Parent Update – April 24, 2015
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE STATE AUDITOR’S AWARD
The criteria to receive this honor includes:
- Filing timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP – Generally Accepted Auditing Practices;
- Report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
- District’s management letter contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100 or public meetings or public records.
State Auditor Dave Yost’s letter to the district states “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”
This is the fourth consecutive award of this type from the state.
BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFHS NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL WINNER
At its April 16th regular meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education was proud to recognize OFHS senior Emilio Irizarry for being awarded a National Gold in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an annual competition in which more than 300,000 student works are entered for judging. Regional judging for works by Olmsted Falls High School students is held every December at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Of the 300,000 works entered for regional judging across the country, only 17,000 earned regional Gold Keys and qualified for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medals. Of those 17,000 regional Gold Key works, only 2,200 receive National Gold and Silver Medals.
That’s only 2,200 out of the original 300,000 works entered nationwide!
Emilio’s award –winning painting titled, “Cleveland Cruising” (pictured at right), will be displayed this June for the National show in New York City. Congratulations again to Emilio on this outstanding achievement!
Emilio is the second OFHS student to earn this prestigious Gold Medal. Senior Teresa Wang was awarded a Gold Medal in last year’s competition. That makes two National Gold Medals for Olmsted Falls High School – both from talented members of the Class of 2015!
BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS WINTER 1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE ATHLETES AND SCHOLAR ATHLETES
A total of 19 OFHS athletes were honored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at the regular monthly meeting held April 16th. Nine student athletes were honored for being named 1st Team All SWC Conference Student Athletes; and ten student athletes were honored as Scholar Athletes for earning the highest Grade Point Average in their respective varsity teams.
Following is a summary of all honors:
1st Team All Southwestern Conference Student – Athletes:
Troy Hurrell – Boys Basketball
Zachary Snyder – Hockey
Zachary Sadowski – Hockey
Andrew Oltmanns – Bowling
Nathan Paliska – Bowling (Nathan was the SWC MVP and State Tournament Qualifier)
1st Team – Conference Champions*
Noel Caraballo – Wrestling (SWC Champion, District Champion & Runner Up in the State)
Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling (SWC Champion & OHSAA State Alternate)
Brice Locklear – Wrestling (SWC Champion, Sectional Champion & 4th Place in the State)
Patrick Simon – Wrestling (SWC Champion)
*In the sport of wrestling, in order to be a first team performer, you must be Southwestern Conference Champion in the wrestler’s respective weight class. We had four champions and the team finished in 2nd place overall. A fantastic season for the OFHS wrestling program!
Scholar Athletes (highest Grade Point Average on the varsity team):
Molly Grimes – Girls Bowling
Chris Kuczynski – Boys Bowling
Breanna Palkovic – Gymnastics
Andrew Vukovic – Hockey
Olivia Collins – Girls Swimming
Matthew Metzger – Boys Swimming
Bryce Fetterman – Wrestling
Reilly Gomez – Cheerleading
Brian Candow – Boys Basketball
Kerri Gaspar – Girls Basketball (1st Team All – District & 2nd Team All Ohio)
Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes! Go Bulldogs!
DISTRICT SEEKING INPUT FROM PARENTS RE: TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Olmsted Falls Schools is requesting parent input and feedback on technology integration in our schools. Thank you to the nearly 400 Bulldog parents that have already completed the online technology survey! The survey link was emailed out to all parents in the District earlier this week. All parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the brief, online survey which should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
Survey results will be used internally to help guide decision making as it relates to technology integration and training, and the District’s Strategic Plan. Please note that the District will also be surveying students (grades 2-12) within the next couple of weeks regarding their use of technology at school and home.
Being Technology Enabled is one of four areas of strategic focus in the Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan’s other three areas of focus include: Student Success, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships.
Please click the following link to take the technology survey now:
The Parent Technology Survey will remain open through Monday, May 11th. Thank you in advance for your time and input!
OFHS MASQUERS’ ‘BIG FISH’ PRODUCTION – OPENS TONIGHT!
The musical is based on the Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and John August’s 2003 film. The play offers a touching story – with some whimsical characters – about a son who is trying to understand the life of his father, who has told tall tales about his experiences, as he is about to become a dad himself.
All tickets are reserved and may be purchased by calling Leslie Pickenheim, 440-427-6070. To see a story published in the Sun Post-Herald about the play, click HERE.
ATTENTION: COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS (CCP) STUDENTS! CCP ADVISING MEETING THIS TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015 @ 2:20 PM IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
Your college advisors from both Tri-C and Lorain County Community College will be hosting a meeting for students who are taking a CCP class here at OFHS next school year. Please plan to attend this very important meeting. Your advisors will review the expectations of a CCP student and services available to you through the colleges. If you are taking ANY of the following classes at the high school next year, you should be in attendance at this meeting.
