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Important Back-To-School Dates for 2017-2018

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

August 15th – Student Schedules Available In PowerSchool

August 21st – First Day of School:  Freshman Orientation (Freshman ONLY 7:26 a.m. – 9:16 a.m.) / Grades 10-12 LATE START @ 9:16 a.m.

August 28th – OFHS Open House @ 7:00 p.m.

September 7th – Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

August 14th – 6th Grade WEB Orientation (8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.); 6th Grade Open Campus (12:30 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 16th – 6th Grade Parent Night (6:30 p.m.)

August 18th – Orientation Program for 7th / 8th Grade Students NEW to OFMS (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)  This event is for new students only, not for all 7th/8th grade students.

August 18th – Open Campus for all 7th / 8th Grade (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 21st – First Day of School

September 5th – 8th Grade Parent Night (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

September 6th – 7th Grade Parent Night from (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

September 15th – Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

August 18th:   Open Visitation (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 21st:   First Day of School

August 22nd:   4th Grade Open House (7:00 p.m.)

August 24th:   Individual School Picture Day

August 29th:   5th Grade Open House  (7:00 p.m.)

 

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL

August 10th – New Parent Information Night

August 16th – Class Lists Posted OnLine and On Front Doors (3:30 p.m.)

August 17th – Open House & Classroom Visitations: 1st Grade Visitation (5:00-5:45 pm); 2nd Grade (6:15-7:00 pm); 3rd Grade Visitation (7:15-8:00 pm)

August 21st – First Day of School

September 8th:  Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

August 21-23: Kindergarten Orientation (as assigned)

August 24th:  First Day of Kindergarten

August 28th: Preschool Orientation

August 29th:  First Day of Preschool for Students with IEPs

September 5th: First Day of Preschool for Typical Peers

September 13th:  Individual School Picture Day

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OFCS Update – June 14, 2017

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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 2016-2017 school year.  sunWe’ve enjoyed sharing news from throughout our District with you regularly throughout the school year.  Blog posts will resume in early August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2017-18 school year!

The first day for students in the 2017-18 school year is Monday, Aug. 21st.

To download a copy of the 2017-2018 school year calendar, please click HERE.

Enjoy the rest of the long summer break!


REMINDER:  TOMORROW – THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH – IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2017-18 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by  THIS THURSDAY, 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 2017-18 school year.  Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


OFHS FRENCH STUDENTS VISIT QUEBEC CITY

OFHS students gathered in front of author Antoine St.-Exupery’s rowhouse.

Twenty Bulldog students, who have completed their 2nd through 4th years of French studies at OFHS,  traveled to Quebec City, Canada  June 4-7 with French Teacher and French Club Advisor Mr. Chuck May.

The tour of Quebec provided students many opportunities to use their French, learn about Quebec history, and experience, first-hand, Quebec culture and food.

Students were particularly interested to visit the row house of author Antoine St.-Exupery, as all second-year students have read this author’s book, Le Petit Prince, as part of their coursework.  

All of the students had a wonderful time and vowed to return again!


BULLDOGS ROCK SEVERANCE HALL WITH MELISSA ETHERIDGE AND THE CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

Bulldogs Lexy Jensen, Greg Smith, Lainey Rambert, Alexis Nelan and Megan Green pose for a photo at Severance Hall prior to performing with rock legend Melissa Etheridge and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra / Chorus on June 7th.

Five students from Olmsted Falls City Schools were members of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Chorus that performed with rock legend Melissa Etheridge at Severance Hall on Wednesday, June 7th.

OFHS student Megan Green plays piccolo with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra  throughout the year.  OFHS student Lexy Jensen and OFMS students Greg Smith, Lainey Rambert, and Alexis Nelan all auditioned and were selected for the  CYO Chorus singing group formed specifically for this special concert event.

Melissa Etheridge with Contemporary Youth Orchestra / Chorus at Severance Hall

These talented Bulldogs joined outstanding student musicians from across the greater Cleveland area for this exciting event.

Students attended multiple rehearsals throughout the month of May, learning a set list comprised of approximately 20 songs from Etheridge’s extensive catalog of music. Melissa Etheridge joined the group for the two final days of rehearsals leading up to the evening concert event at Severance Hall on June 7th.  The entire project from start to finish was captured on film for an upcoming “making of” documentary.  Congratulations to these talented Bulldogs!


CHECK OUT MORE MUSIC NEWS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF OFMA’S MUSICAL NOTES!

The final weeks of the school year are incredibly busy for all of our Bulldog musicians! Olmsted Falls Music Association has just finalized the last Musical Notes newsletter of the year.  Please click HERE to view it now.  This June/July 2017 issue will also be posted on the OFMA website and OFMA Facebook.

Be sure to check it out to stay up on the latest music news from Bulldog Country!

 


OFIS GREEN TEAM SPRUCES UP SCHOOL WITH TREES, BUSHES

The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Green Team ended another successful year by planting two new trees outside the school’s library entrance.

The Green Team members helped plant and water the two trees along with some beautiful decorative bushes.

Thanks to our Green Team members for all your help and dedication in making OFIS a ‘green’ school!

To view more photos of the tree planting project, please click HERE.


FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2017

Congratulations to the 280 members of the Class of 2017! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 25th to celebrate Commencement.

OFHS graduating seniors Casey Komar (Class of 2017 President), Alexander Kho (Phi Beta Kappa) and Stephanie Schroth (Phi Beta Kappa) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Joseph Bertrand and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Casey Komar

Alexander Kho

Stephanie Schroth

 

 

 

 

 

 

The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by Nadia Bubna and Ryan Miller (pictured at right).

To view the entire 2017 Commencement program, click HERE.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.

For information on ordering official graduation photos from LifeTouch, please see item below.

Congratulations again to this year’s Bulldog graduates!


CELEBRATE MILESTONE WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

Lifetouch National School Studios is offering parents a chance to order photographs of your student at the commencement ceremony.  Every student was photographed and photos are available online.

To view the online order form, click HERE.

There is no obligation to make any purchases.


OFHS STUDENTS STANDOUT AT POLARIS!

Five Bulldog students earned top honors for their respective programs at Polaris Career Center and were recognized during the 41st Annual Polaris Awards Ceremony held in May.

Congratulations to OUTSTANDING PROGRAM SENIORS:

Karyna Irizarry for Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training
Aaron Oehlstrom for Employability Skills Lab
Gabrielle Zemaitis for Digitial Art & Design

Congratulations to OUTSTANDING PROGRAM JUNIORS:

Skyler Dougher for Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training
Claire Rosen for Digitial Art & Design

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! Go Bulldogs!


OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GOING STRONG

Recipients of 2017 Scholarships presented through the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association.

Thanks 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, $125,400 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2017.  This year’s total represents an increase of more than $10,000 as compared to last year!  More than 260 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors this year, thanks to the generosity of our community!

Congratulations 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.

To view the list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2017, please click HERE.

To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2017 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year totaling more than $1,302,500. To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2017! Best of luck to you all!


OFHS GRAD IS ONE OF THREE IN NE OHIO TO RECEIVE COX SCHOLARSHIP

Bulldog 2017 grad Daniel Linder received a $2,000 scholarship from Cox Communications for academic excellence, community involvement and his desire to pursue a degree in communications, telecommunications, technology or engineering. He plans to attend the University of Akron and pursue a degree in data science and technology. Congrats, Daniel.

To read a recent article about his scholarship, click HERE.


OH, THE PLACES RECENT GRADS WILL STUDY AT NEXT YEAR!

Recent Bulldog grads will travel across the state – and country – to attend colleges and universities next year.

An interactive map may be viewed by clicking HERE to see exactly which colleges/universities they will attend and how many Olmsted Falls High grads will study there beginning this fall.  Simple click on each location and a graph will pull down with the data!


OFHS TEACHER LISA TOPOLSKI HONORED BY CLASS OF 2017

Students of the OFHS Class of 2017 selected Language Arts Teacher Mrs. Lisa Topolski to receive the annual Teacher of the Year Award at the Senior Honors Day Assembly held May 24th.

Mrs. Topolski was joined by her family to celebrate this special recognition.

Congratulations Mrs. Topolski!


STEVE MATIA HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

Olmsted Falls High School teachers Jessica Jones and John Mercer presented Bulldog supporter Mr. Steve Matia (center) with this year’s “Friends of Education Award,” which the Olmsted Falls Education Association presents annually.

Mr. Matia was recognized for his long-time dedicated support of Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics activities. Mr. Matia continues to help behind the scenes even after his youngest student graduated from OFHS!

Congratulations and much gratitude to Steve Matia!


RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 230 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Bulldog Retirees (L to R): Renee Wagner, Debra Gordon, Lynette Bock, Debra Weisbarth and Colleen Longville. (Not pictured: Laura Grodek, Mary Lou Mills, Jayne Reitz, Georgiana Friedman, John Ginty, James Smith and Roger Urbanek.)

 Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to twelve dedicated staff members who retire with the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools total 232 Bulldog years!
Lynette Bock, OFHS Science Teacher (24 Bulldog years)
Georgiana Friedman, Falls-Lenox Paraprofessional (17 Bulldog years)
John Ginty, OFIS/OFMS Utility (15 Bulldog years)
Debra Gordon, Bus Driver (30 Bulldog years)
Laura Grodek, OFMS English/Reading Teaching (29 Bulldog years)
Colleen Longville, Falls-Lenox Principal (6 Bulldog years)
Mary Lou Mills, Falls-Lenox 2nd Grade Teacher (15 Bulldog years)
Jayne Reitz, Falls-Lenox 3rd Grade Teacher (23 Bulldog years)
James Smith, OFMS Paraprofessional (18 Bulldog years)
Roger Urbanek, Head Bus Mechanic (13 Bulldog years)
Renee Wagner, Falls-Lenox/ECC Art Teacher (16 Bulldog years)
Debra Weisbarth, OFHS Principal’s Secretary (26 Bulldog years)
Our retirees were recognized by their building/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. 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!

2017 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTED BY KIWANIS CLUB

Kiwanis Club member Kris Correll presented this year’s 2017 Employee of the Year Awards.

At the close of each school year, staff members are invited to nominate fellow colleagues for the annual Employee of the Year awards.  A special committee of local Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club members reviews these nominations, selects the awardees and presents the awards at the annual end of the year staff breakfast.

Kiwanis Club member Kris Correll represented the committee to announce this year’s Employee of the Year awards at the staff breakfast .

The 2017 Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club Employee of the Year Awards went to:

OFIS/OFMS Utility John Ginty

OFHS Science Teacher Blake Johnson

Falls-Lenox 1st Grade Teacher Marty Simon, honored posthumously

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for its continued support of the Olmsted educational community.


TWO BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS STILL AVAILABLE 

It’s summer vacation and time to fill those long sunny days!  Bulldog Summer Sports Camps are here. Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date.

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th  The Bulldog Summer Football Camp runs from 8-10 a.m. from June 26th-28th for grades 3-6 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for grades 7-9. 

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as they becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP REMINDER FROM COACH DELUCA

Please don’t forget to register for the Olmsted Falls Bulldog youth football camp!  Please click HERE to register on-line at the Olmsted Falls community center.

The camp will run through the following dates:

Grades 3rd-6th 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. June 26th-28th

Grades 7th-9th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. June 26th-28th


7TH & 8TH GRADE FOOTBALL CALENDAR/INFORMATION FROM COACH DELUCA

Important dates and information for 7th & 8th grade football players have just been posted on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website. Be sure to check out the site and mark your calendars accordingly!

Click HERE now to access this important information on the OF Middle School Football homepage.

Let’s Go Bulldogs!


SUMMER BREAKFAST, LUNCH & SNACK PROGRAM IN NORTH OLMSTED

Neighboring North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor a Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack program for children between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs now through Aug. 18th at various locations school and community locations in North Olmsted.  All meals must be consumed on site.

To view a detailed flyer with specific locations of the program, click HERE.


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION ALERT REMINDER 

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS!  Just a reminder to be on the lookout for the email notification later this summer alerting you to when the portal for returning student registration has officially opened.  Once the portal has opened, all student information updates and forms for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year will need to be COMPLETED ONLINE BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON AUGUST 21st.

The purpose of this annual update is to verify the information we have on file for your child(ren), allow you the opportunity to make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.). Like last year, the link to access this online registration system for returning students will be located within your PowerSchool Parent Account, and you will be alerted by email once the link has been activated for the upcoming school year.


HERE ARE THE FINAL WINNERS IN OFMS MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE

Here is the list of winners for the OFMS PTA May Calendar Raffle. Please be sure to pick up your prize in the OFMS office THIS WEEK.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

May 14th – Harry London Chocolate Basket – Jennifer Victor

May 15th – Subway gift card – Jane Phillips

May 16th – iTunes gift card – Patty Voisinet

May 17th – TreeHuggers gift card – Russ Mortensen

May 18th – The Eye Place gift card – Jack Hirsch

May 19th – Falls Ice Cream gift card – Megan Kay

May 20th – JoJo Carloni’s gift card – Harold Haun

May 21st – iTunes gift card – Kelly Perrell

May 22nd – Hooley House gift card-  Julie Clum

May 23rd – Razzles gift card – Linda Parkowski

May 24th – Dick’s gift card – Tricia Vidovich

May 25th – Subway gift card – Robin Schlesinger

May 26th – iTunes gift card – James Haas

May 27th – Target gift card – Deana Harb

May 28th – Home Depot gift card – Valerie Templeton

May 29th – Amazon gift card – Julianne Allen

May 30th – iHop gift card – Joanna Jauregui

May 31st – iTunes gift card – Claire Oliver


THREE BULLDOG ALL-OHIO LACROSSE PLAYERS HEAD TO NATIONAL COMPETITION

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls sixth graders Rocco Conti, Mitchell Rini and Colin Singleton.

These Bulldog lacrosse players were selected to the Brine All-Ohio 2023-2024 team that will play for the Brine National Championship in Virginia July 18-21.

Gavin Moore also was selected as an alternative.  Best wishes for a great competition!


ALL PRO DAD FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY –  JUNE 17TH – FUN FOR ALL

Olmsted All-Pro Dad will host a fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. THIS SATURDAY at Suds Maguire’s, 1270 W. Bagley Road. The fundraiser will raise money to develop awareness of the new group and increase funds for program growth.

Tickets are $25 each and include pizza, wings, salad, nacho bar, some beverages as well as sideboards, 50/50, raffles and more. Tickets are now available online at http://www.olmstedallprodad.eventbrite.com.

The group is now at Falls-Lenox, with hopes to grow and further establish itself in the community so members can reach more dads and kids in OF schools.

The group’s website is http://www.olmstedallprodad.com. It also has a facebook page by clicking HERE.

 


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
It’s getting closer! Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 25, 2017

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OFCS RELEASES NEW FINANCIAL PROSPECTUS TO COMMUNITY

New Financial Prospectus Shares Financial Story of Great Value

Olmsted Falls City Schools is excited to release its first Financial Prospectus.  This report provides a complete and in-depth view of the district’s financial situation.  It shares with the community important financial information such as where the district receives funds, how the district prioritizes its spending and what the district has done to cut costs and discusses when the district may be back on the ballot for operating funds.

This new Financial Prospectus will be mailed to all homes and businesses throughout the community.  To view an electronic version now, please click HERE.

If you have any questions about Olmsted Falls City School’s financial story or the great value it provides to the community, please contact the Treasurer’s Office for assistance at 440-427-6000 or edales@ofcs.net.


CLASS OF 2017 GRADS MAKE SPECIAL FAREWELL VISITS AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The OFHS Class of 2017 made two very special stops on their way back from commencement practice on May 25th.

The soon-to-be grads visited both Falls-Lenox Primary School and Olmsted Falls Intermediate School where they were met with cheers of congratulations from the district’s younger Bulldogs!

The Class of 2017 paraded through both buildings to share their excitement with our future Bulldog grads and Bulldog staff members.

This marks the second year for this new Bulldog tradition!


CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY @ CSU WOLSTEIN CENTER – TONIGHT!

Olmsted Falls City School District extends best wishes and congratulations to our graduating seniors and their families as they prepare for tonight’s commencement ceremony!  Enjoy this special evening – you have earned it!

The Commencement Ceremony for Olmsted Falls High School’s Class of 2017 will take place this evening – Thursday, May 25th – at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center.  The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome; tickets are not required.


SPECIAL DELIVERY: STAFF VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE TRADITION FOR CLASS OF 2017

Bulldog staff members assemble congratulatory yard signs for each Class of 2017 grad.

Mr. Vas paused for a selfie during yesterdays deliveries! Thanks Mr. Vas!

In what has become a beloved annual tradition, all graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign on the eve of the Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Many thanks to OFMS teacher Dan Largent and the Olmsted Falls  Education Association for coordinating the purchase, assembly and personal delivery of these signs.  A volunteer group of approximately 40 administrators, teachers and staff dodged raindrops yesterday afternoon and evening to ensure that all grads woke up to a congratulatory sign this morning on graduation day!

Bulldog staff members’ delivery of “Congrats” yard signs puts smiles on faces of Bulldog grads and their families!

Kudos to our awesome Bulldog staff!

Congrats again to the OFHS Class of 2017!


OFHS BUSINESS STUDENTS SHARE TOP SPOT IN BUSINESS PLAN WRITING CONTEST

Mr. James Montaquila from the Believe In Ohio program and OFHS Business Teacher Dena Kotz congratulate Daniel Linder (far left) and Matthew Theilman (far right) on their first-place entries in OFHS Business Plan writing contest. [Not pictured: Miranda Banko)

Students enrolled in Ms. Kotz’s business class this semester participated in a semester-long business plan writing contest in collaboration with the Believe In Ohio program. Believe in Ohio is a new program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future. The Believe program helps students understand the importance of a STEM education and an entrepreneurial mindset to become competitors in Ohio’s Innovation Economy of the future through engagement with STEM & entrepreneurial experts and mentors, and participation in Business Plan competitions. The program was developed in collaboration with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio with the support of the Ohio Board of Regents and the 130th Ohio General Assembly.

Bulldog students taking home top spots in OFHS’s local Business Plan competition included:

More great business plans! Congrats to runners-up (L to R) Sarah Archual, Gabby Asche, Jenny Bajc and Michael Thielman. [Not pictured: T.J. Slater]

In a tie for first place (pictured above) were “Charge & Go” by Daniel Linder, grade 12; “RoadGuard Sensor” by Matthew Thielman, grade 10; and “Bi-Temp Steering Wheel Cover” by Miranda Banko, grade 11.  These students will split the $500 award for first place! Congratulations!

Four more plans tied for second-place runner-up honors (pictured at left).  The runner-up plans were “Pro-Fish” by Michael Thielman; “Healthy Heels” by Jenn Bajc; “Earbud Rollup” by T.J. Slater; and “Drunk Print” by Sarah Archual and Gabby Asche.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for their hard-work, creativity, and dedication which resulted in these awesome business plans!


FIRST GRADERS VISIT THEIR NORTH OLMSTED PEN PALS

The first-grade classes of Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Smith visited their pen pals at Spruce Primary School in North Olmsted.

The three classes have been writing back and forth since the beginning of the year.

During their visit, they assembled puzzles with a secret message, chatted, ate popsicles and played together on the playground.

To view more photos from this special visit, please click HERE.


AWESOME ALUMNI NEWS:  BULLDOG CLASS OF 2014 ALUM EVAN MOYSE SIGNS TO PLAY HOCKEY FOR OHIO STATE

Bulldog 2014 alum Evan Moyse to play hockey for Ohio State!

Congratulation to Bulldog alumnus Evan Moyse, Class of 2014, who has officially signed to play Division I NCAA Hockey at The Ohio State University of the Big Ten Conference. Evan will begin his college hockey career with the start of the 2017-2018 season.

Evan is a hockey goalie who has been playing in the NA3HL, CCHL (Canada) and, most recently, with the NAHL Wichita Falls Wildcats in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Evan is pictured at right during his official OSU signing ceremony, which took place recently at the Wichita Wildcats facility in Texas.

Congratulations Evan!  Wishing you an awesome first season with the Buckeyes!  Olmsted Falls City School District is Bulldog proud of you!

To read more about Evan Moyse, please click HERE.


OFMS BOGO BOOK FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center just wrapped up its Scholastic BOGO sale, which was a huge success.  Many of our Bulldogs took advantage of the great sales on summer reading books.

Thank you to Mrs. Surtman and Mrs. Milligan who volunteered their time to help with the fair. Thank you, also, to all who purchased books. Have fun reading!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

It’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Baseball Camp (Grades 1-9) – June 5th-9th

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

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

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

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

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


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

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

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

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

KindergartenOlmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
It’s getting closer! Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

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

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


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


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

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

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

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


REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAND VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CLINIC & LEAGUE

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

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

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


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Kindergarten student Lleyton Krakowiak

Third-grade student Shahan Kapoor

*12th-grade student Heather Grant

12th-grade student Aaron Oehlstrom

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

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

Preschool student Hailey Speigal

Third-grade student Mia Russell

*12th-grade student Anthony Kukura

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

The educator nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Director of Pupil Service Mr. James Tatman

*Intervention Specialist Ms. Christen Hawks

*Paraprofessional Cheryl Fudale

Paraprofessional Debbie Patacca

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


BULLDOGS ROCK THE 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS!

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

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

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

This year’s 53 Bulldog Special Olympians included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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

Helping Hands

 

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

Educator of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Expressions

Congratulations to all those recognized!

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

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


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

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

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

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

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

LITERATURE

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

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

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Dominic DiFilippo/Intermediate

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

Level (grades  3-5) – Honorable Mention

PHOTOGRAPHY

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

SPECIAL ARTISTS

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

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

Congratulations again to all of these talented students!

To view more photos, please click HERE.


SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON & BUS TOUR

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

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

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

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


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

NEW PTA OFFICERS FOR 2017-2018

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

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

Olmsted Falls PTA Council – Julianne Allen

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA – Tiffany Fischbach

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA – Michelle Smith

OFIS PTA – Kerry Kramer

OFMS PTA – Tricia Vidovich

OFHS PTA – Sandra Graham

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

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


OFVA BRINGS THE GOLD BACK HOME

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

This means the team placed 1st in the state!

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


FOURTH GRADERS LEARN ALL ABOUT EYES

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

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

Thank you, Dr. Sedlacek!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

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

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

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

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE NEXT TUESDAY – MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


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

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

May 1st- Melt gift card- Kathy Hunsicker

May 2nd- iTunes gift card- Lee Kolokoske

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

May 4th- Subway gift card- Diane Metzger

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

May 6th- iTunes gift card- Steve Schwecke

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

May 8th- iTunes gift card- Meg DiFilippo

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

May 10th- Starbucks gift card- Mary Gratzer

May 11th- iTunes gift card- Christopher Homola

May 12th- Regal Cinemas- Subhash Chandrasekharan

May 13th- OF Bulldogs baseball cap- Bryce Burkhard


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

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

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


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

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

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

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

KindergartenOlmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

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

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


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


SATURDAY IS FINAL DAY FOR ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE

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

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


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

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

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

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


REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAND VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CLINIC & LEAGUE

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

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

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


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 5, 2017

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OLMSTED FALLS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST RECEIVES AREA EDUCATION HONOR

Congratulations to Dawn Carlin, the district’s technology integration specialist, who recently received the 2017 Betty Cope Award for outstanding service to the ideastream Education Advisory Council.  Dawn demonstrated commitment by supporting the education outreach of ideastream to best serve educators in Northeast Ohio.

The award is given annually in the spirit of Betty Cope, the first programming chief and general manager who was instrumental in establishing the WVIZ studio on the stage of Cleveland’s Max S. Hays vocational High School.  The news release stated Dawn represents  Olmsted Falls Schools on the Advisory council and is an active and contributing member of the Steering Committee. She provides important suggestions and constructive input to shape the professional learning experiences provided to northeast Ohio schools through the council. She also has presented at, and assisted with, the ideastream Education Technology + Learning Conference for the past several years.

Olmsted Falls School District is truly fortunate to have Dawn Carlin working on behalf of our staff and students here in Bulldog country!


OFMS STUDENTS HONORED BY LOCAL ELKS LODGE FOR AWARD-WINNING ESSAYS
Congratulations to 7th grader Andrew Homola, and 8th graders Emily Sumerauer and Caroline Gardner on their award-winning essays in this year’s annual Americanism essay writing contest sponsored by the Berea Elks.  This year’s topic was “Why Is It Important to Vote?”  More than 400 students from Olmsted Falls, Strongsville and Berea entered the contest and three of the lodge level winners emerged from Olmsted Falls!
Andrew’s essay also earned 3rd place for the Northeast Ohio District for the Ohio Elks.
The students were invited to attend the Berea Elks Youth Recognition dinner earlier this week, along with their parents.  OFMS Social Studies teacher Sandra Cibulskas also attended the special recognition event.
Olmsted Falls winners Caroline Gardner and Andrew Homola are pictured in the photo above, along with the winners from Strongsville and the members of the Berea Elks Americanism Committee.  ​
Congratulations again to Andrew, Emily and Caroline on this accomplishment!  Great job to these students for their hard work!!!

BULLDOG SCHOOL COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF FIRST GRADE TEACHER MR. MARTY SIMON

The Olmsted Falls School District community is greatly saddened by the loss of Falls-Lenox first grade teacher Marty Simon, who passed away earlier this week.

Mr. Simon was an Olmsted Falls High School alum, a coach and was an outstanding teacher who taught in our district for 18 years.  Marty served our community and our students well, positively impacting countless lives.

Our school community continues to keep the Simon family in our thoughts during this difficult time.


COME OUT TO CHEER ON OUR OFIS GIRLS ON THE RUN – THIS SUNDAY

We need your Cheers!! Please come out THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH, and support the OFIS Girls Running Club as they participate in the Olmsted Spirit 5k race.  The girls have been training hard for the past two months and would love some crowd support.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the High School stadium at 9 a.m.  The running club girls will be wearing neon pink ~ stop up to cheer them on!


OFMA LATEST NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE, MEETING THIS MONDAY

You’ll find many pictures of past events and important news of upcoming activities in the latest Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter.  To view it, click HERE.

