Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter Semester 1 Week 11
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
Parent Teacher Conferences
Conferences are right around the corner. They will be held over two days Wednesday, November 7th, (4:00 pm - 8:00 pm) and Thursday, November 8th (10:00 am - 8:00 pm).
The online sign-up form is now live. You can conveniently sign yourself up to meet with your child's teacher(s) during conferences.
If you are NOT familiar with using Sign Up genius, I have created a short video tutorial to show you just how quick and easy it is to sign up for conferences.
HOW TO USE SIGN-UP GENIUS VIDEO TUTORIAL.
If you do not wish to use the online tool to sign up for conferences or if you are having difficulties, call the office at (419) 823-4381 and we can help you out over the phone.
October Students of the Month
Family Fun Knight
Otsego will once again be having a “Family Knight” this fall. It will be on Wednesday, November 14th.
The goal of Family Night is to encourage families to take the evening to focus on each other and spend time together as a family in whatever way works for your family. There will be no homework, assignments or tests the next day. There will also be NO athletic practices or any other extra-curricular activities on the family night. We hope you can take advantage of this night and celebrate being a family!
Veterans Day Assembly
Post Prom Flash Fund Fundraising
You may have heard that the Class of 2020 Post Prom Committee is working to make sure Otsego’s Junior and Senior Post Prom is going to be a safe event! Prom is one of the two most dangerous nights for high school students to be on the road so we bus them to a fun event instead! The Junior Class is always responsible for raising the funds that pay for busses etc.
Many of you may have received an email from a student that you know, asking you to visit an online site to make a donations or to shop an online catalog. Student participating in the fundraiser can take any amount of donation or earn 40% of catalog sales; the catalog has 1500+ items. If a student raises $100 or $250 TOTAL in donations, they can earn tuition rewards valued at $1000 or $2500 at over 400 different universities, so every donation, no matter how big or small helps them too. Tuition rewards can also be passed to siblings.
If you are uncomfortable with online donations, and would still like to support keeping our students safe after prom, you can send a check to Otsego Post Prom into the high school office in an envelope marked Otsego Post Prom.
For those that didn't receive an email from one of our students, we still wanted to give you the chance to support our students. By clicking the link below, you’ll go directly to our donation page. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe during this exciting time!
Otsego Safe Post Prom Donation Site:
Check Daily Announcements on the Powerschool App
Parents and students,
The Powerschool App has a feature called the "School Bulletin". This will allow people to easily view the daily announcements we make on their Powerschool app.
Here are some steps to help make it easy to access this "School Bulletin"
-Go into the Powerschool app with your child's code (username is their lunch id #, their password is the first 3 letters of their first name with the first letter capitalized)
-On the bottom left of the Home Page, Click on "Dashboard"
-Tap the "Edit" at the top left of the screen
-Find the "School Bulletin" and drag this to the top of the screen.
Now when you open the app you'll see the daily announcements and be kept in the loop of accolades and upcoming dates.
THE WEEK in PICTURES
High School Department News
Maddi Nell 13ABC Athlete of the week
Congrats to Maddi for being named the 13ABC Athlete of the week.
***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.
Athletic Boosters Information
Thank You to all the students and adults that helped with the Tractor Pull Clean up.
To help with any of the events listed please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, firstname.lastname@example.org or any Booster member.
Reverse Raffle: November TBD (Committee members NEEDED)
Hall of Fame
Otsego Local Schools is now accepting nominations for The Otsego Hall of Fame. This program recognizes individuals who have brought honor to themselves by making significant impacts or contributions to the school, community, and/or students. This program also provides an opportunity to honor alumni who have earned distinction beyond graduation. The categories for nomination include: Alumni, Former School Employees, Former Coaches and Friends of Otsego. The deadline to submit the nomination forms is Friday, November 16, 2018. The 7th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, January 18, 2019.
Sound Project Update
If you would like to participate in funding this project it’s not too late! We are still accepting donations of any amount until October 31. A $100 donation gets recognition on a plaque. Checks can be made to OMB and mailed to the school office attention Music Boosters. Thank you for your support!
High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)
Food Service Department
Mark your calendars we will be serving the Thanksgiving Meal in the Jr. High/ High school on
Thursday, November 15th.
Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes from the garden, green beans, stuffing, dinner rolls, fruit , milk and a brownie.
To better assist our parents, we have implemented an online free and reduced meal application. This will eliminate having to get a paper application, filling it out and returning it to your child’s school.
Fill out the online application under www.lunchapplication.com, just as you would the paper application. Once the application is completed we are notified so we can complete the application process. This will reduce your notification time.
Please make sure you have a correct mailing address on the application, so the notification letter gets to you.
- Lunch Menus
- Free and reduced lunch applications
- Add money to your lunch accounts online
Pay It Forward
We will be once again helping our students out with our Food Service Pay It Forward Project. This fund will provide meals to students who do not have lunch money in their account and cannot charge anymore. We want all of our students to get a hot meal every day. If you are interested in helping with this project you can send money into the central office or any of the buildings. Just put Food Service Pay It Forward on the envelope. You can make checks payable to the Otsego BOE. Thank you so much!!
Ag and FFA News
Knight in Shining Armour
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. 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!
Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:
- School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
- Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
- Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
- Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
- Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.
We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.
Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!
Sibshops are for brothers and sisters 8-16 yrs old who have a sibling with special needs. At Sibshops, participants will:
- Meet other sibs (usually for the first time);
- Have fun;
- Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”;
- Play some great games;
- Learn how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters;
- Learn about the services their brothers and sister receive; and
- Have some more fun!
Driver's Education Instructor
Communication with the High School
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. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. That's it. You will receive a message that says you've been added to our group. You will receive text messages straight to your mobile device). If you don't want to text, you can go to https://www.remind.com/join and just type in (otseg) as the class code.
3. Twitter (follow @otsegohsoffice, @KosheaOHS, or @OtsegoAthletics)