Parent Update – September 11, 2015
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11TH – OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS & STAFF RECOGNIZE PATRIOT’S DAY, PAY TRIBUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS
- A moment of silence during this morning’s announcements at OFHS.
- A moment of silence immediately following this morning’s Pledge of Allegiance at OFMS.
- A moment of silence is also planned prior to tonight’s first home football game of the season, as well as a special “Salute to America’s Finest” tribute by the OFHS Marching Band band. The color theme at tonight’s game is red, white and blue.
OFHS & OFMS students and staff wore red, white & blue today showing their pride and recognition of fallen heroes and first responders who helped others.
- Some OFMS students also wore red bandanas in support of the OFMS volleyball team and their support of the Red Bandana Project – started in memorial of Welles Remy Crowther, a 9/11 Civilian Hero known around the world as the “Man in the Red
Bandanna” for his selfless, heroic actions during his final hour at the World Trade Center.
- OFIS students from the Mr. Judson/Mrs. Pilko/Mrs. Stanczak Team made a class quilt and treat bags to deliver to the Olmsted Falls Police Department to thank them for being our local first responders. These students – along with students from Mrs. Rodgers’ and Mr. Holzworth’s classes – also made thank you signs that were placed in the lawn in front of the police station.
- American flags flew at half-staff throughout the district.
To view a gallery of photos from some of today’s activities, please click HERE.
OFCSD TRANSPORTATION EARNS HIGHEST EFFICIENCY RATING IN COUNTY
Each year, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) publishes “efficiency targets” for all school district transportation departments. ODE uses a formula to grade each district’s ability to utilize the resources that they have and not operate wastefully. A rating of 1.0 is the target for each school district based on the data.
The latest efficiency rating for Olmsted Falls City School District (for fiscal year 2014) was 1.16, which is well-above the efficiency target and the highest rating in Cuyahoga County of the 31 districts shown in the report. Efficiency in OFCS Transportation can be attributed to the district’s use of large 84 passenger buses which allow us to carry more students per bus (Rank 19th of 501 districts reporting in Ohio), our ability to make each bus last at least 20 years (Ohio average is roughly 10 years), and our three route bus scheme which includes high school student transportation. Based on adjustments in the District’s routing scheme for this current school year (versus last), the District expects to see its efficiency score be even higher for fiscal year 2015.
Kudos to the Olmsted Falls Transportation Department for being mindful of how we can continually maximize and improve the operating efficiency of our bus fleet!
MYTH: Parents have a legal right to withdraw (opt-out) their child from participation in state-mandated testing.
FACT: Last year the Olmsted Falls City School District received a number of Student Opt-Outs for the accountability testing that was mandated by the Ohio Legislature. At that time, we did not have a legal opinion as to whether we were, or were not permitted to grant such a request. As a result, last year, we honored each one received. However, after consultation with legal counsel, we will no longer honor opt outs for the following reasons:
- Ohio law requires all districts and schools to test students in specific grades and courses. There is no law that allows a parent or student to opt out-of-state testing and there is no state test opt-out procedure or form. Districts do not have the authority to give a child permission to skip testing.
- Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3301 mandates that the state board of education adopt rules establishing a statewide program to assess student achievement, and that those achievement tests be aligned with the academic standards and model curricula adopted by the state board of education. Once those tests are developed by the state board of education, state law requires that each school district administer the tests.
There are very limited and specific reasons in the law that would excuse a child from taking all or part of the achievement tests mandated by the state. For example, special education students may be excused under certain circumstances if the individualized education program developed for the student provides for an alternative assessment. Likewise, students may be excused for medical reasons or any other good and just cause approved by the school, in which case a make-up test must be administered to the student within nine days of the originally scheduled date. (Ohio Revised Code 3301.0710). Again, the law does not provide for a general “opt out” of state testing.
About Myth Busters: With continuing and significant changes underway in public education – from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to the launch of new required state assessments – it is important that parents have the facts. Knowing the real facts can help Bulldog parents spot a myth when they hear one – and there are currently a number of myths out there.
Olmsted Falls School District will feature periodic “Myth Busters” on our Weekly Blog Post. We hope parents will find this new feature informative and, as always, we encourage you to contact your child’s school building or the Board of Education office with any questions. To view other recent “Myth Busters,” please click HERE.
REQUIRED UPDATES OF RETURNING STUDENT INFORMATION/FORMS SUBMITTED FOR 80% OF STUDENTS DISTRICT WIDE – INFORMATION/FORMS FOR REMAINING 20% OF STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY THIS TUESDAY, 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. Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY THIS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 in order for your student to continue to attend school.
Students WITHOUT completed information/forms updates after Tuesday, 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.
OFHS MARCHING BAND ADDS EXTRA BULLDOG SPIRIT TO GIRLS SOCCER GAME
OFHS PTA’S MEMBERSHIP CLIMBS – INVITES ALL TO JOIN
Many became OFHS PTA during the school’s open house. By doing so, they were entered into a drawing. The winners are Renee Palyo, Uncle John’s Plant Farm $25 gift card; Tom Bridle, Brio $25 gift card and Laura Gaba, hair care basket. The next membership event is a “homeroom challenge,” which will be promoted soon on this blog and the cafeteria’s bulletin board.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS, BY BUILDING
Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building.
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8
11th – WEB Football Tailgate: 6-9 p.m. **TONIGHT**
OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K
September 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.
OFCS, OTHER DISTRICTS JOIN 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.
ENTER OSBA’S ‘STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
The Ohio School Board Association again is asking high school students to show their ideas how public schools make a difference. It is sponsoring its fourth student video contest and open to high school students in OSBA-member districts. Schools are invited to submit a video, with a maximum length of 90 seconds, that conveys the contest’s theme – “Stand up for Ohio Public Schools.” Explain how Olmsted Falls City School District or the High School is standing up for public education while making a difference in your life or future success. The top three videos will win prizes for their schools, will be posted on OSBA’s website and featured at its annual Capital Conference. The submission deadline is October 9th.
DINE OUT THIS TUESDAY 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.
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:
OF Athletic Boosters – Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm
OFIS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm
OFHS Post Prom – Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 7 pm – For all senior parents who would like to join us
OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Sept. 21 @ 7 pm. Please join us if you are a parent of either a Masquers or a Forensics student – or both!
Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA (@ Falls-Lenox) – Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 pm
OFHS PTA Meeting – Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm
The OFMS volleyball program will hold volleyball clinics for Olmsted Falls girls and boys in grades K-1 this month. The time and dates are 5:45-6:30 p.m. September 15th, September 22nd and September 29th at the OFMS. The cost is $25.
The program’s goal is to develop beginner volleyball skills, gain an appreciation for physical activity and being part of a team. Balloons and volley trainers will be used during skill play. Anyone wearing the Little Bulldog T-shirt will be admitted free to the October 8th Youth Volleyball Night against Midview High School. To see a registration flyer, click HERE.
OECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC SALE TABLE DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, 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.
The Portman for Senate campaign is seeking students interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. It offers flexible hours for students and willing to work with various schedules.
To view an application form, click HERE.
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION FEATURES PLAYERS, COACHES AND TEAM
Inductees include James Laut, ’61; Gary Slusar, ’92; Rush Williams, ’03, Coach Jim Ryan; Coach Patrick Donahue; Coach Bill McGrain and the 1980 Girls Cross Country Team. For photos of the inductees, please click HERE.
The Induction Ceremony and Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the German American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road. Tickets are $35. The community is invited to attend. Reservation forms for the ceremony is available by clicking HERE or contacting Cathy Hess with the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.
OFMA TEAMS WITH EASTER SEALS TO ‘FILL THE TRUCK’
The Olmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with the Easter Seals. The truck will be parked in the district’s board of education lot, 26937 Bagley Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24th and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 25th. All donations, which include clothing, shoes, accessories and various linens-items, are tax-deductible. To view a more detailed flyer, click HERE.
If you have any questions contact Kathy Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 COMMUNITY SHREDDING DAY – THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 12TH
Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township are sponsoring the annual Community Shredding Event TOMORROW, Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School.
All welcome! Gather any documents / files in need of shredding and come on by!
The Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch will bring the Liverpool Lads, a locally favorite Beatles tribute band, to the West Side Irish American Club on September 12th . 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.
SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS BEGIN THIS SATURDAY – THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
Returning for another fun year is Saturday Activity Nights from 7-10 p.m. at Olmsted Community Center. The activities are for kids in grades 2-6. The cost is $8. All, however, must file a completed registration form before attending, which is good for the entire year. That is available online at olmstedcc.com or prepay for five Saturdays and save money. This Saturday’s theme is Bulldog Pride Night. Wear your Bulldog wear.
For a flyer highlighting September activities and a registration form, click HERE.
4TH ANNUAL ROBBY’S VOICE RACE IS THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
Get ready 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.
NATIVE SONS/DAUGHTERS OFFERS 2 INFO OUTINGS NEXT WEEK
The Native Sons & Daughters program offers parents the chance to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. New families with children in grades Kindergarten and older may now sign up.
There are two Recruiting Rally & Cookouts from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th at the William J. Green Picnic area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation.
Parents and their children are free to come anytime during these events. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. The group’s officers will give a brief presentation about the program. Music, activities, a craft and displays will highlight the events. To view the club’s website and flyer, click HERE.
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.
OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS
Yoga classes by Serenity Yoga will begin October 19th at Olmsted Falls City Hall. The classes, which are from 4:45-5:45 p.m., cost $10 per class or six classes for $49. Register at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, call 440-427-1599 or the day of the class. To view a class flyer, click HERE.