Olentangy To Host Special Public Forum April 28

Olentangy Local Schools invites families who have a current or former relationship with Arrowhead Elementary School to attend a special public forum April 28.

Representatives from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, the Center for Family Safety and Healing, and clinicians with Mount Carmel Hospital will join Superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas in a panel discussion on recent events involving the school. Presenters will provide resources and insights to parents whose children and families have been affected. The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

This free public forum will be held on Tuesday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Shanahan Middle School, 814 Shanahan Drive, in Lewis Center.

Olentangy Meadows Elementary To Overflow New First Through Fifth Grade Students For 2015-2016 School Year

Olentangy Meadows Elementary School is no longer accepting new students enrolling in the first through fifth grades for the 2015-2016 school year. New first through fifth grade students wishing to enroll at Olentangy Meadows Elementary School will instead be enrolled at Oak Creek Elementary School, where there is more space. Those students overflowed to Oak Creek Elementary School will receive transportation to the school. New kindergarten students will continue to be accepted at Olentangy Meadows Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year.

To register a new student in Olentangy Local Schools, please contact the New Student Welcome Center at www.olentangy.k12.oh.us or (740) 657-4030.

Resources For Talking To Children About Sensitive Topics

Olentangy Families,

As we continue to work toward healing, I want to share a list of resources that you may find helpful in talking with children about the sensitive topic of sexual misconduct.

Elementary Book List

The following books span a variety of topics, including safe touch, stress/worry, and crisis. Parents are encouraged to look up descriptions online in order to ensure books meet the needs of their children. Several of these books are available at your local Delaware County District Library branch.

  • Kid Trapper by Julia Cook
  • The Ant Hill Disaster by Julia Cook
  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
  • I Can Play it Safe by Alison Feigh
  • I Said No! by Zack and Kimberly King
  • Uncle Willy’s Tickles: A Child’s Right to Say No by Marcie Aboff
  • Do You Have a Secret? How to Get Help for Scary Secrets by Pamela Russell/Beth Stone
  • My Body Belongs to Me: From my Head to my Toes by pro Familia
  • Miles is the Boss of His Body by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller
  • Your Body Belongs to You by Carnelia Spelman
  • The Berenstein Bears Learn about Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • My Body is Mine My Feelings Are Mine by Susan Hoke, LCSW, ACSW
  • The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven

Helpful Websites

Helpful Documents

Local Resources

  • Central Ohio Mental Health: (614) 396-5665 (Powell office)
  • Delaware County Job and Family Services 740-833-2340: (740) 833-2340
  • Helpline: 211 or (800) 684-2324
  • The Child Advocacy Center (The Center for Family Safety and Healing): (614) 722-8200
  • The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/tcfsh or call (614) 722-8200.

I hope you find these resources helpful as we work through this difficult time.

Wade Lucas

 

 

School Board Accepts Resignation Of Suspended Teacher, Calls For Lifetime Ban On Teaching

 After the Olentangy Schools Board of Education announced its strong intent to swiftly seek the termination of suspended teacher Matthew Rausenberg, he submitted his letter of resignation. The board accepted the resignation during a special meeting Tuesday, March 24.
Board President Kevin O’Brien set out several reasons why the board took this action:
  • He will not be able to cross-examine children at his termination hearing.
  • The school district will avoid a protracted legal process that could last years and involve parents, students, teachers and administrators.
  • This action would be the fastest way to completely separate him from Olentangy Schools.
  • Following the acceptance of his resignation, the Board would direct the Superintendent to write a letter to the Ohio Department of Education, asking them to expedite this teacher’s license revocation and to ban him from teaching for life.
  • Following the acceptance of his resignation, the Board would direct the Superintendent to issue an order that will ban Matthew Rausenberg for life from setting foot on any Olentangy School property or attending Olentangy School events.
  • And, by accepting this resignation, there would be no benefit – economic or otherwise — to him.

“By accepting this resignation, our intent would be to completely separate Matthew Rausenberg from the Olentangy Local School District from this day forward,” O’Brien said.

Superintendent Outlines Initial Response To Recent Events At Arrowhead Elementary

Below is the message from Superintendent Dr. Lucas issued Tuesday afternoon regarding the situation at Arrowhead Elementary School.

Olentangy Families,

I want to provide you with an update on the recent events following the arrest of one of our teachers.

The Delaware County Sheriff notified district officials around 2:00 P.M. Monday that an investigation was underway involving Arrowhead Elementary teacher Matt Rausenberg.  The district fully cooperated with law enforcement and a search warrant was executed at Arrowhead at 4:00 P.M.  Later that evening Mr. Rausenberg was placed under arrest for rape and gross sexual imposition.

Immediately after the arrest Monday, district administrators met with Arrowhead Principal Luke Carlisle at Arrowhead and developed a plan to notify and support students, teachers, and families.  Personal phone calls to parents of Mr. Rausenberg’s students and the staff at Arrowhead began at 8:00 P.M.  The purpose of these calls was to invite each group to a morning meeting to discuss the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Mr. Carlisle, Dr. Lucas, Sheriff Martin and other officials met with staff at 8:10 A.M. and parents of the class at 8:45 A.M. today.  A press release and district-wide email was also distributed at that time.  After having their questions answered, parents were able to speak with their students individually.  Additional counselors were present and Mr. Carlisle visited third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms to talk with students directly.

