Parent Update – November 10, 2010
Thank You Again, OF Voters
As everyone knows, last Tuesday was Election Day across our nation. A record number of school district levy issues appeared on ballots across Ohio. I am thankful that OFCS was not on the ballot and that our community, in February 2010, supported our school district’s tax request for additional operating revenue.
I am also thankful that our District has been able to continue to offer our students great educational opportunities as well as opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities. Many of this Fall’s accomplishments, of our students and our student athletes, would not have been possible without the successful passage of the operating levy. To this, I once again must say thank you for your support of Olmsted Falls Schools.
Over the past week, I have been asked on many occasions how I think things will change under the leadership of Governor-elect Kasich. My response has been, I really don’t know. Whomever is Governor does not change the fact that the state of Ohio is facing a major budget problem in the next biennium budget (which goes into effect on 7-1-11). Many have predicted (and this blog has shared those predictions) that state funding for Ohio schools will be “cut”. Ultimately, time will tell and we, as a school district, and we, as a community, will react to whatever changes occur.
BULLDOGS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL GAME: PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
Our Bulldog football team will play a regional semi-final game against Maumee High School at Clyde High School this Friday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Sale tickets will again be available at the high school office ONLY:
–Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
–Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
—All pre-sale tickets are $7.00
–All tickets at the gate are $9.00
Please note: No passes will be accepted for play-off games. Everyone must have a ticket for play-off games.
BULLDOG SEMI-FINAL MATCH-UP NOMINATED FOR CLEVELAND BROWNS HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK – VOTE TODAY!
This week ClevelandBrowns.com staff writer Matt Florjancic has selected Friday’s Olmsted Falls vs. Maumee 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. 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.
Votes can be cast 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.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER TEAM LENDS A HAND AT SCHADY ROAD SOCCER COMPLEX
This past Saturday, members of the Olmsted Falls Boys Soccer Team and its coaches volunteered their time to help the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association close down and prepare the Schady Road soccer complex for winter. The boys helped move all of the goals off the fields and into the pavilion, as well as close up the pavilion itself for the winter.
Masquers will present “The Little Shop Class of Horrors” on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 427-6070.
OFHS STUDENT EARNS PRINCIPAL BASSOONIST POSITION IN NORTHEAST REGIONAL ORCHESTRA
Congratulations to Stuart Englehart for earning a highly coveted seat with the Northeast Regional Orchestra. His impressive audition for this prestigious regional orchestra won him the position of principal bassoonist. Stuart performed a public concert with the Northeast Regional Orchestra at Cleveland State University this past Sunday, November 7th. Congratulations to Stuart on this outstanding musical achievement!
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA SPONSORS SWEET SERVICE PROJECT
A big thanks to the ECC and Falls-Lenox families for all the Halloween candy donations. The first PTA service project of the year was a huge success, with 567 pounds of candy collected for local charities. Pictured are PTA Service volunteers Joanna Barnard, Nichole Allmandinger and Kerrie Kruichuk.
STAMP OUT BULLYING!
On November 8th students and teachers at Falls-Lenox learned what it takes to STAMP Out Bullying at their school! All students and teachers attended an assembly sponsored by the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA.
The speaker was Jay Banks, who came all the way from Tennessee to give the students the message to Stay away from bullies, Tell someone, Avoid bad situations, Make friends and Project confidence.
OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL AND PRINCIPAL DON SVEC RECOGNIZED BY STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF INSTRUCTION FOR EXCEPTIONAL PROGRESS
On Monday, November 8, Olmsted Battelle for Kids presented just 19 Ohio schools with the 2010 SOAR Award for High Progress at a special awards ceremony in Columbus. These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2009–2010). These schools are among the top 2 percent of schools (out of 541 eligible SOAR schools) making exceptional growth with their students.
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Principal Don Svec accepted on behalf of his faculty and staff as Superintendent of Public Instruction Deb Delisle presented OFIS with this prestigious award. Principal Svec was joined by Board President Frank Pedicini, Board Vice President Joe Bertrand, Board member Jim Weisbarth along with Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Director of Student Services Mrs. Merritt Waters and Director of Transportation Mr. Tim Atkinson, who were in Columbus attending the annual Ohio School Board Association Capital Conference. Battelle Executive Director Jim Mahoney and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Tom Snowberger also attended the ceremony and offered congratulations during the awards presentation.
ARE WE THERE YET? FOURTH GRADERS EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD
Fourth grade students took a field trip to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park last week to participate in a program called “Are We There Yet?” – an exploration of transportation in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Students had the opportunity to participate in interactive activities and explore how different modes of transportation have changed the landscape of the Cuyahoga Valley and the lives of those who have lived and traveled here.
