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Congratulations to Solon’s Orchard, SMS and SHS Future Problem Solving Teams! They all had a successful weekend at the FPS State Bowl, hosted here in Solon.  Solon teams and individual competitors won 26 awards and earned eight of the 10 possible spots to qualify for the international competition in June in Iowa! 

Check Out the Solon High School Summer Reading List for the 2014-15 School Year
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Solon High School summer reading list for 2014 is hot off the press! This listing includes all of the books students will need to read during the summer in preparation for many of the high school’s English and social studies classes in the fall of 2014. The books marked with an * will have an accompanying assignment to be completed during the summer. Those assignments will be posted on the school website in June.

All of the books on the summer reading list are available at any book store, but for students’ convenience, they may submit the form below and the Solon Academic Boosters Club will order the books and have them ready for pick up before the end of the school year.

Orders and payment need to be returned to the high school book store or the middle school office by Wednesday, April 23. Checks should be made payable to the Solon Board of Education. Cash is also accepted.

Resources: SHS Summer Reading List 2014

Attention Senior Families: The Deadline to Order Class of 2014 Graduation Yard Signs is May 2
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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 2, and signs will be ready for pick up at the Senior Honors Banquet and Awards Program on Tuesday, May 20.

You will find the form in the Notes & News section of the SHS home page or by clicking on the link below.

Place your completed order form and check or cash in a sealed envelope marked “Graduation Sign” on the outside of the envelope and have your senior drop it off in the box in the SHS office. You may also mail it to Susan Pohle, 34771 Summerset Drive, Solon, Ohio 44139. Checks should be made out to “SHS PTA.”

For more information, please contact Sue Pohle at five_for_pohle@sbcglobal.net

Resources: Class of 2014 Graduation Yard Sign Order Form

Teaching rewards heart as well as mind
Tuesday, 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.

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Drama in dancing: Drama Club brings 'Footloose' to SHS stage
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Students take to the stage during the Parent Performance
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.

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Everybody Get Footloose! SHS Spring Musical Opens April 10
Friday, 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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Resources: Buy Footloose Tickets Here

Additional Parking Spaces Available for Sophomores Beginning March 31
Friday, 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 Fundraiser
Wednesday, 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 2014
Tuesday, 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: terrybrowlow@solonboe.org.

For information regarding AP exam credit policies at the college level, go to http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp.

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News and Notes:

Gradebook Parent Viewer

This application allows you to view your student's grades and attendance in a real-time atmosphere.

Gradebook Parent Viewer

SHS Summer Reading List 2014

SHS Summer Reading List 2014

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Opportunities for students in high school/

2014 High School Options

Senior Project 2014

The Senior Project is designed to provide qualified seniors with the opportunity to explore individual interests and career opportunities in an extended community partnership.

Senior Project Website

2013-14 SHS Parking Passes

Register beginning July 1st. Permits are only available for 11th and 12th Grade students at that time.

February 3, 2014: Now Open to Sophomores for a limited time.

Parking Permit Application Website

2014 SHS Senior Yard Signs

Graduation yard signs for the class of 2014 can be pre-ordered now through the SHS PTA!

Senior Yard Sign Order Form

Program of Studies

Program of Studies 2014-15

New 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.

2013-14 SHS Exam Schedule

Student Handbook

Please click on the link below to read the school handbook. Parent and student must sign off that they read the handbook when completing the eForms.

SHS Handbook 2013-14

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Scholastic's 2014

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