Superintendent's Weekly Update - January 29, 2016

I hope everyone had a great week. Hard to believe it is almost February! Looks like we have another ten days or so without any snow forecasted. It was great having a full week of school.

Below you will find information about a public meeting regarding the future land use plan for Wood County. Recently, I attended a meeting with the planning commission and other local superintendents about this same topic. They did a lot of listening and fact finding. If you are interested and have an opinion on the future land use of Wood County, I would try and attend this meeting.



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM
at the Junior Fair Building, Wood County Fairgrounds
13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH

Wood County Planning Commission

Bowling Green, OH, January 18, 2016 — Residents of Wood County and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about the future growth of Wood County and discuss updating the county’s future land use plan at a public workshop being held by the Wood County Planning Commission on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Junior Fair Building at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road, in Bowling Green.

The event is designed to engage participants in discussions and identification of opportunities and challenges the county may face over the next 20 years. The event will also include exercises for participants to identify critical areas for protection, reinvestment, and growth on maps of the county. A fifteen-minute reception and sign-in will be followed by small group work for approximately one and a half hours. The event will be led by county staff and consultants.

The future land use plan is an official public document adopted by the county that articulates the community’s vision for its future; it serves as a guide for development and preservation recommendations made by the County Planning Commission and zoning decisions made by Wood County Townships. The county’s existing plan was adopted in 2007, and since that time development trends and regulations have changed. As such, it has been decided that it is time to create a new, clear vision for the future.

“For this effort to be successful, it is vital that the final plan accurately represents both a sustainable countywide vision and a more detailed vision held by the Townships, so it is important the citizens of Wood County be actively involved in updating their plan from the very beginning,” said Director of the Wood County Planning Commission Dave Steiner. “We know that the plans of our cities and villages will also have an important role in the decisions made for the unincorporated areas of the county. That’s why we are reaching out to these communities to be active in the process.”

This meeting is the first in a series of community engagement events that the county will hold in 2016 as it works on the future land use plan. To extend the participation opportunities for residents and business owners the activities of February 10, 2016 will be posted on the County Planning Commission website through early March.

For more information, please contact David Steiner or Katie Baltz at (419) 354-9128 or on our website: http://planning.co.wood.oh.us/land-use-plan/


Adam Koch


Attention all Landowners and Farmers

We have once again been nominated by a local farmer to apply for a $25,000 grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. This is sponsored by the Monsanto. The more nominations we get, the better it looks for our grant application.

The focus of the grant will be "Knights Growing Together" and will include students in grades PK-12, teachers/administrators, parents, local businesses, & the community as they plan for, create, & implement a garden on our central campus using raised garden beds. Raised beds & access to the garden will support project-based learning and activities. Learning becomes a relevant & meaningful experience for each student.

Click here to nominate the Otsego Local School District


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Music Booster Fish Fry - Please click the link for the pre-sale ticket opportunity

Our talented instrumental and vocal musicians have many upcoming events, come out to hear some amazing performances. We have musicians performing locally, in solo or ensemble groups, in Honor’s District level and at the All State level this year. We are so very proud of our musical Knights!

1/30 All State Choir at 2:45pm performing at the OMEA Conference Kingsgate Marriot at the University of Cincinnati- Otsego Members: Annie Barnhart, Kelsea Hanthorn, Alex Krabil & Adam Lewis

2/9 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

2/14 District 1 Honors Band 7pm at the Stranahan -Morgan Chambers, Leah

Dubler, Tayler Gunn, Alissa Jacobs and Claire Wallace

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm (refer to attached ticket order form)

3/8 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

3/17-3/20 – Musical

3/11 and 3/12 – Large group Solo and Ensemble Contest for HS Choir and Band

(exact day and time not yet available)

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford

4/12 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

4/17 Chicken BBQ and Second annual Silent Auction. Great items of all kinds up for

bid to raise money for our Music Program needs.

5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert

5/22 Graduation 2pm

5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert

Help High School Student Council Arm our Knights

Please click on the link for more information regarding the Otsego Student Council Armory

From the Desk of Emily Cornish, Prevention Specialist

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


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February 04 (H) Fostoria – 6:00

February 06 (H) Swanton – 1:00

February 11 @ Eastwood – 6:00

February 13 @ Delta – 1:00


January 29 @ Rossford – 6:00

January 30 @ Patrick Henry – 6:00

February 02 @ Lake – 6:00

February 05 (H) Fostoria – 6:00

February 06 (H) Gibsonburg – 6:00

February 12 (H) Elmwood – 6:00

February 19 @ Eastwood – 6:00


January 29 @ Rossford – 4:45

January 30 @ Patrick Henry – 4:45 *addition to the schedule

February 02 @ Lake – 4:45

February 05 (H) Fostoria – 4:45

February 06 (H) Gibsonburg – 4:45

February 12 (H) Elmwood – 4:45

February 19 @ Eastwood – 4:45


February 06 NBC Championships @ Genoa – 10:00

February 19 Sectionals @ Lake HS

February 20 Sectionals @ Lake HS


Friday, February 12 for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading


Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 in the High School gym

Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact athletics@otsegoknights.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.


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.

Kids Tech Program through BGSU - Ages 9-12

3B Productions will be presenting "Jesus Christ Superstar" Feb 11-14 at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Featuring Otsego Alums; William Baughman, Andrew Austin and current Otsego student Tyler Cowdrey, also Featuring Randy "Beef" Baughman with Music direction by Janine Baughman and directed by Otsego Alum Joe Barton of 3B. Click here for more information

Henry Wood Sportsman Alliance Fundraiser

Toledo Rocket Ticket Opportunity

211 Information

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training

Volleyball Fundraiser - Digging for Juls - This fundraiser is being put on by several of friends of Julie Amos. There will be a volleyball tournament, raffles, chicken BBQ, and activities for children.

BGSU Planetarium - Dawn of the Space Age

8u Softball

Halfway to Tontogany Fest Fundraiser

Free Dental Exams

Free Smoke Alarms

K-2 Volleyball Skills

Youth Volleyball League in BG

Bowling Green Ohio Events

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, Director of Transportation

Jeanne Jeffers, Director of Food Service

Rick Haskins, Director of Maintenance and Custodial