Parent Update – October 31, 2013
TWO BULLDOG SENIORS RANK WELL IN NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Madeline Matia is a National Merit Semi-Finalist with classmate Molly Mills named a National Merit Commended student. Madeline has the opportunity to continue to compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 mllions that will be awarded in the spring. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships that corporations and businesses sponsor.
Madeline, who has a 4.16 GPA and ranked seventh in her class, has participated in Masquers, GSA, Key Club, chorale and Cross Country. She also was involved in the Natural History Museum’s Future Scientists program. She volunteers with Cleveland’s nonprofit UCREW, which helps local food banks and churches in the area. She also organized a concert with it that raised money for domestic violence and child abuse awareness and prevention. She plans to study conservation biology in college, hoping to work in a nonprofit such as Defenders of Wildlife and minor in French. Her parents are Steve Matia and Megan and Patrick McClain.
Molly has a 4.297 GPA and currently ranks third in her class. She is a four-year swim team and choir member, president of Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society and French Honor Society. She has studied cello and piano privately. She lifeguards and is a manager at a pool in the summer. She will attend either Xavier, OSU or Grove City College to major in biology. She plans to pursue a career in medical research after her undergraduate studies and work toward a PhD, with an interest in brain research/neuroscience. Her parents are Dave and Pam Mills.
Congratulations to these fine students.
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP POLICE AND FIRE CHIEFS ADDRESS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS REGARDING BOMB HOAX
Local safety forces joined school administrators to address students at Olmsted Falls Middle School during their lunch periods yesterday. Officials conveyed to students the seriousness of making a bomb threat, following Tuesday’s evacuation of Olmsted Falls Middle School as a result of a note found in a girls’ restroom at the end of the school day. All students were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon and held at the soccer fields, where they were picked up and transported home on their regular school bus routes.
This was the second bomb threat hoax at Olmsted Falls Middle School within a week. Olmsted Township Police Chief John Minek and Olmsted Township Fire Chief John Rice spoke with students about the ramifications of making false threats and the impact that such threats have on their school and community.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 5th — Election Day. The Olmsted Falls School District will be holding the first of three Staff In-Service days scheduled for this school year on Tuesday, November 5th.
The two remaining Staff In-Service (Non-Students) days are scheduled for: Friday, January 24, 2014 and Friday, February 14, 2014.
SENIOR VS JUNIOR CLASS GIRLS IN ANNUAL POWDER PUFF GAME
The annual Powder Puff Football game is Tuesday, November 5, at Charles Harding Stadium. Gates open 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. competition. Admission is $5. The presale cost is $4 for students during the lunch periods at the high and middle schools. Festivities at the game include half-time games, raffles and concessions. All proceeds benefit OFHS Post Prom Committee.
The mini cheerleaders are invited to support the girls. They will receive FREE admission if they wear their mini T-shirts. Moms of the mini cheerleaders also are welcome.
VOTE THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH!!
ATTENTION BULLDOG PARENTS! DON’T FORGET TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH. Olmsted Falls High School needs your support. ISSUE 86 is a 1.8 Mill Bond on the November 5, 2013 election ballot. With your support, this Bond Issue will pay for the construction of classrooms, renovation of common spaces, and upgrades to security systems at Olmsted Falls High School (OFHS) needed to address overcrowding and improve safety/security for students and staff.
ISSUE #86: FACTS-AT-A-GLANCE
• OFHS is OVERCROWDED. Built for 815 students in 1967, 2016 will welcome 1,300 students.
• The decade old trailers bought to alleviate overcrowding cannot keep pace with growth, or reduce overcrowding of common areas.
• Survey of our registered voters prioritized concerns about school safety and security issues. The majority surveyed asked the school to make needed changes.
• Due to increased enrollment, OFHS requires nearly 1,000 students to pass between the main building and the trailers each school day. This is a safety and security issue.
• The crowded common spaces compromise emergency exit routes. This is a safety issue.
• Independent analysis by the PLE Group raised these safety issues, as well as the lack of OFHS security systems.
• Construction costs and building loan rates favor acting now.
• The $15 million generated will pay for construction of additional classrooms, renovation of common spaces, and upgrades to security systems (including security cameras).
• OVERCROWDING in OFHS is at a tipping point for student/staff safety and security. Issue 86 is a response to protect our students and staff.
• What will it cost? About the price of one sub sandwich or one pizza per month:
Your Home’s Taxable Value (35% of Assessed Property Value)
$50,000 = only $2.63 a month
$100,000 = only $5.25 a month
$200,000 = only $10.50 a month
$300,000 = only $15.75 a month
HALLOWEEN PARADE PHOTOS
ECC, Falls-Lenox & OFIS parents are invited to submit photos from today’s Halloween parades and festivities to be included in the building photo galleries to be featured in next week’s blog post. Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEREA ROTARY DONATES DICTIONARIES TO BULLDOG THIRD GRADERS
Each year the Berea Rotary donates a brand new dictionary for each third grader. The Olmsted Falls school district includes a portion of Berea. Jack Kafer, left, and Jim Walters spent a morning last week delivering the dictionaries to all third grade classes.
The students and teachers are very grateful to have this tool for their use in the classroom and at home. A big Bulldog thanks to Berea Rotary for its thoughtfulness and generosity. To look at a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
POOL YOUR TALENTS – JOIN THE OFHS SWIM TEAM
The OFHS swim team is still looking for a few good swimmers. Practice starts Friday, November 1st. If you are interested in joining the swim team, please contact Matt Laughlin at email@example.com
BULLDOG BUDDIES II RETURN TO HELP STUDENTS
The group has reached out to residents of the Renaissance retirement community due to high school students’ unavailability this year. Renaissance residents have been very excited to become our new Big Bulldog Buddies and mentor Falls-Lenox students. They began mid-October and will be in Falls-Lenox each Wednesday. They spend 30 minutes with their Little Bulldog Buddy in reading, playing games and/or helping with classwork. For a photo gallery of seniors helping students, click HERE.
The program continues to reach out and seek more mentors so more students may benefit from this program. If you are interested in being involved and becoming a Bulldog Buddy, please contact Angie Butto, Falls-Lenox counselor, at 440-427-6407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC SERVICES
The purpose of the school health clinics is to provide care for the health, wellness, illness and injuries of all students. The clinics administer daily prescribed medications for students (as needed), provide first aid, assist with school emergencies, and follow health care plans for chronic conditions. The clinic staff is responsible for school health records, recording immunizations, and health screenings. Each health clinic is staffed with a health aid, or a medical assistant, supervised by the one RN for the District.
Please understand that the school clinics are not set up as doctors’ offices, so the staff is unable to check ears, identify rashes, fix broken bones, diagnose specific illnesses or prescribe antibiotics. Please help communicate to children that the clinics are for emergencies or illnesses that occur during school hours only. If your child develops an illness or has an injury at school, please be prompt when asked to pick them up. Remember if your child is sick during the night, they will most likely be sick during the day and should be kept at home. Please click HERE for an information sheet with helpful details for identifying when your child is sick and should be kept home from school.
Should you have any questions about our school health clinics, please feel free to contact Olmsted Falls School District Head Nurse Carol Meszaros, RN, at (440) 427-6364.
OFMS STUDENTS ENJOY SPIRIT WEEK
Last week was Spirit Week for Olmsted Falls Middle School students. The middle school staff and students participated in Pajama Day, Neon Day, Black Out Day, Twin Day and Color Wars. Pictured here are eighth graders getting into the OFMS spirit.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – NOV. 15-16
Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3, students and senior citizens. They are available at the door of the performances or by calling 440-427-6070.
Please click HERE for event flyer.
OFHS BOWLING TEAM HOLDING OPEN PRACTICES
The OFHS Bowling Team’s official practice season starts November 5th at Buckeye Lanes, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. The team is currently running voluntary open practices on Tuesdays at Buckeye Lanes 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Any questions please contact, coach Chuck Carver at 440-590-2469.
IT IS THE ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S WING NIGHT – WITH A TWIST
Tickets are $20 at the door. Admission includes a wings/pizza/salad buffet and beverages. At this year’s Wing Night fund raiser, OFMA will conduct a new event–a music trivia contest. Entry fee for music trivia is $10 per person and participants are encouraged to form teams of up to six players to increase their chance of winning. Come test your musical knowledge and join OFMA for a very fun evening of great food and music trivia! Advance door tickets will be available at this Friday’s football game next to the donut sales tent.
FALLS-LENOX TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY
On November 11th Falls-Lenox students and staff will be celebrating veterans and active military men and women in a special morning program, which will include a wonderful breakfast for those who have sacrificed so much for our great country.
The Veterans Day Committee is asking students to make a small sacrifice, giving up a pack of gum or a candy bar, and instead bringing in that change to school. The money collected will help defray the cost of the breakfast that is planned. What a great opportunity to help the students make the connection of what it means to sacrifice, as these brave men and women have done.
A letter will be sent home this week to inform the families of Falls-Lenox what is being planned in honor of Veterans Day.
OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM MOVES TOWARD STATE COMPETITION
The OFHS Robotics Team of Matt Bender, Jake Olszewsk, Thomas Cobb, Moises Garcia Ponce and Garrett Yoder took first place in the VEX Robotics challenge in Marion, Ohio. The team now moves to state competition in February. For a photo gallery of the team, click HERE. To view a video of the competition, click HERE.
Good luck, team.
OFIS FIFTH GRADERS PRESENT ENTRIES AT THEIR SCIENCE FAIR
Fifth-grade students put their scientific methodology learning to practice at their Science Fair last week. Teachers involved in the fair included Jen Atkins, Mike Schafer and Deana Harb. Students had a range of projects from which to choose that they created at home. They wrote an hypothesis, collected data and came to a conclusion. They then compared that conclusions to see if it agreed with their hypothesis. The teachers wish to thank parents for their cooperation during this learning experience.
Click HERE for a photo gallery of the fair.
SPICE UP YOUR HOME WITH A FUNDRAISER CANDLE
The Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team offers the community a Mason Jar candle fundraiser through November 3rd. The items are great gift giving for family, friends and tEachers. They will be available before Thanksgiving.
The 13-ounce jar has specifically blended soy and paraffin wax with lead-free wicks. It offers 100 hours of burn time, which is more than four days worth. They have fun holiday colors and scents.
The cost is $10 for one, $18 for two and $25 for three. Find a swimmer to place your order or email Sharon Gentry at email@example.com.
TRICK-OR-TREAT!! Community trick-or-treating is scheduled for TONIGHT, Thursday, October 31st from 6-8 p.m. Please check local media outlets for any updates relating to weather conditions.
HEROIN IN THE SUBURBS FORUM SET FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6th
An expert panel at a November 6th forum will help families recognize what they can do to keep their family safe from the emerging heroin problem in the suburbs. Judge Michael Astrab will lead the forum, which Monica Robins, WKYC senior health correspondent, will monitor. The forum is at 7 p.m. at the Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Click HERE for a flyer of the event.
KIDS SHOP OFFERS HOLIDAY BUYING OR GIFT MAKING
The Olmsted Community Center will have its first Kids Shop on Saturday, November 23rd where kids can shop alone for holiday gifts for their family, friends, teachers, coaches and others or make their own creations. Items range from $1-$5 in price. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Parents are invited to stay and explore the rest of the shop, including concessions and a bake sale.
OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER
Support the newest sport for girls and boys in town. The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association offers a night out from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 16th at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include refreshments, pizza, wings and rigatoni. There will be raffle boards, 50/50 and gift baskets, too. This year’s fundraising activities will assist in further growing the program with additional high school uniforms as there will be JV and Varsity boys’ teams and more girls playing as well. The money raised also will help keep registration fees at 2013 levels. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information or Kelly Atkins at email@example.com with donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big ticket item.