Otsego Jr. High

Weekly Update - April 29, 2016

Mr. Wiley's Message

This past Wednesday was Administrative Assistant’s Day or what was formerly known as Secretary’s Day. We probably remember the secretaries from our school days and think that they answered the phone and greeted visitors to the school and that was about it. However, a lot is asked of school secretaries that few people know. Besides answering the roughly one hundred incoming phone calls a day, a school secretary is the chief attendance officer. She’s the one you call to let know if your child is going to be absent. The school secretary is also our school nurse. She dispenses your child’s prescription medication (after taking a course on how to do so), she hands out the band aids and other medical supplies, and discreetly helps a teenage girl when that embarrassing moment arrives earlier than expected. When a child comes to the office and says, “I don’t feel well” she calls home and provides comfort to a child who sometimes ends up vomiting in a wastebasket. The school secretary can also be an athletic trainer who provides ice to someone who gets hurt in physical education class.

The school secretary has to be an expert in custody law to make sense of legal documents so that we are sure that when a child is enrolled they are rightly under the custodial parent’s control. She also needs to know special education law to understand how to read IEPs, 504s, and ETRs. At the same time, she can program the locks and run the video cameras in the building, and more often than she wants, fix a jammed copy machine.

In the junior high school, Jessica Frank is this person. She is the second, and sometimes only, mother to the students in this building. She carries out the aforementioned duties with the love and professionalism needed to show, not only the students, but the parents that she cares about them. Sometimes she’s a counselor who just listens. Sometimes she’s a teacher who offers advice. But rest assured, she always has your child’s best interest at hand. There are days you probably call the junior high school and get her voicemail, and after reading all the things she does, maybe it makes sense now. We are very fortunate to have Jessica at the junior high school. She keeps this place running smoothly. The teachers and office staff greatly appreciate her and she deserves more than just one day to honor her. Thank you Jessica for all you do for Otsego Junior High School.

6th grade class t-shirt:

Please see below the link to order your 6th grade class t-shirt:


Yearbook order form

Testing Schedule for May 2-6

Monday: Black Day (Regular Schedule - Periods 1-9)

Tuesday: Orange Day (Block Schedule A - Periods 1,2,3,4)

Wednesday: Orange Day (Block Schedule B - Periods 5/6,7,8,9)

Thursday: Black Day (Block Schedule A - Periods 1,2,3,4)

Friday: Black Day (Block Schedule B - Periods 5/6,7,8,9)

Orders Due by May 2, 2016

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Band and Choir Concert

The annual Spring Band and Choir Concert dates have been changed. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade band concert will be Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm. The 7th and 8th grade Choir concert will be Thursday, may 26th at 7pm.

Appropriate dress is important to their presentation. Students should be in their "black and Whites" ready to warm-up in the high school band room at 6:30pm. Please remember girls are to be dresses in black pants. Yoga pants and the like are not considered acceptable dress fro the performance state.

Rich Dubler

Director, Otsego Bands

Brien Sewell

Dirctor, Otsego Choirs

6th grade camp May 25, 26 & 27!

6th grade camp will be held at Camp Palmer this year. Camp Palmer is a
modern camping complex nestled away in the woods adjacent to Harrison
Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio. Camp features complete indoor and
outdoor living and recreational facilities. The classes that are held
during camp follow Ohio's state curriculum standards. Camp gives our
students an opportunity to learn in a different setting

6th grade camp packet

STEM Summer camp

Attention 7th and 8th grade students interested in Science and Engineering. STEM summer camp applications are now available in the office. If you haven’t participated int the STEM summer camp in the past, it is a great experience. So stop by and pick up an application today.

OJHS Talent Show

Start preparing for the annual OJHS Talent Show this year. Be thinking about what you or a group want to perform: funky dances to song mashups, slamming out some original poetry or someone else’s, rhythmic rhyming skits, tooting an instrument, comedy skits, dance routines, etc... There will be prizes again as always, and our Master of Ceremonies is the hilarious senior, Derek Morgan.

More info coming soon!

Jr. High Sports Schedule & Forms

2016 Volleyball Update:

Current 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball for next year: Open gym will start next Wednesday, May 4th from 3-5pm for any girl not involved in a spring sport. Mandatory Parent meeting with student is at 7pm in Ms. Jones’ room on May 4th

Current 6th and 7th grade girls interested in playing volleyball next year please sign up in the office by May 6.

Otsego Knights JH Track 2016

Friday April 29 @ Elmwood Invitational 4:00

Monday May 2 @ Eastwood 4:15

Wednesday May 4 Fostoria (home) 4:15

Thursday May 5 @ Woodmore JH Invitational 4:00

Tuesday May 10 Elmwood (home) 4:15

Friday May 13 NBC Championships @ Fostoria 4:00

Coaches: Scott Bernthisel, Brandon Fitch, Matt Rohn

Athletic Director: Charles Spencer


Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)

To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.

This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.

OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS… There’s an app for that!


Cafeteria News:

As many of you are aware, we have allowed student’s to charge meals this year. As we are approaching the end of the year we will no longer allow charging. STARTING APRIL 5th there will be NO CHARGING of meals. If the student does not have enough money on their account to cover the meal at the elementary they will receive a cheese sandwich. At the jr. high/high school their lunch will be pulled.

If a jr. high/high school student isn’t sure if they have enough money on their account they should ask the cashiers prior to going through the meal line.

We also have some students who are on free and reduced lunches with outstanding balances, they must be paid. These balances occurred prior to the paperwork being received by the cafeteria. You are responsible for the charges. The charges do not go away at the end of the school year. If they are not paid they are carried over to the following year.

If you have a senior with meal charges, they must be paid for you student to walk in graduation ceremonies.

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

Thank you,

Jeanne L. Jeffers

The K12 online payment program is up and running and working Great!


2016-2017 School Calendar

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