Parent Update – October 23, 2014
BOARD SALUTES 2014 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
The OF Board of Education and Dr. Jim Lloyd recognized six students who are Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. The students are, from left to right in the photo, Conner Arendec, Michael Doherty, Ryan Klimchak, Kathryn Lesiak, Melania Linderman and Kyle Thompson.
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – a test that serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. About 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT received Letters of Commendation to recognize their outstanding academic promise. Some Commended Students may become candidates for Special Scholarships that corporations and businesses sponsor. Congrats to these fine students!
BILL McGRAIN ELECTED TO STATE WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION POST
OFHS teacher and long-time Bulldog wrestling coach Bill McGrain was elected Vice President of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association. He will transition to its presidency for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The election occurred last week at the OHSWCA annual State Clinic.
Mr. McGrain, who retired from his coaching position in 2012, has remained active and is a recognized leader in high school wrestling with nearly 30 years of experience and dedication to the sport. He was elected as a member of the Ohio High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Division 2 Coach of the Year, SWC Coach of the Year 14 times, coached seven individual state champions, had 12 top 10 state finishes, a career dual meet record of 335-58-3, 13 SWC championships, 73 individual SWC champs, 76 state qualifiers and 46 state place winners.
Congratulations, Mr. McGrain for this state-level leadership position. His knowledge, expertise and passion will continue to benefit high school wrestlers here in OF as well as across Ohio.
TWO BULLDOG SOCCER PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS
OFHS varsity soccer players Austin Mitchell, sophomore, and Kevin Lemin, freshman, were profiled in the Sun News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer for their accomplishments on the field. Both, along with their varsity teammates, were instrumental in taking the Bulldogs to an overall 10-4-3 record and third place 4-1-1 finish in the SWC. It was the best conference placement in school history.
Both are quality student-athletes who represent the boys soccer program and the district’s entire athletic program in a very successful and special way. Congratulations Kevin and Austin. To view a link to Austin’s write up, click HERE. To see Kevin’s write up, click HERE.
Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The latest session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is scheduled for this Friday, October 24th. OFHS is offering several dates this fall 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 October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or email@example.com To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.
AUDITIONS FOR THE OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE THIS SATURDAY
Have you got talent? Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tumble, juggle, perform magic tricks or do something else amazing? Are you in kindergarten through 12th grade? It is time to audition for the OFHS PTA Talent Show Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium. Practice, practice, practice!
Mark your calendars now. The talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24th. Contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894, or Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
OFMS PRESENTS ANNIE JR. – TONIGHT, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
The OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company will present Annie Jr. on October 23rd, 24th and 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Enjoy an evening out to the theater with a cast and crew of 70 young actors and technicians who have been hard at work preparing this production. They are excited to perform for you.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3, students and senior citizens and children under 5, free. Come and enjoy the music and magic of this timeless story. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile. After all, you are never fully dressed without one!
This year’s Science Olympiad saw 109 OFIS students participate in the experience that occurred earlier this month. Not only did student participation grow, but there was a unique collaboration among OFIS, OFMS, OFHS, community members and NASA. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
OFMS and OFHS students acted as coaches, parents volunteered to coach and judge and NASA employees worked weekly with the students to help them improve their designs and problem solving on six different events. They included an egg drop, sinking ship, mystery powders, derby downs/K’nex cars, catapult and aerodynamics. A description of each event may be viewed by clicking HERE.
Thanks to support from Don Svec, Jim Yandell and new Kiwanis president Tony Budak, a wider group of volunteers were recruited to help in the design process. OFIS staff, including secretaries, maintenance and teachers, supported the project. It literally took a village to help students have quality science experiences with many connections to the model curriculum.
A special thanks to OFMS eighth-graders Noah Le and Eric Sobera, who took charge of teaching/coaching/judging their events. They have coached for the past three years and have been outstanding leaders and teachers, skilled beyond their years!
ECC honored the late Mary Kubat, who weekly read to teacher Patty Michaels’ class, by creating a garden memorial to her. Mrs. Kubat passed away earlier this year. The staff also placed a copy of “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden” in the school library in her honor.
Falls-Lenox Primary School’s Reading Intervention tutors will host their annual Parent Meeting Tuesday, October 28th at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
They will discuss the reading intervention program available to qualifying students this school year. Mrs. Double, Mrs. Thomas, Miss Weimer and Mr. Hammon look forward to speaking with parents about research-based instruction designed to help students improve their reading skills. Individual invitations were sent home with qualifying students this week.
FYI – Don’t forget the FL/ECC PTA meeting the same evening, 10/28/14, at 7:00 pm @ ECC.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) INFO NIGHT FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS – OCTOBER 29TH
Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the final information night to learn about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.) CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices. The meeting will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students. If you are unable to attend, we will be posting the meeting notes on the Olmsted Falls District website following the presentations.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29th in the OFHS Media Center.
During last school year (2013-2014), the Olmsted Falls School District aligned attendance procedures throughout the district for students in grades 1 to 12. This update to previous policies provides consistency from building to building as it relates to coding of absences, as well as, adheres to guidelines for state attendance reporting.
Please be aware of the following attendance procedures in effect for all students attending Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS:
Coding Procedures for Tardy, ½ Day AM and ½ Day PM:
Tardy: Any student entering the building within 90 minutes of the first bell will be considered tardy.
½ Day AM Absence: Any student entering the building after the first 90 minutes of the school day, will be marked with a ½ day AM Absence.
½ Day PM Absence: Any student leaving the building prior to the last 90 minutes of the school day will be marked with a ½ day PM absence.
* In the case of a doctor’s appointment: If the student has a doctor’s appointment and is out of school for less than two hours, it will not be counted as an absence if a doctor’s note is provided upon his/her return. If a doctor’s appointment runs longer than two hours, it will be coded as either a ½ day excused absence (with a doctor’s note) or a ½ day unexcused absence (without a doctor’s note).
All student absences are unexcused in PowerSchool until changed to excused by the attendance secretary based upon parent contact.
Students may be excused from school for up to 5 days each school year for vacation with prior approval. Vacation days in excess of 5 days will be considered unexcused unless approved by school administration.
If any student reaches 10 days of absences in the school year (either excused or unexcused), all future absences during the same school year will be considered UNEXCUSED unless a doctor’s note is provided to the school.
Any student with continuous unexcused absences for 105 school hours will be withdrawn from school.
Student absences due to weather conditions, confirmed by parent contact, are considered EXCUSED absences.
Olmsted Falls School District uses the PowerSchool automated phone system to notify parents/guardians of unexcused absences. Please Note: ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS will make additional follow-up calls AFTER automated calls are sent, if parent still does not call back.
10 FINALISTS VIE FOR NEW CHEVY CRUZE @ OCTOBER 31ST HOME GAME
At the Oct. 10 football game, 10 names were drawn as the finalists in the 2014Chevy Cruze raffle. They were invited to attend the October 31st home football game. Each will receive a key and have the opportunity to try to start the car’s engine. Only one winner will either drive away with the Chevy Cruze or the $10,000 cash prize. The community is invited to attend the game and join the excitement to see who wins the car.
The ten finalists are Cindy Bacisin, Westlake; Kathie Brock, Swanton; Tom and Patty Bush, Olmsted Township; Michael Kalinoski, Strongsville; Erin Kubicki, North Royalton; Karen Marks, Olmsted Township; Cassie Mullins, Richfield; Doug Nolan; Jeannette Saurette, Westlake and Sharon Texter, Boardman.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym
ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, November 3, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES
From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.
Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.
BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 INVITED TO DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League is accepting registration for boys in grades 4-6. They will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.
The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.
The cost is $50 if registration occurs prior to October 24th, and $60 after that date and up to the November 1st deadline. To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.
From now until Monday, November 3rd, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The fragrant candles make great GIFTS for any occasion.
To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, click HERE. Please contact Sharon at Gentrys10@aol.com for more information.
What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game
When: 7 p.m. November 6th
The school community is invited to the OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 3rd, in Room W3, at the high school. Please join us to sign up to help with the fall play on November 21st and 22nd. We need help with concessions, selling cast notes, etc.
The Middle School has its Schwan’s fundraising campaign occurring now. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.
Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy. Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code. OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th. OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year! Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.
For more details on ordering, click HERE. Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!
VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST
Student presale tickets will be on sale that day at ALL school buildings for $4.
Adult presale tickets will be available that day only at the Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.
Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township officials changed their trick-or-treat day from October 31st to November 1st. The hours are 6-8 p.m.
They based their reasoning on safety. The Bulldogs final home game – and Parents Night – is October 31st. It is against neighboring North Olmsted. There will be more-than-normal traffic on our streets that night, especially in the northern section with North Olmsted fans coming to the game.
CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball promises a lighthearted night of mystery. The 6-11:30 p.m. event on Saturday, October 25th is courtesy of the Olmsted Bicentennial Commission and presented by Floriano Productions at the German-American Cultural Center on Columbia Road. The night includes light hors d’oeurvres, served roast beef or pecan chicken dinner, interactive murder mystery entertainment with a nod to the Spirits of Olmsted, music, dancing and historical displays – all for $49 a person. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Advanced ticket sales only, which are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.
Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.
While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW