Parent Update – May 16, 2012
OFHS MAKES U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S ANNUAL RANKINGS OF NATION’S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS
Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of the nation’s best high schools. For the second year in a row, OFHS made a good showing in the rankings. OFHS ranked number 76 of 873 high schools in the state (this number includes 124 charter schools). This ranking marked OFHS as one of only 93 schools in the state that was awarded a silver medal for our academic prowess.
In addition, OFHS ranked number 1,513 of approximately 22,000 public high schools in 49 states. A link to the article is found below:
This ranking puts OFHS in an elite category and it could not be accomplished without the dedication of the teaching faculty, students, parents, and community. Thank you for all of your hard work for our students!
D.A.R.E. PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT STUDENTS IN OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS
The popular D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program will continue to benefit students in the Olmsted Falls School system during the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. This important program has been offered to students continuously for a good number of years thanks to grant funding and ongoing partnerships with both the Olmsted Falls Police Department and the Olmsted Township Police Department, who have historically taken turns running the program.
For the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, Olmsted Township Police Officer Jackie Ketterer will serve as the District’s D.A.R.E. officer for the program at Olmsted Falls Middle School. Officer Ketterer will also continue in her role as School Resource Officer at Olmsted Falls High School.
Olmsted Falls School District wishes to thank the City of Olmsted Falls and Officer Bob Swope for his work as the District’s D.A.R.E. officer for the past few years. Olmsted Falls School District and its students are very fortunate to have two outstanding law enforcement agencies engaged in this important education program.
ECC PLAYGROUND COMMUNITY BUILD PROJECT A HUGE SUCCESS – THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
A large crew of community members came together this past Saturday to help build the new adaptive playground at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) – a project more than two years in the making! Enthusiastic volunteers assembled around 8:00 a.m. to be a part of this exciting community project, which was made possible through a partnership including the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Olmsted Township, and Olmsted Falls Schools.
The playground build was a huge success! There was such a large and hard-working group of volunteers that the work – which was expected to take all day – was wrapped up by 1:00 p.m.!
Thanking the many, many individuals and groups who were on-hand for Saturday’s build is a daunting task! Thank you to Township Trustee Sherri Lippus, Township Director of Department of Public Service Ed Salk, members of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club, Bulldog football coaches and players, Janet Asche and her Girls Scout Troop, Donna Winter and friends from Olmsted Community Outreach, the ECC preschool staff and their families, parent volunteers, and, of course, the crew from GameTime, Tim Atkinson, Tom Dipert, and their crew. Thanks also to Shaker’s IGA, Cici’s and PTA who donated food for the crew. Finally special thanks to all of the members of ECC Playground Committee who kept the ball rolling on this project for our kids – especially Ali Doick and Melinda Brunner.
To all those that helped – those whom we’ve mentioned and those whom we may have regretfully missed – please accept our sincerest gratitude and know how very much you are appreciated!!
For photos of the day, please click HERE.
If you have access to Facebook, please visit the Olmsted Township page for more photos or click HERE.
MARY KAY TURNER RECEIVES OUTSTANDING PARAPROFESSIONAL AWARD
We are very proud to have Mary Kay Turner, paraprofessional at Falls-Lenox, honored at the Educational Service Center’s Annual Ceremony to Recognize Excellence in Education for Students with Disabilities. She received the Outstanding Paraprofessional Award for providing excellent service and making contributions that have enhanced the lives of students and their families. She is a very positive part of the Falls-Lenox team and goes above and beyond to support students every day. Mrs. Turner was honored with select special education students and adults that work with those students. Honorees were selected from schools throughout Cuyahoga County. Mrs. Turner attended the ceremony with Intervention Specialist Karen Megery and Principal Colleen Longville.
OFHS HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MAY ART SHOW!
Olmsted Falls High school held its annual May Art Show last Friday featuring work by students, alumni, staff, and community members. A large variety of visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing pieces were on display as students and visitors toured the show, held in the gymnasium, throughout the day.
As always, the special booth exhibits created by Olmsted Falls seniors were a real treat to explore! Kudos to our graduating bulldogs and all of the show participants for their creativity and talent!
A special thank you to Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club which sponsors the May Show!
To view additional photos from this year’s May Show, please click HERE.
ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES
The Healthy Hero Program is designed to teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing your hands, coughing and sneezing in your sleeve, and sleeping well.
Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants were entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toys-R-Us.
A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.
Congratulations to the following winners of the monthly drawings:
At the ECC: Luisa Vallejo, Jessica Wolanin, Braeden Mueller and Carly Nelson
At Falls-Lenox: Journey Walters, Brooke Peduzzi, Farrah Mobydeen and Aidan Engel
To view our Healthy Heroes photo gallery, please click HERE.
PARENTS, RELATIVES & FRIENDS GATHER AS MRS. STRAWSER’S CLASS PRESENTED ITS “KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION PROGRAM”
Parents, family and friends were invited to Mrs. Strawser’s Kindergarten Celebration Program at the ECC last Friday. The children sang songs and reciting poems to celebrate the end of the year and all that they have learned in kindergarten. Special writing and art projects were also on display. Refreshments were served and a wonderful, memorable time was had by all. To view more pictures from this event, please click HERE.
MEET MRS. MORO
She makes class interesting and fun, she is passionate about her subject, and she has a very positive and upbeat attitude that is contagious to students and staff. If anyone is having a bad day and runs into Mrs. Moro, they will walk away smiling. She has fully embraced the new reader workshop model, and is getting kids excited about reading their choice books.
