Parent Update – September 2nd, 2009
Blog created to communicate with community
Keeping our community informed of school events and important information is very important. As such, last year the District began collecting parent email addresses and a series of parent updates were periodically sent out.
While this has worked relatively well, we have continually looked for a more efficient manner in which to communicate to our community on a real-time basis. Using a blog enables the District to reach a wider audience with our message. As such, we are attempting to make the switch from parent emails to a Blog.
Going forward, we will periodically (hopefully a couple of times per week) place information onto the Blog. Readers then may submit comments which hopefully will promote additional discussion and understanding of important school events. When a large update, containing important information, is developed, an email will be sent to you alerting you to check the Blog.
Please understand that the Blog we have chosen to utilize “Wordpress” is a free service and did not require any expenditure of district funds.
We hope you find this a beneficial manner in which to keep up with important school news and information.
Reminder – Levy meeting this evening
Just a quick reminder that tonight, at 7PM at the Middle School cafeteria, a levy information meeting will be held. All are invited. Babysitting is provided.
The meeting will begin with a District financial presentation by Olmsted Falls School Board Member, Mr. Frank Pedicini. This presentation will last approximately 30 minutes. This presentation will be followed by our community levy chairpersons outlining their ideas for the campaign.
Please note that child care will be available as we are encouraging both parents to attend.
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. Additionally, voter registration forms are available from the building secretary in each of our District’s school facilities.
School Board approves Education Reduction Plan II: The Path We Choose
At the August 26th School Board meeting, the Board of Education officially approved a document that outlines the reductions that will be made to the District’s Educational program should operating levies continue to fail. Details about the options and the rationale about the levy will be explained at the Pride in Olmsted Schools Committee meeting tonight at 7pm at the middle school. To see a copy of this document, please click here.
As you know, major changes were made to our bus routes for the 9/10 school year. These changes included: elimination of High School bussing, reduction in the utilization of the Alternative Transportation process, and the spreading out of the spacing between bus stops.
Like every year, it takes roughly 2 weeks for the routes to “iron out” and for pick-up and drop-off times to become consistent. I ask for your patience during this time of transition. Should you have specific transportation questions, please call our bus garage at 427-6350.
I am pleased to share with you that a new program has been introduced this year for our High School students. A Bio-Medical Science program, fully funded by Polaris JVS, is a new course offering for students in grades 9 through 12.
The Bio-Medical Science program is a 4 year course which focuses upon a project and problem-based curriculum. For more information on this program, please click here.
The H1N1 virus, often referred to as the Swine Flu, has been getting a lot of media attention over the past few weeks. Please note that the District has received important information from both the CDC as well as the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
Recently, a website was created to give parents information regarding the H1N1 Virus. To view this website, please click here.
New Intermediate School opens
I am very pleased that our new Intermediate school was completed on time (and just below budget) for the first day of school. This was a very exciting day for our 4th and 5th grade students. To see the excitement of our students, please see 1st day pictures click here. (Please be patient as this link takes about 30 seconds to load)
I want to thank the parents who volunteered at the school on the first day to ensure that our students quickly acclimated to the new facility. Your volunteerism is greatly appreciated.
Middle School Addition
Now that the Intermediate School project is wrapping up, construction is now beginning on the additions to Olmsted Falls Middle School. As a reminder, this project is being funded through a $7.7 million dollar allotment from the Ohio School Facility Commission.
This construction project will entail the creation of 18 new classrooms on the east end of Olmsted Falls Middle School, as well as expansion to the current band room, expansion of the locker room facilities, expansion of the Middle school fitness center (weight room) and the construction of a new vocal music room onto the connector hallway between the new Intermediate School and the Middle school.
The approximate completion date for the project is October 1, 2010.
Reminder – Dedication Ceremony for New Intermediate School
A special building dedication event has been scheduled for Sunday, September 20th from 2-5 p.m. I hope you will all mark your calendars and join us for this exciting District milestone – another example of the great things that can happen when our community comes together to support a high quality education for our students!
Funds from the May 2007 2 mill Bond Issue made this new facility possible. Thank You Olmsted voters!!!
Yours in Education,
Todd F. Hoadley, Ph. D.