OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS
Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 9, 2015
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!
OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS FAMILY NIGHT
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
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 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. 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.
UNITED WAY AND BGSU PRE-KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND AWARENESS SURVEY
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
OTSEGO ELEMENTARY FALL FESTIVAL
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
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
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
6th GRADE NEW COOL COLOR CHALLENGE
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)
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
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
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS
‘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
WEEK IN REVIEW
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)
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.