Counselors will remain available at Arrowhead and all of our buildings if students, parents, or staff has a need.  The criminal investigation and prosecution will continue to be handled by the Delaware County Sheriff and Delaware County Prosecutor.  Amidst our outrage, we will continue to put the needs of our students first and grow ever more vigilant in our responsibility to protect and educate our community’s most precious assets — our students.

To that end, please review these suggestions for speaking with your children regarding the sensitive topic of sexual misconduct:

Helpful Tips for Talking with Your Child Today
·    Let your child guide the discussion.
·    Let them explain what their day was like today.
·    Ask open-ended questions.
·    Answer directly and honestly.
·    Keep the conversation appropriate for their developmental stage.
·    Explain that everything they are feeling is okay regardless of the feeling.
·    Understand that this conversation may need to happen in brief intervals.
·    Empathize with them, show compassion, and know you won’t have all the answers.

This conversation may lead to a conversation about inappropriate touching
·    Talk to your child about their body and body safety.
·    All children should know that it’s okay to say “no” to touches that make them feel uncomfortable.
·    Let your child know they should come to you if someone has touched them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
·    Talk to your child about secrets.  Explain to your child that any inappropriate touching should never be kept secret.
·    It is beneficial for this to be an ongoing conversation between you and your child.

Signs that additional resources may be needed
·    Remember that every child is unique.  You know your child best.  Be aware of notable signs of change in mood or behavior.
·    Your child shares something concerning.

Who to call?
·    Your child’s school counselor or building administrator
·    The Delaware County Sheriffs Office 740-833-2800
·    Delaware County Job and Family Services 740-833-2340
·    The Child Advocacy Center (aka The Center for Family Safety and Healing) 614-722-8200
·    Helpline 211 or 1-800-684-2324

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. Orange High School seniors will graduate at 10 a.m.  Olentangy High School seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. and Liberty High School’s graduation will take place at 6 p.m. The move to Sunday is necessary to eliminate scheduling conflicts with extracurricular activities taking place that weekend.

2015 Spring Arts Festival Results

IMG_7036Art departments from across Olentangy joined forces to produce the 2015 Spring Arts Festival Sunday, April 19. The festival featured artwork from students at the elementary level and up including art in a wide variety of media — from drawings to woodwork and computer-aided designs. The annual event offers a unique glimpse at the scope and sequence of the district’s impressive arts program.

Congratulations to the following first place award winners from the 2015 Spring Arts Festival:

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Olentangy High School

 

  • Best Of Show: Jose L. L.
  • Outstanding Senior: Jose L. L
  • Drawing: Sarah B.

  • Painting: Sarah B.
  • Digital Art: Sadie B.
  • Mixed Media: Marissa S.
  • Sculpture: Ericka H.
  • Ceramics: Emma C.

  • Photography: Collin M.
  • Jewelry: Sarah P.

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

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  • Painting: Christina Y.
  • Drawing: Morgan H.

  • Computer Graphics: Tony G and P.T.

  • Outstanding Student: Erica S.
  • Photography: Cassidy K.

  • Ceramics: Emma S.
  • Sculpture: Sofia R. 
  • Jewelry: Lauren C.

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ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL

  • Best of Show: Natalie M.
  • Principal’s Choice: Mikaela M.

  • Outstanding Senior: Samuel B.
  • Painting: Amanda B.
  • 3-D: Clinton C.

  • Drawing: Mikeala M.IMG_7042

  • Photography: Josh S.
  • Digital Imaging: Ben B.
  • Ceramics: Maria M.

  • Graphics: Samuel B.

 

                     

Olentangy Earns State Award For Excellent Record Keeping

Olentangy Treasurer Brian Kern has accepted the Auditor of State Award with Distinction in honor of the district’s excellent record keeping.

A representative with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office presented Kern with the award during the April 9th board of education meeting. The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award must meet several criteria including incurring no findings for recovery, material citations or material weaknesses.

The state audits about 5,800 local governments and public schools every year and only about 5 percent receive the award. Olentangy has earned the award for three consecutive years, and eight times overall.

Olentangy Food Service Ranked Best in Central Ohio

The Olentangy Local School District serves up the best food of any district in the Columbus metro area and among the best statewide, according to a newly released ranking of K-12 food service programs nationwide.

The ranking was conducted by Niche.com, a review and ranking website. Niche ranked 3,868 school districts based on a number of factors, including expense per student and input from students and parents. A high ranking indicates the district offers a variety of healthy, quality food options, accommodates various dietary preferences like vegan and gluten-free, and the students rate the quality of food favorably.

Olentangy’s food ranked third best in Ohio and earned the 31st best food ranking nationwide. Congratulations to the Olentangy Local Schools Food Service Department.