Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Semester II, Q3, Week of February 22)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Senior Parents, March 1st is the deadline to submit "Senior Baby Pictures" for the yearbook. Click the link for more details. Senior Baby Pictures Then & Now

A very special thanks to the Men of the American Legion who came in this week and donated hundreds of American Flags for our students to use during future Veterans Day Assemblies. It is such an honor honoring them. I also appreciated the conversation we had about school safety and your willingness to always serve. Thank You.

Good luck to all our winter athletes competing in state tournaments in the upcoming week. #GoKnights

February Students of the Month

Upcoming Dates


24th - Board of Education Meeting 6:00pm HS Library


2nd - Community Forum - Haskins Village Hall 5:30pm

2nd - Community Forum - HS Library 7:30pm

3rd - HS Musical Tickets on sale to public (10am-2pm, parent volunteered, prices tbd)

4th - Music Boosters Fish Fry

5th - FCCLA Competition at PENTA

8th - Winter Athletic Awards

9th - District Leadership Team Mtg.

9th - Community Forum Meeting - Weston Library 5:30pm

9th - Community Forum Meeting - Grand Rapids Library 7:30pm

10th - Maumee/BG Elks Student of the Month Luncheon

11th - OMEA band & Choir Competition

16th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service

16th - Free Senior Citizen Dinner Theater - 5:45 HS Commons (Call Lisa Austin to reserve, 419-823-1100 x. 1100)

17th - HS Musical-7pm

18th - HS Musical-7pm

19th - HS Musical-7pm

20th - HS Musical-3pm

18th - End of 3rd Quarter

22nd - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

25th - First Day of Spring Break - NO SCHOOL


4th - Classes Resume

13th - FFA Banquet

17th - Chicken BBQ

17th - Art Show

20th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service

22nd - Otsego Endowment Foundation Reverse Raffle

26th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

29th - Choir Trip to Chicago (April 29th - May 1st)


5th - Blood Drive

6th - Reading Rewards

7th - HS Prom

10th - High School Academic Awards Ceremony, 7pm High School Auditorium

11th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service

19th - HS Choir Concert, 7pm HS Auditorium

22nd - Graduation, 2pm

23rd - HS Band Concert, 7pm HS Auditorium

24th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

25th - Exam Day#1

26th - Exam Day #2

27th - Exam Day #3, Early Dismissal

27th - End of 4th Quarter


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reminders from the High School office

  • Daily Announcements Page
  • Make sure you send in a written note within 48 hours of your child's absence. This is necessary in order for the absence to be excused. Even if you call your child in sick, a note is still needed.
  • Please make sure you include both the first name and last name of student on the absent note.
  • Sign up for Remind 101 to get text or email reminders of important events. Text to 81010 and in the message box, type otseg (there is no "o" at the end)
  • Parents if you want to check on your child's homework, please access their "Google Classroom". All the teachers are posting their assignments there. You will need to know your child's username and password to get into their classroom. If you are having any issues getting into Google Classroom, let us know and we will work to fix it immediately.
  • HOMEWORK CAFE - Please drop of any donated items into the HS office or send in items with your child. Call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381 in the HS office for any questions.
  • Meningitis Vaccination New Requirements Info

Guidance Department

College & Career Preview Night

ACT Preparation

Penta Career Center: If your student(s) are interested in attending PENTA Career Center, they may start applying now. If you have any questions regarding program opportunities or the application process, contact Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark at 419-823-4381 or via email at jclark@otsegoknights.org.

PENTA Online Admissions/Applications

AP Parents & Students

Parent and Student Bulletin Please read the attached bulletin. It contains important information for Exam Takers.

New State Graduation Requirements

Applies only to the class of 2018 and beyond.

News from the Yearbook Staff

The 2015-2016 yearbook is featuring a Senior Baby Picture section and a Senior Then and Now section. We would love to have as many people to participate as possible. Pictures must be submitted by March 1st. Senior Baby Pictures Then & Now

Senior Photo Requirements

  1. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
  2. Must be a vertical photo, this allows more room for your classmates in the yearbook.
  3. Student must be looking at the camera; head cannot be cut off in the picture, & must be able to see student’s full face. Hands, or arms should not be blocking the shoulder shot, or touching the student's face.
  4. A head and shoulders shot is preferred, but will accept a shot from the waist up. No full body shots or students lying on the ground. We can crop pictures, but if the shot is too far away we will not be able to accept the picture.
  5. Remember, this is a formal photo, clothing should be appropriate. (Examples- no muscle tees, cleavage, or hats, or flowers in your hair, the list goes on and on.) If you have to question your clothing, then it is probably not appropriate.
  6. No props in the photo.
  7. Seniors pictures are due by: April 4th, 2016.
  8. If your picture is not turned in by this date, you will not be featured in the senior section of the yearbook.
  9. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Lockhart via email: yearbook@otsegoknights.org.

Yearbook is having a clearance sale. All yearbooks from the following years are being marked down to $10!" (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Email yearbook@otsegoknights.org for further information or to purchase one.

News from Athletics

Winter Sports Schedule


February 20 @ Sylvania Southview vs. Delta - 2:45pm (Sectional Championship)


February 19 @ Eastwood – 6:00

February 24 @ Oak Harbor vs. Evergreen - 8:00pm (Sectionals)

**Pre-sale tickets for the boys sectional game will be on sale Monday, February 22 through Wednesday, February 24 in the high school office 10:00-2:00. Adults $6, Students $4. All tickets will be $6 at the door. Only cash will be accepted.


February 19 @ Eastwood – 4:45


February 19 Sectionals @ Lake HS

February 20 Sectionals @ Lake HS


Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00pm in the High School gym

Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact athletics@otsegoknights.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.

Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information. Also, if you’d like to receive athletic news and updates by email please email athletics@otsegoknights.org to be added to the list.

OHS Student Council


Powder Puff Football

Powder Puff forms are due by March 1st. If we do not receive enough forms from underclassmen, there will be a single Jr vs Sr game. Forms and money can be turned in at any time to Miss Pierce.

Student Council Armory

HS Student Council will be collecting items, so we can open our Armory next year. Students in need will be able to "shop" the Armory, and take items at no charge. Please help us stock our shelves so we can give back to our community! Please click on the link for more information regarding the Otsego Student Council Armory

We are OHS StuCo


President: Alissa Jacobs

Vice President: Taylor Gonzalez

Secretary: Olivia Jinnings

Treasurer: Marissa Garrett

Representatives: Zane Maxwell, Zane Thomas


President: Madi Kregel

Vice President: Adam Lewis

Representatives: Parker Lazar


President: Andrew Richardson

Vice President: Julie Spencer

Representatives: Stone Zimmerman, Christina Gonzalez


President: Hayle Grimmer

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

Student Council Advisor: Megan Pierce

Follow OHS Student Council on Twitter: @OHScouncil

Music Department

These students participated in the Honors Band Festival at the Stranahan Theater on Sunday, February 14th, 2016: Felicity Jinnings, Claire Wallace, Leah Dubler, Morgan Chambers, Alissa Jacobs

Our talented instrumental and vocal musicians have many upcoming events, come out to hear some amazing performances. We have musicians performing locally, in solo or ensemble groups, in Honor’s District level and at the All State level this year. We are so very proud of our musical Knights!

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm (Click link for attached ticket order form)

3/8 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

3/17-3/20 – Musical

3/11 and 3/12 – Large group Solo and Ensemble Contest for HS Choir and Band

(exact day and time not yet available)

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford

4/12 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

4/17 Chicken BBQ and Second annual Silent Auction. Great items of all kinds up for

bid to raise money for our Music Program needs.

5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert

TBD – Spring Band Concert dates

5/22 Graduation 2pm

5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert


Next week Is National FFA Week. National FFA week has been celebrated in February since 1947. Our chapter will have a display at TSC during the week to promote FFA and the scholarships that that TSC provides to FFA members. Also during the week, Ag Credit of Bowling Green has sponsored and given every FFA member a t-shirt to promote FFA. Tuesday, FFA members are encourage to drive their truck or tractor to school and park in the designated area behind the weight room.

FFA Contest results from the District Public Speaking contest were:

Creed: Hayle Grimmer place 6th

Beginning Prepared: Lucy Pullins 2nd (advanced to state) speech was on GMOs

Prepared Speaking: Madi Kregel 6th speech on women's role in agriculture

Extemporaneous Speaking: Ryan Lashaway 1st (advanced to state)

District Ag Sales contest was Feb 18th team members were: Mackenzie Wenig, Greysen Tolles, Lucy Pullins and Seth Pullins. The team place 4th in the district. Lucy Pullins was the 2nd highest in the district.

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

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.

Food Service Department

Click the links to Download the 2015-2016 Lunch and Breakfast Schedules. If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanie Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe


Otsego Local Schools - Prevention Newsletter Week of January 25th

Wood County - Click Here

Email: ecornish@otsegoknights.org - ATOD On-Site Specialist

Community News/Events

Free Dinner Theater - March 16th

Friday, Feb. 19th, Otsego 9th/JV/V basketball plays at Eastwood. The Eastwood NHS will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner in the Cafeteria that night from 4:30-7PM. Adult dinners- $7; Child (age 6-12)- $ 5; 5 and under are free. If you would like tickets, please see Deputy Brian Ruckstul no later than Tues. Feb. 16th.

Julie Amos Fundraising

To continue towards our $130,000 goal we are raffling off a package of our very own Thomas Family Cattle Farm beef. The package includes a variety of steaks, roasts and ground beef (between 25-28 pounds -- a value of approximately $250). This package nearly fits into a typical recyclable grocery bag and if you win and don’t have room for all of the beef we’ll be happy to bring it to you in smaller increments. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn on Tuesday, March 29th.

In addition, Rich and Julie’s friends have planned a chicken dinner/volleyball tournament/silent auction to be held at Otsego High School on March 5th. Please pre-order. (And for all you athletes please consider putting a team together -- the deadline for teams to register is February 29th.) DIGGING FOR JULS

If you wish to purchase raffle tickets for the beef package or you wish to make a donation please send checks payable to Rich or Julie Amos to:

Chuck & Tina Thomas

1298 County Road T3

Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone 419-308-0593

For more information or to see a video featuring Julie please visit their GoFundMe page – www.gofundme.comand just search “Julie Amos”. (If you make a donation on GoFundMe and put "beef" in the comment section we'll add you to the raffle.) You can also hear a radio interview with Rich and Julie from earlier this week at this link: http://bgchamber.net/interviews.html and there is more information and updates on Facebook – please search “Juls of Friendship”.

Communication with the High School

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 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

Classic Weekly Student Joke:

Q: What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college?

A: Bison....LOL.

Have a great week.