Olentangy Education Foundation Golf Outing


Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Olentangy Education Foundation (OEF) Golf Outing, to be held Monday, September 22nd at The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westerville. Visit this link for more details and to register.

Funds raised from this outing go to help OEF in its mission to enhance academic excellence in the Olentangy Schools through teacher grants for innovative programs not covered in the district budget. The funds also go to help OEF award scholarships to graduating seniors.  OEF has awarded more than $50,000 in grants and scholarships in 2014, and over $550,000 since 2001. OSU Wexner Medical Center, CarePoint Lewis Center has sponsored the golf outing for the last three years.  OEF hopes to have a record turn-out for this event.

Visit this link for more details and to register.

One Community Conference A Success

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to participate in the One Community:  We ARE Olentangy! Conference this Saturday at Orange High School sponsored by our Diversity and Inclusive Education Program.  In order to best serve and support ALL of our students, it requires having those courageous conversations and collaborating in creative ways.

OLSD staff who signed up for the graduate credit, will need to fill out Article 51 for salary advancement or certification renewal.  (See the professional development flyer.)

Once again, we thank all those who attended and hope to see you again soon.

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 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.

Promoting Equality and Reducing Prejudice in Childhood: The Role of Parents, Teachers, and the Community

killen_2Dr. Melanie Killen returns to the Olentangy Local School District to continue the dialogue on her research into social and moral reasoning among children. Dr. Killen is the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Training Program in Social Development at the University of Maryland. Her research on children’s racial attitudes was profiled at the NSF Highlights on Research by the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. She was commissioned by Anderson Cooper to conduct a study on children’s racial bias for a set of stories aired on CNN in 2012. The program was awarded an Emmy.

This free presentation will be held at 7 p.m. October 7 at Orange High School, 2840 E. Orange Road.

The presentation is sponsored by the Olentangy Diversity Committee in conjunction with the Parent Programs Team. The focus of the Diversity Committee is to raise the awareness of, and provide skills for, every student, employee and member of our community to embrace, support and value the many ways in which we are different. The mission of the Parent Programs Team is to empower parents with information and skills critical to raising children in today’s world. The committee provides information through evening parent forums featuring experts in areas relevant to raising children. PPT is a collaborative group of district staff, community members and parents like you!

Olentangy Earns Overall A Grade on State Report Card


For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

Olentangy Local Schools has again led the way in academic achievement based on the results of the 2013-2014 Ohio School District Report Cards released September 12, 2014.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. This places Olentangy in the top three school districts in central Ohio and in the top 4.2 percentage of the 610 public school districts statewide to earn all A’s and B’s.

“I am pleased with the results, and we will continue working toward meeting the goal of all A’s,” said Olentangy Local Schools Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D.

The release marks the second year under the state’s new evaluation system, which uses letter grades rather than terms ranging from Excellent to Academic Watch.

A PI ranking is a state calculation that measures overall academic performance based on the results of the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

The revamped report-card grading system is more complex than in the past. In addition to assigning a letter grade, the new reporting method raises the benchmark from 75 percent to 80 percent of a district’s students needing to score “proficient” or better to meet the 24 individual benchmarks. Olentangy has exceeded these levels, meeting 24 of the 24 indicators.

The district also performed well in the value-added categories (a measure of student academic growth within a single school year), and in the sub-group categories which include students with disabilities and students in the lowest 20 percent of the statewide achievement benchmarks. The Olentangy gifted-student population also showed growth in earning an A, up from the letter grade B earned last year.



Performance Index| | 108.7: A
Performance Indicators | 24 of 24: A Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate | 97.7 percent: A
5-Year Graduation Rate | 99.0 percent: A
Progress (Value Added)
All Students:  A
Gifted Students: A
Students with Disabilities (IEP and take the OAA): A
The Lowest 20% (distribution of statewide scores): A

Click HERE to download a copy of the the full 2013-2014 District Report Card.


* Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) measure the academic performance of specific groups of students, such as racial and demographic groups. Each of these groups is compared against the collective performance of all students statewide.

Olentangy Earns State Award for Excellent Record Keeping

IMG_5873Olentangy Treasurer Brian Kern has accepted the Auditor of State Award with Distinction in honor of the district’s excellent record keeping.

A representative with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office presented Kern with the award during the September 11 board of education meeting. The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award must meet several criteria including incurring no findings for recovery, material citations or material weaknesses.

The state audits about 5,800 local governments and public schools every year and only about 5 percent receive the award. Olentangy has earned the award for two consecutive years, and seven times overall.