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Parent Update – June 16, 2015

FINAL BLOG OF THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR & OUR 250TH POST!

250blogpostWith summer break officially underway, today’s post marks the last official blog post of the 2014-2015 school year – and our 250TH POST since launching the District’s blog in fall 2009!

Thank you for your patience as we worked to compile the large volume of news and important information you will find below.  It has been a pleasure sharing news from our District with you on a weekly basis over the course of this school year.  Regular weekly blog posts will resume in late July, as we begin to prepare for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  To download a copy of the 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer break!

SUMMER REMINDERS

REMINDER:  ALL STUDENTS HAVE  COMPASS LEARNING ACCESS DURING SUMMER

compass-learning-logoAll Olmsted Falls students in grades K-12 still have access to Compass Learning over the summer. This program allows them to practice/enrich throughout the summer months. Students use their student ID# as the username and the password is bulldogs.  Please note: The Compass Learning website is best viewed using Google Chrome browser. To download the free Google Chrome browser to your computer, click HERE. The link to Compass Learning site is HERE.

PARENTS: HELP YOUR STUDENTS STAY SHARP IN MATH THIS SUMMER

Math-Clip-ArtParents have the opportunity to prevent “summer slide” in math by using some of the resources that a member of the Northeast Ohio Mathematical Specialist Group has shared with us.  To view a great list of online math help and others, click HERE.

OFHS SUMMER READING/WORK ASSIGNMENTS FOR SELECT CLASSES

For OFHS students scheduled to take AP or Honors Language Arts, AP US History, Honors Social Studies, French II or III, or Spanish II at the high school for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, please be sure that you have accessed the required summer reading/work assignments.  Summer reading/work assignments for these classes, as well as information on Compass Learning for Special Education students is available at: https://goo.gl/pHzGex

graduation cap 2015COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Class of 201​5 commencement photographs are now available online for purchase!  Please visit the following link for easy access to the event photos for students and parents:

http://events.lifetouch.com/eventHomepage.aspx?EventID=145087

URSULINE COLLEGE OFFERING WORKSHOP ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Ursuline College will help students highlight their best qualities and teach them how to be an attractive admission candidate. It is offering a comprehensive two-day program on Tuesday, June 30th and Wednesday, July 1st, to wow college admission officers. The cost is $25 for commuters and $50 for overnight guests. The registration ends June 15th. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen 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.

SUMMER WEIGHT ROOM AT OFHS

weight roomThe OFHS Summer Weight Room – recently renovated thanks to dedication and support of the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters – is FREE and OPEN to all 9th – 12th grade students throughout the summer months.  Open daily Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Student athletes are encouraged to contact their head coach for exact program and weight training times.

END OF YEAR NEWS

CELEBRATING KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten 1Mrs. Strawser’s kindergarten students celebrated during a special program for their families and friends in the ECC gym last Friday.  The children sang songs and recited poems to celebrate the end of the year and all they have learned in kindergarten.  Performances included “We’re Great!,” “First Grade, First Grade!” and “Who Let The Letters Out?”  To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.   To view  video clips of these performances, please click play on the images below.

“We’re Great!”

“First Grade, First Grade!”

“Who Let The Letters Out?”

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2015

Congratulations to the 269 members of the Class of 2015! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 28th to celebrate Commencement.

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OFHS graduating seniors Michael Doherty (pictured above, left) and Chloe Topolski (pictured above, right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Jim Weisbarth and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by the talented Emily Laycock and Kyle Thompson (pictured at right).

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to all of this year’s Bulldog graduates!

THANK YOU OLMSTED COMMUNITY! LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2015 GRADS

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Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association Scholarship Winners from the Class of 2015

Thanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year,$119,655 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students from the Class of 2015. Eighty-four local sponsors awarded a total of 228 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures. This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

To view the complete list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2015, please click HERE.  To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2015 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year.  To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2015!  Best of luck to you all!

Grad SignYARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2015

In what has become an annual tradition, all graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign on the eve of the Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

These signs were paid for by the Olmsted Falls Education Association and personally delivered by a volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff.

Congrats again to the OFHS Class of 2015!

RETIREES DEDICATED NEARLY 500 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to 22 dedicated staff members retiring this year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 492 Bulldog years!

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Olmsted Falls School District Retirees gather for a group photo at the annual Records Day Breakfast.  Picture (L to R) in first row are Marge Klayko, Judy Casterline, Susan Magnone, Dawn Moses, Nancy Czupik, and Peggy Morris.  Pictured in second row are Teri Vavro, Judy Crandall, Marilyn Gromek, Joan Schlitter, John Klembarsky, Janet Venecek, Jim Ryan, Bill McGrain, Joan Heinrich and George Elioff . (Not pictured: Pat Brediger, Sandra Knuth, Maureen Kondzer, Ann Messenheimer, Cynthia O’Connor, and Pat Rusnak.)

 

This year’s retirees include:

Mrs. Pat Brediger, ECC Intervention Tutor (22 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Judy Casterline, OFMS Intervention Specialist (20 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Judy Crandall, OFHS Music Teacher (35 Bulldog years)

Ms. Nancy Czupik, OFHS Latin Teacher (15 Bulldog years)

Mr. George Elioff, Falls-Lenox Primary School Security Manager (12 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Marilyn Gromek, Falls-Lenox Primary School Speech-Language Pathologist (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Joan Heinrich, Falls-Lenox Primary School Cleaner (24 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Marge Klayko, OFMS Science Teacher (20 Bulldog years)

Mr. John Klembarksy, Falls-Lenox Primary School Third Grade Teacher (26 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Sandra Knuth, OFCS Bus Driver & OFHS Lunch Room Assistant (18 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Maureen Kondzer, OFMS Intervention Specialist/Tutor (15 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Susan Magnone, OFIS/OFMS Art Teacher (31 Bulldog years)

Mr. Bill McGrain, OFHS O.W.E. Teacher (30 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Ann Messenheimer, OFMS English/Reading Teacher (20 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Peggy Morris, OFIS Gifted Intervention Specialist (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Dawn Moses, OFHS Physical Education/Health Teacher (22 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Cynthia O’Connor, OFCS Bus Driver (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Pat Rusnak, OFCS Food Services Secretary (20 Bulldog years)

Mr. James Ryan, OFHS O.W.A. Teacher (33 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Joan Schlitter, OFIS Library Information Specialist & Technology Teacher (18 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Teri Vavro, OFMS Secretary (15 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Janet Venecek, OFIS Fourth Grade Teacher (39 Bulldog years)

Retirees were recognized by their buildings/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff held June 3rd. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals, and their impact on the District, will be greatly missed. Congratulations to each of them, and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement!

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2015 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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(From left to right):  Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President Mr. Tony Budak, Kiwanis Employee of the Year winners – OFMS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Judy Casterline and OFHS Music Teacher Mrs. Judy Crandall – and Kiwanis Club member Mr. Kris Correll pose for a photo following the annual award presentation.  Also honored, but unable to attend, was OFIS Head Custodian Mr. Pete Workman.  Staff members are nominated annually for Employee of the Year by fellow colleagues.   Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members.  Congratulations to all three 2015 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

JOE MORRIS HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

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OFEA President Anne Miskimins presented Bulldog supporter Mr. Joe Morris with this year’s “Friends of Education Award” presented by the Olmsted Falls Education Association.  Mr. Morris was recognized for his dedication and commitment to expanding opportunities for students to explore the world of science and for his countless volunteer hours for the Science Olympiad program, which this year had more than 100 OFIS and OFMS students involved.  Congratulations and much gratitude to Joe Morris!  Bulldog Country is fortunate to have you working on behalf of the students in Olmsted Falls Schools.

ECC HELPS KINDERGARTNERS ‘CROSS THE BRIDGE’

20150602_103855As ECC’s kindergartners left their building for the last time, they said ‘goodbye’ to kindergarten and ‘hello’ to first grade.

During library, on the second last day of school, kindergarten students read “On Our Way to First Grade.” Every child received a copy to take home and a Barnes & Noble summer reading game. After reading eight books this summer, they will write down the titles, take it to that book store and receive a free book.

During library, they also talked about how – at the end of the last day of school – the ECC doors they walk out to the bus would look like the bridge in the book they read. As part of the book’s “Stepping Up” party, they officially crossed a bridge into first grade. They realized after walking out the doors, they officially became first graders! To see a photo gallery of the last day, click HERE.

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY DRAWS FULL HOUSE

DSC_9088Students, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors and administrators packed the gymnasium at Olmsted Falls Middle School on Tuesday, June 2nd as the 8th grade class participated in the traditional promotion assembly marking the completion of their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School and their transition to Olmsted Falls High School in the fall.  During this special assembly, OFMS students who excelled in a variety of academic endeavors were also publicly honored for their efforts.  To view photos from this year’s ceremony, please click HERE.  Congratulations to all of our 8th grade students!

5th GRADE RECOGNITION DAY

DSC_9027Fifth grade students and their families gathered on the morning of June 2nd to celebrate accomplishments and bid farewell to their time at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Students were acknowledged for participation in Chess Club, Student Council, PTA Reflections, K-Kids, Science Olympiad and OFIS Ambassadors.  Academic and attendance awards were also handed out at the special end-of-year assembly.  To view photos from this event, please click HERE.

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OFHS graduates were not the only ones who wore caps to commemorate moving on to their future.  Preschoolers at ECC also wore them as part of their end-of-the-year ceremony as they advance in grades. Congratulations and best wishes as they enter Kindergarten.

 

OFIS PROVIDED SNEAK PEAK OF BUILDING TO INCOMING FOURTH GRADERS

IMG_3747Falls-Lenox third graders visited OFIS May 20th for a tour of the building they will attend next year as fourth graders.  The students were very excited to see their new school and meet the teachers. They toured the classrooms, library, computer lab, cafeteria and office. The students also had the opportunity to hear about the Intermediate School from current fourth grade students.  Mr. Svec greeted and spoke to the students and answered many questions.  The third graders are looking forward to a great fourth grade year at OFIS!

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The 5th grade Luau was a blast for all!  DJ Ricci really kept the dance floor moving with great music and games!  The parent volunteers kept the kids busy with cool crafts and tattoos.  The food table and drinks were kept running by the volunteers as well.  A special thank you to the Luau committee and volunteers for making this such a fun event for our 5th graders! To view additional photos from the 5th grade Luau, please click HERE.

CONTRIBUTORS CLUB HONORS TWO MORE OFHS STUDENTS

Two more students were recognized recently as new members to the honorary Contributors Club. Mariel Krakowiak nominated them for their outstanding volunteer efforts with Helping Hands, a group in which typical peers and high functioning special needs students, plan and organize events for special needs students and their families to attend. These events offer more opportunities for special needs students and typical students to be together.

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Mia-Isabella Rodriguez with her parents and younger sister.

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Contributor’s Club honoree Carly  Neely with her mother.

Both plan to attend Cleveland State University in the fall.  Mia plans to go into bio-medical engineering, while Carly wishes to become an intervention specialist. Congratulations and good luck to both of these outstanding students!

PARENT TECHNOLOGY SURVEY – SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Spring 2015 Parent Tech Survey - Summary of Results_Page_1Many thanks to all of our Bulldog parents who took time to complete the online Parent Technology Survey this spring!  Being Technology Enabled is one of the four primary areas of strategic focus in the Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan, and this input and feedback from parents regarding technology integration in our schools will be a valuable information resource as we move forward.

A total of 522 parents completed the online Parent Technology Survey by accessing the link provided via email and through the District’s Weekly Parent Update.  To view a summary of these survey results, please click HERE.

These 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.  Thank you again to all of those parents who completed the survey.  Your time and input is very much appreciated!

PTA HONORS MANY VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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(L to R): PTA Council President Amy Krogh with Volunteer of the Year Sandra Graham

PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner in late May.  Congratulations to Sandra Graham, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year.  The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Amy Kaylor for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Reghan Laki for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Tricia Vidovich for OFIS PTA; Donna McKee for OFMS PTA; and Sandra Graham for OFHS PTA.

