjoy the theme “Carpe Diem: Seas the Day” with games, music, food, dancing and other activities.
The public is invited to an open house to view the extensive after-prom decorations all in keeping with the “Seas the Day” theme at Solon High School just prior to the event on Saturday, May 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a fun experience for families with young children.
Community members are encouraged to enter through the Senior Commons entrance to the high school near the auditorium along the east drive entrance to the school.
Safety Urged for Prom and Graduation Season Friday, May 06, 2016
With prom and graduation events beginning this weekend, the Solon Schools are urging students to make wise choices by celebrating responsibly and parents and local businesses that host underage student parties to ensure these gatherings are drug and alcohol free.
Ohio underage drinking laws include penalties for adults who enable underage drinking that occurs on property under their control. The law covers underage drinking in private homes as well as at hotels, motels, campgrounds and other public places like restaurants, according to the state Department of Safety Ohio Investigative Unit, which is charged with enforcing the liquor laws.
Parents should be aware of the following:
• It is illegal to provide a place for an underage child and his or her friends to drink in a “safe” environment. In fact, parents are not permitted to provide alcohol to children under 21, who are not their own, even if it is in a private home and with the other parents' permission. Adults convicted of providing alcohol to a child under 21 years of age face maximum sentences of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
• It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21.
Playhouse Squares Announces Nine Dazzle Award Nominations for Solon High School’s Shrek the Musical Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The buzz surrounding Solon High School’s spring show, Shrek the Musical, continued today as the production garnered nine nominations in this year’s Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards. The Dazzle Awards are a Tony Awards-like honor presented at a showcase event May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to see our students receive this recognition for the countless hours they spend creating the worlds of our shows, all the while maintaining their coursework and participating in so many other activities,” said Kris Ferencie, SHS drama advisor. “We are extremely proud of the fact that our shows are completely self-funded, supported by box office receipts, program ads and other fund-raisers. On behalf of the entire artistic staff, thank you to our school community for the incredible support, our parent committees for their behind-the-scenes work, and our audiences for joining us on each new journey.
Solon Board of Education approves new contract for Fred Bolden as Assistant Superintendent for Business and PersonnelTuesday, April 26, 2016
The Solon Board of Education tonight approved a new two-year contract for Fred Bolden, promoting him to the role of Assistant Superintendent for Business and Personnel. The new title reflects the expanded responsibilities Mr. Bolden has assumed in the four years since he joined the central office administrative team.
“Fred’s leadership skills and the scope of the job he is doing day to day in terms of operations and planning prompted this change,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joseph Regano. “He is integrally involved in so many of our systems. Additionally, with his broad skill set he has implemented technology-based efficiencies in many areas saving time and boosting productivity.”
Mr. Bolden replaced former Assistant Superintendent Tom Stupica upon his retirement in summer 2012 and was named Director of Business and Personnel. “At the time Fred was elevated to the district-level director position, we anticipated shifting more responsibilities his way over time,” Mr. Regano said. “With Fred’s continued growth in the job, we have been able to make those changes as planned.”
Solon High School String Quartet Wins 'Battle of the Chamber Ensembles'Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Although many high school students may be familiar with local battle of the bands competitions, Solon High School students are now embracing the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s take on that challenge by winning the “Youth Chamber Music Challenge” April 24.
In its second year, the chamber music challenge featured four ensembles from three prestigious area high school music programs in a ‘battle of chamber music ensembles.’ The event fulfilled its promise as a “delightful presentation of chamber music from some of the finest young musicians in the region,” according to the Chamber Music Society.
The Solon students on the winning quartet are Masa Arakawa (violin 1), Alice Wu (violin 2), Sarah Hong (viola), and Katsu Arakawa (cello). Solon orchestra teacher Gerald MacDougall directed the students as they played String Quartet No. 2, Op. 51 No. 2 – I. Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms.
“Our SHS students played exceptionally well,” said orchestra teacher Gerry MacDougall. “This was a tremendous experience for our students.
Solon High School Chess Team 3-Peats as State ChampionMonday, April 25, 2016
The Solon High School chess team earned its third consecutive Ohio state chess title this weekend at the 2016 Ohio State High School Chess
Championship in Wilmington, Ohio.
Representing SHS were Alex Barto, Zach Barto, Jasen Lai, Alan Liu, Joel Jaffe, Daniel Guo, Ian Golias, Malcolm Golias, Neel Mehta, Roger Poduska and John Xiang.
Alan Liu captured second place and Joel Jaffe took third, scoring five out of six possible match points each. Ian Golias, Daniel Guo and Jasen Lai all received outstanding performance trophies for notching four out of six match points.
“Adding this third straight state title to its long list of accomplishments, makes the SHS team one of the best scholastic chess teams in Ohio history,” said adviser Tony Dunlap.
Solon High School Rated One of the Nation's Best By U.S. News & World ReportMonday, April 25, 2016
Solon High School is one of only 18 schools in Ohio – and three in Northeast Ohio – to earn a Gold Medal Best rating in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings. Additionally, SHS is the top-ranked Ohio school on the U.S. News Best STEM Schools list, ranking #24 in the nation this year. No other Ohio school is in the top 50 national STEM school ranking.
“Solon High School has earned a Gold Medal in U.S. News Best High Schools rankings for many years, which is a reflection on the consistency and rigor of our high-quality academic program here in Solon,” said Solon Schools Superintendent Joseph Regano. “We equally gratified to see that our students’ high achievement in the areas of math and science led to SHS once again making the Best STEM Schools list, and ranking the highest of any Ohio high school.”
The annual U.S. News Best High School rankings are based on data collected on more than 21,000 public high schools.
Solon Middle School Writers Excel at Regional Power of the Pen CompetitionMonday, April 25, 2016
Competing against 200 writers from 30 area schools, Solon Middle School’s Seventh Grade Power of the Pen team took third place at the regional tournament.
Additionally, two students – seventh grader Rachael Zhan and eighth grader Wenzhao Qui – earned “Best of the Best” awards. To earn the “Best” award, their top writing from the district competition was judged against other superior works from around the state. Their pieces will be published in the Power of the Pen Book of Winners and they will receive other “Best of the Best” prizes.
Overall, three SMS students qualified for the state tournament at the College of Wooster on May 27: Rachael Zhan, Wenzhao Qui and eighth grader Maleeha Ansari.