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Parent Update – April 8, 2010

SPRING MUSICAL THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY

The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present two performances of the award-winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie” this weekend – Friday, April 9th @ 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 9th @ 7:30 p.m. – in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.

Tickets may be reserved in advance through Friday afternoon by calling 427-6070, or tickets may be also purchased at the door.

Ticket Costs:  $7 each adult; $5 each student / senior citizen.

RE-DESIGN OF TRANSPORTATION ROUTING FOR 2010-2011 HELPS DISTRICT CONTINUE COST-SAVINGS, STRETCH LEVY FUNDS

As stated during the campaign, the passage of the operating levy in February 2010 will allow the Olmsted Falls School District to resume K-12 busing services for all students for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year.  Efficiencies implemented over the past school year – such as single, designated pick-up / drop-off locations and group bus stops – will remain in effect.  Group bus stops for students in grades K to 8 will not extend to the full ½ mile walk zones in place during the District’s reduction to State Minimum Busing Requirements this past January, but will still be implemented to a certain level to help streamline pick-ups / drop-offs throughout the community.  High school age students may have their assigned stop more than 1/2 mile from their residence as needed to maximize efficiency of routes.

To off-set a portion of the cost of bringing back high school busing, the District is also looking into a new routing system that would reduce the number of bus routes district-wide thereby saving further dollars.  Several people have asked about the possibility of combining bus routes.   The District is currently exploring routing models used by more than 500 Ohio school districts, which function based on student addresses as opposed to building / grade-level transports.  These models include combining high school and middle school riders, and/or combining high school and elementary school riders, in order to most efficiently transport students from school to their neighborhoods.

While this would be a paradigm shift from what we are accustomed to in the Olmsted Falls School system, it presents an opportunity to save on operating costs annually.  We invite parents to share any thoughts or opinions on these proposed bus routing changes by leaving comments here on the blog.

Important note:  For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for 2010-2011, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Tuesday, June 15th. Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2010-2011 school year.

OFHS VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Go Bulldogs! OFHS Varsity Baseball Team with their championship trophy at the BATR-UP Tournament in Bluffton, SC.

Congratulations to the OFHS Varsity Baseball Team for winning the BATR-UP Tournament in Bluffton, South Carolina, over the spring break. Our Bulldogs won four games straight over four days earning them the tournament championship.   Congrats to Bulldog Cam Trefny for being named Tournament MVP, and to Cory Maddocks (3B), Erik Kolar (1B), Chaz McGrain (C), and Denton Sagerman (P) on being named to the All-Tournament Team.  Other players with solid performances during the week included David Venezuela, Nick Riolo and Nate Ferster.

OHIO SCHOOL FUNDING WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAYALL WELCOME

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 this 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.

3RD GRADERS RAISE $1,600 FOR AMERICAN RED CROSS WITH LAUNCH OF “THE DOGGONE GOOD CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL COMPANY”

Mrs. Stanczak's and Mrs. Blake's 3rd grade social studies classes present a check for $1,600 to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts in Haiti.

As part of their economics unit (studying consumers, producers, factors of production, competition, supply and demand), students in Mrs. Stanczak’s and Mrs. Blake’s 3rd grade social studies classes decided to start a business called “The Doggone Good Chocolate Covered Pretzel Company.”  Students produced a variety of chocolate covered pretzel products and sold them at Falls-Lenox for a week.  Students learned about assembly line production, and implemented a number of advertising and promotional strategies.  Over the course of the week, the company used 135 pounds of chocolate and more than 3,000 pretzel rods!  In the end, the company’s profit of $1,600 is being donated to the American Red Cross to benefit Haiti relief efforts.  Well done!

“PARENT ACADEMY:  POWER UP MOVES & FOOD” SERIES BEGINS TONIGHT

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.

Events are scheduled for Thurs., April 8th at OFIS, Tues., April 13th at Falls-Lenox, and Thurs., April 15th at OFMS.  The events are free, however an R.S.V.P. is required. There is still room available and time to RSVP for the April 15th Parent Academy at the Middle School.  Please call the Food Service Department at (440) 427-6441.

FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS PRESENT PRINCIPAL ROSEBERRY WITH BUILDING FLAG

Principal Roseberry with the new Falls-Lenox flag created by students.

In recent weeks, students at Falls-Lenox have been learning about flags, including the meanings of symbols found on flags (i.e. State flags).  As part of this ongoing learning project, students had the opportunity to create flags of their own.  Earlier this week, a group of students involved with the flag project presented Principal Roseberry with a special flag they had created which included symbols with special meaning to Falls-Lenox.

