Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Week 11)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Ian Wallace All National Honors Choir

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. The 2019 ensembles will meet in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.

Our very own Otsego High School senior, IAN WALLACE, will participate in this amazing opportunity! He was selected out of hundreds of auditioned high school students and will sing baritone in the All-National Honors Choir. Congratulations, Ian!

Red Ribbon Week

Here are 6 tips to help you help your teen continue to live a healthy, drug-free life:


1. Don’t speak generally about drug- and alcohol-use— your older teen needs to hear detailed and reality-driven messages. Topics worth talking about with your teen: using a drug just once can have serious permanent consequences; can put you in risky and dangerous situations; anybody can become a chronic user or addict; combining drugs can have deadly consequences.


2. Emphasize what drug use can do to your teen’s future. Discuss how drug use can ruin your teen’s chance of getting into the college she’s been dreaming about or landing the perfect job.


3. Challenge your child to be a peer leader among his friends and to take personal responsibility for his actions and show others how to do the same.


4. Encourage your teen to volunteer somewhere that he can see the impact of drugs on your community. Teenagers tend to be idealistic and enjoy hearing about ways they can help make the world a better place. Help your teen research volunteer opportunities at local homeless shelters, hospitals or victim services centers.


5. Use news reports as discussion openers. If you see a news story about an alcohol-related car accident, talk to your teen about all the victims that an accident leaves in its wake. If the story is about drugs in your community, talk about the ways your community has changed as drug use has grown.


6. Compliment your teen for the all the things he does well and for the positive choices he makes. Let him know that he is seen and appreciated. And let him know how you appreciate what a good role model he is for his younger siblings and other kids in the community. Teens still care what their parents think. Let him know how deeply disappointed you would be if he started using drugs.

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Senior Portraits (Next Week)

A reminder that Senior Essentials Day for senior portraits is Tuesday, October 29th at the high school. Students will be given time slots according to the students study hall, aide period, OVLA, or electives as we are doing everything possible not to remove them from a core academic class.


If you are a student that is NOT in the building on a Black Day you must email Mrs. Bowers (dbowers@otsegoknights.org) to let her know what time that day you can be in the building so she can save you a time slot. Please do this immediately so if you are limited on your availability you can get your chosen time.


If you are unable to make it to school at all on the 29th you may call the Lifetouch studio at Levis Commons (419) 872-7550 to schedule your FREE portrait sitting and proofs before December 1, 2019.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents, please use the link below to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences are Wednesday, November 6th from 4pm-8pm and Thursday, November 7th from 10am - 8pm


Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences - CLICK HERE

Veterans Day Breakfast/Assembly

We will once again have a Veterans Day Assembly and breakfast to honor our local Veterans.


There will be a flyer put up around the community (See Below), but if you could start spreading the word, we would appreciate it. Breakfast is free to all veterans and Otsego Senior Citizens.


Breakfast will start at 8:15am in the High School Commons. The program will start at 9:15 in the High School gym. Please RSVP HERE. If you are not able to RSVP online please call Lisa Austin at 419-823-4381 or laustin@otsegoknights.org.



PLEASE RSVP by NOVEMBER 1st.

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Ronald McDonald DONATION DRIVE

Throughout the month of October, we will be collecting items that families are in need of at the Ronald McDonald house. Please see the flyer below. Items can be turned into boxes located in the HS office. Thank You.
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Spirit Wear Fundraiser

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2019 Yearbook Information

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One School, One Book.

Chop Wood, Carry Water is the book we have selected this year as our One School, One Book read. Students will be encouraged to read and focus on one chapter a week, that's right just ONE. Each chapter is only 1-3 pages long. At the beginning of each week, I will email guided notes and, thoughts, challenges, and reflection questions for each chapter. I am looking forward to falling in love with the process of becoming great this year with our students and staff.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION - CLICK HERE for Reflection Questions/Challenges.

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER

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Counselors Corner

EXPLORE PENTA DAY

Parents & Guardians of Sophomore Students, On November 13, all Otsego Sophomores will be traveling to Penta Career Center for the annual Explore Penta Day field trip They will visit selected programs to learn about a variety of career technical education options available to all of our students as part of their high school experience. The students will hear from several speakers on career technical education, meet with current Penta Career Center students, visit the labs and have the chance to see up close what they might do if they choose to attend Penta. Explore Penta Day is an important part of our students' career exploration education and we are looking forward to our trip this November.

SCHOLARSHIPS for FUTURE TEACHERS

The University of Toledo is now accepting applications for scholarships specifically for high school seniors who want to become teachers.

The University of Toledo annually awards nearly $5 million. These college scholarships are on top of any merit and university-level awards. We invite seniors to apply for scholarships for the 2020-21 school year, so they can be one of our award winners! The deadline to apply for all education scholarships is December 1, 2019.


Additional information is available at: utoledo.edu/education/scholarships


FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP: Herb Scholars Program, the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the Judith Herb College of Education. The Herb family recognizes, encourages and supports teachers of the future as they make their way into classrooms that will generate the leaders of tomorrow. The Herb Scholars Program is valued at full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition and general fees, room and board for up to eight semesters of undergraduate enrollment. The projected value of this scholarship is $82,000.

Unique SCHOLARSHIP Opportunity

This link is for (2) $1000 scholarships that are being given away. The essay topic is related to fishing. The deadline is November 15th.

https://www.columbusfishingexpo.com/so/83Mrjc034?cid=9b146ed4-f5ee-471a-9483-dcd6be2c9e4a#/main
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Community Scholarship Page

The 2019-2020 Community Scholarships page is now active.


CLICK HERE


If you receive any scholarships let Mrs. Clark know and she will begin adding them to her files for seniors.


THE WEEK in PICTURES

Athletics Department

Practice Good Sportsmanship

All parents of athletes are encouraged to read this. CLICK HERE


If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this year, you can help by following these six guidelines:


  1. Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.

  2. Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.

  3. Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them.

  4. Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.

  5. Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship. According to the NCAA, only about 2% of all high school athletes are awarded a sports scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.


  6. Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun—not winning and losing.


Track Team Fundraiser

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Athletic Reverse Raffle

Please consider purchasing an Athletics Reverse Raffle Ticket. Help support our Athletes and Athletic Programs. See Below for Event Details.
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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


Communication/Updates

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

Friday Night Football Home Schedule/Events

This year at each home football game we have special events planned. Please take a look at the schedule below.



Nov 1st

FB - Home Genoa (Senior Night)

Music Department

Upcoming HS Music Performances:

November 23- Marching Band at the BG Holiday Parade, 10am

December 7- Marching Band at the Grand Rapids Light Parade, 7pm

December 8- Marching Band at the Perrysburg Holiday Parade, 2pm

December 10- Holiday Choir Concert, 7pm

December 16 (week of)- Spring Musical AUDITIONS!

December 17- Holiday Band Concert

AG/FFA

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Transportation Department

Bus Communication

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

Free and Reduced Lunches

If your child/children were on free and reduced meals last year, and you believe you qualify this year you must submit a new application. Any meal charges, that occur prior to a new lunch application are the responsibility of the parent to pay. Please feel free to contact Jeanne Jeffers with any questions or concerns. jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanne Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe

Community News and Information

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Communication with the High School

Below are 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. Twitter: (follow @otsegohsoffice @OtsegoAthletics or @KosheaOHS)

  3. Remind 101: The HS office will communicate with parents and students by text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Remind 101. We use Remind 101 for quick reminders on HS deadlines and important events.

    We separate each class by students and parents. Being the parent of a High Schooler usually means maintaining a hectic schedule while trying to rely on a teenager relaying important information to you. Sign up for Remind to stay informed. Please sign up with the below codes:

    Students, please sign up for your class using the designated code:
    (ONLY STUDENTS)
    Class of 2020: text @otsego2020 to the number 81010
    Class of 2021: text @otsego2021 to the number 81010
    Class of 2022: text @otsego2022 to the number 81010
    Class of 2023: text @otsego2023 to the number 81010.

    Parents, please sign up for any group using the designated code
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    (ONLY PARENTS)
    Class of 2020 parent: text @hs20parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2021 parent: text @hs21parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2022 parent: text @hs22parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2023 parent: text @hs23parent to the number 81010

2019 - 2020 Calendars

Please click the calendars below to view important dates and information. All calendar dates are subject to change from time to time and should be referred to regularly.


2019 - 2020 Detailed Monthly Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.


2019 - 2020 Holistic Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.


2019 - 2020 Testing Calendar - Click Here

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.