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Parent Update – August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT RATED “EXCELLENT” BY OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Olmsted Falls School District as a whole earned a rating of “Excellent” on the 2010-2011 Local Report Card released by the Ohio Department of Education last week.  Local Report Card ratings are based on four components which include:  Number of State Indicators Met (on annual achievement tests); Performance Index (scale of 0-120 points); AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress); and Value-Added (measure of how much growth/progress was made since the prior year).

For 2010-2011, Olmsted Falls School District met 26 out of 26 State Indicators, achieved a Performance Index of 105.7; met AYP; and met the Value-Added growth measure.  A new, more stringent rating system put into place by the Ohio Department of Education this year required school districts to exceed in the Value-Added growth measure at a statistically higher level in order to attain the top-level “Excellent with Distinction” rating.  This more stringent requirement resulted in Olmsted Falls Schools, along with several other local school districts previously rated “Excellent with Distinction,” to drop down to the “Excellent” category.

For additional background information on the Local Report Card rating system from the Ohio Department of Education, please click here.

To read a recent Plain Dealer article regarding changes in the Local Report Card rating system and its impact on school districts previously rated “Excellent with Distinction,” please click here.

To view the 2010-2011 Local Report Card for Olmsted Falls School District, please click the following link: 

Olmsted Falls School District 2010-2011 Local Report Card

To view the 2010-2011 Local Report Cards for individual buildings within Olmsted Falls School District, please click on any of the following links:

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center

Falls-Lenox Primary School

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Olmsted Falls High School

(*Please note that the highest possible Local Report Card rating for the Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox and Olmsted Falls High school is “Excellent.”) 

Students, staff and parents in the Olmsted Falls School District should take great pride in all of these ratings under the new system.  It may be easy to forget that our District met 26 out of 26 State Indicators, met AYP and achieved a Performance Index (105.7) that is among the top 11% in the State of Ohio.  Please take this opportunity to celebrate these outstanding accomplishments.

It remains the goal of the Olmsted Falls School District to be “Excellent with Distinction.”  Our District will strive to regain that top-level rating across the District by focusing efforts specifically on improving the Value-Added growth measure.

Thank you to our staff, students and parents for all that you do each day to maintain a high level of expectations and achievement throughout the District!

Any parent or resident having questions about the Local Report Card ratings for Olmsted Falls Schools, and/or questions about the new rating system, are invited to join Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley in the Olmsted Falls High School Library next Wednesday, September 7th between 7 – 8 p.m. 

Parents and residents may also contact the Board of Education Office at 440-427-6000 with any questions.

CHANGES IN CAFETERIA MILK OFFERING CREATES HEALTHIER OPTION FOR STUDENTS

Over the past several years, Olmsted Falls School District has made a concerted effort to improve the choices available for students in its school cafeterias.  Whole grain breads and pastas, wheat-crust pizzas, and daily fresh fruit, vegetable and salad bar offerings are among the innovations that have improved school lunch options for kids.  The latest change in District cafeteria menus is the elimination of chocolate flavored milk.  Beginning with the start of this new school year, all school building cafeterias will be selling only low-fat white milk – which contains nearly half the amount of sugar (12 grams) as compared to the chocolate variety (22 grams).

It is these small steps and changes that can slowly make a difference over time in combating growing obesity rates among students across the country – including locally here in Olmsted Falls.  In recent years, a federal mandate has required school districts to track student BMI (Body Mass Index) information to determine the overall health of student populations.  Last year’s BMI results for Olmsted Falls Schools showed approximately 31.5% of Olmsted Falls’ students in grades K-9 were classified as either overweight or obese.  This marked an increase of approximately 3% from the previous year’s BMI results.

Steps such as the removal of chocolate milk from cafeteria menus are becoming a growing trend across the nation.   Last May, Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country, also removed chocolate milk from its school lunch menus. 

According to Olmsted Falls School District’s Director of Food Services Mrs. Denise Tabar, Bulldog parents have been supportive of the District’s efforts to continually improve upon healthy cafeteria offerings.   In a survey of 1st through 8th grade parents conducted last year, parents were asked if their students would drink white milk if it were the only type of milk served.  Responses came back 3 to 1 answering yes. 

For questions about school lunch menus or BMI data in the Olmsted Falls School District, please contact Mrs. Tabar at 427-6440.

THIS FRIDAY’S NON-CONFERENCE VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME KICKS OFF AT 7:30 P.M. – THIS IS THE ONLY VARSITY GAME THIS SEASON WITH THE LATER KICK-OFF!  ALL FUTURE SWC FOOTBALL GAME KICK-OFF TIMES ARE 7:00 P.M.

The Varsity Football game against Medina Highland this Friday, September 2nd is a non-conference game and will begin at 7:30pm.  However, for all future Southwestern Conference Varsity Football games, the new starting time is 6:30 pm for the coin toss, band pre-game performance, national anthem, etc.; and 7:00 p.m. for kick-off!

This Friday’s non-conference game is the ONLY game this season with a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.

 

MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS

Last year, approximately 300 young Bulldogs joined the OFHS Cheerleading squad to cheer on the Bulldog Varsity Football team.  Lines of girls followed the lead of Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders with chants and routines that were learned during the annual Bulldog Mini Cheer Camp program.   This program will be offered again this year.  Please click here to download  the registration form.  

