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OFCS Update – February 8, 2019


New Partnership Provides Vitamix With Field Naming Rights as Well as Opportunities to Enhance Student Curriculum and Food Service Offerings


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Olmsted Falls City School District is pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership with Vitamix, a manufacturer of internationally renowned, high-performance blending equipment headquartered locally in Olmsted Township. This unique collaboration features three key components that benefit both partners, including football field naming rights, student curriculum enhancements, and food services support.

Olmsted Falls City School District and Vitamix have entered into an agreement that will provide an important alternative revenue stream to the school district while providing Vitamix with an opportunity to further enhance its many existing connections within the local community. One of the key elements of the new partnership is naming rights to the Olmsted Falls High School football field, which will be officially dedicated as “Vitamix Field” at Charles Harding Memorial Stadium when the 2019 season gets underway this fall. This field naming rights component of the partnership is structured to generate $200,000 for the school district over the next 10 years.

“We are extremely excited at this opportunity to deepen our relationship with Vitamix and look forward to the multiple elements of this new partnership,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “In addition to Vitamix Field becoming a reality, we will also be working collaboratively with the company on innovative curriculum and food service projects.”

“We are thrilled to partner so closely with the Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Vitamix President and CEO Dr. Jodi L. Berg. “Vitamix has been a member of the Olmsted community for more than 70 years, so it’s an honor to contribute in this way to one of Northeast Ohio’s premier school districts. Our corporate purpose is to liberate and nourish the zest for life. Doing that for Olmsted Falls students is a wonderful opportunity that our employees will relish.”


(L to R) Scott Hackman and Adam Wilson from the Vitamix team collaborate with OFCS Director of Food Services Denise Tabar during a preliminary partnership planning meeting which included a walk-through of the newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria space.

One of the unique aspects of this new partnership will be an ongoing collaboration between the schools and key Vitamix team members in areas of shared interest relating to student curriculum, as well as student health and wellness. Vitamix team members will be working directly with the Assistant Superintendent and a team of district educators on infusing real-world experiences into areas of specific high school curriculum.

Additionally, Vitamix team members will be working closely with the district’s Director of Food Services on the implementation of new menu items for students. To support these efforts, Vitamix has donated blending equipment valued at more than $10,000 to be distributed throughout the district, including four Vita-Prep 3 machines, four Vitamix XL machines, and one Blending Station Advance.

Moving forward, a preliminary presentation outlining partnership progress and collaboration to date will be made before the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting set for Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Media Center.


student successEight talented Olmsted Falls High School students were regional award winners in this year’s Scholastic Art competition. This is an outstanding accomplishment for these talented Bulldogs as they competed against thousands of other entries this year! Students were recognized for their achievements and presented with their award certificates during a special reception at the Reinberger Galery at the Cleveland Institute of Art held in January.

Congratulations to:

Katie Caswell – Gold Key for “Hand of Positivity”

Chloe Thach – Gold Key for “Dancing with the Sunlight”

Bianca Sophia – Silver Key for “Vacationing” and Silver Key for “What You Drink”

Emily Kasl – Silver Key for “Best Friends”

Gabriella Kollar – Honarable Mention for “Beyond the Banks”

Morgan Rinas – Honorable Mention for “Octotea”

Mckenna Skoczen – Honorable Mention for “Tree House”

Haley Vitale – Honorable Mention for “Heartland Dawn”

The Gold Key award is the top award given.  Students earning Gold Key honors go on to compete against all of the other Gold Key winner across the country.  Good luck to Katie and Chloe as they advance to the national competition in New York City!


Members of the Student-Superintendent Advisory Council met this week.  Their latest discussion centered around school climate and culture.  OFCS Director of Student Services Dr. Shannon Goss also joined the group for the discussion. 


The Student-Superintendent Advisory Council includes two student representatives from grades 6 to 12.  The group serves as a forum for a more amplified student voice to provide direct impact and feedback about the school district.  Thank you to all of these students for their participation and important insights.

Student members from OFHS include: Emerson Long, Katie Voisinet, Lindsey LaPinta, Sean Dougher, Kaitlyn Linder, Neil Spooner, Trae Henderson and Ruthie Ortega.

Student members from OFMS include: Daniel Green, Sarah Tedeshchi, Leah Kerber, Luke Ventimiglia, Josh Gonzalez and Claire Schultz.


