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Parent Update – December 1, 2010

December 1, 2010


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 are now available on the District website (in the District News section on the main home page).

Each question can be accessed as an individual PDF file. We invite you to click on the links below for quick access to results/responses for any or all of the survey questions.

PLEASE NOTE: All narrative responses have been reviewed to ensure no personally slanderous remarks or profanity are published. It is the intention of the Olmsted Falls School District to publish all submitted survey responses – redacting only mentions of personal names and/or profanity as needed. It is also important to note that some misinformation is evident when reading through the responses, but this information is useful and important for our future communication efforts.

We invite and encourage you to post comments or questions here on the blog regarding these Parent Survey results.


Question 1:  When you think of Olmsted Falls Schools, what first comes to your mind?

Question 2:  What do you like about the Olmsted Falls Schools?

Question 3:  How could the Olmsted Falls Schools be improved?

Question 4:  There has been a lot of public / media discussion lately about the need to improve our nation’s schools. What is your idea of a quality school system?

Question 5:  What do you NOT want to see changed in the Olmsted Falls Schools?

Question 6:  When you think about the future of Olmsted Falls Schools, what concerns you most?

Question 7Rating scale regarding importance of select educational program factors.

Question 8Rating scale regarding level of emphasis for select areas of concentration.

Question 9:  In your opinion, how do the Olmsted Falls Schools compare with other school systems in the area?

Question 10:  What additional course offerings would you like to see made available to the students in the Olmsted Falls School District?

Question 11:  In your opinion, what skills should students possess when they graduate from Olmsted Falls High School?

Question 12: In recent years, has your overall attitude toward public schools in this community become more favorable, less favorable or stayed the same?

Thank you again to the more than 600 parents who participated. Your time, effort and honesty are very much appreciated.


With the upcoming holidays and the season of giving upon us, third grade students in the classes of Mr. Acerra, Mrs. Duray, Mrs. Richmond-Smith, and Mrs. Sparks at Falls-Lenox embarked on a citizenship project. 

Just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, students collected nonperishable food and personal care items.  Approximately 1,100 items were collected – and counted – by the students.

The teachers then proudly delivered the collected items to The City Mission in Cleveland to help those less fortunate for their holiday meals and care.

Thank you to these students and teachers for helping us make a difference in the community.


Students and staff at Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle schools participated in special Thanksgiving events prior to the holiday break.  Students in Mrs. Casterline’s class at the Middle School hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast, feeding staff members a wonderful turkey luncheon complete with all the trimmings and dessert.  This annual event provides students the opportunity to practice skills they have learned during the year.  In addition to current Middle School staff members, the students also hosted retired Middle School staff members for this special event as well as staff members from the District’s Central Office.   Please click here to view additional photos from the event.

At the Intermediate School, Mrs. Giamboi’s special education class partnered with  Mrs. Stanczak’s and Mrs. Swanson’s 4th grade classes for their own special feast to celebrate Thanksgiving and what they had all learned about the Pilgrims and the Indians.

The activity provided a very nice opportunity to involve students with moderate/intensive needs and regular education students in a common learning experience. Please click here to view additional photos from this event.


Four times a year, The Plain Dealer accepts nominations for the Crystal Apple Award to recognize extraordinary educators throughout Northeast Ohio.  For the first recognition period of the 2010-2011 school year, Falls-Lenox special education teacher Ms. Michelle Schoenhofer was selected as the winning educator for the grade category K-5.  She was nominated by Bulldog parent Paula Grant. 

Representatives from The Plain Dealer and Crystal Apple Award sponsor Bryant & Stratton College surprised Ms. Schoenhofer by presenting the award in her classroom among family members, parents and colleagues.  

A special recognition ad ran this past Sunday in The Plain Dealer, featuring photos of both Ms. Schoenhofer and Mrs. Grant as well as an excerpt from Mrs. Grants nomination essay.

Pictured (L to R):  Falls-Lenox Principal Mr. Neil Roseberry, Bryant & Stratton College Director of High School Admissions Ms. Suzanne Nash, Crystal Apple award winner Ms. Michelle Schoenhofer, and Plain Dealer Education Services Manager Ms. Lori Marks.

Congratulations to Ms. Schoenhofer on this well-deserved recognition!


Congratulations to OFHS volleyball player Dayna Roberts on being named to the 2010-2011 Under Armour Second-Team All-America.  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 5th annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams just before Thanksgiving.  Dayna was one of just 100 players selected for this year’s honors.  These 100 top-rated players represent 31 states and 87 high schools across the country. Many have already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top programs in the country.

Requirements for nomination were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season  be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports.

Congratulations Dayna!


“Healthy Choices-Be a Healthy Hero” Program

A huge Thank You to all the parents who are supporting the “Healthy Choices-Be a Healthy Hero” program at home. In less than 2 weeks we’ve had over 30% of kindergarten students return completed Healthy Choices cards and over 20% of elementary students. Many students are returning completed cards on a daily basis.  Overall, students have made more than 2,000 healthy choices by choosing healthier snacks, exercising daily or demonstrating good hygiene habits. 

Due to this enormous response we will only be able to give out silly bandz for completed Healthy Choices cards once a week on a “secret silly band day.” That day will change every week and the students won’t know which day it will be. On the other days of the week kids will receive a sticker.  

The “Healthy Choices-Be a Healthy Hero program will be implemented at the Intermediate School on December 7th. More information will be sent home with students at that time.

