Parent Update – March 31, 2010
DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH FAIRVIEW PARK CITY SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE BUS MAINTENANCE SERVICES
The Olmsted Falls School District has finalized a contract to provide bus maintenance services to Fairview Park City Schools. This new agreement, which goes into effect April 1st, will generate a new revenue stream for our District while providing a much-needed service for nearby Fairview Park. This is not the first time Olmsted Falls School District’s Transportation Department has entered into a regional agreement of this type. The District also provides maintenance and fuel services for Lakewood City Schools, as well as the City of Olmsted Falls.
Click here to read an article from last week’s Sun Post-Herald about this new partnership with Fairview Park City Schools.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR
Individual meetings for parents of next year’s kindergartner students were held at the Early Childhood Center on March 4th & 5th. Any parent of a child who still needs to be enrolled in kindergarten for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year should contact the Early Childhood Center as soon as possible by calling 427-6360. Children must be 5 years old by August 1st to enroll for kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District.
The District is frequently contacted with questions regarding early entrance of children into kindergarten. According to Ohio Revised Code, if a child does not turn age 5 by the District cut-off date (August 1st) but turns 5 by January 1st, the parent may request that the child be tested for possible placement into kindergarten. Children who do not meet the mandatory cut-off date (August 1st) cannot be admitted into kindergarten unless they meet the criteria for early admission in the District’s Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners. To discuss the appropriateness of early entrance into kindergarten for an individual child, please contact Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center Principal Gina Sanfilippo at 427-6360 or Director of Student Services Merritt Waters at 427-6140.
OLMSTED FALLS TAKES FIRST PLACE AT SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
On Saturday, March 20, the Olmsted Falls Science Olympiad team (made up of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students) competed in the Elementary Science Olympiad HELD AT Cleveland State University. The team from Olmsted Falls competed against 21 other teams from schools throughout Northeast Ohio in 24 different events. The team medaled in 15 out of the 24 events, and took 1st place overall!
Congratulations to this outstanding team of students, as well as to their parents and coaches. Click here for a complete overview of winners by event.
DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Olmsted Falls School District is currently seeking to add to its roster of substitute school bus drivers. In addition to substitute driver positions, a full-time driver vacancy is anticipated for the 2010-2011 school year. This is a great opportunity for parents or local community members interested in a new career. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line, and then notify the Bus Garage via phone at 427-6350. Note: Once on-line, please select the “Start an application for employment” option, and follow the instructions on the screen.
OLMSTED FALLS LEADS THE WAY IN SCHOOL LUNCH NUTRITION
Last week our District was profiled in a segment for Channel 3 (WKYC) on healthy school lunches. Reporter Kim Wheeler selected Olmsted Falls as one of the featured districts for the leadership role our District has taken when it comes to ensuring students have healthy options in their school cafeterias. Her camera crew visited the Bulldog Café at the Intermediate School. Click here to view the news clip on-line.
SUN POST-HERALD STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School student Jessica Albright for recently being named Sun-Post Herald Student of the Week. Please click here to read the article about Jessica.
OFHS STUDENT AWARDED PRIZE FOR ESSAY CONTEST ENTRY
Olmsted Falls High School sophomore Hayleigh Sanders was awarded a $200 cash prize for her entry in the Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out! essay contest, sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. The contest asks students to describe an act of discrimination, reflect on their own response and write a 500-word essay with a plan of action to affect changes. Hayleigh Sanders’ entry earned 2nd place in the High School – 10th Grade division. Congratulations Hayleigh!
BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE BRINGS OPERA TO STUDENTS
Students at Olmsted Falls Middle and High schools were treated to a live opera performance last week thanks to the Conservatory Outreach Department at Baldwin-Wallace College. A cast of Baldwin-Wallace College students performed the complete second act of the acclaimed opera “Too Many Sopranos,” during two performances in our District – one at the High School in the morning and one at the Middle School in the afternoon. Students in the audience applauded the efforts of the talented performers and had an opportunity to ask questions of the cast following each performance. Community partnerships with institutes of higher learning such as Baldwin-Wallace help enhance educational programming and opportunities for our students.
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL K-KIDS RAISE $2,198.72 FOR LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
During the month of March, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School participated in the “Pasta for Pennies” program to benefit children with Leukemia and Lymphoma. Coordinated by the school’s K-Kids group, the program ran from March 1st – 19th. The campaign kicked off with a special assembly featuring a representative from the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) to introduce the program and explain to the students what Leukemia and Lymphoma were – and how their change would help researchers find a cure for these cancers.
Pennies, and other change or money, was collected in boxes in each homeroom. K-Kids gathered each Friday morning during the campaign to count all of the change. During the second week of the program, K-Kids members also volunteered to sell “paper pennies” which were hung around the cafeteria. In all, a total of $2,198.72 was collected and donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) by the students of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. A special congratulations goes to Mr. Schafer’s homeroom, who alone collected more than $400 for the cause and were awarded a pasta lunch from Olive Garden restaurant.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARE CONSTITUTION PROJECTS WITH 5TH GRADERS
Middle School students provided 5th graders with a personal preview of the U.S. Constitution last week as they shared their Constitution Book projects. As part of their government unit on the U.S. Constitution, 8th grade students recently created “Constitution Books” which covered elements relevant to their 8th grade curriculum as well as curriculum elements relevant to their 5th grade counter-parts.
The two grade levels came together in the cafeteria at the Intermediate School – just a short walk for 8th graders through the new enclosed breezeway connected the two buildings – to review the U.S. Constitution together through this innovative collaboration.
5th graders, who were just about to begin their own U.S. Constitution units, were treated to a preview by their older peers who reviewed their “Constitution Book” projects page-by-page in small groups.