OFCS Update – March 10, 2016
FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO MARCH 18TH
To 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Effective 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 email@example.com.
The 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations 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.
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 and 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.
Falls-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 stations. 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.
KIDS SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION 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.
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.
BOWLING BENEFIT WAS A STRIKE FOR HELPING HANDS AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS
A 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 you to all those who donated toward 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK: FAMILY NIGHT TONIGHT, MARCH 10TH!
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.
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
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.
The 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
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Who: Grades 1-8
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
Olmsted 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
The 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 email@example.com.
MILITARY APTITUDE TEST SET FOR MARCH 18TH @ OFHS
Attention 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.
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
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
EAT @ CHIPOTLE AND HELP PTA COUNCIL THIS MONDAY, 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 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
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.
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.
LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!
We 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 group. Late fees will be waived.
LCHS rosters are currently being assembled. Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE HAS IN-HOUSE SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY
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, email@example.com. The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.
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
Art, 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.