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OFCS Update – May 19, 2017

O. F. STUDENTS, STAFF RECEIVE ESC EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

Each year the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, or ESC, presents “Excellence in Education” awards to deserving students, peers, and educators.

This year there were four students, three peers and three educator nominations from Olmsted Falls City Schools. Our nominations were sent to the ESC and the recipients* of each award were recognized by ESC at a special awards breakfast held Friday, May 5th.

The Outstanding Student Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors students with disabilities and acknowledges their outstanding achievements, both academic and non-academic.

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Kindergarten student Lleyton Krakowiak

Third-grade student Shahan Kapoor

*12th-grade student Heather Grant

12th-grade student Aaron Oehlstrom

The Outstanding Peer Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors student peers who have established meaningful relationships and are exemplary role models for others.

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

Preschool student Hailey Speigal

Third-grade student Mia Russell

*12th-grade student Anthony Kukura

The Outstanding Educator Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors educators (including administrators, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and related service staff) who have provided exemplary instruction and creative programming that promotes educational results for students with disabilities.

The educator nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Director of Pupil Service Mr. James Tatman

*Intervention Specialist Ms. Christen Hawks

*Paraprofessional Cheryl Fudale

Paraprofessional Debbie Patacca

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and recipients!  Thank you to all for your dedication and support to our special needs population.


BULLDOGS ROCK THE 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS!

Special Olympics 2017 was amazing! More than 50 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual Special Olympics hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria on May 12th.  Students competed in many different events such as running, long jump and softball throw.

Participating Bulldog students practice hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship always shine!  In fact, this year they shined so bright they were featured prominently in local news coverage of the event!

Olmsted Falls City Schools had student participants representing all five of our school buildings:  ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS.  Each building gave its team of Special Olympians an encouraging send-off with students lining hallways to cheer their fellow Bulldogs on as they boarded buses to Ely Stadium.

This year’s 53 Bulldog Special Olympians included:

From the ECC  Annabelle Ellis, David Zamora, Weston Holmes, Joshua Peacock, Sebastian Rashid and Lleyton Krakowiak

From Falls-Lenox  Josh Vassel, Caeden Peeler, Phoenix Novak, Kara Cortes, Shahan Kapoor, Ellen McManamon, Colbie Krakowiak, Anthony DiDonato, Mya Mcnamara, Cormac Hannon, Mack Little, Clay McNamara, Nathan Smith, Jaden Smith and Jacob Komitau

From OFIS Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Emersen Flynn, Jacob Siwek, Caden Celensky, Johnny Clemons, Sarah Gaughan, Alexis Andren, Anthony Russo, Emily Heine, Paige Shamhart and Zach Vassel

From OFMS Connor Habert, Bilal Saadeh, Christina Michney, Maddie Truscott, Mason Mowery and Brooke VanArnhem

From OFHS Bekka McElroy, Jacob Belohavek, Aaron Oehlstrom, Victor Darwish, LuLu Mustafa, Brionna Lewis, Matthew Matzelle, Heather Grant, Sarah Stevens, Liam McIlwee, Kennedy Smith,
Amber Michney, Ashley Michney and Christian Lawrence

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians! Way to represent Bulldog Country! Go Bulldogs!

A huge thank you goes out to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and helped the students have a fun and safe day!  Thank you especially physical education teacher Jordan Eaton for organizing event logistics for all of the Bulldog building teams!  Finally, a special thank you also goes out to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag!

To view the Channel 19 News coverage of this year’s Special Olympics, click HERE.

To view more photos from this event, please click HERE.


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner on May 18th. Congratulations to Kelly Walker, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Michelle Saluja for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Jen Prugar for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Kelly Walker for OFIS PTA; Melissa Schwecke for OFMS PTA; and Kelly Walker for OFHS PTA.

Helping Hands

 

This year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Bulldog parent Nick Shamhart, who was nominated by Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Rochelle Umbel nominated by Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA, Kelly Walker nominated by Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA, and Sandra Graham nominated by Olmsted Falls High School PTA.

Educator of the Year

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School teacher Robert Englehart was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Anne Statz for Falls-Lenox & ECC; Jennifer Canacci for OFMS; and John Vas for OFHS.

ECC school nurse Kristie Patton was also recognized as District Nurse of the Year.

PTA Council President Kelly Walker (far left) and OFHS PTA President Sandra Graham (far right) acknowledge outgoing PTA “senior moms” Cindy Grove and Judy Calloway.

Carly Oliver, Lindsey LaPinta, Julie Calaway, Dominic DeFillippo, Andrew Barnard, Heather Grant, Aaron Oehlstrom and Olivia Thach were honored as the PTA Reflections program state winners in their respective categories. (See additional details in story below.)

Finally, long-time PTA volunteers Judy Calaway, Cindy Grove and Laraine McCafferty were thanked and acknowledged as Senior Parents marking the end of their PTA volunteers years as their youngest child graduates with the Class of 2017.

Golden Expressions

Congratulations to all those recognized!

And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools!

Special thanks also to the OFHS Golden Expressions who performed for guests at this event – their last official performance of a very successful school year!


OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD 8 STATE WINNERS IN PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST!

Congratulations to PTA Reflections Contest State-Level Winners from Olmsted Falls!

Believed to be a first, eight Olmsted Falls students were state winners in this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest, which featured the theme “What is Your Story?”

Congratulations to these students and all who entered the competition.  Below are the eight state-level winners who were also honored at this week’s annual PTA Volunteer Celebration Dinner:

VISUAL ARTS

Lindsey LaPinta’s 1st Place Award-winning work of art!

Carly Oliver/Intermediate Level (grade 3-5) – Award of Excellence/1st place

Lindsey LaPinta/Middle level (grades 6-8) – Award of Outstanding Achievement/2nd place

LITERATURE

Olivia Thach/Intermediate Level (grades 3-5) – Honorable Mention

Julie Calaway/High School level (grades 9-12) – Award of Merit/3rd place

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Dominic DiFilippo/Intermediate

PTA Reflections Chair Mrs. Linda Parkowski with Carly Oliver and Lindsey LaPinta at Reflections award ceremony in Columbus.

Level (grades  3-5) – Honorable Mention

PHOTOGRAPHY

Andrew Barnard/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

SPECIAL ARTISTS

Heather Grant/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Oehlstrom/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

Congratulations again to all of these talented students!

To view more photos, please click HERE.


SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON & BUS TOUR

Approximately 85 senior citizens from throughout the Olmsted community enjoyed a community bus tour, sponsored by Olmsted Township, followed by a complimentary lunch at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, sponsored by Olmsted Falls School District. Guests filled two school buses, which took them on an hour-long narrated tour throughout the community.

Upon returning from the bus tour, guests were greeted and escorted to the OFIS gymnasium by the school’s outstanding group of student ambassadors, who also assisted in serving lunch.  The menu, prepared by the OFCS Food Services Department, included mango chicken, fried rice, mixed veggies and an egg roll along with ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert.

Guests also enjoyed wonderful performances by the OFMS Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Micael Feller (pictured at left), and the OFMS Golden Harmonies singers, under the direction of Mr. Ryan Patterson (pictured below at right).

This marked the fourth time in recent years that Olmsted Falls School District has welcomed community senior citizens into the building for such an event; and the district looks forward to continuing the tradition in the years to come. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with community residents, showcase programs and answer questions.


KINDERGARTEN  STUDENTS ENJOY CLASS TRIP TO LOCAL LIBRARY
Students from Mrs. Doyle’s and Mrs. Roberto’s kindergarten classes enjoyed a field trip to the Olmsted Falls Public Library.  They went on a special tour designed just for them which included a mini-lesson on where beginning readers and non-fiction books are shelved, getting library cards, and checking out books.  The group also had a story time and created an electronic version of the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” story.  Students also learned all about the summer reading program!  These itty bitty bulldogs and their families are all ready to use the public library for lots of reading and learning fun and exploration this summer!

NEW PTA OFFICERS FOR 2017-2018

New officers for all Olmsted Falls PTA units were officially welcomed with a special installation service held during the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner held this week at OFIS.  Following are the respective PTA presidents for each unit for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year:

2017-2018 PTA Unit Presidents (L to R):  Sandra Graham (PFHS PTA), Tricia Vidovich (OFMS PTA), Kerry Kramer (OFIS PTA) and Julianne Allen (Olmsted Falls PTA Council).  Not pictured: Tiffany Fischbach (OECPTA) and Michelle Smith (Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA).

