Delaware Buckeyes Award Second Annual Scholarship


Olentangy Orange Student Receives Local Scholarship to OSU


The OSU Alumni Club of Delaware County is pleased to announce that their second annual scholarship has been awarded.    The recipient is Mohammed Dweik.    Dweik is a 2015 graduate of Olentangy Orange High School and resides in Lewis Center.   At Olentangy Orange, he was on [Read more…]

Delaware County Schools on Delay, Friday January 9, 2015

Updated Friday January 9, 2015 6:34 am.


Schools on 1 Hour Delay

Delaware Area Career Center
Delaware Christian School

Schools on 2 hour delay

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware City Schools
Olentangy Schools


Delaware County Ohio School Closings and Delays Thursday January 8, 2015.


Complete listing of Delaware County Ohio School Vlosings

Updated Wednesday January 7, 2015 9:48 pm.

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools


List of Delaware County School Closings – January 6, 2015


Updated Tuesday January 6, 2015 6:23 am.

Delaware County Snow Level Emergency: 1

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools


Franklin University will delay opening its Central Ohio locations to 10 a.m.


ODN to Host Dyslexia Sessions at Olentangy Diversity Conference

CEUs available; Registration ends September 1

ODN will host several free sessions on dyslexia including a simulation on what it is like to be dyslexic and another on Dyslexia 101. The sessions are open to all and are free as part of Olentangy’s One Community diversity conference.

“We are thrilled to take part in this conference and to help get the word out about a reading difficulty that affects 1 in 5 people,” stated Carole Dorn-Bell, president of ODN. “The sessions that ODN is hosting are very insightful and engaging programs so without a doubt they will be crowd favorites.”

ODN’s sessions will be led by field professional Beth Reusser, a Certified Academic Language Therapist with Sensible Learning, LLC.

The diversity conference will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 8:30-3:30 at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center. The conference is free and is open to parents and teachers. CEUs can be purchased for conference attendance.

ODN’s three-session lineup is as follows:
· Session 1 – 9:50-10:50 a.m., “What it’s like to be dyslexic: A simulation”
· Session 2 – 10:55-11:55 a.m., “What it’s like to be dyslexic: A simulation”
· Session 3 – 2:05-2:55 p.m., “Dyslexia 101: Just the Facts”

Those planning to attend should register by Monday, September 1:

For more information on ODN simply download ODN’s free mobile app, like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and online at

You have the Diploma…What Now?

I’m finally done! I’ve managed to acquire that little piece of paper as proof that I’m equipped to take on the world, make my own way, and pay an ungodly amount of student loans!  The question is…now what?

The summer in between senior year of high school and the first year of college is supposedly of great importance to the recent graduate.  It’s the summer before you have to enter
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Help the Olentangy Education Foundation Recognize the Staff Member Who has Made a Difference for Your Child

The Olentangy Education Foundation is proudly sponsoring its annual

district-wide “Staff Commendation Program.”  The commendation program

gives families an opportunity to thank Olentangy Schools staff members who

have gone above and beyond and made your child’s year special or

successful.   Your commendation may be submitted for ANY staff member,

including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, support staff, coaches

and others.


Donations made in the name of the commended staff member help the

Olentangy Education Foundation provide teacher grants for innovative

programs that are not covered by the District budget, and annual

scholarships for graduating seniors at all three high schools.  The

Olentangy Education Foundation greatly appreciates your gift of any

amount. There is no limit to the number of commendations you may

submit. [

]Click here to submit your commendation. If the staff member you would

like to recognize is not listed in the database, please email Olentangy

Education Foundation Staff Commendation Program Chairperson, Krista Davis,

at [ ]


Each commendation will be shared with the honoree, his or her Principal

and the Superintendent at the conclusion of the program. All commendations

will be shared with staff members and their supervisor, no later than June

1, 2014. The 2013-2014 Staff Commendation Program will be open through

May 31, 2014.


For additional information, please contact Olentangy Education Foundation

Staff Commendation Program Chairperson, Krista Davis, at [ ]


Starting College while in High School

So you’re in high school, and you’re scheduling for next year, and you’re having trouble filling your schedule because you’ve already taken most of the classes you need or want to take.

 (Doodle courtesy me.)

(Doodles courtesy of me.)

Maybe this is you in two years.  Maybe this is you in ten years.  Or maybe, this is your child.  They’re going to get to high school eventually.  So here’s something to chew on.

What if you could take college courses for free your junior or senior year of high school?

Sounds too good to be true, right?  Well it isn’t because this is a reality.  The state of Ohio offers a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) for high school students who have completed the curriculum at their high schools.  PSEOP has two options.  There’s option A, where you pay for tuition and books, but the college credit does not count towards the student’s high school GPA.  And then there is option B, where tuition and books are paid for you, and the credit counts toward both high school and college GPA.  This said, colleges may put a cap on how many courses you can take.

I’ve experienced the wonders of option B this year, and I’m here to explain to you this wonderful program that a lot of people don’t seem to know about until it’s too late.  I’ve compiled some lists of things that you need to know when considering the program with the help of my friends Kendall Markley and Jessica Silber, who have also participated in PSEOP.  We’ve all attended OSU Marion within our high school careers.


Why should you do it?

  • You arrange your schedule.  I’m not a morning person, so I arranged my classes so I can wake up somewhere between seven and eight every day.  Since you have to coordinate a high school and college schedule, your guidance office will probably be very flexible with you.  As a result, this year I’m taking classes that I like, and classes that challenge me.

    Your guidance councilor will help you out!

    Your guidance counselor will help you out!

  • It’s exploratory!  Jessica said, “I am still undecided in what I want to major in when I am in college but I have used my classes to help me figure out what things I like and which ones I don’t.”  For me, personally, it was an Intro to Fiction class I took last semester that helped me realize I wanted to go into English.  Without PSEO I would still be back at the drawing board when it comes to careers.
  • It’ll give you a good idea of what college classes are like.  Former PSEOP student Kendall explained how PSEO helped her feel comfortable at college, “When I came to Ohio University in fall 2013 I hardly felt like a fish out of water. It was a new experience, but the PSEOP program showed me what classes were like and how it was structured.”

    You might find yourself taking more notes than you previously had thought was humanly possible.

    You might find yourself taking more notes than you previously had thought was humanly possible.

  • You can get part of your freshman year out of the way.  “I had about 9 credit hours already before I had even started classes, and it took care of many of my general education requirements,” Kendall said, “having those extra hours is amazing!”
  • It’s free.  Kendall’s 9 credit hours have a $2,677.50 value.  I have 18 credit hours from this year, a $3,570.00  value.  Need I say more?  I think not.


Things to Consider before Jumping in:

  • Juggling Schedules.  Be prepared to juggle extracurricular activities with your classes and work.

PSEOP_article_juggling  Jessica participated in Student Council, BV’s fall play, and spring musical all while taking two college courses.  But she worked with her teachers and advisors, and she managed her schedule well.  Kendall worked a job on top of her four classes at high school and her two college courses, but she said, “It can be stressful, but in the end it’s worth it.”

  • Harder classes.  So this one goes two ways.  You’ll probably only have a couple papers a semester per class, maybe some tests and quizzes, so the quality of writing necessary to receive and A in a college class is higher than in a high school class.  And your notes are your friends in most cases.  Other than that, you probably won’t miss the absence of busywork and dumb worksheets.   Like Kendall told me, “if you are prepared and on top of things, it’s a breeze.”
  • Driving.   You will spend more time driving than usually, since you’ll be going back and forth from high school to campus to home (Unless campus is really close to you, in which case you are a real lucky duck).  Make sure you are up for the driving.  So I do not suggest getting your license the day before school starts the year you start participating in PSEO like I did…


Advice, Tips, and Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Depending on whether or not your school weights courses you take through PSEO, you may lose your chance at become Valedictorian.  If being Valedictorian is something important to you and your high school does not weight these classes, you may want to think a bit before you jump into this program.  (I’d say do it anyway though.)
  • When you get your text books, you do have to return them at the end of the semester.  But feel free to write in them all you want!  I spent the whole first semester this year obsessively using sticky notes and looking like a lunatic for it.  Second semester, I marked up all my books, and it just makes writing reports so much easier.
  • Don’t worry about being the only high school student on campus, because you’re not.   It’s more than likely the people in your classes won’t even know you’re in high school unless you tell them.  And if you do, they’ll either think you’re crazy smart, or they’ll understand because they were also a PSEOP student.  Don’t purposefully conceal your high school identity; you are not a ninja spy.

    Ninja spies do ninja spy things, and students do student things.  And concealing your identity is not a student thing.

    Ninja spies do ninja spy things, and students do student things. And concealing your identity is not a student thing.

  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT procrastinate on writing your papers or studying for an exam or test.  This leads to staying up until three in the morning to finish your paper and then being exhausted for the next day and everything you say sounds like it came from the mouth of a four year old.  Take it from the girl who had to present in front of the class on about four hours of sleep.  So no procrastination.  Only healthy amounts of sleep.

    Ah, yes.  The pure joy of sleep.

    Ah, yes. The pure jubilation of sleep.

  • Not sure if you want to participate in PSEO?  “Just do it.  It’s easier than it sounds”—Kendall



PSEOP is something that I will never regret participating in.  I’ve found what I want to do, learned countless things I wouldn’t otherwise know, and I now know what college is going to be like.  Think about this program even if you or your child is just starting high school.  I had to purposefully plan my schedule each year to maximize the amount of requirements I got out of the way so that I could spend my senior year taking college courses.  If you’re actually considering the program, but you’re still not sure, find a PSEOP student at your high school and ask them about their experience—I’m sure they’d love to tell you.  You can also ask your school’s guidance department for information on the program.  Some rules and things may vary by school, so below are some links to information online.  Some of them contain old information, so check with your guidance office if you’re interested.

Big Walnut
Buckeye Valley
Delaware Hayes
Westerville City Schools 


List of private schools in Ohio who participated last year, but check with your school to see if they’re participating the year you want to do it.

Orange “Out The Door” 5 K, Saturday March 22, 2014

Tired of being stuck inside during this cold Ohio winter? Spring is coming, so it’s time to get out the door and join us for the 1st Annual Orange “Out the Door” 5K presented by Anne Therese M.D. Aesthetic Medicine. This 5k road run/walk will take place at Olentangy Orange High School on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:30am and all proceeds will go to the OOHS Track and Cross Country Teams. Bring the whole family as we’ll have a FREE kids race at 9:15 a.m. with Pioneer Pete running as well!

The cost for 5k run/walk entry is $25 until March 10th and is $30 from March 11th through race day. You can register the morning of the race starting at 7:15am, but to guarantee your dri-fit tshirt you should register by the 10th. Please register online and find more details at Other highlights are cash prizes to the overall winners, age group awards, food, music and raffling off Columbus Crew tickets. Register today!

Meet The Newest Additions to the DelawareO Writing Team!

Writers, writers, and more writers!

DelawareO prides itself on being the online resource for all of Delaware County Ohio and finding local up and coming talent. That is why it seemed like a natural fit to look for writers that are still in high school looking to define / refine their skills.

All I can say is we hit the proverbial mother load. We had applicants from all over Delaware County apply from Big Walnut, Hayes, Buckeye Valley, Olentangy Schools, and Delaware Christian. With no further adieu, please meet and congratulate the 8 newest members of our writing team. [Read more…]