Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 9, 2015

I hope everyone had a great week! It sure was a beautiful fall week and we were very fortunate that for the most part the fog stayed away!

Tonight - Homecoming game against Elmwood. Festivities start at 5pm with the Alumni and Friends Tailgate. I hope to see everyone there. We will have burgers, hot dogs, chips, and pop free of charge. Please come out and support our students, coaches, and Alumni Association.

Tomorrow - I would like to congratulate our Equestrian Club for qualifying for a state competition!! Way to go Knights!! The State Meet takes place this Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., at Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon. Events run all day.

The members of the team are:

Senior - Taylor Gonzalez

Juniors - Bekah Wright and Lane Gerschutz

Sophomores - Christina Gonzalez, Leah Dubler, Sarah Cox, and Chase Hoepf

Freshmen - Cheyenne Homanick, Roxy Simpson, and Montgomery Alexander

Tuesday - The Otsego Volleyball team will be at home against Eastwood on Tuesday Night starting at 6 pm. This match will be for a share of the NBC Title. If we win we share the title with Eastwood. Please plan on spending the evening watching Knight Volleyball! They are sure fun to watch!!

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Program - Click here to RSVP Free breakfast to all Veterans and Senior Citizens. Hope to see you there!


Adam Koch



Otsego Schools would like to announce our 1st ever “family night” on Monday, November 9th. 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 family night. We hope you can take advantage of this night and celebrate being a family!

Spending time with your family is a great investment, an investment that doesn’t take a lot of money. It just takes time and commitment. Our lives are all extremely busy and fast paced. We all need reminded from time to time how important spending quality time with your family is. Research shows that the benefits of family time on a regular basis can increase academic performance, decrease behavioral problems, decrease violence, and decreases the chances of drug abuse.

A few ideas to get you started thinking about your evening together.

Games: Play your favorite family board game or card game

Dinner: Plan a meal together and cook together

Memories: Look through old photos and family videos

Get Creative: Create an art project, crafts, or build something as a family

Get Fit: If the weather is nice, go for a long walk in a park as a family

We are also working with area businesses to offer discounts at local restaurants, movie theaters, and other family fun activities. We will provide more details on these locations later this month.

We will continue to provide information on Otsego Family Night, as we get closer to the day. If at all possible, please clear your calendar on November 9th and spend time with family!

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

When is our new Choir Director starting? We hired our Choir Director in September but has not started yet, due to his current teaching job with Lima City Schools. His name is Brien Sewell. Brien has started working with swing choir and Knightmusik on Monday evenings. His start date should be sometime next week. Lima City Schools hired his replacement this week, and that person is hopefully starting on Tuesday. I am extremely hopeful that Brien will get started next week!


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. Click here for the overview and nomination form. The overview and forms are available The deadline to submit the nomination forms is Friday, November 13, 2015. The 4th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Current list of Otsego Hall of Fame Inductees include: Bernie Scott, Jean Scott, Madge Brown, John Brown, Dan Cocke, Deb Kendall, Randy Donald, Holly Frantz, Gordon Wenig, Ann Lasky, Fred Moor, and Lawrence Sprague.


Adam Koch, Superintendent “It is part of our goal as a district to work with our community partners and this is an example of that. Community partnerships strengthen our schools and support teachers and students - it’s a win-win-win.”

Lori Rea, Curriculum Director “Reading is the foundation of all learning. I’m so excited that our kids have this opportunitiy for frequent and easy access - it will support readin g for learning and for pleasure.”

Habits of Learning - Study Habits

It has been said that children learn to read through 3rd grade. After that, reading is used to learn. Helping your child love reading is one of the best study habits you can give to them. For this issue, I will focus on fostering love of reading in young children.

On Edutopia, Lisa Dabb gives these five easy tips for fostering a love of reading.

1) Read out loud to your child on a regular basis. Use funny voices or read new types of stories. Make it as interesting as you can and encourage your child to use their imagination too. While reading, encourage your kids to make predictions about the story. When you come across a new word try to figure out the meaning together. Lead them through this adventure of reading - help but don’t always give the answer (problem solving).

2) Visit the library - weekly. Otsego is very fortunate to have two libraries serving our communities. The Weston Public Library and the Grand Rapids branch are open until 7:00PM Monday-Wednesday. These visits will help build a respect for reading and enjoying books. Remember they have so much more than books available too and membership is free! Use this link to learn more about our local libraries.

3) Build a library at home. There are a variety of resources for inexpensive or free books. While print books are preferred, you can also get free e-books for any device. I use these two websites for free e-books. Once you download these books, they are yours forever. Kindle Buffet. Project Gutenberg, or HundredZeros.com. You can also visit the libraries mentioned above for free downloads. To read the free books from these sites, you will need a reading app - use the Kindle App (no kindle needed). Get the app here KINDLE.

4) Start a junior or toddler book club. Uptrend play dates to book clubs - kids read together or share what they’ve read. This can be done at any age and is quite fun to watch with really small children.

5) Write - often. Writing is extremely important to the reading process. Have children write at a young age. Beginning writing consists of drawing stories which leads to substantial writing or text by high school. If you need more writing ideas I encourage you to email your teacher for ideas - they do wonderful activities with your children every day.

Using these strategies will help build strong readers - a skill which will serve them for a lifetime for pleasure and in thier career.


The United Way is partnering with students from BGSU to aid student learning through actively engaging the community on several levels. The group is partnering with the United Way to conduct a survey that will ultimately aid kindergarten readiness in Wood County. The survey’s aim is to understand what services residents of Wood County use to prepare students for Kindergarten (daycare, in-home, pre-school etc.). This data will be used to both assess how aware residents are of existing resources as well as what they indicate to be barriers to ensuring their children’s kindergarten readiness. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey and help our county better prepare our students for kindergarten.

Survey Link: http://tinyurl.com/ocgl6qx


Friday October, 23rd 5:30-9:00 PM Click here for more information

Dinner 5:30-7:30 $4 Meal Deal/ $1 for Extra Slice

(Pizza, Chips, Drink)

Games 5:30-7:30 $5 All You Can Play Band/ $10

Family Maximum

Cakewalk 5:30-7:30 $1 Proceeds to benefit Amy

Wilcox and Family #amyscourage

Hayride 5:30 to 7:30

No additional cost/Courtesy of the Grolle Family

Dance 7:30-9:00 No additional cost/ Featuring

DJ Doug Michealis


During the Homecoming dance this year we would like to get as many parents as possible to line the entrance outside the commons and take pictures of the kids as they enter the dance. We will have a Red Carpet and we want to make it like the Paparazzi outside a movie premier. Parents feel free to come and watch the kids enter the dance and take pictures. However, only students and chaperones will be allowed in the dance. Thanks and we hope to see you there.


This past week the 6th graders participated in The New Cool Color Challenge. They were to color Mr. B. Cool and write why they are cool on his sign. The New Cool is a motto that has a mascot known as Mr. B. Cool. He is a mascot that promotes healthy, positive decisions and choices through the Wood County community. He is part of the Prevention Program through the Wood County Educational Service Center. All of the entries are being displayed in the Middle School. We chose one winner based on creativity and statement. The winner was Donovan Ellis. The 6 grade at Otsego is made up of awesome students, and it just shows through their entries. Stop in to the Middle School to see all of the wonderful designs!

Fall Community and Board Meetings

The Board of Education and the Otsego Administration will be taking the Board Meetings on the road starting in September. We will begin the evening at 5:15 pm with an informal community forum with the Otsego Administration. We will have financial information prepared to discuss and then will open it up to questions. The Board of Education Meeting will follow at 6:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

Haskins: October 27th – 5:15 pm at the Haskins Village Hall

Weston: November 24th – 5:15 pm at the Weston Public Library

Tontogany: December 22nd – 5:15 pm at the Otsego High School Library (date subject to change)



October 09 V (H) Elmwood – 7:00 *Homecoming and Fireworks

October 10 JV @ Elmwood – 10:00

October 16 V (H) Rossford – 7:00 *Little Knights

October 17 JV @ Rossford – 10:00

October 23 @ Fostoria – 7:00

October 24 JV (H) Fostoria – 10:00

October 30 V (H) Genoa – 7:00 *Senior Night


October 10 (H) Evergreen – 10:00

October 13 (H) Eastwood – 6:00

October 15 @ Fostoria – 6:00


October 10 (H) Clay – 11:00

October 15 (H) Lake – 5:00


October 13 (H) Bowsher – 5:00

October 15 @ Lake – 5:00


October 10 Fostoria Inv. @ Fostoria HS – 9:00

October 17 NBC Championships @ Eell’s Park – 10:00


‘Otsego Athletics’ is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information.

Little Knights Cheerleading practices are October 13 and October 15. Performance is October 16. Flyers will be sent home with more information. Click here for more information


Community Events Section

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.

Fall Festival at Hoen's Garden Center - inflatables, pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, crafts, and much more. (Koch family favorite)


More Fall Fun in the Toledo Area

Events in and around Bowling Green

Project Connect - It is a one-day, one-stop event designed to provide hospitality and access to services for all people in our community in need of support services. Services include hot meals, dental care, housing assistance, haircuts, and so much more. It will be held on Wednesday, October 14th from 9am to 3pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Street in Bowling Green.

BGSU_Planetarium - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: Judy Snyder jasnyder715@gmail.com

Board Member: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Elizabeth Gorski jegorski@frontier.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lori Rea, Curriculum and Technology Integration Director

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Supervisor

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Marc Opsincs, Assistant Elementary Principal

Eva Vasher, Transportation Supervisor

Jeanne Jeffers, Food Service Supervisor

Rick Haskins, Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor