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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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  1. Carol Miller
    May 31, 2012 at 8:03 am | #1

    The signs are a GREAT idea….we were completely surprised to see it. I hope this is a tradition that continues. Congratulations Class of 2012!

    • A Mendenhall
      May 31, 2012 at 10:49 am | #2

      I agree! What a wonderful surprise for the graduates – they are a great class and the school support system is great. Thanks to all who made the signs happen!

      • S Porch
        June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm | #3

        The signs were great! A surprise too. What a great way to show recognition and support of the graduating class! Keep it going. Thanks!

  2. Julie
    June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am | #4

    The signs were such an exciting surprise and a thoughtful way to show support. Thank you for taking the time to make the graduates feel special. Just one more way to show that this school and community are caring and supportive and ranked among the best!

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