Parent Update – January 19, 2011
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TONIGHT
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center. Topics of interest include:
2.8 MILL DROP OFF
The School Board will continue discussions on the 2.8 mill drop-off, scheduled to occur in 2012, and the opportunity to place an issue on the ballot that would bring additional financial resources to our District without raising taxes for our residents. It is anticipated that the School Board will make a decision this evening regarding whether to place an issue on the ballot in May. If a decision is made to place an issue on this May, the Board will also be deciding whether the issue would be a 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement levy or a combinations 2 Mill Permanent Improvement levy and a 0.8 Mill Bond issue.
For additional information on the topic, you may find this recent article from the Sun Post-Herald of interest.
ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN WAIVER
The Board of Education is also expected to approve a recommendation from the Superintendent tonight for the District to apply for an additional 2-year waiver for the State’s All Day Kindergarten unfunded mandate. Last year, the District received a 1-year waiver which is in effect for the current 2010-2011 school year. The new, 2-year waiver would allow the District to postpone implementation of an All Day Kindergarten program for both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.
While District finances necessitate applying for the 2-year waiver application, the Board of Education has given Superintendent Dr. Hoadley the authority to explore potential partnerships that could provide before/after school care solutions for parents seeking to fill the other half of the day for kindergarten students. Dr. Hoadley is dialoging with various day care providers to determine the feasibility of having an outside third-party entity operate a program utilizing vacant classroom space at the Early Childhood Center.
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS UNDERWAY AT HIGH SCHOOL
First semester exams for high school students began today and continue through the end of this week (Jan. 19-21). Please click here to review the exam schedule for Olmsted Falls High School.
BUSY WEEKEND FOR HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM
It was a very good weekend for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team. On Saturday, the team traveled to Warren G. Harding High School for a tournament where they had two varsity and two JV teams compete. The A Team went 8-1, B Team went 9-0, C Team went 9-0, and D Team went 8-1 – bringing back many trophies and impressing onlookers at the tournament.
Academic Team members Mike Coury, Jim Coury (team captain) and Sohan Vartak then appeared on Academic Challenge at TV 5 in Cleveland on Sunday morning. Olmsted Falls competed with Ravenna High School and Tallmadge High School in this match up. This record-setting episode will air on WEWS TV5 on March 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendar and set your DVR. This is an episode no Bulldog will want to miss!
DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT PLANNING MEETING TONIGHT
This first planning meeting for the “Dance It Up for Kids Health” event is TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 19th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Falls-Lenox School Media Center. All interested individuals who would like to share their time, knowledge, enthusiasm and area of expertise are encouraged to attend.
The “Dance It Up for Kids” planning committee is looking for individuals from high school students to seniors and local businesses that are willing to join a working committee and/or to donate money, goods or services to help with this event. (Please see additional event details below in “Upcoming Events” section). Some of the things committees will be working on are soliciting donations and sponsors, marketing and advertising, soliciting event participants, and helping the day of the event.
DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK POSTER/ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
In addition to the assemblies and other activities that took place last week, a Poster/Essay contest was also held for the students at Falls-Lenox to celebrate Disability Awareness Week. Congratulations to the following students whose entries were given top honors for each grade level:
Taylor Connelly, a first grader in Mrs. Schiely’s room, wrote an essay about her cousin Kate, who has a disability. Taylor writes, “even though Kate has a disability it doesn’t change how I feel about her. I love her very much and she is a very special person in my life”.
There was a tie in the second grade. Hailey McCullar, from Mrs. Vormelker’s class, submitted a wonderful poster that read “We all have a Spark”. Lindsey LaPinta, from Mrs. Gommel’s class, also submitted an outstanding poster that read, “Just like butterflies are different but the same – So Are We”.
The third grade winner was Julia Candow, from Mrs. Richmond-Smith’s class. Julia wrote a heartwarming essay about her “special friends” at Falls-Lenox – including a description of each which focused on their talents and gifts.
Thanks to all the students who submitted an entry, and thanks to Mrs. Robin Scott, School Psychologist, for organizing another informative week for all the students. To view photos taken during Disability Awareness Week, please click here.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS / PARENTS – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
The Local Scholarship application form is available in the guidance office and available online at the Counselor’s Corner on the high school web-site. All completed application forms are due by February 11, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in the high school guidance office.
Please contact Mrs. Laut with any questions (440) 427-6116.
24th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW GEARING UP
Get your act together for the 24th Annual High School PTA Friday Night Live Talent Show! OFHS PTA is looking for students to share their talent! Come and audition Saturday, January 29th at the high school auditorium between 9am and 12 noon. Bands can submit a tape before January 29th. For more information, contact Elaine Atkinson at 235-8821 or Debbie Henton at 235-5402.
