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Parent Update – February 23, 2011

SCHOOL CLOSURE ALERT:  OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

All Olmsted Falls School District buildings will be closed Friday, February 25th due to inclement weather. 

****PLEASE NOTE:  This is the 4th snow day for Olmsted Falls City Schools in the current school year.  Current state legislation allows for only three calamity days per school year.  (This is a reduction from the previously allowed five calamity days.

Without any change to existing legislation before the end of this school year, today’s snow day (and any additional snow days needed) will need to be made up.

The existing Olmsted Falls School calendar indicates that any required make-up days will be made up at the end of the school year.  (Please click here for a copy of the 2010-2011 calendar for Olmsted Falls Schools.)  The last day for students for the 2010-2011 school year was scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th.  Because our District has now exceeded the three allowable calamity days by one day, the last day for students will now be scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th.

We will keep parents posted as to any change in legislation that may eliminate the need for this make-up day.  However, in the meantime, parents should plan for students to attend school through Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR LEVY INFORMATION

Outreach to communicate the basic information on the upcoming 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy – which WILL NOT RAISE TAXES for residents of the Olmsted communities – will be done in a variety of ways to ensure that everyone receives the information needed to cast an informed vote on May 3rd.

A number of public meetings have been scheduled to provide information and answer questions.  In an effort to make information and meetings accessible to as many parents and residents as possible, meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 7th – 7 p.m. – Falls-Lenox Library Media Center

Wednesday, March 23rd – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

Tuesday, April 5th – 7 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Library Branch (Main Street)

Tuesday, April 19th – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

To access a PDF file of Dr. Hoadley’s presentation on the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy, please click here.

Additionally, if any parent or resident is interested in hosting an informational, in-home “coffee talk” for a group of 10-15 friends, neighbors and/or family members, please contact Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley to schedule.  These in-home presentations feature a 20 minute Power Point and an opportunity for Q & A with a District Administrator or School Board member.

PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS ON FACEBOOK

With the campaign to pass the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on May 3, 2011 underway, the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee has begun updating its Facebook page again.  To become of fan or friend of the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee on Facebook, please click here.

Additionally, an informational website for the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy is also currently under construction.  Please watch the blog for news on when this new site has gone live.

The main information points on the District’s 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy are as follows:

A “Yes” vote WILL NOT raise taxes.

A “Yes” vote will provide a dedicated funding stream for permanent improvement projects/purchases in our District.

A “Yes” vote will help lengthen the span of time before the next operating levy is needed by expanding the District’s ability to handle looming maintenance expenses at older facilities without tapping into limited general fund dollars.

 A “Yes” vote WILL NOT provide funds for employee salaries or benefits.

Passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy this May provides a revenue stream dedicated to the upkeep of our District facilities.  Residents understand the maintenance needs required by their own homes.  Olmsted Falls School District currently maintains approximately 574,000  square footage throughout its District facilities.

BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES UPDATED FINANCIAL FORECAST

As we are all aware, the state of education funding in Ohio is in a continual state of uncertainty.  Keeping District forecasts as accurate and current as possible is a priority of our School Board and Administrators.  To that end, at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education reviewed and approved a newly updated five-year forecast for the District.

The most significant adjustment in this updated forecast is the increase of anticipated cuts from the state level from 5 percent to 10 percent.  The state of Ohio has an 8 billion dollar “hole” in its upcoming budget. This will have to be “filled” by the state legislature by July 1, 2011. Our state level elected officials have been telling districts across the state since last Spring to expect a 10% to 20% reduction in our state funding. Other state level elected officials have been quoted in the Plain Dealer predicting up to a 30% cut in state funding for public schools. A 10% cut in state funding will equate to a reduction in our state revenue of around $1,000,000 for Olmsted Falls Schools.

To review a copy of this latest five-year forecast, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the District’s newly updated five-year financial forecast, we encourage you to either utilize the comments section of this blog or contact the Board of Education office for information.

QUESTIONS ON IMPACT OF “CASINO MONEY”

The lead story on the front page of last Wednesday’s Plain Dealer touted casino money coming to schools and even went so far as to list the specific amounts each district is anticipated to receive.

Since then, we have received a number of questions on this topic.  As we understand it, this casino tax revenue will go to the state government first and then be reallocated to local entities. It is the District’s belief that this revenue, like the Ohio lottery proceeds, will not increase our state funding, but rather, be used to supplant existing funding our school already receives through the state funding program for schools.

So, unfortunately, the District does not expect to see any sort of budget increase from the state as a result of the new casino tax revenue.  We will continue to monitor this new dynamic and keep you informed as additional information about this public funding stream becomes available.  It will be critical for school districts to keep their local community informed about the reality of this funding situation.

DISTRICT STAFF ACKNOWLEDGED FOR REGIONAL HONORS

One indicator of an excellent school community is the accolades it receives – both collectively and individually.  It was a sincere pleasure at last week’s Board of Education meeting to again honor members of our Bulldog staff.

Our School Board members were pleased to be able to personally acknowledge and congratulate Mr. John Gaba, Mr. Dan Largent and Mrs. Rhonna Smith for recent honors bestowed upon them.  Mr. Gaba has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association.  Mr. Largent has been named 2010 Division I Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association. Mrs. Smith has been selected by The Ohio State University to serve as coach of the Ohio All Star Academic Team.

Public acknowledgement of each of these staff members by the Board of Education was followed by a cake and punch reception with their family and friends. Congratulations again to each of these employees on these outstanding accomplishments!

COACH MCGRAIN NAMED SWC COACH OF THE YEAR

We just received news that the Southwest Conference has selected OFHS Wrestling Coach Bill McGrain as SWC Wrestling Coach of the Year.

This is a well-deserved and fitting honor for another positive and successful season of Bulldog wrestling.

Congratulations Coach McGrain!

ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT RAISED $4,100 FOR PTA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The 8th Annual PTA “Battle of the Schools” basketball game held earlier this month raised more than $4,100 for the Olmsted Falls High School PTA Scholarship Fund to benefit students in the graduating Class of 2011.

Many thanks to OFHS PTA for coordinating this event, and to all the Bulldog teachers and staff who participated.

Students, parents, and colleagues packed the Olmsted Falls High School gymnasium to cheer their building’s team on to victory during this always popular teacher/staff basketball challenge event.

Congratulations to the High School staff team for emerging victorious from this year’s challenge!

To view a gallery of photos from the 8th Annual “Battle of the Schools” event, please click here.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT ECC TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

A great opportunity for some mid-winter book shopping!  The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center will host a Scholastic Book Fair tomorrow, Thursday, February 24th from 3 – 7 p.m.  Bring a buddy, buy some books and MEET CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG!  Enjoy cookies and cocoa to go!  Don’t miss this fun opportunity for the young ones – and the young at heart.  Great selection of books and activities to get you through the remaining weeks of winter.  Please click here for event flyer.

CLASS OF 2015 ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS – TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Class of 2015 Orientation for 2011-2012 students and their parents will take place next Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the OFHS Auditorium.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Individual college financial aid appointments are still available for senior parents. Please contact Mrs. Laut in the high school guidance office for more information (tlaut@ofcs.net or 427.6116).

OFHS SWIMMER AMANDA PALISKA TO COMPETE IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

OFHS senior Amanda Paliska has earned a spot to compete at the State Swimming Championships taking place this weekend at the CT Branin Natatorium in Canton (Friday at 9 a.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.). 

Amanda will compete in two events:  the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard backstroke. 

Amanda recently broke the school records in both of these events at the district meet! 

This is Amanda’s second trip to the State Swimming Finals.  Last year she competed in the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard butterfly.

Congratulations and good luck Amanda! 

COME SUPPORT THE OFHS BULLDOG HOCKEY TEAM THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26th!

With the biggest upset of the district hockey tournament against Holy Name H.S. last Saturday, our Bulldog Hockey Team will continue its district tournament play this coming Saturday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the Amherst vs. Westlake game.

All games are played at the Brooklyn Recreation Center, 7600 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn Heights Ohio.  Directions:  I-480 East to Tiedemann Rd exit, make a left. Go to Memphis Ave. and turn right.  Approximately 1 mile down on the left side of the road.

Don’t let a 13 minute ride stop you from coming out and cheering on the Bulldogs as they advance in tournament play!

Go Bulldogs!

ARTSONIA PAYS OFF!

Student artwork from ECC/Falls-Lenox Artsonia Page

The Artsonia program at the Early Childhood Center and Falls-Lenox is alive and well…and generating funds for art supplies and equipment!  So far this year more than 13,000 pictures have been downloaded to the on-line art gallery site, along with 25 short one to two minute videos of the students’ artwork.

To visit the ECC/Falls-Lenox Artsonia page, please click here.

Student artwork from ECC/Falls-Lenox Artsonia Page

DID YOU KNOW? For every dollar that parents and others spend buying items displaying their child’s artwork, 15 cents is earned by the two schools?

Although it may not sound like a lot, so far the ECC and Falls-Lenox have earned more than $900!

In these times of finding alternate funding sources, Artsonia has really paid off.  Every penny earned has been used to buy additional art supplies to be used at the ECC and Falls-Lenox.

A big thanks to Mrs. McConnell-Paul, art teacher at both schools, Mrs. Wagner, and to Amy Krogh, Barb Hargenrader and others of the PTA for all their time and effort making Artsonia such a success!

LINK UP WITH OUR LOCAL LIBRARY!

The Olmsted Falls School District has a long-standing partnership with our local public library.  As we begin planning to maximize participation in the upcoming Annual Summer Reading Program, we thought parents and students alike might be interested in seeing the wide variety of other programs offered by our local public library this Spring.  Please click here for a list of upcoming library events and programs.

BOARD BRIEFS AVAILABLE ON-LINE

 Board Briefs for the monthly meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held last Thursday, February 17, 2011 are now available on-line.  Please click here if you would like to review the Board Briefs from the most recent Board of Education meeting.

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 7:00 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.

CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM

February has been a very busy month for the OFHS Academic Team.  Read on for tournament results and highlights:

NAQT Tournament

The OFHS Academic Team hosted their first NAQT Tournament at Olmsted Falls High School on Saturday, February 5th.  Many thanks to the faculty members, Kiwanis Club members, and Bulldog parents who helped as readers and scorekeepers, as well as concessions.  This tournament attracted 30 teams from across Ohio and Michigan.  In the end, the Bulldog A-Team ended up in a 3-way tie for first at the end of bracket play.  After a series of tiebreakers, the Bulldogs finished in third out of the field of 30.

NEOAL Champs

On Wednesday, February 9th, the NEOAL (Northeast Ohio Academic League) held its annual tournament at Baldwin-Wallace College.  Olmsted Falls went through the day with a 7-0 record, thus capturing the Spring League Championship.  Since Olmsted Falls was the fall tournament winner as well, the Bulldog team was declared this year’s overall winner – as a Championship match-up would have been Olmsted Falls Vs. Olmsted Falls.  The “top gun” match featuring competition by individual students was won hands down by Bulldog Sohan Vartack.

OSU History Bowl

The team traveled to The Ohio State University on Saturday, February 12th for the History Bowl and Bee.  This is a new competition that is based on all different aspects of history knowledge.  The History Bowl is a competition for teams, while the History Bee is a competition for individuals.  The OFHS A-Team placed second in the History Bowl, with B-Team placing third.  Our JV Team placed second in the JV competition.  In the History Bee, we had 5 students advance to the Quarter Finals (there were 10 students who made the quarter finals).  Those students were:  Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Marty Mendenhall, Sohan Vartak, and Nathan Seese.  The top 5 advance to the Semi-Finals.  We had three students advance to the Semi-Finals:  Jim Coury, Mike Coury, and Nathan Seese.  The top two students advance to the finals.  Jim Coury advanced to the finals and finished second to Brandon Williams from Northmont High School.

NAQT Qualifier

On Saturday, February 19th, the Academic Team traveled to Solon High School for their NAQT Qualifier.  Our A-Team took home the first place trophy in a very competitive field.  On Sunday, February 20, we traveled back to Solon for their PACE Qualifier.  A-Team finished 5th overall.

POPULAR OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 12TH 

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza Resale Event is set for Saturday, March 12th in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium. Great deals on gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and maternity wear.  Sale times and costs are: Early Bird – 8:00am to 9:00am – $5, General – 9:00am to 12:30pm – $2, Bag Sale –  2:30pm to 3:30pm – $3 per bag.  Visit www.oecpta.org for more information.

“TIMES A WASTIN’ & THE DANCE FLOOR’S GETTIN’ CROWDED!”

 Dance It Up 4 Kids Health Event: Saturday March 19th 11a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Middle School

Activities: Dance Exhibition, Dance Marathon, Family Dance Room, Food, Raffles, Local Business Booths & OF Fire Engine on Display! Other Surprises in Store!

Event Admission(at the door):  $3 Students/Seniors 60+     $5 all others

Proceeds:  ECC Playground Fund, Autism and Asthma Charity Organizations

Come on Olmsted Falls!! Get your family, friends or club together and create a fun, creative routine for our DANCE EXHIBITION (Noon-2p)! It’s a healthy, fun way to spend time together.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just entertaining! Any type of tasteful, routine to music is great and singing & dancing “are” even better.  Martial Arts, Cheer, Baton, and Tumbling are just a few ideas for creative routines.  We’re also looking for seniors to enter to show the rest of us what real talent is!

Registration Fees (includes event admission):

Students/Seniors:  Individual dancers: $5     Couple or Group of any size: $10

All Others:  Individual $10      Couple or Group of any size(includes family groups):  $20

Deadline for registration:  MARCH 1, 2011

Registration forms available: In all school offices or contact danceitup4kids@gmail.com

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!!

Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association LAS VEGAS NIGHT – THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. to midnight, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. in Olmsted Township.  There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle.   All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2011.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.  Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information.  21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!

Olmsted Falls Music Association 2nd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. – Live at The Historic Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station.  Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their second annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes casual dinner of pasta, chicken parmesan, salad, desert, dancing, soft drinks, raffles, and a silent auction.  $25.00 per person.  Limited Tickets.  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.  Contact Don Woods (427-9737) or Sam Arendec (427-9443) or e-mail ofmamusic@gmail.com for tickets.  Click here to download event flyer.

 

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Parent Update – February 16, 2011

RACHEL’S CHALLENGE – TOMORROW NIGHT!

Thursday, February 17th – 7:00 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium

 All Parents and Residents Welcome!

(Babysitting Available in Rm. 351)

As we are all aware, bullying and bully-like behaviors have been making headlines and impacting communities across the country in recent years.  Olmsted Falls School District takes a strong stance against such behaviors.  It is important that school officials, faculty, staff, students and parents all work together to foster a positive environment for all students. 

All parents are encouraged to attend tomorrow night’s powerful and educational presentation of Rachel’s Challenge – created in honor of Rachel Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine Shooting in 1999.  Special thanks to our Olmsted Falls PTA for bringing this renowned anti-bullying presentation to our community.  This PTA-sponsored event is open to the public.   

All parents and residents are invited to hear an incredible true story of courage and hope, and experience the most powerful school assembly and training program in America. Come witness the story of Rachel Scott.  Following the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, began to speak around the country to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation.  Using writings and drawings from Rachel’s many diaries, Darrell and thirty other speakers continue to honor Rachel’s life by reaching out with her simple but profound message.  The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to bring a permanent positive culture change to schools, businesses and communities by starting a chain reaction of compassion and kindness. 

Rachel’s Challenge is the largest school assembly program in America.  It is designed to help school administrators, parents and students create safer and more productive places to learn and achieve.  The goal is to motivate and equip students and administrators to embrace new values of kindness and compassion so that no one is left behind because of fear and violence in their school.

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to eradicate violence, prejudice, bullying, and overall hatred in our nation.  We are doing this by passing on the legacy of Rachel Scott nationwide in hopes that people will follow her example and accept her challenge to spread kindness and compassion to others.  Powerful footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy holds audiences spellbound during the one hour presentation that motivates and encourages people to make positive change in the way they treat others.

Feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors to this very special event, as PTA wants to give everyone the opportunity to experience this exceptional program first-hand.

REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

Please remember that there is no school this Monday, February 21st in honor of President’s Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, February 22nd.  Enjoy the long weekend!  

FALLS-LENOX/ECC FEBRUARY PTA MEETING – NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

The next general membership meeting of the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm at the Falls-Lenox cafeteria.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Todd Hoadley speaking on the upcoming Permanent Improvement Levy that will be on the ballot May 3rd.  All are welcome to attend!  As with every monthly meeting, everyone in attendance has a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards to a local business.  Come and hear what is going on in your child’s school and with the PTA!!

CLASS OF 2015 ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS – NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Class of 2015 Orientation for 2011-2012 students and their parents will take place next Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the OFHS Auditorium.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Individual college financial aid appointments are still available for senior parents. Please contact Mrs. Laut in the high school guidance office for more information (tlaut@ofcs.net or 427.6116).

BE A SCHOOL VOLUNTEER AND HELP MAKE STUDENTS’ DREAMS COME TRUE

Parents volunteer weekly at the Falls-Lenox Publishing Company. Pictured above are: Donna McKee at sewing machine, Doreen Machovina at iron, Kerrie Kruchuk and Nicole Allmindinger at cruncher, Angie Hoadley, Lori Kaschak and Amy Harris tying off cloth books and Sandra Graham at paper cutter.

Every day, numerous parents (and non-parents) can be found helping out in all of our Olmsted Falls school facilities.  School volunteers are extra-special people who are committed to making our schools the best they can be. These volunteers offer special attention and caring, and they inspire our students to reach for, and realize their dreams.

This act of volunteerism is greatly appreciated by all school personnel.  As a parent, you may volunteer at the schools of your choice, and you may participate in activities that match your interests and your availability of time. 

At OFCS, we have volunteers who assist our teachers in the classroom, design bulletin boards, tutor students who struggle with learning, or help out in the office or library.

Every school in our District needs volunteers. From elementary to high schools, educators value the time and special talents of our Olmsted volunteers. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email one of our District’s principals.

MIDDLE SCHOOL POWER OF THE PEN

On Saturday, February 5th, the Middle School’s Power of the Pen team traveled to North Royalton Middle School to compete against 24 other schools for the District Power of the Pen tournament.  They were victorious in many ways as they set their pens to paper in three 40-minute rounds of writing.   They were judged for their creativity, writing style, and producing a complete, well-written narrative with their extemporaneous writing. 

A special congratulations is extended to 7th grader, Zach Buchta, who came in FIRST PLACE out of 150 students, to 8th grader, Breanna Palkovic, who placed 3rd, and to 7th grader, Mariah Hydzik who placed 5th.  There were 300 students in the entire competition. 

Zach Buchta

Breanna Palkovic

Mariah Hydzik

 

Following are all of the students on the Power of the Pen Team who meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. to sharpen their writing skills:

7th graders include Claire Barratt, Zach Buchta, Jake Conder, Mariah Hydzik, Marisol Lambermont, Emmy Olszewski, Christina Pedicini, and Alex Zbiegien.

8th graders include Madeline Finau, Katarina Karolak, Kathyrn Lesiak, Julia McFadden, Breanna Palkovic, Chloe Topolski, Chris Vandrasik, and Teresa Wang.

Mrs. Gulden coaches the seventh graders, and the eighth graders are coached by Miss Scalley. The students are now practicing hard for their next tournament, Regionals, which will be held on Saturday, April 9th. 

Congratulations, writers!

FIRST GRADE STUDENTS CELEBRATE 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL WITH 100 INCH SUB!

Celebrating the 100th day of the school year has become a popular activity for elementary school students.  While there are hundreds of ways to celebrate the 100th day, we like the creativity of students in the first grade classrooms of Mrs. Kostraba and Mrs. DeLuca. 

Last week, each student made a two-inch mini sub and then placed it on a pre-measured, labeled sheet to make a 100 inch long submarine sandwich!    

Students then dined on their delicious creations in what they called their “100th Day Cafe!” 

Click here to see more photos from the “100th Day Cafe.”

BULLDOG WRESTLERS & FANS MAKE MARK AT SWC

Congratulations to the Bulldog Wrestling Team for their second place finish this past Saturday at the SWC Tournament!   The team finished in second place 34 points behind Brecksville, with the next closest team a distant 3rd 86.5 points behind the Bulldogs.  The team won 10 of 13 matches in the finals, including individual Championships by Chase DuPratt and Jerimiah Roig.
 
A special thank you to all of the Bulldog Wrestling fans who came out to support the team.  It was very evident who had the loudest and largest fan base at the SWC.  It was a good day, and the loud support by our parents and fans was much appreciated.
 
SWC Place Winners:

1st Place Champions – Chase DuPratt and Jerimiah Roig

2nd Place – P.J. Mueller, Alex Bevilacqua, and Scott Linville

3rd Place – Nick Asadorian, Kyle Kokitka,  Scott Ahern, Brain Slater, Adam Binggeli, Travis Devericks, and Jordan Lee. 

4th Place: Nick Sommer.
 
JV Success: Last Friday the JV wrestling squad competed in the SWC JV tourney.  Although no team score is kept, it is fair to say that our JV’s lead this event.  Place winners included Champions: Adam Salti, Brandon Taylor, L.J. Yurick, Rich Rader, and Austin Balnius.  2nd: David Lance, Sean Fallon, David Rivera, Issac Lozada.  4th: Basil Saadeh, and Clay Bolton.
 
Next Up for Bulldog Wrestling: Sectionals at Lorain High School this Friday and Saturday.  www.ofwrestling.com

Go Bulldogs!
 
PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS 2.8 MILL P.I. LEVY

A number of public meetings have been scheduled to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy – which WILL NOT RAISE TAXES for residents of the Olmsted communities.  

In an effort to make information and meetings accessible to as many parents and residents as possible, four public meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 7th – 7 p.m. – Falls-Lenox Library Media Center

Wednesday, March 23rd – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

Tuesday, April 5th – 7 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Library Branch (Main Street)

Tuesday, April 19th – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

To access a PDF file of Dr. Hoadley’s presentation, please click here.

DANCE IT UP 4 KIDS HEALTH EVENT TAKES SHAPE

The Dance It Up 4 Kids Health Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 19th  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middle School, is shaping up to be an exciting event.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved!  This event is a wonderful way for families to bond, have fun and raise money for our new ECC playground and children’s health charities.  All event activities emphasize to kids that exercising and living a healthy lifestyle can be fun and easy. Please show your support by participating in one of our fun activities!

Dance Exhibition:  Noon to 2:00 p.m. 

  • All ages-families and seniors especially welcome!
  • Individuals, couples or groups
  • Routines can be funny, silly or serious
  • Entrance fee which includes admission to the event for all participants:
    • Students/Seniors 60+:  Individual $5  Couple/Group Fee $10
    • All others:  Individual $10  Couple/Group $20

 Mini Dance Marathon:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

  • 15 minute breaks per hour-you can stop at any time
  • All ages, Family groups encouraged to participate
  • Dancers obtain pledges to raise money-can be a lump sum pledge or per hour of dancing
  • Dancers get free admission to the event

For entrance forms or more information, contact danceitup4kids@gmail.com or Darla Haviland at 440-427-6364. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Event – Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to an upcoming Yellow Jacket basketball double-header with a paying parent or adult.  For additional details, please click here.

Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team ANNUAL DINNER & RAFFLE – NEXT 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!

*NEW EVENT LISTING: Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association LAS VEGAS NIGHTSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. to midnight, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. in Olmsted Township.  There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle.   All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2011.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.  Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information.  21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!

*NEW EVENT LISTING: Olmsted Falls Music Association 2nd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. – Live at The Historic Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station.  Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their second annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes casual dinner of pasta, chicken parmesan, salad, desert, dancing, soft drinks, raffles, and a silent auction.  $25.00 per person.  Limited Tickets.  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.  Contact Don Woods (427-9737) or Sam Arendec (427-9443) or e-mail ofmamusic@gmail.com for tickets.  Click here to download event flyer.

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 dzhaviland@yahoo.com 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!

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Parent Update – February 9, 2011

8TH ANNUAL PTA BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS TONIGHT!

Don’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Teacher/Staff Basketball Challenge sponsored by the High School PTA (for High School Scholarships).  TONIGHT, Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Gym – $3.00 students/$6.00 adults.  Please click here to download flyer with game schedule.  Come cheer your school on to victory!

OFHS STUDENTS ACHIEVE NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STATUS IN 2011 COMPETITION

Congratulations to OFHS seniors Jim Coury, Mike Coury and Shom Mazumder on being named 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. 

National Merit Finalist Jim Coury

National Merit Finalist Mike Coury

National Merit Finalist Shom Mazumder

Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and only 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor.  Congratulations again to Jim, Mike, Shom, and their families, on this outstanding achievement!

QUESTIONS REGARDING MAKE-UP DAYS

Currently,  Ohio law allows public school districts to miss up to three days of school before make-up days are required.  With our two calamity days last week, the Olmsted Falls school system has now missed three days of school.

Since last week, we have received a lot of telephone calls and emails inquiring about when make-up days would occur if we should miss additional days of school. The answer to this question is “at the end of the school year.”  Specifically, the district calendar has identified June 8, 9, 10, 13, and 14 as make-up days, should it be deemed necessary.

KINDERGARTEN READINESS NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

All parents of 2011-2012 kindergarten students are invited and encouraged to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Night at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the evening is to provide parents with an overview of several topics including:

– How to register for kindergarten (registration packets will be available)

– A description of the Kindergarten Screening process

– A general overview of the kindergarten instructional day

Parents do not need to register to attend this meeting.  Simply show up if you are interested in getting additional information about how to get your child ready for kindergarten if he or she is going next year.  Those presenting at the meeting will include a kindergarten teacher, a transportation department representative, school nurse, the Director of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent and Early Childhood Center Principal.  The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to direct questions to those who are best able to answer them.

RENOWNED ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS – COMMUNITY EVENT OPEN TO ALL OLMSTED FALLS RESIDENTS NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

Thursday, February 17th – 7:00 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium

 All Parents and Residents Welcome!

Olmsted Falls PTA is proud to announce that Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle Schools will be sharing Rachel’s Challenge with their students and staff next week!

All parents and residents are invited to the special Rachel’s Challenge Preview Event to hear an incredible true story of courage and hope, and experience the most powerful school assembly and training program in America. Come witness the story of Rachel Scott, the first Columbine shooting victim, at the Rachel’s Challenge preview event next Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.

When Rachel was 13 years old, she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote in big black letters, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts”.  Her life and writings have impacted over 15 million students in live settings in the last 11 years, and we hope you’ll be able to come hear the inspiring true story of hope, acceptance, and redemption.

Rachel’s Challenge is the largest school assembly program in America.  It is designed to help school administrators, parents and students create safer and more productive places to learn and achieve.  The goal is to motivate and equip students and administrators to embrace new values of kindness and compassion so that no one is left behind because of fear and violence in their school.

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to eradicate violence, prejudice, bullying, and overall hatred in our nation.  We are doing this by passing on the legacy of Rachel Scott nationwide in hopes that people will follow her example and accept her challenge to spread kindness and compassion to others.  Powerful footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy holds audiences spellbound during the one hour presentation that motivates and encourages people to make positive change in the way they treat others.

Feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors to this very special event, as PTA wants to give everyone the opportunity to experience this exceptional program first-hand.

PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS 2.8 MILL P.I. LEVY

The first public meeting to discuss the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy – which WILL NOT RAISE TAXES for residents of the Olmsted communities – was held last Thursday in the Middle School Media Center. 

Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley provided an overview of the 2.8 Mill P.I. featuring a brief Power Point presentation followed by an opportunity for Q & A.  To access a PDF file of Dr. Hoadley’s presentation, please click here.

In an effort to make information and meetings accessible to as many parents and residents as possible, four more public meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 7th – 7 p.m. – Falls-Lenox Library Media Center

Wednesday, March 23rd – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

Tuesday, April 5th – 7 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Library Branch (Main Street)

Tuesday, April 19th – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES CLEAN AUDIT REPORT

Special thanks to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer's Office staff: (Pictured L to R) Assistant Treasurer Maria Bartulica, Holly McFadden (Accounts Payable/Inventory), Treasurer Mark Hullman, Fran Grega (Payroll), and Sharon Black (Accounts Payable).

Olmsted Falls School District is required by state law to undergo an independent audit of its finances each year.  For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Olmsted Falls School District was independently audited by Alger & Associates, LLC.  The District is proud to report that it received an unqualified “clean” audit, which has been accepted by the state.

A copy of this most recent financial audit has been released by the State Auditor’s office and is available on the web.  We invite you to click on the following link to review the financial audit for Olmsted Falls Schools:

Olmsted Falls School District Audit – For the Year Ended June 30, 2010

Olmsted Falls School Treasurer Mr. Mark Hullman noted that a good audit is a direct reflection upon all stakeholders within a school district, and expressed appreciation to all Bulldogs for their individual roles in this good audit. 

OFIS WINS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS STRAIGHT A ALL-STARS CONTEST FOR FIRST GRADING PERIOD

Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School had a special visit last week as Ahmad Crump and mascots from the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled west to personally deliver a $1,000 award check to Principal Don Svec.  The Intermediate School won the team’s Straight A All-Stars Contest by submitting the most straight A report cards in the area.  During the first quarter, 258 out of OFIS’s 600 students received straight A’s!  

In addition to the donation to the school, which will be deposited into the student activity fund, the Cleveland Cavaliers also gave tickets to tonight’s Cavaliers game (versus Detroit) to every student and staff member at the school! 

Pictured at right:  OFIS students react to the news of Cav tickets!

Go Bulldogs!  Go Cavs!

BULLDOG CAFE LAUNCHES FACEBOOK PAGE

Bulldog parents can now get the latest news from the Bulldog Cafe’s new Facebook page.  Follow the latest information and promotions from the Bulldog Cafe at www.facebook.com/bulldogscafe.  

OFHS RESULTS FROM SWC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to our Bulldog swimmers and divers on their accomplishments at this past Saturday’s SWC Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place at the Westlake Recreation Center!  Special congratulations to swimmers Bridget Liddy and Amanda Paliska on their 1st place SWC championship swims

You can read up on all the highlights in Coach Hunter’s report below:

* OFHS girls placed 3rd in the SWC tournament, giving us a 3rd place finish this year overall in the SWC.  3rd place is the highest place ever for our girls, and we have finished 3rd for 3 consecutive years.

* Our boys placed 6th in this year’s SWC Championship tournament, and finished 5th overall in the SWC this season, improving from last year’s 7th place finish.  Go bulldogs!

* In each event, 8 schools competed with 3 entries in each, so the following place rankings are out of 24 athletes or relays in each event.

Top finishers from the Boys SWC Championships:

200 Freestyle –  Greg Porch(JR) 4th; Aidan Burton(SO) 6th.

200 I.M.- Jake Bolton(FR) 6th.

100 Backstroke – Aidan Burton 5th.

100 Breaststroke – Jake Bolton 5th.

Top finishers from the Girls SWC Championships:

4-Time SWC Swimming Champion Amanda Paliska

SWC Swimming Champion Bridget Liddy

200 Medley Relay – Jen Beck(SR), Bridget Liddy(JR), Amanda Paliska(SR), Kit John(SR) – 2nd place.

200 Freestyle – Bridget Liddy- 1st place – SWC Champion!

200 I.M. – Amanda Paliska – 1st place – 4 time SWC Champion!!

50 Freestyle – Kit John – 3rd place.

100 Butterfly – Amanda Paliska 1st Place – 4 time SWC Champion!!

500 Freestyle – Bridget Liddy – 3rd place.

200 Freestyle Relay(Amanda Paliska, Jen Beck, Bridget Liddy, Kit John) – 2nd Place; B-Relay (Jamie Maloney (FR), Ellen Disrud (SR), Katie Ashmun(JR), Briahna Carney(SR)) – 6th place.

Next up for Bulldog swimmers and divers are the sectional tournaments.  Divers will be competing at Solon High School today and tomorrow, Feb 9th and 10th.  Boys will compete in sectional swimming this Friday, Feb. 11th at Lakewood High School.  Girls will compete in sectional swimming this Saturday, Feb. 12th at Lakewood High School.

The top 2 finishers in the 20 team field will automatically qualify for the District championships at Cleveland State University.  GO BULLDOGS!!

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS PRESENT MINI-CHEER CLINIC AND CHEER NIGHT:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are invited to cheer at the Olmsted Falls High School vs. Berea High School Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the OFHS High School Cheerleaders Mini-Cheer Clinic, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17th in the High School Gym.  (**Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at the game.**)  Every participant will receive:  Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, and a snack. The cost is:  $20.00 for the first child, then $15.00 for each additional child in your immediate family.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR MINI-CHEER CLINIC IS TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.  Please click here for information flyer with additional details.

DANCE IT UP 4 KIDS HEALTH EVENT TAKES SHAPE

The Dance It Up 4 Kids Health Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 19th  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middle School, is shaping up to be an exciting event.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved!  This event is a wonderful way for families to bond, have fun and raise money for our new ECC playground and children’s health charities.  All event activities emphasize to kids that exercising and living a healthy lifestyle can be fun and easy. Please show your support by participating in one of our fun activities!

Dance Exhibition:  Noon to 2:00 p.m. 

  • All ages-families and seniors especially welcome!
  • Individuals, couples or groups
  • Routines can be funny, silly or serious
  • Entrance fee which includes admission to the event for all participants:
    • Students/Seniors 60+:  Individual $5  Couple/Group Fee $10
    • All others:  Individual $10  Couple/Group $20

 Mini Dance Marathon:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

  • 15 minute breaks per hour-you can stop at any time
  • All ages, Family groups encouraged to participate
  • Dancers obtain pledges to raise money-can be a lump sum pledge or per hour of dancing
  • Dancers get free admission to the event

For entrance forms or more information, contact danceitup4kids@gmail.com or Darla Haviland at 440-427-6364. 

OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEBSITE

Did you know that the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce website is not only a great resource for Chamber members, but for all residents of the Olmsted community as well?  Local business listings, promotions and discounts, and community events are featured in addition to monthly Chamber of Commerce news and resources.  To explore your local Chamber of Commerce website, please visit www.olmstedchamber.org.

