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OFCS Update – March 11, 2019

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COMMUNITY INVITED: PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS & OFHS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE EVENT APRIL 2ND
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Olmsted Falls City Schools
State of the Schools Address
&
OFHS Community Open House
Tuesday, April 2nd
6:30 p.m.
at
Olmsted Falls High School
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear about what’s going on in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place at Olmsted Falls High School and will be immediately followed by a special opportunity for residents to tour the newly expanded, newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School.
Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity.  We hope to see you there!

TWO OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS

student successCongratulations to Ben Meredyk and Dan Fidler, who were recently named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They met all the requirements as semifinalists to advance to Finalist standing.

All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships this year.

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Dan Fidler

Picture of National Merit Finalist Ben Meredyk

Ben Meredyk

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress and notification of offers will be made soon to those selected.

These two Bulldog finalists took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year and performed well to be named as Semifinalists. More than 1.6 million students took the test and entered the program. It then identified the 50,000 highest scores, of which 16,000 of those high performers became Semifinalists and continued on by meeting several additional requirements.

We congratulate Dan and Ben and wish them well as they continue through this final level of the National Merit Scholarship Program!


BULLDOG BOYS BASKETBALL PLAY OHSAA REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL GAME THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT – MARCH 13TH @ 7 PM

IMG_6979-300x169student successCongratulations to the Bulldog Boys Basketball on winning the OHSAA Division I Elyria Catholic District Championship on Saturday evening and advancing to the OHSAA Division I Region I – Akron/Toledo Regional Semi-Finals.

The Bulldogs will travel to the University of Akron (James A. Rhodes Arena, 373 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44325) on Wednesday, March 13th to face Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7:00 pm.  

Please click HERE for additional details and ticket information.

The winner of this Regional Semi-Final game will advance to the Regional Championship game that will be held on Saturday, March 16th at James A. Rhodes Arena (Time: 2 pm but subject to change) vs. the winner of Lima Senior/Toledo Start.

Good Luck Bulldogs!


OFHS VARSITY BOWLING TEAM FINISHES 7TH IN STATE!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the OFHS Varsity Bowling Team on an outstanding season that concluded this weekend in the 7th Place slot in the final tally out of more than 150 Division I Schools!

The team competed this past Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl where they were formally presented with their 1st Place District Trophy (pictured at right)!  

D1P5nrpWoAAGdmTAt the end of Saturday’s competition, Bulldog bowler Travis Green (pictured at far left) was recognized with a spot on the 2nd Team All Ohio with a 669 series score! 

Congratulations to Travis!  And, again, congratulations to the entire OFHS Bulldog Bowling Team on the outstanding achievement of finishing the season 7th in the State!


OFHS BAND GETS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN SOUND EDITING DURING RECENT TRIP TO FLORIDA

The OFHS band was quite busy during their DisneyWorld trip last month.  The band not only performed in the parade at Universal Studios, but the Wind Symphony also had the opportunity to get into a working sound studio and to create a special video project during a hands-on workshop.

The participating students added music, voices and sound effects to a whimsical creation that can be seen by clicking HERE.

To view a photo gallery of students working on the video in Orlando, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftAccording to Mrs. Julie Budd, band director, they played and recorded the music in a real studio setting with the students creating the sound effects. A few Bulldog student actors were chosen to read the lines as well!

“This was a phenomenal learning experience that really showcased some very interesting and important career paths as well. We all learned new skills and had a great time in the workshop,” Julie Budd said. “It was a joy to see our Olmsted Falls students perform in the parade and to watch them participate in this workshop.”

What a wonderful experience for our Bulldog music students to experience!


OFMS IS NAMED A 2018-19 PLTW DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL

Congratulations to our Olmsted Falls Middle School.  It was recognized as a 2018-19 Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. Our school is one of just 148 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK – 12 students and teachers in U. S. schools. Our district and Polaris Career Center partners and collaborates to provide students with dynamic STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – programs through PLTW.

The recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, OFMS had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level
  • Have at least 50 percent of the student body participating
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure.

student successThrough PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.  PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

CP_left“It is a great honor to recognize Olmsted Falls Middle School for its commitment to students,” Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW said.  “It is a model for what a school should look like and it should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path students choose.”

Again, congratulations!


AMERICAN LEGION HONORS OFHS STUDENT FOR HIS COMPETITION ADVANCEMENT

The 13th District of the American Legion honored OFHS sophomore Henry “Hank” Long on Sunday, March 3rd.  He was the top finisher in the district’s administration of the American Legion’s Americanism & Government test he took in November.

Hank’s essay and test advanced to the state competition. Although he did not advance further, he becomes only the third Bulldog to have his scores advanced to this level. The Legion presented Hank with a certificate and a cash prize at the Sunday meeting. This was a special recognition not only for Hank, his family and our school, but also for  local and district American Legion members.

Students that Unit 91 of the American Legion in Berea also recognized were sophomore Giana Formica; juniors Kristen Miller and Johnathan Gaba and seniors Louis Hendrix and Shannon Carr. They received their certificated and awards in class.

