Parent Update – August 15, 2015
We hope that everyone is enjoying the final days of summer break. As we prepare to open the 2015-2016 school year, we are officially activating our district’s Weekly Blog Update to provide you with a summary of important back-to-school information. This Weekly Blog Update will typically be published each week that school is in session throughout the school year. We hope you will find it to be a valuable information resource for our school community.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: INFORMATION UPDATES FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLINE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – THIS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH
Nearly half of all Bulldog parents have already completed the annual information updates and forms required for returning students! Thank you for your timely attention to this important annual information update!
All parents/guardians of RETURNING Bulldog students must log in to their PowerSchool Parent Accounts to update information and complete required back-to-school forms for each student in their household. This annual update must be completed online BEFORE the first day of school on Wednesday, August 19th.
All parents/guardians of RETURNING students entering grades 2-12 have existing PowerSchool Accounts. If you need assistance with your Power School Parent Account login, please contact your child’s school building.
All parents/guardians of RETURNING students in grades Preschool, K & 1 were mailed PowerSchool Parent Account access ID/Password information earlier this week, along with account set-up instructions for brand new accounts as well as for linking younger students to already existing PowerSchool Parent Accounts. If you are in need of assistance with your PowerSchool Parent Account, please contact your child’s school building.
Please click HERE to login to your PowerSchool Parent Account now. Once logged in to PowerSchool, click on the “Returning Student Registration” link on the left side of the page to review, update and submit required information for the 2015-2016 school year. Information/forms must be completed and submitted separately for each student in your household. Once you have completed/submitted information for your first student, simply select your next student in your PowerSchool accountFor more detailed instructions, please click HERE.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS, BY BUILDING
Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building. We look forward to welcoming students back into our buildings for the start of the 2015-16 school year this coming Wednesday, August 19th.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL: grades 9-12
19th – First Day for students
25th – Open House, begins at 7 p.m.
September 10th – Underclass picture day
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8
17th – Grades 7/8 homerooms posted – 3:30 p.m.
19th – First Day – Grades 7/8 students report to homeroom for class schedule & locker assignment
September 1st – Grade 7 parent night: 7-8 p.m.
3rd – Picture day
3rd – Grade 8 parent night: 7-8 p.m.
11th – WEB Football Tailgate: 6-9 p.m.
OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL: grades 4-5
19th – First day for students
20th – Grade 4 open house: 7-8:30 p.m.
26th – Picture day
26th – Grade 5 open house: 7-8:30 p.m.
FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL: grades 1-3
19th – First day for students
24th – Grade 3 open house: 7-8 p.m.
25th – Grade 2 open house: 7-8 p.m.
27th – Grade 1 open house: 7-8 p.m.
September 11th – Picture day
OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K
August 19th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Doyle & Mrs. Heinrich / A.M. Class: 8-10:30 a.m.
19th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Doyle & Mrs. Heinrich/ P.M. Class: noon to 2:30 p.m.
20th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. McNeeley & Mrs. Michaels/A.M. class: 8-10:30 a.m.
20th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. McNeeley & Mrs. Michaels/P.M. class: noon – 2:30 p.m.
21st – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Roberto & Mrs. Strawser/A.M. class: 8-10:30 a.m.
21st – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Roberto & Mrs. Strawser/P.M. class: noon – 2:30 p.m.
24th – First day for Kindergarten students
24th – Preschool orientation – A.M. classes: 9-10 a.m.
24th – Preschool orientation – P.M. classes: 1-2 p.m.
25th – First day for preschool special needs students
September 1 – First day for preschool typical peers
16th – Picture day
If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:
Olmsted Falls High School: 440- 427-6100
Olmsted Falls Middle School: 440-427-6200
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School: 440- 427-6500
Falls-Lenox Primary School: 440-427-6400
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center: 440-427-6360
Enjoy a great 2015-2016 Bulldog school year!
NEW STRATEGIC PLAN MAKES POSITIVE IMPACT IN FIRST YEAR
The Olmsted Falls City School District’s new Strategic Plan has already had a measurable impact in its first year. The District’s collaborative strategic planning process began in spring 2014 and the new Olmsted Falls City School District Strategic Plan was formally approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education last fall (October 2014).
The Strategic Plan immediately became a valuable tool which will help guide District decision-making over the next five years. The new Strategic Plan incorporates four main areas of focus: Student Success, Aligned Resources, Technology Enabled and Community Partnerships.
Following are a few tangible examples of the Strategic Plan in action across the District during the course of the 2014-2015 school year:
• Implementation of MAPS/Compass Learning for Grades K-11.
• Revised OFHS Program of Studies to show career pathway connections to course work.
• Increased the number of College Credit Plus courses offered on OFHS campus from two to ten.
• Creation of new business program at OFHS to launch in fall 2015.
• Continuation of Lean Six Sigma program to maximize district efficiency.
• Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Funds earmarked for Wi-Fi upgrades at ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFHS.
• Established Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) position to support teachers’ use of technology in the classroom. A second TIS position will be made possible beginning in 2015-2016 school year through redistribution of a full-time position available due to retirement.
• Implementation of Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education
• Ongoing staff training opportunities in technology integration.
• Creation and distribution of teacher, parent and student surveys regarding technology skills, applications and needs.
• Outreach to parents and community underway in an effort to create a database of contacts in a variety of careers to provide career exploration opportunities for students.
• Increase in parent communication at building level using combination of Power Announcement emails/texts, as well as social media including Twitter, Instagram and the OFMS app.
While many people may assume that our school campuses are closed over the summer break, that is far from true. The summer months when school is not in session are among the busiest for our building and grounds maintenance staff. Maintaining our school buildings and facilities – and our community’s investment in them – is a top priority of Olmsted Falls City Schools. Our hard-working OFCS staff and hired contractors have continued to accomplish items that were on the permanent improvement project list.
Some of the more significant items included: a partial roof replacement at OFHS and Falls-Lenox, additional surveillance cameras in the high school as well as new ones in our middle school cafeteria. Many of our parking lots have been resurfaced and a more secure entrance was completed at our middle school (see story below). Once again we’ve been able to expand our technological footprint in the District – all buildings have WiFi access points in classrooms and we have purchased an additional 700+ Chromebooks to help our staff members integrate technology for the purposes of inspiring and empowering our students.
IMPROVEMENTS TO ENTRANCE SECURITY COMPLETE AT OFMS
The project to improve the security of the main entrance at Olmsted Falls Middle School got underway this past spring and was completed over the summer. The new renovations include a reconfiguration of the main building entrance to allow visitors entering the building to do so directly through the main office. Previously, visitors entering the OFMS during school hours were buzzed in through vestibule doors leading into the main hallway, and then had to walk down the hall to check in at the office. With the renovation project complete, visitors will now enter the building during school hours through a new vestibule that leads directly into the Middle School’s main office.
The reconfiguration began with a new doorway being cut through the wall located on the outside edge of the main office, just to the east of the existing entry doors. A new vestibule was then constructed surrounding this new entry point, and includes video surveillance and a buzzer system for controlled entry. Concrete was poured to extend the existing walkway and a canopy was also installed.
Middle School students will continue to enter and exit the building at the beginning and end of the school day through the original main entrance doors. Once the school day starts, all visitors wishing to enter the building must do so through the new vestibule.
Funds from an existing permanent improvement levy dedicated exclusively to Olmsted Falls Middle School were used for this project, in addition to a $5,000 Entrance Security Grant awarded to Olmsted Falls Middle School through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. In total, Olmsted Falls School District was awarded a $25,000 in Entrance Security Grants by the OFCC ($5,000 for each building) to improve safety and security.
Individual bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350. Complete Bus Route information is also available online. Please visit the Transportation Department’s webpage by clicking HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:
* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.
* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).
* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.
* Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.
To view the menus online or download a pdf to print yourself, please click HERE. Printed menus will be sent home with all students (K-8). Printed menus will be available in the high school cafeteria for all OFHS students.
2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
Please be sure you have the current 2015-2016 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.
SIGN UP: VOLLEYBALL FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 2-6
There is still room in the Olmsted Falls Volleyball Junior Netters Program that begins Aug. 22. The program is for girls and boys in grades 2-6, which introduces and enhances students’ skills and provides fun in learning. OFHS volleyball players and coaches instruct the students.
The program is prorated since it already began with a $30 cost. Upcoming sessions at the OFHS gym are from 9-10:15 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. For more information and registration, click HERE.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST MEETINGS OF THE YEAR!
You’re invited! Here is a listing of the first meetings of the year for our many supportive parent groups:
OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Aug. 24 @ 7 pm
OFHS Post Prom (OFHS Library)– Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 7 pm
OF Music Association – Tuesday, Sept. 2 @ 7 pm
OFMS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7 pm
OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters – Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 7 pm
OECPTA (@OFMS Café) – Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7 pm
OF Athletic Boosters – Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm
OFIS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm
OFHS Post Prom – Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 7 pm
OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Sept. 21 @ 7 pm
Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA (@ Falls-Lenox) – Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 pm
OFHS PTA Meeting – Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized Scholar Athletes and 1st Team athletes at its June 18th meeting.
Scholar Athletes for the Spring 2015 season included Xavier Rivera (baseball); Mallory Taylor (softball); Michael Doherty (boys track), Elizabeth Neudeck (girls track) and Tyler Zalac (boys tennis). These student athletes earned their prestigious Scholar Athlete honor by holding a varsity letter in their senior year and earning the highest grade point average on the team in their respective sports.
1st Team All Southwestern Conference Athletes for the Spring 2015 season included OFHS Varsity Baseball players Ryan Hanna, Collin Romel and Anthony Savarino, and OFHS Varsity Softball player Samantha Fagan. 1st Team All Conference athletes are voted on by head coaches within the Southwestern Conference from their respective sports.
Congratulations to all of these fine student athletes!
Joselyn Rabbit and Stephanie Schroth took third place in the Robotics and Automation Technology competition. The contest challenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a 5-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production problem. Teams have eight hours to set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic work cell by electrically wiring and programming the robot and objects from a word problem. This is the second year the two earned a spot at nationals and plan to return next year.
Brian Dougher and Logan Klink placed 14th in the Mobile Robotics Technology Competition. Teams design and build a robot using VEX components that meet the game requirements. The competition is a two-day long event, with the first day building the robot and the second in competition.
More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed in the hands-on event that featured 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade and labor organizations and test competencies are set by industry. Students gain a spot in this national competition by being the tops in their state.
JOIN HOCKEY BACKERS AT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
The entry fee is $80 a person and $340 for a team. The 4-man scramble shot-gun start includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, prizes and other amenities. For more details, contact Laura Wilson, 216-965-3384, firstname.lastname@example.org; Coach Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822, email@example.com or click HERE for a registration form. To see a pamphlet of the event, click HERE.
COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER
This opportunity, which is a collaborative effort with Gahanna Lincoln High school, Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State University at Newark and Muskingum University, is a chance to explore various programs. For more details, contact Phyllis Solove, firstname.lastname@example.org. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.
We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.
Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.
- Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and staff
- Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
- Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
- Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
- Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers