Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter (Semester II, Q4, Week of April 11th)
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
We executed our evacuation/relocation drill this week and I want to thank the Sheriff's Office and the Legion for their help. The staff and students were amazing and did a wonderful job. As always safety is our top priority and if you have any questions with regards to school safety feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Senior Parent Letter of Important Dates coming up
To: Parents/Guardians of Otsego High School Seniors
From: Kevin O’Shea, Principal
Date: April 15, 2016
Re: Senior Activities/Graduation
Our seniors are looking forward to the closing weeks of school with great anticipation. This letter is to advise you of the activities and requirements for seniors during the closing days leading up to graduation.
Saturday, May 7th -Prom at BGSU Grand Ballroom (ticket sales end April 25th).
Monday, May 9th -Last day to submit scholarship info to Mrs. Clark in order to guarantee
printing in graduation program.
Tuesday, May 10th -Academic Awards Night (7:00pm in the Otsego HS Auditorium).
Friday, May 13th -All outstanding fees are due on this date if paying by check. Please make
checks payable to: Otsego BOE. After May 13th, only cash will be accepted.
Tuesday, May 17th -Last regular day of school for OHS seniors.
***All outstanding school fees are due today- Fees must be paid in full by this date in order to take part in the graduation ceremony.
-If you are taking correspondence courses (not PSEOP), your final transcripts
are due this day.
-Senior Lunch (11:30am-1:00pm in HS Commons)
Wednesday, May 18th ***Exams for OHS seniors. These dates may change weather permitting (fog).
Thursday, May 19th ***Exams for OHS seniors.
Friday, May 20th -Senior graduation practice (8:00 AM in OHS Commons)
- Attendance is MANDATORY: All seniors who plan to participate - in the graduation ceremony MUST attend this practice.
- Seniors, please dress nicely for graduation practice.
- A breakfast will be provided for you by the cafeteria staff.
-Make-up day for exams for Seniors.
PENTA IMPORTANT DATES
Thursday, May 12th -Penta Senior Exams.
Friday, May 13th -Penta Senior Exams, Last day for Penta Seniors, All outstanding
school fees are due.
Tuesday, May 17th -Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.
Wednesday, May 18th -Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.
Thursday, May 19th -Penta Senior Recognition Ceremonies for select programs.
Sunday, May 22nd -Graduation Ceremony (2:00 PM in the Otsego High School Gym)
- The OHS gym seats at least 1500 people – finding seats for anyone
wishing to attend should not be a problem.
-***THERE ARE NO TICKETS NEEDED FOR GRADUATION.
- Seniors must be at OHS (meet in corridor “C”) by 1:15 PM.
- Boys should wear dress pants, dress shirt with a collar and tie, dress
shoes and socks (no sandals or tennis shoes).
- Girls should wear a dress, skirt, or dark pants with dress shoes that
are dark or neutral in color with a moderate heel (no flip-flops,
floppy sandals, or tennis shoes).
- Seniors who do not participate in the graduation ceremony may
pick up their diplomas in the OHS Office on or after May 24th.
This is an exciting and memorable time for your senior. Otsego students have traditionally behaved
like ladies and gentlemen at all school activities. We have come to expect this from all Otsego students,
and it is the exception rather than the rule, when this does not happen. A word of caution about senior pranks - please talk with your son or daughter and help us keep the last few weeks safe and devoid
of any controversies which might affect graduation activities. In order to avoid potential problems,
we will again have campus security.
Please review the dates and activities with your senior so that everyone may cooperate to make the last days of school and graduation a pleasant occasion that will be remembered with pride.
Kevin O’Shea, Principal
All HS fees due by May 13th
Contact the following people if you have questions about your balances:
Betsy Roberts-HS Course Fees firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Wright-Pay to Participate Fees email@example.com
Pam Heyman-HS Library fines/lost books firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara McHenry-HS Music Booster Treasurer email@example.com
Jeanne Jeffers-Cafeteria Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring State Testing Schedule/Information
The classes of 2018 and beyond are no longer required to take the Ohio Graduation Test, (OGT) but rather, will need to take 7 different end of course exams throughout their high school career. Students must earn a cumulative score of 18 points, using seven end-of course state tests over four years of high school. Different criteria can be used for students who go to Penta, but here is the basic information you need at this point:
7 End of Course Exams:
9th Grade – English I
10th Grade – English II
8th or 9th Grade - Algebra I
9th or 10th Grade - Geometry
9th or 10th Grade – Biology or *Physical Science
10th Grade - U.S. History
11th and 12th Grade - U.S. Government
Each test uses a 5 point scale
Level 5: Exceeded expectations
Level 4: Met expectations
Level 3: Approached expectations
Level 2: Partially met expectations
Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
*Level 3 or higher is the target
* Physical Science test is not taken as of 2016. Only Biology.
