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OFCS Update – December 8, 2017

OFHS CONSTRUCTION LIVE WEB CAM!

OFHS Construction Web CamA live video feed has just been launched to enable the community to take a peek at the construction now underway on the south side of our high school building. The view from the camera shows the site of the brand new wing of classrooms being built in the open courtyard space currently adjacent to the south edge of the cafeteria. This new wing will include nine modern science classrooms as well as four art classrooms.

For instructions on how to access the feed, visit: http://bit.ly/HSConstructionWebCam and check out the first item in our News section near the top of the page. Thank you to Bailey Communications for donating the camera and the installation! And THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY For making this expansion and renovation of OFHS possible!


BULLDOG TRADITIONS:  DISTRICT CAROLING UNDERWAY

The annual tradition of our talented OFHS music students spreading holiday cheer  throughout the school buildings got underway today!  Students at OFIS were treated to mini performances of holiday songs as the OFHS choral and band students moved from class to class!

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Students at OFIS were treated to mini performances of holiday songs as the OFHS choral and band students moved from class to class!


STUDY SESSION FOR GRADE 9 INCLUDES TIPS – AND COCOA

The annual Cocoa & Cram study session for ninth graders is from 2:16-3 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th.

The session will offer tips in studying for exams. Stop by and check out the timely recommendations – including maintaining good nutrition, exercise and sleep prior to exams and pacing yourself throughout each test.

To view a detailed flyer of the event, that includes tips, click HERE.


FALLS –LENOX, EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CONTINUES COLLECTING WINTER WEAR ACCESSORIES

Help decorate FL/ECCPTA’s evergreen tree with winter accessories.  The donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and warm socks will help local and urban families stay warm this winter.

This Winter Accessories Donation Drive runs now through Friday, December 15th.   Donation sizes include school-age through adults. Donations will benefit local families through the community’s Christians in Action as well as Cleveland families through the Applewood Center. The donations will be collected at the trees at Falls-Lenox and Early Childhood Center.

If your child is in need of any of these items, contact school counselor Mrs. Butto at abutto@ofcs.net or 440-427-6407 to coordinate assistance.


THIS SATURDAY –  SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP:  ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPORTSWEAR SALE

shopping-bagcolor bulldog headCome get you Bulldog  Shopping done at the Annual Holiday Sale!

Saturday December 9th, 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.
High School Cafeteria
We will have the traditional hoodies, tees and long sleeve shirts, stadium seats etc. Some additional items we will have available are:  Bulldog Sports Wall Clings, Hats, Gloves, Jackets, Bags, Water Bottles, Mini Football Helmets, PJ pants, Jewelry (leather wrap bracelets; Bulldog charm bracelets), Decals, Socks and More!
We have items for all the Bulldog fans on your list!

OFHS PTA NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR BULLDOG JACKETS, LETTER JACKETS & OLMSTED JACKETS

color bulldog headThe Olmsted Falls High School PTA would like to share their jacket order form with our Bulldog Families.
Please click HERE for the link to the order form.

Thank you for your continued support of our Bulldog Programs!


ANNUAL NHS POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY – ENDS DECEMBER 14TH

miss-poinsettia-2010The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale. Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15. Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Dec. 7 or Dec. 14.

To download an order form, click HERE. The sale ends December 14th.


HONEYBAKED HAM ORDERS MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

The Olmsted Falls Swim & Dive team again offers its annual Holiday HoneyBaked Ham Sale now through December 15th.  The group receives 20 percent of each order, which goes directly to help pay for pool time.

A web page allows you to order gift cards that will be mailed directly to you from the HoneyBaked Ham corporate office. The web page is https://honeybakedfundraising. com/fundraisers/ofhs_swim_dive or by clicking HERE.

The web page, however, is only for gift card purchases, but you may also order gift cards with the group’s order form by clicking HERE.   Orders will be available for local pick up along with all other items on the form. This is a great gift for employees and/or co-workers.  If you have or know of a local business that may be interested in a large order for employees, we can arrange for a separate delivery.

Orders will be available for pick from 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 22nd at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s cafeteria – due to construction at the high school.

All orders and payment must be sent to Tamira Kennedy or to the OFHS office by December 15th. Contact Tamira, 440-915-7904 or tami_kennedy@yahoo.com with questions.


NEW BULLDOG 3E LOVE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE; FUNDRAISER FOR OFCS HELPING HANDS!

The Helping Hands Annual 3elove Fundraiser is underway!! A portion of ANY products purchased will go towards the fundraiser. All sales are online through December 29th. Visit: www.3elove.com/pages/ofcs-bulldogs to place your order today!

Tie Dye Flyer

All items purchased will be delivered around January 16, just in time for Celebrating Differences Week!!!

Please click HERE to view the flyer for more details including the free shipping code!!

Thank you for supporting this district wide organization!!!


NEW, SPECIAL FUNDRAISERS TO BENEFIT OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Dr. Scott Sedlacek at The Eye Place in Olmsted Falls is selling $100 gift cards now through December 31st.  He will donate 20 percent of each  purchase to Olmsted Falls Music Association.  The gift cards may be used for services and products at The Eye Place. They have no expiration date. Dr. Sedlacek has children in the Olmsted Falls school district and involved in the music programs.

The Olmsted Falls Music Association also is set up as a charity on Amazon Smile.  Customers should select “Olmsted Falls Music Association” as their charity first, then shop at AmazonSmile, which has the same Amazon products.  Amazon will donate .5% of the cost of the purchases to OFMA.

OFMA’s fundraisers proceeds support scholarships for graduating music seniors, music camp scholarships and grants to the music program. Attached are jpeg files that may be shared on your social media platforms to help announce these specials.



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TROOP 201’s ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE – LAST DAY THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th

Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its final Christmas Tree Sale this Saturday at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road.  Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you!


LOCAL STUDENTS PERFORM IN NORTH POINTE BALLET

A number of Olmsted Falls students are dancing in North Pointe Ballet’s, The Nutcracker.

The performances are December 8th, 9th and 10th at various times. There is a 6:30 p.m. December 7th sensory-friendly performance and a 10:30 a.m. December 8th student matinee.

To view a full schedule and ticket information, click HERE to go to the ballet website.

 


REGISTER NOW FOR T3 YOUTH INDOOR FLAG FOOTBALL

football-clip-artT3 Youth Indoor Flag Football of Avon is accepting registration for its January 13th through March 3rd session.

Participants are those in kindergarten through grade 4. The cost is $125. Registration deadline is December 30th. To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

 


 

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OFCS Update – December 1, 2017

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OFHS THANKS COMMUNITY DONORS AT ANNUAL LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

DSC_0477Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast this morning in the school’s Media Center to express thanks and appreciate to the more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contribute to the Local Scholarship program.  Highlights of this year’s recognition event included a buffet breakfast and special holiday performance by the school’s always impressive Golden Expressions singing group.

DSC_0469Guests also were treated to a series of video thank you messages from several Bulldog alumni who were recipients of generous scholarships last year.  Thank you to alums Sam Vas (Valparaiso University), Julia Russo (Kent State University), Andrew Ade (Ohio University), Haya Saadeh (Bowling Green State University), Alex Kho (Clemson University), Alyssa Tonissen (The Ohio State University), Anthony Kukura (Baldwin Wallace University), Stephanie Schroth (Vanderbilt University), Kelly Garrity (The Ohio State University), Cassidy Fudale (Cuyahoga Community College), and Molly McCafferty (Harvard University) for taking the time to provide these heartfelt and personal messages of thanks to our local scholarship sponsors.

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Thanks to the generous support of the more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program during last school year, over $125,000 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the OFHS Class of 2017. More than 260 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors last year, thanks to the generosity of our community.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor in the 2018 OFHS Local Scholarship Program, please contact Sandy Smith at 427-6116.

Thank you again to all of our 2017 local scholarship sponsors! Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates your valuable contributions to our students’ futures!


OFHS FALL 2017 SCHOLAR ATHLETES & 1ST TEAM ALL SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE ATHLETES RECOGNIZED

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Congratulations to the OFHS student athletes recognized this week for their achievement of being named Scholar Athletes for their respective teams or being named as 1st Team All SWC student-athletes!

For more on this year’s Scholar Athletes from OFHS, please click HERE.

For more on this year’s 1st Team All Southwestern Conference Athletes from OFHS, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding student-athletes on this accomplishment!


OFCS IN SESSION ON RUN-OFF ELECTION DAY – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH; PTA SEEKING PARENT VOLUNTEERS

election-dayAll Olmsted Falls City School District buildings – including Falls-Lenox Primary School – will be in session this coming Tuesday, December 5th, during the special runoff election for the office of the Mayor of the City of Olmsted Falls.  Ohio Law permits the Board of Elections to use school facilities for polling locations and logistics prevent to Board of Elections from relocating the normal polling location. As a result, Falls-Lenox Primary School is the official polling location for all precincts within the City of Olmsted Fall and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections does plan to use the Falls gym as usual for this special election. This will be the only polling location in use on Tuesday, December 5th.

OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd personally emailed Falls-Lenox parents earlier this week to advise that Falls-Lenox Primary School WILL BE OPEN and operating a normal school day schedule on December 5th. The polling location will be isolated to the Falls gym and we will utilize security tables to prohibit people from wandering into the main building areas. Voters will NOT be permitted to proceed beyond these barriers for any reason. Additionally, the school district has been in contact with the Board of Elections officials to secure additional on-site law enforcement during school hours.

Falls-Lenox PTA is also pitching in to help with extra parent volunteers to staff the security tables throughout the school day.  To volunteer and assist, please visit:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48afac29abf58-voting

We are confident that these extra measures will ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lloyd at 427-6000 or Falls-Lenox Principal Mrs. Barrett at 427-6400. Thank you for your continuing support of Falls-Lenox Primary School!


ECC STUDENT WINS LOCAL FIRE SAFETY POSTER CONTEST AND FIRE TRUCK RIDE TO SCHOOL

ECC kindergartener Brody Zoellner in teacher Angela McNeeley’s class, created a very detailed fire safety poster that was submitted to the Olmsted Township Fire Department during October’s Fire Safety Month and chosen as the winning entry.

Fire Chief Patrick Kelly, who chose the winning entry, drove Brody, his dad and his brother to ECC on Friday, November 17th, in a fire truck to celebrate! Chief Kelly and the township firefighters escorted Brody into the gym, where they also presented a fire safety program to all kindergarteners.

community partnershipFirefighter Jake put on all of his fire-fighting gear so the kids could see they didn’t need to be afraid of him if he was crawling through the smoke to find them should a fire occur in their house.

We all learned a lot.  We know now why firefighters wear red suspenders!

Congratulation to Brody, whose poster will be sent on to the next level of competition!

 


ECC’s LATEST HEALTHY HERO

This school year’s latest Healthy Hero is kindergartener Brianna Kaufman.

The Healthy Hero program teaches students healthy habits, such as power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing/sneezing in one’s sleeve. Each student recognized receives a Healthy Hero certificate and $5 gift card to an area store. Congratulations, Brianna.

In the photo with Brianna is her mom, Jessica Badowski and Miss Hubbard, her homeroom teacher.


OFMA’S LATEST NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

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The November issue of Olmsted Falls Music Association’s newsletter, Musical Notes, is now available to download and read.

Go to the download page on OFMA’s website, http://www.olmstedfallsmusic. com/downloads, to download this issue or past issues and read about the great music programs in the Olmsted Falls City School District. Winter concerts, which are coming soon, also are listed.


FALLS-LENOX SENDS BIG THANK YOU FOR BOOK FAIR PARTICIPATION

A big Thank You to all who participated in Falls-Lenox Primary School’s recent Book Fair during parent/teacher conferences.

The Book Fair was a complete success.  All students gain when families bring home the gift of reading.   Thank you!


OFMS EXPRESSES APPRECIATION FOR BOOK FAIR SUCCESS
thank you booksThe Middle School Media Center had another very successful November Book Fair.  Thank you to the students, parents and staff who supported the fair.   The Media Center was able to purchase tons of new books with profit from the fair.  Also, a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA who volunteered their valuable time.

FALLS –LENOX, EARLY CHILDHOOD  CENTER COLLECTING WINTER WEAR ACCESSORIES

Help decorate FL/ECCPTA’s evergreen tree with winter accessories.  The donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and warm socks will help local and urban families stay warm this winter.

This Winter Accessories Donation Drive runs from this Monday, December 4th through Friday, December 15th.  Donation sizes include school-age through adults. Donations will benefit local families through the community’s Christians in Action as well as Cleveland families through the Applewood Center. The donations will be collected at the trees at Falls-Lenox and Early Childhood Center.

If your child is in need of any of these items, contact school counselor Mrs. Butto at abutto@ofcs.net or 440-427-6407 to coordinate assistance.


OFHS PTA NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR BULLDOG JACKETS, LETTER JACKETS & OLMSTED JACKETS

color bulldog headThe Olmsted Falls High School PTA would like to share their jacket order form with our Bulldog Families.
Please click HERE for the link to the order form.
Thank you for your continued support of our Bulldog Programs!

OFMA’S MUSICAL BINGO FUNDRAISER IS TOMORROW –  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

The Olmsted Falls Music Association has its Musical Bingo, better known as Wingo, this Saturday, December 2nd at Bullfrogs Sports Café, 33137 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. The all-you-can-est wings, grub and refreshments is from 7-9 p.m. with musical bingo from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 or $25, the day of the event.

Volunteers, as raffle sellers, side board handlers, set up, clean up and others, also are needed – as well as donations. To sign up as a volunteer, click HERE.

Information also is available on the group’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.


SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP:  ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPORTSWEAR SALE – DEC. 9TH!

shopping-bagcolor bulldog headCome get you Bulldog  Shopping done at the Annual Holiday Sale!

Saturday December 9, 9am-1pm.
High School Cafeteria
We will have the traditional hoodies, tees and long sleeve shirts, stadium seats etc. Some additional items we will have available are:
Bulldog Sports Wall Clings
Hats
Gloves
Jackets
Bags
Water Bottles
Mini Football Helmets
PJ pants
Jewelry – leather wrap bracelets, Bulldog charm bracelets
Decals
Socks
We have items for all the Bulldog fans on your list!


ANNUAL NHS POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

miss-poinsettia-2010The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale. Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15. Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Dec. 7 or Dec. 14.

To download an order form, click HERE. The sale ends December 14th.


 

IT’S HONEYBAKED HAM TIME WITH OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Swim & Dive team again offers its annual Holiday HoneyBaked Ham Sale now through December 15th.  The group receives 20 percent of each order, which goes directly to help pay for pool time.

A web page allows you to order gift cards that will be mailed directly to you from the HoneyBaked Ham corporate office. The web page is https://honeybakedfundraising. com/fundraisers/ofhs_swim_dive or by clicking HERE.

The web page, however, is only for gift card purchases, but you may also order gift cards with the group’s order form by clicking HERE.   Orders will be available for local pick up along with all other items on the form. This is a great gift for employees and/or co-workers.  If you have or know of a local business that may be interested in a large order for employees, we can arrange for a separate delivery.

Orders will be available for pick from 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 22nd at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s cafeteria – due to construction at the high school.

All orders and payment must be sent to Tamira Kennedy or to the OFHS office by December 15th. Contact Tamira, 440-915-7904 or tami_kennedy@yahoo.com with questions.


 

 

NEW, SPECIAL FUNDRAISERS TO BENEFIT OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Dr. Scott Sedlacek at The Eye Place in Olmsted Falls is selling $100 gift cards now through December 31st.  He will donate 20 percent of each  purchase to Olmsted Falls Music Association.  The gift cards may be used for services and products at The Eye Place. They have no expiration date. Dr. Sedlacek has children in the Olmsted Falls school district and involved in the music programs.

The Olmsted Falls Music Association also is set up as a charity on Amazon Smile.  Customers should select “Olmsted Falls Music Association” as their charity first, then shop at AmazonSmile, which has the same Amazon products.  Amazon will donate .5% of the cost of the purchases to OFMA.

OFMA’s fundraisers proceeds support scholarships for graduating music seniors, music camp scholarships and grants to the music program. Attached are jpeg files that may be shared on your social media platforms to help announce these specials.



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TROOP 201’s ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Tree SaleBoy Scout Troop 201 continues its annual Christmas Tree Sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road.  Dates remaining are this Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd and Saturday, December 9th. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two remaining Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday.

Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you! Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.


SANTA’S SECRET SHOP – TOMORROW – SATURDAY – DECEMBER 2ND

santa_reindeerBring your youngster from age 10 and younger to this Saturday’s Santa Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  The Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 sponsors this annual event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.  Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10.

Check out the holiday raffle of terrific items including the new Xbox One X game system and a Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth and food for purchase. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.


LOCAL STUDENTS PERFORM IN NORTH POINTE BALLET

A number of Olmsted Falls students are dancing in North Pointe Ballet’s, The Nutcracker.

The performances are December 8th, 9th and 10th at various times. There is a 6:30 p.m. December 7th sensory-friendly performance and a 10:30 a.m. December 8th student matinee.

To view a full schedule and ticket information, click HERE to go to the ballet website.


 

 

GIVING BACK:  BULLDOG STUDENT’S EFFORT TO SUPPORT HURRICANE VICTIMS

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Kudos to OFHS freshman Rebecca who took action following the recent hurricanes to raise funds for those in need!  “After hurricane Harvey hit I saw the pictures of the devastation.  Knowing that Irma was on the way, I wanted to do something to help.  I created this custom artwork, and with the help of my parents I had it printed onto water bottles that could be sold.”  100% of the profits from the sale of these bottles went to help the Puerto Rican relief fund set up by the Cleveland Foundation.

The effort was such a success that Rebecca plans to continue to sell the water bottles to help further relief efforts.  If you are interested in supporting Rebecca’s personal efforts to help victims of the recent hurricanes, please email hurricanewaterbottles@outlook.com for additional information.



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OFCS Update – November 15, 2017

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3-DAY THANKSGIVING BREAK BEGINS MID-WEEK

Olmsted Falls City Schools will be closed next Wednesday, November 22; Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th  for the Thanksgiving break.  School resumes Monday, November 27th.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, OFCS extends its sincere thanks to our school community for its continuing support of Olmsted Falls City Schools.  We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break next week filled with time spent with family and friends.  Have a safe holiday!


BULLDOGS VARSITY FOOTBALL OHSAA REGIONAL FINAL GAME VS. AVON TONIGHT @ 7:30 p.m.; TEAM SEND-OFF AT 5:00 P.M.

Bulldog helmutLet’s Go Bulldogs!  Bring your Bulldog spirit to OFHS this afternoon at 5:00 P.M. for the O.F. Football send off send off as the football bus departs for North Ridgeville High School, the location of tonight’s playoff game.

For additional information on tonight’s playoff game, please click HERE.


BE SURE TO CATCH OUR TALENTED OFHS MASQUERS FALL PLAY PRODUCTION – “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” – TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT @ 7:30 P.M. 

Masquers Fall FlyerOFHS Masquers will present Agatha Christie’s “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” mystery at 7:30 p.m. November 17th and 18th in the high school auditorium.

The play involves a group of strangers summoned to a mysterious island. They begin dying one by one in a pattern of an ominous nursery rhyme. As each one dies, the search for the killer narrows. It is sure to keep you guessing until the end!

The play has already generated positive press coverage!  To read a review of the fall play, check out Olmsted Dates & Data columnist Joanne DuMound’s latest post by clicking HERE.  To read the preview featured in this month’s issue of The Spotlight, click HERE.

Adult tickets are $7 and student/senior citizen tickets, $5.  Tickets are available at the door for both nights of the show. ENJOY!


OFHS PUBLICATIONS TEAMS SHARES LATEST ISSUE OF THE SPOTLIGHT

44138November (2)_Page_1Did You Know?  The OFHS Publications Team publishes a monthly student newsletter called “The Spotlight” that is produced entirely by and for our high school students.  All articles are written by students on the OFHS Publications Team, and they cover a wide variety of topics.

Take a moment to check out their November issue, which features a preview of this weekend’s fall play as the lead story!  Click HERE to view now.


FALLS-LENOX HONORS LOCAL VETERANS AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST EVENT

Veterans2What an incredible turn out for the annual Veterans Breakfast held at our Falls-Lenox Primary School this morning! Thank you to all of our Veterans for their service and sacrifice! We sincerely appreciate you, and it was our privilege to be able to personally honor so many of you at this morning’s special event! 🇺🇸️

Veterans1Thank you to everyone who attended our program and special thanks to our Bulldogs from OFHS who so beautifully played Taps. Thank you also to Angelina’s Pizza and to our Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing the delicious food! It was a wonderful morning for all of our special guests, students and staff.

Thank you again to all of our Veterans for your service to our country! 🇺🇸


leaf_raking1.jpgOFMS L.E.A.D. STUDENTS LEND A HAND

leaf_raking4Thank you to our fantastic group of OFMS L.E.A.D. students who spent their Saturday morning giving back to the community.

These great LEADers got up early to help rake yards for our elderly and home bound neighbors last Saturday!

Leading by example – well done!

 


OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS RE-ELECTED

OFCS Triple A LogoCongratulations to Olmsted Falls Board of Education members Joe Bertrand, Holly Neumann, Linda Parkoswski and Cynthia Tomasch who were re-elected to serve as board members in the recent November 7th election.  We appreciate their continuing service to the students, staff and residents of the Olmsted Falls City School District.  They will be officially sworn in for their new terms in January.


HURRY! THERE IS STILL TIME TO GIVE FEEDBACK IN A STATE-WIDE SURVEY TO HELP RE-ENVISION & RE-DEFINE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN OHIO

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Please take a few minutes to read the post on Dr. Jim Lloyd’s blog: OFCS Superintendent’s Update.

It provides an overview of efforts underway to re-envision and re-define public education in Ohio.  It also includes a link to a survey currently underway to solicit public feedback from local communities across the state of Ohio.  Dr. Lloyd invites parents and residents of Olmsted Falls City School District to participate in this important effort.

Thank you to all of those Bulldog parents who have already completed the survey.

Anyone with questions about this topic is encouraged to contact Dr. Lloyd by email jlloyd@ofcs.net or call 427-6000.


LATEST FLECC PTA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The Falls Lenox/ECC PTA newsletter is available online. The newsletter includes upcoming events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.  When you have a moment to catch up on what’s going on in our schools this month, check out the November FLECC PTA Newsletter!

To view a copy, click HERE.


BOOK FAIR DURING PARENT CONFERENCES AT FALLS-LENOX SCHOOL

Falls-Lenox Primary School will be hosting a Book Fair during conferences on Monday, November 20!  Parents are invited to stop by the Falls-Lenox Library before or after their scheduled parent/teacher conferences.  

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

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fallslenoxprimaryschool

 


OFHS PTA NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR BULLDOG JACKETS, LETTER JACKETS & OLMSTED JACKETS

color bulldog headThe Olmsted Falls High School PTA would like to share their jacket order form with our Bulldog Families.
Please click HERE for the link to the order form.
Thank you for your continued support of our Bulldog Programs!

OFHS POST PROM OFFERS BAKLAVA FOR THANKSGIVING – ORDER DEADLINE IS TODAY!

baklava baklavaOrder a tasty baklava in time for Thanksgiving from the Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Baklava fundraiser. The pastry costs $35 per 9- by 13-inch pan that has 28 pieces or $25 for an 8- by 8-inch pan with 18 pieces. Each is unbaked and includes baking instructions and syrup.  Hurry – the order deadline is tomorrowFriday, November 17th with a pick-up day from 5:30-7:30 p.m. November 20th at 27016 Pondside Point, Olmsted Township.

Contact Loula Souris, 440-454-2297, dsouris@sbcglobal.net with any questions or if you need it earlier than the pick-up date.  Payment is cash or check payable to “OFHS Post Prom.” Drop order forms with payment in an envelope addressed to POST PROM, Olmsted Falls High School, 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Township, Ohio.  An order form is available by clicking HERE.


ANNUAL NHS POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

miss-poinsettia-2010The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale. Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15. Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 7, or Dec. 14.

To download an order form, click HERE. The sale ends December 14th.


WHAT’S WINGO? CHECK OUT THE MUSICAL BINGO FUNDRAISER NEXT MONTH

The Olmsted Falls Music Association has its Musical Bingo, better known as Wingo, December 2nd at Bullfrogs Sports Café, 33137 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. The all-you-can-est wings, grub and refreshments is from 7-9 p.m. with musical bingo from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 or $25, the day of the event.

Volunteers, as raffle sellers, side board handlers, set up, clean up and others, also are needed – as well as donations. To sign up as a volunteer, click HERE.

Information also is available on the group’s facebook page by clicking HERE.


SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP:  ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPORTSWEAR SALE – DEC. 9TH!

shopping-bagcolor bulldog headJust a reminder to visit the Annual Holiday Sportswear Sale on Saturday, December 9th, from 9AM to 1PM in the OFHS cafeteria.

Lots of great products, free wrapping, baked goods for sale, and lots more.



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CLOTHING DONATIONS WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS 4H GROUP- NOVEMBER 25TH FUNDRAISER

Help the newly-organized Olmsted Falls 4H group Clover Falls raise funds by cleaning out your closets and donating clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens and household items to its Saturday, November 25th fundraiser. Bring your donations to St. Mary’s, 210 Kraft St., Berea, between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

 


OFMS GOLDEN HARMONIES TO PERFORM AT NOVEMBER 26TH TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Olmsted Township will have its annual Tree Lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26th, at its Town Hall, corner of Fitch and Cook roads. The Olmsted Falls Middle School Golden Harmonies will perform some holiday favorites. Santa will make an appearance and refreshments will be served.

All are invited to this community event.


TROOP 201’s ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Tree SaleBoy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, on November 25 & 26 and December 2, 3, & 9. Hours are Saturdays from 9 am-5 pm and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm. Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you! Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.


SANTA’S SECRET SHOP – DECEMBER 2ND

santa_reindeerOn Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. We’ll also have a holiday raffle of terrific items including the new Xbox One X game system and a Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food for purchase. Admission is free; all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.



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OFCS Update – November 4, 2017

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election-dayREMINDER:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – THIS TUESDAY, NOV. 7TH – ELECTION DAY

As usual, there will be no school for students on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 7th.  Olmsted Falls City School District staff members will, however, be in district for their regularly scheduled professional development day.

School will resume on Wednesday, November 8th.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO GET OUT AND VOTE IN TUESDAY’S ELECTION; AND FOR THOSE VOTING BY MAIL, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ABSENTEE BALLOTS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 AND REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE.  If you need to find your polling location or have any questions about voting in this Tuesday’s election, please visit:  https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BULLDOGS!!!

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Congrats to our OFHS Varsity Football Team on their BIG WIN against Midview last night in the first round of the playoffs!  

Click HERE for a great gallery of pictures from the posted on Cleveland.com!

Click HERE for game recap article featured in today’s The Plain Dealer.

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LET’S GO BULLDOGS!!  LET’S GO!!  LET’S GO BULLDOGS!! LET’S GO!!


PRIDE OF OLMSTED FALLS MARCHING BAND ROCKED THE NIGHT!

marchingbandBulldog Pride was on full display from start to finish last night!  Check out these awesome performances from our Pride In Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band!

OFCS extends a special thank you and recognition to band members in the Class of 2018, as last night marked their final entrance into the OFHS stadium to play on their home field! Special Kudos to senior Kayla Mandak, who conducted the half-time show!

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band stadium entrance 11/03/2017:   https://youtu.be/tngYQregD6I

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Here comes the Bulldogs 11/03/2017 vs. Midview:   https://youtu.be/GCQ8rrXnQEs

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band Pre-Game Show 11/03/2017:   https://youtu.be/_h4cq7uvA3s

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band Half-Time show 11/03/2017 Conducted by Senior Kayla Mandak: https://youtu.be/gNW_QVx2mPE


OFCS 3RD ANNUAL FALL SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON A SUCCESS

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Olmsted Falls Board of Education member Cynthia Tomasch and Board of Education President Joe Bertrand visit with guests at 3rd Annual Fall Senior Citizen Luncheon. Board Vice President Greg Surtman and Board Members Holly Neumann and Linda Parkowski were also in attendance at this special event.

Local senior citizen residents from throughout the Olmsted community packed the OFMS auxiliary gym for this week’s Fall Senior Citizen Luncheon event, which took place on November 2nd.

The menu, which the outstanding OFCS Food Services Department prepared, included turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh cranberry sauce and a delicious pumpkin mousse bar for dessert!   

Also attending were Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and other local elected officials, along with district administrators.  Helping greet guests and serve lunch were a group of fantastic students from OFMS L.E.A.D./Builders Club.  

In addition guests enjoyed a special performance by students from the OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company who performed two encore numbers from their recent fall musical production, “Fame!” Our guests could not stop raving about this talented group!!  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also spoke to the gathering, bringing them up to date with district news.  All seemed to enjoy the food, entertainment and camaraderie!

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Thank you again to all of our residents who attended, as well as the Bulldog students and and staff who made this year’s event a great success! The district plans to continue these senior luncheons each fall and spring.  


OFHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCT NEW MEMBERS

Congratulations to the newest members of the National Honor Society, inducted on Wednesday, November 1st, at the annual NHS Induction Ceremony held in the OFHS auditorium. NHS advisor Mr. Brian Insley was joined by OFHS teacher John Mercer, who served as this year’s featured faculty speaker for the special ceremony.

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A total of 10 seniors and 57 juniors were inducted as new NHS members in front of an audience of family and friends. Congratulations to all of our this year’s NHS members!

To view this year’s NHS Induction Ceremony program featuring listing of all member names, please click HERE.


OFCS WELCOMES NEW SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

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New School Resource Officer Joe English

Olmsted Falls City School District is excited to welcome a new School Resource Officer (SRO) to our buildings this week. Officer Joe English from the Olmsted Township Police Department is the new SRO for Olmsted Falls Schools, and will quickly become a familiar face to students and staff across the district. While his main office will be located in Olmsted Falls High School, Officer English will make regular visits to the district’s other school buildings as well. Officer English has been with the Olmsted Township Police Department since 2008 and is very familiar with our school community.

An SRO is a career law enforcement officer assigned to work collaboratively within a school setting. In addition to a focus on safety and security of our schools, having a dedicated SRO also provides extensive opportunities for educating students on a variety of topics ranging from internet safety to drug/alcohol prevention.

CP_leftOlmsted Falls City Schools has had a long-standing partnership with the Olmsted Township Police Department and values the important role having a dedicated SRO plays in our district’s overall safety plans. OFCS is fortunate to have a dedicated SRO position in our school district to enhance the safety and security of our students and staff.

If you see Officer English around the district, please join us in extending to him a warm Bulldog welcome!


 

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OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD AND OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS ACROSS THE STATE SEEKING FEEDBACK ON EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO HELP RE-ENVISION & RE-DEFINE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN OHIO

Please take a few minutes to read the latest post on Dr. Jim Lloyd’s blog: OFCS Superintendent’s Update

It provides an overview of efforts underway to re-envision and re-define public education in Ohio.  It also includes a link to a survey currently underway to solicit public feedback from local communities across the state of Ohio.  Dr. Lloyd invites parents and residents of Olmsted Falls City School District to participate in this important effort.

Thank you to all of those Bulldog parents who have already completed the survey.  This is the same survey link that was emailed out to parents from Dr. Lloyd earlier this week. 

Anyone with questions about this topic is encouraged to contact Dr. Lloyd by email jlloyd@ofcs.net or call 427-6000.


 

OFHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES LATEST ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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More than 170 community members attended the Oct. 26 OFHS Alumni Association’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The honorees included six athletes and one coach. They are Bob Katitus, class of 1988; Paul Hodermarsky, ’99; Dan Binggeli, ’04; Steve Gansey, ’04; Tyler Sparks, ’07; Meghan Mental Spriggs, ’07 and Coach Richard Szalay. 

The new inductees also attended the Oct. 27 varsity Bulldog football game.

 

If you would like to nominate someone for the Athletic Hall of Fame or Distinguished Hall of Fame, please contact the alumni office, 440-427-6030 or email ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.


OFHS SPANISH III STUDENTS TEST RESULTS HIGHER THAN STATE AVERAGE!

world languages imageEach year, all Spanish III students in Olmsted Falls participate in the Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Project (CAAP), which The Ohio State University sponsors. Students took a written, listening and reading assessment that OSU created. The assessments give students and teachers an indication of their potential university course placement and feedback about general performance levels in world languages.  It also gives the district an idea how our Spanish language learners are doing in comparison to other districts in the state.

The results from last year’s 2016-2017 test are in, and our third year Spanish students at OFHS performed exceptionally well!!  

The students from Olmsted Falls scored well above the high school average in all three assessments!

Writing: Olmsted Falls average: 7.2 and Ohio high schools average, 4.9

Listening: Olmsted Falls average, 7.8; Ohio high schools average, 6.1

Reading: Olmsted Falls average, 7.4; Ohio high schools average, 6.5

Congratulations to the students who participated in the C.A.A.P. test last year!


SPANISH DEPARTMENT INDUCTS NEWEST MEMBERS INTO HONORARY SOCIETY

spanish honor societyThe OFHS Spanish Department inducted a talented group of students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica” October 25th. The ceremony was at Nuevo Acapulco, a North Olmsted Mexican restaurant. After the induction, the Spanish teachers, inductees and families enjoyed a delicious meal to celebrate the students’ successes.

student success“La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica” is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the society. There are more than 2,000 national and international chapters. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

The newest members of the Olmsted Falls Juan Rulfo Chapter are Sara Abu Ukkaz, Mayand Alhashash, Dylan Briggs, Joseph Calabrase, Emily Garrett, Britney Hargis, Esha Vartak, Gabriella Wasikowski and Grant Young.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

¡FELICIDADES A TODOS!  Congratulations to all!


STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT DRAWS CROWD IN-PERSON AND ONLINE

SOSFall17_1More than eighty community members packed Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center for the Olmsted Falls City School (OFCS) District’s State of the Schools presentation on October 23rd. This community event – which highlighted the district’s top priorities, goals and direction for the future – was also streamed live on the district’s official Facebook page and has been viewed by nearly 2,000 people.

SOSFall17_2“The State of the Schools event is a unique opportunity for top district leaders and community residents to come together and discuss the current highlights, challenges and future direction of the district,” said Superintendent James Lloyd, Ed.D. “We really enjoy interacting with our community and sharing our story with them.”

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThe evening included updates on the district’s progress of implementing the Strategic Plan as well as how students are using various pathways to explore different career options. Students from the OFCS/Polaris Career Center’s Project Lead the Way partnership led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer Emily Dales shared details of the district’s finances since the passage of the zero additional taxes combined bond and permanent improvement issue last fall.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity to share directly with our community the latest information regarding our district successes, goals and challenges,” said Lloyd. “Keeping our residents informed helps keep our schools strong and protects the great value we provide to the community.”

The financial highlights included a review of the district’s Five-Year Financial Forecast that shows the district is in good financial shape. “The new bond and permanent improvement dollars are very important in protecting and stretching our general fund resources,” explained Dales. “Money from the bond and permanent improvement levy can only be spent on facilities and maintenance, lending protection to the dollars budgeted for the day-to-day teaching and learning operations and allowing us to maintain excellence in our classrooms.”

Dales also acknowledged the emphasis the district places on financial transparency. “The Financial Prospectus published last spring and the growing District Finance Committee made up of community residents with professional financial background have both helped in building transparency regarding our district’s finances. This is all part of our promise to keep our schools strong.”

Video coverage of the OFCS State of the Schools presentation can be viewed on the district’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/olmstedfallsschools/. (The State of the Schools post is currently pinned to the top of the posts section for easy access.)

This annual State of the Schools event is held to provide an honest look at the current picture of the district’s academic, financial and facility areas as well as goals for the future. Any resident with questions regarding this year’s OFCS State of the Schools event is encouraged to contact the district office at 440-427-6000 or email info@ofcs.net.


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CHECK OUT THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PAGE ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE!

We are excited to share with the community information and updates regarding the much-needed expansion and renovations now getting underway at Olmsted Falls High School.  The new “HS Construction” button located at the top of the OFCS district website will take visitors to a new page dedicated to news, photos and videos designed to keep residents updated on the latest information regarding the much-needed expansions and renovations at OFHS. 

OFCS continues to extend sincerest thanks and appreciation to our community for their support of the successful passage of the zero tax increase bond issue last November – which is providing the funds necessary for the high school construction project without raising taxes for residents.  

Anyone with questions about the OFHS construction project is encouraged to contact the district office by phone 44-427-6000 or email Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly at jlloyd@ofcs.net.  


OFHS MASQUERS MEETING THIS MONDAY, NOV. 6TH

Just a reminder that the next OFHS Masquers meeting is at 7 p.m. THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6th.

The fall play is set for November 17th and 18th.  Please see the announcement listed below about times and ticket information.


POWDER PUFF SET FOR THIS TUESDAY, NOV. 7 @ HARDING STADIUM 

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The Bulldog High School senior girls will take on their junior counterparts at the annual Powder Puff football game set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 7th. The gates at the Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium will open at 6:15. Tickets are $5. All proceeds benefit the 2017 OFHS Post Prom.

Pre-sale tickets will be available in the spirit shop prior to the game. Exact sale dates will be announced soon. Those who purchase pre-sale tickets will be entered into a drawing to win free Post Prom tickets. Winners must be present. When you enter the game with your pre-sale ticket, you will be handed a raffle ticket that will enter you into the drawing.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.


WHO DONE IT?  YOU’LL FIND OUT AT THE MASQUERS PLAY NOV. 17 & 18!

Masquers Fall FlyerOFHS Masquers will present Agatha Christie’s “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” mystery at 7:30 p.m. November 17th and 18th in the high school auditorium.

The play involves a group of strangers summoned to a mysterious island. They begin dying one by one in a pattern of an ominous nursery rhyme. As each one dies, the search for the killer narrows. It is sure to keep you guessing until the end!

Adult tickets are $7 and student/senior citizen tickets, $5.  Tickets may be pre-ordered by calling Leslie Pickenheim, 427-6070 and also available the nights of the show.


ANNUAL PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDARS ARE HERE!

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The annual PTA Activities Calendars were distributed to all OFCS families last week.  Each family receives one copy and it is sent home with the youngest child in each household.

If you did not receive your calendar, please contact the office at your youngest child’s building and they will be happy to send one home.

PTA thanks parents and staff for the calendar donations which can be returned to the office.  All donations go toward the annual PTA Council scholarship fund for graduating seniors each year.


ALL OFCS FAMILIES & STAFF INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY FOR PTA NATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM – SURVEY DEADLINE NOV. 10TH

schoolofexcellence_logoNational PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

We are so fortunate in Olmsted Falls City Schools to have an incredible network of PTAs and are proud to have previously earned the National PTA School of Excellence recognition across all of our building units!

It is time for our PTA units to re-apply for this prestigious recognition and your help is needed.  Please take a few minutes to complete one or more of the individual building surveys now by simply clicking on the appropriate link(s) below:

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

The deadline to complete the surveys is Friday, November 10th. 

Thank you for helping to support our PTA partners!


COLLEGE NEWS FROM OFHS COUNSELORS’ CORNER

FREE COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT  – NOVEMBER 8TH:  This fall, Lake Ridge Academy is once again hosting a free college information night titled The Pathway To College:  Are You Ready?  on November 8.  The event is designed for parents of pre-teen and older students and will include insightful presentations by college admission representatives from Case Western Reserve University and the College of Wooster, along with financial planning experts from HPM Partners.  This event will help parents understand how their child’s academic choices in middle and high school impact future college acceptance, along with understanding best approaches to college savings and financial aid.  This FREE event is open to all Olmsted Falls High School and Middle School families.
 

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY INSTANT DECISION DAYNOVEMBER 9TH:  Thursday, Nov 9th from 8 am to noon is Cleveland State University Instant Decision Day at OFHS. Students who participate will meet with an admissions representative and receive an on the spot college decision. CSU will waive the $30 application fee for students who participate. 15 minute appointments are available during lunch and study hall periods. Please sign up in the guidance office by Nov. 3rd. Students must complete an online application with Mr. Markusic before their appointment.


 TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artAttention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!!

Is there another talent you have?? We ask you to bring it!!!

The 31st Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium. Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.

The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.


MISSED THE FALL BAND CONCERT?  TAKE A PEEK!

OFHS held its annual Fall Band Concert on October 24th, performing in front of a packed house!  If you missed the show, or just want to see it again, the Olmsted Falls Music Association has shared the following video links:  

Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Jazz Band I:  Blues Fur Elise   https://youtu.be/8YAhOBByR-k
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Jazz Band I: Take Five   https://youtu.be/eVfGLiXWoOg
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Ensemble: Brick Street Encounter   https://youtu.be/iNkpt6TcclM
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Ensemble: Canticle of the Saints     https://youtu.be/psrpQiyVpbE
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Ensemble: Colonel Bogey March   https://youtu.be/PXeCzuzbIbQ
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Ensemble: Take on Me    https://youtu.be/OJSwZbFV4As
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Symphony: Chester   https://youtu.be/tQe9zO44qfE
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Symphony: Puszta! Mvt 1    https://youtu.be/bHEaCVi8z34
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Symphony: The Nightmare Before Christmas     https://youtu.be/OCzt-oFq6C0
Olmsted Falls HS FALL CONCERT –  Wind Symphony: Vesuvius     https://youtu.be/fgzuV_V2Clg

Thank you OFMA!  Enjoy!


 OFMS BOOK SALE NOW AVAILABLE UNTIL NOVEMBER 10TH
Attention Bulldogs: The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Fall Book Fair that started FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD and will run through FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH.   The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as both conference evenings, Monday, Nov. 6th & Thursday, Nov. 9th until 7:30 p.m.
 
In addition to the book fair taking place in the OFMS Media Center both conference evenings, the LEAD Organization will be hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for a local animal shelter.  There will be games, raffle baskets and the opportunity to win a prize just for stopping by to check out this worthy cause.

 


REMEMBER TO PICK UP OFIS FUNDRAISER ITEMS NOVEMBER 13TH
The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s fundraiser pick-up date is from 3-7 p.m. November 13th in the school’s cafeteria.
 
Due to the nature of the perishable items, this will be the only date for pick up.  The kitchen does not have room to store any items.
 
Please make arrangements with a friend if you are unavailable to pick up your order on this date.
  

