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Parent Update – March 21, 2012

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE

Spring break is next week.  Spring break week begins on Monday, March 26th and ends on Friday, March 30th.  School will resume on Monday, April 2nd.

Please note that there will not be a District blog post next week.  Regular weekly blog posts will resume on Wednesday, April 4th

Have a safe and enjoyable break!

MCGRAIN STEPS DOWN AS BULLDOG WRESTLING COACH; VETERAN COACH RESIGNS AFTER 27 YEARS AS HEAD COACH

High School Head Coach Bill McGrain has resigned from his head wrestling coaching position after twenty-seven years.  Wanting to spend more time with family and take a step back from the program as head coach, McGrain stated it is time for another person to begin a new era in Bulldog wrestling.

“I feel very blessed, fortunate, and proud to have served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School for 27 years,” said Coach McGrain.  “I am in good health and I still love the sport, but felt for many reasons it was time to step aside.”

“The support I have had from my wife Tracey has enabled me to be a head coach for 30 years,” McGrain added.  Mrs. Tracey McGrain was selected as National Head Coaches Wife of the Year in 1996.  “This position also allowed me to coach my two sons here at Olmsted Falls, Zach and Chaz.”

In reflecting on his tenure at Olmsted Falls, McGrain said, “I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to make Olmsted Falls wrestling one of the top programs in the State.”

“I have had many great assistant coaches, families, and administrators to work with throughout the years,” he added.  “I have also had many hard-working athletes here, many who have gone on to become very productive adults, which of course makes me extremely proud.”

Bill McGrain Career Notables:

  • Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School from 1986-2012
  • Inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Selected as Ohio Wrestling Division II Coach of the Year in 1997
  • Career Dual Meet Record 335-58-3
  • Coached 7 Individual State Champions
  • 1 of only 3 Coaches in Ohio History to Coach a State Champion in all 3 Divisions.
  • 12 Top 10 State Finishes
  • 45 State Place Winners
  • 76 Individual State Qualifiers
  • 13 SWC Championship Teams, Voted SWC Coach of the Year 14 Times
  • Three time Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year
  • Plain Dealer Coach of the Year

Another notable accomplishment during Coach McGrain’s tenure was having the pleasure of coaching the only two-time state champion in school history, Ryan Smith.

McGrain hopes to remain involved in the program in some capacity. “The future is bright for the Olmsted Falls wrestling program,” he said.  “There are many accomplished athletes returning next year and I hope to find a way to be a continuing part of their success.”

McGrain added, “Thanks to the many of you who have supported me and Olmsted Falls wrestling throughout the years. Olmsted Falls is a special place and it will always be a big part of me.”

“Coach McGrain has truly personified the Bulldog tradition of excellence during his exceptional career here in Olmsted Falls,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley.  “He has long been held in high regard by players, parents, colleagues, and members of the greater Olmsted community.”

“I want to personally thank Bill for all that he has done for our student athletes and the wrestling program,” added Dr. Hoadley.  “Throughout his coaching career Bill has impacted hundreds of young men in such a positive way and his influence will be felt long into the future.”

Olmsted Falls High School Principal Dr. Bob Hill stated, “Bill had a tremendously successful coaching career at Olmsted Falls High School. For the past 27 years, his knowledge and passion for wrestling have contributed to his many successes and the successes of his athletes. Bill helped mold successful athletes through an unwavering work ethic and by surrounding himself with quality coaches, many of whom wrestled for him at OFHS. Sending athletes to the state competition 24 of his 27 years as head coach defines the success he infused into our wrestling program. We will miss Bill and we certainly wish him well.”

Bill McGrain currently teaches Occupational Work Adjustment at Olmsted Falls High School, and will continue to teach at OFHS in that capacity moving forward.

FALLS-LENOX 1ST GRADE CONCERTS TOMORROW NIGHT!

First Grade Concerts – TOMORROW, March 22nd at OFHS Auditorium.

Performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m. Concert:  Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Deluca, Mrs. Mariotti and Mrs. Patay.

7:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Vasco, Miss Sanfilippo, Mrs. Rivera, Dr. Kolozvary and Mr. Simon.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE” TALENT SHOW THIS FRIDAY!

THIS FRIDAY, March 23rd, 7 p.m.
Held at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $6 and available at the door.

Bring the whole family and enjoy music, songs, dance and fun for everyone! Come cheer on your favorite talent and performance groups.
All proceeds benefit OFHS PTA Scholarships!

OFHS BASKETBALL PLAYERS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Fourteen juniors and seniors from the OFHS Varsity Basketball Boys & Girls Teams have been awarded special recognition for their academic success off the court by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA).

(L to R) Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio with OHSBCA Award winning athletes Brandon Friedrich, Jared Kurz, Billy Calabrase, Kenny Hanna and Eric Meehan. Not Pictured: Steve Johnson.

(L to R) Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Matt Fulton with OHSBCA Award winning athletes Jaime Fossen, Abby Nichols, Jessica Koch, Katie Parfejewiec, Allison Gerycz, Amber Black, Allison Duber and Erin Hoadley

OHSBCA acknowledges juniors and seniors within its basketball programs who do well academically. They award seniors with Gold Certificates for keeping a 3.2 GPA over 7 semesters; and they award juniors with Silver Certificates for keeping a 3.2 for 5 Semesters.

The following OFHS seniors have been awarded Gold Certificates:

Varsity BoysJared Kurz and Eric Meehan                                       

Varsity GirlsAmber Black and Katie Parfejewiec

The following OFHS juniors have been awarded Silver Certificates:

Varsity Boys – Billy Calabrase, Brandon Friedrich, Kenny Hanna and Steve Johnson

 Varsity Girls – Allison Duber, Jaime Fossen, Allison Gerycz, Erin Hoadley, Jessica Koch and Abby Nichols

Congratulations again to these outstanding student athletes!  Kudos also to our coaches for consistently stressing the importance of doing well in the classroom and making sure students place a priority on keeping their grades up.  Go Bulldogs!

3rd GRADE LITERACY NIGHT WELL ATTENDED!

Falls-Lenox third graders and their families enjoyed last week’s Literacy Night, which was filled with fun and engaging activities for all.   Thank you to all who attended and helped with the event.

Sam, Tyler, and Vickie Lofton

To view the entire gallery of photos from this special Bulldog family event, please click HERE.

KIWANIS CLUB DONATES BOOKS AND BALLS TO FALLS-LENOX

Thank you to the Kiwanis who made a donation of books and balls to Falls-Lenox Primary School last week!  The continuous thoughtfulness and generosity of our local Kiwanis Club is most sincerely appreciated by students and staff!

HELPING HANDS MEETING

SAVE THE DATE!  Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School, Room W5 (art room, use west side gym entrance).  Student group (grades 6-12)  & Parent group (parent(s) of OFCS student(s) in any grade).

Contact Mariel Krakowiak for additional information or questions: 440-427-6086, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

ALL-U-CAN EAT WINGS, PIZZA & DRINKS TO SUPPORT THE 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS – FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH

A fundraiser to support travel for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Friday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. We’ll also have an auction with great items from OF companies, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.

Thanks for supporting academicsthe key to the future. Did you know our academic team does more than appear on the Academic Challenge TV show? They actually compete most weekends from mid-October through May all over the state and in West Virginia. They’ve already qualified one team to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses.

Check out the new Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters Club Facebook page! Post congrats to your student for his/her academic accomplishments. Like us!

SAVE THE DATE!  3rd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH

Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School BlueDog Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their third annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes desserts , dancing, soft drinks, door prizes, basket raffles, and a Grand Raffle for a new IPAD!  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.

Tickets are $10 per person; purchase 8 tickets to reserve a table in your name.  For tickets or more information, contact Don Woods ofmamusic@gmail.com 440-915-1241 or Michelle Neudeck neudeck@cox.net 440-596-1802.  Click HERE for the flyer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.

Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The 2012 Cleveland National College Fair will be held on April 22, 2012 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m.  Over 190 admission representatives will be in attendance from colleges across the nation.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for the fair at the following website:  www.gotomyncf.com

You can download a poster of the college fair with a listing of colleges that will be in attendance by clicking HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tracy: atracy@leaf-ohio.org or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org

OFHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES

Summer School registration for health and physical education classes for current 8th and 9th graders is already underway.

Classes fill up fast! 

For additional information and to download enrollment forms, please click here.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

 Olmsted Community Preschool hosts the Easter Bunny at Kiddie Kargo:  This Saturday, March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to the Kiddie Kargo at 8068 Columbia Road for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit by the Easter Bunny!  Reservations were requested to have been made by March 15th; please call 440-235-2700 for additional information.  All proceeds go to the Olmsted Community Preschool.  For more information, click HERE.
Boy Scout Troop 201 Fundraiser:  Moosehead Hoof & Ladder will donate 10% of your check to Troop 201 when you dine every Sunday in the month of March between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  This COUPON must be presented to your server for Troop 201 to receive the donation.   Brunch is available on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Troop 201 thanks you for your support!
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 1st, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.  All you can eat!
Please click HERE to download flyer with additional details.

Annual Career Fair Sponsored by Polaris Career Center in collaboration with Cuyahoga County – Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This annual event typically attracts 100 employers and more than 1,200 job seekers.  Polaris is currently seeking participation from both employers and job seekers.  For additional information, please click here.  For job seeker registration, please click here.  For employer registration, please click here.

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Youth Stage:  There will be a performance of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm and on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm and at 7 pm.  The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic!  Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Advance tickets are available through noon on April 19th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $13 for Orchestra A, $11 for Orchesta B, and $9 for Reserved Seating.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Plus, join us for a fun-filled, live animal show with renowned animal entertainer Jungle Terry, plus craft and a snack, at our special preshow event 90 minutes before each performance.  Preshow tickets are $15 each.

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Dine with Royalty:  Join Olmsted Performing Arts at our royal paradise at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls for dinner (6:00 pm on May 11th, 18th, & 19th  – $25/person) or breakfast (10:30 am on May 12th & 19th – $20/person).  Your experience includes breakfast (French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage) or dinner (chicken parmigiana, pasta, salad, and dinner rolls), a 30-45 minute floor show, photo opportunities, and a chance to meet Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Pochahontas, and the OPA Disney Dancers.  Enjoy Premium VIP seating and a private dining area for an additional $5 per ticket.  Advance tickets only.  Children under age 2 are free if they share a plate with an adult.  Purchase tickets  at www.olmstedperformingarts.com  or in person at our box office at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  This event will sell out.  Details are available at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.

SAVE THE DATE!  RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Welcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com.  Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.

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Parent Update – March 14, 2012

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OUTSTANDING BULLDOG PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE OLYMPIAD COMPETITION 

After four months of preparation, twenty-five 4th-6th graders participated in the Science Olympiad competition held last Saturday at Cleveland State University.  This was a rare cross-grade-level academic opportunity for students in our District. The students competed in twenty-four different events involving on-the-spot problem solving, construction, and in-depth knowledge on a wide variety of science topics.  These outstanding students achieved the following honors:

First place in Bridges, Circuits, Catapult, Legos and Experimental Design

Second place in Aerodynamics, Amphibians & Reptiles, Leaf & Tree, Lasers, and Weather

Third place in Anatomy, Egg Drop, Pentathlon, and Starry Starry Night

Fourth place in Mystery Powders and Rocks

Second place overall and medals in 16 events

Science Olympiad Team Members

6th grade: Joey d’Aliberti, Jacob Dahlinger, Shalin Desai, Danny Doherty, Natalie Partin, Madison Plumlee, Trevor Rodgers, Esha Vartak, Bill Wendling, Jack Wu

5th grade: Jamie Bridle, Emily Broski, Mia Colozza, Annelise Gomez, Noah Le, Disha Rathod, Claudia Schuh, Eric Sobera, Anthony Thompson, Mallory Witt

4th grade: Justin Andrews, Nick Gaba, Marissa Gazer, Edmund Leung, Andrew Vichill

Coaches:  Peggy Morris, Cindy Rodgers, Anne Miskimins, and parent Anthony Colozza volunteered his time on Saturday to judge an event

Congratulations to all these hardworking students and thanks to all the coaches and parents for your dedication, help and support!

 OFHS MATH DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES PI () DAY!

Teachers and students at Olmsted Falls High School celebrated Pi Day today!   Pi, a Greek letter (), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.  Pi = 3.1415926535…

 

OFHS math teachers wore matching “Pi Day” t-shirts today, and planned a variety of activities to  commemorate the special day. 

DID YOU KNOW?  Albert Einstein’s birthday is also today, March 14th!

MORE THAN 160 OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT 32ND ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET

More than 300 people were in attendance to recognize OFHS students for their academic achievements last Thursday evening at the 32nd Annual Academic Honors Banquet.  A record number of students were honored at this year’s event!  Students were joined by their families and other special guests for a dinner and awards ceremony held at Baldwin Wallace College.  To be recognized at this special event, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 4.0 for freshmen, 3.9 for sophomores, 3.8 for  juniors, and 3.7 for seniors.

To view the event program, including the list of students honored, please click HERE.   (Note:  the number of astericks (*) following a student’s name indicated how many years they’ve been invited to attend the event.)

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families!

