Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Second Semester Week 7)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Endowment Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Otsego Endowment Foundation Reverse Raffle & Dinner. The dinner will be in the larger Ladyglen Ballroom this year with more fun and prizes throughout the night.

See me for ticket info!

National School Counseling Week

This past week was National School Counseling Week.

I want to take a moment to highlight the tremendous impact our school counselors have in helping our students and I want to personally thank Jen Clark and David Fryling for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and for working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

Blizzard Bags

As of today, Otsego has been closed 5 times this year due to weather. The Ohio Department of Education allows us to have 5 days before we have to start making missed days up. However, we have implemented the use of Blizzard Bags, online content posted by teachers for the students to complete on cancellation days, which allows us the use of three more days before we have to make up school days. The next school three cancellation days (Days 6, 7, 8) teachers will be posting blizzard bags to their google classrooms for students to complete. Students are expected to complete these assignments.

ACT Testing (Juniors Only)

All Otsego juniors (even students taking classes at Penta and Pathe) will be here during the following days and times for ACT testing.

February 14th - 7:30-9:15 (pre-administration for all students not taking government at Otsego High School) Students will need be transported back to Penta and Pathe around 9:15.

February 27th - 7:30-12:30 (ACT test) Students will not be transported back that day and will need to find transportation home or be in the study hall room for the remainder of the day until normal transportation home at the end of the school day.

February 28th - 7:30-12:30 (ACT for students receiving accommodations) a few Penta and Pathe students will be here for a second day for accommodations. Students will not be transported back that day and will need to find transportation home or be in the study hall room for the remainder of the day until normal transportation home at the end of the school day. If anyone needs a list of students for this second test day, please let me know, we are compiling names this week.

Senior Pictures

Yearbook has decided to extend the deadline for senior pictures to February 14th. If there are other circumstances that do not allow you to turn in your senior pictures by this date, please contact Mrs. Lockhart at yearbook@otsegoknights.org. Pictures can be emailed to yearbook@otsegoknights.org as well.

CLICK HERE For senior picture guidelines or to pre-order a yearbook.

Post Prom Fundraiser

It’s that time once again, preparing for Post Prom! The junior class will be selling raffle tickets during the next 3 weeks for a chance to win $500 of meat at Belleville Market. This fundraiser will help raise dollars for our exciting and safe post prom at Kalahari! Tickets are just $10/each and are available for purchase from any junior. The drawing will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at half-time of the Varsity Boys’ basketball game. Need not be present to win. Please help support our post prom! Thank you.

Counselor's Corner

Career & College Preview Night

Click Here for More information

Are you considering college or would like to learn more about in demand careers? Then come to College & Career Preview Night on Wednesday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Owens Community College. This is your chance to talk with representatives from business and Industry, along with more than 100 colleges and Universities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and more! Experts on financial aid & scholarships, military academies, disability services, and college athletics will also be there to answer your questions. Invite Mom and Dad or just bring your friends! It’s College & Career Preview Night Wednesday, March 7 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Owens Community College Toledo-Area Campus. For more information, see Mrs. Clark.

Student Scholarship Information

Parents and Seniors: Make sure to check this link so you don't miss out on any missed scholarships!!

2017-2018 Community Scholarship Opportunities

Apply to PENTA Today.

Program Choices

Admission to Junior or Senior Programs

CLICK HERE for the online application for admission to a Junior or Senior PENTA program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Advanced Placement Information

AP Bulletin for Students and Parents - Your guide to the AP Program

Click Here to Access the Bulletin

AP Resources and other AP news is here:

News about the Pre-AP program (for 9th-graders) for 2018-19 is here:

You can sign up to be the first to learn about AP programs and other news at both of the above websites.


Fri. 9th - Hall of Fame Night

Mon. 12th - 16th - FCCLA Week

Wed. 14th - HS Staff Meeting, 2:20pm

Wed. 14th - ACT Pre-Administration

Fri. 16th - District PD - NO SCHOOL

Mon. 19th - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL

Mon. 19th - 23rd - FFA Week

Tues. 27th - ACT Testing Date


Fri. 2nd - Read Across America Day

Mon. 5th - 9th - School Breakfast Week

Mon. 5th - Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7pm

Tues. 6th - Winter Sports Awards Banquet, 7pm

Wed. 7th - District Leadership Meeting, 3:30

Thurs. 8th - Building Leadership Meeting, 2:30

Fri. 16th - End of 3rd Quarter

* Tues. 20th Grades DUE, 8:00am

Fri. 9th - 10th - OMEA Band/Choir Competitions

Wed. 14th - HS Staff Meeting, 2:20pm

Tues. 20th - ACT Test Date #2 (if necessary)

Wed. 21st - Senior Citizen Dinner

Thurs. 22 - 25th - HS Musical (Oklahoma)

Fri. 30th - Sun. 4/8) - SPRING BREAK


Mon. 9th - Classes Resume

Wed. 11th - Science State Testing
Wed. 11th - District Leadership Meeting, 3:30

Thurs. 12th - FFA Banquet

Thurs. 12th - Building Leadership Meeting, 2:30

Fri. 13th - Social Studies State Testing

Sun 15th - Music Boosters Chicken BBQ/Art Show

Tues. 17th - Math State Testing

Wed. 18th - ELA State Testing

Wed. 18th - HS Staff Meeting, 2:20pm

Thurs. 19th - 22nd - NYC Choir Trip

Fri. 20th - SLO’s completed and turned in

Wed. 25th - Administrative Professionals Day

Thurs. 26th - 29th - FCCLA Convention


Tues. 1st - HS Academic Awards Night, 7pm

Wed. 2nd - District Leadership Meeting, 3:30

Thurs. 3rd - Building Leadership Meeting, 2:30

Thurs. 3rd - 6th - FFA State Convention

Mon. 7th - Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7pm

Tues. 8th - Bloodmobile

Tues. 8th - Teacher Appreciations Day

Wed. 9th - Lit./Comp. AP Test Administration

Thurs. 10th - Ag. Safety Day

Fri. 11th - US History AP Test Administration

Sat. 12th - Prom

Mon. 14th - Biology AP Test Administration

Tues. 15th - 18th - PENTA Senior Ceremonies

Tues. 15th - Choir Concert, 7pm

Wed. 16th - 17th - Senior Exams

*Senior Grades must be Finalized

Fri. 18th - Graduation Rehearsal

Sun. 20th - Graduation, 2pm

Mon. 21st - Stars, Stripes, and Sousa Concert, 7pm

Wed. 23 - Fri. 25th - Exams

Fri. 25th - End of 4th Quarter

* Fri. 1st - Grades Finalized

Mon. 28th - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tues. 29th - 31st - Otsego University

Weekly Highlights

HS Departments (News/Information)

Otsego Virtual Learning Academy

Click Here to Visit the Otsego HS Virtual Learning Academy

OVLA utilizes the online curriculum provided through the Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy (NOVA) called Connexus. Connexus is a rigorous, college preparatory, virtual learning program developed by Pearson Education that offers nearly 600 online courses. This is a K-12 curriculum program which offers a Gifted and Talented option for most grades.

News from Athletics

2nd Place League Finish

Congrats to our Wrestling Team for finishing 2nd in the NBC. Good Luck in the State Tournament and Thank You Ranson and "Gus Gus" for all your hard work and dedication over the years. Way to Go! Proud of you.

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


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

Athletic Boosters

Music Department News

Otsego is proud to present Oklahoma for our Spring 2018 musical! Mark your calendars now for March 22-24 at 7:00PM and March 25 at 3:00PM and help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of this beloved classic!

Tickets for this year's musical will go on sale outside of the High School office on Thursday February 8th from 12:00PM-3:30PM. Adults are $12; Students and Senior Citizens are $10

All seating is reserved and checks should be made out to the Otsego Board of Education.

Tickets will be available weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00PM-3:30PM outside of the High School office. If you want to help with this year's ticket sales, please click here! Questions? Please email Brien Sewell at bsewell@otsegoknights.org

Fish Fry

Click Here for more Details

Friday, 02 March 2018

OHS Commons 5:00 ; 8:00

OMEA District 1 Honors Choir and Band

Congrats to our students who auditioned and made it into the OMEA District 1 Honors Choir and Honors Band. This is an event hosted by Ohio Music Education Association District 1 and is held each year at the Stranahan Theater in February.

This year it is Sunday, February 18th at 7:00pm.

Transportation Department

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

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


State Bound!

Congrats to Mrs. Severt and all our students who competed in our first ever DECA district competition this week. This program is just getting started and they qualified for the state competition. GREAT JOB!

What is DECA?

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. It is a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

Ag and FFA News

Otsego High School FFA

Check out the Otsego FFA Newsletter for all the latest news and updates with our Ag and FFA students. FFA NEWSLETTER

Questions or Comments should go to our Program Director Debbie Ayers.


Competition Results

Congrats to the students shown below for their outstanding performances at a recent FFA Public Speaking Competition.

State Honor

The Otsego High School FFA Program was recognized by the state legislature for being a top ten program in the Nation. Thank you Theresa Gavarone and Ohio House of Representatives for the commendation for our FFA Top Ten in Nation for Models of Excellence award.

Parli Pro Results

Great job and congrats to the advance parli pro team earning 2nd place in their division at the state Parli Pro CDE.

Student Council

Check Back Each Week

Community News and Events

Town Ball Sign-Ups

Grand Rapids Baseball/Softball Sign-Ups. Located at the Grand Rapids Library

February 24th and 25th from 11am -3pm






Player will receive a shirt with number and name and a hat or visor.

$10 discount per child for multiple children at sign up.

Youth Olympics

It’s that time of year again…


We are looking for agencies / departments / organizations / schools / companies / etc.

to compete for a chance to win our GOLD MEDAL VOLUNTEER AWARD!

The Gold Medal Volunteer Award is an award given to the group that brings the most volunteers to the Youth Olympics.

To acknowledge those efforts, the winning organization’s name will be printed on a sleeve

of over 700 Youth Olympic t-shirts for the following year’s event.

Additionally, the winning organization will receive a traveling trophy to showcase for the following year

and an opportunity to defend their title against other organizations at next year’s event!

Please commit to volunteering your time on Saturday March 10th.


Please “like” our Facebook page for updates and let me know if you have any further questions!

Thank you SO much and hope to see you in March! J

Stephanie E. Wendt

Assistant Director, C.Y.C.L.E. Division

cooperating with youth, community, and law enforcement

Wood County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

One Courthouse Square 4th floor

Bowling Green, Ohio 43402


Youth Olympics

We are looking for Volunteers for our upcoming Youth Olympics Event! The event will take place in just over two weeks on Saturday March 10th! We, unfortunately, have received an influx of cancellations with volunteers in our afternoon session.

If you or anyone you know would be willing to donate your time from 1pm-6pm on Saturday March 10th for a great event please PLEASE CLICKHERE TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!


Sibshops are for boys and girls 8-16 yrs old, who have a brother or sister with special needs.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs have needs of their own

that are often overlooked. Sibshops brings together kids to express their good-and maybe not so good feelings about having a brother or sister with a disability.

Click Here for Detailed Information

Duane Smoyer Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Please see the flyer below regarding an upcoming fundraiser event for Duane Smoyer, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. If you would like to help plan or serve, donate baskets, donate baked goods to the bake sale, or help in any other way, please contact Jonica Limes at 419-494-9001 or email abclimes@yahoo.com.

Please also consider coming out for the spaghetti dinner on Feb. 15, bidding on a basket, buying some baked goods, and perhaps staying for the Otsego-Eastwood Girls Basketball Game to support this family.


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Limitless at the Valentine Theatre - 2 Nights for the first time EVER!

On March 7th & 8th, Toledo School for the Arts' Limitless Dance Company under the direction of Alison Reny will present Limitless Rewind at the Valentine Theatre.

Celebrating their 10th season, Limitless Dance Company will perform audience favorites from previous productions creating an invigoratingly, versatile performance. TSA students have been hard at work in preparation for this two-day performance.

Both performances will begin at 7pm in the Valentine Theatre. Tickets are $22, $16 and $10 and are available by calling the TSA Box Office at 419-246-8732x226 or online through the Valentine Theatre.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sonlight Church and Community Center


Metroparks Summer Camp Counselors Needed

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Summer Work

Rita’s Dairy Bar will provide a GREAT first job/summer job.


Employees of good standing who complete the season are offered a position the following year.

Ice cream is happy so I want to work with fun and happy employees. (So do All Employees) Flexible scheduling, we work around school events, sports, vacations, camps and other commitments. Short shifts of 3 to 6 hours. Competitive wages, year end bonuses.

Practice teamwork skills, people skills, and organizational skills, all at the same time. Everyone rotates through positions and job duties to keep things interesting. Season opens in early April. Start training in late March. Season ends mid-October. Free ice cream and/or shift meal.

(Applicants should be prepared to explain failures or disappointments when interviewed.)


Pay rate was bumped up to $10.35 per hour and they now have a weekly attendance bonus of $116.25 per week. That means if an employee shows up to work all 5 days, they get that money weekly. Also, for the seniors getting ready to graduate, they still have their tuition assistance which is $5,250 per year!

CLICK HERE - For more details

Apply online at www.upsjobs.com.

Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program

This is an industry sponsored and funded registered Apprenticeship Training Program.

Click Here for more Information

Wood County Prevention Coalition

Classic Weekly Joke

Q: What did the light bulb say to the other light bulb?

A: I love you a watt! Duh.

Communication with the High School

Below are a few 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 www.otsegoknights.org has a new look! The new Otsego Local Schools site will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. The new website layout uses responsive design, meaning that it will adjust for tablets and mobile devices. We will keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

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