Parent Update – Wednesday, October 20, 2010
DISTRICT TO LAUNCH PARENT SURVEY TOMORROW
A reminder to parents that Olmsted Falls School District will be launching an on-line parent survey tomorrow, Thursday, October 21st. All parents who have provided current e-mail addresses to the District will receive an e-mail invitation to participate in this survey. The thoughts and opinions of our parents are important to us. Your participation in this 12-question survey will help provide a critical voice for our Board of Education as they continue to take a strategic, long-range look at the needs of the Olmsted Falls School District.
The District will be using an on-line survey tool called Survey Monkey. Using our District’s existing subscription to this web-based survey service allows us to gather parent responses in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner. The questions being featured in this new parent survey have been replicated from professional surveys conducted for our District in year’s past. Not only does this benefit our District from a cost-efficiency standpoint, but it also allows us to compare current day responses to those gathered in the past. We look forward to sharing the results of this latest parent survey – as well as details of the Board of Education’s continuing strategic discussions — with our community.
Please watch your e-mail boxes tomorrow for this link. We hope you will be able to take a few moments to share your thoughts.
OFHS VOLLEYBALL COACH RECORDS 300TH VICTORY
Dawn Moses, head volleyball coach at Olmsted Falls High School, recorded her 300th victory last week as the team defeated Berea last Tuesday. Moses is in her 15th year as head volleyball coach and to go along with her 300 victories, she has won or shared the Southwestern Conference six times, was a seven time district champion, has two state final four appearances, as well as her most notable accomplishment – the 2008 Division I State Championship.
Over the course of her tenure at Olmsted Falls High School, she has had the pleasure of coaching fourteen All–Ohio girls and has been selected by her peers as the Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year three times, and Cuyahoga County Coach of the Year six times. Congratulations to Coach Moses!
Also, good luck to Coach Moses and our varsity volleyball team as they begin sectional competition this Saturday at Midview High School at 1:00 pm. The girls ended the regular season last week, sharing the South West Conference Championship with Amherst.
BULLDOG FOOTBALL NOMINATED AGAIN FOR CLEVELAND BROWNS HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK – VOTE TODAY!
Each week, fans have the opportunity to select the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week throughout the regular season. Four panel members, including Dave Chudowsky (WKYC-TV 3), Matt Florjancic (www.ClevelandBrowns.com), Mark “Munch” Bishop (WKNR-850 AM) and Mike Snyder (WTAM-1100 AM) each nominate one game per week.
This week, Dave Chudowsky (WKYC-TV) has selected Friday’s Olmsted Falls vs. Amherst game as his selection for the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week. Faculty, students, alumni, etc. are encouraged to go on-line TODAY and vote for Olmsted Falls. Fans have the opportunity to cast their vote until 5:00 p.m. TODAY at:
Each Game of the Week will be covered by Browns reporters with highlights appearing on www.ClevelandBrowns.com, as well as other Browns programming.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL FALL CHOIR CONCERT TONIGHT!
Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door. Senior citizens and children 5 and under are free.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” AT PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK
Drama Club students at Olmsted Falls Middle School put the finishing touches on their performances during final rehearsals held this Monday and Tuesday.
Students, staff, parents and community members are invited to attend one of three performances in the Middle School cafetorium scheduled for:
TONIGHT!! Wednesday, October 20th at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets available for purchase at the door:
Senior citizens; children 5 and under are free.
OFIS PTA SPONSORS FOOTBALL SOCIAL IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS FRIDAY NIGHT’S FOOTBALL GAME
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA is hosting a “Football Social” for 4th and 5th grade students in conjunction with this Friday’s home football game vs. Amherst. Tickets are $5 and include admission to the game, popcorn & a drink. Students are to be dropped off at the High School tennis courts by 6:45 p.m. All students attending the social will sit together in the south end zone. There will be parent chaperones with the students in the south end zone. Tickets are being sold during all lunch periods this week.
CONGRATULATORY LETTER FROM OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Olmsted Falls Schools received a congratulatory letter from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the District’s exemplary performance during the 2009-2010 school year. As one of the top academic districts in Ohio, Olmsted Falls School District has achieved the highest available rating on the Local Report Card, issued by the ODE, for eleven consecutive years. A certificate included with the letter recognized our District’s achievement for:
- Achieving the designation of “Excellent with Distinction”
- Exceeding expected growth on the Value-Added Measure
Congratulations to the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools on these outstanding accomplishments!
EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO OLMSTED FALLS SUPERINTENDENT
The Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) awarded Olmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley with the Exemplary Leadership Award at the organization’s fall conference in Columbus this month. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding leadership which has resulted in the enhancement and improvement of educational opportunities for elementary and secondary students of Ohio.
Congratulations to Dr. Hoadley!
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL RECEIVES 2010 SOAR AWARD FOR HIGH PROGRESS
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School has been awarded a 2010 SOAR Award for High Progress by Battelle for Kids, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing effective practices in schools. This annual award is designed to acknowledge Ohio schools participating in SOAR for their high academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the most recent school year (2009-2010). As an award recipients, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School is among approximately the top 2 percent of schools (out of 542 participating SOAR schools) making exceptional growth with students. Well done!
SOAR is a statewide pilot project led by Battelle for Kids that provides value-added analysis and professional development to Ohio school districts. SOAR’s purpose was to introduce value-added analysis to participating districts and demonstrate how progress information can be used as a diagnostic school-improvement tool.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA MEETING NEXT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA will hold its monthly meeting next Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls-Lenox cafeteria. School Counselor Mrs. Angela Butto will be the featured guest speaker. Mrs. Butto will discuss with parents the role of the school counselor at the primary level and answer questions. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Don’t forget – two $25 gift cards will be raffled off for those in attendance!
DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Olmsted Falls School District is currently seeking to add to its roster of substitute school bus drivers. This is a great opportunity for parents or local community members. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line, and then notify the Bus Garage via phone at 427-6350. Note: Once on-line, please select the “Start an application for employment” option, and follow the instructions on the screen.
NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE EDUCATOR FOR THE PLAIN DEALER’S CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS
Attention students and parents! The Crystal Apple Awards has been a part of The Plain Dealer since 1991 as part of The Plain Dealer’s 150th Anniversary celebration. The 2010-2011 school year marks the 20th anniversary of The Crystal Apple Award, which recognizes educators who have inspired, challenged, supported and helped someone realize their true potential. Four times a year, The Plain Dealer accepts nominations for the Crystal Apple Awards to give individuals an opportunity to thank that extraordinary educator by nominating him or her.
To be nominated, an educator must currently teach full-time in any grade K-12 in a school within The Plain Dealer seven-county distribution area (Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina and Lorain Counties). There are four recognition periods each school year. Each recognition period, an independent panel of judges will select three outstanding educators from the nominations received during that period – one from each of the following grade categories: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, for a total of 12 Crystal Apple Award winners this school year.
Each winning educator will be recognized individually at a surprise presentation at their school where representatives from The Plain Dealer and Bryant & Stratton College will personally congratulate the winning educator. In addition to recognition received in The Plain Dealer, all 12 winning 2010-2011 Crystal Apple Award winning educators will each receive their Crystal Apple at an awards banquet held at The Plain Dealer in May 2011.
The four 2010-2011 Crystal Apple Award recognition period deadlines are as follows:
Recognition Period #1: October 29, 2010
Recognition Period #2: November 19, 2010
Recognition Period #3: February 18, 2011
Recognition Period #4: March 18, 2011
To nominate an educator, please go to http://nie.plaindealer.com, and click on the Crystal Apple Awards link. Or, entries may be mailed to:
Crystal Apple Awards
The Plain Dealer
1801 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Olmsted Falls Youth Coaches Clinic – October 23rd – 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.
Flu Vaccination Clinic at Olmsted Falls Middle School – Wednesday, October 27th, 4 pm – 7 pm – Sponsored by PTA. Click here for additional details. Important Note: Effective this year, you must pre-register; no walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the clinic.
Olmsted Falls Boys Developmental Basketball League – Begins Saturday, October 30th – Click here for additional details and registration information.
Olmsted Falls Junior Girls Basketball League – Begins Saturday, October 30th – Click here for additional details.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating in Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township – Sunday, October 31st, 6-8 pm – BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!