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.

The Marching Pioneers Roadshow

The Orange HS Marching Band will perform in the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Orange HS Marching Band performed in the 108th Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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.

Columbus CEO Readers Vote Olentangy ‘Best School District’

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!

 

Liberty High School Named 2013-14 OCC All-Sports Champs

Olentangy Liberty High School

The Patriots will accept the award between the first and second quarters of the October 17 home football game against the Hilliard Davidson Wildcats.

Olentangy Liberty High School has been named the recipient of the 2013-2014 Ralph Young All Sports Award by the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC), the Central Division. The OCC is comprised of 16 school districts throughout central Ohio.

The Ralph Young All-Sports Award acknowledges the school with the greatest number of cumulative points of each league-sponsored team. This is the fourth overall award and the third consecutive award for Liberty HS.

The Liberty HS Patriots will accept the award from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Young, as well as the OCC Commissioner Mr. Dave Cecutti at a brief ceremony between the first and second quarters of the Friday, October 17 home football game against the Hilliard Davidson HS Wildcats.  Additional representatives from the Liberty HS champion baseball and softball teams, along with Liberty High School Administrators will also be in attendance to accept the award.

Liberty’s Annual History Vs. Hollywood Is Underway

5:30 a.m. greeting - outside front doors

5:30 a.m. greeting – outside front doors

The Liberty High School (OLHS) sophomore interdisciplinary classes are conducting a film research study called History vs. Hollywood. Students choose a film to spend the next three months researching and deciding if the events in the film are portrayed accurately. The end result is a meaty research paper and a huge presentation night January 7. Each film can only be chosen once, so students compete for their choices by “camping out” outside the school (with parent chaperones) as early as 12:30 a.m. to ensure they get the film they want. This year, the first movies chosen were:

  1. Schindler’s List
  2. Wolf of Wall Street
  3. League of Their Own
  4. 12 Years A Slave
  5. Argo

The last movie chosen, when the last student arrived at 7:15 a.m. was Far and Away

Settled in the Hallway for "Camping" and waiting for movie selection

Settled in the Hallway for “Camping” and waiting for movie selection

The students had:

  1. 300 Timbits
  2. 5 dozen donuts
  3. too much coffee/hot chocolate
  4. lots of fun

See you in the OLHS Commons Wednesday, January 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the final presentation night of History Vs. Hollywood!