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Parent Update – March 20, 2013

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA” FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

BCME Logo 2013For the seventh year in a row, Olmsted Falls School District has been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” through 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.  To read the full press release and view the list of all recognized schools, please click HERE.

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

DISTRICT BUS MECHANIC ROGER URBANEK RECEIVES FIRST-EVER DAVID E. DRUM SCHOOL BUS MECHANIC OF THE YEAR AWARD

RogerUrbanek-Bus Mechanic of the Year1Congratulations to Olmsted Falls school bus mechanic Roger Urbanek (pictured in center) for being the first-ever recipient of the David E. Drum School Bus Mechanic of the Year Award.  The intent of this state-wide award, to be presented annually by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT), is to recognize mechanics who exhibit outstanding cost-saving measures, cooperation and working relationships with school bus drivers and fellow employees, sets high shop standards, and has implemented a preventative maintenance program.  The award also recognizes mechanics who have contributed to the advancement of pupil transportation as a profession.  Roger received his award this past Monday evening during a special ceremony in Columbus.

According to District Transportation Supervisor Heath Krakowiak, who nominated Roger for this award, “experienced and knowledgeable is an understatement when speaking of Roger Urbanek, the head mechanic for Olmsted Falls City Schools.”  Roger has been an automotive mechanic for over 40 years.  In that time, he has amassed 36 different ASE certifications and the title of “World Class technician” by ASIA/ASE, a title held by only 750 mechanics out of 350,000 who have been certified to receive such a distinction.  This is an honor that places his name in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Midland, Michigan.

Olmsted Falls School District is truly fortunate to have Roger Urbanek on our transportation team!  Congratulations again to Roger!

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE

spring clip artSpring break is next week!  Spring break week begins this Monday, March 25th and runs through the following Monday, April 1st.   School will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Please note that there will not be a District blog post next week. (As you will see, today’s blog is overflowing with plenty of exciting Bulldog news to last you for two weeks!  There are great things happening all around us at Olmsted Falls Schools!) 

Regular weekly blog posts will resume on Wednesday, April 3rd.  Have a safe and enjoyable break!

OFHS SCIENCE TEACHERS TRAIN AT NASA

DSC_5756Five teachers from Olmsted Falls High School attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop titled, “Spacefaring: The Radiation Challenge,” at N.A.S.A. Glenn Research Center last Friday.  Science teachers (pictured from L to R) Carla Wible, Janet Gregg, Lynette Bock, James Yandell and Andrew Hoslar had the opportunity to explore N.A.S.A.’s educational resources and receive training on how to access them online for use in their classrooms.  The workshop also provided hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities related to Radiation, Planetology, Remote Sensing and Spacefaring.

The activities and N.A.S.A. educational websites introduced our teachers with new curriculum ideas to assist in reaching project-based learning goals for the critical STEM areas.  Kudos to the OFHS science department for reaching out to N.A.S.A. to coordinate this important professional development opportunity!  To view additional photos of our teachers at NASA Glenn, please click HERE.

OFHS JUNIOR ADVANCES TO BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Tim GrajzerOFHS junior Tim Gajzer competed in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference through the Computer Networking Technology (CNT) program at Polaris.

Tim took first place in the PC Service & Support contest and has qualified to advance to BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL this May.

Congratulations and best of luck to Tim!  Outstanding work!

MORE THAN 190 OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT 33ND ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET

DSC_5741More than 400 people were in attendance to recognize OFHS students for their academic achievements last Thursday evening at the 33rd Annual Academic Honors Banquet. A record number of students were honored at this year’s event! Students were joined by their families and other special guests for a dinner and awards ceremony held at Baldwin Wallace College. To be recognized at this special event, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 4.0 for freshmen, 3.9 for sophomores, 3.8 for juniors, and 3.7 for seniors.

To view the event program, including the list of students honored, please click HERE. (Note: the number of asterisks (*) following a student’s name indicated how many years they’ve been invited to attend the event.)  To view photos taken at the event, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families!

OFHS MUSIC PROGRAM DEMONSTRATES OUTSTANDING MUSIC ABILITY AT DISTRICT CONTEST

music-notesThe OFHS Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Treble Choir, and Symphonic Band all competed at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Competition this past weekend. It is a difficult task at best to have that many groups from one school earn the top rating. What makes it all the more unique is that all four groups earned “straight superior ratings” also known as “Straight Ones” which is the highest rating possible, earning each group the opportunity to compete now at the State level held on May 3 and 4.

Congratulations to all of our talented High School musicians, and their outstanding teachers!

THE OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM BEATS THE COMPETITION…AGAIN!

2013 SWC ChampsThe Academic Team has done it again!  For the 6th year in a row, the Bulldog Academic Team has swept the SWC in both the Dual Matches and the SWC Tournament.  The team was awarded the traveling trophy at the SWC Tournament.  Those participating at the SWC Tournament were:  David Graham, Zach Buchta, Xavier Riviera, Andy Nageotte, Marty Mendenhall, Nathan Seese, and Emily Burland.

The Academic Team also swept the NEOAL this year for the 6th year in a row as well.

OHIO BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES BULLDOG ATHLETES

bulldog_leftThe OFHS boys and girls basketball teams had the 2nd most combined student athletes in the state of Ohio to be awarded Gold and Silver Certificates by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. The criteria for the award is any junior or senior who has a GPA over a 3.2 and who has exemplified the highest ideals of citizenship and sportsmanship. Seniors receive Gold certificates and juniors receive Silver certificates.  The OFHS girls Gold recipients were Alison Gerycz and Jessica Koch.  Silver recipients were Samantha Buck, Erica Corley, Hannah Hammeren, Melissa Holcomb, Marie Jacobs, Heather Mueller, and Salina Salamah.  OFHS boys recipients of the Gold certificate were Kenny Hanna, Brandon Friedrich, and Steve Johnson.  Silver recipients were Joe Atkinson, Evan Burnell, Brian Kurz, James Sabatka, Patrick Hynes, and Adam Asadorian.  Congratulations to all of you!  Go Bulldogs!

MEET MRS. SPARKS!

SparksHannahMrs12-13Mrs. Hannah Sparks, a Bulldog alum, teaches Language Arts I and III at OFHS. She also serves as a class officer and the Forensics coach. She decided on a career in education because of the countless teachers she had who inspired and pushed her to achieve.

Mrs. Sparks loves being a Bulldog because no matter what the request, there is some group, parent, or faculty member willing to give whatever it takes to contribute to the success of our students in the district.

In her spare time, Mrs. Sparks enjoys playing and exercising with her dog, reading, and learning about and carrying out home improvement projects with her husband Tyler.

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN STUDENTS RECEIVE MANY AWARDS INCLUDING PRESTIGIOUS SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY!

Power of the Pen Regionals 2013-001Once again, Olmsted Falls did extremely well in the regional Power of the Pen tournament at St. Joseph Academy on Saturday, May 16th.  The combined 7th and 8th grade teams came in first place out of 46 schools to receive the large prestigious Raymond Dix Sweepstakes Trophy!  Furthermore, the 8th grade team took home the 2nd place trophy!  Four 8th graders and two 7th graders received individual awards as follows:  Maggie Backus (8) – 1st place; Erika Ratcliff (8) – 8th place; Nathan Loepp (8) – 9th place and  a “Best of Round” award; Zach Zdanowicz (7) – 11th place; Abby Gaba (7) – 16th place; Molly McCafferty(8) – “Best of the Best” Award for her piece written at Districts. She will be published in The Book of Winners.

Furthermore, students Alex Enczur, Joseph Calabrase, and Morgan Finau also wrote very well in the tournament and competed against 150 other students.  Coaches Scalley and Gulden are very proud of these Power of the Pen students!

OFIS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN 2013 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

photo (3)Seventy fourth and fifth graders from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School signed up to become Bulldog Scientists on the Science Olympiad Team this year.  They practiced, studied and competed in nine different events from Anatomy to Weather.  The most popular events were the hands-on building/problem solving events; Bridge Building, Catapult, Egg Drop and Aerodynamics.  Students practiced on Monday and Friday mornings for six weeks to prepare for the competition which was held at OFIS on March 4th and 8th.  Team members formed new friendships, collaborated to solve problems and stretched their creative thinking to come up with different ways to face a challenge.

Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Rodgers and Mr. Morris coached students during the morning practice sessions.  Former Science Olympiad team members Noah Le, Eric Sobera, Claudia Schuh, Mallory Witt, Natalie Partin and Anthony Thompson came over from the Middle School to lend a hand as coaches and judges.  OFIS staff members Mrs. Pilko, Mr. Moore, Mr. Englehart, Mr. Vormelker and Mrs. Venecek helped to judge events on the competition days.  Special thanks go out to Mr. Workman for his help to set up the gym and cafeteria and to Mr. Svec for his support of the team.

Congratulations to all the Bulldog Scientists!  Final event results and photos are posted on Mrs. Morris’ Moodle site @ http://www.moodledog.com/course/view.php?id=286.  For pictures of this event, you can also click here.

OFIS STUDENTS VISIT CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART

cma 9The Intermediate School Resource Room students were very fortunate to take part in a pilot project for student learning at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The 20 4th and 5th graders traveled to the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursday, March 14th.  The newly renovated, interactive educational space, Gallery One, was their classroom that morning.  The “Ratio and Scale,” lesson challenged students to estimate, measure and think on a deeper level about the scale used in paintings, sculpture and textile art.  Interactive touch screens and the new ArtLens app for the iPad told the background story for each piece of art they considered in the lesson.  What a great connection to the math classroom study of fractions and ratios!  For more photos, please click here.

AUTHOR SHELLEY PEARSALL VISITS 5TH GRADE

P1590324Ohio native and award-winning children’s book author Shelley Pearsall visited with 5th grade students at OFIS earlier this month.  In addition to large group presentations led by Ms. Pearsall in the cafeteria, the author also hosted two special writing sessions and enjoyed lunch with a group of students.  Thank you to OFIS PTA for making this exciting visit possible. To view additional photos from Shelley Pearsall’s visit to OFIS, please click here. To learn more about author Shelley Pearsall, please click here.

FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFalls-Lenox was transformed into the S.S. Falls-Lenox last week as the children celebrated Right to Read week by “Cruising through the Islands of Books”!  The week kicked off with an assembly by authors, the JJ Brothers where the students learned how to create and write stories.  A special thank you to PTA for sponsoring this event!  In addition to the assembly, we had many guest readers visit including, central office personnel, principals from OFCS, Township Trustees Jeanene Kress, Scott Ross and Sherri Lippus, Police Chief Minek, and Mayor Blomquist!  Throughout the week, the students were challenged to read as many minutes as possible and broke the record by reading a total of 67,522 minutes!  A very special thank you to the library staff at Falls-Lenox for planning this tropical week of reading!  For more photos, please click here.

INVENTION FAIR AT FALLS-LENOX DISPLAYS 2ND GRADERS’ CREATIVITY

inventionfair2013The West Community at Falls-Lenox recently held an invention fair.  In class, the students studied inventions and the role they play in our daily lives.  The students then worked with their parents to “invent” a device that will make our lives easier, solve a problem or make something work better.   During the invention fair, the students explained to their classmates and parents how their invention would be helpful and how the invention was made.  The parents and students both had a lot of fun creating and viewing all of the awesome inventions!

For more photos of the second graders’ cool inventions, please click here.

FALLS-LENOX HOSTS FINAL 3RD GRADE LITERACY NIGHT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe final fun Literacy Night was held on Thursday, March 7th when third grade students and their parents Sailed Through the Islands of Books!  The students had a great time practicing reading skills and strategies while making and playing fun activities, such as Beach Blanket Bingo, and Fin-tastic Fiction.  The theme for the evening connected with the theme for Right-to-Read-Week.  This wraps up our cruises through the islands, however students are encouraged to continue reading at home each night!  For more photos, please click here.