The group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. this Monday, May 8th in the OFHS choir room.  All are invited to attend.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON IS MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community next Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.  Please do so ASAP.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


DON’T MISS THE MAY ART SHOW – NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 12TH

Students, faculty, special invitees and community members will display their creativity at the Annual May Show this Friday that runs throughout the day in the OFHS gym.

Whether it is watercolor painting, photography,  wood working, computer generated art, sewing or other forms, you’ll certainly see some amazing pieces.

Admission is free.


GRAB A FREE BOOK @ THE OFMS BOGO BOOK FAIR

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Buy One,Get One sale starting Monday, May 15th and running through that week ending May 19th. It will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

The BOGO sale is a great opportunity for students to load up on summer reading books by buying one book and getting a second book of equal value or less for FREE!  All items at the book fair are available while supplies last.


DEADLINE NEARING – REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

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

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS; GIFT CARD DRIVE-BY THIS SATURDAY

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7 p.m.:

  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  • Gift Card Drive-by and Donate (No need to exit your car!) Saturday, May 6 from 10a-Noon at OFHS We are asking parents to donate a gift card of $15.00 or higher for POST PROM.  We are using these cards for prizes to be given out that evening.  We appreciate everyone who is helping to make this night very special for our children. Thank you in advance for your contribution. If you are unable to drop it off on Saturday, May 6, you can put it in an envelope marked PostProm and have your student drop it off at the office of the high school.
  • Order your PROM flowers by May 17 from The Flower Shoppe and help support Post Prom. The Flower Shoppe, a charming family-owned and operated flower store located on Sprague Road offers an array of the finest floral arrangements.  They can help you design a wrist corsage, boutonniere or a special bouquet of flowers.  call The Flower Shoppe at 440-243-3358 to place your order, OR visit The Flower Shoppe at 22971 Sprague Road in Columbia Station.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please place your orders by May 17th.  The Flower Shoppe has offered to partner with Olmsted Falls Post Prom so please mention Post Prom at the time of the order.

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



LOCAL BALLET GROUP OFFERS BOGO TICKET TO THIS WEEKEND’S  SHOW

North Pointe Ballet will perform the ballet “Cinderella” set to Sergei Prokofiev’s 1944 score at Hope Community Church Auditorium this weekend.. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5th; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 6th and 2:30 p.m. May 7th. Olmsted Falls School District families may receive a “Buy One, Get one FREE” ticket special by entering “bulldog” coupon code online by clicking HERE.   Director Janet Dziak’s original choreography is comical, light-hearted and easy to understand for the whole family.


REGISTER IN PERSON TO RUN/WALK AT SUNDAY’S OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE 

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m.THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

In-person registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. right before the race Sunday at OFHS.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL SALE – THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s annual Perennial Sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 7 on Main Street grounds across from Olmsted Community Church.

Plants for pollinators, flowering bushes, hostas, wildflowers and deer-resistant plants are just a few of the many varieties that will be offered.  Proceeds benefit primary school programs, public gardens and other community projects.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES THIS SUNDAY

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. this Sunday, May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

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

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


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


IT’S TIME FOR ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE – MAY 13TH, 14TH & 20TH

Spruce up your yard with plants from the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 flower sale. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20th in the parking lot in front of the Olde Wine Cellar – formerly Jenkins Center, at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street.  Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts, too!  Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally.

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


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS COOKIE BATTLE MAY 17TH

Date: 5/17/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.  Please click link below to register:

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=107602


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

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

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

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


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – April 26, 2017

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OFMS STUDENTS RECEIVE KUDOS DURING THEIR WASHINGTON TRIP

Weather changes every day did not deter OFMS eighth graders from experiencing an educational and enriching Washington D.C. trip that occurred earlier this month. This was the 15th trip to our nation’s capitol and what Principal Mark Kurz called another “amazing” experience.

The school took 270 students and 46 staff and parent chaperones on the trip. This year’s highlights included the wreath ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington National Cemetery, tour of the U. S. Capitol and a visit to Shanksville, PA, to view the Flight 93 Memorial and Visitor Center.

Weather presented the biggest challenge the group had since they experienced a different season each day. On Wednesday, temperatures reached summer weather near 78 degrees.  On Thursday, the group was caught in torrential downpours at the White House as they waited in line at the U. S. Capitol. Friday, a winter storm blew in with wind chills near zero degrees at Gettysburg and Shanksville. The weather, however, did not stop them – they stayed on schedule and saw all planned sights.

Mr. Kurz said OFMS students always catch the positive attention of staff at the various venues. This year’s trip was no different. That proved true in an email they received from one of the Gettysburg tour guides.

“I just wanted to let you know that your 8th graders were fantastic during the tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield!  I have been guiding 42 years and I believe they were the BEST ever school group I have guided!  You should be very proud of them!  They represented their school, their parents, and themselves very well.  They were very attentive and answered my questions. Your teachers/chaperones did a great job too! Thank you for letting them go on this trip to truly appreciate their history!”

One of the park rangers at the Flight 93 Visitor Center said of OFMS students, “We have had hundreds of schools and students visit this memorial, and your students have been, by far, the most respectful, quiet, and interested of any I have seen.”

What a great tribute to our students, staff, parents and community!

To view an online gallery of photos from the trip, please click HERE.

Also, here are a few videos from their Washington D.C. trip.  Just click the link to view them.

  1. Wreath Presentation at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery Video – Top Step View
  2. Wreath Presentation Video – Lower Step View
  3. Capitol Tour Video
  4. Gettysburg Battlefield Video
  5. Dancing on the Boat Dinner Cruise Video

BOARD HONORS SCHOLAR ATHLETES, 1ST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE ATHLETES AND SWC CHAMPION BOWLING & WRESTLING TEAMS

Bulldog athletes, coaches, family and friends attended the April 20th regular meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding group of winter athletes.  Six student athletes were honored for being named 1st Team All SWC Conference Student Athletes and 10 student athletes were honored as Scholar Athletes for earning the highest Grade Point Average on their respective varsity teams.  The Board of Education also recognized the SWC Championship-Winning Boys and Girls Bowling Teams, and  SWC-Champion Wrestling Team and coaches for earning the top spot in this year’s conference in their respective sports.  All students honored received certificates of recognition, and all in attendance celebrated with a cake and punch reception that followed.

Winter 2017 Scholar Athletes:

Boys Basketball:  Matthew Johnson

Girls Basketball:  Rachael Vance

Wrestling:  Alexander Kho

Girls Swimming:  Stephanie Schroth

Boys Swimming:  Eric Andrews

Hockey:  Cameron Wilson

Cheerleading:  Abigail Boenig Dombek

Gymnastics:  Hannah Witteman

Boys Bowling: Nathan Zinser

Girls Bowling: Joselyn Rabbitt

Winter 2017 SWC First Team Athletes:

Boys Basketball – Joshua Goodwin

Girls Basketball – Sarah Balfour

Girls Basketball – Clare Kelly

Hockey – Zachary Snyder

Wrestling – Joshua Jaeckin

Wrestling – Michael Shaw

SWC Championship Girls Bowling Team:

Kellie Garrity, Joselyn Rabbit, Erika Ratcliff, Krislynn Katona and Angela Weiland

Coach: Chuck Carver

SWC Championship Boys Bowling Team:

Logan Sharp, Keegan Skoczen, Jerrod Green, Scott McKee, Matt McFadden, Travis Green, Matt Miller, Gavin Rousek, Kyle Kollm and ​Nathan Zinser

Coach: Chuck Carver

SWC Championship Wrestling Team:

Seniors: Noah Broski, Alex Kho and Brady Stang

Juniors: Sam Fontana, Josh Jaeckin, ​John McCabe, Jaden Mendeluk, ​Jihad Salti, ​Michael Shaw and Zach Wolanin

Sophomores: Connor Atkins, Nick Dailey, Caiden Fetterman, ​Nick Kuntz and ​David McEwen

Freshmen: Justin Jaeckin, ​Tariq Salti and ​Brennan Stang

Coaches: Bryce Burkhard, Chris Connelly, Chris Odon and Ross Whitson

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding athletes and their coaches!! 


U.S. CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI MEETS WITH STUDENTS AT OFHS

Olmsted Falls High School government class students had the opportunity to meet and talk with U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci last week.  The special visit came about following an extra credit project completed by a few of Mr. Pellerite’s students over the winter break.  Congressman Renacci’s office was putting together a collection of stories about war veterans.  Students were invited to interview a veteran and record their story for the special project.  In the process of submitting the stories written by his students, Mr. Pellerite asked if the congressman would be interested in coming to speak to his government classes.  Congressman Renacci accepted and the opportunity for OFHS students to meet and speak with the U.S. representative became reality.  Students gathered in the auditorium and spent more than an hour with the congressman, who shared information on his background and his work as our representative in Washington D.C.   Students also had the opportunity to ask questions, and enjoyed the personal dialogue with the congressman.

On behalf of Mr. Pellerite’s class and OFHS, sincere thanks and appreciation are extended to Congressman Renacci and his office for making this informative and memorable visit possible!


OFHS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CLASS HOSTS SPRING EVENT FOR ITTY BITTY BULLDOGS 

OFHS students in Mrs. Radigan’s Parenting and Child Development class got to put what their learning about into action this month as they planned and hosted a spring party for preschool students at our Early Childhood Center.

Along with creating fine and gross motor activities for the children to participate in, the high school students wrote and illustrated their own children’s books and were able to read them to our ECC students. Topics ranged from superheros, to diversity, to fire trucks!

Fun was had by all and it was a great learning opportunity for our youngest and oldest students alike!


BULLDOG BUS DRIVERS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS AT ANNUAL OHIO SCHOOL BUS ROAD-E-O
On Saturday, April 22nd, Buckeye Senior High was the site of the annual Ohio School Bus Road-E-O for the North Region of Ohio.  This skill competition tests driver’s school bus knowledge and behind the wheel skills while offering a chance to interact with and compete against other drivers from around the state.  This year the Olmsted Falls City School District Transportation Department sent seven staff members to compete, and one to judge (Cindi Serrani).  Our drivers achieved great results this year with Roger Urbanek, Lisa Clelland-Williams, Tracey Rinas, and Nancy Hunt combining to score 5th place in the region as a team.  Our drivers who competed individually (Kathy Barber, Kathy Genemans, and Irene Stoyka) also turned in high scores.
Together our staff also earned the 2nd place Spirit Award in the North Region for their safety display.  Our staff members shared our local safety policies along with “Driver Safety Kits” containing anything one may need while transporting students safely in a school bus.
Congratulations to the OFCS Transportation Department for once again representing our district well at the Ohio School Bus Road-E-O!

WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS SHARE BENEFITS OF PROGRAM WITH BOARD MEMBERS

Olmsted Falls Middle School French Teacher Emma Schlabig and Spanish Teacher Laura Ulmenstine made an informative presentation to the Board of Education at the regular April meeting regarding the middle school’s world language program.  Students at OFMS have the opportunity to explore world languages including French and Spanish during their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  Many eighth graders are even able to take either French or Spanish for high school credit during their eighth grade year!  This growing program offers numerous benefits to students and has quickly grown in popularity.

To view a copy of the OFMS World Language presentation, please click HERE.

To view a video of OFMS students talking about their experience in the OFMS World Language program, please click HERE.

Thank you to our outstanding world language teachers at OFMS for sharing!


BOARD GETS UPDATE ON OFHS EXPANSION / RENOVATION PROJECT

Planning is underway for the expansion and renovation of Olmsted Falls High School made possible through the passage of the zero additional taxes bond issue this past November.  At their regular monthly meeting for April, Board of Education members received an update on the project during a joint presentation by the district’s architects from AVG and the district’s construction management firm, Turner Construction.  The project is currently in the schematic design phase in terms of the architectural component and the construction management team is working through logistics and planning.  We look forward to sharing additional information as the construction is confirmed and renderings become available.  Thank you again to our community for making this much-needed expansion and renovation project possible with the passage of the November issue!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SPRING PRODUCTION – THIS WEEKEND – APRIL 27TH-29TH

What has 45 cast members, nine folk musicians, 6 foley artists and 26 crew members? 

Well it’s ONE fantastic production that the Bulldog Theatre Company will perform of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The play is Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure about a displaced family of foxes and the clever ways they and other woodland creatures outwit three bumbling farmers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th; Friday, April 28th, and Saturday, April 29th in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria.

Tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up) and free for senior citizens and students grade 3 and lower.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Olmsted Falls!


OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT LERNER AND LOEWE’S BRIGADOON – THIS WEEKEND – APRIL 28 & 29TH

Poster artwork  designed by OFHS students in Elizabeth Cleary’s Digital Marketing and Web Design class.

Please join us at Olmsted Falls High School for Masquers’ production of Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical, Brigadoon. Performances are Friday, April 28 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or can be reserved by emailing Christie Cutarelli at ccutarelli@ofcs.net.

Many of the songs from the Brigadoon, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947, and there was a 1954 film version starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

Come see the talented student performers at Olmsted Falls High School!


COME OUT TO CHEER ON OUR OFIS GIRLS ON THE RUN – SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

We need your Cheers!! Please come out and support the OFIS Girls Running Club as they participate in the Olmsted Spirit 5k on Sunday, May 7.  The girls have been training hard for the past 2 months and would love some crowd support.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the High School stadium at 9am.  The running club girls will be wearing neon pink ~ stop up to cheer them on!


OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE – DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

$5.00/ 31 CHANCES TO WIN!! Each day in May, a name will be pulled and the winners notified. You may purchase as many calendars as you like and please share with others! Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips, and scholarships. A list of winners will be posted on the O.F. blog each week. Good luck!!!

Please click HERE to print calendar and submit it along with your money to the MS Office in an envelope marked calendar raffle by April 30th. Checks can be made payable to OFMS PTA.


OLMSTED FALLS SUMMER BAND PROGRAM FOR CURRENT 5TH-7TH GRADE STUDENTS

Come jam with Mrs. Julie Budd the Director of Bands at OFHS.  This program is designed for current 5-7th grade students who are interested in playing their band instruments and having fun!!!  We will play awesome music, have themed days, and fun games.  The OF Summer Band Program will be held in the high school band room.  Students will receive a Camp T-shirt and concert band students will get a music book to keep.

Camp Dates:  Wednesday, May 31th –Friday, June 2nd; Monday, June 5th –Friday, June 9th; and Camp Concert on SATURDAY June 10th.

To download flyer with registration form, please click HERE.  Registration forms with payment due to your student’s music teacher by Monday, May 1st.


BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


CONGRATS TO OUR COMMUNITY’S NEWEST EAGLE SCOUTS

Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Joe Bertrand with community’s newest Eagle Scouts at Eagle Court of Honor event. Eagle Scouts (L to R):  Tyler Miller (senior from Berea Midpark HS), Bennett Graham (senior at OFHS), Ryan Miller (senior at OFHS) and John Campbell (sophomore at OFHS).

Congratulations to the Olmsted community’s newest Eagle Scouts!

John Campbell (sophomore at OFHS), Bennett Graham (senior at OFHS), and Ryan Miller (senior at OFHS) were honored this past weekend as Troop 201 convened an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Olmsted Community Church.  These outstanding young men have attained Scouting’s highest honor.

Eagle Scout projects included:

John Campbell’s construction of a monarch butterfly way station at the Cleveland Metropark’s Rocky River Reservation, which boasts 200 plants over a quarter acre of land;

Bennett Graham’s construction of an interactive Miller’s Square station for use by special education and autistic students at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center;

and Ryan Miller’s landscape improvements at the exterior entrance of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, which included the planting of four boxwood trees.

 


ALL CALL FOR ARTISTS!! INVITATION TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS & ALUMNI!!

Community residents and alumni are invited to enter art work for the annual May Show!

The Annual May Show is Friday, May 12th, and we would love for you to enter your work!!

Members of the Olmsted community and all Bulldog alumni are invited to share their hidden talents at the High School May Show. The work will be shown in a special area that has been set aside for you. Please consider participating this year, as it’s a favorite display for so many!!

There are display boards available for flat work (paintings, drawings, photography, etc…), and table space available for three-dimensional pieces (sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, etc…).

If you would like to submit work, please click HERE to fill out the form and submit your response.

All entered work MUST be dropped off between Monday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 10th to W4 in the High School (Amber West’s room).

Work can be picked up on Friday, May 12, after the show (after 8:00 p.m.) or during school the following week.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME – REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

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

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  • Gift Card Drive-by and Donate (No need to exit your car!) Saturday, May 6 from 10a-Noon at OFHS We are asking parents to donate a gift card of $15.00 or higher for POST PROM.  We are using these cards for prizes to be given out that evening.  We appreciate everyone who is helping to make this night very special for our children. Thank you in advance for your contribution. If you are unable to drop it off on Saturday, May 6, you can put it in an envelope marked PostProm and have your student drop it off at the office of the high school.
  • Order your PROM flowers by May 17 from The Flower Shoppe and help support Post Prom. The Flower Shoppe, a charming family-owned and operated flower store located on Sprague Road offers an array of the finest floral arrangements.  They can help you design a wrist corsage, boutonniere or a special bouquet of flowers.  call The Flower Shoppe at 440-243-3358 to place your order, OR visit The Flower Shoppe at 22971 Sprague Road in Columbia Station.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please place your orders by May 17th.  The Flower Shoppe has offered to partner with Olmsted Falls Post Prom so please mention Post Prom at the time of the order.

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers, but you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


SPRUCE UP YOUR YARD WITH O.F. GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIALS – MAY 7TH

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s annual Perennial Sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 on Main Street grounds across from Olmsted Community Church.

Plants for pollinators, flowering bushes, hostas, wildflowers and deer-resistant plants are just a few of the many varieties that will be offered.  Proceeds benefit primary school programs, public gardens and other community projects.

 


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS COOKIE BATTLE MAY 17TH

Date: 5/17/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.  Please click link below to register:

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=107602


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – April 13, 2017

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NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY/MONDAY FOR LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

There will be no school on this Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th for the Easter holiday weekend.  Classes will resume Tuesday, April 18th.

Enjoy a wonderful extended weekend.  See you Tuesday!


OFHS ENGINEERING STUDENTS TAKE TOP SPOTS AT ANNUAL OHIO SKILLS USA COMPETITION

Our winning engineering teams from OFHS at this week’s Ohio SkillsUSA competition in Columbus.

This past Tuesday, April 11th, students from the engineering classes at OFHS competed at the Ohio SkillsUSA competitions in Columbus. The following teams placed in the top 3:

Four-time State Gold Medalists

Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt placed 1st in Robotics Automation Technology (Four-time State Gold Medalists) and will be going to National competition in June.

Raymond Beniseka and Connor Krucek took 2nd Place in Mobile Robotics.

Evan Martin and Charles Reitz took 2nd Place in Robotic Urban Search and Rescue.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! And good luck to Stephanie and Joselyn as they head to national competition in June!


OHIO STATE SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TESS ELSHOFF VISITS OFCS

Ohio State School Board President Tess Elshoff spent a day touring the Olmsted Falls School District this week. On Wednesday, April 12th, Mrs. Elshoff joined Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and visited several buildings and classrooms across the district. They spent time at Falls-Lenox observing innovative guided reading activities in a first grade classroom, visited the new Maker Space stations at OFIS, checked out Project Lead the Way Engineering and Robotics classes at OFMS, and observed a marketing class at OFHS.

While at OFHS, Mrs. Elshoff received an extended building tour from Principal Holly Schafer who reviewed the upcoming expansion and renovation project made possible by the passage of the zero additional taxes bond issue this past November.

