Solon Board of Education approves new contract for Fred Bolden as Assistant Superintendent for Business and PersonnelTuesday, April 26, 2016
The Solon Board of Education tonight approved a new two-year contract for Fred Bolden, promoting him to the role of Assistant Superintendent for Business and Personnel. The new title reflects the expanded responsibilities Mr. Bolden has assumed in the four years since he joined the central office administrative team.
“Fred’s leadership skills and the scope of the job he is doing day to day in terms of operations and planning prompted this change,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joseph Regano. “He is integrally involved in so many of our systems. Additionally, with his broad skill set he has implemented technology-based efficiencies in many areas saving time and boosting productivity.”
Mr. Bolden replaced former Assistant Superintendent Tom Stupica upon his retirement in summer 2012 and was named Director of Business and Personnel. “At the time Fred was elevated to the district-level director position, we anticipated shifting more responsibilities his way over time,” Mr. Regano said. “With Fred’s continued growth in the job, we have been able to make those changes as planned.”
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 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.
Solon Middle School Writers Excel at Regional Power of the Pen CompetitionMonday, April 25, 2016
Competing against 200 writers from 30 area schools, Solon Middle School’s Seventh Grade Power of the Pen team took third place at the regional tournament.
Additionally, two students – seventh grader Rachael Zhan and eighth grader Wenzhao Qui – earned “Best of the Best” awards. To earn the “Best” award, their top writing from the district competition was judged against other superior works from around the state. Their pieces will be published in the Power of the Pen Book of Winners and they will receive other “Best of the Best” prizes.
Overall, three SMS students qualified for the state tournament at the College of Wooster on May 27: Rachael Zhan, Wenzhao Qui and eighth grader Maleeha Ansari.
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!
Help Solon High School seniors promote philanthropy Monday, April 11, 2016
Senior students have been working on an integrated research and technology project this year in English class involving the research and promotion of a philanthropic organization of their choice.
The project has included several components, including traditional research and a formal presentation to their peers advocating support for their chosen charity.
Student groups also developed a promotional video as an educational tool about their charity and to solicit support. The top five student-produced videos – as determined by a vote of their peers – are now posted on an internal YouTube channel and open to voting by students and the community alike. The two videos receiving the most “likes” this week will move on to an actual charity fundraising collection at SHS later this month.
To watch these compelling works, use the link below by clicking on it or copying and pasting it into your Internet browser. To vote for your favorite video or philanthropy as presented by the students, click on the thumbs up symbol to “like” the video. The voting window will close at 8 a.m. on April 15.
Read MoreResources: View & Vote on Videos Here
SHS Academic Challenge Captures State Championship!Saturday, April 09, 2016
After a rough trip to Columbus this morning due to snowy travel conditions, the Solon High School Academic Challenge forfeited the first round and then came roaring back winning the next 12 round and the state championship.
Exhibiting great fortitude and poise today, the team competed against 35 other top Ohio teams in the National Academic Quiz Tournament state championship competition at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus.