Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter Semester 2 Week 14

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

2nd Semester Important Dates/Events

*subject to change, please recheck this link frequently for changes.

2nd Semester Dates/Events

Monthly Calendar - Click Here

April Students of the Month

Senior Important Dates

Our seniors are looking forward to the closing weeks of school with great anticipation. Below is information about the activities and requirements for seniors during the closing days leading up to graduation.

  • Thursday, May 2nd - Last day to submit scholarship info AND/OR military confirmation information to Mrs. Clark in order to guarantee printing in the graduation program.

  • Thursday, May 9th - Academic Awards Night (7:00pm in the Otsego HS Auditorium).

  • Friday, May 10th - All outstanding fees are due on this day in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please make checks payable to: Otsego BOE.

  • Saturday, May 11th - Prom at BGSU Grand Ballroom (ticket sales end May 3rd).

  • Tuesday, May 14th - Last regular day of school for OHS seniors. If you are taking correspondence courses (not CCP), your final transcripts are due this day.

  • Wednesday, May 15th ***Exams for OHS seniors.

  • Thursday, May 16th ***Exams for OHS seniors.

  • Friday, May 17th - Senior graduation practice (7:30 AM in OHS Commons) Attendance is MANDATORY: All seniors who plan to participate - in the graduation ceremony MUST attend this practice. Seniors, for graduation practice, please bring your cap and gown in order for the “Clap Out” and also dress nicely. Breakfast will be provided for you by the cafeteria staff. Make-up day for exams for Seniors.

  • Sunday, May 19th - Graduation Ceremony (2:00 PM in the Otsego High School Gym)


  • Thursday, May 9th - Penta Senior Exams.

  • Friday, May 10th - Penta Senior Exams, Last day for Penta Seniors, All outstanding school fees are due. ***Penta students are still responsible for paying their Otsego class dues and any outstanding balances.

  • Tuesday, May 14th - Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.

  • Wednesday, May 15th - Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.

  • Thursday, May 16th - Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.

  • Sunday, May 19th - Graduation Ceremony (2:00 PM in the Otsego High School Gym)

The OHS gym seats at least 1500 people – finding seats for anyone wishing to attend should not be a problem. THERE ARE NO TICKETS NEEDED FOR GRADUATION. Seniors must be at OHS (meet in corridor “C”) by 1:15 PM. Boys should wear dress pants, a dress shirt with a collar and tie, dress shoes and socks (no sandals or tennis shoes). Girls should wear a dress, skirt, or dark pants with dress shoes that are dark or neutral in color with a moderate heel (no flip-flops, floppy sandals, or tennis shoes). Seniors who do not participate in the graduation ceremony may pick up their diplomas in the OHS Office on or after May 22nd.

This is an exciting and memorable time for your senior. Otsego students have traditionally behaved like ladies and gentlemen at all school activities. We have come to expect this from all Otsego students, and it is the exception rather than the rule when this does not happen.

A word of caution about senior pranks - please talk with your son or daughter and help us keep the last few weeks safe and devoid of any controversy which might affect graduation activities and their ability to walk across the stage a. In order to avoid potential problems, we will again have campus security.

Please review the dates and activities with your senior so that everyone may cooperate to make the last days of school and graduation a pleasant occasion that will be remembered with pride.

1st Annual Baccalaureate Service

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John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative Event

The John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative event is happening at BGSU on April 30. It is great material for youth and I highly recommend it for as many Otsego kids as we could get there.

If you are interested, visit the following webpage at Higher Ground Advantage. Patty Cavins is the contact person and her number is 419-575-2669 or email HGA.Patty@gmail.com.

This link talks about an evening program, but there are possibly going to be daytime openings for schools to attend. Patty would be the person to have all the details.

State Testing Dates

Spring Testing Dates:

Below are the dates that Otsego High School will be administering each test. (Note: Other high schools may have chosen different dates to test. Also, this does not reflect the JH and Elementary testing times either).

MATH State Tests

Wednesday, April 24th (Algebra 1 & Geometry) *Parts 1 & 2

SCIENCE State Tests

Thursday, April 25th (Biology) *Parts 1 & 2


Friday, April 26th (American History & Government) *Parts 1 & 2

2019 Buckeye Girls State Delegates

The Tontogany Auxiliary #441 and the Sons' of American Legion #441 are happy to announce that Margaret Lehsten and Katelyn Duncan will be representing our Legion at Buckeye Girls State 2019.

