Parent Update – November 17, 2010
BOARD OF EDUCATION CONTINUES DISCUSSION OF STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education met this week, on Monday evening, and continued its discussion of future strategic priorities for our school district. At this meeting, the Board of Education also received the verbatim comments shared by our community in the recent parent survey. Additionally, our School Board scheduled a work session for Monday, November 29th at 7 PM to continue this discussion of future strategic priorities. Future planning is a key to the continued success of any quality organization. Identifying potential opportunities to build upon prior success is always important.
In 2012, 2.8 mills of prior approved millage is set to expire. Specifically, bond millage that was approved decades ago by our community to build and maintain our District Facilities will be “paid off.” As part of this strategic discussion, conversations have occurred as to how the District should move forward and respond to this 2.8 mill “drop-off.”
In the recent parent survey, several comments were submitted in regard to the current condition of the District’s High School. Obviously, this 42 year old building has issues, both structural and cosmetic, that must soon be addressed. Other District facilities, just like your own personal home, also have continual maintenance needs as well.
During the last levy campaign the District pledged that it would not seek additional operating revenue for a minimum of three years. A lot of conversation has occurred as to how this “no new operating levy” pledge would be interpreted against a possible 2.8 mill facilities issue that would not increase the level of taxation.
Your input is very important to myself and the Board of Education. I would encourage residents to submit comments to this blog, or email me directly with your thoughts on this important District matter.
DISTRICT BEGINS RELEASE OF PARENT SURVEY RESULTS
Thank you again to the more than 600 parents who participated in the recent on-line survey conducted by Olmsted Falls School District. Results to each question will be posted on the District website, and will be accessible via the Blog as well. Each question and its responses will be accessible as an individual PDF file. We invite you to click on the links below to review responses to the rating scale format questions:
Rating scale regarding importance of select educational program factors.
Rating scale regarding level of emphasis for select areas of concentration.
A review of all narrative responses is currently underway to ensure no personally slanderous remarks or profanity are published. It is the intention of Olmsted Falls School District to publish all submitted responses – redacting only mentions of personal names and/or profanity as needed. All question responses will be posted by December 1, 2010.
Thank you again for this valuable input – receiving such in-depth feedback directly from the voice of our customer will be of great benefit as we move our District forward.
BULLDOGS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL FINAL FOOTBALL GAME AT BALDWIN-WALLACE THIS FRIDAY: PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
Congratulations to our Bulldog football team for their win over Maumee High School in the Regional Semi-Finals last weekend. Our Bulldogs advance to the Regional Final Game this Friday against Maple Heights High School.
The Regional Final Game will be played Finnie Stadium at Baldwin-Wallace College this Friday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Students, parents and community members are invited to help give our Bulldog Football Team a spirited send-off as they depart this Friday afternoon for the Regional Final Game! Team buses will depart Olmsted Falls High School between 5:00 – 5:15 p.m. and travel along Bagley Road toward Finnie Stadium at Baldwin-Wallace College (also located on Bagley Road in Berea). Anyone interested in getting an early start to cheering on our Bulldogs is encouraged to be in place by 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Sale tickets will again be available at the high school office ONLY at the following times:
–Wednesday (11/17), Thursday (11/18) and Friday (11/19) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
–Also Thursday (11/18) 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.
Faculty, students, parents, alumni and community members are encouraged to go on-line TODAY and vote for Olmsted Falls. 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.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS HONORED AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
On Monday night, at the November meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Board members honored nine Olmsted Falls High School students for their achievements in the National Merit Scholarship program. Board members were joined by State Representative Matt Patten as these outstanding students were recognized in front of a crowd of family and friends. OFHS Principal Dr. Bob Hill introduced each student individually as they were honored. Congratulations to all!
Pictured Above: Front row (L to R) – Board Vice President Mr. Joe Bertrand, National Merit Semi-Finalists James Coury, Soumyajit Mazumder, and Michael Coury, and Board President Mr. Frank Pedicini. Back row (L to R): – Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, National Merit Commended students Benjamin Brown, Tatiana Faria, Michaela Killik, Natalie Brdar and Ethan Kocjan, OFHS Principal Dr. Robert Hill and State Representative Matt Patten. Not pictured: National Merit Commended student Nicholas Macek.
MIDDLE SCHOOL POSTS FIRST QUARTER ACADEMIC REVIEW LISTS
Congratulations to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Olmsted Falls Middle School who have achieved Les Excellence (4.0), Honor Roll (3.5-3.999) and Merit Roll (3.0-3.499) status for the first quarter of this school year. The Academic Review Lists (by grade) detailing this outstanding student achievement have been uploaded to the “Counselor’s Corner” page on the Middle School website. Please click here for quick access to these lists.
Congratulations to all those students listed!
IMPORTANT HOLIDAY REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 24TH – 26TH
A reminder to all parents that Thanksgiving break begins next Wednesday, November 24th. There will be NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 24th through Friday, November 26th. Additionally, because school is not in session on Wednesday, there will be no blog update next week.
Best wishes to all of our Bulldog students, staff and families for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. School will resume on Monday, November 29th.
LATEST SCHOOL REPORT AVAILABLE ON-LINE
Keeping our greater community informed is an important priority for the Olmsted Falls School District. To that end, as you are likely already aware, Olmsted Falls School District publishes a regular newsletter which is mailed to all residents in the Olmsted Falls School District community. The Fall 2010 issue of Our School Report has just been delivered to the printer, and will arrive in all residences and businesses shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are interested in an advanced look at this latest School Report, we invite you to click here to download an electronic version. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you will likely recognize many of the stories. We look forward to sharing all of this District news with the community at large.
SUCCESS CONTINUES FOR OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM
On Saturday, November 13th, the OFHS Academic Team competed in the Parkersburg Catholic NAQT Qualifier Tournament in Parkersburg, WVA. The A-Team placed 1st overall and the B-Team placed in a tie for 5th overall. Thirty-six teams competed in the Swiss-pairs matched NAQT tournament, consisting of teams from Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
The OFHS A-Team posted a record of 6-0 on the day which included a tough match against Northmont (Ohio) and a championship match against Parkersburg (WVA). The OFHS B-Team posted a 4-1 record on the day with their only loss coming to Northmont (OH).
COMMUNITY TRAFFIC ALERT
Please be aware that Columbia Road will be closed at Bronson Street effective Monday, November 8th at 6:30 a.m. for a duration of two weeks. Please watch construction signage for any additional / updated information during this time.
SIGN UP FOR WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 – 3
Please be aware that tomorrow, November 18 is the deadline to register your child for our winter basketball program for students in grades 1 – 3. Please click here for a copy of the registration form and for more information.