This year’s Helping Hands Award winner went to Julianne Allen from OFIS. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized included George (“Mr. George”) Elioff from Falls-Lenox, Tony Budak from OFMS, and Lindsey Raich from OFHS.

OFIS 5th grade teacher Michael Schafer was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of theYear honorees were also recognized including:  Andrea Campagna at Falls-Lenox; Michael Schafer at OFIS; Laura Ulmenstine at OFMS; and Kristina Robertson at OFHS.

Michael De Filippo, Max Limpert, Connie Saylor and Lilian Bobowicz were honored as the Reflections program state winners.

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District Helping Hands Winner Julianne Allen with PTA Council President Amy Krogh

 

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District Educator of the Year Michael Schafer (middle) with PTA Council President Amy Krogh & OFIS Principal Don Svec

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State level PTA Reflections Program winners Michael DiFilippo and Max Limpert were on hand to be recognized.

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HS PTA President Sandra Graham also recognized this year’s senior PTA parents:  Julie Bihn, Gayle Boeskin, and Denise Oltmanns.

Congratulations to all those recognized! And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools! 

 NEW PTA UNIT PRESIDENTS INSTALLED FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

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Incoming PTA presidents Kelly Walker, Sandra Graham, Julianne Allen & Michelle Saluja. Not pictured: Erika Singleton and Claudia Ferrini.

Congratulations to the new unit PTA presidents for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year,  who were formally installed into their positions at the annual PTA Volunteer Dinner.  Serving each PTA unit as president will be:  Michelle Saluja for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Erika Singleton for Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood PTA; Julianne Allen for OFIS PTA; Sandra Graham for OFMS PTA; and Claudia Ferrini for OFHS PTA.  Kelly Walker will as Olmsted Falls PTA Council president.  Thank you in advance to each of these PTA presidents for their leadership in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year!

OFHS track field banquetOFHS TRACK AND FIELD CELEBRATE SEASON AT BANQUET

Members of the OFHS track and field team had a great time at their end-of-the-season banquet.

To view a photo gallery of the banquet, click HERE.

 

STUDENTS EXCEL ON 2015 NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

latin wreathCongratulations to the following students for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Latin Exam.

In Latin I, Gold Medals went to Isaac Baillis, Joseph Calabrase and Alec Juergens. Silver Medals went to Jon Knaggs and Cory Ramsey. Magna Cum Laude Certificates went to Emily Andrews, Andrew Barnard, Meredith Gardner, Nina Hilpert and Gabrielle Zemaitis. Cum Laude Certificates went to Ben Huston, Anna Kokitka, Nathan Krantz, Skyler Miner and Rylan Wikle.

In Latin II, Mark Drobnak earned a Gold Medal and Ouen Mali won a Silver Medal. Magna Cum Laude Certficates were earned by Adrien Curtis and Graham Bennett. Cum Laude Certificates were earned by Brian Grove, Sean Koch, Katie Yanchak and Audrey Zbydnowski.

In Latin III, a Silver Medal went to Amelia Le. Magna Cum Laude Certificates went to Josh Aubel, Catie Edgington, Marisol Lambermont, Makenna Plumlee, Alec Sims and Keanna Strelau. Cum Laude Certificates went to Zach Boscarello, Julia Burnell, Matthew Fox, Courtney Nelson, Kara Marshall and William Steiner.

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(L to R): Jon Knaggs, Latin I, Silver Medal; Mark Drobnak, Latin II Gold Medal; Isaac Bailis, Latin I, Gold Medal; Alec Juergens, Latin I, Gold Medal; Joey Calabrase, Latin I, Gold Medal.

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Corey Ramsey, Latin I, Silver Medal. Silver Medalists not pictured: Amelia Le, Latin III and Ouen Mali, Latin II.

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(L to R): Andrew Barnard, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Alec Sims, Latin III, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Keanna Strelau, Latin III, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Gabby Zemaitis, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Meredith Gardner, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Emily Andrews, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; and Nina Hilpert, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate. Magna Cum Laude Certificate recipients not pictured: Adrien Curtis, Latin II; Bennett Graham, Latin II; Josh Aubel, Latin III; Catie Edgington, Latin III; Marisol Lambermont, Latin III and Makenna Plumlee, Latin III.

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(L to R): Sean Koch, Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate; Julia Burnell, Latin III, Cum Laude Certificate; Anna Kokitka, Latin I, Cum Laude Certificate; Audrey Zbydnowki, Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate; Cum Laude Certificate recipients not pictured: Ben Huston, Latin I; Nathan Krantz, Latin I; Skyler Miner, Latin I; Rylan Wikle, Latin I; Brian Grove, Latin II, Katie Yanchak, Latin II; zach Boscarello, Latin III, Matthew Fox, Latin III; Courtney Nelson, Latin III; Dara Marshall, Latin III and William Steiner, Latin III.

Olmsted_Falls_MusicTHE FINAL OFMA’S NEWSLETTER OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR HOT OFF THE PRESSES

The Olmsted Falls Music Association has its final newsletter available to the community. It has much information about recent competition, summer band camp dates and annual honors. To view a copy of Musical Notes, click HERE.

OFIS 5th GRADERS MOTOR TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE

greenfield 4The fifth-grade classes visited Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum May 29th for an all-day visit. Students, teachers and volunteers arrived at the Michigan site early that morning and returned home later that day.  The many exhibits in the museum and the Village were a great educational experience for them. Thanks to all who helped during the trip!

To view a photo gallery of the visit, click HERE.

FALLS-LENOX / OFIS STUDENTS EXPERIENCE GIRLS ON THE RUN RACE

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Olmsted Falls had three teams of girls at the 5K Girls on the Run race in Akron Sunday, May 31. At its heart, Girls on the Run is about empowering girls to be their best and reach their goals. On Sunday, when they ran…or walked…or skipped across the 5k finish line, they experienced firsthand that big things are possible when you keep moving forward!  We are so proud of all of the girls on Team Falls-Lenox and Team OFIS who reached their goals and participated in the GOTR program!  Thanks many staff coaches and parents who ran as well!! To view more photos from the GOTR 5K, please click HERE.

DISTRICT P.I. FUNDS AT WORK:  FALLS-LENOX ROOF REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY

IMG_3750IMG_3751IMG_3748Maintaining the community’s investment in our school facilities is a top priority for Olmsted Falls School District.  Just as residents must ensure their homes are properly maintained, Olmsted Falls School District must ensure that our school buildings are kept in good condition.  Summer is a busy time for building and grounds projects throughout the District.  One of this summer’s larger maintenance projects is the replacement of the eastern portion of the Falls-Lenox Primary School roof.  Work got underway following the official end of the school year on June 2nd.  The Falls-Lenox roof replacement is being paid for by Permanent Improvement Levy Funds generated by the 5-Year P.I. Levy passed by residents in November 2011 with no increase to the current level of taxes.

DISTRICT FINANCIAL NEWS

Auditor of State Award 2015State Auditor’s Award:  Olmsted Falls School District has received the Auditor of State Award for a fourth consecutive year.  This award is presented to entities that file timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Auditing Practices), as well as receive a “clean” audit report with no findings, questions or referrals.  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.” Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer’s Office for their outstanding financial practices and to Bulldog staff members across the district, who play an important role in the efficient operation of the District.

5-Year Forecast:  Parents and community residents are invited to view a copy of the District’s latest 5-5YearForecast-May2015_Page_4Year Financial Forecast, approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at the last regular monthly meeting held on May 21st.  All school districts in the state of Ohio are required by law to review and approve a 5-year financial forecast twice annually.  The Olmsted Falls Board of Education reviews and approves a 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, which is submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, each year in May and October. Like all financial projections, the 5-Year Financial Forecast is based upon a set of assumptions which can be found at the beginning of the forecast document. To view the current 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, please click HERE.

Financial Overview: Olmsted Falls City Schools continues to stretch operating dollars and projections show a solid financial status through fiscal year 2017.  The last operating levy for the District was passed in February 2010.  At that time, the Board of Education pledged to make the funds generated by the levy last for a minimum of three years.  Strategic planning, prudent spending, and an ongoing focus on maximizing efficiencies across the District have resulted in the ability to stretch operating funds well beyond the initial three-year pledge.  The District’s Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Levy – passed by community members in November 2011 with no increase to the existing level of school taxes due to a corresponding tax drop-off – has also played a critical role is helping to stretch the District’s general fund by generating $1.4 million annually (for 5 years) to be used for projects/purchases with a useful life of 5 years or more.  (See Falls-Lenox roof replacement story above.) Without these critical P.I. levy funds, annual building maintenance and equipment expenses would need to be paid for out of the general fund.

Bond Management: In addition to fiscal responsibilities relating to day-to-day District operations, Olmsted Falls School District closely monitors bond accounts for any opportunity to maximize taxpayer investments and save money.  Last month, with the approval of the Board of Education, Olmsted Falls School District was able to undergo refunding for a series of existing bonds (Series 2015) which will result in a reduction in interest expense over the period of time beginning now and ending in 2035, when the repayment of this particular series of bonds will be completed.  A lower interest expense translates into lower cost for taxpayers over the duration of the bond issue.  The total net future interest savings on the Series 2015 refunding bonds is estimated to be approximately $1.3 million over the life of the bonds.  This is an excellent level of savings for the District!  Any parent or resident with questions about the bond refunding, or District finances in general, is encouraged to contact the Office of the Treasurer at 440-427-6000. 

LOOKING AHEAD: 2015-2016  

ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS!

FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:  Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12th in the OFHS media center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th.

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS – PLEASE HAVE YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION READY FOR THE NEW YEAR

PowerSchool LogoAs the current school year draws to a close, Olmsted Falls School District is already busy preparing for NEXT YEAR (2015-2016).  ALL BULLDOG PARENTS WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED WITH THEIR POWERSCHOOL USERNAME AND PASSWORD in order to update information and forms for their student(s) for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  Parents will receive an e-mail notification with instructions in early August when the online system is opened and ready for parents to make the required annual updates to student health information, emergency contacts, back-to-school forms, etc.

Making sure that you have the correct PowerSchool parent login information available NOW will make this annual process much simpler and smoother.  If needed, we invite you to download and print this “Bulldog Password Keeper,” which you can use to record your PowerSchool Parent Account login informationalong with any other school related logins you might want to keep handy in one place.

All Bulldog parents should have existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  Please note that you will not be able to access the online student information update system using a student PowerSchool account; you must have your PowerSchool parent account username and password to access the necessary link from within PowerSchool.

Please plan to contact your child’s school building prior to June 17th if you need assistance with your PowerSchool Parent account login information:

OFCS Triple A LogoEarly Childhood Center  #440-427-6360

Falls-Lenox Primary School  #440-427-6400

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  #440-427-6500

Olmsted Falls Middle School  #440-427-6200

Olmsted Falls High School  #440-427-6100

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping get the 2015-2016 school year off to a great start!

FREE & REDUCED MEALS APPLICATION AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR 

school foodOlmsted Falls School District families participating in the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced meals will be able to apply for the benefit online beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  The United States Department of Agriculture will make the application available online this summer, and Olmsted Falls School District will be including a link to the online version of the application within its annual online student information update process.   The content of the application will remain essentially the same, however parents will now be able to complete and submit their application online.

By completing the National School Lunch Program application process online, parents will receive immediate confirmation of their applications status.  This will allow students with approved applications to begin receiving benefits on the first day of school.  Parents will no longer need to wait until the first day of school to receive a paper application to get started, and then wait for confirmation of status.  The online application will help streamline and expedite the entire process.

For those families without access to a computer and/or the internet, assistance will be available as needed from school building offices and/or the Food Services Department.  Please watch for additional information in early August.

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 29TH OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW 1/29/2016

stagespotlightAuditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 14th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium for the 29th annual OFHS PTA Talent Show set for Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.  Summer is the perfect time to start thinking what you would like to do for your performance. Hey, why not start practicing for family and friends?

Our Bulldogs are awesome performers. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year. Have a great summer!

For more details, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net.

 class reunion1995 CLASS REUNION DETAILS

The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m.  For more details, contact Carly at ofhsclassof1995@gmail.com. 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH! 

Bulldog_Animated_GolferThe 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th!   This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station.   Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.   Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.

                           COMMUNITY

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM AVAILABLE THIS MONTH @ NORTH OLMSTED SITES

BreakfastThe 2015 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program is available to all children and students free of charge to those ages 1-18 in the Olmsted Falls community. It begins June 8th and runs through August 21st. The location at Horizon Center begins  June 16th, however. Breakfast is available only at Horizon Center; lunch at seven locations and the afternoon snack at two sites. All food must be consumed on site. This is a USDA program.

To view a detailed flyer that includes all locations, click HERE.

SUMMER CHESS CAMPS

chess graphic_Page_1Progress with Chess is pleased to offer week summer long chess camps for scholastic chess players at various Greater Cleveland locations – including Westlake (June 22-26), Rocky River (Aug. 3-7), and Parma (August 10-14). All skill levels welcome, from beginner to expert! Students receive plenty of individual attention in small groups, divided by age and skill level. Chess sets, clocks and written materials are provided. To download informational brochure with registration form, please click HERE.  To visit the Progress for Chess website and register online, please visit www.progresswithchess.org.

OPA OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS  – APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 29TH

opa-logoThe Olmsted Performing Arts has a new scholarship program to begin or further one’s education of the arts. It will offer two need-based and one desire-based scholarship each year. The application deadline is June 29th. To view a flyer with detailed information, click HERE.

CITY SUMMER CONCERTS SET FOR JUNE, JULY

summer concertOlmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board offers the community two concerts – June 28th and July 26th.  The Sunset Country Band will perform in June and Paradise Sunset, July.  Both run from 6-8 p.m. at East River Park on Lewis Road. To see a flyer, click HERE.

BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS

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REGISTER NOW …  A Class Act NY and Voice Variations hosts Broadway Stars, Natalie Gallo (JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA) and Halle Morse (MAMMA MIA) for a 6 day NYC Broadway Camp In Olmsted Falls in June. A few spots are still available. Click Here to Register! Download flyer for additional details HERE.

OF SOCCER ASSOCIATION/KSU SUMMER CAMP READY FOR PLAYERS, CLINICS JUNE 22nd-26th

Register now for the official OFSA camp For players ages 3-14 set for June 22nd through June 26th. This summer camp at the Schady Road complex is designed for two levels – Soccer-Tots, ages 3-7 that is a development-level clinic for new players or recreation level players and a Travel/Club for ages 7-14, which is a technique and skill-focused clinic for travel players. It features NCAA coaches and players. For more details and a registration form, go to olmstedsoccer.com and click on ‘Camps and Clinics.”

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE 2015 SUMMER CAMP IN JULY

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will hold its 2015 Summer Camp July 13-15 at OFMS campus.  Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Beginner and advanced breakout groups.  $45 (includes t-shirt).  Register online at www.olmstedfallslax.com.  To view flyer, click HERE.

OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS

Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp.   The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Sessions are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9.  Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE.  Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.

SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoungsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  The program is through the Olmsted Rec.  The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles.  The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Writing Workshop

Date: 06/25/2015 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM

Description: Attention writers! Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with Rhonda Helms, author of Promposal.

Registration required. Grades 6-12.

Register at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=64427

VELODROME CLEVELAND

velodrome trackDid you know there is a local Velodrome in the region?  The banked oval bicycle track is open for recreational riding and competitive racing.  A free track riding development program is open to girls and boys in 5th thru 12th grade.  Summer sessions begin in July.  Adult classes are also available.  To download a flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  To visit the official website, go to www.clevelandvelodrome.org.

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