Olmsted Falls PTA Council – Julianne Allen

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA – Tiffany Fischbach

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA – Michelle Smith

OFIS PTA – Kerry Kramer

OFMS PTA – Tricia Vidovich

OFHS PTA – Sandra Graham

Each of these unit presidents will be supported by an executive board of dedicated volunteers serving in the positions of vice president, treasurer, secretary and council delegates.  To view the complete listing of 2017-2018 Executive Board Members, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your ongoing support of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls school community!  We looking forward to another fantastic year!


OFVA BRINGS THE GOLD BACK HOME

The Olmsted Falls Volleyball Association 12’s team took 1st place in Gold in the OVR tournament last Saturday in Columbus.

This means the team placed 1st in the state!

The team never quit and fought hard to bring the gold back to Olmsted Falls.  Congratulations, girls!


FOURTH GRADERS LEARN ALL ABOUT EYES

Dr. Scott Sedlacek of The Eye Place in Olmsted Falls visited all the fourth grade classrooms last week.

He presented a program called The Secret Case of Vinny Vision, designed to teach students about the anatomy of the eye and eye health and safety tips.

Thank you, Dr. Sedlacek!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

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 Baseball Camp (Grades 1-9) – June 5th-9th **JUST ADDED**

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)

Girls/Boys Tennis Camp (Ages 7-18) – May 31st and June 1st (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

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.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE NEXT TUESDAY – 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.


ARE YOU A WINNER IN THE OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE?

Winners of the OFMS PTA May calendar raffle, please pick up your prize in the Olmsted Falls Middle School office during school hours. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! 🙂 Watch the next blog for more winners!!

May 1st- Melt gift card- Kathy Hunsicker

May 2nd- iTunes gift card- Lee Kolokoske

May 3rd- The Eye Place gift card- Zach Mortensen

May 4th- Subway gift card- Diane Metzger

May 5th- Dick’s gift card- Charlotte Clancy-Edwards

May 6th- iTunes gift card- Steve Schwecke

May 7th- Little Caesar’s gift card- McKeely Kemock

May 8th- iTunes gift card- Meg DiFilippo

May 9th- Buffalo Wild Wings gift card- Meghan Rambert

May 10th- Starbucks gift card- Mary Gratzer

May 11th- iTunes gift card- Christopher Homola

May 12th- Regal Cinemas- Subhash Chandrasekharan

May 13th- OF Bulldogs baseball cap- Bryce Burkhard


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.


CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

Lifetouch National School Studios is offering parents a chance to order photographs of your student at the commencement ceremony.  Every student will be photographed, with photos available online 10 days after the special event.  To view the online order form, click HERE.

Graduates will receive complimentary proofs in the mail. There is no obligation to make any purchases.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR – REQUIRED SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEGIN NEXT WEEK, MAY 25 & 26

OFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.  the first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED ON-LINE, THE NEXT STEP IS TO SCHEDULE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT.  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 25 -26. if you do not already have an appointment slot scheduled, please make sure call the ECC ASAP at 427-6360.  

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

KindergartenOlmsted 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.


FORE! 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



OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

OCBSC (Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission) is looking for a Field Crew Manager for summer employment.  Please click HERE to view the job descriptions.

Contact Jill Lukes at 440-476-5997 or Lillian Faust at 440-638-9189 directly if interested.  


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.


SATURDAY IS FINAL DAY FOR ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE

This Saturday is the last chance to spruce up your yard with plants from the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 flower sale. Its sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 20th in the parking lot in front of the Olde Wine Cellar – formerly Jenkins Center, at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street.  Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables at good prices.  Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally.

The group also is collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider bringing a non-perishable food item when you shop.


FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT O.F. RELAY FOR LIFE

A June 10th youth flag football tournament will have its proceeds go toward the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life. Age divisions include under 10, 11-15 and 16 and up.

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

To view a flyer, click HERE. Sign up today!


REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAND VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CLINIC & LEAGUE

Kids in grades 5-12 may sign up for a Youth Sand Volleyball Skills Clinic for seven weeks starting June 7th at Razzles on Bagley Road. Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include skill learning and scrimmages.

Razzles also is offering a Youth Sand Volleyball League Girls 4S and Coed 4S starting June 8th for grades 5-12.  Divisions include grades 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Game times will vary from 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. It is a seven-week tournament.

To view more detailed information and registration forms for both the skills clinic and league, click HERE.


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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  1. Anne Mendenhall
    May 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats OFCS on all of the great accomplishments this school year! Bulldog students, teachers, and volunteers are awesome!

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