Superintendent's Weekly Update - September 3rd

Otsego Community -

I hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather looks perfect.

Tonight's Football game at Liberty Center will be live-streamed via the link below. They will be shuttling fans from the "Rad Barn" (S440 State Route 109, Liberty Center, OH 43532) as they anticipate a large crowd tonight. It is their home opener and first game on their new turf.

Live stream: https://team1sports.com/LCTigers/

Custodial Position Available:

Custodian - 40 hours per week

Anyone interested should email a letter of interest to the superintendent's office, Attn: Lisa Austin.

Email to: laustin@otsegoknights.org

Current Covid-19 Data

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Alumni Tailgate and 40th Reunion of the 1981 State Runner Up Football Team - September 24th

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Knights Have Your Back Fundraiser

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Softball Dress Drop Fundraiser

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Advertise with Otsego!

Advertise your business here! We are looking for local businesses that would like to advertise with us this year. We are looking for advertisements on our website and newsletters. Our website and newsletters get over 6,000 views per week. The cost is $500 for the year and this will get your link on my newsletter and website for 12 months. This is an affordable way to promote your local business throughout our community. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102
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Otsego and Wood County Vaccination Information

CLICK HERE to find information about the vaccine and locations throughout Wood County to receive a vaccine.

Vaccine Clinic - September 8th in the Elementary Gym

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Our Fall Spirit Wear Sale is also up and running! Check it out below


The sale will run until Sept 17th with an estimated delivery date of Oct 12th.

Food Service

Meals will be FREE all year. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch the entire year. At the JH and HS if your student wants to buy extra meals or ala carte items they can add money to their lunch account just like last year.

Junior High and High School 2021-2022 Lunch Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu 2021-2022

Free and Reduced Application – We still need you to fill out a free and reduced application if you qualify. This is VERY important for a lot of different reasons. There is a very convenient way to fill this out online. https://www.lunchapplication.com/.

Please fill this out if you were free or reduced last year or your circumstances have changed and you think you qualify. If you qualify, you may be allowed to waive other fees throughout the year. It is very important that this gets filled out ASAP.

Otsego and Weston Food Pantry Information

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!

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5th and 6th Grade Boys Basketball League

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All 1st through 6th graders are invited to play in the Little Knights Flag Football League.

The cost (includes T-shirt) is $30 per child, $45 for two children and $55 for three children.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the Elementary/JH School Office, along with payment by September 3rd. Checks should be payable to Otsego Local Schools.

All coaches will be varsity football players. You will be notified of your coach at the first practice.

All practices and games will be at the practice or game football fields at the high school on the following dates:


Wednesday, September 8th, 6:00-7:15pm

Games are scheduled on the following dates between 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 11th

Saturday, September 18th

Saturday, September 25th

Saturday, October 2th

Saturday, October 9th

All Little Knights will run out onto the field with the Varsity team at the Otsego vs. Elmwood game on Friday, September 17th. More information to follow.

If you have any questions please email

Matt Dzierwa at mdzierwa@otsegoknights.org or

Scott Bernthisel at sbernthisel@otsegoknights.org or
Lane Gerschutz at sailinwest68@gmail.com

Junior High and High School Athletic Events

Friday, September 3

7:00 - V FB @ Liberty Center

Saturday, September 4

10:00 - JV FB @ Eastwood

10:00 - HS XC (H) Otsego Inv. (Mary Jane Thurstin)

Tuesday, September 7

4:00 - JV BG @ Elmwood (Birch Run)

4:15 - JH VB @ Rossford

5:00 - JH/HS XC @ Eastwood *NBC Jamboree

5:00 - BS @ Evergreen

5:00 - GS (H) Liberty Center

Wednesday, September 8

4:00 - GG @ Eastwood (Cross Winds)

4:00 - BG @ Elmwood (Birch Run)

4:15 - JH VB @ Woodmore

4:30 - JH VB Black Team (H) Bowling Green

Thursday, September 9

4:00 - BG @ Eastwood (Cross Winds)

5:00 - JH FB (H) Lake

5:00 - BS (H) Lake

5:00 - GS @ Lake

5:30 - JV/V VB @ Genoa

Friday, September 10

7:00 - V FB @ Lake

Saturday, September 11

10:00 - JV FB (H) Lake

11:00 - GS (H) Woodmore

11:00 - BS @ Woodmore

6:00 - JH/HS XC @ Seneca East

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Youth Soccer Training Camp: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Junior High Fall Soccer Team: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Coaching Staff

Isaac Puffer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

Heather Lorenz, Girls Varsity Soccer, Assistant Coach

Kristin Balazs, Jr. High Soccer, Head Coach

Contact Information

Email: otsegoyouthsoccer@gmail.com

Like us @ Otsego Youth Soccer | Facebook

Safe School Helpline

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Recent polls show that parents’ first concern about schools today is their child’s safety. That is my concern as well. Fortunately, the Otsego is very safe. However, no community is immune from the threats of violence and drugs that endanger public schools nationwide.

We are introducing a Safe School Helpline® to help prevent such actions. It is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students, or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, theft, drug or alcohol use, weapons, or sexual harassment.

Just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.

Thank you for your continued support to provide a better education for all Otsego students.

800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359)

TEXT: 614-426-0240

Then type: TIPS


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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.
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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


The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance