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Congratulations to Solon students, staff and families on an excellent State of Ohio School Report Card. Solon Schools ranked #3 in the state and #1 in Northeast Ohio!

Get Your Class of 2015 Yard Sign! The Deadline to Pre-Order is May 1
Friday, April 24, 2015

Graduation yard signs are only available through pre-order. Signs are $15 and the deadline is approaching to order. Paid orders are due on Friday, May 1, and signs will be ready for pick up at the Senior Honors Banquet and Awards Program on Tuesday, May 19, from 4:45 to 7 p.m. outside the Senior Commons.

Signs are available by pre-order only. To be sure your yard has the 2015 SHS graduating senior sign, print out the attached form and return it as directed with the $15 pre-payment. Checks should be made payable to SHS PTA. If your student is dropping off a pre-order in the SHS office, please be sure the outside of the envelope is clearly marked “Graduation Sign.”

Resources: Class of 2015 Sign Order Form

Intrinsic Art Auction April 25 Benefits Charity:Water
Thursday, 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 Bowl
Thursday, 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).

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PREVIEW: Q&A with retiring teacher Mr. Digiovanni
Thursday, April 23, 2015
SHS Courier
Alex Jackson
News Writer

Q: How long have you been teaching and/or coaching in Solon?
A: I’ve been coaching the wrestling team here at SHS since 1983 and teaching physical education since 1985.

Q: What was your favorite part of working here at SHS?
A: Seeing the kids change and grow up and have an understanding of the importance of hard work, communication [and] working together; seeing kids mature [and] develop; seeing kids understand why they are asked to do things they might not want to do; getting kids to enjoy things they didn’t expect to enjoy doing.

Q: What was the hardest part of working here at SHS?

READ THE ANSWER TO THIS AND MORE--Issue 8 of the Courier is out Friday, April 24!

Summer Reading List for Grades 10-12
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Solon High School summer reading list for students in grades 10-12 next year is now available. The list for next year's 9th grade students will be distributed separately later this spring. This listing includes all of the books students need to read over the summer in preparation for some of the high school’s English and social studies classes in the fall of 2015. The books marked with an “*” will have an accompanying assignment to be completed during the summer. These assignments will be posted on the school website in June.

All of these books are available at any book store, but for your convenience, if you submit the attached form, the Academic Booster Club will shop for you and have the books ready to be picked up by your student before the end of this school year. Orders and payment need to be returned to the high school bookstore by April 17. Checks should be made payable to the Solon Board of Education. Cash is also accepted.

Resources: 2015 Summer Reading List Grades 10-12

TEDxSolonHighSchool event April 13
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On Monday, April 13, Solon High School will host Solon’s first ever TEDx event, in which six local speakers will come give TED talks to inspire and share ideas with the Solon community. This year’s theme is “Old Ideas in a Modern World,” and each speaker has his/her perspective to share. Come join us on April 13th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Solon High School Lecture Hall.

This year we welcome the following six speakers:

Terrance Egger is the former CEO of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Zach Schwartz is an alumni from Solon High School and the founder of the youth business incubator LightHouse Ohio.

Erin Huber is an alumni from Solon High School and the founder of Drink Local Drink Tap.

Edwin Zhang is an alumni from Solon High School and now a Solon Speech and Debate coach.

Gurwin Ahuja works in the Executive Office for the President of the United States.

Roop Kaw is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Only 100 people will be admitted to the event, so sign up before it’s too late. Register and find out more about TEDxSolonHighSchool at www.tedxsolonhighschool.weebly.com.

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Former Police Officers Share Personal Safety Strategies with SHS Students
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

All junior and senior students today participated in the program “Survive: Courage-based Self Defense Seminar.” Presented by personal safety experts and former Cincinnati police officers Debbie and Mike Gardner, the program provided practical advice to students about how to change their mindset and learn to control their fear in potentially frightening or dangerous situations.

Each year, the high school holds a similar campus safety program for the seniors before they head off to college. This year, the junior class was included so more SHS students could learn the important and relevant personal safety strategies shared during the presentation.

A resource outlining the basic principles covered in today’s program is posted below. Parents can use the document as a starting point to talk to their teens about the strategies they took away from the program that will make them more confident and assured about how to respond in unsafe situations. This is essential dialogue to continue at home.

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Resources: Personal Safety Resource

3-Minutes with Meredith
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Meredith Maiorana interviewed first-year MIM members, Erin Eisner (So) and Caleb Grignon (Fr) about their debut performance at the Piqua Show Choir Invitational.

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PowerSchool Gradebook Login

Students and Parents: Follow the link below to login to the online PowerSchool Gradebook.

STUDENTS: Use your Network login to access class grade information.

PARENTS: Create an account and use access code mailed to you to add your students.

Student/Parent PowerSchool Login

SHS Required 2015 Summer Reading List

2015 Summer Reading List

Freshman Mentor Program

If you are interested in being a Freshman Mentor for the 2015-16 school year please use the link below to apply online.

Freshman Mentor Online Application

Summer Learning Opportunities

Click on the link below to explore Summer Learning Opportunities for high school students.

Summer Opportunities HS

Senior Project 2015

Use the link below to access the Senior Project website.

Senior Project Website

2015 Scheduling Instructions


Program of Studies 2015-16

Program of Studies 2015-16

Senior Yard Sign

Senior Families: Celebrate your child's high school graduation with a Senior Yard Sign. Orders are due May 1.

2015 Senior Yard Sign Order Form

SHS Student Handbook

Click on the file below to read the Solon High School Student Handbook.

SHS Handbook 2014-15

2014-15 SHS Parking Passes

Register Now. Permits are only available for 11th and 12th Grade students at that time.

Sophomore parking permits available online beginning Friday, March 27 at 3:00pm.

Parking Permit Website

Solon High School Exam Schedule

This schedule will be used for both semester and final exams. Requests to change an exam in advance MUST be approved by Ms. Short in writing. All exams must be taken within the Exam Schedule time frame.

2014-15 SHS Exam Schedule

2014 Best High Schools