Parent Update – May 9, 2012
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH
For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2012-2013 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Friday, June 15, 2012. Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2012-2013 school year.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWEST NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
Congratulations to the following OFHS students who were selected as the new members for National Honor Society: seniors Katie Parfejewiec, Valerie Reinig, Matt Wachowiak and Edward Zajac; and juniors Danielle Augustin, Nick Buchta, Rachel Cho, Kevin Clancy, Sarah Cochrac, Megan Doherty, Allison Duber, Rachel DuBois, Kate Edgehouse, Jamie Fossen, Christopher Fox, Allison Gerycz, Erin Hoadley, Stephen Johnson, Emily Kocjan, Allison Paton, Shannon Poppe, Arrianna Robinson, Bradley Stricklen, Jacqueline Swinerton, and Adam Woodruff. The formal NHS Induction ceremony took place last Friday in the OFHS auditorium in front of a capacity audience of parents, family members and fellow students.
Current and newly inducted National Honor Society members, with OFHS Social Studies Teacher and NHS Advisor Brian Insley (far right), at May 4th NHS Induction Ceremony at Olmsted Falls High School.
OLMSTED FALLS BUS DRIVER NAMED OHIO NORTH REGION “DRIVER OF THE YEAR”
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District bus driver Deb Campanalie on being named the “Ohio North Region Driver of the Year” by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT). This is the second consecutive year that a bus driver from Olmsted Falls has been selected for this prestigious award. (Bus Driver Joyce Bigley brought home the honor last year!)
Mrs. Campanalie accepted her award at the annual Ohio North Region School Bus Road-E-O held in Solon this past weekend. Several of her fellow Olmsted Falls bus drivers, in attendance to participate in this annual skills competition, along with Director of Transportation Heath Krakowiak, were on hand to celebrate with Mrs. Campanalie as she received her award. Mrs. Campanalie also earned the Olmsted Falls “Driver of the Year” award from her colleagues this year. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education will honor Mrs. Campanalie at their regular scheduled Board meeting later this month.
Often the first and last Bulldog staff member they come into contact with, Mrs. Campanalie makes a positive impact on students and parents each school day. Congratulations again!
OFHS LATIN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE ON NATIONAL EXAM
Seven Olmsted Falls High School students enrolled in Latin courses recently placed on the 2012 National Latin Exam – an annual examination promoting the study of Latin and encouraging individual student achievement in the language. Congratulations to each of these students on this outstanding foreign language achievement!
Pictured from left to right: Evan Koch, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Marty Mendenhall, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Breanna Palkovic, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Emily Raffay, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Megan Lavelle, Silver Medal, Latin III; Devon Wren, Cum Laude, Latin I; Erin Hoadley, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Adelin Leung, Cum Laude, Latin II; and Magistra Czupik.
OFHS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NATE ARTINO ACCEPTS PRINCIPAL POSITION IN BELLEVUE, OH
Congratulations to current Olmsted Falls Assistant Principal Nate Artino on being named as the new principal of Bellevue Senior High School, his alma mater. Mr. Artino will begin in his new position for the coming 2012-2013 school year. He will remain in his assistant principal position at Olmsted Falls High School through the end of the current school year.
Mr. Artino has been with Olmsted Falls School District for the past six years. He served as a school counselor at Olmsted Falls High School for five years, before being hired in the assistant principal position for the current 2011-2012 school year.
Mr. Artino has been an outstanding member of the Olmsted Falls School District team, and we thank him for his contributions here in Bulldog country!
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Artino and wishing him well in his new position. Olmsted Falls High School’s loss is certainly Bellevue Senior High’s gain!
To read about Mr. Artino’s new position in the Bellevue Gazette, please click here.
DR. ERICK BIEBER VISITS OFHS BIOMEDICAL STUDENTS
This week Dr. Erick Bieber spoke to OFHS Biomedical students, who are currently in their third year of the Project Lead the Way Program offered at OFHS in partnership with Polaris Career Center. Dr. Bieber is the System Chief Medical Officer for University Hospital, the President of the UH Accountable Care Organization, and a Clinical Professor of Reproductive Biology at CWRU School of Medicine.
Dr. Bieber’s main message to students is to believe that you can, work hard, and make it happen. He told students that one doesn’t have to be the top of his or her class to be a doctor, he or she just has to want it and be willing to work for it. He shared that, when he hires doctors, the key component he looks for is their ability to work with others. Collaboration is a key skill that doctors need more than anything else.
Dr. Bieber commented about how the skills the Olmsted Falls Biomedical program is teaching are skills he learned while in college. The bottom line, according to Dr. Bieber, is to excel in whatever you do, find something that puts yourself ahead of others, but learn how to work together and get those around you to succeed as well. The ‘old school’ medical school taught students that two out of three do not make it, the ‘new school’ teaches that if you do not learn how to work with two out of three people, you will not succeed.
Thank you to Dr. Bieber for taking the time to visit our students and pass on this knowledge and wisdom. And, thanks to OFCS Board member Greg Surtman who helped to arrange this special visit!
OFCS RETIRED STAFF ATTEND ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON; CELEBRATE MILESTONE
This year, thirty retired staff gathered at Moosehead Hoof and Ladder for their annual spring luncheon. It was at this luncheon, a milestone was announced: Endowment status for the ‘Retired Staff Scholarship’ fund was achieved. Endowment status indicates the fund has reached $10,000. OFCS retired staff have been very generous donors to this scholarship fund since it was established in 2007. The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association administers the fund and selects a graduating senior each year to receive the scholarship on Honor Day. Click HERE for more photos of the luncheon.
OFHS ANNUAL ART SHOW - THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH
The May Show features student work from visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing, as well as the works of O.F. alumni, O.F. staff, and O.F. community members.
All welcome. Free admission.
BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP – VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THIS SATURDAY’S COMMUNITY BUILD OF THE NEW ECC PLAYGROUND!
It’s been two years in the making and the day has finally come to build our new adaptive playground at the ECC! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be a part of this exciting playground project, which was made possible through a partnership including the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Olmsted Township, and Olmsted Falls Schools.
This new adaptive playground facility will be of great benefit to the preschool and kindergarten students at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center; and will be enjoyed by children throughout the Olmsted community as well!
Come join parents, teachers, District administrators, Township officials, Bulldog athletes, local Girl Scouts, members of the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis club and many more! A true community effort – we are looking for volunteers to see the assembly through from start to completion. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
When: THIS SATURDAY, May 12, 2012
Where: Early Childhood Center
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please click HERE to download the volunteer form. Volunteer forms should be turned in to the ECC Office to the attention of Mrs. Melinda Brunner.
HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS EARN SUPERIOR RATINGS
Congratulations to the High School Treble Choir and the High School Chorale for earning Straight Superior ratings at State Contest held April 27 and 28. To get to the State level, these choirs had to first qualify with a superior rating at District Contest held in March. From there they advanced to State. Performing three contrasting styles of music in front of three State Adjudicators, and then continuing to sight read and perform a piece of music they had never seen before, these students rallied and received a I rating from each of their judges. This is an outstanding achievement engaging both higher level cognitive skills as well as physical skills from all involved. Special thanks to all of the parents who made the effort to be in the audience for those performances. Your presence helped build confidence for the students.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM DOES IT AGAIN
On Saturday, May 5, the Academic Team ventured to Columbus to compete in one of only 12 state qualifying spots for the OAC (Ohio Academic Competition) State Championships. The team was led by senior captain Sohan Vartak, Brad Sevcik, Marty Mendenhall, and Nathan Seese. The team went 4-1 in the morning round robin to capture one of the top four playoff spots. With a semi-final win over Hawken, it set up the final match against Northmont. The Bulldogs won the match 51-37 to bring home the OAC State Championship for 2012!
The team will be idle until traveling to Atlanta Memorial Day Weekend for the High School National Championship Tournament. Thank you for your continued support of the Academic Team!
ECC PRESCHOOLERS TAKE WALKING FIELD TRIP TO OLMSTED TOWNSHIP POLICE STATION
The preschoolers at the ECC took a short walk to visit the new police station in Olmsted Township. While there, they met the police officers who protect them on a daily basis and took a tour of the station. For more photos, please click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX STUDENT GETS TO BE “LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY”
Congratulations to Falls-Lenox student Camila Gutierrez for winning the “Legislator for a Day” reading program sponsored by State Representative Mike Dovilla in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Students read books to become eligible to be chosen as “Legislator for a Day.”
Last month, Camila traveled with her family to the Statehouse in Columbus. (She thought the Statehouse was beautiful!) State Representative Mike Dovilla gave Camilla and her family a tour. During the tour, they stopped by the place where the representatives sit to vote. Students got to sit in the representative’s seats, and even got to cast votes for two things – shortened school days and no more pizza in school. Representative Dovilla then escorted Camilla and her family to his office, where he awarded Camilla with a certificate for being “Legislator for a Day.” Congratulations again Camilla!
MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – FIRST WEEK WINNERS!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle Fundraiser. We were able to earn over $1200.00 that will be used toward student scholarships, field trips and activities. As promised, we will post the weekly winners. The winners for the first week of May are:
Joann Thompson – $25.00 RYCO Sports Gift Certificate
Cherie McNamara – OF Bulldog Jacket and travel mug
Lindsey Clark – 2 Tickets for a Lolley The Trolley tour
Congratulations!!!!!! And good luck to everyone who participated. Watch this blog for next week’s winners.
KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 23RD & 24TH
Screening appointments for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th. If you have a student who will be starting kindergarten this coming fall and have not yet scheduled a screening appointment, please call the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) main office at 427-6360 as soon as possible.
Enrollment for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year took place in March. If you have not yet enrolled your child for kindergarten, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form. Please contact Loretta McClelland at 427-6360 as soon as possible to schedule a registration appointment time. You will need to bring the completed registration form and required documents to your registration appointment. A kindergarten screening appointment will be scheduled for your child during your registration appointment.
If anyone knows of a family with an incoming kindergarten student who may not have registered yet, please pass this important information along to them! Thank you!
HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” – Thursday, May 24th
In order to create partnerships we thought it would be ideal to let the students “get to know” the “Helping Hands” students. We are hosting our first event, a “Get to Know You Social” and we are inviting all parents and students that would benefit from this program.
When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Falls-Lenox playground and East Gym
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.
OFHS NEEDS BOOK DONATIONS!
Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students’ independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.
Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker
Historical Fiction-James Michener
Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum
Detective Novels-Robert Parker
Science Fiction-Dan Simmons
Please drop your donations off at the high school office. Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website. The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.
Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.
6th – Chase Filicko, Ryan Hubeny, Lydia Kee, Abby Varney
7th – Matt Johnson, Noah Krause, Casey Veres, Morgan Zbin
8th – Skye MacEwan, Mallory Taylor, Hunter Toth
Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY ANNOUNCES SUMMER PROGRAMS
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading skills will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. Each reader will be paired with a certified therapy dog for 20 minutes of reading. There are three sessions, if one is full please try another session. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. Presented by Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland’s Pet Pals Program of University Hospitals. Registration Required beginning May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. Please click HERE for more information or to register.
To download a flyer of all library programs this summer, click HERE.
SUSTAINABILITY FAIR AT OFMS
Come learn through student projects and local vendors about alternative transportation, solar and wind energy, water conservation, general green building, sustainable materials, green cleaning and indoor air quality. Click HERE to view the flyer.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:
3RD ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL YOUTH DAY - THIS SATURDAY, MAY 12TH. The 3rd Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Youth Day, along with the Cure Tay-Sachs Classic, will take place this Saturday, May 12th. There will be an inflatable, concessions, and kids will have a chance to be on the field. There are three games on Saturday on Diamond 33 at OFHS:
9:00 a.m. Bay Vs. Olmsted Falls
11:00 a.m. North Royalton Vs. Bay
1:00 p.m. Olmsted Falls Vs. North Royalton
Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 12th, 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday, May 13th, 8am-2pm, and Saturday, May 19th, 8 am – 3 pm, at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls library. The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices. Stop by and shop locally! You will support not only Scouting, but also a local business, Schuster’s Greenhouse, which supplies the flowers. Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.
Olmsted Township Community Meeting – Planning the future of our community: Monday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the German Club, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township. The purpose of this meeting is to 1) Increase residents’ understanding and awareness of economic development, land use, infrastructure, and quality of life; 2) Learn about potential projects and their impact on our community; 3) Provide your opinions on the key issues and goals for our community’s future. All residents are encouraged to attend and participate. To see the flyer for this event, please click HERE.
Plan on attending RELAY FOR LIFE 2012, June 9th – 10th at Olmsted Falls High School: Come to the Best Birthday Party Ever – with 24 hours of fun, games, great entertainment, and fireworks — open to ALL — a great FAMILY EVENT!! You have to be there for the opening lap to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community! Then the entire day is filled with literally hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is something you just cannot explain…don’t miss it at 9, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry? Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast in the morning. The event is 24 hours and there will be teams and participants in the thousands! Won’t you join us?! Come see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays! Click HERE for more information.
Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) - Registration forms still being accepted for boys and girls baseball and softball summer leagues, from T-Ball to 18U. Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.
15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields - This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college. Click HERE for more information.
39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center - Experience your own Spring training! The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels. Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.
Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun! Click HERE for the flyer or cl!ick HERE to download the registration form.
Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace. (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.) The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students. For more information, please visit: http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html. Register today!