Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Semester I, Quarter 2, Week 16)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Student Anxiety/Stress...Be on the Lookout

There are just a couple of weeks remaining before the holiday break and the end of the semester is rapidly approaching. We are starting to see an increase of students showing signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. This can be a very stressful time of the year for many students and I just want you all to be aware of this. It is very helpful if you are watching your child(ren) and talking to them about what's on their plates and strategies to balance everything out. Many of our classes are holding unit tests over the next several weeks and beginning to talk about exams. This is also the time when students really begin to stress about their final semester grades and their exam exemptions. I have included some information and articles related to stress in teens. In these, you will also find helpful tips on how to manage stress more effectively.


ARTICLE: Teens Feeling Stressed, and Many Not Managing It Well

Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety

Tips to Manage Stress & Anxiety


If you feel that your child is experiencing heightened stress & anxiety please let us know so that we can call them down and work with them as well. I hope this information is helpful to you.

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State Testing Results and Re-Takes

The results from last years tests are in. Since last years 9th graders took tests that are required for their graduation, we have mailed the results of these tests along with an informational letter to the parents of these students. In order to pass, students needed a score of 700 or higher. Any current sophomore that did not pass a test from last year will be retested the week of December 14th. I have attached the letter we are sending out so you can see how this new system works towards a students graduation. If you have any questions please contact the HS office.


Testing Letter and Graduation Requirements

School Security and Safety

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, I felt it necessary to inform you that our district and this building takes student safety very serious. Of course, there is no way to predict, if or when, something like this happens but rest assured that we have plans and partnerships in place, that in the event of a threat to our building/students & staff we can take immediate action to minimize the damage.


Between the hours of 7:20 - 2:20 all the doors on campus are locked and we require that visitors be buzzed in at either the Central Office or HS Entrance. We have over 40 cameras in the high school and al of our classroom doors remain locked throughout the day in case we needed to go into a lock down. Furthermore, we have a Resource Officer on campus who is not only armed but also trained to work in these situations. Our emergency plans are digitally shared with all staff members and hard copies are required to be in their rooms as well as in the substitute teacher binders.


We have scheduled trainings throughout the year as well trainings with local and county law enforcement. Although, I hope that we never have to use any of the measures we have put into place to keep our students out of harms way, we are ready and have been trained to take action in the event of an emergency situation.


Please make sure that you are signed up to receive instant alert messages, remind 101, and following the HS office on twitter. In the event that we were to evacuate, we will need to communicate with everyone as quickly as possible as to where to go to get your child. You WILL not be allowed to be anywhere near the school as law enforcement would close off this area. The teachers and students will be trained as to where they go after they evacuate. We will be practicing this in the spring.


Scary to think about this, but we have to be prepared. If you have questions or concerns please contact me immediately.

Upcoming Dates

December:

7th - Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7:00pm in the HS Library

15th - Band Concert, 7:00pm in the HS Auditorium

15th - State Testing Re-take Day #1

16th - State Testing Re-take Day #2

17th - State Testing Re-take Day #3

17th - Board of Education Meeting, 6:00pm in the HS Library

21st - Choir Holiday Concert, 7:00pm in the HS Auditorium

22nd - Last day of school - Christmas Break


January:

4th - First day of school, return from Christmas Break

4th - 8th - State Testing make up days

13th - Exams

14th - Exams

14th - End of the 2nd Quarter

15th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day

18th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Development

November STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

1st Quarter Honor Roll

PENTA Honor Roll

MiKayla Benedict, Hunter Carrick, Paulina Castro, Ann Cousino, Abby Cox, Molly Creps, Victoria Curley, Katelyn Davison, Paul Downard, Chad Evans, Raven Glenn, Kylee Hartman, Brandy Hicks, Danielle Irwin, Ashley King, Zachary Lange, Sierra Lanham, Cassandra Laplante, Megan Low, Deanna McCann, Bailey McElhenry, Darian Messer, Thomas Repolesk, Meghan Smith, Dalton Walls, Brooke Whiteman


12th Grade

4.0

Makayla Allgire, Gwenyth Amborski, Casey Barbour, Brittany Barnhart, Capriana Burres, Morgan Chambers, Austin Digby, Taylor Gonzalez, Tyler Harroun, Mark Hendricks, Joshua Ignatowski, Alissa Jacobs, Zane Maxwell, Morgan Smoyer, Mackenzy Varner, Tyler Weber, Alexandria Wenig, Mackenzie Wenig, Tyler West, Lauren Wynn

3.5 – 3.99

James Agan, Adam Baty, Haili Brooks, Jonathan Brown, Joseph Brown, Hunter Carson, Richard Cheney, Kilion Clark, Cameryn Drain, Olivia Jinnings, Dakota Maher, Nicholas McBride, Allison McVeigh, Brianna Meier, Derek Morgan, Alexis Nigh, Erica Noble, Brennan Schall, Brianna Snow


11th Grade

4.0 GPA

Alison Graham, Lauren Gray, Adam Lewis, Margaret Long, Natasha MacKay, Shannon Weihl

3.5 - 3.99 GPA

Joseph Agan, Colton Battin, Jennifer Baty, Adam Euler, Tayler Gunn, Paige Hoffman, Alexander Krabill, Parker Lazar, Morgan Mazey, Logan Pope, Olivia Renkel, Aurora Thomas, Devin Wilson, Rebekah Wright


10th Grade

4.0 GPA

Hailey Asmus, Luke Beach, MiKayla Benedict, Isabelle Billnitzer, Erika Dibartolomeo, Felicity Jinnings, Jordyn Lenox, Joseph McQuillin, Andrew Richardson, Dominic Serrato, Brianna Shiley, Stone Zimmerman

3.5 - 3.99 GPA

Erin Agan, Isabella Bean, Sarah Cox, Keith Damschroder, Zachary Davies, Nathaniel Digby, Leah Dubler, Evan Farley, Caleb Frank, Jaclyn Ghesquiere, Christina Gonzalez, Grace Gregory, Selena Hernandez, Heather Jogerst, Riley Kepling, Joseph Konrad III, Nicholas Krabill, Dalton Limes, Hunter Martinez Buehrer, Braeden Murphy, Hannah Poulin, Louisa Pullins, Leah Rieger, Joshua Shawberry, Tyler Simpson, Riley Smith, Brock Snyder, Hannah Snyder, Julianne Spencer, Greysen Tolles, William Varner, Joseph Vershum, Claire Wallace, Alexis Wiles


9th Grade

4.0 GPA

Nathaniel Born, Ava Bowen, Madison Dzierwa, Conor Evans, William Gase, Levi Gonyer, Hayle Grimmer, Sadie Helberg, Zachary Jones, Jenna Lewis, Derek Michaelis, Alexandria Miller, Madeline Nell, Seth Pullins, David Silva, Hunter Smith, Shelbey Spurlock, Connor Tumblin, Amber Underwood, Annabella Voska, Tessa Weber, Abigail Wilcox

3.5 - 3.99 GPA

Montgomery Alexander, Jordan Chaney, Gabrielle Coon, Ryan Dick, Mitchell Downs, Mikayla Farmer, Brooke Ferguson, Logan Frost, Alayna Greenhagen, Jeffery Gulyas, Owen Harnishfeger, Corey Hollar, Cheyenne Homanick, Blaine Kitchen, Ian Kress, Jacob Martinez, Sydney Mazey, Alexia McNett, Austin Meier, Jefferson Miller, Jenna Norman, Mitchell Smith, Kortney Sutter, Kurtis Sutter, Brittany Vollmar

Highlights from the Week

reminders from the High School 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.
  • 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.

Homework Cafe/Study Sessions

The High School is very excited to be implementing a Homework Cafe/Study Session every Wednesday afternoon from 2:20pm-3:30pm. Homework Cafe will be held in the HS Learning Commons (HS LIbrary) and will enable students to finish homework, study for upcoming tests, work on projects, or simply have peer-to-peer tutoring.

HS Sports will not begin practices until 3:00pm every Wednesday so that still leaves roughly 40 minutes for student athletes to focus on academics.

It will be monitored by adults at all times.

Parents, we are asking for donated snacks and refreshments to kick off this new program. Items needed would be pre-packaged chips, snacks, sweets and drinks. Disposable cups and paper products would be a great donation as well.

Homework Cafe will begin on Wednesday, November 18th at 2:20pm and will be every Wednesday thereafter.

Please drop of any donated items into the HS office or send in items with your child. Call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381 in the HS office for any questions.

Quiz Bowl Team

Otsego will be on the Academic Challenge on NBC 24 at 11am, Dec 27, 2015.


Zachary Jones, Braeden Murphy, Joseph McQuillin, Joshua Shawberry pictured here at the Academic Challenge on WNWO 24 NBC

Guidance Department

Enroll to Attend PENTA

PENTA CAREER CENTER: If your student(s) are interested in attending PENTA Career Center, they may start applying now. If you have any questions regarding program opportunities or the application process, contact Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark at 419-823-4381 or via email at jclark@otsegoknights.org.


PENTA Career Night Flyer - Monday December 7th, 6-8pm

Knight Link Crew

Shopping Expo

December 4, 2015

Holiday Shopping Expo During High School Basketball Games (6-10 PM ) Buying opportunities as early as 4:45, during the Freshmen Game HS Commons, Otsego High School. Click here for additional information


Come and get some grab and go holiday shopping done during our home basketball game! We will have vendors available during the JV and Varsity games, with some opting to set up early during the freshman game.


Miscellaneous vendors and crafters will be available with grab and go items as well as orders that can be delivered in time for the holidays!


There will also be items in a Raffle Ticket Auction at a main table, with money for tickets going to support Knight Link Crew. Buy tickets and place them in the container for the item that you hope to win. When the winners are pulled, we will contact you to pick up your item!

Powder Puff Football

Due to scheduling conflicts Powder Puff Football will be rescheduled for sometime in the Spring. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

News from the Yearbook Staff

Senior Photo Requirements

  1. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
  2. Must be a vertical photo, this allows more room for your classmates in the yearbook.
  3. Student must be looking at the camera; head cannot be cut off in the picture, & must be able to see student’s full face. Hands, or arms should not be blocking the shoulder shot, or touching the student's face.
  4. A head and shoulders shot is preferred, but will accept a shot from the waist up. No full body shots or students lying on the ground. We can crop pictures, but if the shot is too far away we will not be able to accept the picture.
  5. Remember, this is a formal photo, clothing should be appropriate. (Examples- no muscle tees, cleavage, or hats, or flowers in your hair, the list goes on and on.) If you have to question your clothing, then it is probably not appropriate.
  6. No props in the photo.
  7. Seniors pictures are due by: April 4th, 2016.
  8. If your picture is not turned in by this date, you will not be featured in the senior section of the yearbook.
  9. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Lockhart via email: yearbook@otsegoknights.org.


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.

Student Employment Opportunities

Nazareth Hall is looking for part time kitchen help and banquet servers. We respect your school schedule, mostly weekend work. Please apply in person at 21211 W. River Road, Grand Rapids, OH.

2014- 2015 Parent/Community Survey

It is time to collect additional data to determine if the district is meeting needs of our families. Your feedback will help to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of the children of the Otsego Local School District. All individual survey responses are confidential. Your feedback will provide valuable information for us as we make decisions for the future. Please take time to complete the survey listed below. Please complete all electronic surveys on or before Friday, December 11th. Results will be shared through this weekly update and will be made available on the website.


COMMUNITY MEMBERS: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

PARENTS: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

News from Athletics

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.


