OFCS Update – March 1, 2016
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:
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
The 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!
On 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
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.
OFHS 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.
Some 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
The 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.
Those 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
arents, friends and family members represented 40 careers. They took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire and motivate students.
To 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
The 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
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.
INCOMING GRADE 9 SCHEDULING CLOSES TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Parents 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.
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!
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
Two 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
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
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
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.
JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE
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.
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.