OFCS Update – February 25, 2016
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION CONTINUES PROCESS TO FILL VACANT SEAT; BOARD TO INTERVIEW 22 INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is currently in the process of filling a vacancy due to the resignation of a member. The Board continues to follow a very specific format and timeline that is dictated by Ohio Revised Code (ORC) as well as Olmsted Falls Board of Education Policy 0145 to fill the vacated seat. Twenty-two community members submitted letters of interest outlining their qualifications by the publicized deadline of February 22, 2016.
“We are so fortunate to have such a large pool of community members interested in serving our educational community in this capacity,” stated Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Joseph Bertrand. “I truly believe this is a testament to the high quality education and opportunities provided to our students each school day, and we look forward to learning more about each of the 22 interested candidates.”
According to the ORC requirements for filling this vacancy, the next time the entire board (all 4 members) meets, the open seat must be filled by appointment. The Board has elected to give each prospective board candidate full consideration and they will interview all 22 candidates. Candidates will be interviewed Thursday, Friday or Saturday of this week (Feb. 25th – 27th). As indicated, the ORC directs the process and the only time the full board is permitted to meet together is when they are ready to make an official appointment. Due to this fact, the four board members will conduct the Thursday and Friday evening interviews in pairs. On Saturday, the full Board will continue interviewing the remaining candidates and make the appointment of the next school board member sometime this Saturday afternoon, February 27, 2016.
The Board has called a special meeting for this Saturday, February 27th starting at 8:00 a.m. Once the meeting begins, the board will immediately enter what’s called an “Executive Session.” This is where all board members are permitted to exit the public meeting and engage in private conversation. This option is very limited to specific topics – including board candidate interviews and related discussions. All actions and votes must take place in public session. What this means is that the four current board members will gather on Saturday morning in executive session to interview and discuss the candidates. Once they have reached a consensus as to who will be appointed, they will re-enter into public session and take a vote to appoint the new board member. The newly appointed Board member will serve on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education until a special election is held in November of 2017.
“We are grateful to each of these candidates for their interest and willingness to step forward and become an active member of our Board of Education,” said Bertrand. “It is a great honor to serve the students, families and all residents of the Olmsted Falls City School District and I am confident that we will find an outstanding candidate to appoint.”
[To review a copy of the previous press release regarding the vacancy, please click HERE. To review a copy of the official vacancy posting notice, please click HERE. In addition, Olmsted Falls School District has kept all staff and parents directly informed throughout the process via email communication. Press releases and official vacancy notice have also been provided to local media outlets, in addition to being featured on the District’s own Weekly Blog Update.]
OFHS WILL HOST – AND COMPETE IN – OHSAA DIVISION 1 BOYS NET SECTIONAL FINAL GAME – THIS SATURDAY
OFHS’s gymnasium will be the site of an OHSAA Division 1 Boys Basketball Sectional Final game this Saturday, February 27th. Tip-off between the third-seeded Bulldogs and the fifth-seeded North Olmsted Eagles is at 7 p.m.
The winner advances to the District Semifinal @ 5:30 p.m. March 2nd at Elyria Catholic.
The OHSAA sets ticket prices and rules. There are NO presale tickets for sectional games. Adult and senior citizen tickets are $6 while student tickets are $4. Per the OHSAA, there are no senior citizen discount, no passes, school IDs or sign-ins that will be accepted. Everyone must have a ticket to enter. The ticket gate opens at 6 p.m.
Let’s go Bulldogs!
Olmsted Falls Board of Education members continue to dedicate a portion of their regular monthly Board meetings to seeing some of the District’s innovative educational programming in action. At the monthly meeting for February, Project Lead The Way’s Design and Modeling class – new at OFMS this year – was the program of focus.
OFMS students Noah Barratt, Anna Stenger and Tori Phillips joined course instructor Mrs. Stacey Wisniewski to share more about this new program with Board members. The students even invited – and challenged – board members to participate in a little competition to see who could build a structure using just paper and tape that would support the weight of a box of tissues. It was fun, interactive and competitive! To see a photo gallery of this challenge, click HERE.
The Project Lead The Way Design and Modeling class is part of the pre-engineering STEM program offered at Olmsted Falls Middle School through a partnership with Polaris Career Center. Students learn engineering measures and apply them in designing projects that are fun and creative. (See the next item for a great example!)
