OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Superintendent's Weekly Update - February 26, 2021

Otsego Community -


Please take a look at the image below! We hit a milestone today! After today, we will have ZERO student or staff isolations and ZERO student or staff quarantines!! Thank you, students, staff, and community for doing your part to keep everyone safe!! I know this hasn't been easy and sacrifices have had to be made across the board and will continue to be made, but in-person learning is what is best for our students. Thank you for doing your part! #OtsegoProud


Remote Learning Friday, March 12th - There will be a Remote Learning Day on March 12th for our staff to get their 2nd dose of the vaccine. It will operate the same way as last Friday.


Calamity Day Information-


We have currently missed 7 days of school because of the weather. We have ONE blizzard bag day left. The next calamity day we use it will be a blizzard bag.


If we miss 2 calamity days from now until March 19th, we will MAKE UP a student day on Monday, March 22nd. As of now, March 22nd is a no-student day, but if we miss 2 days from now until then this will become a student day.


After March 19th - If we miss any calamity days after March 19th, we will make the days up virtually. We will communicate this with your students but the day will be virtual. They will have work to complete ON the calamity day and will due when they return. The principals will get more information out to you, but I wanted to give everyone the heads up that we will make the days up virtually.


I hope that we do not miss any more days, but you never know. Thank you for your continued flexibility this year! We appreciate it more than you will ever know.


CLICK HERE FOR THE OTSEGO COVID-19 DASHBOARD

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Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, March 8th


Food pick-up is Monday, March 8th from 4-5 pm in the back of the high school near the football stadium. Please make sure you come to pick up the food if you signed up.


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for food pick up on March 8th


Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students. Even if your child packs every day have them try our lunches. We are ok with that. It would be a great opportunity for them to try out our food service program.


Adam Koch


GO KNIGHTS!

Board of Education Highlights

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting last night. The highlights are below.


A. Recognition of Otsego Junior High and High School Students of the Month for February:

6th Grade – Charis Mehl, Eric Bonnough; 7th Grade – Ava DuBois, Nolan Gierhart;

8th Grade – Samantha Gundy, Mason Brewer; Freshman – Vance Weaver;

Sophomore – Alyssa Malanowski; Junior – Serina Wheeler; Senior – Rylee Hollar


B. Recognition of Abby Gase for her achievements at the State Swim Meet.


C. Superintendent Update – Adam Koch


Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Approved New Fund: 300-9255 Hosting NBC Event Fund

C. Approval to move $2,862 from Bond Retirement to General Fund, from 2015 posting error

D. Approved the FMLA

E. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District


Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved Keegan Digby as a volunteer

B. First reading of the 2021-2022 school year calendar. The proposed calendar is below. They will officially approve it next month.

C. Approved the College Credit Plus Agreement

D. Scheduled a work session for March 16th at 6 pm in room c145.

E. Approved the following changes in personnel:


Retirement Resignation:

Dale Bernard, teacher, effective at the end of the 2020/2021 school year


Resignation:

Judy Dussel, aide

Tim McKenzie, aide


Classified Employees One-Year Limited Contract for 2020-2021:

Tim McKenzie, Bus Driver


Approved the substitute teacher list as submitted by the Wood County ESC


2020-2021 School Year Supplementals:

Jacob Caris .5 Assistant Varsity Track

Anne Miesle Assistant Varsity Track


2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:

Josh Poulson


2020-2021 School Year Volunteers:

Sydney Barnes

Proposed 21-22 School Calendar - Will be official after the March Board Meeting

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Summer Baseball and Softball Sign ups

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Grand Rapids Community Members,


We are so excited to announce that there WILL BE a 2021 Youth Baseball / Softball / T-Ball Season for youth ages 4-15! We have been working with the other towns in our Otsego Community to ensure that we could all provide a safe and fun experience for our kids this season. Registration details are below. We will only collect registration forms at this time and collect payment at a later date once teams are finalized. Practice typically begins in early April with games going from mid-May to the end of June / mid-July depending on the age group. Most teams practice once/twice a week until games start. Please direct any questions to Darin Pogan at cdpogan@frontier.com or (419)276-8736. Share this email with others in our community and watch our Facebook page “Grand Rapids Little League” (@grybs) for news and updates.