- Students must accumulate a total of 18 points on the 7 exams by the end of their senior year to graduate.
- They must have a combined minimum score of 4 points between the English I and English II tests.
- They must have a combined minimum score of 4 points between the Algebra I and Geometry tests.
- They must have a combined minimum score of 6 points between the Biology, US History, and US Government tests.
- THESE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
11th and 12th Grade Parents
If you are a parent of an 11th or 12th grader, your child is required to pass the five Ohio Graduation Tests (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies) given to them their sophomore year. Although most everyone has passed these tests, there are a few that will be making them up this spring to meet the requirement. They will continue to take the tests they have not passed, in the spring, summer, and fall until they pass. We have a very short list of students in this category but we are working with them to ensure all students meet the requirement.
Furthermore, all 11th and 12th grade students will be taking the new U.S. Government test. This test will NOT count towards their graduation but does show on our district report card and will affect our final grade from the state. It is critical that these students take the test seriously and try their best. I would appreciate any help you can give in assisting us with this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office or email me. Thank you for your time.
This year we have come up with a schedule that allows us to administer the state tests without losing any instructional time. Let me repeat that. NO INSTRUCTIONAL TIME WILL BE LOST TO TEST STUDENTS. In order to achieve this we will be running two block schedules over a 4 week period of time. Orange Day (Periods 1,2,3,4) and Black Day (Period 5,6/7,8,9). On these days classes will be 90 minutes long and students will test during their actual class periods. See images below.
English Testing: Week of April 11th
Math Testing: Week of April 18th
Social Studies Testing: Week of April 25th
Science Testing: Week of May 2nd (Schedule TBD)
11th - 14th - English State Testing
13th - FFA Banquet
17th - Chicken BBQ
17th - Art Show
18th - 21st - Math State Testing
20th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service
22nd - Otsego Endowment Foundation Reverse Raffle
25th - 28th - Social Studies State Testing
26th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library
29th - Choir Trip to Chicago (April 29th - May 1st)
2nd - 5th - Science State Testing
6th - AP US History Exam Day
7th - HS Prom
10th - Blood Drive
10th - High School Academic Awards Ceremony, 7pm High School Auditorium
11th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service
11th - Reading Rewards
19th - HS Choir Concert, 7pm HS Auditorium
22nd - Graduation, 2pm
23rd - HS Band Concert, "Stars, Stripes, and Sousa" 7pm HS Auditorium
24th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library
25th - Exam Day#1
26th - Exam Day #2
27th - Exam Day #3, Early Dismissal
27th - End of 4th Quarter
reminders from the High School office
- Daily Announcements Page
- Make sure you send in a written note within 48 hours of your child's absence. This is necessary in order for the absence to be excused. Even if you call your child in sick, a note is still needed.
- Please make sure you include both the first name and last name of student on the absent note.
- Sign up for Remind 101 to get text or email reminders of important events. Text to 81010 and in the message box, type otseg (there is no "o" at the end)
- 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. If you are having any issues getting into Google Classroom, let us know and we will work to fix it immediately.
- HOMEWORK CAFE - Please drop of any donated items into the HS office or send in items with your child. Call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381 in the HS office for any questions.
- Meningitis Vaccination New Requirements Info
April 26 - College Signing Day Information
Penta Career Center: If your student(s) are interested in attending PENTA Career Center, they may start applying now. If you have any questions regarding program opportunities or the application process, contact Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark at 419-823-4381 or via email at email@example.com.
AP Parents & Students
- The AP United States History Test is Friday May 6th. The test is $92
Parent and Student Bulletin Please read the attached bulletin. It contains important information for Exam Takers.
Applies only to the class of 2018 and beyond.
News from Athletics
Baseball at 5/3 Field Home of the MudHens
Friday, April 15th, 7pm
406 Washington Street
Come watch Otsego Baseball play at 5/3 Field!
- Vouchers cost $15 each
- Vouchers are good for admission into the Otsego vs. Erie Mason baseball game & any Field Level ticket to a 2016 Mud Hens game. (Excludes opening day and playoffs)
- Make checks payable to “Otsego BOE”
- Otsego Baseball receives $5 for each voucher sold
- Vouchers are available for purchase in the High School office (10:00-2:00) or by contacting any Otsego Varsity baseball player
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OTSEGO BASEBALL!
Spring Sports Schedule
***Due to Weather the Spring Sports Schedule changes daily. Please Call 419-823-4381 and choose option 7 on game day for the most updated information.
Current List Last updated: 4/8/2016
Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.
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 email@example.com to be added to the list.
