Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Week 3)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Off to a GREAT Start!

We had a very smooth opening week. Our New Student Orientation was a success and this year's incoming 9th graders and all our new enrollees are awesome. What a fun group. Definitely off to a great start. This week we had a lot going on. We practiced our first safety drills, introduced the block schedule and success period. Kids filled out a career interest inventory survey through the Ohio Means Jobs web portal and all our fall sports seasons have begun. We have several home events this weekend and I am looking forward to watching our students compete and perform. have a great Holiday Weekend. NO SCHOOL MONDAY for LABOR DAY. See you next week on TUESDAY. We will be on a Black Schedule. #OneHeartbeat Go Knights!


The student drop off and pick up location is in the FRONT of the HS and JH. Parents, please do not pick up or drop off your child(ren) in the back of the building. The bus parking area is for BUSES ONLY. NO VEHICLE ARE PERMITTED TO BE IN THE BUS LOADING/UNLOADING AREA.

A few years ago we made this video. Please take a look at it again as we start the year. JH AND HS Drop off and pick up video tutorial

There will be administrators in the parking lots the first week of school to help direct traffic as well.

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Internet Safety Video

Internet Safety Video - Click Here

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires school districts receiving E-rate discounts to educate students about appropriate online behavior. This video was shown to all our students and provides age-appropriate information to students and is intended to seed classroom discussion regarding a variety of topics related to online safety.


Ohio Public Health Officials Investigating Reports of Individuals With Severe Pulmonary Illness Following Vaping

State and local public health officials are investigating reports of six Ohioans who experienced severe pulmonary illness following the use of e-cigarettes or vaping. The reports follow a recent national alert to healthcare providers by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about pulmonary illnesses linked to vaping in at least 16 states, primarily among adolescents and young adults.

According to CDC, patient respiratory symptoms have included cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. In some cases, symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks and required hospitalization. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea.

“We are seeing a tremendous increase in vaping among our youth, which is a public health crisis,” said ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “There is a perception that vaping is safe, and these reports of serious pulmonary illness linked to e-cigarette or vaping product use show that this is simply not true.”

Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe in can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including cancer-causing chemicals; heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead; volatile organic compounds which can adversely impact health; ultrafine particles that can reach deep into lungs; and flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical used to give butter-like and other flavors that is linked to serious lung disease.

“Anyone who thinks that they may be experiencing serious breathing problems linked to vaping should seek immediate medical attention,” said Dr. Acton.

Information about vaping and risks associated with e-cigarette use is available on the ODH website and the CDC website. Information about resources to help people quit smoking and vaping are available on the ODH website, including the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

Also available:

CDC Clinical Action Report – Respiratory Illness and Vaping

ODH Health Alert – Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Vaping

Knights Have Your Back

It felt amazing to be able to deliver our first #KnightsHaveYourBack bags of the year! 42 families are benefiting from the work these #SchoolKids of mine put in! #MrsVollmar #OtsegoFCS #pentapride #BeTheGood @pentacareerctr @KosheaOHS @AdamKoch_Otsego @jerrygladieux

One School, One Book.

Chop Wood, Carry Water is the book we have selected this year as our One School, One Book read.

Guided by "Akira-sensei," John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror. This powerful story of one boy's journey to achieve his life long goal of becoming a samurai warrior, brings the Train to be Clutch curriculum to life in a powerful and memorable way.

  • Many people love the idea of becoming great, not many fall in love with the process.
  • Many people love the idea of the process, not many do the work.
  • Chop Wood Carry Water is not a magic potion that you can read once by yourself or with your team and expect transformation overnight.
  • You must do the work.
  • Greatness takes what it takes.
  • Everyone wants to be great until they see what greatness requires.
  • There are no shortcuts.
  • There is no such thing as microwaveable greatness.

Students will be encouraged to read and focus on one chapter a week, that's right just ONE. Each chapter is only 1-3 pages long. At the beginning of each week, I will email guided notes and, thoughts, challenges, and reflection questions for each chapter. I am looking forward to falling in love with the process of becoming great this year with our students and staff.

Parents and Community Members, there will be extra copies in the High School Office on hand for free if you would like to join us.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION - CLICK HERE for Reflection Questions/Challenges.

Abby WINS the Gold!

Congrats to Abby Gase for winning a GOLD MEDAL and Two Bronze Medals at the ParaPan Games in Lima Peru this week. Way to go.

The 2019 Parapan American Games, officially the VIPan American Games and commonly known as the Lima 2019 ParaPan-Am Games, is an international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, celebrated in the tradition of the Parapan American Games as governed by the Americas Paralympic Committee.

