Dear Olentangy families,
Although today started off with snow flurries, it really is April
in Olentangy Local Schools! And although this Ohio spring weather is
questionable, there is never a doubt that April brings fantastic opportunities
to experience great work by our students and staff.
This week, I had the chance to attend the One Community Equity and
Inclusion conference: Empowering Student Voice; a conference where our own
students were the keynote speakers sharing their experiences and insights on
this important topic. I could not be more impressed by our students’
professionalism, honesty and opinions. Congratulations to each of these young
people for so effectively enlightening many of us through sharing their wisdom.
This week, I also attended an outstanding Mary Poppins performance
at Orange High School. This spring musical was
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! The remaining Mary Poppins performances
will be held this weekend. If you are looking for something to do, this is
worth your while! In addition, Olentangy High School’s theater department will
be performing Shrek: The Musical the weekend of April 21-23 as well as hosting
a pancake breakfast with a character meet and greet tomorrow morning in the OHS
cafeteria and Liberty High School’s theater department will be debuting
the Rock of Ages musical April 28-30. If you have not taken advantage of
attending a high school theater production previously, I strongly encourage you
to do so-our students are quite talented and their productions are always
Our three high schools also host art festivals throughout the
month of April annually. You will be able to attend Orange High School’s
festival Sunday, April 9, Liberty High School’s festival Sunday, April 23 and
Olentangy High School’s art festival Sunday, April 30. These festivals display
impressive student artwork throughout the building and is yet another great
showcase of fabulous student work.
Additionally, all spring sports are in full swing, despite the
weather. If you have the chance, stop by any of these athletic events to cheer
our student athletes on! Rain, snow or shine, they are doing a great job
representing Olentangy Local Schools!
As always, when I reflect on the work of our students and staff,
our amazing community support, I am humbled by the opportunity I have to serve
as Superintendent of such a great school district and community. Thank YOU for
all you do to make this a great place to be!
Proud to serve as your
Mark T. Raiff