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OFCS Update – March 31, 2016

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A DECADE LONG TRADITION: OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG THE BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC – AGAIN

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) again designated Olmsted Falls school district among the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education.  This is the 10th consecutive year the district has received this honor.

This designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This prestigious designation honors districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and CP_leftcommunity leaders that make music education a priority.  To view the complete list of 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Districts, please click HERE.

 

“This truly is an award that will be shared by everyone in our school community,” said OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  “The musical performing arts have been embraced by many, and an honor such as this reaffirms the dedication we have to music education.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Olmsted Falls answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and SS_upper_leftcommunity music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

Congratulations to all for making Olmsted Falls among the best music education communities in the country!

update-button-mdOHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DENIES REQUESTS TO CHANGE TESTING FORMATS

Olmsted Falls School District’s request to change testing formats from the online format back to the traditional paper/pencil format has been denied by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  Olmsted Falls School District is among school districts across the state of Ohio whose requests to return to paper/pencil format have been rejected.  To read the email message to school superintendents from Ohio’s Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Lonnie J. Rivera, please click HERE.

While we will continue to press this issue, the current reality is that the ODE will NOT send our district – or any other district requesting to change formats – the test materials required to proceed with spring achievement testing in the traditional paper/pencil format.  All districts are required to administer the state-mandated achievement tests, which begin next week, in the same format they previously used.  Therefore, Olmsted Falls School District will be forced to continue to assess students using the same online method we used this past fall.

Dr. Lloyd submitted a public records request to the ODE requesting the data that was used that led to the following statements made in Interim Superintendent Rivera’s email:

“Technical analysis from state and national experts, including individuals from top universities and NASA, have reviewed last year’s tests and determined the online and paper tests were comparable. There were no consistent patterns of differences between paper/pencil and online test results over grade levels or content areas. There were no recommendations from the national PARCC Technical Advisory Committee or Ohio’s Technical Advisory Committee for any adjustments in the results. To our knowledge, no other states that used PARCC testing have needed to make any adjustments.”

The above statements run contrary to the regional data that we have reviewed (and previously reported to our parents) which reveals a major difference in scores between those districts that used online testing and those that used the paper/pencil format.  Additionally, the following articles also draw contrary conclusions to the statements being made by the ODE:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/02/04/report-kids-who-took-common-core-test-online-scored-lower-than-those-who-used-paper/

Olmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd continues to advocate directly to the ODE and the State legislature regarding a number of issues – including testing.  The open letter to the Ohio legislature and the Ohio Department of Education continues to gain new supporters daily. To view the most current version of the letter, including signatures added since mid-March, please click HERE.

We will continue to keep our parents and community updated with further developments.  Please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or kcogan@ofcs.net with any questions regarding the spring achievement testing.  Thank you for your continuing support of Olmsted Falls School District.

AR_upperRightDISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY FINANCIAL REPORTING

State Auditor Award001Olmsted Falls School District has again been recognized by the State of Ohio with the prestigious Auditor of State Award. This award is presented to entities that file timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Auditing Practices), as well as receive a “clean” audit report with no findings, questions or referrals.

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s letter to the district states “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”

Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer’s Office for their outstanding financial practices, and to Bulldog staff members across the district, who play an important role in the efficient operation of the District.

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SENIORS COMPETE FOR TOP PAGEANT HONORS – TONIGHT!

Support the 2016 and 2017 Proms by attending this year’s Mr. Irresistible Pageant. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight –  Thursday, March 31st –  in the OFHS auditorium.

Check out Justin Peck, Kyle Haines, Max Molkentin, Jake Conder and Josh Lambert compete to be the Senior Class’ most classy, charismatic and talented.

HELPING HANDS HOSTS APRIL 8TH MOVIE AND GAME NIGHT

Movie night is a sensory-friendly experience that Helping Hands provides.  It will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 8th in OFHS. The sound during the night will be low and the lights, dimmed. The movies will be short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. All are welcome to this free event.

Games will be in the cafeteria and you may bring your own to share with others that night.  Helping Hands will provide the pizza, snacks and water.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 6 by emailing mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To see a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

NEXT WEEK THE FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR COMES TO TOWN

book _fairThe Falls-Lenox Primary School Book Fair runs from this Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th in its library.  Students will have the opportunity to shop during their regular library times throughout the week. There will be no book exchange this week.

Families are invited to shop at the Book Fair and enjoy the PTA-sponsored ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7th.

If you are unable to attend or prefer to shop from home, please click HERE.

PlayPosterOF MASQUERS PRESENTS “THE MUSIC MAN” AS ITS SPRING PLAY

OFHS Masquers will perform Meredith Willson’s The Music Man at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.

Performances will be in the OFHS auditorium.

The cast, crew and faculty involved in the musical invite the community to attend the production.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students/seniors.  For tickets call:  (440) 427-6077.

OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS

drill team figureAn informational meeting for the upcoming OFHS Drill Team is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th in Room W-3 at the high school.

Parents are welcome. The clinic runs from 6-8 p.m. April 25th-28th with tryouts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29th.

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL’S BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE HOBBIT

Blog Post - Google DocsFor three nights this April, the Middle School will become Middle Earth as the Bulldog Theatre Company is proud to present its production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit!

A tale of good vs. evil, friendship, forgiveness, and bravery,  the BTC’s staging of this classic has everything you could possibly want from a night out:  Dragons, sword fights, goblins, precious jewelry, and so much more.

With a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 90 hardworking and dedicated students, this is an epic performance not to be missed.

Performances are Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 in the Middle School Cafeteria.  All performances start at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and Free for senior citizens and children 3rd grade and under.

 ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ DONATION DRIVE IS THIS WEEKEND

fill the truckThe second Fill the Truck Donation Drive comes to the OF Board of Education parking lot THIS WEEKEND – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect clothing and other items that will be recycled. Easter Seals’ Community Action Program supports services for children and adults with disabilities in Northern Ohio.

The list of acceptable donated items has expanded. Some of the items are clothing, shoes, linens, knickknacks, small children’s toys and others.

The proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions support programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans and summer camp opportunities.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring items in boxes or plastic bags. There will be bags at the truck if needed. For more details of the many acceptable items, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green, khg712@aol.com.

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IT’S SPIRIT NIGHT MONDAY AT CHICK- FIL- A IN NORTH OLMSTED

Support Olmsted Falls PTA by dining at North Olmsted’s Chick-fil-A  from  6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. THIS MONDAY, APRIL 4TH.  Mention the group and PTA will earn up to 25 percent of the sales. This special is good for dining in, carry out, drive thru and catering. To see the flyer, click HERE.

MORE MUSIC NEWS

musicThe next OFMA meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 6th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS choir room

Also, Jazz Band will be participating in ProMusic Festival at Tiffin University, Thursday, April 7th & Golden Expressions will participate on Friday, April 8th. 

Best of luck to all of our talented performers!

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS TEAMS, VOLUNTEERS

DodgeballAre you ready for some fast, competitive dodgeball play?  This year’s Dodgeball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. All high school grade levels are encouraged to create teams of six to eight players, whether all boys, girls or co-ed. Sign up on March 30th in the Pit.  All are invited to attend and cheer on the teams.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

There is also a need for volunteers and referees.  Email Annette Glover, alg7373@gmail.colm. All proceeds go to OFHS Post Prom Committee, which provides a complimentary event after Prom on Saturday, May 21st, that provides a fun/safe environment for students. It runs from midnight until 4 a.m.

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  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.

US_military_flag_and_eagleUNITED 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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

Notre Dame College will have its 2016 Transition Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. It is for students who may need assistance beyond high school in terms of employment, residential, guardianship, financial planning and other areas. There will be break-out sessions as well as booths with information. There will be more than 80 exhibitors.

It is free and registration is preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome.

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.

To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com.  Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

Thank you to Landmark for their support of OFAB this spring!

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

carnival-clip-artBring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life.  Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads.  There is face painting and other fun.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation.  To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE THIS FRIDAY

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls tomorrow – FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

HURRY!  THE EARLY OCSL REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY

bulldogOlmsted Community Summer League’s baseball/slow-pitch softball registration is almost over.  Sign up before April 1 to avoid a late fee.

The final day to register is April 15th.  To register, go to Olmsted Community Center website, Olmstedcc.com.

If you are interested in playing Adult Coed Softball, contact Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com. We also are looking for a Boys Intermediate League Rep. If interested in this position, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com.  Feel free to ‘like’ OCSL on its facebook page to see updated news about the league.

FASHION SHOW, BACHELOR AUCTION RAISES FUNDS FOR TWO  STUDENTS – TOMORROW

Catwalk for a Cure photoThe Catwalk for a Cure on Friday, April 1st will benefit Bulldog students Tommy Pettry and Owen Timura who are battling rare forms of cancer. The event includes a prom fashion show at 7 p.m. followed by a bachelor auction, which includes students willing to step forward for this fun event.

Tickets are $10 each.  Gengraphics Photography is presenting the event. Tickets are available through Gengraphics or the studio’s senior models. All proceeds benefit the students and their families. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO OFFER SCRATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN GR. 5-8

Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create and share our own stories, games, music and art! Imagine! Program! And Share! Registration is limited. Note: If you do not currently have a Scratch account, please bring a valid email address.

SCRATCH Digital Animation 101

Date: 04/06/2016
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=81688

BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 10TH

pancakeBoy Scout Troop 252 invites the community to its fourth annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10th, at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey.  Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase.  Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities.  The troop appreciates your support.

Olmsted spirit race logoOLMSTED SPIRIT RACE NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for Sunday, May 1st at the OFHS stadium. The race starts at 9 a.m. , with in-person registration available immediately before the event.

Early bird registration that offers a discount is open until midnight tonight, March 31. The cost is $16 for students/military and $20, adults. The sign-up price then increases to $20, students/military and $25, adults through April 27th.   Registration is available at olmstedspirit.com.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors.  You may contact olmstedspirit@gmail.com for more details, if needed.

LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!  

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUWe currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters.  2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age groupLate fees will be waived.

LCHS rosters are currently being assembled.  Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.

For more information or if you have any questions, visit www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com OR contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoFALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM HAS IN-PERSON SIGN UPS NEXT MONTH

Falls Pointe Swim Team will  have its registration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16th at the Falls Pointe clubhouse.  The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident between the ages of 4-18.

Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim.  Kids will have a blast this summer on the team, with such activities as Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer week and an awards picnic and pool party.  It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more information, go to www.fallspointeswimteam.com.

VOICE VARIATIONS DANCE OFFERINGS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

Voice Variations will offer Hip Hop Dance Max Class from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays from April 2nd through May 7th.  Kids ages 10 and older are invited to attend this high energy and core/cardio strengthening workout at Olmsted Community Center.

Broadway Tap Dance Class is from 1-2 p.m. Sundays from April 3rd through May 22nd at Above The Barre, 1450 W. Bagley Road, Berea. It is for ages 7-11.

Registration and more information is available at voice-variations.com.

Olmsted Recreation LogoSENIOR CITIZEN ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR MONTH OF APRIL

Olmsted recreation has a full schedule of activities for local senior citizens in the month of April.

Please click HERE to download the April 2016 Senior Activities Calendar.

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OFCS Update – March 19, 2016

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spring-break-4-clipartSPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK: MARCH 21st – MARCH 28th

Ready or not, Spring Break is upon us.  There will be no classes next week plus one day – from Monday, March 21st through Monday, March 28th.  School resumes Tuesday, March 29th.

Enjoy the break and the weather.

LUCKY THE IRISH – AND THE ECC 

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Mr. Bill Kubat and Mrs. Anita Newmann shared a book with Karen Strawser’s A.M. class last week.

Yesterday, her class enjoyed a visit by two leprechauns – who look a little familiar to the school and its students.

Thank you to all of our caring adults – staff members and community volunteers – who make the ECC such a special place for students!

AR_upperRightTWO REFURBISHED SCHOOL BUSES FROM OKLAHOMA FIND NEW HOME WITH OFCS

refurbished bus 7The OFCS Transportation Department did some creative thinking in devising a plan to replace two district-owned school buses approaching the end of their useful life cycle.  They had a combination of 38 years and 301,672 miles!

The department searched for and found used school buses with proper maintenance history in southern states to secure corrosion-free vehicles. Making sure the buses had everything upgraded to meet Ohio School Bus Construction refurbished bus 6Standards, Tim Atkinson, director of business affairs, and Heath Krakowiak, transportation supervisor, found two quality vehicles in Collinsville, Oklahoma. The buses have freshly painted exteriors, refurbished interiors and undercoated chassis to protect them from the harsh weather of Northeast Ohio.

refurnished bus 3After arriving here, the district’s mechanic staff made the two “new to us” buses Bulldogs’ own with all appropriate markings, safety equipment and other upgrades.  These two 2003 generation Blue Bird buses look brand new.

refurnished bus 4The district plans to achieve another 10 years of quality service here for the buses at a significant value versus buying new school buses.

Kudos to our Transportation Department for going above and beyond to secure these outstanding buses for our District!

To view more photos of the buses, click HERE.

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:  REGISTRATION TO CLOSE FOLLOWING SPRING BREAK

OFCS Triple A LogoTo ensure that all families interested in registering an incoming kindergarten student in the new full-day program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are able to do so, the full-day kindergarten registration option will remain available through the spring break.  More than 100 students have been registered to date!

If you are interested in enrolling a student in the new full-day kindergarten program, please do so as soon as possible.  Following the break, full-day kindergarten registration will be closed to allow adequate time for staffing and logistical planning.  Registration for traditional half-day kindergarten will remain available after the break, however it is recommended that parents register ALL kindergarten students as soon as possible in order to be part of all parts of the registration, screening and placement process.

To register a kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, visit http://www.ofcs.net and click on the “NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017)” located at the top of the QUICK LINKS on the left side of the page.  To secure a spot in the new full-day program, a non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required as part of the online registration process. Parents may also choose to pay annual tuition in full at the time of registration to receive a 10% discount (discounted full-day tuition rate = $2,160).

Please help us spread the word to any friends or relatives you may know in the District who will have an incoming kindergarten student next school year!  For questions about the full-day kindergarten program, please contact Melinda Brunner at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center @ 427-6360, or mbrunner@ofcs.net.

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN TEAMS HAVE BUSY & SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Power of the Pen regionals photoGrade 7 and 8 OFMS Power of the Pen teams traveled to Cuyahoga Heights Middle School last month for the first tournament of the year. The seventh-grade team came in second place and the eighth-grade took fourth out of 26 schools.  All the writers accomplished great successes SS_upper_leftindividually.

On Saturday, March 12th, writers who qualified for Regionals traveled to St. Joseph Academy for an even fiercer competition.  The two teams combined and took fourth place out of 40 schools. Again, all writers performed admirably.

The seventh graders were Emma Barnard, a regional qualifier; Sophia Krumroy, who placed 18th at regionals, regional qualifier; Cassie Moilov, won Best of Round award at districts, regional qualifier; Keeley Patton, placed sixth at regionals and 11th at district, a regional qualifier;  Daisy Watts, placed 12th at districts, a regional qualifier; Shreya Desai; Brianna Opheim;  Emily Sumerauer and Sara Zawadzki.

The eighth graders were Megan Bobkovich, regional qualifier; Nicole Latona, who took a “superior” rank into the regional competition, regional qualifier; Kristen Miller,  who won a Director’s Choice award at districts, regional qualifier; Ashley Rice, regional qualifier; Emily Kasl; Kayla Kippes; Rhiannon Lloyd; Summer Stevens and Elizabeth Traine.

Congratulations to all these talented young writers on their many accomplishments this year.

Pictured above are, back row: Coach Grinnell, Kayla Kippes, Nicole Latona, Ashley Rice, Megan Bobkovich, Coach MacAleese, Keeley Patton, Cassie Moilov, Daisy Watts and front row: Kristen Miller, Emily Kasl, Elizabeth Traine, Brianna Opheim, Emma Barnard and Sophia Krumroy.

TE_lowerRight-cropFRESH LOOK AND RESPONSIVE DESIGN UPGRADE FOR DISTRICT WEBSITE

websiteThe official Olmsted Falls School District website (www.ofcs.net) transitioned to a new platform earlier this week.  Visitors to the website following its launch on Monday, March 14th likely noticed the more vivid images and more simplified, streamlined layout. Overall, the location of basic site navigation menus remains the same, so visitors should continue to find the information they are looking for in generally the same areas.

One significant enhancement with the new upgrade is the implementation of responsive design technology which makes sure the site looks great and maintains maximum functionality on any screen, including your mobile device. Accessing the website from your phone is now easier than ever – with no need for side-to-side scrolling or “pinching” the screen.

The District website continues to serve as an important information resource for students, staff and parents. We will continue to look for ways to further enhance the information that is available on the website.  If you have any questions about the website’s new format, please email Kim Petrina at kpetrina@ofcs.net.

ECC healthy heroMEET FEBRUARY’S HEALTHY HEROES

FL healthy heroECC’s Patrick Byrnes and F-L’s Elisabeth Flanagan are the most recent Healthy Hero from their schools.

The program teaches youngsters healthy habits, which include power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve.  They receive a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store. The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home.

Congratulations, Elisabeth and Patrick.  Pictured with Elizabeth is Maggie Bago, library assistant and with Patrick is his mother, Lisa Byrnes and Mrs. Roberto.

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS TEAMS, VOLUNTEERS

DodgeballAre you ready for some fast, competitive dodgeball play?  This year’s Dodgeball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. All high school grade levels are encouraged to create teams of six to eight players, whether all boys, girls or co-ed. Sign up on March 30th in the Pit.  All are invited to attend and cheer on the teams.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

There is also a need for volunteers and referees.  Email Annette Glover, alg7373@gmail.colm. All proceeds go to OFHS Post Prom Committee, which provides a complimentary event after Prom on Saturday, May 21st, that provides a fun/safe environment for students. It runs from midnight until 4 a.m.

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftFALLS-LENOX STUDENTS ARE  KIDS WHO LOVE MUSICALS

kids loveFalls-Lenox has been enjoying a wonderful program in our classrooms courtesy of our supportive PTA. Kids Love Musicals! encourages students to explore the parts of a musical and helps our children use its themes to find personal application in the performing arts.

Children engage with characters who express their emotions through self-expression. The students enjoy the opportunity to participate in the elements of song, dance, acting and singing. With props, the students are able to get up, act scenes out and explore their creativity in a unique way. It’s a world of imagination, feeling, thinking and fun!

A special thanks to the Kids Love Musicals! Staff, Heather Hamilton, Karen Cillo and our wonderful FL PTA for making this program a huge success for our students!

Book FairCP_leftECC BOOK FAIR SOLD MORE THAN 850 BOOKS!

A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair.  The event sold close to 883 books during this year’s fair. Many of our Itty Bitty Bulldogs attended the sale’s family night.

There was even a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friend, Emily Elizabeth.

What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children become lifelong readers!  A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing great volunteers who helped prepare for and work the Fair all week!

CP_left‘THANK YOU’ TO ALL SHAMROCK PURCHASERS

LEADS shamrocks Olmsted Falls Middle School L.E.A.D. organizations’ fundraiser raised 509 from the shamrocks that were sold for $1 and $5 each.
All the proceeds went to support The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A big THANK YOU to all students who participated.

drill team figureOFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS

An informational meeting for the upcoming OFHS Drill Team is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th in Room W-3 at the high school.

Parents are welcome. The clinic runs from 6-8 p.m. April 25th-28th with tryouts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29th.

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS – FIRST ONE IS THIS SATURDAY

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

US_military_flag_and_eagleRegistration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov. For additional information call 330-334-0040

 

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

Notre Dame College will have its 2016 Transition Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. It is for students who may need assistance beyond high school in terms of employment, residential, guardianship, financial planning and other areas. There will be break-out sessions as well as booths with information. There will be more than 80 exhibitors.

It is free and registration is preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome.

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.

To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com.  Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation.

 

CP_leftPURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

Thank you to Landmark for their support of OFAB this spring!

CLEAN YOUR CLOSETS,  BASEMENT FOR THE ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ DRIVE

fill the truckThe second Fill the Truck Donation Drive comes to the OF Board of Education parking lot for two days next month – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect clothing and other items that will be recycled. Easter Seals’ Community Action Program supports services for children and adults with disabilities in Northern Ohio.

The list of acceptable donated items has expanded. Some of the items are clothing, shoes, linens, knickknacks, small children’s toys and others.

The proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions support programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans and summer camp opportunities.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring items in boxes or plastic bags. There will be bags at the truck if needed. For more details of the many acceptable items, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green, khg712@aol.com.

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

carnival-clip-artBring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life.  Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads.  There is face painting and other fun.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation.  To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is having a paint party fundraiser at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls.  It’s on April 1st – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

EASTER BUNNY WILL APPEAR AT THIS SUNDAY’S  KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

kiwanis pancake breakfastThe annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club Pancake/French Toast Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, March 20th in the OFHS cafeteria.

The donation is $6 with kids 3 and under free. You have a chance to win Chinese raffle gifts and an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.  Pictures are available with the Easter Bunny.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

OLMSTED FALLS CITY HALL HAS OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY TO CELEBRATE BUILDING’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

olmsted falls city hall pixOlmsted Falls City Hall is the former Olmsted Falls schools building that once housed every grade level.  The building was built in 1916.

The city of Olmsted Falls is celebrating its annual Open House and the building’s 100th birthday from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, March 20th. Any Bulldog graduate from classes up to and including 1968 will be recognized at the event.  There also will be food, music, kids activities and a speaker who will discuss the building’s history.  It’s free and open to the public.

PROM FASHION SHOW, BACHELOR AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS

Catwalk for a Cure photoThe Catwalk for a Cure on April 1 will benefit Bulldog students Tommy Pettry and Owen Timura who are battling rare forms of cancer. The event includes a prom fashion show at 7 p.m. followed by a bachelor auction, which includes students willing to step forward for this fun event.

Only 180 tickets are available, so it’s first come, first serve. Tickets are $10 each. VIP tickets are $20, which include front row seats and a reception prior to the doors opening at 6:15. Gengraphics Photography is presenting the event. Tickets are available through Gengraphics or the studio’s senior models. All proceeds benefit the students and their families. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE CONTINUES SIGN-UP WITHOUT LATE FEE THROUGH THIS MONTH

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Register for the upcoming Olmsted Community Summer League online through Olmsted Community Center. 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, jimmasie@gmail.com.  The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com.

Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.

LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!  

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUWe currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters.  2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age groupLate fees will be waived.

LCHS rosters are currently being assembled.  Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.

For more information or if you have any questions, visit www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com OR contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.

HIP-HOP DANCE MAX @ OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

Saturdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m.  (Ages 10-17)

This class will give you a work out with a high energy warm up that includes core and cardio strengthening followed by choreography to music. The possibilities are endless as Hip Hop uses the basics of all styles of dance and manipulates them to give an edge that is high energy and fun. Instructor: Amanda Trompak   Location: The Olmsted Community Center, Upper Dance Studio, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls

Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Ages: 10 -17 Class Maximum: 10 Students. Cost: $150 (6 weeks Starts Saturday, April 2nd – Saturday, May 7th 2016)

Register now and check out our Broadway Combo and Tap classes for spring semester.  www.voice-variations.com

BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

pancakeBoy Scout Troop 252 invites the community to its fourth annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10th at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey.  Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase.  Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities.  The troop appreciates your support.

OPA HAS SEVERAL SUMMER CAMPS, UPCOMING PLAYS

opa-beauty and the beast jr-6x4opa-rapunzel’s coronation day-6x4Art, gymnastics, theater, dance, even sampler camps are available to area youth, as young as age 3, this summer through Olmsted Performing Arts. Registration is now occurring at olmstedperformingarts.com and at its new location, 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea. To see a flyer, click HERE.  OPA also has two upcoming performances – Beauty and the Beast Junior at Parma Snow Library Auditorium from March 18-20 and Rapunzel’s Coronation from April 22-24 at the same location.

 

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OFCS Update: Special Weekend Edition – March 12, 2016

***BREAKING NEWS*** 

VOICES OF LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS, EDUCATORS GAIN TRACTION WITH COVERAGE IN PLAIN DEALER / CLEVELAND.COM

The open letter to Ohio legislators and the Ohio Department of Education – mentioned in the last OFCS Weekly Update (posted 3/10/16) – has gained the attention of Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com education reporter Patrick O’Donnell.  To read Mr. O’Donnell’s article, posted earlier today, please click on the following link:

Distrust of state report cards and a “disconnect” with Columbus bother superintendents and OEA teachers union [by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, 3/12/16]

Olmsted Falls City School District continues to be proactive in expressing grave concerns to our State Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education and has now joined forces with a growing list of other local school districts to send a common message of concern in a larger effort to be heard.  To review the most current version of the open letter to Ohio legislators and the Ohio Department of Education, please click HERE.

Today’s coverage in The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com is a step in the right direction.  We will continue to keep our parents and our community updated as efforts continue.

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OFCS Update – March 10, 2016

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FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO MARCH 18TH

OFCS Triple A LogoTo ensure that all families interested in registering an incoming kindergarten student in the new full-day program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are able to do so, the deadline has been extended to Friday, March 18th.

To register a kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, visit http://www.ofcs.net and click on the “NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017)” located at the top of the QUICK LINKS on the left side of the page.  To secure a spot in the new full-day program, a non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required as part of the online registration process. Parents may also choose to pay annual tuition in full at the time of registration to receive a 10% discount (discounted full-day tuition rate = $2,160).

Please help us spread the word to any friends or relatives you may know in the District who will have an incoming kindergarten student next school year!  For questions about the full-day kindergarten program, please contact Melinda Brunner at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center @ 427-6360, or mbrunner@ofcs.net.

STUDENT TESTING FORMAT: OFCS TO RETURN TO PAPER/PENCIL FORMAT FOR STATE TESTS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Since the release of Local Report Card results by the Ohio Department of Education last month, school districts across the state of Ohio have been taking a closer look in an attempt to understand significant discrepancies in the data.  Further analysis – on the part of local school districts – reveals a major difference in scores between those districts that used online testing and those that used the paper/pencil format.  The analysis indicates districts that implemented the online testing format performed significantly lower than school districts that tested students using the traditional paper/pencil format.  A closer review of actual test questions in the online format versus paper/pencil format clearly reveal that the two formats assessed at different depths of knowledge – thereby explaining the significant discrepancies among districts based on test format.  Districts across the state of Ohio – including Olmsted Falls City Schools – are joining together to bring attention to this issue, along with other issues relating to State-mandated testing.

importantEffective immediately, Olmsted Falls City Schools will NOT continue with the current path of having students take the state-mandated achievement tests online. Beginning with the next round of state testing this April, Olmsted Falls City Schools will be returning to the traditional paper/pencil format for all assessments except 3rd grade Reading as they already started the assessment in the fall online. While this will mean additional work for our administrators, counselors and teachers, we feel this is the best course of action for our district.

Our District continues to be proactive in expressing grave concerns to our State Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education, with no progress or resolution to date.  OFCS has now joined forces with many other local school districts to send a common message of concern to the State Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education – as well as the news media – in a larger effort to be heard.  Please find a brief excerpt from the joint letter to the Ohio Department of Education, which OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was involved in drafting:

  • Fix the Test Format Delivery Issues–There is considerable distrust from many in the field regarding the impact that the test format had on the results (e.g. online, paper/pencil and mixed). Recent information that was reported at the National level demonstrated a significant difference between those that took the test in a traditional format versus those that took the test electronically. A grassroots effort has shown a very disturbing trend between those districts that administered the assessments in a paper/pencil format versus online. The test format issue will need to be addressed quickly and the state should consider a moratorium on issuing accountability ratings for districts until it has been proven that the format that is used to take the test does not unfairly impact the accuracy of achievement performances. In addition, the state should revoke any accountability ratings connected to the Value-Added metric until a full inquiry has been conducted.

To read the joint letter to the Ohio Department of Education in its entirety, please click HERE.  To follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter, please add @OFCSSuper to your Twitter feed.   

We will continue to keep our parents and our community updated on the issue of state testing. For now, we just wanted to make sure our parents are aware that OFCS will be returning to paper/pencil format testing immediately and for the foreseeable future – until these issues are resolved.  If you have any questions about the transition back to the paper/pencil test format, please contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or kcogan@ofcs.net.

SS_upper_leftFELICIDADES TO THESE SPANISH STUDENTS 

Spanish inductees aThe OFHS Spanish Department inducted a talented group of students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica” February 22nd. The ceremony occurred at the North Olmsted restaurant Nuevo Acapulco, which was followed by a meal with the inductees and their families.

The newest inductees are Maggie Backus, Lauren Bell, Kacie Burton, Morgan Conner, Natalie Ferrini, Cassidy Fudale, Kaylee Gomez, Britney Hargis, Erin Hetchler, Alex Kho, Molly McCafferty, Jad Mobydeen, Nick Romanowski, Eli Tomasch and Alyssa Tonissen.

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the society. There are more than 2,000 national and international chapters. Its purpose is to recognize high achievement of high schools students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

Mrs. Lidia Soto-Kacik, Mrs. Felicia Anderson and Mrs. Jenelle Hughes are pleased to offer this salute: ¡FELICIDADES A TODOS! Congratulations to all.

SS_upper_leftINCOMING GRADE 9 SCHEDULING  IS CLOSED, BUT CHANGES MAY BE MADE   

Parents and current 8th grade students: the scheduling window closed TUESDAY, MARCH 8TH.

If a student needs to make changes, 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.

FALLS-LENOX THANKS ALL FOR A SUCCESSFUL RIGHT TO READ WEEKSS_upper_left

ReadingF/L kicked off this year’s Right-To-Read Week with an entertaining storytelling assembly by Michelle Todd, children’s librarian from CCPL’s Olmsted Falls Branch!