SPECIAL GUESTS HELP ECC STUDENTS CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Students at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) began celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early this week thanks to some very special visitors.  Mr. Robert Stack (far left) and Mr. Patrick Logan, both members of the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums, entertained students with a special performance.  Mr. Stack is the father of preschool teacher Ms. Megan Stack.  Thank you to Mr. Stack and Mr. Logan for this very special visit!

ECC students were also treated to an Irish Jig dance performance by fellow ECC student Caroline Terrell, a kindergartner in Mrs. Doyle’s class (pictured on stage).

Thank you to Caroline for sharing your dance talent with us! 

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SELECTED TO PERFORM IN LOCAL HONOR CHOIRS

Congratulations to the following Olmsted Falls Middle School students who were selected to perform with the District 4 Honor Choir on February 25th:  Josh Aubel, Kristin Kawecki, Chris Kollm, Nick Kroo, Marisol Lambermont, Sydney Martin, Courtney Nelson and Justin Peck.

These students were selected among 85 other middle school students in the NE Ohio area.  The performance took place at Lakewood Civic Auditorium and was directed by former OFMS choral director, Eric Richardson.

Congratulations also to the following Olmsted Falls Middle School students who have been selected to perform with the Oberlin Choristers Honor Choir this Saturday, March 17th:  Joey d’Aliberti, Luke Andrus, Aleigha Angus, Olivia Begeman, Audra Bowers, Mary Candow, Kayla Falcone, Trisha Feighan, Dominic Gentile, Dana Rapchak, Lizzie Vukovic, Dylan Wellington and Bill Wendling.

These students will also be joining students from area Cuyahoga and Lorain County schools.  The performance will be at Lorain County Community College Stocker Center and the performance time will begin at 3 pm.

OFHS CLASS OF 2011 ALUMNUS SELECTED AS FIRST RECIPIENT OF A NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FROM JO-ANN FABRICS, INC.

OFHS Alumnus Natalie Sullinger (Class of 2011)

Congratulations to Bulldog alumnus Natalie Sullinger (Class of 2011) on being chosen as the first recipient of the Jo-Ann Fabrics “First Generation Scholarship” award, designed for students who are the first in their family to work toward a 4-year degree and who have experience/leadership in sewing, fabrics and/or crafts.

Natalie is currently studying at Kent State University. During her time at OFHS, Natalie was instrumental in organizing quilt making efforts for donation to local cancer patients.  She credits OFHS Counsleor Ms. Sherry Davis (who was her teacher at the time) for teaching her how to make her first cancer quilt.  To read more about this outstanding OFHS alumnus, please click here

Congratulations again to Natalie!

LET IT GO DAY RAISES AWARENESS

Mrs. Ambrosia's 4th grade class at OFIS "Lets It Go!"

Students in Mrs. Ambrosia’s class joined students across the District last Friday as Olmsted Falls Schools celebrated “Let It Go Day” – a day that encourages letting go of past grievences and promoted kindness and forgiveness among all.  On Let it Go Day, all students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools were encouraged to wear something GREEN to represent growth and new beginnings.  Mrs. Ambrosia’s class certainly went all out for the occasion!  Kudos to these 4th grade students, and to all of the students and staff across the District that participated in the 2nd Annual Let It Go Day!

OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PTA AND FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA INVITE PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO ATTEND COMBINED SPRING DINNER MEETING NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 20TH

Third grade parents (as well as anyone else interested) are invited and 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 dinner, 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, March 20th

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 March meeting.  There will be no F/L-ECC PTA meeting on March 27th.

ANNOUNCING…”FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE” TALENT SHOW NEXT FRIDAY!

Friday, March 23rd, 7 p.m.
Held at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $6 and available at the door.

 
Bring the whole family and enjoy music, songs, dance and fun for everyone! Come cheer on your favorite talent and performance groups.
 
All proceeds benefit OFHS PTA Scholarships!
 
POST PROM THANKS SUPPORTERS!

The OFHS Post Prom committee extends sincere thanks to all those who dined at Chic-Fil-A last Wednesday evening to help raise funds for Post Prom with this special Spirit Night Fundraiser. A fun night was had by all who attended.  Special thanks to Teri Petro who ran the raffle wheel, and to Jackie Keuhn and Barb Hurrell who helped refresh drinks for all customers!  Thanks also to Kayla, Tommy, Joanie and Cody for being on “Cow Patrol” for the night.  

 Please mark your calendars for these other upcoming fundraising events for Post Prom:

  • Thursday, April 19th – Dodgeball tournament at the OFHS, more details to come.
  • Saturday, April 28th – Wing Night/Chinese Raffle, more details to come.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.

Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

FALLS-LENOX EVENTS

Third Grade Literacy Night – TOMORROW, Thursday, March 15th!   The  final literacy night this year will take place from 6:00-7:45 p.m. and promises to be fun and engaging evenings for the children and their families.  We hope to see you there!

First Grade Concerts – NEXT Thursday, March 22nd at OFHS Auditorium.  Performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m. Concert:  Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Deluca, Mrs. Mariotti and Mrs. Patay.

7:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Vasco, Miss Sanfilippo, Mrs. Rivera, Dr. Kolozvary and Mr. Simon.

ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB) TEST FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH

Olmsted Falls High School will offer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test for any junior or senior interested in learning more about military careers.  The test is scheduled for THIS FRIDAY, March 16, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. in the high school guidance office.  Students can register for the test with their school counselor.  Read more about the ASVAB by clicking HERE.

OFHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES

Summer School registration for health and physical education classes for current 8th and 9th graders is already underway. 

Classes fill up fast! 

For additional information and to download enrollment forms, please click here.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

 The Easter Bunny is coming to Kiddie Kargo:  On Saturday, March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to the Kiddie Kargo at 8068 Columbia Road for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit by the Easter Bunny!  Make your reservations by March 15th at 440-235-2700.  All proceeds go to the Olmsted Community Preschool.  For more information, click HERE.
 

Boy Scout Troop 201 Fundraiser:  Moosehead Hoof & Ladder will donate 10% of your check to Troop 201 when you dine every Sunday in the month of March between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  This COUPON must be presented to your server for Troop 201 to receive the donation.   Brunch is available on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Troop 201 thanks you for your support!

Annual Career Fair Sponsored by Polaris Career Center in collaboration with Cuyahoga County – Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This annual event typically attracts 100 employers and more than 1,200 job seekers.  Polaris is currently seeking participation from both employers and job seekers.  For additional information, please click here.  For job seeker registration, please click here.  For employer registration, please click here

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Youth Stage:  There will be a performance of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm and on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm and at 7 pm.  The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic!  Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Advance tickets are available through noon on April 19th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $13 for Orchestra A, $11 for Orchesta B, and $9 for Reserved Seating.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Plus, join us for a fun-filled, live animal show with renowned animal entertainer Jungle Terry, plus craft and a snack, at our special preshow event 90 minutes before each performance.  Preshow tickets are $15 each.

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Dine with Royalty:  Join Olmsted Performing Arts at our royal paradise at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls for dinner (6:00 pm on May 11th, 18th, & 19th  – $25/person) or breakfast (10:30 am on May 12th & 19th – $20/person).  Your experience includes breakfast (French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage) or dinner (chicken parmigiana, pasta, salad, and dinner rolls), a 30-45 minute floor show, photo opportunities, and a chance to meet Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Pochahontas, and the OPA Disney Dancers.  Enjoy Premium VIP seating and a private dining area for an additional $5 per ticket.  Advance tickets only.  Children under age 2 are free if they share a plate with an adult.  Purchase tickets  at www.olmstedperformingarts.com  or in person at our box office at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  This event will sell out.  Details are available at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.

SAVE THE DATE!  RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Welcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com.  Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.

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Parent Update – March 7, 2012

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OFHS STUDENTS SEND THOUGHTS TO CHARDON

The students at OFHS gathered last Friday to capture this image to express their heartfelt support to Chardon High School.  Students and staff wore black and red on Friday in honor of Chardon, and gathered in the gymnasium as a school community to capture this memorable photo.  The photo has been sent to the Chardon High School principal along with the banner, which was also signed with personal messages from our students and staff to the students and staff at Chardon.

Olmsted Falls High School is proud of the students for coming up with this idea to lend support to the Chardon community during this difficult time.  This banner from OFHS is now on display in the gymnasium at Chardon High School.  The Olmsted Falls School District continues to keep all those impacted by the tragic shootings at Chardon High School in our thoughts and prayers.

DISTRICT CELERATES “LET IT GO” DAY THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH

"Let It Go" Poster by Jackie Swinerton

The Let It Go campaign began with a student’s vision presented to the OFHS Guidance Department in the Fall of 2010.  The student’s vision was for one day, we might let go of past grievances and promote a feeling of kindness and forgiveness among all people.

With the support of the district guidance team, district administration and teaching staff, the second annual Let It Go Day will take place this Friday, March 9th.

On Let it Go Day, all students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools are encouraged to WEAR SOMETHING GREENGreen represents growth and new beginnings.

In addition to wearing green, the following activities are planned at each school:

Falls-Lenox – Morning show announcements and students will be writing something down they want to let go of and tearing it up.

