OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS
Superintendent's Weekly Update - July 31st
I hope everyone had a safe and healthy week.
We are still on track as of today to start. There are a lot of changes throughout our state and conditions change rapidly. Please continue to be patient and flexible with us. We also need everyone to be prepared to start the year 5 days, hybrid model, or 100% online. There is a lot of time left before school starts but it is going to fly bye. We have to be prepared for all scenarios.
We are publishing a Frequently Asked Questions for you and can be found HERE. Please read this and there is a spot for you to ask additional questions and we will revise the document or answer you individually.
We are also sending a letter to every single student on Monday that has what their schedule will be if we go to the hybrid model. If we go to this model Monday will be all virtual and your child will be coming to school either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. We just wanted to get this information to you for planning purposes.
Board of Education Highlights
Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations
A. Approved the Financial Reports
B. Established petty cash in the amount of $600 for the 2020-2021 school year: Elementary $200, Junior High, High School, Central Office and Athletics each $100
C. Approved a $10 fee for student drug testing for the 2020-2021 school year
D. Approved the salary advancements
E. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District
F. Approved the new account - COVID Related Costs; Fund 001-9285
A. Approved the Resolution to Delay Implementation of OTES 2.0 Teacher Evaluation System
B. Approved an MOU with OAPSE. Thank you OAPSE Members for delaying a one-time payment this year!
C. Approved the resolution and MOU adopting a Calamity Day Alternate Make-Up Plan
D. Approved the Northwest Ohio ESC agreement for FY21 for Visual Impairment Services per
E. Approved the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year
F. Approved the re-opening plan for the 2020-2021 school year
G. Approval and Final Reading of the NEOLA policy revisions
H. Approved the following personnel changes:
Tim Bialecki, 0.5 Freshman Football supplemental, effective 7/16/20
Anne Henderson, aide, effective 8/19/20
Supplemental Contract for 2020-2021:
Lisa Austin EMIS
Katrina Baughman Gifted Coordinator
Katrina Baughman CCIP Grants Coordinator
Stephen Bihary PreK Psychology Services
Rich Dubler High School Marching Band
Elizabeth Gerken 7th Grade Volleyball – 40%
McKenzie Whiteman 7th Grade Volleyball – 60%
LPDC: Rhonda Doren, Molly Duhamel, Bob Furlong
2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:
Mark Adler, Amanda Aranda, Jim Armitage, Karen Aufdenkamp, Randy Ball, Helen Bonnough, Tonya Boyer, Scot Bressler, Janet Burg, Linda Chamberlin, Hope Connell, Katie Cordova, Rachel Coy, LeAnna DiFeterici, Elizabeth Eberly, Rebecca Eiben, Jim Fouts, Jill Gierhart, Dave Grolle, Cindy Harter, Jamie Lewark, Jessica Makowski, Jacquelyn McBride, Angie Norman, Doug Michaelis, Anna Reese, Katie Rupert, Ashley Sautter, Matt Shanahan, Randy Tolles, Amy Williams
2020-2021 School Year Volunteer:
Elena North, Cole Steele
The Board of Education scheduled a special meeting on August 5th at 6 pm. This meeting will be live-streamed on the website.
FOOD PICK UP SIGN UP - PLEASE SIGN UP August 7th
The Otsego School Board has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide mask policy. Otsego will be providing one mask for every student and staff member.
In order to better protect our students and staff, it is recommended that your mask is washed after every wear. To reduce how often you have to launder your masks, it may be beneficial to purchase or provide multiple for your students.
There are adult and youth sizes available at all of the places.
HS STUDENT COUNCIL
The following link will allow you to purchase white background masks in adult sizes only.
The following link will allow you to purchase black background masks in youth and adult sizes, in over the ear or sports style. Please note, the sport style is done through screen printing, and may want to be turned so the design is off center to aid in talking, in addition, the Small/Medium would be the youth size, Large/Xl would be the adult size. The over the ear style is done through sublimation, so the design is fused to the fabric, and there is a sizing chart in the listing to reference.
Both fundraisers provide the option for direct shipments to your home. If you choose to pick up from the HS commons, we will organize a pick up time once all masks styles come in. We will share this time and date through newsletters and social media.
HS POST PROM
Thank you so much for your support.
STUDENT REGISTRATION FINAL FORMS - DUE NOW
Final Forms online registration is now open for students in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Online registration is a requirement for all parents of new or returning students. This MUST be completed by a parent or guardian. FinalForms is the information the school uses to communicate with parents via email and phone and has to be updated yearly by the parent.
Click on the link below to start your online registration.
If your student has never attended Otsego and is new to the district, you will want to create a "New Account".
If you have a returning student, this is the same email and password that you have used in the past. Once you have logged in, you will see this text box to register for the 2020-2021 school year.
All parents and students must complete the online registration by July 1, 2020.
Knights Have Your Back Fundraiser
Dear Valued Community Member,
Every person, family, and business across our Otsego community has experienced a drastic change in our everyday lives due to COVID-19. Many of these changes have brought tremendous hardship and struggle to those in our local community. Due to these circumstances, we are seeing many in our community who need our help more than ever. When we find our local neighbor in trouble, there is no other community that rallies around the need more than Otsego.
Recently, the Knights Have Your Back Organization was awarded a grant from Corteva Agriscience and Pioneer to assist with the needs of those in the Otsego community. Corteva and Pioneer are teaming up with local farmers in the Otsego community to ask our local farmers to contribute a minimum of $100 (equivalent to an estimated one acre of soybean profits) to the Otsego Knights Have Your Back Organization to assist our Otsego students and their family members who are facing financial hardship and simply struggle to purchase needed food supplies. Corteva and Pioneer will match all farmer donations and have started the funds with $2,000.
If your farming operation is compelled to make a donation, all donations can be made to the “Otsego Knights Have Your Back.” Checks can be mailed to Otsego Local Schools at 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, Ste.1, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 in care of “Knights Have Your Back.” A Pioneer representative will follow-up with your operation once your donation is received to provide a special field sign (pictured below) to place in one of your farms to display your commitment to the Otsego Knights Have Your Back Organization.
Thank you for your continued support of our Otsego community!
Knights Have Your Back
Grand Rapids Arts Council Poetry Contest
Grand Rapids Senior Center Needs Your Help
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., (WCCOA), as you know, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based here in Bowling Green and serving all of Wood County. The Grand Rapids Area Senior Center is our newest location/senior site on Kellogg Road at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Due to this pandemic, we are currently serving over 900 meals in Wood County to not only our regular HDM clients, but individuals in the communities we serve.
To that end, we are in need of individuals who may be stay-at-home, retired or just looking for a way to give back to their community! If that sounds like you, the WCCOA would like to invite you to assist us in delivering meals in the Grand Rapids community. This would involve picking the meals up at the GR Area Senior Center, delivering in a 13+/- mile area to those individuals needing these meals and doing a wellness check, all while adhering to protective guidelines during this time.
If you are willing and able to help within your community, please contact Jackie Metz, Volunteer Coordinator, at 419-353-5661 for more information or email her at email@example.com .
Otsego Food Pantry
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.
Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522
Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!