Congratulations to Hank and all those who were recognized in this program.  David is shown with his parents, David and Lori Long as well as with OFHS teacher, John Mercer.


PARENTS & STUDENTS ATTEND “LIKE” SCREENING

Picture of PTA Council member Heather Hetchler welcomes guests to film screening of IndieFlix documentary "Like" at OFHS Auditorium March 6th.

PTA Council member Heather Hetchler welcomes guests to film screening of IndieFlix documentary “Like” at OFHS Auditorium March 6th.

Approximately 100 parents and students took advantage of last week’s special screening of the independent documentary film, “LIKE” – held last Wednesday night in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  The event was sponsored by Olmsted Falls PTA Council and provided an opportunity for guests to learn more and enhance their understanding about the impact of social media in our lives.

CP_leftThose in attendance received a handout with additional information and resources.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in reviewing the handout, a copy can be accessed HERE.

Additionally, the handout referenced the following websites for those interested in exploring the topic even further:

www.humanetech.com/take-control/

www.thelikemovie.com/resources-common-questions

www.commonsense.org/social-media-social-life-2018

Thank you again to PTA Council for providing this great opportunity to be informed on the critical topic of social media usage and its impact today. 


MARCH 2019 ISSUE OF “THE SPOTLIGHT” HIGHLIGHTS ‘POT OF GOLD’ SHOPS, SPRING FASHION AND BARONS HOCKEY PLAYER

The latest issue of the OFHS student newspaper, “The Spotlight,” is hot off the press.  Some of the news articles in the OFHS newspaper include the luck of the Irish, comments from senior winter sports athletes about their competitive year, and a transplanted student from Indiana to play hockey for the Cleveland Barons.

To view the Spotlight click HERE.


FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: MARCH 25TH – 29TH

book-fair-is-comingThe Falls-Lenox Book Fair is coming soon!!

The Falls-Lenox Book Fair will take place Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29, in the Library.

Children will be able to shop during their regular library times. (There will not be book exchange during that week.)

Families are invited to shop during Literacy Night on March 28, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS INVITED TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP FAIR AT LCCC – MONDAY, APRIL 1ST

New 2019 UP Fair Poster

Lorain County Community College is having a University Partnership Fair on Tuesday, April 1st. The college has 14 partner universities and students have the opportunity to earn a 4 year degree from these partner universities by taking classes at LCCC. 

University Partnership Fair
Monday, April 1, 2019
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
College Center Commons

Representatives from partner universities will be on hand to answer questions about admission and program requirements.  Current partner universities include: Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ashland University, The University of Toledo, Hiram College, Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, The University of Akron, Ohio University, WGU Ohio, Lake Erie College, University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University and Miami Univeristy.

LCCC was the first community college in the state to offer a University Partnership. The partnership enables students to earn 50 different bachelor’s and master’s degrees from any of 14 Ohio universities without leaving the LCCC campus. Students can save up to $50,000 by earning their degree through the University Partnership, compared to the cost of room, board and tuition at other universities.


CHECK OUT AND BID ON ITEMS IN THE OECPTA ONLINE AUCTION

Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA for an online auction that is occurring now. You may bid on 20 amazing packages from local organizations with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the children and families of the Olmsted communities.

There are terrific items that have been donated by such local businesses as Above the Barre, Casa, Grand Pacific Popcorn Company, Roasted, Swings & Things, Vitamix and many more.

Hurry!  The auction closes at 10 p.m. March 15th.  For complete details and to start bidding, go to www.32auctions.com/oecpta2019


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!

KindergartenWelcome new kindergartners….kindergarten registration took place this week….if you know a family who will have a kindergarten age student next year – please let them know the time to register is NOW.

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!


2019 POST PROM UPDATE 

Prom is Saturday, June 1st and Post Prom is Sunday, June 2nd from midnight to 3 a.m. Follow us on Facebook: OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee and Twitter: OFHSPostProm19.

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

Our next meeting is March 20th in the OFHS Media Center – please join us!

For more Post Prom news and information, please click HERE.


CLASS OF 2020 POST PROM COMMITTEE GETS UNDERWAY; MEETING SET APRIL 10TH

All Junior Class parents are welcome to join in the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We are in the beginning planning phases, and already have a large fundraiser secured! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email distribution list. If you would like to be included in the emails, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the High School Health Room.


START SAVING CLOTHING ITEMS FOR THE MAY 11th “FILL THE TRUCK” FUNDRAISER
bulldog over musical noteThe Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community. It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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.


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

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, week-long 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 www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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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!”


FOOD + FAMILY + FRIENDS = AN ENJOYABLE OFAB FUNDRAISER MARCH 21st

bulldog-logoThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites all to dine from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 21st at Danny Boys, 24129 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of that day’s proceeds of participating customers to the association. Just bring in the flyer when you dine in, carry out or on delivery to show your support and participation. The flyer must be presented in person – cell phone photos will not apply. To download the flyer, click HERE.

Thank you for your support.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES ROUNDING THE BEND AND HEADING HOME

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


OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

Have you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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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.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

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

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 REGISTRATION CONTINUES – LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED AFTER MARCH 15

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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