OFHS POST PROM OFFERS BAKLAVA FOR THANKSGIVING

Order a tasty baklava in time for Thanksgiving from the Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Baklava fundraiser. The pastry costs $35 per 9- by 13-inch pan that has 28 pieces or $25 for an 8- by 8-inch pan with 18 pieces. Each is unbaked and includes baking instructions and syrup.  Hurry – the order deadline is November 17th with a pick-up day from 5:30-7:30 p.m. November 20th at 27016 Pondside Point, Olmsted Township.

Contact Loula Souris, 440-454-2297, dsouris@sbcglobal.net with any questions or if you need it earlier than the pick-up date.  Payment is cash or check payable to “OFHS Post Prom.” Drop order forms with payment in an envelope addressed to POST PROM, Olmsted Falls High School, 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Township, Ohio.  An order form is available by clicking HERE.



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Veteran's Day Invitation 2017 FINAL COPYVETERAN’S RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY – THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

The community is cordially invited to attend the Veterans Recognition & Remembrance Ceremony honoring all men and women who proudly served our country in all branches of the military on Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am at Chestnut Grove Union Cemetery (7789 Lewis Road).  Continental breakfast and fellowship to follow the ceremony. Parking is available throughout the cemetery.

This special event will feature a flag ceremony (presented by Scouts of Troop 201), brief remarks about the meaning of the day, and music by our OFHS band students.


VENDORS WANTED FOR NOVEMBER 11TH CRAFT SHOW

The Holiday Home and Craft Shoppe invites vendors to participate in its November 11th event at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The cost is $35 for an 8-foot space, which does not include table/chairs; $15 to add 8-foot table and two chairs and $5 for limited electrical outlet.

For an exhibitor application form, click HERE.

For a flyer of the event, click HERE.


SANTA’S SECRET SHOP – DECEMBER 2ND

santa_reindeerOn Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. We’ll also have a holiday raffle of terrific items including the new Xbox One X game system and a Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food for purchase. Admission is free; all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.



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OFCS Update – October 21, 2017

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JOIN US THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT

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This Monday, October 23rd, all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear about what’s going on in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center at 6:30 p.m. October 23rd.

Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Treasurer Emily Dales and other district leaders will share the latest information about what’s happening in our schools.

SNEAK PEAK!  Architectural renderings of new construction and renovations at OFHS will also be on display and discussed.

Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity.  We hope to see you there!


BOARD MEMBERS GATHER WITH OFHS CONSTRUCTION TEAM TO MARK PROJECT MILESTONE

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Olmsted Falls Board of Education Members (pictured L to R) Cynthia Tomasch, Holly Neumann, Joe Bertrand (Board President), Greg Surtman (Board Vice President) and Linda Parkowski mark project milestone with groundbreaking event in OFHS south courtyard.

Olmsted Falls Board of Education members were joined by members of the OFHS Construction Team this week to celebrate progress on the much-needed expansion and renovation project currently underway at Olmsted Falls High School.   

The group gathered ahead of the regular monthly Board of Education meeting on October 19th for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the approval of the first significant site work package for the project – which includes site work related to building pads, construction roads, and underground utility services (electric, water, sanitary sewer) for the building expansions.

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To mark this significant progress point, the Board members gathered together with representatives from the OFHS Construction Team to break ground in the south courtyard, where the largest portion of the expansion will take place.  OFHS Construction Team members joining the Olmsted Falls Board of Education for this ceremonial event included representatives from Olmsted Falls City School District administration, Turner Construction (the construction management company for the OFHS project), and Architectural Vision Group, Ltd. (the architectural firm for the OFHS project).

Olmsted Falls City School District continues to be very appreciative of the community’s support in maintaining the ongoing excellence of our school system.  The much-needed expansion and renovations underway at OFHS are thanks to the support of voters, who passed the zero additional taxes bond issue last November to fund the project. Funds from this ballot issue are allowing the district to build additional classrooms and complete important upgrades at OFHS, as well as make important repairs and maintenance to schools across the district. By law, these funds cannot be used on school salaries or administration.

An extended update on OFHS construction project will be included the upcoming State of the Schools event scheduled for this Monday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Media Center.  All staff members, students, families and community residents are invited and encouraged to attend! 

The school district looks forward to a community celebration of the new high school facility at the completion of the project, which is currently scheduled for fall 2018.

As always, any residents with questions about the OFHS construction project or overall maintenance of schools across the district are encouraged to call the district office at 440-427-6000 or email Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly at jlloyd@ofcs.net.


BOARD HONORS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS 

BOEHonorsNMOlmsted Falls Board of Education honored the five OFHS students recently recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program at their October meeting.  The five students are Abigail Gaba, who has been named a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, and Emily Andrews, Cory Ramsey, Lindsay Rowe and Natalie Sommer, who have each been named National Merit Commended Students.  These National Merit Scholars are pictured at right along with Board President Joe Bertrand, OFHS Principal Holly Schafer and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding students! We wish Semi-Finalist Abigail Gaba good luck as she advances on to the next level of National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Go Bulldogs!


PRESENTATION BY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM SHOWCASES STUDENTS’ SUCCESS

HSTeamPresentOlmsted Falls High School teachers Angela Andrews and Alan Evangelista shared inspiring examples of student success during their presentation about the Reading and Writing Level II class to Board members at the October meeting. They were joined by one of their students, Autumn, who shared her personal story of growth and progress in the Wilson reading class.

Thank you Mrs. Andrews, Mr. Evangelista and, especially Autumn, for this outstanding presentation!


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OLMSTED FALLS VS. NORTH OLMSTED UP FOR GAME OF THE WEEK – VOTE NOW!

The upcoming Olmsted Falls Vs. North Olmsted football game is in the running for  the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week.  Help your Bulldogs win the final Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week contest of the regular season.! Let’s go Bulldogs!

Click HERE to vote today!


POPULAR OFIS MURAL NOW AT FALLS-LENOX

MuralTravel1So excited to see this amazing mural now traveling around to our other school buildings!

It is now on display at Falls-Lenox Primary School for our 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders to enjoy!

Thank you again to OFIS students and especially Anna, Colbie and Riley for this uplifting work of art!


HANDS-ON LEARNING ENGAGES STUDENTS

Hands-on learning! Our BioMed students had an outstanding experience during a recent visit to Tri-C Westshore! 

As Mrs. Wisniewski perfectly put it: “Tri-C Westshore did not disappoint our Biomed students!”


O.F. YOUTH WRESTLING INFORMATION & REGISTRATION NIGHT – OCT. 25TH

Join us for an informational meeting to learn more about Olmsted Falls Youth Wrestling. The Takedown Team is open to students in grades 1-6, who want to learn more and compete in the world’s oldest sport. You may also register your wrestler at the meeting, with registration remaining open during the first week of practice.

When: Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm
Where: Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium
Cost: One wrestler $70, two wrestlers $100, three or more $135, which includes:
Team t-shirt, Ohio Youth Program registration cost, Sunday dual meets, wrestling instruction for the next three months, end of year banquet, and awards.
*Please make checks payable to: Olmsted Falls Boosters

This marks the 20th year that the Takedown Team has been a part of the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association! This league consists of a dual meet season to be held on Sundays throughout the winter with a season ending tournament to be held for both All Star and Varsity wrestlers. Last season we had around 50 Takedown Team members competing in the Sunday Program. All practices will take place in the high school wrestling room. Practice days will be discussed at the Information Meeting.  For any questions, please contact:  Coach Luke Workman, takedownteam14@gmail.com, (440) 865-6739


2017 HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE SPONSORED BY FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA
Halloween-Princess-trick-or-treatIs your child a little too good at Trick-or-Treating? F-L/ECC PTA will take your extra candy! It’s time for the PTA’s Annual Halloween Candy Drive, which will take place on Wednesday, November 1st – Friday, November 3rd. We are asking children to donate a portion of their candy to children who may not have had the opportunity to participate in Halloween festivities.

The collected candy will be taken to area charities including the Applewood Center.  Please have your child drop off his/her donation in the designated boxes at the main entrance. Thank you for your generosity!


STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY REVIEW MEETING – NOVEMBER 1ST

The Olmsted Falls City School District is having a student wellness policy review meeting on Wednesday, November 1st at 2:30 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Intermediate School in Room 427-437.  This meeting is open to parents, students and community members.

To attend, please RSVP in advance directly to OFCS Food Service Director Denise Tabar, MS,RDN,LD, via email at dtabar@ofcs.net or call 440-427-6440 to be added list.  


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3rd ANNUAL OFCS FALL SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND

Olmsted Falls City School District invites senior citizen residents of our district to join us for lunch at Olmsted Falls Middle School:

Thursday, November 2nd
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
@ Olmsted Falls Middle School
(in Auxiliary Gym)

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Enjoy a complimentary lunch including dessert.
• See a special performance by the talented students  from our OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company!
• Meet School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd
and get an Olmsted Falls City School District update.

SPACE IS LIMITED; ADVANCE RSVP REQUIRED.
Please call (440) 427-6000 to reserve your seat today.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: Olmsted Falls Middle School is located at 27045 Bagley Road. Enter the campus at the far west entrance drive. Follow the road straight back and reserved parking will be available on your right, in the west parking lot. (Signage will be posted to show you the way.) Staff members will be present to direct you to open spaces.

We hope to see you there!


COLLEGE NEWS FROM OFHS COUNSELORS’ CORNER

FREE COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT  – NOVEMBER 8TH:  This fall, Lake Ridge Academy is once again hosting a free college information night titled The Pathway To College:  Are You Ready?  on November 8.  The event is designed for parents of pre-teen and older students and will include insightful presentations by college admission representatives from Case Western Reserve University and the College of Wooster, along with financial planning experts from HPM Partners.  This event will help parents understand how their child’s academic choices in middle and high school impact future college acceptance, along with understanding best approaches to college savings and financial aid.  This FREE event is open to all Olmsted Falls High School and Middle School families.

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY INSTANT DECISION DAY – NOVEMBER 9TH:  Thursday, Nov 9th from 8 am to noon is Cleveland State University Instant Decision Day at OFHS. Students who participate will meet with an admissions representative and receive an on the spot college decision. CSU will waive the $30 application fee for students who participate. 15 minute appointments are available during lunch and study hall periods. Please sign up in the guidance office by Nov. 3rd. Students must complete an online application with Mr. Markusic before their appointment.



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VENDORS WANTED FOR NOVEMBER 11TH CRAFT SHOW

The Holiday Home and Craft Shoppe invites vendors to participate in its November 11th event at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The cost is $35 for an 8-foot space, which does not include table/chairs; $15 to add 8-foot table and two chairs and $5 for limited electrical outlet.

For an exhibitor application form, click HERE.

For a flyer of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY FORUM RE: OPIOD CRISIS TO BE HOSTED IN WESTLAKE – NOV. 5TH

An addiction to opioids (which includes pills and heroin) can strike any family. To protect your family, do you know: The warning signs of addiction? How to minimize the risk of addiction? What to do and what not to do? Where to go for help? For answers to these questions, please join us on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Ladislas Church 2345 Bassett Road, Westlake. Your questions will be answered by a panel of speakers: Dr. Abdallah Kabbara, director of the Pain Management Center, UH SJMC; Det. Bob Walling, Westshore Enforcement Bureau; Matthew Gerstacker, Ph.D., counseling psychologist; Mr. Joe Jerome, parent; and a recovering addict.  No RSVP is needed. For more information call 440-835-2300 or email Deacon John Travis at jtravis@stlads.org. What you learn may save a life.

St. Ladislas to host forum on local opioid crisis on Nov. 5


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OFCS Update – October 12, 2017

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REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

CalendarGraphicOlmsted Falls City Schools and other school districts across Ohio are CLOSED TOMORROW, Friday, October 13th, for the annual NEOEA Day. We hope students and families enjoy the long fall weekend!

Looking ahead, please also note there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 7th – Election Day.  OFCS staff members will participate in a scheduled professional development day on this date.


OFCS FINANCE COMMITTEE BRINGS COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE

IMG_9623AR_upperRightThank you to members of our OFCS Finance Committee for attending last week’s meeting with OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales. We appreciate your time, participation and perspective.

The OFCS Finance Committee currently consists of six members who are district residents and who have a financial background. Many of the committee members currently have children attending Olmsted Falls Schools.

The District Finance Committee meets quarterly and is not a voting committee. The group’s purpose is to discuss the finances of the district and get the perspective of the community. Any resident with questions about district finances is encouraged to contact the OFCS Treasurer’s Office at 427-6000.


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On Monday, October 23rd, all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear about what’s going on in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center at 6:30 p.m. October 23rd.

Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and other district leaders will share the latest information about what’s happening in our schools.

SNEAK PEAK!  Architectural renderings of new construction and renovations at OFHS will also be on display and discussed.

Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity.  We hope to see you there!


BIOMED STUDENTS IN THE FIELD

CP_leftstudent successHands-on learning! Our BioMed students had an outstanding experience during a visit to Tri-C Westshore last week!

As Mrs. Wisniewski perfectly put it: “Tri-C Westshore did not disappoint our Biomed students!”

 


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OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SETS MEETING FOR OCTOBER 17TH

The Olmsted Falls High School Swim and Dive Team will have a parent/swimmer meeting at 6 p.m. on October 17th in the high school cafeteria.

The meeting will discuss the upcoming season.


OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION TRYOUTS – OCTOBER 28TH

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OFVA Tryouts are Saturday, October 28th at the Middle School!
Please click HERE for tryout flyer with additional details.
Go Bulldogs!

OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME DINNER LATER THIS MONTH
The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association will induct six outstanding athletes and one coach into the OFHS Athletic Hall of Fame October 26th.This year’s inductees are: Bob Katitus, ’88; Pal Hodermarksy, ’99; Steve Gansey, ’04; Dan Binggeli, ’04; Meghan Mental Spriggs, ’07; Tyler Sparks, ’07 and Coach Richard “Spark” Szalay.The Induction Ceremony and Dinner is at 6 p.m. October 26th at the German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township. Tickets are $35. All are welcome to attend. The inductees also will be introduced at the October 27th home football game.

Reservation forms for the Induction Ceremony are available by clicking HERE or contacting Cathy Hess at the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION HELPS PTA EARN MONEY FOR SCHOOL EVENTS

Again this year, OFIS PTA is asking parents to participate in the Box Tops for Education fundraiser.  PTA earns 10 cents for each box top.  This helps fund such activities as field trips, end of the year events and others.

When sending in your donations, please be sure to include your student’s name and homeroom teacher to ensure their classrooms receive credit. Download the Box Tops for Education Bonus App to scan your receipts. It makes the process easy and fun.


 

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VENDORS WANTED FOR NOVEMBER 11TH CRAFT SHOW

The Holiday Home and Craft Shoppe invites vendors to participate in its November 11th event at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The cost is $35 for an 8-foot space, which does not include table/chairs; $15 to add 8-foot table and two chairs and $5 for limited electrical outlet.

For an exhibitor application form, click HERE.

For a flyer of the event, click HERE.


 
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OFCS Update – September 29, 2017

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OFCS RELEASES LATEST QUALITY PROFILE TO COMMUNITY

QPCoverFall17Olmsted Falls City Schools is proud to share our district’s latest Quality Profile with our community.  We continue to be committed to the ongoing sharing of important academic, financial and operational information about our school system, and hope you will take a few minutes to review this latest report.  

Our goal in creating this Quality Profile is to provide all of our community stakeholders with a clear picture of what is happening in our schools and how we are defining our district’s success and the successes of our students.  It is another opportunity and avenue to share with you about the high-quality educational programming we provide each day throughout Olmsted Falls City Schools.  

student successWe want to thank our Bulldog staff for all that they do to inspire and empower our students each day. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our Bulldog families and community partners for the important role you play in our district’s success!   

This latest Quality Profile shares simple information about our district’s four key areas of focus and how we continue to keep our schools strong while providing an excellent value to our community. Like last year, this Quality Profile will be mailed to every resident and business in our school community.  However, you can view this report online now by clicking HERE.

As always if you have any questions or need additional information about Olmsted Falls City Schools, please reach out by calling the Board office at 440-427-6000 or by emailing Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly at jlloyd@ofcs.net.



FIVE OFHS STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS

OFHSNationalMeritScholar2018Olmsted Falls High School is the proud home of five students recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The five students are Abigail Gaba, who has been named a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, and Emily Andrews, Cory Ramsey, Lindsay Rowe and Natalie Sommer, who have each been named National Merit Commended Students. We are very proud to congratulate all of these outstanding students! Well done Bulldogs!

student successMore than 1.6 million students across the country took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and entered this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation identified the 50,000 highest scorers. Of this group of highest scorers, 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. The 16,000 top scorers are named Semi-Finalists and have the chance to continue in the competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting several additional requirements.

We wish OFHS Semi-Finalist Abigail Gaba good luck as she advances on to the next level of National Merit Scholarship Program competition!


BOARD OF EDUCATION PASSES RESOLUTION REGARDING COMMITMENT TO ENGAGED AND FOCUSED LEARNING ORGANIZATION

student successThank you to our Board of Education members for their leadership, advocacy and support of the district’s efforts to provide meaningful experiences that both engage and empower all of our students.

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Olmsted Falls City Schools is proud to share the resolution passed by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at this month’s regular board meeting asserting their ongoing commitment to creating an engaged and focused learning organization. 

To view the Board Resolution passed at the September 19, 2017 meeting, please click HERE.



 

“TERRIFIC KIDS” PROGRAM LAUNCHES AT FALLS-LENOX

CP_leftThe new Terrific Kids program at Falls-Lenox held its official kick-off meeting last week! Terrific Kids is an organization supported by local Kiwanis members which encourages character education and leadership.

Thank you to our local Kiwanis club members who attended and joined Falls-Lenox teachers Miss LaGruth, Mr. Acerra and Mrs. Patay in leading the team! Thanks also to the Olmsted Community Center for their support of this fantastic new program for our younger students! It’s always great to see collaboration and community partnership in action in Bulldog country!


INSPIRATIONAL MURAL AT OFIS TOUCHES HEARTS

wingsCheck out this amazing mural created at OFIS! All 4th and 5th grade students made a paper feather the first week of art class decorated with colors and designs that inspire them. Their feathers were then added to this collaborative mural #whatliftsyou – inspired by the work of street artist Kelsey Montague.   

The post featuring this photo on the district’s Facebook page generated more than 750 reactions, comments and shares on Facebook, reaching more than 8,100 people!  Kudos to the students and staff at OFIS, and special thanks to Anna, Colbie and Riley for constructing the beautiful mural!  


SAVE THE DATE:  CANDIDATE FORUM – NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5TH  SPONSORED BY OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL & KIWANIS

All residents of Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and the Olmsted Falls City School District are invited to join Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Kiwanis Club as they sponsor a Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 5th from 7-9 p.m.

This event will take place at the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafetorium.  Hear from the candidates for Olmsted Falls Mayor, Olmsted Falls Council, Olmsted Township Trustee and the Olmsted Falls City School District Board of Education.

REMINDER: The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 7, 2017 election is Tuesday, October 10th.   Residents can visit MYOHIOVOTE.COM to check your voter registration, change your address or register to vote.



COMMUNITY INVITED: PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT OCTOBER 23RD

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Olmsted Falls City Schools

State of the Schools Address

October 23, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center

On Monday, October 23rd, all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear about what’s going on in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center at 6:30 p.m.

Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and other district leaders will share the latest information about what’s happening in our schools. Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity.  We hope to see you there!


OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME DINNER COMING NEXT MONTH

The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association will induct six outstanding athletes and one coach into the OFHS Athletic Hall of Fame October 26th.

This year’s inductees are: Bob Katitus, ’88; Pal Hodermarksy, ’99; Steve Gansey, ’04; Dan Binggeli, ’04; Meghan Mental Spriggs, ’07; Tyler Sparks, ’07 and Coach Richard “Spark” Szalay.

The Induction Ceremony and Dinner will occur at 6 p.m. October 26th at the German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township. Tickets are $35. All are welcome to attend. The inductees also will be introduced at the October 27th home football game.

Reservation forms for the Induction Ceremony are available by clicking HERE or contacting Cathy Hess at the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.


HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY, ALIGN WITH TRIPLE A EXPERIENCE

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Thanks to our community’s support of the zero additional taxes bond issue last November, preparations are officially underway to begin expansion and renovation at Olmsted Falls High School.

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Community residents have begun to see evidence of this including initial work on the temporary haul road (pictured at right) being put into place along the far west edge of the band practice field adjacent to the Board of Education office along Bagley Road. This haul road will be used to safely transport construction materials around the high school campus.

Additionally, the installation of temporary fencing on the high school property has begun, some of which is visible from Bagley Road. The primary construction staging zone during the expansion and renovation project will be located behind the high school. New traffic patterns were established on campus for students, staff and visitors with the start of the 2017-18 school year in August.

Olmsted Falls City School District’s focus on providing students with a well-rounded Triple A experience that includes high-quality Academics, Arts and Athletics opportunities has served to guide the planning and design for the construction and renovation project getting underway at Olmsted Falls High School (OFHS).

Upgrades at OFHS will positively impact all three key components of the district’s Triple A philosophy with the addition of new academic classrooms, enhancements to art rooms, and upgrades to outdated athletic spaces as well. Providing a well-rounded Triple A experience is all part of keeping our schools strong with a great value to residents.

ACADEMICS: Upon completion of the project, OFHS students will have access to nine new modern science classrooms featuring appropriate lab exploration space. Students taking business, marketing/digital media and/or engineering courses will also have four new rooms – one of which will be a dedicated “Fab Lab” (or Fabrication Laboratory) where students will have the space to explore and learn with hands-on engineering projects. This is all part of our efforts to prepare students for the college and workforce demands of tomorrow.

ARTS: Both visual and performing arts courses will be positively impacted by the expansion and renovation. Four new art rooms providing students adequate space and equipment to explore a wide variety of visual arts are part of the scope of work. Students participating in the performing arts will also benefit from the expansion of the existing band and choir spaces, which will be properly sized to accommodate both students and musical instruments.

ATHLETICS: One of the first interior renovations that students, staff and community members will notice is the installation of new bleachers in the main high school gymnasium, which was completed this summer. The new bleachers replaced nearly 50-year old bleachers which did not accommodate handicap accessibility and had malfunctioning mechanical roller parts for which replacement parts no longer exist. Additionally, the open design under the sitting portion of the bleachers posed safety issues for young children as well as issues for items falling through.  The new bleachers will address all of those concerns and issues, and will better serve the population.  Student athletes will also benefit from upgrades to existing locker room spaces, which are original to the building as well as dedicated team rooms which will utilize existing space within the school.

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Installation of the gymnasium bleachers took place over the course of two weeks this summer.

GENERAL:  Other general building updates will include renovations to the school’s main entrance, cafeteria, and media center spaces. The district is working closely with Turner Construction on the high school project to ensure all resources are aligned to maximize efficiency throughout all phases of the construction process. For example, foundation and concrete work will be completed for all areas of expansion at once to avoid having a vendor come out multiple times for different segments of expansion. Maximizing such economies of scale will help bring the project in on time and within budget.

This update information will be included in the latest issue of Our School Report, hitting homes in early October.  Architectural renderings of new construction and renovations will be on display at the State of the Schools event on October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School. For additional information or questions on the High School bond project, visit www.ofcs.net or call 427-6000. 


ENJOY GOOD TIMES @ OFHS POST PROM CLAMBAKE

Join with OFHS Post Prom for some good food and great fun at its Clambake October 15th at the West Side Irish American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township.

The cost is $35 for an adult full meal, which includes clams, chicken, corn, yams, refreshment and dessert. Kids meals are $7 and include a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Extra clams are available for $9. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. with serving times from 1:30-3 p.m. Post Prom will have the Browns game televised, too.  Please see a Post Prom Representative for tickets or contact Anita Greller at OSUGRELLER@cox.net.

The last day to purchase tickets is October 5th.


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FINAL DAYS – SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD MONTH 

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is celebrating National Library Card Month. Students in grades K-12 may apply for a free library card or have their fines forgiven on an existing card! If parents complete a survey, they can get $5 off their fines.  Visit the library’s website by clicking  HERE for more information.


 
 USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE NOW OCCURRING – LAST DAY TODAY

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is holding another used sports equipment drive. Research shows that kids who have access to sports do better in school and have an overall higher level of well-being. Yet many children face barriers in participating in these sports, including the inability to purchase gear and equipment. DoSomething.org. and ESPN have put out a call for help and OFLAX is one of many organizations across the country that has answered.

Through Friday, September 29th,  it will collect gently-used gear and equipment to donate to these under-served youth.

When: Donations are due TODAY – Friday, September 29th

What: Any gently-used sports item, equipment (please, no jerseys or shoes)

Where: Drop off locations are:

  • Falls PC Clinic, 25564 Bagley Road (across from St. Mary of the Falls)
  • Broadview Eye Center, Berea, 1318 W. Bagley Road (in the Suds plaza)

Pick up arrangements may be made by contacting Jodi Reid DeMarco.

The group’s last equipment drive collected more than 150 items that were delivered and then distributed to needy kids.  The group hopes to beat that record.  Please share among other groups and with friends.


VENDORS WANTED FOR NOVEMBER 11TH CRAFT SHOW

The Holiday Home and Craft Shoppe invites vendors to participate in its November 11th event at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The cost is $35 for an 8-foot space, which does not include table/chairs; $15 to add 8-foot table and two chairs and $5 for limited electrical outlet.

For an exhibitor application form, click HERE.

For a flyer of the event, click HERE.


 

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