Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter Semester 1 Week 16

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

PENTA Career Night

Attention Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors: Penta Career Center will hold its Annual Career Night on Monday, December 3rd from 6 - 8 p.m. at their campus located on Buck Road in Perrysburg Township. Bring your parents to Penta and check out the many career-technical programs that can prepare you for a rewarding career and college. Students who attend Career Night can register to win gift cards to the Penta school store. To learn more visit the Penta website at www.pentacareercenter.org

2018 Christmas Basket Program

Hello and Merry Christmas!

If you and your family are in need of some extra help this holiday season, please fill out the form below by December 7, 2018. Please make sure to include a valid address with a lot or apartment number if applicable. As well, please make sure there is a current phone number to reach you if needed. Make sure to include all adults within the household so we make sure you will be given a proper size food box for your family.

Please return your application back to the School Secretary by the deadline. At that time your information will be added to a database of names and a letter will be mailed to you with a basket number for pick up on Saturday, December 15, 201 between the hours of 9-11am.

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Counselor's Corner

Ed Byers Awards of Exceptionalism and Heroism

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Judith Herb College of Education Scholarship

Scholarship Information - Click Here

The University of Toledo is now accepting applications for scholarships specifically for high school seniors who want to become teachers.

The Judith Herb College of Education is fortunate to have a strong alumni base who support our students. With over 50 endowed scholarships just for education majors, we annually award funds to over 140 students. These college scholarships are on top of any merit and university-level awards. We invite your seniors to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 school year, so they can be one of our award winners!

Women In Engineering

The Women in Engineering Program at The University of Akron is pleased to host a visit day for any high school girl interested in Engineering on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. A flyer with the details of the day is below. Registration can be done online at www.uakron.edu/wie and the ½ day includes breakfast and is free to all who would like to visit the campus.

In addition, I have also included a flyer for the Women in Engineering high school summer camp for girls. The registration opens on March 1st and is competitive but slots are filled first come, first served.

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Sea Cadets

Sea Cadet Informational Packet - Click Here

The Sea Cadets is the Navy and Coast Guard’s official youth group. It is designed to allow boys and girls ages 10 to 18 the chance to not only see what military life is like without any long-term commitments but to also learn many different skills and to try different career paths before dedicating themselves to them. Sea Cadets is a drug, bullying, and gang-free environment with our core principals being HONOR, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT.

We are planning an informational meeting about the program on Thursday, November 15th from 6 – 9 P.M. at the Toledo Yacht Club.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the program further, you can reach me by email or by phone 419-690-9013.

Success Period Presentation Sign Ups

We are excited to offer new and innovative experiences for our junior high and high school students. We are inviting professionals such as yourself to come interact with our students as an opportunity to engage them in real-world work experiences through the eyes of an expert. This will be a forty minute experience for our students in which you can present information that would be beneficial as they begin to explore their career options. Things to consider during the presentation would be educational requirements, expectations as they enter the workforce, experiences they can anticipate in your career field. What we are aiming for are real conversations between working adults and our students.

We are so excited to share our students with you so that you might be able to inspire a few and not only educate students about their career interests but to also maybe inspire them to follow your career path!

We want to give our students an idea of what your job entails, but also to tell them how you got to where you are. What the future job market looks like? What certifications and credentials are needed? I have included below a list of suggested essential questions that can be used to guide your discussions but please do not think that you are limited to these.

Sample questions that may be asked by students:

  1. Describe your typical workday and workweek. Is it 40 hours? More?

  2. What skills are most important to you in your work?

  3. What interests did you have which led you to this field of work?

  4. What education, training, certification, licensure, advanced degrees or credentials do you need to do your work?

  5. What employment path did you take that led you to where you are now?

  6. What is the employment outlook for your line of work?

  7. What challenges do you face in your work?

We have put a calendar together for you to choose a date that works best for you. You may choose to talk to Junior High Students (grades 6-8) or High School Students (grades 9-12). Simply click on the building below that you would like to share your experiences with and select a date that fits in your schedule. You will enter in the front of the High School and someone from the office will walk you down to the room.

Junior High Sign Up

High School Sign Up

Important Dates and Events

*subject to change, please recheck this link frequently for changes.

1st Semester Dates/Events

Monthly Calendar - Click Here


High School Department News

Athletic Department

Game Schedules

***For the most up to date Schedules please go to the main HS Website, these only get posted once per week and may not reflect changes. High School Website with updated Dates


Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow (@OtsegoAthletics) for high school scores and other athletic department information.

Athletic Boosters Information

Thank You to all the students and adults that helped with the Tractor Pull Clean up.

To help with any of the events listed please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, ksmoyer@eastwoodschools.org or any Booster member.

Reverse Raffle: November TBD (Committee members NEEDED)

Hall of Fame

Otsego Local Schools is now accepting nominations for The Otsego Hall of Fame. This program recognizes individuals who have brought honor to themselves by making significant impacts or contributions to the school, community, and/or students. This program also provides an opportunity to honor alumni who have earned distinction beyond graduation. The categories for nomination include: Alumni, Former School Employees, Former Coaches and Friends of Otsego. The deadline to submit the nomination forms is Friday, November 16, 2018. The 7th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, January 18, 2019.


Music Department

Sound Project Update

Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have raised just over $4000 towards our sound project. Materials have been ordered and we have a target installation date set so everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits at the Christmas concert.

If you would like to participate in funding this project it’s not too late! We are still accepting donations of any amount until October 31. A $100 donation gets recognition on a plaque. Checks can be made to OMB and mailed to the school office attention Music Boosters. Thank you for your support!

Transportation Department

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010

Food Service Department

General Lunchroom Information

To better assist our parents, we have implemented an online free and reduced meal application. This will eliminate having to get a paper application, filling it out and returning it to your child’s school.

Fill out the online application under www.lunchapplication.com, just as you would the paper application. Once the application is completed we are notified so we can complete the application process. This will reduce your notification time.

Please make sure you have a correct mailing address on the application, so the notification letter gets to you.

Pay It Forward

We will be once again helping our students out with our Food Service Pay It Forward Project. This fund will provide meals to students who do not have lunch money in their account and cannot charge anymore. We want all of our students to get a hot meal every day. If you are interested in helping with this project you can send money into the central office or any of the buildings. Just put Food Service Pay It Forward on the envelope. You can make checks payable to the Otsego BOE. Thank you so much!!

If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanie Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe

Ag and FFA News

Otsego High School FFA

Check out the Otsego FFA Newsletter for all the latest news and updates with our Ag and FFA students. FFA NEWSLETTER

Questions or Comments should go to our Program Director Debbie Ayers. dayers@OtsegoKnights.org

Student Council

Knight in Shining Armour

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:

  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.

We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.

Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


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Community Events/News/Information

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Communication with the High School

Below are a few 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. High School Website CLICK HERE The Otsego High School website will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. We keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

2. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. That's 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, @KosheaOHS, or @OtsegoAthletics)