Parent Update – November 6, 2015
GREG SURTMAN, BRIAN WEISBARTH ELECTED TO SERVE 4-YEAR TERMS ON OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION
Congratulations to incumbent Board of Education member Greg Surtman and newly elected Board of Education member Brian Weisbarth, who were elected to the two open seats on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. This will be Mr. Surtman’s second term as a school board member, and Mr. Weisbarth’s first term.
Mr. Surtman has served on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education since January 2012. Mr. Weisbarth will officially be sworn in and begin his term in January 2016. Both elected Board members are active in the community and have students currently enrolled in the school system. Congratulations again to Mr. Surtman and Mr. Weisbarth!
OFHS BULLDOGS VS. MIDVIEW DIV.II, REG. 4 FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF GAME TONIGHT
Congratulations to our OFHS Varsity Football Team on a great regular season, and on advancing to the Division II, Region 4 First-Round Playoffs. OFHS takes on Midview High School tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Midview High’s Adelsberg Stadium
LET‘s GO BULLDOGS!
FALLS-LENOX FAMILY MATH NIGHTS HELP PARENTS ENGAGE IN NEW PROGRAM
The feedback from those attending was very positive all three nights.
Teachers did terrific in planning and preparing for the
evenings of fun math activities. Students enjoyed working on Chromebooks surfing math websites and resources, playing math games and learning about Number Corner with their parents. Thanks to all who attended.
To view a photo gallery of grade 1 math night, click HERE.
To view a photo gallery of grade 2 math night, click HERE.
To view a photo gallery of grade 3 math night, click HERE.
To read a copy of the article titled, “Raising the Bar: Driving School, Student Success,” please click HERE.
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVE BOARD POLICY REVIEW
There are approximately 450 policies that govern the Board of Education’s decision making at the Board of Education will be doing its due diligence by conducting a full review of them. The Olmsted Falls School District contracts with an organization called NEOLA. NEOLA works with many school districts across the United States and their primary job is to present those policies that are required by Federal and Ohio law and also to present the Board with optional discretionary policies. Essentially, NEOLA provides School Boards with suggested policy that is then discussed with the full Board in a public meeting. The Board is required by its own bylaws to place any policy up for review onto the agenda two times prior to approval.
While all Board Members are part of the review process, a subcommittee consisting of School Board Members Linda Parkowski and Holly Neumann will be working with the Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and Director of Pupil Services Mr. James Tatman to conduct the initial review. This group will be initially responsible for conducting the policy reviews in order to ensure all policies to ensure they are compliant and up-to-date. The policy review timeline is contained in the graphic below.
THIS SATURDAY – ALUMNI GAME ONLY – NO BLUE/GOLD SCRIMMAGE
Due to the Bulldog football make making the playoffs, there will be no Blue/Gold scrimmage this Saturday, November 7th. The Alumni Game, however, is still scheduled and will be played from 4-6 p.m.
Come cheer on former Bulldogs on the court!
BOYS BULLDOG SOCCER TEAM HAS RECORD-SETTING SEASON
This 2015 OF boys varsity soccer program had a very successful year – on the Varsity and JV levels. The JV team finished the year with a 9-2-5 record. The varsity had a record-setting performance, posting a 15-2-2 record in route to a third place finish in the SWC, an OHSAA Sectional Championship and an appearance in the OHSAA District Final, where the team was awarded the District Runner-Up trophy. That game saw a heart-breaking double overtime, sudden death penalty kick loss to Strongsville.
The team set new school records in wins – 15 – and shutouts – 11 – as well as being ranked in the top 10 in the District 1 Coaches poll. The final week had the Bulldogs ranked #3, something that has never been accomplished in the program’s history. In route to its best season on record, the Bulldogs defeated one of the top teams in Toledo as well as state-ranked Berea-Midpark. Academically, this group of Bulldogs was strong as well, earning the program’s 8th All-Ohio Team Academic Award and the program’s 5th National Soccer Coaches Association of America Award for Academic Excellence. Assistant Coach Mr. Joe Starek was also honored by being named the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in Division 1.
During the past four years, the boys soccer team has compiled an impressive record of 41-19-7 against Division 1 and Division II opponents. Members of the varsity team are Austin Mitchell, Bobby Illig, Cameron Robinson, Rylan Wikle, Joseph Linder, Josh Aubel, Austin Lockhart, Ryan Koloick, Mickey Kasputis, Joe Bement, Kevin Lemin, Daniel Linder, Jake Yeager, Charlie Watters, Chase Fernkorn, Logan Klink and Jake Lindley.
Congratulations, team, on a great performance.
KINDERGARTENERS WELCOME PUMPKIN JACK
This week, the kindergartners read a story during library time called Pumpkin Jack. The book describes the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the seasons. It goes from jack o’lantern to seed to pumpkin and back to jack o’lantern again. The Early Childhood Center now has its very own Pumpkin Jack in the planter at the entrance of the building (pictured at right).
We will be keeping an eye on him for the remainder of the year to see what changes occur. The hope is that by next fall Pumpkin Jack will return for a new crop of kindergartners to enjoy!
RESOURCE REVIEW FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE SCIENCE MATERIALS
It is time for Olmsted Falls School District to update our Science materials for grades 6 through 8. Science teachers in grades 6 through 8 have had an opportunity to preview a multitude of Science resources. We had two vendors provide a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent an entire day previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource.
Our teachers have identified Fusion Science from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource. The Fusion Science textbook and supporting materials for each grade (6, 7, & 8) are available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library from Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 13th. Additionally, parents can further explore Fusion Science electronic resources by visiting http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/science/elementary-science/sciencefusion, and registering for free Virtual Sampling. (Click the orange “Sample Now” button to get started.)
Parents and community residents are invited to review the materials and submit feedback via an on-line Resource Review Survey. A hard copy sample of the Resource Review Survey questions is provided with each set of materials for reference. The online Resource Review Survey can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Science Curriculum Review” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.
PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST – A CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 16TH
The National PTA Reflections Program challenges students in grades pre-K through 12 to explore and be involved in the arts by creating an original arts entry relating to a specific theme in any of six categories. The categories are visual arts, photography, music composition, literature, film production and dance choreography. The 2015-16 theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly!”
Information was distributed at each school building and may be found at the Ohio PTA website under ‘Programs/Reflections.’
ENTRIES ARE DUE NOVEMBER 16TH. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Reflections chair for each unit:
OECPTA: Amy Lauderdale – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falls-Lenox/ECC: Meg DiFilippo – email@example.com
OFIS: Linda Parkowski – JLparkowski@cox.net
OFMS: Kristie Patton – firstname.lastname@example.org
OFHS: Sandra Graham – email@example.com
Mrs. Karen Megery’s 2nd grade class at Falls-Lenox Primary School has entered the HMH Curious Classroom Contest sponsored by publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. HMH is challenging teachers to demonstrate how they inspire learning and foster curiosity in the classroom by submitting videos to the Curious Classroom Contest.
The video entry from Mrs. Megery’s class is visible at: http://curiousclassroom.hmhco.com/votes/73.
Simply click the link to view their entry and then vote! Everyone gets one vote per day, so visit often! You can vote one a day, every day through November 30th!
Help Mrs. Megery’s class get the most votes! Top videos with the most votes will advance to the final judging phase – so the more votes the better! A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes! PLEASE VOTE TODAY, AND TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THE DAY AFTER THAT, AND….YOU GET THE IDEA!
FROM PRINCESSES TO TURTLES, OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS DRESSED FOR HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES
Fun and festive parades marched through and around some OF schools last week for the annual Halloween celebrations. Many parents were on-hand to see the children enjoying the day dressed in their many colorful and creative costumes.
To view photo gallery from ECC, please click HERE.
To view photo gallery from Falls-Lenox, please click HERE.
To view photo gallery from OFIS, please click HERE.
OFIS STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS “HALLOWEEN HALLWAY CONTEST”
The OFIS Student Council sponsored a “No-Holds-Barred Halloween Hallway Contest” between the 4th and 5th grades during the week leading up to Halloween. Thanks to the special judges who walked the hallways to determine this year’s winner. It was a tough decision with so many awesome and creative door designs.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 4TH GRADE for being the winning hallway!
To view a photo gallery of ALL the amazing doors, please click HERE.
POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TAKES THE FIELD – THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
OFHS senior girls are ready to ‘tackle’ their junior opponents in the annual Power Puff football game Wednesday, November 11th at the school’s Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium. The gates open at 7:00 p.m. with the game starting at 7:30. Tickets are $5.
Half-time activities include a field goal kicking contest, quarterback challenge and 50/50 raffle.
HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING – THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH – PLEASE RSVP ONLINE
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP and help plan the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Bring a friend and enter to win a gift card. We will have a rep from CCBDD in attendance to discuss services provided by the county.
The OFSD is fortunate to have had two groups dedicated to supporting students with special needs and their families. They have been working together to bring more support and information to parents and support students with special needs within the district. The groups are merging and will be called the Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through events and celebrations. The “Helping Hands” are typical and highly functioning OFCS special needs students in grades 6-12. They organize events every other month in which special needs students in any grade at OFCS are invited to participate.
Olmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council was formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support. Two parent representatives attend monthly meetings at the State Support Team Region 3 of Cuyahoga County. The representatives collaborate with district administration regarding relative special education topics and disseminate information of interest to families of children with disabilities and serve as a resource to families in the district.
JOIN US! NOVEMBER OFHS PARENT GROUP MEETINGS
Masquers and Forensics Patron Meeting – Monday, November 16th, at 7PM in room W3 at the HS.
Post Prom Meeting – Wednesday, November 18th, at 7PM in the HS library.
We hope you can join us!
Masquers Fall Play
Performances are November 20th and 21st at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $7 for adults.
Purchase tickets in advance by calling 440-427-6070
*This show deals frankly and openly about coping with cancer and is not suitable for younger students.
OFCS WORKS WITH ODE ON K-3 LITERACY SCORE DATA
Olmsted Falls City School District has been working through a situation regarding data connected to our District’s K-3 Literacy Score on the 2013-2014 report card. This new K-3 Literacy Score is designed to use test scores to measure whether students are on-track in reading skills for their grade level each year. While we believe reading progress is more than a test score, the K-3 Literacy Score was a new component added to the 2013-2014 Local Report Card issued to all Ohio school districts by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) last April 2015. This measurement compares student reading scores from one school year to the next to ensure students are progressing on-track in reading. The data featured in the first reporting of the K-3 Literacy Score last spring compared student reading data from the 2013-2014 school year to student reading data from the previous 2012-2013 school year.
We were very surprised to see that Olmsted Falls City Schools had received a “D” grade for our initial K-3 Literacy Score when report cards were released and immediately began work to identify why. We determined that the source of the problem was related to erroneous student data uploaded to ODE’s website. Instead of uploading data from 2013-2014 (to be compared to 2012-2013), the wrong data file was saved by mistake resulting in data from the previous 2012-2013 school year being submitted in error.
The District contacted ODE with concerns about the accuracy of the data that had previously been submitted, but were told the reporting period had closed and could not be corrected. While ODE cannot physically change the grade for our District’s 2013-2014 K-3 Literacy Grade, ODE has promised to take steps to ensure that this data inaccuracy is noted online so that public users of the Ohio School Report Card database will be aware that the data used to arrive at the currently posted grade is inaccurate – and, therefore, the grade itself is inaccurate. ODE has advised us that making such a notation to a specific report card indicator page is a process that takes some time. We anticipate the note being added within the next few weeks.
Olmsted Falls City Schools has submitted a Corrective Action Plan along with the correct 2013-2014 data for students in grades 1-3. This corrected, resubmitted data will be used for all future K-3 Literacy Score analysis moving forward. (Please note: reading data for kindergarten students was correct in the original submission.) We anticipate the release of the next Ohio Report Card sometime this January, and expect to see an accurate and improved grade on our K-3 Literacy Score – when the new report card for 2014-2015 is released.
To view a copy of the official letter from ODE providing confirmation of this situation, please click HERE.
Parents of students in grades 1 through 5 received a personal email update from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd regarding the District’s K-3 Literacy Score on the 2013-2014 report card. In the closing of the email, which contained all of the above information, Dr. Lloyd stated: “I want to personally assure you that procedures have been put into place to make sure this kind of submission error will not happen again in the future. Our K-3 literacy program has been and continues to be a strength for our district. I encourage you to contact me personally with any questions and/or concerns.”