- College Composition I & II
- College Algebra & Trigonometry
- Principles of Biology I & II
- Fundamentals of Sports and Fitness Management
- Drawing I
If you cannot attend, please contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OFHS VOCAL JAZZ GROUP AT PROMUSIC FESTIVAL
Olmsted Falls High School’s Vocal Jazz Group competed in the ProMusic Festival at Tiffin University last weekend and represented Bulldog country incredibly well. The group earned a straight one rating! Congratulations to these talented students on an outstanding performance!
Please click HERE to view a photo gallery from this prestigious competition.
MEET FALLS-LENOX’S HEALTHY HERO FOR MARCH
The Healthy Hero program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.
Each month one Healthy Hero from ECC and Falls-Lenox is selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.
OFIS CHESS CLUB GOING STRONG
OFIS Chess Club is still alive and well. Tournaments have started and will run for several weeks. Help your players get there before 7:20 a.m. so they do well in the standings.
5th graders, keep in mind there will be Chess Club at the Middle School next year.
2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
When school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June. The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details. Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.
The OFMS Spring Book Fair was another huge success. Thank you to all the wonderful staff, students and parents for their continued support. Our library purchased $1,600 in new books using profits from the fair.
Thank you also to the school’s wonderful PTA whose help is a vital part of the fair’s success, including Donna McKee, Nicole Linden, Ellen Dregalla and Rinda Vas. The school will host a Scholastic BOGO sale in May – more details to follow.
ONLY 3 SESSIONS REMAIN OPEN FOR SAFETY TOWN
All morning sessions for this year’s Safety Town are closed. Sessions that are available for your child to attend are 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. June 15th-19th and 12:30-3 p.m. June 22th-26th. They are held at Falls-Lenox Primary School.
The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children who will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus department, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help children enjoy and understand what they are learning.
The cost is $50 per child, which includes the class and a Safety Town T-shirt. To download the registration form, click HERE. The form must be mailed to Olmsted Early Childhood PTA/Safety Town.
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE JUNE SAFETY TOWN
SPREAD THE WORD: DISTRICT’S NEW CAREER DATABASE INITIATIVE
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd reached out to all Bulldog parents via email last week to request assistance with the creation of a new Career Exploration Database. The goal is to build a database of career opportunities for Bulldog high school and middle school students to explore. From brief phone interviews to job shadowing, to internship/externship opportunities, the District looks forward to further exploring such partnerships.
The effort is being spearheaded by OFHS Career Guidance Counselor Aimee Caldrone. Parents are encouraged to provide their own job contact information in the new online database, as well as to forward the email and link on to any relatives, friends, neighbors, or Bulldog alumni who may be interested in partnering with the District for this new initiative.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THOSE PARENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP AND/OR FORWARDED THE INFORMATION ALONG!
To access the new Volunteer Career Exploration Database, please click HERE.
Cuyahoga Community College will present an Opportunity Night to learn about youth and adult pathways in obtaining a higher education including credit and non-credit programming. The event is from 5-7 p.m. May 6th in Room 10 at its Metro Campus Center, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. The program will include information table visits, financial aid workshop and Ohio Means Jobs overview. For more information, call Verna Curry, 216-987-6310.
REMEMBER TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS
Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up / drop-off address for their students for the 2015-16 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15. Each year new forms are needed even if your requested site is the same. Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2015-2016 school year.
PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
ARTWORK NEEDED FOR OFHS MAY SHOW
It’s time to show off your artistic talents. We are looking for artwork entries for the OFHS May Show from various groups – faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The show is Friday, May 15th. We are looking also for 2-D and 3-D work.
If you would like to enter work, please complete the entry form found by clicking HERE and return it to Mariel Krakowiak by Friday, May 8th. Dates for drop off and pick up are included on the entry form. Please email Mariel, email@example.com, with any questions.
Students truly enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members!
Those wanting to tryout for the Golden Bullettes Drill Team should attend the 7 p.m. April 28th informational meeting. It will be in the OFHS Room W-3. Please bring a parent.
GET YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE ENTRY IN BY APRIL 30
Help support the OFMS PTA by purchasing an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle. For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. We pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.
Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be dropped off at any of the school main offices. Why not take a chance! The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes. View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.
Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible. Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. Thanks for your support!
YOU’RE INVITED . . . TO DINE-2-DONATE
Dine at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill from 5:30-8 p.m. May 4th and 20 percent of all sales will go to the OFMS PTA. Added fun during that time includes raffle items such as Dave & Buster Power Cards, a night at the Courtyard Marriott, Southwest Gift Card & Swings-N-Things Karts Plus passes. ALL STUDENTS who dine will have a chance to spin the Dave & Buster prize wheel.
Suds Maguire’s is at 1270 W. Bagley Road, Berea.
REMINDER: HEROES O.F. HOPE CARNIVAL – TONIGHT!!
The Carnival for a Cure is from 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT – Friday, April 24th at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This is a wonderful fundraiser for F-L for Life team and the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life. Spend an old-fashion night of family fun. We hope to see the community April 24th at the Carnival and June 6th-7th for the OF Relay for Life at the OFHS.
Don’t fret if your plans have changed – you may still attend Friday without the RSVP. Parking is in the school lot and the church across the street.
All children must be with an adult. Costs are $5 per child and adults – any donation will be accepted. Hot dog or pizza dinner = $5.
Students: Be sure to wear your shirt all day Friday and bring a marker to sign your friend’s shirts. Shirts are dark navy so permanent or paint markers of black or lighter colors, such as white/yellow will show up best.
OLMSTED RECREATION PARTNERSHIPS EXPAND OFFERINGS FOR RESIDENTS – SERIES OF 4 YOGA CLASSES START THIS MONDAY
Olmsted Recreation has partnered with Serenity Yoga to present a series of 4 yoga classes to be held at Olmsted Falls City Hall beginning Monday, April 27th. Classes are from 4:45-5:45 p.m. and will run on Mondays for four weeks (April 27 and May 4, 11 & 18). Please click HERE for flyer with more information. Fees to be collected at first class.
FUNDRAISER FOR MOILOV FAMILY – TONIGHT – FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH @ RAZZLES
Neighbors and friends of the Moilov family have organized a community fundraiser to support this local family who lost their mother suddenly in February. All are invited to attend the “Moilov Children Fund for the Future” event scheduled for Friday, April 24th from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Razzles. Cost is $20 per person and includes wings, pizza, desserts and beverages. Event also includes: side boards, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a live DJ playing all your favorite tunes! Your support is needed! Bring friends! For tickets, please call Randy at 440-552-8323.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY EVENT
Date: May 2nd, 2015
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Description: Program a robot to master challenges based on James Patterson’s popular Middle School series and help troublemaker Rafe Khatchadorian chase after a record to break every single rule in the school code of conduct. Space is limited. Registration is required by clicking HERE. Open to those in grades 5 and up. http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=56194
OF GARDEN CLUB OFFERS PERENNIAL PLANTS AT ITS UPCOMING SALE
The Olmsted Falls Garden Club has its Perennial Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3rd outside the Jenkins Community Center, corner of Columbia Road and Main Street. There will be a large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wild flowers. Proceeds benefit such community projects and public gardens, grade 3-4 garden programs and adult education programs.
OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK – SUNDAY, MAY 3RD @ 9:00 A.M.
Register Online by Thursday, April 30th at www.olmstedspirit.com to guarantee a t-shirt. Adults $20; Kids/Seniors/Military $15. Or register race weekend (Sat. from 10-2; Sun. at 8:30 a.m.) at OFHS cafeteria. All in-person, race weekend entries $25 per person (cash or check only). For additional information, please visit www.olmstedspirit.com.
FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS FLOWER SALE
It’s that time of year again for the annual Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 Flower Sale. Flower baskets, flats and vegetable flats will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16th at the Jenkins Center, corner of Columbia Road and Mill Street, across from Olmsted Community Church. Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts. Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally!
All proceeds help the troop purchase tents and other equipment throughout the year. For more details, contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106.
CANCER SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER? JOIN 1ST LAP @ BULLDOG’S RELAY FOR LIFE
Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 6th at Olmsted Falls High School stadium. The Survivors Lap will start at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate in this honorary lap around the track. Survivors also will be honored with a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A, a T-shirt and a “goody” bag, which includes free coupons. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent. There are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.
If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Olmsted Falls/Township event, visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls or call the American Cancer Society, 888-227-6446, Ext. 1212.
SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP AT OCC
Join coach Roger Hutkay for Power Athletes Spring Speed & Agility Camp at the Olmsted Community Center. This youth camp is open to boys and girls ages 10-16. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for campers to improve speed, agility, strength, explosive power, balance and coordination; ability to accelerate, decelerate, change direction; and overall running form and mechanics.
Date: April 28th – June 4th, 2015
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm.
Where: Olmsted Community Center
Cost: $75 for all 12 sessions. (6 weeks)
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.