OFCS Update – March 31, 2016
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 community 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 community 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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the spring achievement testing. Thank you for your continuing support of Olmsted Falls School District.
Olmsted 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.
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.
NEXT WEEK THE FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR COMES TO TOWN
The 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.
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
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
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
The 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, email@example.com.
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
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
Are 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Since 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, email@example.com.
PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB
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
Bring 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
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.
HURRY! THE EARLY OCSL REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. We also are looking for a Boys Intermediate League Rep. If interested in this position, contact Nicole Sherman, email@example.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
The 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.
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
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 10TH
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, if needed.
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.
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 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.