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OFCS Update – April 26, 2017

OFMS STUDENTS RECEIVE KUDOS DURING THEIR WASHINGTON TRIP

Weather changes every day did not deter OFMS eighth graders from experiencing an educational and enriching Washington D.C. trip that occurred earlier this month. This was the 15th trip to our nation’s capitol and what Principal Mark Kurz called another “amazing” experience.

The school took 270 students and 46 staff and parent chaperones on the trip. This year’s highlights included the wreath ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington National Cemetery, tour of the U. S. Capitol and a visit to Shanksville, PA, to view the Flight 93 Memorial and Visitor Center.

Weather presented the biggest challenge the group had since they experienced a different season each day. On Wednesday, temperatures reached summer weather near 78 degrees.  On Thursday, the group was caught in torrential downpours at the White House as they waited in line at the U. S. Capitol. Friday, a winter storm blew in with wind chills near zero degrees at Gettysburg and Shanksville. The weather, however, did not stop them – they stayed on schedule and saw all planned sights.

Mr. Kurz said OFMS students always catch the positive attention of staff at the various venues. This year’s trip was no different. That proved true in an email they received from one of the Gettysburg tour guides.

“I just wanted to let you know that your 8th graders were fantastic during the tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield!  I have been guiding 42 years and I believe they were the BEST ever school group I have guided!  You should be very proud of them!  They represented their school, their parents, and themselves very well.  They were very attentive and answered my questions. Your teachers/chaperones did a great job too! Thank you for letting them go on this trip to truly appreciate their history!”

One of the park rangers at the Flight 93 Visitor Center said of OFMS students, “We have had hundreds of schools and students visit this memorial, and your students have been, by far, the most respectful, quiet, and interested of any I have seen.”

What a great tribute to our students, staff, parents and community!

To view an online gallery of photos from the trip, please click HERE.

Also, here are a few videos from their Washington D.C. trip.  Just click the link to view them.

  1. Wreath Presentation at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery Video – Top Step View
  2. Wreath Presentation Video – Lower Step View
  3. Capitol Tour Video
  4. Gettysburg Battlefield Video
  5. Dancing on the Boat Dinner Cruise Video

BOARD HONORS SCHOLAR ATHLETES, 1ST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE ATHLETES AND SWC CHAMPION BOWLING & WRESTLING TEAMS

Bulldog athletes, coaches, family and friends attended the April 20th regular meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding group of winter athletes.  Six student athletes were honored for being named 1st Team All SWC Conference Student Athletes and 10 student athletes were honored as Scholar Athletes for earning the highest Grade Point Average on their respective varsity teams.  The Board of Education also recognized the SWC Championship-Winning Boys and Girls Bowling Teams, and  SWC-Champion Wrestling Team and coaches for earning the top spot in this year’s conference in their respective sports.  All students honored received certificates of recognition, and all in attendance celebrated with a cake and punch reception that followed.

Winter 2017 Scholar Athletes:

Boys Basketball:  Matthew Johnson

Girls Basketball:  Rachael Vance

Wrestling:  Alexander Kho

Girls Swimming:  Stephanie Schroth

Boys Swimming:  Eric Andrews

Hockey:  Cameron Wilson

Cheerleading:  Abigail Boenig Dombek

Gymnastics:  Hannah Witteman

Boys Bowling: Nathan Zinser

Girls Bowling: Joselyn Rabbitt

Winter 2017 SWC First Team Athletes:

Boys Basketball – Joshua Goodwin

Girls Basketball – Sarah Balfour

Girls Basketball – Clare Kelly

Hockey – Zachary Snyder

Wrestling – Joshua Jaeckin

Wrestling – Michael Shaw

SWC Championship Girls Bowling Team:

Kellie Garrity, Joselyn Rabbit, Erika Ratcliff, Krislynn Katona and Angela Weiland

Coach: Chuck Carver

SWC Championship Boys Bowling Team:

Logan Sharp, Keegan Skoczen, Jerrod Green, Scott McKee, Matt McFadden, Travis Green, Matt Miller, Gavin Rousek, Kyle Kollm and ​Nathan Zinser

Coach: Chuck Carver

SWC Championship Wrestling Team:

Seniors: Noah Broski, Alex Kho and Brady Stang

Juniors: Sam Fontana, Josh Jaeckin, ​John McCabe, Jaden Mendeluk, ​Jihad Salti, ​Michael Shaw and Zach Wolanin

Sophomores: Connor Atkins, Nick Dailey, Caiden Fetterman, ​Nick Kuntz and ​David McEwen

Freshmen: Justin Jaeckin, ​Tariq Salti and ​Brennan Stang

Coaches: Bryce Burkhard, Chris Connelly, Chris Odon and Ross Whitson

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding athletes and their coaches!! 


U.S. CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI MEETS WITH STUDENTS AT OFHS

Olmsted Falls High School government class students had the opportunity to meet and talk with U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci last week.  The special visit came about following an extra credit project completed by a few of Mr. Pellerite’s students over the winter break.  Congressman Renacci’s office was putting together a collection of stories about war veterans.  Students were invited to interview a veteran and record their story for the special project.  In the process of submitting the stories written by his students, Mr. Pellerite asked if the congressman would be interested in coming to speak to his government classes.  Congressman Renacci accepted and the opportunity for OFHS students to meet and speak with the U.S. representative became reality.  Students gathered in the auditorium and spent more than an hour with the congressman, who shared information on his background and his work as our representative in Washington D.C.   Students also had the opportunity to ask questions, and enjoyed the personal dialogue with the congressman.

On behalf of Mr. Pellerite’s class and OFHS, sincere thanks and appreciation are extended to Congressman Renacci and his office for making this informative and memorable visit possible!


OFHS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CLASS HOSTS SPRING EVENT FOR ITTY BITTY BULLDOGS 

OFHS students in Mrs. Radigan’s Parenting and Child Development class got to put what their learning about into action this month as they planned and hosted a spring party for preschool students at our Early Childhood Center.

Along with creating fine and gross motor activities for the children to participate in, the high school students wrote and illustrated their own children’s books and were able to read them to our ECC students. Topics ranged from superheros, to diversity, to fire trucks!

Fun was had by all and it was a great learning opportunity for our youngest and oldest students alike!


BULLDOG BUS DRIVERS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS AT ANNUAL OHIO SCHOOL BUS ROAD-E-O
On Saturday, April 22nd, Buckeye Senior High was the site of the annual Ohio School Bus Road-E-O for the North Region of Ohio.  This skill competition tests driver’s school bus knowledge and behind the wheel skills while offering a chance to interact with and compete against other drivers from around the state.  This year the Olmsted Falls City School District Transportation Department sent seven staff members to compete, and one to judge (Cindi Serrani).  Our drivers achieved great results this year with Roger Urbanek, Lisa Clelland-Williams, Tracey Rinas, and Nancy Hunt combining to score 5th place in the region as a team.  Our drivers who competed individually (Kathy Barber, Kathy Genemans, and Irene Stoyka) also turned in high scores.
Together our staff also earned the 2nd place Spirit Award in the North Region for their safety display.  Our staff members shared our local safety policies along with “Driver Safety Kits” containing anything one may need while transporting students safely in a school bus.
Congratulations to the OFCS Transportation Department for once again representing our district well at the Ohio School Bus Road-E-O!

WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS SHARE BENEFITS OF PROGRAM WITH BOARD MEMBERS

Olmsted Falls Middle School French Teacher Emma Schlabig and Spanish Teacher Laura Ulmenstine made an informative presentation to the Board of Education at the regular April meeting regarding the middle school’s world language program.  Students at OFMS have the opportunity to explore world languages including French and Spanish during their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  Many eighth graders are even able to take either French or Spanish for high school credit during their eighth grade year!  This growing program offers numerous benefits to students and has quickly grown in popularity.

To view a copy of the OFMS World Language presentation, please click HERE.

To view a video of OFMS students talking about their experience in the OFMS World Language program, please click HERE.

Thank you to our outstanding world language teachers at OFMS for sharing!


BOARD GETS UPDATE ON OFHS EXPANSION / RENOVATION PROJECT

Planning is underway for the expansion and renovation of Olmsted Falls High School made possible through the passage of the zero additional taxes bond issue this past November.  At their regular monthly meeting for April, Board of Education members received an update on the project during a joint presentation by the district’s architects from AVG and the district’s construction management firm, Turner Construction.  The project is currently in the schematic design phase in terms of the architectural component and the construction management team is working through logistics and planning.  We look forward to sharing additional information as the construction is confirmed and renderings become available.  Thank you again to our community for making this much-needed expansion and renovation project possible with the passage of the November issue!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SPRING PRODUCTION – THIS WEEKEND – APRIL 27TH-29TH

What has 45 cast members, nine folk musicians, 6 foley artists and 26 crew members? 

Well it’s ONE fantastic production that the Bulldog Theatre Company will perform of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The play is Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure about a displaced family of foxes and the clever ways they and other woodland creatures outwit three bumbling farmers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th; Friday, April 28th, and Saturday, April 29th in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria.

Tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up) and free for senior citizens and students grade 3 and lower.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Olmsted Falls!


OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT LERNER AND LOEWE’S BRIGADOON – THIS WEEKEND – APRIL 28 & 29TH

Poster artwork  designed by OFHS students in Elizabeth Cleary’s Digital Marketing and Web Design class.

Please join us at Olmsted Falls High School for Masquers’ production of Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical, Brigadoon. Performances are Friday, April 28 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or can be reserved by emailing Christie Cutarelli at ccutarelli@ofcs.net.

Many of the songs from the Brigadoon, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947, and there was a 1954 film version starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

Come see the talented student performers at Olmsted Falls High School!


COME OUT TO CHEER ON OUR OFIS GIRLS ON THE RUN – SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

We need your Cheers!! Please come out and support the OFIS Girls Running Club as they participate in the Olmsted Spirit 5k on Sunday, May 7.  The girls have been training hard for the past 2 months and would love some crowd support.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the High School stadium at 9am.  The running club girls will be wearing neon pink ~ stop up to cheer them on!


OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE – DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

$5.00/ 31 CHANCES TO WIN!! Each day in May, a name will be pulled and the winners notified. You may purchase as many calendars as you like and please share with others! Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips, and scholarships. A list of winners will be posted on the O.F. blog each week. Good luck!!!

Please click HERE to print calendar and submit it along with your money to the MS Office in an envelope marked calendar raffle by April 30th. Checks can be made payable to OFMS PTA.


OLMSTED FALLS SUMMER BAND PROGRAM FOR CURRENT 5TH-7TH GRADE STUDENTS

Come jam with Mrs. Julie Budd the Director of Bands at OFHS.  This program is designed for current 5-7th grade students who are interested in playing their band instruments and having fun!!!  We will play awesome music, have themed days, and fun games.  The OF Summer Band Program will be held in the high school band room.  Students will receive a Camp T-shirt and concert band students will get a music book to keep.

Camp Dates:  Wednesday, May 31th –Friday, June 2nd; Monday, June 5th –Friday, June 9th; and Camp Concert on SATURDAY June 10th.

To download flyer with registration form, please click HERE.  Registration forms with payment due to your student’s music teacher by Monday, May 1st.


BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


CONGRATS TO OUR COMMUNITY’S NEWEST EAGLE SCOUTS

Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Joe Bertrand with community’s newest Eagle Scouts at Eagle Court of Honor event. Eagle Scouts (L to R):  Tyler Miller (senior from Berea Midpark HS), Bennett Graham (senior at OFHS), Ryan Miller (senior at OFHS) and John Campbell (sophomore at OFHS).

Congratulations to the Olmsted community’s newest Eagle Scouts!

