Calamity Day Policy

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

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.

Olentangy Honors Veterans

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.

LMSAt 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.

sms6_6226At 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.

IMG_6465Hyatts 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.

IMG_6390Berkshire 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.

IMG_6377Orange 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.




District Athletes Will Play At Next Level

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:

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  • 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

Shanahan Students Test Engineering Skills, Send Pumpkins Soaring

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.