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Parent Update – October 1, 2015

IT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND IN BULLDOG COUNTRY!

color bulldog headHere is a list of events for this weekend’s Homecoming for students and the community:

Come cheer on your Bulldogs @ the varsity football game against Berea-Midpark High School this Friday, October 2nd at the stadium. Homecoming festivities – including the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen – will take place prior to the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The football game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

**Pre-sale game tickets will be on sale at OFHS tomorrow in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Adult tickets are $6; student pre-sale tickets are $4.

The OFHS Homecoming Dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd in the OFHS gymnasium. Tickets sold during all lunch periods this week at school. Reminder: Homecoming Dance Tickets must be bought by Friday.There will be NO dance tickets sold Saturday in the building, or at the door Saturday pancake breakfastnight. Parents: Please make sure your son/daughter is picked up at 10:30 p.m.

Also – All are invited to attend the FREE Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, October 4th at the OFHS cafeteria.

DISTRICT TO HOST SERIES OF TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR PARENTS – FIRST SESSION THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th

cyber computerTE_lowerRight-cropCalling all Bulldog parents!  Olmsted Falls School District will be hosting a 4-part series of Technology Information Nights for parents.  These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device if available.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

SS_upper_left10/6/15 **This Tuesday!**    TOPIC:  Choosing the best device for your child, Overview of Google Apps for Education & Overview of Power School & Compass Learning

12/1/15      TOPIC: Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers 

2/16/15      TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media 

3/1/16      TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All sessions will be held at the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30-9pm.

To download official event flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

LATEST MYTH BUSTER: KNOW THE REAL FACTS!

Fact CheckMYTH:  Olmsted Falls School District gets rid of items it no longer needs (i.e., desks, chairs, shelves, furniture, equipment, books, etc.) by throwing them in the trash.

FACT: Olmsted Falls School District has a policy and process regarding how items no longer in use can be disposed of.  Olmsted Falls School District, through its ongoing partnership with the Ohio School Council, utilizes an on-line auction service to post and sell items no longer being used in District buildings or on District grounds.  Over the past 3 years, auction of unneeded furniture, equipment, buses, books, etc. has generated more than $30,000 in sales!  Any items not sold during the initial auction cycle are posted again in the next available auction period.  Ultimately, items that are not sold through auction are either placed in the District’s metal scrap dumpster, or otherwise properly recycled or placed in the District’s Republic dumpsters for trash pick-up. Items not sold through auction and placed in the District’s metal scrap dumpster also ultimately generate money for the District.  Over the past 3 years, scrap metal sales have generated more than $3,200 for Olmsted Falls School District.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  With two Board of Education seats up for election this November 4th, parents are urged to be especially cautious about fact checking the information presented to them by campaigns.  Olmsted Falls School District is NOT permitted to endorse, nor does it ever endorse individual candidates.  However, the District will provide accurate facts and information to address any false statement represented and communicated as fact by a campaign.  The District’s established Myth Buster feature in the Weekly Blog Update will be utilized for this purpose as needed in the coming weeks.  Additionally, as always, all parents and residents are invited and encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with any questions or concerns about Olmsted Falls School District at 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net.

CP_leftPTA COUNCIL TO CO-HOST CANDIDATE FORUM – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Candidates-forum-PTA Council will co-host a candidate forum October 14th. All residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township are invited to the forum that runs from 7-9 p.m. At the Olmsted Falls Middle School. Meet candidates running for the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Olmsted Falls council and Olmsted Township trustee and fiscal officer. Other sponsors of the forum are OF Kiwanis, OF Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

OFHS STUDENTS COMPETE AT NORTHEAST OHIO VEX ROBOTICS REGIONAL @ TRI-C

robotics 2On Saturday September 26, 2015, four teams from Olmsted Falls participated in the North East Ohio VEX Robotics Regional Competition at TriC Midtown.  Each Team competed in 4 qualifying rounds before being organized into 8 teams and battling into the finals. This years game is called “Nothing But Net” The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your Balls and Bonus Balls in Low and High Goals. After the qualifying rounds we had one team that was in 5th place enter the final rounds. For the finals they selected another Olmsted Falls Team as an alliance and competed into the semi finals before loosing to the 1st place team. Member of these teams were robotics 5Stephanie Schroth, Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink, Connor Hughes, Raymond Benisek and Thomas Legeza Narvaez.  To see additional photos from the competition, please click HERE.

Congratulations also to the team of Stephanie Schroth, Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink, Connor Hughes and Richard Rivera (pictured at right), who won the Design Award for their Robot. The Design Award is given to the team that demonstrates a professional design approach in building their Robot, including Documentation, Teamwork, the use of a Design Process and Interview Skills.

FIVE STUDENTS GAIN HONORS IN 2016 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

NmscFive OFHS students were recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They are Claire Barratt, Julia Burnell, Jacob Conder, Amelia Le and Emily Olszewski.SS_upper_left

These five Bulldog students are about 34,000 students commended across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations to these fine students, their parents, teachers and the Olmsted community!

ECC, FALLS-LENOX & OFIS MINI CHEER LEADERS SHOW THEIR BULLDOG SPIRIT!  

DSCN1267SS_upper_leftFriday, September 18, was Olmsted Falls Mini Cheer Night!  ECC and Falls-Lenox students cheered for the first half, and OFIS students cheered on the team during the second half.

Thanks to the high school cheerleaders who worked with students to prepare them for a great game and everyone did a terrific job!!

To view a photo gallery of images from this year’s Mini Cheer Night, please click HERE.

BULLDOG FANS DRESS IN CAMOUFLAGE @ FOOTBALL GAME

OF football camoflageMany students attending the varsity home football game against North Ridgeville filled the stands in camouflage gear.  Little Bulldog cheerleaders also joined the cheering squads at the game to support the team (see story above).

To see a photo gallery that appeared on cleveland.com/olmsted, click HERE.

VIEW OFMS COOL SCHOOL SHOWING ON FOX 8 SS_upper_leftFox8CoolSchool

Congratulations again to our OFMS for being  a recent Fox 8 Cool School! A TV crew visited the school and took video that was shown on three programs/newscasts. Two Bulldog students also participated in the station’s morning show’s Coffee Quiz. A special thanks to all who did an incredible job. To view a taping of the presentation, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENT JULIE LAVELLE AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS GIRL SCOUT NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

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Pictured from L to R:  Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, National Girl Scout Medal of Honor recipient Julie Lavelle, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio CEO Jane Christyson, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

At the September meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and helped honor Olmsted Falls 6th grader Julie Lavelle.  Julie received the National Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving the life of a friend and fellow student who was choking during lunch last year.  When Julie saw her friend choking, she acted quickly and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.

The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is a rare medal awarded relatively infrequently.  In fact, GSNEO CEO Jane

Christyson stated during her remarks that this was the first time ever that the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has had a recipient of this award.  GSNEO CEO Jane Christyson presented Julie with the medal during a special presentation.  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and the Olmsted Falls Board of Education also recognized Julie with a special certificate for receiving this great honor.

Many of Julie’s family members and friends – including fellow Girl Scout troop members – were on hand to congratulate Julie on her award.

CONGRATULATIONS JULIE!

PARTICIPANTS COMPETE IN GOLF AND HOCKEY AT GOLF OUTING

IMG_2067CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls High School Hockey team hosted its annual golf outing September 19th at Emerald Woods. Golfers enjoyed breakfast, lunch at the turn and a steak dinner with homemade sides as well as a wide variety of desserts.   Hockey was even
incorporated into the game of golf – golfers tried to hit a ball into a hockey net. They were given a chance to stand on a slideboard while hitting a golf ball with a hockey stick.  Many prizes and silent auction items were IMG_2070raffled off, including a signed Joe Haden football and donations from the Columbus Blue Jackets as well as many other items that local businesses donated.

Thank you to our sponsors and golfers for your support.  Substantial funds were raised to defray the large cost of ice time and other expenditures for the upcoming high school hockey season.

SIGN-UP INFORMATION FOR UPCOMING PSAT

PSATSS_upper_leftAttention college-bound sophomores and juniors!  Sign up for the Wednesday Oct. 14th PSAT Test in the guidance office with Mrs. Laut.  It is recommended that all college bound 10th & 11th graders take this test.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Oct. 7th.  The cost is $15, cash or check payable to OFHS.  Any questions?  Please see Mrs. Laut or your school counselor.

SS_upper_leftBELIEVE IN OHIO STUDENT STEM FORUM – OCTOBER 10TH

OFHS College and Career Counselor Aimee Caldrone is organizing a field trip for interested high school students to the Believe in Ohio Student Stem Forum on Saturday, October 10th.  This is a free one-day program in which students will interact with leaders in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Transportation and lunch will be provided.  Students interested in attending this forum must bring signed permission form back to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, October 7th. To download the invitation letter with form, please click HERE. 

UPCOMING COLLEGE INFO/FAIRS FOR PARENTS AND/OR STUDENTS

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftThe OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

Parents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center . Sessions are 7-8 p.m. October 8th; 8-9 a.m. October 22nd and 7-8 p.m. Novem
ber 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

Three college fairs are in October.  The following is more detailed information.

  • Oct. 5, 6:30-8 p.m., Greater Cleveland West Suburban College Fair, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea.
  • Oct. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Cuyahoga College Night Consortium, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville.
  • Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair, John Carroll University, University Heights.

COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER

college fairSS_upper_leftStudents with disabilities are invited to a College Fair at Gahanna Lincoln High School from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7th. It includes schools from across Ohio and the nation.

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, solovep@gjps.org. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.

LATEST NEWS FROM OFMA

  • Olmsted_Falls_MusicOFMA’s October meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Choir room.
  • OFMA’s “Fill The Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with Easter Seals will be Saturday, Oct. 24th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25th 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (please CP_leftinclude link to flyer on pdf).
  • Join OFMA on facebook,  Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFMA11/
  • Support OFMA thru membership donations.  Please click HERE for membership brochure.

CP_left2015-2016 PTA CALENDARS TO BE SENT HOME NEXT WEEK

CoverThe 2015-2016 PTA Activities Calendar will be sent home with the youngest student in each household early next week.  Many thanks to the PTA volunteers who will be gathering to label, sort and distribute this year’s calendar.

To view October 2015 events, please click HERE

REMINDERS:  NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 16TH & NOVEMBER 3RD

CalendarGraphicPlease make sure your calendars are marked for these upcoming dates:

  • No School on Friday, October 16th – The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed on Friday, October 16th for the annual NEOEA Day.
  • No School on Tuesday, November 3rd – There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day)

To download a copy of the complete 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketball4Attention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

TRYOUTS FOR OF TRAVEL BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL SET FOR OCTOBER 17TH

OFBA 2015 TryoutsThe Olmsted Falls Basketball Association will hold travel team tryouts October 17th at OFHS. The scheduled times and ages are 10 a.m. to noon, boys in grades 5-6; 12:15-1:45 p.m., girls in grades 4-6 and 2-3:30 p.m., boys, grades 3-4. There is a $5 tryout fee.

OFBA’s goal is to identify and further develop players in the OFSD’s grades 3-6 at a higher level of basketball that prepares them for the OFMS and OFHS basketball programs. To view a flyer, click HERE.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Lippus, 216-598-0103, jlippus@clarkrandp.com or Kim Urban, urbankt@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st

Where:  Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads

~ Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

BUY A HOMECOMING FLOWER AND HELP OFHS POST PROM

0511-1001-1302-2933_Rose_with_a_Bow_clipart_imagePrecious Petals in Columbia Station will donate money to OFHS Post Prom for Bulldog Homecoming shoppers. For each corsage ordered, Post Prom will receive $5 back and for each boutonniere, $3. If you order both, the amount is $10. You must mention OF Post Prom when ordering. Payment must be made upon ordering. Precious Petals is located at 14161 West River Road.

OF Post Prom also is on social media. The facebook page is OFHS 2016 Post Prom and Twitter, OFHSPP2016.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

ENTER OSBA’S ‘STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST

stand up for public schoolsThe 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.

For a flyer containing complete details, click HERE. To see contest entry materials, click HERE.

OFMA TEAMS WITH EASTER SEALS TO ‘FILL THE TRUCK’

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe Olmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with the EasterEaster Seals 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 khg712@aol.com.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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

COMMUNITY

October 2015 Senior CalendarOLMSTED RECREATION SENIOR ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER

A listing of Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities for the month of October can be found on the Olmsted Recreation website by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoga 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.

craft-fairThe 6th Annual Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its show on November 14th event that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All vendors/crafters are welcome. An application is at olmstedcc.com.  There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year, more than 770 buyers were in attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact the Community Center, 440-427-1599.

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