Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter (Semester 1 Week 9)
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
Picture Re-Take Day
End of the First Nine Weeks
Hard to believe but we are already at the end of the first quarter. This is a great time for us to take a look at how things are going and collaborate with one another to ensure the success of our students. Here are a couple things to be thinking about.
- Course Credit: As a reminder to all students and parents, all of our courses are now semester courses, meaning at the end of the 2nd nine weeks students will receive (.5) half a credit for each class they pass. If they do NOT pass the class then they will not receive that credit and will need to recover it at a later time. Please contact the office if you have questions about this. It is critical that your child passes at the semester in order to receive credit. Otherwise, they will need to make it up. Please contact your child's teacher with any concerns you have and make sure you check their grades in Powerschool fairly regularly.
- Grade Reporting: The High School will run grades at the end of the first nine weeks. If a student receives a (D) or an (F) in any class their parents will receive a letter in the mail recommending that they schedule a conference with the teacher during parent teacher conferences. We DO NOT mail home grade cards. Grades can be accessed online through powerschool. If you do not know how to access theses or have
difficulties doing so, just contact the office and we will get you taken care of.
Checking Grades: You can also download the Powerschool App on your mobile devices and check your child's grades right from your phone. (See instructions Below)
iPhone / iPad users click here:
Android users click here:
Again, if you have questions please let us know.
Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up
Conferences are right around the corner. They will be held over two days Wednesday, November 1st, (4:00pm - 8:00pm) and Thursday, November 2nd (10:00am - 8:00pm).
The online sign up form is now live. You can conveniently sign yourself up to meet with your child's teacher(s) during conferences.
If you are NOT familiar with using sign up genius, I have created a short video tutorial to show you just how quick and easy it is to sign up for conferences.
HOW TO USE SIGN-UP GENIUS VIDEO TUTORIAL.
If you do not wish to use the online tool to sign up for conferences or if you are having difficulties, call the office at (419) 823-4381 and we can help you out over the phone. Thanks.
Otsego Local Schools has put together a Wellness Committee to promote the health and well-being of our students. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. We will be implementing various activities over the course of the year related to student health. Parents and Guardians can help by encouraging your children to eat healthy at home. The FIT-Knights Committee will be meeting again Thursday, October 19, at 3:30 in the elementary library. Staff, parents, and community members are welcome!
Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly, November 10th
Endowment Grant Recipients
Community Garden. $3,000. The funding was provided as a way to further establish the initiative, particularly the green house. The board appreciated the cross-school reach of the programming, as well as its impact on the community. The money will go toward the purchase of material and supplies for the greenhouse and additional raised beds (elementary building.)
Flexible Seating. $8,000. The funding was provided to Ms. Krupp as a pilot test on the impact of flexible seating on learning enrichment in the high school. It includes mobile desks and seats that lend themselves to grouping or individual work, accompanied by couches and stand up desks. We don't anticipate funding additional furniture requests but hope, if the concept works well, future renovations and school funding will move in this direction. Fluid classroom seating has been introduced into the business environment and is beginning to be introduced in the classroom to promote creativity and collaboration. We would like to work with Ms. Krupp to put some metrics in place to assess the success of this initiative.
Knights Have Your Back. $1,000. This grant impacts multiple consumer and family science high school classes with an added benefit for the elementary student families in need. This program allows various classes to develop and launch an in school t-shirt business with the profits going to provide bags of food each Friday to elementary student families with need. Classes have developed a logo and are researching how to launch the business. Other courses are evaluating dietary requirements for what to include in the bags.
Lego Education STEM Kits. $2,771.21. This funding was provided to the 5th grade (with hopes that it may also reach into the 3rd and 4th grade science curriculum) as a way to enhance the previous STEM grant in the elementary.
If you would like to get involved with the Endowment Foundation, please feel free to contact Ellen Pullins at firstname.lastname@example.org
September Students of the Month
NHS Scholarship Information
Applications for the 2017-18 NHS Scholarship Program have now opened. All NHS senior members in good standing are eligible to apply.
General information is available for students and parents on the NHS website as well.
The submission deadline for applicants is January 30, 2018. A total of $1.5 million, the highest amount ever in a single year, will be disbursed among 500 NHS seniors.
Please contact Mrs. Danko for information regarding this scholarship.
FAFSA Completion Night
First Semester Upcoming Dates/Events
Tues. 17th - Picture Re-Takes (7:45am)
Tues. 17th - Fall Choir Concert, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium
Fri. 20th - Fall Sports Senior Night
Fri. 20th - End of the First Quarter
Fri. 20th - Jostens Senior Cap and Gown Orders
Mon. 23rd - FAFSA Completion night
Tues. 24th - Fall Band Concert, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium
Fri. 27th - HS PD Day - NO SCHOOL
Mon. 6th - NHS induction Ceremony, 6pm Auditorium
Mon. 6th - Fall Sports Awards Banquet, 7pm Auditorium
Thurs. 2nd - Conferences 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fri. 3rd - NO SCHOOL
Mon. 6th - NHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00pm, HS Auditorium
Mon. 6th - Fall Sports Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium
Fri. 10th - Veterans Day Assembly/Breakfast, 9:00am
Tues. 14th - Family Fun Night
Mon. 20th - Career Day
Tues. 21st - Bloodmobile
Thurs. 22nd - 26th - Thanksgiving Break
Mon. 18th - Thurs. 21st - Fall Testing Re-Takes
Wed. 20th - Choir Concert - 7:00pm, Auditorium
Fri. 22 - Jan. 2nd - Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL
Thurs. 4th - Fri. 12th - Fall Testing Re-Takes
Mon. 15th - MLK Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Wed. 17th - Academic Information Night, 7:00pm
News from Athletics
Dalton Limes in the Spotlight
***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.
Otsego 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 17, 2017. The 6th induction class will be recognized at Otsego High School on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Athletic Booster Information...
- BGSU vs. Northern Illinois Football Game October 21st ------ To purchase tickets: The code is “OTSEGOKNIGHTS”, all caps, all one word, no quotation marks. Anyone that uses that code will have their ticket reduced to $14. Otsego will receive $3 for every ticket bought.
- Reverse Raffle: November 18th (Committee members NEEDED)
- To help with events please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, email@example.com or any Booster member.
Music Department News
Holiday Band Concert - December 11th, 7pm HS Auditorium
Fall Choir Concert - Tuesday the October 17th, 7pm HS Auditorium
Holiday Choir Concert - December 20th, 7pm HS Auditorium
High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)
Food Service Department
Meal Benefit Expiration
If your child/children received free or reduced meals last year and you haven't filed a new application, you are now responsible for any charges that are incurred.
Meal benefit expiration letters were mailed on September 15th to the address that is on file.
Ag and FFA News
Otsego FFA is a TOP TEN Chapter in the NATION - MODEL OF EXCELLENCE!
We have been selected as a top ten chapter in the nation for the Model of Excellence. This is based on our chapter's top 9 activities in the areas of growing leaders, building our community and strengthening agriculture.
We will be honored at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.
Three chapter members will present to a panel of judges about our chapter activities and the events in which we participate.
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.
Knight In Shining Armor
Knight In Shining Armor and NHS are collecting donations for school supplies for students who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are still determining details regarding physical donations, but in the mean time, we will be accepting cash donations at the sports pass tables TONIGHT at the football game. All cash donations will go to purchasing school supplies and hygiene items online and helping cover shipping costs to Texas.
Knight in Shining Armor will be participating in TWO movie fundraisers this fall. If you have little ones, save the date the weekend of October 6th-8th. Lionsgate is releasing My Little Pony: The Movie. When you order your tickets through Fandango, $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Stay tuned for more details to come!
Community News and Events
Project Connect (Find Help, Find Hope)
If you are a family, or even know of families who are in need and able to benefit from Wood County's Project Connect, please share with them that it is being held from 9 AM until 3 PM on Wednesday, October 18 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 315 S College Drive, Bowling Green. Breakfast and lunch will be available as well as access to 50 plus of the social services and assistance in the county. Salvation Army will be signing families up for the Holiday Food Baskets and Gifts. Free Haircuts and winter coats will be available. Free Birth certificates (they will even try to get them if out of state.) Opportunities range from meeting with agencies such as Legal Aid to Health District Flu Shots. Parents or grandparents can get items for the family. Transportation home will also be provided if needed.
Project Connect (Volunteer Opportunities)
Project Connect requires around 300 plus volunteers and some are still needed to help as hosts for guests on October 18. The primary need is for the 10:15 AM to 2 PM time slot. They could use a few more for the 8:30 AM until 12:30 slot but could ALWAYS use folks for ALL DAY (9 to 4). Volunteers get t-shirts !!
The URL to sign up to volunteer is https://TINYURL.COM/PCWC17VOL.
Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man
There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian in this classic American musical.
Performances will take place at Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts:
Thursday, October 19th 7:00 P.M.
Friday, October 20th 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 21st 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, October 22nd 2:30 P.M.
Here is the weblink to purchase tickets ahead of time.
Classic Weekly Student Joke:
A: DUH, They Planet!
Have a great Week.
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: