Superintendent's Weekly Update - December 11, 2015

I sure hope that we are done with the fog for the next couple of months! Sorry for the late decision on Monday.

Know! How To Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are meant to be a joy-filled season of gathering with friends and relatives, enjoying festive lights and music, exchanging goodies and giving generously. However, when time and money are stretched, relationships are strained and expectations are not met, what is meant to be a time of celebration may become a time of overwhelming stress, leading many to turn to unhealthy coping behaviors, including alcohol and other drug use.

While it is unrealistic to think we can eliminate holiday stress completely, it is vital to our health and well-being to do what we can to keep it at a minimum.

Take a look at these 10 tips to easing holiday stress:

Organize and Prioritize: Make a detailed list, check it twice, and then prioritize based on what has to get done now versus what can wait or even be skipped altogether.

Don’t Overcommit: You may need to graciously turn down a party invitation, and that is ok. Time is precious and so is your sanity.

Keep Gift-Giving in Perspective: While shopping for loved ones is a big holiday stressor, most people cannot even recall what gifts they received (or from whom) last Christmas, kids included.

Deal with Family Dysfunction Delicately: The potential for conflict at an upcoming family get-together can create a great deal of stress. Keep in mind this is not necessarily the time or place to address longstanding family issues. Do your best to avoid the drama, but be prepared to politely excuse yourself if needed.

Take Social Media with a Grain of Salt: Most people are only going to post pictures that put them in the best light. So you’re sure to see photos of friends at holiday parties posing with big smiles, beautifully decorated tables with picture-perfect food, and happy families gathered in front of the fireplace. There is nothing wrong with sharing or looking at such pictures, so long as you keep in mind that you are only seeing people’s joyful moments in-between their daily challenges of real life.

Give Yourself a Time Out: Take a break from the swirl of activities by fitting in some quiet time each day. Try reading, meditating or just kicking up your feet for a bit. Your mind and body will benefit.

Make Sleep a Priority: Sleep is food for the soul. Getting plenty of sleep will help to make your spirit bright.

Make Time for Sunshine and Exercise: Step outside – it’s amazing what a breath of fresh air and a brisk walk can do for you. Keep it going if you can; regular exercise reduces stress and anxiety.

Be Charitable: If you are in a position to give financially to those in need, go for it. Another great way to give back and make a difference is to volunteer with your children at a local charity.

Focus on Gratitude: Write down the many things you are thankful for and refer to them often to keep your thoughts positive.

May your stress be less and your joy be more this holiday season!

From all of us at Drug Free Action Alliance

Sources: American Psychological Association (APA): Tips for parents on managing holiday stress. Lindsay Holmes, Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post: How To Stop Being A Holiday Perfectionist And Have Fun This Year, November 2015. Lindsey Konkel, My Health News Daily Contributor, LiveScience: Holiday Stress Busters, December 2012. Needle: Three Out of Four Consumers Plagued With Holiday Gift Giving Stress, November 19, 2015.


Testing - Parents, the State of Ohio has information available for you to learn more about State tests. CLICK HERE for more information. We will put putting more information out later on in the year, but wanted to share some of this information now if you are interested. Stay tuned for more information. One thing is for certain the amount of testing is reduced this year compared to last year.

Please remember to fill out the parent and community surveys listed below. Your feedback is important to us.


Adam Koch



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.




Upcoming performances:

12/12 Grand Rapids Holiday Lighted Parade (Band) 7:30pm

12/14 4th Grade Music Performance 7 pm

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

12/21 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 BGSU Moore Musical Arts Center – Kobacker Hall

Otsego Athletic Booster Spirit Wear

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

Meet the teams for winter athletes will be December 18th. Varsity athletes will be introduced after the game with shirt signing to follow in the commons. Shirts will be $5.

Spirit Wear will be sold during the game. Many items including stadium chairs, stocking hats, sweatshirts and other Otsego apparel is available.

Spirit Wear Orders are due today with delivery on the 18th during the Boys game.

From the Desk of Emily Cornish, Prevention Specialist

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



December 11 (H) Rossford – 6:00

December 14 @ Holgate – 6:00

December 17 @ Elmwood – 6:00

December 22 @ Fostoria – 6:00

January 02 (H) Van Buren – 6:00

January 05 (H) Eastwood – 6:00

January 08 @ Genoa – 6:00

January 09 (H) Bowling Green – 1:00


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

January 07 @ Fostoria – 6:00


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

January 07 @ Fostoria – 4:45


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

January 05 NBC Quad @ Woodmore – 5:30

January 08 Perrysburg Inv. – 4:30

January 09 Perrysburg Inv. – 9:00


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


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

Elementary PTO Event

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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.



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.

We are selling raffle tickets for $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. The drawing will be held on December 18th. (Just in time for Christmas!!) If you're interested in purchasing tickets please send your check payable to Rich & Julie A0.mos to Tina Thomas, 1298 County Road T3, Grand Rapids, OH 43522.

Thank you again for your incredible kindness. We will be forever grateful for your love, prayers and support!!

Free Dental Exam for Kids


Bowling Green Ohio Events

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, Transportation Supervisor

Jeanne Jeffers, Food Service Supervisor

Rick Haskins, Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor