Parent Update – February 27, 2015
BULLDOG MARCHING BAND GLOWS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
It’s official. The Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band was the largest band at Disney World on the weekend they performed in the Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom! The band, with 200 members and 30 chaperones, traveled to Florida from February 12th-17th. Director of Bands Mrs. Budd said the students were “spectacular in behavior and in marching.” They represented OF with dignity and pride.
Each band member received a pair of Performing Arts Mickey ears as a reward for their hard work. Students beamed with pride and many said this was the best memory of their high school years. Nowak Tours kept them safe and parents informed throughout the trip.
Congratulations to the band. They definitely laid the groundwork for a new tradition in Olmsted Falls!
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BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS LATEST MASTER TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT
Congratulations to the district’s newest Master Teachers – Leigh Carver and Stacy Petro. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and honored them during last week’s board meeting.
Carver and Petro earned the Master Teacher designation by participating in Ohio’s Master Teacher Program and demonstrating excellence both inside and outside the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. Each of the two teachers achieved exemplary scores for the rigorous documentation of their instructional practices, leadership roles and professional activities.
The district’s Olmsted Falls Master Teacher Committee facilitates the program locally with representatives from all buildings and content areas, including six teachers and one administrator who hold National Board Certification.
Congratulations again to Mrs. Carver and Mrs. Petro.
ECC STUDENT SELECTED AS ARTSONIA “ARTIST OF THE WEEK”
Sylvia Nisky, an ECC kindergarten student, is Artsonia’s Pre-K-3rd “Artist of the Week” for Jan. 18th-24th. During the contest her Winter Tree entry received 1,719 votes from website visitors. As a finalist she will receive a special award plaque and a $50 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. Blick Art Materials also will provide a $100 gift certificate to the ECC/Falls-Lenox art program.
The weekly contest highlights new artwork from four grade level categories (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) and encourages family, friends and other art lovers to vote for their favorite piece.
Artist of the Week is a fun way to remind us all that EVERY child is an artist and deserves a moment in the spotlight.
Thanks to all who voted for Sylvia and helped celebrate the creativity of student artists.
LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS MEET WITH STATE LEGISLATORS TO DISCUSS ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY; CONCERN EXPRESSED REGARDING ASSESSMENT OPT-OUTS
Olmsted Falls Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, along with other local school superintendents, met with area state legislators last week to discuss topics impacting public education in Ohio. As always, accountability and finance topped the list. State Senator Tom Patton and State Representative Mike Dovilla engaged in a productive discussion with local school superintendents that included an extensive discussion on student assessments. As a follow-up to that meeting, Dr. Lloyd provided additional follow-up data regarding assessment opt-outs and the growing number of students who will not be participating in Ohio’s New Assessments because of parent refusal. To read Dr. Lloyd’s letter, please click HERE.
Olmsted Falls School District is in continual communication with Ohio Legislators and the Ohio Department of Education so that we may clearly communicate to parents the potential consequences of opting out of testing – both on the individual student as well as the Olmsted Falls School District as a whole. To read the a copy of the opt-out confirmation letter being sent to parents who have already opted their children out of testing, please click HERE.
STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY
The OFHS Spanish Department inducted several students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.” It occurred at Nuevo Acapulco. The Spanish teachers, inductees and their families enjoyed a delicious meal after the induction. The inductees are Lauren Boros, Jamie Dregalla, Emily Gerycz, Kara Grendzynski, Andrea Gottfried, Myrna Mansour, Alejandra Neira, Taylor Nemes, Christina Pedicini, Taylor Saule, Austin Stamper, Mallory Taylor and Jacob Yeager.
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the honor society that is for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Its purpose is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Felicidades A Todos.
Coach Smith has been president of the Northeast District Softball coaches association for the past seven years.
OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS CALAMITY DAY UPDATE
OFCS has received questions from a number of parents regarding the status of our District’s calamity days. The rules for school calendars and calamity days (snow days) changed for Olmsted Falls City School District beginning with the current 2014-2015 school year. The school calendar and calamity days are now based on a minimum number of instructional hours instead of instructional days.
At this point in time, Olmsted Falls School District does NOT anticipate having to make up any school days due to inclement weather closures for students in grades 1 to 12. Because the required minimum hours set by the state vary by grade level, the number of hours available to cover calamity days also varies by grade level. The only grade level in our district currently approaching the need for possible make-up days is kindergarten. (NOTE: “Approaching” does not mean that it is about to happen).
The state minimum requirement for instructional hours is as follows: Kindergarten (455 hours/year); Grades 1-6 (910 hours/year); Grades 7-12 (1,001 hours/year). For all grade levels, except for kindergarten, the Olmsted Falls School District calendar exceeds these minimum required hours providing plenty of hours in reserve to cover both professional development days as well as calamity (snow/cold) days.
Please note that not all school districts in the state have made the transition from days to hours yet. So you will continue to see coverage in the media regarding districts that have already reached their maximum five calamity days. Those stories relate to districts that have not yet transitioned to hours.
While Olmsted Falls School District has had five snow/cold closure days already this winter, we do still have hours remaining as a cushion at all grade levels, including kindergarten. Additionally, we have the ability to utilize a “blizzard bag” option to gain up to three additional days for our kindergarten students and therefore avoid potential make-up days. Blizzard bags will not be necessary at any of the other grade levels. At this time, we do not anticipate having to make up days for any grade level at the end of the year (or during spring break). Please remember that our preference is always to have students safely in school and learning despite having a bank of hours available that could be used for cancelling school.
If you have any questions about calamity days, or the new system based on instructional hours instead of instructional days, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY: FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN
The Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan helped guide the focus of the recent Professional Development Day, held Friday, February 13th, as staff members had an opportunity to choose from a wide-variety of technology themed sessions. Being Technology Enabled is one of four areas of strategic focus in the District’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan’s other three areas of focus include: Student Success, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships.
Creating opportunities to empower teachers to seamlessly integrate technology into instruction and student learning is a top priority for the District under the new Strategic Plan. Providing staff members with an opportunity to spend time learning about different technology resources that can enhance their classroom instruction was the focus of the Feb. 13th Professional Development Day. Staff members had the opportunity to participate in up to four scheduled sessions held throughout the morning. In addition, several staff members served as session leaders themselves – sharing their personal knowledge and expertise on particular technology topics.
Sessions covered a wide range of technology topics including: Tablets and Google Play for K-2; Raz-Kids for Grades 1-3; Google for OFIS; Google Classroom for 6-12; Using Google Forms in the Classroom; Using Compass to Created Standards Based Assessments; Creating a Webpage with Weebly; Smartboard Training/Review; Video Creation for Students & Teachers; Online Text Resources for Science Teachers; Web Resources for Specials & Wheel Teachers; and more!
STUDENTS INVITED TO U.S. MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY THIS SATURDAY
Congressman Jim Renacci invites students to attend a Military Service Academy Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 28th at the Stark County Library (Jackson Branch). It will be in Conference Room 102 at 7487 Fulton Drive, N.W., Massillon, OH. Information will be available about the five individual service academies and the nomination process. Registration is preferred, but not required by emailing Renacci’s academy coordinator, email@example.com or call 330-334-0040.
DON’T MISS HELPING HANDS “DANCE 4 CHARITY” EVENT TOMORROW!
Helping Hands “Dance 4 Charity” Fundraising event is THIS SATURDAY, 2/28/15 (10a-2p). Come celebrate with the dance teams! The event is held in the main gymnasium at OFHS, and is open to the public. General admission is $6 at the door (ages 5 and below are Free). The doors will open at 9 a.m. There will be concessions, raffle baskets, and a live DJ with music and activities. The opening ceremony will start at 10 a.m. in the main gym at OFHS.
Helping Hands will also be running another 3elove fundraiser. Please click HERE for instructions on how to place your order online. Sales will be open through Sunday, March 1.
OF HOCKEY SEES SECTIONAL ACTION THIS SATURDAY
The Bulldog hockey team will play St. Ed’s at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28th at Brooklyn Recreation Center. The team advanced after beating Chagrin Falls in double overtime. To read a Chronicle Telegram about that win, click HERE.
OFMS STUDENT PARENT SPORTS NIGHT IS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST
Parents and students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend an informative meeting about the OFMS sports program from 6-7 p.m. this Sunday, March 1. Coaches will speak briefly, with discussions about nutrition, pride and other topics. Handouts and sports camps information will be available. The OF Athletic Boosters also will be at the event. Flyers were emailed to all grade 5-8 parents.
VOTE TODAY FOR OFHS BOYS BOWLING TEAM AS TEAM OF THE WEEK
The OFHS boys bowling team was selected as one of JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Boys Team of the Week. Fans decide the winner so vote today – and often. Voting is live and will end at noon, Monday, March 2. To vote for the Bulldog team, click HERE. You may vote as often as you like.
VOTE FOR OFHS STUDENT AS AMERICA’S FASHION IT GIRL
The grand prize winner receives a two-week paid intensive learning internship with Fame & Partners and ASOS in New York AND the chance to design a dream formal dress, made just for the winner ($1,000 value). Runner up prizes are spectacular, too. Click HERE, then scroll down and put in Teresa Wang in the search box to vote for her.
COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS
Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores MUST attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule. Preregistration for this meeting is not needed. Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings will be held in the high school library on the following days:
March 3rd, 6 p.m. ; March 9th, 2:20 p.m. and March 26th, 6 p.m.
HELPING HANDS SUPPORTS NATIONAL “SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD” CAMPAIGN
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.
The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
OFCS Helping Hands will be supporting the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign by creating a video to spread awareness (our video will be posted on next week’s blog). OFCS Helping Hands will join other schools/universities across the country in posting the video message on YouTube. There will also be a banner at your child’s school for students/faculty/staff to pledge their support on Wednesday March 4. Please visit this website to see what the campaign is all about. http://www.r-word.org/
Wear your LOVE OFCS Helping Hands apparel on 3/4/15 to show your support!!!
PTA SELECTS REFLECTIONS WINNERS
PTA units received more than 70 entries in this year’s National PTA Reflections program contest. OF PTA Council is pleased to announce the district winners, of which 28 will be forwarded to the state competition. Ohio PTA will announce state winners in April. This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if . . . “
Congratulations to district winners and all who participated. District winners will be recognized by their school’s Reflections chair in the spring. The district will recognize state winners in May.
Visual Arts – Primary: 1st Allison White; 2nd Isla Lehmann; 3rd Tyler Price, HM Sophia Thome; Intermediate 1st Hadley Allen; 2nd Kara Wagner; 3rd Katie Voisinet; HM Andrew Connelly; Middle: 1st Lindsey LaPinta; 2nd Allison Milligan; 3rd Keeley Patton; HM Allison Milligan; Senior: 1st Teresa Wang; 2nd Connie Saylor; 3rd, Christine Bolton; HM Kristen Zakel; Special Artist: 1st Heather Grant; 2nd Matthew Matzelle; 3rd Christine Oehlstrom.
Photography – Intermediate: 1st Matthew Gluvna; 2nd Max Limpert; 3rd Kristen Wagner; Middle: 1st Harrison Graham; Senior: 1st Andrew Barnard; 2nd Jess Kukura; 3rd Abbey Boenig-Dombek; HM Abbey Boenig-Dombek.
Musical Composition – Intermediate: 1st Michael DiFilippo.
Literature – Primary: Dominic DiFilippo; Intermediate: 1st Andy Voisinet; Middle: 1st Emma Andrus; 2nd Gabrielle Gosciewski; 3rd Lillian Bobowicz; HM Allison Milligan; Senior: 1st Mark Schindler; 2nd Andrew Oltmanns; 3rd Emily Olszewski.
ECC BOOK FAIR SET FOR NEXT WEEK: MARCH 2ND-6TH
The Early Childhood Center Book Fair runs from Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th in its library. Children may stop during school on March 4th and 6th. There will be no library book exchange on March 6th.
Families are invited to visit the fair from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 enjoy refreshments and a special guest character visit.
If you are unable to attend or would like to shop from home, check out the new online book fair by clicking HERE.
CHECK OUT VIDEO ON REGISTERING FOR OFHS 2015-16 CLASSES
OFHS counselors created a short video to review the scheduling process on how students register through PowerSchool for their 2015-16 classes. To view the video, click HERE.
Students will receive practice scheduling checklists and watch the video in their homerooms this week. Scheduling will be available only from Wednesday, March 4th through Wednesday, March 11. Should a change be required after that time, students must contact their counselor personally for assistance. OFHS counselors will be available through June 10th. Counselors will host extended hours for students and parents on Tuesday, June 9th from noon to 7 p.m. for any final course adjustments. All course changes for the 2015-2016 school year must be made by June 10th.
PRESEASON PARENT MEETING FOR OFHS TRACK & FIELD – MARCH 10TH
Contact Coach Novotny at email@example.com for more details.
GRADE 3 GIRLS SIGN UP TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN PROGRAM BEGINS WEEK OF MARCH 9TH – SIGN UP TODAY!
Falls-Lenox is starting a Girls on the Run program for girls in grade 3. It’s a program of learning to play games, make new friends, learn about yourself, become healthier and run a 5K. It is not about running fast.
Girls may register through Monday, March 9th. Please click HERE to download a copy of the program flyer. Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. The season begins the week of March 9th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.
JUNIORS: GET READY FOR COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY
March 18th is College Visit/Job Shadow Day for OFHS juniors. It’s a day to explore options for your future by scheduling a college visit or spending the day with a professional in a career that interests you. To be excused from school for the day, students should fill out and submit either a college visit or career shadowing form by March 13th. Forms may be found in the guidance office.
ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given Friday, March 20th, at OFHS during OGT week. Students interested in post high school enlistment into a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces should take this assessment. Students may sign up in the high school guidance office. For more information, call the official ASVAB website, asvabprogram.com.
CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ARRIVES IN APRIL IN CLEVELAND
The Cleveland National College Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 12th at the Cleveland Convention Center. The fair allows students to meet and speak with college admissions representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges. A list of participating colleges is available by clicking HERE. Students and parents are encouraged to preregister for the event at nacacnet.org/ncfstudent. There also will be workshops on ACT and SAT testing, the athletic recruiting process, finding the right college and how to make the most of your college search process.
GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAY
Do you have great school spirit? Why not attend the Golden Bullettes Drill Team clinics and tryouts during the week of May 4-8. The sessions will be in the high school’s main gym. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event.
CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!
Camp Invention is coming to Falls-Lenox Primary School this summer! This innovative, week-long summer camp provides students in grades 1st to 6th with a hands-on, interactive program inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. daily. Information is being sent home with students this week! To view the flyer online, please click HERE. Registration is online atwww.campinvention.org. Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.
Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT
Tickets are $20 for the event that runs from 8-11 p.m. The night includes raffles, baskets of items to raffle, auction gifts and 50/50 sideboards – to name a few.
Enjoy a fun night out and help support the Class of 2015. For tickets or questions, contact Heather Fritz, 216-513-7372.
ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR
The popular OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza is March 7th at OFMS. This children’s resale is a tag sale. This consignment-style resale offers great deals on children’s clothes, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and so much more!
Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT
Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year. All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.
The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.
Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.email@example.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about the event, click HERE. To download a horse form, click HERE.
OF FASTPITCH OFFERS SKILLS CLINICS, PLAYER EVALUATIONS
Girls ages 8-18 are invited to participate in skills clinics to get ready for the upcoming Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch season. Coaches and members of the OFHS varsity team, Batting Coach Gary Saunders and members of the Baldwin Wallace University’s team will be on hand to offer instruction and work with the players. To see a flyer detailing the clinic and dates, click HERE.
The program also will conduct player evaluations THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST in the OFIS main gym. Players who have not yet registered for the upcoming season may do so from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this day as well. Evaluations are used to roster teams with players who are at similar development levels. Teams will then be placed in league divisions where they can continue their development, have fun and best compete. Each player is placed on a team – there are no cuts.
Here is the schedule:
U10 – 10-11:30 a.m. (sign in and warm up begins at 9:30). Any player who was 10 years old or younger on Jan. 1, 2015.
U12/U14 – noon to 1:30 p.m. (sign in and warm up begins at 11:30 a.m.)
U12 – Any player 11 or 12 years old on Jan. 1, 2015
U14 – Any player 13 or 14 years old on Jan. 1, 2015.
For more details, contact email@example.com.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION
Online registration is now available for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com and a form is available by clicking HERE. You may also print the forms from that website or the Olmsted Community Summer League website, ocslinfo.org and return the form with payment to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. There is a late fee for those who register after March 31. Games begin June 1st.
Returning this year is Co-ed Adult League. Register as a team or individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865 or OCC, 440-427-1599 for more details.
BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS
Applications are now being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University Summer Music Programs. For students in grades 4 – 9 (application deadline: May 1) String Camp, June 13 – 18 Piano Camp, June 13 – 18 Band Camp, June 20– 25 Music Theatre Camp, June 20 – 25 For high school students (application & audition deadline: April 1) International Guitar Festival, May 16 – 17 CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12 – 25 Music Theatre Overtures, July 19 – 24 Go to www.bw.edu/summer-music-programs for more details and applications.