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 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 Future Problem Solvers Succeed at State Bowl; Qualify for Internationals in JuneMonday, April 25, 2016
The 73 Solon students competing at the 2016 Future Problem Solving State Bowl hosted here in Solon at the Middle School captured 24 individual and team awards. Two Solon FPS teams and four individual students qualified for the upcoming International Competition at Michigan State University in June.
“Solon FPS had a very successful weekend,” said Solon’s FPS advisor Sabrina Tirpak. “Students from Orchard, SMS and SHS won numerous awards in several categories.”
The students invited to represent Ohio at the International Competition are: from Solon High School Justin Prindle, Joseph Feng, Vikas Jain, Cyrus Young, Jake Adelstein, Lauren Tucker, Ryan Ebenstein and Daniel Lin; from Solon Middle School Gina Kong and Gurnoor Majhail; and from Orchard Helen Otterman and Iris Yu.
Overall, Solon students won the following awards at the state competition:
Global Issues Problem Solving (Team):
Senior Division (grades 10-12): Justin Prindle, Joseph Feng, Vikas Jain and Cyrus Young (first); Jake Adelstein, Lauren Tucker, Ryan Ebenstein and Daniel Lin (second); and Connor Strobel, Madeleine Burland and Hannah Edelman (third).
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.
Deadline Extended to Friday For Pre-Orders of Summer Reading TitlesWednesday, April 20, 2016
The Solon Academic Boosters Club has extended the deadline for students in grades 8-11 to buy required summer reading books through its advance purchase program. All orders must be turned in to the Middle School office or the SHS Bookstore by Friday, April 22. Checks should be made payable to the Solon Board of Education. No orders can be accepted after Friday.
The SHS summer reading list and pre-order form is attached. This list includes all required summer reading for some of the high school’s English and social studies classes next fall.
The books marked with an asterisk on the list will have an accompanying assignment to be completed during the summer. The assignments will be posted on the school website in June.
All books are available at any book store, and the pre-order program is offered as a convenience.Resources: 2016 Summer Reading List & Pre-Order Form
Shrek the Musical Opens April 14 and Continues Through April 17Thursday, April 14, 2016
It’s Opening Night for Shrek the Musical!
Shrek the Musical is on the Solon High School stage April 14-17. The show is perfect for audiences of all ages.
Show times are Thursday, April 14, Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, 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 show. Solon senior citizens are free to all shows with proof of Solon residency. (Solon seniors should contact the Box Office at email@example.com to obtain the free ticket code).
To purchase tickets and select reserved seats online, go to solon.es/shrek.
There is a small service charge for ordering tickets online. Please be sure to print your tickets after ordering them online. The box office will be unable to print online tickets purchased in advance.
The box office will be open one hour prior to curtain times on the day of shows. Resources: Buy Tickets Here!
Important State Assessment Information for Solon High School FamiliesThursday, April 14, 2016
Ninth and 10th grade students need to be in their testing room ready to begin testing at 7:45 a.m. both Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19. A light breakfast, sponsored by PTA, will be available to tested students at 7:20 a.m. on Monday morning outside of the Bookstore, and students will be expected to be in their testing room by 7:40 on both days, so that proctors may begin reading directions promptly at 7:45 a.m.
Additionally, on April 18 and 19, juniors and seniors will not be permitted into the building (unless they ride the bus to school and are in by 7:45 a.m.) until 9:35. This slight schedule change was made to accommodate adding five minutes to the testing window both days to meet changes the state made in testing times.
For the remainder of the testing days this spring, schedule posted under the News and Notes section on the high school home page will be followed.