Superintendent's Weekly Update - February 5, 2016

The safety and welfare of our students and staff continue to be one of our highest priorities at Otsego Local Schools. We are 100% compliant with all Ohio Laws regarding safety plans and requirements. We updated our safety plans once again in collaboration with the fire department, sheriff’s office, staff, and a company called NaviGate Prepared.

Our Elementary, Junior High, High School and Central Office entrances are locked 100% of the time. I know this seems like we are not welcoming parents and community members into our buildings, but we feel this is necessary to protect our students and staff. All visitors are instructed to enter the main entrance of our buildings and our students are instructed to not let anyone in the buildings through side entrances.

We will once again be taking time during our professional development days to talk with our staff about our enhanced lockdown procedures. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department will be leading this refresher training with our staff on Friday, February 12th. This will be our fourth training on these enhanced lockdown procedures.

We ended the last training with an intruder scenario, which will provide options to our staff that will help keep our students even safer. Our teaching and other building staff members have discussed the enhanced lockdown techniques with students in an age appropriate manner and will continue to do so each year. Teachers, building staff and students will have the option to evacuate, barricade, or use evasive distractions to get away from an armed intruder. (Run-Hide-Fight)

We are required by law to have six emergency evacuation drills, three school safety drills, and one theoretical school safety drill each school year. These drills will allow us to practice our safety plans and incorporate these enhanced lockdown procedures.

Please contact the principal at your child’s school with any questions or concerns. You may also contact me directly. Otsego will continue to put your child’s safety as our top priority.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Adam Koch


For those that missed the information sent out earlier in the week, please check out the article from the USA today about 1997 Otsego Graduate, Mr. Edward Byers. He will be receiving a Medal of Honor from the President. He will receive his award later this month.

Here is an article that appeared in the USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/02/navy-seal-edward-byers-medal-of-honor-taliban-hostage-rescue-afghanistan/76977748

Kindergarten Students to Sing the National Anthem

The kindergarten students have been practicing the National Anthem and will be performing it next Friday night (2/12) during the basketball game. We will also be celebrating all of our winter senior athletes that night. I hope to see everyone there!

Attention all Landowners and Farmers

We have once again been nominated by a local farmer to apply for a $25,000 grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. This is sponsored by the Monsanto. The more nominations we get, the better it looks for our grant application.

The focus of the grant will be "Knights Growing Together" and will include students in grades PK-12, teachers/administrators, parents, local businesses, & the community as they plan for, create, & implement a garden on our central campus using raised garden beds. Raised beds & access to the garden will support project-based learning and activities. Learning becomes a relevant & meaningful experience for each student.

Click here to nominate the Otsego Local School District


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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!

2/9 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

2/14 District 1 Honors Band 7pm at the Stranahan -Morgan Chambers, Leah

Dubler, Tayler Gunn, Alissa Jacobs and Claire Wallace

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm (refer to attached ticket order form)

3/8 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

3/17-3/20 – Musical

3/11 and 3/12 – Large group Solo and Ensemble Contest for HS Choir and Band

(exact day and time not yet available)

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford

4/12 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

4/17 Chicken BBQ and Second annual Silent Auction. 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

5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert

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.

Help High School Student Council Arm our Knights

Please click on the link for more information regarding the Otsego Student Council Armory

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 09 (H) Swanton – 6:00

February 11 @ Eastwood – 6:00

February 13 @ Delta – 1:00


February 05 (H) Fostoria – 6:00

February 06 (H) Gibsonburg – 6:00

February 12 (H) Elmwood – 6:00

February 19 @ Eastwood – 6:00


February 05 (H) Fostoria – 4:45

February 06 (H) Gibsonburg – 4:45

February 12 (H) Elmwood – 4:45

February 19 @ Eastwood – 4:45


February 06 NBC Championships @ Genoa – 10:00

February 19 Sectionals @ Lake HS

February 20 Sectionals @ Lake HS


Friday, February 12 for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading


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.



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM
at the Junior Fair Building, Wood County Fairgrounds
13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH

Wood County Planning Commission

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

Henry Wood Sportsman Alliance Fundraiser

Toledo Rocket Ticket Opportunity

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training

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.

BGSU Planetarium - Dawn of the Space Age

8u Softball

Halfway to Tontogany Fest Fundraiser

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