Parent Update – December 4, 2015
Preliminary Test Scores for OFCS Well Above State Indicators
Last week, the day before Thanksgiving, the Ohio Department of Education released to the public the preliminary test scores for school districts across the state of Ohio. These long-awaited scores report student knowledge and skills as measured by the new state assessments taken by students last spring. As a reminder, students across the state of Ohio took new state assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics known as PARCC tests. They also took state assessments in Social Studies and Science known as AIR tests.
In spite of the numerous technological glitches experienced during the testing and a high number of student opt- outs, Olmsted Falls School District demonstrated continued success with all scores falling well above the state indicators. We are incredibly proud of our students and commend our outstanding teachers who continue to do what they do best – teach! While test scores alone do not define our District, these results show that what we do every day in the classroom continues to translate into student learning. Moreover, Ohio’s Learning Standards now place greater emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and writing and the PARCC and AIR tests were designed to measure these skills at a deeper level than ever before. While many districts braced for significant dips in achievement test scores, Olmsted Falls remained confident that our students and staff would continue to demonstrate success.
It is important to note that the Ohio Department of Education chose to include scores of opt-out students when calculating the overall percentages which were released on the ODE website and reported on by media – this means a score of zero (0) was factored in for each student who opted-out of (did not take) the test. While we do not know what the ODE will do to resolve this issue, we believe student test scores should be reported accurately and contain the number of students that took the test. Therefore the following tables report the actual percentages of Olmsted Falls students meeting the state indicators based only on those students who participated in the tests (% of Assessed O.F. Students that Met Indicator):
Performance Levels for 2015 Ohio State Assessments and Olmsted Falls Performance Levels
* NOTE: The “Percent Needed to Meet State Indicator” column is the percent of students passing that a school district needs in order to meet the state indicators. Olmsted Falls School District was well above the percentage needed to meet all State indicators.
Update on Individual Student Score Reports:
The Ohio Department of Education has indicated that individual student score reports for grades 3-8 Math and grades 4-8 for English Language Arts tests will arrive in district offices sometime between November 30th and January 9th for distribution to parents. As of today, Olmsted Falls School District has not yet received these individual student score reports from ODE. As soon as the reports arrive, they will be distributed to parents as follows:
Individual student score reports will be sent home to parents in backpacks for students in grades 3 to 5. Parents of students in grades 6 to 8 will receive the individual reports via mail. Parents of high school students should have already received their individual student score reports.
Any parents with questions or concerns about individual student, grade-level, or district-level test scores are invited and encouraged to contact your child’s teacher, building principal or Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan.
GOLDEN HARMONIES PERFORM AT TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING
The Golden Harmonies represented Olmsted Falls Middle School well as the group performed a collection of holiday music for guests gathered to celebrate the Olmsted Township Tree Lighting Ceremony last weekend.
Kudos to these talented students for helping spread holiday cheer! Great job!
Three pre-engineering students attended the Ohio PLTW – Project Lead The Way – Conference at Sinclair College in Dayton recently. They demonstrated the use of the Intelitek Scorbot Robot and the VEX Robots they used at National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, KY in June. Teachers, administrators and counselors in Ohio schools that use the PLTW pre-engineering and biomedical curriculums attended the conference. The three presenting students were Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink and Stephanie Schroth.
OFHS is a certified PLTW “School of Excellence.” These students are the reason why.
Second grade teacher Mrs. Karen Megery and six of her students made a special presentation to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting in November.
Each student assisted with a different part of the presentation which highlighted their second grade Google classroom and all of the great new tools they have been using this school year.
The kids did a great job sharing their learning experiences with Board members and visitors in attendance at the Nov. 12th meeting.
One of the highlights of their presentation included showing off the ways in which they are sharing their work with each other using various apps/extensions within Google Chrome and providing peer feedback to one another before turning in their assignments online. This not only allows them to produce the best “final product” that they can, but it takes their learning to another level as they are using higher level thinking skills in evaluating other students’ work. This was the focus of the video that was submitted at the beginning of November in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt contest. (Please see item below for contest update!)
A BIG thank you to all who took time to vote – many of you daily – throughout the month of November for the video entry submitted to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest by Mrs. Mergery’s 2ndgrade class. Mrs. Megery has just received notice that their video has made it in to the Top 20 finalists! Mrs. Megery and her students are extremely appreciative to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to cast votes for them.
Their video entry now moves on to the final judging phase. Winners will be announced early next year. A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes! Thank you again to everyone who helped move their entry on to the next level!
OFMS L.E.A.D. organizations had their second annual fundraiser to support No Kid Hungry, which connects kids in need with nutritious food. It also teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make
ending child hunger a national priority.
World known Chef Jason Roberts of Rachel Ray fame came to the school to
speak to our L.E.A.D organizations to promote the fundraiser. Students were encouraged to donate $1 to wear pajamas to school November 24th. The grand total raised was $491.
To view a photo gallery of his visit, click HERE.
Reports of the many Veterans day events and activities continue to come in and we’d like to share them with you. Kudos to our Bulldog staff members and students for the wide variety of special events and activities that took place across the District in honor of Veteran’s Day!