The field trip included a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway as well as the history of transportation in the area from “foot” to “horseback” to “canal boat” to “trains”.
BULLDOG WRESTLERS HELP COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH ANNUAL YARD RAKING PROJECT
Members of the OFHS Wrestling Team participated in their annual pre-season Community Service Project, “Bring a Rake Day,” this week.
On Tuesday, November 9th, the wrestlers canvassed the neighborhood along Fitch Road raking yards of community members.
OFHS MULTICULTURAL AND FRENCH CLUBS PARTNER WITH FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT TO HOST ANNUAL HERITAGE DINNER
Students, parents and staff came together for the annual Heritage Dinner in the OFHS cafeteria in late October. The dinner was spearheaded by Mr. Chuck May. Each student was asked to bring in an ethnic dish which resulted in a large variety of delicious items to sample. OFHS foreign exchange students, Chanita (Pear) Maneekarn of Thailand and Lisa-Marie Taupe of Germany, were also introduced at the event. The purpose of this annual event is to raise cultural awareness. To view a gallery of photos from this event, please click here.
SUN POST-HERALD STUDENT OF THE WEEK: MELISSA FOWLER
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School student Melissa Fowler for being named last week’s Sun-Post Herald Student of the Week. Please click here to read the article about Melissa. Another example of an exemplary student making a difference in our community and beyond. Nice work, Melissa!
OLMSTED FALLS WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD GRADES
The Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools is offering an opportunity for primary school students to play basketball this winter. First grade students will participate in the league once a week for approximately 8-10 weeks; second and third grade students will participate in the league twice a week (one practice and one game) twice a week for approximately 8-10 weeks. The cost of the program is $25.00 per student. Information and registration forms for the Winter Basketball Program are now available on-line. Please click here to visit the Falls-Lenox website to download the registration information. Registration and money is due as soon as possible and should be returned to the Falls-Lenox school office NO LATER THAN Thursday, November 18, 2010. If you have any questions after you have reviewed the information available on-line, please contact Mick Mental via e-mail at email@example.com.
OFIS PTA-SPONSORED FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL A SUCCESS
The “Football Social” for 4th and 5th grade students hosted in conjunction with the October 22nd Bulldog football game vs. Amherst was a great success. More than 100 4th and 5th attended along with 20 parent chaperones. The event was a collaboration between Olmsted Falls Athletic office, Athletic Boosters, OFIS PTA and OFIS Principal Mr. Don Svec. The students had a great time and the players loved the “fan tunnel.” Plus, OFIS PTA earned $550 for the Olmsted Falls Boosters. Great collaboration! Go Bulldogs!
BULLDOG ALUMNUS TAYLOR YURICK NAMED FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FOR COLLEGE PLAY
Congratulation to Lake Erie College Sophomore (and Bulldog grad) Taylor Yurick who has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV first team in the College Division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a first team selection, Yurick is now eligible for the national ESPN Academic All-America ballot which will be announced in mid-November.
Each of the six college division districts, comprised of NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools has a squad of 11 players, including four defenders, named to a first, second or third team based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Yurick has played in and started 35 games in her two-year career as a center back in the Lake Erie defense. As a freshman, Yurick accounted for two assists. A double major in biology and chemistry with a pre-med concentration, Yurick boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Following her time at Lake Erie, the Olmsted Falls native plans on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in anesthesiology. When not in class or on the soccer pitch, Yurick works at a stable where she trains horses and has volunteered on weeklong missions with Habitat for Humanity the past four summers. Yurick becomes the first Lake Erie women’s soccer player to receive this first team distinction. Click here for a link to this story on the Lake Erie College website.
“The Scoop on Lice”
Head lice have been around since humankind and each year, every school around the country has one or more children affected. Many people are needlessly embarrassed if their child or another family member has head lice. Contrary to popular belief, head lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene or the cleanliness of the person or home. In fact, head lice prefer clean heads.
Outbreaks of head lice occur to people from all walks of life and all socio-economic backgrounds, and to adults and children alike. It’s often impossible to determine where the lice originated. There are certain times of the year when head lice are more common among children – September through early November and then again after winter break.
If you or your child has head lice, please don’t panic. They don’t cause disease and can be treated with over the counter shampoos and products. Several websites, including http://pediatrics.about.com, have pictures of lice and nits (eggs) as well as steps to take to treat an outbreak. You should always notify your child’s health clinic staff if your child has lice. The information will be kept confidential and the staff will check all the students in the classroom to help prevent further cases. Students must be “nit” free prior to returning to class. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the health clinic.