Intermediate – Ambassador presentations and morning show announcements

Middle School – Classroom presentations

High School – Classroom presentations throughout several curriculum areas:  Health, Art, Social Studies and Language Arts departments.

Also at OFHS, art students participated in a special project to create promotional posters to help spread awareness about Let It Go Day.  One of these outstanding poster creations is featured above.  To view a gallery of additional Let It Go posters, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSIDERED A LEADER IN COLLABORATION AND SHARED SERVICES

DID YOU KNOW?  The Olmsted Falls School District has a revenue-generating contract to provide bus maintenance services to Fairview Park City Schools.  This partnership began in 2010 and provides a win-win situation for both districts.  This latest example of shared services involving Olmsted Falls Schools generates a new revenue stream for our District, while providing a much-needed service and increased efficiencies for nearby Fairview Park.

This is not the first time Olmsted Falls School District’s Transportation Department has entered into a regional agreement of this type.  The District also provides maintenance and fuel services for Lakewood City Schools and the City of Olmsted Falls; and fuel services for Olmsted Township.

Click here to read an article from this week’s Westlife newspaper about Olmsted Falls School District’s partnership with Fairview Park City Schools.

PRESCHOOL STUDENTS SEE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Preschool students in Mrs. Atkinson’s a.m. and p.m. classes took a special tour of the Polling Location located in the Early Childhood Center gymnasium on Tuesday to learn about the election process. Students learned how people sign in to receive their ballots, saw the voting booths and “special pens” up close, and received American flags and special voting stickers to commemorate their mini field trip!

Mrs. Atkinson's A.M. Preschool Class

Mrs. Atkinson's P.M. Preschool Class

DEFENDING CHAMPION OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL SETS RECORD ON LAST WEEK’S SCHOLASTIC  GAMES  RADIO QUIZ PROGRAM

Congratulations to the OFHS Academic Team for their record setting performance on “The Scholastic Games of Lorain County” radio quiz program, which aired on WEOL (AM 930) on March 1st.  This highly anticipated competition pitted the program’s defending champion (our OFHS bulldogs) against Grafton’s large, former championship winning Midview High School.  The final score was 770 to 90, the highest winning score in the broadcast’s 22-year history. The previous high score of 740 was set by Admiral King High School more than a decade ago.

Olmsted Falls was represented by Brad Sevcik, team captain Sohan Vartak, and Marty Mendenhall, (pictured above) who won the “Standout Scholar” award this time around.  It is awarded on each broadcast to the student who contributes the most to his or her team and includes a $50 prize to the student.  Both Mendenhall and Vartak were on the championship team last year.   The team began the competition by correctly answering all of the questions in the first round, establishing a lead that was sustained throughout the program.

The program features five rounds of competition, focusing on questions of general knowledge, history, science, literature and other academic disciplines.   The program’s Historical Round features several items with a series of clues, the most difficult of which yields 50 points for a correct response, and Olmsted Falls managed two such answers in that round.  The Olmsted Falls Academic Team advisor is Ms. Rhonna Smith.  This was only Olmsted Falls’ second year in the competition.

MS STUDENTS ENJOY ANNUAL WEB LOCK-IN EVENT!

The Middle School is pleased to report that its 6th Annual Lock-In, hosted by WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) coordinators and leaders on this past Friday and Saturday, March 2nd & 3rd, was a spectacular event!  Sixth grade students enjoyed two activity sessions which included basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, nail painting, cookie baking, jewelry making and Wii stations. There was also dancing to their favorite songs to get everyone thoroughly exhausted before ending the evening sleeping in the OFMS and OFIS cafeterias.  Special thanks to our Middle School staff, teachers, custodians and parents.  Your kindness, support and help were greatly appreciated!  Thanks to your efforts, this year’s 6th graders had a great time building friendships and Bulldog spirit at this popular event!

For the complete photo gallery, click HERE

RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK CELEBRATION AT FALLS-LENOX

Many prominent members of our community took part in the recent Right-To-Read Week celebration at Falls-Lenox.  Students were treated to a camping themed reading celebration that included visits from guest readers like Dr. Hoadley and our newest School Board Member, Mr. Greg Surtman.  Along with District Administrators, the kids enjoyed visits from other supportive members of our community like Mayor Blomquist, Township Trustee Jeanene Kress, Chamber of Commerce Member Marie Grosh, School Resource Officer Bob Swope and many others.  It was a great outpouring of support for our students and showed the community’s committment to their education while reinforcing a life-long love of literacy.  Thank you to all who particpated in this week-long celebration of reading!

