Parent Update – August 27, 2015
On August 19th, the school district was informed that Olmsted Falls High School made the Top 500 List of America’s Top High Schools for 2015. Only 34 high schools in the State of Ohio made the list.
The ranking analysis completed by Newsweek created a weighted College Readiness Index that included data from indicators that are not simply test score driven. They included:
· College Enrollment
· Graduation Rate
· Weighted Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Dual Enrollment composite
· Weighted SAT/ACT composite
· Student Retention which determines changes to student enrollment between 9th through 12th grades
· Counselor-to-Student Ratio
The District is pleased to have been notified that we made the list (#489) as it is a testament to the hard work, determination and cognitive strength of our students, teachers and parents. “The fact that the ranking is based on a more robust measure of high school success metrics that extend beyond test scores is something that is important to us,” said Dr. Lloyd. “We’re really trying to engage our students, teachers and parents to help us more clearly define what academic, artistic and athletic success looks like.”
To view Newsweek’s article, click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to welcome a new treasurer/chief financial officer (CFO) to the Olmsted Falls City School District. The Board voted unanimously at a special meeting held August 6th to approve the hiring of Mrs. Emily Dales as the new treasurer/CFO of Olmsted Falls City School District. Mrs. Dales, who assumed her new post this week, comes to Olmsted Falls City Schools from Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools near Columbus, OH, where she has served as assistant treasurer for the past two years.
“Mrs. Dales brings to Olmsted Falls Schools not only a strong understanding of school district finances from the accounting side, but also a keen ability to communicate and work effectively with our many stakeholders including staff, students and community residents,” said Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth. “Her leadership and passion for excellence in education will be a great benefit to our district, and we look forward to welcoming Emily and her family to our school community.”
Prior to serving in her most recent position as assistant treasurer for Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, Mrs. Dales also served as assistant treasurer and accounting supervisor for Wadsworth City Schools. Mrs. Dales began her career with a CPA firm where she worked exclusively with school treasurers and school district financial reporting. It was that early career experience that sparked her desire to serve as a school treasurer and have an ongoing impact in the continuation of a school district’s outstanding reputation.
“I am overjoyed to have accepted the treasurer/CFO position in a well-established school district with a proven reputation for excellence in education,” said new Treasurer Emily Dales. “The District pride felt throughout the Olmsted community is contagious and I knew shortly after visiting that this would be a great fit for both me and my family.”
“I look forward to working in a district with a history of strong and positive working relationships among the Board of Education, the Office of the Treasurer and the Office of the Superintendent,” added Mrs. Dales. “I look forward to promoting the District’s financial position and to working with an amazing administrative team in continuing the success of Olmsted Falls Schools.”
Mrs. Dales holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Walsh University as well as an Ohio School Treasurer’s License from Ashland University. Mrs. Dales is an active member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Ohio School Boards Association. Mrs. Dales and her husband, Doug, plan to relocate to the Olmsted community, with their three young children, this fall.
Welcome to Bulldog Country.
Please join us in welcoming these new Bulldog faces to our building classrooms and administrative offices!
Welcome new elementary staff members, seated in front row (from L to R): Stephanie Kley – ECC Tutor; Samantha Lavandusky – Falls- Lenox Tutor; Joseph LaFlamme – Falls-Lenox Music Teacher; Lauren Holecko – Falls-Lenox Speech Language Pathologist; Cynthia Zahorchak – OFIS Intervention Specialist; and Jason Sunkle – 4th Grade Teacher.
Welcome new OFMS staff members, standing in middle row (from L to R): Michael Sislowski – Assistant Principal; Jessica Diaz – Intervention Specialist; Kelly Riley – Choir Teacher; Jennifer Canacci – Gifted Teacher; Kyle Harriger – Physical Education/Health Teacher; Louis Rispoli – Band Teacher; Kasey Geschke – Tutor; and Jessica Fattlar – Tutor.
Welcome to new OFHS staff members, standing in back row (from L to R): Patrick Griffis – Assistant Principal; Bryan Bennett – Physical Education/Health Teacher (Mr. Bennett will also teach classes at OFIS); Victoria Kirgesner – Latin/ESL Teacher; Daniel Zillich – Math Teacher; Michelle Beach – Science Teacher; Elizabeth Cleary – Business Teacher; Brian Asher – Tutor; Hannah Agoston – Speech Language Pathologist (Mrs. Agoston will also work at OFMS); Haley Benn – Tutor; and Rachel Thomas – Intervention Specialist.
REQUIRED UPDATES OF RETURNING STUDENT INFORMATION/FORMS SUBMITTED FOR 70% OF STUDENTS DISTRICT WIDE – INFORMATION/FORMS FOR REMAINING 30% OF STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 15TH
Many thanks to all of those parents and guardians who have already logged in to your PowerSchool Parent Accounts and submitted the annual required student information updates for the current 2015-2016 school year. Approximately 30% of students district wide still need to have their information reviewed, updated and submitted. Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 in order for your student to continue to attend school. Students without completed information/forms updates after September 15th will be prohibited from attending school until the required updates have been submitted to ensure that all health and emergency contact information is current and correct in the event of an emergency.
This annual update that all parents of returning students are asked to complete includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter. All parents of returning students should either already have an existing PowerSchool Parent Account or have been contacted by your child’s school building with information regarding setting up a new PowerSchool Parent Account, which will allow you to access the link to update information for your student(s).
If you have an existing PowerSchool Parent account, know your username name and password, and would like to login now to complete this important update for your student(s), please click the following link: https://psof.nccohio.org/public. Once you have successfully logged in to your account, please click on the “Returning Student Registration” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen to get started. NOTE: Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address, email or phone number) to the next student’s record to make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.
If you need assistance in accessing or setting up your PowerSchool Parent Account, please contact your child’s school building as soon as possible. Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Individual buildings will begin following up directly with those families who have not yet completed the online student information update next week – please plan to watch for and respond to these important emails.
Thank you to all parents and guardians for helping us to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.
SCHOOL DISTRICT PRINTED CALENDAR WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON
The district will continue to produce a printed PTA Activities Calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. As in past years, one calendar will be distributed to each Bulldog family as well as to all Bulldog staff members. This year’s calendar will be distributed in early September. In the meantime, to view the August & September pages, please click HERE.
To view a PDF file of the current 2015-2016 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District, click HERE.
Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL: grades 9-12
September 10th – Underclass picture day
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8
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.
FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL: grades 1-3
27th – Grade 1 open house: 7-8 p.m. **TONIGHT**
September 11th – Picture day
OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K
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!
All 37 buses in the Olmsted Falls School District’s fleet were rolling August 19th – the first day of school. The Ohio Highway Patrol inspected, passed and authorized each bus for operation. The OFSD maintains a positive working relationship with the Ohio Highway Patrol and its local Motor Vehicle Inspection team. Kudos to our drivers and mechanics for their ongoing diligence throughout the school year to keep our buses in top operating condition.
The Ohio Highway Patrol Motor Vehicle Inspection team returns to OFSD throughout the year. In October of each school year, it participates in actual ride-alongs on our buses to monitor traffic, bus and pupil safety as part of National School Bus Safety Week.
REMINDER: WITH BUSES ROLLING AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER TO ABIDE BY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUS SAFETY (i.e. stopping/waiting during student pick-ups and drop-offs). THANK YOU!
BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening day staff meeting to kick off the 2015-2016 school year. Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged in front of their peers for their contributions to the District’s success.
Congratulations to all!
Pictured at left:
“35 Year Bulldog!”
Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson (Central Office)
Pictured at right:
“30 Year Bulldogs!”
Christine Warren (OFHS) and Cynthia Bennett (OFMS). Not pictured: Pete Workman (OFIS)
“25 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) (L to R): Karen Strawser (ECC), Elaine Atkinson (ECC), Loretta McClelland (ECC), Catherine Warren (OFMS) and Virginia Wendling (OFHS)
“20 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) (L to R): John Gaba (OFHS), Marla DiFilippo (ECC), Karen Ebenger (OFIS), David Evans (Transportation/OFMS), Mistie Gantt (Falls-Lenox) and James Yandell (OFHS)
“15 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) Front Row (L to R): Andrea Heinrich (ECC), Jenelle Hughes (OFHS), Sheri DiLoreto-Smith (OFHS), Jessica Barylski (OFIS), Robert Englehart (OFIS), Cecelia Cortimilia (OFHS), Carla Wible (OFHS), Cathy Samuel (Central Office) and Deborah Patacca (Falls-Lenox). Back Row (L to R): Dan Largent (OFMS), Christopher Odon (OFMS), Christopher DeLisio (OFHS), Rory Fabian (OFHS) and Georgiana Friedman (Falls-Lenox).
“10 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) Front Row (L to R): Julie Kemper (Falls-Lenox), Joy Kiedrowski (OFHS), Angela Fanara (OFMS), and Christie Cutarelli (OFHS). Back Row (L to R): Steven Hunter (OFMS), Lindsey Ambrosia (OFMS), Matthew Celaschi (OFHS), Robert Reisland (OFHS), Stacy Petro (Falls-Lenox) and Loula Souris (St. Mary of the Falls). Not pictured: Ed August (OFHS), Helene Bielozer (St. Mary of the Falls) and Matthew Fulton (OFHS).
OFCS, OTHER LOCAL DISTRICTS PARTNER WITH YOUR TEEN MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL COLLEGE EXPO – SEPTEMBER 21ST
Are you looking for in-depth information about the College Process? On September 21st, Your Teen Magazine and Lake Ridge Academy will lead interactive discussions to help you navigate this process successfully. Register for this event TODAY. yourteenmag.com/register-LRA
Your Teen and Lake Ridge Academy present “The College Event”
Includes a Parent Expo and Breakout Sessions for Parents AND Teens
WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Lake Ridge Academy
COST: $10 per family
COMPLIMENTARY CODE for FREE REGISTRATION FOR FAMILIES OF OLMSTED FALLS: 2015LRA
To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.
ATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS – GET INVOLVED!
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:
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.
PRESALE VARSITY FOOTBALL TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOME GAMES
Presale tickets will be on sale at OFHS in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To view a list of the dates presale tickets will be sold, click HERE.
Adult presale tickets, however, will only be available for HOME games. Tickets are $6 and will be sold in the OFHS Student Office. Student presale tickets are $ 4 and will be sold for every varsity game at all school buildings.
Prior to their performance, younger Bulldogs were invited to mingle with the band on the field to learn what it’s like to be part of the band.
To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
LATEST EDITION OF OFMA “MUSICAL NOTES” NOW AVAILABLE
Please click HERE to view the September 2015 issue online.
Whether school board members, band members, football players, cheerleaders, PTAs or other school-related groups, those watching last week’s Heritage Days parade certainly saw the school district’s presence along the route. Our Bulldog marching band took 1st place in the parade’s marching band category. Congratulations to their great performance and a thank you to all who made our district stand out so well in the parade.
To view photos of the parade, click HERE.
To see a Sun Post-Herald photo gallery of the Heritage Days events, click HERE.
OFHS YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!!
A limited number of additional copies are also available for sale for $60 each. So buy yours today, before they are sold out!
BECOME A MEMBER/VOLUNTEER FOR DISTRICT ATHLETIC PROGRAM
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Club annually asks residents to help defray the sports programs’ operating costs by becoming a member and/or volunteer at some events. Funds are used to buy new equipment, officials medical supplies, awards, tournament expenses, entry feeds, uniforms and scholarship and well as involved in just major projects as the weight room/training room renovation, tennis and track facilities, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer facility and football stadium renovations.
You also may help by volunteering at some of the athletic events. To see an activity list, click HERE.
The group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at OFHS.
DINE OUT AND HELP OFHS PTA
Join Olmsted Falls High School PTA in supporting its North Olmsted Chipotle fundraiser. Visit the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15th, show the flyer or tell your cashier that you are supporting PTA’s fundraiser and Olmsted Falls High School PTA will receive 50 percent of the proceeds of your order. To view the flyer, click HERE.
OECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC SALE TABLE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 16
The annual OECPTA Autumn Attic Sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 26, at the OFMS. The deadline to reserve a selling spot is September 16th. Sellers manage their own table and keep all of their profits of new or gently-used children’s items. There is a $25 registration fee for members per space and $30 for non-members.
Early bird entry is from 8-9 a.m. at $5 a person. The general public is from 9 a.m. to noon at $2 a person.
To download a seller’s registration form, click HERE.
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
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS FALL PROGRAMS
The Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library provides programs throughout the year.
A list of Fall programs for youngsters, teens and adults is available by clicking HERE.
The Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch September 12th will bring the Liverpool Lads, a locally favorite Beatles tribute band, to the West Side Irish American Club. The 6-10 p.m. event costs $20 and includes live music, food, refreshments, prize baskets and raffles. Contact email@example.com for tickets before the event. Tickets also are available at the door. The center is at 859 Jennings Road.
4TH ANNUAL ROBBY’S VOICE RACE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13TH
Start stretching for the annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness Sunday, September 13th. It includes a 5K run and 1 mile walk with a pancake breakfast – all at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. The race’s purpose is to raise awareness about drug addiction.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; followed by a 9 a.m. to noon pancake breakfast; 9:30, pre-race ceremony; 10 a.m. 5K and 1 mile walk; 11, kids dash and then the post-race awards and raffle, the latter that includes a 32-inch LG smart TV, Bose True Sound headphones and $100 cash.
Mail-in registration must be received by September 9th.