Parent Update – January 26, 2011
**ALERT: OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER**
All schools in the Olmsted Falls School District will be closed due to inclement weather conditions on Wednesday, February 2nd.
BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO PLACE 2.8 MILL PERMANENT IMPROVEMENT LEVY ON MAY BALLOT
As anticipated, and publicized in last week’s blog update, the School Board did make a decision at their regular monthly Board meeting last week regarding the 2.8 mill drop-off, scheduled to occur in 2012. Following additional discussions on the issue, the School Board passed a resolution (5-0) to place a 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy, which will not raise taxes for our residents, on the May 2011 ballot. Passage of this issue in May will secure additional financial resources that will be dedicated to maintaining facilities throughout the District.
There will be a series of public meetings planned to provide additional information and answer questions. The first informational meeting has been scheduled for next Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library. Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley will provide an overview of the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy and answer questions. All parents and residents are invited to attend.
PARTNERSHIP WITH POLARIS AND “PROJECT LEAD THE WAY” EXPANDS HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM AT NO COST TO DISTRICT
Always seeking new ways to stretch limited financial resources, the Olmsted Falls School District was able to expand upon its partnership with Polaris Career Center this year to add new engineering courses to the Olmsted Falls High School curriculum. The new pre-engineering courses are part of the “Pathway to Engineering” program and are designed to help high school students make an informed choice about their future by exposing them to concepts and courses necessary to be successful in the field of engineering. The curriculum is provided by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an organization devoted to preparing students to be innovative and productive leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Students not only receive high school credit for PLTW courses, but also have the opportunity to receive college credit by passing the final exams. There are four classes in the new “Pathway to Engineering” curriculum: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principals of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development.
All Project Lead the Way Courses are taught on-site at Olmsted Falls High School utilizing teachers funded entirely through Polaris Career Center. There are currently 40 Olmsted Falls High School students enrolled in two sections of the introductory engineering course being taught by Mr. Mike Haydn. The hands-on, interactive nature of the Introduction to Engineering Design course has received many positive reviews to date.
“Pathway to Engineering” is the second set of course offerings to be introduced at Olmsted Falls High School in partnership with Polaris Career Center and Project Lead the Way. Last year, a “Biomedical Sciences Program” was launched through the partnership. Now in its second year, there are 55 students currently enrolled in Biomedical Sciences Program courses.
Both PLTW programs offer four courses each, with each course building upon the next. Entering either the “Pathway to Engineering” or “Biomedical Sciences” programs in their freshman year allows students the opportunity to complete all four courses in their selected program. It is possible for sophomores, juniors and seniors to enroll in these specialized courses as well.
For additional information about the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program or Pathway to Engineering at Olmsted Falls High School, please contact your student’s School Counselor. Information tables for both PLTW programs will also be on display during the upcoming Freshmen Orientation night on February 24th at 7:00 p.m. Parents can also find detailed information on these courses in the current High School Program of Studies available on the Counselor’s Corner web page of the High School website.
DISTRICT FOOD SERVICE AND TECHNOLOGY STAFF HONORED
Quality employees make up a quality organization. Two groups of employees were publicly acknowledged at last week’s Board of Education meeting. Director of Food Service Denise Tabar and the District’s four cafeteria managers were recognized by the School Board for receiving the 2010 Stellar Award for Excellent Nutrition Practices. This award recognizes our Food Service Department’s innovative use of best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment, and is a tribute to the entire food service staff.
Director of Technology Joe Magrey and District technology staff members were also in attendance at last week’s meeting to receive special recognition from the School Board for their hard work and dedication in conjunction with the construction of the new Intermediate School and the recent expansion and technology upgrades in the Middle School. These two projects required a complex coordination of vendors and extreme attention to detail. The efforts of our Technology Department have resulted in state-of-the-art technology and improved efficiencies for our students and staff.
BOARD APPROVES APPLICATION FOR ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN WAIVER
The School Board also approved the recommendation for Olmsted Falls School District to apply for an additional 2-year waiver for the State’s unfunded All Day Kindergarten 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 will 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 the Superintendent 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 currently engaged in conversations 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.
FORMER BULLDOG HOCKEY PLAYERS RETURN FOR ALUMNI GAME
The Olmsted Falls High school Hockey Team hosted an Alumni Hockey Game prior to its regular varsity game against Amherst this past Sunday.
Participating alumni players ranged from recent grads from the Class of 2010 to Bulldog alumni who graduated in the 1970s.
Current players joined alumni players on the ice for a group photo (at right).
Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog!
BOARD BRIEFS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
DID YOU KNOW? Summaries of monthly Board of Education meetings are available on the District website. Board Briefs for each month are uploaded on the Board of Education page. Any person who is interested in following School Board meetings, but who is unable to attend, is encouraged to check the website following each month’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.
Olmsted Falls Board of Education Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The location of the meetings rotates to a different school building each month. Please check the website to confirm dates, times and locations. Changes in dates, times and locations are posted on the website.
24th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND
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.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NO COST – LEARN MORE AT FEB. 3RD MEETING
Attention parents of high school students for the 2011-12 school year! Are you interested in learning more about a program that allows high school students to take college level courses for both high school and college credit at no cost? You are invited to attend the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) informational meeting next Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. Please contact your high school counselor with any questions or if you are unable to attend and would like information.
ACADEMIC TEAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR NAQT TOURNAMENT AT OFHS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
On Saturday, February 5th, the Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team will be hosting an NAQT Tournament at the High School all day. The Academic Team is seeking parent and/or community volunteers to help as readers for the tournament. If you are available and interested in helping, please e-mail Academic Team Advisor Mrs. Rhonna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH PLANNING MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE EVERY TUESDAY
Planning meetings for the “Dance It Up 4 Kids Health” event on March 19th at the Middle School are every Tuesday 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Falls-Lenox Media Center. Any interested community member, including students, are welcome to attend.
Start practicing! We’ll begin signing up participants for the Mini-Dance Marathon and Dance Exhibition (amateur or professional, serious or fun) in February. Anyone of any age can participate.
Olmsted Falls Rec Soccer Program Registration – THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium. This league is for players Pre-K – 8th grade. If your child will be 4 years old before April 15th, you can sign them up to play in the Olmsted Falls Rec Soccer Program on Saturday mornings at the Shady Road Soccer Fields. To register, please plan to attend this Thursday’s registration session, or please visit our web site at http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Cleary at email@example.com.
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 double-headers with a paying parent or adult. For additional details, please click here.
Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team ANNUAL DINNER & RAFFLE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Come support your Bulldog swimmers and divers and enjoy a dinner with family and friends! This year’s dinner features a Roman Gladiator Theme that you won’t want to miss! Proceeds benefit the Swim & Dive Team. Click here to download the official invitation flyer and ticket form. $10 for adults; $6 for children (10 & under). Go Bulldogs!
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. PLANNING MEETINGS HELD EVERY TUESDAY FROM 6:00-7:30 P.M. IN THE FALLS-LENOX MEDIA CENTER – ALL WELCOME!