THANK YOU GUEST READERS!

Olmsted Falls Police Officer Bob Swope

Olmsted Township Trustee Mrs. Jeanene Kress

Olmsted Falls City Council member Mrs. Ann Marie Donnegan

Board of Education Member Mr. Greg Surtman

Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley

To view our entire Guest Reader gallery, please click here.

SPECIAL THANKS to the team of Falls-Lenox Library Media Assistants and other staff members who went above and beyond to make RTRW 2012 an exciting and memorable experience for the students!  Pictured below: (L to R) Mrs. Gae Reimer (Library Media Asst.), Mrs. Heather Hamilton (Main Office Secretary), Mrs. Nancy Franklin (Library Media Asst.), Mrs. Mary Kay Turner (Special Ed. Paraprofessional) and Mrs. Alice Miller (Library Media Asst.).  (Not pictured:  Library Media Assist. Ms. Lisa Bartsche.)

To view more photos from the Right-To-Read Week festivities at Falls-Lenox, please click here.

OFMS PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WINS GRANT

The Physical Education department at Olmsted Falls Middle School recently won a Target Field Trip grant, which helped pay for all 6th grade students to go bowling at Buckeye Lanes in North Olmsted. The Field Trip grant was awarded to help supplement the “Lifetime Activities” curriculum within the school’s PE department.

OLMSTED FALLS POLARIS STUDENT WINS CULINARY ARTS MEDAL

Congratulations to Yesenia Figueroa (pictured in back row), and her Junior team members at Polaris Career Center, for being awarded the Gold Medal at Region 3A Culinary Arts Competion at Cuyahoga Community College. Yesenia Figueroa is a student at the Chef Training Program at Polaris Career Center.

Not only did the team earn the Gold Medal, but her Junior team beat four others school (Beachwood School, Westshore Career Technical, Lakewood, Euclid City School) and their own Polaris Senior team.  Yesenia Figueroa and her two Junior team members are Region A-3 Champions and will be competing at the State Culinary Arts Competition on April 2012.

Polaris Culinary Art teams obtained 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals at the Region 3A competition last Satuday at Cuyahoga Community College.  Congratulations Yesenia!

POST PROM FUNDRAISER AT CHIC-FIL-A TONIGHT! 

TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 7th – North Olmsted Chick-Fil-A  – Mention Olmsted Falls Post Prom and we will receive a portion of the sales.

Also, please mark your calendars for these other upcoming fundraising events for Post Prom:

  • Thursday, April 19th – Dodgeball tournement at the OFHS, more details to come.
  • Saturday, April 28th – Wing Night/Chinese Raffle, more details to come.

OFHS SCHEDULING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013

Scheduling Current Grades 9-11:   OFHS Counselors are scheduling courses for 2012-13 in language arts classes from March 2th -14th. Scheduling recommendation forms will be coming home the week prior to scheduling. A parent signature is required on the scheduling form and students are asked to bring the signed form on their scheduling day.  Additionally, the Program of Studies is posted HERE for course descriptions and school policies.  All schedules will be finalized by June 15, 2012.

Current 8th graders:  Students will receive scheduling sheets on March 12th and 13th and should bring the documents home to review schedule, select courses, and return sheet with a parent signature prior to scheduling on March 19th and 20th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.

Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

FALLS-LENOX EVENTS

Third Grade Literacy Night – Thursday, March 15th.   The final literacy night this year will take place from 6:00-7:45 p.m. and promises to be fun and engaging evenings for the children and their families.  We hope to see you there!

First Grade Concerts – Thursday, March 22nd at OFHS Auditorium.  Performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m. Concert:  Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Deluca, Mrs. Mariotti and Mrs. Patay.

7:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Vasco, Miss Sanfilippo, Mrs. Rivera, Dr. Kolozvary and Mr. Simon.

ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB) TEST AVAILABLE FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS

Olmsted Falls High School will offer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test for any junior or senior interested in learning more about military careers.  The test is scheduled on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. in the high school guidance office.  Students can register for the test with their school counselor.  Read more about the ASVAB by clicking HERE.

OFHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES

Olmsted Falls High School is once again offering a Summer Enrichment Program for health and physical education classes for current 8th and 9th grade students.  Classes begin on Thursday, June 7, 2012 and end on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.   The final exam date for all classes is Wednesday, June 27, 2012.   Both classes fulfill graduation requirements.  Since students are required to attend 15 classes, there will be one makeup day taught by the summer school staff on Thursday, June 28, 2012.  On the makeup day, health classes will be conducted in the morning and physical education classes will be conducted in the afternoon.

