Superintendent's Weekly Update - February 19, 2016

Otsego Community,

We had a very intense safety training last Friday morning. We ran through a refresher course on the Run-Hide-Fight principles and then ran through a few scenarios centered around violent intruders. I cannot thank our staff enough for their involvement and for taking the drills seriously. It was a very emotional morning, and the conversations were tough, but unfortunately extremely necessary. We all want to do everything we can to keep our students safe and prepared in case disaster strikes. I would also like to thank Deputy Ruckstuhl and the Wood County Sheriff's Office for leading the training and answering all of our questions.

I did notice that the tip line did not transfer over to the new website. I just fixed that. There is a tip line through the Ohio Department of Education located on the main page under contact us. I copied some information explaining the tip line below.

A safety resource is available to Ohio Schools that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis. This resource – an anonymous tip line – is available free of charge to every school district and public and private school in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are launching the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day for schools that register for the service.

This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies and others, if necessary.

TAP Unit analysts always follow up quickly with the affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure that the incident is investigated, action is taken and the outcome is tracked.

The assurance that their calls or texts cannot be traced and that serious, proper action will be taken to end the threat is helping to persuade young people to take a stand against school violence.

Parent Resource: Click Here for a flyer for a child find open to all wood county babies-preschoolers. There will be screenings to help families get services for their children, as well as a number of agencies there.

Community Forums:

Members of the Otsego Team will once again be conducting community forums this spring. Please join administrators, directors, and teachers for an informal conversation about everything Otsego. We need to hear from parents and community members on the things we are doing right and what needs improvement. We will update the community on key initiatives that we have implemented this year and look ahead to the next school year. We will also provide a financial overview of the past several years and will discuss the financial forecast. You will have the opportunity to ask the team questions and make suggestions on how we can strengthen the Otsego Local School District.

Wednesday, March 2nd

5:30PM at Haskins Town Hall (former site of Haskins Elementary)

7:30PM at Otsego High School Library

Wednesday, March 9th

5:30PM at the Weston Library (13153 Main Street)

7:30PM at the Grand Rapids Branch of the Weston Library (17620 Bridge Street).


Adam Koch


Cafeteria News

Re: Low and Negative Lunch Balances

We have been sending letters and emails weekly regarding low or negative balances. We allow student's to charge two school meals because good nutrition is essential to learning.

We also understand that sometimes children forget or lose their money.

But even after sending the emails and letters we still have many with outstanding balances. If you have received notice, please send your payment to the school cafeteria as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Jeanne Jeffers

Director of Food Service

Otsego Local Schools

419-823-4381 ext.1104


We will once again be inviting all of our Otsego Community Senior Citizens to a free dinner and musical. This year our students will be performing Once Upon a Mattress. I guarantee it will once again be a phenomenal performance by our students and staff! Last year we had a record year for attendance and it was a great night. I hope everyone can make it again this year!

Date: March 16th

Time: Dinner at 5:45 pm and the show will start about 6:45-7pm

Who: Otsego Senior Citizens

Where: High School Commons and Auditorium

Click here to RSVP or call Lisa Austin at 419-823-4381
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The Transportation Department can now be reached by calling the Otsego Local Schools phone number (419-823-4381) and selecting Option 5. It is no longer necessary to dial a separate number to reach them.
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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!

3/3 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145 (Changed to Thursday)

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm

3/11-3/12 – (Date and time TBD) Large group Solo and Ensemble Contest for HS Choral, Men’s and Women’s Choir (at Archbold) and Band (at Bowling Green)

3/17-3/20 – Musical

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford – Let’s Go KNIGHTS we can beat the Eastwood Eagles – it’s a contest for the most drivers 18 and over. OMB earns $20 per test drive (18 years+)

4/7 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145 (Changed to Thursday)

4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-6pm Great items of all kinds up for bid to raise money for our Music Program needs.

5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert

5/22 Graduation 2pm

5/23 Spring Band Concert

5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert


Tontogany: @ Otsego Elementary

Sun. February 21st from 1pm to 4 pm

Thur. February 25th from 6pm to 8 pm

Haskins: @ Village Hall

Sat. February 20th from 2pm to 4pm

Grand Rapids: @ Grand Rapids Library

Fri. February 19th from 6pm to 8pm

Sun. February 21st from Noon to 3pm

Fri. February 26th from 6pm to 8pm

Sun. February 28th from Noon to 3pm

Weston: @ Village Hall

Sun. February 21st from 1pm to 4pm

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




February 20 Varsity @ Sylvania Southview HS vs. Delta – 2:45 (sectionals)


February 19 @ Eastwood – 6:00

February 24 Varsity @ Oak Harbor HS vs. Evergreen – 8:00 (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 – 5:00

February 20 Sectionals @ Lake HS – 10:00 (finals begin at approximately 5:00)


Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 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.

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.

Volleyball Fundraiser - Digging for Juls - This fundraiser is being put on by several of friends of Julie Amos. There will be a volleyball tournament, raffles, chicken BBQ, and activities for children.

Elementary PTO Fundraising Event at Chowders 'N Moor

Well Being Event at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Bowling Green

Henry Wood Sportsman Alliance Fundraiser

BGSU Planetarium - Dawn of the Space Age

Halfway to Tontogany Fest Fundraiser - If you are interested in donating any homemade goods or baskets to raffle off please contact Nicole Vollmar at 419-346-6347

BG Parks Department

Laffalot Summer Camp

Bowling Green Ohio Events

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, Director of Transportation

Jeanne Jeffers, Director of Food Service

Rick Haskins, Director of Maintenance and Custodial