One Community Conference
The ONE Community Conference is an annual event hosted at one of our four high school buildings. Started in 2014 with 95 participants, we have since grown the conference to over 350 attendees. A collaborative effort between all departments across the district, the purpose of the event is to provide participants with a learning opportunity focused on supporting students with a variety of needs from all different backgrounds.
We strongly believe in creating platforms to showcase student voice, as we seek to use personal experiences as a spring board for how to shift our practice. This unique opportunity allows for stakeholders from all walks of life to come together and brainstorm through some of society’s most pressing issues. While the event primarily hosts students, staff, and families within the district, it is open to the general public.
2022 ONE Community Conference: "Looking Back to Move Forward"
EVENT 1: MLK Day of Service
Olentangy Schools invites students, teachers, and families to participate in our 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 17. This will be used as a day ON and not just a day OFF as we celebrate the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and make a difference in our community. To address the inequities present in our community that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, we will collect items of need to donate to local community organizations. Last year, we were able to donate over 15,000 items and we want to exceed those efforts this year!
Click here to access the donation list, information regarding each organization, data/statistics, read alouds related to each community issue, and reflection questions that can be discussed at home. Once you have chosen the organization and the cause you would like to support, please drop off your donations to our administrative offices on January 17 at 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center, OH 43035 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
To avoid traffic backing up on Orange Road and streamline the drop off, please enter Graphics Way from Orangepoint Drive. Then enter the Olentangy Administrative Offices parking lot from the north and proceed around the parking lot as shown on the map. Please stay in your car and volunteers will greet you to collect your donations.
EVENT 2: african american Read in and author panel
During Black History Month, Olentangy's Equity and Inclusion Team is hosting an “African American Read In'' for the entire district, in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The goal of NCTE’s initiative is to read books by African American authors that elevate African American experiences.
The Equity and Inclusion team has chosen a total of 21 different titles to cultivate a love of reading while celebrating the literary contributions of African Americans right here in Ohio.
In addition to the Read In, there will be a virtual panel event on Monday, February 28 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. featuring local authors who will discuss their journey to becoming an author, the craft of writing, and any upcoming projects.
All are invited to attend this ONE Community Conference event.
EVENT 3: district service plunge
Olentangy Schools invites students, teachers, and families to participate in the second annual District Service Plunge on Saturday, March 19. The goal is to connect our schools and the community through service learning.
Students and families can choose from 11 different service projects, engaging with community partners from across Delaware and northern Franklin counties. Projects take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours to complete. A number of projects are able to be completed in your own home, while others bring you on-site with our community partners. COVID-19 safety protocols will be adhered to at all in-person locations. Elementary and middle school students will need to be accompanied by an adult to engage in any in-person projects.
To view all projects and sign up to volunteer, visit the Service Plunge Notebook.
The interactive notebook will be your means of engaging with the event. Inside, you will find information about each community partner, details for the projects, reflection questions for before and after the learning experience, read alouds for each societal issue, and a registration link to sign up.
EVENT 4: MINI CONFERENCE AND STUDENT KEYNOTE
Olentangy Schools will host the final ONE Community Conference event on Saturday, April 23 from 8:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Liberty High School. This mini conference is open to all stakeholders and members of the surrounding communities.
To support the district’s strategic plan of promoting a culture of inclusive excellence, the conference will highlight voices in the field doing the work to support these efforts. The keynote speakers for the day will be our very own Olentangy high school students who will share their experiences with identity, community, and resilience. We believe that centering student voices is at the heart of what helps us get better as a school community.
We hope you join us on this special day and take advantage of this opportunity to reflect, learn and grow together as One Olentangy.
2021 ONE Community Conference: "Healing Through ONE Community" Recap
In 2021, we hosted our 7th Annual ONE Community Conference Series, "Healing Through ONE Community.” This conference addressed the trauma experienced from Covid-19, distance learning, and the racial injustices happening across the country. We provided engaging ways for our students, staff and families to positively connect, learn, grow, and heal together. From January - May, we featured speakers, a wellness component, virtual author visits, held a community-wide book study, listened to student keynote remarks, and participated in service-learning projects. All six events were a success! Thank you to our Olentangy community for showing up to listen, volunteer, learn, and support these events. Based on survey feedback, the district will host the ONE Community Conference in another series format next year.
- Event #1: First Annual District-Wide MLK Day of Service - On January 18, we came together as ONE Olentangy to volunteer our time, talents, and treasures toward the continuous improvement of our community. We donated over 14,000 items to local community organizations.
- CHOICES – 11,787 Kids Snack Kits
- LSS CHOICES – 190 Natural Hair Care Kits
- Delaware County Diaper Bank – 541 Diapers and Wipes
- Turning Point – 197 Twin Bedding Sets & Pillows, 323 Clothing Items and 158 Pet Items
- Mount Carmel Frontline Healthcare Workers – 1,280 Cheer Cards
- Event #2: Elena Aguilar & Barbara Fant - On January 30, this presentation focused on five power strategies for cultivating resilience. The wellness component consisted of a guided writing exercise around finding and cultivating joy in the midst of challenge and pain. 464 people registered for this event. Based on post-survey results, 89.5% of participants were highly satisfied with this event.
"I was inspired by the energy and passion of the speakers. They provided thoughtful reflection and safe spaces to be present.”
“It takes a village of collaboration to make change.”
- Event #3: Virtual Author Visits - During February, our district participated in a community-wide African American Read-In in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Students read books that elevate and celebrate the Black experience. Students in every building participated in a trivia contest and had the opportunity to win books written by featured authors. On February 22nd, students and families had the opportunity to participate in a virtual author visit with Matthew Carter & Oge Mora. 392 families registered for this event. Based on post survey results, 97% of participants were highly satisfied with the experience.
"Loved hearing from Oge Mora and the kids enjoyed her reading the story. It was very relatable to their lives and fun to hear from someone local.”
“Seeing how Carter's difficulties in his life didn't stop him to overcome and push forward. He was honest and straightforward, and kids need to hear that you can overcome adversity.”
- Event #4: First Annual District Service Plunge - On March 27, students, staff, and families had the opportunity to learn together through community service. Participants chose from 10 different service projects, engaging with community partners from across Delaware and northern Franklin counties. The organizers created an interactive notebook which explained the various service projects, provided information about the service partners, offered additional resources to learn more about the social issue being addressed, and an area to reflect on the experience. We had a total of 393 staff, students, and families sign up to participate in this experience. Based on survey results, 100% of participants were highly satisfied with the event.
“I loved everything about this program. I love the wide variety of organizations and tasks. I think there was something for everyone...different types of activities that you could choose from based on your desired level of involvement.”
“It was awesome! Please do it again next year!”
- Event #5: Virtual Student Keynote Speakers - On April 21, high school students shared their experiences with identity, community, and healing. We believe that centering student voice and experience is at the heart of what helps us get better as a school community. 271 people registered for this dynamic event. Based on post survey results, 87.5% of participants were highly satisfied with the event.
"The individual courage, talent and strength of these students who were given a platform to use their voice. Bravo!!”
“I loved hearing the students' experiences! They talked about tough subjects but presented a positive vision for the future if we allow ourselves to really learn from each other.”
- Event #6: Dr. Gholdy Muhammad - On May 8, this keynote speaker focused on how educators can cultivate healing and joy through Culturally and Historically Responsive pedagogy (CHRE). Over 200 people registered for this event. Based on post survey results, 50% of participants were highly satisfied with the event.
“That everyone has genius and we need to look at positives over deficiencies. Plus the black model of educational excellence is fascinating!”
“Gholdy brought energy and joy to her presentation and shared actual examples of culturally responsive lessons for K-12.”