Parent Update – May 4, 2011
2.8 MILL P.I. LEVY DEFEATED IN MAY 3RD ELECTION
Unofficial election results indicate 46% of votes cast in favor of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy, with 54% of votes cast against it in yesterday’s election. Passage of this P.I. Levy – which would not increase the current level of taxation – was a critical component to the District’s financial health. Looming cuts at the state level made passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy even more urgent.
District officials will discuss next steps within the week. The 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy could be placed back on the ballot in August or November of 2011. Passage of this 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy would be needed before the end of calendar year 2011 in order to maintain the ability to redirect critical funding without increasing the current level of taxation.
Parents and residents are encouraged to post questions regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy here on the District’s blog. It is imperative that the education campaign about the benefits of this strategically timed levy continues.
BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12. All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.
Please click here for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA” FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
For the fifth year in a row, Olmsted Falls School District has been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” by a national survey sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
The school districts named by the NAMM Foundation demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing music education for their students – even during these challenging economic times.
Congratulations to the staff, students, parents and community members who help make our music program a nationally recognized success!
OFHS CHORALE & WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY
Students in the OFHS Chorale and Wind Ensemble traveled to New York City for special performances last week.
One of the highlights of the trip was a performance in front of the world-renowned Lincoln Center.
Above, OFHS Choral at Lincoln Center. At right, OFHS Wind Ensemble at Lincoln Center.
These talented music students represented Olmsted Falls School District with great poise and pride. Well done!
MIDDLE SCHOOL POWER OF THE PEN TEAM STATEBOUND
The 8th grade team placed 1st out of the 41 schools in attendance, and several of the teams’ individual writers were recognized for outstanding achievement and placed in the top 20% of all competitors, qualifying them for the State competition.
Pictured at left are the members of the 8th Grade Power of the Pen Team: Back Row (L to R) - Teresa Wang, Breanna Palkovic, Chloe Topolski, Kat Karolak, and Miss Scalley; Front Row (L to R) - Madeline Finau, Kathryn Lesiak, Julia McFadden, and Chris Vandrasik.
Special congratulations go to State-bound 7th graders: Zach Buchta, who came in 4th place overall and received a “Best of Round” award; Emmy Olszewski, who came in 10th place; and Christina Pedicini, whose strong performance also earned her a place at the state competition. The eighth grade state qualifiers include Madeline Finau (4th place overall), Kathryn Lesiak (5th place), Breanna Palkovic (14th place), and talented writer Chloe Topolski.
Members of the 7th Grade Power of the Pen Team are pictured above: Back Row (L to R) - Madeline Finau, Kathryn Lesiak, Breanna Palkovic, and Chloe Topolski; Front Row (L to R) Christina Pedicini, Emmy Olszewski, and Zach Buchta.
Good luck to all of these fantastic young writers as they prepare for the Power of the Pen State tournament hosted by the College of Wooster on Friday, May 27th!
OFHS BASEBALL TEAM HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL YOUTH BASEBALL DAY TOMORROW
The OFHS Baseball Team will host its 2nd Annual Youth Baseball Day TOMORROW, Thursday, May 5th during its game against Berea. There will be a huge five-sport inflatable, radar gun station, and more! A name will be drawn each inning to warm-up the left fielder and keep the game ball!
When: Thursday, May 5th at 4:30pm
Where: Olmsted Falls Field 3
This is a great event for our young Bulldog baseball fans! Hope to see you there!
DISTRICT REACHES OUT TO PARENTS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ISSUES
OFHS Principal Dr. Bob Hill and OFMS Principal Mr. Mark Kurz jointly mailed a letter to all parents of high school and middle school students this week. The subject of this important letter was “social media” and issues that the District has been encountering with students’ use of Facebook as well as texting. This letter is an attempt on the District’s part to reach out to parents for their help in this matter.
While the District is limited from a discipline (reactive) standpoint, due to the social media activities taking place outside of school grounds, it is never limited in trying to work with parents, in a proactive manner, in order to prevent issues.
Access to Facebook is blocked on all District computers, however the impact of activities on Facebook outside of school inevitably spills into the regular school day. To read the letter that was mailed home to all parents of Middle and High School students, please click here.
DISTRICT TO HOST INFORMATION MEETING REGARDING FOOD ALLERGY PROTOCOL NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH
Parents, staff and interested community members are invited to a meeting to discuss aspects of the District’s “Severe Food Allergy Protocol” on Wednesday, May 11th from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Falls-Lenox cafeteria. Please call Darla Haviland, R.N. District Nurse at 440-427-6364 for more information.
OFIS SEEKING SPEAKERS FOR ANNUAL CAREER DAY
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OFIS is looking for additional speakers to add to our list of guests who will meet with kids in the classroom to talk about their interesting careers.
If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and educational event, please contact OFIS School Counselor Mr. Mark Tabar at 427-6520.
OFHS STUDENT HEADED TO NATIONAL SKILLS COMPETITION IN KANSAS CITY
Zach took first place and was presented with the Gold medal for the Criminal Justice Competition!
Zach will be headed to Kansas City, Missouri for National Competition during the week of June 18th.
Congratulations and good luck Zach!
PTA’S FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW WINNERS
Congratulations to the following winners of last Friday’s 24th Annual High School PTA Friday Night Live Talent Show:
First Place Overall – Kevin Thompson
Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award – Maurene Kawecki
First Place – 8th Grade and Under – Neil Spooner
Second Place – 8th Grade and Under – Lindsay Rader and Emily Laycock
Third Place – 8th Grade and Under – Ashley Campbell
First Place – High School – Lauren Roney
Second Place – HighSchool – Nicole Sloan
Third Place – High School – Ryan Kody and Joe Gibson
Congratulations to All!!!
A special thanks to Mr. Moore for hosting the Talent Show. Also, thanks to Carson Moore for performing the National Anthem. Tatiana Faria and Sean Hirsch were our student judges and our faculty judges were Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. Gulden. Great Job Everyone!!!
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON
Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Luncheon this past Monday. Approximately 25 retired Bulldog staff members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues. Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley also attended, expressing heartfelt thanks to the group for their role in creating and maintaining the District’s tradition of excellence.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM BACK IN ACTION
Last Saturday, the Academic Team traveled to Cloverleaf for the Ohio Academic Competition Regionals. The team won its Region in dramatic fashion with a final match that went into overtime. Students participating included Jim Coury (captain), Mike Coury, Sohan Vartak, Marty Mendenhall, and Emily Nageotte. These students will participate in the State OAC Competition this coming Saturday in Columbus.
Last Sunday, the Academic Team participated in the semi-finals and the finals of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County for WEOL Radio. The team’s semi-final match was against Vermilion. The score was 680-240 in favor of the Bulldogs. The team then competed in the finals against defending champion Lake Ridge Academy. The Bulldogs again prevailed with a 510-330 victory to claim the Scholastic Games title for 2011. These episodes will air on May 16 (versus Vermilion) and May 23 (versus Lake Ridge Academy) on WEOL Radio 930 AM at 6:05 pm. The broadcasts are saved as podcasts and can be listened to at any time. The podcasts are available on their webpage http://www.weol.com click on Scholastic Games. The podcasts are posted to the website after they air on the radio.
From the victories on Scholastic Games this year, this team brought back over $3500 in college scholarship money that will be awarded to deserving seniors attending the schools offering the grants. These are $500 tuition credits to: Oberlin College, Ohio Weslyan, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Lorain County Community College, Notre Dame of Ohio, and Ashland University. These scholarships are awarded to seniors attending these schools and not to the students on the team. The students participating for Olmsted Falls were: Jim Coury, Sohan Vartak, and Marty Mendenhall. Jim Coury was named the standout scholar for both broadcasts. Writeups from the matches can also be found on the http://standoutscholars.com/.
Finally, last week, the team participated in the online Knowledge Master Open competition. The Bulldogs finished 1st in the State of Ohio, and 21st internationally out of all the teams participating. The results of this competition can be viewed here: http://www.greatauk.com/kmoh.pdf (Scroll down to Ohio.)
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH SEEKING INPUT ON LIBRARY’S FUTURE
Cuyahoga County Public Library is seeking input on the future of the Olmsted Falls Branch. As you may already be aware, CCPL has a Facilities Master Plan that will reduce its operating costs to ensure excellent library services for years to come. Replacement of the existing Olmsted Falls Branch is part of this plan. The current location is costly to operate and does not meet customers’ needs. CCPL intends to move forward with plans for an approximate 6,000 square foot replacement branch. This project is currently in the design phase.
CCPL is encouraging library patrons to participate in a survey to provide input to help it better understand the needs and expectations of our local library patrons, so to better serve them. If you are interested in participating in this important survey, please click the following link and take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey:
OFHS Baseball Team 1st Annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic – This Saturday, May 7th at Olmsted Falls Field 3. Olmsted Falls, North Royalton, Midview and Clearview will compete in this first annual event to benefit the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. A Fausto Carmona signed baseball, Shin-Shoo Choo signed baseball, Carlos Santana signed baseball and Bob Feller signed poster will be raffled off at the Classic. One after each game – tickets will be a $1 each – all proceeds will go towards CTSF! Click here for event flyer which includes game schedule.
Boy Scout Troop 201 Annual Flower Sale – Saturday, May 7th (9 am-dark); Sunday, May 8th ( 8am-2pm); and Saturday, May 14th (8am-2pm), at the Jenkins Center located at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls Library. The Boy Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices. Stop by, shop locally, & support Scouting! Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-816-0372, with questions or visit www.troop201.org.
OLMTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT - Saturday, June 11, 2011 from noon to noon Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Olmsted Falls High School. It is never too late to join this great cause and register as a survivor or to start your own team. For questions please call Co-Chairs Michelle LaGruth at 440-476-4697 or Lisa Brady at 216-870-8256.