Parent Update – September 28, 2011
THREE BULLDOG SENIORS EARN 2011 AP SCHOLAR AWARDS
Congratulations to current OFHS seniors Pam Keller, Jonathan Roche and Hayleigh Sanders on earning an AP Scholar Award for their outstanding performance on last year’s AP exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides high school students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and receive college credit upon successful completion. Only 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award.
Kudos to Pam, Jonathan and Hayleigh for being among this national group of students!
During the 2010-2011 school year, 26 seniors earned AP Scholar Awards. The following recent OFHS graduates (Class of 2011) also achieved top honors in the 2011 AP Scholar Awards:
Jessica R. Albright, Lucas A. Altstadt, Rock G. Bolton, Ryan D. Fashempour, Grace Hsu, Michaela M. Killik, Colin Kloock, Katherine R. McLellan, Christopher G. Traylor, Carey C. Woods and Elizabeth L. Zak earned AP Scholar Awards.
Michael T. Atkinson, Natalie Brdar, Tatiana Faria, Eric A. Miranda-Marin, Emily T. Nageotte and Hannah Wamble earned AP Scholar with Honor Awards.
Benjamin P. Brown, James E. Coury, Taylor M. Eyssen, Ethan A. Kocjan, Scott D. Loeffler, Nicholas V. Macek and Jared N. Palazza earned AP Scholar with Distinction Awards.
Michael R. Coury and Soumyajit Mazumder earned National AP Scholar Awards.
OFHS SENIOR NAMED SEMIFINALIST IN 2012 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Congratulations to Bulldog senior Amber Black on being named a Semifinalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students!
Of the more than 160,000 students who currently enter the National Achievement® Program each year, approximately 4,700 are honored.
A group of about 3,100 Outstanding Participants are referred to colleges for their potential for academic success.
A smaller group of only about 1,600 are named Semifinalists and are the only students who have an opportunity to advance in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships.
Congratulations again to Amber on being among this outstanding group of just 1,600 Semifinalist students nationwide!
CROSS-COUNTRY BULLDOGS ARE DOUBLE CHAMPIONS!
The Olmsted Falls boys and girls cross-country teams were both champions taking first overall at the Valley Forge Patriot Invitational this past Saturday, held on the campus of CCC West.
The boys won handily, scoring 45 points, beating second place Padua by 20, as well as 14 other schools. This was the boys’ second straight championship at this invitational! The boys placed all 5 scorers in the top 20, including 3 in the top 5, and looked dominant. The boys were led by junior Troy Swiderski (3rd, 17:23), Edwin Rosa (sr., 4th, 17:43), Craig Partlow (so., 5th, 17:43), Ed Gorski (jr., 11th, 18:09), Dominic Dulin (so., 18th, 18:28), Eddie Zajac (sr., 19:12), and Josh Musial (so., 19:14). Despite the muddy conditions, these were the personal best times for each of these boys!
The girls made their first trip to this invitational memorable by winning a tight race and edging out a very talented Madison squad, 51-63, and holding off SWC rival Westlake (68) as well. Leading the girls were Jaime Fossen (jr., 2nd, 21:21), Bridgit Mental (sr., 8th, 21:42), Brittany Carson (jr., 9th, 21:50), Lindsey Kaschak (jr., 14th, 22:15), Reilley Gomez (fr., 18th, 22:22), Katelynn Duplaga (jr., 22:28), and Caitlin Dahlin (sr., 23:02). The course deteriorated as the day went on, but several of these girls “mudded” their way through for personal best times as well!
Congrats to both these teams on being champions!
OFHS FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS EXCEL ON SPANISH CAAP TEST
Last spring, 56 students in three third-level Spanish classes at Olmsted Falls High School took Spanish CAAP (Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Project) exam. Olmsted Falls was one of 70 districts in the state who chose to participate in the voluntary project. 3,731 third year Spanish students from high schools across Ohio took the same assessment.
The Spanish CAAP assessment gives students an indication of their potential university course placement. Listening, reading, and writing tests provide feedback to third-level high school students and their teachers. Since there is a not a state exam for foreign language, the Spanish CAAP exam project provides a comparison of a district’s student level and achievement in the third level of Spanish against other students and districts in the state.
Overall, the third year Spanish students from OFHS tested above average in all three skills tested.
Olmsted Falls – 5.82
State Average – 4.2
Olmsted Falls – 6.31
State Average – 5.8
Olmsted Falls – 7.6
State Average – 7.5
The majority of the students who took the test would place into a third or fourth quarter level Spanish class at The Ohio State University! Congratulations to these outstanding students and our Spanish department at OFHS!
JOEL PENTON, YOUTH MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, TO VISIT OFHS THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 3RD – TWO APPEARANCES SCHEDULED
This Monday, October 3rd, former Ohio State football player Joel Penton will be speaking to the District’s high school students at a special all school assembly scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the High School gymnasium. Additionally, in the evening on Monday, October 3rd, Joel Penton will return to OFHS for a second appearance which is free and open to the entire Olmsted Falls community. The Monday, October 3rd evening event with Joel Patterson will take place in at High School Auditorium and begins at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!
Joel has quickly earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading youth motivational speakers. His relevant approach to teen issues focuses on the POSITIVE results of good decisions instead of the NEGATIVE consequences of poor choices. Joel proves through his own personal stories of triumph that ordinary people can accomplish great things by simply making the right choices. As one of the top school motivational speakers in the country, Joel has shared his school assembly programs with more than 300,000 students. For more information on Joel Penton, please visit his website at www.joelpenton.com.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS – COUNSELORS PARTNER WITH COLLEGE NOW TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS AT OFHS OCTOBER 5TH, 4-6 P.M.
Senior parents and students with questions about the college application process are invited to attend this informal session to talk with their school counselor and the High School’s financial aid advisor, Mr. Dave Minich of College Now.
Meet in the High School Library/Media Center to discuss questions and/or concerns relating to the college application process. The open house format invites parents and students to come in anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on October 5th to ask questions.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM SEEKING TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS
On October 8th, the OFHS Academic Team will host the Fall Kickoff Tournament at Olmsted Falls High School. Schools from across Northeast Ohio have been invited to participate again this year.
Volunteers are needed who are willing to be readers/moderators for the tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It would involve reading questions, determining if the answer given is correct, and scoring those responses.
A training session is scheduled for readers on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center at the High School. This will enable the trainers to teach volunteers how to read/moderate a match, provide the opportunity to ask questions and gain confidence in the role.
If you are willing to help with this event, please email Rhonna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
OLMSTED KIWANIS CLUB HOSTS NEW TEACHERS AT SEPTEMBER MEETING
New teachers in the Olmsted Falls School District attended the September meeting of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club, in what has become a long-standing tradition of community building.
Teachers join Kiwanis Club members for dinner, are introduced by their principals and get an opportunity to meet community members who are actively involved in supporting our schools.
The meeting also provided an opportunity for Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley to update Kiwanis members on the latest news and developments in the Olmsted Falls School District.
SUN POST HERALD FEATURES ARTICLE ON UPCOMING P.I. LEVY
The Sun Post Herald ran an article on the District’s upcoming 5-year P.I. Levy in last week’s edition. This article also appears on-line. If you have not yet had an opportunity to read the article about this important issue for our District, please click here to read the article on-line. Please also see the item further down on today’s blog about opportunities to help with campaign efforts.
ALUMNI AND ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING AND BOARD OPPORTUNITY
All Olmsted Falls Alumni who are members of the Endowment and Alumni Association are encouraged to attend the next Annual Meeting on October 7 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room W-1 (Health Room) of the High School and will involve the election of new Board members. If you are a member of the Alumni Association, please consider running for one of the open positions on the Board this year and be a part of the Association whose mission is to raise funds for Senior scholarships. Declaration of Candidacy forms can be found here.
If you are an Olmsted Falls graduate and would like to become a member, please complete a membership form and return to Jenny McKeigue at email@example.com or regular mail at Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association, P.O. Box 38244, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.
DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE PARAPROFESSIONALS
Olmsted Falls Schools is seeking community members who would like to become substitute paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals work with special needs children in all of our buildings. This is a great way to see if this type of work is something you would enjoy and often leads to regular employment with the district.
Please contact Mary Lopata at 440-427-6000 for more information about becoming a substitute paraprofessional.
OFMS PTA SPIRITWEAR ON SALE NOW
The 2011-2012 collection can be viewed on-line by visiting the OFMS PTA Spiritwear page on the website. Order forms can be downloaded there as well.
Show your Bulldog spirit today! All proceeds from the OFMS PTA Spiritwear sale benefit OFMS PTA and its activities and scholarships.
OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER – ENTERTAINMENT FUNDRAISING CORP.
Feed the cookie monster in your life and help support the OFIS cookie dough fundraiser! This fundraiser began on Friday, September 16 and runs through to Friday, September 30. Support of this fundraiser will help pay for field trips, assemblies, field day, right-to-read-week, the 5th grade luau and the many other activities sponsored by the OFIS PTA.
Please help support your child by participating in this great fundraiser! There are many cookie dough choices to choose from! If you have any questions or need additional forms, please feel free to contact Vickie Lofton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for all your help!!!
OFMA FALL FUNDRAISERS SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION
* Krispy Kreme Donut Sales at home football games – get your fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts from OFMA!
* Wing Night at Razzle’s on October 8th – please click here to download flyer.
* Custom band and choir car decals currently on sale at the Middle and High Schools through October 7th – For order information, please click on the link or links below:
Thank you for your support of Bulldog music!