Blood Drive

On Wednesday, May 1, Otsego High School will be hosting a blood drive. If you are interested in donating blood, the high school gymnasium will be open from 7:30 am - 12:15 pm for walk-ins. Please contact Jenna Lewis at 19jlewis@otsegoknights.org if you have questions or need more information.

Otsego Goes to PARIS!

If you haven't heard Otsego is going to Paris! The students with the art teachers' supervision are hosting painting parties to raise money for their tickets!

We hope to offer two parties by the end of this school year and then one every month when school starts next year leading up to the trip in April 2020!

We have all seen our friends on facebook having a great time creating adorable paintings with a fun group of people. That's exactly what we are pulling together! Treats will be provided by the students including Olivia's Cupcakes!

If you cannot attend on this date please consider a monetary donation that will be applied directly to the students' trip costs. Our first class is limited to 45 people due to supplies. We are hoping to accommodate more as time goes on. Email me at dbowers@otsegoknights.org with any questions.


"I want to thank everyone who attended our March Paint Party for Paris event! We had so much fun planning it and that evening couldn't have been better!

Our next party is Monday, May 6th at 6:30 in the High School Art room. Our inspiration this time is Spring.

Go to our Google Form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFW2ifBqsr1F3jbooc7nU57GdDcbhWpu-e9Ch-z--7z37tDQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1FhijOGkN8qEjAgP5XY0M5xNu0Nc0ExtDfYimImxGWaEGTgk-E8MC4s-Q to sign up. Fill out the form to reserve your spot! It is 40$ at the door that evening. More Cupcakes by Olivia and other refreshments! Can't wait! Check out our painting examples below!

Counselor's Corner

PSAT Information

On October 16, 2019, Otsego High School will be offering the PSAT for any interested sophomore and junior students. The PSAT measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. There are many benefits to taking the PSAT. It will connect you to scholarship opportunities, from the National Merit Scholarship Program and scholarships through their partners. It can help you prepare for other nationally standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT. The PSAT provides students with excellent feedback on your results, including a breakdown of what you answered correctly and incorrectly. You will even receive free practice through Kahn Academy that is tailored to meet individual student needs.

In order to register for the PSAT, you need to click the link below to sign up. There is no fee to take the test, and it will be offered here at Otsego High School. If you do register, you will be required to take the test. Registration will be available through May 24th at the end of the school day. We cannot accept late registrations, as all tests are ordered in June.

2019 PSAT Registration


Scholarship Information Class of 2019

This is DUE ON MAY 2. And that includes all letters/forms of verification that a student was awarded the scholarships, not just the form.

Apply to PENTA Career Center

It's not too late to apply for admission to Penta Career Center for the 2019-2020 school year. At Penta you will: learn skills that employers seek, gain industry credentials, earn college credits, and more! Apply online today at (link: http://pentacareercenter.org) pentacareercenter.org

AP Bulletin

This bulletin outlines all you need to know about the AP College Board. It will help you and your student get ready for the AP exams in May. CLICK HERE



Athletic Department


Game Schedules

***For the most up to date Schedules please go to the main HS Website, these only get posted once per week and may not reflect changes. High School Website with updated Dates


Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow (@OtsegoAthletics) for high school scores and other athletic department information.

Athletic Boosters Information

To help with any of the events listed please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, ksmoyer@eastwoodschools.org or any Booster member.

OVLA - Online School

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OVLA Success

OVLA Success is an after-school program for students taking an online class through the Otsego Virtual Learning Academy. Please read the information below about the goal of OVLA Success and also for information about dates, times and location.

CLICK HERE for more information

Transportation Department

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010

Food Service Department

Lunch Balances

Please check your student's meal account balance. Otsego has many students with unpaid meal charges. Emails are sent twice weekly to the email account we have on file.

As of Monday, May 6th, if the student is over the three (3) meal charging limit they WILL NOT

receive breakfast. And they may be provided an alternate meal that meets the National School Lunch Program meal pattern (meat/meat alternate, grains, fruit, vegetable and milk). The meal will be charged to the student's account and the student will be encouraged to start packing their lunch and eating breakfast at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or call me at 419-823-4381 ext.1104

Parents, please check your student's meal account balances. We have several students at or over the three meal charge limit. We send letters home twice a week with elementary students and also email parents at all grade levels.

The free and reduced meal applications are available online or in the school office. CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION

As many of you may remember we have the "Pay it Forward" account which is to keep students from receiving an alternate meal. At this point, the account is nearing zero. If you are interested in donating to the Pay It Forward program please contact Jeanne Jeffers, jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or Adam Koch, akoch@otsegoknights.org. Once the Pay It Forward account gets to zero, we will have no choice but to implement our districts unpaid meal charges policy, which follows.

Charging Policy

If you have any questions or concerns.

Jeanne Jeffers, 419-823-4381 ext 1104 or jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

General Lunchroom Information

Lunch Menus

Ag and FFA News

Otsego High School FFA

Check out the Otsego FFA Newsletter for all the latest news and updates with our Ag and FFA students. FFA NEWSLETTER

Questions or Comments should go to our Program Director Debbie Ayers. dayers@OtsegoKnights.org

Student Council

World's Finest Chocolate Sales!

World's Finest Chocolate Sales! Find a StuCo representative after school to get your chocolate fix! All bars are $1.
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Knight in Shining Armour

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:

  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.

We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.

Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


Community Events/News/Information


I wanted to share an exciting and free opportunity for the youth you serve.

Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, PLANET FITNESS has announced that all teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE. No catches, no commitments.

Planet Fitness welcomes high school teens ages 15 - 18 to work out at any of its more than 1,700 locations throughout the United States and Canada for free all summer long as much as they want! Teenagers ages 15 - 18 can visit any Planet Fitness location in the United States and Canada. Online signups are not available. Teens under 18 must bring a parent/guardian to sign up. Once the parent/guardian waiver is signed for teens under 18, teens can work out alone. Students who are already 18 do not need a parent or guardian to be present during the sign-up process.

PLUS All teens who sign up are entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes! At the end of the summer, Planet Fitness will be awarding one $500 scholarship in each state/province and a $5,000 grand prize* in both the United States and Canada. Additionally, teens will have the chance to win exciting prizes on Planet Fitness’ Facebook and Instagram channels throughout the summer such as PF swag, movie tickets, and wireless headphones.

Please see link for more details: https://www.planetfitness.com/TeenSummerChallenge

BGSU Summer Camp Opportunities

Discover summer opportunities on campus with BGSU Summer Academic and Youth Programs.

Discover summer opportunities on campus with BGSU Summer Academic and Youth Programs. There are many opportunities throughout the summer, including day/commuter camps, overnight camps as well as class credit opportunities.

Summer Academic Camps provide opportunities for students to experience the Bowling Green State University campus while expanding their knowledge, building life skills and exploring their interests.

NEW Ignite Mathematics Camp

June 14th & 15th or July 19th & 20th

The 2019 Ignite Mathematics Camp is a two-day camp at BGSU where students will engage in fun-filled experiences about teamwork, problem solving, mathematics, and the connections between mathematics and the real world. The camp curriculum aligns with the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics.

Students attending camp must be entering the 5th or 6th grade in Fall 2019. Enrollment is limited for each camp so sign up today.

Young Falcon Financiers - 8th & 9th Grade Students

June 10-14, 2019

Young Falcon Financiers is a week-long day camp at BGSU, focused on financial literacy, leadership development and service. The curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Standards in financial leadership and career development for middle grades students.

Camp is from June 10-14, 2019. The cost of camp is $200 per camper. This includes a t-shirt, flash drive containing all materials for the week, field trips, guest speakers from the business and area community agencies. Students will participate in authentic budget/ spending activities in the course of the week. Technology resources will be provided during camp.

Students attending camp must be entering the 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2019. Enrollment is limited to 25 students and 4 students per school/per session.

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Home Depot Job Opportunities

David Simpson, Field Staffing Manager with The Home Depot’s Talent Acquisition team is in search of candidates for a wide variety of hourly roles in their distribution centers in our area. I believe we could create a mutually beneficial relationship to help provide your students with access to jobs, and help our Home Depot locations fill their open positions. Question contact David Simpson at DAVID_SIMPSONII@homedepot.com

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Lifeguards NEEDED

The Grand Rapids Pool is looking to hire approximately 4-5 lifeguards for the summer.

The pool will be open Memorial Day until August 11, with the public swim hours from 1pm to 7pm.

There is an upcoming guard certification class at BGSU starting April 12th. For more information please contact Shaun Downey at 419-409-0075 mobile or 419-823-3002 office.

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Foreign Exchange Student Program

If you are interested in becoming a host family contact Charlotte Powell, Local Coordinator, for International Experience (330) 207-5778 and read the flyer below.
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Communication with the High School

Below are a few 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 CLICK HERE The Otsego High School website will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. We keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

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