Otsego High School

2nd Semester (Week 10)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

COVID 19 - UPDATE

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding regarding the health and safety of our students and community at large.


The Governor has implemented an extended spring break starting on Monday, March 16th. Otsego will be closed starting from March 16th through April 3rd. This is mandated by the State of Ohio.


Otsego’s spring break will continue as scheduled from April 6 through April 13th. As it stands now, April 14th school will resume. This will give us extra time to monitor the situation and I am sure we will get more guidance from the Governor by then.


Otsego staff will be working on Monday to plan what the next 3 weeks will look like. We are waiting for guidance from the State of Ohio and the Department of Education.


All extra-curricular activities will be canceled during this extended spring break starting Monday. We will communicate more about this later, but all on-campus practices are canceled after this weekend.


All campus events with students will be canceled from March 16th through April 3rd. Unfortunately, Otsego Extended Care will also be closed during this extended break required by the Governor.


Please continue to look for additional communications regarding this situation.

We appreciate your understanding and assistance during this unique situation. We will continue to work with our health officials to do our part in attempting to limit the spread of this virus. As more information and planning becomes available, we will share it with our families and staff.

Coronavirus Update: School Closure Response

Services for Students with Disabilities

As of today, Friday, March 13th, 2020, districts in Ohio have not received guidance on how the temporary school closure impacts the services for students with disabilities and how to handle upcoming IEP and ETR meetings.


Lynn McKahan, Director of State Support Team Region 1, sent a request to the Office for Exceptional Children asking for guidance. SST Region 1 has not received a response as of yet, but they expect guidance in the near future. Once our district receives guidance, we will update you as soon as it is available. In the meantime, if parents or students have any questions, please contact our Special Education Coordinator, Lauri Dunham Ldunham@otsegoknights.org

PENTA Students

Penta students will be IN SESSION Friday, March 13th, 2020. NO SCHOOL for Penta students starting Monday, March 16th. Penta will resume the same day Otsego does. April 14th. PENAT Students are expected to follow communication from PENTA and complete any work/assignments sent out from PENTA over the extended Spring Break.

Medications - Food

Otsego Parents - You can pick up your child’s medications at school on Friday if you will need them during the mandated closure. You will need to go to the office and check them out with the administrative assistant. If you do not need them at home, they can be left at school.


One of the things we are working on problem-solving is being able to provide food to our students that need it. In the short term, please reach out to the Otsego Food Pantry if you need immediate assistance. Information below.


The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

State Wrestlers and Indoor Track Competitors

I just want to give a huge shout out to Keegan Digby, Cade Limes, Jake Manley, and Jesse Wright. These three young men have worked incredibly to earn a chance to compete at the highest level in their sports. Sadly, this opportunity has been taken from them with the cancellation of their events as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Just know that we love you guys and are thinking about you during this time. Though we won't get to watch you compete this weekend, we are celebrating all you've accomplished and appreciate your hard work and effort.

2019 Yearbook Information

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One School, One Book.

Chop Wood, Carry Water is the book we have selected this year as our One School, One Book read. Students will be encouraged to read and focus on one chapter a week, that's right just ONE. Each chapter is only 1-3 pages long. At the beginning of each week, I will email guided notes and, thoughts, challenges, and reflection questions for each chapter. I am looking forward to falling in love with the process of becoming great this year with our students and staff.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION - CLICK HERE for Reflection Questions/Challenges.

Counselors Corner

The New Line of Nicotine Products Enticing Youth

You’re likely familiar with the dangers of vaping, especially among youth. Juul and other electronic cigarettes came onto the market purportedly to help adult cigarette smokers kick the habit. Instead, they’ve introduced nicotine to a new generation of non-smoking teens—thus creating our country’s current youth vaping epidemic. With vaping under fire, it’s no surprise that multinational corporations are finding new ways to profit from others’ addictions. CLICK HERE for the FULL Article

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Apply for Nomination to U.S. Service Academies

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today encouraged Ohioans interested in 2021 admission to U.S. Military Service Academies to apply to each senator’s office for a congressional nomination.


Each year, Portman and Brown nominate up to 10 students for each service academy: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should send their completed application packet to Portman’s Columbus office and to Brown’s Cleveland office no later than September 18, 2020. The application process is time-intensive. Applicants should plan well in advance. For more information or to request an application, please visit Portman’s website here or Brown’s website here. Inquiries can also be directed to Portman’s Academy Coordinator at the Columbus office 1-800-205-OHIO and to Brown’s Academy Coordinator at the Cleveland office 1-888-896-6446.


Portman and Brown will co-host 15 United States Service Academy Seminars throughout the state for all students who are interested in learning about the application processes. A list of locations can be found in the following attachment. CLICK HERE.

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Ohio Gas Scholarship

CLICK HERE to APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: March 31st

$1,000 Renewable for up to three years.

WCWRC $1000 Dollar Scholarship

The Wood County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) is proud to be awarding two $1,000 scholarships in April 2020. There are no restrictions on the use of the funds.


WCRWC was founded in the early 1900s. Serving the Republican women of Wood County, it provides political education and updates that advance and perpetuates the principles of the Republican Party. Our mission is to provide a forum for all women to be key players at the political table on national, state and local issues. The WCRWC strengthens the Republican Party by recruiting and elevating candidates; advocating the Party’s philosophy and initiatives; and empowering women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds in the political process.


Eligibility:



Applicants are asked to complete and return the application no later than March 15, 2020, to:

Wood County Republican Women’s Club

C/O Marlena Kleine

P.O. Box 1246

Perrysburg, Ohio 43552


Please provide a written 650 – 800-word essay responding to the two questions listed on the application, typed and double-spaced, in the applicant’s own words. Judges will review the redacted written essays and applications to make their selection. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 19, 2020. Additionally, all high school guidance counselors will be notified of the scholarship recipients. Please contact me at tdensic@bex.net or 419-450-3533 with any questions,

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College and Career Preview Night

Are you or your student considering college or would like to learn more about in-demand careers? Then come to College & Career Preview Night on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Owens Community College.


This is your chance to talk with representatives from business and industry, along with more than 100 colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and more! Experts on financial aid & scholarships, military academies, disability services, and college athletics will also be there to answer your questions. Invite Mom and Dad or just bring your friends! For more information, contact Mrs. Clark

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Opportunities

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 13th year. We will be awarding $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.


Scholarship Deadline - June 12, 2020.


Application Process
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php Full details are available on our site.

Edward C. Byers Jr. Awards for Exceptionalism and Heroism

Master Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. will be once again presenting two awards to our students in Grades 6th through 12th.


Please take a look at the attached video and letter from Master Chief Byers. Please use the nomination form in the letter to nominate our students. You may turn in nomination forms to the Central Office any time before April 1st.


We will mail them to Master Chief Byers. The awards night is April 29th and Master Chief Byers will be in attendance to hand out the awards.

This is the video from last year highlighting the award. Message from Master Chief Byers

Nomination form - CLICK HERE

Community Scholarship Page

The 2019-2020 Community Scholarships page is now active.


CLICK HERE


If you receive any scholarships let Mrs. Clark know and she will begin adding them to her files for seniors.


THE WEEK in PICTURES

Athletics Department

Baseball Fundraiser

The baseball team is playing at 5/3 field (Mudhens Stadium) during the spring. They are going to sell the tickets for $15.00, $12 will go towards the fee the Mudhens have in order to play at their field and the remaining $3 will go toward the baseball program.


The tickets that we are selling are NOT for the game that we are playing in. The deal is if you buy a ticket for $15 the ticket is worth a voucher to a Mudhens game. So technically you are buying a voucher to a Mudhens game but also donating $3 toward the baseball program.


If you have any questions please Chase Welker or Jeff Peters CWelker@otsegoknights.org or JPeters@otsegoknights.org

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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


Communication/Updates

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

Music Department

BEAUTY and the BEAST!

Postponed until further notice!

AG/FFA

Top 10 Model of Excellence Winner

Otsego FFA Chapter has been named and honored as a 2019 Top Ten Model of Excellence winner at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Congrats to all the students and Mrs. Ayers. Hard Work Pays off. CLICK HERE for the FULL ARTICLE
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Transportation Department

Bus Communication

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

Free and Reduced Lunches

If your child/children were on free and reduced meals last year, and you believe you qualify this year you must submit a new application. Any meal charges, that occur prior to a new lunch application are the responsibility of the parent to pay. Please feel free to contact Jeanne Jeffers with any questions or concerns. jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

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

Community News and Information

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Prom Trend 2020 - Beauty Comes From the Heart

March 21st from 10:00-1:00

April 4th from 10:00-1:00

At West Clinton Mennonite Church

18029 Co. Rd. C (corner of C & 18), Wauseon, Ohio


This is the 8th year for this event and it has grown each year. In the year 2019 over 842 dresses were found for Prom, Homecoming, special occasions, and weddings!! Dresses have been donated from NW Ohio, Eastern Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Florida. All sizes starting from size 0-28, all colors and styles. Many new still with tags on!


We currently have over 1500+ long and short dresses available. Also available are shoes, purses, jewelry, wraps, suits, shirts, pants and ties for your guy! Nothing is priced and is all offered by a donation only (and if you can’t donate it is all FREE!) This year the monetary donations will be going to Center for Child and Family Advocacy (helping survivors of Human Trafficking in NW Ohio). See us on Facebook (and ask to join) Beauty Comes From The Heart group page for any updates.


Any questions, please contact Lori King at 419-822-7379 or private message me on the Facebook group page.

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Transportation Technologies Expo Day

To sign up for the Transportation Technologies Expo Day click on the link below:

https://www.owens.edu/visit/transportation-expo-day/

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Communication with the High School

Below are 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. Twitter: (follow @otsegohsoffice @OtsegoAthletics or @KosheaOHS)

  3. Remind 101: The HS office will communicate with parents and students by text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Remind 101. We use Remind 101 for quick reminders on HS deadlines and important events.

    We separate each class by students and parents. Being the parent of a High Schooler usually means maintaining a hectic schedule while trying to rely on a teenager relaying important information to you. Sign up for Remind to stay informed. Please sign up with the below codes:

    Students, please sign up for your class using the designated code:
    (ONLY STUDENTS)
    Class of 2020: text @otsego2020 to the number 81010
    Class of 2021: text @otsego2021 to the number 81010
    Class of 2022: text @otsego2022 to the number 81010
    Class of 2023: text @otsego2023 to the number 81010.

    Parents, please sign up for any group using the designated code
    :
    (ONLY PARENTS)
    Class of 2020 parent: text @hs20parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2021 parent: text @hs21parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2022 parent: text @hs22parent to the number 81010
    Class of 2023 parent: text @hs23parent to the number 81010

Kevin O'Shea - High School Principal

High School Staff Directory/Contact List

ANONYMOUS REPORTING FORM - CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about any school-related issue but wish to remain anonymous, please use the following form. These responses are completely anonymous and go directly to the High School Building Principal.

PLAYER TO COACH FEEDBACK - CLICK HERE

Students can use this form to give feedback on their coaches. Students' names will not be shared with the coach, but feedback will be used in the evaluation process.


REQUEST A MEETING with the HS PRINCIPAL - CLICK HERE

Use this form to request a meeting with Mr. O'Shea

2019 - 2020 Calendars

Please click the calendars below to view important dates and information. All calendar dates are subject to change from time to time and should be referred to regularly.


2019 - 2020 Detailed Monthly Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.


2019 - 2020 Holistic Calendar - CLICK HERE

*Dates are subject to change and this calendar should be checked regularly.