JV/V GIRLS BASKETBALL:

December 08 (H) Lake – 6:00

December 11 (H) Rossford – 6:00

December 14 @ Holgate – 6:00

December 17 @ Elmwood – 6:00

December 22 @ Fostoria – 6:00

JV/V BOYS BASKETBALL:

December 04 (H) Genoa – 6:00

December 05 (H) Evergreen – 6:00

December 10 @ Woodmore – 6:00

December 15 (H) Lake – 6:00

December 18 (H) Rossford – 6:00 *Meet the Teams

December 19 @ Delta – 6:00

December 23 (H) Swanton – 6:00

December 30 @ Maumee – 6:00

FRESHMEN BOYS BASKETBALL:

December 04 (H) Genoa – 4:45

December 05 (H) Evergreen – 4:45

December 10 @ Woodmore – 4:45

December 15 (H) Lake – 4:45

December 18 (H) Rossford – 4:45

December 19 @ Delta – 4:45

December 23 (H) Swanton – 4:45

December 30 @ Maumee – 4:45

WRESTLING:

December 04 Northwood Derr Inv. – 5:00

December 05 Northwood Derr Inv. – 9:00

December 08 NBC Quad @ Fostoria – 5:30

December 12 Backhaus Duals @ Tinora – 9:00

December 15 NBC Quad @ Elmwood – 5:30

December 19 Bobcat Duals – 9:00

December 20 Bobcat Duals – 9:00


WINTER SENIOR NIGHT:

Friday, February 12 for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading


WINTER ATHLETIC AWARDS:

Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 in the High School gym


Softball Information: The softball coaches at Otsego High School are beginning open gyms for girls that are looking to improve and develop their softball skills. The open gym will take place in the OES gym. Click here for more information

Athletic Boosters

The Otsego Athletic Boosters will be selling spirit wear starting today through next week. Order forms are due to the High School Office by Friday, December 11th or at the Girls Basketball Game that night. There will be an Athletic Booster table set up in the commons. Thank you for your continues support of our student athletes!! GO KNIGHTS!

Order Form 1

Order Form 2

Music Department

News from the Music Boosters

  • The dates for upcoming music performances are as follows:

    12/10 Junior Bands and Choir Concert 7pm

    12/12 Grand Rapids Holiday Lighted Parade 7:30pm

    12/15 High School and 6th Grade Band Holiday Concert

    12/17 High School Choral Holiday Concert

  • We have a freshman, Brittany Vollmar...sophomore, Kelly McBride...junior, Kyra McCoy and senior Casey Barbour all performing in the Nutcracker All Jazzed Up!!

    Shows are Saturday, December 19th 2:00 and 7:00 and Sunday, December 20th at 2:00.

  • Holiday Performances

10th - Knightmusik @ Hosanna Lutheran Church 11:30am - 1:00pm
14th - Swing Choir @ Wood Lane School 12:00pm - 2:20pm
17th - Swing Choir @ Grand Rapids Care Center 12:00pm - 2:20pm

18th - Swing Choir @ Elementary and J. H. Performances 1:00pm - 2:20pm

Transportation Department

Student and bus safety is very important to us at Otsego. 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

Food Service Department

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

Baker O'Brien Glass Horse raffle to support Julie Amos - Baker O'Brien has donated a beautiful glass horse to help raise funds for Julie's much-needed stem cell treatment. As most of you know, Baker was the sole apprentice of Dominick Labino and the glass horse that she has created to support Julie is stunning. Please see the attached picture.


We have a freshman, Brittany Vollmar...sophomore, Kelly McBride...junior, Kyra McCoy and senior Casey Barbour all performing in the Nutcracker All Jazzed Up!! Shows are Saturday, December 19th 2:00 and 7:00 and Sunday, December 20th at 2:00.

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 lots of great information.

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.

Communication with the High School

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

Classic Weekly Student Joke:

Q: What's the difference between a guitar and a fish?

A: You can't tuna fish.


Have a great week.

The Inspirational Caly
Otsego High School Veterans Day Video 2015