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Parent Update – May 30, 2012

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2012-2013 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Friday, June 15, 2012.   Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2012-2013 school year.

SIGNS OF CELEBRATION:  CLASS OF 2012 BULLDOGS RECEIVE SURPRISE SIGNS

OFHS Social Studies teacher Mr. Jeff Kho places a sign in the yard of a Bulldog grad.

OFMS Principal Mr. Mark Kurz helps spread congrats to Class of 2012

The faculty, staff and administration of Olmsted Falls Schools began a new tradition this year by personally distributing congratulatory yard signs to each member of the graduating class of 2012!

This afternoon, more than 35 volunteers canvassed Bulldog country placing a special “Congrats” sign in the yard of each graduating member of the Class of 2012.

The gesture was a perfect way for Bulldog staff to show the great pride they have in these Bulldog grads!

The sign blitz comes on the eve of graduation.  The OFHS Class of 2012 will participate in Commencement tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 31st, at 8:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.  Congrats OFHS Class 2012!

OFHS STUDENT OFF TO FRANCE

Congratulations to OFHS junior Morgan Santoro, a third year French student in Mr. Charles May’s class, on being awarded a scholarship and being accepted into the L’Academie de France in Montpellier, France!

The scholarship is sponsored by Oxford University and the University of Montpellier. Morgan applied by submitting an example of her written French in order to qualify. The scholarship will cover her tuition to study French in the Hexagon.  Her excellent educational journey will last a full month over this summer.

Morgan’s tenacity and drive are truly impressive. She provides yet another reason to be proud of Olmsted Falls students! We wish Morgan an outstanding trip!  Bon voyage!

OFMS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN STATE POWER OF THE PEN TOURNAMENT

Two eighth graders and four seventh graders ventured to The College of Wooster to participate in the State Power of the Pen Tournament. They went for two days and wrote in three rounds of writing competing against the best in the state.

Two students wrote exceptionally well that is worthy of mention. 7th grader, Nathan Loepp, advanced to the Power Round of writing, which is reserved only for the top 54 kids in the state out of 350 7th graders there.   Morgan Finau received a BEST of the BEST Award for a piece she had written at the Regional tournament, which went up against all other Number One pieces in the state to accomplish this honor.  Her piece will be published in the Book of Winners, put out by Power of the Pen each year.

Coaches Mrs. Gulden and Miss Scalley are very proud of their students’ accomplishments each year as they always qualify for States!

THIRD GRADE STUDENTS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE

As their final social studies project for the year, third grade students at Falls-Lenox Primary School put on quite a display at the Third Annual Wax Museum.

Students researched historical figures and modern-day personalities to put together displays which they shared with fellow students, staff and guests.

Parents, grandparents and other family members, as well as fellow students packed the gym to tour the rows of students – who were all dressed as the individual they had studied.

The push of a button brought each student to life as they recited factual information about their subject.

Entertaining and educational, the 3rd Grade Wax Museum was a must see event.

To view a collection of photos from this special event, please click HERE.

HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” A SUCCESS

Fun was had by all who attended last week’s “Get to Know You Social,” sponsored by the new Helping Hands program. The event took place at Falls-Lenox Primary School bringing together students and families from a variety of grade levels for an evening of fun activities and new friends!

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program helps parents and children discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.

Congratulations to Helping Hands on a great first event!  To view the complete photo gallery from the “Get to Know You Social,” please click HERE.

SUPPORTERS INVITED TO END-OF-YEAR OFMA BBQ NEXT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH

The Olmsted Falls Music Association would like to thank everyone that supported the program this year!  We want to thank everyone from parents to members and to those who purchased donuts.  As our thank you to all please join the Olmsted Falls Music Association for the OFMA end of the year BBQ.

We encourage anyone that has an interest in learning about OFMA or that has questions about your child’s involvement in music to attend.  All are welcome! 

OFMA end of the year BBQ, 7pm on Wednesday, June 6th at East River Park.

FAMILY COUNCIL TAKING SHAPE FOR 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR

In collaboration with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, the Olmsted Falls School District has formed a Family Council support team to serve and support the unique learning needs of children within the district.  Comprised of the Director of Pupil Services and parents of children with special needs, the team has spent the past year developing its mission to create a forum for families to share and discuss information to  support their children’s education planning needs.  Earlier this year, the team developed and distributed an online survey to gather feedback from families with children with an IEP or 504 plan to gauge needs.  With responses from 80 families with children ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school, the feedback has been very helpful.  Thank you to everyone who responded!  When the school year begins in August, families can expect to hear more about the team’s efforts at PTA meetings and through the Bulldog Blog.  If you would like to join our email list, please email the team at familycouncil@ofcs.net.  To learn more about community resources and activities for children with special needs, visit RedTreeHouse.org.

OFHS STUDENT QUALIFIES FOR THE STATE TRACK MEET

Junior Allison Duber qualified for the state track and field meet with a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash at the Amherst Regional meet.

Her time of 56.96 beat her own school record by over a second.  This is Allison’s third straight year that she has qualified for the state meet.

Olmsted Falls was also represented at the regional meet  by Senior Tyler Knapp and Junior Danielle Augustin.  Tyler finished 13th in the vault and Danielle Augustin finished 7th in the 100 Meter High Hurdles.

Congratulations to all and good luck to Allison at the state meet on June 1st and 2nd!

OLMSTED FALLS DEFEATS FIRELANDS TO WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE SCHOLASTIC  GAMES  CHAMPIONSHIP

Left to right: Marty Mendenhall, Team Captain Sohan Vartak, and Brad Sevcik

The radio quiz program featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools completed  its twenty-third season on the May 21st  broadcast  as Olmsted Falls High School became only the third school in its history to win its county championship in two consecutive years.  The Scholastic Games of Lorain County, a weekly series heard on WEOL (AM 930), closed its season with a final score of Olmsted Falls 520, Firelands 310.

Marty Mendenhall, right, of Olmsted Falls High School, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling for winning four “Standout Scholar Awards” during this season of Scholastic Games quiz broadcasts on WEOL radio (AM 930).

The seemingly invincible team, which set a high-scoring record (770 points) earlier in the season, was well below that mark, but still scored a decisive victory against a strong panel of students from Firelands.  Thirteen different schools have won the championship in the history of the radio program, but previously only Vermilion High School (in 2007 and 2008) and Elyria (in 1992 , 1993 and 1994) have won in consecutive years.

Olmsted Falls was again represented by Brad Sevcik, team captain Sohan Vartak,  Brad Sevcik, and Marty Mendenhall, who was awarded his fourth “Standout Scholar” award  on the program.  This is an honor designated each week by advisors and scorekeepers to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team, and Mendenhall has earned it in every appearance of the team this year.

ORDER  SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NEXT YEAR TODAY

Parents who have students entering  Kindergarten through 5th grade have the opportunity to purchase their children’s school supplies online.  The web site is http://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/.

It is so easy to pre-order your child’s school kits.  All the kits will be delivered to the school a week before school starts and will distributed on Visitation Day.

Each kit contains labels with your child’s name on it and all supplies are brand names.  All orders must be received by June 30th.   Please go to http://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/for more information.

ON-LINE PUBLIC AUCTION CONTINUES:  OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT  PARTICIPATES IN ON-LINE SURPLUS SALE TO DISPOSE OF USED EQUIPMENT / SUPPLIES

Olmsted Falls School District is participating in an on-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies.  This on-line auction is open to the public.  For information on how to access the auction site, please click HEREBidding Closes:  June 9, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.

OFHS RECEIVES LARGE DONATION OF BOOKS FROM FRIENDS OF OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY

THANK YOU to Denise Busch of Friends of the Olmsted Falls Library, who arranged the donation of more than 800 books for the classroom libraries at Olmsted Falls High School.

Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students’ independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.

Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker

Romance-Nicholas Sparks

Historical Fiction-James Michener

Biography-William Manchester

Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum

Detective Novels-Robert Parker

Science Fiction-Dan Simmons

Fantasy-JRR Tolkien

Please drop your donations off at the high school office.   Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or jgaba@ofcs.net.

OFHS STUDENTS MAKE DIFFERENCE AS UCREW VOLUNTEERS

Five Olmsted Falls High School students were among the UCREW volunteers that recently helped host a charity rock concert to benefit the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC), the leading Cleveland nonprofit in the fight against child abuse and neglect.

OFHS students Morgan Santoro, Abigail Hartline, Sarah Feldt, Tré Dufner, and Madeline Matia are all members of UCREW, a local student volunteer organization.

The students helped to coordinate this concert event which raised more than $800 for the DVCAC!  The office of Congressman Dennis Kucinich has issued official Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for these students’ amazing work in organizing and executing this event. Moreover, all five Olmsted Falls students have received the prestigious Jefferson Award, a certificate issued by the Office of the President to recognize high school students that have achieved an outstanding level of service in their communities.

Congratulations to Morgan, Abigail, Sarah, Tre and Madeline for their great work!

OFHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE

OFHS student Arrianna Robinson (far left) participates in the Baldwin-Wallace Leadership and Public Policy Institute forum at CSU.

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls students Kevin Clancy, Christopher Fox and Arrianna Robinson for their participation in the Leadership and Public Policy Institute at Baldwin Wallace College this spring.

The culminating activity of the year was a special community forum, held earlier this month at CSU, in partnership with Levin College.The topic for the day was “An Eye for an Eye:  Is Capital Punishment Justice or Revenge?”

Featured speakers included Reverend William Mebane of Trinity Cathedral, State Representative Nickie Antonio from Ohio House District 13, and Helen Kopp, the sister of a murder victim.

The students represented Olmsted Falls High School very well and enjoyed participating in this unique learning experience.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  The following students are the STARS of the week:

6th – Jason Hendrix, Emily Kovach, Jeremy Shafer, Rylan Wikle

7th – Brittany Chapman, Carson Moore, Jacob Petti

8th – Will Pohlman, Leah Russo, Aaron Zawadzki

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

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS SEEK VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SUMMER’S NAUTICA CHARITY POKER FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters will once again partner with The Nautica Charity Poker organization to host a fundraising event to benefit OFAB.

This year’s Nautica fundraiser will take place beginning Thursday, June 28th through Sunday, July 1st.  Multiple shift times are available on all four days.

Please contact OFAB Vice President Jim Baldwin via email at jim.baldwin@amgreetings.com if you are available to volunteer.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

Plan on attending RELAY FOR LIFE 2012, June 9th – 10th at Olmsted Falls High School:   Come to the Best Birthday Party Ever – with 24 hours of fun, games, great entertainment, and fireworks — open to ALL — a great FAMILY EVENT!! You have to be there for the opening lap to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community! Then the entire day is filled with literally hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is something you just cannot explain…don’t miss it at 9, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry? Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast in the morning. The event is 24 hours and there will be teams and participants in the thousands! Won’t you join us?! Come see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays!  Click HERE for more information.
 
OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER SUMMER REGISTRATION DEADLINE REMINDERS:   TENNIS CAMP (June 18th – 22nd, 10am-11:30am daily for boys/girls entering grades 5th-9th) Cost: $50.  Registration Deadline: June 2nd; VOLLEYBALL CAMP (June 25th – 29th, 2 sessions available, 9am-10:30 am or 11am-12:30 pm for girls entering grades 2nd-8th) Cost: $50.  Limited Space, 1st come, 1st serve;  CO-ED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE (Mondays & Wednesdays beginning July 16 thru August 8th; 1-hour games between 10am-1pm for boys/girls entering grades 5th-9th)  Cost: $65 (includes League T-Shirt). Registration Deadline: June 22ndBASKETBALL CAMP (Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning July 10 thru August 2nd) Time slots vary by grade – 9am-10:30am (5th – 8th graders) and 11am-12:30pm (2nd – 4thgraders).  Cost: $75. Registration Deadline: July 5th.  REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.OLMSTEDCC.COM or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  Call 440-427-1599 with questions. To download additional information please click HERE.
 
 
 15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields – This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.
 

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center – Experience your own Spring training!  The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels.  Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or cl!ick HERE to download the registration form.

Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association SUMMER CAMP 2012:  July 11th – 13th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, 27043 Bagley Road.  Learn about the fastest game on two feet and get ready for next Spring’s Lacrosse season!! Camp is open to players of all skill levels from beginner to advance. Players will be separated by age and skill level to best meet the needs of each individual camper. The camp will focus on developing the skills of each individual camper.  Beginner campers will be taught the fundamentals of passing, catching, cradling, dodging and shooting. The more advanced camper will work to enhance stick skills while focusing on dodging, footwork, shooting, face-offs, and team concepts plus positional skills for Attack, Midfield, Defense and Goalie.  Learn more about Olmsted Falls Lacrosse at www.olmstedfallslax.com  Click HERE for the registration form.

Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace.  (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.)  The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students.  For more information, please visit:  http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html.  Register today!

2012 JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING at MALLARD CREEK!   Tee-times start @ 10:00 a.m. on both 1st and 10th tees – Four person scramble.  Cost $80 per golfer –  includes 18 holes-cart-lunch-dinner-prizes. Any and all Golfers or Want-to-Be Golfers are WELCOME!!  Come on out and have a fun day with your fellow alumni, teachers, administration, coaches, and friends!  Print a registration form by clicking HERE and mail with your check.  Or call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 or email us at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for a registration form.  Forms are also available at  the Board Office, 26937 Bagley Road.  Register as a foursome or fewer … we can match you with others and you’ll make new friends.  REGISTER EARLY!  All teams and individuals registered and PAID by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the door prize drawings.  All proceeds support the Alumni and Endowment Scholarship program for graduation Seniors.  Hope you can come!

Columbia Youth Footballwill be holding their sign-ups on Tuesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Columbia Park, Rt. 82 under the pavilion connected to the concession stand in Columbia Station. For additional information contact Dwayne at 216-276-0628 or columbiayouthfootball@hotmail.com  For the informational flyer, click HERE.

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Parent Update – May 23, 2012

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2012-2013 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Friday, June 15, 2012.   Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2012-2013 school year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

Twenty-two Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

Board President Jim Weisbarth (far right) and Vice President Joe Bertrand (far left) helped honor 22 Middle School students recognized in the Midwest Talent Search for their outstanding scores on the ACT and/or SAT tests.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are:  Jennifer Bertrand, Joseph Bertrand, Lauren Boros, Adrien Curtis, Jamie Dregalla, Hunter Gordon, Bennett Graham, Sara Hathcock, Megan Hoadley, Jacob Krucek, Matthew Metzger, Stephen Miller, Max Molkentin, Meghan O’Brien, Emily Olszewski, Christina Pedicini, Matthew Pedicini, Mallory Taylor, Rachel Walsh, Evan Woodruff, Jared Yant and Audrey Zbydnowski.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!  Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again!

HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” – Tomorrow, Thursday, May 24th

In order to create partnerships we thought it would be ideal to let the students “get to know” the “Helping Hands” students.

We are hosting our first event, a “Get to Know You Social” and we are inviting all parents and students that would benefit from this program.

When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Falls-Lenox playground and East Gym

Please click HERE for the form to attend this great program. Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.

5TH GRADE WRITERS COLLABORATE WITH HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS FOR ANNUAL YOUNG AUTHORS PROJECT

Art students from Olmsted Falls High School visited Olmsted Falls Intermediate School last week to celebrate the culmination of this year’s Young Authors Project.

A collaboration between fifth grade students at OFIS and art students at OFHS, this Young Authors Project combines the talents of these two groups of students in a fun and unique way with impressive results.

The fifth grade students worked in small groups to write short stories.  Each group was then paired up with an artist (or artists) from the High School.  The High School art students then illustrated the stories.  The story and illustrations were put together and bound into books, which were then shared at last week’s special gathering.

Kudos to all of these talented students and their teachers for a job well done! To view the gallery of photos from last week’s event, please click HERE

OFHS TREBLE CHOIR AND CHORALE RECEIVE SUPERIOR RATING

The Olmsted Falls High School Treble Choir and Chorale, qualified in March with a Superior rating at District Contest to compete at the State Level held at the end of April. Students were required to perform three classified pieces of music of contrasting musical styles before a panel of three State judges. From there they moved to the sightsinging portion of the competition where they were required to analyze and perform a piece they had never seen or heard before another State judge. Each judge gave a rating on a five point scale, with “I” being the highest. Both choirs earned the highest rating possible, receiving a “I” from each of their four judges.   I  I  I  I  = a Straight Superior Rating at State  x 2!    Congratulations Bulldogs!!

OFMS 8TH GRADE CONCERT BAND RECEIVES SUPERIOR RATING

On Friday, the 2nd period Eighth Grade band traveled to Tri-C for the OMEA-sponsored Large Group Contest.  The band rehearsed diligently for this intense situation where three music educators judged the band on performances of three difficult Class A pieces.  All three judges rated the band “Superior” with an overall score of “I” (Superior).  Congratulations to the 8th Grade band!

OFMS PAW PRINT STAFF TOURS THE PLAIN DEALER

On Thursday, May 17, the Paw Print staff took a free walking tour of The Plain Dealer plant located at 4800 Tiedeman Road.  The tour took the club through the history and processing of a print newspaper.  One important fact they learned from their tour guide, Bernie, is that The Plain Dealer plant is a very “green” facility.  They recycle all waste materials.  In construction, they even went so far as to use ground-up runway concrete from Cleveland Hopkins airport as a support for their huge printing presses!  After the tour, students enjoyed a lunch at nearby Steak ‘n Shake.  Overall, it was a very fun and informative experience!

ON-LINE AUCTION OPEN TO PUBLIC:  OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT  IS PARTICIPATING IN ON-LINE SURPLUS SALE TO DISPOSE OF USED EQUIPMENT / SUPPLIES

Olmsted Falls School District is participating in an on-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies.  This on-line auction is open to the public.  For information on how to access the auction site, please click HEREBidding Closes:  June 9, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.

GUEST SPEAKERS SHARE REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE WITH HIGH SCHOOL STATISTICS STUDENTS

Dr. Ann Jensen and Kevin O’Malley, statistical consultants from Lubrizol Corporation, spoke to approximately fifty of Donna Langenderfer’s AP Statistics students about what statisticians do on a day-to-day basis and what skills and education are necessary for their statistical work.