 

 

In addition to her classroom visits, Mrs. Elshoff met with district administrators and Olmsted Falls Board of Education member Linda Parkowski, and also spent time talking to with Olmsted Falls teachers.

OFCS extends our sincere thanks to Mrs. Elshoff for spending the day with us to learn more about Olmsted Falls City Schools!

To view additional photos from Mrs. Elshoff’s visit, please click HERE.


POWERSCHOOL ACCESS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FROM 4/16 – 4/17

Please note that an update has been scheduled for the PowerSchool servers.

This means PowerSchool access for all users will be unavailable from Sunday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. until Monday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m.  All users will be locked out during the upgrade time.

Thank you for your understanding of this needed upgrade.


FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS EXPLORE UNIVERSE WITH STAR LAB!

Last week, Falls-Lenox students explored our universe inside the Natural History’s portable planetarium, Star Lab! Crawling through a tube into a large dome took students to a spectacular night sky. There, students were able to identify ten key constellations of the spring sky and learn about the ancient Greek and Indian mythologies behind those stars. Parents can ask your student to teach you about Orion and how he can send us around our horizon to other attractions!

Star Lab was out of this world! Thank you to Mrs. LaGruth and Dr. Kolozvary for teaching each class and sharing your love of science!

To view more pictures from Star Lab, click HERE.


INTERACTIVE SAFETY FAIR – SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND – ADDRESSES YOUNG BULLDOGS

Children in grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to attend the Safety Fair: Safety Never Hurts event at Polaris Career Center on Saturday, April 22nd.  Children will learn about safety at home, school and online by participating in a variety of interactive learning stations.

Polaris’ Criminal Justice program is sponsoring the fair, which is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22nd. Polaris is at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights.


OFMS TEACHER DAVE WILLSON IS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Dave Willson, teacher and athletic director at Olmsted Falls Middle School. He was named Middle School Athletic Director of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Mr. Willson accepted the award Sunday at the organization’s annual dinner at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.

In addition to his 31 years of teaching math in the district, Mr. Willson has served as the middle school athletic director for the last 10 years.  He has organized the home/away schedules for the Southwestern Conference Middle Schools league schedules/calendars. He also has set up and organized the B team leagues for the conference teams that also have additional B teams in middle school basketball and volleyball.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Willson on this well-deserved honor!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SPRING PRODUCTION APRIL 27TH-29TH

What has 45 cast members, nine folk musicians, 6 foley artists and 26 crew members? 

Well it’s ONE fantastic production that the Bulldog Theatre Company will perform of Fantastic Mr. Fox. The play is Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure about a displaced family of foxes and the clever ways they and other woodland creatures outwit three bumbling farmers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th; Friday, April 28th, and Saturday, April 29th in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria.

Tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up) and free for senior citizens and students grade 3 and lower.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Olmsted Falls!


OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT LERNER AND LOEWE’S BRIGADOON – APRIL 28 & 29TH

Poster artwork  designed by OFHS students in Elizabeth Cleary’s Digital Marketing and Web Design class.

Please join us at Olmsted Falls High School for Masquers’ production of Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical, Brigadoon. Performances are Friday, April 28 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or can be reserved by emailing Christie Cutarelli at ccutarelli@ofcs.net.

Many of the songs from the Brigadoon, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947, and there was a 1954 film version starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

Come see the talented student performers at Olmsted Falls High School!


RIGHT TO READ WEEK AT ECC WAS A ‘BUGGY’ HIT

Thank you to all the wonderful people who made Right to Read Week at the ECC a lot of fun for the kindergartners and preschoolers. The theme was  “Buggy About Books.” The kids did hands-on activities incorporating math and science, all while learning  about bugs and the importance of reading.

A Big Thank You to the amazing FL/ECC PTA!! They generously purchased books so that each kindergartner and preschooler received three free books during the week.

Another thank you to the RTR chairperson, Rachel O’Malley, who was instrumental in scheduling a visit from local author, Michael Samulak. The children also met our public Librarian, Sue Grame. She provided an amazing puppet show for the kids. They all had a great time.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


ALL CALL FOR ARTISTS!! INVITATION TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS & ALUMNI!!

Community residents and alumni are invited to enter art work for the annual May Show!

The Annual May Show is Friday, May 12th, and we would love for you to enter your work!!

Members of the Olmsted community and all Bulldog alumni are invited to share their hidden talents at the High School May Show. The work will be shown in a special area that has been set aside for you. Please consider participating this year, as it’s a favorite display for so many!!

There are display boards available for flat work (paintings, drawings, photography, etc…), and table space available for three-dimensional pieces (sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, etc…).

If you would like to submit work, please click HERE to fill out the form and submit your response.

All entered work MUST be dropped off between Monday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 10th to W4 in the High School (Amber West’s room).

Work can be picked up on Friday, May 12, after the show (after 8:00 p.m.) or during school the following week.


OFHS PTA HOSTS VENDORS NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH APRIL 24TH MEETING – JUST IN TIME TO SHOP FOR MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION!

OFHS PTA meeting is Monday April 24 at 7 p.m. (and will be quick so we can all shop!)
Come on out to vendors night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Great gifts for Mothers Day, birthdays, graduation.
Money raised goes to HS scholarships.


DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A AND SUPPORT OFHS PTA

The Olmsted Falls High School PTA has a tasty fundraiser from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, April 24th at the North Olmsted Chick-fil-A (4779 Great Northern Blvd.)

Mention OFHS PTA when placing your order and it will earn up to 25 percent of sales! You may either dine in, carry out, drive through or cater for the PTA to receive the benefits.

Why not enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Chick-fil-A that day!


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

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

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Post Prom tickets, which are PRE-SALE ONLY, will be sold at the same time as Prom tickets.  Prom/PostProm ticket sales in the OFHS Cafeteria on:

  • April 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 19 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, after testing

Post Prom tickets are $10 per person.  Checks made to OFHS Post Prom or Cash

Any senior can attend Post Prom even if you do not attend Prom.

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

T-shirt Quilt Raffle – Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

April 18, 2017 (5-8 PM) – Come Accessory Shop for Prom & Mom @ Olmsted Falls High School, Media Center (Click HERE for flyer with details)

April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill  — Contact Stacy to buy tickets pre-sale and receive more BINGO cards and chances to win!! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee  

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com 

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



O.F. BOY SCOUT TROOP 252 TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUN., APRIL 23RD

Local Boy Scout Troop 252 from St. Mary of the Falls will be hosting a community Pancake Breakfast event on Sunday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Funds from this breakfast will help pay for camping and troop supplies. Join us for pancakes, sausage and raffles!

Click HERE to download the event flyer.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers, but you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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