Class of 2018 Post Prom Committee
***Parents and Students, baseball/softball concession stand desperately needs help to cover the concessions for all upcoming games. THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH, IS ESPECIALLY SHORT STAFFED. PLEASE USE ABOVE LINK TO SIGN UP.
There is also a GoFundMe page set up to make monetary donations for anyone to make. What a great way for relatives to donate!
"The Otsego High School's class of 2018 has begun the process of raising funds for the 2017 Post Prom. It may seem early, however, it is necessary to start early in order to raise the nearly $10,000 needed to organize a safe Post Prom for our students in May of 2017.The 2017 Post Prom will again be held at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. This event has proven to be a successful, safe environment for our teens on one of the most memorable nights they'll experience in high school.
Too often, it's likely for teens to want to drink on this memorable night. Having a fun, alcohol-free environment, such as the 2017 Post Prom, eliminates the peer pressure to drink. This fully chaperoned evening provides kids hours of activities at Kalahari Resort Water Park.
100% of the money raised will be used for the Post Prom in 2017. This includes facility rental, transportation to and from Sandusky, and prizes.
The Class of 2018 greatly appreciates any donation that will keep our students safe and prove that they do not need alcohol and drugs to have a fun, memorable evening. Thank you:)
OHS Student Council
We are OHS StuCo
President: Alissa Jacobs
Vice President: Taylor Gonzalez
Secretary: Olivia Jinnings
Treasurer: Marissa Garrett
Representatives: Zane Maxwell, Zane Thomas
President: Madi Kregel
Vice President: Adam Lewis
Representatives: Parker Lazar
President: Andrew Richardson
Vice President: Julie Spencer
Representatives: Stone Zimmerman, Christina Gonzalez
President: Hayle Grimmer
Student Council is looking for students who want to help plan and put on events for second semester. Would you like to help create a biweekly Lavatory Ledger? What about help plan a movie night? A Community Euchre tournament? Or even our Spring Powder Puff game? If you are interested in getting involved, see one of your Student Council members, or Miss Pierce. We will be opening up for new member in second semester!
Student Council Advisor: Megan Pierce
Follow OHS Student Council on Twitter: @OHScouncil
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! OMB earns $20 per test drive (18 years+)
4/7 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting – special presentation on sound system at 6:30pm in room C145 (Changed to Thursday)
4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-7pm Great items of all kinds up for bid to raise money for our Music Program needs. Community member wishing to order tickets may contact Lisa Jacobs at 419-823-1495 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your support!
5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert
5/22 Graduation 2pm
5/23 Spring Band Concert (Stars, Stripes, and Sousa)
5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert
High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)
UPDATE: We have updated our phone system so that our main voice prompts will allow callers to press option 5 for the transportation department. Option 5 will ring extension 3156.
Food Service Department
NO MORE CHARGING
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.
BIG FAB LAB EVENT
Waterville Playshop presents "Children of Eden" April 15-17 at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Otsego Junior, Tyler Cowdrey will be staring in the role of Cain. Otsego alum '89' Joe Barton will portray "Father". Tickets : www.watervilleplayshop.org Tickets $12,$15,$17
Senior AJ Digby playing in two upcoming sled hockey charity games between AJ's local team and the BG High School hockey team and Toledo Fire Hockey Team.
Join us on April 14, 2016 at the BiG Fab Lab in Bowling Green, Ohio to explore the possibilities- see the tools, hear from the experts, build your network, and discuss Fab Lab grant opportunities.
Lunch will be provided so please RSVP (email@example.com) for accurate planning!
- 8:30-1:30 Morning Session - introduction of the tools, learn how they operate, and then make it! (Group sizes limited so specify the area you would like to focus the most on but you will be exposed to all of them)
- Additive (3D Printing)
- Subtractive (CNC)
- Laser (Engraving & Cutting)
- Digital Printing & Cutting
- Manual Machine Tools
- 3D Scanning
- Curriculum Options for STEM, Engineering, Design, Inventing & Certifications
- 1:30-2:30 NW Ohio Fab Lab Advisory Team Meeting
- 1:30-4:30 Afternoon Session Open for individuals to plan, make, create
- BiG Fab Lab
- Located in The Woodland Mall, Bowling Green, OH
- Enter through the theater entrance (SE lot), walk straight across the atrium and look for the BiG Fab Lab signage.
Baseball/Softball signups for Grand Rapids? There are plenty of spots available and if parents and kids want info they can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They will send you the necessary info to get signed up.
Communication with the High School
1. High School Website www.otsegoknights.org has a new look! The new Otsego Local Schools site will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. The new website layout uses responsive design, meaning that it will adjust for tablets and mobile devices. We will 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. 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)
4. District App:
Classic Weekly Student Joke:
A: A tick, Duh.
Have a great week.