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OFCS Blog Update- September 6, 2019

OFCS WELCOMES “TOP DOG” SPONSOR VITAMIX FOR DEDICATION OF VITAMIX FIELD TONIGHT

community partnershipTonight marks the home opener for our Bulldog Varsity Football team. The team will take on Berea-Midpark High School in the traditional “Battle of Bagley”.  It is sure to be an exciting night! Fans of Bulldog Nation in attendance will also be treated to another  exciting event-  the official dedication of Vitamix Field at Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  OFCS will  welcome Vitamix team members for the dedication ceremony at approximately 6:45 PM., which will take place immediately following the special pre-game performance by our Pride of Olmsted Falls Marching Band at 6:30 p.m. 

The dedication ceremony is also a celebration of the collaborative new partnership with locally headquartered Vitamix, manufacturer of internationally renowned, high-performance blending equipment.  In addition to Vitamix’s financial commitment as the new Top Dog Sponsor in the Field Naming category of the district’s new corporate sponsorship initiative launched last year – the company’s partnership commitment to Olmsted Falls City Schools extends beyond the field and into our classrooms, kitchens and cafeterias.  

The Olmsted Falls School Community is sincerely thankful for this extraordinary commitment from Vitamix. See you tonight at Vitamix Field!

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COFFEE WITH OFHS PRINCIPAL LEO SPAGNOLA – SEPT. 9TH & 11TH

All OFHS Bulldog Parents are invited & encouraged to attend one of Principal Spagnola’s upcoming “Coffee & Conversation” events. Choose a morning or evening session. The program will start at the time listed below and last for approximately one hour. Take this opportunity to ask questions and have an interactive conversation with your new principal. Bring a friend!

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HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

color bulldog headAll parents of Olmsted Falls High School students are invited to attend the Open House on Monday, September 9. The evening will begin at 6:45 PM with a welcome message from Principal Spagnola in the auditorium. Following the welcome, parents will have the opportunity to walk their students’ schedules and visit each classroom on an abbreviated bell schedule. There will be tables in the cafeteria with various groups represented, including PTA Membership sign-up. Don’t miss this important event and opportunity to connect with your high school!


IN THE NEWS: OLMSTED FALLS MAYOR GRAVEN PROPOSES STIFFER PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO PASS A STOPPED BUS; SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD SUPPORTS INITIATIVE  

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Concerns by local residents and similar initiatives from surrounding communities prompted Olmsted Falls Mayor James Graven to propose stiffer penalties for drivers who pass a stopped school bus when lights are flashing and a stop sign is displayed. Local media highlighted the story, and Superintendent Jim Lloyd showed his support. Check out the coverage here: cleveland.com  and here: Fox 8

Thank you to ALL our OFCS school bus drivers who have the safety of your children as their top priority! We appreciate you!


1:1 CHROMEBOOK INITIATIVE INSURANCE UPDATE

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Parents/Guardians of students in grades 6-9 have the option to purchase the optional insurance plan for their child’s device each year for an additional $30.00. The optional insurance would be good for one entire school year and would release the parent/guardian from having to pay for the loss or damage (up to 2 times per year) to their child’s device. Beyond those TWO chances per school year, the student would then be responsible for the full cost to repair the device and the labor that would go into the repair.

Parents/Guardians of these students will receive an e-mail next week with further details about how to sign up. For more information and a list of costs associated with damage visit: http://bit.ly/OFCSCBINSURANCE 

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for participating in the optional insurance program has been extended to September 30th. If you have not signed up by September 30th you will not have coverage for the 2019-2020 school year. 


MINI-CHEER NIGHT:  GRADES K-5 CHEER AT OFHS FOOTBALL GAME  SEPT. 20TH – LAST DAY TO SIGN UP IS THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th

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Mini cheerleaders in grades K-5 will practice one night with the high school cheerleaders and then cheer on the track during the varsity game against North Ridgeville on Friday, September 20th. Participants will also get a Mini Cheer t-shirt. Click HERE for a flyer with more information and to register go online to the Olmsted Community Center website at occ.recdesk.com. Registration deadline is Sunday, September 8th. We look forward to seeing all our mini cheerleaders show their spirit and Bulldog pride!


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!

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSLINK (OFCS Family/Community LINK: Learn. Inspire. Nuture. Know.)

@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)


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The Safe School Helpline®

800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 / 800-418-6423, ext. 359

TEXT: 66746, TIPS

http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

**NEW!** FREE MOBILE APP ALSO AVAILABLE

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Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes The Safe School Helpline® as a tool for students and families to report safety concerns anonymously as needed via phone, text, website or mobile app.

The Safe School Helpline® is available 24/7 for Bulldog parents and students to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression, thoughts of suicide and/or other mental health concerns.


 

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



ReelAbilities FILM FESTIVAL CLEVELAND / Film Screening of The Unconditional & Post-Film Discussion featuring Olmsted Falls’ Krakowiak Family – September 19, 2019 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lakewood Public Library

The ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland returns to the area for a second year this fall. The festival is the largest of its kind dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.  Cleveland area film screenings will take place August through October, accompanied by local and national guest speakers who will share their first-hand experiences and knowledge with filmgoers.

The September 19th screening of The Unconditional at Lakewood Public Library will include post-film discussion by OFCS staff members Heath and Mariel Krawowiak, whose family is featured in the film.  This event – and all other ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland screening events – are free and open to the public.  See the full ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland screening schedule below or visit  https://reelabilities.org/cleveland/ for additional information.

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LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP / FINE FORGIVENESS 

All branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library are celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month in September.

Bring in your children in grades K-12 and their library cards to have their fines forgiven!  Don’t have a card yet?  September is a great month to get one!

This offer is good only for the month of September, so stop in today!


 

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OFCS Update – August 27, 2019

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WELCOME BACK:  MESSAGE TO OFCS FAMILIES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

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Dear Olmsted Families,

While difficult to believe, another school year is upon us. On Wednesday, August 28th we will welcome our 1st through 9th grade students, and on August 29th, the remaining high school students will be back on campus. We are ready for action and are destined for a great year! There are many exciting things happening in our school district and I wanted to highlight a few, and share some insight with you.

From a curriculum standpoint, last year the district underwent a language arts study and adoption. This year teachers will be implementing. While we do not anticipate any fundamental shifts in how reading and writing are taught, our instructional staff will continue to work on creating a common language within the learning environment that will provide a strong degree of continuity across all grades. Our overall goal is to continue to help kids become skilled, passionate, habitual and critical readers and writers. Throughout the year I encourage you to ask you child’s teachers questions about what they are doing within the readers and writers workshop and how you can support those efforts at home.

student successThere are two other instructional items that go hand-in-hand, and strongly relate to the district’s vision. The district’s vision is to inspire and empower students. In general, we believe that strong academic, arts and athletic programs create avenues for our students to be inspired and empowered. When it comes to our core business–academics, the district (preschool through high school) has set our course for student engagement. Student engagement continues to be something that we are focused on. We believe that inspired and empowered students are engaged, and that there are some very purposeful and visible ways that we can more deeply engage students. First, anyone that works for the school district should be focusing on getting to know students. Stronger relationships are created with students when we show we care about them and seek to know them. By understanding their interests, we are able to design more engaging work–work that they will explore and do because they have a personal interest in learning more.

The second instructional item is to design student work that is meant to foster the development of a set of real world competencies. The competencies that we will focus on will continue to develop over a student’s life and the skills obtained can be useful in whatever career or field that the student has chosen–military, college, work, etc. We’ve dubbed these competencies, the Portrait of an Olmsted Graduate. These skills include Communication, Citizenship, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Self-Directing and being Self-Confident. Knowing one’s basic facts are important, but in today’s world it isn’t enough. We will use the academic content to continue to build on these seven competencies beginning in the primary grades through high school. Throughout the year we will be communicating our progress with the community and showing evidence of the development of these skills.

This is the beginning of my 26th in education, and 7th as Superintendent for Olmsted Falls Schools. I am very excited to begin a new school year. In closing, please feel free to call or write if you have a question, comment or concern. I can be reached via phone at 440.427.6000 or email at jlloyd@ofcs.net. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jim


OFCS EVALUATES TIMING OF NEXT OPERATING LEVY AFTER STRETCHING FUNDS FROM LAST OPERATING ISSUE FOR NEARLY A DECADE

AR_upperRightThe Board of Education and administration of Olmsted Falls City School District are currently discussing the approaching need for a new operating levy. It has been nearly a decade since the district’s last operating levy was passed in February of 2010. At that time, school officials pledged to ensure that those new operating dollars would last for at least three years. Careful budgeting, expense monitoring, seeking and securing alternative revenue streams, and continually seeking to enhance efficiencies at all levels have allowed the district to stretch the local tax operating dollars for what will be 10 years in March of 2020.

Historically, Olmsted Falls City School District has typically chosen not to place new tax issues on the ballot until absolutely needed. Forecasting provided by the OFCS Treasurer’s Office indicates the time for a new operating levy is now approaching. Currently, Olmsted Falls City School District’s ending fund balance remains positive through June 30, 2020. School districts with cash balances trending downward toward a negative cash balance receive automatic notices from the Ohio Department of Education requesting the district provide its plan for returning to a positive cash balance in its extended forecast. The options are to cut programs impacting the quality of education or seek additional revenue. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is currently considering placing an operating issue on the ballot in spring 2020 or fall 2020 at the latest.

In the coming weeks, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education will be having further discussions and will be making the decision on when exactly to place the operating issue on the ballot, as well as determining the millage amount (cost) of the levy. There has also been preliminary discussion about the possibility of combining the needed operating levy with an additional permanent improvement (PI) levy. The previous 1 mill PI levy has had a positive impact on overall district finances and the ability to maintain facilities and grounds in year’s past but a need for additional resources is still there. A community phone survey, which will get underway this week, will help provide additional data for further discussion by the Board of Education and administration.

Funds generated through operating levies help school districts cover operational expenses including salary, benefits, purchase services, materials and supplies. Operating levy dollars are to be spent differently than dollars from a bond issue which are dedicated to building projects specifically and cannot be used for operational expenses. For example, the district’s November 2016 bond issue provided funds dedicated to the much-needed expansion and renovation of Olmsted Falls High School completed this past school year. Dollars received from the bond issue were not used to pay for district operational expenses.

Olmsted Falls City Schools is fortunate to be able to continue to provide great value to our school community. The district stretches every dollar that is received from the local, state and federal level. The additional resources the district would be seeking are meant to provide economic support to fuel the district’s Academics, Arts and Athletic programs. Olmsted Falls students are inspired and empowered learners receiving a high-quality “Triple A” education with extensive academic, arts and athletic opportunities at one of the lowest per pupil expenditure rates in the county. Strong financial management and monitoring controls ensure effective and efficient daily operations. In addition to continual updates to the Board of Education, the Treasurer’s office also receives regular input from a District Finance Committee made up of local residents with financial expertise.

For any community members interested in reviewing the most recent five year forecast, please click HERE. OFCS Treasurer / CFO Mrs. Emily Dales is also always available and happy to discuss district finances and answer questions via phone at (440) 427-6000 or via email at edales@ofcs.net. Olmsted Falls City Schools will continue to provide the community with updates on the district’s financial plan.


SHARE YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PICS; PRINTABLE SIGNS AVAILABLE

We want to see those smiling Bulldog faces! You know you are taking pictures anyway…so share all of your first day school pics with @OFCSDistrict on Twitter  #OFBULLDOGSFIRSTDAY 

Need a printable First Day of School sign to make it even more official?  We’ve got them Printable Picture First Day of Schoolfor all students.  Choose a general sign or choose your grade! High School students can show their class pride with special signs indicating their graduation year! 

Click HERE for signs! 

Don’t have Twitter?  E-mail your photos to us at info@ofcs.net to be included in the back-to-school photo gallery to be featured on an upcoming district blog post.


COMMUNITY PHONE SURVEY GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK

phone_surveyCommunity feedback is important to Olmsted Falls City Schools. One important tool the school district uses to gather input from our broader school community is confidential telephone surveys. The school district periodically commissions professional phone surveys of citizens regarding various education matters in the community. Such surveys help ensure that Olmsted Falls City Schools can better understand the thoughts and opinions of all segments of our school community – including those with and without students currently enrolled in our schools.

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The latest confidential phone survey is getting underway this week and will last approximately 6 days. If you happen to be the recipient of one of the random stratified survey calls, we hope you will take a few minutes to answer questions and provide us with your valuable feedback. Should you have any questions about this latest community survey, please contact the Board of Education Office at 427-6000.


DEADLINE IS HERE! RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY TODAY, AUGUST 27TH

importantNearly 95% of our Bulldog families have completed returning student registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year!  For those that have not already done so, please contact your child’s school building today for assistance completing the required online registration for your returning student(s).  Returning student registration MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN TODAY, Tuesday, August 27th.

An email with detailed instructions was sent to all Bulldog families with returning students on August 2nd.  You can also find the information and instructions for completing 2019-2020 Returning Student Registration for your student on the district website by clicking HERE.

Returning Student Registration is accessed through your PowerSchool Parent Account.  If you have any questions, need assistance with the process or access to a computer, please contact the office at your child’s school (phone numbers are listed above) or contact Mr. Tim Wulfhoop at twulfhoop@ofcs.net or 440-427-6108.  We are here to help!

It is critical that all returning student information is updated BEFORE school starts so that our buildings have current emergency contact and health information, along with required school forms/agreements on your student(s) before the first day of school. 

Thank you for your timely attention to this important task!


MEET NEW FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR SAM CHIN

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New OFCS Director of Food Services Sam Chin

Olmsted Falls City Schools is excited to welcome and introduce new Director of Food Services Sam Chin.  Mr. Chin is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.  In his capacity as Director of Food Services, Mr. Chin is responsible for overseeing the school meal program for all Bulldog students and a variety of catering needs across the district. Additionally, he leads both student and staff wellness programs for the district and oversees communication regarding district food and nutrition services and activities.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Chin join our Bulldog family,” said OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  “We were impressed by not only his qualifications, experience, and strong communication skills, but also by his interest in connecting with students and staff in new ways on the topic of nutrition and wellness.”   

student successMr. Chin believes technology is an integral part of education and looks forward to engaging and educating the Bulldog school community on nutrition and wellness using social media and other outreach tools.  He has already established a dedicated  Instagram account for the department which he looks forward to using to connect with the school community.  Students, staff and parents with Instagram accounts are invited to follow @ofcsbulldogcafe. 

“I am privileged to be a part of the Bulldog family,” said Mr. Chin. “Our food service staff believes that food plays a very important role in our health, education, and overall well-being, and we look forward to providing nutritious meals for our school community to help students and staff reach their full potential.”

Most recently, Mr. Chin served as a Dietitian at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland.  Mr. Chin is no stranger to Olmsted Falls City Schools community.  He served as a dietetic intern for the district back in 2016 under the guidance and direction of former Food Services Director Mrs. Denise Tabar, who retired at the end of last school year.  Please join us in a big Bulldog welcome to Sam Chin!


OFHS MATHEMATICS TEACHER JOHN VAS RECEIVES MARTHA HOLDEN JENNINGS FOUNDATION ANNUAL EDUCATOR AWARD

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd congratulates OFHS Mathematics Teacher Mr. John Vas on receiving the 2019 George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education.

OFHS Mathematics Teacher Mr. John Vas was honored this summer by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Mr. Vas received the George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education in honor of the Foundation’s first President. This prestigious recognition includes a $7,500 award to be used for a mathematics project to benefit students in the recognized teacher’s classroom or school.

Mr. Vas was nominated by superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  A representative committee of educators selected Mr. Vas as the winner of the 2019 George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education.  The committee recognized Mr. Vas for inspiring and empowering students to reach their full potential in and out of the classroom, saying: “Your impact on student achievement extends to your roles as coach, advisor, and confidant. In all these endeavors you are committed to doing what is right for students.”

Mr. Vas will use the grant to implement new technology in his classroom. According to Mr. Vas: “Several years ago, I began experimenting with a flipped classroom model.  My idea for this proposal stems from the work that I did creating flipped classroom videos, but with a slight modification – the use of a lightboard.  Effective math communication requires simultaneous writing, annotating, and verbal commentary. Lightboard technology provides a way for a presenter to directly engage with an audience while writing and provides the best platform to achieve this in video format.”

Mr. Vas will be implementing this innovation new technology during the upcoming school year and his students are sure to benefit for years to come.

A huge “congratulations” to Mr. Vas on this outstanding achievement!


BOARD OF EDUCATION WELCOMES NEW BULLDOG TEACHERS

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Board Vice President Linda Parkowski welcomes new staff members and their families.

Members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education had the opportunity to meet and personally welcome new teachers to the district ahead of the regular monthly Board meeting on August 15th.

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Board Member Cynthia Tomasch visits with new bulldog staff members at welcome reception.

New Bulldog teachers and their families were invited to attend a special welcome reception held in the OFHS Media Center.  Each new staff member of the teaching and counseling staff was personally introduced by their respective building principal.  Introductions were followed by time for new staff members to personally meet the members of the Board.

A big Bulldog welcome again to our newest staff members!


OFCS NEW LINK INITIATIVE GARNERS LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE

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Olmsted Falls City School District recently named former PTA Council President and substitute teacher Julianne Allen as the newly created Family-Community LINK (Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know) coordinator.

Olmsted Falls City Schools want parents, families, and the community to know that it is dedicated to strengthening its partnerships with them.

The new “LINK” initiative (LINK- Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know) will fully launch this school year.

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The District’s recent creation of a position solely focused on increasing parent and community engagement with our schools is featured in an article on Cleveland.com this week.

Please click HERE to read the full story.

Be sure to follow @OFCSLINK on Twitter to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

 


IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES FOR OFCS FAMILIES, BY BUILDING

Olmsted Falls High School

Aug. 28     “ZERO DAY”- Freshman & New Student Orientation Day (8:10 am-2:46 pm)  

Aug. 29     First Day of School for Grades 10, 11 & 12

Sept. 9      OFHS Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 20    OFHS Underclass Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Aug. 28    First Day of School

Sept. 24   7th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Sept. 25   8th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Oct. 4       OFMS Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 3    4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 5    5th Grade Open House (7 pm) 

Oct. 2      OFIS Picture Day

Falls-Lenox Primary School

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 27  Falls-Lenox Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center

Aug. 28, 29, 30  Kindergarten Orientation (1 Day Only, as assigned)

Aug. 30               Preschool Orientation (1-3 pm)

Sept. 3                First Day of Kindergarten

Sept. 4                First Day of Preschool (for IEP Students)

Sept. 10              First Day of Preschool (for Typical Peers)

Sept. 24              ECC Picture Day 


COFFEE WITH OFHS PRINCIPAL LEO SPAGNOLA – SEPT. 9TH & 11TH

All OFHS Bulldog Parents are invited & encouraged to attend one of Principal Spagnola’s upcoming coffee meet & greet events.

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REMINDER: 2019-2020 BUILDING START & END TIMES

High School …………………………………8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m.* (*Please note the CORRECT start/end time for OFHS is 8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m. ~ OFHS start/end times printed in School Report mailed to homes were incorrect.)

Middle School ……………………………. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Intermediate School …………………. 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Primary School …………………………. 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center:

Kindergarten …………………………….. 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

A.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)……. 8:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.* (*Please Note 5 minute shift from previous start/end time of 8:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.)

P.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)…….. 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.


2019-2020 SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE ATHLETIC GATE ADMISSIONS

color bulldog headThe Southwestern Conference has released a complete listing of ticket information for Southwestern Conference High School Athletic Events effective beginning this fall season.  Please click HERE for the detailed information available on our Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Athletics website.

We look forward to seeing you at many of our fall sporting events this season! Let’s Go Bulldogs!


MINI-CHEER NIGHT:  GRADES K-5 CHEER AT OFHS FOOTBALL GAME – SEPT. 20TH

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Mini cheerleaders in grades K-5 will practice one night with the high school cheerleaders and then cheer on the track during the varsity game against North Ridgeville on Friday, September 20th. Participants will also get a Mini Cheer t-shirt. Click HERE for a flyer with more information and to register go online to the Olmsted Community Center website at occ.recdesk.com. We look forward to seeing all our mini cheerleaders show their spirit and Bulldog pride!


GOH RUN BULLDOG FALL RUNNING PROGRAM: REGISTRATION OPEN

Building Fitness, Character and Confidence through Running:  Registration for the GOH Run Kids Running Fun program for Fall 2019 is now open to Bulldog youth runners grades K-6.gOHrun+-+GREENBLUE+6x2in+300dpi

WHEN?  Wednesday, September 4- October 24 ( based on competitive season). Practices are anticipated to run Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two days of expected practice attendance per week and one optional day to allow some flexibility.

TIME? 5:00-6:30 PM . Weekly schedule with locations TBD.

WHERE?  Program will be held at Columbia Reservation and Olmsted Falls High School/Intermediate School

COST? Cost is $80.00 for the full program that will include two training/instructional days, plus one optional fitness day per week. Fee includes instruction, snacks, prizes and awards, shirt, and more.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:  Athletes may join USATF and/or AAU to compete in additional Cross Country races with the team. The club will work with the Strongsville Youth Track Program to extend their season and share their mutual support. Schedule will be posted and all meets are optional. We will host our annual Mustang Stampede and will add a Bulldog Blast Fun Run this fall!

REGISTRATION: Please use this link to register and get more information. Please use a separate form for each child registering. GOH Run Bulldog Fall Running Program

Questions? Contact Program Director Rae Alexander at gohrunwithus@gmail.com.


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!

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSLINK (OFCS Family/Community LINK: Learn. Inspire. Nuture. Know.)

@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)


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The Safe School Helpline®

800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 / 800-418-6423, ext. 359

TEXT: 66746, TIPS

http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

**NEW!** FREE MOBILE APP ALSO AVAILABLE

See Something_Say Something

Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes The Safe School Helpline® as a tool for students and families to report safety concerns anonymously as needed via phone, text, website or mobile app.

The Safe School Helpline® is available 24/7 for Bulldog parents and students to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression, thoughts of suicide and/or other mental health concerns.


 

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ReelAbilities FILM FESTIVAL CLEVELAND / Film Screening of The Unconditional & Post-Film Discussion featuring Olmsted Falls’ Krakowiak Family – September 19, 2019 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lakewood Public Library

The ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland returns to the area for a second year this fall. The festival is the largest of its kind dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.  Cleveland area film screenings will take place August through October, accompanied by local and national guest speakers who will share their first-hand experiences and knowledge with filmgoers.

The September 19th screening of The Unconditional at Lakewood Public Library will include post-film discussion by OFCS staff members Heath and Mariel Krawowiak, whose family is featured in the film.  This event – and all other ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland screening events – are free and open to the public.  See the full ReelAbilities Film Festival: Cleveland screening schedule below or visit  https://reelabilities.org/cleveland/ for additional information.

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OFCS Update – August 20, 2019

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**TONIGHT** 1:1 CHROMEBOOK INITIATIVE INFORMATION MEETING FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 6, 7, 8 & 9  – TUESDAY, AUGUST 20th

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*NOTE:  Chromebooks will be issued to 9th grade students at the conclusion of this  meeting for those with a  parent/guardian in attendance.


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 27TH

importantMore than 75% of our Bulldog families have completed returning student registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year!  For those that have not already done so, please be sure that you complete the required online registration for your returning students no later than Tuesday, August 27th. An email with detailed instructions was sent to all Bulldog families with returning students on August 2nd.  You can also find the information and instructions for completing 2019-2020 Returning Student Registration for your student on the district website by clicking HERE.

Returning Student Registration is accessed through your PowerSchool Parent Account.  If you have any questions, need assistance with the process or access to a computer, please contact the office at your child’s school (phone numbers are listed above) or contact Mr. Tim Wulfhoop at twulfhoop@ofcs.net or 440-427-6108.  We are here to help!

It is critical that all returning student information is updated BEFORE school starts so that our buildings have current emergency contact and health information, along with required school forms/agreements on your student(s) before the first day of school. 

Thank you for your timely attention to this important task!


WELCOME NEW BULLDOG TEACHERS!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Bulldog teachers to the buildings!

New OF Staff 2019-2020

Front Row (L to R): Maria Housel (OFMS Speech Pathologist), Amanda Schmid (OFIS School Counselor), Jennifer Vinci (OFIS Tutor), Karly Rollin (OFHS Intervention Specialist/Tutor), Dina Khayat (OFMS Intervention Specialist/Tutor), Makenzie Patton (OFMS Tutor), Briana Bozin (Falls-Lenox Tutor), and Sara Meyers (OFMS School Counselor)

Back Row (L to R): Seth Voelker (ECC Intervention Specialist), Jean Capacetti (OFHS Spanish Teacher), Andrea Hays (ECC Counselor), Nicole Brumbaugh (OFHS Intervention Specialist), Erin McCreery (OFHS Intervention Specialist/Tutor), and Carlos Rivera (OFHS Special Programs School Counselor)


IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES FOR OFCS FAMILIES, BY BUILDING

Olmsted Falls High School

Aug. 20    1:1 Chromebook Initiative Information Meeting for Grade 6, 7, 8 & 9 Parents/Guardians (6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Rm. 606) **TONIGHT: Freshmen Parents Attend**

Aug. 28     Freshman & New Student Orientation Day (8:10 am-2:46 pm)

Aug. 29     First Day of School for Grades 10, 11 & 12

Sept. 9      OFHS Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 20    OFHS Underclass Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Aug. 20    1:1 Chromebook Initiative Information Meeting for Grade 6, 7, 8 & 9 Parents/Guardians (6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Rm. 606) **TONIGHT**

Aug. 22    6th Grade WEB Orientation (8 am -12:30 pm)

Aug. 22    6th Grade WEB Open Campus (12:30-3 pm)

Aug. 22    OFMS Special Education Open House (6:30 pm)

Aug. 23    New 7th & 8th Grade Student Orientation (9:00 -10:30 am)

Aug. 23    7th & 8th Grade Open Campus (12-3 pm)

Aug. 26    6th Grade Parent Night (7:00 pm)

Aug. 28    First Day of School

Sept. 24   7th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Sept. 25   8th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Oct. 4       OFMS Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

Aug. 23   OFIS Visitation (1-3 pm)

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 3    4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 5    5th Grade Open House (7 pm) 

Oct. 2      OFIS Picture Day

Falls-Lenox Primary School

Aug. 23   Class Lists Posted (3:30 pm)

Aug. 26   Open House & Classroom Visitation (1st Gr.: 5-5:45 pm; 2nd Gr.: 6:15-7 pm;  3rd Gr.: 7:30-8:15 pm)

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 27  Falls-Lenox Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center

Aug. 21           Popsicles on the Playground w/Mrs. Bechtel **TOMORROW NIGHT**

Aug. 28, 29, 30  Kindergarten Orientation (1 Day Only, as assigned)

Aug. 30               Preschool Orientation (1-3 pm)

Sept. 3                First Day of Kindergarten

Sept. 4                First Day of Preschool (for IEP Students)

Sept. 10              First Day of Preschool (for Typical Peers)

Sept. 24              ECC Picture Day


ECC POPSICLES ON THE PLAYGROUND – TOMORROW NIGHT – WED., AUG. 21ST! 

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MARCHING BAND PREVIEW NIGHT  & MINI-MARCHERS PRE-SHOW EVENT – THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD

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Marching Band Preview Night 2019


COFFEE WITH OFHS PRINCIPAL LEO SPAGNOLA – SEPT. 9TH & 11TH

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Join Mr. Spagnola for coffee and conversation! OFHS parents are invited to attend one of Principal Spagnola’s upcoming coffee meet & greet events:

  • Monday, September 9th @ 7:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11th @ 6:00 p.m.

Both opportunities will take place in the OFHS Media Center. 

Pick the date/time that works best for you!

We look forward to seeing you there!


 

OFHS IN THE NEWS: “ZERO DAY” EARNS LOCAL MEDIA ATTENTION

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To read the coverage, please click HERE.

Kudos to our awesome team at OFHS!

 


REMINDER: 2019-2020 BUILDING START & END TIMES

High School …………………………………8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m.* (*Please note the CORRECT start/end time for OFHS is 8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m. ~ OFHS start/end times printed in School Report mailed to homes were incorrect.)

Middle School ……………………………. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Intermediate School …………………. 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Primary School …………………………. 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center:

Kindergarten …………………………….. 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

A.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)……. 8:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.* (*Please Note 5 minute shift from previous start/end time of 8:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.)

P.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)…….. 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.


2019-2020 SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE ATHLETIC GATE ADMISSIONS

color bulldog headThe Southwestern Conference has released a complete listing of ticket information for Southwestern Conference High School Athletic Events effective beginning this fall season.  Please click HERE for the detailed information available on our Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Athletics website.

We look forward to seeing you at many of our fall sporting events this season! Let’s Go Bulldogs!


MINI-CHEER NIGHT:  GRADES K-5 CHEER AT OFHS FOOTBALL GAME – SEPT. 20TH

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Mini cheerleaders in grades K-5 will practice one night with the high school cheerleaders and then cheer on the track during the varsity game against North Ridgeville on Friday, September 20th. Participants will also get a Mini Cheer t-shirt. Click HERE for a flyer with more information and to register go online to the Olmsted Community Center website at occ.recdesk.com. We look forward to seeing all our mini cheerleaders show their spirit and Bulldog pride!