In her spare time, Mrs. Moro coaches softball and takes care of her three rescued dogs.
Kudos to Mrs. Moro for her daily positive impact on students and staff!
FALLS-LENOX FOOD DRIVE BENEFITS FOOD PANTRY
During the months of April and May, Falls-Lenox held a food drive to collect food for the Olmsted Community Church. The Olmsted Community Church houses a food pantry which is sponsor by the Christians in Action group.
The food pantry helps feed nearly a hundred families in our community.
Falls-Lenox collected fruit cups for the month of April and will be collecting hamburger helper, macaroni & cheese, and spaghettios for the month of May. All donations are greatly appreciated!
OFIS 4TH GRADERS ENJOY ANNUAL FIELD TRIP TO SWINGS & THINGS
On Monday, the 4th graders at OFIS walked to Swings & Things and enjoyed a day full of sun and fun!
FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH CRITTERS AT THE ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY
During the assembly, the presenter, Mr. Oliver shared many animals, such as a dove, tortoise, small alligator, and snake. He also taught the students where these animals come from and how they live in our environment. The assembly allowed the students an opportunity to get up close to various animals that they would otherwise not get to see.
A special thank you to our PTA for organizing and sponsoring this assembly. The students had a great time! To view more photos from this special assembly, please click HERE.
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 – Reese Conder , Alexandra Enczur, Megan Pauley, Hannah Tacket
7th – Matt Johnson, Evan Wochele
8th – Jocelyn Breisacher, Maeve Leonard
Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARIAN VISITS ECC STUDENTS TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE LIBRARY’S EXCITING SUMMER READING PROGRAM: MISSION POSSIBLE!
ECC students had a special visitor last Friday as a representative from the Cuyahoga County Public Library shared story time with the children in the ECC library.
The children also learned about the Library’s exciting summer reading program: Mission Possible! Olmsted Falls School District encourages students of all ages (and parents, too!) to get registered and participate in this year’s program.
Mission Possible: Pre-registration began May 1, 2012. Come to the Olmsted Falls branch beginning June 9th to pick up your registration prize. Read from June 9th to August 11, 2012 - the game is open to all ages. To sign up for this program, please click HERE
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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – WEEK 1 & 2 WINNERS!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle Fundraiser. We were able to earn over $1,200.00 that will be used toward student scholarships, field trips and activities. As promised, we will post the weekly winners. The winners for the 2nd and 3rd week of May are:
5/5 The O’Malley family – $25 Giant Eagle Gift card
5/6 Michael Struk – Bath and Body Gift Basket
5/7 Kati O’Brien – 2012 Entertainment Book
5/8 Richard Owens – Bulldog Youth Spirit Wear
5/9 Lisa Hawk – Buckeye Lanes Bowling passes
5/10 Dan & Kristin Nelson – $25 Pampered Chef gift certificate
5/11 Becca Noernberg – Swings N Things mini golf passes
5/12 Kathy Meadows – $10 Gibbs Butcher Block gift certificate
5/13 Debbie Woods – Bulldogs Bakers basket
5/14 Holly Riggle – 2 Lake Erie Monsters Club Seats
5/15 Terry McLellan – 2012 Entertainment book
5/16 Rob Coxon – $25 Starbucks gift card
5/17 Heather Cruz – Spa Basket
5/18 Skerritt Family – $25 Sheetz gift card
5/19 Samuel Katona – North Olmsted Rec Center passes
Congratulations!!!!!! And good luck to everyone who participated. Watch this blog for next week’s winners.
OFIS STUDENTS PLAN TO KICK IT FOR CANCER AGAIN THIS YEAR
Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will again host a “Kick It for Cancer” Kickball Tournament in conjunction with their annual end of the year Field Day activities.
A special kick-off assembly was held this past Tuesday, featuring special guest Quinn Clarke, founder of the national Kick-It program. Kick-It is a national fundraising program that raises money for children’s cancer research.
All proceeds raised by OFIS students will benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. By organizing this tournament game, Olmsted Falls’ 4th and 5th graders are helping thousands of children fighting cancer locally and across the country.
For information on the 5th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.
For information on the 4th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Thursday, May 31st at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:
For the week of May 21-25th, come support the Olmsted Falls Relay For Life during the Olmsted Falls vs. North Olmsted Spirit Week at Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd. Come anytime during the week and check out our awesome decorations. Say you are there to support the “OLMSTED FALLS Relay For Life” and we will get credit for your purchase! Let’s show whose relay has the most spirit!!
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!
2012 JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING at MALLARD CREEK! Tee-times start @ 10:00 a.m. on both 1st and 10th tees – Four person scramble. Cost $80 per golfer - includes 18 holes-cart-lunch-dinner-prizes. Any and all Golfers or Want-to-Be Golfers are WELCOME!! Come on out and have a fun day with your fellow alumni, teachers, administration, coaches, and friends! Print a registration form by clicking HERE and mail with your check. Or call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 or email us at email@example.com for a registration form. Forms are also available at the Board Office, 26937 Bagley Road. Register as a foursome or fewer … we can match you with others and you’ll make new friends. REGISTER EARLY! All teams and individuals registered and PAID by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the door prize drawings. All proceeds support the Alumni and Endowment Scholarship program for graduation Seniors. Hope you can come!