Students enjoyed special guest readers from the community and OFMS, as well as crazy sock day, T-shirt day and bring your favorite book to school day! Because they reached their goal of reading an extra 75,000 minutes last week, the students were treated to Miss ‘Bear’ Longville and Mrs. ‘Raccoon’ Barrett visiting each classroom wearing their ‘Camping Best!’  This year’s RTR Week was made possible by the generosity and time donated by the ECC/Falls-Lenox PTA.  A special thank you  to Rachel O’Malley, Michelle Todd, Karen Cillo, and Heather Hamilton for helping to make ‘Camp Read-A-Lot” a huge success!

To view a gallery of photos from Right to Read Week, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftCOLLEGE SIGNING TAKES PLAYER FROM BULLDOG TO POLAR BEAR

ONU signingCongratulations to Mallory Taylor!

The OFHS senior signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears.  She signed her intent on March 1st.

Mallory will attend ONU in the fall to study mechanical engineering.

PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK WITH FUN PROJECTSSS_upper_left

engineering 5February 21st-27th was National Engineers Week. Students in the OFHS Pre-Engineering classes.  They celebrated the week by learning about and building geodesic domes.

Students also had fun taping their peers to a wall using Duct Tape. The objective of this sticky experiment was to see how shear strength engineering 12and pull strength are different and what point of the subject needs to be supported more and how. In taping a person to a wall, it is important to make sure that it is safe.  The groups specifically made sure the tape didn’t touch any bare skin and that it wasn’t too tight across the chest and avoided the neck area. Teams were given two rolls of tape and 10 minutes to adhere their person to the wall.  The best time was achieved by planning and implementing more support on the legs and feet.

To view a photo gallery of these two activities, click HERE.

CP_leftFAMILIES CELEBRATE AND ENJOY LITERACY NIGHT

LIterary nightFalls-Lenox Primary School’s first-, second-, and third-grade students and their families celebrated Reading with a camping themed Literacy Night event!  This was an exciting evening of learning where parents worked with their children on fiction literary elements, non-fiction text features and practiced reading skills through various websites and apps.  The students and parents participated in three make-it-take-activity SS_upper_leftstations.  Students left each station with an activity that they could take home and practice with their favorite books.  Each student also received a book to take home, information about Info Ohio and an extensive list of educational websites and apps.

A special thank you to all of the families who joined us to learn more about reading home connections!

To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.

CP_leftKIDS SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION DURING ‘LOVE THE BUS’ MONTH

Love the bus aAs a way of thanking our bus drivers, Falls-Lenox students made and delivered cards, notes and pictures to their bus driver during “Love the Bus” month.

We all appreciate the bus drivers’ delivering the kids home and to school safely!

To view additional Love the Bus photos, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftEIGHTH GRADER ADVANCES TO STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE

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Congratulations to eighth-grader John Gaba who has advanced to the State Competition for the Geography Bee.  John, who took first place in the school competition, achieved state status by qualifying via a qualifying state exam.  The state competition is in April.  The champion of the state contest will receive an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington D.C. to compete at the National level in May.  This competition has been held at the OFMS for 25 years.

John is the 14th Bulldog state qualifier.  Best wishes, John.

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BOWLING BENEFIT WAS A STRIKE FOR HELPING HANDS AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS

bowling benefit 1A huge success. That was the response of the February 27th Bowling Benefit for Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics fundraiser. It was a full house with all 20 lanes sponsored and filled with bowlers.  Moon Rock bowling and pizza donated by JoJo Carloni’s were enjoyed by all.  To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

A total of $4,000 was raised for the groups. The funds will be used toward future events, special needs grants and scholarship(s) for graduating senior(s).  Thank SS_upper_leftyou to all those who donated bowling benefit 5toward our raffle and bake sale.

We were fortunate to have five educational tables for families to visit during the event: Connecting for Kids, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Different Like You, OFS Psychology Department (Jenny Troung) and Skylight Financial. Thank you for continually providing wonderful recourses for special needs families.

A special thanks to those who helped organize the event, those who helped pre-sell raffle tickets and those who helped set up and clean up: Christen Hawks, Courney Trustcott, Heath Krakowiak, all Helping Hands volunteers, James Tatman, Jenny Troung, Meg DiFilippo, Megan Kay, Michelle Schoenhofer, Pam Manas, Paula Grant and Rachael Papa.

HH logoTONIGHT’S HELPING HANDS MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 10TH – CANCELED

The March 10th Helping Hands Parent Network meeting has been canceled.  There will be educational tables set up at the Movie and Game Night set for April 8th to replace the meeting. More information about the event will be available soon.  Please contact Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, with questions.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK: FAMILY NIGHT TONIGHT, MARCH 10TH!  

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Please join us at The Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair TONIGHT, Thursday, March 10th from 5 pm – 7 pm.  Families are invited tonight!  Your family can shop together, enjoy refreshments and also a special guest character visit!

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, our online book fair will remain open online until Tuesday, March 15th.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/olmstedfallserlychldhdctr

Children will be able to shop during school on Friday, March 11th.  (No library book exchange on Friday).

SPRING BOOK FAIR NOW RUNNING AT OFMS

book _fairThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholarship Spring Book Fair now through NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 17th.

The fair will be open during the school day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All book fair profits will go toward new books for the OFMS Media Center.

CP_leftECC SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH FIRST-EVER “FAMILY FITNESS NIGHT” EVENT – THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH

kids-fun-mainThe Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center is excited to host its very first Family Fitness Night next Tuesday, March 15th.  The special family event is being offered as part of the building’s Wellness Week activities.

Physical education teacher Mr. Dame is coordinating the event, which will consist of  5 fitness stations and a nutrition station, providing parents and children a variety of fitness activities to participate in.

LOTS OF VOLUNTEER HELP IS NEEDED!!!  We need a lot of volunteers to help things run smoothly and keep everyone engaged.  Mr. Dame would like volunteers to report at 6:00 or 6:15 so he can brief them prior to the 6:30 start time.

To sign-up as a volunteer, please click HERE for the online Sign-Up Genius for the event!  Thanks!

