Parent Update – March 16, 2011
LOCAL DISTRICTS ASSESS IMPACT AS GOVERNOR’S BUDGET IS RELEASED
Governor John Kasich released his first two-year biennium budget yesterday, providing school districts across the state with the information they’ve been waiting for to confirm how their financial forecasts of anticipated cuts match up with reality. Since last spring, school districts have been advised to brace for cuts in their state funding of up to 30%. Olmsted Falls City Schools, and many surrounding districts, have been budgeting for a cut of 10% in their five-year forecasts.
While it will take a little time to determine the exact impact on our District, a preliminary review of the cuts seem to reveal that District projections (of 10%) are relatively close to actual. We will continue to share information about the impact of this new state budget on our District as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we invite you to click this link to review an article that appeared yesterday about school funding reductions in the Governor’s budget.
It is clear that Olmsted Falls City Schools, will have to continue to operate in an arena of decreasing budgets. Passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy on May 3, 2011- which WILL NOT RAISE THE CURRENT LEVEL OF SCHOOL TAXES – will be critical to helping our District stretch existing dollars and have the funds available to address facility maintenance issues.
RIGHT TO READ WEEK CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Literacy is among the most critical components to student success. Instilling and encouraging a love of reading at a young age is an important priority in Olmsted Falls School District. Each year, with the help of PTA, students across the District participate in a week-long celebration of reading during “Right To Read Week.” This year’s theme for Falls-Lenox and the ECC is “Buggy About Books” and a number of special activities are taking place all week long.
Earlier this week, a series of guest readers visited the ECC to read some of their favorite books to our little bulldogs. Special assemblies are also planned. Please be sure to check next week’s blog for a wrap-up report and links to photo galleries featuring images from activities and events throughout the week.
PRIDE COMMITTEE LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO HELP INFORM COMMUNITY ABOUT P.I.
In light of the new state budget, passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy on May 3rd is even more urgent. Ensuring that every parent and resident has the information they need to understand this important vote and make an informed decision is a top priority. To that end, the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee has launched a website containing detailed information on the upcoming P.I. Levy.
Please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.org to be sure you have all of the facts, and get involved. The new website also features links to request yard signs in support of the P.I., and/or schedule an in-home “coffee talk” on the issue.
• A YES VOTE WILL NOT RAISE TAXES! (Replaces existing bond millage set to “drop-off” in 2012.)
• A YES VOTE WILL provide a dedicated funding stream for permanent improvement projects and purchases with an estimated life or usefulness of five years or more.
• A YES VOTE WILL provide resources to immediately expand the District’s ability to address issues at the 42-year-old High School facility – a recurring concern expressed by Bulldog parents in the recent Parent Survey.
• A YES VOTE WILL help lengthen the span of time before next operating levy is needed by expanding the District’s ability to handle looming maintenance expenses in older buildings without tapping into limited general fund dollars.
• A YES VOTE WILL NOT provide any funds for salaries nor benefits. By law, P.I. funds may NOT be used for this purpose.
OFHS STUDENTS RECEIVE AP SCHOLAR AWARDS
The College Board recognized four students from Olmsted Falls High School for their outstanding academic performance on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams. Only about 18% of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
Congratulations to Nicholas Macek and Shom Mazumder for earning the AP Scholar with Honor Award, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Congratulations to Mike Coury and Scott Loeffler on earning the AP Scholar Award, granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
SIXTH GRADERS COMPETE IN FBI INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM
In today’s technology age, providing students with the skills they need to stay safe is important. Each year, sixth grade students at Olmsted Falls Middle School participate in an internet safety unit sponsored by the FBI. Teacher Steve Kathrein facilitates the “FBI SOS Internet Safety” program in his classes. Schools throughout the country participating in this interactive unit about how to stay safe on-line compete with each other through a series of tests. Mr. Kathrein’s students usually rank among the top 3 in the nation!
If they hold this rank and score high on the post-test as well, they could receive a national trophy presented by two FBI field agents.
Congratulations and good luck to our tech-savvy sixth graders as the competition wraps up later this month!
It’s finally here!
“Dance It Up 4 Kids Health”
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 19th
11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Olmsted Falls Middle School
Family Oriented-PTA sponsored charity event to raise money to support children’s health!
Event Admission: $3 students/seniors 60+ & $5 all others (under 5 years old FREE)
A few of our Special Guest Stars: “Disco” Dan Dame, OF Performing Arts Dance Troupe, Community Center’s Youth Dance Instructors, Members of the HS Football Team, Swing Dancers Christy & Bill Dorincot & students from OF schools!
Begins at Noon
Dances are fun to serious & disco to hip-hop! Audience participation dances!
(Space for acts still available – call Darla at 427-6364)
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Two ways to enter. Obtain pledges (forms in school offices) and you get into the event for free or you can donate $5 at the Marathon(must purchase event admission ticket). Prizes for most pledges and money raised. Hula Hoop & Limbo contests/prizes!
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tree Huggers Restaurant & OF’s own “Big Daddy Pizza”
Raffles & Games!
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Raffle Items include an Installed Hardwood Floor, a Lake Erie Fishing Charter & many other prizes donated by local businesses. Also, play some Carnival games & have a chance to win!!
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet with local businesses & organizations to discuss ways to help your family have fun and live a healthy life style! Lots of giveaways including free mini-manicures and eyebrow threading from A Time to Spa, and free blood pressure and blood sugar checks from Drug Mart Home Health.
Family Dance Room!
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come experience WII dance with your family!
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come see the OF Fire Engine!
** PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: This is not a chaperoned event.**
OGT TESTING FOR SOPHOMORES THIS WEEK
The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is being administered this week. 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 are 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.
HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK ORDERS & “ADS FOR GRADS”
Yearbook preparation is in full swing for the OFHS Publications staff. Not only is work being done on the upcoming 2010-2011 yearbooks, but the 2009-2010 book is still available for purchase. The books are $60 and can be purchased in the main office at the high school.
Presale of the 2010-2011 yearbooks is currently offered on http://www.jostens.com for a discounted price of $55, and the in-school presale will take place during the student lunch periods.
Also, “Ads for Grads” can be purchased for your favorite student or team. These ads come in a variety of sizes and prices. The $10 discount for all ad sizes ends this Friday, March 18th. The deadline for “Ads for Grads” is April 21st. For more information, please email us at email@example.com or call Mr. John Gaba at 440-427-6050.
OFHS ACADEMIC BOOSTERS APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER CANCELLED
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ACADEMIC BOOSTERS’ FUNDRAISER SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK AT APPLEBEE’S HAS BEEN CANCELLED **
The Olmsted Falls Academic Booster Club is still seeking Board members to join efforts for the 2011-2012 school year. The Academic Booster Club puts on the Annual Honors Banquet held at Baldwin-Wallace College each year. Any parents interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Cindy Kelly at 440-235-0989 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
HIGH SCHOOL MAY ART SHOW SEEKING LOCAL ENTRIES FROM ALUMNI, FACULTY, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
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.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
HIGH SCHOOL POST PROM 2011 COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER – WING NIGHT AT SLIM AND CHUBBY’S THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Support OFHS Post Prom by enjoying “Wing Night” at Slim and Chubby’s located at 12492 Prospect Road in Strongsville on Saturday, March 19th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. $25 per person. Food, Raffle and Fun!
OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC BOOSTERS FUNDRAISER ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22nd from 11am-9pm – CANCELLED
EMPLOYERS, JOB SEEKERS INVITED TO 2011 POLARIS/WESTSHORE CAREER FAIR – Wednesday, March 30th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 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.
CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH from 6-9 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School — All students and families are invited to attend this fun family event to support American Cancer Society Relay for Life. (Students MUST be accompanied by an adult!) Come to our Carnival for a Cure! Have fun, play games, walk for a cure, and challenge your principal! We will offer $2 dinners! Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads! Get your face painted or your fortune read! Come make a difference and enjoy the evening with your family, your friends, and your teachers! $5 PER STUDENT (Adults: Donations Accepted). Please click here to download flyer / form.