Notice of Opportunity to Object to Student Data Release

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.

Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.


SPS EZpay, online fee payments update

The following buildings are now live on SPS EZpay to accept fee payments.

  • Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Arrowhead Elementary School
  • Berkshire Middle School
  • Cheshire Elementary School
  • Freedom Trail Elementary School
  • Glen Oak Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Hyatts Middle School
  • Indian Springs Elementary School
  • Johnnycake Elementary School
  • Liberty High School
  • Liberty Tree Elementary School
  • Oak Creek Elementary School
  • Olentangy High School
  • Olentangy Meadows Elementary School
  • Orange Middle School
  • Orange High School
  • Scioto Ridge Elementary School
  • Shanahan Middle School
  • Tyler Run Elementary School
  • Walnut Creek Elementary School
  • Wyandot Run Elementary School

We continue to work to restore access for the remaining buildings, and hope to have those available as soon as possible.  We will send out a notification when we are prepared to process online payments at those buildings again.

Thank you for your patience while we work through these issues. As always, payments for outstanding fees can be paid by check at your respective building.


2015 Graduation Day Set for Sunday, May 17

The Olentangy Local School District’s 2014-2015 Graduation Day will be held SUNDAY, May 17, 2015 at the Ohio Expo Center. The move to Sunday is necessary to eliminate scheduling conflicts with extracurricular activities taking place that weekend.

Change in Spring Break Dates for 2015

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.

One Community Conference

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.

Instructional Technology Parent Night

Olentangy parents who would like to know more about the digital tools their children use, as well as the tools parents can use to keep informed about their child’s progress, are invited to attend an Instructional Technology Parent Night.

Being a parent of an Olentangy student in the digital age brings with it questions about Schoology, Google Drive, digital safety, and more. To help you understand the various digital programs used by students and parents, we will spend the evening sharing information and providing instruction on these various tools.

A separate Instructional Technology Parent Night will be held for elementary, middle and high school parents. Follow the link below to register.


          Olentangy High School Theater, September 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

          Olentangy High School Theater, September 11, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

         Olentangy High School Theater, September 17, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.




Food Service Adds Built-to-Order Burritos to Menu

A new item on the lunch menu at Olentangy photo 3Local Schools is proving to be a big hit with students. The district’s Food Service Department has introduced a Fiesta Bar that allows students to select their own toppings for a Chiptole-style burrito or bowl. The burritos and select toppings are available during lunch every Tuesday and Thursday at the district’s high schools, and every Thursday at the middle schools.


A chef from JTM Food Services, the manufacturer of the food products, was on hand at Liberty High School August 26 to help dish out the personalized burritos and promote the new FiestIMG_5770a Bar. Students began asking for a Chipotle-style burrito option last year, which prompted Olentangy’s Food Service Department to create the Fiesta Bar.



Health Heroes Influenza Vaccinations Sept. 8-9

Health Heroes Clinic Logo Olentangy Local Schools is partnering with Health Heroes, Inc. (a “WORKS” SLVC provider) to offer all district students and staff the opportunity to receive a FluMist® Quadrivalent vaccine at school September 8-9, 2014.

Regardless of insurance status, all students are eligible to receive the voluntary vaccine at no cost. To participate, please complete both sides of the Health Heroes Consent Form. The submitted form must bear an original signature in black or blue ink. NOTE: Copies of parent’s signature cannot be accepted. The completed form must also be submitted to the school nurse by September 3.

The traditional IIV shot is also available by contacting Health Heroes in advance, at 1-888-621-5520.  >>>> 2014 FluMist® Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine FAQ

Translations of the Health Heroes Consent Form
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