CP_leftstudent successOn Monday, February 4th sixteen community volunteers came together to share their science related professions with students at OFHS.  During a special after school event planned by the OFHS Science Honor Society, students had an opportunity to personally connect with a variety of science professionals to learn more about their career fields.

Volunteers included:

  • Laurence E. Abbott, P.E., Sr. Automation Engineer/Owner, Automation Resources, LLC 
  • Dr. Carrie Baumann, Veterinarian, Animal Health Center of North Olmsted 
  • Jennifer Boros, Director of Marketing, PPG       
  • Irebert Delgado, Mechanical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center                           
  • Scott R. Graham, Associate Director, Space Flight Systems Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • John Guzik, Architect, Bialosky Cleveland
  • Dr. Susan Linder, Research Staff (Research Physical Therapist), Cleveland Clinic
  • Debby Lopata, Registered Nurse (RN), University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Adabelle Narvaez-Legeza, Aeronautics Chief Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Hung Nguyen, Mechanical Engineer, Carlisle Brake & Friction
  • Christian Rasmussen, Senior Reliability Lab Technician, Moen
  • Mike Rossini, Scientist, Analytical Science and Services, The Sherwin Williams Company
  • Dr. Scott Sedlacek, Optometrist – The Eye Place, Advanced Eye Care & Genetic Wellness
  • Dr. Belinda Willard, Director of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Core, Cleveland Clinic
  • Mr. Andrew Crnobrnja, Former Cancer Researcher, Thermo Fischer Scientific
  • Mrs. Janet Gregg, Former Material Science Researcher, ELTECH Research Corp.

Many thanks to all who participated! 
What a fantastic experience for our high school students!

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As part of its 12th annual Celebrating Differences/Disability Awareness Week last month, Falls-Lenox Primary School held a poster/essay contest designed to continue to foster inclusion, kindness and respect.  Way to go all the Bulldogs who participated!

Congratulations to the following grade level winners:  Grade 1 – Serena Ren; Grade 2 – McKenley Matherly; andGrade 3 – Nada Saadeh


Logo1Did You Know? Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is officially open!

The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!



student successOn Friday, February 1, 2019, the 32nd Annual High School PTA Talent Show was held at Olmsted Falls High School.

Congratulations to the following students on their amazing performances!

In the K-4 Grade Category – Falls Lenox:

Siya Keralapura, Neha Kulkarni and Anika Rao – Second Place tie Grades K-4 Category for a dance performance of “Vandana Trayee.”
Leah Pehotsky – Second Place tie Grades K-4 Category for a piano solo performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Austin Bail – Second Place Mixed Ensemble Category for a vocal duet performance of “A Million Dreams.”

In the K-4 Grade Category – OFIS:

Clare Gareau – First Place Grades K-4 Category for a dance performance of a medley of Irish dance songs “Sleep, Eat, Dance, Repeat”.

In the 5-8 Grade Category – OFIS:

Bella Bail – Second Place Mixed Ensemble Category for a vocal duet performance of “A Million Dreams.”

In the 5-8 Grade Category – OFMS:

Adam Dempsey – First Place Grades 5-8 Category for a freestyle hip hop dance performance of the medley “I Can’t Lose You.” Adam was also the Overall Winner of the Talent show, having received the highest score of all performers in the show.
John Graver – Second Place Grades 5-8 Category for a vocal/electric guitar performance of “Inside Out.”
Sophie Skerritt – Third Place Grades 5-8 Category for a vocal/ukulele performance of “History”.
Colin Guildoo – First Place Mixed Ensemble for a performance of “Copycat” by the CMJ Band.

In the 9th – 12th Grade Category – OFHS:

Elizabeth Gonzalez and Audrey Guildoo – First Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal duet performance of “What is This Feeling?”
Madison Podojil – Second Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal performance of “Pulled.” Madison, along with Julie LaVelle also won First Place Mixed Ensemble for a performance of “Copycat” by the CMJ Band.
Samantha Caraffi and Jack Surtman – Third Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal and piano performance of “Always Remember Us This Way.”
Katrina Bongiovanni – Third Place Mixed Ensemble for a vocal and instrumental performance with her father, John of “Ready or Not.”

Congratulations to Claire Oliver, the recipient of the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award given by the Hosta Family for her vocal performance of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Sincere gratitude to Fonda and Bruce Hosta for their continued support of the Talent Show through donation of trophies and the prize for the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award.

