Parent Update: December 3, 2009
Athletic Booster apparel Sale
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters will be conducting a Bulldog apparel sale on Saturday, December 12th in the cafeteria at the High School. This event will run from 9 AM – 1 PM. This merchandise would make great Holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones as well as support the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters.
Attention Middle School Parents – New Feature on Progress Book
Many Middle School parents are utilizing the Progress Book website to track the homework / grades of their children. Please be aware that a new feature will allow parents to register for an email alert for missing assignments or an email alert if their child’s grade drops below a pre-selected level.
For directions on setting up this option, please click here.
Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students
Tonight at 6:30 PM, the Middle School staff will be hosting a WEB Movie Night. (Note: WEB stands for Where Everyone Belongs).
All 6th grade students are welcomed to this event. Admission is $1. For additional details, please click here.
As you are aware, as a result of the three failed operating levies, it is necessary to reduce District financial costs by reducing bus transportation services to state minimum requirements. These changes will go into effect on January 4, 2010.
Parents who live within two miles of their child’s school have already received written correspondence making them aware of the loss of bus service. Additionally, on Monday, the principals at Falls-Lenox and the Early Childhood Center sent letters home with students asking for information from parents as to their transportation plans in January. This information is for planning purposes as the principals need to develop new pick-up and drop-off procedures so that safety of the children can be assured. For a copy of the letter sent to parents of Falls-Lenox students, please click here. For a copy of the letter sent to parents of students attending the Early Childhood Center, please click here.
Today, letters will be mailed out to parents who are presently utilizing the Alternative Transportation option as this service is also being eliminated in January. A copy of this letter has also been posted to the District’s website. For a copy of this letter, please click here.
Over the last 3 weeks, personnel in our Transportation Department have been working diligently to develop new bus routes that incorporate State minimum busing standards. The process of developing bus routes usually takes a good part of the summer and I want to personally thank our Transportation staff for their hard work over the past several weeks.
Several questions have been repeatedly asked on the topic of these transportation changes. Here are some of these questions, and their answers:
Question: How many bus drivers will lose their jobs?
Answer: 8. Additionally, several other bus drivers, while not losing their jobs, will experience a reduction in work hours which will both lower their pay, as well as make some ineligible for insurance benefits.
Question: How much money will the District save by changing to State minimum busing service?
Answer: Just over $1,000 per day.
Question: Why won’t the District accept Alternate Transportation Requests?
Answer: As stated above, it normally takes most of the summer to “build” the bus routes (including identification of bus stops). With the abbreviated time schedule, the District simply does not have the personnel, nor the availability of time, to accommodate these requests when “building” these new bus routes in the middle of the school year. The inability to accommodate Alternative Requests was anticipated by the District as an issue as far back as last spring and was communicated to residents in the spring of 2009 School Report as well as on the personalized bus cards mailed to each family at the beginning of this school year.
Question: If they levy is passed in February, how soon will “normal transportation” return?
Answer: The District would be able to “switch back” to its present transportation system within a matter of a few weeks after the passage of an election. Note: please remember that it often takes the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections 2 – 3 weeks to certify a close election. Additionally, please note that since no routes have been developed for High School busing, that service will not return during the 2009-2010 school year.
Should you have additional questions pertaining to transportation, please submit a comment to this blog or attend the Transportation Information meeting on Saturday, December 12th at 10 AM in the Auditorium at Olmsted Falls High School.
News Articles on Olmsted Falls Schools
Recently, several news articles have appeared regarding important events at Olmsted Falls Schools. Here are those articles:
1. News-Sun article regarding the Olmsted Falls School District’s upcoming school levy. To read a copy of this article, please click here.
2. Sun-Post Herald – article regarding Olmsted Falls High School Girls Soccer awards. To read a copy of this article, please click here.
3. Sun-Post Herald – article on OF graduate Lauren Whyte – volleyball success at George Washington University. To read a copy of this article, please click here.
SWC All-Conference Soccer and Tennis Selections
Congratulations to the following OFHS athletes who have received All-SWC honors for their efforts this past fall sports season:
Zachary Schultz (11th Grade)
Tim McClaren (10th Grade)
Michael Corey (11th Grade)
Sarah Underhill (12th Grade)
Taylor Ballard (12th Grade)
Jillian Mesaros (10th Grade)
Lauren Payne (11th Grade)
Alyssa Bacik (12th Grade)
OFHS Swim Boosters Honey Baked Ham Sale
Presently underway is the OFHS Swim Boosters annual Honey Baked Ham Sale. This event lasts until December 12th. For more information on how you can purchase a Honey Baked Ham and support our Swim Boosters, please click here. Additionally, please note that the OFHS Swim Boosters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 PM in the OFHS cafeteria.
OFIS Student Newspaper
Attention Parents of 4th and 5th Graders
Did you know that OFIS principal, Don Svec published a monthly newsletter for parents and posts it on our Intermediate School website? Please click here to see a copy of his December 2009 Principal’s Bulletin