Superintendent's Weekly Update - February 12, 2016

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Reminder - No School Monday. Stay warm!

Otsego Community and Parent Survey Results - I have included the results of the 2015-2016 parent and community surveys, we distributed this fall. Thank you for taking the time to fill them out and provide us with valuable feedback. We have already begun conversations on ways that we can improve and provide more for our students. We value your input and take your comments very seriously. Overall, I am very pleased with the results and cannot thank our staff enough for their hard work and dedication to the Otsego students and community. We are constantly trying to improve the educational process for your children. We are all very blessed to live and work in this wonderful community and call ourselves Otsego Knights!

Remember that the Otsego staff has a theme this year, and it focusses on three simple things that we can control every day.

1. Attitude - Come to school every day with a positive attitude

2. Effort - Give 100% effort each day

3. Actions to be a great teammate - We are ONE Community and ONE Team. Together we can achieve anything we set out to do " Our Students, Our Community, Our Success"

Click here to view the results from the 2015-2016 Surveys

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



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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Morgan Smoyer joined the 1,000 point club! She became the 1st girls basketball player to reach this milestone in Otsego history! Congratulations Morgan!!
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Music Booster Fish Fry - Please click the link for the pre-sale ticket opportunity

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!

2/14 District 1 Honors Band 7pm at the Stranahan -Morgan Chambers, Leah Dubler, Tayler Gunn, Alissa Jacobs, Olivia Jinnings and Claire Wallace

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

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm – Ticket orders are Due

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

Wed. February 17th from 6pm to 8pm

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

LOCAL 4-H Opportunities

The Weston Ridge Runner 4-H group is holding an OPEN HOUSE for any child interested in joining 4-H. We would like to welcome both parents and kids to come see what our 4-H group has to offer. Click here for more information

There are so many fun and interesting topics that you can learn about such as animals, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, woodworking, archery, gardening, science, computers and cooking. These are just a few of the things your child can learn about in 4-H.

Our 4-H group provides a positive and fun environment where kids learn to build self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.

Last year the Weston Ridge Runner’s 4-H Group went to the Imagination Station, we learned about grilling foods, helped out at the Milk Shake barn during fair and had a cookout. As a group project we made no sew blankets. This year we have another fun packed year planned. So if you are in Kindergarten and age 5 up to the age of 19 come see our open house.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions…

Sarah Easterwood 419-308-1891 or Bonnie McGilvery 419-966-4013

Green Meadows 4-H Club is once again opening up membership for the upcoming 4-H year. Due to the recent graduation of a couple long term members, our numbers have dropped and we would be comfortable adding a few new members. Green Meadows has traditionally been based out of Haskins, however, over the last several years, the meetings have been held within the Haskins, Tontogany, and Grand Rapids areas. Anyone is welcome to join whether your child would be a CloverBud (kindergarten thru 2nd grade), a first time 4-H member (in 3rd grade or has never been in 4-H), or a veteran 4-Her looking for a new club. Green Meadows is a smaller club, typically with membership numbers right around 15. Members take a range of projects from cooking to clothing to livestock to pets to muskrat trapping to scrapbooking to independent projects. The list is endless. Shannon (419-356-9401) and Kim (419-205-5939) are the advisors and would gladly discuss the array of projects available for your child to take. For more information regarding this club, its expections, and the benefits of joining, please call or text one of the advisors. Our first meeting will be held on Sunday February 28th at the 4-H Extension Office in Bowling Green so that the kids can review the variety of projects available and the books accompanying each project.

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 13 @ Delta – 1:00

February 17 Varsity @ Sylvania Northview HS vs. Ottawa Hills – 6:15 (sectionals)


February 12 (H) Elmwood – 6:00

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 12 (H) Elmwood – 4:45

February 16 (H) Genoa – 6:00

February 19 @ Eastwood – 4:45


February 19 Sectionals @ Lake HS

February 20 Sectionals @ Lake HS


Senior Night for winter athletes and pep band members is Friday, February 12. Seniors were emailed a google form on January 20 to complete with their information. Form submissions are due no later than noon on February 10 in order to participate in Winter Senior Night.

Students and parents will report to “D” hallway with 3 minutes remaining in the JV game. There will be several posters along the hallway with the line-up order. Please reference the posters and line-up accordingly so that we can start immediately following the JV game.


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.

Eastwood and Otsego Cheerleading Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser for American Cancer Society

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

3B Productions will be presenting "Jesus Christ Superstar" Feb 11-14 at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Featuring Otsego Alums; William Baughman, Andrew Austin and current Otsego student Tyler Cowdrey, also Featuring Randy "Beef" Baughman with Music direction by Janine Baughman and directed by Otsego Alum Joe Barton of 3B. Click here for more information

8u Softball

Halfway to Tontogany Fest Fundraiser - If you are interested in donating any homemade goods or baskets to raffle off please contact Nicole Vollmar at 429-346-6347

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