2016 O.F. BASEBALL EARLY-BIRD SPRING TRAINING CAMP

Bulldog Baseball LogoWhen: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Where: Olmsted Falls High School

Times:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Who: Grades 1-8

Cost: $25.00

The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.

 All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes (in case we move indoors) and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). We plan to be outdoors but depending on weather, may have to move indoors.  Plan accordingly.

REGISTRATION ONLINE AT http://www.olmstedcc.com or mail/drop off form to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.  (Make checks payable to Olmsted Community Center.)

To download the flyer/registration form, please click HERE.

BUY A SHAMROCK, SUPPORT MD

shamrockOlmsted Falls L.E.A.D. organizations are holding a fundraiser now through March 17th for the Muscular Dystrophy Association  during the OFMS Book Fair. Shamrocks are $1 for a green one and $5 for a gold one.

Buy a Shamrock to support Muscular Dystrophy and you are entered into a drawing to win daily prizes, an ice cream party with you and five friends and to spin a wheel to win free Book Fair merchandise.  Funds raised go to Muscular Dystrophy.

FILL THE TRUCK DONATION DRIVE II COMES TO TOWN APRIL 2ND AND 3RD

Olmsted_Falls_MusicEaster SealsThe Olmsted Falls Music Association and Easter Seals are partnering again with a Fill the Truck Donation Drive at the Board of Education parking lot.   The times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The drive has an expanded acceptance item list that can be viewed by clicking HERE.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring donated items in boxes or plastic bags, the latter which are available at the drop-off location. Those wishing to volunteer may sign up by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Green at khg712@aol.com.

MILITARY APTITUDE TEST SET FOR MARCH 18TH @ OFHS

test clipartAttention Juniors and Seniors interested in enlisting in the United States Armed Forces: the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be administered at 7:20 a.m. Friday, March 18th at OFHS.  The ASVAB is a multi-aptitude test to determine a student’s qualification for military occupational specialties. Free ASCAB practice tests are available on Ohio Means Jobs by clicking HERE.  Sign up in the Guidance Office. Space is limited.

COLLEGE NOW ADVISING REMAINS AVAILABLE THROUGH MID-MARCHSS_upper_left

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!

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.

To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com.  Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation.

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

US_military_flag_and_eagleRegistration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov. 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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

 

EAT @ CHIPOTLE AND HELP PTA COUNCIL THIS MONDAY, MARCH 14TH

chipotle sandwichThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council has a special fundraiser at Chipotle.  Eat at the North Olmsted’s Chipotle from 4-8 p.m Monday, 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 – ORDER DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, FRIDAY MARCH 11TH

HoneyBakedThe 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.

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is having a paint party fundraiser at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls.  It’s on April 1st – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

Notre Dame College will have its 2016 Transition Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. It is for students who may need assistance beyond high school in terms of employment, residential, guardianship, financial planning and other areas. There will be break-out sessions as well as booths with information. There will be more than 80 exhibitors.

It is free and registration is preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome.

To view the flyer, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!  

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUWe currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters.  2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age groupLate fees will be waived.

LCHS rosters are currently being assembled.  Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.

For more information or if you have any questions, visit www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com OR contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE HAS IN-HOUSE SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY

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baseball and glove

Register from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, 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, jimmasie@gmail.com.  The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com.

Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.

kiwanis pancake breakfastEASTER BUNNY, PRIZES HIGHLIGHT KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club Pancake/French Toast Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20th in the OFHS cafeteria.

The donation is $6 with kids 3 and under free. You have a chance to win Chinese raffle gifts and an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.  Pictures are available with the Easter Bunny.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

OPA HAS SEVERAL SUMMER CAMPS, UPCOMING PLAYS

opa-beauty and the beast jr-6x4Art, gymnastics, theater, dance, even sampler camps are available to area youth, as young as age 3, this summer opa-rapunzel’s coronation day-6x4through Olmsted Performing Arts. Registration is now occurring at olmstedperformingarts.com and at its new location, 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea. To see a flyer, click HERE.

OPA also has two upcoming performances – Beauty and the Beast Junior at Parma Snow Library Auditorium from March 18-20 and Rapunzel’s Coronation from April 22-24 at the same location.

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OFCS Update – March 1, 2016

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parent-night-banner-cwTONIGHT’S PARENT TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT CANCELED

PLEASE NOTE THAT TONIGHT’S SCHEDULED TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT FOR PARENTS HAS BEEN CANCELED.  Thank you to all parents who attended the first three sessions presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.  Information presented during the previous technology information sessions is available online by clicking any or all of the following links:

Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student

Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers

Internet Safety & Social Media net safety & social media

Information of any future Parent Technology Information Nights will be posted on the Weekly District Blog.  Thank you!

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH  

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)” located at the top of QUICK LINKS on the left side of the page.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 4TH IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR NEXT YEAR’S FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM. While the online registration system will remain available, the full-day kindergarten option will be removed.  The March deadline has been established for full-day kindergarten registration to allow the District time to evaluate staffing needs.

To view information about the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION FILLS VACANT SEAT:  BOARD APPOINTS CYNTHIA TOMASCH AS NEW MEMBER

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Newly appointed Board Member Cynthia Tomasch being sworn in by Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Joseph Bertrand following unanimous vote in public session to appoint her to vacant Board seat.

OFCS Triple A LogoThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education unanimously voted this evening to appoint Mrs. Cynthia Tomasch to fill the vacant seat on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, which was created by the resignation of a board member earlier this month.  “After significant deliberation, the board decided that Mrs. Tomasch’s extensive executive business experience and dedication as a parent was the exact contribution we were looking for to serve in a leadership role for our schools and our community,” noted Board President Joseph Bertrand. “Her extensive background in corporate finance management, investor relations, sales and marketing will be a tremendous asset to our students, staff and community.”

The Board of Education followed a very specific format and timeline dictated by Ohio Revised Code (ORC) as well as Olmsted Falls Board of Education Policy 0145 to fill the vacated seat.  A total of 22 community members submitted letters of interest outlining their qualifications by the publicized deadline of February 22, 2016, and interviews of all 22 candidates took place over the past three days.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at Olmsted Falls City Schools and humbled to be selected from such an extensive and talented pool of candidates,” said Tomasch.  “As a parent of three current Bulldog students, I understand the excellent quality of education our schools provide and I am looking forward to using my background and experience in this new endeavor.”

