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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.
Students from across Olentangy Local Schools honored past and present U.S. servicemen and women during Veterans Day activities held throughout the district. A few highlights from the weeklong activities are included below.
At Liberty Middle School, seventh grade students welcomed visiting veterans who told of their experiences serving the country. Students heard first-hand accounts from the veterans, including Bill Sochor, a WWII Navy man who served on the USS Johnston. The ship was made famous by its brave action in the “Battle off Samar.” Liberty Middle School also honored the veterans with a breakfast and a military paraphernalia display. The annual event was part of a 15-year tradition at Liberty Middle School.
At Shanahan Middle School, students participated in a Veterans Day celebration connected to an interdisciplinary project in their classes. The students interviewed veterans to gain a better understanding and respect for the service they provided. Students then created a project that showcased the veteran’s journey. The projects were placed on display in the school gym and the participating veterans were invited to the school to be honored during a Veterans Day celebratory breakfast. More than 100 veterans attended the event, which featured music performed by the school’s choir and readings of the various military branch hymns. A keynote speech was provided by WWII veteran Lawrence McCauley.
Hyatts Middle School held its first “Living History Day” November 15. The event featured more than 100 veterans. The students shared breakfast with the veterans before recognizing their service to the country during an Honor Assembly. Organized by teacher Nancy Poliseno, the assembly featured a flag folding ceremony, a Pershing Rifle demonstration, musical performances and a remembrance table ceremony in recognition of POW and MIA soldiers. The assembly concluded with a recognition event during which veterans stood and declared which military branch they served in and when. Following the assembly, the veterans visited classrooms and shared their experiences with students.
Berkshire Middle School welcomed guest speaker Colonel Thomas Moe. Col. Moe is the recently former State Director of Veterans Service under Governor Kasich. Moe is a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran who was imprisoned for five years in the Hanoi Hilton alongside U.S. Senator John McCain, Republican-Arizona. In 1965, Moe graduated from Capital University and was then assigned to Air Force combat duty in Danang, Vietnam, with the 366th Fighter Wing. He was captured when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1968. He was not released until 1973. Moe holds two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a Bronze Star for valor. Moe is the grandfather of 8th grade Berkshire student, Addie Moe. Berkshire Middle School students also met Sofiya Karpovich, a Holocaust survivor.
Orange Middle School and Tyler Run Elementary celebrated Veterans Day by inviting veterans to attend a breakfast in their honor. Orange Middle School’s event featured guest speaker Adjutant General, Major General Deborah Ashenhurst. A member of the governor’s cabinet, Ashenhurst is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia.
Student athletes at Liberty High School, Olentangy High School and Orange High School observed National Signing Day Wednesday, November 12, 2014. More than 20 student athletes from the district attended signing events sponsored by each of the high school athletic departments. Congratulations to the following Patriot, Brave and Pioneer athletes as they prepare for the next phase of their athletic and educational careers!
From Liberty High School:
- Cameron C., Baseball – University of Virginia
- A.J. K., Baseball – University of Cincinnati
- Nick P., Baseball – Oakland University
- Maddie P.,Field Hockey – Miami University (OH)
- Kendall H., Field Hockey – Miami University (OH)
- Kelley F., Lacrosse – Grand Valley State
- Kristen A., Softball – Middle Tennessee State
- Kristen L., Basketball – Miami University (OH)
- Sam C., Lacrosse – University of Tampa
From Olentangy High School:
- Madison B., Lacrosse – Grand Valley State
- Morgan H., Basketball – Miami University (OH)
- Stevie J., Lacrosse – Davidson College
- Jessica L., Softball – Tennessee Technical University
- Madison L.; Lacrosse – University of Findlay
- Alex M., Lacrosse – University of Detroit Mercy
- Nick R., Baseball – Shawnee State University
- Katie S., Lacrosse – University of Connecticut
From Orange High School:
- Kyle D., Softball – University of Dayton
- Zahara H., Volleyball – Long Island University, Post Campus
- Tyler J., Baseball – Gardner Webb University
- Jennifer K., Softball – Mount Vernon University
- Jennifer S., Lacrosse – Walsh University
In this community message, Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D., discusses plans for the future site of OASIS and a new STEM academy for high school students in the district.
- Growing Oasis Program to Move to Larger Space. STEM Academy Planned
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Four teams of Shanahan Middle School students faced off against each other on Halloween during the school’s first Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition. The event required eighth grade students in the school’s i3STEM program to use their physics knowledge and engineering skills to design and build their own catapults.
The medieval siege engines were judged on how far and how accurate they could toss pumpkins. The competition also featured an elaborate production, complete with banners, cheering fans and colorful team names, including the “Launch-ness Monsters” and the Jack-o-Killers.”
In the end, Mrs. Hughes’ “Smashing Pumpkins” team took overall top honors. The team’s catapult earned the “Grand Supreme Award” by winning the accuracy portion of the competition and placing second in the distance category. The award for longest distance went to Mrs. McKibben’s “Ninjas.” Their catapult launched a pumpkin a whopping 80 feet. Mrs. Wisniewski’s “Launch-ness Monsters” and Mr. Beckley’s “Jack-o-Killers” tied for 3rd place.
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, including a STEM program.
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.