Parent Update – April 5, 2014
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – SEEKING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
As you may already be aware, Olmsted Falls School District is currently completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. (Please see February 12, 2014 blog post for previous, extended story.) The steering committee, representing a wide cross-section of District stakeholders, is now seeking feedback from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.
To that end, an online survey has been created to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well. A link to the online survey will be sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders in the coming week to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.
If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.
Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.
OFHS/POLARIS SENIOR IS RUNNER-UP IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION
OFHS and Polaris Automotive Technology senior Dean Houlis, shown left in the photo, and team partner Mike Coleman of North Olmsted High School, placed second in the recent 22nd Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.
During the event, each team was challenged to diagnose and troubleshoot real world vehicle problems that Cuyahoga Community College instructors planted. Dean and Mike just missed first place by two points. Congratulations, Dean. To see a Plain Dealer story about the competition, click HERE
OFHS BOYS BASKETBALL HITS HIGHLIGHTS ON/OFF COURT
Grades played a big part in the OFHS boys basketball achievements this year. The team finished 23rd in Ohio for top team GPAs with 3.548 Grade Point Average. Senior Adam Asadorian was named Academic All Ohio. It is the second consecutive year that the team had a player named Academic All Ohio.
Adam also broke the state record for Single Season 3-point percentage with a 54.2 percentage. He also now ranks third in Ohio for career 3 Point Percentage at 44.6 percent. To read a Chronicle Telegram story on his accomplishments, click HERE.
OFHS SPANISH CLUB INDUCTS 19 STUDENTS INTO ITS CHAPTER
Last month the OFHS Spanish Department inducted 19 talented students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. The ceremony was at Nuevo Acapulco, a North Olmsted restaurant. The new members include Meredith Ashton, Allie Baldwin, Ashley Belohlavek, Alexis Benisek, Olivia Collins, Autumn Cooper, Meg Coury, Mikaela Eisenloeffel, Brooke Eisenmann, Meredith Ashton, Mareena Gentry, Molly Grimes, Brianna Laszlo, Deborah Makari, Amanda Mitchell, Victoria Pishkula, Brandon Pusateri, Evan Rawbon and Diana Vargas.
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the society. There are more than 2,000 national and International chapters. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.
Congratulations to these fine students.
BULLDOG BASEBALL AT CRUSHERS STADIUM IN AVON – THIS WEEKEND!
If anyone is interested in coming out to watch our OFHS baseball teams in action this weekend in a great environment, following is the schedule:
SATURDAY (4/5): FROSH at All-Pro vs Avon at 3:00
SUNDAY (4/6): JV at All-Pro at 12:30 and Varsity at 3:30
Come out and support the Bulldogs!!
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Please click HERE to read the latest message from Dr. Lloyd.
Also, don’t forget to follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter @OFCSSuper.
JOIN THE OFIS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM
Nine practice sessions will occur through the end of April, with competition days taking place the last week of April. OFMS students, OFIS staff and NASA volunteers are this year’s coaches!
The three favorite events from last year’s Olympiad return – Egg Drop, Catapult and Aerodynamics! Six new events were added to align with the Ohio Model Curriculum for Science, with an emphasis on hands-on experience. Those events include Circuit Wizardry; Music Makers; Landform Jeopardy; Sinking Ships; Reflection Relay and Derby Downs with K’Nex cars.
To see a photo gallery, click HERE.
OFHS FORENSICS TEAM SEES GREAT SUCCESS AT STATE TOURNAMENT
Senior Joe Gibson placed third in the state with his Curious George humor piece. Junior Kat Karolak advanced to the semifinals in original oratory, placing her in the top 12 competitors in the state. Junior Julia McFadden qualified for the tournament for the first time this year.
Overall, the competition was very exciting for the students.
To view additional photos from the competition, please click HERE.
OFHS NEEDS YOU! IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS – VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS MONDAY!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE – The deadline to register to vote on the Bond Issue for OFHS in the upcoming May 6, 2014 election is THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7TH. Voter registration forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE. Completed forms MUST be received by Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by end of business THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7th. Completed forms can be dropped off at the local library or any school office on Monday.
PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS - Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4. The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue. To participate, send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements. Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support. Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know. You are encouraged to create your own poster as well! Submit your photos or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign. Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community. Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).
MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Vote by Mail! Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail should begin receiving ballots this coming week. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.
FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR IS THIS COMING WEEK – APRIL 7TH-11TH!
Wednesday, April 9th will be the FAMILY NIGHT event including an ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!
OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN REGIONAL POWER OF THE PEN
Several OFMS students competed with others from 65 schools in the Regional Power of the Pen competition at St. Joseph Academy last month. Lizzi Vukovic, grade 8, placed third and received the Best of the Best award. Kayla Falcone, grade 8, placed 14th, Lauren Gumeny, grade 7, 15th and Emma Andrus, grade 7, received the Donald Baker Award.
Other students who competed include eighth graders Abby Gaba, Alex Enczur and Maggie Harris and seventh graders Jamie Bridle, Dylan Reines and Ally Rice. Congratulations to all these students. To view a gallery of photos from the competition, please click HERE.
ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK
Each hallway had a designated bug from one of Eric Carle’s books – firefly, caterpillar, cricket and lady bug. Teachers, paras, students and parent helpers worked together to decorate the hallways accordingly, with Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Cogan judging them and awarding ribbons to the buggiest, flashiest, hungriest, most colorful, quietest, starriest hallways and those with the most legs and best read caterpillar. IIllustrator Steve Harpster made virtual visits to each classroom via the Smart Boards, with students drawing animals and other creatures with him. Students also welcomed two librarians with the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and ate special snacks that Teresa Haun created. The students made buggy hats, read each other’s shirts and joined other classes with partner reading. Mrs. B, the queen bee, surprised each class with new books for their classroom libraries.
To view a colorful photo gallery, click HERE.
MORE THAN 180 OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT 34TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET
Hundreds were in attendance at the 34th Annual OFHS Academic Honors Banquet held last month at Baldwin Wallace College as more than 180 OFHS students were honored for their academic achievements. Students were joined by their families and other special guests for this special dinner and awards ceremony.
The selection criteria for this year’s honored students marked the beginning of a transition from a GPA-only based criteria to a selection model that will honor students ranking within the top 10% of students in their class (based on GPA). This change in selection criteria was being phased in this year beginning with this year’s freshmen class only. For current sophomores, juniors and seniors, the selection criteria remained the same as in past years as follows: sophomores maintaining a 3.9 GPA or higher; juniors maintaining a 3.8 GPA or higher; and seniors maintaining a 3.7 GPA or higher.
To view the event program, including the list of students honored, please click HERE. (Note: the number of asterisks (*) following a student’s name indicated how many years they’ve been invited to attend the event.) To learn more about how you can get involved in helping OFHS Academic Boosters, please contact Mrs. Rhonna Smith at email@example.com.
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families!
OFMS SPRING BOOK FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS
The OFMS Media Center personnel thanks the school’s amazing student, parents and staff for supporting its Scholastic Spring Book Fair. With some of the profits, the Media Center was able to buy $1,200 new books so far. The balance will go towards Scholastic Dollars to order more books in the future.
A big thank you to PTA volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help with the fair. The volunteers include Joanna Bermard, Donna McKee, Ellen Dregalla, Kathleen Burkart, Cindy Purdy, Susie Asadorian and Rachel O’Malley. Again, thank you!
OFHS POST PROM WANTS YOU!
We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”
Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night. It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. See the notice above for more details.
Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.
Join us for upcoming meeting dates: April 9th, April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library. The committee thanks you for your continued support.
BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP – THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH
A reminder – Butter Braid pick up is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 4:00PM until 6:00PM – PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL.
Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up. Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.
OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH
Don’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood. Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.
Please click HERE for event flyer.
POST PROM HOSTS APRIL 12TH REVERSE RAFFLE TACO NIGHT
You’re invited to the OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle Taco Night from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 12th at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, basket and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at email@example.com to order tickets.
HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT
Helping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.
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.
Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!
Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH
Munch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café. Proceeds from the 7-9 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids 6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.
Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.
ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD
Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.
The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.
ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY
Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community. We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: email@example.com.
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Registration is now open. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I: June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II: June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer. Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town. Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June. Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety. If you are interested – we need your help! This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours. For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014. Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE. Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – ORDER NOW THROUGH APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH
Back by popular demand! Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team! WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS! Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices! Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds. SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line. All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.
Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.
Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side. Thanks so much for your support!
COLUMBIA ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING TO BE CLOSED APRIL 8TH.
Signage is posted to alert motorists of the closure and the detour route for traffic and trucks.
FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH
The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student. (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge!
Food will be available for $3. You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more! Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.
KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH
ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee! $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)
Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!! See you there!
NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS
Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.
OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE - SUNDAY, MAY 4TH
This year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family. They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit. It is set for Sunday, May 4th.
The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara. All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors. One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need. The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!
OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG
This year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration. Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.
Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.
We invite you to ‘like’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.
Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1. The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26. Click on the highlighted camps for applications.
Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE (olmstedperformingarts.com.)
Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.
KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN
The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.
Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.