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Parent Update – January 19, 2010

January 20, 2010

First Row: Frank Pedicini (2010 President), Joseph Bertrand (2010 Vice-President) Back row (Left to Right): Rhonda McCrone, James Weisbarth, and Michelle Theriot

Olmsted Falls Board of Education

On Thursday, January 14th, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Organizational meeting for 2010.  At this meeting, Mr. Frank Pedicini was elected President and Mr. Joseph Bertrand was elected Vice-President.

Many citizens do not realize that the Board of Education donates their meeting checks back to the District and the money is utilized for scholarships for graduating seniors.  This is a long-standing practice of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.

Education Week Ranks U.S. School Systems By State

Last Thursday, the Ohio Department of Education announced that Ohio has once again improved its ranking in the annual Education Week Quality Counts report. According to the 2010 report, Ohio’s educational system is now fifth in the nation, up from sixth last year and seventh in 2008.

The focus of this year’s report, Quality Counts 2010: Fresh Course, Swift Current – Momentum and Challenges In the New Surge Toward Common Standards, examines the effort by states to develop common curriculum standards. Across the United States, the common curriculum standards for Mathematics and English language arts are under development in a process that is facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education. Currently, 51 states and territories are participating in the process.

For more information on rating the quality of Ohio’s public schools, please click here.

Upcoming PTA Meetings

Being an active member in PTA is a great way to take an active role in your child’s education.  As a note, the OFHS PTA will be meeting next Monday at 7 PM in the HS library and the Falls-Lenox PTA will be meeting next week on Tuesday evening at 7 PM.

OFCS Food Service Department Receives Grant

Congratulations to OFHS Food Service Supervisor, Denise Tabar for applying and receiving three mini-grants of $2,000 each.

These grants, developed and funded by the Ohio Department of Education, will support parent education programs on the topic of childhood nutrition.

Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Website Provides Information on School Funding

Over the past year, the District has received several phone calls, emails, and letters asking for an explanation of the way Ohio’s public schools are funded.

Recently, a resident emailed me a link to the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s website which has a section on school funding.  This website does a nice job of communicating this complicated topic, including a detailed explanation of HB 920, which prevents school districts from receiving inflationary growth on approved tax levies.  Here is a link to this site:  Click Here

Pride In Olmsted Schools – Levy Update

Recently, several OFHS students created a video supporting the upcoming levy vote.  If you would like to view this video, please click here.

The video “My Turn” was recently updated.  To view this levy video, please click here.

Last week, several persons contacted me requesting the link to the Pride in Olmsted Schools levy website which provides important information regarding the upcoming February 2nd vote.  To view this site, please click here.

Sun Post Herald – Letter to the Editor – written by OFHS student Lawrence Yurick – please click here to read.

Facebook:  Pride in Olmsted Schools Facebook page: click here to view.

The Sun Post Herald recently printed an article outlining the importance of this levy as well as an overview of the financial reductions that have been made up to this point.  To view a copy of this article, please click here.

Finally, click here to view the District’s Educational Reduction Plan.  As many are aware, Middle School extracurricular activities will be eliminated if the operating levy is not successful in February.  However, another major ripple is the effect that a levy failure in February would have on the 2010-2011 High School class offerings.

Under normal circumstances, students would begin scheduling classes for the 2010-2011 school year in February.  However, if the levy is not successful in February, additional teacher lay-offs will be necessary for the 2010-2011 school year.  This will require eliminating additional High School course offerings which complicates the upcoming scheduling process.

OFHS Wrestler Wins Annual Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School wrestler Chaz McGrain who won the Dies Memorial Tournament this past weekend!  With his first place victory, Chaz became the 5th OFHS wrestler to win a Dies championship!

Congratulations are also in order for fellow wrestlers Nick Asadorian who placed 6th and Mark Mills who placed 7th overall.

The entire OFHS wrestling squad competed strongly, placing 14th out of 44 teams.

The District would like to commend Head Wrestling Coach Bill McGrain, his dedicated coaching staff, and these talented athletes.

OFHS Academic Team Update

On January 9, the OFHS Academic Team traveled to The Ohio State University for a winter tournament.  The format of the tournament was HSAPQ which stands for High School Academic Pyramidal Questions (translation–really complicated, tough questions that are at least a paragraph long!).  Our A team came away with a third place finish in a really tough field of teams.