GOH RUN BULLDOG FALL RUNNING PROGRAM: REGISTRATION OPEN

Building Fitness, Character and Confidence through Running:  Registration for the GOH Run Kids Running Fun program for Fall 2019 is now open to Bulldog youth runners grades K-6.gOHrun+-+GREENBLUE+6x2in+300dpi

WHEN?  Wednesday, September 4- October 24 ( based on competitive season). Practices are anticipated to run Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two days of expected practice attendance per week and one optional day to allow some flexibility.

TIME? 5:00-6:30 PM . Weekly schedule with locations TBD.

WHERE?  Program will be held at Columbia Reservation and Olmsted Falls High School/Intermediate School

COST? Cost is $80.00 for the full program that will include two training/instructional days, plus one optional fitness day per week. Fee includes instruction, snacks, prizes and awards, shirt, and more.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:  Athletes may join USATF and/or AAU to compete in additional Cross Country races with the team. The club will work with the Strongsville Youth Track Program to extend their season and share their mutual support. Schedule will be posted and all meets are optional. We will host our annual Mustang Stampede and will add a Bulldog Blast Fun Run this fall!

REGISTRATION: Please use this link to register and get more information. Please use a separate form for each child registering. GOH Run Bulldog Fall Running Program

Questions? Contact Program Director Rae Alexander at gohrunwithus@gmail.com.


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)


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The Safe School Helpline®

800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 / 800-418-6423, ext. 359

TEXT: 66746, TIPS

http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

**NEW!** FREE MOBILE APP ALSO AVAILABLE

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Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes The Safe School Helpline® as a tool for students and families to report safety concerns anonymously as needed via phone, text, website or mobile app.

The Safe School Helpline® is available 24/7 for Bulldog parents and students to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression, thoughts of suicide and/or other mental health concerns.


 

 

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OFCS Back-To-School Update – August 14, 2019

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PREPARING TO WELCOME BULLDOGS TO THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

OFCS Triple A LogoWe hope everyone is continuing to enjoy the summer break!

Olmsted Falls City School District looks forward to welcoming students back in just two weeks!  This first official blog update of the 2019-2020 school year features a detailed list of important back-to-school dates for each building as well as other back-to-school updates.

All school building offices are currently open and available to assist should you have any questions about the upcoming school year:

Olmsted Falls High School: (440) 427-6100
Olmsted Falls Middle School: (440) 427-6200
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School: (440) 427-6500
Falls-Lenox Primary School: (440) 427-6400
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center: (440) 427-6360


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 27TH

importantFor those that have not already done so, please be sure that you have completed the required online registration for your returning students no later than Tuesday, August 27th. An email with detailed instructions was sent to all Bulldog families with returning students on August 2nd.  You can also find the information and instructions for completing 2019-2020 Returning Student Registration for your student on the district website by clicking HERE.

Returning Student Registration is accessed through your PowerSchool Parent Account.  If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, please contact the office at your child’s school (phone numbers are listed above) or contact Mr. Tim Wulfhoop at twulfhoop@ofcs.net or 440-427-6108.

It is critical that all returning student information is updated BEFORE school starts so that our buildings have current emergency contact and health information, along with required school forms/agreements on your student(s) before the first day of school. 

Thank you for your timely attention to this important task!


IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES FOR OFCS FAMILIES, BY BUILDING

Olmsted Falls High School

Aug. 20    1:1 Chromebook Initiative Information Meeting for Grade 6, 7, 8 & 9 Parents/Guardians (6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Rm. 606) **Freshmen Parents Attend**

Aug. 28     Freshman & New Student Orientation Day (8:10 am-2:46 pm)

Aug. 29     First Day of School for Grades 10, 11 & 12

Sept. 9      OFHS Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 20    OFHS Underclass Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Aug. 20    1:1 Chromebook Initiative Information Meeting for Grade 6, 7, 8 & 9 Parents/Guardians (6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Rm. 606)

Aug. 22    6th Grade WEB Orientation (8 am -12:30 pm)

Aug. 22    6th Grade WEB Open Campus (12:30-3 pm)

Aug. 22    OFMS Special Education Open House (6:30 pm)

Aug. 23    New 7th & 8th Grade Student Orientation (9:00 -10:30 am)

Aug. 23    7th & 8th Grade Open Campus (12-3 pm)

Aug. 26    6th Grade Parent Night (7:00 pm) 

Aug. 28    First Day of School

Sept. 24   7th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Sept. 25   8th Grade Parent Night (7-8 pm)

Oct. 4       OFMS Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

Aug. 16   Class Lists Posted

Aug. 23   OFIS Visitation (1-3 pm)

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 3    4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 5    5th Grade Open House (7 pm) 

Oct. 2      OFIS Picture Day

Falls-Lenox Primary School

Aug. 14   New Parent Information Night (6:30 pm) **TONIGHT**

Aug. 23   Class Lists Posted (3:30 pm)

Aug. 26   Open House & Classroom Visitation (1st Gr.: 5-5:45 pm; 2nd Gr.: 6:15-7 pm;                           3rd Gr.: 7:30-8:15 pm)

Aug. 28   First Day of School

Sept. 27  Falls-Lenox Picture Day

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center

Aug. 21st           Popsicles on the Playground:  Meet New ECC Principal Mrs. Dora Bechtel

Aug. 28, 29, 30  Kindergarten Orientation (1 Day Only, as assigned)

Aug. 30               Preschool Orientation (1-3 pm)

Sept. 3                First Day of Kindergarten

Sept. 4                First Day of Preschool (for IEP Students)

Sept. 10              First Day of Preschool (for Typical Peers)

Sept. 24              ECC Picture Day

 


ATTN: PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 6, 7, 8 AND 9* —  THE 1:1 CHROMEBOOK INITIATIVE INFO MEETING  THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH

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*NOTE:  Chromebooks will be issued to 9th grade students at the conclusion of this  meeting for those with a  parent/guardian in attendance. 


 

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2019-2020 BUILDING START & END TIMES

High School …………………………………8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m.

Middle School ……………………………. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Intermediate School …………………. 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Primary School …………………………. 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center:

Kindergarten …………………………….. 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

A.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)……. 8:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.* (*Please Note 5 minute shift from previous start/end time of 8:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.)

P.M. Preschool (Mon.-Thurs.)…….. 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.


 

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The Safe School Helpline®

800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 / 800-418-6423, ext. 359

TEXT: 66746, TIPS

http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

**NEW!** FREE MOBILE APP ALSO AVAILABLE

Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes The Safe School Helpline® as a tool for students and families to report safety concerns anonymously as needed via phone, text, website or mobile app.  The Safe School Helpline® is available 24/7 for Bulldog parents and students to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression, thoughts of suicide and/or other mental health concerns.

See Something_Say Something

 


 

MARCHING BAND PREVIEW NIGHT  & MINI-MARCHERS PRE-SHOW EVENT – FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD

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Marching Band Preview Night 2019


 

2019-2020 SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE ATHLETIC GATE ADMISSIONS

color bulldog headThe Southwestern Conference has released a complete listing of ticket information for Southwestern Conference High School Athletic Events effective beginning this fall season.  Please click HERE for the detailed information available on our Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Athletics website.

We look forward to seeing you at many of our fall sporting events this season! Let’s Go Bulldogs!


MINI-CHEER NIGHT:  GRADES K-5 CHEER AT OFHS FOOTBALL GAME – SEPT. 20TH

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Mini Cheerleaders in grades K-5 will practice one night with the highschool cheerleaders and then cheer on the track during the varsity game against North Ridgeville on Friday, September 20th. Participants will also get a Mini Cheer t-shirt. Click HERE for a flyer with more information and to register go online to the Olmsted Community Center website at occ.recdesk.com. We look forward to seeing all our mini cheerleaders show their spirit and Bulldog pride!


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)


 

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OFCS Update – June 25, 2019

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThis will be the last official blog post of the 2018-2019 school year.  We’ve enjoyed sharing news from across our school district with you throughout the year. Blog posts will resume in mid-August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2019-20 school year!

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To download a copy of the 2019-2020 school year calendar, please click HERE.

We hope everyone is enjoying summer in Bulldog Country!


OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE HARDING FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANT AWARDS SUPPORTING
PERFORMING ARTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:  New Partnership Provides Grant Awards for Stage Improvements, Performing Arts Center Naming Rights and Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

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The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association and the Olmsted Falls City School District are excited to announce the award of three major grants from the Harding Family Charitable Trust. The new grants are designated for significant stage improvements at Olmsted Falls High School, naming rights for the Olmsted Falls High School Performing Arts Center and annual endowed scholarships for graduating seniors.

The Harding Family Charitable Trust has awarded just over $261,000 to the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association for the purpose of making improvements to the stage in the existing Olmsted Falls High School auditorium to transform the space into a high quality performing arts center. The Harding Family Charitable Trust has also granted an additional $100,000 in funds for naming rights to the new performing arts space. These resources will be used for future special auditorium projects and for maintenance and upkeep.

Additionally, the Harding Charitable Trust has awarded $150,000 for Olmsted Falls High School Endowed Scholarships in the names of Amelia Harding, Clara Harding and Charles Harding. These new scholarships will be available starting with next year’s graduating class of 2020.

CP_leftIn total, these three grant awards will bring more than $511,000 in new funding resources to benefit Bulldog students and the school community in areas that held great meaning to the Harding family. As life-long residents of Olmsted Falls, Amelia and Clara Harding had a legacy of supporting their community in numerous ways, often in the memory of their beloved brother, Charles Harding.

“Having been a teacher at Olmsted Falls High School, Amelia Harding was always particularly interested in supporting the students in her community,” said Karen McCarthy, trustee of the Harding Family Charitable Trust.

“As trustees of the Harding Charitable Trust, we are proud to continue the Harding sisters’ legacy of giving by providing grants and scholarships that heighten the educational opportunities of Olmsted Falls Students,” said Tim Coyne, trustee of the Harding Family Charitable Trust.

“The Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association is so pleased to be able to honor the legacy of the Harding Family through our partnership with Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Tim Radigan, president of the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association. “We look forward to putting these grant funds to work and to making a lasting impact in both the area of performing arts as well as student scholarship resources.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the Harding Family Charitable Trust for these generous grants and to our own Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association for their leadership and ongoing support of Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Our school community is so fortunate to be able to continue to enhance opportunities for students through such wonderful partnerships.”

Improvements to the Olmsted Falls High School stage and auditorium will begin getting underway this summer. The following are some of the improvements planned:

● Stage extension and permanent orchestra pit (with removable/replaceable stage flooring feature)
● New stage curtain and rigging for lights, curtains, electrical
● Addition of carpeting beneath audience seating areas
● Various sound enhancement and amplification features
● Improved catwalk and auditorium lighting

These above improvements – made possible by the generous grant from the Harding Family Charitable Foundation – will transform the existing auditorium space into a truly impressive performing arts center. The official naming and dedication of the upgraded performing arts center will be scheduled for early 2020. The new name has not yet been revealed.


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL:  Leo Spagnola Brings Two Decades of Experience to His New Role as Principal of Olmsted Falls High School

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Mr. Leo Spagnola

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to officially announce the hiring of a new principal for Olmsted Falls High School. The Board voted to approve Mr. Leo Spagnola as the new principal of Olmsted Falls High School, which serves more than 1,260 students in grades 9 through 12, at a special meeting held this week. Mr. Spagnola will officially begin his position as the Olmsted Falls High School Principal on August 1, 2019, prior to the start of the new school year.

“Mr. Spagnola is a highly approachable and relational leader with two decades of experience,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “His proven ability to build and maintain a school building culture that inspires and empowers all types of learners will be an outstanding addition to our educational community.”

Mr. Spagnola comes to Olmsted Falls with twenty years of combined experience. He has served as a classroom teacher at the middle school level, a coach and athletic director, and as both a middle school and high school principal. Mr. Spagnola is a student-centered leader who places high value on building and maximizing a positive school culture to support both student and staff success. Most recently, he served as the principal of Parma Senior High School in the Parma City School District.

“It is a privilege to lead this excellent learning community. I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the Olmsted Falls High School family as the new principal,” said Mr. Leo Spagnola. “I feel honored and blessed to be able to join this team as well as be a part of the Bulldog Nation.”

“It is my hope that our school will be a “home away from home” for students, staff, families and community members,” added Mr. Spagnola. “I look forward to working alongside of all the wonderful people that make up Bulldog Country.”

Mr. Spagnola holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Bluffton College. He earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University, where he received his Principal Licensure for grades 4-9 and grades 7-12.

“Mr. Spagnola’s dynamic leadership style impressed our team throughout the extensive selection process and we are thrilled to have him join Olmsted Falls City Schools,” added Dr. Lloyd.

A special Meet and Greet event with Mr. Spagnola will be scheduled for August, ahead of the official start of school. All families of students attending Olmsted Falls High School this coming school year will be invited.

Mr. Spagnola replaces former OFHS Principal Dr. Holly Schafer, who had been with Olmsted Falls City School District as the principal of Olmsted Falls High School for the past seven years.


OFHS FRENCH STUDENTS PUT THEIR WORLD LANGUAGE SKILLS TO WORK IN QUEBEC CITY DURING TRIP TO QUÉBEC CITY

student successOlmsted Falls High School French teachers Chuck May and Emma Schlabig took 22 Bulldog students on a cultural trip to Quebec City this summer.  Students enjoyed a full itinerary during the trip, which took place June 16-19, and were able to use their French language skills in an immersive cultural experience.

Stops on the 4-day tour included: Martello Tower / Plains of Abraham, Québec Parliament Building, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Old Québec – Place Royal / Rue du Trésor / Quartier Petit Champlain, St. Lawrence River, a local culinary school and more!  What an incredible experience for these Bulldogs!


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW FAMILY AND COMMUNITY L.I.N.K. INITIATIVE:  Enhancing Family and Community Engagement is Focus of New LINK (Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know) Program

CP_leftOlmsted Falls City School District is excited to announce a new initiative focused on enhancing the critical partnership between school, home and community. The Family and Community L.I.N.K. program will focus on building high-quality partnerships between the schools, families and community members. The L.I.N.K. acronym stands for: Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know.

“This new program represents the next logical step in our continued efforts as a district to ensure we are maximizing all aspects of community partnerships in our educational community,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Community partnerships are one of the cornerstones of our district’s strategic plan and having a person that lives within the community, has students within the school system and is dedicated to further building and strengthening our district in this area will yield great benefits to students as well as our school community as a whole.”

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New OFCS Family & Community LINK Coordinator Julianne Allen (center) along with Board of Education Vice President Linda Parkowski (left) and OFCS Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan (right) following their presentation, “A Partnership that Inspires & Empowers,” at the 2019 Ohio PTA Convention.

Olmsted Falls City School District resident and parent Julianne Allen has been hired as the district’s new Family & Community LINK Coordinator to lead the new initiative to implement programs, practices and policies that encourage strengthened partnerships between families, schools and communities, for the purpose of promoting student success. A 17-year resident of the Olmsted Falls City School District, Mrs. Allen has been an active volunteer who has held numerous leadership positions and dedicated countless hours to the schools. Most recently, Mrs. Allen served as president of the Olmsted Falls PTA Council.

“More than fifty years of research shows that students with involved parents are more successful in school. They earn higher grades, take more advanced coursework, have better attendance, graduate, and go on to higher education or career training,” said Family & Community LINK Coordinator Julianne Allen. “I am proud to be part of a school system that is actively striving to find new ways to link the involvement of parents and community members to student learning.”

“By welcoming partners into our schools, engaging in meaningful two-way communication, and providing parents with resources and tools they can use to support their students at home, we are building partnerships that will help students be successful in school and beyond,” added Mrs. Allen. “I am excited to be part of these expanded efforts.”

Preliminary groundwork on the new L.I.N.K. initiative got underway this spring with a number of information gathering efforts to establish a baseline of the district’s current level of family and community engagement. Efforts included individual meetings with building principals as well as coordinating volunteers for the “Welcoming Walk-Through” project, which aimed to provide fresh insight into a visitor’s view of each of our school buildings. A family survey is also in the works to gather further information and plan for L.I.N.K. first official year of activities. All of these preliminary efforts will help inform and shape the work of the L.I.N.K. initiative.

“While I believe our district does a nice job of connecting with families and places great value on these important relationships, there is always room for improvement,” added Dr. Lloyd. “We look forward to reaching an entirely new and enhanced level of deeper partnerships with our families and community residents as a result of our new L.I.N.K. initiative.”

Watch for increased presence of OFCS Family and Community L.I.N.K. opportunities as the 2019-2020 school year gets underway on August. Follow OFCS L.I.N.K. on Twitter: @OFCSLINK.


OFMS 8TH GRADERS ENGAGED IN SUMMER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

student success8th graders from Olmsted Falls Middle School came together for some service-oriented / kindness activities on Thursday, June 13th.  Members of the 8th grade class of 2023 spent time engaged in service activities in the greater community as well as completed activities at the Middle School.

CP_leftActivities completed by students included painting rocks to be hidden and posted on Instagram @ofmsrocks, making posters to be hung around the Middle School, designing bookmarks and bracelets for the Bulldog Buckstore, and creating decorations and cards for local senior citizens at Riverview Pointe Care Center, Symphony at Olmsted Falls, Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls and the Louis Stokes Veteran Hospital. Some students traveled to the Rocky River Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks and beautified the Stinchcomb Memorial by planting flowers, while others went to the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township to visit and make slime with the senior residents.  A third group visited Southwest General Hospital to learn about their junior volunteer program and make summer greeting cards for residents and visitors.

What a great way to spend their summer vacation!  This is awesome Bulldogs!


OFCS PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER JORDAN EATON HONORED WITH FRANKLIN B. WALTER OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD

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Mr. Jordan Eaton Recognized with 2019 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to Bulldog teacher Mr. Jordan Eaton who was recognized at a special awards luncheon held June 11th in Columbus.  Mr. Eaton was the winner of the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award for State Support Team Region 3.  The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.  Mr. Eaton was selected for this prestigious honor through a local and regional nomination and selection process, and is very deserving of this honor.

student successMr. Eaton is a Physical Education teacher in Olmsted Falls City Schools whose role includes teaching Adapted Physical Education classes. Mr. Eaton always sees the possibilities in everyone and encourages self-advocacy. He builds and supports character development and leadership in all students.  Mr. Eaton is an active member of the Olmsted Falls school community also serving as head coach of the OFHS Varsity Girls Basketball team and as coordinator of the District’s Special Olympics program.  He is always looking for ways for his basketball team to participate in Helping Hands, a district disability awareness group which focuses on spreading love, awareness and friendship to all, especially those with disabilities. His team members follow his leadership and eagerly volunteer at Helping Hands events and in special education classrooms. Mr. Eaton truly encourages the independence of students with disabilities and removes barriers in the community.

Congratulations again to Mr. Eaton!  We are so fortunate to have you as part of our Bulldog school community!


RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 90 YEARS OF BULLDOG SERVICE

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to seven dedicated staff members who retired with the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals more than 90 Bulldog years!

They are:

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Bulldog retirees Mark and Denise Tabar at OFCS Records Day gathering.

Sandra Allen, OFMS Cleaner (12 “Bulldog” Years)

Felicia Anderson, OFHS Spanish Teacher (18 “Bulldog” Years)

Melinda Falconi, ECC Principal (8 “Bulldog” Years)

Susan Laycock, Falls-Lenox Paraprofessional (12 “Bulldog” Years)

Larry Shannon, ECC & OFMS Utility Worker

Denise Tabar, OFCS Director of Food Services (20 “Bulldog” Years)

Mark Tabar, OFIS School Counselor (20 “Bulldog” Years)

Bulldog retirees were recognized by their building/departments as well as at the District’s Records Day gathering. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals and their impact on the District will be greatly missed.

Congratulations to each of them and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement! Enjoy the next chapter in your lives!


BIGGEST YEAR EVER FOR OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM THANKS TO GENEROUS SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY

student successThanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, approximately $141,000 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2019.  This year’s total represents an increase of about $4,000 as compared to last year!

More than 371 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors this year, thanks to the generosity of our community!

This was the biggest year ever for the OFHS Local Scholarship Program!

Recipients of 2019 Scholarships presented through Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association.

Pictured above are some of the recipients of 2019 Scholarships presented through Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association.

CP_leftCongratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures.

This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.


MS. BYNDAS NAMED OFHS TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY CLASS OF 2019

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Congratulations to OFHS math teacher Ms. Laryssa Byndas on being named Teacher of the Year by students in the Class of 2019!

Ms. Byndas was recognized during the Senior Honor Day ceremony.

student successEach year the graduating class selects a teacher to honor who has had a positive and enduring impact on their lives during the course of their time at Olmsted Falls High School.

Congratulations again to Mrs. Byndas!


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council continued the tradition of ending the school year by saying “thank you” to those who helped make it a successful year. The annual PTA Volunteer Celebration, this year held June 4th at OFIS, provides PTA members, administrators, staff, the Board of Education, and special guests an opportunity to come together and recognize those who contribute to the strong partnerships between PTA and Olmsted Falls City Schools.

The attendees enjoyed entertainment by the talented students of OFHS Golden Expressions, as well as words of gratitude from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and a delicious meal prepared by Denise Tabar and her Food Services staff.

Volunteer of Year_GroupAmong those honored by PTA were Heather Hetchler the nominee from OFHS PTA, who was selected as this year’s overall PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to nominees Tiffany Fischbach for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Chrissy Ferrone-Pettit for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Leslie Ray for OFIS PTA and Reghan Laki for OFMS PTA.

Helping Hands GroupThis year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Custodian Charles “Chuck” Smith, who was nominated by Olmsted Early Childhood PTA. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Evan Norris, nominated by Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA; Cathy Hess, nominated by OFIS PTA; Debbie Henton, nominated by OFMS PTA and Kelly Walker, nominated by OFHS PTA.

Educator of Year_GroupPTA District Educator of the Year was awarded to Lori Kallevig, the nominee from OFIS. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Melinda Falconi for the Early Childhood Center, Jessica Hubbard for Falls-Lenox, Leigh Carver for OFMS, and Brian Insley for OFHS.

senior-parents_group.jpgOFHS PTA also acknowledged outgoing PTA senior parents Ellie Dregalla and Donna McKee, marking the end of their PTA volunteer years as their youngest child graduated with the Class of 2019. (Senior Parents Not pictured: Kelly Dailey, Katie Fidler, Jonathan Iwamasa, Ada Narvaez.)

OPTA Reflections.jpghio PTA Reflections winners were also recognized at the event. Congratulations to Avery Caudill for an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Dance Choreography and Dominic DiFilippo, for an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition AND an Award of Merit in Film Production.

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Kudos to these Bulldog students on their state-level PTA Reflections awards!

Congratulations again to all those recognized. And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools!


FIVE BULLDOG SENIORS RECOGNIZED AS BEST OF 2019 AT ANNUAL POLARIS SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY

student successEach year Polaris Career Center recognizes one senior from each of its career-technical training programs as the best of his or her class. The honor is determined by outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, service and extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to the following OFHS senior students for earning this top honor in each of their respective Polaris programs:

Sara Krofta (Baking & Pastry Arts)
Dina Salti (Dental Assisting)
Cole Aiton (Digital Art & Design)
Nicolas Kuntz (Emergency Medical Technical/Fire Training)
Jaden Martin (Precision CNC Machining)

Congratulations to all of these standout students and best of luck to them all in the future!

Polaris Career Center also recognizes the most outstanding junior in each of its career technical training programs. Congratulations to Robert Patton (Aeronautics) and Cassandra Schaefer (Criminal Justice) for earning this distinction among the junior class!


BULLDOG TRADITION CONTINUES: CLASS OF 2019 YARD SIGNS POP UP ACROSS COMMUNITY

student successIt is always special to see the congratulatory yard signs for all of our OFHS grads pop up throughout Bulldog Country on the eve of commencement! Many thanks to the volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff – and in many cases, their children too – who made this year’s special deliveries to the Class of 2019 ensuring that all grads were recognized throughout the community!


ENTREPRENEUR, PRICELINE FOUNDER JEFF HOFFMAN SPEAKS TO OFHS BUSINESS STUDENTS

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CP_leftFollowing his presentations to the groups, Mr. Hoffman also spent time answering additional questions from students about their own career aspirations and pathways.  OFHS extends a big Bulldog thank you to Mr. Hoffman for taking time to drop during his travels!  What an incredible experience for students!  Thank you also to Mrs. Kotz for coordinating this unique opportunity for her OFHS students!

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OFHS HOSTS ANOTHER AWESOME MAY SHOW!

student successThe annual showcase of student artwork at OFHS was fantastic this year, with students, staff, families and community residents enjoying the extensive display of talent throughout the day and into the evening of May 10.

Kudos to all of our talented Bulldog artists!  Thank you to all who attended! And a special thanks to the Olmsted Kiwanis Club for supporting this annual community event!

To read local media coverage of this year’s May Art Show, please click HERE.


BULLDOGS ROCK AT 2019 SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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More than 50 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual Special Olympics event hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria last month. The students competed in various events, such as running, long jump and softball throw. Having worked hard to prepare for the big event, our Bulldog students definitely brought their “A” game including lots of enthusiasm and outstanding sportsmanship!

student successOlmsted 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 as they boarded their buses. In addition to staff members and parent volunteers, fellow Bulldog students attended this year to cheer on their friends! It was an all-around awesome day!

This year’s Special Olympic Bulldog athletes included:

From the ECC – Eloise Campanella, Lincoln Kotlinski, Grace Sente and David Zamora

From Falls-Lenox – Zaki Burton, Brennan Dew, Annabelle Ellis, Olivia Hargenrader, Will Henry, Weston Holmes, Lleyton Krakowiak, Phoenix Novak, Joshua Peacock, Caeden Peeler, Sebastian Rashid, Dylan Richmond and Odeh Saleh.

From OFIS – Anthony DiDonato, Cormac Hannon, Shahan Kapoor, Jacob Komitau,
Colbie Krakowiak, Mack Little, Ellen McManamon, Clay McNamara, Mya McNamara, Nathan Smith and Jaden Smith.

From OFMS – Yohanna Amoah, Alexis Andren, Caden Celesky, Johnny Clemons , Emersen Flynn, Sarah Gaughan, Connor Habert, Emily Heine, Owen Novak, Anthony Russo and Jacob Siwek.

From OFHS – Mason Mowery, Bilal Saadeh, Kennedy Smith, Maddie Truscott andBrooke VanArnhem.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians!

You represented Bulldog Country well!

A big THANK YOU to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and assisted students in such a fun day!  See you again next year!


OFHS ENGINEERING STUDENTS PERFORM WELL AT STATE SKILLSUSA CHAMPIONSHIPS & NATIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION

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Several Bulldog students qualified for this year’s SkillsUSA State Championships held this past spring in Columbus. SkillsUSA give students the opportunity to display their skills in specific career-technical training areas. This year, hundreds of students from across Ohio competed in dozens of different events. Congratulations to the following OFHS students who participated in SkillsUSA through their Polaris Project Lead the Way Engineering courses taught by Mr. Mike Hadyn at OFHS:

image2(1)The team of Edmund Leung (11th grade) and Victor Jauregui (10th grade) – pictured at left – placed 3rd in the state in the SkillsUSA Ohio Robotic Urban Search and Rescue competition earning the Bronze. In this event, the team must build a robot and arm mechanism prior to the competition and then, during the competition, remotely operates the robot. The robot should be capable of locating, grabbing and moving simulated ordnances on the challenge course. This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must traverse the course, locate the ordnances, secure them and properly dispose of them in a single time limited round. Congratulations Edmund and Victor!

The team of Chuck Backus (12th grade), Collin Cook (12th grade) and Austin Juergens (11th grade) placed 7th in the state in the SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing competition. This contest evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry; the CAM operator generates the tool paths; and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part. Congratulations Chuck, Collin and Austin!

The team of Michael Borovich (12 grade) and Cole Zehe (12th grade) placed 7th in the state in the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing event. Additive manufacturing embraces a wide range of materials and derivative processes to build parts suitable for end-use service. The virtually unlimited design freedom enabled by additive manufacturing allows the creation of shapes and the integration of feature and function that previously required subassemblies. Congratulations Michael and Cole!

MarissaKuehnSophomore Marissa Kuehn placed 10th in the state in SkillsUSA Technical Drafting competition. This contest focuses on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Marissa is pictured at right following her 1st place win in the SkillsUSA regionals, which secured her spot at the State Championships!
Congratulations Marissa!

The team of Mikayla Kosar (10th grade) and Madison Tate (10th grade) placed 16th in the state in the SkillsUSA Mobil Robotics competition. The contest includes activities that simulate situations encountered by robotic programmers and support professionals. Teams are given a task to solve using a mobile robotic system provided by the technical committee. Teams will have two scored chances to solve the mobile robotic challenge. Once a team has performed the required task or set of tasks, a design change may be introduced. Contestants are required to adhere to industry safety standards using the hardware and software provided. Congratulations Mikayla and Madison!

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Additionally, congratulations are in order for the team of Krislynn Katona and Andrew Schroth – pictured below – who took 1st Place in the Pick and Place competition at the National Robotics Challenge held in Marion, OH in April!

Outstanding performances by all of these impressive engineering students!

 Congratulations again to all!  


OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL REMAINS AN ACTIVE PART OF SCHOOL, COMMUNITY

student successThe Olmsted Falls High School Student Council wrapped up another outstanding school year. Some of their highlights included:

– Planning and organizing the Homecoming game and dance;
– Spearheading the annual high school holiday canned food drive and donating over 4500 cans to the city’s Christians in Action food pantry;
CP_left– Partnering with “Varsity Coats for Needy Folks,” an organization that collects coats, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves and donates them to homeless camps in Cuyahoga County;
– Planning and organizing a fall, winter, and spring pep rally and two spirit weeks. This year’s spring pep rally was held outdoors at Harding Stadium. Donations were collected to win a chance to dunk a teacher or administrator in the dunk tank. The money collected was donated to the ECC towards the purchase of new library books.
–  Student Council awarded $8,000 towards 10 senior scholarships this year!

Congratulations to next year’s officers:

President: Gabbie Salamone
Vice President: Julianne Hess
Secretary: Megan Bobkovich
Treasurer: Morgan Ciolek 

Interested in joining Student Council next year, or partnering with Student Council on an initiative to help the local community? Come to one of our meetings next fall, or e-mail Student Council advisor Mrs. Radigan at bradigan@ofcs.net.


OFHS RHO KAPPA MEMBERS HELP CREATE HEROES NIGHT EVENT AT FALLS-LENOX

student successThis spring, student members of the OFHS Social Studies Honorary (Rho Kappa) coordinated with teachers at Falls-Lenox to create a special Heroes Night event for young students and their families.  Rho Kappa Members Lauren Kreitzer, Elyse Walker, Kristen Miller, Edmund Leung, Jack Surtman, Kelley Shiltz, Choloe Thach, Hailey Taylor, Katelyn Angus, Dan Fidler and Liana Petitti, worked with the elementary students on an on-line hero scavenger hunt, a special art activity to create their own hero.  The event also featured books focused on a hero.

These OFHS Rho Kappa juniors and seniors did a fantastic job leading this fun evening of activities for participating Falls-Lenox students and their parents!


BOARD RECOGNIZES SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

IMG-6848-300x225student successDuring the regular May meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, the 2018 – 2019 Boys Basketball team was recognized for their Championship Season. The program won the SWC for the second year in a row and an OHSAA Division I District Championship for the first time since 2007.  The Bulldogs posted a 16 – 2 conference record and were 23-3 overall.

IMG-6856-300x225The Board also recognized the following student-athletes on the following special accomplishments:

Chuck Backus – Scholar Athlete

Braden Galaska – 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference; Three Year Team Captain

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Eric Hanna – 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference, Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player, 1t Team All-Northeast Lakes District and 3rd Team All Ohio

Head Boys Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio was also recognized as the 2018 – 2019 Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year.

Coach DeLisio and his staff lead his team to back to back conference championships as well as a District Championship.

Congratulations to Coach DeLisio on continuing to establish an overall vision of success at all levels of the boys’ basketball program!

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER JOE ENGLISH ON BLUE COAT MAN OF YEAR AWARD

SROCP_leftOlmsted Township Police Officer and OFCS School Resource Officer, Joe English, recently received the Knights of Columbus “Blue Coat Man of the Year” award. The Blue Coat Man of the Year award is presented annually by Knights of Columbus Chapter #14416 from St. Mary of the Falls, and alternates every other year between the Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls Police Department.

Officer English serves as a dedicated School Resource Officer (SRO) for Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Congratulations to Officer English!  


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATES

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

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To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.


NORTH OLMSTED SCHOOLS OFFER SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

A Lunch & Snack Program is free and open to all children from ages 1-18 in various North Olmsted locations. The North Olmsted City School District is offering this program to our community.

Locations are the North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road, Birch Primary School, 24100 Palm Drive, Maple Intermediate School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road; Chestnut Intermediate School, 30395 Lorain Road; North Olmsted High School, 27301 Butternut Ridge Road.

Please click HERE to view the flyer for times and dates at each location.  You also may view a menu by clicking HERE.


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS – STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

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2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Lacrosse Boys Summer Camp 2019 (July 15-17)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

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There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION POST PROM 2020

All 2020 Senior Parents are welcome to join the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We have established committees and a large fundraiser! 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 list. To be added to our mailing list, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com.

We hope to have great parent participation in the planning to make this event a huge success for our kids!  Thanks!


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 24th 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.

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!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS AVAILABLE JULY 31ST

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTER GEAR UP FOR 2019-2020 PATRON DRIVE

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters supports the OFHS and OFMS sports teams throughout the year. It is preparing for its 2019-2020 patron membership drive.  Funds raised through a contribution of your choice help continue the support of our middle and high school athletic teams.

To learn more about the Boosters and become a patron, click HERE.


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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



SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


SUMMER ARTS CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE

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Let the kids get creative summer! Pinot’s Palette will have 5 weeks of fun artistic journeys with a variety of paintings and projects this summer.  Camp is for ages 6-13 years! Parents/Guardians drop off and pick up.
Choose one or more weeks to attend! All camps are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm:  July 1st–5th, July 15th-19th, July 29th-August 2nd, and/or August 12th–16th
All for only $35 a day! Please send a nut free snack and lunch!
Visit www.pinotspalette.com/olmstedfalls/events or call us at (440) 793-5133


 

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OFCS Update – June 14, 2019

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

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Well done OFCS!  Today finally marks the last official day of the 2018-2019 school year for Olmsted Falls City Schools!  It’s been an exciting year!

Today’s post will be the second-to-last blog post for the year, with the final post scheduled for next week.  Still so much great news to cover and share!  Read on…and be sure to check out next week’s final blog post for the 2019-2020 school year.


CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2019

student successThe Commencement Ceremony for the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2019 was held this past Sunday, June 9th at CSU Wolstein Center.  Congratulations to all 345 graduates – the largest OFHS graduating class ever!  Wishing all of our new Bulldog grads all the best in their future endeavors!  CONGRATULATIONS!

To check out more photos from the Class of 2019 Commencement, please click HERE.

To read local media coverage about the Class of 2019, please click HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER:  Dora Bechtel Brings Administrative and Classroom Experience along with Extensive Literacy and Early Childhood Expertise

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Mrs. Dora Bechtel

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to officially announce the hiring of a new principal for the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. The Board voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Dora Bechtel as the new principal of the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center, which serves more than 300 students in preschool and kindergarten. Mrs. Bechtel officially begins her position as the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Principal on August 1, 2019, prior to the start of the new school year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Bechtel to our school district,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Her extensive background of both administrative and classroom experience, as well as her expertise in literacy development, make her an excellent fit to lead our Early Childhood Center.”

An educator with more than 18 years of experience, Mrs. Bechtel has served as an instructional leader, a classroom teacher (in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2 and 3) and a building administrator. Mrs. Bechtel obtained the level of Master Teacher from the Ohio Department of Education. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award for demonstrating instructional expertise, creativity and innovation in the classroom. Mrs. Bechtel has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Cleveland State University in the Department of Teacher Education. Most recently, Mrs. Bechtel served as the principal of James A. Garfield School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“I am excited to be joining Olmsted Falls City Schools in such a centralized capacity. Early childhood education is where my passion lies because it plays such a pivotal role in overall learning – it’s important to get off to a good start on one’s educational journey,” said Mrs. Dora Bechtel. “I look forward to working with the staff, families, and youngest students of Olmsted Falls.”

Mrs. Bechtel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, including a Reading Specialist Endorsement, from Cleveland State University. She also earned her Principal Licensure from Cleveland State University. Mrs. Bechtel is a literacy specialist with extensive experience in the implementation of the readers and writers workshop as well as project-based learning.

“Mrs. Bechtel’s leadership, experience and specialized skill set will be an outstanding asset to our Early Childhood Center, as well as to our district as a whole,” added Dr. Lloyd.

A special “Popsicles on the Playground” Meet and Greet event with Mrs. Bechtel will be scheduled for August, ahead of the official start of school. All families of students attending the Early Childhood Center this coming school year will be invited.

Mrs. Bechtel replaces retiring ECC principal Ms. Melinda Falconi, who has been with the Olmsted Falls City School District as the principal of the Early Childhood Center for the past eight years.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR – DUE JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2019-2020 school year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by JUNE 15TH. Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


BULLDOG GRADS PURSUE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

student successOlmsted Falls High School graduating seniors Cole Zehe and Masen Collins were selected for a paid internship opportunities at FirstEnergy for seven weeks this summer.
The objective of this internship is to have Cole and Masen continue to intern each summer, and, upon completion of their college degree, return and work full-time for FirstEnergy.  Cole will attend Bucknell University and Masen, Gannon University this fall.

 

RyanCP_leftAs the OFHS Business program continues to grow and community partnerships are expanded, more and more real world learning opportunities are available to students.

OFHS graduating senior Ryan Higginbotham particiated in a spring internship with Jason M. Orsky Wealth Management, providing him with a fantastic learning experience in the financial services field before he heads off to Ohio Univsersity this fall!

Congratulations and best wishes to these soon-to-be collegiates!

Thank you to the community partnerhsips that make these type of valubale internship experiences possible!


OFHS GRADS WILL CONTINUE STUDIES, PURSUE FUTURES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Classof2019_FuturesMapThe Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2019 will travel across the state – and the country – to pursue colleges, technical schools and military service.

student successA special custom interactive map may be viewed by clicking HERE to see exactly where our Bulldogs will be heading this fall. Once the map is opened, simply click on each location for additional information!

Again, wishing best of luck to all of our Class of 2019 Bulldogs!


SENIOR CITIZEN GUESTS ENJOY COMMUNITY DINNER EVENT AT OFHS

CP_leftIt was a true pleasure to host our senior citizen residents of Olmsted Falls City School District for this special community event!  More than 60 guests attended the OFCS Spring Senior Citizen Dinner event on Thursday, June 6th – enjoying a delicious meal, great entertainment and an opportunity to tour the new OFHS expansions and renovations.

Thank you to the OFMS Golden Harmonies and OFHS Trumpet Trio for performing at the event. Thank you to our OFHS Student Ambassadors for helping to serve dinner and for providing excellent tours of the new expansions and renovations in the building!

