OFCS Update – February 18, 2016
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR VACANT SEAT THROUGH FEBRUARY 22ND
As mentioned in last week’s blog post, a vacancy was created on the Board of Education of the Olmsted Falls City School District when a Board member resigned. The resignation of Mr. Brian Weisbarth was effective Feb. 8th, and was formally accepted at last night’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting for February.
Pursuant to Board Policy 0145, the Board is seeking qualified and interested candidates to consider in filling this vacancy.
Any interested applicant must submit a written notice of interest in this vacancy, including qualifications for the position, no later than Monday, February 22, 2016. The written notice must be submitted to Board President Joseph Bertrand at 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility requirements include: being a U.S. citizen; being at least 18 years of age; being a resident of the Olmsted Falls City School District and being registered to vote in the Olmsted Falls City School District.
To view the official vacancy posting on the district’s website, click HERE.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS – INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN – NOW OPEN
Registration for new school district students – including all kindergarten students – for the 2016-2017 school year is now open and available on-line. Visit www.ofcs.net and click on the “NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017)” QUICK LINK at the top left side of the page. The deadline to register incoming Kindergarten students for the new full-day Kindergarten program is Thursday, March 4th.
To view information about the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program, please click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized six Bulldog students for their award-winning essays in the “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country” essay contest sponsored by The Benevolent and protective Order of Elks. As reported in a previous blog post, students from Olmsted Falls, Berea and Strongsville will invited to participate in the local competition, judged by a panel of 12 Berea Elks members. More than 400 essays were submitted. All six winners in this year’s local contest were from Olmsted Falls!
Congratulations to Zowie Hoover, Jacqueline Huston and Alexis McNamara for their award-winning entries in the Grade 5/6 division; and to Amber Blevins, Emily Sumerauer and Adam von Glahn for their award-winning entries in the Grade 7/8 division. OFMS Principal was in attendance at the monthly Board meeting to help present special certificates from the Board of Education.
Congratulations again to these six outstanding students, and best of luck to each of them as their essays advance to compete at the NE Ohio District level!
BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS LATEST MASTER TEACHER IN THE DISTRICT
Congratulations to the district’s newest Master Teacher – Anne Miskimins. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and honored Mrs. Miskimins during its monthly board meeting for February, held last night in the OFHS Media Center.
Mrs. Miskimins earned the Master Teacher designation by participating in Ohio’s Master Teacher Program and demonstrating excellence both inside and outside the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. She achieved exemplary scores for the rigorous documentation of her instructional practices, leadership roles and professional activities.
The district’s Olmsted Falls Master Teacher Committee facilitates the program locally with representatives from all buildings and content areas. Mrs. Miskimins’ successful completion of the program brings the number to 14 total Master Teachers in the Olmsted Falls City School District!
Congratulations again to Mrs. Miskimins!
OFMS SEVENTH GRADER BEE-COMES SPELLING FINALIST, ADVANCES TO COUNTY LEVEL
Congratulations to grade 7 and 8 students who participated in the February 4th Scripps National Spelling Bee at the local middle school level. Participants included seventh graders Becca Abbott, Emma Barnard, Cathy Doherty, Richie Garcia, Kyle Ko, Sanat Subhash and Amanda Wu and grade 8 student Ramiro Rodriguez.
The final three contestants were Amanda Wu who finished in first place; Richie Garcia, second and Sanat Subhash, third. First-place winner Amanda Wu will represent Olmsted Falls Middle School at the Cuyahoga County level of the Spelling Bee in a few weeks. Best wishes in the competition, Amanda!
BALLROOM BLITZ IS THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH
The OFHS cafeteria will be transformed into a café ballroom at its annual Ballroom Blitz tomorrow, Friday, February 19th. The OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions will perform for this fundraiser that benefits the district’s entire music experience. Enjoy dancing, finger foods, appetizers, desserts, raffles, door prizes and more. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and ages 65 and older.
Anyone donating bakery, remember to drop items off at the school on Friday.
The OFHS track and field parent meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2nd, in the high school media center. Parents of high school athletes who plan to participate in track and field this spring should attend this important meeting. Contact Coach Novotny at email@example.com for more details.
TWO STUDENTS NAMED AS JANUARY’S HEALTHY HEROES
Liam Ray, a Falls-Lenox student and Brielle Gaughan, who attends ECC, are the January Healthy Hero at their respective schools. Besides gaining the benefits of maintaining healthy habits, they receive a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.
The program teaches youngsters healthy habits, including power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve. The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.
Pictured here with Liam is Sandy Tatro, the F-L media center’s assistant. Brielle is pictured with her mom, Linda.
INCOMING GRADE 9 SCHEDULING PROCESS IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Parents and current 8th grade students: A video of the presentation of last week’s freshman orientation meeting is available on the district’s website under Olmsted Falls High School and Counselors’ Corner. A short 3-minute video also is available at that webpage that reviews the schedule process on student registration process through PowerSchool for the 2016-2017 classes. Click HERE to access the OFHS Counselors’ Corner.
Students will receive practice scheduling checklists and watch the video in their homerooms either February 25th or 26th. Copies of the scheduling checklists are on the Counselors’ Corner webpage. They are located under 2016-2017 Scheduling Info. The scheduling window will remain open from Tuesday, March 1st through Tuesday, March 8th. Please discuss course selections with your student prior to their scheduling date. Students should bring home a copy of scheduled courses at that time.
If a student needs to make changes after the scheduling window is closed, the student needs to contact their counselor. Counselors will be available from noon to 7 p.m. June 6th. All course adjustments must be made by June 7th.
If you have questions or concerns after receiving your student’s schedule, an individual conference can be scheduled with a high school counselor by calling the OFHS guidance office, 440-427-6116.
There are still FREE College Now Advising appointments available at the high school. College Now is available to help file the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – locate scholarships and interpret SAR – Student Aid Reports. Make your appointment today by calling the OFHS guidance department, 440-427-6116. Appointments are only available through mid-March, so call today!
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS
Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us at one of our informational sessions held across Ohio.
CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY
Registration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information call 330-334-0040
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Akron General Health and Wellness Center Conference Room
1940 Town Park Blvd.
Green, OH 44685
Information session for parents and students. Receive information on the service academies, learn about the nomination process, and obtain pointers to best position yourself for an academy nomination.
UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATOR SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN
Please RSVP if you are planning to attend. Call the Academy Coordinators at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-8446 then press 1
Thursday, April 14, 2016
North Central State College, Main Campus
Kee Hall, Rooms 128 A & 128 B
Mansfield, OH 44091
6 – 8 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2015
Youngstown State University
Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
6 – 8 PM
‘TIS THE SEASON FOR COLDS, FLU; HELPFUL HINTS
Here are a few tips to prevent illnesses. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your nose and eyes. Do not share utensils or towels at home. Stay home when you are ill. Symptoms of a cold last 5-10 days. They include runny nose, sneezing, nasal and sinus blockage, headache, sore throat or cough.
Flu symptoms are usually worse and include fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, dry cough, chills sweating, muscle and body aches, nausea and/or vomiting and high fever (greater than 102F). If your child has any of the these symptoms, please keep them home to prevent other children from becoming ill. When your child does need to go home from school, please try to pick them up as soon as possible to avoid the spread of further infection.
The district offers general guidelines for keeping your child home from school due to illness. An example is the flu, stay home until he/she has been fever-free for a full 24 hours. To view the guidelines for fever, pinkeye, strep throat, vomiting and other illness, click HERE.
HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY – SIGN UP DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY!
The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.
The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.
Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by tomorrow, Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.
Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE. It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.
LAS VEGAS NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY @ WEST SIDE IRISH-AMERICAN CLUB – WIN CAVS FLOOR SEATS!
Feeling luck? Attend this Saturday’s – February 20th – Olmsted Falls Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ’em and others as well as a 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.
Get in the Action!! Win CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! We will be raffling 2 sets of CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! Buy a playing card for $10. One in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to 4/13 Cavs v Pistons game.
Las Vegas Night event tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those age 21 and older. For more information, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.
BUY A HORSE, ATTEND MARCH 12TH NIGHT AT THE RACES
Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. It includes a buffet dinner and soft drinks/wash. Bring your own appetizers, goodies and refreshments to share. There will be door prizes, Chinese raffle and more. This fundraiser benefits students throughout the district.
Want to buy a horse? There are 90 of them. The cost is $30 a piece. Does your group want to buy all nine horses in a given race? Contact the group ASAP. Winning horse owners receive a race trophy and $50 in prize money. To buy a horse, contact Terry Atkins, Terenceatkins22@gmail.com. For tickets to the event, contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or email@example.com. Deadline to purchase a horse is February 26th.
ORDER YOUR EASTER HAM/TURKEY NOW VIA SWIM/DIVE TEAM
The OFHS Bulldogs Swim & Dive Team again is offering its popular HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser. From now through March 11th, you may order HoneyBaked ham or glazed turkey breasts and gift certificates. Pick up is at OFHS March 24th.
To view the flyer with an order form and more details about placing your HoneyBaked order, click HERE. For more details or late orders, call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405.
OF PTA COUNCIL SELLING SPORTS/TOUGH STAIN DETERGENT PRODUCTS
Sweat X Sport Detergent is an industry leading active wear laundry detergent that removes the toughest stains and odors. It is great for sports and band uniforms and the odor spray is perfect for shoes, equipment, bags and more.
The OF PTA Council is selling these detergent products. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to program activities and scholarships for graduating seniors. The sale begins this Monday, February 8th and ends February 24th with all order forms and money due that day. Product pick up is from 5-7 p.m. March 16th at the F-L cafeteria. For an order form, click HERE.
SENIOR RESIDENTS: DINE AT POLARIS’ RESTAURANT MARCH 4TH
The cost is $12, which includes an entrée selection, beverage and dessert. Reservation deadline, with luncheon payment, is due February 29th at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Polaris is located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights. Polaris provides real work career technical education in a high-tech learning environment. Chef training, baking and pastry arts and deli and food production are just some of the school’s programs. Olmsted Falls is one of Polaris’ six associate school districts. To learn more about the restaurant and its weekly menu, click HERE.
FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES @ OCC AND OF LIBRARY
The 2016 Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities Calendar include two new programs. Senior Craft Day is at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month at Olmsted Community Center while Mall Walking is at 8 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month by meeting at 8 a.m. at the Great Northern Mall Food Court. Both are listed on the calendar that may be seen by clicking HERE. A Meditation for Healthy Aging session is set for 11:30 a.m. February 9th. To see a flyer of this event, click HERE and to see all activities at the Olmsted Falls branch library, click HERE.
SIGN UPS FOR SUMMER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
The Olmsted Community Summer League is now accepting for boys and girls baseball/softball leagues for ages 4-18. There are several ways to register, including online through Olmsted Community Center at www.olmstedcc.com. You also may print the form from its website or that of OCSL – www.ocslinfo.org. And returning it, along with payment, to the Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls 44138. Those registering after March 31 will be charged a late fee. Games begin June 1.
The co-ed league returns this year. Register a team or individually by contacting Jim Masie, firstname.lastname@example.org or OCC, 440-427-1599.