OFHS Blood Drive Report

Due to the hard work and help from the Student Council and PTA and the generosity of the many donors,  the High School’s blood drive on November 24th was a huge success. Sixty nine pints of blood were collected making it one of the schools biggest drives ever!! Thanks to everyone who participated. Our next drive is Thursday, April 28th.


Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters “Dine at Damon’s” EventTOMORROW, Thursday, December 2nd, 5-10 p.m.  – It’s Olmsted Falls Spirit Night at Damon’s and OFAB benefits.  A portion of your purchase (15% to be exact) will directly benefit OFAB.  Click here to download a copy of the Damon’s Spirit Night flyer and give it to your server.  (Turning in the flyer at Damon’s is critical for OFAB to get credit for your patronage!) 

Remember:  Damon’s has big screen TVs — a perfect setting to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers match up against the Miami Heat. (Game time is 8 p.m.) We look forward to seeing you there.

OFHS SWIM & DIVE BOOSTERS ANNUAL HONEY BAKED HAM SALE Through Saturday, December 11, 2010 – Order delicious Honey Baked Spiral Sliced Hams, Turkey Breasts, Boneless Hams, Combinations, Desserts, and Gift Certificates for your holiday entertaining.  Pick up your orders close to home and beat standing in line! 

You pay the same price as in the actual stores – no mark up!  Support OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters and get your holiday HoneyBaked from us!

Click here for additional information and order form. 

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS ANNUAL BULLDOG SPORTSWEAR HOLIDAY SALE  Saturday, December 11th,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria.  Plan to make a big dent in your holiday shopping at the OFAB Bulldog Sportswear.  Tons of great items for mom, dad, kids, grandparents, and friends!  In addition to our wide selection of Bulldog clothing, there will be floor mats, flags, decals, stadium seats, ties, hats, two styles of earrings and much more. OF Cheerleaders will be on hand to wrap your gifts too!

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP PRESENTS:  “RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP” – Wednesday, December 15th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria – Learn how to harvest rain water for all your garden needs and to combat Storm Water Pollution on your community.  Click here for more information.

1ST ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL HOLIDAY SKILLS CAMP FOR PLAYERS IN GRADES 3-8Wednesday, December 22nd & Thursday, December 23rd, from 2-5pm each day. 

The cost will be $30 for both days -OR- $20 for one day. Please click here for details and registration form. 


OFHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE – Through Friday, December 17th  – Click here for additional information and order form. 

OLMSTED FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVEFriday, December 17th, 3 – 7 p.m. – Come to the Olmsted Falls Fire Department located at 9274 Columbia Road to donate blood this holiday season.

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  1. Tiffany
    December 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    What are you going to do with the data?

    • December 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm


      Thank you for your question. The data from the recently completed parent survey has been condensed into a document that lists “themes”. This parental feedback has also been distributed to all members of the Board of Education, Administrations, Faculty and Staff for review.

      Constructive feedback, while sometimes difficult to receive, will be incorporated into our discussions regarding future strategic initiatives for our school district

      Ultimately, action plans will be developed and efforts will be made to continually improve District operations.

  2. Mary Mariotti
    December 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Just to clarify:
    I’m guessing that the comment that I’ve pasted below may be in reference to summer coursework done with Miami University of Ohio.
    …”Also, taxes and how much the fees are each year and how at the same time when the schools were begging
    for more and more money the elementary school teachers were sent on a trip (out of state) to learn about
    streams and life in streams; when we have hundreds of streams teaming with life right here in town!”

    The science course was conducted in Wyoming at the Miami University Geology site and was supported by an Eisenhower Foundation grant that Miami received. There were two different groups of teachers from Olmsted Falls that chose to participate. I am one of the teachers..

    There was absolutely no cost to Olmsted Falls City Schools.

    In fact, this trip was during the summer, transportation and some expenses paid for by the teachers themselves and, as I mentioned earlier, the balance of the funding came through Miami University in the form of an Eisenhower Grant. The experience included much more than stream studies. Teachers worked with a Geologist, Entomologist, and Biologist and other staff. The focus was not only on content, but also on development of scientific method in a way that was engaging and appropriate for elementary aged children.

    Hope that this helps clear up the misunderstanding.

  3. Mary Mariotti
    December 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm


    Sorry for the PS, but I needed to add that teachers spent two weeks in Wyoming as well as an October weekend in Ohio completing coursework. Selection for the opportunity was done on a competitive basis. Teachers were required to complete an application and then were chosen from the pool of applicants.

  4. Clarence
    December 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Dr. Hoadley,
    I read an PD article where Olmsted Falls, Olmsted township and Walton Hills are joining together on the same health insurance plan. Perhaps a start in regionalizing.


    This has me wondering about the school’s current health insurance plan. Are we currently doing anything like this that can help reduce insurance costs. Also, are there other areas that we can do something similar? Can we combine our buying power with other school districts to help reduce costs?

    • December 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Clarence, thank you for your question.

      Olmsted Falls schools, with approximately 400 employees is large enough that a health insurance consortium membership would not guarantee financial savings. However, this decision is reviewed often as the District continually searches for possible fiscal savings.

      The Olmsted Falls school district is a member of the Ohio Schools Council which is a group purchasing agency. Here is a link to this organization: http://www.osconline.org/

      As a member of the Ohio School Council, Olmsted Falls schools is able to participate in group purchasing discounts for natural gas, electricity, gasoline, food service items, school bus purchasing, and many other items.

      OFCS, with the 3rd lowest cost per pupil in Cuyahoga County, has a long tradition of stretching our financial resources. We will continue with this practice, by utilizing group purchasing options, and by continually searching for other cost saving options.

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