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Parent Update – February 9, 2010

February 9, 2010

OFHS Senior Named National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to OFHS senior, Alex New, who has been named a 2010 National Merit Finalist.  Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor.

Important Information For Next Year’s Incoming Freshmen

In the coming weeks, our 8th grade students will begin planning their high school program for next school year.  Many important decisions are made which will affect the courses these students will take during the next four years at Olmsted Falls High School.

All parents and students are invited and encouraged to attend an evening orientation at the High School at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010, in the auditorium. During the orientation, topics such as guidance services, high school courses and curriculum, the Ohio Graduation Test, graduation requirements, and scheduling will be discussed.

A letter will be sent to all 8th graders about this orientation meeting and the scheduling process.  If you are an 8th grade parent and have not received a letter by Friday, please contact Ms. Lisa Meinhardt, School Counselor, at (440) 427-6116.

OF Student Receives Scholarship To Play Soccer At Akron

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School senior Taylor Ballard, who signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the University of Akron this fall.  Taylor is a 4-year varsity letter winner who has earned numerous awards during her athletic career at OFHS.  In 2009, Taylor was named Offensive Player of the Year and also named to the SWC 2nd Team.  She received a SWC Honorable Mention in 2007.  Taylor led the team in goals, scoring ten during her senior year.  She is a very versatile and talented team player.  Taylor has been recruited by the University of Akron as a Defender, and is leaning toward teaching as a major.  Congratulations again to Taylor!

Taylor Ballard (center), with Assistant Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Nikki Altenweg (left) and Head Girls Soccer Coach Kelly Yurick (right), signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Akron this fall.

Forensic Students Qualify For State Championship

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the 2010 Forensic State Championship:
John Oravec, Scott Loeffler, Max Miller, Natalie Brdar, Ben Brown, Eric Miranda, Shom Muzumder, Nick Macek and Derek Dissell.
Good Luck at States!!!

PTABattle of the Schools” Basketball Game
A reminder that this Thursday at 7 PM in the HS gym, the teachers and staff of our respective buildings will renew their annual rivalry in the 2010 Battle of the Schools.  This PTA sponsored event is a major source for revenue for the annual PTA student scholarships.  Tickets will go on sale beginning at 6:30 PM.

OFHS Academic Team Continues to Roll

The OFHS academic teamed braved last Saturday’s snow to bring home the SWC Tournament Championship.  The official standings were:

Olmsted Falls    7-0

North Olmsted  6-1

Midpark  4-3

Amherst 3-4

Westlake 3-4

Avon Lake 2-5

Berea 2-5

Brecksville – Broadview Heights 1-6

News from Columbus (State Government Information)

The following two articles are taken from the Hannah News Services:

State revenue running below estimates

A preliminary look at January figures shows Ohio state-level revenue $108.4 million below the estimate for the month and approximately $99.6 million, or 1.1%, below estimates for the year. The Ohio personal income tax lagged estimates by nearly $140 million, or 15.6%. This information comes about a month after the Ohio legislature passed House Bill (HB) 318, filling an $851 million gap. That bill delayed by two years the last of five planned 4.2% income tax cuts.

On the positive side is the performance of the Ohio sales tax, which came in above estimates for January by $10 million, or 1.5%. The sales tax is currently above projections for the fiscal year to date by about $22 million, or 0.5%.

Legislature approves casino relocation

Ohio voters will be given an opportunity to decide the fate of the Columbus casino site location. The Ohio legislature approved a May ballot issue that proposes moving location of the Columbus casino from the downtown Arena District to the city’s west side.  Some of the debate included an unsuccessful attempt by Youngstown-area legislators to allow for a casino in that region. The Ohio legislature will now turn to an implementation bill for the casino issue that passed in November 2009.



  1. Diane
    February 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    WOW, so glad to see these great accomplishments for Alex and Taylor!! I am so glad that my kids will also get this chance thanks to the great Olmsted voters!!!! Congratulations!!

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