The Olentangy Local School District will host a one-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2014 to discuss how to build a community of respect and empathy through cultural awareness, sensitivity and understanding. The conference will provide tools and strategies to ensure equity and inclusion for all students and the community through engaging workshops and discussions for teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and students in grades 9-12. The conference is free and will be held at Orange High School, 2840 E. Orange Road. Register here. Hurry! Registration will close Thursday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Topics will include:
• Identity and Belonging: Gender Differences, Ethnicity, Culture
• We are All Diverse: So What? …Looking at the different kinds of diversity
• Learning in a Diverse Classroom:Culturally Relevant Planning, Tools and Strategies
• A look at the Evolution of Our Community: The Statistics of Regional and National Demographics
• Resource Room: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students
• Let’s Talk Special Needs: Understanding and Supporting ALL Students
• Student Panel: From a Student’s Perspective — Intent to Impact…Who I Am in our One Community
• Parent Panel: From a Parent’s Perspective — Intent to Impact…Who I Am in our One Community
• Diverse on Purpose
• Additional topics to be announced
**CEU Certificates will be offered, as well as college credit for teachers
For more information, view the OLSD Diversity Conference Flyer.
Two 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 winners 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.
An 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.
We 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.
Principal – Tyler Run Elementary
580 Salisbury Drive
Powell, OH 43065
Ph: 740- 657- 4900
Principal – Oak Creek Elementary
1256 Westwood Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Ph: (740) 657-4700
In this community message, Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D., visits the district’s New Student Welcome Center where he discusses the process for registering a new student into Olentangy Local Schools.