Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Semester I Week 9)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

We will be wrapping up the first 9 weeks of the semester on Friday next week and parent teacher conferences are approaching. This year, conferences will be held over two days Wednesday November 4th (4:00pm - 8:00pm) and Thursday November 5th (11:00am - 8:00pm).


The high school will be trying something new this year as well. We are using an online tool called SignUp Genius for you to conveniently sign yourself up to meet with your child's teacher during conferences. I have created a short video tutorial to show you just how quick and easy it is. VIDEO TUTORIAL


Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up Link

*This link can be found on the school website, Twitter, as well as the new District phone App.


**If you experience any difficulties, do not panic or get frustrated. Simply call the office and we will be more than happy to get you all signed up. (419) 823-4381.

SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

A few reminders from the office:


  • Daily Announcements Page
  • Make sure you send in a written note within 48 hours of your child's absence. This is necessary in order for the absence to be excused.
  • Please make sure you include both the first name and last name of student on the absent note.
  • You can check daily announcements on the HS website to stay informed of daily activities and highlights. Click here: HS Website.
  • Sign up for Remind 101 to get text or email reminders of important events. Text to 81010 and in the message box, type otseg (there is no "o" at the end)
  • Parents if you want to check on your child's homework. Please access their "Google Classroom" all the teachers are posting their assignments there. You will need to know your child's username and password to get into their classroom. If you are having any issues getting into Google Classroom, let us know and we will work to fix it immediately.

THANK YOU from Student Council

Student Council would like to thank all of the people who came out to allow our students to walk the red carpet in style during our Knights, Camera, Action Homecoming Dance. We would also love it if your could share your pictures with us! Please send any Red Carpet photos that you took last Saturday to hsstudentcouncil@otsegoknights.org or yearbook@otsegoknights.org.

From Mr. Fryling, 9th Grade Counselor

On November 9th, all 7th and 11th grade students will have the opportunity to take the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey, known as the OHYES! With OHYES! students will help us learn about the climate at school and the health and academic issues that impact their quality of education and daily life. Results from the survey can help Otsego leadership advocate for creating safer and more welcoming schools. All responses are confidential and no identifying data (birthdate or name) will be recorded. Please read the attached form or contact Mr. Fryling if you have any questions.

Ohio Healthy Youth Survey

Highlights from the Week

Otsego Local Schools App

We have an App for that!

Otsego Local Schools in partnership with SchoolInfoApp has launched the Otsego Local Schools App, now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices. The App is free and gives parents & students quick access to:


  • The latest news, information and announcements
  • Events and activities
  • Teacher, Staff and Administration Contact Information
  • Important documents, picture galleries & other media
  • School menus, the online gradebook system and more!

Click here to download on an apple device
Click here to download on an android device


***Please understand that this is a new App and we are still working on getting everything updated. If you have suggestions please feel free to reach out and let us know. Thanks.

Otsego Jr. High & High School 3 Hour Delay Schedule

Just in case we were to have a weather related incident that caused a 3 Hour Delay here is what the schedule would be: Note the day would be extended 1 hour until 3:20pm.



9th Period 10:39 - 11: 10 (31minutes)

4th Period 11:13 - 11:41 (28 Minutes)

5th Period 11:44 - 12:14 (30 minutes) JH Lunch

6th Period 12:17 - 12:47 (30 minutes) HS/JH Lunch

7th Period 12:50 - 1:20 (30 minutes) HS & 6th grade Lunch

8th Period 1:23 - 1:50 (27 minutes)

1st Period 1:53 - 2:20 (27 minutes)

2nd Period 2:23 - 2:50 (27 minutes)

3rd Period 2:53 - 3:20 (27 minutes)

Got Yearbooks?

"Yearbook is having a clearance sale. All yearbooks from the following years are being marked down to $10!" (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Email yearbook@otsegoknights.org for further information or to purchase one.

ACT Dates

The remaining ACT dates this year are:
Saturday, December 12th - registration deadline Nov 6

Upcoming Dates

October:

10/20 - HS Choir Concert, 7:30pm

10/21 - 2 hour delay, Staff Professional Development

10/23 - End of the first 9 weeks

10/26 - 10/30 - Fall OGT Testing

10/27 - HS Band Concert, 7pm

10/30 - Senior Night


November:

11/4 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

11/5 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:00am - 8:00pm

11/6 - No School

11/9 - OLS Family Night

11/11 - Veterans Assembly

Senior Panoramic Photograph

If you would like to order the Senior Class Panoramic picture, I have attached ordering information. This is a great tradition.

Senior Panoramic Order Form 1

Senior Panoramic Order Form 2

News from Athletics

The Otsego Softball team is selling Otsego Decals once again this year. Show your Otsego Pride! They are $5. Click Here for the order form. This is a fundraiser for the team. Thank you for your support!


‘Otsego Athletics’ is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information. Also, if you’d like to receive athletic news and updates by email please email athletics@otsegoknights.org to be added to the list.


Fall Sports Schedule


HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DATES

FOOTBALL:

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

VOLLEYBALL:

October 15 @ Fostoria – 6:00

BOYS SOCCER:

October 15 (H) Lake – 5:00

GIRLS SOCCER:

October 15 @ Lake – 5:00

CROSS COUNTRY:

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

Music Boosters Update


  • HS Choir Chicago Trip - $100 Deposit due 10/9 for all students and parent chaperones planning on attending the trip. A reminder notice was sent home with students on Monday 10/5 and initial notice in September. We are looking forward to a fun and educational experience in the Windy City in April 2016!
  • Otsego Music Boosters Fall Sale Fundraiser kicked off on Monday, 10/5. Catalogs and directions we sent home with all 6th grade, Junior High and High School Choir and Band students. Orders and $ are due on Thursday, 10/15. We appreciate your help in supporting our fine Otsego Musicians!
  • Our next OMB meeting will be Thursday, 10/15 at 6:30pm in room C145. This is a change from our usual Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you there – many exciting things are happening in our music programs this fall.
  • Concerts: Choir 10/20 and Band 10/27 both at 7pm in the Auditorium. Come out to hear the sounds of fall and our many talented vocal and instrumental musicians!
  • Parents: Concert attire is being distributed this week. The long dresses and tux pants come un-hemmed and as usual we are asking for assistance from our families in hemming the attire. Please ask your students to see the attire and the note that was sent home for directions.
  • Granite City Otsego Music Boosters Fundraiser: Thursday, October 22 – enjoy an evening out and support the OMB, 15% of the proceeds will be donated to OMB. Please show the attached flyer when ordering. Click here for more information

News from Transportation Department

Student and bus safety is very important to us at Otsego. We would like to remind you of our procedures for drop-off and pick-up for Junior High and High School students. We have had several incidents recently that did not create a safe environment for our buses and students. We need to create the safest possible scenarios for everyone’s benefit.


Drop-off in the morning:

There should be NO cars in the front of the Junior High or High School. Please drop off all students in the back the building. The front of the building should be BUSES ONLY.

Please do NOT use the far north exit by the Junior High in the morning. When you are dropping your Junior High Students off in the morning either drop them off at the HS Commons or turn around and exit the south end of the property. If you happen to be at the North exit, please YIELD to ALL BUSES. There have been many times this year that cars exit the north exit when buses are trying to pull in. Our buses need to have the right of way. Please do NOT use this exit between 7:15 and 7:30 and if you happen to be there please YIELD to ALL buses. We have tight deadlines when it comes to getting our students to Penta, breakfast before school, and our buses need to get back on the road to pick up our elementary students.


Pick-up in the afternoon:

There should be NO activity at the front of the buildings. All students need to be picked up at the back of the buildings.


In summary, please use extreme caution when our buses are around. We transport over 1,000 students every day, and we all play a role in making sure that it is a safe environment for each one of them. Please drop off and pick up all students in the back of the buildings and do not use the north exit in the mornings. If you have any question please give me a call or call Eva Vasher, Transportation Supervisor, at 419-823-3156

News from the Cafeteria

Dealing with your children’s school money just got a lot easier! You can now add money to their accounts for meals, pay for school-related fees online securely and even see what they are buying. Online Lunch Payment System


For more information, go to www.K12PaymentCenter.com or call the Otsego Local School District at 419-823-4381 ext. 1104. You can also contact Jeanne Jeffers, Food Service Supervisor at jjeffers@otsegoknights.org


Please visit https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/HowDoesTheProgramWork.aspx to see a video on how to start managing your child’s account online today!


Click the links to Download the 2015-2016 Lunch and Breakfast Schedules. If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanie Jeffers

Breakfast Menu

Lunch Menu

Community Events

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly - We will once again have a Veteran’s Day Assembly and breakfast to honor our local Veterans. There will be a flyer put up around the community, but if you could start spreading the word, we would appreciate it. Breakfast is free to all veterans and Otsego Senior Citizens. Breakfast will start at 8:15 in the High School Commons. The program will start at 9:15 in the High School gym. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP for the breakfast. If you are not able to RSVP online please call Lisa Austin at 419-823-4381 or laustin@otsegoknights.org.


Indoor Walking Program - The Elementary Building will be open in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for community members that would like to walk the halls. The building will only be open when school is in session. There will not be indoor walking hours when school is canceled or it is a holiday. There will also be a course map that will tell you the distance traveled, along with a sign-in sheet as you enter the elementary building.

Communication with the High School

There are many ways that we try and and communicate with our parents and students. On top of sending out this weekly parent newsletter. Below are a few of the other ways to connect with us and to have access to updates and communications from us. Please remember that we desire two-way communication and encourage everyone to reach out to us and ask questions, voice concerns, and give feedback. Thank You.


1. High School Website http://www.otsegoknights.org/high-school (The high school website has all the academic and athletic calendars and the HS posts their daily announcements on the website as well)


2. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. Thats 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 or @KosheaOHS)


4. District App:

Click here to download on an apple device

Click here to download on an android device

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 and NO 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!

Senior "Macho Man" Dance
Shake off Elmwood
Taking a Bite out of the Royals