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Parent Update – June 1, 2010

BULLDOG BASEBALL TEAM EARNS SPOT IN STATE FINALS

Varisty Baseball Team celebrates Division I Regional Title following 7-6 victory over Perrysburg on Friday.

Congratulations to the OFHS Varsity Baseball team on their 7-6 victory over Perrysburg on Friday.  This latest win by the Bulldogs clinched the school’s first-ever Division I Regional Baseball Title and sends the team to the State Final Four Tournament in Columbus this Friday, June 4th.  Olmsted Falls will play against St. Edward’s Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers.  Click here for a link to Huntington Park.

Any student who wishes to travel to the game must present a signed parent note granting them permission by the end of the day on Thursday, June 3. Notes should be dropped off in the student office. We will compile a list of any student who plans to attend the game and those students will be permitted to take any exam that they missed during the make-up time on Monday or Tuesday. Due to the 1:00 start time for the game, please encourage students to take exams during the first exam block.

Please visit www.ofbaseball.com for more on the team’s historic journey to State.

OLMSTED FALLS RANKED AMONG TOP 15 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CLEVELAND MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL “RATING THE SUBURBS” ISSUE

Cleveland Magazine’s annual “Rating the Suburbs” issue has just hit newsstands, and Olmsted Falls School District earned a ranking of 14th among the 57 area school districts rated.  The annual survey rates school districts based on a number of categories including ACT/SAT scores, proficiency test results, attendance, graduation rates, number of AP courses offered, National Merit scholars, and more.  Congratulations to the staff, students and parents of Olmsted Falls School District for the important part you play in keeping our District excellent!

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM FINISHES 27TH IN U.S. AT NATIONALS

Congratulations to our OFHS Academic Team who concluded their already impressive season with a strong showing at their first  National Academic Quiz Tournament in Chicago this past weekend.   The “A-Team” finished in a tie for 27th place!  The B-Team finished the tournament in 124th place overall.   These outstanding performances were on a national level against teams from across the entire country.  More than 1,100 students competed at the NAQT in Chicago.  Special congratulations to junior Jim Coury for emerging the national competition as the #12 individual player in the whole U.S.!  Congratulations again to all!

Academic Team members competing in Chicago included:  Jim Coury (Jr.), Mike Coury (Jr.), Emily Nageotte (Jr.), Marty Mendenhall (Fr.)Michaela Killik (Jr.), Chris Traylor (Jr.), Eric Miranda (Jr.), Natalie Brdar (Jr.), Pam Keller (So.), and Sohan Vartak (So.).

CLASS OF 2010 PREPARES TO BID FAREWELL

Olmsted Falls High School seniors take part in several events this week.  The traditional ending to their time at OFHS includes tomorrow’s Senior Breakfast/Honors Assembly (6/2), the Baccalaureate service tomorrow evening (6/2) at 7:30 p.m.,  and Commencement Ceremony this Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 p.m.  Click here for link to the High School web page for additional information.

“BOOKS AHOY!” – CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING GAME SETS SAIL THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 5TH

Olmsted Falls School District encourages participation in the Cuyahoga County Library’s Summer Reading Game as a way to maintain and enhance important literacy skills over the summer months.  All Olmsted Falls School District students in grades K to 8 have been officially registered to participate in this year’s program. Beginning this Saturday, June 5th, simply stop by any Cuyahoga County Library branch or log on at www.cuyahogalibrary.org to get started.  (User name for the Summer Reading Game is student’s first and last name – with no space in between.)  The Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Summer Reading Game – “Books Ahoy!” – runs from June 5th to August 7th.  Registration allows for participation in “Books Ahoy!” at any Cuyahoga County Library branch including Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted, Berea and Middleburg Heights.  Please contact our local Olmsted Falls Library branch at (440) 235-1150 with any questions.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE FOR 2010-2011:  TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH

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 15, 2010. Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2010-2011 school year.

OLMSTED FALLS  PTA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Congratulations to PTA member Linda Parkowski (OECPTA and Falls-Lenox) for receiving the annual Helping Hands Award.   Mrs. Parkowski was also named Volunteer of the Year at the annual PTA Volunteer Celebration and Installation Dinner held last week at OFMS.  Other Volunteer of the Year finalists included:  Kim Cleary (OFIS), Julie Corrigan (High School), and Cindy Zahorchak (OECPTA).  Thank you to each of these parents for all of their work on behalf of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls School System. Congratulations also to Falls-Lenox 3rd grade teacher Michelle LaGruth on being named PTA Educator of the Year for here ongoing dedication to the Parent Teacher Association.

PTA Educator of the Year Award winner Mrs. Michelle LaGruth with PTA Council President Mercedez Hathcock

L to R: Volunteer of the Year Linda Parkowski with fellow finalists Kim Cleary (OFIS), Julie Corrigan (High School), and Cindy Zahorchak (OECPTA).

PTA officers for the 2010-2011 school year were also installed at the event.  Unit Presidents for the coming school year are:  Mercedez Hathcock (PTA Council); Leslie Ziegler (Early Childhood PTA); Linda Parkowski (Falls-Lenox); Leann LaPinta (OFIS); Deb Woodruff (Middle School); and Pam Portik (HS).

FALLS-LENOX STUDENT WINS OHIO PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

Congratulations to 2nd grader Elizabeth Gonazalez for her award-winning entry in the annual Ohio PTA Reflections contest.  Elizabeth’s entry in the literature category earned top honors as received the “Award of Excellence” in her category.   Writing with the theme “Beauty is…”, Elizabeth’s essay was the top winner in its category for the entire State of Ohio, earning her and her family a trip to the Columbus Zoo for a special presentation ceremony (see photo above, left).  Elizabeth and her parents were also honored at the annual Olmsted Falls PTA Celebration dinner held last week (see photo above, right). Outstanding job Elizabeth!

BULLDOG FOOTBALL PLAYERS VOLUNTEER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Bulldog Football Team Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House.

The Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football Team volunteered their time and service to the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, May 16th.

The players and coaches weeded, pruned, and moved more than 15 cubic yards of mulch to help this RMH spruce up for spring.

This great effort by our players and coaches helps add to the welcoming environment RMH provides for families using this facility as their home away from home while their seriously-ill children are receiving treatment at one of Cleveland’s area hospitals.

STUDENTS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE AT FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parents, staff and fellow students were invited to attend a special living history event at Falls-Lenox last Thursday as students created a museum of historical figures in the gymnasium.

Individual student stations filled the space with each student having a “button” to bring their chosen historical figure tonight.

Students had researched background information on their historical figure and would recite an overview of the person for any and all visitors who pushed their “button.”

In addition to poster boards with facts and pictures, students also dressed as their historical figure.  Kudos to students and staff for coordinating such an innovative learning event!

BULLDOG BUDDIES PROGRAM CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Bulldog Buddies Group at End of Year Ice Cream Social at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

Earlier this year, students from Olmsted Falls High School were paired up with younger students from the Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox Primary and the Middle School as participants in the “Bulldog Buddies” program.  Piloted last year on a smaller scale, the “Bulldog Buddies” program really took off this year with 65 Big Buddy/Little Buddy pairings in total.

Each High School “Big Buddy” made weekly visits to their assigned “Little Buddy” and took part in a variety of personalized activities ranging from tutoring and homework assistance to games and sporting activities.  Kudos to the efforts of school counselors Nate Artino (OFHS), Angie DiMassa (ECC/Falls-Lenox), Kathy Suvak (OFMS), Kristal Reis (OFMS) and Sherry Davis (OFHS) whose collaboration helped expand this year’s program.

Additionally, special thanks to Officer Jackie Ketterer from the Olmsted Township Police Department and Police Athletic League who supplied all the Big Buddy and Little Buddy t-shirts, and also spnsored the end of the year ice cream social event.

ATTN:  PARENTS – “HEALTHY HERO” PROGRAM AT ECC/FALLS-LENOX

This year the Olmsted Falls health clinic staff started the “Healthy Hero” program at the Early Childhood Center and Falls-Lenox.  The program incorporated the following healthy habits that prevent illness:

* WASHING YOUR HANDS WITH POWER, TWICE EACH TIME (Palms – In Between Fingers – Back of Hand)

* COVERING YOUR SNEEZE OR COUGH WITH TISSUES OR YOUR SLEEVE

* KEEPING YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE

Children who are seen using these “Healthy Habits” are given certificates and/or stickers, and are nominated for a monthly drawing of a Toys R Us gift card donated by the PTA.  The children really embraced the program, even the preschoolers.  So that the children don’t forget what they were taught, it would be very helpful if you would continue to encourage these habits throughout the summer.  (Note:  Washing their hands “with power twice each side” replaced singing “Happy Birthday” while they washed their hands.)

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SPRUCE UP SCHOOL COURTYARDS

Students at Olmsted Falls Middle School volunteered their time to help beautify the school’s outdoor courtyards last week.   The students did a fabulous job tending to the planted areas and pulling weeds.  Their efforts made a big difference and are being enjoyed by all.  Great job!


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  1. Laureen Coughlin
    June 2, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Just wondering why the track team members going to State wasn’t mentioned.

  2. June 2, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Laureen,

    Thanks for your comment. The track team (girls 4 X 400 relay and Matt Stenger) will be prominently featured in next weeks blog. We do not have any pictures of these athletes from the regional competition so if you have pictures that you could email to me, I would greatly appreciate it. My email address is thoadley@ofcs.net

    Thanks again

  3. sam
    June 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Just wondering why the girls swim team members that when to districts and states were never mentioned. They all should get the same attention. You hear about the academic team in each issue.

  4. Jim
    June 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Guys, Olmsted Falls has never had a baseball team go this far…never. They are in the final four with three private high schools that have stellar athletic pasts. I’m not begrudging the other sports, but it seems we are splitting hairs, here. I have always felt this blog to be more fair and balanced than many news institutions claim to be. And thank goodness Dr. Hoadley lets us know about our schools academic achievements. I can only hope my children associated with them in the future.

    • sam
      June 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Not “knocking” academic team, but they do get a lot of attention. Did you know we Never not EVER had a female swimmer compete at the State level, Did I say “never”… till this year. We also had a hand full of girls go to districts, a great accomplishment. Our swim coach was SWC coach of the Year. Did you read that anywhere in the High school press. If you did let me know what issue that was in, I would like to read it.(I could have missed it)

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