The Olentangy Local School District’s originally scheduled spring break dates for 2015 has 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 Development 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, the Board 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 in 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.
Dear Parents of the Olentangy Local School District,
(April 19, 2014) Many of you are already 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 www.DelawareHealth.org. 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.
Olentangy’s three high schools will post summer sports camps announcements for students – all grades – in this space as each new activity is added. Check back often for new postings!
Click here for summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy High School attendance area. This site will be updated as new events become available.
Click here - Summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy Liberty High School attendance area. This site will be updated as new events become available.
Click here -Summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy Orange High School attendance area. This site will be updated as new events become available.
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.
The 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.
The 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!
In this community message, Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D., visits Olentangy Orange Middle School where he discusses the district’s energy conservation initiative.