Welcome to Medieval Times at Orange Middle School

No Eckō Unlimited, Nike, Gap or Rocawear here!

No Eckō Unlimited, Nike, Gap or Rocawear here!

Friday, February 28, 2014, the trappings of modern society at Orange Middle School gave way as the school transformed into a time capsule of 12th to 15th-century medieval intellectual renaissance. More than 300 seventh-grade students traded their Nike™ athletic wear, Gap™ or Rocawear™ fashions for period clothing of the nobility, the clergy, the peasantry, the guilds, and of course knights.

Lunch? A Medieval banquet! No word if it was the traditional cuisine of a kid goat, two goslings, twelve chickens, as many pigeons, six rabbits, two herons, a leveret, a side of egg yolks sprinkled with spice, a wild boar, and sugar wafers to top it

Photos Courtesy of @WeezeyBlazer11/Will Farmer

...two herons, a leveret, a side of egg yolks .

Lunch? Nope. It’s a Medieval banquet.

Cheshire Elementary Goes Green

You know what it means to go green for the environment, but did you know that schools can also go green for student achievement?  The Ohio Department of Education presents value-added data in red, yellow and green.  Schools with mostly green data have shown above-average growth in student learning.  Cheshire Elementary School teachers Amy Doak, Lauren Hausman and Jen Tod and building principal Justin Syroka recently presented at the Battelle for Kids Going Green Workshop.  The title of their presentation was “It takes a TEAM to Go Green.” The workshop utilized current teachers or teacher teams that are getting CES BFK gogreengreat results in the classroom, grade-level or building to present information and ideas to tackle the challenges associated with achieving green scores.

Goodbye, Great Year, Have a Wonderful Summer

Olentangy’s elementary students are usually sent home on the last day of school with a wonderful display of cheer from their teachers and staff.  The celebration today at Liberty Tree Elementary School was no exception.  It was loud and crowded in the hallways as the students filed out of their rooms for the last time.  Teachers and parents alike joined in the send-off.  All of the second grade teachers dressed in an 80′s theme and Liberty Tree teacher of the Year Erin Budic most certainly won the prize for best costume!

Two More Publications Rank Olentangy’s High Schools Among Top in the Nation

Just weeks after all three Olentangy high schools were ranked among the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report, two more publications have released their own studies with similar results.

Newsweek lists the three schools in the top five for central Ohio, the top 14 in the state and the top 300 in the nation. Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked second in central Ohio, ninth in the state and 185th in the nation with a Newsweek score of .77. Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked third in central Ohio, 11th in the state and 233rd in the nation with a Newsweek score of .71. Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked fifth in central Ohio, 14th in the state and 289th in the nation with a Newsweek score of .64.

The Newsweek scores are a weighted representation of data provided to the magazine by school districts. The data includes the four-year on-time graduation rate, the percent of 2011 graduates accepted to college, the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken per student, and the average SAT or ACT score. More information on the methodology of the study can be found online.

The Washington Post study ranks schools based on their Challenge Index scores, which are determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement (AP) or other college-level tests students take by the total number of graduating seniors.

The Washington Post ranks the three Olentangy schools in the top four for central Ohio, the top eight in the state and the top 300 in the nation. Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked as second in central Ohio, sixth in the state and 261st in the nation with a Challenge Index of 3.5. Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked third in central Ohio, seventh in the state and 275th in the nation with a Challenge Index of 3.41. Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked fourth in central Ohio, eighth in the state and 290th in the nation with a Challenge Index of 3.336.

“The rankings are something the entire community can take pride in,” said Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D. “We have great students and teachers at the high schools, but this type of success wouldn’t be possible without supportive families and talented teachers in the preschool, elementary and middle school levels too.”

Oak Creek Elementary Kindergarten Enrichment Day

Kindergarten students at Oak Creek Elementary took part in Enrichment Day in May. The students learned about reptiles from Gator Dave and got an up-close look at snakes, a tortoise, a lizard and a crocodile. Orange Township firemen and a sheriff and his police dog taught the children about safety. The students also made bottle rockets with a scientist and had the opportunity to launch them into the fields.