Liberty’s Annual History Vs. Hollywood Is Underway

5:30 a.m. greeting - outside front doors

5:30 a.m. greeting – outside front doors

The Liberty High School (OLHS) sophomore interdisciplinary classes are conducting a film research study called History vs. Hollywood. Students choose a film to spend the next three months researching and deciding if the events in the film are portrayed accurately. The end result is a meaty research paper and a huge presentation night January 7. Each film can only be chosen once, so students compete for their choices by “camping out” outside the school (with parent chaperones) as early as 12:30 a.m. to ensure they get the film they want. This year, the first movies chosen were:

  1. Schindler’s List
  2. Wolf of Wall Street
  3. League of Their Own
  4. 12 Years A Slave
  5. Argo

The last movie chosen, when the last student arrived at 7:15 a.m. was Far and Away

Settled in the Hallway for "Camping" and waiting for movie selection

Settled in the Hallway for “Camping” and waiting for movie selection

The students had:

  1. 300 Timbits
  2. 5 dozen donuts
  3. too much coffee/hot chocolate
  4. lots of fun

See you in the OLHS Commons Wednesday, January 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the final presentation night of History Vs. Hollywood!

 

Olentangy Students Named in 2015 National Merit Competition

Five Olentangy students have qualified as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, giving them a chance to compete for approximately 8,000 scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

The Olentangy students are among more than one million high school students across the country who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of those entrants, approximately 16,000 high scorers qualify as semifinalists.

Semifinalists represent the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. Olentangy students named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists are:**

  • Tyler Aquilina, Olentangy High School (OHS)
  • Celena Hsiung, OHS
  • Rachel Carline, Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS)
  • Charles Niu, OLHS
  • Karthik Urs, OLHS

The National Merit Scholarship Program has also released its list of Commended Students. These students were among the top 50,000 highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT but did not achieve semifinalist status. They will receive letters of commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise.

Olentangy students named 2015 National Merit Commended Students are:

  • Namrata Arya, OHS
  • Lauren Calogero, OHS
  • Delaney McMurtrie, OHS
  • Tanner Belknap, OLHS
  • Himanshu Dashora, OLHS
  • Samantha Dawson, OLHS
  • Anjali Dubbaka, OLHS
  • John Hoffman, OLHS
  • Michael Kalmar, OLHS
  • Dylan Law, OLHS
  • Isabella Marcucci, OLHS
  • Emma Ranalli, OLHS
  • Andrew Runyon, OLHS
  • Olivia Kamer, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS)
  • Max Springer, OOHS

Kiahna Tucker from OOHS has been named a Semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black American high school students.  Black students may have entered both the 2015 National Achievement Program and the 2015 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.(PSAT/NMSQT).

Congratulations to all of these outstanding Olentangy scholars!

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

For more information on the National Achievement Scholarship Program, visit http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php

**Olentangy has permission from these students and their parents to list full names and schools in this announcement.

Olentangy Earns Overall A Grade on State Report Card

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For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

Olentangy Local Schools has again led the way in academic achievement based on the results of the 2013-2014 Ohio School District Report Cards released September 12, 2014.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. This places Olentangy in the top three school districts in central Ohio and in the top 4.2 percentage of the 610 public school districts statewide to earn all A’s and B’s.

“I am pleased with the results, and we will continue working toward meeting the goal of all A’s,” said Olentangy Local Schools Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D.

The release marks the second year under the state’s new evaluation system, which uses letter grades rather than terms ranging from Excellent to Academic Watch.

A PI ranking is a state calculation that measures overall academic performance based on the results of the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

The revamped report-card grading system is more complex than in the past. In addition to assigning a letter grade, the new reporting method raises the benchmark from 75 percent to 80 percent of a district’s students needing to score “proficient” or better to meet the 24 individual benchmarks. Olentangy has exceeded these levels, meeting 24 of the 24 indicators.

The district also performed well in the value-added categories (a measure of student academic growth within a single school year), and in the sub-group categories which include students with disabilities and students in the lowest 20 percent of the statewide achievement benchmarks. The Olentangy gifted-student population also showed growth in earning an A, up from the letter grade B earned last year.


 

2013-2014 DISTRICT-WIDE REPORT CARD RESULTS

Accountability
Performance Index| | 108.7: A
Performance Indicators | 24 of 24: A Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate | 97.7 percent: A
5-Year Graduation Rate | 99.0 percent: A
Progress (Value Added)
All Students:  A
Gifted Students: A
Students with Disabilities (IEP and take the OAA): A
The Lowest 20% (distribution of statewide scores): A

Click HERE to download a copy of the the full 2013-2014 District Report Card.


 

* Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) measure the academic performance of specific groups of students, such as racial and demographic groups. Each of these groups is compared against the collective performance of all students statewide.

Olentangy Earns State Award for Excellent Record Keeping

IMG_5873Olentangy 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 September 11 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 two consecutive years, and seven times overall.

Food Service Adds Built-to-Order Burritos to Menu

A new item on the lunch menu at Olentangy photo 3Local Schools is proving to be a big hit with students. The district’s Food Service Department has introduced a Fiesta Bar that allows students to select their own toppings for a Chiptole-style burrito or bowl. The burritos and select toppings are available during lunch every Tuesday and Thursday at the district’s high schools, and every Thursday at the middle schools.

 

A chef from JTM Food Services, the manufacturer of the food products, was on hand at Liberty High School August 26 to help dish out the personalized burritos and promote the new FiestIMG_5770a Bar. Students began asking for a Chipotle-style burrito option last year, which prompted Olentangy’s Food Service Department to create the Fiesta Bar.