John Campbell (sophomore at OFHS), Bennett Graham (senior at OFHS), and Ryan Miller (senior at OFHS) were honored this past weekend as Troop 201 convened an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Olmsted Community Church.  These outstanding young men have attained Scouting’s highest honor.

Eagle Scout projects included:

John Campbell’s construction of a monarch butterfly way station at the Cleveland Metropark’s Rocky River Reservation, which boasts 200 plants over a quarter acre of land;

Bennett Graham’s construction of an interactive Miller’s Square station for use by special education and autistic students at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center;

and Ryan Miller’s landscape improvements at the exterior entrance of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, which included the planting of four boxwood trees.

 


ALL CALL FOR ARTISTS!! INVITATION TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS & ALUMNI!!

Community residents and alumni are invited to enter art work for the annual May Show!

The Annual May Show is Friday, May 12th, and we would love for you to enter your work!!

Members of the Olmsted community and all Bulldog alumni are invited to share their hidden talents at the High School May Show. The work will be shown in a special area that has been set aside for you. Please consider participating this year, as it’s a favorite display for so many!!

There are display boards available for flat work (paintings, drawings, photography, etc…), and table space available for three-dimensional pieces (sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, etc…).

If you would like to submit work, please click HERE to fill out the form and submit your response.

All entered work MUST be dropped off between Monday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 10th to W4 in the High School (Amber West’s room).

Work can be picked up on Friday, May 12, after the show (after 8:00 p.m.) or during school the following week.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME – REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  • Gift Card Drive-by and Donate (No need to exit your car!) Saturday, May 6 from 10a-Noon at OFHS We are asking parents to donate a gift card of $15.00 or higher for POST PROM.  We are using these cards for prizes to be given out that evening.  We appreciate everyone who is helping to make this night very special for our children. Thank you in advance for your contribution. If you are unable to drop it off on Saturday, May 6, you can put it in an envelope marked PostProm and have your student drop it off at the office of the high school.
  • Order your PROM flowers by May 17 from The Flower Shoppe and help support Post Prom. The Flower Shoppe, a charming family-owned and operated flower store located on Sprague Road offers an array of the finest floral arrangements.  They can help you design a wrist corsage, boutonniere or a special bouquet of flowers.  call The Flower Shoppe at 440-243-3358 to place your order, OR visit The Flower Shoppe at 22971 Sprague Road in Columbia Station.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please place your orders by May 17th.  The Flower Shoppe has offered to partner with Olmsted Falls Post Prom so please mention Post Prom at the time of the order.

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers, but you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


SPRUCE UP YOUR YARD WITH O.F. GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIALS – MAY 7TH

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s annual Perennial Sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 on Main Street grounds across from Olmsted Community Church.

Plants for pollinators, flowering bushes, hostas, wildflowers and deer-resistant plants are just a few of the many varieties that will be offered.  Proceeds benefit primary school programs, public gardens and other community projects.

 


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS COOKIE BATTLE MAY 17TH

Date: 5/17/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.  Please click link below to register:

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=107602


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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OFCS Update – April 13, 2017

NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY/MONDAY FOR LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

There will be no school on this Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th for the Easter holiday weekend.  Classes will resume Tuesday, April 18th.

Enjoy a wonderful extended weekend.  See you Tuesday!


OFHS ENGINEERING STUDENTS TAKE TOP SPOTS AT ANNUAL OHIO SKILLS USA COMPETITION

Our winning engineering teams from OFHS at this week’s Ohio SkillsUSA competition in Columbus.

This past Tuesday, April 11th, students from the engineering classes at OFHS competed at the Ohio SkillsUSA competitions in Columbus. The following teams placed in the top 3:

Four-time State Gold Medalists

Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt placed 1st in Robotics Automation Technology (Four-time State Gold Medalists) and will be going to National competition in June.

Raymond Beniseka and Connor Krucek took 2nd Place in Mobile Robotics.