WRESTLERS SET SCHOOL RECORD AT ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
The OFHS wrestlers placed 6th at the 43 team Bill Dies Memorial over this past weekend. Place winners include: P.J. Mueller 103 (3rd), Chase DuPratt 112 (4th), Nick Asadorian 119 (7th), Brian Slater 145 (6th), and Nick Sommer 160 (4th).
The team set a new school record during the opening round Friday evening, scoring 50 first round points. This breaks the record of 43 first round points in a tournament set by the 2001 team which finished 5th in the State and won the Medina Invitational. Those 50 first round points had the Bulldog squad in first place after round one. This demonstrates the strength the Bulldog wrestling team is building. The team had 12 first round pins, and one regular decision.
Up Next: The New Albany Invitational next Saturday for the Varsity, and the Firelands Varsity tournament for our Varsity B. For additional information on the Olmsted Falls High School wrestling program, please visit: www.ofwrestling.com.
1st ANNUAL BASEBALL SKILLS CAMP A SUCCESS
Players were instructed on all aspects of baseball by the OFHS coaching staff, current Bulldog players, and former Bulldog standouts.
Coach Dan Largent commented that it was great to see so many young players who love the game of baseball come out for the event. “It was a great 2 days of baseball in December,” Coach Largent said.
For more pictures from the baseball camp and additional information on the Olmsted Falls baseball program, please visit: www.ofbaseball.com.
WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF
Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA is pleased to have Dr. Jim Lloyd, Assistant Superintendent, and Mercedez Hathcock, representing Ohio PTA, as our featured speakers at our next PTA General Membership Meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, January 25th.
Both will be speaking about the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by the Ohio Department of Education in 2010. These standards will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so that teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. These internationally benchmarked K-12 standards for college and career readiness in English, language arts and mathematics will be implemented by the year 2014.
Does this mean there will be MORE testing? Does this initiative burden our school budget or state budget? How does this affect my child? Attend the workshop to find out how this affects you and how you can be part of the process.
This free workshop takes place next Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls-Lenox Primary School cafeteria. Free babysitting will be provided. Also, those attending this F/L – ECC PTA meeting have the chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates.
OFMA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS AND MUSIC STUDENTS (GR. 4-12) ATTENDING SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS
It is that time of year again when OFMA will offer scholarships to seniors and to music students that will be attending summer music programs. Eligible senior students are college bound seniors who are currently involved in the music program in the Olmsted Falls School District. Seniors DO NOT have to be pursuing music as their major or concentration in college, they need only be enrolled in and planning to attend a four-year college or university.
Eligible summer camp music students are current 4th to 12th grade students planning to attend a music specific camp during the summer of 2011.
Seniors will need to fill out the “Local Scholarship Form” (in the guidance office) in addition to the OFMA application, in order to be eligible for a scholarship. Local Scholarship Forms are available in the Guidance Office and the deadline for submitting the Local Scholarship Forms is February 11th at 3:30 p.m. Senior OFMA applications are currently available through Mrs. Crandall. The judges will be looking at the senior student’s music involvement, grades, and involvement with extra-curricular activities. The deadline for senior OFMA applications to be turned into either Mrs. Crandall or Mr. Strelau will be March 25th. Remember that both forms must be completed and submitted by the appropriate deadlines (Feb. 11th for Local Scholarship Form: March 25th for senior OFMA application).
For summer music camps, the applications will be available through the music teachers beginning January 18th. Due to early application deadlines of so many music programs, OFMA’s deadline will be February 24th for completed summer music camp forms. Please give completed applications to the music teachers by February 24thin order to be eligible.
As in the past two years, the applications will be reviewed by a non-biased group, not affiliated with OFMA or Olmsted Falls City Schools, including college professors and college administration. Not every student submitting an application will receive a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded based on the content of the applications in conjunction with the funds allocated in the OFMA 2010-2011 budget.
Please see Ms. McClellan, Mr. Gulden, Mrs. Call, Mrs. Kiedrowski, Mrs. Crandall or Mr. Strelau for an application.
Please contact Elizabeth Englehart, 440-346-2024, with any questions.
BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Events – Saturday, January 29th and Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to two upcoming Yellow Jacket women’s and men’s basketball doubleheaders with a paying parent or adult. For additional details, please click here.
DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT – Saturday, March 19th 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Middle School – This PTA sponsored, district approved school/community event will be entirely funded by donated private and business goods and services with all proceeds to benefit the Early Childhood Center playground fund and a children’s health charity. Our goals are to show kids and families that exercise and healthy eating can be fun and family focused and to raise money for some great causes. A few of the scheduled event activities for all ages include: Old fashioned “mini” dance marathon with participants soliciting pledges to dance; dance exhibition of both amateur and professional individuals and groups; Wii family dance stations; and healthy refreshments and health education and vendor booths.
This has the potential to be an amazing event but we need your help. Please help us share this information by encouraging any OF person, organization, church group or business you think might be interested in participating to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they are able to help with this event. Thank you!!