Revised Parent Survey Coming

Updated April 24, 2014

Dear Olentangy Parents,
Parent SurveyMonday, April 21 we sent an online survey link to our parents and guardians. The intent was to provide an opportunity for families to share with us any personal observations and insights about their child’s experiences in the Olentangy Local Schools. Despite best efforts, an issue in the survey’s data collection method was later discovered. For example, families with students at the secondary-level, grades 6-12, were unable to fully complete the survey.

The revised Olentangy 2014 Cultural Awareness and Diversity Parent Survey, coming April 28, maintains an emphasis on the overall learning environment with regard to cultural sensitivity and awareness. Similarly, participation will continue to be strictly voluntarily and confidential.

We made a promise to fix it, as well as to share an update as soon as possible. We then immediately contacted the survey’s developer, who worked with us to find a resolution. Please watch your email Monday evening, April 28 for a newly developed survey. All previously submitted survey responses have been invalidated as to maintain the integrity of the study. Also, to avoid any further confusion, the previously supplied Web link is no longer invalid.

The revised survey maintains the prior tool’s emphasis to each student’s overall learning environment with regard to cultural sensitivity and awareness. Similarly, participation remains strictly voluntarily as does the option to anonymously submit responses. Access to the revised survey will remain open through May 23, 2014, the last day of 2013-2014 school year.

NOTE: If you did not receive the prior survey link through your school’s email listserv, please click HERE to subscribe. You will need to select the confirm option in the email sent to begin your  newsletter subscription (or re-enrollment).

We apologize for any inconvenience, especially to those families that had already submitted a partial entry. We value and want to give everyone an equal opportunity to participate. Accordingly, please take a moment to complete the upcoming revised Olentangy 2014 Cultural Awareness and Diversity Parent Survey – even if you had submitted one earlier this week.

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.

Health Advisory Update: Suspected Cases of Mumps

Dear Parents of the Olentangy Local School District,
(April 19, 2014) Many of you are alreadyGeneral Health District Logo aware that the Delaware General Health District (DGHD) continues to investigate reports of mumps from throughout the county. There is an additional probable case, with a possible link to another student, at one of our previously identified schools.  NOTE: The DGHD does not routinely release the name of the building in these situations.

Understandably, a considerable amount of public media attention has been given to this recent development. This is to serve as an update to the collaborative message shared March 27 (below). Despite the increased focus over the last few days, Olentangy parents can rest assured that the risk factor for any fully vaccinated student, or staff member, has not increased.

With regard to this recent development, health officials strongly advised that any medically fragile or un-vaccinated student, including those with a formal waiver, be excluded from attending this particular school. The exclusion is for 25 days, the disease’s incubation period. Per Ohio law, any excluded student may immediately return to school with documentation of a full MMR vaccination.

The Olentangy Local Schools are complying with DGHD’s complete set of recommendations.

In partnership with DGHD, the appropriate steps have been taken to mitigate possible risks. Their recommendations are supported by the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As community partners, Olentangy and the DGHD consistently share resources to minimize such risks and to assist in keeping the community informed.

As DGHD officials continue their investigative work throughout the county, they are also continuing their ongoing campaign to inform all area residents without the MMR vaccination to the importance of having one.

Thank you for your support of the Olentangy Local Schools. If you have any additional questions or concerns, the DGHD has a number of resources available at In addition, feel free to reach out to your individual school’s health professional or its administrative staff.

(March 27, 2014) Olentangy Local School District is working with Delaware General Health District officials regarding suspected cases of mumps in the area.

Suspected cases of mumps have been identified at Liberty Tree and Scioto Ridge elementary schools, Liberty and Shanahan middle schools, Olentangy High School and Liberty High School.

The Health District encourages those who are at the highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated. This would include individuals who have not received both doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children should receive the MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday, followed by a second dose between the age of four and six years old.


Summer Sports Camp Opportunities for All Olentangy Students

Olentangy’s three high schools will post summer sports camps announcements for students – all grades – in this space as each new activity is added.  Check back often for new postings!


Click here - Summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy High School attendance area.  This site will be updated as new events become available.

Click here - Summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy Liberty High School attendance area.  This site will be updated as new events become available.

Click here -Summer sports camps for students in the Olentangy Orange High School attendance area.  This site will be updated as new events become available.

Annual Spring Arts Festival this Sunday

DSCN2974ian-brun-art-showStudent artists from across the Olentangy school district will showcase their creative talents during the 2014 Spring Arts Festival. This year’s festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at all three district high schools.

The festival will feature artwork from students at the elementary level on up and include art in a wide variety of mediums — from ceramics to computer-aided designs.DSC02179

The day will also include music performances, wood and CAD work, poetry reading, live art demonstrations, cooking decoration, greeting cards with the Columbus Children’s Charity, and food trucks. Funds generated from bake and art sales will benefit the Humane Society of Delaware.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Buckeyes Share Important Message at WCES

IMG_4540Students at Walnut Creek Elementary School were visited by some very special guests April 21.

Members of The Ohio State University football team, including former WCES student and Olentangy High School graduate Joshua Perry, stopped by to speak to students. They discussed the importance of working hard, being responsible and being kind to others.

The Buckeyes also fielded questions from students before leading them in the O-H-I-O cheer and participating in an impromptu dance session.




Olentangy Earns High Marks from National Media

IMG_4141The US News & World Report has released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation and once again Olentangy’s high schools are ranked among the best. In fact, the report ranks the district’s three high schools as the first, second and fourth best among central Ohio high schools and within the top 10 best high schools statewide.

The report analyzed achievement data from more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states.  The rankings compare categories including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, as well as math and reading proficiency. U.S. News & World Report determined its college-readiness scores by examining the percentage of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The math and reading proficiency scores reflect student performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked first in central Ohio and fifth in the state in this year’s report. It earned the 175th best high school in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.7 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2 out of 5.

Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked second in central Ohio and seventh in the state. It earned the 181st spot in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.1, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked fourth in central Ohio and ninth in the state. It earned the 208th best high school in the nation title, with a college-readiness score of 63.2 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Washington Post.webThe report comes just days after the Washington Post released its 2014 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” All three Olentangy high schools received the highest scores in central Ohio and ranked within the best in the state on that list, too.

According to the Challenge Index, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) ranked third in central Ohio, sixth in the state and 285th in the nation. Olentangy Liberty High School ranked fourth in central Ohio, eighth in the state and 297th in the nation. Olentangy High School ranked sixth in central Ohio, 15th in the state and 489th in the nation.

The Washington Post ranks schools based upon Challenge Index scores.  The index is calculated by taking the total number of college-level tests (such as Advanced Placement exams) given at a school and dividing that by the number of graduates for that particular year.

Congratulations to all three high schools!