Otsego High School

Weekly Parent Newsletter

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Reminder to all parents that next week on Wednesday September 16th, Otsego Local Schools will be on a Two Hour Delay Schedule. Students report to school two hours later than usual and the teachers will be reporting at their usual times for Professional Development. Busses will also be running two hours later than usual.

The picture in my message this week shows our students from last night at the "Bash BG Bonfire". We had nearly half our students attend. It was a great night filled with School Spirit. Special thanks and shout out goes to our local heroes from the Washington Township Fire Department for assisting us and keeping our kids safe. Thank You.

I hope you all have a great weekend. #OtsegoKnights

Checking Homework

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 but once you are in you will see all their classes on their dashboard and whatever the teachers have posted. You can access this from any computer. All you need is internet access 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.

1:1 Chromebooks for Kids

Otsego Local Schools Chromebook Agreement Form/Insurance Waiver

If they do NOT turn this form in they DO NOT get a Chromebook. Please fill out and return ASAP. We reduced the cost to insure them as well. It is $20. (checks to OLS) It's ten dollars less than last year. We do not want these to become a financial burden, but we do need to cover the costs of damaged devices.


In addition to our ACT Prep course. The University of Toledo is offering an ACT prep course. I have attached the flyer containing more information including dates/times.

ACT Prep Flyer

High School Staff Professional Development

The OHS Staff has begun what I consider to be a very exciting undertaking for professional development. The district has added six 2 hour delays to our schedule throughout the year for the purpose of professional development. The first of these is next week, Wednesday September 16th. The HS staff has selected 5 courses and books to study based off our data and teacher need/interest. I have attached a list of these books so that you can keep in the loop with what we are discussing. Feel free to reach out to us about the books. I think it is important that you all know what is being done during our professional development time. We have a very passionate and dedicated staff who are life long learners and I am very excited to participate in these book studies alongside them and grow as a staff.

2 hour Delay Days for Professional Development

Wednesday September 16th

Wednesday October 21st

Wednesday November 18th

Wednesday March 16th

Wednesday April 20th

Wednesday May 11th

Course 1: Teach Like a Champ

Book: Lemov, D. (2010), Teach Like a Champion. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Course 2: Anytime, Anywhere: Today’s Learner

Book: Brooks-Young, Susan. (2010). Teaching with the Tools Kids Really Use. Corwin Press *Also has required reading from online sources

Course 3: In the Face of Poverty

Book 1: Payne, R. (2013). A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A cognitive approach. Highlands, TX: aha! Process, Inc.

Book 2: Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What being poor does to kids’ brains and what schools can do about it. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Course 4: Virtual Field Tripping: Explore the World Without Leaving School

* No Book, has required reading from online sources

Course 5: Good to Great: Principles of Great Teaching

Book: Jackson, Robyn. (2008). Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of GreatTeaching. Alexandria, VA: ASCD

Highlights from the Week

Upcoming Dates


Fri. 9/11 - Lunch on the Lawn, 12:00 - 2:20

Sun. 9/13 - PENTA 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1pm

Wed. 9/16 - Two Hour Delay - Staff Professional Development

Mon. 9/21 - Picture Re-Takes - in the morning during school

Wed. 9/23 - PENTA Cut-A-Thon, 3 - 6pm

Fri. 10/2 - Custodial Appreciation Day


10/10 - Homecoming Dance

10/11 - AppleButter Fest

10/12 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development Day

10/14 - PSAT Testing

10/14 - 9th Grade Hearing Screenings

10/14 - 9th Grade Jostens Class Ring Presentations

10/14 - 9th Grade PENTA Presentations

10/16 - Senior Night

10/20 - HS Choir Concert, 7pm

10/21 - 2 hour delay, Staff Professional Development

10/23 - End of the first 9 weeks

10/26 - 10/30 - Fall OGT Testing

10/27 - HS Band Concert, 7pm


11/4 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

11/5 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences, 10:00am - 8:00pm

11/6 - No School

News from Transportation

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. This includes athletes to and from Athletic events.

ORC 3301.83.08

News from Athletics

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.

The Otsego Softball team is selling Otsego Decals once again this year. Show your Otsego Pride! They are $5. Click Here for the order form. This is a fundraiser for the team. Thank you for your support!

‘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.

Fall Sports Schedule



September 11 V (H) Bowling Green - 7:00

September 12 JV @ Genoa – 10:00

September 14 9th @ Genoa – 5:00

September 18 V @ Woodmore – 7:00

September 19 JV (H) Bluffton – 10:00

September 21 9th @ Eastwood – 5:00

September 25 V (H) Eastwood – 7:00

September 26 JV @ Eastwood – 10:00


September 15 @ Lake – 6:00

September 17 @ Eastwood – 6:00

September 22 (H) Fostoria – 6:00

September 24 @ Genoa – 6:00


September 12 @ Cardinal Stritch – 1:00

September 17 (H) Eastwood – 5:00

September 19 @ Lake – 7:00

September 24 @ Woodmore – 7:00

September 26 @ Bowsher – 6:00


September 15 @ Eastwood – 5:00

September 19 (H) Lake – 5:00

September 21 (H) Start – 5:00

September 24 (H) Woodmore – 5:00

September 26 @ Liberty Center – 8:00


September 12 Tiffin Inv. @ Hedges Boyer Park – 9:00

September 19 Lakota Inv. @ Lakota HS – 9:00

September 22 NBC Jamboree @ Rossford – 4:45

September 26 Cardinal Stritch @ Maumee Bay – 8:00

Picture Re-Takes

Picture re-take day will be September 21, 2015 during school in the morning. We will distribute forms to all students this this week to bring home. Below are links for more information.

Re-Take Flyer


News from the Cafeteria

Dealing with your children’s school money just got a lot easier! You can now add money to their accounts for meals, pay for school-related fees online securely and even see what they are buying. Online Lunch Payment System

For more information, go to www.K12PaymentCenter.com or call the Otsego Local School District at 419-823-4381 ext. 1104. You can also contact Jeanne Jeffers, Food Service Supervisor at jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

Please visit https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/HowDoesTheProgramWork.aspx to see a video on how to start managing your child’s account online today!

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

Breakfast Menu

Lunch Menu

Letter concerning Online Payment Program Issues

Community Events

Horizon Youth Theater Auditions - Sentinel Tribune Article

Amy's_Courage - Amy Wilcox is an Otsego Knight parent. Amy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Adenocarcinoma, in April 2015. Since this cancer is so rare, Cleveland Clinic referred her to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The link has information to a fundraiser and times they are in need of volunteers. They are also in need of food. (pop, chips, hot dogs, baked goods) If you can help please email amyscourage@gmail.com or contact Don or Holly Johnson

Tuesday September 15 - all day @ Granite City . They will donate 10% of your total tab to Amy's Courage . You will need the following flier. - Click Here

Saturday September 26 - Amy Wilcox Benefit. Spaghetti Dinner for Abby Wilcox's mom, suffering from cancer. Details to come.

See you at the Pole Day: SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:00 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation. Local church leaders and families will be gathering at the Flag Pole in front of the High School at 7 am. http://syatp.com/

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly - 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.

Indoor Walking Program - The Elementary Building will be open in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for community members that would like to walk the halls. The building will only be open when school is in session. There will not be indoor walking hours when school is canceled or it is a holiday. There will also be a course map that will tell you the distance traveled, along with a sign-in sheet as you enter the elementary building.

Communication with the High School

There are many ways that we try and and communicate with our parents and students. On top of sending out this weekly parent newsletter. 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. District Website www.otesgoknights.org (The district website has all the academic and athletic calendars and the HS posts their daily announcements on the website as well)

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)