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Parent Update – June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM DR. TODD HOADLEY

It is with great pride that we conclude the 2009-2010 school year at Olmsted Falls Schools. There is certainly much to be grateful for as we end this year.  Even as our District struggled financially, we were still able to maintain our reputation for excellence.  Olmsted Falls School District received the highest possible rating from the Ohio Department of Education on the Local District Report Card for the 10th consecutive year this year.  The District was also recognized both regionally and nationally as it was named among the top 15 school district’s in Cleveland Magazine’s annual “Rating the Suburbs” issue (June 2010), and was named among the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Olmsted community for supporting the operating levy on the ballot this past February.  The passage of this critical operating levy – our District’s first in eleven years – helped put a halt to the many cuts that had begun eroding the quality of our District programs and services.  With our District not receiving these new operating dollars until January 2011, budgets still remain tight.  But it is with renewed optimism and hope that we look ahead.  We continue to monitor additional cuts to State funding on the horizon very closely, but are pleased to be able to suspend the cuts to local programs and services that had been put into effect over the past school year.

We’ve worked hard this year to communicate openly and frequently with our community.  We hope that parents and other interested community members have enjoyed reading the regular blog updates provided throughout the year.  The District’s blog will be updated periodically during the summer months, and we plan to continue with this regular on-line communication tool regularly throughout the coming school year.

Finally, during these summer months, I want to once again encourage our students to participate in the Cuyahoga County Library’s Summer Reading Game – “Books Ahoy!”  Remember that all Olmsted Falls School District students in grades K-8 have already been pre-registered for the Summer Reading Game, so please be sure that they take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their reading skills and their love of reading during vacation.  I also want to encourage our parents to make reading a personal priority this summer.  The best message we can send to our children about the importance of reading is to set an example ourselves.

In closing, to our students and staff, I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer break. To our community, I extend heartfelt thanks for your continuing support and for the important role you play in making Olmsted Falls School District an exceptional place for our students to learn.

Yours in education,
Dr. Todd F. Hoadley

THE FUTURE OF THE OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY

I want to make you aware that the Cuyahoga County Library System is in the process of making several major decisions regarding our county library system.  These decisions could have major impacts the Olmsted Falls library as well as our community.  Here is a recent article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that provides additional information (click here).

If you have visited the Olmsted Falls library, you know that it is undersized and outdated.  While it is housed in a lovely historical building, the facility simply does not meet the needs of our growing community. Because our library facility is not adequate, many residents are forced to travel to neighboring communities to use other Cuyahoga County Library facilities.

This is a very important issue for our community, our children, and our residents.  I would encourage you to submit a comment to the Library system (click here) and share how important our library is to this community.  Additionally, please consider sharing your thoughts regarding how a new library facility, in our community, would act as a resource for our residents.

RETIREES DEDICATED TOTAL OF 180 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT

Olmsted Falls Schools bid farewell to seven dedicated staff members retiring this year.  Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 180 years!

Thiss year’s retirees include:

State Senator Tom Patton (Back, left) and State Representative Mike Patten (Back right) were on hand to help recognize the talents and contributions of this year’s retirees at the annual Records Day breakfast held June 9th. Retirees pictured (L to R): Ann Sidun (32 Bulldog years); Lucia Pretzloff (17 Bulldog years); and Monica Annable (17 Bulldog years).

Monica Annable, Library Information Specialist (17 Bulldog years)

Vincetta Capuano, High School English Teacher (23 Bulldog years)

Judith Harrigan, Middle School Cleaner (23 Bulldog years)

Connie Kostelnik, Secretary to the Superintendent, (34 Bulldog years)

Lucia Pretzloff , ECC / Falls-Lenox Speech Pathologist (17 Bulldog years)

Sharon Shea, Falls- Lenox 2nd Grade teacher (34 Bulldog years)

Ann Sidun, Falls-Lenox 2nd Grade Teacher (32 Bulldog years)

On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children.  These valuable individuals, and their impact on the District, will be greatly missed.  Congratulations to each of them, and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement.

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2010 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President John Jacobs (far right) congratulates Kiwanis Employee of the Year winners (L to R): Transportation Manager Alan Cantrell, Central Office Secretary Joyce Thomas, and Middle School Instructional Coach Lisa Williams. Staff members are nominated annually by fellow colleagues through a written nomination process. Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members. Congratulations to the 2010 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY / EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER ON-LINE ART MUSEUM RANKED #1 IN STATE, #2 IN NATION

Art teachers and students at Falls-Lenox and the ECC joined the world’s largest kids online art museum this year.  Artsonia provides a free online art community where schools can scan and post student art projects throughout the year.  Parents are invited to set-up free on-line accounts, which enable them to view and share their child’s artwork online with family and friends.

In less than six months, teachers and students at Falls-Lenox and the ECC have created an impressive online presence in their museum, publishing more than 12,500 pieces of student artwork.  In fact, the Falls-Lenox/ECC Online Art Museum has been ranked as the #1 Artsonia program in the State of Ohio and #2 program in the Country.  Congratulations to students for their great artwork, and to the teachers whose dedication and enthusiasm have made this innovative project a success.

In addition to providing an excellent way to showcase student artwork, schools can earn 15% when parents purchase custom keepsakes with their child’s artwork.  Falls-Lenox/ECC Online Art Museum has already earned more than $500 for their arts programs.

Teachers and students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and Olmsted Falls High School also began using Artsonia this year.  More than 1,250 pieces of artwork have been published by Olmsted Falls High School students; and more than 3,800 pieces of artwork have been published by Olmsted Falls Intermediate School students.

UPCOMING EVENTS – ALL WELCOME!

June 25th – Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensic Patrons Present “Cabaret Night” – CANCELED

July 9th, 10th & 11th – Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Presents “The Carson & Barnes Circus” – Please click here for additional event / ticket information.

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