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Parent Update – April 29, 2010

OHIO PTA NURSE OF THE YEAR

Ohio PTA Nurse of the Year Darla Haviland with Mercedez Hathcock, Olmsted Falls PTA Council President and Ohio PTA Assistant Director of Advocacy, in Columbus April 17th.

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.”

The 21-year history of Coach Donahue’s basketball program is chronicled on the back wall of his classroom at Olmsted Falls High School. Mr. Donahue will continue to teach science courses at OFHS for four more years.

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

2010 National Honor Society members from OFHS at April 23rd NHS Induction Ceremony

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

Sun Post-Herald Student of the Week Matthew Harris

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 57thAdam 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 5thClick here for the invitation that was sent home with students.

OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB BRINGS “VEGGIE U” TO FOURTH GRADERS

Fourth grade students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School proudly show off the vegetables growing under their special “grow lights” purchased by the Olmsted Falls Garden Club as part of the “Veggie U” program.

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 14thClick 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).

  1. turnip
    April 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Kudos to Ms. Haviland! Our district is blessed with so many caring, talented people I am glad my kids are in the system.

  2. Martin
    April 30, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I know this is off topic, but does anyone know why the school zone lights are never on in front of the middle school and intermediate school?????

  3. Denise
    May 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have been collecting petition signatures to RESTORE all busing to students: K-12 The BOE made a commitment to the community and to to the kids!
    Dr. Hoadley, someone stated, that we could get reimbursed for busing the high school students to and from school?-is part or any of this true-or do you happen to know what they may be thinking of in regards to getting monies back to the school for these students.
    Just a little FYI: We have been the topic of conversation in the lunch rooms of our district, Parma and Westlake and I know this for a fact, unfortunately. They are very shocked at the BOE decision of not returning ALL busing, when all the high school students and parents campaigned for this. I really thinks it’s a SAD day for our district when so much negativity is brought to the forefront because a campaign promise is broken. If you stop high school busing now-you could possibly stop the other grades from getting buses in the future too..just like in January-You take our vote, our monies and our right to a SAFE way to and from school-not fair for any of these children.

    • May 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

      While it is true that the state foundation formula assists school districts defray the cost of transportation services, the current amount of money, received by OFCS from “the state” would neither increase, nor decrease, by implementing (or not implementing) High School bussing.

      In essence, the financial ramifications on implementing HS busing fall solely on the taxpayers of this community.

  4. Darlene S.
    May 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Dr. Hoadley,

    Where do we stand with regards to The Race to the Top application? Were we able to obtain the signatures of the superintendent, president of the board of education, and president of the teachers union.

    Thank you.

    • May 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Darlene,

      Thanks for your question.

      We were not able to obtain the signature of our teacher’s union president. Both myself and the school board president signed off on the document and the paperwork was sent to the Ohio Department of Education with only two of the required three signatures.

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