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Parent Update – May 11, 2011

FALLS-LENOX TEACHER RECOGNIZED AT CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS DINNER

Congratulations to Falls-Lenox teacher Michelle Schoenhofer, who was among a small group of educators honored last week with a 2010-2011 Crystal Apple Award presented by The Plain Dealer and sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College.  Ms. Schoenhofer was selected for this honor during the first recognition period earlier in the school year.

The awards banquet took place on May 5th at The Plain Dealer.  Ms. Schoenhofer was nominated by Bulldog  parent Paula Grant, who also attended this very special recognition event with her daughter.

Congratulations again to Ms. Schoenhofer!

JIM AND MIKE COURY AWARDED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Congratulations to OFHS seniors Jim Coury (left) and Mike Coury (right)!

Following recognition as National Merit Finalists earlier this year, Jim and Mike Coury were notified last week that they have each been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship  as part of this prestigious program!

Congratulations and continued success to both Jim and Mike!

YOUNG INVENTORS SHOWCASE IDEAS AT FALLS-LENOX

Second grade students at Falls-Lenox participated in the school’s annual Invention Fair last week, a two-day event showcasing student inventions.

Student creativity and innovation was on display for fellow students, staff and  parents.

To view photos from this event, please click here.

Well done second graders!

DR. JIM LLOYD RECEIVES EMERGING EDUCATOR AWARD

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd who was honored last week by the GCEDC at a special ceremony held at Cleveland State University.

Dr. Lloyd was the first recipient of the  Emerging Educator Award, which was established to recognize energy and impact of education leaders in promoting highly qualified professional development.

Dr. Lloyd is responsible for all professional development for teaching staff within the Olmsted Falls School District.  The innovative efforts of Dr. Lloyd and building leadership teams have been recognized throughout the State of Ohio and
beyond.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lloyd!

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12. All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.

Please click here for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

OLMSTED SAFETY TOWN:  SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA still has open spots for its summer Safety Town program.  Spots are open in the following classes:

Session 2 (June 20 – 24): afternoon (12:30 – 3pm) & evening (6 – 8:30pm)

Session 3 (June 27 – July 1): morning (9-11:30am) & afternoon (12:30 – 3pm)

To access the registration form, please click here.

REMINDER:  Payment for all students registered in this summer’s Safety Town sessions is due by May 15th. 

For additional information on Olmsted Safety Town and the OECPTA, please visit the OECPTA website at www.oecpta.org.

OFHS VOLLEYBALL PLAYER SIGNS TO PLAY WITH WEST LIBERTY COLLEGE

Last week, senior Bulldog volleyball player Michaela Hawkins signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for West Liberty College. Michaela came to Olmsted Falls this past season as a senior. She has earned 9 varsity letters in her high school career in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Michaela will attend West Liberty in the Fall to pursue a degree in Nursing while participating on the volleyball team. She will be the 5th generation in her family to attend West Liberty.

Congratulations Michaela!

OFIS SEEKING SPEAKERS FOR ANNUAL CAREER DAY

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OFIS is looking for additional speakers to add to our list of guests who will meet with kids in the classroom to talk about their interesting careers.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and educational event, please contact OFIS School Counselor Mr. Mark Tabar at 427-6520.

OFHS PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPETE IN ANNUAL TECH PREP CARDBOARD CANOE RACE

Last week, students from the Pre-Engineering Class at Polaris and Olmsted Falls competed in the Tech Prep Cardboard Canoe race at Tri-C.  Bulldog participants made a strong showing as they showcased their engineering skills with cardboard canoes that were both fast and well-designed.

Congratulations to the following:

1st Place – Fastest Time – Olmsted Falls students Connor Bailey and Matt Bender

1st Place – Presentation – Olmsted Falls students Connor Bailey and Matt Bender

3rd Place – Fastest Time – Olmsted Falls student Connor Doris with Brooklyn HS students Braden Williams and Ayes Syed

DISTRICT SURVEYS PARENTS ON P.I. LEVY

District officials reached out to parents earlier this week with an on-line survey regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy.  Bulldog parents were e-mailed a link to participate in the six-question survey, which focuses on levy awareness, communication materials and methods, and the structure of the levy itself.

Thank you to the more than 300 parents who have already completed the survey since Monday. This feedback will be a valuable tool for administrators and Board of Education members as the next steps for the issue are determined.

The on-line survey regarding the levy will remain open through this Friday, May 13th. If you need to have the link resent, please contact District Communications Director Kim Petrina via e-mail at kpetrina@ofcs.net.