Check out local media coverage on our last OFCS Senior Citizen event by clicking HERE.


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATES

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

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To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.

If students have any questions or need further assistance, please email Mrs. Davis at idavis@ofcs.net.


NORTH OLMSTED SCHOOLS OFFER SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

A Lunch & Snack Program is free and open to all children from ages 1-18 in various North Olmsted locations. The North Olmsted City School District is offering this program to our community.

Locations are the North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road, Birch Primary School, 24100 Palm Drive, Maple Intermediate School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road; Chestnut Intermediate School, 30395 Lorain Road; North Olmsted High School, 27301 Butternut Ridge Road.

Please click HERE to view the flyer for times and dates at each location.  You also may view a menu by clicking HERE.


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS – STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

color bulldog headInformation about upcoming Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is available on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or by clicking the links below:

2019 Summer Football Camp (June 17-19)

gOH Run Kids Running Day Camp (June 17-19)

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

school-band-clipartCurrent students in grades 5-7 are invited to make music this summer with their musical instruments – and have fun! Expect to have fun while playing your band instrument, enjoy themed days and fun games.

There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION POST PROM 2020

All 2020 Senior Parents are welcome to join the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We have established committees and a large fundraiser! 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 list. To be added to our mailing list, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com.

We hope to have great parent participation in the planning to make this event a huge success for our kids!  Thanks!

REMINDER:  Our first event at First Energy is approaching – June 22!  Please sign up to volunteer by going to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d45adae2caaf58-soccer


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 24th 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.

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!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS AVAILABLE JULY 31ST

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


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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 PrimarySchool)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

GLSC_ImageThe Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camp includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.

 


SUMMER ARTS CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE

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Let the kids get creative summer! Pinot’s Palette will have 5 weeks of fun artistic journeys with a variety of paintings and projects this summer.  Camp is for ages 6-13 years! Parents/Guardians drop off and pick up.
Choose one or more weeks to attend! All camps are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm:  June 17th-21st, July 1st–5th, July 15th-19th, July 29th-August 2nd, and/or August 12th–16th
All for only $35 a day! Please send a nut free snack and lunch!
Visit www.pinotspalette.com/olmstedfalls/events or call us at (440) 793-5133


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OFCS Update – June 4, 2019

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS COMMUNITY DINNER EVENT FOR SENIOR CITIZEN RESIDENTS – THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 6THOFCS 6-6-19 Senior Citizen Dinner_Invite Flyer


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

CalendarGraphicThe 2018-2019 school year is quickly coming toward its end.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:

Sunday, June 9th – OFHS Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 11th – Last Day for Preschool & Kindergarten Students

Friday, June 14th – Last Day for Students (Grades 1-11)

To download a copy of the next year’s 2019-2020 OFCS School Year Calendar, please click HERE.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR – DUE JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2019-2020 school year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by JUNE 15TH. Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES TREASURER’S MAY FORECAST

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The Olmsted Falls Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast during their regular monthly meeting held on May 16th. The Five-Year Forecast is an important planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, along with five years of future projections. All school districts must submit to the Ohio Department of Education a board approved Five-Year Forecast on bi-annually timeline, each October and May.

y19_ForecastGraphicThe Five-Year Forecast is a dynamic budgeting tool that helps our Treasurer’s office plan and demonstrate the district’s effective and efficient annual operations and how we continue to be good stewards of our community’s taxpayer dollar. This tool can also help in determining when the District needs to ask for additional operating dollars. Olmsted Falls City Schools has not gone to the taxpayers for operating dollars since February 2010, which at the time was projected to last three years. Strong fiscal management and planning by the school district has helped stretch these funds nearly nine years.

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Treasurer/CFO Emily Dales

The most current version of the Five-Year Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools is always accessible to the public on the district website, and can be found linked from the treasurer’s page at https://www.ofcs.net/administration/ofcstreasurer. We encourage all community members to review the bi-annual forecasts and reach out with any questions.

To review the full Five-Year Forecast Report including the detailed assumptions, Board approved on May 16, 2019, please click HERE. To view May 2019 Five-Year Forecast summary, please click HERE.

As always, if you have any questions about the current Five-Year Forecast or any other aspect of district finances, please contact Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales at 440.427.6000. Ms. Dales is always happy to answer questions about district finances.


THREE BULLDOG STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY THE BEREA ELKS

CP_leftThe Berea Elks held its annual Recognition Ceremony earlier this month.

At the ceremony, three Olmsted Falls Middle School eighth graders were recognized for their outstanding essays focusing on the theme, “What Makes Me Proud of America.”

Isabel Ortiz placed first at the Northeast Ohio District competition, Emma Corrigan placed second in the district and Jordan Becaj was a local winner.

Congratulations to these fine students!


OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS: IN THE NEWS

student successIt’s been a very busy spring in Olmsted Falls City Schools!

Check out the following collection of local media coverage you may have missed:

Olmsted Falls Adaptive Lacrosse Program (19 News 5/30/19)

OFMS Recycling Project (Cleveland.com 5/29/19)

OFHS May Show (Cleveland.com 5/17/19)CP_left

OFIS Students Publish Book (Cleveland.com 5/8/19)

OFIS Roasted Coffee Cart (WKYC 4/9/19)

Girls in STEM: OFMS GEMS (WKYC  3/19/19)

National Recognition for Olmsted Falls Middle School (Cleveland.com  3/13/19)

Career Day at Falls-Lenox (Cleveland.com 3/11/19)


IN OUR NEXT BLOG POSTS:

student successWatch for the following stories in our final district blog updates of the year:

  • OFCS Family & Community LINK Initiative
  • Class of 2019 Interactive Futures Map
  • Class of 2019 Grads Score Awesome Summer Internship Opportunities
  • OFHS Rho Kappa / Falls-Lenox Heroes Night
  • Board Honors OFHS Varsity Basketball Team
  • OFHS Basketball Recognized by Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association
  • Five OFHS Bulldogs Named Polaris “Outstanding Seniors”
  • SkillsUSA Recap
  • OFHS May Show – Photo Gallery
  • SRO Named “Blue Coat Man of the Year”
  • AND MORE!

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS – CLASS SCHEDULES – CHANGES DEADLINE

Parents and students, you may view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2019-2010 school year directly in PowerSchool. Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.

THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 14TH.


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

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To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.

If students have any questions or need further assistance, please email Mrs. Davis at idavis@ofcs.net.


YOU STILL MAY REGISTER INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR THE UPCOMING 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR! 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE JUNE 12TH-14TH.  PLEASE MAKE SURE INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED IN TIME TO SECURE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT AT THIS TIME.

KindergartenKindergarten registration continues to occur. Please let any families you may know who will have a kindergarten age student next year that NOW is the time to register.  It is important that all kindergarten students be registered in advance of the kindergarten screening appointments that will occur June 12th, 13th & 14th.  

The first step to enrolling a new kindergartner 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 2019-2020 school year!


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS!

color bulldog headInformation about upcoming Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is available on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or by clicking the links below:

2019 Summer Girls Lacrosse Camp (June 3-5)

2019 Summer Tennis Camp (June 6-7)

2019 Summer Football Camp (June 17-19)

gOH Run Kids Running Day Camp (June 17-19)

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

Current students in grades 5-7 are invited to make music this summer with their musical instruments – and have fun! Expect to have fun while playing your band instrument, enjoy themed days and fun games.

There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS – POST PROM MEETING JUNE 12

Our next Post Prom 2020 meeting is Wednesday, June 12th at 7 p.m in the OFHS Media Center.

Now that 2019 prom is complete, we will be able to start working on a number of the items that have been on hold, such as fundraising, donations, collections, decorations, etc. Please spread the word and join us for this important meeting!

Our first event at First Energy is approaching! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d45adae2caaf58-soccer


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 24th 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.

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!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


OFCS SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINEⓇ – HELP KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE!

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Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes an anonymous reporting system called The Safe School HelplineⓇ. Parents and students can use The Safe School HelplineⓇ to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression and/or thoughts of suicide. The Safe School Helpline® also includes access to a Counseling and Crisis Center staffed 24/7 with trained crisis intervention counselors that can serve as a direct resource for students seeking assistance for themselves or others.  All reporting is anonymous, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How Does It Work? Simply use one of the following three options to access the Safe School Helpline:

  • CALL from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423),ext. 359 to leave your information.
  • TEXT 66746 then type TIPS.
  • ONLINE at http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and forward your message to school officials, so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.  See Something, Say Something!


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!”


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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



JOIN FAT LITTLE BUDDIES RUN/WALK; PROCEEDS BENEFIT ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

You still have time to sign up for the June 8th Fat Little 5K run and 1-mile walk.   Simply click HERE to register, but HURRY.  Sign up deadline is THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 6.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at Fat Little Buddies Tavern, 26906 Cook Road. The race/walk fee is $25. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The top overall man and woman and the top three in each age divisions – 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over – will receive awards. Stay after the race and enjoy post celebrations at the tavern include lunch specials and live music on the outdoor patio.


BEST OF OLMSTED 2019 – THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

BEST OF OLMSTED EVENT GRAPHICJoin the Olmsted Community Center as it rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the Best of Olmsted for those who have been recognized for their service in our community during the past year. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, music, and memories.

Visit the Best of Olmsted 2019 event page HERE for upcoming ticket*, sponsoring, vendor and event details.  Tickets are online or call 440.427.1599.

*A portion of proceeds to be donated to Westlake Meals on Wheels; (serving Olmsted Twp, Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted & Westlake).


SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

GLSC_ImageThe Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camp includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.


BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMMISSION HAS TWO OPEN FIELD POSITIONS

The Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission has openings for a crew chief and a field crew worker for its program this year.

The chief’s position runs from April through July and oversees the fields and their conditions. The pay is $1,000.

The field worker post runs from May through July and physically works on the fields and involved in other activities.  The pay is $3,000.

To view a flyer of the positions, click HERE.


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.


 

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