Strategic Planning Community Meeting September 30Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Solon Schools’ families and community members are invited to a Strategic Planning Community Meeting on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School Lecture Hall. The meeting is being convened to discuss district facilities and enrollment.
At the meeting, Superintendent Joe Regano will outline the work and recommendations of the Strategic Planning Action Team from 2011 analyzing a possible reconfiguring of the school buildings for instructional and financial efficiency while maintaining excellent student achievement and performance.
When the group concluded its deliberations, it recommended to the Solon Board of Education that the district take more time to gather additional years of enrollment trend data and set as a trigger point kindergarten enrollment of 275 students for two consecutive years. Solon’s kindergarten enrollment has failed to meet that threshold since that time and the district is therefore reopening the discussion and decision-making regarding the efficient use of district school buildings.
Mr. Regano will outline potential options for addressing the issues surrounding enrollment stabilization and building efficiency.
Solon Schools Release Quality Profile: New Report Highlights the Depth and Breadth of the Educational Experience of Solon StudentsMonday, September 15, 2014
The Solon Schools today joined with 59 other districts statewide in releasing a comprehensive community-oriented companion report to the State of Ohio School Report Cards. The “Quality Profile” details additional accountability indicators that more completely define a high-quality public education.
The Solon City Schools Quality Profile demonstrates the depth and breadth of the excellent educational program provided in Solon and reflects the values and goals outlined in the district’s mission and Strategic Plan. Specifically, the Quality Profile outlines results in the following categories: Academics; Arts, Athletics & Activities; Student Leadership & Engagement; Fiscal Stewardship; Parent & Community Involvement; and Student Services.
“Our stellar 2013-14 Ohio School Report Card results ranking us #3 in the state and #1 in Northeast Ohio for student achievement are obviously a great source of pride,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “But our responsibility to provide the best possible educational program expands beyond the accountability measures graded by the state.
Read MoreResources: Read the Solon Quality Profile
Solon earns A on State of Ohio School Report Card, Earning #3 Achievement Ranking in Ohio and #1 in Northeast OhioFriday, September 12, 2014
The 2013-14 Ohio School Report Cards released today by the Ohio Department of Education show that Solon students again this year achieved at higher levels than the previous year.
The district received an A for Achievement, meeting 100%, or 24 out of 24 indicators.
The district’s Performance Index Score also earned an A, increasing to 111.8 this year, from 110.9 last year. This ranks the Solon Schools third in the state, and first in Northeast Ohio, among public school districts.
“We are pleased to see these excellent results and that once again our students are achieving at the highest levels in the state,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “We made gains in many areas and these positive results are evidence of our sharp attention on continuous quality improvement and raising the achievement bar for all students. The Ohio Report Card results verify that Solon students are mastering the rigorous content.”
The Performance Index measures achievement of students over time, Mr. Regano explained.
17 Solon High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists for 2015Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Solon High School is marking the achievement of 17 seniors who have been named as Semi-Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
“Everyone at Solon High School is proud of the academic achievements of the entire class of 2015,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “We are also delighted to see the number of our students who have been named to the roster of National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists for this year. The high number of students recognized each year in the National Merit Scholar programs is a direct reflection of the commitment to continuing excellence here at Solon High School and throughout the Solon Schools.”
The 17 National Merit Semi-Finalists from Solon High School are Sara Anjum, Dallin Ashton, Monika Bandi, Zachary Bogorad, Lauren Finkenthal, Christopher Guo, Yi-Lin Huang, Zhong Huang, Indeep Janda, Yucen Li, Amardeep Mudhar, Rachel Prokopius, Catherine Riordan, Josh Rosenberg, Andre Saunders, Shreyas Tallamraju and Cameron Wells.
Each of these students earned a score on the PSAT that was high enough to rank them as a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist.
Solon High School Visit Day for Eighth Graders Now Attending Private Schools Set for October 29Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Solon High School is opening its doors on Wednesday, October 29, to prospective students currently attending private or parochial schools. This annual Solon High School Visit Day is for Solon and Glenwillow residents – both students and their parents – who are currently enrolled in eighth grade at a private or parochial school and who are considering enrolling in the high school as ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year.
The October 29 program is scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10:35 a.m. at Solon High School, 33600 Inwood Road. Students and parents should enter through the front entrance doors of Solon High School, where they will check in for the program. The session begins promptly at 8 a.m.
Prospective students and their parents will meet with SHS administrators and guidance counselors for a 30-minute introduction to the school and its academic and extracurricular offerings, followed by a brief building tour. Finally, prospective students will spend two academic periods shadowing a current SHS freshman.
At 10:35 a.m., students will sign out in the guidance office and should be picked up by parents at that time.
Arthur Road Staff Step Up to the Ice Bucket ChallengeFriday, September 05, 2014
Today's heat and humidity provided the perfect backdrop for the Arthur Road staff to take its Ice Bucket Challenge.
The staff gathered in the school courtyard to douse themselves in icy cold water and raise awareness for ALS.Resources: Watch Arthur Road's Ice Bucket Challenge Here!
Solon Curriculum Nights Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Solon Schools' parents will connect with teachers and building staff during the upcoming Curriculum Night programs at each school. The schedule is as follows:
August 27: Orchard – 5th grade – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
September 2: Orchard – 6th grade – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
September 3: Solon Middle School – 7 p.m.
September 4: Arthur Road, Lewis, Parkside & Roxbury – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
September 8: Solon High School – 7 to 8:45 p.m.
Thank you to all families for being valuable partners in their child's education!
Orchard's Administrative Team Joins the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeTuesday, August 26, 2014
Orchard Middle School's principal, Cari Mineard, and assistant principal, Rocco Sciarabba, joined in the awareness-building campaign for ALS by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Mrs. Mineard and Mr. Sciarabba simultaneously completed the challenge and then issued a challenge for the Roxbury and Lewis Elementary School administrators and staff to do the same.
Congratulations Mrs. Mineard and Mr. Sciarabba on completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!Resources: Watch Orchard's Ice Bucket Challenge Here!