Otsego Jr. High

December 2, 2016

Mr. Olds' Message

Good afternoon parents, students and our Otsego community. Another week has come and gone with students once again rising to the occasion. Each week lends itself to new challenges and learning experiences. Our students are flourishing as a result of it. I would also like to encourage you to talk with your students about stressors and pressures of being in middle school because their first teacher is YOU.

Start Talking! to your child about drugs

Drugs are robbing too many Ohio students of their critical learning years. Surveys show that some of our students as young as 11 and 12 are trying drugs for the first time. At the same time, almost one in three of Ohio’s high school students is misusing prescription drugs.

Schools and parents must work together to turn the tide of drug abuse. Otsego Junior High School is doing its part through a new statewide program called Start Talking!

What does that title mean? Research shows that youngsters who hear anti-drug messages from parents and other important people in their lives, such as teachers and coaches, are 50 percent less likely to use them. Using Start Talking! guides called TEACHable Moments, Our school resource officer, counselor and administrators have already begun chatting with our students about the impact of drugs and healthy decision making. Their approach may be direct, or more indirect, like asking students about what they want their lives to look like in the future. The impact for communication is to ensure students are equipped with information to help them make appropriate choices for their own lives.

As a parent, you can give your children similar messages at home. Guides called Know Parent Tipscome out twice a month. If you are not already receiving these tips, please visithttp://StartTalking.Ohio.Gov and sign up to receive them via email. The guides are free, and they will help you keep up an ongoing conversation with your child about avoiding drugs.

I want to remind everyone of our Otsego Junior High Book fair, December 5-9, 2016. Our Quiz Bowl testing was facilitated on Wednesday November 30, so look out for more information regarding this team and its' participants. Lastly, I want to say thank you to all of our 7th grade students for participating in the Stoller DC Fundraiser which ended on the 28th of November. Orders should be back no later than December 16th. Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful fundraiser. Have a wonderful weekend.

Congratulations to the November SOM!

Junior High Book Fair

Junior High Book Fair will be December 5-9. The fair will be open during the Junior High Band and Choir Concert and the girls basketball game on Tuesday December 6. If you have any questions please contact Mary Gase at mgase@otsegoknights.org

Penta Career Night

See the attached flyer for information regarding the 2016 Penta Career Night. This event is a great opportunity for students to get information about various career fields.

The career night will take place on December 5th, at Penta Career Center, in Perrysburg Ohio, from 6:00pm-8:00pm.


Know! Positive Relationships Build Character

One of the greatest gifts your students can receive cannot be bought online or in-store. While it is not likely to be on their holiday wish list, this gift is likely to bring your students greater happiness with lifelong benefits. We are talking the gift of positive relationships and character development – and yes, you play a significant role in their character development.

In 2013, Search Institute began a multiyear project based on their creation of the Developmental Relationships Framework, which examines the close connections in children’s lives - parents, peers, mentors, teachers and other caring adults – and the impact they have on character development. Some key aspects learned thus far is that these significant relationships in a child’s life are associated with their motivation to learn and take personal responsibility for their actions. Also, youth with strong, positive relationships are shown to be more resilient when faced with stress and trauma - which can otherwise lead to risky and dangerous behavioral coping strategies (like drinking, smoking and using other drugs).

The idea behind the Developmental Relationships Framework is to consistently surround young people with positive, supportive relationships to help them thrive; in their families, schools, programs and neighborhoods.

