Growing OASIS Program to Move to Larger Space

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A view of the former OSU Extension building that will house the OASIS program beginning in January of 2015.

Olentangy Local Schools is pleased to announce that in January of 2015, OASIS, the district’s student-centered educational program, will be relocating to a larger building in the district. The move is part of Olentangy’s ongoing efforts to address continued enrollment growth in a cost-effective way, while also providing students with additional educational opportunities.


Beginning in the second semester of the school year, the OASIS program will be housed in the former Ohio State University Extension Office at 7774 Graphics Way, located within the Orange Point Commerce Park. The move will provide a number benefits. Relocating OASIS from its current location within the Shanahan Middle School complex will create additional space for Shanahan’s growing student population. It will also accommodate for OASIS’s continued growth and success by providing additional classroom space in a more centralized location within the district.

“This move is a great example of a cost-effective way to address our enrollment growth without building a new school,” said Olentangy Local School superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas.

OASIS is the first program identified for the former OSU building now under lease by Olentangy. The district also plans to house future educational programs at the building.

The new site is ideally suited for the OASIS program, added OASIS principal Jennifer Blakley. OASIS students and staff have toured their future classrooms and are excited about the move.

“I am thrilled because it is a bigger place and it is closer to my house,” said OASIS student Brenna M.
Additional information, including an exact move date and a new name for the building, will be announced as details are finalized.

PowerSchool Mobile app Issue

Full access to PowerSchool remains available from any Internet browser.

Full access to PowerSchool remains available from any Internet browser.

An issue has been identified with the Pearson PowerSchool mobile app. The vendor has been contacted and is working on a solution. Meanwhile, complete access to the actual PowerSchool application is still available from any Internet browser, including an Internet browser installed on a mobile device. We will provide an update as soon as the vendor has developed a solution that returns the mobile app to full functionality.

The Marching Pioneers Roadshow

The Orange HS Marching Band will perform in the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Orange HS Marching Band performed in the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Orange High School Marching Band, under the direction of Marc Zirille, took its show on the road Thursday, October 16 to the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show. The band performed as part of the Little Miss Pumpkin Afternoon Parade of the Bands, an event favorite.

The Marching Pioneers also joined other local marching bands, including The Ohio State Marching Band, for the evening’s Miss Pumpkin Show, another event favorite.

The performance comes on the heels of a morning performance on the lawn of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The 45-minute show was held in hospital’s garden area, permitting the ambulatory patients to experience the band up close. It also allowed the other patients to listen in from their rooms. In addition, families at the neighboring Ronald McDonald House and its nearby research center could also hear the performance. Nationwide Children’s Hospital spokesperson Pam Barber said the 206-member band was the largest group to perform on behalf of the patients.

Columbus CEO Readers Vote Olentangy ‘Best School District’

The Olentangy Local School District has been named by readers of Columbus CEO magazine as a “Best of Business” winner for 2014. The magazine conducted a poll involving 35,000 readers from May to July 2014. Olentangy received more votes than any other school district in the “Best Public K-12 category.” The results are being published in the magazine’s November issue. In a letter to the district announcing the win, the editor of Columbus CEO said school districts such as Olentangy are “part of what helps our community thrive!” Read about the win here. Thanks to everyone who voted for Olentangy!