Otsego Junior High

March 16th, 2020


Otsego Families,

Thank you for your dedication and flexibility during this unusual time. The administrative team continues to meet regularly to assess the situation and provide the most up to date information to the staff, parents and students.

Please be patient and flexible, as we have no idea what may come up next. We all understand that NOTHING replicates the GREAT work teachers do in their classrooms and students will be learning differently than if they were in their classrooms. Our goal is to keep their brains active, focusing on literacy, numeracy, and enrichment. This is a time not to set unachievable goals for our students, but rather provide them the support and resources to continue the learning process, limiting the amount of regression.

We understand that many of our students will not have the support, structure and routine that they have when they attend school daily. We are asking parents to do what they can and be complacent with that. We do not want to cause undue stress to parents and/or students.

The following newsletter has some pertinent information regarding the upcoming weeks as it relates to content delivery by our staff. Many teachers have already begun posting lessons for the week. All classes, including elective courses, will have lesson prepared for our students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments. We are here for you and we are working through this together. Please be patient and considerate while we work through this unprecedented time.

Jon Rife, Principal


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding regarding the health and safety of our students and community at large.

The Governor has implemented an extended spring break starting on Monday, March 16th. Otsego will be closed starting from March 16th through April 3rd. This is mandated by the State of Ohio.

Otsego’s spring break will continue as scheduled from April 6 through April 13th. As it stands now, April 14th school will resume. This will give us extra time to monitor the situation and I am sure we will get more guidance from the Governor by then.

All extra-curricular activities will be canceled during this extended spring break starting Monday. We will communicate more about this later, but all on-campus practices are canceled after this weekend.

All campus events with students will be canceled from March 16th through April 3rd. Unfortunately, Otsego Extended Care will also be closed during this extended break required by the Governor.

Please continue to look for additional communications regarding this situation.

We appreciate your understanding and assistance during this unique situation. We will continue to work with our health officials to do our part in attempting to limit the spread of this virus. As more information and planning becomes available, we will share it with our families and staff.

Google Classroom Help

Here is a Google Doc with instructions for parents on how to use Google Classroom. This also includes a link to a video tutorial that we found online.

Google Classroom Link


Teachers are expected to give online lessons/classwork during this extended break.

  1. This will likely look different for every teacher.

  2. Students will be provided lessons via Google Classroom, Paper Copies (to be delivered for those who have indicated they have no internet)

  3. Students are expected to communicate with their teachers if they are experiencing difficulty accessing lessons/classwork.

  4. Teachers should be entering assignments into the gradebook like always. Be sure that you check with your teachers if any questions regarding due dates or difficulties.

Each Class should provide three 15-20 minute mini lessons/activities per week.

  1. Assignments should take about 15-20 minutes for each class. This does include all electives classes also.

  2. These mini lessons will be recorded in the grade book.

  3. Assignments are expected to be completed by the given due date.

All teachers should respond to emails/voicemails in a timely manner.

  1. During the regular school week, teachers will respond to emails within approximately 24 hours. Please give some time for teachers to respond, as they have many students that may need clarification or assistance.

  2. Please do not wait until the due date to email your teachers, give them some time to respond prior to the due date.

Students who do NOT have Internet

  1. Hard copies will be made and delivered to those who have indicated that they have no internet access.

  2. Either bus routes or school administrators will deliver the hard copies once or twice per week. We will be in contact with those of you who indicated internet issues.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Otsego Local Schools is making every attempt to educate all students, which includes students with IEPs and 504 Plans. Due to the school closure, services may look different from student to student. All case managers for IEPs will be contacting parents in the coming days to discuss how services are being delivered, any supports or accommodations that may be needed, and how you will receive 3rd quarter IEP progress reports. We appreciate your patience as we seek guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on how to best serve our students. Any due dates for IEPs/ETRs will be maintained at this time, and prior to any meetings, parents will be contacted by Case Managers. Flexibility for these meetings is appreciated, as we explore video conferencing (Zoom) and phone conferencing capabilities. Any Special Education questions can be directed to Lauri Dunham, Otsego’s Special Education Director. If you have any 504 questions, please contact your Building Principal.

Students can help out in the community!

If students could send letters or coloring pages to the residents at Grand Rapids Care Center they would LOVE it!

The residents are not able to have visitors at this time which makes it really hard on them because they cannot do anything. Also at this time they have to be in their rooms so it is really hard for them to cope with this. Hearing from our students will definitely brighten their day!

The address is

Grand Rapids Care center 24201 W. 3rd St. Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522

Thank you so much!

Free Internet for those in need

Parents who don’t have internet at home can get free broadband, including installation, from Spectrum for 60 days to help families impacted by the coronavirus, the company announced.

Spectrum parent company Charter announced that, starting Monday, they will offer free Spectrum broadband and wi-fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.

To sign up, call (844) 488-8395.

Spring Fundraiser

We are keeping the online link to order open through next couple weeks. Keep selling!

All paper forms should be turned into the Junior High office as soon as possible.


The monies earned from this fundraiser supports our ongoing field trips and experiences for our junior high students. These trips include trips to the courthouse, Fort Meigs, Mudhens, Toledo Walleye, and Toledo Museum of Art, to name a few. Your support is much appreciated and our sincere thanks goes out to you.


Yearbook info is below including a printable order form.
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2020/2021 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

All current 7th grade students will have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC in October 2020. They received a packet explaining all of the details. Parents, keep a lookout for the information packets today. Included in the packet will be the itinerary, how to register, and frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have. We have been working on some fundraisers to offset this trip, as well as to assist with other field trips. Last year we were able to reduce the cost of each student's amount by $100.00. Next school year we hope to reduce the cost even more! Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks. Registration is now open. When registering use the code OJH2008.

Click HERE for the Student Adventures Website

Wise words from Mrs. Laudick

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Track Schedule


4/4: 1st Day of Spring Break

4/14: School Resumes

5/25: No School - Memorial Day

5/29 - Last Day of School


Looking for an easy way to help out OEF? Shop through smile.amazon.com instead of the regular site or app and choose Otsego Endowment as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a percentage of your total directly to our organization at no charge to you! Email us for questions at endowmentfoundation@otsegoknights.org
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Remind101 has been a valuable tool for the office to communicate with parents and students by text and/or email. We use Remind101 for quick reminders and JH deadlines and important events. Please see the directions below to sign-up to receive alerts from the appropriate grade.

Class of 2026 (6th Grade Parents)

Text @jhparent26 to 81010

Class of 2025 (7th Grade Parents)

Text @jhparent25 to 81010

Class of 2024 (8th Grade Parents)

Text @jhparent24 to 81010

At this time the office will not set up separate groups for students as we make daily announcements each morning and at the end of the day. The above groups are for parents only.




Follow us on Twitter

Mr. Rife - @OJHS_Principal

JH Office - @OtsegoJHS

JH Athletics - @OtsegoJH

Miss Zender- @OtsegoJrHigh

Deputy Brian - @DeputyBrianSRO

Mr. Lehman - @MrLehmanELA

6th Grade - @otsego_Grade6

Mrs. Hamrick - @amhamrick1

Mrs. Duhamel - @mgduhamel

Mr. Bressler - @ScotBressler

Mr. Rohn- @MisterRohn

Ms. Hildreth @katehildreth15

Mrs. Duhamel @mgduhamel

Remind 101

6th Grade Parents text @jhparent26 to 81010

7th Grade Parents text @jhparent25 to 81010

8th Grade Parents text @jhparent24 to 81010


What happens if my child loses their agenda book?

Replacement agenda books can be purchased for $5 in the office.

When can I purchase a yearbook for my child?

Yearbook order forms will be sent home in the Spring. Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school.

How do I check my child's grades online?

The link to access Online Grades is on the Parent tab on the Junior High page of the Otsego website (otsegoknights.org). Your child's username is their Student ID #. Their password is the first 3 letters for their first name with the first letter capitalized. For example: 12345 Joy

Is there an App to check my child's grades?

Yes. In your app store search for Powerschool. The username and password is the same one you use to access Online Grades. Our school code is CJCX.

Link to District Calendar