Solon High School Track Installation Update: No Access to the Track or Turf Until August 12Friday, July 25, 2014
The final phase of the Solon High School stadium track replacement project begins today and absolutely no access to the track and turf is permitted from now until August 12.
Any foot traffic on the track during the next few steps in the installation and curing process can cause costly damage to the new track.
Signs are posted indicating that the track is closed, however, some students and community members have been jumping the fence to gain access to the track and turf field. It is imperative that no one enters the track and field area until it is reopened on August 12. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Students participating in Solon athletics and activities that use the track and turf field are being notified directly by their coaches and advisers about alternate locations for practices, tryouts and other activities between now and August 12.
Students and community members may use the Solon Middle School track and the grass fields in the district until the track project is complete.
The new track will feature a state-of-the-art surface that will yield optimum performance and safety for Solon athletes.
Solon High School Freshman and New Student Orientation Set for August 13Monday, July 21, 2014
Freshman and new student orientation for Solon High School is Wednesday, August 13. Students should meet in the Solon High School Auditorium at 9 a.m. The program runs until 10:30 a.m. and dress is casual. Although parents are welcome to attend, this program is designed for our new students at Solon High School.
During orientation, students will receive their 2014-15 class schedule, tour the high school, learn about clubs and other activities, and have a chance to locate their locker and classes as listed on their schedule. Locks and agenda planner books will be available for purchase that day. Locks are $10 and may be purchased with cash or on EZPay (print the receipt and bring it to pick up the lock). The planners are $6 and may be purchased with cash or a check made payable to Solon Academic Boosters. Once students receive their schedules, they are also able to look on their teachers’ websites at
www.solonschools.org/shs to find out which supplies are needed for each class.
If students are unable to attend the orientation program, their schedule will be mailed to them in the afternoon of Wednesday, August 13.
Summer Reading Important for All Solon StudentsFriday, June 20, 2014
Parents and kids alike look forward to summer vacation and the “break” away from school. But educational research clearly shows that a complete break from exposure to reading and math over the summer months is not best for kids as it results in a phenomenon called the summer slide.
Those studies show that students who read over the summer gain reading achievement during that time and those who do not read lose ground, or experience summer reading loss.
The reading students do over the summer can be fun, and they do not have to limit their reading choice to books only. They can read anything that interests them, such as newspapers, magazines, online articles, books, manuals, pamphlets, maps, guidebooks, poems, music lyrics, and more. Students can read hard copy books or read electronically on computers, e-readers, smartphones or tablets. The most important aspect of summer reading is simply reading. Any reading counts – students just need to select something that interests them.
Independent reading fosters many reading skills such as vocabulary knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonics and comprehension.
Solon Students Bring Home Trophies from Future Problem Solving International CompetitionMonday, June 16, 2014
Solon students won second and third place awards at the Future Problem Solving International Competition at Iowa State University over the weekend.
Solon Middle School seventh grader Lea Kim earned second place honors for Scenario Writing in the middle division.
Solon High School’s ninth grade team – Hannah Edelman, Madeleine Burland and Connor Strobel – placed third in Global Issues Problem Solving also in the middle division.
“Approximately 2,000 students from 12 nations and most of the 50 states competed in the International Competition this year,” said Solon FPS advisor Sabrina Tirpak. “I am so proud of our Solon student competitors. They all worked hard and represented our school admirably.”
Solon High School Stadium Closed for Track ReplacementFriday, June 13, 2014
The Solon High School stadium, turf field and track will be closed for the summer while the track undergoes renovation and replacement. Community members who use the SHS track for exercise are welcome to use the track behind Solon Middle School this summer until the high school track reopens. Students who use the turf field may use any of the grass fields in the district until the track project is complete.
The new track will feature a state-of-the-art surface that will yield optimum performance for Solon athletes. The all-weather durable surface also provides maximum shock absorption and maximum return of energy for all users who run or walk on the track.
As soon as the track construction is complete, the stadium and track will reopen for student and community use.
Rocco Sciarabba Selected As New Orchard Middle School PrincipalFriday, June 13, 2014
The Solon Schools have chosen an experienced administrator as the new assistant principal for Orchard Middle School. Rocco Sciarabba is filling the position opened when current assistant principal Suzette Firehammer requested a leave of absence.
“We are very fortunate to have found an administrator like Rocco who we believe will be able to come in and make an impact on continuing the excellence at Orchard,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “Rocco is an engaging administrator who also has a keen mastery of academic content. We believe he will be a perfect complement to Cari Mineard and the Orchard team. We are looking forward to continued student achievement gains and a great building culture under Cari and Rocco’s leadership.”
Sciarabba has worked with middle school students his entire career, and started his tenure in the Chardon School District in 2008 as an English language arts teacher for sixth and eighth grades. He was promoted to assistant principal at Chardon Middle School in 2012.
Former Solon PD and D.A.R.E. officer Jeff Pedicino selected as new district safety chiefTuesday, June 10, 2014
The Solon Board of Education has approved the hiring of Jeff Pedicino, a retired Solon Police officer and former D.A.R.E. instructor, to fill the newly created role of district security director.
The new position is a key component of the district’s ongoing safety and security planning. Pedicino will work with the district administrative team and Solon safety forces in honing crisis planning for the schools and continuing development of building and district-level safety protocols. He will start August 1.
“We could not be happier with how this process played out,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “Jeff is a known and trusted safety leader in our community and within the district. He has in-depth knowledge of all our school buildings and established relationships with our administrative team, parents and students. We believe his background and experience are a perfect fit to help us develop this new and critical role within the Solon Schools.”
Retired in 2011 from the Solon Police Department after 29 years on the force, Pedicino spent the last 12 years with Solon PD serving as Solon’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., officer.
Solon High School Celebrates Back-to-Back Girls Track State ChampionshipMonday, June 09, 2014
Just a year after winning Solon High School’s first-ever Division 1 team state championship, the SHS girls’ track team pulled out a thriller in Columbus June 7 and brought back the school’s second team state championship.
The 2014 state championship win was earned by 1 point and less than one one-hundredth of a second as senior captain Jelvon Butler crossed the finish line in first and just one step ahead in the 200 meter race, which sealed the Lady Comets’ back-to-back state championship bid.
Helping the team earn its 47 points and state title were:
• Jelvon Butler, who earned the state championship in the 200 meter dash and was state runner-up in the 100 meter dash.
• Jelvon Butler and team members Lauren McCoy, Sam Mitchell and Jayla Butler, who earned state runner-up medals in the 4 x 200 meter relay. Butler, McCoy, Mitchell and Brianna Hawkins also won fifth place medals in the 4 x 100 meter relay.
• Alexis Gray, who took third place in the discus and fourth place in the shot put.
• Chelbi Graham, who captured third place in the high jump.