Registration will begin Monday, March 5, 2012.  Please be prompt with your reply as classes fill up quickly.  Tuition for each class is $150.00.  Enrollment forms will be available at both the high school and middle school guidance offices beginning March 5, 2012.

If interested, please click here to read the complete information letter regarding the Summer Enrichment Program.  To download an enrollment form from the high school website, please click here ** Important Note:  Registration for the Summer Enrichment programs began on March 5th.  

FREE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP / FINANCIAL AID ADVICE AVAILABLE FOR OFHS PARENTS & STUDENTS

Is college just around the corner for your student?  If so, OFHS is providing the opportunity for parents to meet individually with financial advisor Mr. Dave Minich from College Now of Greater Cleveland.  Mr. Minich has more than 40 appointments available to personally meet with parents/students to help connect them with different college scholarship and funding opportunities.  Mr. Minich can also help with filing for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Parents are highly encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity!  Below please find the dates and time frames for scheduling appointments with Mr. Minich:

March 13 (OFHS Guidance Office) 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

April 10 (OFHS Guidance Office) 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please call Ms. Tommye Laut in the HS Counseling Department at 427-6116 to schedule your appointment today.

Parents are also encouraged to visit the Counselor’s Corner of the OFHS website for additional scholarship resources.  Visit the OFHS Counselor’s Corner by clicking here, and look for “Scholarship Information” under the Forms section about half way down the page on the right-hand side.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.

Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

OPA’s Got Talent:  Watch talented young people from around Northeast Ohio as they compete in OPA’s Got Talent at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, THIS FRIDAY, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.  See www.olmstedperformingarts.com for details.

 The Easter Bunny is coming to Kiddie Kargo:  On Saturday March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to the Kiddie Kargo at 8068 Columbia Road for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit by the Easter Bunny!  Make your reservations by March 15th at 440-235-2700.  All proceeds go to the Olmsted Community Preschool. For more information, click HERE

Boy Scout Troop 201 Fundraiser:  Moosehead Hoof & Ladder will donate 10% of your check to Troop 201 when you dine every Sunday in the month of March between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  This COUPON must be presented to your server for Troop 201 to receive the donation.   Brunch is available on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Troop 201 thanks you for your support!

OLMSTED FALLS YOUTH LACROSSE UPDATE – Olmsted Falls Lacrosse started their 3rd season with indoor practices to develop stick skills, conditioning, and team strategy.  A record number of young athletes have registered to participate in the fastest game on two feet!  Over 100 games against many local area teams are scheduled for this upcoming season that will culminate with 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade state championship tournaments.  For more information, game schedules, and photos, check out www.olmstedfallslax.com or friend us on Facebook at ‘Olmsted Falls Lacrosse’.

Annual Career Fair Sponsored by Polaris Career Center in collaboration with Cuyahoga County – Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This annual event typically attracts 100 employers and more than 1,200 job seekers.  Polaris is currently seeking participation from both employers and job seekers.  For additional information, please click here.  For job seeker registration, please click here.  For employer registration, please click here.  Note:  The deadline to be included in the employer directory is March 7th.

TICKETS ON SALE….

Olmsted Performing Arts Youth Stage:  There will be a performance of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm and on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm and at 7 pm.  The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic!  Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Advance tickets are available through noon on April 19th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $13 for Orchestra A, $11 for Orchesta B, and $9 for Reserved Seating.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Plus, join us for a fun-filled, live animal show with renowned animal entertainer Jungle Terry, plus craft and a snack, at our special preshow event 90 minutes before each performance.  Preshow tickets are $15 each.

Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with royalty:  Join Olmsted Performing Arts at our royal paradise at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls for dinner (6:00 pm on May 11th, 18th, & 19th  – $25/person) or breakfast (10:30 am on May 12th & 19th – $20/person).  Your experience includes breakfast (French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage) or dinner (chicken parmigiana, pasta, salad, and dinner rolls), a 30-45 minute floor show, photo opportunities, and a chance to meet Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Pochahontas, and the OPA Disney Dancers.  Enjoy Premium VIP seating and a private dining area for an additional $5 per ticket.  Advance tickets only.  Children under age 2 are free if they share a plate with an adult.  Tickets go on sale at www.olmstedperformingarts.com on March 11th Tickets will be on sale in person on Saturday, March 10th from 1-4 pm at our box office at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  This event will sell out.  Details are available at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.

SAVE THE DATE!  RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOLWelcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com.  Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.

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