As always, all parents and community residents, are encouraged to contact Dr. Lloyd for additional information on any matter. Dr. Lloyd can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 440-427-6000.
Baseball Hat Online Sale now through 11/17. All new Nike design for 2015-2016 – flex fit – 3 sizes to choose from. Will be in before the Holidays. This will be the only time of year they will be available to purchase online, and perhaps at all, the rest of the year.
Go to www.bsnsports.com/mts and enter code: bulldo9W6.
6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration Begins Nov. 15th
Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center
Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR RUNNING NOW AT OFMS
The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair now through Wednesday, November 11th. The fair will be open during November 5th conference evening. In addition to the book fair, the Media Center is joining with Builder’s Club, Student Council and Helping Hands to raise money for local animal shelters by having a fundraiser with raffles, guessing games and prizes. This event is in the Middle School Media Center. All students are encouraged to stop in and enter their name in a drawing to win a $10 shopping pass for the book fair. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the animal shelters.
HELP FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS DURING NOVEMBER – DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please help Falls-Lenox students raise money to fight this devastating disease. Our Dimes for Diabetes campaign will raise funds to contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Money may be sent in with F-L students during the weeks of November 16th and November 23rd. You also may donate online using by clicking HERE. Thank you for help us fight Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes.
COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH CONTINUES
OFHS continues to 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.
SIGN UP DEADLINE NEARS FOR WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 1-3
The Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools is offering an opportunity for primary school students to play basketball this winter. First grade students will participate in the league once a week for approximately 8-10 weeks; second and third grade students will participate in the league twice a week (one practice and one game) for approximately 8-10 weeks. The cost of the program is $25.00 per student. Please download the appropriate information letter/form for your child below. Should you have any questions about the program after reviewing the information contained in the letter(s), please e-mail Mr. Mental directly at email@example.com. Forms were sent home with all Falls-Lenox students and may also be downloaded below. Forms must be returned to Falls-Lenox office no later than Thursday, November 12, 2015.
TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 14TH
The 29th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium. Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.
Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details. The Act Information Sheet needed for Auditions can be found by clicking HERE for those interested in filling it out in advance. Sheets will also be available at the sign-in table on the day of the auditions. The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Mark your calendars!
Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics, together with Sky Zone, are raising money for this spring musical – Music Man. Discounted tickets are available to Sky Zone, the Westlake indoor trampoline park, which may be used anytime during the year. This is a great stocking stuffer that may be used on those cold days. Contact Jamie Wood for tickets at 216-406-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER ENDS MONDAY
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.
SHOP FOR HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES IN ALL SIZES
Helping Hands is running its annual fundraiser with 3elove.com! When you use our code to buy custom OFCS merchandise OR ANY other 3elove products, a portion of the sales will benefit Helping Hands. Visit this website www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.
All orders must be placed online by November 15. To view the fundraiser’s flyer, click HERE.
OFMA’S WING/PIZZA IS NOVEMBER 14TH
Getting ready for the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s All-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments night Nov. 14th. Tickets are $20 and you have a chance to win a valuable door prize. There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles.
A trivia contest highlights the event from 6-10 p.m. November 14th at St. Clarence Church’s main hall, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.The trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.
The group also needs volunteers and donations for this event. If you can help, contact Janet Kollar, email@example.com.
The OFMS PTA again is participating in the Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use. They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings. To view a purchase form, click HERE, and return it to school.
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
OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS – THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 7TH
An event to help raise money toward the Ohio Flags of Honor is set for 6-9 p.m. November 7th at Tony K’s Bar & Grille, 841 W. Bagley Road in Berea. Tickets are $20. The Ohio Flags of Honor display honors men and women from our state who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display has appeared in our community.
About 50 tickets remain for this event. If you can help in any way, whether selling tickets or donating a gift basket or door prize, contact Danny Colonna, 440-427-9952.
To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ACCEPTING HOT STOVE SIGN UPS
OTBA is accepting registrations for players who wish to participate in the Lorain County Hot Stove league. The deadline for registrations is 1/2/2016. Additional information on the LCHS league and the open registration can be found at the links below.
6th ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE
The Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its November 14th show 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 questions, contact the center, 440-427-1599.
Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!
Mark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 5th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One game system. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.