Tomasch’s first official meeting will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.  Tomasch holds a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a MBA from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management.  She and her husband Seth have three children in the district. Eli is a junior and Andrew is a freshman at Olmsted Falls High School, and Sarah is a sixth grade student at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  She has resided in Olmsted Falls for the past 17 years.

Welcome Mrs. Tomasch!

SS_upper_leftOFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT STATE SKILLSUSA COMPETITION

SkillsUSA Regional 2016 6On Saturday, students from OFHS and Polaris competed in the SkillsUSA Regional competitions at the Wayne County Career Center. Ashley Roberts received second place in the Advertising Design competition; Meghan Sanok, second in CNC Milling and Cole Zehe, second, Technical Drafting. These students will compete in the State SkillsUSA competition on April 26-27.

SkillsUSA is a youth organization that promotes careers in technical, skilled and service occupations through education and competition. For more information on SkillsUSA go to skillsusa.org/about.  To view a photo gallery of those participating in the competition, click HERE.

OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING – THIS WED., MARCH 2ND

track imageThe 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 jnovotny@ofcs.net for more details.

SS_upper_leftOFMS CLASS GETS HANDS ON TIPS DURING MOCK INTERVIEWS

mock interviews 1mock interviews 2OFHS Family and Personal Development students have developed writing resumes and cover letters toward the career in which they are most interested. This week, professionals from these careers spent time “mock interviewing” these students, giving them real world experience that they will use one day.

CP_leftSome of the students’ anticipated careers include athletic training, physical therapy, nursing, law enforcement, EMS, photography, sports marketing, education, psychology/psychiatry, flight attendant, electrician, welder and business owner.

A special thank you to Dr. Lloyd, Mrs. Schafer, Mr. Hamilton, Mrs. McClelland, Officer Smolik and Mrs. Foulkes who, among many other community members, helped conduct these interviews and made it an extremely positive experience for our students.

OFHS ‘MATHLETES’ COMPETE AT COMPETITIONS

2016 OCTM mathletesSS_upper_leftThe OFHS math students were very busy Saturday. A total of 16 students participated in two different math competitions that day. Thirteen students competed in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2016 State Mathematics Tournaments while three participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge.  Both competitions offered our “mathletes” an opportunity to compete for bragging rights and scholarship money.

Moody mathletesThose in the OCTM photo are, front row: Casey, Komar; middle row: Matt Pedicini, Stephanie Schroth, Brian Grove, Jad Mobydeen, Eli Tomasch, Morgan Conner, Lauren Bell and Mark Drobnak and back row: Joselyn Rabbitt, Jennifer Bertrand, Amelia Le and Christina Pedicini.

Pictured at the Moody’s contest are Emmy Olszewski and Mallory Taylor. Not pictured is Logan Petruziello.

F-L STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT WORK ENVIRONMENTS AT CAREER DAY

career day 6SS_upper_leftFalls-Lenox third graders career day 10participated in Careen Day Friday, February 26th. P

arents, friends and family members represented 40 careers.  They took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire and motivate students.

CP_leftAll the speakers inspired the students to work hard and set goals to achieve a rewarding career in the future.

career day 5To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

The speakers also linked their conversations with the third grade economics unit. Students learned about the concepts of goods, services and competition, as well as how employees are safe, respectful and responsible in the work environment.

We appreciate all of the time and energy the speakers put into their presentations.  Positive energy and motivation were beaming from the students as they left that afternoon.

MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S MARCH NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE; OFMA MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe OFHS March Musical Notes is now online and is loaded with information, including photos of the Nashville choir trip, Ballroom Blitz and more. To download a copy of this latest issue of Musical Notes, please click HERE.

The group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2nd in the OFHS choir room.

The group will have another “Fill the Truck” donation drive with partner Easter Seals. It is on April 2nd and 3rd in the Board of Education parking lot.  It will also have a more expanded list of acceptable items that can be found in this month’s newsletter. Volunteers are also needed.  A sign-up genius has been set up and available by clicking HERE or via the newsletter.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER BOOK FAIR NEXT WEEK: MARCH 7-11

Got%20BooksThe Early Childhood Center Book Fair is  coming Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 in our music room (Room 113).

Children will be able to shop during school on Wednesday, March 9 and Friday, March 11 (No library book exchange on Friday).

Families are invited on Thursday, March 10 from 5 pm – 7 pm

Your family can shop together, enjoy refreshments and also a special guest character visit!  

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/olmstedfallserlychldhdctr

INCOMING GRADE 9 SCHEDULING CLOSES TUESDAY, MARCH 8 

SS_upper_leftParents and current 8th grade students:  A video of the presentation of the 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 have received practice scheduling checklists and watched the video in their homerooms. 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 now 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.

COLLEGE NOW ADVISING REMAINS AVAILABLE THROUGH MID-MARCHSS_upper_left

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!

SS_upper_leftREGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.

To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com.  Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation.

FOOD ALLERGIES DISCUSSION SET FOR WEST/EAST SIDE LOCATIONS – TONIGHT & MARCH 8th

allergies clipart aTwo medical experts will discuss food allergies and how allergen avoidance, emotional impact and dietary restrictions affect you and your child’s daily lives. The discussion includes ways to support positive adjustments by reducing barriers and successfully coping with challenges.

The meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, March 1st at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood and 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th at St. John Medical Center in Westlake. To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

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

US_military_flag_and_eagleRegistration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov. 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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

BULLDOG ACADEMIC TEAM FUNDRAISER @ RAZZLES – THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 7-10 PM

razzlesAcademic Team Wing Night at Razzles

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

chipotle sandwichThe 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

HoneyBakedThe 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.

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is having a paint party fundraiser at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls.  It’s on April 1st – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

TEST STRESS: A PARENT’S REAL GUIDE TO COLLEGE TEST PREP

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Location: Olmsted Falls Branch Library

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. 

 

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