Olentangy Earns High Marks on State Report Card

Olentangy Local Schools met all performance indicators and received an all-time high Performance Index (PI) score on the Ohio Department of Education’s newly released 2012–2013 School Report Cards

“We’re extremely pleased with the overall performance of our students and we’re happy to have received all A’s and B’s on the new state report card,” said Olentangy Local Schools Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed. D. “But we also know there’s more work to be done. Olentangy has a history of setting and meeting high expectations and we’re not going to be satisfied until we have all A’s.”

The results are based on the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) new report card system, which assigns A-F letter grades in up to nine performance areas. The composite letter grades will not begin to be issued to schools or districts until the 2014-15 school year. Prior report cards assessed schools and districts mostly on achievement test results and rated them using descriptors such as “Excellent” or “Academic Watch.” The state eliminated those ratings and moved to more commonly understood letter grades.

The new report card is also designed to be more in-depth, allowing school administrators to better pinpoint areas where additional attention may be needed. “We’re still in the process of drilling down deeper into the individual building scores, and we know there will be areas of improvement there where we can focus our efforts,” Lucas said.

The report card’s performance indicators show how many students have a minimum, or proficient, level of knowledge based on a series of tests that measure the level of achievement for each student in a grade and subject. Starting this school year, school districts must have 80 percent of their students reach proficient or better to meet an indicator. Olentangy Local Schools earned an overall 107.5 Performance Index score, a record high for the district.

The district as a whole also performed well in the value-added and progress sub-group categories, including the scores generated by gifted students, students with disabilities and students in the lowest 20 percent of achievement statewide. Olentangy students showed above-expected growth in these categories, earning an A in both the students with disabilities and lowest 20 percent of achievement categories. The district received a B letter grade in the gifted students category.

The components of the new report card include Indicators Met, Performance Index, Value Added, Annual Measurable Objectives, and four and five year graduation rates.

Accountability
Performance Indicators A
Performance Index B
Progress
Value Added (All Students) A
Value Added (Gifted Students) B
Value Added (Students with Disabilities) A
Value Added (Students in the Lowest 20%) A
Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate A
5-Year Graduation Rate A
Gap Closing
Annual Measurable Objectives B

Have You Heard About the Diversity Efforts at Olentangy?

Do you know how diverse Olentangy has become? Have you heard that Olentangy now has diversity liaisons in every building in the district? This video presentation showcases Olentangy’s diversity efforts and why they are so important to our schools.

 

Olentangy Employees Enjoy Kick Off for the New School Year

All Olentangy employees were invited to Convocation and Vendor Fair, the annual kick off celebration for the new school year on Wednesday, August 14.  The event was held at Olentangy Liberty High School and was a motivational start to the new school year for all employees.  Superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas presented an overview of the district for his audience, congratulating all for recent successes while looking ahead to new challenges.  Lucas also announced a tie for the District Teacher of the Year for 2012-13.   The teacher winners were Lindsey Carle, of Freedom Trail and Scioto Ridge Elementary, and Lauren Hausman from Cheshire Elementary.  A non-teaching employee is also routinely chosen as District Employee of the Year, and the 2012-13 winner was a bittersweet selection.  Judy Muntean, former secretary at Hyatts MIddle School, received the honor posthumously. She passed away in late 2012.  Judy’s family was on hand to receive her award.

A vendor fair was also held in conjunction with the convocation.  Area businesses set up tables in the gymnasium and offered one-stop shopping for the Olentangy employees.  The fair is a way that Olentangy employees can partner with the community and a means to say “thank you for your support.”

2013-2014 School Year Officially Underway at Olentangy

Olentangy is pleased to welcome more than 18,200 students to the 2013-2014 school year!

Olentangy Well Represented at Ohio State Fair

Brigid fairOlentangy students were the recipients of numerous awards during the recently completed Ohio State Fair.