CONCERT REVEALS MUSICAL TALENT OF OUR FALLS-LENOX FIRST GRADERS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFalls-Lenox students proudly present “Children’s Songtales” at the First Grade Concert on Thursday, March 14th.  The students have been working very hard on learning the songs and movements for the concert.  They sang classic songtales, such as “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain” and “The Farmer in the Dell”.  A special thank you to Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Wallace, and student teacher Miss Schumaker for all of their hard work preparing the students for this enjoyable evening of singing and performing!  For more photos, please click here.

THE ECC RECEIVES A SPECIAL VISIT AND SPECIAL MUSIC

DSC03392On Thursday March 14, the ECC welcomed 2 members of the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums.  Pat Logan (piper) and Bob Stack (drummer) played several songs including traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.

The music was very much enjoyed by students and staff alike.  For more photos, please click here.

ECC REGISTERS KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR NEXT YEAR

DSC_5720The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center registered more than 200 incoming kindergarten students during the three-day, in-house registration event held last week.  For the first-time ever, parents were able to complete a portion of their child’s registration process on-line.  Kudos to the ECC staff and PTA volunteers who worked hard to ensure that the in-house registration appointments went smoothly!  And welcome to our newest Bulldogs who will join us in the 2013-2014 school year.

If you have an incoming kindergarten student who still needs to be enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact Loretta McClelland at the ECC at 427-6360 as soon as possible to get the enrollment process started.  

ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES

photo(1)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.

Congratulations to February’s winner, ECC student, Dominic Umpbleby, pictured with his parents and Mrs. Doyle. A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.

PTA TALENT SHOW HIGHLIGHTS OUR TALENTED STUDENTS

imagesOn Saturday March 16th, the 26th Annual High School PTA Talent Show was held at Olmsted Falls High School. Proceeds from the event will benefit the class of 2013 OFHS graduating seniors.  Thank you to the Olmsted Falls community for supporting the show.  OFHS PTA would also like to recognize and thank our judges for the evening: Mr. Kevin Gulden, Mr. Mark Hannah, Miss Isabela Moner and Ms. Renee Musat.  A special shout out and thank you to our local business partners Angelina’s and Ameriprint for their support as well.

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding performances:

In the K-5 Grade Category:
ECC, Heidi McCullar– Third Place for “Heidi’s Dance”
Falls-Lenox, Grace Wright and Madison Podojil – Third Place for “Ghouls Rule” performing “Take a Hint”
Adrianna Lakota – Second Place for “The Happy Hula Hooper”
OFIS, Neil Spooner – First Place for his Hip Hop dance performance of “Cruizin'”
In the 6th – 8th Grade Category
OFMS, Rachel Hoadley – Third Place for a Piano instrumental “Canon in D”
Amanda Holt – Second Place for a Vocal & Guitar performance of “I Won’t Give Up”
Melanie Campbell – First Place for her contemporary dance performance of “Defying Gravity”
Melanie was also our Overall Winner of the Talent Show having received the highest score among all performers.
In the 9th – 12th Grade Category
OFHS, Kyle Thompson – Tie for 3rd Place for his Vocal & Piano performance of “Let it Be”
Kailey and Kelsey Dewar also known as “Guaranteed Wednesday” – Tie for Third Place with their Vocal & Guitar performance of “Locked Out of Heaven”
Jason Frank Jr. – Second Place for a self composed piano instrumental “An Original Song”
Tricia Kushen – First Place for her vocal performance of “Glitter in the Air”
Tricia was also the recipient of the Dara Hosta Vocal Memorial Award presented by the Hosta Family.

Congratulations to all of the Talent Show Winners and to all the students who shared their talents in the show.  Many thanks to our Sound, Lighting and Stage Crew who made the show happen:  Ashley Belohlavic, Becci Boesken Kat Karolak, Debbie Oberc and Colton Wargo.   And a huge round of applause for Ed Gorski who was our outstanding and thoroughly entertaining Master of Ceremonies…..superb job Ed!!  A Standing Ovation for All of You.  With Many Thanks, Mrs. Ferrini

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTS GREASE, THE MUSICAL!

Olmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version

OFHS GREASE Poster MatOlmsted Falls High School

April 19 @ 7:30pm

April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.

SAVE THE DATE – FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR!

Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th.  The fair will take place in the library during the times listed below:

book _fairApril  15-19 from 11-12:45 pm (during lunch periods)

April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm  (Monday and Wednesday)

April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm  (Tuesday and Thursday)

April 16th will be the family night event including an ice cream social!  Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Surtman at lorisurtman@att.net.  Thank you!

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – SAT., APRIL 20TH!

NightAtTheRacesNavyA fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8).  To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at dktribe@cox.net or call 440-263-0051.  Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!

A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses.  Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success:  Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program,  and/or Purchase a Horse.  For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!

APPLEBEE’S POST PROM FUNDRAISER – THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH!

supporter_applebeeslogoIf you don’t want to cook on Wednesday, March 27th, just order from Applebee’s in North Olmsted between 11 am and 9 pm.  Click here  for the flyer, print it out, and BRING IT WITH YOU! They will donate 15% to Post Prom.  You can eat in or carry out but you must have the flyer when you arrive.  Please pass this to anyone and everyone.  It’s a great way to help out the Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom committee with their fundraising efforts.

2013 OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL CAMP

1237388302_baseball-clip-art-in-vector1When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Times:  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-4; 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Grades 5-8
Cost: $15.00 Check/Cash
YES – WE WILL TAKE ALL WALK-UP Registrations!  The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season. All participants should bring the following items: glove, bat, tennis shoes and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher. Also bring a jacket/spikes in the event we can go outside!!  GO BULLDOGS!  To view and download the registration form, please click here.

** NEW ** BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM – INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD

Bulldog helmutThe Bulldog Youth Football League is a new program preparing to start a 5th and 6th grade football program for the students of the Olmsted Falls School District. Olmsted Falls has been accepted to join the Little Southwest Conference for this fall 2013.  Other communities involved in the Conference include: North Olmsted, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Lutheran West, Fairview Park, and Sheffield.  This opportunity is a great way to help Olmsted Falls Youth learn and play the game of tackle football right here in our community.

There will be an informational meeting for parents and players on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.   This will give parents the opportunity to have any questions/concerns answered as well as help the organization learn the interest level in the community.  If you have a current 4th or 5th grade child that would be interested in playing in the newly formed 5th and 6th football program this fall, 2013 please try to attend this meeting.  If you cannot attend but would like more information, or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please email your name and contact information to OFBYFootball@gmail.com  or visit our website for more information.  You can also able to check us out on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing you on April 3rd.

BLOG DEADLINE REMINDER

Items for the District’s Weekly Blog Update must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. each Friday for the following week’s post.  The Weekly Blog Update will be published every Wednesday that school is in session.  Items should be no more than 125 words and should be sent in paragraph form.  To view the new Content Submission Guidelines information sheet, please click here. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • Easter Bunny with TVKIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY – THIS SUNDAY, PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 24th – 8:00 AM TO 1:30 PM – OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA – Pancake breakfast PLUS  a chance to win a 42” LED HDTV, face painting, free pictures with the Easter Bunny, and a Chinese Auction.  Tickets are only $5 each (kids under 3 eat free).  Ticket includes breakfast and each ticket is entered into the drawing for the 42” LED HDTV.  (No need to be present to win, so buy a ticket even if you can’t make it to the event!)  100% of proceeds benefit our local communities.  Tickets will be available at the door and at the First Federal of Lakewood in Olmsted Township (26908 Cook Road) – ask for DeeDee.
  • razzlesOLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM (OFAT) FUNDRAISER, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M., RAZZLES, A fundraiser to support the Olmsted Falls Acadmic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Saturday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. Raffles with great items from OF merchants, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Thanks for supporting OF academics! Did you know our academic team has already qualified 2 teams to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses. To learn how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Like us! on the Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters Club Facebook page. Post congrats to your student for his/her academic accomplishments.
  • 3shamrocksAMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
  • NEW OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY SCHEDULE OF SPRING ACTIVITIES – Check out all the offerings for this spring at our new library branch in Olmsted Falls!  There are activities for children, teens, and adults.  Please click here for more information.
  • Puzzle%20Piece-4OLMSTED COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 – Beginning Friday, March 1st – Registration for OCO Summer 2013 Enrichment Camp, and 2013-2014 Kinderday and After School Care programs begins Friday, March 1st.  Olmsted Community Outreach is a 501c3 non-profit organization located within the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center.  OCO contracts to utilize currently vacant space within the ECC building to provide quality school aged childcare services for the community.  OCO operates at NO COST to the school district nor to the taxpayers.  For more information and to access registration forms, please visit www.ocoutreach.org or call (440) 782-1626.
  • 824395710964603133AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER  – FRIDAY, APRIL 26th –  6:00 p.m. – Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show;  8:30 p.m.:  Trick-a-Nosis – Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • _full_IMG_02783RD ANNUAL CARNIVAL FOR A CURE, FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH, 6-8:30 P.M. – Save the Date!!  Mark your calendars!! The date for the 3rd annual Carnival For a Cure has been set!!!  It will take place at Falls-Lenox on Friday, April 19th from 6-8:30 p.m.!  All Olmsted Fall’s families and friends are welcome to attend!  Join the hundreds of people who come every year for some old-fashioned fun of carnival games, cake walks, face painting, 50/50 raffle, and Relay style lap walking! More information to follow!  We hope to see you there!
  • mermaid_200x200DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR., OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS YOUTH THEATER, APRIL 12th – 21st, WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M., SATURDAY’S AT 2:00 P.M. & SUNDAYS AT 2:00 P.M. –   Advance tickets are $11-15 at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.   Worlds of Fantasy boutique is open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional child.  Get details and make a reservation (required) at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
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  • WORLDS OF FANTASY, MAY 3-11 WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M. SATURDAYS AT 2:00 – 7:00 P.M., AND SUNDAY AT 2:00 P.M. –  Join Olmsted Performing Arts and take a magical journey to Fantasyland for Rapunzel’s coronation.  You will enjoy singing and dancing by Cinderella, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, Belle, Ariel, and more, and then meet the princesses with photo and autograph opportunities.  Tickets $12-18.  Worlds of Fantasy Boutique open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional.  Details and reservation at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
Snow White

  • WORLD OF FANTASY BOUTIQUE (AGES 2-12), APRIL 12-21 AND MAY 3-11, SLOTS BEGIN AT 4:30 P.M. ON FRIDAYS, 11:30 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAYS, AND 11:30 A.M. ON SUNDAYS – Children will be transformed by their own Fairy Godmother into princesses or knights.  For girls, the experience will include hairstyle shimmering make-up princess sash, face gem, and nail polish.  Boys will enjoy a gel-spiked, confetti-sprinkled hairstyle and a sword and shield.  All children may have sparking juice and light appetizers.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may enjoy complimentary coffee or tea.  Advance registration and separate ticket are required for the World of Fantasy Boutique. $25 for the first child, and $20 for each additional child.  Reservations required (www.olmstedperformingarts.com).

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Parent Update – March 13, 2013

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NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH NAMED FOR OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

The_DeLucas_and_Mr._Weisbarth[1]Former defensive coordinator at Westlake High School, Tom DeLuca, has been hired to take over the Bulldog football program for twenty-five year veteran head coach Jim Ryan.  A 1999 graduate of Norwalk High School, DeLuca has been the defensive coordinator at Westlake since 2008. DeLuca attended Baldwin-Wallace College, where he played football for four years and was elected captain his senior year.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue the great Bulldog football tradition,” state DeLuca in a press release following his official hiring last week. “It is an honor to follow Coach Ryan as the next head football coach at Olmsted Falls High School.”