Search Institute provides the following five fundamental elements as part of the relationship-strengthening framework and shares specifics on how parents, teachers, coaches, etc. can act on them:

1. Express Care: Show me that I matter to you

Be dependable; Really pay attention when we’re together; Make me feel known and valued; Show me you enjoy being with me; Encourage me; Praise me for my efforts and achievements

2. Challenge Growth: Push me to keep getting better

Expect me to live up to my potential; Push me to go further; Insist I take responsibility for my actions; Help me learn from my mistakes and failures

3. Provide Support: Help me complete tasks and achieve goals

Guide me through difficult situations; Empower me to take charge of my life; Defend me when I need it; Set boundaries to keep me on track

4. Share Power: Treat me with respect and give me a say

Take me seriously and treat me fairly; Include me in decisions that affect me; Collaborate with me to solve problems and reach goals; Create opportunities for me to take action and lead

5. Expand Possibilities: Connect me with people and places that broaden my world

Inspire me to see possibilities for my future; Expose me to new ideas, people, experiences and places; Connect me with more people who can help me develop and thrive

A young person with a sense of purpose, self-worth and self-respect, who feels loved and supported, is much more likely to experience success in school and work, care about their community, and excel in other areas of life. So as you’re making your lists and checking them twice this holiday season, keep the above list in mind, as it promises to be the gift that keeps on giving.

The Boot

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is one of our highest priorities at Otsego Local Schools. As we always do, we will take time during our professional development days to talk about our enhanced lockdown procedures. Teachers, building staff, and students know their options to evacuate, barricade, or use evasive distractions to get away from an armed intruder (Run-Hide-Fight).

As an added measure, we are excited to announce the installment of The Boot™ Security System on 170 doors throughout our school buildings. The Boot™ will enhance our lockdown procedures.

The Otsego Endowment Foundation (OEF) is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Door Program to fund this important initiative. The OEF has given over $200,000 to the Otsego Local School District since its inception in 1988, and is excited to endorse this initiative. Adopt-A-Door is a great way for parents, family members, community leaders, businesses and civic groups to sponsor The Boot™ on one or more doors in our school buildings (see attached form). Please help us to get 170 sponsors by the end of the year. Consider donating, share the information with your employer, family and groups you are associated with.

We will be sending a letter home with your children next week.



Please mail or deliver completed Adopt-A-Door forms to Lisa Austin, 185050 Tontogany Creek Rd. Bowling Green, OH 43402. Make checks payable to the Otsego Endowment Foundation. Thank you very much for your continued support of our students and staff.

Fun Things going on in the JH!

Mrs. Bostdorff's Class: The students are learning about life in Ancient Rome using "Talk About" posters.
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Mr. Rohn's class: Historic hand turkeys. Grand champion: Soturkeys, the ancient Greek philosopher.

Jr. High Sports Schedule & Forms

Winter Sports Pre-Season Meeting

2016 winter OHSAA Pre-Season meeting November 16 @ 7pm in the Auditorium

*mandatory Coach's meetings to follow.

Pre-Season meeting flyer

Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)

To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.

This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.

Want to check your students grades on your phone?

Use the PowerSchool app!

Using a web browser on your mobile device won’t give you the best experience on our PowerSchool website. PowerSchool makes an app for iPhones and Android phones that makes it easy to check your students grades on your phone.

iPhone / iPad users click here:


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Our school code is:CJCX

Washington DC Info:

Parent letter

Washington DC Itinerary

Contact Jessica Makowskis at Jamakowski@hotmail.com for trip questions. Fundraising questions go to Mr. olds

OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS… There’s an app for that!


Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department.

Transportation Text Messages


New free and reduced forms are available at the schools office or online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 419-823-4381 ext.1104

The K12 online payment program is up and running and working Great!


Campbell Soup Labels, Box Tops and Pop Tabs and Crayola ColorCycle

Campbell Soup Labels

As of August 1, 2016, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank accounts. We have begun the process of removing the logo and expect there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 1, 2017. Once all Labels for Education logos have been removed from the products, UPCs will no longer be accepted. The banked points schools have accumulated will not be affected. You can also enter at GrandStandForSchools.com for free and upload a receipt of an eligible purchase for 5 bonus entries. Plus, you have a chance to win a $175 Visa® Prepaid Card for your next grocery trip. For more information, visit GrandStandForSchools.com

Box Tops for Education

Thanks to everyone that has sent in all those Box Tops....the Jr. High has collected $1,807.90 since around 2012. These are submitted every couple of months, so please continue to send them in with your child(ren) and have them drop them in the container outside the office.

SOMETHING NEW !! Crayola ColorCycle

Crayola has a program that will allow schools to recycle all those dried out markers or any markers for that matter. Simply send those markers to school with your child(ren) and drop them in the box in the art room or outside of the office with the crayola colorcycle logo on it. We will then mail the dried out markers back to crayola, with no cost to the district. Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.


Calendar and Events:

Happening this Week:

Dec. 5-9 JH Book Fair

Dec. 5 BBB home vs. McCord 4:30

Dec. 6 GBB home vs. Eastwood 4:15

Dec. 6 JH Band & Choir Concert

Dec. 7 Wrestling (Otsego/Eastwood @ Elmwood) 4:15

Dec. 8 GBB @ Fostoria 4:15

Dec. 10 Wrestling - Rocket JH wrestling Invite 9:00

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 14 GBB @ Elmwood 4:15

Dec. 14 Wrestling - Fostoria/Lake @ Otsego 4:15

Dec. 15 GBB @ Rossford 4:15

Dec. 15 BBB home vs. Rossford 4:15

Dec. 17 GBB home vs. Bryan 10:00am

Dec. 17 Wrestling - Lake Runway Invite 9:00

Dec. 20 GBB home vs. Swanton 4:15

Dec. 21 Wrestling - Otsego/Rossford @ Genoa 4:15

Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2017 Winter Break - No School

Jan. 3 End of Second nine weeks/Teacher Workday - No Classes

Jan. 3 GBB @ Woodmore 4:15

Jan. 3 BBB home vs. Woodmore 4:15

Jan. 3 Wrestling @ Swanton 4:30

Jan. 4 Classes Resume

Jan. 4 Wrestling home against Woodmore 4:15

Jan. 5 GBB home vs. Lake 4:15

Jan. 5 BBB @ Lake 4:15

Jan. 9 BBB @ Genoa 4:15

jan. 10 GBB home vs. Genoa 4:15

Jan. 12 GBB @ Eastwood 4:15

Jan. 12 BBB home vs. Eastwood 4:15

Jan. 14 Wrestling - Chuck Mason Invite @ Fostoria 9:00

Jan. 14 BBB @ Swanton 4:15

Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Day - No School

Jan. 19 GBB home vs. Fostoria 4:15

Jan. 19 BBB @ Fostoria 4:15

Jan. 21 Wrestling NBC tournament @ Eastwood TBA

Jan. 24 GBB home vs. Elmwood 4:15

Jan. 24 BBB @ Elmwood 4:15

Jan. 26 BBB @ Rossford 4:15

Jan. 28 & Feb. 1 GBB 7th grade NBC tournament at Fostoria, Finals, Sat. Feb. 4 @ Elmwood

Jan. 28 & Feb. 1 GBB 8th grade NBC tournament at Elmwood, Finals Sat. Feb. 4 @ Elmwood

Jan. 31 BBB @ Woodmore 4:15

Feb. 2 BBB home vs. Lake 4:15

Feb. 6 Two hour delay for AM In-Service

Feb. 7 BBB home vs Genoa

Feb. 9 BBB @ Eastwood 4:15

Feb. 14 BBB home vs. Fostoria 4:15

Feb. 16 BBB home vs. Elmwood 4:15

Feb. 17 District Professional Development - No Classes

Feb. 20 President's Day - No School

Feb. 25 & Mar. 1 7th BBB @ Genoa NBC Tournament, Finals Mar. 4 @ Lake

Feb. 25 & Mar. 1 8th BBB @ Lake NBC Tournament, Finals Mar. 4 @ Lake

Mar. 1 Two hour delay for AM In-service

Mar. 17 End of third nine weeks

April 2 Choir and Band Chicken BBQ

April 8-April 17 Spring Break

May 25 End of fourth nine weeks/last day of school for students