Thank you also to Cole Zehe who did an outstanding job as Master of Ceremonies!! Many thanks as well to the OFHS Stage/Sound/Lighting Crew and Mr. LaFlamme for all their hard work.  The show would not be possible without all of you!

A very special shout out to Ms. Melinda Falconi (aka Mrs. B) from the ECC and the Honorable Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Jim Miraldi, and their band, Just Us, who performed at Judges Decision Time and entertained our audience while participant scores were tallied. Their work together is in support of Music on a Mission, a charitable organization that provides music to people who would not otherwise have access to live music, including developmentally disabled adults and children, veterans, and shut-ins. For more information, visit www.musicmissioninc.com.

Many thanks to all of the PTA volunteers who helped make this event a success and to the wonderful audience. All proceeds from the show will benefit Class of 2019 Graduates with scholarship awards!


book-fair-is-comingThe ECC Book Fair is coming!! Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8, in the Library.
Children will be able to shop during their regular afternoon library time.

Families are invited to shop on Tuesday Mar.5, from 5pm – 7pm

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our online book fair:


Online shopping dates are February 24 – March 9.


camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24, 2019 with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit http://www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


new-olmsted-falls-library-main-doors-april-2013-imag1710.jpgCP_leftDid you know that our local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K – 8?

An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


Paws to Be Kind

Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net. 

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!” 


All are invited to the February 9th Alumni Las Vegas Night at the West Side Irish American Club.

It runs from 7-11:30 p.m.  Parents – 100% of the proceeds go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2019 so why not come out and try your luck! Please come and support this worthy cause . . . you may even win CASH playing blackjack, let it ride, sideboards, dice or 50/50.

Even if you don’t win, the money is going to a good cause.

Hope to see you on February 9th.  The cost is $5 at the door; 21 and older only at the event.  Click HERE to see the flyer.


All are invited to stop by North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 18th in honor of the Class of 2020. Bring in the flyer, which is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause because 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls High School.

Please note that online orders will not be included in the fundraiser. Hope to see you there. Chipotle is located at 32223 Lorain Road.


Easter Bunny with TVThe latest Post Prom FUNdraiser will take place at the Feb. 22nd Boys Varsity Basketball game. The OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee will be giving away a 55″ TV at the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on February 22nd, which is also Senior Night. Chances may be purchased for $10 each in the cafeteria during the first half of the game and in the gym during halftime. The winner will be selected and announced at the end of the third quarter. Please come out to support our Boys Basketball Program and OFHS 2019 Post Prom!

Prom is Saturday 6/1/19 and Post Prom is Sunday 6/2/19 from midnight – 3:00am
Follow us on Facebook: OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee and Twitter: OFHSPostProm19.

To join our mailing list for the latest information and update, send an email to OFHS2019PostProm@yahoo.com to let us know you want to be on our mailing list.

For additional Post Prom information, please click HERE.


The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Night at the Races is Saturday, April 6th, at St. Demetrios in Rocky River.

For ticket information, please contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.

To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.

In addition, the organization has a merchant letter to share.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer the letter for a donation.

The flyers listed below contains more precise details on this event. Simply click on each to view the flyer. Thank you in advance for supporting this organization at their annual event.

2019 Night at the Races Flyer    /    2019 Horse Form    /    2019 Merchant Letter



Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team as a substitute teacher?  Apply today at renhillgroup.com or contact Ann Stricklen in Human Resources if you have questions at 440.427.6015 or atricklen@ofcs.net.


twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict(Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)





stagespotlightBaldwin Wallace University Community Arts School is auditioning for their youth production of Disney’s Newsies. The show dates for Newsies are March 29-31 2019 with rehearsals taking place Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sun.

Auditions will take place beginning at 9:30 am on Feb 10 at 611 West Bagley Road, Berea, OH. Auditioners will need to prepare 16 measures of music in the style of the show and be prepared to do a reading from the script. Dance auditions will begin at 12:30 and are mandatory for all auditoners. Callbacks will begin at 2 pm. Auditoners for the character of Les must be able to play and age range of 6-10 all other roles will be cast age 10-19.

Please visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com for more information and to register for an audition time.


OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA
– so please sign up as soon as possible! The registration deadline is Jan 31st.

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


ocsl-logoRegistration is now open through March 15, 2019 for the Olmsted Community Summer League.  OCSL offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel.  

To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2019. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.


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