PD EDITORIAL PRAISES DISTRICT’S EFFICIENCY EFFORTS AND VOICES SUPPORT FOR P.I. LEVY

Olmsted Falls School District received not one, but two positive endorsements from The Plain Dealer regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy. In addition to a formal editorial endorsement of the issue prior to the May 3rd election, The Plain Dealer also ran a positive follow-up editorial this past weekend.  To read this latest PD editorial, please click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL RUGBY ACTIVITIES ATTRACT MEDIA ATTENTION

The sport of rugby has been incorporated into the physical education curriculum at Olmsted Falls Middle School this year.  The sport has been well received by students, and its benefits were recently profiled by HighSchoolSports.net through an interview with OFMS Physical Education Teacher Brigid Radigan.  Please click here for the link to the story.

HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE APPRECIATION

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped or donated blood at last week’s HS Blood Drive, especially Tatiana Faria, Christy Otonaga, Tori Alai, Dave Godfray, Tracy McGrain, Mercedez Hathcock, Jan Stetz, Ellen Bertrand and Jeanne Mahoney.

Students and staff donated 71 pints of blood to help save lives and earned $1,000 in scholarship money this year.  Congratulations to Christy Otonaga and Ellen Disrude, the 2012 Red Cross Scholarship Recipients who each received $500.  Kristy and Ellen were randomly chosen from among all the students who gave so selflessly to others by working or donating blood at both of the HS drives this year.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH SEEKING INPUT ON LIBRARY’S FUTURE

Cuyahoga County Public Library is seeking input on the future of the Olmsted Falls Branch. As you may already be aware, CCPL has a Facilities Master Plan that will reduce its operating costs to ensure excellent library services for years to come. Replacement of the  existing Olmsted Falls Branch is part of this plan. The current location is costly to operate and does not meet customers’ needs. CCPL intends to move forward with plans for an approximate 6,000 square foot replacement branch. This project is currently in the design phase.

CCPL is encouraging library patrons to participate in a survey to provide input to help it better understand the needs and expectations of our local library patrons, so to better serve them.  Please click on the following link and take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey:

http://research.zarca.com/k/SsUPVXsXXsPsPsP

OFMS STUDENTS SUPPORT PASTA FOR PENNIES PROGRAM

Olmsted Falls Middle School was an instrumental part of the success of this year’s Pasta for Pennies program, which helps raise awareness about blood cancers while raising funds for a cure.  Students at OFMS generously  contributed $4,545.79 to this program, which is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Since OFMS began supporting the Pasta for Pennies program several years ago, OFMS Bulldogs have raised a total of $24,221.86 for this effort!

FALLS-LENOX STAFF, STUDENTS AND PARENTS RAISE MORE THAN $3,000 AT CARNIVAL FOR A CURE EVENT

Congratulations to the staff, students and parents at Falls-Lenox on the successful Carnival for a Cure hosted in the building last month.  More than 300 students and more than 340 parents attended this first-time event which featured a wide variety of family friendly activities. This was truly an old-fashioned school carnival that brought together parents and kids for an evening of fun.  In total, the event raised approximately $3,100 for the upcoming Relay for Life event, which benefits The American Cancer Society.

Many staff members, parents and local businesses pitched in to make this event a huge success.  Special thanks to Angelina’s, Shaker’s IGA, Kiwanis and PTA!

UPCOMING EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

“Help!  My Child is Being Cyber Bullied” Workshop at Strongsville Library Branch – TOMORROW, Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.This workshop will present strategies and interventions that work to stop cyberbullying now!  Presenter: Todd Walts, President/CEO, CampusImpact, Inc.  Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville Branch, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville.

Boy Scout Troop 201 Annual Flower Sale – This Saturday, May 14th ( 8am-2pm) at the Jenkins Center located at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls Library. The Boy Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices. Stop by, shop locally, & support Scouting! Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-816-0372, with questions or visit www.troop201.org.

OLMTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT – Saturday, June 11, 2011 from noon to noon Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Olmsted Falls High School. It is never too late to join this great cause and register as a survivor or to start your own team. For questions
please call Co-Chairs Michelle LaGruth at 440-476-4697 or Lisa Brady at 216-870-8256.

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  1. Steve
    May 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Dr. Hoadley – congratulations on the positive press in Sunday’s PD editorial.

    Thank you for your efforts at reducing the spending in our schools. Our taxes are too high and adjustments must continually be made in order to push out the need for another operating levy.

    Much appreciated.

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