OFMS eighth grader teachers hosted three guest speakers
in honoring our nation’s veterans. Students were divided into groups and had the opportunity to listen to and participate in one of three presentations. Guest speakers were Petty Officer Kevin Morron, a Coast Guard recruiter; Commander Mark Bobal, a retired Coast Guard commander, and Major Fox, a retired U.S. Army Reservist. Students listened to their stories, participated in mini-simulations and learned how the military could be a career option.
Falls-Lenox received some kind words of appreciation from a guest who attended the school’s annual Veteran’s Day breakfast event. Anne Cole, a retired Berea school teacher who now teaches at Baldwin Wallace University, took the time to send an appreciative note to the students and staff at Falls-Lenox. Anne, who was Ohio’s 1996 Teacher of the Year, is the mother of Middle School social studies teacher Dan Largent and she attends the event with Dan’s grandfather. To view her special thank you note, click HERE.
We are so proud of so proud of Falls-Lenox – and our other buildings throughout the District – for truly touching people lives with these special events and activities.
Several fifth-grade classes enjoyed a whole day of fun and relevant math activities at OFIS first ‘Mathsgiving’ November 24th. Students of Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Harb and Mr. Schafer spent the
morning creating Thanksgiving art with ordered pairs, coloring fall leaves full of order of operations problems, solving Thanksgiving-themed logic puzzles, suing
Chromebooks to investigate tangrams and also figuring out how much food is needed for different amounts of guests at a Thanksgiving dinner using ratio tables. Whew!
After this, came the task of creating a Thanksgiving feast for 15 people on a budget of $100. Students used local grocery store flyers to choose the best deals, calculate the total cost of the meal and the cost per guest. We know the children have a much better appreciation of what their families go through to get the big meal together! To view a photo gallery of students at work on this project, click HERE.
OFIS students are working on a big project that needs clean plastic lids from now until January 8th. The Green Team is accepting all colors and sizes of lids, which may be dropped off at the school or with a student you may know.
OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM HAS EXCELLENT SEASON; NOW SELLING ‘DOG’ TAGS
The Bulldog Robotics has experienced an excellent season. After four competitions, Olmsted Falls Team 5658A ended the competitions in the top 5, but was unable to move onto state competition. The team also received two Design Awards for Robot design. The Design Award is given to a team that demonstrates engineering/STEM techniques in designing and building its robot. Members of the team included Joselyn Rabbitt, Stephanie Schroth,
Richard Rivera, Connor Hughes and Logan Klink.
The Robot season, however, is not over. There are still competitions coming this spring.
To help these future competitions, the Robotics Club is selling Dog Tag/Key
chains in the Team Shop at OFHS and in the Snack Bar during home games. The $5 price helps support the teams. For more information, contact Mr. Haydn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALUMNI SUCCESS: MIKE GANSEY NETS A NBA MINOR LEAGUE FRONT OFFICE POST
OFHS grad Mike Gansey recently was named the general manager of the Canton Charge, which is the Cleveland Cavs NBA franchise developmental league team. To view an article about his latest career move, click HERE.
Mike, who as a senior, averaged 27.2 points, 10.5. rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.3 steal and 1.6 blocked shots per game, led the Bulldogs to the Ohio Division II Sweet 16 and a 19-5 record. He was named 2000-01 Ohio Divisions II Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, finishing second in Mr. Basketball voting behind LeBron James. He is in the OFHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
He has an illustrious basketball career at the University at West Virginia, played in the NBA D-League and professionally overseas before joining the Cleveland Cavs in various off-the-court positions.
A recent Weekly Blog item mentioned the ECC’s kindergartners reading Pumpkin Jack, which follows the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the seasons. Many of the kindergarteners wave to the ECC’s very own version of Pumpkin Jack, which is in an exterior planter, every day. One young girl recently observed, “Jack is beginning to rot.” He certainly looks very different than he did when Michelle Romanowski read his story during library time a few weeks ago! Our itty bitty bulldogs are sure to keep us posted as Pumpkin Jack’s saga continues…
OFHS will have its annual Cocoa and Cram event at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, December 10th in the cafeteria. Student Ambassadors will guide study sessions and provide testing tips to help this year’s freshmen prepare for their first midterms. Student Ambassadors will invite our ninth graders to the event in homerooms.
Please contact Ms. Peterson, ninth-grade counselor, for more questions.
OFIS FUNDRAISER PICK-UP IS DECEMBER 11TH FROM 3-7 PM!
The OFIS PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser pick-up is scheduled for Friday, December 11th, from 3pm-7pm in the OFIS cafeteria.
Please be sure to stop by to pick up your items! Thank you so much for your support!!
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SAVE THIS DATE – DECEMBER 11 – BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR
Barnes & Noble is hosting a Book Fair for Olmsted Falls schools Friday, December 11th at its Crocker Park location. Story hour times are at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Enjoy art displays, evening performances by our schools choirs and bands and other amenities. To view a detailed flyer of the event and instructions in ordering books if unable to attend that day, click HERE.
OFHS Masquers and Speech & Debate Team invite all to dine at Max and Erma’s December 11th at its Westlake location. The group will receive funds from items purchased there throughout the day when presenting a flyer, which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Who doesn’t like Cheesecake Factory’s desserts? The OFHS Junior Class gives you the chance to take some home with its Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ fundraiser featuring cheese cakes and cupcakes from Cheesecake Factory. Order forms must be brought to the OFHS main office by December 11th! You decide when to pick them up at Crocker Park’s Barnes & Noble Booksellers location. To download an order form with complete instructions, click HERE.
Need some Bulldog apparel? The OF Athletic Boosters’ Christmas apparel sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12th. Items range in sizes from newborn to 3XL. Special orders can accommodate any item or size that is not in stock. The sale includes special stocking stuffers, tervis tumblers, socks, hats (both ball caps and stocking caps), jewelry, hoodies, crews, long/short sleeve T-shirts, sweatpants, jackets, stadium chairs and lots of unique items. Cheerleaders, who will accept donations, will be available to wrap your items.
The OFSD Transportation Department has a “Stuff the Bus” food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 12th in the Board of Education parking lot.
All donations/collections will be donated to the local Food Pantry for families in need.
STILL TIME TO ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS FROM NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Who doesn’t like poinsettias at Christmas time. The OFHS National Honor Society again has its Poinsettia Sale now through December 16th. Sizes and prices are $5 for 4-inch plant; $7 for 6-inch; $11 for an 8-inch florist pot and $15 for a 10-inch plant. Color selections are red, pink and white.
Place your order using the order form that is viewed by clicking HERE.STILL
OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS
From now until December 17th, the OFHS Bulldogs Swim and Dive Team offers you the chance again to order delicious HoneyBaked Ham or glazed roasted and smoked turkey breasts and gift certificates for your holiday entertaining. Certificates may be used as gifts or use them yourself throughout the year at the store.
OFHS POST PROM OFFERS EASY WAY TO DONATE FOOD
The planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom. The Food Committee set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items for the event as well as volunteering opportunities that will be assigned at a later date.
To donate, go to www.perfectpotluck.com. Use FANARA as the meal plan name and its password: 2016. If you have any questions or would like to join the Food Committee, email Angela Fanara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot give our seniors an awesome Post Prom without your help.
HELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED
By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 20th.
Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 20th and receive your items by January 6th – in time for OFCS Disability Awareness Week, which is in that month.
Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.
6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration now open
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.
OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE
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 email@example.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.
Please click HERE for further details from the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.
FINAL WEEKEND FOR BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Boy Scout Troop 201 will sell Christmas trees THIS SATURDAY from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and THIS SUNDAY from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road. Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you! Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS SHOP FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS @ SANTA’S SECRET SHOP THIS SATURDAY
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves. Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items, including an Xbox One game system and Fitbit Flex activity tracker. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102.
Bring non-perishable food items between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday, December 5th, to the police cruiser parked at Shaker’s MarketPlace. The Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township police are sponsoring Stuff the Cruiser with items that will go to our Christians in Action food pantry. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Shaker’s offers some filled brown bags with needed items for $10 or busy such suggested items as peanut butter, cereal, juice boxes, dry pasta/rice, granola bars or canned meats, fish, soup and beans. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
Olmsted Recreation offers many activities at Olmsted Community Center for seniors. To view a December activity calendar, click HERE. It is sponsoring a Christmas Party December 18th with a December 15th deadline sign up. To view a flyer, click HERE.
OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN
Registration for the upcoming 2016 Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association is now open through December 24th. Girls living within the OF school district in grades 3-12 may participate. Teams play in U10, U12, U14 and U18 divisions.
You may register online by clicking HERE or signing up in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center through December 24th during normal business hours. Click HERE to view the association’s website that has detailed registration and league information.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENT BATTLING CANCER
Tom Pettry is an OFHS ninth grader who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last month. Purchase No One Fights Alone shirts to raise money for his family. They may be purchased for $15.
Please send all orders to 9775 Tuttle Road, Olmsted Township.
OLMSTED FALLS HOLDS TREE LIGHTING, SENIOR CENTER CELEBRATION – THIS SUNDAY
Prior to the tree lighting, the city will unveil Jenkins Place, the new senior center, at City Hall. People are invited to arrive at 3 p.m. for the 3:30 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS UPCOMING STUDENT EVENT
The Nutcracker Ballet – At 2 p.m. Dec. 12th, enjoy segments of the Nutcracker Ballet that the Cassara Dance & Theater will perform, with Nutcracker stories in between dances. The dance troupe will also teach some basic ballet dance moves to attendees. We’ll also have a Nutcracker ornament craft to make and take home. The program is for ages 4-11.
OLMSTED TRAVEL RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN UPS
Boys in grades 7-9 are invited to join the Olmsted Community Center’s Travel Recreational Basketball League, which has teams from Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Westlake, Rocky River and Columbia Station. Games will be played in these various communities. All boys who register will have equal playing time – there are no cuts. The league provides a chance to enjoy the game of basketball, emphasizing team play, the spirit of sportsmanship and fun. It runs from December through February 2016 with games on Saturdays. The one hour per week practices begin this month.