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Parent Update – March 19, 2010

March 19, 2010

DID YOU KNOW

According to the study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 48% of all U.S. teenagers, ages 12 – 17, say they have been a passenger in a car where the driver was texting while driving.

TEACHER CHANGES FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR

As promised during the recent operating levy campaign, the District is moving forward with the hiring of two additional teachers for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. Postings for these two new positions, as well as several other positions that will need to be filled due to retirements or staff members leaving for family reasons, will be made public in the very near future.

With anticipated retirements, teachers leaving the District for other various reasons, and the two additional teaching positions being implemented with the passage of the February operating levy, the District expects somewhere between 6 – 8 new teachers being hired for the 2010-2011 school year.

As has been the District’s practice, all employment vacancies are posted on the District’s website.  To see present employment opportunities with the Olmsted Falls School District, please click here.

LATEST SCHOOL REPORT AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The latest issue of the School Report will be delivered to homes of all District residents over the next few days.  The on-line version can be downloaded and viewed immediately by visiting our District website.  Click here to be taken to the School Report link.

DISTRICT CELEBRATES RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK

This week is national Right-To-Read Week and there have been a wide variety of activities taking place throughout the buildings. I had the pleasure of being a guest reader for a special kindergarten story time at our Early Childhood Center.  Congrats to our staff and parents for going above and beyond to inspire and nurture a love of reading in our students!

OFCS PARTNERS WITH PTA TO PRESENT “PARENT ACADEMY:  POWER UP MOVES & FOOD” EVENTS

Olmsted Falls City Schools and our local PTA are proud to present a special series of wellness events for parents and students.  The “Parent Academy:  Power Up Moves and Food” events are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.  These fun and informational events will include dinner, preparation and enjoyment of a healthy snack, physical activity for the kids, and an interactive presentation for parents that will cover topics like portion sizes, food labels, and purchasing produce.  The events are free, however an R.S.V.P. is required.

Please watch for invitation flyers with additional information to come home soon in backpacks, or click on the links below:

Intermediate School Parent Academy – Thurs., April 8th

Falls-Lenox Parent Academy – Tues., April 13th

Middle School Parent Academy – Thurs., April 15th

OFHS MASQUERS SPRING MUSICAL APRIL 9TH & 10TH

Be sure you have marked your calendars for the OFHS Masquers Spring Musical production, “Bye Bye Birdie.”  Performances are scheduled for April 9th and 10th – both begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved in advance by calling 427-6070.  Ticket Costs:  $7 each adult; $5 each students / senior citizens.

“Bye Bye Birdie” stars Tessa Hongosh as “Rose Alvarez,” John Oravec as “Albert Peterson,” Patrick Laycock as “Conrad Birdie,” and Maddi New as “Kim MacAfee.”

John Oravec as "Albert Peterson"

Patrick Laycock as "Conrad Birdie"

Maddi New as "Kim MacAfee"

Tessa Hongosh as "Rose Alvarez"

BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSES HOW TO STRETCH NEW LEVY FUNDS

The 8.7 Mill Operating Levy passed by our community on February 2, 2010 will begin to generate needed revenue for our District beginning in January 2011.  While current projections indicate this new levy will keep the District afloat financially for three years, the Board of Education continues to discuss ways that the funds could be stretched further.

Congratulations to Matthew Harris for qualifying for the Ohio Geographic Bee.

OFMS 6TH GRADER TO COMPETE IN 2010 OHIO GEOGRAPHIC BEE

Congratulations to 6th grader Matthew Harris for earning a chance to compete in the 2010 Ohio Geographic Bee at The Ohio State University campus on April 9th.  Bees were held in schools with 4th through 8th grade students throughout the State of Ohio to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner.  School-level winners then took a qualifying test which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.  The top 100 scores were then invited to compete at the State level.  This is an outstanding accomplishment.  Good luck to Matthew next month!

STATE-FUNDED MIDDLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON-TIME AND ON-BUDGET

The $7.7 million State-funded expansion to Olmsted Falls Middle School is progressing extremely well.  The project, made possible by a funding award to Olmsted Falls School District  from the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s Exceptional Needs Program, is currently ahead of schedule with an anticipated completion date of July 2010.  The project is also currently under budget by approximately $400,000.

ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVITED TO OHIO SCHOOL FUNDING WORKSHOP – SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH

The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA along with volunteers from the recent levy campaign have partnered to present a special workshop on school funding in Ohio.  The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, April 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at Olmsted Falls Middle School,  is open to all Ohio voters interested in learning about the current state education funding policies and potential opportunities for reform.  Click here for additional information.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

OPERATION: MEDICINE CABINET – SATURDAY, MAY 8TH

“Operation: Medicine Cabinet” will be hosting drop-off locations in our area on Saturday, May 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The purpose of “Operation: Medicine Cabinet” is to provide an opportunity for people to safely dispose of any outdated or unwanted prescription medications.

Please download the flyer below for local details and location information:

Operation: Medicine Cabinet – Saturday, May 8th

Nationally, teenage prescription drug abuse is rapidly increasing, and your family medicine chest could become a teenager’s best supplier.  For additional information on this troubling trend, we invite you to download the report below issued by the Office of National Drug Control Policy:

“Prescription for Danger:  A Report on the Troubling Trend of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among the Nation’s Teens”

DID YOU KNOW?

More than 3 in 5 teens say prescription drugs are easy to get from medicine cabinets and more than half say prescription drugs are “available everywhere” and easier to get than illicit drugs.  (Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, 2006)

WOULD YOU KNOW IF SOME OF YOUR PILLS ARE MISSING?

  • Monitor: Take inventory of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs in your home and keep track of refills.
  • Secure: Lock up medications in a secure location and control access.
  • Dispose: Remove any personal identifiable information from prescription bottles before discarding.  Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet.  Seek proper medication disposal methods (such as Operation: Medicine Cabinet Drop Off Locations).
  • Inform: Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HONORED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored members of the High School Academic Team at their March 18th meeting. Team members provided a demonstration of their academic skills for Board members and guests.

The S.W.C. (Southwest Conference) portion of league play for the 2009-2010 school year is finally complete.  The standings at the end of league play are as follows:

1.  Olmsted Falls (7-0)

2.  North Olmsted (6-1)

3.  Westlake (5-2)

4.  Brecksville (4-3)

5.  Midpark (3-4)

6.  Berea (2-5)

7.   Amherst (1-6)

8.  Avon Lake (0-7)

In addition to winning the S.W.C., the OFHS Academic Team also won the NEOAL (North East Ohio Academic League)!  Finally, this past weekend, the Academic Team participated in a Tournament at Case Western Reserve University and placed 2nd overall with teams from Ohio, Michigan, and New York participating.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT DISTRICT COMPETITION

Congratulations to the High School Symphonic Band and the High School Treble Choir for receiving high marks during their trip to the District Contest.  Judges awarded our Symphonic Band with an “Excellent” rating.  Our Treble Choir was rated “Superior” by the judges and earned a trip to compete at the State level in April. Congratulations and best wishes to these talented students!

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS

Our Middle School recently had 114 individual entries in 42 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Midview High School.  Eighteen of our students received “Excellent” ratings; 61 students received “Superior” ratings; and 24 students received “Good” ratings.  Click this link to review individual student ratings.

TEAM, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS ACKNOWLEDGED AT ANNUAL WRESTLING BANQUET

The OFHS Wrestling Banquet was held on Monday, March 15th.  Team members were acknowledged for both athletic and academic accomplishments.  The Wrestling Team’s GPA is 3.23.   Congratulations to our senior wrestlers Adam Broski and Mark Mills who have earned top academic senior class ranking of first (Broski) and third (Mills) respectively out of 268 seniors.  Other special award winners included:

SWC Outstanding Wrestler – Chaz McGrain

Outstanding Wrestler: – Chaz McGrain

Iron Man – Shane Gareau

Don and Vera Kane Award – Nick Asadorian

Outstanding Improvement – Alan Binggeli

Rookie of the Year – Chase DuPratt

Teammate Awards – P.J. Mueller and Jeremiah Roig

Phill Hicks (100 % Award) – Mark Mills

JV Awards

Outstanding Wrestler – L.J. Yurick

Outstanding Improvement – Sean Fallon

Iron Man – Brandon Taylor

Teammate Award – Richie Rader

Congratulations to all of our wrestlers on their accomplishments this year!

Top two high school student Relay for Life fund raisers, Katie Kopp (left) and Tabitha Wrege (right), stand under a banner which hangs in the high school hallway. Both students serve as captains for Relay for Life teams.

RELAY FOR LIFE UPDATE

Just 85 days remain until the Relay for Life event, being held at the Olmsted Falls High School stadium starting at 12 noon on Saturday, June 12th.  To date, Olmsted Falls School District has 32 teams registered, 292 participants registered, and $13,107.41 raised.  The goal of the Relay for Life committee is to register 40 teams and raise $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.   For additional information, please visit www.relayforlife.org/OlmstedFalls.

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  1. Rick Ashton
    March 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Rumors have been speculating that busing for the High School kids will only last 2 years before tax paying community is forced to pay up again?! Is there truth to this, since we just passed the largest school levy in Olmsted Falls history… Are we just expected to have to buy our kids cars to get to school like a private institution???

  2. March 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Rick,

    Thank you for your question. One of the purposes of this blog is to help control the rumors that seem to run rampant through any community.

    It was a campaign pledge to return HS busing for the 2010 school year, and as such, that is the direction the District is moving. Without being able to predict the future economy, the District has never promised that HS busing will remain a permanent part of our service offerings.

    That is not to say there is any truth the the two year rumor, it simply has become a fact that most school districts are no longer offering HS busing. Should ridership next year drop significantly among OFHS students, discussion would occur as to the feasibility of the future of this service.

    Finally, I must correct your assertion that the February 2010 operating levy was the largest levy in history. In February 1999, the citizens of the Olmsted Communities passed a 12.9 mill levy.

    Thank you again for your question.

    • Rick Ashton
      March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for your quick response…. Sorry I did forget about the levy the first year I lived here and the community was much smaller and the taxes only jumped $1500. So thanks for correcting my “assertion”, but I was part of that one as well.

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