Parent Update – April 29, 2010
OHIO PTA NURSE OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School Nurse Darla Haviland, RN, on being named Ohio PTA Nurse of the Year. Nurse Haviland does an outstanding job as head nurse for Olmsted Falls Schools and is based at the District’s Early Childhood Center.
Earlier this year, her expertise helped save the life of a young student exhibiting headaches and erratic eye movements that concerned Nurse Haviland, who suspected a possible tumor. The girl was taken to the ER that day and, ultimately, underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening brain tumor. Thanks to the actions of Nurse Haviland, the student has recovered and is back in school!
Darla Haviland received her Nurse of the Year award at a special recognition dinner held April 17th during the annual Ohio PTA Convention in Columbus.
FIRST ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL YOUTH DAY THIS AFTERNOON
Young baseball players from throughout the community are invited to attend this afternoon’s varsity game against Avon Lake for the 1st Annual Olmsted Falls Youth Baseball Day. All young guests are encouraged to wear their team’s jersey. Fun activities in store include a baseball inflatable, radar gun and more! Don’t miss this first annual event TODAY – Varsity Baseball Diamond #3 (behind OFHS) at 4:15 p.m.
DISTRICT RECEIVES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON STATE EDUCATIONAL FUNDING
In last week’s blog, information was shared that the Olmsted Falls District was notified in early April that a potentially large cut in state funding is looming on the horizon for Ohio’s public schools. Specifically, Ohio House member Randy Gardner released a memo to all superintendents sharing his projection that school districts around the state are facing a reduction in state funding somewhere in the neighborhood of 22.7% – 30% beginning in July 2011. Specifically, for OFCS, this would mean a state reduction of something between $2.4 million and $3.2 million. Click here to see the initial correspondence from Representative Gardner.
To keep you updated on this important topic, this week the District received additional information from Senator Gardner’s office. Specifically, the District received additional information that displays the variables upon which Representative Gardner’s calculation was determined (click here), as well as a spreadsheet that displays the potential funding cuts for each of Ohio’s public school districts (click here).
While it is important to remember that this financial projection is still speculative, the worry to me personally, as superintendent, is that Representative Gardner’s underlying logic seems to make sense. The current state budget for Ohio is using so much one-time money in this biennium budget, and state-level tax collections are also lagging projections. As such, there will be a major budget hole in the next biennium budget (beginning July 1, 2011)
Without a second stimulus package from Washington D.C. (unlikely) or a tax increase at the state level (unlikely and political suicide for the Governor) I simply don’t know how the Ohio legislature fills the upcoming budget hole without making major cutbacks in spending.
As such, as a District, our Board of Education and Administration will need to have a series of discussions about what level of State cuts we honestly expect to incur. Then, this decision will need to be built into our 5 year financial forecast. While these financial projections will likely look very ugly, at least the District can move forward with its planning and decision-making process.
DONAHUE ERA COMES TO A CLOSE AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL
High School Head Coach Pat Donahue has resigned from his head basketball coaching position after twenty-one years.
“This is an outstanding community and school district that has supported the basketball program for many years, and for that, I am truly grateful,” said Coach Donahue. “I have been very fortunate to have the support needed to run a strong program.”
“The knowledgeable, loyal and dedicated assistant coaching staff has also contributed greatly to the success of our program,” Donahue added. “I have truly enjoyed my years as the head coach here.”
Coach Donahue career notables include:
• Head Basketball Coach at Olmsted Falls High School for past 21 years
• Overall record: 341-144
• Also served as Head Track Coach for a period of 5 years
• More than 800 high school players have come through Coach Donahue’s program at Olmsted Falls High School over the past 21 years
• Many have gone on to play college basketball, including Mike Gansey who currently plays in the NBA developmental league
• Donahue has led the OFHS Varsity Basketball Team to an impressive 11 consecutive SWC Championships. In fact, his team has won SWC Championships 13 out of the last 15 years.
• In addition, his team has won nine District Championships, and competed in the Regional Finals three times (1997, 2004, 2007)
• Donahue has been named Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year three times, and was named State Coach of the Year in 1996.
“Coach Donahue has epitomized the Bulldog tradition of excellence during his outstanding career here in Olmsted Falls,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “He has long been held in high regard by players, parents, colleagues, and members of the greater Olmsted community.”
Athletic Director Rob Coxon added, “Pat has had a tremendously successful coaching career here at Olmsted Falls High School. His knowledge and passion for the game has contributed to his success. He has had quality, hard working players over the years, but his work ethic and the surrounding of himself by quality coaches, have made those teams extremely successful. Winning 13 conference titles over the course of 15 years pretty much defines the success that he has instilled into this program. We will miss Pat and we certainly wish him well.”
Pat Donahue currently teaches Chemistry, and serves as Science Department Chair, at Olmsted Falls High School. Donahue plans to continue teaching at OFHS four more years.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
New inductees joined current members at the annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony held on April 23rd at OFHS.
Students, staff and parents were in attendance as 24 new members were inducted into the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS).
A total of 45 OFHS students are now NHS members. Congratulations to each of them on this outstanding accomplishment!
OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH ACHIEVEMENT ON NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Front row: Emilie Macek (Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate); Jessica Albright (Latin III, Cum Laude Certificate); Hayleigh Sanders (Latin II, Silver Medal); Pam Keller (Latin II, Magna Cum Laude Certificate); Ashley Michel (Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate); Emily Nageotte (Latin III, Silver Medal); and Magistra Czupik.
Back row: Madison Woods (Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate); Sohan Vartak (Latin II, Gold Medal); Karissa Dodge (Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate); Trevor Munkachy (Latin I, Cum Laude Certificate); and Zachary Zuruba (Latin II, Silver Medal).
Not pictured: Lucas Alstadtt (Latin I, Gold Medal) and Nathan Seese (Latin I, Silver Medal).
Congratulations on these impressive achievements!
SUN POST-HERALD STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls Middle School student Matt Harris for being named last week’s Sun-Post Herald Student of the Week. Please click here to read the article about Matt.
OFHS TREBLE CHOIR RATED SUPERIOR AT STATE
The High School Treble Choir gave an outstanding performance at the recent State Contest, earning a prestigious rating of “Superior.” Excellent job!
OFHS MATH STUDENT EARN STRONG RANKINGS AT STATE MATHEMATICS TOURNAMENT
OFHS tied for 15th place (out of 106) in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2010 State Tournament of Mathematics. Individually, Kevin O’Brien tied for a rank of 57th; Adam Broski and Brad Sevcik tied for a rank of 68th (out of 1945 students). Rankings were determined based on test scroes from the State Tournament of Mathematics given at Olmsted Falls High School (and other test centers across the State) on February 27th. Congratulations!
ORIENTATION MEETING FOR 5TH GRADE PARENTS THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH
A reminder to all 5th grade parents that there is an orientation meeting at Olmsted Falls Middle School this coming Wednesday, May 5th. Click here for the invitation that was sent home with students.
OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB BRINGS “VEGGIE U” TO FOURTH GRADERS
Thanks to the generous support of the Olmsted Falls Garden Club, fourth graders had the opportunity to participate in a unique program called “Veggie U” as part of their science unit on plants. Created by the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Huron, OH, the “Veggie U” program focuses on sustainable agriculture and how food is grown (i.e. importance of soil, composting, worm farms). Hands-on elements, such as creating their very own worm farm and growing their own lettuce and squash under special “grow lights,” were popular with students.
Proceeds from the Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s annual plant sale in May were used to purchase all of the educational materials, related supplies and equipment for the implementation of the “Veggie U” program at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. This year’s Olmsted Falls Garden Club “Perennial Plant Sale” takes place THIS SUNDAY, MAY 2nd at the Jenkins Center (next to Olmsted Falls Library) from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.
Many thanks to the Olmsted Falls Garden Club for its support of this innovative learning opportunity, which will be back again for next year’s fourth grade classes to experience.
REMINDER: MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER SALE
The OFHS Academic Team is having a Mother’s Day Flower Sale. All hanging baskets are from Schuster’s Greenhouse right here in Olmsted Falls. All orders must be turned in to Mrs. Rhonna Smith AT Falls-Lenox by this Tuesday, May 4th. (Mother’s Day is May 9th this year!). Pick-up of the baskets will be on Friday, May 7th from 6-9 p.m. at the High School. Payments are to be included in advance with the order form. You can click here to access the order form on the High School web page.
FREE CYBER BULLYING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS
A free informational event for parents on cyber bullying will be held on Thursday, May 6th from 7-9 p.m. at Lorain County Community College. Special guest speaker Dr. Patricia Agatston, co-author of Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, will discuss what parents can do to prevent cyber bullying and how to respond when a child is involved in cyber bullying. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Click here to download event flyer for additional information.
SAFETY TOWN 2010 SEEKING VOLUNTEER STUDENTS (7TH – 12TH GRADE)
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA is seeking volunteer student instructors for the seven safety town sessions being offered this summer. Deadline for applications is May 14th. Click here to download a copy of the application.
LOCAL ISSUES ON MAY 2ND ELECTION BALLOT
There are several local tax issues on the election ballot this Tuesday, May 2nd. Click here for information available about the Olmsted Township Fire Levy (Issue #49).