OFCS Update – September 15, 2016
A MESSAGE FROM OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD
Today the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released their annual Local Report Card (LRC). In Olmsted Falls, we’ve always welcomed high standards, and accountability. Our educational philosophy is to inspire and empower our students; not to score high on our state report card. At Olmsted Falls City Schools we feel that a single set of standardized tests that continue to change from year to year is not an accurate representation of our school or student success. I believe that it is professionally irresponsible to publicly report information that has been deemed “unreliable” by Ohio’s elected officials.
We are committed to sharing important information about the academic, financial and operational goals and challenges our schools are facing with our community. That is something no state report card had ever been able to share. As such, we are proud to share with residents the first Executive Summary Quality Profile. This is an easy to read report that shares key data in six critical areas of our district’s focus. Residents can see for themselves what our priorities are for using technology in our schools, how we are integrating a 21st century approach to learning, how do our finances compare to other area school districts, how do learning environments impact student success and much more. Each area includes our 2016-17 goals as well as data that is specific to that focus area.
This honest look provides a more complete view of the excellent value that Olmsted Falls City Schools offers and is being mailed to every resident. However you can view this report online now by clicking HERE.
I hope you will take some time to review this Quality Profile so you can see for yourself all the amazing ways that Olmsted Falls City Schools is continuing to inspire and empower all students.
Dr. Jim Lloyd
NATIONAL PTA RECOGNIZES OLMSTED FALLS’ PTAS – LOCAL UNITS, SCHOOLS HONORED
Olmsted Falls PTA Council is pleased to announce that Falls-Lenox/ECC, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School have all been recognized as National PTA Schools of Excellence. The School of Excellence designation is the highest honor awarded by National PTA and recognizes schools for their strong and effective family school partnerships.
“This recognition is the direct result of the hard work and commitment to family-school engagement by the Olmsted Falls community and the school staff,” said Kelly Walker, president of the Olmsted Falls PTA Council. “We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of both the community and the school district.”
National PTA has recognized 173 schools nationwide and Olmsted Falls is honored to be included within this prestigious group.
“It is the vision of the Olmsted Falls City School District to inspire and empower all of its students. While we have several entities that help make that vision a reality, perhaps our strongest and most enabling district partner is the Olmsted Falls City School District PTA,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City School District. “Our district is so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parent volunteers who invest their hearts and souls into our schools to help keep them strong and vibrant, and we extend sincere congratulations to our local PTA units on this well-deserved recognition.”
OFHS RETAINS OLMSTED CUP IN CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to the Bulldog cross-country teams with their dominant performance in defending the Olmsted Cup Tuesday. The boys and girls teams ran extremely well and crushed rival North Olmsted in a combined score of 76- 41, the biggest margin of victory in the three-year history of the race.
Both teams had the overall winner, with Sarah Makari victorious for the third time and Griffin Purdy winning for the boys. Also scoring and leading the girls to victory were Hannah McCullar, Madi Sobieski, Kaylee Gomez and Abbey Clark, while helping Griffin on the boys side were Andrew Gluvna, Daylon Amposta, Ryan Kolesar and Joe Backus. The team will next be in action this Saturday at the Galion Invitational. Great job, Bulldog, in keeping the cup at OFHS.
OFCS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT!
Did You Know? All five Olmsted Falls school buildings are now on Twitter!
Follow any or all of our outstanding buildings on the following accounts:
Olmsted Falls High School @ofhsbulldogs
Olmsted Falls Middle School @ofmsbulldogs
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School @ofisbulldogs
Falls-Lenox Primary School @FLbulldog
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center @ECCBulldogs
COMMUNITY COFFEE CHATS WITH DR. LLOYD – NEXT WEEK
Join Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd for a cup of coffee and conversation regarding Olmsted Falls City Schools. Dr. Lloyd will be available to answer questions and discuss hot topics in the district with residents – including the Zero Additional Taxes November Bond Issue.
Please join Dr. Lloyd at:
The Village Bean, 8143 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls
- This Monday, September 19th from 12-1 pm
- This Tuesday, September 20th from 8-9 am
READ ALL ABOUT IT – LATEST ‘MUSICAL NOTES’ AND LINKS TO HALFTIME PERFORMANCES
The September edition of the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes is available by clicking HERE. Anyone wishing to submit photos or information for the October newsletter should be sent to Kathy Harris Green, email@example.com, by Friday, September 23rd.
To view the OFHS band halftime performance against Westlake on September 2nd, click HERE.
The September 9th performance at Lakewood is HERE.
OFMA will also sponsor a Fill the Truck fundraiser as it partners with Easter Seals Northern Ohio again. The clothing drive will be in the Board of Education’s parking lot on Oct. 22nd and 23rd. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COLLEGE PREPARATIONS
Parents and students are invited to attend the Your Teen event, Navigating the College Process at 6:30 p.m. September 27th at Lake Ridge Academy.
The first 20 to register for this event will be eligible for the “Be A Model” raffle. One winner will be chosen and one teenager in that winning family will be featured as a model within Your Teen Magazine.
This free event offers a valuable opportunity to gather more information about college: the admissions process, paying for college, discovering a passion and more. A parent expo begins at 6:30 followed by the program at 7 that includes speakers on paying for college, college admission process and others. New this year – parents of grade 8 students for a special presentation on building a great high school experience. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE. Register by visting yourteenmag.com/register-lra-2016.
POST PROM INVITES PARENTS TO MEETINGS; HELP/ATTEND FUNDRAISERS
Senior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center on the third Wednesday of each month. We look forward to seeing you on September 21, 2016!
Bulldog Spirit Bracelets:
- Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.
- We will have a booth at the Olmsted Falls Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23. Please stop by to purchase a Bulldog Spirit bracelet!
Wing Night at Razzles:
- Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 -9:30 p.m.
- $20 ticket includes wings, pizza, beer, and dessert
- Chinese raffle, side boards, door prizes, music from a local DJ
- Tickets sold at the door or in advance from Shari Zbin,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please email Shari if you can help with the following:
- Donate a raffle basket
- Have items to contribute to a raffle basket
- Purchase tickets in advance
- Volunteer the night of the event
To keep up-to-date on important information:
Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
Questions can be directed to: email@example.com
PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process. The morning sessions are from 8-9 a.m. October 10th and November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. The evening sessions are from 6-7 p.m.* September 26th and October 24th in OFHS Room W3. (*Please note change in start time for evening events.) All are on Mondays. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.
Parents and students: Learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid at the October 17th Financial Aid Night that College Now of Greater Cleveland will present in the OFHS Auditorium. Topics for the 7-8 p.m. meeting include helping file FAFSA and other financial-related forms; personalized financial aid guidance, NEW deadlines and resources. OF students also may apply for scholarships who meet eligibility requirements. Contact the Guidance Department, 440-427-6116, to set up an appointment. A flyer is available by clicking HERE.
Baldwin Wallace University will present a College Essay Writing Workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays, October 15th and 29th, in the OFHS Media Center. This two-part workshop will help perfect your college entrance essay. BW personnel will present information and students are encouraged to bring their essays for critique from the admissions point of view. Sign up for this event in Naviance.
Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.
HELPING HANDS UPDATING INFORMATION – NEEDS EMAIL ADDRESSES
Helping Hands is currently recreating its parent email list. If you would like to receive emails from Helping Hands about upcoming events, please email Mariel Krakowiak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your first and last name as well as the preferred email address to be used.
Thank you in advance for helping this group reach out to our community.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY FOR POLARIS’ 9/23 CLAMBAKE
Spots are still available for the Polaris Career Center’s Clambake Fundraiser set for 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23rd in the Polaris Commons. The cost is $40, which includes steamed clams and a buffet of roasted chicken, sausage, clam chowder, corn on the cob, red-skinned potatoes, cole slaw, fruit salad, mac and cheese, desserts and beverages. The award-winning culinary academy chefs and students will prepare the entire meal.
Register today by emailing email@example.com or text 216-337-2329. Be sure to include names of those attending and if you have any special seating requests. Admission must be paid in advance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Citizens for Quality Career-Technical Education. Payments may be mailed or dropped off to the attention of Doug Miller at Polaris, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130.
SIGN UP FOR A NEW LIBRARY CARD – WIPE OUT ANY FINES
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Kids in grades Pre-k through 12 may redeem a special bookmark at any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch for a free gift (while supplies last), a new library card and fine forgiveness during this month.
All students in grades preschool to 5 will receive the bookmark at school. Bookmarks also will be available in the main office for students at OFMS and OFHS. They then may redeem it at Olmsted Falls branch library or any other in that system.
PARENTS: LIVING WITH ALLERGIES TALK AT WESTLAKE LIBRARY
Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their children. It is sponsoring a 7 p.m. September 20th discussion about food allergies, safe ways to set up your home and tips for eating out. Dr. Brian Schroer of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is the speaker. Free childcare is available, but all who wish to attend must register at connectingforkids.org/register, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 440-250-5563. To see an event flyer, click HERE.
NATIVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS GROUP INVITES PARENTS/KIDS TO RECRUITING RALLY
Find out everything you want to know about the Crooked River Local Longhouse at its Recruiting Rally & Cookout from 6-8 p.m. on either September 21st or 22nd. The Native Sons and Daughters will provide hot dogs, drinks, dessert, music, activities, crafts and displays at the picnic that will be at the William J. Green Picnic Area, which is off of Valley Parkway near Baldwin Lake. It is south of South Quarry Lane and north of Eastland Road in Berea. You need only attend one of the two picnics to learn about the group and join. The program is geared toward children ages 5 and older.
To learn more about the Longhouse, view its flyer by clicking HERE. The flyer has a picture that youngsters may color and bring it to the recruiting rally to receive a prize.
The Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board will sponsor the annual Falls Day in the Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 2nd at East River Park. Come and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun, including music, kid’s activities, jugglers, face painting, crafters and other vendors. Food and refreshments will be available. The Olmsted Falls High School marching band also will perform.
We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.
Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.
- Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and staff
- Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
- Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
- Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
- Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers