Cheshire Celebrates Diversity at First-Ever Cheshire Cultural Connection

Cheshire Elementary School recently celebrated their first-ever Cheshire Cultural Connection!  Cheshire’s students, staff and families enjoyed an evening of food, dance and traditions from around the world. The school’s diversity committee organized the event and volunteers helped serve, organize games and teach the traditions from various countries and cultures.  Attendees enjoyed a fun and enlightening evening which also included an author visit from Stacie Hutton, mother of a Cheshire Elementary student.


Road Closure

Due to the installation of a sewer line across district property, the access drive to Olentangy High School from Lewis Center Road to the main entrance of the high school will be closed beginning Friday December 19, 2014. It will remain closed through Wednesday December 31, 2014. Access to the back entrance of the building and loading dock will remain open from Lewis Center Road. The access road from the west behind Kroger through Rail Timber Way and Olentangy Crossing will remain open.  The access drive from Shanahan Road to the high school will also remain open.

Kindergarten Students Make Chinese Friends

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All Kindergarten students at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School interacted with a Kindergarten class in Macau, China in November. Through online pictures and video recordings, the students engaged in discussions about what similarities and differences they see in a typical kindergarten class day in Macau. Teacher Krista Hyme’s student teacher from Otterbein University attended Olentangy’s diversity conference, and was inspired, along with Hyme’s guidance, to create this unique experience that would build a sense of respect and understanding of a different culture.


Calamity Day Policy

Olentangy will again use online lessons to make up for lost instruction when schools are closed due to a calamity day. The state provides districts up to five calamity days that do not have to be made up. If schools are closed for more than five days, the additional days must be made up.

While the traditional method has been to add school days to the calendar in the spring, Olentangy students will be able to avoid this by utilizing online lessons. Olentangy teachers prepare, and regularly update, three days worth of online lessons for students.  If school is cancelled for a sixth day, the first set of lessons will be released to students electronically via the school website. The same would happen on the seventh and eighth calamity days of a school year.

We received feedback following last year’s online lessons and have improved the process. Below are additional details about the 2014-15 calamity day plan.

The Content of the Lesson Plans:

The content of these online lessons may be an introduction to an upcoming topic, enrichment exercises, or an extension of current classroom lessons.


Families will be directed to download the appropriate online assignments from the district’s website at

Due Date for the Online Lessons:

Upon returning to school, students will have two weeks to complete the lessons. Students without access to the Internet will have the opportunity to complete the lessons before, during, or after school.

The Grading of Assignments:

Olentangy teachers will grade the online lessons in the same manner as other classroom lessons. Students who do not complete the online lessons will be counted as absent for the respective calamity day.

Olentangy Honors Veterans

Students from across Olentangy Local Schools honored past and present U.S. servicemen and women during Veterans Day activities held throughout the district. A few highlights from the weeklong activities are included below.

LMSAt Liberty Middle School, seventh grade students welcomed visiting veterans who told of their experiences serving the country. Students heard first-hand accounts from the veterans, including Bill Sochor, a WWII Navy man who served on the USS Johnston. The ship was made famous by its brave action in the “Battle off Samar.” Liberty Middle School also honored the veterans with a breakfast and a military paraphernalia display. The annual event was part of a 15-year tradition at Liberty Middle School.

sms6_6226At Shanahan Middle School, students participated in a Veterans Day celebration connected to an interdisciplinary project in their classes. The students interviewed veterans to gain a better understanding and respect for the service they provided. Students then created a project that showcased the veteran’s journey. The projects were placed on display in the school gym and the participating veterans were invited to the school to be honored during a Veterans Day celebratory breakfast. More than 100 veterans attended the event, which featured music performed by the school’s choir and readings of the various military branch hymns. A keynote speech was provided by WWII veteran Lawrence McCauley.

IMG_6465Hyatts Middle School held its first “Living History Day” November 15. The event featured more than 100 veterans. The students shared breakfast with the veterans before recognizing their service to the country during an Honor Assembly. Organized by teacher Nancy Poliseno, the assembly featured a flag folding ceremony, a Pershing Rifle demonstration, musical performances  and a remembrance table ceremony in recognition of POW and MIA soldiers. The assembly concluded with a recognition event during which veterans stood and declared which military branch they served in and when. Following the assembly, the veterans visited classrooms and shared their experiences with students.

IMG_6390Berkshire Middle School welcomed guest speaker Colonel Thomas Moe. Col. Moe is the recently former State Director of Veterans Service under Governor Kasich.  Moe is a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran who was imprisoned for five years in the Hanoi Hilton alongside U.S. Senator John McCain, Republican-Arizona.  In 1965, Moe graduated from Capital University and was then assigned to Air Force combat duty in Danang, Vietnam, with the 366th Fighter Wing.  He was captured when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1968. He was not released until 1973.  Moe holds two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a Bronze Star for valor.  Moe is the grandfather of 8th grade Berkshire student, Addie Moe. Berkshire Middle School students also met Sofiya Karpovich, a Holocaust survivor.

IMG_6377Orange Middle School and Tyler Run Elementary celebrated Veterans Day by inviting veterans to attend a breakfast in their honor. Orange Middle School’s event featured guest speaker Adjutant General, Major General Deborah Ashenhurst. A member of the governor’s cabinet, Ashenhurst is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia.