Superintendent's Weekly Update - May 7, 2021

Otsego Community -

Parent Survey - Your feedback is valuable to us and we are asking you to complete a brief culture and climate survey. CLICK HERE The survey will be open until June 1st. Please take a few minutes to complete this. It would really mean a lot to us as we plan for the future and to better serve our students.

Quarantine Rules: I hope this doesn't happen anymore this year, but Wood County reduced the quarantine rules to 10 days yesterday. There are a lot of restrictions in place on days 11-14, but the positive is that students can come to school and ride the bus on day 11. If we need to quarantine anyone moving forward it will be 10 days from the last date of exposure. Again, I hope we can string a few positive weeks together where we do NOT have any quarantines but if we do the time will be reduced a few days.

Graduation Parade - We are going to have a Senior Parade again this year. We will have the same route as last here. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ROUTE AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS. The parade is set for Saturday, May 22nd starting at 6 pm. Hope you can join the route and help us celebrate the Class of 2021!


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Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, May 17th


Food pick-up is Monday, May 17th 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.

Food Service Balances - As mentioned last week, every student will receive a free lunch and breakfast next year. A couple of parents have donated their lunch account balances to the Knights Have Your Back program. If you would like to transfer your child's lunch balance to this wonderful program please email me giving us permission to move your account balance to the Knights Have Your Back program. akoch@otsegoknights.org We really appreciate the support of our students.

Adam Koch


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!


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!


The Otsego Volleyball program is excited about our Mintonette volleyball program, for any girl entering 4th-6th grade. This program will consist of four weeks (Mondays & Wednesdays) of participating on a volleyball team, led by a coach, where the focus of instruction will be teaching technical and strategic skills, team building, and the basic fundamentals of volleyball. In addition, teams will have an opportunity to practice their newly learned skills during matches when they compete against another team. The cost of the program will be $75.00/player. Checks can be made out to the Otsego Board of Education with “volleyball” on the memo line.


CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Friday, May 7

4:45 - JV BB @ Woodmore

4:45 - V SB (H) Genoa

4:45 - V BB (H) Woodmore

Saturday, May 8

10:00 - JV BB @ Wauseon

11:00 - V BB @ Fostoria

Monday, May 10

4:15 - JH TR (H) Eastwood/North Baltimore

4:30 - JV TR @ Eastwood

4:30 - JV BB @ Central Catholic

4:45 - V SB @ Lake

4:45 - V BB @ Genoa

Tuesday, May 11

4:45 - JV BB @ Lake

5:00 - V SB (H) Van Buren

5:00 - V BB (H) Van Buren

Wednesday, May 12

4:45 - JV BB @ Woodmore

4:45 - JV SB @ Woodmore

4:45 - V SB (H) Genoa

Thursday, May 13

4:45 - JV SB (H) Eastwood

4:45 - JV BB (H) Genoa

Friday, May 14

4:30 - JH TR @ NBC Championships (Eastwood)

4:45 - JV SB @ Fostoria

4:45 - V BB (H) Woodmore

5:00 - V SB (H) Sectional Game

Saturday, May 15

10:00 - HS TR @ NBC Championships (Eastwood)


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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Program over former local Wood County business,

D.D. Gross Motor Sales

The Wood County Museum is excited to offer a new virtual program in partnership with the North Baltimore Public Library. The first Virtual History Series program will be available online, free of charge, on May 13th at 12:00 PM via Zoom and is presented by Scott Gross (Wood County Historical Society Board Member.) Gross’ program is “Whippets, Clippers, and Larks: The Story of D. D. Gross Motor Sales”. This presentation provides a nostalgic overview of the D.D. Gross Motor Sales business –which includes research, photographs, “automobilia”, along with first-hand stories from past employees and customers. The business began by selling Willy’s Overland automobiles and went on to sell Packard’s and Studebakers, before closing in 1972.

Please contact the North Baltimore Public Library for Zoom Log-In information at 419-257-3621.

Visit the Wood County Museum website for a full schedule & details or follow the Museum on Facebook at Wood County Museum. If you are not currently receiving emails from the Museum, be sure to sign up using the link on their website at woodcountyhistory.org to get program details sent directly to you.

Virtual History Series presented by: Edwin & Irma Wolf and Lynn & Betty Wineland. Support for the Virtual History Series is in thanks of the many Tea Card Holders of the Tea & Talk Series.

Questions can be directed to the museum at any time by calling 419-352-0967 or email marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

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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


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