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Parent Update – April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011


Congratulations Ohio PTA Helping Hands Award Winner Kim Cleary

Congratulations to Mrs. Kim Cleary on being selected as this year’s Helping Hand Award recipient for the state of Ohio!  Mrs. Cleary is currently an active member of the Falls-Lenox/ECC, OFIS, and OFMS PTA units. She is also an active member of the Olmsted Falls PTA Council.  In addition to her many PTA involvements, Mrs. Cleary also helps coordinate the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association, teaches PSR classes and has been active with the Pride In Olmsted Schools committee.  She is always there to lend a hand and this recognition is truly well-deserved.

Mrs. Cleary was nominated by fellow PTA parent, Mrs. Linda Parkowski.  Mrs. Cleary’s nomination advanced from the local PTA Council level to the PTA District 12 level, where it was selected to advance to the state level as the official nomination from District 12.  The Ohio PTA reviewed nomination forms for outstanding PTA volunteers from across the state.  Mrs. Cleary was selected as the Ohio PTA Helping Hand Award winner and she will be formally recognized at the upcoming Ohio PTA Conference.

Olmsted Falls is truly fortunate to have outstanding parent involvement and support in our education community.  Mrs. Cleary exemplifies this involvement.  We again extend our congratulations!


OFHS Wins NAQT State Championship! Pictured (L to R): Asst. Coach Joe Gaela, Academic Team members Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Sohan Vartak and Marty Mendenhall, and Coach Rhonna Smith.

Last Saturday, the Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) State Championship at The Ohio State University in Columbus.  Our A-Team consisted of: Jim Coury (team captain), Mike Coury, Sohan Vartak, and Marty Mendenhall.  After championship round play, there was a three way tie between Northmont, Copley, and Olmsted Falls.  Tie breakers came into play with Northmont and Copley needing to play off against each other for the right to play Olmsted Falls for the State Title.  Copley beat Northmont which set up a rematch between Olmsted Falls and Copley.  In a nail biting, gripping match that wasn’t determined until the last question, Olmsted Falls came out on top 345-330!  Olmsted Falls has another State Championship!

OTHER ACADEMIC TEAM NEWS: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 7th on ONN, the Academic Team’s episode of the Brain Game will air at 7:30 p.m.  Check your cable/dish listings to find the channel for ONN (Ohio News Network) to watch our team put up the high score for the season.  Team members representing Olmsted Falls for this event were: Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Sohan Vartak, and Emily Nageotte.  If you do not have access to ONN, a week after the show airs they will put a link on their website that will enable you to view the show online:  http://www.10tv.com/live/content/onnbraingame/index.html

Also, the Academic Team’s Annual Mother’s Day Flower Basket Sale is currently underway.  Please click here for additional information.


Olmsted Falls Science Olympiad Team Takes 3rd Place in Elementary Science Olympiad competition!

On Saturday, March 26th, the Olmsted Falls Science Olympiad Team competed in the Elementary Science Olympiad at Cleveland State University.  The twenty-five 4th, 5th and 6th graders who represented Olmsted Falls in the competition spent the last five months studying and practicing for the 24 events of the Olympiad.  Students competed against other well-prepared teams from Northeast Ohio to recall knowledge, demonstrate understanding, apply concepts, build models and solve problems in their events.

Hard work led to great success this year. Overall, the team claimed 1st place honors in three events, 2nd place in three events, 3rd place in three events and 4th place in four events.  The team was recognized for the third year in a row for displaying outstanding “Sportsmanship” throughout the day.  The announcement of the top five overall winning teams is the moment all students and coaches wait for at the end of the day.  The Olmsted Falls team cheered when we were announced as the third place overall winner. The team took
the stage to claim their trophy in excellent company with other top-five finishers Shaker, Solon, Hawken and Berea.

Olmsted Falls Science Olympiad Team members include:  4th graders Nadean Ali, Mia Colozza, Annelise Gomez and Claudia Schuh; 5th graders Jacob Dahlinger, Joe d’Aliberti, Shalin Desai, Danny Doherty, Natalie Partin, Madison Plumlee, Trevor Rodgers, Esha Vartak and Bill Wendling; and 6th graders Noah Broski, Alexa Gomez, Kaylee Gomez, Bennett Graham, Alex Kho, Casey Komar, Carson Moore, Caitlin Poore, Joselyn Rabbitt, Nick Romanowski, Stephanie Schroth and Eli Tomasch.

For additional information including a recap of individual student results, please click here.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and much appreciation to the staff and parents who helped make this experience a success!  Coaches of this year’s team are Peggy Morris, Anne Miskimins, Cindy Rodgers and Joe Morris.  Teachers Mike Moore and Anne Miskimins, and parent Cynthia Tomasch, generously volunteered to judge events.  Many parents of team members chaperoned and provided support throughout the day.  Another great year of  Bulldog determination and success!


With less than one month to go before the May 3rd election and absentee voting already underway, efforts continue to increase awareness about the critical need to pass the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy – which will not raise the current level of school taxes for residents.

Yard signs began going up over the spring break and requests are continuing to be filled.  Thank you to all of the parents and staff members who have offered to place a sign in your yard!  This effort has already helped to increase awareness for the community at large.  If you are interested in having a “Yes for Schools” sign placed in your yard, please click here to submit a request.

Cross-section view of original plumbing pipes at the High School currently contain significant blockage due to decades of built-up sediment deposits.

With the cuts to education at the state level, passage of this P.I. Levy is of the utmost importance to provide the District with a dedicated revenue stream for building maintenance and upkeep. Having this dedicated revenue stream will be critical to completing projects, such as electrical and plumbing systems upgrades/renovations at the High School, without having to tap into already stretched general fund dollars.

Another public information meeting was held last evening at the Olmsted Falls Library branch.  The final public information meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th at 7 p.m. in the 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.


Parent volunteers Kristie Patton and Kerrie Kruichuk help the second grade class put reading and math skills to work with a special "Pizza Day" project at Falls-Lenox.

Second grade students at Falls-Lenox had an opportunity to put their reading and math skills to work with a fun, hands-on project earlier this week. 

Parent volunteers joined in to help with “Pizza Day” – an interactive lesson combining reading and math skills with pizza making.

Students did a great job at following the instructions and ended up with a delicious reward in the end. 

Thanks to the second grade teachers and parent volunteers for bringing together this fun and educational activity!



Middle School students share original stories with younger bulldogs at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

On Thursday, March 24th, Mrs. Messenheimer’s seventh-grade English classes visited Olmsted Falls Intermediate School to share books that they wrote for Mrs. Ambrosia’s fourth-grade classes. Both seventh-grade classes wrote a picture research book modeled after Around the World: Who’s Been Here? by L.B. George. Each student chose an endangered animal to research. After gathering the facts about the animal’s habitat, diet, and life, each student wrote a page about their animal without naming it. The final line was “Who’s been here?” which allowed the fourth graders to guess before the answer was revealed on the next page.

The seventh graders were anxious to see the final product, complete with colored maps, habitat photos and of course a picture of the mystery animal! However, they were more excited to share the books with their audience. All of the students in both grades enjoyed the real-life writing experience and learning more about some unique animals.


Olmsted Falls School District has been recognized for its participation in the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Chefs Move! initiative. Our District will receive approximately $2,000 worth of safe, easy to use cookware that can be used in coordination with local chefs to continue efforts to empower teachers, parents and students to participate in healthy cooking.

Chef Dean recently worked with OFHS students as part of the Partnership for a Healthier America's Chefs Move! Program.

The Olmsted Falls School District is a leader in student and staff wellness and was selected to participate in the initial Chef’s Move! project last fall. The Partnership for a Healthier America, which includes First Lady Michelle Obama as its Honorary Chair, partnered our District with an area chef for the first phase of the pilot project.  Local chefs partner with classrooms to help promote positive culinary practices such as nutritious cooking and healthy seasoning, as well as safe and sanitary kitchen habits.

Olmsted Falls Director of Food Services Denise Tabar is seeking to expand the Chefs Move! program by partnering with local chefs right here in the Olmsted community.  Please contact Mrs. Tabar at 427-6440 or dtabar@ofcs.net if you know a local chef who might be interested in participating.


Students in the Paw Print Newspaper Club at Olmsted Falls Middle School traveled to the Quicken Loans arena downtown for a special Journalism Day field trip.

Just before the spring break recess, twenty-two students from the Paw Print Newspaper Club at Olmsted Falls Middle School traveled to the Quicken Loans arena downtown for a special Journalism Day field trip. The students listened to presentations from the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer, the Executive Director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, and the Director of Corporate Communications at The Q.

The OFMS students were very engaged in the presentations and asked many questions of the speakers. Then the group was taken on a complete tour of the arena where they got to see the Cavaliers’ offices, locker room, press areas, and VIP suites. The trip culminated with an opportunity to watch the Lake Erie Monster’s hockey team get a big 2-1 win! Overall, the trip was a great success and very beneficial for this group of interested future journalists.


Falls-Lenox hosts the Scholastic Book Fair next week, April 11th – 15th.  Great selection of books and gifts!  Plan to stop by and check it out. 

Following are the hours of operation:

 Monday, April 11th –  3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12th – 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13th – 3 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 14th – 6-8 p.m.

Friday, April 15th – (School day only.)


State Senator Tom Patton helps recognize OFHS students Ben Coyle at Troop 293's Eagle Court of Honor.

OFHS student Nick Macek receives his Eagle Scout pin at Troop 53's Eagle Court of Honor.

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School students Ben Coyle and Nick Macek on achieving Eagle Scout status!  Each student was recognized at a special Eagle Court of Honor for their respective troops.  Ben Coyle is a member of Troop 293 and Nick Macek is a member of Troop 53.  This is a truly outstanding accomplishment for these young men.  Congratulations again!


Additional photos from February’s successful Ballroom Blitz fundraiser event have been posted on-line.  Please click here to view the gallery.

Thank you again to all who supported this wonderful event, and to the Olmsted Falls Music Association for its continuing support of music education in our schools!


OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER BASKET SALE THROUGH MAY 3RD – Beautiful hanging flower baskets available in time for Mother’s Day at  $14.95 each. Order by May 3rd; pick-up on May 6th. Please click here for selections and order form.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER DAVE GREENSPAN HOSTS APRIL TOWN HALL MEETING AT OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH AT 7:00 P.M. – All parents and residents are  invited and encouraged to attend.  The Councilmember’s Town Hall Meetings are open to all residents of Cuyahoga County and are a great way to learn about what is happening in the new county government. This month’s Town Hall Meeting will focus on the Public Works projects affecting Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. Cuyahoga County Public Works Director Bonnie Teeuwen and other members of the Public Works department will be present to answer questions and field constituent comments.  The Town Hall Meeting format also provides an opportunity for constituents to address any issues, subjects or concerns that are important to them, the district and the county.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL MASQUERS PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZ – FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH AND SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 7:30 P.M. – Open to the public. Both shows begin at 7:30 in the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 440 427 6070. 

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