Kudos to Ms. Langenderfer for bringing the concepts students are learning about in the classroom to life as these special guests explained how they use statistics in their work each day!

OFMS 7th GRADE STUDENTS COMPLETE SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS

In preparation for the upcoming Sustainability Fair on May 30th, Mrs. Henton and Mrs. Dean held class science fairs in which students presented their sustainability projects.

Each 7th grade student researched a sustainability topic and some students chose topics that involved conducting an experiment.  They chose topics ranging from wind energy to testing green cleaning products.

The goal was for students to learn the value of taking care of their environment and hopefully, everyone who attends the fair will learn at least one method of making the planet a less toxic and healthier place in which to live!  For more photos of these outstanding sustainability projects, please click HERE.

REMINDER:  Don’t miss the Sustainability Fair set for May 30th from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This is a joint effort between the 7thgrade science department and the Solid Waste Management District.  The public is invited to come and learn through student projects and local vendors about alternative transportation, solar and wind energy, water conservation, general green building, sustainable materials, green cleaning and indoor air quality.   Also, there will be natural stone oven cooked pizza for sale by In Forno Pizza if anyone is hungry! An eating area will be set up in the cafetorium; drinks will also be sold.  Make it a dinner event for your family!  Click HERE to view the flyer.

MRS. STANCZAK’S 4TH GRADERS GET INTO THE POPCORN BUSINESS

Mrs. Sharon Stanczak’s 4th Grade Social Studies classes learned what it was like to own and run a business as part of the economic unit of the curriculum.  During instruction, the classes covered concepts such as production, consumption, supply and demand, and entrepreneurship.

As part of running the popcorn business, the classes sponsored the “1st Annual OFIS Read-A-Thon”:  While the 4th and 5th graders read and decorated book covers, the 5th grade business owners sold them popcorn, drinks, and bookmarks!

FALLS-LENOX 2nd GRADE INVENTION FAIR

Have you ever had a great idea for a new invention?   The second grade Falls-Lenox students have many new invention ideas and showcased their creativity in an invention fair last week.  The students worked very hard to create an invention that they  showcased to parents, teachers, and other students.

Each student displayed his/her invention, explained why they created the invention, how they made it, and what it does.  The inventions were unique and included ideas, such as a hands-free dog leash and a homework machine.  Great job to all of the second grade teachers and students!  For more photos of this event, please click HERE.

THIRD GRADERS VISIT OFIS

On May 16th, the third grade students visited Olmsted Falls Intermediate School to take a tour of the building they will be attending as fourth graders.  The students were very excited to see their new school and meet the teachers.  They toured the classrooms, library, computer lab, cafeteria, and office.

The students also had the opportunity to hear about the Intermediate School from current fourth grade students.  Mr. Svec greeted and spoke to the students and answered many questions.

The third graders are looking forward to a great fourth grade year at OFIS!

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.

CAREER DAY AT FALLS-LENOX

The Third Grade Falls-Lenox Career Day took place on Friday, May 18th.  Many parents and volunteers came to share their careers with the students, as well as answer questions.  A few of the favorite careers included:  the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Helicopter pilot and nurses, police officers, martial arts instructors, a soldier, and college professor.  The students learned a lot and had a great afternoon.  A special thanks to all of the parents and Lacey Gordon, the Falls-Lenox guidance counselor, for planning this exciting event!  For more photos, please click HERE.

BOARD HONORS DISTRICT SCHOOL BUS DRIVER

Congratulations again to Olmsted Falls School District Bus Driver Deb Campanalie on being named the “Ohio North Region Driver of the Year” by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT).

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored Mrs. Campanalie at their May Board meeting held last Thursday.

Pictured from left to right:  District Transportation Director Heath Krakowiak, Driver of the Year Deb Campanalie and District Business Affairs Director Tim Atkinson at the May 19th Board of Education Meeting.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENT SHARES DISCOVERY WITH CLASSMATES

Kindergartner Madi Raich brought a special visitor with her to class last week – a giant moth she had found at John’s Plant Farm!  Her family had brought it home to care for it because it had a torn wing.  It is a Cecropia (pronounced seh-crow-p-uh) Moth, and Mrs. Strawser’s class got a big kick out of seeing such a BIG moth close-up.

Thank you to Madi’s mom for sharing the picture and kudos to our kindergarten class for being so eager to learn and share!

FOUR OFHS EAGLE SCOUTS FROM SAME TROOP INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Congratulations to Troop 201 2012 National Honor Society Inductees and Eagle Scouts Eddie Zajac, Adam Woodruff, Christopher Fox, and Matthew Wachoviac!

OFHS NEEDS BOOK DONATIONS!

Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students’ independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.

Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker
Romance-Nicholas Sparks
Historical Fiction-James Michener
Biography-William Manchester
Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum
Detective Novels-Robert Parker
Science Fiction-Dan Simmons
Fantasy-JRR Tolkien

Please drop your donations off at the high school office.   Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or jgaba@ofcs.net.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  The following students are the STARS of the week:

6th – Meredith Gardner, Maggie Harris, Josh Jaeckin, Yasmeen Yaghmour

7th – Kaci Burton, Miranda Gibels, Sarah Parfejewiec

8th – Erin Hetchler

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

OFIS STUDENTS SURPASS KICK-IT FUNDRAISING GOAL WITHIN FIRST WEEK – CAVALIERS OFFICIAL HOST AHMAAD CRUMP TO ATTEND OFIS FIELD DAY MAY 29 TO COLLECT OFFICIAL DONATION CHECK;  TOP CLASSES TO PLAY KICK-BALL AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD ON JUNE 8

Just over a week ago, OFIS held its official kick-off assembly for its Kick-It For Cancer fundraising drive.  The school set a goal to raise $5,000 dollars over the course of the drive, which will culminate with two official Kick-It for Cancer games taking place in conjunction with this year’s Field Days.  In just the first week, students have already raised $7,500 – surpassing their original goal!  Students at OFIS have Kick-It fever for sure – many have reached the individual fundraising goal of $30 dollars which earns them a free Kick-It t-shirt!

Cleveland Cavaliers host Ahmaad Crump has taken notice and plans to personally attend next week’s 5th Grade Kick-It Game at Field Day to accept the official check donation on behalf of the Kick-It organization.  Additionally, for every $3,000 raised, another of the top fundraising classrooms will get to play a game of kickball on Progressive Field on Friday, June 8 – top two classes will play so far!

For information on the 5th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.

For information on the 4th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Thursday, May 31st at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – WEEK 4 WINNERS!   

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle Fundraiser.  As promised, here is the list of our winners for the 4th week of May: 

5/20 Andy Voisinet – Olmsted Auto Care Free Oil Change

5/21 Sally Klek – Bulldog Spirit Wear Basket

5/22 Michelle Mitchell – $25 Sheetz Gift Card

5/23  Mary Goetz – $20 Target Gift Card

5/24 Allison Anway – Fairview Lanes Moonrock bowling

5/25 Amy Schneider – Entertainment Book

5/26 Kristi Sgro – Tastefully Simple Basket

5/27 Heather Cruz – $26 Chick Fil A platter

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

TOMORROW NIGHT!  HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS interested in playing Lacrosse next Spring, 2013:  Thursday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. at the High School Cafe:  Come find out why the Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association has grown from 25 boys in 2010 to over 160 boys and girls in 2012.  Learn how to play the fastest sport on two feet!!  Check us out at olmstedfallslax.com or visit us on Facebook at “Olmsted Falls Lacrosse” and view pictures of our 2012 season.

For the week of May 21-25th, come support the Olmsted Falls Relay For Life during the Olmsted Falls vs. North Olmsted Spirit Week at Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd.  Come anytime during the week and check out our awesome decorations.  Say you are there to support the “OLMSTED FALLS Relay For Life” and we will get credit for your purchase!  Let’s show whose relay has the most spirit!!

Olmsted Township Dedication Event – ALL INVITED!  Saturday, May 26th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The community is cordially invited to the dedication of the Olmsted Township Fire Station, Police Station and renovated Town Hall, at the corner of Fitch & Cook Roads.  To download a copy of the invitation, please click HERE.
 
Plan on attending RELAY FOR LIFE 2012, June 9th – 10th at Olmsted Falls High School:   Come to the Best Birthday Party Ever – with 24 hours of fun, games, great entertainment, and fireworks — open to ALL — a great FAMILY EVENT!! You have to be there for the opening lap to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community! Then the entire day is filled with literally hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is something you just cannot explain…don’t miss it at 9, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry? Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast in the morning. The event is 24 hours and there will be teams and participants in the thousands! Won’t you join us?! Come see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays!  Click HERE for more information.
 
Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) –  Registration forms still being accepted for boys and girls baseball and softball summer leagues, from T-Ball to 18U.  Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.

15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center Experience your own Spring training!  The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels.  Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or cl!ick HERE to download the registration form.

Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace.  (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.)  The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students.  For more information, please visit:  http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html.  Register today!