Project Lead the Way’s Design and Modeling is a pre-engineering STEM program that provides students the opportunity to participate in design process projects throughout the quarter, learning about inventions and innovations. Students learn how to design using Inventor Autodesk,
which is a professional 3-dimensional software program. Students are also involved in weekly hands-on engineering challenges that involve problem solving and working as a team while using creative measures. They use science, math, technology and engineering on a daily basis with fun, creative and project-based activities.
On February 22nd and 23rd, the OFMS Project Lead the Way classes participated in a unique workshop in which the students modified animatronic dinosaurs so they can be used by students with physical disabilities. This “Replay” workshop was a great way for students to actually
do the real work of engineers by re-engineering a product for a modified use.
The next step of this special project will be to have a toy drive in which OFMS will collect specified new and gently used toys in order to gather even more toys to be similarly adapted and modified for use by students with physical disabilities.
The toy drive will occur from February 29th through March 4th. Stay tuned for more details as to the specific toys that are needed.
To see a photo gallery of the toy-making project, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS PRESENT LIVE ‘WAX MUSEUM’ IN RESEARCHING FAMOUS PEOPLE
Several classes of Falls-Lenox Primary School’s third grade held a live “Wax Museum” last week. The students spent several weeks working on their research papers. They researched famous people, wrote informational reports and many created Google slide shows. These activities culminated with a Wax Museum, in which the students practiced their oral presentation skills and presented their knowledge and ideas to classmates, friends and family members.
The students did a wonderful job! Thanks to the teachers who worked with students in this great learning experience.
To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.
The competition asked students in grades 5-8 to develop the theme: “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” The three finalists from each six Ohio districts now vie for being part of the top three essays in Ohio. Results of that competition will be announced at the end of March. Each state’s first-place winners will advance to the national finals, with champions announced in July at the National Elks Convention in Houston.
Congratultions, Zowie, who is a student in Mrs. Lamarca’s sixth grade. Best wishes in the finals. To read his entry, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX CLASS AND THEIR FAMILIES EARN TICKETS TO CAVS GAME THROUGH READING PROGRAM
Mrs. Timura’s class at Falls-Lenox joined the Cleveland Cavaliers Read to Achieve program in November. The students read daily and also read extra for the Read to Achieve program. The class was chosen to receive tickets for Monday’s night game for each of the students and their families. Each student received four tickets, which were pre-loaded with $5 each to use at the concession stand.
The kids had a great time. Many of them never attended a Cavs game. It was a very fun outing. We are grateful to the Cavs for choosing Mrs. Timura’s class to receive these tickets.
To view additional photos from the Cavs game, please click HERE.
Middle school students collected two car loads worth of supplies, which L.E.A.D. organization members personally delivered to ARF.
Homerooms that collected the most supplies participated in a recognition breakfast and received a visit from two cute puppies from ARF to say thank you!
Kudos to OFMS and L.E.A.D. members!
OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS ON LOCAL REPORT CARD DATA RELEASED BY ODE
Earlier today, the Ohio Department of Education released what they indicate are the final metrics for the 2015 local district report cards to the public. This information is currently available on the ODE website.
At Olmsted Falls City Schools we take student achievement very seriously. We expect our students to be college and career ready through a strong curriculum and a wide range of “Triple A” opportunities that support a complete education. Olmsted Falls is currently engaged in a strategic planning process to extend our level of excellence even further. We understand the great value we provide to the community and are continuing to work hard to maintain those high standards of distinction for our students and our residents.
The latest Local Report Card data from the Ohio Department of Education is unfortunately not very helpful this year. Since the tests that students took last year were so very different from previous years, you cannot get an apples-to-apples comparison. In addition, the results are coming in so late after students took the tests that there really isn’t much value that they provide for our educators this year. Even the state legislature has indicated that this data is not helpful. It is our intention to use it for what we can and move on to more actionable pieces that help our students to be college and career ready.
It is important to remember that these were new tests that were drastically different from previous assessments. Many students and parents were greatly concerned with the overall testing environment. This resulted in higher test anxiety for many students, many students opting out of the tests entirely and frustration across the board for all involved. That’s why last year’s tests are no longer being used. So the data this year is not really helpful or actionable. Nevertheless, the ODE has chosen to release the data so it is out there and it is important that we acknowledge that and try to provide our parents and community with an accurate context in which to interpret it.
It is of greatest importance to note that Olmsted Falls City Schools does not define its quality of education by any single test or data point. We believe in a more complete educational experience with opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom that prepare students to be college and career ready.
At Olmsted Falls City Schools we care about our students and their educational experience. We will continue to gather whatever value we can from these state assessment results and move onwards towards ensuring our students are prepared for the global world around them instead of a specific test.
To view local media coverage in the The Plain Dealer, which ran yesterday in anticipation of today’s ODE release, please click on the following link:
Additionally, it is of interest to note that Peggy Lehner, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, recently told The Columbus Dispatch: “The scores will drop. It is not to be taken as a sign that anything bad is happening in your school. Any data that was derived from the test last year, no one should really pay any attention to it.”
Olmsted Falls City Schools will continue to provide high quality educational programming and engaging opportunities for our students each school day. We will not be defined by the convoluted data being put out by the ODE. Will will continue to identify and use other, more important metrics to measure our student success.
Any parents with questions or concerns about the latest local report card information are invited and encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 427-6000.
Thank you to all of our outstanding students, staff, administrators and board members who continue to make Olmsted Falls a great place to learn and grow!
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 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.
To view information about the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program, please click HERE.
Thank you to all who attended the three sessions.
Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.
All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. 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 also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.
To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.
To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.
The second of four scheduled sessions was held last month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers. To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.
The third session, attended by 13 parents who represented students in grades 1-12, was held February 16. It highlighted internet safety & social media. Officer Smolik shared a presentation on Sexting. Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem, district technology integration specialists, presented information about internet safety precautions that are taken at school as well as precautions parents can take at home to keep kids of all ages safe while in cyberspace. To review the information shown at this latest session, click HERE.
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.
INCOMING GRADE 9 SCHEDULING PROCESS IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Parents and current 8th grade students: A video of the presentation of the recent 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 this week. 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
The February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.
It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.
DEADLINE TO BUY HORSES IN NIGHT @ THE RACES IS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
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.
There are 90 horses to buy. 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.
BULLDOG ACADEMIC TEAM FUNDRAISER @ RAZZLES – SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 7-10 PM
Saturday, March 5th 7pm to 10pm
All you can eat pizza and wings
50/50 raffle, raffle basket, DJ, trivia game, and more
Tickets are $20 each
They can be purchased at the door or call Sandra Graham 235-2588
This fundraiser supports the OF Academic Team and helps pay for the tournaments they play in each year. Come out, support the team and have some fun!
EAT @ CHIPOTLE AND HELP PTA COUNCIL ON MARCH 14TH
The Olmsted Falls PTA Council has a special fundraiser at Chipotle. Eat at the North Olmsted’s Chipotle from 4-8 p.m March 14th and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the PTA. The eatery is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center. All you need to do is bring in the flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier and PTA will receive the benefits.
To see the flyer, click HERE.
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.
SENIOR RESIDENTS: DINE AT POLARIS’ RESTAURANT MARCH 4TH – RESERVE BY MONDAY
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.
JOIN ‘ADULTS NIGHT OUT’ PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY
Olmsted Community Preschool presents an “Adults Night Out” fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this Saturday, February 27th. The event at Razzles/Rockers Café includes all-you-can-eat pizza and wings, limited beverages, DJ, Chinese raffle, 50/50 raffle and more fun. Tickets are available at the door. Razzles is at 27128 Bagley Road.
TEST STRESS: A PARENT’S REAL GUIDE TO COLLEGE TEST PREP
Date: March 9, 2016 Time: 7-8 p.m.
Description: This fun, free interactive seminar will provide tips on helping your child deal with the stress and anxiety of taking tests as well as how to develop a high school action plan to be ready for college.
To register for the event, click HERE.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE HAS IN-HOUSE SIGN UP
Register from 1-4 p.m. March 13 for the upcoming Olmsted Community Summer League. Sign up is at Olmsted Community Center. You may register and pay for your child’s participation in the league there or do it online through OCC. Registrations without a late fee will be accepted until March 31. Late registrations with a $20 late fee will be accepted until April 15. The 2016 registration form is available by clicking HERE.
To register, visit OCC’s website at www.olmstedcc.com. Also ‘like’ OCC on its Facebook page to see updated league news. If you are interested in playing in the Adult Coed Softball league, contact Jim Masie, firstname.lastname@example.org. The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, email@example.com.
Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.