“CLINIC CORNER”

The Healthy Choices – Be a Healthy Hero program, which helps kids form healthy habits by choosing healthier snacks, exercising daily and using good hygiene practices has been a real success at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Over 500 students in these schools have participated in this program – most of them on a continuing basis.

Thank you to the parents and teachers who have supported the kids in their healthy choices!  These are the Healthy Heroes of the Month chosen randomly from among all participants. They received a $5 Toys-R-Us gift card donated by their school’s PTA. The program will run through April. Congratulations to:  Liberty Mongera, Cameron Knowls, and Ava Harb at the ECC; Tyler DeLap and Augie Stallman at Falls-Lenox; and  Mohammed Allan and the Intermediate School.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Event – Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to an upcoming Yellow Jacket basketball double-header 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!

*NEW EVENT* JUST POSTED: Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association LAS VEGAS NIGHTSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. to midnight, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. in Olmsted Township.  There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle.   All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2011.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.  Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information.  21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!

*NEW EVENT* JUST POSTED: Olmsted Falls Music Association 2nd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. – Live at The Historic Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station.  Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their second annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes casual dinner of pasta, chicken parmesan, salad, desert, dancing, soft drinks, raffles, and a silent auction.  $25.00 per person.  Limited Tickets.  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.  Contact Don Woods (427-9737) or Sam Arendec (427-9443) or e-mail ofmamusic@gmail.com for tickets.  Click here to download event flyer.

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 dzhaviland@yahoo.com 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!

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Parent Update – February 2, 2011

INFORMATION MEETING ON 2.8 MILL LEVY SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD AT 7:00 P.M.

As reported on last week’s blog, members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education have voted to place a 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on the May 3, 2011 election ballot.  This Permanent Improvement Levy WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES paid by residents of the Olmsted Falls School District community.  The vote to place this issue on the ballot came following a lengthy series of strategic discussions by the Board of Education which began last fall.

A series of public meetings are being planned to provide additional information and answer questions.  The first informational meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, 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.

If passed, the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy would generate $1.4 million annually, which can be used by the District for permanent improvement projects and purchases.  Permanent Improvement Levy funds must be spent on facilities, maintenance, equipment or materials that have a shelf life of 5 years or longer.

Funds generated from a Permanent Improvement Levy CANNOT be used to pay District operating expenses such as salaries and benefits.  By law, no money from this revenue source could ever be used to pay employee salaries or benefits.

The most urgent facility needs that would be addressed with these Permanent Improvement funds are at the High School.  Olmsted Falls High School first opened its doors to students in the middle of the 1968-1969 school year.  Just like a home that is 42 years old, the Olmsted Falls High School building has a number of issues that must soon be addressed.  Even with the ongoing and proactive maintenance care of this building by the District’s outstanding custodial staff, there are significant improvements that need to be taken care of including roof replacement, electrical system upgrades and plumbing system pipe replacement. 

Did You Know?

– The original Federal Pacific electrical service panel installed during construction of the High School  building in 1968 still operates as the High School’s main electrical service panel.

Many sections of the Olmsted Falls High School roof have up to three layers of roofing.

Without a dedicated funding stream from a Permanent Improvement Levy, building maintenance projects like these will need to be paid for out of the District’s general fund.  The full tear-off and replacement of the High School roof is the most urgent of all current maintenance projects and comes with a price tag of approximately $1.5 million.

Beyond the immediate and urgent repairs and upgrades that could be paid for with funds from the 2.8 Permanent Improvement Levy, this dedicated revenue stream would provide ongoing relief to the District’s general fund.  Down the road, these Permanent Improvement dollars could be used for needed other building maintenance and repair projects for any District facility, as well as non-building related expenses such as the purchase of school buses.  The purchase of a school bus is another example of a major, necessary expense that could be made without tapping into the District’s general fund.

Learn more at TOMORROW NIGHT’S MEETING:

Thursday, February 3rd

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Media Center

7:00 p.m.

 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

All parents of 2011-2012 kindergarten students are invited and encouraged to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Night at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the evening is to provide parents with an overview of several topics including:

– How to register for kindergarten (registration packets will be available)

– A description of the Kindergarten Screening process

– A general overview of the kindergarten instructional day

Parents do not need to register to attend this meeting.  Simply show up if you are interested in getting additional information about how to get your child ready for kindergarten if he or she is going next year.  Those presenting at the meeting will include a kindergarten teacher, a transportation department representative, school nurse, the Director of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent and Early Childhood Center Principal.  The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to direct question to those who are best able to answer them.

 

CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM

Team Advances to “Brain Game” Finals

The OFHS Academic Team traveled to COSI (WOSU Studios) in Columbus last Saturday to tape a match-up against Fisher Catholic (Lancaster, OH) for the ONN “Brain Game.”  The team of Jim Coury (senior captain), Mike Coury (senior), Sohan Vartak (junior), and Emily Nageotte (senior) scored a season high 685 points.   Marty Mendenhall (sophomore) served as alternate for this match.  This is the highest score of all 60 teams participating and earned the team a spot in the finals (date and time to be announced) against Copley High School.  This show is sponsored by Westfield Insurance and there is school grant prize money for the top 8 schools!  

The episode against Fisher Catholic will air on ONN on April 7, 2011.  “Brain Game” airs every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on The Ohio News Network.  Episodes repeat Friday at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Check your cable listing for ONN availability.

Team Captain Jim Coury Named to Ohio All Star Team

Senior Jim Coury, OFHS Academic Team Captain, has been named to the Ohio All Star Team for the second time.  This time, Jim will serve as team captain for the All Star Team. 

 The Ohio All Star Team will represent the State Ohio at the National All Star Academic Tournament held this year at the University of Maryland.  It will take place on June 11th and 12th. 

Each state can send an All Star Team to represent their state at this tournament. 

OSU takes on the responsibility to hold a tryout and selects the All Star Team for Ohio. 

This is a great honor for Jim Coury! 

Congratulations!

OFHS Academic Team Advisor Named Coach of All Star Team

Each year, OSU also selects a coach for the Ohio All Star Team from among the academic team advisors throughout the state.  This year, Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team Advisor Rhonna Smith has been named Coach for the prestigious Ohio All Star Team. 

This is a well-deserved recognition for Mrs. Smith and a tribute to all of the hard work and success of the OFHS Academic Team. 

Congratulations!  

 

RENOWNED ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

On Thursday, February 17th, PTA will sponsor a special anti-bullying program for students, staff and parents.  Rachel’s Challenge was created in honor of Rachel Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine Shooting in 1999. Following the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, began to speak around the nation to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation.  Using writings and drawings from Rachel’s many diaries, Darrell and thirty other speakers continue to honor Rachel’s life by reaching out with her simple but profound message. 

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to bring a permanent positive culture changes to schools, businesses and communities by starting a chain reaction of compassion and kindness.  PTA is pleased to be able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Olmsted Falls this month.  Assemblies will be presented for both Middle and High School students during the school day on Thursday, February 17th.

SAVE THE DATE:  On the evening of February 17th, a special program for parents will be presented at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School cafetorium.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to attend this powerful and educational presentation by Rachel’s Challenge

 

KEY CLUB SUPPORTS FELLOW STUDENT’S BLANKET PROJECT TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS

Last week, the OFHS Key Club made 15 blankets for a special blanket project launched by fellow Bulldog Melissa Fowler.  The project got underway back in October when Key Club was seeking suggestions for community service projects.  Melissa had the idea of helping out senior citizens at the Lutheran Home in Westlake.  Melissa initiated the project and she was featured recently in the Sun Post-Herald.  Key Club was able to purchase enough fleece to make 15 blankets, which were collected last week. 

Melissa is trying to collect as many fleece blankets as possible before Valentine’s Day – which is when she would like to deliver the blankets to the seniors at the non-profit care home.  These are simple fleece blankets, a no-sew style secured by tying.  They take less than an hour to make and are not expensive.  The finished blankets measure 57-by-52 inches in size.  ANYONE INTERESTED IN DONATING ADDITIONAL FLEECE FOR THIS SPECIAL PROJECT IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT KEY CLUB ADVISOR MRS. JENELLE HUGHES (jhughes@ofcs.net).  Key Club members are standing by ready and willing to tie more blankets!

 

BASEBALL COACH DAN LARGENT VOTED 2010 DIVISION I COACH OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Bulldog Baseball Coach Dan Largent! 

Coach Largent has been voted 2010 Division I Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association.

 

OLMSTED FALLS WRESTLING HALL OF FAME

The Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony last Friday night following a match against North Olmsted and Chardon high schools.  In front of a packed house the wrestlers defeated North Olmsted 51-13, and Chardon 71-10, to move to 16-0 on the season. 

A special highlight of the evening was the annual induction of the newest members into the Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame.  The Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame began in 1996.  This Hall of Fame is recognizes individuals – both wrestlers and contributors – for their achievement and support of Olmsted Falls Wrestling.  The four newest members of the Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame Members are: T.J. Hellickson (’97); Paul Hodermarksy (’99); Nick Pfaff (’99); and Kyle Stoffer (’01).  Please click here to read bios for these four new inductees.

Also on Friday night, OFHS Wrestling Coach Bill McGrain was recognized for his 300th victory.  Coach McGrain has been at the helm of the Bulldog Wrestling program for the past 26 years and credits his family and coaches for much of his many years of success. 

Video footage from Friday night’s ceremony can be accessed with the following links:

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/play/440595

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/play/440713

A plaque displayed outside of the High School Wrestling Room features all Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame members.  For additional information on the Bulldog Wrestling Program and/or a listing of all Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees since 1996, please visit: www.ofwrestling.com.

 

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH 7:00 P.M. IN HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY

The OFAB exists to support, encourage and advance the athletic program and related activities of the Olmsted Falls School District.  It does so through fundraising projects including concession and sportswear apparel sales and events.  Visit www.ofathleticboosters.org for more information.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM COMPETES IN SWC CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

Bulldog swimmers are competing in the SWC Championships this Friday (diving) and Saturday (swimming) at the Westlake Recreation Center. 

The Girls’ team will enter the meet with a 7-2 dual meet record – the best record in school history!  Girls’ season highlights to date:

– Senior Jen Beck, junior Bridget Liddy, and seniors Amanda Paliska and Kit John set a new school record in the 200 medley Relay with a time of 1:58.88. 

– Junior Katie Ashmun teamed with Bridget Liddy, Kit John, and Amanda Paliska to tie the school record in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:55.77. 

– Individually, Amanda Paliska set new school records in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 59.38, and 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.18. 

The Boys team enters the SWC Championships with a record of 5-4.  Congratulations to junior Greg Porch who set a new school record in the 500 Freestyle this season with a time of 5:19.47. 

After the SWC Championships, the Bulldog swimmers and divers will enter the Sectional Tournaments:  Feb. 9th and 10th (diving at Solon); Feb. 11 (Boys swimming at Lakewood HS); and Feb. 12 (girls swimming at Lakewood HS).

Good luck to all the Bulldog swimmers and divers!  You can support the OFHS Swim & Dive Team by attending the Annual Dinner & Raffle on February 22nd. (See details below in Upcoming Events section.) 

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS PRESENT MINI-CHEER CLINIC AND CHEER NIGHT:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are invited to cheer at the Olmsted Falls High School vs. Berea High School Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the OFHS High School Cheerleaders Mini-Cheer Clinic, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17th in the High School Gym.  (**Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at the game.**)

Every participant will receive:  Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, and a snack. The cost is:  $20.00 for the first child, then $15.00 for each additional child in your immediate family.  Registration Deadline:  NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.  Please click here for information flyer with additional details.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Event – Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to an upcoming Yellow Jacket basketball double-header 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 dzhaviland@yahoo.com 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!

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