Liberty High School’s Boden Gives Tech Summit Presentation

Boden22Liberty High School English teacher Martin Boden recently gave a presentation during a technology summit hosted by TRECA (Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association). The presentation was part of Boden’s ongoing research and development project with TRECA involving ways to use technology to enhance the classroom.

Boden spoke about Google Drive and how it can be used to boost student collaboration and engagement. Boden has used technology like Google Drive to develop a new approach to searchable student portfolio assessments that allows students to make better use of their past writings. His work has directly supported his classroom and the classrooms of other Liberty High School English teachers.

 

Annual Spring Arts Festival this Sunday

DSCN2974ian-brun-art-showStudent artists from across the Olentangy school district will showcase their creative talents during the 2014 Spring Arts Festival. This year’s festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at all three district high schools.

The festival will feature artwork from students at the elementary level on up and include art in a wide variety of mediums — from ceramics to computer-aided designs.DSC02179

The day will also include musical performances, wood and CAD work, poetry reading, live art demonstrations, cooking decoration, greeting cards with the Columbus Children’s Charity, and food trucks. Funds generated from bake and art sales will benefit the Humane Society of Delaware.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Buckeyes Share Important Message at WCES

IMG_4540Students at Walnut Creek Elementary School were visited by some very special guests April 21.

Members of The Ohio State University football team, including former WCES student and Olentangy High School graduate Joshua Perry, stopped by to speak to students. They discussed the importance of working hard, being responsible and being kind to others.

The Buckeyes also fielded questions from students before leading them in the O-H-I-O cheer and participating in an impromptu dance session.

 

 

 

Olentangy Earns High Marks from National Media

IMG_4141The US News & World Report has released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation and once again Olentangy’s high schools are ranked among the best. In fact, the report ranks the district’s three high schools as the first, second and fourth best among central Ohio high schools and within the top 10 best high schools statewide.

The report analyzed achievement data from more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states.  The rankings compare categories including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, as well as math and reading proficiency. U.S. News & World Report determined its college-readiness scores by examining the percentage of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The math and reading proficiency scores reflect student performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked first in central Ohio and fifth in the state in this year’s report. It earned the 175th best high school in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.7 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2 out of 5.

Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked second in central Ohio and seventh in the state. It earned the 181st spot in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.1, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked fourth in central Ohio and ninth in the state. It earned the 208th best high school in the nation title, with a college-readiness score of 63.2 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Washington Post.webThe report comes just days after the Washington Post released its 2014 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” All three Olentangy high schools received the highest scores in central Ohio and ranked within the best in the state on that list, too.

According to the Challenge Index, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) ranked third in central Ohio, sixth in the state and 285th in the nation. Olentangy Liberty High School ranked fourth in central Ohio, eighth in the state and 297th in the nation. Olentangy High School ranked sixth in central Ohio, 15th in the state and 489th in the nation.

The Washington Post ranks schools based upon Challenge Index scores.  The index is calculated by taking the total number of college-level tests (such as Advanced Placement exams) given at a school and dividing that by the number of graduates for that particular year.

Congratulations to all three high schools!

Change in Spring Break Dates for 2015

The Olentangy Local School District’s originally scheduled spring break dates for 2015 have been changed from March 16-20 to March 30-April 3 due to state graduation testing.

The change was made by the Olentangy Board of Education during its April 10 meeting and was necessitated by a state decision to maintain the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in 2015. The state had originally advised that a new graduation test was to be developed for 2015 and that it would be administered closer to the end of the school year. However, because of disagreements among lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education, the new test has yet to be developed. As a result, the Ohio Department of Education has recently advised that it will continue to use the current OGT test during the same testing period, which will be March 16-20. The test involves every sophomore as well as any junior or senior who still needs to pass the test or a portion of it.

In order to provide high school students with time to prepare for the test, Olentangy’s BOE determined that it is in the best interest of the students to move spring break to the same week as this year, which will be March 30- April 3. The change was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Along with the OGT, Olentangy will administer Terra Nova tests to the appropriate elementary and middle school grades during the week of March 16-20, 2015.

Due to the change in spring break dates, the last day of school in 2015 has been moved from Friday, May 22 to Thursday, May 21.