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Parent Update – September 2nd, 2009

September 2, 2009

Hello everyone,

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.

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.  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.

Bus Routes
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.

Bio-Medical Science
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.

H1N1 Virus

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.

Categories: Community Updates
  1. John Lindley
    September 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Great job utilizing and leveraging all the resources and technologies available to keep us informed. Keep up the good work.

  2. Christine Moore
    September 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I second John Lindley’s comments. This is a great communication tool for the school system and the parents! Thank you!

  3. h mandak
    September 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    nice work on the blog! what a great and informative way to keep the communications open. keep it up olmsted falls!

  4. peter naegele
    September 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Hi Todd….sorry I couldn’t stay for the whole meeting last night. What I heard was good, however. I have the audio from portion that I attended if you are interested.

    Keep up the good work, and please get in touch soon!


  5. Michelle
    September 5, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I was very pleased to see our school districts responce to the airing of the Presidential Address to our children.

    I feel that, as a parent, it is my right to decide what information is being given to my child with regards to political messages of which are not part of the overall educational process. I feel our President would have been better received on this matter if he would have aired his address on national television during the dinner hour when a family can sit together and discuss the message.

    Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.

  6. Susie Asadorian
    September 9, 2009 at 5:55 am

    I am disappointed in the school district’s decision not to air the Presidential Address and I hope that my children will have the opportunity that so many other American children have had to hear OUR PRESIDENT’s message to them. I don’t know how this could be seen as a “political message”. Former presidents have spoken to the children without opposition. President Obama’s message had everything to with the educational process and it was fitting that he speak to the students while they were in school. I am saddened by the lack of respect for the presidency in our country and I hope it has not spread to our schools.

  7. Binta
    September 14, 2009 at 6:38 am

    As a parent I would like to know what are the programs available to the kids at each of our 5 schools. The list for the individual schools can be put out on the website to be readily available to new parents in the community(eg. chess club, Scripps Spelling bee, National Geography bee, Math Olympiad for the elementary school, Math Kangaroo, Chinese Mandarin etc.)

    I am trying to involve the intermediate school to particpate in the National Geography bee for 4’th and 5’th graders and had a hard time finding the information. For both the grades the school needs 6 students from each grade to particpate. Any parent or student intersted please write to teacher or the school.

    I believe our community needs more of this challenging programs that open up the kids to world outside of Olmsted Falls, Ohio.

  8. Joe Vitale
    September 14, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I could not have disagreed more with the decision not to air the President’s speech. The choice to not air his speech to the school children of our district was poor, misguided and showed a true lack of judgment. The decision has denied an exciting learning opportunity for all of the school children of Olmsted Falls.

    I do not think the same prudence has been shown to other speakers that have come before the schools: Mayors, Congressmen, Firefighters, Police Officers. The point is, all are respected public servants and should not have to be censored. As “Michelle” writes above: “I feel that, as a parent, it is my right to decide what information is being given to my child with regards to political messages of which are not part of the overall educational process”, — then CHOOSE to not allow your child to attend the showing, instead of denying everyone. That akin to saying you disagree with a book, so instead of not allowing your child to read it, you burn them all. Who are you to deny my child an opportunity? Were you equally up in arms when the schools had “mock” votes for who they will choose for President?

    I think I speak for a sizable majority of parents that would like to know what possible rubric could have been designed to review anything coming from our President. Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you find yourself, the vast majority of parents, Republicans and Democrats, respect our President and would welcome an opportunity for him or her to be heard. In my and other parents’ opinions, this opportunity was turned “political” by our district’s decision not to afford our children this chance, not the message that was being delivered or its messenger.

    The reality is, there are some people that are not happy and never will be, that Barack Obama is our President. Fine, that is an opinion. But what message does it send to our kids when we treat such a President like some foreign head-of-state that we censor and sanction because somehow he doesn’t espouse the beliefs we think he ought to. I think the only thing these actions accomplished was to subliminally teach our children disrespect for the Office of the President and of our democratic form of government.

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