Superintendent's Weekly Update - April 8, 2016

Otsego Parents and Community Members:

I wanted to share an awesome story about a current 4th grade student. Calista Wilkins has been working two years to preserve Maui dolphins, the smallest of its species, that live off the coast of New Zealand. Great article and great job Calista!


Senior AJ Digby is on a local Sled Hockey Team and they have a two events planned next weekend. These events will be a lot of fun. Come check out what sled hockey is all about. Fun family event for all!

Sunday April 17th Event

Saturday April 16th Event

Otsego Food Pantry Community Caring Day - April 30th from 10 am to 4 pm. Please help give back to our community!! Click here for more information

College Signing Day - April 26, 2016 Click here for more information


Adam Koch, Superintendent



As many of you are aware, we have allowed student’s to charge meals this year. As we are approaching the end of the year we will no longer allow charging. STARTING APRIL 5th there will be NO CHARGING of meals. If the student does not have enough money on their account to cover the meal at the elementary they will receive a cheese sandwich. At the jr. high/high school their lunch will be pulled.

If a jr. high/high school student isn’t sure if they have enough money on their account they should ask the cashiers prior to going through the meal line.

We also have some students who are on free and reduced lunches with outstanding balances, they must be paid. These balances occurred prior to the paperwork being received by the cafeteria. You are responsible for the charges. The charges do not go away at the end of the school year. If they are not paid they are carried over to the following year.

If you have a senior with meal charges, they must be paid for you student to walk in graduation ceremonies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Jeanne L. Jeffers, Director of Food Service



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:


Amazon Fundraising:

The Otsego Endowment Foundation has set up an account with amazon that allows your amazon purchases to support the OEF. When you want to shop amazon, simply click on this link and shop through the smile.amazon site. It’s the same experience, same merchandise you can get through amazon.com, only a portion of your order is donated back to help our schools. It’s that simple.


Thanks for your support!

Reverse Raffle Information:

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


Upcoming Events and Details

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford, Bowling Green – 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+) – Bake Sale during the event Click here for more information

4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-7pm Great items of all kinds up for bid to raise money for our Music Program needs. Community member wishing to order tickets may contact Lisa Jacobs at 419-823-1495 or via email at jacobsladder100@roadrunner.com 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


The Class of 2018 Post Prom Committee is working the concession stand for spring sports and have a lot of slots to fill. Thank you for the support!


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**All High School athletic events, Saturday, April 9, have been postponed or canceled.


April 11 (H) Elmwood – 4:45

April 12 @ Oak Harbor – 5:00

April 14 @ Woodmore – 4:45

April 15 @ Fifth Third Field vs. Erie Mason – 7:00

April 16 @ Port Clinton (DH) – 11:00


April 11 @ Elmwood – 4:45

April 12 (H) Start – 5:00

April 16 (H) Port Clinton (DH) – 11:00


April 11 (H) Elmwood – 4:45

April 12 @ Wauseon – 5:00

April 14 @ Woodmore – 4:45

April 16 @ Rogers (DH) – 12:00


April 11 @ Elmwood – 4:45

April 14 @ Woodmore – 4:45


April 12 @ Genoa – 4:45

April 14 @ Springfield Inv. – 4:30

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. You can also go to the Events tab on the High School page of the Otsego web-site. This calendar is updated within minutes of changes.

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.

Amy’s Courage 5K Run & Family Fun Walk - Please help support the Wilcox family - Click here for more information

Free Family Event - BGSU's Literacy in the Park - http://www.bgsu.edu/LiteracyinthePark

Grand Rapids Historical Society Summer Musical is the Wizard of Oz. They are having auditions starting next week. Click here for more information


Wood County Park District Info

Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio Concert - April 10th and it features several Otsego students!

Waterville Playshop presents "Children of Eden" April 15-17 at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Otsego Junior, Tyler Cowdrey will be staring in the role of Cain. Otsego alum '89' Joe Barton will portray "Father". Tickets : www.watervilleplayshop.org Tickets $12,$15,$17 Children of Eden


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