Four OLHS Artists Are “All-State”

Four artists from Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) have been selected to display their work at the 2014 Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.  The exhibition is the most competitive and prestigious art show in Ohio. The art was chosen from 12,000 regional entries statewide. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition.  OLHS had 12 peices go to the state judging round, and four students were selected for the final show of top 30 works. Being chosen for this show is the high school art world’s equivalent to being named all-state in sports.


Health Advisory Update: Suspected Cases of Mumps

Dear Parents of the Olentangy Local School District,
(April 19, 2014) Many of you are alreadyGeneral Health District Logo aware that the Delaware General Health District (DGHD) continues to investigate reports of mumps from throughout the county. There is an additional probable case, with a possible link to another student, at one of our previously identified schools.  NOTE: The DGHD does not routinely release the name of the building in these situations.

Understandably, a considerable amount of public media attention has been given to this recent development. This is to serve as an update to the collaborative message shared March 27 (below). Despite the increased focus over the last few days, Olentangy parents can rest assured that the risk factor for any fully vaccinated student, or staff member, has not increased.

With regard to this recent development, health officials strongly advised that any medically fragile or un-vaccinated student, including those with a formal waiver, be excluded from attending this particular school. The exclusion is for 25 days, the disease’s incubation period. Per Ohio law, any excluded student may immediately return to school with documentation of a full MMR vaccination.

The Olentangy Local Schools are complying with DGHD’s complete set of recommendations.

In partnership with DGHD, the appropriate steps have been taken to mitigate possible risks. Their recommendations are supported by the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As community partners, Olentangy and the DGHD consistently share resources to minimize such risks and to assist in keeping the community informed.

As DGHD officials continue their investigative work throughout the county, they are also continuing their ongoing campaign to inform all area residents without the MMR vaccination to the importance of having one.

Thank you for your support of the Olentangy Local Schools. If you have any additional questions or concerns, the DGHD has a number of resources available at In addition, feel free to reach out to your individual school’s health professional or its administrative staff.

(March 27, 2014) Olentangy Local School District is working with Delaware General Health District officials regarding suspected cases of mumps in the area.

Suspected cases of mumps have been identified at Liberty Tree and Scioto Ridge elementary schools, Liberty and Shanahan middle schools, Olentangy High School and Liberty High School.

The Health District encourages those who are at the highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated. This would include individuals who have not received both doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children should receive the MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday, followed by a second dose between the age of four and six years old.


OOMS students attend Ohio Model United Nations

About 30 students from Olentangy Orange Middle School (OOMS) attended the Ohio Model United Nations (OMUN), held at the downtown Hyatt Regency March 16-18.  The OMUN is a three day global education experience that helps students learn how the United Nations operates. Students become delegates of a selected nation in order to write, present and debate issues affecting the nations and peoples of the world. Students began at the start of the school year to research a country and decide the biggest problem facing that country.  Together they write a resolution explaining the problem and potential solution, then present thier findings at the summit. This year there were about 1,000 students at the middle school conference which is sponsored by the Ohio Leadership Institute.

Superstars Serve Up Healthy Reminder

In recognition of National School Breakfast Week, students at Arrowhead and Oak Creek elementary schools were reminded of the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast. The reminder came in the form of  “Superstar Servers” — community role models invited to the schools to serve breakfast to students and help reinforce the need to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast every day.

The Superstar Servers included City of Columbus SWAT team members Sgt. Ron Jacobs and Officer Sprague; Dr. Heather Grunkemeyer, a professor of Chemistry at Ohio Wesleyan University; City of Dublin Canine Unit Officer Eric Cocrhun and his four-legged partner Barrie; and the Otterbein University Women’s Soccer Team.

National School Breakfast Week was held March 3-7. Seven of the Olentangy Local School District’s 15 elementary schools participate in the breakfast program. Every secondary school offers breakfast daily.



OLHS DECA Students Raise, Donate More Than $17K

Continuing its tradition of philanthropy, Olentangy Liberty High School DECA on March 4 presented checks totaling more than $17,650 to four area charitable organizations.DECA DONATION

The DECA marketing students raised $10,310 for the American Heart Association, $3,325 for Honor Flight Columbus, $2,019 for the Ronald McDonald House, and $2,001 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Representatives with each organization were on hand to accept the funds and thank the students.

Honor Flight is a national group begun in 2005 that celebrates veterans by giving them a free opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the national war memorials built in their honor. Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) DECA has donated more than $43,000 since 2008 to help sponsor flights for the veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of injured servicemen and women.DECA has donated more than $8,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

DECAUnder the direction of OLHS DECA adviser/Marketing teacher Mike Rees, the funds were raised by the students using various marketing plans, including shirt sales and a “red-out for heart” football game. OLHS DECA students and staff previously received recognition from Congressman Pat Tiberi, Governor John Kasich and United States Senators Portman and  Brown thanking them for their support of Honor Flight and the Wounded Warrior Project.