Superintendent's Weekly Update - August 19th

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I hope everyone is having a great week. A lot of reminders and information below. Please make sure you read everything.

Board Meeting Time - Last week we moved the time of the Board of Education meeting to 7 pm on August 26th. The location of the meeting will be the High School Library.


Please review the letter I emailed out Tuesday night regarding the mask requirement starting Monday, August 23rd for all students and staff indoors. We will have masks available for students but please send them with a mask every day. We are still going to conduct open houses on Monday. Please review the times below. Masks are required at Open House.

Mask Requirement Letter

Sporting Events:

- Spectators will be required to wear a mask starting Monday at all indoor events. There are NO capacity restrictions this year. Please come out and support our student-athletes!

- Live Streams - We will be live streaming as many events as we can this year. It will probably not be as many as last year but we will try and do a lot. CLICK HERE TO SAVE THE OTSEGO TV LINK

Important Items regarding attendance:

- Self assess your students before they get on the bus or get dropped off

- Make sure your child has a mask before they get on the bus or enter the buildings.

- Please make sure you have updated phone numbers in PowerSchool and you answer the school's number when we call. I would add 419-823-4381 in your contacts. We are hoping this doesn't happen but we may have to call you after hours for quarantine purposes. There will be very limited occurrences where we will have to quarantine as a result of wearing masks. Lunches are going to be spread out as much as possible which will help drastically reduce our quarantines.


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.

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

7th and 8th-grade Football Drop off Wednesday, August - DO NOT DROP THEM OFF AT THE BUS PARKING SPOT.

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

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Online Bus Route Information - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH

This site will identify the schools assigned to your residential address, as well as a bus number, designated stop, pick-up and drop-off time.

Pick-up and Drop-off

· Please ensure your child is at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled time to ensure they are there when the bus arrives.

· Pick-up and drop-off times may need to be adjusted during the beginning weeks of school and will become more consistent for the remainder of the year.

· Times posted on this site reflect the expected time the bus should depart during good weather.

· Inclement weather or traffic congestion may cause the route to run later than the posted time.

· The school bus is on a tight schedule so that we can deliver students to all school levels on time.

Instructions for Navigating this Site:

1. No student information is available on Infofinder I.

2. Enter your street address (including house number). This is the only required field. You might need to add a hyphen in the street name (ex. Long-Judson Rd.).

3. Click on the Search button.

4. Click your street address / zip code from the list of Address Matches.


If you cannot find your student's information please contact the Transportation Department at 419-823-4381, ext 3156 or evasher@otsegoknights.org

Knights Have Your Back Fundraiser

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Advertise with Otsego!

Advertise your business here! We are looking for local businesses that would like to advertise with us this year. We are looking for advertisements on our website and newsletters. Our website and newsletters get over 6,000 views per week. The cost is $500 for the year and this will get your link on my newsletter and website for 12 months. This is an affordable way to promote your local business throughout our community. 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
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Wood County Vaccination Information

CLICK HERE to find information about the vaccine and locations throughout Wood County to receive a vaccine.

Open House Information and Start Dates

Open House Times - Monday, August 23rd


Last Names A through L - 6 to 6:45

Last Names M through Z - 7 to 7:45

Junior High and High School

Last Names M through Z - 6 to 6:45

Last Names A through L - 7 to 7:45

Please note the exact times for each building. We flipped the times for the last names between the JH/HS and elementary. We are just trying to reduce the crowds as much as possible.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 1-6 and 9th Wednesday, August 25th

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 7, 8, 10-12 – Thursday, August 26th




We are still waiting on the availability of the Stroh Center from BGSU for graduation. We hope to set a date really soon.

Employment Opportunities

The Otsego Local School District has the following openings for the 2021-2022 school year:

Elementary School

Recess Monitor - 2.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Classroom Aide - 3.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday


8 hours per day Monday -Friday


2.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Anyone interested should apply in writing to the superintendent's office. These positions will stay open until filled.

Email to : laustin@otsegoknights.org

Supply Lists

Food Service

Meals will be FREE all year. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch the entire year. At the JH and HS if your student wants to buy extra meals or ala carte items they can add money to their lunch account just like last year.

Junior High and High School 2021-2022 Lunch Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu 2021-2022

Free and Reduced Application – We still need you to fill out a free and reduced application if you qualify. This is VERY important for a lot of different reasons. There is a very convenient way to fill this out online. https://www.lunchapplication.com/.

Please fill this out if you were free or reduced last year or your circumstances have changed and you think you qualify. If you qualify, you may be allowed to waive other fees throughout the year. It is very important that this gets filled out ASAP.

Online Registration - COMPLETE ASAP

Online Registration: ** REQUIRED FOR ALL K-12 STUDENTS

Final Forms online registration is now open for students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Online registration is a requirement for all parents of new or returning students. This MUST be completed by a parent or guardian. FinalForms is the information the school uses to communicate with parents via email and phone and has to be updated yearly by the parent.

Click on the link below to start your online registration.


If your student has never attended Otsego and is new to the district, you will want to create a "New Account".

If you have a returning student, this is the same email and password that you have used in the past. Once you have logged in, you will see this text box to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

All parents and students must complete the online registration ASAP

Otsego and Weston Food Pantry Information

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!

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Sports Pass/Ticket Information


The NBC conference raised ticket prices for the 21-22 school year. Please see below for the updated prices.

High School Games

Adult $7

Student $5

Junior High Games

Adult $5

Student $3

High School and Junior High Athletic Events

Friday, August 20

7:00 - V FB (H) Wynford

Saturday, August 21

10:00 - JV FB @ Wynford

11:00 - JV/V VB @ Leipsic

Monday, August 23

11:30 - BG @ Woodmore (Sugar Creek)

5:00 - GS (H) Wauseon

Tuesday, August 24

4:00 - GG @ NBC Shootout (Maumee Bay State Park)

4:00 - 7th VB “B” - Anthony Wayne

5:00 - BS (H) Wauseon

5:30 - JV/V VB @ Liberty Center

Wednesday, August 25

4:00 - JV BG @ Lake (Hidden Hills)

4:15 - 7th/8th VB @ Eastwood

5:00 - JV GS (H) Perrysburg

Thursday, August 26

4:00 - BG @ NBC Shootout (Maumee Bay State Park)

4:30 - 7th/8th FB @ Patrick Henry

5:00 - JH XC @ Lake Inv.

5:00 - GS (H) Rossford

7:00 - BS @ Rossford

Friday, August 27

7:00 - V FB @ Van Buren

Saturday, August 28

9:00 - JH/HS XC @ Norm Bray Inv. (Walsh Park)

10:00 - JV FB (H) Van Buren

11:00 - BS (H) Bowling Green

11:00 - JV/V VB @ Bowling Green

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Youth Soccer Training Camp: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Junior High Fall Soccer Team: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Coaching Staff

Isaac Puffer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

Heather Lorenz, Girls Varsity Soccer, Assistant Coach

Kristin Balazs, Jr. High Soccer, Head Coach

Contact Information

Email: otsegoyouthsoccer@gmail.com

Like us @ Otsego Youth Soccer | Facebook


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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K-12 Fitted for Success Program

Wood County Dept. of Job and Family Services

K-12 Fitted for Success Program

The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services is now accepting applications for the K-12 Fitted for Success program for the 2021-2022 school year. 500 children who live in Wood County will be provided with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies and new shoes and

socks. Assistance with winter coats may also be provided based upon availability.

Assistance is provided on a first come/first serve basis. Proof of household income, Birth Certificates or other proof of citizenship and Social Security cards for all family members must be provided. Families must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. For a family of 4, this about $4,400 or less in gross income per month. The income amount varies based on family

size. Families do not have to verify school enrollment for this year’s application.

Applications should be received by August 6, 2021 but will be accepted until 500 children are approved. Assistance will be distributed to approved families in August. Interested families may call 419-376-3488 or visit woodcountyjfs.com to request an application to be sent by mail. Applications are also available to print on the website or to pick up at WCDJFS 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road Bowling

Green. Completed applications may be returned by mail or dropped off at the above address. The agency lobby is open M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and a secure outdoor drop box is available 24/7.

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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