Superintendent's Weekly Update - March 18, 2016

Otsego Parents and Community Members:

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority at the Otsego Local Schools. We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency. The Ohio Department of Education has recently changed the guidelines regarding emergency response drills. Otsego is required to have six emergency evacuation drills, three tornado drills, three school safety drills where students must be secured in the school building or rapidly evacuated in response to an immediate threat, and one theoretical school safety drill to provide faculty and staff with instruction in the procedures to follow in such situations.

The school district is working closely with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office to correctly implement these procedures. The goals of the training drills are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, reduce injuries, and communicate clear expectations for students and staff. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.

On Thursday, March 24th, all buildings will be having a safety drill and will be evacuating to our off site locations. Each location is within walking distance. The evacuation safety drill will take place in the afternoon. We will also be having age appropriate conversations with our students before and after the drill. The conversations will be centered on a violent intruder. Teachers, building staff and students will have the option to evacuate, barricade, or use evasive distractions to get away from an armed intruder. (Run-Hide-Fight)

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call us.

High School Musical - Showtimes are tonight and tomorrow at 7pm and Sunday at 3 pm. There are seats available and you can purchase tickets at the door.

Senior Citizen Dinner - I would like to once again thank everyone for coming to the dinner and musical on Wednesday! It was a great evening. We served around 230 community members. I am already looking forward to next year. Thank you again for your support of our students and staff!

Substitutes Needed: The district is in need of substitute employees all across our district. If you are interested in any of the positions below please contact us.

Food Service: Jeanne Jeffers - jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

Transportation: Eva Vasher - evasher@otsegoknights.org

Custodial: Rick Haskins - rhaskins@otsegoknights.org

Administrative Assistant, Aide/Paraprofessional, Teacher : Lisa Austin- laustin@otsegoknights.org


Adam Koch, Superintendent


2014-2015 AUDIT REPORT

The 2014-2015 Audit report was issued this week. If can be found here We received another clean report. If you have any questions, please let us know.
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Dear Community Members,

Otsego Junior High School and High School Student Councils are working with the Otsego Clothing Closet to collect clothing for our community members. Otsego Clothing Closet is a nonprofit organization located in Grand Rapids, Ohio that provides clothing at no charge to families in need within the Otsego school district. They are currently in need of clothing donations of new and gently used clothing for all ages and sizes. Specifically, they are running low on clothing for JH and HS aged students.

Our Student Councils are excited to help collect donations, as we would like to help stock the Clothing Closet as well as opening The Knight’s Armory as a sister program to the Otsego Clothing Closet. The Knight’s Armory will be located in the high school for students in need to privately pick up clothing at no cost. We will be dividing all items donated between the Knight’s Armory and the Otsego Clothing Closet.

We will be accepting donations during the week of March 12th through 18th during the school day as well as at the musical each evening. You are welcome to drop off your donations at any time. Please leave donations in the main office of the High School, or see our Student Council members at the donation boxes at the opening of the musical each evening. Thank you for your continued support and your donations!

Otsego Junior High Student Council Otsego High School Student Council

email: hsstudentcouncil@otsegoknights.org



Pancake Breakfast and Raffle

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Thayer Nissan and Otsego Elementary proudly present the Grand Prize for the upcoming Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction!

2016 Nissan Altima (1) Year Lease - Click here for more information

There will only be 200 Raffle Tickets sold for this Amazing Car Lease

(1) Ticket for $50 or (2) Tickets for $75

Otsego PTO’s Family Fun Day with the MudHens

Sunday, April 10 at 2pm

Come out and enjoy some family fun with the Mud Hens on Kids Opening Day 2016! Tons of fun including a free prize (children 12 and under) as you sign up for Spike and Muddy’s Kids Club!

To purchase tickets, use the word “OTSEGO” online, over the phone or in person, so you can sit together and $1 from each ticket will go back to the school!

Reserve Your Tickets Today!
Use promo code OTSEGO:


Otsego Endowment Foundation (OEF) Reverse Raffle Tickets are now on sale. The dinner will be held April 22, 2016 at Nazareth Hall with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:15 pm. Come check out our new entertainment this year! Tickets are $100 for a chance to win $5000, and you do not need to attend to win. One dinner is included with the ticket. A second dinner can be purchased for $35. This money goes into the OEF funds. The investment proceeds are used each year to support enriching, educational opportunities in Otsego Local Schools, which cannot be otherwise funded by the school.

