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Parent Update – September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010


Congratulations to Soumyajit Mazumder, Michael Coury and James Coury on being named as Semi-Finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented Olmsted Falls High School seniors have the opportunity to continue on in this prestigious competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.                                                              

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.                                                             

Kudos to Soumyajit, Michael and James on this outstanding achievement, and best of luck as the competition proceeds into the spring!                                                          


All administrators and building principals in the Olmsted Falls School District have established contributor profiles for use in conjunction with the District’s weekly blog.  This new set-up allows District officials to respond directly to parent questions that may relate specifically to their building or specific area of District operations.  Parents are encouraged to use the Comments feature on the weekly blog to voice questions they may have about educational programs and District operations.  If one parent has a question, the odds are that others probably have the same question.  The official District blog provides access to information straight from the source, which we hope will be of benefit to many parents.                                           

A number of informative exchanges have already taken place.  Please find a collection of topics below that have been discussed in recent weeks on the Ofalls Blog:                                          

To read an exchange about bullying prevention, free/reduced lunch qualifications and breakfast schedules, click here  for Sept. 15th blog comments archive.                                       

To read an exchange about high school busing/student schedules, new teachers for 2010-2011 and federal RttT funds, click here  for Sept. 1st blog comments archive.                                         

To read an exchange about elementary class sizes, click here for Aug. 25th blog comments archive.                                      


Middle School Principal Mark Kurz led members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education – and others in attendance for the regular monthly Board meeting Tuesday night – on a tour of the newly completed expansion project at Olmsted Falls Middle School. The tour included visits to the music rooms, expanded  locker room facilities, wellness/physical education room, and a sampling of classrooms in the new section of the building which includes 17 new classrooms in total.                              

All expansion to the Middle School facility was made possible by the $7.7 million in State funding secured by the Olmsted Falls School District through the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s Exceptional Needs Program.   All of the new expansion to the Middle School was completed on-time and on-budget – and without the need for additional, local tax dollars.                                  




New teachers in the Olmsted Falls School District attended the September meeting of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club, in what has become a long-standing tradition of community building.          

Teachers join Kiwanis Club members for dinner, are introduced by their principals and get an opportunity to meet community members who are actively involved in supporting our schools.                  

The meeting also provided an opportunity for Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley to update Kiwanis members on the latest news and developments in the Olmsted Falls School District.                                

OFHS Principal Dr. Bob Hill introduces new Language Arts teacher Jackie Morrow.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley shares latest District news with Kiwanis Club.



OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL AND OLMSTED FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNER FOR A SECOND OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET EVENT THIS WEEKENDFollowing the success of the August Operation Medicine Cabinet – where more than 90 pounds of liquid and solid medications were collected – this second Operation Medicine Cabinet event has been scheduled for residents of the Olmsted community and surrounding areas.  This Saturday, September 25th, the Operation Medicine Cabinet (Prescription and Over-The-Counter Medication Drop-Off) will take place at the Jenkins Center from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please click here to download informational flyer.                                                     


Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers “Scream Team” helped 4th and 5th graders at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School kick-off the annual PTA fundraiser with energy and enthusiasm last week with a special appearance in the Intermediate School gymnasium.    Students cheered for the dancers…and their teachers who graciously joined in the fun.  The OFIS PTA is currently selling a variety of cookie dough products.  To purchase, please contact a fourth or fifth grade student you know or e-mail OFIS Fundraising Chair Holly McFadden (hmcfadden@ofcs.net) for an order form.                                    





 The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA will be selling Entertainment Books this year.  If you would like to buy an Entertainment Book, please contact a Falls-Lenox or ECC student that you know.  Or you can stop in at the Olmsted Falls Board office to purchase one.  The price is $30.00.  Checks can be made out to Falls-Lenox PTA.  Thanks for your support!                                                          


Falls-Lenox and the Early Childhood Center have combined forces this year and are now one PTA!  Our first meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00pm at the Falls-Lenox cafeteria.  Both principals, Mr. Roseberry and Dr. Lloyd, will be in attendance, as well as the superintendent, Dr. Hoadley.  Even if you are not able to volunteer this year, come and hear what the PTA has in store for the students this school year and all the wonderful things going on at the ECC and Falls-Lenox!                                                            

Don’t miss out!  Each person who attends next week’s meeting will be in a drawing to win one of two $25 gift cards to local stores and establishments.  Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off at each and every Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA meeting this school year!                          

UPCOMING EVENTS:                           

Olmsted Falls Youth Coaches Clinic – October 23, 2010 – Olmsted Falls Head Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio is offering a “Youth Coaches Clinic” targeted to area basketball coaches.  Please click here to download flyer with further information.

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  1. Steve
    September 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Congratulations to the students who have been awarded National Merit honors. That is a great accomplishment.

    I like the idea of school administrators answering questions on this blog. It is nice to be able to ask questions and get answers directly from the source. With that, I would be interested in hearing about the new engineering class at the high school. I heard that this new class is being paid for by polaris. Is this true and how is this possible?

    • Dr. Bob Hill, OFHS Principal
      September 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

      Good Afternoon Steve.

      The National Merit Semi-Finalists are a point of great pride for the faculty of Olmsted Falls High School. This award truly represents a culmination of all of the hard work and dedication of our teachers and each respective student and their families.

