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Parent Update – March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011


For years, public education has been viewed as an investment into our nation’s future.  Over the course of the last two years, during these turbulent times of economic uncertainty, the view of public education has moved away from being “an investment” and now, the value of public education is often labeled as “an expense”.

This is a subtle difference, but a very important one.  Last evening, NBC news aired a segment on its evening news program about this change in the way public education is viewed.  Click here to view this news segment and then we would ask that you submit a comment regarding your views on the concept of public education.


What is a P.I. Levy?  Why does our District need this type of revenue stream?  What would these funds be used for?  How is it possible that passage of the P.I. Levy on May 3rd will not raise my taxes?

Be informed.  Ask questions. Get Answers. Please join Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley for a brief presentation this coming Monday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls-Lenox Library Media Center.

A number of public meetings have been scheduled to provide information on 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, 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

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.


Bulldog alumnus Lora Hirschberg with Gary A. Rizzo (left) and Ed Novick (right) backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards following their Oscar win for Best Sound Mixing. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Olmsted Falls High School Class of 1981 graduate Lora Hirschberg was among the winners at the 83rd Academy Awards which took place in Hollywood, Calif. this past Sunday.  Lora won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing for her work on the film “Inception” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  This was Lora’s first Oscar win, but second nomination.  (She was nominated two years ago for “The Dark Knight.”)

Lora Hirschberg was one of the first National Merit Scholars recognized at Olmsted Falls High School.  She also played flute in the Bulldog marching band during her time here.  Following her graduation from OFHS in 1981, she attended film school at NYU.  During her career, Lora has worked on more than 100 films including “Iron Man,” “Into the Wild,” and “Batman Begins” to name just a few.  She currently works with Skywalker Sound (the sound studio of acclaimed director George Lucas) in Northern California.

Congratulations to former Bulldog Lora Hirschberg on this outstanding achievement!


Amanda Paliska

The Olmsted Falls Swim Season came to a close this weekend, as the team made its second consecutive trip down to the Ohio High School State Swimming Championships, which were held at C.T. Branin Natatorium (Canton McKinnley HS).   As reported on last week’s blog, senior Amanda Paliska qualified in both her individual events, the 200 Individual Medley, and the 100 Backstroke.  The State Meet was a great experience for the Olmsted Falls senior, and the coaching staff.

The highlight was the 100 backstroke:  Amanda had a great pre-lim time of 59.11, advancing her into the consolation finals.  In the consolation finals, she swam a 100 Backstroke time of 58.4, placing her 4th in her heat of 8, and 12th overall in the state (out of 24 state meet qualifiers). 

Congratulations to Amanda on this outstanding accomplishment!

By placing in the consolation finals, Olmsted Falls also scored points for the first time in the state championship swim meet (5pts.).  Great ending to a great season!


Chase DuPratt

P.J. Mueller

Congratulations to sophomore wrestler Chase DuPratt and senior wrestler P.J. Mueller who have qualified out of the Lorain District to the State Championships to be held at Ohio State this upcoming Thursday through Saturday.

After losing in the first round 4-3 to the eventual Champion, P.J. Mueller rallied off 5 straight wins to take a strong 3rd place finish at the District competition.  Fellow Bulldog Chase DuPratt lost in the quarter finals 5-1, and rallied back to qualify for State with a thrilling 1-0 victory in triple overtime.  Chase then lost a tight 1-0 victory to finish 4th.

Good luck to P.J. and Chase as they head to the State Championships later this week!

State tournament information can be found at: www.ohsaa.org.

For additional information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit:  www.ofwrestling.com.


The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) will be administered the week of March 14th – 18th.  Students must pass all five sections of the test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Citizenship) in order to receive an Olmsted Falls High School diploma.  All sophomores will be required to report to their assigned homeroom by 7:30 a.m. each day for testing. 

Please click here for additional information, including a list of assigned homerooms.


Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with your school’s PTA this month.  Following please find the PTA meeting schedule for the month of March:

Tuesday, March 8th – OFMS PTA @ 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10th – OECPTA @ 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th – OFIS PTA @ 7 p.m.

Monday, March 21st – OFHS PTA @ 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22nd – Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA @ 7 p.m.

Please click on any of the PTA units above for additional details.


The Olmsted Falls Academic Booster Club puts on the Annual Honors Banquet held at Baldwin-Wallace College each year.  This important group is seeking Board members to join their efforts for the 2011-2012 school year.  Any parents interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Cindy Kelly at 440-235-0989 or cindykelly@ameritech.net for additional information.

Also, all Bulldogs can support the Academic Boosters by dining at Applebee’s on Tuesday, March 22nd.  Please click here to download the fundraising flyer!


March 4th is “LET IT GO DAY” at Olmsted Falls High School.  This Friday, March 4th, students and staff are encouraged to wear something green.  Green represents growth and new beginnings.  Students will participate in various classroom activities in language arts, social studies and art.  The guidance department and administration have worked with these three departments to create special lessons focusing on personal reflection, law and individual expression.

The goal of “LET IT GO DAY” is to actively promote kindness and acceptance in our schools.   In anticipation of this special event, a number of “LET IT GO” posters have been designed by students to help promote the event.

Above is a poster created by OFHS student Madison Horvath.  To view a showcase of additional “LET IT GO” posters, please click here.


The annual High School May Art Show is scheduled for Friday, May 20th.  In addition to the large collection of student artwork, the show also showcases a section of artwork created by alumni, faculty, staff and community members.

High School Art Teacher Mariel Krakowiak is currently seeking entries for this year’s show.  Please click here for the official entry form which features additional information.

Deadline for completed entry forms is Friday, May 13.


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

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

Proceeds:  ECC Playground Fund, Autism and Asthma Charity Organizations

Are you looking for something fun and worthwhile for your whole family to do? Why not make the DANCE MARATHON (11:30-2:30) a family affair? It’s easy. Pick up a registration/pledge form at any school office. Ask family, friends, co-workers to pledge money for you and every member of your family to dance.  Then all you have to do is show up and have a great family day for a worthwhile cause.

There will be contests!!!  Can you limbo?

There will be prizes!!!  Wait till you see what the dancer with the most pledges wins!

Afraid you’ll poop out?  That’s okay – you can stop at any time!

No registration or event admission fee for participants with a completed pledge form.  If you don’t have a completed pledge sheet, you can join your friends and dance for a $5 donation (sorry, not eligible for prizes).

Deadline for Registration:  MARCH 5, 2011

Registration forms available: In all school offices or contact danceitup4kids@gmail.com . Pledges due by April 15th.

Also – don’t miss seeing the growing list of Special Guest Performers at the DANCE EXHIBITION starting at noon:

** Olmsted Falls Schools own “Disco” Dan Dame

** Hip-Hop Dance Group from the Olmsted Falls Performing Arts Center

** Olmsted Falls HS Football Players Brennan Laird & Friends

Late Registrations for the Exhibition Accepted!

Come dance on the same stage as our special guests. Contact danceitup4kids@gmail or Darla Haviland at 440-427-6364 for registration information.


Polaris partner employers and local job seekers are invited to participate in the 2011 Polaris/Westshore Center Career Fair which will be held at the Polaris Career Center on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This free event, designed to foster a competitive and productive workforce in Northeast Ohio, will provide a vital link between employers and potential employees – the career fair promises to attract 100 companies and more than 1,200 job seekers.  In addition, local agencies and representatives from Polaris will be on hand providing access to educational resources, financial aid information and much more.

Employers must click here to register online.  Set-up on March 30 will take place from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a brief welcome program.

Job seekers are strongly encouraged to pre-register at this web address to gain priority entry into the event.

Prior to the March 30 Career Fair, Polaris will host free Resume Writing Workshops on Thursday, March 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  These sessions will provide timely resume information and allow participants to “hit the ground running” on March 30.  To register for the Workshop, visit www.polaris.edu or call (440) 891-7600.

For additional information, contact Tony Schweppe (Employment Connection) 216-664-3431 or Chris Anderson (Polaris Career Center) 440-891-7607 or visit www.polaris.edu.


POPULAR OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, 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.

OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC BOOSTERS FUNDRAISER ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22nd from 11am-9pm – Download and bring this special flyer to Applebees & they’ll donate 15% of your lunch or dinner check to the Academic Booster Club.  The Academic Booster Club puts on the Annual Honors Banquet each year at Baldwin-Wallace and would like to give some financial support to the Academic Team in their endeavors as well, so any funds raised will support both.  Kindly encourage people to pass on the flyers to friends & co-workers…anyone can participate.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING THE FLYER!

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  1. Lisa
    March 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I think “Let it Go” day is such a great idea and the poster shown above is, to say the least, absolutely AMAZING

  2. Marie
    March 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Watching the video allows me to better see how difficult it must be to manage the school district. It really seems people are polarized regarding schools. I know the neighbors who live on either side of me have children that have already graduated from high school. While they talk about the great education their children received, I know they vote no on all school levies because of the property taxes in our community.

    My daughter has 28 other students in her class. I would prefer fewer students in the class so she could receive more attention, but at the same time, I understand that hiring more teachers costs money.

    I simply don’t know the answer and I am glad that I am not responsible for making these decision for operating our schools. You simply cannot please anyone.

  3. Thomas
    March 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

    This is my first post to this blog. However, I read alot of blogs and the view toward our schools and schools in general is always very negative. I really appreciate that this blog exists and it really makes my day to see the positives thing that occur in our schools each week. We have a lot to be thankful for and most people do not see nor understand this.

    During the last levy campaign, I made it a point to become informed on the facts of the operation of our schools. I traded about a dozen emails with Dr. Hoedley and I also met with him one afternoon for nearly and hour and a half. He shared with me the financial data for the school system, but I left more impressed with his enthusiasm for the non-money things he shared with me about our schools.

    The video on this page and the blogs I read show that a lot of people don’t care for schools in general. This really frustrates me as I want great schools for my children. That is the reason my wife and I moved to Olmsted Township.

  4. Denise
    March 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thank you to Mr. Kurz, Mrs. Lees and the Middle School Staff for making the 6th grade Lock In possible and such a huge success. Besides an excellent education, what wonderful memories you are helping our students collect during their 3 years at your school. It means a lot and is evident on a daily basis that you go above and beyond! Thank you!

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