Solon High School Celebrates Academic Signing Day and the Class of 2015Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Solon High School is marking the achievement of the Class of 2015 with its annual Academic Signing Day on April 29. Modeled after the headline-grabbing signing days when high school athletes sign letters of intent to colleges and universities for athletics, the Academic Signing Day provides a vehicle for all Solon seniors to have their photo taken while signing a certificate indicating where they will attend college or other post-high school plans, such as the military, safety force academies or the work force. The hundreds of signed certificates are then posted in the school.
Although not all students have made their final decisions about which colleges or universities they will attend, May 1st is the traditional “decision day.”
The success Solon students experience in choosing their “right match” college is a reflection on the hard work of the high school’s guidance counselors, which includes relationship building with admissions professionals at the nation’s colleges and universities. Solon High School has always had a positive reputation throughout Ohio as having outstanding students, but now SHS and its students are known nationally as well.
Solon Lacrosse Team Giving Back with Food Drive This WeekTuesday, April 28, 2015
The Solon lacrosse team is collecting food for those in need this week. The donations will be delivered to the WomenSafe, a domestic abuse shelter and resource center in Chesterland.
The team will be collecting non-perishable food items at its games vs. St. Ignatius on Wednesday, April 29. Students can get into the game two for the price of one if they bring a friend to the game and both Solon students bring canned or boxed food items to donate. All fans are encouraged to bring donations to the JV game at 5 p.m. or to the varsity game at 7 p.m. The buy-one-get-one ticket to the game is only open to Solon students.
The team’s outreach project will continue on Saturday, May 2, as the team will fan out through the city to collect donations for WomenSafe from Solon residents. Donations may also be dropped off at the team’s centralized collection center next to the high school stadium from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
WomenSafe provides 24 hour support and crisis management, and provides a COPEline at 888-285-5665.
Solon Providing Input to Senate Assessment Review ProcessTuesday, April 28, 2015
Solon is providing direct input to the Ohio Senate Advisory Committee on Testing. Superintendent Joe Regano, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Debbie Siegel and Solon High School Assistant Principal Terry Brownlow traveled to Columbus to work with other school districts to furnish specific guidance to the Senators studying Ohio’s state assessment system.
As part of that process, the following guidelines were delivered directly to Sen. Peggy Lehner, the chair of the Senate’s Education Committee, who is heading the Advisory Committee on Testing.
Five Guiding Principles for Required State Tests
• All tests for all grades are administered under the same testing platform and vendor.
• All required state tests are administered during one testing event per year per student.
• All test content is closely aligned to state academic standards.
• Satisfies the minimum federal requirements under No Child Left Behind.
• Test time for all grades is developmentally appropriate for students.
Mr. Regano, Mrs. Siegel and Mrs. Brownlow will remain engaged in this study and advisory process.
SMS PTA Dining Night Out Fundraiser at Senorita Bonita's is April 28Monday, April 27, 2015
It’s not quite Cinco de Mayo yet, but the celebration can begin with the Solon Middle School PTA Dining Night Out Fundraiser at Senorita Bonita’s on Tuesday, April 28.
The SMS PTA will receive 15 percent of all dinner purchases – both dine in and carry out – from 5 to 9 p.m.
Please present the attached flier at the time of purchase to be sure the SMS PTA is credited. Resources: Print Senorita Bonita PTA Flier Here
Intrinsic Art Auction April 25 Benefits Charity:WaterThursday, 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 BowlThursday, 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).
House Budget Retains TPP Phase-Out Starting This Year; Solon's $8.3 Million in Annual TPP Funding Still at RiskWednesday, April 22, 2015
Moving past the sound bites from the House Finance Committee action sending its version of the budget bill to the floor for a vote this week, the Solon Schools are headed for a fiscal cliff with $8.3 million in annual state reimbursement funding for lost local Tangible Personal Property taxes still in jeopardy.
“The spin from the amendment on TPP in the omnibus budget bill passed out of the House Finance Committee is that school districts are held harmless on TPP,” said Solon Superintendent Joe Regano. “The reality is that this bill starts the TPP phase out immediately. The amendment creates a temporary backfill of supplemental dollars as a Band-Aid for the first two years of the phase out for districts like ours with large TPP losses. This supplement is for two years only. At the end of this budget cycle in July 2017 we head off a cliff financially as we will effectively then be at year three of the TPP phase out with no reimbursement for those lost local revenues.”
For Solon, the TPP phase out means a loss of approximately $1.3 million a year every year until the district’s current $8.3 million per year in TPP funding is gone. Taking $8.
Solon Testifies at House Finance Committee Hearing on the Budget; Keep the Contact Coming to LegislatorsFriday, April 17, 2015
Solon Schools Superintendent Joe Regano, Treasurer Tim Pickana and Board Member Julie Glavin testified at the House Finance Committee hearing in the budget bill. Solon, along with a committed group of other impacted school districts, urged legislators to retain current law on TPP funding.
Please keep the pressure on lawmakers this weekend as they consider amendments to the budget bill. Call or email to our state Rep. Marlene Anielski and the entire Finance Committee this weekend to express your support for retaining TPP funding. The contacts are posted below.