Orchard's Science Olympiad Teams Capture First and Second at Case Competition Wednesday, March 04, 2015
When the results were announced from the 13-team middle school Science Olympiad competition at Case Western Reserve University February 28, Solon’s two Orchard Middle School teams earned the top two team spots and more than 40 event medals.
“We are so proud of our students and the consistency of our two teams earning the first and second place team trophies,” said Orchard Principal Cari Mineard. “They have worked very hard this year to prepare and definitely deserve these many honors.”
Like in golf, the team with the lowest score at Science Olympiad competitions win. Solon’s two teams scored 80 and 86 points respectively. The third place school had 104 points.
State Budget News: TPP Reimbursement to Solon Threatened AgainWednesday, March 04, 2015
The start of the biennium budget process in Ohio has brought concerning news for our district. Once again, the budget plan introduced by the governor seeks to eliminate state TPP reimbursements to school districts like ours for lost local revenues.
As you may remember, the Tangible Personal Property tax was a business tax that was removed as part of overall tax reform in 2005 as way to improve the business climate in Ohio. The TPP taxes were local dollars that were paid directly to schools.
To mitigate the severe economic impact for schools in the face of losing those local revenues, the legislature created hold harmless reimbursements, directing state funds to school districts to make up for the business tax breaks. School districts like ours supported positive changes in the taxing structure to help businesses. However, the intent was never for school districts and residents to have to shoulder the entire responsibility of making up those losses.
Although it has not been easy, our district has already absorbed millions of dollars in annual lost revenue as the state cut back on these reimbursements during the economic downturn.
Solon High School Hosts 16 Show Choirs for Annual Competition Event on March 7Friday, February 27, 2015
Solon High School’s show choir Music in Motion is hosting the fourth annual Solon Show Choir Invitational Saturday, March 7. The day-long competition event steps off at 8:30 a.m. on the Solon High School auditorium stage and features 14 high school and two five middle school singing and dancing competition groups from Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. The six highest-scoring high school groups from the daytime competition will compete again during the evening finals program, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
As the host singers and dancers for the competition, Music in Motion does not compete but will stage a special performance at 10:30 p.m. following the competition.
Tickets are $10 for the daytime competition, and $10 for the evening finals, or $16 for a combination ticket that is good for the entire day’s events. Tickets/wristbands may be purchased in advance online at the solon.es/soloninvitational. Attendees who purchase their tickets online must print out the online ticket to exchange for a wristband on the day of the show. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Solon’s Music in Motion is again having a stellar competition season.
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OPEN Program on the Wonderful World of Apps for All Learners is March 3Friday, February 27, 2015
The next Solon Organized Parent Education Network program will explore the Wonderful World of Apps. Kathy Castrataro, an occupational therapist with the Orange Schools, will share her expertise on computer uses in special education. She will detail available apps that help not only children with special needs but ALL students become better learners.
During her presentation she will cover a wide range of applications from writing and math to memory and organization skills.
Please join us for this informative program on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Solon Board of Education.
R.S.V.P. to Anne Harmody, Solon Parent Mentor, at firstname.lastname@example.orgResources: World of Apps Program Flier
Kindergarten 2015: Parent Information Night Is Wednesday, February 18Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Solon's Kindergarten Information Night for parents is Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School Auditorium.
This program is a welcome and information session for incoming kindergarten parents to the Solon City Schools. Kindergarten registration folders with all the materials for registration day will be distributed. Completing these forms in advance shortens your time on registration day.
Centralized Kindergarten Registration is March 4 (A-L) and March 5 (M-Z) in the Arthur Road Elementary School cafeteria from 8 to 11:30 a.m.Resources: Three Steps to Kindergarten Parent Flier 2015
PTA Volunteers Make Today Sweet For StudentsFriday, February 13, 2015
Thank you to all the PTA volunteers who helped to make today so special for our students with their donations of time and treats.
Solon High School Seniors Take the Director Chair to Stage One-Act Plays This WeekMonday, February 09, 2015
The Solon High School Drama Club is staging its annual "Evening of One-Acts," February 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. in the SHS auditorium. All tickets are $6 and proceeds benefit the Drama Club Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are available online at solon.es/oneacts or at the door on the night of the shows.
The One-Act Plays are all student-directed by Solon High School seniors.
This year’s program features:
“Mirrors” – a foray into a man’s thoughts and reflections on his life that leaves the audience to determine the line between reality and fantasy. Directed by Conshea Brown & Taylor Parker.
“Why Do We Laugh?” – a play about love and the way people change one another after a lifetime together. Directed by Brett Castro & Mackie Corrigan.
“Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit” – the stories of two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. Directed by Nate Chernomorets & Rachel Kapusta.
“That’s Not How I Remember It” – a zany homage to bad ‘80s movies and the inadequacies of memory. Directed by Audrey Leach & Ethan Newburger.
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Solon Musicians Shine at OMEA ConferenceMonday, February 09, 2015
Two select music groups of Solon students performed at the prestigious Ohio Music Education Association conference in Cleveland this weekend.
Both the SHS Sinfonia orchestra and the SMS Mixed Ensemble choir were selected through a blind audition process to share their talents with music educators from all over the state. This is the first time the conference has been held in Cleveland in more than a decade.