On January 10, OSU held tryouts for the All-Ohio All-Star Team to represent the State of Ohio in a national tournament at Vanderbilt University in June.  Each state is allowed to send one all-star team.  OSU took on the task of running the tryout tournament (which was open to all players in the state) in which players were judged on their depth of knowledge in particular subjects in order to field an all star team with a specialist in each of the big areas:  History, Science, and Literature.  The team will consist of 4 players and 2 alternates.

The students who were selected to represent the State of Ohio on the All-Star Team:

Jarret Greene (Captain)- South Range High School (Sr.)
Jim Coury- Olmsted Falls High School (Jr.)
Jasper Lee- Solon High School (Sr.)
Brandon Williams- Northmont High School (Jr.)
Catie Haas- Tippecanoe High School (Sr.)
Joe Nutter- Walnut Hills High School (Sr.)

Congratulations to Jim, and to all of the other members of the Olmsted Falls Academic Team.

OFIS Artwork On Display

The District is really proud of our new Intermediate School and would once again like to thank our residents for supporting the 2 mill bond issue that provided the necessary funding for this fine facility.  Over the course of this school year, several projects have been undertaken to make this new facility more of  a “home” for our students.  Recently, under the direction of Art Teacher Sue Magnone, students at the Intermediate School constructed a “Bulldog Tile Wall”.  Below, please see pictures of this new addition at OFIS.

Thank you students for your efforts in creating this new Bulldog Tile Wall.

If you look closely, you can see "O F I S" within this tile wall.

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  1. Jim Baldwin
    January 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Dr. Hoadley,
    Thank you for confirming what I thought was the standard practice of the board. It is my hope that more residents of OF/TWP take the time to learn the facts before voting. Finally, thanks to you and the board for all of your hard work and dedication!

  2. Linda Parkowski
    January 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education for all of their efforts, energy and time spent to make Olmsted Falls a great school system to be a part of.
    Also, Congratulations to Chaz McGrain and the whole wrestling team for a great season. As a mom of a first year wrestler I can see how this sport has increased my son’s self discipline and self esteem, thanks to the fine work of Marshall Toth and his dedicated group of coaches. Please let’s pass this levy so our children can continue to gain the life skills they need in whatever extra curricular they choose. Vote yes for the February levy!

  3. January 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I encourage everyone to take a look at the new video which showcases OF students campaigning for their school:


    Many thanks, again, to the Cleary family for their time and creative work.

  4. concerned parent II
    January 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Wow the topic of the levy made it onto the Trivisonno show this evening!

  5. Tiffany Hansbrough
    January 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Passing a levy in this economic climate is tough; many districts including Olmsted Falls have had levies fail. People reason that as they tighten their belts, schools should do the same. Extracurricular activities are viewed as expendable. But first, let’s look at the data.

    Contrary to the assumption that extracurricular activities are fluff, students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to enjoy school, do better in school, graduate and are less likely to get into trouble. Schools districts with such positive outcomes are desirable places to live. Thus the rating of a school district is reflected in property values, arguably what drew many of us to the community in the first place.

    The levy will cost the average homeowner less than a dollar a day; less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Olmsted Falls has the opportunity to serve as a role model during these economic times; reminding us that education really matters. Our children are worth far more than a cup of coffee.

    • Jessica Caraballo '97 bulldog grad
      January 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

      I completely agree with Tiffany above, that was perfectly said. Our children should be our top priority and deserve the best. This district offers that and more! If we peel back the layers of negativity and rumors it comes down to Olmsted Falls being a great place to receive an education. The tools that are given to our kids are worth more than a cup of coffee indeed! Our children are our future and they deserve the same education that has been given in this community for years. Please support the children and vote YES. Keep this community strong and viable!!!

  6. January 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Did You Lose Your Absentee Ballot?

    If you did not submit a request for an absentee ballot, no biggie. Just go to your polling place and vote YES on Feb. 2nd.

    If you requested an absentee ballot and lost or haven’t received one, PLEASE contact the Board of Elections at (216) 443-3200 and request another ballot which must be returned with a postmarked by the 30th OR you may vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Please get clear instructions on how to fill out your provisional ballot. http://www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us But the BEST plan – FIND that absentee BALLOT and MAIL it in TODAY! Thank you.

    If you are eager to have this levy pass, provisional as well as eligible-but-lagging absentee votes will slow down election certification.

    Many thanks to those who’ve already voted YES.

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