Otsego Jr. High

Weekly Update - February 12, 2016

Mr. Wiley's Message:

Earlier this week, Superintendent Adam Koch shared with me the results of a Parent and Community Survey that was done last fall. I like these surveys, they tell us what we are doing right, and what we need to improve upon. Sometimes they can be brutally honest, but that is ok. We, at Otsego Junior High School, are not above constructive criticism. We are constantly trying to improve the educational process for your children. Most times we get it right, sometimes we do not. Sometimes we think we got it right and it isn’t until we hear from you that we realize we screwed up. So the purpose of this message is simple: I need to hear from you. If there’s something you like about Otsego Junior High School, let me know. If there’s something we need to improve upon, let me know that too. If there’s confusion as to why we do something, I can clear that up too. We are not in the business of making up rules to make people’s lives more difficult. There’s usually a reason why we do what we do.

In closing, I will share with the JHS staff the results of the survey. We will take the comments to heart, both positive and negative. We will keep trying to improve ourselves professionally, which will reflect in our teaching, which means a better education for your children. Please, do not ever hesitate to contact me at mwiley@otsegoknights.org.

Congratulations Lily Martin-Williams and Mrs. Grimmer for winning the Fish Bowl Contest!

Catch of the Month!

The orthodontic practice of Dr. Jean Kay and Dr. Brent Paulus is a proud supporter of local schools. Every time a patient visits their office for an appointment, they cast their name into a fish bowl for a a monthly drawing. The name that is drawn wins $100.00 for their teacher to buy school supplies for their classroom.

Lily Martin-Williams has won the "Fish Bowl Contest" and is the "Catch of the Month" for January! Mr. Grimmer was awarded the $100.00 gift card to purchase school supplies for her classroom!

Mrs. Grimmer plans to use the gift card to purchase picture books that match her curriculum themes, such as Chine, India, Egypt, economics, etc.

Dress-Up Dance

The JH will have a Dress-Up dance on February 26th from 2:30-4pm. No jeans. Dress attire required. Must follow dress code.

$3.00 to enter unless you bring a canned food item then entry is $2.00!

Otsego Junior High School Parent Advisory Group

The next meeting of the Otsego Junior High School Parent Advisory Group will be February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room A20 (come in the front doors, turn right, 2nd door from the end on the right). This is an opportunity for parents to share with Mr. Wiley, Otsego JHS Principal, any concerns or issues they would like to discuss. The agenda is parent driven, so email Mr. Wiley at mwiley@otsegoknights.org if you would like something added to the agenda. All parents of Otsego JHS students are invited.

Bus Garage Phone # Change!

You may now reach the bus garage by dialing 419-823-4381 and selecting option 5.

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

The transportation department will send out a Remind alert when a bus is running at least 10 minutes late.

Using the directions below, sign up for one or more of the notification groups.

You may opt-out any time by texting ‘unsubscribe’ to the appropriate group.

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

Text: @otsbus6-12 to 81010

Elementary Buses (Bus Routes for grades PK -5)

Text: @otsbuspk-5 to 81010

New Club

As some of you may know, several students in the Junior High and High School will be starting a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club (one in each building). Given that this is often a socially charged issue, I think there are some things you, as parents, should know.

1) The GSA is 100% voluntary. Students are not required to join the club nor are they required to continue participation in the club.

2) Administrators know about the GSAs. The right to start this club is protected under federal law and cannot be discouraged by the school in any way (see this link for more details: http://www.justice.gov/crt/federal-coordination-and-compliance-section-148).

3) Due to the potential for bullying, our professional staff will respect the confidentiality of the students that partake in the GSA. If the students share their participation in the club, that is obviously okay, but it will be up to students to share that information.

4) As with most clubs, there will be an informational meeting about the GSA that will be held during the school day. All following meetings will be held after school at a location TBD.

If you have any questions, you may contact Mr. Fryling or your building principal.

2016 Wood County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Abby Wichman (6th grade), Lillie Luce (7th grade) and Gabe Simpson (8th grade) they will be competing for Otsego in the 2016 Wood County Spelling Bee!
The 2016 Wood County Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at the Wood County Educational Service Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. The competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. If needed, a weather make-up date has been scheduled for the following week, on February 27, 2016.

The top six spellers from the Wood County spelling Bee will advance to the Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee. It will be held at the Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Art on March 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Good Luck Abby, Lillie and Gabe!

Summer baseball/softball sign-up dates and times are as follows:

Haskins: @ Village Hall

Wed. February 17th from 6pm to 8pm

Sat. February 20th from 2pm to 4pm

Grand Rapids: @ Grand Rapids Library

Fri. February 19th from 6pm to 8pm

Sun. February 21st from Noon to 3pm

Fri. February 26th from 6pm to 8pm

Sun. February 28th from Noon to 3pm

Weston: @ Village Hall

Sun. February 21st from 1pm to 4pm

Wood County Prevention Newsletter

4-H Opportunity for 2016

Green Meadows 4-H Club is once again opening up membership for the upcoming 4-H year. Due to the recent graduation of a couple long term members, our numbers have dropped and we would be comfortable adding a few new members. Green Meadows has traditionally been based out of Haskins, however, over the last several years, the meetings have been held within the Haskins, Tontogany, and Grand Rapids areas. Anyone is welcome to join whether your child would be a CloverBud (kindergarten thru 2nd grade), a first time 4-H member (in 3rd grade or has never been in 4-H), or a veteran 4-Her looking for a new club. Green Meadows is a smaller club, typically with membership numbers right around 15. Members take a range of projects from cooking to clothing to livestock to pets to muskrat trapping to scrapbooking to independent projects. The list is endless. Shannon (419-356-9401) and Kim (419-205-5939) are the advisors and would gladly discuss the array of projects available for your child to take. For more information regarding this club, its expections, and the benefits of joining, please call or text one of the advisors. Our first meeting will be held on Sunday February 28th at the 4-H Extension Office in Bowling Green so that the kids can review the variety of projects available and the books accompanying each project.

Quiz Bowl Schedules:

Jr. High Winter Sports Schedule & Forms



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.

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


First and Last name need to be on you students lunch $ to ensure the money is credited to the correct account

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