Evan Martin and Charles Reitz took 2nd Place in Robotic Urban Search and Rescue.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! And good luck to Stephanie and Joselyn as they head to national competition in June!


OHIO STATE SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TESS ELSHOFF VISITS OFCS

Ohio State School Board President Tess Elshoff spent a day touring the Olmsted Falls School District this week. On Wednesday, April 12th, Mrs. Elshoff joined Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and visited several buildings and classrooms across the district. They spent time at Falls-Lenox observing innovative guided reading activities in a first grade classroom, visited the new Maker Space stations at OFIS, checked out Project Lead the Way Engineering and Robotics classes at OFMS, and observed a marketing class at OFHS.

While at OFHS, Mrs. Elshoff received an extended building tour from Principal Holly Schafer who reviewed the upcoming expansion and renovation project made possible by the passage of the zero additional taxes bond issue this past November.

 

 

In addition to her classroom visits, Mrs. Elshoff met with district administrators and Olmsted Falls Board of Education member Linda Parkowski, and also spent time talking to with Olmsted Falls teachers.

OFCS extends our sincere thanks to Mrs. Elshoff for spending the day with us to learn more about Olmsted Falls City Schools!

To view additional photos from Mrs. Elshoff’s visit, please click HERE.


POWERSCHOOL ACCESS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FROM 4/16 – 4/17

Please note that an update has been scheduled for the PowerSchool servers.

This means PowerSchool access for all users will be unavailable from Sunday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. until Monday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m.  All users will be locked out during the upgrade time.

Thank you for your understanding of this needed upgrade.


FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS EXPLORE UNIVERSE WITH STAR LAB!

Last week, Falls-Lenox students explored our universe inside the Natural History’s portable planetarium, Star Lab! Crawling through a tube into a large dome took students to a spectacular night sky. There, students were able to identify ten key constellations of the spring sky and learn about the ancient Greek and Indian mythologies behind those stars. Parents can ask your student to teach you about Orion and how he can send us around our horizon to other attractions!

Star Lab was out of this world! Thank you to Mrs. LaGruth and Dr. Kolozvary for teaching each class and sharing your love of science!

To view more pictures from Star Lab, click HERE.


INTERACTIVE SAFETY FAIR – SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND – ADDRESSES YOUNG BULLDOGS

Children in grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to attend the Safety Fair: Safety Never Hurts event at Polaris Career Center on Saturday, April 22nd.  Children will learn about safety at home, school and online by participating in a variety of interactive learning stations.

Polaris’ Criminal Justice program is sponsoring the fair, which is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22nd. Polaris is at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights.


OFMS TEACHER DAVE WILLSON IS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Dave Willson, teacher and athletic director at Olmsted Falls Middle School. He was named Middle School Athletic Director of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Mr. Willson accepted the award Sunday at the organization’s annual dinner at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.

In addition to his 31 years of teaching math in the district, Mr. Willson has served as the middle school athletic director for the last 10 years.  He has organized the home/away schedules for the Southwestern Conference Middle Schools league schedules/calendars. He also has set up and organized the B team leagues for the conference teams that also have additional B teams in middle school basketball and volleyball.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Willson on this well-deserved honor!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SPRING PRODUCTION APRIL 27TH-29TH

What has 45 cast members, nine folk musicians, 6 foley artists and 26 crew members? 

Well it’s ONE fantastic production that the Bulldog Theatre Company will perform of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The play is Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure about a displaced family of foxes and the clever ways they and other woodland creatures outwit three bumbling farmers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th; Friday, April 28th, and Saturday, April 29th in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria.

Tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up) and free for senior citizens and students grade 3 and lower.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Olmsted Falls!


OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT LERNER AND LOEWE’S BRIGADOON – APRIL 28 & 29TH

Poster artwork  designed by OFHS students in Elizabeth Cleary’s Digital Marketing and Web Design class.

Please join us at Olmsted Falls High School for Masquers’ production of Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical, Brigadoon. Performances are Friday, April 28 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or can be reserved by emailing Christie Cutarelli at ccutarelli@ofcs.net.

Many of the songs from the Brigadoon, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947, and there was a 1954 film version starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

Come see the talented student performers at Olmsted Falls High School!


RIGHT TO READ WEEK AT ECC WAS A ‘BUGGY’ HIT

Thank you to all the wonderful people who made Right to Read Week at the ECC a lot of fun for the kindergartners and preschoolers. The theme was  “Buggy About Books.” The kids did hands-on activities incorporating math and science, all while learning  about bugs and the importance of reading.

A Big Thank You to the amazing FL/ECC PTA!! They generously purchased books so that each kindergartner and preschooler received three free books during the week.

Another thank you to the RTR chairperson, Rachel O’Malley, who was instrumental in scheduling a visit from local author, Michael Samulak. The children also met our public Librarian, Sue Grame. She provided an amazing puppet show for the kids. They all had a great time.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


ALL CALL FOR ARTISTS!! INVITATION TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS & ALUMNI!!

Community residents and alumni are invited to enter art work for the annual May Show!

The Annual May Show is Friday, May 12th, and we would love for you to enter your work!!

Members of the Olmsted community and all Bulldog alumni are invited to share their hidden talents at the High School May Show. The work will be shown in a special area that has been set aside for you. Please consider participating this year, as it’s a favorite display for so many!!

There are display boards available for flat work (paintings, drawings, photography, etc…), and table space available for three-dimensional pieces (sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, etc…).

If you would like to submit work, please click HERE to fill out the form and submit your response.

All entered work MUST be dropped off between Monday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 10th to W4 in the High School (Amber West’s room).

Work can be picked up on Friday, May 12, after the show (after 8:00 p.m.) or during school the following week.


OFHS PTA HOSTS VENDORS NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH APRIL 24TH MEETING – JUST IN TIME TO SHOP FOR MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION!

OFHS PTA meeting is Monday April 24 at 7 p.m. (and will be quick so we can all shop!)
Come on out to vendors night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Great gifts for Mothers Day, birthdays, graduation.
Money raised goes to HS scholarships.


DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A AND SUPPORT OFHS PTA

The Olmsted Falls High School PTA has a tasty fundraiser from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, April 24th at the North Olmsted Chick-fil-A (4779 Great Northern Blvd.)

Mention OFHS PTA when placing your order and it will earn up to 25 percent of sales! You may either dine in, carry out, drive through or cater for the PTA to receive the benefits.

Why not enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Chick-fil-A that day!


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Post Prom tickets, which are PRE-SALE ONLY, will be sold at the same time as Prom tickets.  Prom/PostProm ticket sales in the OFHS Cafeteria on:

  • April 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 19 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, after testing

Post Prom tickets are $10 per person.  Checks made to OFHS Post Prom or Cash

Any senior can attend Post Prom even if you do not attend Prom.

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

T-shirt Quilt Raffle – Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

April 18, 2017 (5-8 PM) – Come Accessory Shop for Prom & Mom @ Olmsted Falls High School, Media Center (Click HERE for flyer with details)

April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill  — Contact Stacy to buy tickets pre-sale and receive more BINGO cards and chances to win!! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee  

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com 

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



O.F. BOY SCOUT TROOP 252 TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUN., APRIL 23RD

Local Boy Scout Troop 252 from St. Mary of the Falls will be hosting a community Pancake Breakfast event on Sunday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Funds from this breakfast will help pay for camping and troop supplies. Join us for pancakes, sausage and raffles!

Click HERE to download the event flyer.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers, but you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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OFCS Update – April 7, 2017

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OFCS NAMED AMONG BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC FOR 11TH YEAR STRAIGHT

The school district continues its streak with music accolades.  The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) again designated the Olmsted Falls school district among the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education. The district has received this honor 11 consecutive years. NAMM selected 527 school districts across the country for the honor this year.

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.  Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

To view a list of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Districts, please click HERE.

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. School officials verified the responses that The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas then reviewed.

Prior research has found links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. That is why music programs prove an excellent opportunity for students to excel in the other disciplines.

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


MRS. STRAWSER’S KINDERGARTNERS PRESENT TO BOARD

Eight kindergarten students from Mrs. Strawser’s full-day class at the ECC made a special visit to the monthly Board of Education meeting in March to share with Board members their love of reading. These special guests read a poem about reading, sang a fun ABC song and showed off their fast developing skills by reading with Board members and adults in the audience. These small but mighty bulldogs did a great job and everyone enjoyed their visit!

To view a photo gallery of their visit, click HERE.


BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES MARIEL KRAKOWIAK FOR RECENT PARENT OF YEAR AWARD

Board of Education President Joe Bertrand (left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with Mariel Krakowiak.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored OFIS art teacher and parent Mariel Krakowiak at its monthly Board Meeting in March as members recognized her recent Parent of the Year Award.

Mrs. Krakowiak was named Connecting for Kid’s Parent of the Year for her work in founding and leading the Helping Hands organization at Olmsted Falls Schools.

Under Mariel’s volunteer leadership, the group also offers activities and fundraisers to benefit helping Hands ongoing efforts as well as the efforts of other nonprofit groups such as Special Olympics.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


INTRODUCING THE 2017-18 OFHS GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM

Congratulations to the members of the 2017-18 Olmsted Falls High School Golden Bullettes Drill Team.

Members are Isabelle Cameron, Kai Falcone, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Audrey Guildoo, Taylor Jones, Lauren Kane, Georgia Kelley, Autumn Knierim, Rachel Korba, Cameron Nelson, Lexi Pishkula, Arianna Ponticelli,, Bailey Sharp, Gaby Solis, Sara Tonissen, Cassie Urry, Gabi Wasikowski and Kayla Zapotosky.

 Let’s go Bulldogs! Best of luck in the upcoming year!

OFIS BULLDOG BROADCAST NOW ACCESSIBLE TO ALL VIA BUILDING WEBSITE
Over the past two years, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School teacher Mr. Jesse Judson has been working with students on The Bulldog Broadcast, the Intermediate School’s official morning show.  The project, which utilizing web-based video editing software and green screen Chroma Key technology, has grown from just an idea to a daily show featuring the daily Pledge of Allegiance and student birthday recognition, alongside weekly segments from the Art Department, Tech Ed, and the S.W.A.T. Team.
The Bulldog Broadcast also features periodic announcements from the OFIS P.T.A., Student Council, K-Kids, The Green Team, Choir, the Library and the Guidance Department – just to name a few.  The students have really embraced the project and catch on so quickly to the technology.  The ultimate goal of the production is for Mr. Judson to serve in more of advisory role with the students leading the way – and based on how far the show has come in just two years, that may mot be far off!  Next year, the plan is to have this become a completely student created and produced show.
As the popularity of the show has grown, there’s been a desire to share this great work with a wider audience.  A Quick Link to each day’s show has just been added to the OFIS website homepage and, once you click on the link to view the day’s program, viewers also have access to an archive of older shows as well!  Special thanks to District Technology Integration Specialist Mr. Jeff VanArnhem for his assistance in getting The Bulldog Broadcast onto the website!
Be sure to check it out when you get a chance!  Great work Bulldogs!

BULLDOG RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP AT RECENT CAVS GAME

Congratulations to Alyssa Tonissen who was one of 10 recipients of a Cavs/Huntington Bank scholarship. More than 500 students applied for the scholarships.

Applicants submitted a 500-word essay, involved in a high level of service in their communities, provide a high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores and a letter of recommendation. The 20 semi-finalists were then interviewed.

The 10 awardees were announced and attended Tuesday’s Cavaliers home game.


MANY DONATED BOOKS TO COPS FOR KIDS BOOKMOBILES

A special thanks to all who contributed books to the OFHS Student Council Book Drive to support the Cleveland Police Department Cops for Kids bookmobiles. We collected 200 books for this program, which helps take children’s minds off difficult life circumstances in which their families may be involved.