Register players by completing the attached forms and dropping them off at the Marathon Gas Station in Grand Rapids, or attend in-person signup. A $10/player late registration fee will be issued after March 15th.


In-Person Sign Up Dates: (masks required and social distancing)

Thursday, March 4th 6-8 pm Old Fire Station – 24232 Front St Grand Rapids

Saturday, March 6th 9-11 am Old Fire Station – 24232 Front St Grand Rapids


Drop-Off Sign Up Dates:

Now – Sunday, March 14th 6am-9pm Marathon Station – 24010 Front St Grand Rapids

Attention HS Parents

Please talk to your children about this and have them sign up if they are interested.



Ohio Means Jobs is offering a FREE Virtual Career Premiere on Wednesday, March 10th.


This will provide anyone interested to look at organizations and career pathways you may wish to consider. It will also address questions and offer guidance about specific career fields.


It's divided into 5 Career Clusters.


  1. Manufacturing
  2. Medical Careers
  3. Logistics
  4. Information & Digital Technology
  5. Construction & Skilled Trades
    *More information about these are clusters are included in the link below.


There will be three separate sessions.


  1. 9am - 10:15am
  2. 10:30am - 11:45am
  3. 12:30pm - 1:45pm


If you would like to attend any of these sessions I will have a room available for you to log in and attend. I have attached the sign-up link below. Please TAKE A LOOK and sign up if you are interested.




CLICK HERE to preview the Career Clusters & SIGN-UP

Music Booster Fish Fry ** Please Note the New Date

Dear Otsego Knights Community,


The Otsego Music Boosters wishes to invite you to our 6th annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 26th from 4:00-7:00 pm, offered this year as a convenient drive-thru event outside of the High School Commons.


The dinners will include 3 pieces of Pollock, baked potato, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. We also are offering a Macaroni & Cheese and hotdog option..


Your purchase of a meal directly impacts the students by providing funds for uniforms, instruments, scholarships, and performances. We appreciate your support and hope this provides you with a convenient and delicious meal.


Tickets for Fish Fry

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ticket order form that can be turned into the front office (attn: fish fry). You can also email Mr. Brewster at mbrewster@otsegoknights.org to reserve tickets. The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, March 11th. All checks should be written to the Otsego Music Boosters.”


Due to Covid, we will not have performances this year, but your support will allow us to resume public performances as soon as safety permits!

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations


Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Please use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.


Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical-related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.


Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Otsego Food Pantry

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.


Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com


Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!

Athletics

Athletic Spirit Wear


Baseball - www.allwearclothing.com/order-forms/info-template-o/

the password to access the sale is: woba


Softball - https://otsegosoftball21.itemorder.com/sale


Track - https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/DFHuX5rVhL

Baseball Volunteer - The Otsego Baseball team is looking for a volunteer assistant for the JV program. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Chase Welker at cwelker@otsegoknights.org for more information.
CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Friday, February 26

7:00 - V BBK @ Eastwood *Sectional Game

Wrestling Sectionals - Oak Harbor


Saturday, February 27

11:15 - 8th BBK @ Woodmore vs. Eastwood *NBC Championship Game*

Wrestling Sectionals - Oak Harbor

Youth Soccer

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COMMUNITY EVENTS SECTION

Reminder: Please send me any and all community events that you might know of. I love sharing things in and around our great community. I will start sending out updates every Friday starting the first week of school. If you could email me community events by Thursday evening that would be great. Thank you.
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Community Gardens at the Ag. Incubator Foundation

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Questions, Concerns, Comments, or Rumors

I would like to introduce a way for the community to ask the Otsego Team a question, clarify a rumor, address a concern, or comment on anything Otsego. Please use the form below to ask your question. We will answer them throughout the year in this update. Our goal is to be transparent with the Otsego Community and give you another avenue to ask us questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email. Thank you!


Click here to submit your question

SPONSORS

The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance