Weekly Update – September 12, 2014
OLMSTED FALLS ROBOTICS TEAMS PLACE 3rd IN THE NATION
Two teams of students competed at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City after qualifying by placing first in mobile robotics and robotics and Automation Technology at state competition last April.
Both teams battled to win third place in the nation in their respective competitions!
In the mobile robotics competition, teams designed a robot to do specific tasks at their home school, keeping documentation so when they arrived at nationals they had eight hours to rebuild the robot from scratch. In the first 60 seconds, the robot operates autonomously. Using sensors and preprogrammed instructions, the robot must try to strategically move the balls across the playing field and over the bump into the scoring area. Then drivers take control of the robot. Teams score points for each ball scored over the bump or if their robots are in the red tile at the end. Students Lucas Schilling and Matt Seman were OFHS team members.
The robotics and automation technology teams had to solve a task using a vertically articulated five-axis robot and additional peripherals used to create a work cell, which was judged on hardware layout, wiring, power and external devices, such as sensors and pneumatic actuators. OFHS team members were Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt. CLICK HERE for a video of their contest.
The 2014 OFHS Yearbooks are available for pick up and purchase at the school.
Also available are previous years’ books as well.
Please contact Publications at 427-6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2014-2015 ACTIVITIES CALENDARS NOW DISTRIBUTED
The 2014-2015 PTA Activities Calendar was sent to homes with the youngest student in your household this week.
The calendar lists various events and activities occurring throughout the school year.
Extras are available in building offices or the Board office for anyone who may not have received one.
GIVE US A B-U-L-L-D-O-G-S CHEER!
Mini Cheerleaders add spirit and fun to last Friday’s football game! Students from ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS joined with the high school cheerleading squad to cheer the Bulldogs to victory! Many thanks to the cheerleading squad for practicing with the younger girls and making it a very special night. Everyone did a great job!
The Bulldog spirit certainly was noticed along the sidelines.
To view a photo gallery of the event, CLICK HERE.
BULLDOGS CROSS FINISH LINE WITH 1ST OLMSTED CUP IN CROSS COUNTRY
The girls set the tone for victory by going 1-2-3 with Sarah Makari, Liz Neudeck, and Stormie Kadar, taking the lead with a half mile to go. Alexis Phillips and Kaylee Gomez rounded out the girls scoring, giving the team a 17-point lead going into the boys race.
In that competition, Emilio Irizarry and Erik Pfisterer took 3rd and 4th place, solidifying the Bulldogs victory. A solid effort from Caleb Prante and Drew Ade ensured the win.
Congrats on winning the Cup, Bulldogs, and good luck at Galion this Saturday!
FALL MAP TESTING UNDERWAY IN OLMSTED FALLS
Olmsted Falls School District is pleased to announce the implementation of a new diagnostic tool that will be used across the district to enhance our evaluation of student knowledge and skill levels to further inform our classroom instruction. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing is an online, no-risk program from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) that our District will use to provide information on our students’ strengths and weaknesses in both reading and math. This testing tool is for diagnostic purposes only and does not impact students’ classroom grades.
Starting this month, some students in grades 9 and 10 have already begun our initial Fall MAP Testing. Moving forward, MAP testing will be used for students across the District in grades K through 10. MAP testing will occur three times a year with testing periods in fall (during September), winter (during January) and spring (during April). Each test takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. The power of MAP testing is that the students receive questions based upon how they answer the previous questions. For example, if a student gets the answer correct, then the next question is slightly harder. This continues until the student is given questions above their current ability level. If a student struggles, then they are given questions of lower difficulty. This process continues until we receive a RIT score. This score is a comparison of where they fall upon the national K-12 grade curriculum continuum.
Important Things for Parents to Know About MAP Testing:
1) All students are supposed to struggle at some point. This is not a test of proficiency or grade level mastery. Some students will be given questions at a high school level to see how far they can go. They are not expected to answer them correctly.
2) This score does not affect their grade. We use it to plan interventions and enrichment.
3) We do NOT want this to become a competition. This testing tool is for diagnostic purposes only and we do not want the students to feel they need to reach a certain score.
4) We DO want the students to take it seriously since we want to find out where they truly fall, but not at the expense of unneeded stress. Quality data and a true effort will help the teachers tailor instruction for all his/her students. Half-hearted effort may give a false indication of their true needs.
NWEA’s MAP program provides data that is sound, nationally normed comparisons, great exposure to online tests (which student will continue to see everywhere from driving exams, certification programs and college), and a wealth of information that helps us help your child.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher, school principal or Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at email@example.com or (440) 427-6000.
REMINDER: PAY SCHOOL FEES VIA EZPAY SYSTEM
Please note that school fees for all students (grades K-12) for the 2014-2015 school year are available for payment using the EZPay system. This includes any applicable fees for individual courses at Olmsted Falls High School.
New this year for OFHS parents is an integration between EZPay and PowerSchool, which will automatically show individual course fees connected to your student’s schedule. We hope our high school parents will find as a significant improvement over past years when parents had to search and select individual course fees manually.
As always, funds can also be added to student lunch accounts using the EZPay system at anytime.
To access the EZPay website, please click HERE.
To contact EZPay directly by phone for assistance, please call (866) 693-9729.
Thank you in advance for paying your child(ren)’s school fees in a timely manner.
Reminder: Olmsted Falls School District no longer has the capacity to process credit card payments in school offices or over the phone. Parents can use their credit card to pay for school fees and school meal accounts using EZPay. Parents choosing to pay school fees with cash or check can continue to do so by visiting the respective school office.
Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? OFHS offers several dates for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.
The times are 8-9 a.m. on September 19th, October 3rd, October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or firstname.lastname@example.org To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.
Varsity football presale tickets will be on sale Fridays at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office,
Student presale tickets will be on sale the day of every football game, at ALL school buildings for $4.00. Adult presale tickets will be available for home games only, at Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.
Home games are October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night
All are invited to attend the Monday, September 15th OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron Parent meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in Room W3, the choir room.
OFMFP is a nonprofit booster group charted to support performing arts, speech and debate at the school. Performers need support in their endeavors. Please attend to see how you can help.
OFHS POST PROM HOLDS FIRST MEETING SEPTEMBER 17TH
Ever wonder what Post Prom entails? It’s a committee of senior parents who plans the party after Prom. It provides a safe and fun night of entertainment for seniors. If you would like to become involved, join the group at its September 17th meeting at 7 p.m. in the OFHS media center. If you would like to receive information from the group, contact Beth Kopycinski at email@example.com.
GET YOUR TICKET IN THE CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000 CONTEST!
Tickets are available for $10 each from various athletic teams and organizations including: baseball, football, tennis, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fast pitch, golf, boys/girls soccer, track, volleyball, wrestling, Athletic Boosters, Hockey Association, Masquers, Swim Association, Volleyball Association and Music Association.
In addition tickets will be available in the board office, at all home football games, or by contacting OFAB President Jim Polcar at (440) 724-3454.
Tickets are $10. There will be a drawing of 10 people at the October 10th football game. October 31st football game will bring those winners to see who the ultimate winner is. Winner will select from a 2014 Chevy Cruze or $10,000. Winner must be 18 years or older to win. More rules on the OFAB website.
Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser by buying a ticket!
Do your dressers, attic and garage need cleaning of children’s and maternity items? Let Olmsted Early Childhood PTA help you. Its annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS. This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children. Please do not sell car seats or cribs or any recalled items. Vendors also are invited to sell their products.
Sellers manage their own tables and keep ALL their profits. The cost per space is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Set up is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The registration deadline is next Wednesday, September 17.
The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.
SIX TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME
This year’s inductees into the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame are Art Gibel, class of 1968, business; Dave Schuster, ’70, business/science; Lora Hirschberg, ’81, entertainment; Scott Highhouse, ’82, health/education; Debbie Koeppen Berry, ’87, science/math and Craig Barbee, educator.
The induction ceremony is Thursday, September 18th at the German American Club. The community is invited to attend the ceremony and its dinner. Tickets are $25.
The association is on facebook and you can “friend” it by CLICKING HERE.
Contact Jenny McKeigue, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Back by popular demand is the OFHS Post Prom customized and personalized necklaces. There are three designs, two different chain lengths and various add-ons available with each purchase.
An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.
The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only. It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles. All money is due Friday, September 12.
Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or email@example.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.
The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Yankee Candle fundraiser will run from September 12th -29th.Online orders will be accepted through December 2014.
Simply visit its website by CLICKING HERE and enter group #990050451 in the “start shopping” box. All online orders will be shipped immediately and directly to the address requested.
THIS SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 14TH – ROBBY’S VOICE RACE IV AWARENESS RUN/WALK
please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit:
http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp to register online.
Couldn’t make it to this week’s Open House to meet the Packs, Troops, and Venturing Crews of Olmsted Falls? It’s not too late to sign-up. Scouting is a great way to do a ton of fun things with your children! The Pack is for boys 6-11 or first grade to 5th. The Troop is for boys 11-18 or 6th grade to 12. The Crew/Venturing is for boys AND girls 14-21. We hope it is something you’d love to do. To sign up and get started, or for additional information and questions, call Sandra Graham 235-2588.
SIGN UP FOR PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURES
The Native Sons & Daughters program offers parents the chance to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. New families with children in grades K and older may now sign up.
There are two Recruiting Rally & Cookouts Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the William J. Green Picnic area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation.
Parents and their children are free to come anytime during these events. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. The group’s officers will give a brief presentation about the program. Music, activities a craft, rocket launch and displays will highlight the events. To view the club’s website and flyer, CLICK HERE.
JOIN SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER
Olmsted Community Center invites students in grades 2-6 to attend its 7-10 p.m. Saturday Activities Nights. The cost is $8 for the fully supervised dance party, crafts, games and fun in the gym. Each must have a signed registration form, which is found by CLICKING HERE. The flyer also lists the September activities.
Say ‘farewell’ and ‘thank you’ to Miss Amy who was the program’s director for 14 years – and enjoy opening night September 13th.
September 20th is Backyard fun with ladder golf, corn hole, Frisbee toss and more. It’s Inflatable Night September 27th.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe on November 15th. The price for an 8-foot space is $35. Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.