Parent Update – April 13, 2011
IMPACT OF PROPOSED STATE CUTS BECOMES CLEARER
Last Friday, the Ohio Department of Education released a spreadsheet detailing the specific financial impact of the Governor’s proposed biennium budget on local school districts across the Ohio. Please click here if you are interested in reviewing this 14-page document.
Based upon this latest information, the following is a breakdown of state funding for Olmsted Falls City Schools for the current school year, as well as the next two school years which will be impacted by the new proposed budget:
It is important to note that these figures are simply estimates that were generated from the Governor’s proposed budget. As this legislation moves through the Ohio Legislature, things will almost assuredly change. However, the general trend strongly points to a future with fewer state dollars flowing to Olmsted Falls Schools.
With these cuts to education at the state level, passage of the District’s upcoming 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy is of the utmost importance. Having this dedicated revenue stream for permanent improvement projects and purchases will help relieve the District’s already stretched general fund by providing funding for significant building maintenance projects at aging facilities as well as allowable capital purchases.
Passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy will also help lengthen the span of time before the next operating levy is needed.
FINAL PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON 2.8 MILL OPERATING LEVY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH
The 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on the May 3rd election ballot is an increasingly critical issue for the Olmsted Falls School District (see item on State cuts above). Any parents or residents who need additional information or have questions on this important ballot issue – which WILL NOT increase the current level of school taxes – are urged to attend next week’s meeting.
The overview presentation on the P.I. Levy is very brief (about 15 minutes) and is followed by an opportunity for Q & A on the issue with Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. The final Public Information Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 19th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Library Media Center.
DO YOU NEED A “YES FOR SCHOOLS” YARD SIGN? Simply e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase “Yard Sign” as the subject. Provide your name and street adress in the e-mail, and a sign will be delivered to your yard.
DISTRICT CREATES PARTNERSHIP TO MEET NEEDS OF PARENTS
Olmsted Falls School District is pleased to announce that a partnership has been finalized between the District and the 501c3 non-profit organization Olmsted Community Outreach. This new partnership will help meet the growing needs of parents in our community by providing child care programs within the District’s Early Childhood Center facility located on Fitch Road.
Olmsted Community Outreach has signed a 2-year lease agreement with Olmsted Falls School District to rent vacant classrooms in the Early Childhood Center. It is important to emphasize that no school funds are being used to support this new program. All Olmsted Community Outreach program operations, and decisions regarding operations, will be made by the Olmsted Community Outreach administration.
Olmsted Community Outreach will provide child care and summer camp programs for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. For additional information on the new Olmsted Community Outreach program, please visit: http://www.ocoutreach.org/.
As a District, we are pleased to have our facilities utilized to benefit parents in the community. Please contact Olmsted Community Outreach Director Donna Winter at 440-782-1626 with any questions.
FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR RUNS THROUGH END OF THIS WEEK; ICE CREAM SOCIAL SET FOR TOMORROW NIGHT
The annual Falls-Lenox Book Fair is currently underway in the Falls-Lenox Library Media Center. Remaining dates and times of operation are as follows:
April 13th (Wed.) 11am to 1pm and 2:30pm-4pm
April 14th (Thurs.) 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm
April 15th (Fri.) 11am-1pm
There is going to be an ice cream social on Thursday evening during the Book Fair from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Please plan on joining us and supporting the Falls-Lenox Library and Media Center!
OFHS STUDENT HAYLEIGH SANDERS AWARDED $15,000 SCHOLARSHIP BY MALTZ MUSEUM
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School’s Hayleigh Sanders on being named second runner up in this year’s “Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out!” essay contest sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Hayleigh placed third overall in the pool of the more than 1,700 students from seven counties who participated in the annual contest.
Hayleigh highlighted the High School’s recent “Let It Go” campaign in her essay and represented Olmsted Falls High School as a leader of change in our school!
She was awarded with a $15,000 scholarship for her outstanding entry at a special awards gala held at Severence Hall this past weekend. School counselor Sherry Davis and teacher Mr. John Mercer joined Halyleigh and her family for this very special event.
Congratulations again, Hayleigh!
DON’T MISS MASQUERS PRODUCTION OF “THE WIZARD OF OZ” THIS WEEKEND
Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 440 427 6070.
Come out and enjoy our talented drama students performance of this family-friendly classic!
BULLDOG AMANDA PALISKA TO SWIM AT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Olmsted Falls swimmer Amanda Paliska signed a formal letter of intent this week to continue her swimming career at Eastern Michigan University next fall. Amanda, a senior at Olmsted Falls High School, holds nine school records, is a four time Southwestern Conference Champion in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Individual Medley, and was voted the Southwestern Conference MVP this past winter season. Amanda is also an OHSAA two-time state qualifier and has competed in various events at the C.T. Branin Natatorium at Canton McKinnley High School.
Amanda decided on Eastern Michigan University based in large part on the family atmosphere created by the current swimmers, the relationship with the coach, and the rich swimming tradition of which the school is very proud. Amanda will study accounting at Eastern Michigan’s business school.
Congratulations Amanda! Best of luck at Eastern!
Amanda’s High School swim career stats:
SWC Champion: all 4 years (100 Butterfly and 200 I.M.)
District Qualifier: all 4 years (2 events each year)
District Runner-Up: JR and SR years (in 200 I.M as a Junior, and 100 Backstroke as a Senior)
State Qualifier: JR and SR years (2 events each year)
State place winner: 2011, 12th place 100 Backstroke
SWC MVP: 2010-2011
School Record Holder in Multiple Events
MONTHLY PRINCIPAL’S LUNCH HONORS STUDENTS FOR VOLUNTEER WORK
Dr. Hill hosted his monthly Principal’s Lunch last Friday. This month’s lunch had a change in the usual format in order to honor students who work with others students in need at the High School.
Students (pictured from left to right) Erin Chalfant, Jill Mesaros, Cari Lyzcek-Roser, Victoria Cho, Dennis Glenn, Jessie Feldman and Chelsea Craft, joined Dr. Hill for lunch and were recognized for their efforts to help others.
To read more about these outstanding student volunteers at Olmsted Falls High School, please click here.
OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PTA AND FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA INVITE PARENTS TO ATTEND COMBINED SPRING DINNER MEETING
Third grade parents (as well as anyone else interested) are invited/ encouraged to attend this special joint meeting. Please plan to arrive at 6:00 PM for a guided tour of the Intermediate School and then enjoy pizza, drinks and dessert.
We encourage you to stay for our PTA meeting to hear about the many student activities available at the Intermediate School and learn how you can be involved in PTA.
Tuesday, April 19th
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Cafeteria
6:00 PM guided tours
6:30 PM dinner
7:00 PM PTA Meeting
Please note this combined PTA meeting will take the place of the F/L-ECC April meeting. There will be no F/L-ECC meeting on April 26th.
Also attending will be Donna Winter from the Olmsted Community Outreach Program. Donna will be discussing their Kinderday Program, their Extended Care Program for K-5th grades, and their Summer Camp Program for 1st – 6th grades. The Olmsted Community Outreach Program’s website is: www.OCOutreach.org
BULLDOG FOOTBALL COACH JIM RYAN RECEIVES GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD
Olmsted Falls Varsity Football Coach Jim Ryan was awarded the Golden Deeds Award by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association at a special banquet held earlier this month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Independence.
The Golden Deeds Award is presented to individuals who have made important contributions to high school football in Northeast Ohio and to the activities of the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association.
Congratulations to Coach Ryan on this well-deserved honor!
OFHS Assistant Football Coach John Gaba was also recognized at the same banquet as the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association. Congratulations again to Assistant Coach Gaba on that honor!
Olmsted Falls is truly fortunate to have such top caliber coaches in our athletic program.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE TOP RATINGS AT OHIO MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
Last Saturday, April 9th, Olmsted Falls Middle School had 101 individual entries in 39 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Cuyahoga Community College. Mrs. Jennifer Call, Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, and Mr. Kevin Gulden, their directors, helped develop the talent of these budding musicians. Al Demkowicz, Bo Ptak, Tim Strelau, Michael Feller, Mark DeMio, Stephanie Yehlik, Erica Norton, and Sherri Kovach provided outstanding coaching of these groups. Student preparation included before school, after school, during lunch, weekend and evening practices.
The following students received “Excellent” ratings: Ethan Novilla, Max Molkentin, Michael Iler, Stephen Miller, Michael Doherty, Christina Pinter, Sammie Fagan, Kala Marshall, Ally Perez, Megan Garrett, Erika Darnell, Lauren Boros, Stormie Kadar, Justin Peck, Shaun Whitt, Caitlin Sumerauer, Gia Newsome, Cheyenne Robertson, Nick Sanchez, Taylor Hassel, Alisha Good, Austin Lockhart, Christine Bolton, Kayla Burk, Isabel Struk.