      The new engineering class at the high school is part of Project Lead the Way. More information regarding Project Lead the Way can be found at http://www.pltw.org/

      In summary, PLTW is described as:

      “Project Lead the Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world. PLTW sparks the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation within all of our students.” (http://www.pltw.org/about-us/who-we-are)

      Olmsted Falls High School added Bio-Medical Sciences, a PLTW program, during the 2009-2010 school year. After experiencing great success with the program, we decided to partner with Polaris for an additional PLTW course titled Pathway to Engineering. This course is described as:

      “A Project Lead the Way course of study integrated into the students’ core curriculum. The combination of traditional math and science courses with innovative pathway to engineering courses prepares students for college majors in engineering and E/T fields and offers the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. The courses engage high school students through a combination of activities-based, project-based and problem-based learning.” (Olmsted Falls Course Description Book, p. 25)

      Both PLTW instructors are employed by the Polaris Career Center. In summary, Polaris provides us with an instructor and all of the necessary equipment to run the program on-site at Olmsted Falls High School. These courses are a part of the ever-expanding menu of satellite programs offered through Polaris at no cost to the Olmsted Falls City Schools.

  2. philip
    September 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    It would be fair if the bus pick-up and drop-off alternated from year to year so not to be at the same house. Based on where we live on our block, it seems my kids will always be picked up and dropped off at someone else’s house.

    • Tim Atkinson, Director of Business Affairs
      September 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you for your question regarding the location of District bus stops.

      Many components are taken into account in the strategic creation of bus stop locations throughout the District. In an effort to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the Olmsted Falls School District has transitioned to a routing system consisting primarily of centralized pick-up and drop-off locations where multiple students can board / depart safely at the same time. Safety is one of the top factors in determining the exact location of each particular stop.

      We would be happy to review the particulars of your specific location. Please contact the Transportation Department directly (427-6350) to provide us with your information. A review of this information does not guarantee that a change can be made. However, we would be more than happy to take a look at your concerns, and share with you how your particular bus stop location was established.

      Thank you again for your question.

  3. 4 kids at OF
    September 28, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I’m concerned about the high school busing.

    First, the students were told that they had to wait in the auditorium because of “damage” outside of the building. I don’t see any damage (it is a brick building) and can it be linked with the students waiting for buses?

    Secondly, students were being told that they were too loud and they would be assigned seats. Maybe after a full day of school, students would like the opportunity to talk to their friends?

    Finally, yesterday they had to sit in silence and then Dr. Hill said that “You choose busing and if you don’t like it, find another ride”

    After using our kids as pawns to get the levy passed (to bring back busing for the high school), are you now trying to make it so miserable that the high schools students stop using it?

    • Dr. Bob Hill, OFHS Principal
      September 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

      Good Morning 4 Kids at OF.

      Thank you for expressing your concern regarding high school busing. I would like to provide you with the correct information regarding the students being moved to the auditorium.

      As the school year began, it was noted by members of our administrative team that the behavior of students waiting for the bus was becoming more and more disorderly. Students were engaging in immature behavior such as yelling, running, and chasing each other around in the front of the school. In addition, litter from these students was becoming a problem.

      Our administrative team feared that the aforementioned behavior would lead to student injury. Thus, we formulated a plan to move students to the auditorium. In order to ensure the health and safety of our students, I provided them with specific and strict guidelines for behavior in the auditorium. The expectations after school in the auditorium are the same as the expectations that exist throughout the school day. These expectations included the following: Students must be seated; Students can talk, but they must talk quietly.

      The new guidelines that we have put into place for after school bus riders allow for a much safer and controlled environment for students. It is our responsibility as educators to ensure the health and safety of our students and we take great pride in this task.

      Please feel free to contact me at (440) 427-6100 to discuss any future questions or concerns.

  4. John Mercer, Teacher OFHS
    September 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

    As one of the supervisors of the students waiting for their bus ride home, let me echo Dr. Hill’s comments. I have had ‘Bus Duty’ for approximately twenty years, and the behavior of the students was rowdier than I can remember. The move into the auditorium was a reasonable request, but unfortunately the rowdy behavior of some came inside as well. The instructions students received from Dr. Hill simply clearified expectations. Talking with friends and unwinding at the end of the day is certainly acceptable behavior. Insubordination and climbing on the furniture is not. Any student who feels uncomfortable with the situation should come see myself or a member of the administration. I can assure all parents that our supervision is not designed to make anyone uncomfortable.

  5. 4 kids at OF
    September 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Obviously, by bringing in the students into the auditorium, you also brought in the few that are causing issues. As having been a supervisor for 20 years, I would assume that it would be easy for you to pick out the few trouble makers and have them separated from the rest of the students waiting for buses.

    I find it difficult to believe that forcing students into the auditoriun with “Strict and specific guidelines” mentioned by Dr. Hill, along with suggesting that if they don’t like it, to find another way home, would give comfort to any student.

  6. John Mercer, Teacher OFHS
    September 29, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Bus duty outside is not nearly as simplistic as you make it sound. I would love to talk with you more specifically about concerns you have, and I invite you to give me a call here at the high school. I don’t agree with your implication that somehow Dr. Hill’s comments were somehow less than appropriate. Again, rather than engaging in on-line blogging – feel free to call.

  7. 4 kids at OF
    September 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for the offer, but I find the blog to be a very open forum which everyone can be informed and involved, so I do not see the need to call.

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