Superintendent's Weekly Update -October 14, 2016

Otsego Community -

Otsego will once again being having a “family night” this fall. It will be on Thursday, November 10th. The goal of Family Night is to encourage families to take the evening to focus on each other and spend time together as a family in whatever way works for your family. There will be NO homework, assignments or tests the next day. There will also be NO athletic practices or any other extra-curricular activities on family night. We hope you can take advantage of this night and celebrate being a family!

We are once again working with local restaurants and libraries to offer discounts and fun activities. We will have a complete list of everyone participating next week.

If you use twitter and would like to post pictures or comments about the Otsego Family Night please use #FamKnight

A few ideas to get you started thinking about your evening together.

Games: Play your favorite family board game or card game

Dinner: Plan a meal together and cook together

Memories: Look through old photos and family videos

Get Creative: Create an art project, crafts, or build something as a family

Get Fit: If the weather is nice, go for a long walk in a park as a family


Photographs Needed: Otsego Local Schools will be dedicating a wall in the high school commons area to honor our veterans who attended Otsego, Grand Rapids, Haskins, Washington Township, or Weston.

If you are a military veteran who attended Otsego, Grand Rapids, Haskins, Washington Township, or Weston we are requesting that you provide us with an 8 x 10 photograph (hopefully in uniform) to be placed on the wall. You can email a scanned copy of your photograph to koshea@otsegoknights.org or physically bring a copy of your picture to the Legion of the High School Main Office. Thank you for helping us honor our local veterans.


Coffee Talks with the Superintendent: I will have coffee talks throughout the communities again this fall. I did this a few years ago and wanted to offer it up again. We will still offer a late winter/early spring community forum. There will be no agenda or registration. It will be an informal conversation myself and possibly other administrators. I believe it is important to provide regular opportunities throughout the year to meet with community members to share district accomplishments, new initiatives, and the overall progress of Otsego Schools. I hope to see you there!

Weston - October 26th – Weston Public Library @ 8:00 am


Summer Reading Program Statistics: As you may recall, Otsego and the Weston Library partnered up this summer for a reading program. It was extremely successful. I would also like to thank the Village of Haskins for opening up the town hall for our readers this summer. There were over 200 books checked out in Haskins throughout the summer. We are likely the only school in the state to work together for a project like this. We have already started planning next year and it will be even bigger! Stay tuned for more information. Just one more example of our community working together for the greater good. It is great to be a Knight!


219 students completed the reading challenge

367,920 minutes read

9,290 books read by readers (43% of all June and July Circulation)

815 total attendance for the 9 week program.

120 readers attended the Award Day at the Elementary


DIRT: We still have plenty of dirt available for anyone who wants it. Just contact Eva Vasher at evasher@otsgoknights.org to get more information. You have to provide the loading and the hauling, but the dirt is 100% free. We have gotten rid of a lot recently, but there is still a lot out there.

Adam Koch



Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly, November 11th - We will once again have a Veteran’s Day Assembly and breakfast to honor our local Veterans. There will be a flyer put up around the community, but if you could start spreading the word, we would appreciate it. Breakfast is free to all veterans and Otsego Senior Citizens. Breakfast will start at 8:15 in the High School Commons. The program will start at 9:15 in the High School gym. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP for the breakfast. If you are not able to RSVP online please call Lisa Austin at 419-823-4381 or laustin@otsegoknights.org.

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Otsego is now accepting nominations for The Otsego Hall of Fame. This program recognizes individuals who have brought honor to themselves by making significant impacts or contributions to the school, community, and/or students. This program also provides an opportunity to honor alumni who have earned distinction beyond graduation. The categories for nomination include: Alumni, Former School Employees, Former Coaches and Friends of Otsego. The deadline to submit the nomination forms is Friday, November 18, 2016. The 5th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, February 3, 2017.

Otsego Hall of Fame Nomination Form


Community Garden:
In late July, I announced that we were awarded a $25,000 Community Garden grant from the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education through the Monsanto Fund. Otse-Grow will focus on students in grades K-12, teachers/administrators, parents, local businesses, & community as they plan for, create, & implement a garden on our central campus using raised & vertical beds. Teacher teams will design project-based science lessons which incorporate a variety of skills, including scientific inquiry, a primary focus of Ohio's Science standards. We are very excited about this opportunity and the future of Otse-Grow.

We are looking for parents and community members that would be interested in volunteering with this project. If you are interested in being on a committee or volunteering with this project please let me know. Please CLICK HERE to supply us with your contact information.

Otsego Endowment Foundation

The Otsego Endowment Foundation is moving. We are now meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Jr. High Conference Room (right inside the Jr. High Entrance). We welcome community participation and encourage you to come and check us out at our next meeting. If you have been looking for a way to get involved, this is a great way to support Otsego!

OEF supports a variety of school academic initiatives by providing grants. Our mission is to provide enriching, educational opportunities not otherwise available due to school budget constraints. We want to expand horizons by contributing to the intellectual development of all Students and offering all students experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom. For example, we supported Civil War Day for the 8th graders. This past year we funded a coffee cart that will reach across a number of different high school classes for business learning. We also supported a music grant for some of our elementary students to participate in camp. There are so many more things we do… come check it out.

If you want to help support us and can’t make the meetings, there are a couple of other ways to do so. First, join amazon smiles. Just add the word smile before your amazon account (smile.amazon.com) when you shop and then select the Otsego Endowment Foundation as your charity! A percentage of your sale comes to us. You can also make donations to the foundation which are invested. The money made on investments funds the academic grants. We are a 501c3 organization, so it is even possible to direct your United Way donation to the OEF. Please keep us in mind! Questions? Email ellen.pullins@utoledo.edu.


Help bring money back to the Athletic Program: CLICK HERE FOR THE PROMOTIONAL FLYER for your school along with your schools promo code “KNIGHTS”. The promotional code is now ready to use through our ticketing system for any teachers, staff, students, or families that would like to purchase their tickets to the BGSU vs. Buffalo football game on Friday, November 25. Tickets can be purchased either on www.bgsufalcons.com/buytickets or by calling 419-372-4026 with the promotional code to give Otsego Schools credit.

Otsego High School Athletic Department

Schedule of Athletic Events

Friday, October 14th

7:00 – V FB @ Rossford

Saturday, October 15th

10:00 – XC @ NBC Championships (Fostoria HS)

10:00 – JV FB (H) Rossford

Monday, October 17th

5:00 – GS @ Ada *Sectional game

Tuesday, October 18th

5:00 – BS @ Delta *Sectional game

Thursday, October 20th

5:30 - BS @ Archbold *If they win Tuesday, October 18th

Friday, October 21st

7:00 – V FB (H) Fostoria *Senior Night

Saturday, October 22n d

10:00 – JV FB @ Fostoria

1:00 – XC @ Districts (Ottawa Memorial Park)

1:00 – VB (H) Archbold OR Northwood *Sectional game

1:30 – GS @ Liberty Benton *If they win Monday, October 17th

The season’s updated printable schedule is available on the HS Athletic page of the Otsego web-site. The Otsego web-site’s Google calendar also has the most up-to-date schedule.


Fall Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Forms were sent home to athletes who have a Fall balance. Forms are also available on the Otsego web-site. Please email Joyce at jwright@otsegoknights.org with any questions.


Knights Run the Night - 5K Race/Walk and 1/2 Mile Fun Run

When: Saturday Night, October 22, 2016

Where: Otsego High School Track

Click Here for More Information

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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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Drug Take Back

Penta Community Wellness Day - 5K

Flock-a-Friend Fundraiser sponsored by the Haskins Community Church: How would you like to surprise a friend or loved one with a flock of pink flamingos roosting in their yard for a day? Even if you think they are tacky, it can’t help but brighten someone’s day when they see they have been “flocked”. Please join us on this fun adventure as we raise money for upcoming missions projects at Haskins Community Church. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance Program: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Fall Family Fun:





Babysitting Database: I hear parents talk all the time about how hard it is to find babysitting services in the community. I told a few parents that I would set up a very brief babysitting database. It will be very short and simple. I am not the middle man for any communication between parent and provider. I am simply willing to help gather the information for everyone. Below you will find a form to fill out if you are a babysitter in the Otsego District and accepting kids. Often times parents need a spare sitter or one only when school is not in session. Next week I will provide a link to the database which only includes name, phone number, and what part of the district you live in. Again, only fill out the form if you are a babysitter willing to be contacted for your services. Thanks!

Babysitting Questionnaire

List of Potential Babysitters

Harvest Moon Gala

The Grand Rapids Arts Council is excited to announce its upcoming Harvest Moon Gala to be held on Sunday, October 23, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at Nazareth Hall. This annual fundraising event includes a delicious fall dinner prepared by the Nazareth Hall chef and served by staff, a silent auction, door prizes, and entertainment by Spittin’ Image.

The silent auction will feature original art by local artists and items and services donated by businesses and supporters of the arts. Presentation of the Grand Rapids Volunteer of the Year will also be held during this event.

Spittin’ Image was asked back to the Gala for a return engagement because of the fun everyone had several years ago. Blain and Brian Swabb are identical twin brothers who love to sing and play their instruments while entertaining an audience. They mix their excellent music with comedy, audience participation, and high energy. You will sing along, laugh, dance, and cheer as you listen to classic tunes!

Cost is $25 per person. Tables seat eight, and reservations can be made by calling 419-832-ARTS or email grac@grandrapidsartscouncil.org.

Agricultural Incubator Foundation

The Agricultural Incubator Foundation. It is a pleasure to introduce you to a unique organization designed to assist small agricultural businesses succeed in today's competitive marketplace.

Driven by a strong commitment to the agricultural roots of northwest Ohio, a group of area farmers, agribusiness representatives, researchers and educators began development of an agricultural facility that would incorporate teaching and research as well as crop production and processing. In the winter of 1999, it was decided that a nonprofit foundation should be formally established - namely the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.

The mission of the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF) is to develop a partnership of northwest Ohio agribusiness representatives, researchers and educators committed to establishing programs that will stimulate interest in and respect for agriculture as a mainstay in the area economy.

The AIF promotes the development, advancement and appreciation of agricultural systems in northwest Ohio that are economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. The Foundation includes 140 acres of land and multiple greenhouses as well as meeting areas and business development services. Additional details on these aspects can be found in the Resources section.

The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located in the Otsego District. It is local gem! Please take a look at the flyer for more information and to see if you could utilize any of the many features it has to offer! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Mike Wiley, Assistant Elementary Principal

Kevin Olds, Junior High Principal and High School Athletic Director

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation and Custodial

Joyce Wright, Athletic & Building Facilities Coordinator

Rick Haskins, Director of Maintenance