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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.
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.
Olentangy Local Schools is pleased to announce that in January of 2015, OASIS, the district’s student-centered educational program, will be relocating to a larger building in the district. The move is part of Olentangy’s ongoing efforts to address continued enrollment growth in a cost-effective way, while also providing students with additional educational opportunities.
Beginning in the second semester of the school year, the OASIS program will be housed in the former Ohio State University Extension Office at 7774 Graphics Way, located within the Orange Point Commerce Park. The move will provide a number benefits. Relocating OASIS from its current location within the Shanahan Middle School complex will create additional space for Shanahan’s growing student population. It will also accommodate for OASIS’s continued growth and success by providing additional classroom space in a more centralized location within the district.
“This move is a great example of a cost-effective way to address our enrollment growth without building a new school,” said Olentangy Local School superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas.
OASIS is the first program identified for the former OSU building now under lease by Olentangy. The district also plans to house future educational programs at the building.
The new site is ideally suited for the OASIS program, added OASIS principal Jennifer Blakley. OASIS students and staff have toured their future classrooms and are excited about the move.
“I am thrilled because it is a bigger place and it is closer to my house,” said OASIS student Brenna M.
Additional information, including an exact move date and a new name for the building, will be announced as details are finalized.
The Orange High School Marching Band, under the direction of Marc Zirille, took its show on the road Thursday, October 16 to the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show. The band performed as part of the Little Miss Pumpkin Afternoon Parade of the Bands, an event favorite.
The Marching Pioneers also joined other local marching bands, including The Ohio State Marching Band, for the evening’s Miss Pumpkin Show, another event favorite.
The performance comes on the heels of a morning performance on the lawn of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The 45-minute show was held in hospital’s garden area, permitting the ambulatory patients to experience the band up close. It also allowed the other patients to listen in from their rooms. In addition, families at the neighboring Ronald McDonald House and its nearby research center could also hear the performance. Nationwide Children’s Hospital spokesperson Pam Barber said the 206-member band was the largest group to perform on behalf of the patients.
The Olentangy Local School District has been named by readers of Columbus CEO magazine as a “Best of Business” winner for 2014. The magazine conducted a poll involving 35,000 readers from May to July 2014. Olentangy received more votes than any other school district in the “Best Public K-12 category.” The results are being published in the magazine’s November issue. In a letter to the district announcing the win, the editor of Columbus CEO said school districts such as Olentangy are “part of what helps our community thrive!” Read about the win here. Thanks to everyone who voted for Olentangy!