2015 Spring Arts Festival Results

IMG_7036Art departments from across Olentangy joined forces to produce the 2015 Spring Arts Festival Sunday, April 19. The festival featured artwork from students at the elementary level and up including art in a wide variety of media — from drawings to woodwork and computer-aided designs. The annual event offers a unique glimpse at the scope and sequence of the district’s impressive arts program.

Congratulations to the following first place award winners from the 2015 Spring Arts Festival:


Olentangy High School


  • Best Of Show: Jose L. L.
  • Outstanding Senior: Jose L. L
  • Drawing: Sarah B.

  • Painting: Sarah B.
  • Digital Art: Sadie B.
  • Mixed Media: Marissa S.
  • Sculpture: Ericka H.
  • Ceramics: Emma C.

  • Photography: Collin M.
  • Jewelry: Sarah P.



  • Painting: Christina Y.
  • Drawing: Morgan H.

  • Computer Graphics: Tony G and P.T.

  • Outstanding Student: Erica S.
  • Photography: Cassidy K.

  • Ceramics: Emma S.
  • Sculpture: Sofia R. 
  • Jewelry: Lauren C.



  • Best of Show: Natalie M.
  • Principal’s Choice: Mikaela M.

  • Outstanding Senior: Samuel B.
  • Painting: Amanda B.
  • 3-D: Clinton C.

  • Drawing: Mikeala M.IMG_7042

  • Photography: Josh S.
  • Digital Imaging: Ben B.
  • Ceramics: Maria M.

  • Graphics: Samuel B.



Olentangy Meadows Elementary To Overflow New First Through Fifth Grade Students For 2015-2016 School Year

Olentangy Meadows Elementary School is no longer accepting new students enrolling in the first through fifth grades for the 2015-2016 school year. New first through fifth grade students wishing to enroll at Olentangy Meadows Elementary School will instead be enrolled at Oak Creek Elementary School, where there is more space. Those students overflowed to Oak Creek Elementary School will receive transportation to the school. New kindergarten students will continue to be accepted at Olentangy Meadows Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year.

To register a new student in Olentangy Local Schools, please contact the New Student Welcome Center at www.olentangy.k12.oh.us or (740) 657-4030.

Olentangy Earns State Award For Excellent Record Keeping

Olentangy Treasurer Brian Kern has accepted the Auditor of State Award with Distinction in honor of the district’s excellent record keeping.

A representative with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office presented Kern with the award during the April 9th board of education meeting. The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award must meet several criteria including incurring no findings for recovery, material citations or material weaknesses.

The state audits about 5,800 local governments and public schools every year and only about 5 percent receive the award. Olentangy has earned the award for three consecutive years, and eight times overall.

Olentangy Food Service Ranked Best in Central Ohio

The Olentangy Local School District serves up the best food of any district in the Columbus metro area and among the best statewide, according to a newly released ranking of K-12 food service programs nationwide.

The ranking was conducted by Niche.com, a review and ranking website. Niche ranked 3,868 school districts based on a number of factors, including expense per student and input from students and parents. A high ranking indicates the district offers a variety of healthy, quality food options, accommodates various dietary preferences like vegan and gluten-free, and the students rate the quality of food favorably.

Olentangy’s food ranked third best in Ohio and earned the 31st best food ranking nationwide. Congratulations to the Olentangy Local Schools Food Service Department.

Resources For Talking To Children About Sensitive Topics

Olentangy Families,

As we continue to work toward healing, I want to share a list of resources that you may find helpful in talking with children about the sensitive topic of sexual misconduct.

Elementary Book List

The following books span a variety of topics, including safe touch, stress/worry, and crisis. Parents are encouraged to look up descriptions online in order to ensure books meet the needs of their children. Several of these books are available at your local Delaware County District Library branch.

  • Kid Trapper by Julia Cook
  • The Ant Hill Disaster by Julia Cook
  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
  • I Can Play it Safe by Alison Feigh
  • I Said No! by Zack and Kimberly King
  • Uncle Willy’s Tickles: A Child’s Right to Say No by Marcie Aboff
  • Do You Have a Secret? How to Get Help for Scary Secrets by Pamela Russell/Beth Stone
  • My Body Belongs to Me: From my Head to my Toes by pro Familia
  • Miles is the Boss of His Body by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller
  • Your Body Belongs to You by Carnelia Spelman
  • The Berenstein Bears Learn about Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • My Body is Mine My Feelings Are Mine by Susan Hoke, LCSW, ACSW
  • The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven

Helpful Websites

Helpful Documents

Local Resources

  • Central Ohio Mental Health: (614) 396-5665 (Powell office)
  • Delaware County Job and Family Services 740-833-2340: (740) 833-2340
  • Helpline: 211 or (800) 684-2324
  • The Child Advocacy Center (The Center for Family Safety and Healing): (614) 722-8200
  • The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/tcfsh or call (614) 722-8200.

I hope you find these resources helpful as we work through this difficult time.

Wade Lucas