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER WELCOMES NEWEST BULLDOGS

Building administrators, faculty and parents all pitched to show our youngest Bulldogs the ropes as kindergarten officially got underway at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center last Thursday.  There was no shortage of friendly faces and helping hands along the way as students learned how to get from the buses to their classrooms.  This year marks the start of the third year of operation for the District’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) dedicated exclusively to the education of our preschool and kindergarten students.

Look out here we come! Kindergarteners did a great job getting off the bus on their first day.

 
 
 Bus driver congratulates each kindergartener on a great first ride with a high-five!
  
   
 
 Parent volunteers from OECPTA help guide kindergarteners to their class on their first day of school.
 
 

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES

Aug. 31st   TONIGHT!

High School Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 1st 

Falls-Lenox OPEN HOUSE for South Learning Community (7 pm)Parents please meet at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  **Please Note:  Presentations in both the cafeteria and the classrooms are geared toward parents.  It is suggested that you try to make arrangements for childcare, so that you can give your full attention to the information being presented.  Babysitting services will not be provided this year.

8th Grade Open House (7-8 pm)

Sept. 14th

Early Childhood Center Open House (AM Preschool/Kindergarten @ 6:45 pm; PM Preschool/Kindergarten @7:30 pm)

SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS!

Mark your calendars: 

Sept. 8th     OECPTA Meeting

Sept. 13th   OFMS PTA Meeting

Sept. 20th   OFIS PTA Meeting

Sept. 26th   OFHS PTA Meeting

Sept. 27th   Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting 

 

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

 

JOIN THE PRIDE – “COME HELP” THE PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

All parents are invited and encouraged to get informed and get involved!  Following are a few ways for you to join the efforts of the Pride In Olmsted School Committee:

This Saturday, September 3rd – A door-to-door effort to inform the community about the 5-year P.I. levy will take place from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Any parents interested in assisting with this important effort should meet at the Board Office at 9:30 a.m.  Levy literature will be provided.

Tuesday, September 6th @ 7:00 p.m. – Attend the next “Come Help” meeting.  Join other Bulldog parents and staff in expanding campaign efforts.

Display Your Yard Signs! – Anyone who has a “Yes for Schools” sign from the May campaign tucked away in your garage, now is the time to pull it out and display it once again in your yard.  For those in need of a yard sign, you may pick one up at any of the upcoming Open House events OR simply e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com (Subject Line: Yard Signs).  Please include your street address and indicate if you would like a “Yes for Schools” sign, a “Bulldog Pride” sign, OR BOTH!  Pride volunteers will deliver the sign(s) right to your yard!

* * Please help us abide by city ordinances!  Please display yard signs in your main front yard area and NOT on the tree lawn next to the street! Thank you!**

FAST FACTS ON THE 2.8 MILL 5-YEAR P.I. LEVY IN NOVEMBER

Net increase to homeowners is zero (0)

5-year limited duration

Cannot be used for salaries/benefits

Renovate 42-year-old Olmsted Falls High school

Extend time before next operating levy

IMPORTANT NOTE:  While the ballot language must, by law, read “ADDITIONAL,” this levy WILL NOT RESULT IN A NET INCREASE to homeowner’s current tax bill due to a corresponding “roll-off.”

QUESTIONS??  Parents and residents are encouraged to contact the Board of Education Office at 427-6000 with any questions.

TOUCHDOWN FOR READING

The touchdown for reading program started on August 15th and Cuyahoga County Public Library is hoping that our schools will participate this fall.  The game runs from August 15th through November 30th for grades K-8.  Students can only play online – there is no paper game board.  Depending on how many students participate, our school could win one of the following:

**In the Second, Third and Fourth Quarter the school with the highest percentage of participation per total enrollment will be featured in a web story on ClevelandBrowns.com.

**The school with the highest participation in Touchdown for Reading overall will win a wrap-up party with a visit from a Cleveland Browns player!

Participation is just like the summer reading game, but in football terms such as yards and quarters.  For more information, please click here.

In addition, please click here to view fall programs at the Olmsted Falls branch.

RESEARCHER SEEKING BULLDOG GRADUATES FROM CLASSES OF 2008, 2009 AND 2010 WITH HISTORY OF AP AND/OR PSO COURSES

Mr. George Wachowiak – a local resident of Olmsted Township, Bulldog parent and teacher in a nearby school district – is conducting research in order to complete requirements for his doctoral degree in education with Capella University.  The research study is called “Dual Enrollment Experiences: Perceptions of Readiness for Postsecondary Education.”

He is looking for Bulldog alumni that graduated in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and who participated in AP (Advanced Placement) or PSO (Post Secondary Option, college classes) courses while attending Olmsted Falls High School.  Participation in this study simply involves the completion of a questionnaire that may be filled out and submitted online.

If you know an Olmsted Falls graduate who meets the above criteria and may be interested in participating in this study, please pass along the following contact information for them to get in touch directly with Mr. Wachowiak:  440-233-6313 (phone),  george.wachowiak@clearviewschools.org (school e-mail), or gmwach5922@sbcglobal.net (personal e-mail.)  Thank you.

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