A special thanks to Mrs. Corrigan for initiating this program at our high school this school year!


BULLDOG GRAD PART OF ICE SKATING TEAM THAT WON ITS 25 U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIP

Andi Gottfried, a 2015 OFHS grad, is a member of the Haydenettes Synchronized Ice Skating team that will compete for the ISU World title in Colorado Springs this Friday and Saturday.  She attends Merrimack College in Boston.

The team is the reigning World bronze medalists. In February it won its 25th U.S. championship, their eighth consecutive national title.  In the last 18 months, Andi and her team, which represents the USA as Team USA #1, skated in Spain, Sweden, China, Hungary, Canada and Germany. The team was featured recently on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays. To view that video, click HERE.

To learn more about the ice skating team, go to haydensynchroteams.com.

Andi’s parents, Gene and Kim Gottfried, thank OFHS staff and administration for thier support along the way in helping Andi achieve this goal of skating with the Haydenettes.

Congratulations, Andi!  Best wishes in the world championship this weekend!


HURRY! FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR THIS SATURDAY’S NIGHT AT THE RACES 

St. Mary Night at the RacesIt’s heading down the stretch to Saturday’s Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person. Contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.

OFHS PTA HOSTS VENDORS NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH APRIL 24TH MEETING – JUST IN TIME TO SHOP FOR MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION!

OFHS PTA meeting is Monday April 24 at 7 p.m. (and will be quick so we can all shop!)
Come on out to vendors night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Great gifts for Mothers Day, birthdays, graduation.
Money raised goes to HS scholarships.


 

OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION HAS 2 UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS – ONE IS THIS WEEKEND

Another “Fill the Truck” opportunity will be at the OF Board of Education parking lot THIS WEEKEND – April 8th and 9th. It is again partnering with the Easter Seals Northern Ohio with this clothing drive. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Acceptable items include clothing; shoes; accessories such as purses, scarves, gloves, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes; linens; curtains; draperies; towels; bedding and fabric.  It will not accept household items, toys or any items that are not cloth.  All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. To see a flier that explains how to bring them to the drop off and other details, click HERE.

Dine in or out at North Olmsted’s Bob Evans and help raise money for the OFMA.

Present the OFMA’s flier from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MONDAY, April 10th and the group will earn 15 percent of your purchase. Bob Evans is at 25853 Lorain Road. Please be sure you present the flier to the cashier.  This must be done for OFMA to receive credit for your purchase. To download the flier, click HERE.

Please find the latest April Musical Notes newsletter by clicking HERE.


OFIS MALLEY’S CANDY SALE ENDS THIS MONDAY!

malley_chocAll proceeds from the OFIS Malley’s candy sale will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $60 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

· TO GET STARTED: Go to malleys.com/fundraise. Our group link is https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-intermediate/


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Post Prom tickets, which are PRE-SALE ONLY, will be sold at the same time as Prom tickets.  Prom/PostProm ticket sales in the OFHS Cafeteria on:

  • April 11 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm
  • April 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 19 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, after testing

Post Prom tickets are $10 per person.  Checks made to OFHS Post Prom or Cash

Any senior can attend Post Prom even if you do not attend Prom.

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

T-shirt Quilt Raffle – Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

April 18, 2017 (5-8 PM) – Come Accessory Shop for Prom & Mom @ Olmsted Falls High School, Media Center (Click HERE for flyer with details)

April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill  — Contact Stacy to buy tickets pre-sale and receive more BINGO cards and chances to win!! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee  

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com 

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



O. F. BOY SCOUT TROOP 252 TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 23RD

Local Boy Scout Troop 252 from St. Mary of the Falls will be hosting a community Pancake Breakfast event on Sunday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Funds from this breakfast will help pay for camping and troop supplies. Join us for pancakes, sausage and raffles!

Click HERE to download the event flyer.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers,vbut you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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