Otsego Jr. High

September 4, 2015

Students are back in the swing of things. The sixth graders have adjusted to the Jr. High lifestyle! It's so exciting to see all the students eagerly jumping back into the new school year! So many great learning styles happening in our classrooms.


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It seems that it is a right of passage that as your children progress into their teen years, communication with those teens seems to decline. The typical parent-teen conversation might go like this, Parent: “What did you learn in school today?” Teen: “Nothing.” This can be frustrating as a parent because you truly want to be involved in your teen’s educational life, just like you were in the elementary school years. Do not give up just yet. Maybe you just need to change the line of questioning. I found 25 questions parents can ask their teens about school and hopefully spark more conversation.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Verification of 7th grade Tdap shot due IMMEDIATLY!

The Ohio Department of Health requires parents of Ohio's seventh graders to provide evidence that their 7th grader received a Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). Please bring evidence that your child has received this shot ASAP. Parents need to provide proof that their child has received the required immunization prior to their child starting the 2015-2016 school year. Children should not be attending school without this form on file. If you do not wish for your child to receive the immunization, please complete the attached immunization release from. Again, proof of your child receiving the immunization or a signed immunization release form is required for your child to attend school.

7th_grade_Immunization_Release waiver form



Mrs. Hamrick's Science Class

In 6th grade Science we conducted a lab that uses the Scientific method. This lab was to test your reaction time by catching a ruler from your partner. The student did not know when the ruler was going to be dropped which gave us results that we discussed. As many students had one hand that had a better reaction time.

OJHS Library

Students having fun participating in a scavenger hunt in the Library!

Mrs. Fitch's Close Reading Activity

Mrs. Apple's Cooking Class

Guest chef of the week Aaron Cowdrey!
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Online Lunch PYMT, 6th Grade STEM Camp, Flag Football, Little Red Robin Hood

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.

Who: The Otsego Community

What: Otsego Community Indoor Walking Program

Dates: Monday – Friday (every day that Otsego is in session)

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Elementary Building (enter the main entrance)

6TH GRADE MAGAZINE & CANDLE FUNDRAISER Wednesday, August 26th-Tuesday, September 8th

See any 6th grade student to place an order!

  • Renew existing magazine subscriptions or order new magazines.
  • Place orders for a wide variety of candles and flameless warmers from Taylor's Candle Village.
  • All orders and money are due Tuesday, September 8th.
  • Make checks payable to: Otsego Local Schools.



If possible all medication should be taken at home. If not possible, the parent/guardian must fill out the Authorization for Medication or Treatment form available in the office. Medications will be given in accordance with administrative guidelines, board policy, and the Ohio Revised Code. All prescription or non-prescription medication that needs to be taken at school must be stored in the office in its original container and taken in the presence of office personnel. It is the students’ responsibility to come to the office for their medication. Students are allowed to carry asthma inhalers and epi-pens with them if a doctor’s note has been turned into the office. Below you will find the medication form you/or the Dr. needs to complete.


Arrival and Departure:

Students that walk to school or are dropped off by a parent, are not to arrive before 7:15 a.m. All students being dropped off to school are to be dropped off at the back entrance by the JH gymnasium. That is also where students being picked up after school will be released for pick up.


Students arriving after the attendance bell (7:39 am) are considered "late" and must report directly to the office. They will be recorded at tardy, determined if they tardy is excused or unexcused, and possible refer the student to an administrator. The second unexcused tardy, and every tardy thereafter in a nine week period, will result in a detention.


Regular attendance at school is extremely important. Ohio’s Missing Child Law requires parents to notify the office by phone no later than 10:00 a.m. each day their child is absent. Parents may report their child’s absence by calling 823-4381 #3. Failure to notify the office will result in the office making a telephone call to the child’s home. Any absence not accompanied by a parental phone call (or note upon return, with the student’s first and last name, reason, date of absence, and parent’s signature) will be considered unexcused and truant. The entire note must be written by a parent. Telephone calls will be made to verify absences when we do not receive a call from a parent or if a note appears questionable.

Official Documentation definition:

Official documentation includes written notice from a doctor, dentist, hospital or court. In most cases when you bring in official documentation we excuse those absences when we are looking at a student’s attendance record.

Jr. High Fall Sports Schedule & Forms

JH_SPORTS_Fall_Schedule 2015


Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)

To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.

This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.