Parent Update – December 20, 2013
WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE
This year’s Winter Break begins this Monday, December 23rd and runs through Friday, January 3rd. School will resume on Monday, January 6th. Please note that this week’s blog post is the last one in 2013. There will be no blog updates during the break. The blog will resume the week of January 6th.
Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
(Upside down snowman compliments of OFIS students in Peggy Morris’ class!)
DISTRICT HONORS RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS RHONDA MCCRONE AND MICHELLE THERIOT FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE
Board of Education members Rhonda McCrone and Michelle Theriot were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting, held earlier this week, for their many years of public service on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. Both of these long-time Board of Education members are retiring from their duties following many years of dedicated service to the students, staff and residents of the Olmsted Falls School District.
Mrs. McCrone has served as a Board member for the past 16 years, including service as Board of Education Vice President from 2001 to 2003 and Board of Education President from 2004 to 2006.Ms. Theriot has served as a Board member for the past 21 years, including service as Board of Education Vice President from 1997 to 1999.
Both women’s community service has been characterized by the highest level of ethics, integrity, and passion for public education. Both parents of Bulldog alumni, and Mrs. Theriot a Bulldog alumnus herself, these two dedicated public servants have truly had a lasting and positive impact on the quality of educational opportunities in our schools and community.
A resolution of public thanks and recognition was passed by fellow Board of Education members Jim Weisbarth, Joe Bertrand and Greg Surtman at the Board’s monthly meeting this December, which was Mrs. McCrone’s and Ms. Theriot’s final meeting. Their final meeting was also attended by district administrators, faculty and staff on hand to personally thank these two women for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Olmsted Falls School District. Pictured at right are Ms. Theriot and Mrs. McCrone with (from L to R) Board Member Greg Surtman, Superintendent Dr. Jim lloyd, Board President Jim Weisbarth, Board Vice President Joe Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan and Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson.
On behalf of the Board, administration, staff and students of Olmsted Falls Schools, we would like to again extend our sincere appreciation to Mrs. McCrone and Ms. Theriot for their service and dedication to our District! If you see either of them around town, please join us in extending thanks to these two outstanding women!
BOARD PASSES RESOLUTION TO PLACE 1.8 MILL BOND ISSUE BACK ON THE BALLOT THIS MAY
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education, at its monthly meeting December 18th, unanimously took the first step to again put a 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School back on the election ballot this May. The bond issue, dedicated to addressing overcrowding, safety and security at Olmsted Falls High School through building renovation and expansion, was originally defeated this past November with 2,904 in favor of the bond issue and 3,438 against. (To view a breakdown of levy results by precinct, please click here.) The defeat of the issue does not eliminate the need to address these critical issues at the high school. Therefore, the District plans to continue its efforts to educate the community about the need.
Passage of the resolution of necessity on December 18th was the first legislative step required to place the bond issue back on the ballot in May 2014. The Board will next vote to pass a resolution to proceed at its January meeting and that will be the final piece of legislation required to place the issue on the May ballot. Any parents or residents with questions about the 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000.
TALENTED HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMERS WOW COLUMBIA PARK RESIDENTS
The OFHS Golden Expressions vocal jazz ensemble was joined by a 5-piece saxophone group for a special performance this week held in the Social Hall of Columbia Park. More than 20 residents came out to hear these talented students perform a variety of holiday music during an afternoon performance. Special thanks to Choir Director Judy Crandall, who coordinated the special visit and to all of these outstanding students for volunteering their time for this after school performance. The guests truly enjoyed the high-quality performance, and look forward to an encore next holiday season.
TWO MORE TEAMS HEAD TO OHIO STATE ROBOTICS CONTEST
OFHS students recently competed in the Ohio Robotics Educators VEX Challenge at the TriC Advanced Technology Training Center. The competition consisted of robots made from VEX components. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, competed in matches consisting of a 15- second autonomous period followed by a 1 minute 45 second driver control play. The teams had to transport and release balls into certain locations at various levels on the field.
Two teams successfully completed and ended with first place honors. Team 5658A consisted of Moises Garcia Ponce, David Graham and Matthew Sheneman. Team 5658B’s members were Lucas Schilling, Brian Dougher, Nick Fritz and Chase Zivcsak. The two will join Team 5658D, which won the Marion Competition in October, to compete at the Ohio State competition in February.
MEET MR. FULTON
Olmsted Falls School District will host two informational sessions for parents and interested residents regarding the new Common Core standards and how our District is preparing. Mark your calendar to join us on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) or Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Falls-Lenox Cafeteria (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.). Please watch for additional information to follow after the winter break.
GOT TALENT? CONSIDER TRYING OUT FOR 2014 TALENT SHOW
OFCS Parents and Staff – we need your help! Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions: Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far? Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?
Every year, Ohio PTA presents awards to educators and volunteers/staff who show outstanding and remarkable support of youth. The Outstanding District Educator Award is presented to a certified educator who is a PTA member and is nominated by a fellow staff or parent in the school district. The Helping Hands Award is given to an outstanding volunteer or school district staff member (non-certified educator) who is a PTA member nominated by fellow staff or parents. The local deadline for this year’s nomination is FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH! Please click HERE to download nomination forms and learn more.
OECPTA FIVE BELOW FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH DEC. 24TH
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA has partnered with Five Below in North Olmsted for an ongoing fundraiser during the month of December. Download the invitation flyer by clicking HERE and bring it with you to Five Below. 10% of your purchase will be aid the OECPTA. Stop in between now and December 24th for some holiday shopping and to help raise money for OECPTA! Thanks in advance for your support!
4TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DEC. 31ST, 7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. AT NORTH OLMSTED RECREATION CENTER
Join us for a fun evening of ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and balloon drop at midnight. Purchase advance tickets at the N.O Rec Center for $12 or $15 at the door. Admission includes all activities, snack and beverage. For more info, please call 440-734-8200. Event Co-sponsored by Cleveland Edges Skating Club and N.O. Recreation Department.
OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFORMATION MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETORIUM
The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will be holding its Information and Registration Night at the Middle School Cafetorium to kick off its 5th season. We are now 200 strong and developing some of the best players in the North East Ohio area! 2013 was a great year and included the introduction of boys and girls high school teams and the addition of a middle school girls team. We are again offering a 10 week developmental program for K-2nd grade boys and girls. Join us for one hour and learn about the “Fastest Game On Two Feet” — Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com. To download the informational flyer and registration form, click here.