Brigid Feasel, a 2013 Olentangy High School graduate, won Best of Show in the fair’s Youth Fine Arts Competition. The award came with recognition and a monetary prize of $220.

Feasel’s winning painting “Teenage Cob Roller” was done using acrylic paints and depicts Olentangy classmate Adam Green eating a hamburger. The painting has won several awards this year including First Place in the Olentangy High School art show. It was also selected for the Ohio Capital Conference Art Show.

Brigid will enter Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in August majoring in Art and Film. Her goal is to work for Disney Animation.

Olentangy students also shined during the annual Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) Technology Showcase held during the fair. The event featured the work of Olentangy Liberty High School students taking classes in the Technology and Engineering Department. Thirty projects from the Engineering, CAD II and Architectural Drafting classes, representing the work of 46 students, were chosen for display at the Tech Festival.

Twenty-four of those student projects received Awards of Merit from the OTEEA, 14 received the Blue Ribbon Award of Merit from the Ohio State Fair, three received purple ribbons as outstanding projects, and one received the Best of Show Red Ribbon. In addition, the OTEEA chose two projects, architectural plans by Mario I., and wedge pliers designed by Justin F., Brennan K. and Cole B. for the “Runner-up Best of Show” trophy in their category.

The winning students, their project and award are:

Mario I. Architectural Home Design First Place (Design Drawing) Runner-up -Best of Show (Construction/Architecture)
Ian S. Architectural Home Design Runner-Up Best of Show
Nick E. Architectural Home Design Blue Ribbon – Award of Merit
Mike R. Architectural Home Design Purple Ribbon – Outstanding
Justin F.  Wedge Pliers Design First Place (CAD) Runner-up -Best of Show (Computer-Generated Technology)
Brennan K.  Wedge Pliers Design First Place (CAD) Runner-up -Best of Show (Computer-Generated Technology)
Cole B.  Wedge Pliers Design First Place (CAD) Runner-up -Best of Show (Computer-Generated Technology)
Blake D. Low maintenance gutter design Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Josh B. Low maintenance gutter design Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Matt A. Low maintenance gutter design Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Hayden M.  Sliding door assembly  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 John G.  Sliding door assembly  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Tim M.  Sliding door assembly  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Carter H.  Solar Flare Invention  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Cameron L.  Solar Flare Invention  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Karthik U. Estes Rocket Launch Pad Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Evan G. Estes Rocket Launch Pad  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Karthik U. Gutter invention design drawings  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Carter H.  Motor Boat design drawings  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Andrew D. Variable length helping arm  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Richard B. Variable length helping arm  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Matt A.  Solar powered car  Award of Merit
 Austin K.  Solar powered car  Award of Merit
 Mike T.  Solar powered car  Award of Merit
 Drew G.  Solar powered car  Award of Merit
Maggie A.   Solar powered car  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Kaela K.  Solar powered car Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Ravi A.   Solar powered car Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Alex E.
  Solar powered car
Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Kyle G.    Solar powered car  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Karthik U.  Rescue Robot  Red Ribbon – Best of Show
Anthony E.  Rescue Robot  Red Ribbon – Best of Show
Michael K.  Rescue Robot  Red Ribbon – Best of Show
 Carter H.  Mini-sumo Robot  Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Dylan L.
 Maze Robot
 Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
Himanshu D.   Maze Robot Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Mitch A.  Motor Boat Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Adam M.   Motor Boat Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Michael T.  Motor Boat Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Kendall H.   Motor Boat Blue Ribbon Award of Merit
 Joey B. Mousetrap powered car  Award of Merit
 Tommy H. Mousetrap powered car  Award of Merit
 Sam O. Mousetrap powered car  Award of Merit
J. Neff Mousetrap powered car  Award of Merit

In addition, two Tyler Run Elementary students spelled their way to the top during the Ohio State Fair 4-H Spelling Bee. The two fourth-graders, Erin and Claire, finished in the spelling bee’s top 10 and top five respectively.

A big congratulations to all of the students and teachers involved!