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Parent Update – March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011


Spring break is next week.  Spring break week begins on Monday, March 28th and ends on Friday, April 1st.  School will resume on Monday, April 4th.  

Please note that there will not be a District blog post next week.  Regular weekly blog posts will resume on Wednesday, April 6 th

Have a safe and enjoyable break!


Winning Design Team members (from L to R) Morgan Ashton, Zach Buchta, Jacob Conder and Stephen Miller pose for a photo with their first place trophy and team advisor Mrs. Anne Miskimins (far right).

Last Saturday, March 19th, 7th and 8th graders from twelve area schools came together to compete in WVIZ’s Edward P. Campbell Design Squad Challenge, sponsored by ArcelorMittal.  Seventh graders Morgan Ashton, Zach Buchta, Jacob Conder and Stephen Miller represented Olmsted Falls Middle School in this competition.  

Student teams were presented with three engineering challenges.  The students from OFMS rose to the challenge each time by exhibiting phenomenal teamwork, excellent collaboration skills, creativity, and knowledge of basic engineering and scientific concepts. 

The students had a lot of fun and emerged as the winners of this year’s competition!  Look for the OFMS team displaying their awesome rocketry skills on an upcoming episode of “NewsDepth” on WVIZ. 

Congratulations on a job well done!


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?

Ask questions. Get Answers. Be informed. 

Please join Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley for a brief presentation TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the High School 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 15 minute Power Point and an opportunity for Q & A with a District Administrator or School Board member.


Beginning next week, the Pride In Olmsted Schools committee will have yard signs available to help spread the word about the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy – which will not raise school taxes for residents. 

To reserve your yard sign today, please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with your name and street address.  A sign will be delivered and placed in your yard sometime during the spring break recess.  Thank you in advance for your support of this critical P.I. levy!


Last week was Right To Read Week and what a week it was for the students of the ECC and Falls-Lenox!  Students at the ECC became “Buggy About Books,” while the students over at Falls-Lenox were asked to “Catch the Reading Fever” with a baseball-themed week.

Students were treated to guest readers, an author visit from Brian P. Cleary at Falls-Lenox, and an assembly from storyteller Mr. G (Jonathan Graham) at the ECC.  All students also received books to take home and keep.  Assemblies and books were funded by the PTA.

At both schools students were challenged to read extra minutes each day.  Since both schools reached their reading goals, Mr. Roseberry, principal at Falls-Lenox, received a pie in the face, and Dr. Lloyd, from the ECC, had to eat a worm!

A special thanks to the Library Media staff for putting together all the activities for Right To Read Week for both schools. 

Please click here to view photos of Right To Read Week activities at ECC.

Please click here to view photos of Right to Read Week activities at Falls-Lenox.


Congratulations to Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Brad Sevcik and Sohan Vartak who qualified to compete in the Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad based on their exemplary performance on the OCTM Mathematics Tournament Contest.   The OFHS team finished 2nd overall, just one point behind Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.  OFHS ranked tied for 9th out of 98 schools in the state taking the exam (4th for schools of comparable size). 

Jim Coury

Mike Coury

Brad Sevcik

Sohan Vartak



Finalist Haleigh Sanders

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School student Haleigh Sanders on making it into the group of top ten finalists in the third annual Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest.  This year, more than 1,700 students from 139 schools entered the Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest, which invites students to share their solutions to stop hatred and discrimination. 

Haleigh is now among just 10 of those students who have risen to the top and will now compete for $100,000 in scholarship prizes at an Ohio college or university.  These 10 student finalists were narrowed down from 26 semi-finalists after a panel of select judges read their essays. Judges this year include Civil Rights Attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Avery Friedman, The Plain Dealer Editor Debra Adams Simmons and Grand Prize “Stop the Hate” Scholarship Winner 2010 Andrea Bestor among others.  These finalists will compete for three college scholarships by giving oral presentations at the awards ceremony on April 10 at Severance Hall.

Congratulations again to Haleigh and best of luck at Severance Hall!


Thanks to the support of the Olmsted community, last weekend’s DanceItUp4KidsHealth event was a resounding success!  The kids had a wonderful time and close to $3,000 was raised for the ECC playground, the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, and the Asthma & Allergy Foundations of America.  To view photos from the Dance It Up For Kids Health Event, please click here.

Special thanks to all the sponsors, donors, businesses, volunteers and participants who helped with the event – and especially all the students, including the MS Student Council, Natalie Ferrini, Nick Romanowski, members of the HS Key and Builders’ Clubs, and others.

Congratulations to our top marathon dancers – Caleb Sherman who obtained 21 pledges to dance and Nicole Sloan who raised the most money!

To continue our fundraising efforts, we are raffling off these amazing prizes:

 Lake Erie Fishing Charter:  This is a 3-4 hour charter for up to 3 people sponsored by Blue Dolphin Charters. Your captain is a professional, award-winning walleye fisherman who has been on TV and in magazines. Prize value of $400.

 Installed Hard Surface Flooring:  You will receive your choice of either a hardwood or laminate floor installed for a 12×12 foot room( approx. size) sponsored by FigzFlors.  (Removal of old flooring and other extra services not included.)  Prize value of approx. $850.

 “Date Night” Hotel Package: You will receive a one night weekend stay at the Radisson Hotel, Airport with breakfast for two included and two Akron Symphony Tickets (they don’t have to be used on the same night). Prize value of approx. $200. 

 At $2 each or 3/$5, any one of these prizes would make great Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts! If you’d like to purchase tickets, checks should be made out to the Olmsted Falls PTA Council and sent to the ECC, 7105 Fitch Road, Olmsted Falls ATTN: Darla. Please make sure you include your name and phone number and designate which raffle/s you want to enter. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 12th. Winners will be drawn on April 13th and posted on the district’s blog.  

Good Luck and thank you for your support!


Last Sunday, March 20th, Olmsted Falls Middle School Builders Club held a rather pleasurable square dance. The square dance invited square dancers from around the area to get together and have a great time. Builders Club provided refreshments and snacks for the dancers, including cookies, coffee, cupcakes, chips, and many others.

Builders Club raised money at the dance by holding a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese raffle. Items like gift baskets, gift cards, jewelry, and photo frames were raffled off in the Chinese raffle. The 50/50 raffle was very successful as well.

Overall, the square dance was a huge success, the dancers left satisfied and Builders Club raised $660 for their three charities:  Christians in Action, Berea Animal Shelter, and the Berea Children’s Home.

For additional photos of the Builders Club Square Dance, 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.


Prior to the March 30th Career Fair (see next event item), Polaris will host free Resume Writing Workshops TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 24th 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.

EMPLOYERS, JOB SEEKERS INVITED TO 2011 POLARIS/WESTSHORE CAREER FAIR – NEXT 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 register in advance.  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. 

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.

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