Olentangy Students Win at Regional Invention Convention

invention convention 7thTwo Olentangy students fared well at the Invention Convention Regional Competition held May 17th at Columbus State Community College. Emma, a Tyler Run Elementary School (TRES) third-grader won second place in her age group. Her invention, called The Cone Holder, solves the problem of sticky hands from melting ice cream or snow cones.  Emma won a $250 college scholarship for her winning invention.

Olentangy Shanahan Middle School (OSMS) seventh-grade student Morgan G. won the Kid’s Choice Award. Kid’s Choice winnerEmma IC 1s are selected by last year’s grand prize and Kid’s Choice winners.  Morgan’s invention, called “Over Armor,” is a poncho made of ballistic nylon.  If the invention goes beyond a prototype, Morgan intends to have it made of Kevlar as it is meant to be worn by school children in the event of an intruder alert.  Morgan was also awarded scholarship money and will be invited to speak at schools in central Ohio next year to promote Invention Convention.

Updated: Anonymous Donor Steps Up For Orange High School

20140519_115505An anonymous donation will soon make a difference for the students who use the intervention study center at Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS).

The school’s intervention specialists recently applied for a $10,000 NBC4i Make A Difference School Grant to fund technology for reading instruction — laptops and notebooks — for the intervention center. On average, classes of more than 10 students at the center have to share among just four workable laptop computers.

The application was chosen as a finalist for the NBC4i grant but, in the end, OOHS was not selected as the winning school.

The disappointment was short-lived, however, thanks to an anonymous donation. NBC4i contacted OOHS May 19 to advise that, as a runner-up to the NBC4i Making a Difference Grant, the school would receive a $10,000 check from a private donor.

“We are thrilled that this anonymous donor felt it in their heart to provide this much-needed funding,” OOHS Assistant Principal Karen Sedoti said. “Orange High School is very grateful.”


The formerly anonymous donor who provided Orange High School with $10,000 through the NBC4 Make a Difference Grant has been revealed! The generous individual is Mae McCorkle, of Genoa Township. Her son, Bill, attended the May 22 Olentangy Board of Education meeting where he accepted a gift on behalf of his mother from OHS Principal Todd Meyer and Assistant Principal Karen Sedoti.

Oak Creek Elementary School Welcomes New Assistant Principal

bridgetWe are pleased to announce that Bridget McMillen will serve as the new assistant principal at Oak Creek Elementary (OCES) for the 2014-2015 school year. The recommendation, made by Superintendent Wade Lucas, was approved during an April 10, 2014, business meeting of the Olentangy Board of Education. McMillen currently serves as a first-grade teacher at Tyler Run Elementary School (TRES).

McMillen began serving with the Olentangy Schools in 2005, soon after graduating from Miami University with a bachelor’s in early-childhood education. She has since earned her master’s in Educational Administration from Ashland University.

Julie Lather, principal of Oak Creek Elementary School (OCES) will further introduce McMillen to the Oak Creek community during its 14th annual VIP (Very Important People) Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Please join us both in welcoming her to the Oak Creek Elementary School family.


Jennifer Mazza,
Principal – Tyler Run Elementary
580 Salisbury Drive
Powell, OH 43065
Ph: 740- 657- 4900

Julie Lather,
Principal – Oak Creek Elementary
1256 Westwood Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Ph: (740) 657-4700

Dr. Lucas Visits with Preschoolers at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School

IMG_4906Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D, recently visited with pre-school students at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School to see and hear about work they’ve done to help save the environment. The students in Laura Schneider and Hannah Million’s classes have been learning about recycling as part of Earth Day week lessons.

The young students have been learning about the environment and the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. The IMG_4892lessons culminated with the students creating art out of recyclable materials, which they were eager to show to Superintendent Lucas.

JCES Kindergarten Students Learn About Conservation

Kindergarten students at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School (JCES) were recently treated to a visit from representatives with Partners in Conservation and the Columbus Zoo.  The visitors taught the students about the gorillas of Rwanda and the need for conservation to save the gorilla habitat in the rainforest. Using information provided by Partners in Conservation and the Columbus Zoo, students researched the topic and created a nonfiction gorilla book.  Approaching  the project from this  point of view helped to utilize much of the kindergarten language arts, science and social studies curriculum goals.  Teacher Krista Hyme said that her students also learned how to be good citizens and to lend a helping hand to those in need. (Click on the pictures to see drawings from some of the student’s gorilla books)