“We are very pleased to announce Tom DeLuca as our next head football coach,” added Rob Coxon, Director of Athletics. “He brings passion and experience that will serve our student athletes well and, as a local resident, Tom also possesses a strong understanding of the Bulldog culture.”

DeLuca will teach Health/Physical Education at Olmsted Falls High School. He resides in Olmsted Falls with his wife Cassandra, who teaches first grade at Falls-Lenox Primary. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education officially approved the hiring of Tom DeLuca during a meeting last Wednesday night. Pictured above are new OFHS head football coach Tom DeLuca and his wife Cassandra with Board President Jim Weisbarth.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENJOY LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB THANKS TO PARTNERSHIP WITH CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
DSC_5709Throughout the school year, students at Olmsted Falls Middle School have been participating in a monthly Book Club led, during lunch periods, by Mr. Lee Ikimis, Young Adult Librarian from Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Interested students join Mr. Ikimis in the Media Center and discuss selected books over lunch.
 
At the end of each month’s book discussion, the title for the next month is selected, enabling students to read the book in advance of the following discussion.  Kudos to our young readers and thanks to Cuyahoga County Public Library for facilitating this engaging activity for our students!

JOIN US FOR THE 26th ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW THIS SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2013

talent-show1The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show will be held this Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  Our show will be featuring 21 acts ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic and magical talents.  Please come and support these amazing students and bring your family and friends. Admission is $5.  Refreshments available.  All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund for graduating Seniors.

PTA TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL IS TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013 FROM 6 PM TO 8:30 PM

Attention all Talent Show Acts – Mandatory Dress Rehearsal will be Wednesday, March 13 from 6 to 8:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.  Be sure to bring your labeled CD’s, music, instruments, props and wear your costumes if appropriate.

OFHS LAUNCHES CHAPTER OF “LA SOCIETE HONORAIRE DE FRANCAIS”
IMG_5247[1]Olmsted Falls High School installed its first ever class of the French National Honor Society, la Société Honoraire de Français, during a special ceremony held last Wednesday night in the OFHS Library Media Center.  Founded in 1949, la Société Honoraire de Français recognizes those students who embrace and excel in the studies of the French language and culture while maintaining good grades in other areas.
 
Olmsted Falls High School proudly installed 21 members during last week’s ceremony.  The first OFHS inductees into la Société Honoraire de Français include seniors Julia BergerMegan Doherty, Rachel DuBoisKatelynn EdgehouseJaime FossenChristopher FoxAllison HassettMorgan Haviland, Bailey Klimchak, Morgan Santoro, and Jacqueline Swinerton; and juniors Emily BurlandHannah HammerenMarie JacobsKacey KovacsMadeline MatiaMolly MillsThomas Petro, Shelby SharpDanielle Vance, and Victoria Wilkins.  CONGRATULATIONS!

OFHS PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENT PLACES IN SKILLS USA COMPETITION

skills2OFHS Pre-Engineering student Connor Hughes recently competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition held at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.  Connor competed in the Technical Drafting competition and came in 3rd place.

Connor will compete in the SkillsUSA State Competition in Columbus on April 23 for a chance to go to Nationals in Kansas City in June.

Congratulations to Connor and good luck in Columbus next month!

MEET MR. HAMILTON!

HamiltonLarry12-13Mr. Larry Hamilton has been an employee of Olmsted Falls School District since 1993. He currently serves as the Head Custodian and District Locksmith. Mr. Hamilton loves being a Bulldog because of all of the great students and staff members he works with. He enjoys the challenges of fixing, troubleshooting, and repairing our buildings.

In his spare time, Mr. Hamilton enjoys cycling, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his three children, Tori (16), Rachel (14), and Max (13).

OLMSTED FALLS PTA’S CELEBRATE NATIONAL PTA FOUNDERS DAY

Founder's Day 2013 title image_Page_01PTA Units in Olmsted Falls celebrated National PTA Founders’ Day this year by creating a special video presentation showcasingthe far-reaching impact of our local PTA units throughout Olmsted Falls School District.

To view the new Founders’ Day video, please click HERE and then click the play button on the video screen at the bottom of the page.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTS GREASE, THE MUSICAL!

Olmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version

OFHS GREASE Poster MatOlmsted Falls High School

April 19 @ 7:30pm

April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK FAIR

79053_come_to_fair_artThe Middle School Media Center will be hosting a spring Scholastic Book Fair that will run Wed. March 13-Wed. March 20. The fair will be open during the school day from 8:30-3:30.  It will have many new and exciting titles of all genres. Thanks in advance to our wonderful PTA volunteers who provide their valuable time working these fairs. Also, a huge “thank you” to our staff, students, and parents who support the book fairs which allows us to purchase the latest popular titles using profits.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR

Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th.  The fair will take place in the library during the times listed below:

book _fairApril  15-19 from 11-12:45 pm (during lunch periods)

April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm  (Monday and Wednesday)

April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm  (Tuesday and Thursday)

April 16th will be the family night event including an ice cream social!  Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Surtman at lorisurtman@att.net.  Thank you!

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS PRACTICE SAT TEST

Practice SAT Test

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

College bound?? Get ready today by taking a practice SAT exam! Huntington’s SAT Prep Test Workshop was developed for college-bound high school students and is designed to guide them through the college entrance exam process. High school students need to be as prepared as possible. Students will take an actual practice exam. Participants must attend the follow-up on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6 pm to learn test results, discuss strategies to improve their score and tips on preparing for the real exam. Registration is required.  For the Practice test, please click here.  For the Follow up test result session, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – SAT., APRIL 20TH!

NightAtTheRacesNavyA fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8).  To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at dktribe@cox.net or call 440-263-0051.  Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!

A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses.  Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success:  Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program,  and/or Purchase a Horse.  For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!

APPLEBEE’S POST PROM FUNDRAISER

supporter_applebeeslogoIf you don’t want to cook on Wednesday, March 27th, just order from Applebee’s in North Olmsted between 11 am and 9 pm.  Click here  for the flyer, print it out, and BRING IT WITH YOU.  They will donate 15% to Post Prom.  You can eat in or carry out but you must have the flyer when you arrive.  Please pass this to anyone and everyone.  It’s a great way to help out the Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom committee with their fundraising efforts.

2013 OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL CAMP

1237388302_baseball-clip-art-in-vector1When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Times:  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-4; 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Grades 5-8
Cost: $15.00 Check/Cash
 
YES – WE WILL TAKE ALL WALK-UP Registrations!  The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season. All participants should bring the following items: glove, bat, tennis shoes and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher. Also bring a jacket/spikes in the event we can go outside!!  GO BULLDOGS!  To view and download the registration form, please click here.

BLOG DEADLINE REMINDER

Items for the District’s Weekly Blog Update must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. each Friday for the following week’s post.  The Weekly Blog Update will be published every Wednesday that school is in session.  Items should be no more than 125 words and should be sent in paragraph form.  To view the new Content Submission Guidelines information sheet, please click here. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • 3shamrocksAMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
  • NEW OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY SCHEDULE OF SPRING ACTIVITIES – Check out all the offerings for this spring at our new library branch in Olmsted Falls!  There are activities for children, teens, and adults.  Please click here for more information.
  • Puzzle%20Piece-4OLMSTED COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 – Beginning Friday, March 1st – Registration for OCO Summer 2013 Enrichment Camp, and 2013-2014 Kinderday and After School Care programs begins Friday, March 1st.  Olmsted Community Outreach is a 501c3 non-profit organization located within the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center.  OCO contracts to utilize currently vacant space within the ECC building to provide quality school aged childcare services for the community.  OCO operates at NO COST to the school district nor to the taxpayers.  For more information and to access registration forms, please visit www.ocoutreach.org or call (440) 782-1626.
  • 824395710964603133MAGIC AT SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT – SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH –  7:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE, 440-427-1599 –  Cost is $8.  Kids ages 7-13 get a sneak peek at magic & meet the Magician and Illusionist Magic Mike! He will put on a short show & do walk about magic all night for the kids. To view the flyer, please click here.
  • AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER  – FRIDAY, APRIL 26th –  6:00 p.m. – Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show;  8:30 p.m.:  Trick-a-Nosis – Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • _full_IMG_02783RD ANNUAL CARNIVAL FOR A CURE, FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH, 6-8:30 P.M. – Save the Date!!  Mark your calendars!! The date for the 3rd annual Carnival For a Cure has been set!!!  It will take place at Falls-Lenox on Friday, April 19th from 6-8:30 p.m.!  All Olmsted Fall’s families and friends are welcome to attend!  Join the hundreds of people who come every year for some old-fashioned fun of carnival games, cake walks, face painting, 50/50 raffle, and Relay style lap walking! More information to follow!  We hope to see you there!

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Parent Update – March 6, 2013

ExBanner_W_DIST13yrwebDISTRICT ACHIEVES TOP 10 RANKING IN STUDENT GROWTH MEASURE & EXCELLENT WITH DISTINCTION RATING FROM STATE

Olmsted Falls School District is proud to report to our community that the Ohio Department of Education last week officially released both the latest value added scores and the Local Report Cards for all public schools (including charters) in Ohio.  832 school districts are represented.

Olmsted Falls School District’s value added score ranks in the top 10 in the entire state of Ohio!  The value added score is a measure of student growth over the course of one academic year. To view the value added rankings for the 832 school districts across the state – including charter schools – please click HERE.

Additionally, Olmsted Falls School District has once again achieved the top rating of Excellence with Distinction on the Local Report Card.  To view the latest, just-released Local Report Card for Olmsted Falls School District, please click HERE.

These results are a testament to the hardworking students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents of Olmsted Falls Schools – all working together toward the common goal of providing our students with an excellent educational experience.

These results are made all the more impressive when one considers that these achievements come from a district with the second lowest cost-per-pupil rate in Cuyahoga County!  Of all school districts in Cuyahoga County, Olmsted Falls School District continues to maintain the second lowest expenditure level in terms of cost-per-pupil.  Kudos to our staff, administrators and Board of Education members for truly exemplifying Excellence, Education and Efficiency – the three prominent words on the Olmsted Falls School District logo.

Thank you again to all for supporting the educational lives of our Olmsted Falls children!

STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS VISIT OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

DSC_5692State Representatives Nan Baker and Mike Dovilla visited with students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School last Friday, providing an overview of their responsibilities as elected officials in the state of Ohio.  Following their conversation with students, Reps. Baker and Dovilla spent time meeting with the District Leadership Team (DLT) – made up of both teachers and administrators – to dialogue about a few of the many new requirements for Ohio school districts, including the new Common Core, the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, and the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).  The opportunity to speak personally and directly on these topics is important.  Thanks to all who participated!  To see additional photos from this visit, please click HERE.

OFMS STUDENTS SHARE FAMOUS PERSON REPORTS WITH OFIS STUDENTS

photo (22)Mrs. Grodek’s seventh grade English classes came to the Intermediate School last week to share their famous person research reports.

Each seventh grader researched a famous person and made a corresponding activity to go along with the report.  At OFIS, the seventh graders read their reports then had the 4th and 5th graders complete the activity.  Kudos to this cross-building collaboration which enhanced learning for all!

OFIS 5TH GRADERS COMPETE IN MATH PROBLEM SOLVING TOURNAMENT

photo (19)The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fifth and Sixth Grade Math Problem Solving Tournament was held at 15 sites throughout northeastern Ohio on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Ten teams of four students participated from our school.  Five teams headed to Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, accompanied by Mrs. Raines, and the five other teams competed at Messiah Lutheran School in Fairview Park led by Mr. Schafer.

In order to prepare for the competition, the ten fifth grade teams met with Mrs. Raines and Mr. Schafer after school once a week to get ready for the contest using problems from past competitions.  The lessons learned in the classroom from our math teachers are applied and even extended each week.  [READ MORE! Please click HERE to read more about the competition results and view more photos!]

OFHS SCHEDULING FOR NEXT YEAR’S CLASSES ENDS TOMORROW!

Scheduling for next year’s courses for all OFHS students began last Saturday and ends tomorrow night, Thursday, March 7th at 10:00 p.m.  All course scheduling for next year is being done online.  OFHS parents were sent an e-mail containing scheduling information last week. Students were also presented with an instructional video about the online scheduling process.

Parents are encouraged to discuss course selections with their OFHS students.  The 2013-2014 Program of Studies as well as the instructional video can both be accessed on the Counselors’ Corner page of the High School website.  Please feel free to contact the High School at (440) 427-6100 with any questions.

ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS  – IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT OGT WEEK & LATE START SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK!

The Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) will be administered next week (March 11-15, 2013). All 10th grade students will be required to attend each day of the OGT testing. Students are to report to their assigned homeroom promptly by 7:30 a.m.   Students who are retesting will receive a letter from Ms. Meinhardt and will be reporting to the Media Center.

Students must pass all five sections of the test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Citizenship, and Science) in order to receive an Olmsted Falls High School diploma. Students have received OGT test preparation since their freshman year as part of their language arts, social studies, science, and math classes. Students may also utilize Study Island (www.studyisland.com) for additional test preparation. Your student’s username is their school identification number. They should have already created a password (if not, please contact Mr. Wolanin).

During OGT week, students in grades 9, 11, and 12 need to report to school no later than 10:10 a.m. when 1st period will begin.  

OGT WEEK BUS SCHEDULES:

There will be two morning bus runs for High School students. 

  • The first run is the normal AM HS pick-up, which will transport 10th graders and any other students needed to arrive OFHS by 7:30 a.m. for OGT.  Students involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at their normal a.m. pick-up time.
  • The second morning run (9 routes) will begin at 8:45 a.m. to transport all other OFHS students (not taking OGT).  OFHS students NOT involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at 8:45 a.m.  Bus pick-up times will vary based on location with most pick-ups occurring between 8:45 and approximately 9:00 a.m.

Please note: Polaris and Non-Public Transfer Buses will depart OFHS at 7:05 a.m. as usual.

DENTAL HEALTH WEEK PROMOTES HEALTHY HABITS AT ECC

photo (10)Dental Health week was made possible by the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA liason Mrs. Jen Tedeschi! Mrs. Tedeschi provided activities and materials to study dental health through science experiments and art projects! She also completed a newsworthy bulletin board to promote dental health throughout the school!  Students practiced brushing, counted their teeth and participated in a science experiment that showed what would happen if they did not brush our teeth.

Dr. Melissa Kronholz and staff visited our school to talk and demonstrate, with audience participation, about good dental health practices.  Every child received a dental health bag complete with a brand new toothbrush to take home, compliments of Dr. Kronholz.  Each student also took home a tooth brushing chart to remember and practice good dental health at home.  A big thank you to PTA and Dr. Melissa Kronholz and staff!!!!

OFHS STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS IN TRI-C CULINARY ARTS COMPETITION

047Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School seniors Yesenia Figueroa and Jordan Cielec on winning top honors in the recent Tri-C Regional Culinary competition.  Yesenia (captain) and her senior team at Polaris Career Center won the Gold Medal in the Culinary Arts competition.  Jordan and her team won the Gold Medal in the Pastry competition.

Kudos to both students and best of luck as you move on the state level in April!

OFHS STAFF SELECTS ANNUAL PHI BETA KAPPA HONOREE

megandoherty1Congratulations to OFHS senior Megan Doherty on being selected by the OFHS staff as the Phi Beta Kappa honoree for this year.

This annual honor is awarded to a student who has demonstrated the highest standards of academic achievement and scholarship.

Congratulations again to Megan!

JUNIOR COLLEGE VISIT DAY IS MARCH 13TH  — FORM  REQUIRED

OFHS students interested in participating in Junior College Visit Day must stop in the Guidance office to pick up the Planned Absence Form.  This form must be completed if your son/daughter plans on visiting a college on March 13th.

FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY AND READ ACROSS AMERICA

DSCF4048DSCF4049Students at Falls-Lenox Primary School took turns “rocking and reading” during last week’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America.  The “Rock and Read” event was broadcast live throughout the school all day long as students representing each classroom took turns coming into the studio to read silently on live TV for ten minutes.  Classmates tuned in to watch students and special guests reading.  Fun was had by all during this celebration of reading!

FAMILIES ENJOY LITERACY NIGHT AT FALLS-LENOX!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Thursday, February 21st, second grade students and their families at Falls-Lenox Primary School celebrated literacy by Cruising through the Islands of Books during Second Grade Literacy Night!  This was an exciting evening of learning where parents worked with their children on fiction literary elements, non-fiction text features, and fluency.  The students and parents visited three islands throughout the evening and participated in make-it-take-activity stations.  Students left each station with an activity that they could take home and practice with their favorite books!  Each student also received a book to take home and other helpful resources.  To view photos from the event, please click HEREWe are looking forward to Third Grade Literacy Night on Thursday, March 7th!

BULLDOGS SHINE IN OMEA DISTRICT 4 HONORS DAY PERFORMANCES

P1580891Music students from Olmsted Falls Middle School represented their community well this past Saturday as they participated in the OMEA District 4 Honors Day event at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  More than 300 students from across the county participated in three performance groups (with approximately 100 students in each group):  Honor Choir, Honor Band and Honor Orchestra.  Olmsted Falls’ music teachers Mr. Gulden, Mr. Feller and Ms. Kiedrowski assisted with the special performances, which were free and open to the public.

Congratulations again to the following OFMS Choir students, who were selected to participate in the Honor Choir:  Soprano members are Melanie Campbell and Faith Topolski; Alto members are Emily Walchanowicz and Katie Yanchak; Tenor members are Frankie Harr, Adam Skutt, and Andrew Turksi; Bass members Kyle Erickson and Shane VonAlt. And, congratulations to the following OFMS Band students who were selected to participate in the Honor Band:  The Honors Band is under the direction of Mr. John Vanesky. Olmsted Falls Middle School Band representatives include Kacie Burton playing bassoon, Reilly Ferguson, tuba, Morgan Finau, clarinet, Gwen Gossett, trumpet, Bennett Graham, baritone sax, Megan Green, flute, Jacob Krucek, trombone, Joselyn Rabbitt, oboe, T. J. Slater, baritone, and Collin Werner on French horn.

To view pictures from the event, please click HERE.

APPLEBEE’S POST PROM FUNDRAISER

If you don’t want to cook on Wednesday, March 27th, just order from Applebee’s in North Olmsted between 11 am and 9 pm.  Click here  for the flyer, print it out, and BRING IT WITH YOU.  They will donate 15% to Post Prom.  You can eat in or carry out but you must have the flyer when you arrive.  Please pass this to anyone and everyone.  It’s a great way to help out the Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom committee with their fundraising efforts.

 2013 OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL CAMP

1237388302_baseball-clip-art-in-vector1When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Times:  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-4; 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Grades 5-8
Cost: $15.00 Check/Cash
YES – WE WILL TAKE ALL WALK-UP Registrations!  The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season. All participants should bring the following items: glove, bat, tennis shoes and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher. Also bring a jacket/spikes in the event we can go outside!!  GO BULLDOGS!  To view and download the registration form, please click here.

ANNUAL OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH!

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Annual Bargain Bonanza is set for Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  The sale features gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and maternity wear.  All items are organized by size, gender and category.  There will also be a bake sale.

oecpta_logo$5 Early Bird Admission: 8am-9am

$2 General Admission: 9am – 12:30pm

$3 Bag Sale: 2:30pm-3:30pm (large items are 1/2 price)

OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW – NEW DATE CONFIRMED – SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH

talent-show1The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show will be held */SATURDAY, March 16, 2013/* at 7 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring 21 acts ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic and magical talents.  Admission $5.  Refreshments will be available. Please come and support these amazing students.  All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund.  Watch this weekly blog for more details.  For further information, contact Claudia Ferrini at 440-427-0894.

YOUR CHILD COULD BE A “LEGISLATOR FOR THE DAY”

ohio_capitol1State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) has announced a renewed partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library for his “Legislator for a Day” reading program. The contest, which begins on Monday, February 4th, continues Rep. Dovilla’s strong support of public libraries. Children in grades one through six may participate in the program by reading five books and recording the titles on a special bookmark available at the four branches in Rep. Dovilla’s district, including our Olmsted Falls branch. Children should return the completed bookmark to one of the participating branches no later than this Friday, March 8th. The completed bookmark serves as an entry form for each child.  Please click here to read the letter from Representative Mike Dovilla.

BLOG DEADLINE REMINDER

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OF ’83 TO HOLD ITS 30 YEAR REUNION THIS SUMMER! – The Olmsted Falls Class of ’83  will be hosting its 30th Reunion this summer  with events on August  9 and 10.  Friday’s event will be a casual “Meet and Greet” at Tony K’s in Berea.  Saturday’s event  will  consist of cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres on the Patio of Panini’s in Westlake.  More details will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions or would like to attend our next planning meeting, please contact Kathy (Walsh) Payne at  kathypayne08@gmail.com or Deb (Lloyd) Henton at j.d.henton@sbcglobal.net.
  • NEW OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY SCHEDULE OF SPRING ACTIVITIES – Check out all the offerings for this spring at our new library branch in Olmsted Falls!  There are activities for children, teens, and adults.  Please click here for more information.
  • Puzzle%20Piece-4OLMSTED COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 – Beginning Friday, March 1st – Registration for OCO Summer 2013 Enrichment Camp, and 2013-2014 Kinderday and After School Care programs begins Friday, March 1st.  Olmsted Community Outreach is a 501c3 non-profit organization located within the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center.  OCO contracts to utilize currently vacant space within the ECC building to provide quality school aged childcare services for the community.  OCO operates at NO COST to the school district nor to the taxpayers.  For more information and to access registration forms, please visitwww.ocoutreach.org or call (440) 782-1626.
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEED, SKILL, AND STRENGTH CLINIC – Friday, March 22 & CO_SpeedSkillsStrength_Clinic_LogoSaturday, March 23 (Friday – 6:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday – 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.) – Price:  $50 – Location:Cleveland Browns Training Facility.  The 2013 Cleveland Browns Middle School Speed, Skill & Strength Clinic gives 13 and 14 year olds the opportunity to prepare for the next level of football by developing proper speed, skill and strength training. The two-day program will feature instruction focused on proper training specifically for middle school football players.  For registration, please click here.
  • 824395710964603133MAGIC AT SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT – SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH –  7:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE, 440-427-1599 –  Cost is $8.  Kids ages 7-13 get a sneak peek at magic & meet the Magician and Illusionist Magic Mike! He will put on a short show & do walk about magic all night for the kids. To view the flyer, please click here.
  • AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER  – FRIDAY, APRIL 26th –  6:00 p.m. — Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show;  8:30 p.m.:  Trick-a-Nosis – Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS (OPS) –  Is currently taking applications for fine arts and crafts vendors looking to participate in our Spring Marketplace to benefit the Disney Dance Team. The Spring Marketplace will take place on Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Olmsted Performing Arts, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138, 440-235-6722 and feature many fine arts and crafts vendors, raffle prizes, fun spring ideas, dance team performances and more!  See you this spring at OPA!  Interested vendors please contact:  di.soucie@aol.com or alence@oh.rr.com
  • _full_IMG_02783RD ANNUAL CARNIVAL FOR A CURE, FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH, 6-8:30 P.M. – Save the Date!!  Mark your calendars!! The date for the 3rd annual Carnival For a Cure has been set!!!  It will take place at Falls-Lenox on Friday, April 19th from 6-8:30 p.m.!  All Olmsted Fall’s families and friends are welcome to attend!  Join the hundreds of people who come every year for some old-fashioned fun of carnival games, cake walks, face painting, 50/50 raffle, and Relay style lap walking! More information to follow!  We hope to see you there!

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