Calamity Day Policy

Olentangy will again use online lessons to make up for lost instruction when schools are closed due to a calamity day. The state provides districts up to five calamity days that do not have to be made up. If schools are closed for more than five days, the additional days must be made up.

While the traditional method has been to add school days to the calendar in the spring, Olentangy students will be able to avoid this by utilizing online lessons. Olentangy teachers prepare, and regularly update, three days worth of online lessons for students.  If school is cancelled for a sixth day, the first set of lessons will be released to students electronically via the school website. The same would happen on the seventh and eighth calamity days of a school year.

We received feedback following last year’s online lessons and have improved the process. Below are additional details about the 2014-15 calamity day plan.

The Content of the Lesson Plans:

The content of these online lessons may be an introduction to an upcoming topic, enrichment exercises, or an extension of current classroom lessons.

Communication:

Families will be directed to download the appropriate online assignments from the district’s website at www.olentangy.k12.oh.us

Due Date for the Online Lessons:

Upon returning to school, students will have two weeks to complete the lessons. Students without access to the Internet will have the opportunity to complete the lessons before, during, or after school.

The Grading of Assignments:

Olentangy teachers will grade the online lessons in the same manner as other classroom lessons. Students who do not complete the online lessons will be counted as absent for the respective calamity day.

PowerSchool Mobile app Issue

Full access to PowerSchool remains available from any Internet browser.

Full access to PowerSchool remains available from any Internet browser.

An issue has been identified with the Pearson PowerSchool mobile app. The vendor has been contacted and is working on a solution. Meanwhile, complete access to the actual PowerSchool application is still available from any Internet browser, including an Internet browser installed on a mobile device. We will provide an update as soon as the vendor has developed a solution that returns the mobile app to full functionality.

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.

Cheshire Celebrates Diversity at First-Ever Cheshire Cultural Connection

Cheshire Elementary School recently celebrated their first-ever Cheshire Cultural Connection!  Cheshire’s students, staff and families enjoyed an evening of food, dance and traditions from around the world. The school’s diversity committee organized the event and volunteers helped serve, organize games and teach the traditions from various countries and cultures.  Attendees enjoyed a fun and enlightening evening which also included an author visit from Stacie Hutton, mother of a Cheshire Elementary student.

 

Road Closure at Olentangy High School

Due to the installation of a sewer line across district property, the access drive to Olentangy High School from Lewis Center Road to the main entrance of the high school will be closed from December 19 through  December 31. More information is available here.

Road Closure

Due to the installation of a sewer line across district property, the access drive to Olentangy High School from Lewis Center Road to the main entrance of the high school will be closed beginning Friday December 19, 2014. It will remain closed through Wednesday December 31, 2014. Access to the back entrance of the building and loading dock will remain open from Lewis Center Road. The access road from the west behind Kroger through Rail Timber Way and Olentangy Crossing will remain open.  The access drive from Shanahan Road to the high school will also remain open.

Kindergarten Students Make Chinese Friends

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All Kindergarten students at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School interacted with a Kindergarten class in Macau, China in November. Through online pictures and video recordings, the students engaged in discussions about what similarities and differences they see in a typical kindergarten class day in Macau. Teacher Krista Hyme’s student teacher from Otterbein University attended Olentangy’s diversity conference, and was inspired, along with Hyme’s guidance, to create this unique experience that would build a sense of respect and understanding of a different culture.