Parent Update – October 5, 2011
CONGRATULATIONS TO NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
In addition to the two National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists announced last month, Olmsted Falls High School is proud to report that five more students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Seniors Kristin Allen, Kevin Candow, Stephanie Kiroff, Hayleigh Sanders and Nicholas Wickham have been named National Merit Commended Students and are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. These National Merit Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October.
BUCKEYE FOOTBALL CHAMPION JOEL PENTON VISITS HIGH SCHOOL
Joel Penton is a graduate of The Ohio State University and played 5 years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of 3 Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Championship team, and a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Today, Joel is one of the top youth motivational speakers in the country and has shared his “Stand Your Ground” assembly programs with more than 300,000 students across the country.
Earlier this week, Joel Penton brought his story to a packed gymnasium at a special all-school assembly at Olmsted Falls High School. During the hour long speaking engagement, Joel delivered an inspiring message about making committments and, more importantly, keeping the committments you make. Joel shared his personal story and spoke about the important roles played by strong character and willpower. His approach to teen issues focuses on the POSITIVE results of good decisions instead of the NEGATIVE consequences of poor choices.
Additional pictures of this event can be found here.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS – COUNSELORS PARTNER WITH COLLEGE NOW TO PROVIDE AN INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS AT OFHS TONIGHT, 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. TONIGHT to ask questions.
ANNUAL KIWANIS HOMECOMING FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS SUNDAY
All are invited to enjoy a tasty end to Homecoming weekend here in Bulldog country as Kiwanis hosts its annual Homecoming Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, October 9th from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Olmsted Falls High School.
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 will involve reading questions, determining if the answer given is correct, and scoring those responses.
A training session is scheduled for readers TOMORROW, 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 Falls PTA Council, in cooperation with the Cleveland Chapter of the League of Women Voters, will present a Candidates Night on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium. Candidates running for Township Trustee, Olmsted Falls Council at Large, and the Olmsted Falls School Board have been invited to participate. There will also be a question and answer session regarding the Olmsted Falls Schools P.I. Levy.
DON’T MISS OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS
Attn: High School Parents! Post Prom is off to a great start and the committee needs your help! Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011: Next Post Prom Meeting – Come vote on this year’s theme!
Thursday, November 3, 2011: Annual Powder Puff Game – Students, Alumni, Friends and Families – Come support the seniors vs. juniors – OFHS Football Stadium at 7:00 PM
* Reminder to All Mini-Cheerleaders: Please come in your cheer shirts and cheer on our teams!! All girls meet inside the gate for the Powder Puff Game at 6:45 PM!!
Friday, November 11, 2011: Wing Night at Slim & Chubby’s (12492 Prospect Road) in Strongsville from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a night out with good food, drinks and friends. Tickets are $20 per person and includes food and drink. Please contact us for pre-sale tickets at OFHSpostprom2012@gmail.com.
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.
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!
“YES FOR SCHOOLS” YARD SIGNS
The new supply of “Yes for Schools” signs has arrived!!To get yours delivered to your home, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject “Yard Sign.”
Please include your street address and a “Yes for Schools” sign will be placed in your yard by one of our volunteers.
ABSENTEE VOTING STARTS THIS WEEK – VOTERS MUST OBTAIN THEIR OWN APPLICATIONS TO REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL FOR THE 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!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
TOMORROW, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.