Superintendent's Weekly Update - November 13, 2015

What a great week at Otsego! Every day/week reminds me yet again how thankful we all are to live and work in the Otsego Community. It is a phenomenal place to be!

#FamKnight - I would like to thank personally the parents, staff, and students for taking the time to spend a night together. Family night was a huge success. I received a ton of calls and emails thanking us for doing this. The pictures were great on Twitter. We will be working on another date, and hopefully we can do a couple of these nights each school year.

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Program: First off, I would like to thank the Veterans for sacrificing so much for our freedom. Without you none of this would be possible. We had over 100 senior citizens and veterans attend the breakfast before our program. Our food service department cooked an excellent meal for us. Our students and staff put on an excellent program honoring our veterans and it was a great learning experience for all of us.

We have a few weeks before winter sports and activities start up again, but I hope you can come out and support our students. Our December band and choir concerts are always spectacular. I hope to see you there!

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

Don't forget to get your nominations in for the Otsego Hall of Fame. Click here for the overview and nomination form. The deadline to submit the nomination forms are due today. If you have any question or plan to submit a nomination please email Lauri Dunham at ldunham@otsegoknights.org. The 4th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, January 15, 2016.


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.




Otsego Music Boosters Update:

We welcome Mr. Brien Sewell, our new Choir Director, and encourage everyone to reach out to get to know him and support his efforts as he joins our Otsego family. He can be contacted at bsewell@otsegoknights.org

Upcoming performances:

11/21 Bowling Green Holiday Parade (Band) 10 am

12/10 Junior Bands and Choir Concert 7pm

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

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

12/17 High School Choral Holiday Concert

Senior Otsego Student, Derek Morgan is in the cast of "And Then There Were None" Nov. 20th and 21st at the First United Methodist Church Dessert Theater, Bowing Green.

Reserve Tickets $12 Click here for more information


I wanted to share this guide for parents dealing with difficult behaviors. It is available from the OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) website. ocali.org

Click here for the guide for parents dealing with difficult behaviors

You may also be interested in their "Addressing Challenging Behavior" series. It is an 11 part video series where you can plug in a particular child's information and help create a plan for that child.

OCALI also offers webinars called "Third Thursday" off of their family center site. These are on various topics. You can find a four part series about teaching your child social skills on this website as well.

Other activities in the area:

• Nov 14th: Annual Caregiver Expo in Maumee. This event connects family members caring for a loved one with community resources. Sponsored by The Area Office on Aging. 419-382-0624 or online at www.areaofficeonaging.com

• Nov 19th: People First of Toledo ‘Fun Night’ with free dinner, crafts and games at Josina Lott in Toledo. Contact Korinne Ritenour at 419-882-0941 or JoRita Fox at 419-727-8052.

• Nov 22nd and Dec 13th: Santa’s Special Time at Franklin Park Mall. Visit Santa in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment before stores open. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism and Franklin Park Mall; call 419-473-3317 for reservations.

• Dec 10th: People First Holiday Party at NW Ohio Development Center in Toledo sponsored by Camp Courageous, The Arc of NW Ohio, and Lucas Cty Board of Developmental Disabilities. Call Korine at 419-882-0941.

• Thursdays or Saturdays: Adaptive Dance at Toledo Ballet School. Dance classes designed especially for students with special needs. 419-471-0049 or yoga2day@hotmail.com for more information.

If you have any questions please contact Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director, ldunham@otsegoknights.org


The Teen Institute Leadership Group is promoting a Family Night at the Toledo Zoo Lights. This event is open to all grades. Click here for more information If you have any questions please contact Emily Cornish, ecornish@otsegoknights.org.

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



November 20 (H) North Baltimore – 6:00

November 24 @ Evergreen – 6:00

November 27 (H) Genoa – 6:00

December 03 @ Woodmore – 6:00

December 08 (H) Lake – 6:00

December 11 (H) Rossford – 6:00


December 04 (H) Genoa – 6:00

December 05 (H) Evergreen – 6:00

December 10 @ Woodmore – 6:00


December 04 (H) Genoa – 4:45

December 05 (H) Evergreen – 4:45

December 10 @ Woodmore – 4:45


December 04 Northwood Derr Inv. – 5:00

December 05 Northwood Derr Inv. – 9:00

December 08 NBC Quad @ Fostoria – 5:30

December 12 Backhaus Duals @ Tinora – 9:00

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


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.

Ohio State University Alumni Associate of Wood and Lucas County - Click here for more information I hear that the entire cheer squad and Brutus will be present!

BGSU_Planetarium - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket



Free self_defense class

Ham Loaf Dinner

Saturday, November 14, 4-7

Haskins Community Church

209 West Main Street, Haskins

Serving a complete ham loaf or turkey dinner with dessert, adults $8, children 4-10 $4, 3 and under free.

Carryouts are available and our church has an elevator. Everyone welcome!

Julie Amos's family will be raffling off FOUR tickets to the Ohio State vs Michigan game in Ann Arbor, November 28, 2015. All proceeds will go to Rich and Julie Amos to help fund a stem cell transplant for Julie. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and the winner will receive all four tickets. Tickets are for SEC 40, ROW 59. Click here for more information

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