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
Absentee voting for the November 8th election begins October 4th. The Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee is in need of additional volunteers to help get the word out about the District’s important 5-year P.I. Levy. Please e-mail email@example.com if you are available to help:
“Walk and Talk!” – Please consider joining this important effort to inform the Olmsted community about the importance of the upcoming 5-year Limited Permanent Improvement Levy! Volunteers are needed for “Walk and Talk” efforts this Saturday, October 1st. A quick briefing/training session will take place each remaining Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Board Office, followed by the “walk and talk” from 10:45 a.m. to Noon. It’s quick. It’s easy…some might even say fun! And, most importantly, it makes a difference!
To get yours delivered to your home, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Yard Sign.” Include your street address and a “Yes for Schools” sign will be placed in your yard by one of our volunteers.
VOTERS MUST OBTAIN THEIR OWN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS FOR NOV. 8TH ELECTION
Many busy parents and residents have found the practice of Voting by Mail very convenient in recent elections – especially when the applications to request the absentee ballots were mailed to them automatically. Please note that applications to vote by absentee ballot are NOT being mailed for the November 8th election. HOWEVER, the applications will still be made available by the Board of Elections both on-line and at various public locations such as libraries.
For parents and residents who are interested in voting by mail in the November 8th election, following is the link to the application on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:
You can also pick-up Absentee Ballot Applications at the local library branch. Vote by mail or vote at the polls – just please be sure to vote!
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP BOARD OPPORTUNITY
The Trustees of Olmsted Township have retained the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to update the communities Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Resolutions. The Trustees are accepting letters of interest from residents in Olmsted Township who would be willing to serve on the Olmsted Township Master Plan Committee. Individuals interested in serving on this voluntary board should send their letter of interest to the attention of chairperson Sherri Lippus at 26900 Cook Road, Olmsted Township 44138.
NORTH OLMSTED LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH COLLEGE NOW TO HOST INFORMATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS & SENIORS
The North Olmsted Branch library has partnered with College Now of Greater Cleveland to host a series of programs for high school juniors and seniors, and their parents. The programs focus on financial aid, scholarships, and completing FAFSA forms. The first program date is coming up quickly on Oct. 4th. For program descriptions and dates, please click here.
TOUCHDOWN FOR READING
The touchdown for reading program that 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.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
*** ROAD CLOSURE ALERT: Please be advised that, weather permitting, beginning Friday, September 23rd at 5:00 a.m. through Friday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m., Fitch Road from Bagley Road to Cranage Road will be closed. Detour route will be posted. Local traffic will be maintained for the duration of the closure. ***
Thursday, September 29th – Olmsted Falls Basketball Association Hosting Travel Team Tryouts. If you were unable to make it to the tryout on Saturday, September 24, the newly formed Olmsted Falls Basketball Association (OFBA) will be holding makeup Travel Team tryouts Thursday, Sept. 29th from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School gym. The fee is $5 and there will be a brief parent meeting at 6:55 p.m. Both genders and all age groups will be mixed together for the tryout. Please click here to download flyer with additional information.
Sunday, October 2nd – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Falls Day In The Park. The Parks & Recreation Board of the City of Olmsted Falls will host its annual Falls Day in the Park celebration on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 1-4 pm at East River Park at 7878 Lewis Road in Olmsted Falls. Falls Day is a craft fair, a family event, and so much more. We will have a live band, the New Sunset Band, from 1-3 pm, donuts and cider, hot dogs, and other food, free crafts for the kids, old-fashioned family games such as kickball, strolling jugglers, police cars, fire trucks, and more. We will present the Citizen of the Year at 3 pm, and the Olmsted Falls High School Marching Band will cap off the day with a performance at 3:30 pm. Questions? Contact Sharon Knaggs at 440-463-8106 or City Hall at 440-235-5550.
Thursday, October 6th – 8:00 p.m. – Why Teenagers Take Risks Presented by Baldwin-Wallace College. The Baldwin-Wallace College Department of Psychology will present an evening with Dr. Steinberg, one of the world’s leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence. Dr. Steinberg’s research focuses on adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, family relationships, after-school employment, school achievement and juvenile justice. Free and open to the public. Please click here for event flyer.
Saturday, October 8th – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Olmsted Performing Arts Garage Sale. On October 8, 2011, Olmsted Performing Arts will have a HUGE garage sale from 8 am – 7 pm at 26862 John Road, Olmsted Falls. In addition to all the incredible bargains you can score, celebrate the beginning of Fall with us! Purchase pumpkin rolls, hot apple cider, and roasted corn, and meet Dorothy and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. All proceeds will benefit Olmsted Performing Arts. And, if you would like to donate items, please contact email@example.com.
Saturday, October 8th – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Olmsted Shredding Day. On Saturday, October 8th 2011, Northcoast Shredding will be at Falls Lenox Primary School to shred documents between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Magazines and newspapers will not be accepted for shredding, however, each of the schools have recycle units on site for newspapers and magazine collection. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at: 440‐235‐5550 or Town Hall at: 440‐235‐3051. This service is brought to our community through the collaborative efforts of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township elected officials.