2012 JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING at MALLARD CREEK!   Tee-times start @ 10:00 a.m. on both 1st and 10th tees – Four person scramble.  Cost $80 per golfer –  includes 18 holes-cart-lunch-dinner-prizes. Any and all Golfers or Want-to-Be Golfers are WELCOME!!  Come on out and have a fun day with your fellow alumni, teachers, administration, coaches, and friends!  Print a registration form by clicking HERE and mail with your check.  Or call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 or email us at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for a registration form.  Forms are also available at  the Board Office, 26937 Bagley Road.  Register as a foursome or fewer … we can match you with others and you’ll make new friends.  REGISTER EARLY!  All teams and individuals registered and PAID by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the door prize drawings.  All proceeds support the Alumni and Endowment Scholarship program for graduation Seniors.  Hope you can come!

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Parent Update – May 16, 2012

OFHS MAKES  U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S ANNUAL RANKINGS OF NATION’S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS

Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of the nation’s best high schools. For the second year in a row, OFHS made a good showing in the rankings. OFHS ranked number 76 of 873 high schools in the state (this number includes 124 charter schools). This ranking marked OFHS as one of only 93 schools in the state that was awarded a silver medal for our academic prowess.

In addition, OFHS ranked number 1,513 of approximately 22,000 public high schools in 49 states.  A link to the article is found below:

U.S. News Best High Schools

This ranking puts OFHS in an elite category and it could not be accomplished without the dedication of the teaching faculty, students, parents, and community. Thank you for all of your hard work for our students!

D.A.R.E. PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT STUDENTS IN OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS

Olmsted Township Police Officer Jackie Ketterer

The popular D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program will continue to benefit students in the Olmsted Falls School system during the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.  This important program has been offered to students continuously for a good number of years thanks to grant funding and ongoing partnerships with both the Olmsted Falls Police Department and the Olmsted Township Police Department, who have historically taken turns running the program.

For the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, Olmsted Township Police Officer Jackie Ketterer will serve as the District’s D.A.R.E. officer for the program at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  Officer Ketterer will also continue in her role as School Resource Officer at Olmsted Falls High School.

Olmsted Falls School District wishes to thank the City of Olmsted Falls and Officer Bob Swope for his work as the District’s D.A.R.E. officer for the past few years.  Olmsted Falls School District and its students are very fortunate to have two outstanding law enforcement agencies engaged in this important education program.

ECC PLAYGROUND COMMUNITY BUILD PROJECT A HUGE SUCCESS – THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

A large crew of community members came together this past Saturday to help build the new adaptive playground at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) – a project more than two years in the making!  Enthusiastic volunteers assembled around 8:00 a.m. to be a part of this exciting community project, which was made possible through a partnership including the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Olmsted Township, and Olmsted Falls Schools.

The playground build was a huge success!  There was such a large and hard-working group of volunteers that the work – which was expected to take all day – was wrapped up by 1:00 p.m.!

Thanking the many, many individuals and groups who were on-hand for Saturday’s build is a daunting task!  Thank you to Township Trustee Sherri Lippus, Township Director of Department of Public Service Ed Salk, members of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club, Bulldog football coaches and players, Janet Asche and her Girls Scout Troop, Donna Winter and friends from Olmsted Community Outreach, the ECC preschool staff and their families, parent volunteers, and, of course, the crew from GameTime, Tim Atkinson, Tom Dipert, and their crew.   Thanks also to Shaker’s IGA, Cici’s and PTA who donated food for the crew.  Finally special thanks to all of the members of ECC Playground Committee who kept the ball rolling on this project for our kids – especially Ali Doick and Melinda Brunner.

To all those that helped – those whom we’ve mentioned and those whom we may have regretfully missed – please accept our sincerest gratitude and know how very much you are appreciated!!

For photos of the day, please click HERE.

If you have access to Facebook, please visit the Olmsted Township page for more photos or click HERE.

MARY KAY TURNER RECEIVES OUTSTANDING PARAPROFESSIONAL AWARD

We are very proud to have Mary Kay Turner, paraprofessional at Falls-Lenox, honored at the Educational Service Center’s  Annual Ceremony to Recognize Excellence in Education for Students with Disabilities. She received  the Outstanding Paraprofessional Award for providing excellent service and making contributions that have enhanced the lives of students and their families.  She is a very positive part of the Falls-Lenox team and goes above and beyond to support students every day.   Mrs. Turner was honored with select special education students and adults that work with those students.  Honorees were selected from schools throughout Cuyahoga County.  Mrs. Turner attended the ceremony with Intervention Specialist Karen Megery and Principal Colleen Longville.

OFHS HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MAY ART SHOW!

Olmsted Falls High school held its annual May Art Show last Friday featuring work by students, alumni, staff, and community members.  A large variety of visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing pieces were on display as students and visitors toured the show, held in the gymnasium, throughout the day.

As always, the special booth exhibits created by Olmsted Falls seniors were a real treat to explore!  Kudos to our graduating bulldogs and all of the show participants for their creativity and talent!

A special thank you to Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club which sponsors the May Show!

To view additional photos from this year’s May Show, please click HERE.

ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES

The Healthy Hero Program is designed to teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing your hands, coughing and sneezing in your sleeve, and sleeping well.

Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants were entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toys-R-Us.

A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.

Congratulations to the following winners of the monthly drawings:

At the ECC:  Luisa Vallejo, Jessica Wolanin, Braeden Mueller and Carly Nelson

At Falls-Lenox:  Journey Walters, Brooke Peduzzi, Farrah Mobydeen and Aidan Engel

To view our Healthy Heroes photo gallery, please click HERE.

PARENTS, RELATIVES & FRIENDS GATHER AS MRS. STRAWSER’S CLASS PRESENTED ITS “KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION PROGRAM”

Parents, family and friends were invited to Mrs. Strawser’s Kindergarten Celebration Program at the ECC last Friday.  The children sang songs and reciting poems to celebrate the end of the year and all that they have learned in kindergarten.  Special writing and art projects were also on display.  Refreshments were served and a wonderful, memorable time was had by all.  To view more pictures from this event, please click HERE.

MEET MRS. MORO

Mrs. Jackie Moro is a Language Arts teacher at Olmsted Falls High School.  Mrs. Moro works hard each day to make sure her Language Arts students are succeeding.

She makes class interesting and fun, she is passionate about her subject, and she has a very positive and upbeat attitude that is contagious to students and staff.  If anyone is having a bad day and runs into Mrs. Moro, they will walk away smiling. She has fully embraced the new reader workshop model, and is getting kids excited about reading their choice books.

In her spare time, Mrs. Moro coaches softball and takes care of her three rescued dogs.

Kudos to Mrs. Moro for her daily positive impact on students and staff!

FALLS-LENOX FOOD DRIVE BENEFITS FOOD PANTRY

During the months of April and May, Falls-Lenox held a food drive to collect food for the Olmsted Community Church.  The Olmsted Community Church houses a food pantry which is sponsor by the Christians in Action group.

The food pantry helps feed nearly a hundred families in our community.

Falls-Lenox collected fruit cups for the month of April and will be collecting hamburger helper, macaroni & cheese, and spaghettios for the month of May.  All donations are greatly appreciated!

OFIS 4TH GRADERS ENJOY ANNUAL FIELD TRIP TO SWINGS & THINGS

On Monday, the 4th graders at OFIS walked to Swings & Things and enjoyed a day full of sun and fun!

FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH CRITTERS AT THE ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY

On May 14th, the Falls-Lenox students participated in the Animals and the Environment assembly sponsored by the PTA.

During the assembly, the presenter, Mr. Oliver shared many animals, such as a dove, tortoise, small alligator, and snake.  He also taught the students where these animals come from and how they live in our environment.  The assembly allowed the students an opportunity to get up close to various animals that they would otherwise not get to see.

A special thank you to our PTA for organizing and sponsoring this assembly.  The students had a great time!   To view more photos from this special assembly, please click HERE.

KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 23RD & 24TH

Screening appointments for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th.  If you have a student who will be starting kindergarten this coming fall and have not yet scheduled a screening appointment, please call the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) main office at 427-6360 as soon as possible.

Enrollment for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year took place in March.  If you have not yet enrolled your child for kindergarten, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form.  Please contact Loretta McClelland at 427-6360 as soon as possible to schedule a registration appointment time.  You will need to bring the completed registration form and required documents to your registration appointment.  A kindergarten screening appointment will be scheduled for your child during your registration appointment.

If anyone knows of a family with an incoming kindergarten student who may not have registered yet, please pass this important information along to them!  Thank you!

HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” – Thursday, May 24th

In order to create partnerships we thought it would be ideal to let the students “get to know” the “Helping Hands” students. We are hosting our first event, a “Get to Know You Social” and we are inviting all parents and students that would benefit from this program.

When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Falls-Lenox playground and East Gym

Please click HERE for the form to attend this great program.  Completed forms should be emailed by Tuesday, May 22nd to Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) or Sherry Davis (sdavis@ofcs.net).

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.

OFHS NEEDS BOOK DONATIONS!

Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students’ independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.

Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker
Romance-Nicholas Sparks
Historical Fiction-James Michener
Biography-William Manchester
Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum
Detective Novels-Robert Parker
Science Fiction-Dan Simmons
Fantasy-JRR Tolkien

Please drop your donations off at the high school office.   Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or jgaba@ofcs.net.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  The following students are the STARS of the week:

6th – Reese Conder , Alexandra Enczur, Megan Pauley, Hannah Tacket

7th – Matt Johnson, Evan Wochele

8th – Jocelyn Breisacher, Maeve Leonard

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARIAN VISITS ECC STUDENTS TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE LIBRARY’S EXCITING SUMMER READING PROGRAM:  MISSION POSSIBLE!

ECC students had a special visitor last Friday as a representative from the Cuyahoga County Public Library shared story time with the children in the ECC library.

The children also learned about the Library’s exciting summer reading program:  Mission Possible!  Olmsted Falls School District encourages students of all ages (and parents, too!) to get registered and participate in this year’s program.

Mission Possible:   Pre-registration began May 1, 2012.   Come to the Olmsted Falls  branch beginning June 9th to pick up your registration prize.  Read from June 9th to August 11, 2012 – the game is open to all ages.  To sign up for this program, please click HERE

To download a flyer of all library programs this summer, click HERE.

SUSTAINABILITY FAIR AT OFMS

A Sustainability Fair is being offered on May 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This is a joint effort between the 7th grade science department and the Solid Waste Management District.

Come learn through student projects and local vendors about alternative transportation, solar and wind energy, water conservation, general green building, sustainable materials, green cleaning and indoor air quality.  Click HERE to view the flyer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – WEEK 1 & 2 WINNERS!   

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle Fundraiser.  We were able to earn over $1,200.00 that will be used toward student scholarships, field trips and activities.  As promised, we will post the weekly winners.  The winners for the 2nd and 3rd week of May are:

5/5 The O’Malley family – $25 Giant Eagle Gift card

5/6 Michael Struk – Bath and Body Gift Basket

5/7 Kati O’Brien – 2012 Entertainment Book

5/8 Richard Owens – Bulldog Youth Spirit Wear

5/9 Lisa Hawk – Buckeye Lanes Bowling passes

5/10 Dan & Kristin Nelson – $25 Pampered Chef gift certificate

5/11 Becca Noernberg – Swings N Things mini golf passes

5/12 Kathy Meadows – $10 Gibbs Butcher Block gift certificate

5/13 Debbie Woods – Bulldogs Bakers basket

5/14 Holly Riggle – 2 Lake Erie Monsters Club Seats

5/15 Terry McLellan – 2012 Entertainment book

5/16 Rob Coxon – $25 Starbucks gift card

5/17 Heather Cruz – Spa Basket

5/18 Skerritt Family – $25 Sheetz gift card

5/19 Samuel Katona – North Olmsted Rec Center passes

Congratulations!!!!!!  And good luck to everyone who participated.  Watch this blog for next week’s winners.

OFIS STUDENTS PLAN TO KICK IT FOR CANCER AGAIN THIS YEAR

Back row: OFIS Principal Mr. Don Svec, Allison Clarke, OFIS teacher Mrs. Deana Harb, and Mike Harb
Front row: Mark McGinley, Kick-It founder Quinn Clarke, Michael Harb, Ava Harb, MacKenna Wertman

Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will again host a “Kick It for Cancer” Kickball Tournament in conjunction with their annual end of the year Field Day activities.

A special kick-off assembly was held this past Tuesday, featuring special guest Quinn Clarke, founder of the national Kick-It program.  Kick-It is a national fundraising program that raises money for children’s cancer research.

All proceeds raised by OFIS students will benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.  By organizing this tournament game, Olmsted Falls’ 4th and 5th graders are helping thousands of children fighting cancer locally and across the country.

For information on the 5th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.

For information on the 4th Grade Kick-It Game scheduled for Thursday, May 31st at 8:15 a.m., please click HERE.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

For the week of May 21-25th, come support the Olmsted Falls Relay For Life during the Olmsted Falls vs. North Olmsted Spirit Week at Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd.  Come anytime during the week and check out our awesome decorations.  Say you are there to support the “OLMSTED FALLS Relay For Life” and we will get credit for your purchase!  Let’s show whose relay has the most spirit!!

Olmsted Township Community Meeting – Planning the future of our community:  Monday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the German Club, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township.  The purpose of this meeting is to 1) Increase residents’ understanding and awareness of economic development, land use, infrastructure, and quality of life; 2) Learn about potential projects and their impact on our community; 3) Provide your opinions on the key issues and goals for our community’s future.  All residents are encouraged to attend and participate.  To see the flyer for this event, please click HERE.
 
Olmsted Township Dedication Event – ALL INVITED!  Saturday, May 26th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The community is cordially invited to the dedication of the Olmsted Township Fire Station, Police Station and renovated Town Hall, at the corner of Fitch & Cook Roads.  To download a copy of the invitation, please click HERE.
 
 
Plan on attending RELAY FOR LIFE 2012, June 9th – 10th at Olmsted Falls High School:   Come to the Best Birthday Party Ever – with 24 hours of fun, games, great entertainment, and fireworks — open to ALL — a great FAMILY EVENT!! You have to be there for the opening lap to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community! Then the entire day is filled with literally hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is something you just cannot explain…don’t miss it at 9, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry? Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast in the morning. The event is 24 hours and there will be teams and participants in the thousands! Won’t you join us?! Come see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays!  Click HERE for more information.
 
Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) –  Registration forms still being accepted for boys and girls baseball and softball summer leagues, from T-Ball to 18U.  Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.

15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center Experience your own Spring training!  The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels.  Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or cl!ick HERE to download the registration form.

Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace.  (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.)  The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students.  For more information, please visit:  http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html.  Register today!

2012 JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING at MALLARD CREEK!   Tee-times start @ 10:00 a.m. on both 1st and 10th tees – Four person scramble.  Cost $80 per golfer –  includes 18 holes-cart-lunch-dinner-prizes. Any and all Golfers or Want-to-Be Golfers are WELCOME!!  Come on out and have a fun day with your fellow alumni, teachers, administration, coaches, and friends!  Print a registration form by clicking HERE and mail with your check.  Or call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 or email us at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for a registration form.  Forms are also available at  the Board Office, 26937 Bagley Road.  Register as a foursome or fewer … we can match you with others and you’ll make new friends.  REGISTER EARLY!  All teams and individuals registered and PAID by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the door prize drawings.  All proceeds support the Alumni and Endowment Scholarship program for graduation Seniors.  Hope you can come!

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Parent Update – May 9, 2012

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2012-2013 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Friday, June 15, 2012.   Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2012-2013 school year.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWEST NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS

Congratulations to the following OFHS students who were selected as the new members for National Honor Society: seniors Katie Parfejewiec, Valerie Reinig, Matt Wachowiak and Edward Zajac; and juniors Danielle Augustin, Nick Buchta, Rachel Cho, Kevin Clancy, Sarah Cochrac, Megan Doherty, Allison Duber, Rachel DuBois, Kate Edgehouse, Jamie Fossen, Christopher Fox, Allison Gerycz, Erin Hoadley, Stephen Johnson, Emily Kocjan, Allison Paton, Shannon Poppe, Arrianna Robinson, Bradley Stricklen, Jacqueline Swinerton, and Adam Woodruff.  The formal NHS Induction ceremony took place last Friday in the OFHS auditorium in front of a capacity audience of parents, family members and fellow students.

Current and newly inducted National Honor Society members, with OFHS Social Studies Teacher and NHS Advisor Brian Insley (far right), at May 4th NHS Induction Ceremony at Olmsted Falls High School.

OLMSTED FALLS BUS DRIVER NAMED OHIO NORTH REGION “DRIVER OF THE YEAR”

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District bus driver Deb Campanalie on being named the “Ohio North Region Driver of the Year” by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT).  This is the second consecutive year that a bus driver from Olmsted Falls has been selected for this prestigious award.  (Bus Driver Joyce Bigley brought home the honor last year!)

Mrs. Campanalie accepted her award at the annual Ohio North Region School Bus Road-E-O held in Solon this past weekend.  Several of her fellow Olmsted Falls bus drivers, in attendance to participate in this annual skills competition, along with Director of Transportation Heath Krakowiak, were on hand to celebrate with Mrs. Campanalie as she received her award.  Mrs. Campanalie also earned the Olmsted Falls “Driver of the Year” award from her colleagues this year. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education will honor Mrs. Campanalie at their regular scheduled Board meeting later this month.

Often the first and last Bulldog staff member they come into contact with, Mrs. Campanalie makes a positive impact on students and parents each school day. Congratulations again!

OFHS LATIN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE ON NATIONAL EXAM

Seven Olmsted Falls High School students enrolled in Latin courses recently placed on the 2012 National Latin Exam – an annual examination promoting the study of Latin and encouraging individual student achievement in the language. Congratulations to each of these students on this outstanding foreign language achievement!

Pictured from left to right:  Evan Koch, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Marty Mendenhall, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Breanna Palkovic, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Emily Raffay, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Megan Lavelle, Silver Medal, Latin III; Devon Wren, Cum Laude, Latin I; Erin Hoadley, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Adelin Leung, Cum Laude, Latin II; and Magistra Czupik.

OFHS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NATE ARTINO ACCEPTS PRINCIPAL POSITION IN BELLEVUE, OH

Congratulations to current Olmsted Falls Assistant Principal Nate Artino on being named as the new principal of Bellevue Senior High School, his alma mater.  Mr. Artino will begin in his new position for the coming 2012-2013 school year.  He will remain in his assistant principal position at Olmsted Falls High School through the end of the current school year.

Mr. Artino has been with Olmsted Falls School District for the past six years.  He served as a school counselor at Olmsted Falls High School for five years, before being hired in the assistant principal position for the current 2011-2012 school year.

Mr. Artino has been an outstanding member of the Olmsted Falls School District team, and we thank him for his contributions here in Bulldog country!

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Artino and wishing him well in his new position.  Olmsted Falls High School’s loss is certainly Bellevue Senior High’s gain!

To read about Mr. Artino’s new position in the Bellevue Gazette, please click here.

DR. ERICK BIEBER VISITS OFHS BIOMEDICAL STUDENTS

This week Dr. Erick Bieber spoke to OFHS Biomedical students, who are currently in their third year of the Project Lead the Way Program offered at OFHS in partnership with Polaris Career Center.  Dr.  Bieber is the System Chief Medical Officer for University Hospital, the President of the UH Accountable Care Organization, and a Clinical Professor of Reproductive Biology at CWRU School of Medicine.

From left to right: Arriana Robinson, Morgan Krause, Taylor Keith, Dr. Bieber, Mr. DuBois

Dr. Bieber’s main message to students is to believe that you can, work hard, and make it happen.  He told students that one doesn’t have to be the top of his or her class to be a doctor, he or she just has to want it and be willing to work for it.  He shared that, when he hires doctors, the key component he looks for is their ability to work with others.  Collaboration is a key skill that doctors need more than anything else.

Dr. Bieber commented about how the skills the Olmsted Falls Biomedical program is teaching are skills he learned while in college.  The bottom line, according to Dr. Bieber, is to excel in whatever you do, find something that puts yourself ahead of others, but learn how to work together and get those around you to succeed as well.  The ‘old school’ medical school taught students that two out of three do not make it, the ‘new school’ teaches that if you do not learn how to work with two out of three people, you will not succeed.

Thank you to Dr. Bieber for taking the time to visit our students and pass on this knowledge and wisdom.  And, thanks to OFCS Board member Greg Surtman who helped to arrange this special visit!

OFCS RETIRED STAFF ATTEND ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON; CELEBRATE MILESTONE

This year, thirty retired staff gathered at Moosehead Hoof and Ladder for their annual spring luncheon.  It was at this luncheon, a milestone was announced:  Endowment status for the ‘Retired Staff Scholarship’ fund was achieved.  Endowment status indicates the fund has reached $10,000.   OFCS retired staff have been very generous donors to this scholarship fund since it was established in 2007.    The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association administers the fund and selects a graduating senior each year to receive the scholarship on Honor Day.  Click HERE for more photos of the luncheon.

OFHS ANNUAL ART SHOW –  THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

Don’t miss the annual May Show at Olmsted Falls High School THIS FRIDAY, May 11h from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the OFHS Main Gym.

The May Show features student work from visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing, as well as the works of O.F. alumni, O.F. staff, and O.F. community members.

All welcome. Free admission.

BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP – VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THIS SATURDAY’S COMMUNITY BUILD OF THE NEW ECC PLAYGROUND!

It’s been two years in the making and the day has finally come to build our new adaptive playground at the ECC!  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be a part of this exciting playground project, which was made possible through a partnership including the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Olmsted Township, and Olmsted Falls Schools.

This new adaptive playground facility will be of great benefit to the preschool and kindergarten students at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center; and will be enjoyed by children throughout the Olmsted community as well!

Come join parents, teachers, District administrators, Township officials, Bulldog athletes, local Girl Scouts, members of the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis club and many more!  A true community effort – we are looking for volunteers to see the assembly through from start to completion.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

When:    THIS SATURDAY, May 12, 2012

Where:   Early Childhood Center

Time:      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please click HERE to download the volunteer form.  Volunteer forms should be turned in to the ECC Office to the attention of Mrs. Melinda Brunner.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS EARN SUPERIOR RATINGS

Congratulations to the High School Treble Choir and the High School Chorale for earning Straight Superior ratings at State Contest held April 27 and 28. To get to the State level, these choirs had to first qualify with a superior rating at District Contest held in March. From there they advanced to State. Performing three contrasting styles of music in front of three State Adjudicators, and then continuing to sight read and perform a piece of music they had never seen before, these students rallied and received a I rating from each of their judges. This is an outstanding achievement engaging both higher level cognitive skills as well as physical skills from all involved. Special thanks to all of the parents who made the effort to be in the audience for those performances. Your presence helped build confidence for the students.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM DOES IT AGAIN

On Saturday, May 5, the Academic Team ventured to Columbus to compete in one of only 12 state qualifying spots for the OAC (Ohio Academic Competition) State Championships.  The team was led by senior captain Sohan Vartak, Brad Sevcik, Marty Mendenhall, and Nathan Seese.  The team went 4-1 in the morning round robin to capture one of the top four playoff spots.  With a semi-final win over Hawken, it set up the final match against Northmont.  The Bulldogs won the match 51-37 to bring home the OAC State Championship for 2012!

The team will be idle until traveling to Atlanta Memorial Day Weekend for the High School National Championship Tournament.  Thank you for your continued support of the Academic Team!

ECC PRESCHOOLERS TAKE WALKING FIELD TRIP TO OLMSTED TOWNSHIP POLICE STATION

The preschoolers at the ECC took a short walk to visit the new police station in Olmsted Township.  While there, they met the police officers who protect them on a daily basis and took a tour of the station.  For more photos, please click HERE.

FALLS-LENOX STUDENT GETS TO BE “LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY”

Congratulations to Falls-Lenox student Camila Gutierrez for winning the “Legislator for a Day” reading program sponsored by State Representative Mike Dovilla in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Students read books to become eligible to be chosen as “Legislator for a Day.”

Last month, Camila traveled with her family to the Statehouse in Columbus.  (She thought the Statehouse was beautiful!)  State Representative Mike Dovilla gave Camilla and her family a tour.  During the tour, they stopped by the place where the representatives sit to vote.  Students got to sit in the representative’s seats,  and even got to cast votes for two things – shortened school days and no more pizza in school.  Representative Dovilla then escorted Camilla and her family to his office, where he awarded Camilla with a certificate for being “Legislator for a Day.”  Congratulations again Camilla!

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – FIRST WEEK WINNERS!   

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle Fundraiser.  We were able to earn over $1200.00 that will be used toward student scholarships, field trips and activities.  As promised, we will post the weekly winners.  The winners for the first week of May are:

Shawn Schompert – 2 tickets to an Indians game

Joann Thompson – $25.00 RYCO Sports Gift Certificate

Cherie McNamara – OF Bulldog Jacket and travel mug

Lindsey Clark – 2 Tickets for a Lolley The Trolley tour

Congratulations!!!!!!  And good luck to everyone who participated.  Watch this blog for next week’s winners.

KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 23RD & 24TH

Screening appointments for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th.  If you have a student who will be starting kindergarten this coming fall and have not yet scheduled a screening appointment, please call the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) main office at 427-6360 as soon as possible.

Enrollment for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year took place in March.  If you have not yet enrolled your child for kindergarten, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form.  Please contact Loretta McClelland at 427-6360 as soon as possible to schedule a registration appointment time.  You will need to bring the completed registration form and required documents to your registration appointment.  A kindergarten screening appointment will be scheduled for your child during your registration appointment.

If anyone knows of a family with an incoming kindergarten student who may not have registered yet, please pass this important information along to them!  Thank you!

HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” – Thursday, May 24th

In order to create partnerships we thought it would be ideal to let the students “get to know” the “Helping Hands” students. We are hosting our first event, a “Get to Know You Social” and we are inviting all parents and students that would benefit from this program.

When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Falls-Lenox playground and East Gym

Please click HERE for the form to attend this great program.  Completed forms should be emailed by Tuesday, May 22nd to Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) or Sherry Davis (sdavis@ofcs.net).

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.

OFHS NEEDS BOOK DONATIONS!

Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students’ independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.

Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker
Romance-Nicholas Sparks
Historical Fiction-James Michener
Biography-William Manchester
Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum
Detective Novels-Robert Parker
Science Fiction-Dan Simmons
Fantasy-JRR Tolkien

Please drop your donations off at the high school office.   Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or jgaba@ofcs.net.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  The following students are the STARS of the week:

6th – Chase Filicko, Ryan Hubeny, Lydia Kee, Abby Varney

7th – Matt Johnson, Noah Krause, Casey Veres, Morgan Zbin

8th – Skye MacEwan, Mallory Taylor, Hunter Toth

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY ANNOUNCES SUMMER PROGRAMS

Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading skills will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. Each reader will be paired with a certified therapy dog for 20 minutes of reading. There are three sessions, if one is full please try another session.  Participants should plan to attend all sessions.  Presented by Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland’s Pet Pals Program of University Hospitals.  Registration Required beginning May 2nd at 9:00 a.m.  Please click HERE for more information or to register.

To download a flyer of all library programs this summer, click HERE.

SUSTAINABILITY FAIR AT OFMS

A Sustainability Fair is being offered on May 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This is a joint effort between the 7th grade science department and the Solid Waste Management District.

Come learn through student projects and local vendors about alternative transportation, solar and wind energy, water conservation, general green building, sustainable materials, green cleaning and indoor air quality.  Click HERE to view the flyer.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

3RD ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL YOUTH DAY  THIS SATURDAY, MAY 12TH. The 3rd Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Youth Day, along with the Cure Tay-Sachs Classic, will take place this Saturday, May 12th.  There will be an inflatable, concessions, and kids will have a chance to be on the field.  There are three games on Saturday on Diamond 33 at OFHS:

9:00 a.m.         Bay Vs. Olmsted Falls

11:00 a.m.       North Royalton Vs. Bay

1:00 p.m.         Olmsted Falls Vs. North Royalton

Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 12th, 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday, May 13th, 8am-2pm, and Saturday, May 19th, 8 am – 3 pm, at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls library. The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices.  Stop by and shop locally!  You will support not only Scouting, but also a local business, Schuster’s Greenhouse, which supplies the flowers.  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.

Olmsted Township Community Meeting – Planning the future of our community:  Monday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the German Club, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township.  The purpose of this meeting is to 1) Increase residents’ understanding and awareness of economic development, land use, infrastructure, and quality of life; 2) Learn about potential projects and their impact on our community; 3) Provide your opinions on the key issues and goals for our community’s future.  All residents are encouraged to attend and participate.  To see the flyer for this event, please click HERE.

Plan on attending RELAY FOR LIFE 2012, June 9th – 10th at Olmsted Falls High School:   Come to the Best Birthday Party Ever – with 24 hours of fun, games, great entertainment, and fireworks — open to ALL — a great FAMILY EVENT!! You have to be there for the opening lap to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community! Then the entire day is filled with literally hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is something you just cannot explain…don’t miss it at 9, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry? Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast in the morning. The event is 24 hours and there will be teams and participants in the thousands! Won’t you join us?! Come see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays!  Click HERE for more information.

Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) –  Registration forms still being accepted for boys and girls baseball and softball summer leagues, from T-Ball to 18U.  Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.

15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center Experience your own Spring training!  The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels.  Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or cl!ick HERE to download the registration form.

Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace.  (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.)  The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students.  For more information, please visit:  http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html.  Register today!

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Parent Update – May 2, 2012

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA” FOR 6TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the sixth year in a row, Olmsted Falls School District has been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” by a national survey sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

The school districts named by the NAMM Foundation demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing music education for their students – even during these challenging economic times.

Congratulations to the staff, students, parents and community members who help make our music program a nationally recognized success!

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

National technical Honor Society inductees from Olmsted Falls High School

Polaris Career Center inducted 37 students into the National Technical Honor Society during a special ceremony on April 26.   Four were Olmsted Falls High School students:  Brian Bildstein (Precision Machining Tech, Senior), Sarah Cochrac (Medical Professions, Junior), Gabrielle Garlitz (Business and Marketing Tech, Junior), and Brittani Mancini (Criminal Justice, Junior).

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is America’s highest award for excellence in career and technical education. NTHS’s mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s members. Fewer than two percent of America’s secondary students are nominated for membership into this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn all A’s in his or her Polaris program
  • Maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate
  • Maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average

Congratulations to these students!

5th GRADE PARENT MEETING AT OFMS – 6th GRADE ORIENTATION – TONIGHT!

All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 2nd from 7:00-8:30 PM at Olmsted Falls Middle School in the Cafetorium. This program is designed primarily for parents. The agenda for our time together will be as follows:

6th Grade Teaching Teams

  • Typical 6th Grade Schedule
  • Tour of Building
  • Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium
  • 6th Grade Parent Night: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (Parents Only)
    • 7:00-8:00 PM
    • OFMS Cafetorium

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school.  To download the informational  flyer, please click HERE.  Thank you!

WATCH OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM ON BRAIN GAME THIS WEEK!

The OFHS Academic Team taped its episode of the ONN Brain Game back in January at the WOSU Studios at COSI in Columbus.  The episode featuring our Bulldogs is scheduled to air this week.   Brain Game airs every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on The Ohio News Network. Watch it again on Friday at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. or next Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  The team members representing Olmsted Falls were:  senior captain Sohan Vartak; junior Marty Mendenhall; senior Brad Sevcik; and sophomore Andy Nageotte. 

If you do not have access to the ONN cable channel, the episode will be available for viewing on the ONN website a week after airing on TV.  The top ten finishers bring grant money to their schools. 

Where will we finish?  Watch and see!!  http://www.onntv.com/content/sections/local/braingame/index.html

This past weekend, the Academic Team competed on the Scholastic Games of Lorain County that is broadcast on WEOL Radio.  The OFHS team taped the semi-finals against Avon Lake and the finals against Firelands.  The semi-finals will air on May 7th at 6:05pm on WEOL Radio 930 AM and the finals will air on May 21 at the same time.  Representing Olmsted Falls at this competition were:  Sohan Vartak, Brad Sevcik, and Marty Mendenhall.  Will the Bulldogs repeat as Scholastic Games Champions?  You will have to listen in to find out!   http://weol.northcoastnow.com/scholastic-games/2012-scholastic-games/.

Through the efforts of the team that competes on the Scholastic Games, the school is awarded $500 tuition scholarships to local colleges that are awarded by the school to deserving seniors.  This year, the team brought back scholarships to:  CWRU, Ohio Weslyan University, LCCC, Tiffin University, John Carroll University, Ursaline College, and Ashland University.  The scholarships are awarded at the honors day assembly.  These scholarships total $3,500 to Olmsted Falls seniors.

Thank you for your continued support of the Academic Team!

PAM KELLER AWARDED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to OFHS senior Pam Keller!

Following recognition as National Merit Finalist earlier this year, it was announced today that Pam Keller has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship as part of this prestigious program!  All Finalists competed for these scholarship awards. To select scholarship winners, a committee of educators appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Congratulations again to Pam, and best wishes for continued success!

LADY BULLDOGS CATCH READING FEVER!

As the old song goes: “There’s something happening here!”  Reading fever has hit Olmsted Falls!  From the recent excitement among our Middle School students over the “The Hunger Games” to this impromptu snap shot taken of our Varsity Girls Softball team huddled together all simultaneously reading their latest book selections, students across the District have caught reading fever. 

Anecdotal stories from students, parents and staff point to the District’s newly implemented Reader’s Workshop program as a likely catalyst for this reading craze.  The program is working to establish classroom libraries full of the latest book titles that kids want to read.  Kudos to our staff and our students for embracing this new program and quickly taking it to an inspiring level! 

Keep on reading Bulldogs!

LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ATTEND ADVANCE SHOWING OF “CINDERELLA”

Did you know?  Olmsted Falls High School PTA invited local senior citizens to attend the final dress rehearsal of the High School Masquers’ production of “Cinderella” earlier this month.  These special guests provided a perfect audience for our talented thespians as they prepared for two nights of performances.  Refreshments were served and all who attended enjoyed!

“Cinderella” was presented to a packed house with more than 430 people in attendance each night!

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR A SUCCESS

The Falls-Lenox Book Fair was a wonderful success and fully supports our library.  Almost $600.00 was collected in the One for Books drive and the money was used to provide a book for 100 students that were not able to shop at the book fair.   Scholastic matches those dollars and provides books for students throughout the country through non-profits like the Toys for Tots program.  The Falls-Lenox Media Staff thanks all those parents and students that supported our Book fair, including Book fair visitor Geronimo Stilton!

Bookfair Visitor Geronimo Stilton.

OFMS STUDENTS DISPLAY MUSICAL TALENT AT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST 

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Olmsted Falls Middle School had 94 individual entries in 34 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Cuyahoga Community College.  This event features both instrumental and vocal music performances.  Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, Mr. Ryan Patterson, and Mr. Kevin Gulden, their directors, helped develop the talent of these budding musicians.  Leah Foerster, Bo Ptak, Michael Feller, Mark DeMio, and Sherri Kovach provided outstanding coaching of the ensemble groups.  

In addition to their participation in group ensemble performances, there were a number of students who also prepared and presented solo performances as well.  (Solo performance details are found in parenthesis following participating student names.)  Student preparation for ensemble and solo performances included before school, after school, during lunch, weekends and evening practices.

The following students earned “Superior” ratings for their ensemble group and/or solo performances:

Ashley Campbell (solo – Mezzo Soprano), Kyle Erickson (solo – Baritone), Sydney Martin (solo – Soprano), Christina Pinter (solo – Mezzo Soprano), Isabel Struk (solo – Mezzo Soprano), Caleb Budic, Alex Kho, Erika Ratcliff, Claire Barratt (solo – Bassoon), Seth Bennett (solo – Trombone), Keanna Strelau, Katie Strickert, Alex Zbiegien, Max Molkentin, Gwen Gossett, Jack Hamel, Abby Staten, Jacob Conder, Stephen Miller, Bennett Graham, Caleb Prante, Olivia Safady, Eli Tomasch, Jennifer Bertrand, Erin Kohler, Michelle Cobb, Megan Green (solos – flute and piccolo), Rachel Dubecky, Cassidy Fudale, Thomas Legeza-Narvaez, Maggie Backus, Kacie Burton, Abbey Boenig-Dombek, Joselyn Rabbitt, Aza Mycoskie, Anthony Kukura, Molly McCafferty, and Julia Montgomery.

The following students earned “Excellent” ratings for their group and/or solo performances: 

Josh Aubel, Jocelyn Breisacher (solo – Alto), MacKenzie Burke, Sami Egan, Kyle Erickson, Sammie Fagan, Megan Garrett, Kait Gillette, Lauren Hogan (solo – Mezzo Soprano), Kristin Kawecki, Chris Kollm, Amelia Le, Skye MacEwan, Kayla Maddox, Sydney Martin, Courtney Nelson, Ruchi Patel, Justin Peck, Christina Pinter, Nada Sperry, Andrew Turski, Hallie Vavrus, Evan Wochele, Hannah Witteman (solo – Soprano), Erin Hetchler, Taylor Hannah, Brianna Wojtowicz, Seth Bennett, Zach Boscarello, Julia Burnell, Claire Barratt, Logan Petruziello, Stephanie Schroth, Kacie Burton, Christina Pedicini, Collin Werner, Makayla Connolly, Brandon Owens, Jacob Krucek, T. J. Slater, Nick Romanowski.

Kudos also to student Christine Shehadeh, who performed an alto solo in festival class.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians!  And kudos to their teachers and coaches for their support!

HELPING HANDS “GET TO KNOW YOU SOCIAL” – Thursday, May 24th

In order to create partnerships we thought it would be ideal to let the students “get to know” the “Helping Hands” students. We are hosting our first event, a “Get to Know You Social” and we are inviting all parents and students that would benefit from this program.

When: Thursday, May 24th from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Falls-Lenox playground and East Gym

Please click HERE for the form to attend this great program.  Completed forms should be emailed by Tuesday, May 22nd to Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) or Sherry Davis (sdavis@ofcs.net).

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through educational activities as well as community service activities.

This group has 2 components:

  1. The first component is a parent support group. The parents in the group are parents of students in any grade level at OFCS. We are hoping to meet at least once a month to  “support” each other through social events as well as informational/educational sessions.  If you have a student (or child) with a disability and you feel their parent (or yourself) would benefit from this group please pass along information on our group and invite them to join us. Have them pass along their email so we can include them in the email chain for updates on events and meetings.
  2. The second component is the student group. These students are our “Helping Hands”. They are students in grades 6-12 attending OFCS. Through educational activities, community service activities, educational supports, and celebrations they will work with those that have disabilities. Our goal is to create partnerships between a “Helping Hand” and those student that may need a “Helping Hand”. The “Helping Hand” can assist with educational success, assist with participation in extra-curriculars, and even assist with socialization.
OFHS NEEDS BOOK DONATIONS!

Do you have used books that are begging for readers? Our students are reading, and we need your help. Olmsted Falls High School is engaged in developing classroom libraries to support our students independent reading, and we are eagerly seeking donations of used books. The authors and genres below are examples of the types of books that are most in demand, but all books are needed.

Horror-Stephen King, Clive Barker
Romance-Nicholas Sparks
Historical Fiction-James Michener
Biography-William Manchester
Thriller/Spy Fiction-Robert Ludlum
Detective Novels-Robert Parker
Science Fiction-Dan Simmons
Fantasy-JRR Tolkien

Please drop your donations off at the high school office.   Questions can be directed to John Gaba at 427-6050 or jgaba@ofcs.net.

NEW ECC INTERACTIVE PLAYGROUND TO BE BUILT WITH VOLUNTEER HELP

It’s been two years in the making and the day has finally come to build our new adaptive playground at the ECC! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be a part of this exciting project and may ask you to bring tools if you have them.  Our hope is that volunteers will stay until the project is finished.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please click HERE to download the volunteer form.  Volunteer forms should be turned in to the  ECC Office, Attn:  Mrs. Melinda Brunner.

When:    May 12, 2012

Where:   Early Childhood Center

Time:      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OFHS ART DEPARTMENT SEEKING ENTRIES FOR ANNUAL MAY ART SHOW

The Olmsted Falls High School Art Department would again like to invite alumni, district staff, and community members to participate in the Annual May Show. This year the show is on Friday, May 11th.  We have plenty of space to accommodate 2-D work as well as some 3-D work. Please limit your entries to 3 pieces max (a series counts as one piece).  Please keep in mind this show is viewed by students, district staff, and community members. We reserve the right to reject any entries that are deemed inappropriate.

If you are interested in participating, please click here to download an entry form.  Completed forms should be sent back to Mariel Krakowiak at Olmsted Falls High School (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  Thank you.

DISTRICT POSTS NEW JOB OPENING FOR POSITION IN TREASURER’S OFFICE

Olmsted Falls City Schools has an opening for a Treasurer’s Assistant-Accounts Payable position. Please click HERE for more information about this vacancy

Note:  Olmsted Falls School District positions are posted as they become available, so those interested in the latest job posting information are encouraged to visit our website periodically.  Please visit www.ofcs.net and click on the  “Employment” link.  Please note that if you have already applied on-line and later see another position that interests you, you may return to your existing application and update it to include the new posting.

KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 23RD & 24TH

Screening appointments for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th.  If you have a student who will be starting kindergarten this coming fall and have not yet scheduled a screening appointment, please call the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) main office at 427-6360 as soon as possible. 

Enrollment for incoming kindergarteners for the 2012-2013 school year took place in March.  If you have not yet enrolled your child for kindergarten, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form.  Please contact Loretta McClelland at 427-6360 soon as possible to schedule a registration appointment time.  You will need to bring the completed registration form and required documents to your registration appointment.  A kindergarten screening appointment will be scheduled for your child during your registration appointment.  

If anyone knows of a family with an incoming kindergarten student who may not have registered yet, please pass this important information along to them!  Thank you!

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

A listing of 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2012 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

NEW 9th GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS A SNEAK PEEK AT POLARIS

Freshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on this Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. By attending this fun, interactive session freshmen will:

  • Gain bonus points toward their Polaris enrollment application for 2013-2014.
  • Take part in hands-on program demonstrations.
  • Discover their career interests and talents using career survey results.
  • Submit an “Early Interest Form” and gain access to exclusive news and updates (and earn another application bonus point for 2013-2014!).
  • Enter to win 1 of 5 awesome door prizes valued at $450 each!

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE FOR 2012-2013: FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2012-2013 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Friday, June 15, 2012.

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2011-2012 school year.

DON’T MISS THE FINAL OFAB MEETINGS OF THE YEAR

Be sure to mark your calendars for the final two Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster meetings of the year:  Monday, May 7th & Monday, June 11th.

OFAB meetings are held the first Monday of each month throughout the school year.  All meeting start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the High School library.  Attending is a great way to learn about and get involved in the great contributions being made throughout the year by OFAB!

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.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY SEEKS YOUR FEEDBACK

Cuyahoga County Public Library is starting its next strategic plan.  The process is being called, “The Next Chapter @ Your Library.”  All residents are invited to participate in an online survey and, if possible, library focus groups.  Please click HERE for more information.

Focus group dates and times @ the North Olmsted Branch are as follows:

Focus Group for Parents Thursday, May 3rd/4:00 p.m.

Focus Group for New Americans Friday, May 4th /11:00 a.m.

SUSTAINABILITY FAIR AT OFMS

A Sustainability Fair is being offered on May 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This is a joint effort between the 7th grade science department and the Solid Waste Management District.  Come learn through student projects and local vendors about alternative transportation, solar and wind energy, water conservation, general green building, sustainable materials, green cleaning and indoor air quality.  Click HERE to view the flyer.

TRAFFIC ALERT!

Great Lakes Construction will be closing Fitch Road between Cook and Bagley on Tuesday, May 1st.  Drivers will still have access to Cranage Road from Fitch Road.

The plan is for that section of road to not re-open at the railroad tracks, but rather direct traffic on to the overpass during the month of June.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

Olmsted Falls GIRLS Lacrosse Games – Check out Olmsted Falls’ newest sport for girls!!  Both girls and boys teams competed in the Baggataway Lacrosse Tournament in Medina over the weekend and represented Olmsted Falls well.  In fact, our girl Bulldogs BEAT Medina in their very first tournament game!

The next HOME lacrosse game for our girls will be TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. against Wadsworth at the OFIS field.  Come check out the action; click HERE for the schedule of all the girls’ games.

OLMSTED COMMUNITIES SHREDDING DAY- Saturday, May 5th, 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  This service is brought to the community through the collaboration of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.  New Hope Specialized Services and All Ohio Secure Shred will be on site to shred documents between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, May 5, at Falls–Lenox Primary School, 26450 Bagley Road.  Magazines and newspapers will not be accepted for shredding, however, each of the schools in the Olmsted communities have recycle units on site for newspapers and magazine collection and can be dropped off at any time.  Direct questions to:  City Hall at 440-235-5550 or Township Hall at 440-235-3051.

Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 12th, 9 am-5pm, Sunday, May 13th, 8am-2pm, and Saturday, May 19th, 8am-3pm, at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls library.  The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices.  Stop by and shop locally!  You will support not only Scouting, but also a local business, Schuster’s Greenhouse, which supplies the flowers.  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.

Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) –  is still accepting registration forms for boys and girls baseball and softball summer leagues, from T-Ball to 18U.

Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.

Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace.  (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.)  The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students.  For more information, please visit:  http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html.  Register today!

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.

15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center Experience your own Spring training!  The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels.  Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards.

For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or click HERE to download the registration form.

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