Superintendent's Weekly Update - May 21, 2021

Otsego Community -

Vaccine Clinic – Otsego will be hosting another vaccine clinic. The clinic will be on May 27th from 3 to 8 pm in the HS Gym. This will be open for all ages. Now that the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12-15, we wanted to provide a convenient location for our parents. Please mark May 27th from 3 to 8 pm in your calendar for a Vaccine Clinic at Otsego High School Gym. No appointment is necessary. Open to all ages 12 and up

Graduation Parade - We are going to have a Senior Parade again this year. We will have the same route as last here. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ROUTE AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS. The parade is set for Saturday, May 22nd starting at 6 pm. Hope you can join the route and help us celebrate the Class of 2021!

2021 Otsego High School Commencement: It will be on Sunday, May 23rd starting at 2 pm. The Commencement will be live streamed by WBGU-PBS. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OTSEGO HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT

Summer Feeding Program - We are going to provide a summer meal program again this summer. We will have more details next week, but it will start on June 14th. We will provide meals for 2 weeks and it is open for any ages 0 to 18.

Parent Survey - Your feedback is valuable to us and we are asking you to complete a brief culture and climate survey. CLICK HERE The survey will be open until June 1st. Please take a few minutes to complete this. It would really mean a lot to us as we plan for the future and to better serve our students.


Adam Koch


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Weston Library Summer Reading Program

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Local Job Openings

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Otsego Food Pantry

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!


Girls Basketball Camp

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Punt Pass and Dribble Camp

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Volleyball Mintonette Program - Incoming 4th through 6th graders

The Otsego Volleyball program is excited about our Mintonette volleyball program, for any girl entering 4th-6th grade. This program will consist of four weeks (Mondays & Wednesdays) of participating on a volleyball team, led by a coach, where the focus of instruction will be teaching technical and strategic skills, team building, and the basic fundamentals of volleyball. In addition, teams will have an opportunity to practice their newly learned skills during matches when they compete against another team. The cost of the program will be $75.00/player. Checks can be made out to the Otsego Board of Education with “volleyball” on the memo line.


CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Friday, May 21

5:00 - V BB @ Ottawa Hills

5:00 - District Track @Defiance

Monday, May 24

5:00 - V SB (H) Anthony Wayne

Wednesday, May 26

2:00 - V SB Regionals @Elida

Thursday, May 27

4:00 Regional Track - Piqua

Saturday, May 29

10:00 am Regional Track - Piqua


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.
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K-12 Fitted for Success Program

Wood County Dept. of Job and Family Services

K-12 Fitted for Success Program

The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services is now accepting applications for the K-12 Fitted for Success program for the 2021-2022 school year. 500 children who live in Wood County will be provided with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies and new shoes and

socks. Assistance with winter coats may also be provided based upon availability.

Assistance is provided on a first come/first serve basis. Proof of household income, Birth Certificates or other proof of citizenship and Social Security cards for all family members must be provided. Families must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. For a family of 4, this about $4,400 or less in gross income per month. The income amount varies based on family

size. Families do not have to verify school enrollment for this year’s application.

Applications should be received by August 6, 2021 but will be accepted until 500 children are approved. Assistance will be distributed to approved families in August. Interested families may call 419-376-3488 or visit woodcountyjfs.com to request an application to be sent by mail. Applications are also available to print on the website or to pick up at WCDJFS 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road Bowling

Green. Completed applications may be returned by mail or dropped off at the above address. The agency lobby is open M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and a secure outdoor drop box is available 24/7.

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Program over former local Wood County business,

D.D. Gross Motor Sales

The Wood County Museum is excited to offer a new virtual program in partnership with the North Baltimore Public Library. The first Virtual History Series program will be available online, free of charge, on May 13th at 12:00 PM via Zoom and is presented by Scott Gross (Wood County Historical Society Board Member.) Gross’ program is “Whippets, Clippers, and Larks: The Story of D. D. Gross Motor Sales”. This presentation provides a nostalgic overview of the D.D. Gross Motor Sales business –which includes research, photographs, “automobilia”, along with first-hand stories from past employees and customers. The business began by selling Willy’s Overland automobiles and went on to sell Packard’s and Studebakers, before closing in 1972.

Please contact the North Baltimore Public Library for Zoom Log-In information at 419-257-3621.

Visit the Wood County Museum website for a full schedule & details or follow the Museum on Facebook at Wood County Museum. If you are not currently receiving emails from the Museum, be sure to sign up using the link on their website at woodcountyhistory.org to get program details sent directly to you.

Virtual History Series presented by: Edwin & Irma Wolf and Lynn & Betty Wineland. Support for the Virtual History Series is in thanks of the many Tea Card Holders of the Tea & Talk Series.

Questions can be directed to the museum at any time by calling 419-352-0967 or email marketing@woodcountyhistory.org

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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


The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance