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Parent Update – August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012


Pictured, Back Row (L to R):  OFHS Principal Holly Schafer, OFHS Asst. Principal Sean Wolanin, OFHS Dean of Students Sean Baker and OFHS Counselor Maridi Gurtsak.  Pictured, Front Row (L to R):  OFHS Language Arts teacher Hannah Sparks, OFHS Tutor Jim Brabenec, OFMS Intervention Specialist Christen Hawks, OFMS Spanish teacher Laura Ulmenstine, OFMS Language Arts/Science teacher Eric Bartkowski and ECC Preschool teacher Suzanne Kramer.

Be sure to read next week’s blog to meet more new Bulldog staff members!


Be sure to check out the freshly painted concession stand at the OFHS stadium!  Volunteers from the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters recently got together to give the stand a new look, which of course, exudes Bulldog pride!  Special thanks to Jim Souris, Loula Souris, Rich Zivcsak, Rich Shennemen, Jim Polcar, Karen Polcar, Dave Kurz, Wendy Yako and Jim Baldwin for their time, effort and creativity! 

For more pictures of the new concession stand and the paint job in action, please CLICK HERE.



Students helping students was the name of the game today at Olmsted Falls High School as student ambassador assisted fellow Bulldog students stopping in to pick up their schedules for the 2012-2013 school year.  Students in grades 10-12 came in throughout the day. 

Go Bulldogs!


The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters are in need of volunteers to help work the concessions stand at all home football games, from middle school to varsity level.  Have fun! Meet new people, while helping out a great organization! We don’t need your money, we need your time!  Please contact Jim Baldwin at ofab1315@gmail.com or visit http://ofathleticboosters.org/volunteer.html


Reminder to All Fall Athletes:  Tomorrow is picture day!  In the event of inclement weather, pictures will be taken in the High School’s Main Gym.  Make sure your athlete arrives 10 minutes early for their picture time.  For schedule of team photo times, please CLICK HERE.  


Mr. Todd Bowers is entering his 25th year of in Olmsted Falls, and will teach Alegebra 2 and Geometry at OFHS this year. Mr. Bowers has held numerous coaching positions over the years and currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at OFHS.  Mr. Bowers became a teacher because he learned valuable information and life lessons from his own teachers. He enjoys passing on knowledge to his own students, and has been a good role model for them throughout his career.  Mr. Bowers loves being a Bulldog because of the outstanding cooperation and support he has witnessed over the years from fellow teachers, administrators, staff members, parents, students, coaches, and community members. He believes Olmsted Falls is truly a place where everyone works together to educate our students.  Mr. Bowers lives in Olmsted Falls with wife Lisa, and two daughters, Annalise, a junior at OFHS, and Audra, a 7th grader at OFMS. He enjoys playing golf, reading, watching sporting events, coaching Audra’s summer softball, and watching his daughters dance recital performances.


Olmsted Falls High School is looking for families interested in hosting a high school international exchange student this school year. Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Local Coordinator, John Church, is working with OFHS Principal Holly Schafer, to enroll at least one international student. All that’s needed is a host family.  Host families can have children of any age or no children at all. They can be two parent families, single parent families or empty nesters. All that is required is a loving and accepting home.  Host families learn about a different culture and have the opportunity to share their own.  Host families enjoy having a new member of their family, and gaining a special connection to another culture for life. Students are proficient in English and arrive with insurance and spending money.  Interested families can find additional information at http://ciee.org/highschool/or by contacting John Church at 440-808-8507, 440-376-7757 or jacbvo@gmail.com.


Our five school buildings are busy preparing for the return of students on Wednesday, August 22 (grades 1-12).  Many important back-to-school events (class list postings, orientations, visitations, etc.) will take place in the days leading up to the official first day of school.  Please click on the links below for a summary of important back to school events for each building:

Early Childhood Center (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Falls-Lenox Primary School (Grades 1-3)

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (Grades 4-5)

Olmsted Falls Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Olmsted Falls High School (Grades 9-12)

2012-2013 SUPPLY LISTS

2012-2013 Supply Lists for students in grades Pre-K to 8 are currently available on the respective building web pages on the District website:

For Early Childhood Center Supply Lists, please click here.

For Falls-Lenox Supply Lists, please click here.

For OFIS Supply Lists, please click here.

For OFMS Supply Lists, please click here.

*Note: Supply lists are not provided in advance for students at OFHS.  Individual teachers will advise students as to what supplies/materials are needed for each course. 


Over the summer, Olmsted Falls School District transitioned to a new student data system using Pearson Power School software.  Parents accustomed to accessing their student’s assignments, grades, attendance information, etc. via Progress Book (for grades 4-12) will now begin using Pearson’s Power School with the current 2012-2013 school year.  User ID and password information will be provided in a letter from respective building principals at the beginning of the year.  Parents will find Power School very similar to Progress Book in terms of the student information available, and will now be able to monitor school fees within the system as well.   

Please watch for the important letters regarding the new Pearson Power School system.  Note: User ID and password information will be provided separately for each individual student.  As with Progress Book, parents will have the ability to merge multiple student accounts into a single account with one user ID and password.


Effective August 1, 2012, Olmsted Falls School District will no longer utilize on-site credit card machines for the payment of school fees and school meal accounts.  The removal of the credit card terminals from all school buildings is a cost-saving measure for the District. School offices will no longer have the capacity to process credit card payments in the office or over the phone.

Parents can continue to use their credit card to pay for school fees and school meal accounts using the District’s on-line EZpay system, which has become the primary method of payment for a majority of parents.  (Only 15% of parents were utilizing the on-site credit card terminals.)

Parents choosing to pay school fees with cash or a check can continue to do so by visiting the respective school office.


  • HERITAGE DAY PARADE – TOMORROW THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th – 6:30 p.m. – Don’t miss this annual community event!  Parade will step off from Falls-Lenox School and follow traditional route.  Don’t forget your candy bags!
  • OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER REC LEAGUE – REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO AUGUST 25TH  This is a reminder that is not too late to register your child for theOlmsted Falls Soccer  REC league.   We have extended the soccer registration until August 25nd.   You can register online and the fee is $70.00 for the session.  Our web site is http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com/. The players will practice one night during the week with a game on Saturday between 9:00 – 1:00.    Please see the web site for practice times and days.  The first game will be September 8th and practices start the week after Labor Day.

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  1. Vickie
    August 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    We’re excited to start using the Pearson Power School program! It definitely seems like it will be much easier to use than Progressbook. We were wondering . . . would it be possible to utilize the Pearson program by using it not only for grades but for homework, notes, etc.? Right now to check grades, we need to go to the Pearson website. Then, to get any homework assignments, we then have to pull up New.Schoolnotes.com Then, the PE department has their own website as well for checking on homework and any notes they may have. Is it possible to just put all the above information into a one-stop-shop – Pearson Power School – and not use any other websites? Thanks for listening!

    • Kim Petrina - Communications Director
      August 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Vickie,
      We’re glad to hear that you are looking forward to using the new Pearson PowerSchool program. It sounds like you have had an opportunity to login already and do some exploring. We are currently working with both parents and staff to help everyone learn how to operate in the new system. While Pearson PowerSchool does not have the capacity to house the wealth of information some teachers are currently providing (through websites such as moodledog and Schoolnotes), it may be possible to reduce the number of external resources being used throughout the District in the future. For this year, our focus will be on mastering the capabilities of the new PowerSchool software to maximize its benefit both internally and externally. We sincerely appreciate your comment and your feedback regarding the potential to streamline information.

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