Solon Schools' Spring Concert Schedule AnnouncedMonday, October 12, 2015
Although it is barely fall, mark your calendar now for the Solon Schools' spring choral, band and orchestra concerts.
All concerts are staged in the Solon High School auditorium unless otherwise noted:
Solon Schools’ Spring Concert Schedule 2016
Spring Musical – April 14, 15, 16 at 7 p.m.; April 17 at 2 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
Orchard Choral Concert – April 21 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
SHS Band Concert – April 27 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
SHS Orchestra Concert – April 28 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
SMS Strings Concert – May 4 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
4th-6th Grade Strings Concert – May 5 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
SMS Choral Concert – May 10 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
SMS Band Concert – May 11 at 7 p.m. (SMS gym)
SHS Choral Concert – May 12 at 7 p.m. (SHS auditorium)
Students Invited to Unleash Their Talents for Annual PTA Reflections Art Competition Monday, October 05, 2015
Solon students are encouraged to apply their talents and creativity for the national PTA Reflections art contest. The annual Reflections program offers students an opportunity to explore their artistic abilities and create works of art for fun and recognition.
“Solon and the PTA are strong advocates for arts education,” said JoEllen Weingarten, Solon’s PTA Reflections chair. “Reflections is great process for students to explore their artistry. We hope Solon students will be inspired by the theme to express themselves through artwork and experience the joy and fun of creating.”
This year’s theme is Let Your Imagination Fly. Students may submit artwork incorporating this theme in six categories: Visual Arts, Film Production, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Photography.
Artwork is judged locally in separate grade divisions. All participants will be recognized. The work of 22 local Solon winners will move on to the state competition, and the state winners advance to the national PTA finals.
Read MoreResources: PTA Reflections Student Entry Form 2015-16
Team Solon Shines at 2015 Into the Light WalkMonday, October 05, 2015
This year's Team Solon raised $2,500 for the Into the Light Walk held October 4 at Cleveland MetroParks Zoo. The funds raised support suicide prevention efforts and mental health services.
Leading up to the walk, Solon High School last week raised awareness about teen depression and suicide with daily announcements and information for students.
Thank you to the Solon students, families and staff who supported this important effort.
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.