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Parent Update – August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

Hello everyone,

The start of the 2009-2010 school year is filled with energy and optimism. Continued academic excellence and a new educational facility are causes for celebration. I would like to take a few moments to cover some important items with you.

Excellent With Distinction

I am very proud to inform you that the Olmsted Falls School District has been notified that it has once again met the criteria to be classified as Excellent with Distinction on the annual Local School District Report Card published by the Ohio Department of Education.

Based upon the results obtained during the 2008-2009 school year, students in the Olmsted Falls School District met all 30 benchmarks (based upon academic achievement testing, graduation rate, and attendance rate). Additionally, the District met all of the Federal benchmarks for Adequate Yearly Progress (often called AYP). Please click here to view the official 2009 State Indicators and Rating Report provided to our District by the Ohio Department of Education.

This marks the 10th year in a row that the Olmsted Falls School District has received the highest rating possible, a success that can be claimed by only 2% of school districts in the state of Ohio. While I am very proud of this accomplishment, frankly speaking, our challenge now will be to maintain these high standards of academic excellence, after reducing our teaching staff by 10 teachers.

Levy Information Meeting

It was great to see a strong turnout at the Levy Information Meeting this past Tuesday (August 18th). We are pleased that five community members have volunteered to step forward to lead the campaign process. At the 8/18 meeting, attendees created a list of important questions that the District must answer in order to create an informed and supportive electorate. You may click this link to download a complete list of the questions generated by community members at last week’s meeting.

A second levy information meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafetorium. While we realize this important meeting will run against 5th Grade Open House, we are hopeful that many parents and residents will attend. This meeting is planned to last approximately 60 – 75 minutes and babysitting will be provided.

At this meeting, an overview of District finances will be provided, along with a short question and answer period. Following this presentation, our community levy chairpersons will describe their plan, and specific action steps, for the upcoming levy information campaign.

If you cannot attend, but are interested in volunteering or you have questions, please contact The Pride in Olmsted Schools Committee at PrideinOlmstedSchools@gmail.com. You can also continue to contact me directly if you wish.

Voter Registration

Several people have asked how to get registered to vote in time for the November 3, 2009 election. The deadline for voter registration is 30 days prior to the election date. In order to be eligible to vote in the November 3rd election, individuals must be registered to vote by October 5, 2009.

In addition to registration for new voters, we are also encouraging anyone who has changed residence during the last 12 months or who has had a name change in the last 12 months to re-register to vote so as to avoid voting with a provisional ballot. For additional information and to download a Voter Registration Card, you may visit the Cuyahoga county Board of Elections website.

Crisis (Grief Counseling) Plan Enacted at High School for Day #1

Approximately two weeks ago, a male student at Olmsted Falls High School passed away due to injuries associated with a skate-boarding accident. While this unfortunate accident occurred out-of-state, many of our students, as well as school officials, have become aware of this tragedy. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family.

In order to ensure that tragedies like this are handled in a caring, professional manner, the Olmsted Falls School District has a crisis plan that includes grief counseling. The grief counseling portion of the plan will be offered to students beginning on Day #1 at the High School by trained counselors who will be on-site to assist any student struggling with his/her grief over this very unfortunate accident.

Update on Intermediate School

Your investment in education with the passage of the 2 Mill Bond issue in May 2007 has yielded another facility designed to support the needs of student learning and community activities. This is especially helpful as enrollment has grown by 28% since the passage of the District’s last operating levy more than a decade ago in February 1999. The new Olmsted Falls Intermediate School is designed to accommodate the enrollment growth, while providing students and staff with the learning spaces and tools they need to prepare for their futures.

As the District has stated all along, the construction schedule to have the new Intermediate School ready for the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year was very aggressive. However, I am very happy to share with you that today we received the temporary occupancy permit. This was the final step necessary in order to allow students into the facility for the first day of school. Contractors will now adjust their work schedules to the 2nd shift so as to finish some of the cosmetic aspects that still need to be completed.

I want to thank our faculty and staff who have been working evenings and weekends in order to prepare their classrooms and properly clean the building for the grand opening of this new Intermediate School. For more information on our new Intermediate School, please click here to see the article that appeared in a  recent News Sun article regarding our new facility.

Finally, I would like to once again invite you to attend the Dedication Ceremony for this new building. This special event will be held on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m.

In closing, I would like to wish all of our students and parents an outstanding first day of school. I intend to send a final e-mail recapping the start of this exciting new school year early next week.

Yours in education,

Dr. Todd F. Hoadley, Superintendent

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