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Parent Update – May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


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 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.


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.


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.


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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