Click here to see the pep rally for Abby (Video provided by JD Pooley at The Sentinel Tribune) https://twitter.com/pooleyjd/status/1169265196591964161?s=20

Olivia Jackson is 13abc's Athlete of the Week

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Go onto 13 ABC.com and keep an eye out for the story to see #OtsegoKnights golfer, Olivia Jackson, featured as the student-athlete of the week. @13abc @oliviajack211 Thank you, @steveslivka for putting the spotlight on our senior golfer!

Comfortable Care Initiative

Alex Richardson is working on his Eagle Scout Project. He is collecting NEW, UNUSED ITEMS ONLY for teenagers ages 12-18 receiving treatment at Promedica Toldeo Children's Hospital. He will be placing collection boxes in the school offices and at the Haskins Village Hall today through September. Please see the flyer below for a list of items he is looking for.

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Counselors Corner

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Ohio Northern University

Fall visit dates information ($2,000 scholarships for all who attend):

Ohio Northern University will be hosting Polar Preview Day visit programs on September 21, October 19, and November 9. These Saturday visit days are open to all high school students and their families. The program includes campus tours, information on admissions and financial aid, academic sessions with ONU faculty, and a complimentary lunch. Through our partnership with RaiseMe, all students can earn a $2,000 scholarship to attend ONU for coming to one of our visit days (or a personal campus visit). Register at onu.edu/visit.

(Please note, we are also open most Saturdays throughout the school year for individual visits. We hear from students and parents that we are one of the very few colleges/universities that also offer faculty appointments on Saturdays.)

ONU campus updates:

1) For your students interested in Engineering and Computer Science, we have opened our new state-of-the-art Engineering building. This new facility is able to accommodate 600 students and includes 10,000 square feet of large-scale project and design space for capstone projects and competitive design projects and a state-of-the-art cybersecurity laboratory.

2) The average financial aid package for students entering ONU this fall was $23,500. We continue to offer significant academic scholarships, as well as scholarships for students majoring in the visual and performing arts. In addition, students interested in participating in a music ensemble (including the ONU Marching Band) can earn a scholarship.

3) ONU has recently added a new major in Data Analytics. This interdisciplinary program allows students to choose between four focus areas: geography, marketing, social media, and health informatics.


Athletics Department

Game Schedules

***For the most up to date Schedules please go to the main HS Website, these only get posted once per week and may not reflect changes. High School Website with updated Dates


Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow (@OtsegoAthletics) for high school scores and other athletic department information.

Friday Night Football Home Schedule/Events

This year at each home football game we have special events planned. Please take a look at the schedule below.

Sept 6th

FB - Home (Van Buren)

FFA Dinner

Ag. Appreciation Night - All community members in the agricultural community will receive free admission to the game.

Sept 27th

FB - Home Eastwood (Homecoming)

Alumni Dinner

Oct 11th

FB - Home Elmwood

Family Night - Elementary PTO will have games set up near the stadium including bounce houses, and a dunk tank.

Oct 18th

FB - Home Rossford

Military/First Responders - All Active and retired military personnel and first responders will get in free to the game.

Nov 1st

FB - Home Genoa (Senior Night)

Transportation Department

Bus Communication

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010

Food Service Department

If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanne Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe

Community News and Information

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Sentinel Job Opportunity

The Sentinel-Tribune is looking for a paper delivery person. Monday through Saturday delivery for 30 customers in Grand Rapids, $129.00 monthly. Phone the Sentinel at 419 352-4611.

Communication with the High School

Below are ways to connect with us and to have access to updates and communications from us. Please remember that we desire two-way communication and encourage everyone to reach out to us and ask questions, voice concerns, and give feedback. Thank You.

  1. High School Website: CLICK HERE The Otsego High School website will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. We keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

  2. Twitter: (follow @otsegohsoffice @OtsegoAthletics or @KosheaOHS)

  3. Remind 101: The HS office will communicate with parents and students by text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Remind 101. We use Remind 101 for quick reminders on HS deadlines and important events.

    We separate each class by students and parents. Being the parent of a High Schooler usually means maintaining a hectic schedule while trying to rely on a teenager relaying important information to you. Sign up for Remind to stay informed. Please sign up with the below codes:

    Students, please sign up for your class using the designated code:
    Class of 2020: text @otsego2020 to the number 81010
    Class of 2021: text @otsego2021 to the number 81010
    Class of 2022: text @otsego2022 to the number 81010
    Class of 2023: text @otsego2023 to the number 81010.

    Parents, please sign up for any group using the designated code
    Class of 2020 parent: text @hs20parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2021 parent: text @hs21parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2022 parent: text @hs22parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2023 parent: text @hs23parent to the number 81010

2019 - 2020 Calendars

Please click the calendars below to view important dates and information. All calendar dates are subject to change from time to time and should be referred to regularly.

2019 - 2020 Detailed Monthly Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.

2019 - 2020 Holistic Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.

2019 - 2020 Testing Calendar - Click Here

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.