Parent Update – September 29, 2010
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS DISCUSS FUTURE DIRECTION OF DISTRICT
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education has embarked on a series of discussions, during regular meetings as well as special work sessions, to take a strategic look at where the District is on a number of different levels (i.e., educational programming, financial stability, facilities). The Board’s strategic planning process ultimately seeks to establish a clearer picture of where the District would like to be in one year, three years, five years and ten years. With the completion of the new construction, and the passage of the operating levy, it could be tempting to sit back for a year and just recover from the flurry of activity. We commend our Board of Education for taking a proactive approach to our District’s future.
As part of this process, the Board will also be seeking input from staff, parents and community members. Please watch the blog for announcements regarding an upcoming on-line survey opportunity.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
In addition to the three National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists announced last week, Olmsted Falls High School is proud to report that six more students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Seniors Natalie Brdar, Ben Brown, Tatiana Faria, Michaela Killik, Ethan Kocjan, and Nick Macek have been named National Merit Commended Students and are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.
These National Merit Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Congratulations to these six outstanding students! (Pictured alphabetically left to right, top to bottom, by last name.)
Based on feedback received from students during a recent principal/student luncheon event, the High School is going to make a 3 minute change to the HS bell schedule.
The new bell schedule will begin on Monday, October 4th as follows:
- Beginning on Monday, October 4, first period will begin at 7:37 a.m and will run for 46 minutes. (3 minutes earlier than the current time; students are already in the building at this time.)
- Second period will begin at 8:27 a.m. and will run for 49 minutes to provide an additional three minutes for announcements at the beginning of second period.
- We originally stated that announcements would take place at the end of second period, but after reading comments and discussing this, the announcements will begin promptly at 8:27 a.m.
- Multiple announcements are being made to HS first and second period classes this week to inform them of the change. There will also be reminders over the PA and a posting on the web page.
- We will continue to have announcements on the screen in the cafeteria to serve as reminders and to allow information to be passed on to those students that might not have been present in the morning.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE OVERALL WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP AT VALLEY FORGE INVITATIONAL
Congratulations to the boys’ cross-country team on their championship at the Valley Forge Invitational this past Saturday! In a very close race, the boys edged out four-time defending champion Normandy by just one point. This marks the boys’ first title this season, and the first for Olmsted Falls boys’ teams in a few years!
OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW OFFICE
The Olmsted Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of its new office space this evening. The Chamber’s new home is located within the Monin Insurance Company building on Bagley Road. Click here to read more about how this new Chamber headquarters will serve our local community.
OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL HOSTS MACY’S SHOP FOR A CAUSE EVENT – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
The Olmsted Falls PTA Council is selling Shopping Passes for $5.00 for the Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event to help raise scholarship funds for graduating seniors. Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $34 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Customers purchasing tickets benefit by receiving incredible store-wide shopping savings all day on October 16, 2010. Macy’s will also host special events, prizes and other in-store excitement. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card. Click here for flyer with additional details. For more information or to purchase a pass, please contact Kim Cleary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS AVAILABLE THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA will be selling Entertainment Books this year. If you would like to buy an Entertainment Book, please contact a Falls-Lenox or ECC student that you know. Or you can stop in at the Olmsted Falls Board office to purchase one. The price is $30.00. Checks can be made out to Falls-Lenox PTA. Thanks for your support!
Olmsted Falls Youth Coaches Clinic – October 23, 2010 – Olmsted Falls Head Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio is offering a “Youth Coaches Clinic” targeted to area basketball coaches. Please click here to download flyer with further information.