Parent Update – January 19, 2010
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.