To purchase a ticket, contact any OEF Trustee:

Sue Clanton spclanton@gmail.com; 419-352-2390

Ellen Pullins ellen.pullins@utoledo.edu; 419-823-3024

David Fryling dfryling@otsegoknights.org;

Sarah Brokamp sarahbrokamp@hotmail.com

Jane Gray jgray@otsegoknights.org

Steve Kendall skendal@bgsu.edu

Molly Scott mary.scott@utoledo.edu

David Smith smithdl@helenachemical.com

Jane Spoerl jspoerl60@gmail.com

Andy Vollmar andrew.vollmar@gmail.com


Senior Josh Ignatowski is in Cleveland this weekend. He and his robotics team ('Cat Attack' Team 451) will be participating in competitive matches. I have included a link that will be providing a live feed during this weekend's competition.

Josh is his team's "Coach". He earned that role by scoring the highest in a test about this year's gaming rules and from endorsements from all of the adult mentors in the group. He has the huge responsibility of leading the 'players' of the game in each match and advising them as it plays out! Very proud of this young man.

Josh's robotics team CAT ATTACK will be having matches at these times on Friday:
9:00, 10:58, 1:31, 2:51, 3:57, 5:10, 5:48

The link for the live feed again is:

Josh Ignatowski Robotics LIVE FEED


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!

Thank you all for coming out to our first Fish Fry! We had a lot of fun and heard rave reviews on the fish!

Upcoming Events and Details

MARCH 22nd - 2nd grade music performance - 7pm in the Auditorium

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford – Let’s Go KNIGHTS we can beat the Eastwood Eagles – it’s a contest for the most drivers! OMB earns $20 per test drive (18 years+)

4/7 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting – special presentation on sound system at 6:30pm in room C145 (Changed to Thursday)

4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-6pm Great items of all kinds up for bid to raise money for our Music Program needs. Ticket orders will be distributed before Spring Break and be due by 4/8. Community member wishing to order tickets may contact Lisa Jacobs at 419-823-1495 or via email at jacobsladder100@roadrunner.com prior to 4/7/16. Thank you for your support!

April 26th - 1st grade musical performance - 7pm in the Auditorium

5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert

5/22 Graduation 2pm

5/23 Spring Band Concert

5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert

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March 26 @ Evergreen (DH) – 12:00

March 29 (H) North Baltimore – 5:00

March 31 (H) Delta – 4:45


March 26 (H) Evergreen (DH) – 12:00

March 31 @ Delta – 5:00


March 28 (H) Archbold – 5:00

March 29 (H) North Baltimore – 5:00

March 31 @ Evergreen – 4:45


March 28 @ Archbold – 5:00

March 29 @ North Baltimore – 5:00

March 30 @ Liberty Center – 4:00

March 31 (H) Evergreen – 4:45


March 29 @ Bowling Green - 4:00

Spring athletic awards are Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00.

Spring weather causes many cancellations and reschedules. To receive the most up to date information call 419-823-4381 and choose option 7.

Keep in mind weather related cancellations are usually not finalized until the afternoon. You can also check the ‘Otsego Athletics’ pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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.

Plain Congressional Church Easter Extravaganza

Rally Cap Sports - Sports for students with special needs

Wood County Hospital Health and Wellness Programs

Special Olympics of Wood County Information and Sign-up

Free Job Fair

Girl Scout Spring Day Camp Break

Wood County Parks District Press Release

Dayspring Church - Egg-Stravaganza

BGSU Planetarium - Dawn of the Space Age

Halfway to Tontogany Fest Fundraiser - If you are interested in donating any homemade goods or baskets to raffle off please contact Nicole Vollmar at 419-346-6347

Pinwheels for prevention: As you may or may not be aware, April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Each year, Wood County Children’s Services participates in the Pinwheels for Prevention program that includes the planting of pinwheels that represents the number of investigations reported in Wood County the previous year. This year, the Pinwheels for Prevention event will be held on Wednesday, April 13th with a luncheon and silent auction being held at the Wood County Courthouse Atrium. The proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Wood County Children's Services donated funds. These funds are used to provide foster children with items that the state does not fund such as: prom dresses, senior pictures, sports equipment, musical instruments as well as the annual holiday party.

Children's Services is asking that everyone wear blue on this day in order to help raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect in our community. As part of the agency's fund raising efforts, the Children's Services unit will once again be selling Pinwheels for Prevention T-Shirts click here The agency is excited to see how many schools can fill their hallways with blue!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself via email at Amy.Weaks@jfs.ohio.gov or at 419-373-6933. You can also contact Sandi Carsey, Children's Services Administrator via email at Sandi.Carsey@jfs.ohio.gov or at 419-373-6934.


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