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Parent Update – May 23, 2012

May 23, 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.

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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