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  1. Janet
    April 8, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I like the idea of consolidating bus routes for all the schools. Might help when multiple kids from the same family/neighborhood can catch the same bus at the same time.

    I would also recommend that the high school students commit to riding so buses aren’t driving around from one stop to another empty. Is there still going to be a staggered start next year? Will there only be one bus route for those that start early or late?

    • April 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Janet,

      Thank you for your comment. The High School will continue with the staggered start.

      While we are still in the planning stages, it may be such that there will only be one AM High School bus route. If this is the case, students who do not have a first period class, and desire to ride the bus, may need to ride on the HS bus and attend study hall during first period.

      Thanks again.

  2. Patti
    April 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I think it would be completely inappropriate to put elementary school children with high school kids. The age difference, maturity level and the things that are said and done on the bus require the children to be separated.

    • April 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you for your comment. It is important to keep in mind that before the “housing boom” in our community, OFCS was a much smaller school system and there was only 1 AM bus route and 1 PM bus route. During this time, all students, K-12, rode on the same bus to and from school.

      Additionally, please keep in mind that the state of Ohio has over 600 separate school districts. Most of these school districts are small districts with student enrollments under 1,200 students. These districts all utilize 1 AM and 1 PM bus route and all students in K-12 ride the same bus to and from school.

      A change of this type would definitely be a paradigm shift for OFCS residents. However, even though the operating levy has been passed, it is critical that the District continually search for cost saving measures that do not effect the classroom and student learning. That is the reason these discussions are occurring and that is the reason parent input and your comments are so important.

      Thanks again for taking time to both read and comment on the blog.

  3. Elizabeth
    April 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I have to say that I agree with Patti. While of course the differences don’t ‘require’ that they be on different buses, I do think it is probaby best practices to do so. I do not want my young children riding the bus with older kids. They already get quite an education on the bus! And while I hear that other districts are doing it, I am really not comfortable with that argument. We aren’t other districts. Isn’t that why we bought homes here, AND passed the tax levy? That argument has as much merit as saying ‘let’s put Pepsi machines in the cafeteria to raise money, other districts are doing it….’ 😦

    • April 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      Elizabeth,

      Thank you for your comment. The recently passed operating levy is only designed to last 3 years.

      This past levy took 18 months of campaigning and 4 trips to the ballot to pass. The next levy will most likely be even more difficult to pass.

      Additionally, with further state reductions in school financing on the way (most likely in Fiscal year 2012), it is imperative that the District continually explore ways to stretch our financial resources.

      Balancing between excellence, education, and efficiency is a difficult task, and like the recent past, the future will require many difficult decisions involving the fiscal operation of our school district.

      Thanks again for your comment.

  4. Diane
    April 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Will we know the bus stop assignments before the alternate bus drop off deadline? It would help to know the location of stops before the deadline to be able to set-up aftercare if needed. I, for example will have a grandparent who may not be able to drive/walk 1/2 mile to get my child but could look out the door for the bus. If the stop is too far, I will need to have my child go to daycare. Also, will morning kindergarten drop-off stops be consolidated?

    • April 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      Diane,

      Unfortunately the answer to your question is no. (Will we know the bus stop assignments before the alternate bus drop off deadline?)

      There will be a June 15th deadline for alternative transportation forms to be turned in to our transportation department. Once these forms are turned in, our transportation department will design the bus routes for next school year.

      Please understand that the District is not looking to return to the 1/2 mile walking zones that were implemented in the month of January 2010. The reduction in the number of bus stops will be a “happy medium” between then and now.

      Should you have concerns in August when you receive your child’s bus assignment and their designated pick up and drop off points, please feel free to contact the bus garage and discuss your concern.

      Thanks

  5. Tina
    April 9, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I agree with Patti & Elizabeth. If my elementary age children have to ride the bus with middle school/high school aged kids I will drive & pick up my kids every day. I have friends who feel the same way and would do the same.

    I also think the district should consider starting school a bit later in the morning.

  6. Brooke
    April 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I agree with the comments previously made about mixing young children with older “more experienced” kids on a bus. I am a teacher in another district and have to tell you that I know first hand what things are said and heard and done on busses. I already hesitate to put my intermediate child on the bus with kids his own age because of harassment. To even consider having him on a bus with older kids makes me think deeply about other transportation options. I would NEVER be a bus driver. I praise them. I would never be able to handle what happens on a bus while trying to safely drive. The only thing I can think of if coombining ages on one bus will happen is to separate them as much as possible by seating. Maybe the older kids can all sit in the back and the younger kids all in the front.

