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.
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.
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.
The January 26th school closure marks Olentangy’s fourth Calamity Day of this school year. As a reminder, should the district use more than five Calamity Days, students will be required to complete online Blizzard Bag assignments beginning with the sixth Calamity Day. Should it become necessary, students should follow these directions to access the online assignments.
- The Best Practices for the Operation of a School Support Organization meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held tonight as previously planned. The meeting will be held in the district’s Administration Office, 814 Shanahan Road, Suite 100. Conference Rooms A & B.
Due to the inclement weather, Olentangy Local Schools will be CLOSED today, Monday, January 26, 2015.
We’ve become aware of an issue with the calamity-day phone notification system. We’re working to determine the cause and to develop a solution. Please note that today, January 12, the district issued a two-hour delay of the start of school. If you have recently received this call, it is not for an early dismissal. We will keep you aware of our updates in resolving this issue.
If you have subscribed to an Olentangy email list(s) and are not receiving such notices, or general news from your school, please send us a message with your name, contact number, the requested school list(s) and the email you want us to use to: OLSwebmaster@olsd.us.
We all want our children to grow up with the confidence to achieve their goals. What steps can you take to help develop your child’s self-esteem? During this 90-minute session, psychotherapist, author and teacher Norman Shub will discuss the process of helping develop your child’s self-esteem. Shub is a dynamic speaker who is particularly gifted at providing his audiences with engaging, informative presentations. His “Working Paper Series” is used in universities and institutes worldwide.
Join the Parent Programs Team (PPT) for this free and informative event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road. Free babysitting will be provided.
The Olentangy Local Schools Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin Wednesday January 21, 2015.
Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) for the online registration process will be given in the order of each school’s kindergarten screening dates listed below. This PIN will allow families to access online registration forms to enter basic demographic, health and emergency contact information. After completing the online registration, parents will be prompted to schedule an appointment for kindergarten screening at the school their child(ren) will attend.
Parents/Guardians may contact the New Student Welcome Center to receive their PIN based on the following schedule:
- Tyler Run, Arrowhead - Wednesday, January 21
- Scioto Ridge, Glen Oak, – Thursday, January 22nd
- Alum Creek and Oak Creek – Friday, January 23rd
- Indian Springs and Heritage – Monday, January 26th
- Freedom Trail and Liberty Tree – Tuesday, January 27th
- Olentangy Meadows and Walnut Creek – Wednesday, January 28
- Wyandot Run and Cheshire – Thursday, January 29
- Johnnycake Corners – Friday, January 30
The New Student Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p. m. To obtain your PIN, please call 740-657-4030 or 740-657-4033 on your designated day. Detailed information regarding kindergarten and the registration process is available here.
The elementary schools will hold kindergarten screenings by appointment only on the following days. You will schedule your appointment at the school after you have called the Welcome Center, obtained your PIN, and filled out the online forms. The forms will instruct you on how to make your school appointment.
- Tyler Run – February 9th -10th
- Arrowhead – March 5th-6th
- Scioto Ridge – March 5th-6th
- Glen Oak – March 11th -12th
- Alum Creek – March 12th-13th
- Oak Creek – March 17th-18th
- Indian Springs – March 24th-25th
- Heritage –March 24th-25th
- Freedom Trail – April 8th-9th
- Liberty Tree – April 9th-10th
- Olentangy Meadows – April 13th-14th
- Walnut Creek – April 15th-16th
- Wyandot Run – April 16th-17th
- Cheshire – April 30th – May 1st
- Johnnycake Corners - May 6th-7th
Registration for grades 1 through 12 for the 2015-2016 school year will begin in the spring.
Additional information will be posted on the district’s website as it becomes available.