Otsego High School

Weekly Parent Newsletter (Week Four)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Tom Ferdig - New Dean of Students (6-12)

Last week our Junior High Principal Mike Wiley moved to the elementary to replaced Marc Opsincs who resigned to pursue other opportunities in Special Education Administration. Kevin Olds was moved over to take Mike's position as the Junior High Principal and High School Athletic Director.

This week we hired a Dean of Students to handle student discipline issues in the Junior High and High School and I am excited to announce Tom Ferdig as our new Dean of Students. I want to congratulate Tom and welcome him to our administrative team. Tom is currently working as a teacher in the High School and has been with Otsego since 2003. He will remain in his role as a social studies teacher until a suitable replacement is found for his class. Once that person is found, Tom will work with the new teacher to help them transition into the classroom. We have posted his position and will be interviewing candidates in the near future.

This week was our spirit week and I am proud of our staff and students. The kids and our staff showed a lot of school spirit and the energy in the building was great all week. Saturday is our Homecoming Dance. Have a great weekend. Please be safe and responsible.

Don't forget to give us feedback. 100% anonymous. Let us know how we are doing at the high school or what we can do better at. Use the link below to submit feedback.

High School Feedback

Student Leadership

I want to highlight four student athletes that were selected to represent Otsego at the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Fall Conference at BGSU this week. (Juniors, Will Varner and Zion Richardson; Sophomore Pauhlino Gonzalez and Freshman Brynne Limes.) There conference included information about Social Media responsibility and recognizing how diversity plays within their teams. They also watched a panel presentation by student/athlete captains from BGSU teams talking about leadership roles. They ended their day at Chipotle with the superintendent.

Employment Opportunities

Both Kroger in Waterville and the Sentinel Tribune are looking for employees. Here is the info they sent us.

2016 Homecoming Court

Alumni Tailgate/Homecoming

Parents and Community,

Last year, Student Council introduced the Red Carpet to Homecoming. While we heard amazing feedback from parents, grandparents, and community members, we regret to inform you that due to the inclement weather predicted for Saturday, we will not be having outdoor decorations this weekend. Fingers crossed for next year, as this is a tradition that we would love to continue!

We will see you at the football game, to crown this year's King and Queen!

Please do not hesitate to send any Homecoming photos to hsstudentcouncil@otsegoknights.org.

Homecoming game TONIGHT! We want the entire community there! The Knights are 2-1, the band is the best in the land, the cheerleaders are amazing, fireworks after the game, and there is free food before the game! Is there a better way to spend a Friday Knight? The Alumni & Friends Tailgate starts at 5pm. We will be set up at the North end of the home bleachers. Please plan on attending this event to meet up with old friends and to cheer on the Knights!

Picture Re-Takes

*Picture re-takes were on Monday September 12th. Here is ordering information.

USE CODE: WP116008Y1

Picture Order Form

Picture Order Website

Homework Cafe

Homework Cafe takes place every Wednesday after school from 2:20pm-3:30pm in the HS Library/Media Center. This is a great time to finish up any projects students are working on, study for upcoming tests or quizzes, or even receive tutoring from fellow classmates.

All sports activities don’t start until 3pm on Wednesdays so this program allows student athletes to be in Homework Cafe for 30 minutes before practice/games.

Homework Cafe is monitored by adults who keep students on task to ensure they strictly work on assignments. Special thanks to the Otsego Endowment Foundation for a monetary grant which allows us to purchase snacks and refreshments free of charge to students. Donations are always accepted though.

This after school program has grown to be very successful and students really enjoy that time to grab a snack, unwind after the day, and get a head start on classwork.

**Transportation home is not provided for students who stay after for the program. Please call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381.

Communication with the High School

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2016-2017 Otsego High School Staff Directory

Below are a few of the other 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 The Otsego Local Schools site highlights what is important to us and the community. The 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

Highlights of the Week

Upcoming Dates/Events


Wed. 9/21 - Two Hour Delay - Staff Professional Development

Wed. 9/28 - Bus evacuation drills


Mon. 10/3 - Athletic Boosters Mtg. (7pm)

Sun. 10/9 - AppleButter Fest

Mon. 10/10 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development Day

Tues. 10/18 - HS Choir Concert, 7pm

Wed. 10/19 - PSAT Testing

Thurs. 10/20 - Financial Aid Night, 6:30pm Lourdes University

TBD - 9th Grade Hearing Screenings

TBD - 9th Grade Jostens Class Ring Presentations

TBD - 9th Grade PENTA Presentations

Fri. 10/21 - Senior Night

Fri. 10/21 - End of the 1st Quarter (1st Nine Weeks)

10/23 - End of the first 9 weeks

Mon. 10/24 - 11/4 - HS OGT Make-Up Testing

Tues. 10/25 - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm

Tues. 10/25 - HS Band Concert, 7pm

10/26 - 10/30 - Fall OGT Testing

10/27 - HS Band Concert, 7pm

A.J. Digby gives his best in Rio!

Congrats to AJ Digby!

He finished 4th place in the 400m and set a Personal Record of 47.34.

He also finished 5th in the 200m and also set a personal Record of 21.93.

We couldn't be any more proud of this fine young man. AJ Tweeted that he will be home Sunday and at the track from 12:30pm - 2:30pm to meet and talk with everyone that he can.

Financial Aid Night

The 9th Annual High School Financial Aid night is coming up at Lourdes University. High school seniors, interested underclassmen, and their families, are encouraged to attend. Students who do not plan on attending Lourdes are still invited to participate. Light refreshments will be provided before the presentation begins and there is no cost to attend.

We had a well-attended event last year and hope to see more Otsego High School students! Please place this event on your calendars or list of events that will be passed out to your students. If you need additional information or materials to send out or post please let me know and I will be sure to get the resources to you. We plan to cover the following topics, though if there are additional subjects you would like us to discuss please let us know.

  • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Explanation of the new Prior-Prior Year FAFSA
  • Explanation of the various types of federal and state aid available
  • Tips for scholarship searches
  • How to compare costs after aid is offered from different schools

The event will be held Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University. We are holding the event earlier than usual this year due to the FAFSA changes. After the presentation, the financial aid staff will be available for questions.

Transportation Department


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High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010

UPDATE: We have updated our phone system so that our main voice prompts will allow callers to press option 5 for the transportation department. Option 5 will ring extension 3156. If you have questions please email our Transportation Director, Eva Vasher


Bus evacuation drills will be Wednesday September 28.

Parents please talk to your child(ren) about eating/drinking on the bus to and from school. Simply put, it is prohibited and against the law. Our transportation department will be enforcing this rule and I do not want kids getting tripped up by this. Despite past practices current Ohio Law prohibits eating and drinking on the bus.

ORC 3301.83.08

Athletics Department


Every Wednesday, ALL sports will wait until 3:00pm to start their practices. This will allow for students to seek out teachers after school for help with their school work and not feel as rushed to get out to practice as well as allow our athletes to possibly get involved in other clubs and organizations which will be allowed to meet after school during this time. Athletic teams may hold study tables after school on Wednesdays until 3:00pm.

The Athletics Department will also begin running a weekly eligibility list identifying all athletes that have either a "D" or "F" in a class and notify coaches and players. Coaches will be expected to work with their athletes to get these kids off the eligibility list.


‘Otsego Athletics’ is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information.

***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

News from the Cafeteria

2016-2017 Lunch and Breakfast Schedules

If you have questions please email our Food Service Director, Jeanie Jeffers

FFA training day at Riker's Farm. Learning about drones.

OHS Student Council

We are StuCo!


President: Adam Lewis

Vice President: Madi Kregel

Representatives: Parker Lazar and Alex Krabill


President: Julie Spencer

Vice President: Andrew Richardson

Representatives: Christina Gonzalez, Erin Agan, Isabella Bean, and Brianna Shiley


President: Hayle Grimmer

Representatives: Jenna Lewis, Mitchell Smith, and Brittany Day


President: Trey Battin

Vice President: Anna Greenhagen

Representatives: Hannah Smoyer, Kylie Brinkman, Hope London, and Maggie Lehsten

Student Council is looking for students who want to help plan and put on events. Would you like to help create a biweekly Lavatory Ledger? What about help plan a movie night? A Community Euchre tournament? Or even our Powder Puff game? If you are interested in getting involved, see one of your Student Council members, or Miss Pierce.

Student Council Advisor: Megan Pierce

Follow OHS Student Council on Twitter: @OHScouncil

Classic Joke of the Week:

Q: Which U.S. state has the smallest drinks?

A: MiniSoda, Duh!

Have a Great Week.