These students received “Superior” ratings: Yahia Ali, Erik Pfisterer, Alex Lohn, Morgan Ashton, Mae Coupland, Erin Hetchler, Vincent Challenger, Keanna Strelau, Alex Zbiegien, Madison Lamlein, Emily Laycock, Drew Oltmanns, Taylor Hassel, Michael Doherty, Christine Bolton, Claire Barratt, Mallory Taylor, Logan Petruziello, Austin Miller, Marcus Green, Matt Helmick, Colleen Prokop, Seth Bennett, Zach Boscarello, Julia Burnell, Lindsay Rader, Jennifer Bertrand, Paige Bokman, Jessica Kukura, Carissa Eubank, Taylor Hannah, Marilyn Paine, Stephen Miller, Caleb Budic, Jamie Dregalla, Ricky Gaughan, Kaitlyn Allman, Emma Whitney, Bridget Bush, Andi Gottfried, Liz Neudeck, Olivia Sarik, Breanna Palkovic, Savanajh Black, Brian Kohler, Abby Staten, Jacob Conder, Jacob Horvath, Emily Raffay, Conner Arendec, Caitlyn Webb, Skye MacEwan, Sydney Martin, Damaris Pierce, Kayla Burk, Nada Sperry, Kait Gillette, Maggie Bildstein, Jocelyn Breisacher, Ashley Campbell.
Congratulations to ALL on these outstanding performances!
OFIS STUDENTS CELEBRATE AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Intermediate School students from the classes of Ms. Giamboi and Mrs. Stanczak are celebrating Autism Awareness Month.
Students worked together on special bulletin boards and door displays to increase awareness and understanding of autism. Well done!
OFIS BRINGS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT’S “OUR NATION” PROGRAM TO STUDENTS
During five days in February, the students in Mrs. Schuler’s Social Studies classes had an opportunity to participate in a program entitled “Our Nation” offered through the Junior Achievement organization. About 85 students heard and learned first-hand about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of today’s job market, including high growth and high-demand jobs.
“Our Nation” covered the concept of globalization, production and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements for careers worldwide. As a result of Mr. Svec’s meeting with representatives from Junior Achievement, a door was opened for Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain expert Mr. Bruce Serfass to come to Olmsted Falls Intermediate for the first time.
As part of the “Our Nation” program, Mr. Serfass let students practice being entrepreneurs, explore business organizations, learn about resources and how they apply to technology and workers, and learn how to examine the skills needed to obtain jobs such as writing a simple resume. Thank you to Mr. Serfass for helping introduce our students to today’s global workplace!
BULLDOG BASEBALL IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
First, our congratulations to WKYC Student Athlete of the Week Denton Sagerman. Denton is a senior at Olmsted Falls High School and a pitcher for the Bulldogs’ baseball team.
Along with helping Olmsted Falls to the state tournament last season, Denton has maintained a 4.1 GPA. Denton was also recently awarded the 1st Place $2,000 Southeastern Baseball Classic Scholarship.
Varsity Bulldog Baseball Coach Dan Largeant and the entire Bulldog baseball team were also featured on WKYC HighSchoolSports.net web page this week.
Here is a link to the story on the Bulldog baseball team:
Here is a link to the Coach’s Corner Q&A:
UPCOMING EVENTS / FUNDRAISERS:
CUYAHOGA COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER DAVE GREENSPAN HOSTS APRIL TOWN HALL MEETING AT OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – THIS 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.
FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. – Are you looking for a fun night out with your student? Join us at Falls-Lenox for a primary Carnival for a Cure. Enjoy carnival games, a cake walk, line dancing, walking to find a cure for cancer, face painting, luminaria remembrances, dinner, the principal’s challenge, and fun with your teachers and friends. If you haven’t already – RSVP to your teacher (grades 1-3), so we can make sure we have enough food and prizes! $5 per student/adult donations accepted; Quick Dinner available for $2 each. Parking will be tight, please carpool. Hope to see you there!
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA 4TH ANNUAL CALENDAR RAFFLE – $5 GIVES YOU 31 CHANCES TO WIN – REGISTER BY APRIL 29TH! Each day in May, a name will be pulled and winners will be notified. You may purchase as many calendars as you like. If you have friends, family or coworkers that may enjoy this opportunity, please pass it along to them. Please click here to download your raffle calendar. Registration form must be returned with money to your school office by April 29th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships.
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.