  7. J Caraballo
    April 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I would like to encourage anyone who has received a letter about the power up moves parent academy at the Middle school and at Falls Lenox next week to attend. I attended the one that held at the Intermediate school on Thursday and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of information that was given, the prizes that were given, and the goodies we got to take home. The dinner was healthy and filling, and we topped off the evening making yogurt parfaits together. This is a great activity night and I strongly encourage anyone to attend with their children! I got to take home measuring cups, portions size charts and a plate, and other fun things. My son had a great time too!

  8. mike
    April 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

    If money is the issue, which it is. Then the alternative transportation should be a memory. I have never heard of any school district doing this until I moved here. I could see why the money will not last. Get picked up and drop off at the same location. If I didn’t like where my child bus stop is at, then I should submit an alternative transportation request to be dropped off in front of my house. Get in to the present people. Times are changing so we have to adapt.

    • April 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      Mike,

      Thank you for your comment. The key for making alternative transportation cost neutral to the District is to have an early summer cut off date so that routes can be created over the summer so as to allow all buses to be loaded to their maximum limits. Additionally, the District must stick to a “one seat on one bus for one child” approach. Previously, the District allowed students to ride one bus in the AM and a different bus in the PM. This is no longer allowed.

      Ensuring that transportation costs are kept to a minimum so as to allow the District to stretch its financial resources is an absolute necessity.

  9. Sandi
    April 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I agree with the above comments as well. If my 5th grader has to ride with high school students (or even middle school for that matter), I will drive him. That type of exposure is not necessary and should not happen.

  10. Just a mom
    April 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    If your child(ren) are harassed on the bus right now, I suggest you mention this to schools immediately. My son was bullied by one older kid on the transferring bus before, initially, I let him handle it until this boy was out of control. I talked to the prinicipal, the issue was taken care of. If you let the harrassment go, you are just as guilty as many others who turn the other cheeks. I don’t believe inteferring in my kids’ handling of rough situations on their own but when another child physically threathened my kids, well, this is where I step in.

    I want to let you know that not because I don’t have sympathy for younger children,they need to also learn to deal when things are rough. There are different seating arrangement, they can sit upfront where bus drivers can see them clearly and let the HS kids sit on the back. We need to take care that finance delimma we are facing now is not a short-term cure hence any possible counter-productive measures need to be avoided if all possible.

  11. future high school parent
    April 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I wasn’t a fan of the consolidated busing when I heard about it, however, it is better than no high school busing being offered. The reinstatement of the high school busing was a promise if the levy was passed. We worked hard and got the levy passed, now I hope the promise is kept. Rumors are out there that last night the board voted AGAINST high school busing for next year. This would send a horrible message to our voters and we will never be able to get another levy passed.

  12. grateful parent
    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I respect and understand the need for the new busing plan to be economically efficient. However, as educators we must continue to place the developmental needs of our children above the “bottom-dollar”. Elementary school age children and high-school youth are worlds apart developmentally in all ways. In addition, the culture of adolescence presents unique language, interpersonal, and social aspects which would be quite inappropriate for a younger to child to be a part of. I ask you to please research these differences and consider the detriment to the younger group of children. Ideally, our older youth would mentor and role model our younger children. And many of our fabulous older OF youth would do this without hesitation. However, the environment on the bus is not the ideal setting. Youth often come onto the bus releasing energy (among other things) after a long day at school. Mentoring and concern for the effects of their language and actions in this context will not likely be their priority. My first-grader learned to “f” word on the bus this year and was very intimidated by some of the more “vocal” intermediate school youth. I can only imagine how our younger children will react to potential situations and language on a bus with senior high youth. I respectfully ask you to consider these developmental, emotional, and psychological aspects a priority when reviewing the plan for busing this coming year. As always, our family is grateful for your efforts to ensure the best education and quality services to our children. Thank you for your hard work and genuine commitment to excellence.

  13. Clarence
    April 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Dr Hoadley,

    I understand you didn’t vote for this but can you answer if it’s true that HS busing will be eliminated for Aug 2010? It is possible it can be restored in Jan of 2011 depending on funding?

    When will a official announcement be made?

    http://www.cleveland.com/sunpostherald/index.ssf/2010/04/olmsted_falls_high_school_busi.html

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