The 2015 Inklings Writing Contest Finalists

60The following students placed in the Inklings Writing Competition and are invited to attend the awards ceremony on Monday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Shanahan Middle School’s multi-purpose room, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center. Congratulations finalists!

Elementary Finalists

  • Jack S.                    Arrowhead Elementary School
  • Caroline C.              Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Henry G.                 Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Chase M.                Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Natalie R.                Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Allex W.                   Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Kiruthiga B.             Glen Oak Elementary School
  • Emma B .                Glen Oak Elementary School
  • Niha T.                     Glen Oak Elementary School
  • Connor P.                Heritage Elementary School
  • Annabel L.               Indian Springs Elementary School
  • Lucy K.                    Liberty Tree Elementary School
  • Sanjana Y.               Olentangy Meadows Elementary School
  • Saisree K.               Olentangy Meadows Elementary School
  • Julia Kate V.            Tyler Run Elementary School
  • Ellis W.                    Tyler Run Elementary School

Middle School Finalists 

  • Ashley A.                    Berkshire Middle School
  • Jenna H.                     Berkshire Middle School
  • Benjamin J.                Berkshire Middle School
  • Sophia R.                   Berkshire Middle School
  • Charlotte S.                Berkshire Middle School
  • JoAnn V.                     Berkshire Middle School
  • Julia W.                      Berkshire Middle School
  • Tyler H.                      Hyatts Middle School
  • Linnea K.                   Hyatts Middle School
  • Paige O.                    Hyatts Middle School
  • Madison R.                Hyatts Middle School
  • Kayla R.                    Hyatts Middle School
  • Paige S.                    Hyatts Middle School
  • Matt W.                     Liberty Middle School
  • Isabelle A.                 Orange Middle School
  • Lauren P.                   Orange Middle School
  • Emily R.                    Orange Middle School
  • Grace Yiqing W.        Orange Middle School
  • Jacob C.                  Shanahan Middle School
  • Morgan G.                Shanahan Middle School
  • Annorjan N.              Shanahan Middle School
  • Oluwabusayo O.       Shanahan Middle School
  • Sophie S.                 Shanahan Middle School

Board Sets Superintendent Search Timeline

The Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education met on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to discuss the timeline and parameters for hiring the district’s next superintendent.  The Board has hired the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) to perform the search.  Below is the approved superintendent search timeline.

Objective Date
Planning Meeting Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Board Gives Final Approval for Brochure Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Materials Sent to Print Thursday, May 7, 2015
Brochure Mailed (officially launch search) Friday, May 8, 2015
Recruiting & Collection Period Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Focus Groups in District TBD (May 7, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21)
Closing Date for Applications Wednesday, May 27, 2015
OSBA Screening Committee Meets Monday, June 1, 2015
Board Receives Screening Committee Report Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
First Round Interviews June 8 – 10, 2015
Reference Checking Period & Achiever Testing June 11 – 16, 2015
Second Round Interviews June 17 – 19, 2015
School Community Meet and Greet with Finalists June 22 – 23, 2015
Board of Education Deliberation, Decision June 24 – 26, 2015
Board Takes Official Action to Employ Week of June 29, 2015
New Superintendent Begins Employment TBD/negotiated


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:


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.



  • 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.



  • 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 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 or (740) 657-4030.

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.