Superintendent's Weekly Update - February 12, 2021

Otsego Community -

Reminder - No school on February 15th in observation of President's Day and February 19th will a REMOTE LEARNING DAY and the campus will be closed so that our staff can receive their vaccines.

2nd Vaccine Day - There will be a Remote Learning Day on March 12th for our staff to get their 2nd dose of the vaccine.


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T-Shirt Fundraiser for Konner Carpenter aka Sponge

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Important Information from the Wood County Health Department

Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, February 22nd

Food pick-up is Monday, February 22nd from 4-5 pm in the back of the high school near the football stadium. Please make sure you come to pick up the food if you signed up.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for food pick up on February 22nd

Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students. Even if your child packs every day have them try our lunches. We are ok with that. It would be a great opportunity for them to try out our food service program.

Adam Koch


Music Booster Fish Fry ** Please Note the New Date

Dear Otsego Knights Community,

The Otsego Music Boosters wishes to invite you to our 6th annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 26th from 4:00-7:00 pm, offered this year as a convenient drive-thru event outside of the High School Commons.

The dinners will include 3 pieces of Pollock, baked potato, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. We also are offering a Macaroni & Cheese and hotdog option..

Your purchase of a meal directly impacts the students by providing funds for uniforms, instruments, scholarships, and performances. We appreciate your support and hope this provides you with a convenient and delicious meal.

Tickets for Fish Fry

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ticket order form that can be turned into the front office (attn: fish fry). You can also email Mr. Brewster at mbrewster@otsegoknights.org to reserve tickets. The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, March 11th. All checks should be written to the Otsego Music Boosters.”

Due to Covid, we will not have performances this year, but your support will allow us to resume public performances as soon as safety permits!

Poetry Contest sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council

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Dimes for Donuts

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Dear Friends, Family, and Acquaintances,

Hello, I am Madeline (Maddie) Berry and I am a senior at Otsego High School. This year I have been gifted the opportunity to run for Students of the Year (SOY) for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). In a brief summary, SOY is a friendly competition among multiple students from various high schools in NW Ohio. The competition is a quick yet strong seven-week fundraiser/campaign from Jan. 21st thru Mar. 12th. I have gathered a multi-generational team of high school students, parents, and family friends whose goal is to raise a large sum of money for patients with leukemia and lymphoma, their families, research as a whole, and to bring more awareness to our community. This campaign has become a large part of my life and has impacted me in only positive ways. I have two inspiring ladies before me, Madison Dzierwa (2019) and Brynne Limes (2020), who have represented Otsego and have paved the way for me to strive and succeed in this campaign.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be reached at https://www.lls.org for facts, statistics, and other additional information. This website is a great resource/tool to even take a few minutes to look at. LLS has had a great impact in the lives of those who battle various cancers. You can help my team make a substantial difference in their efforts. For example, LLS invests nearly $1.3 billion dollars into cancer research. Personally, I believe there would be no better feeling than to know that I, along with the strong community and people behind me can help this cause that has affected so many over the years.

At the time of my acceptance into the LLS SOY campaign, I did not realize how personal this would become. My family has been greatly impacted with the loss of my aunt and my mother’s sister Angela (Angie) Rankin at the age of 49 due to colon cancer. Cancer as a whole has taken so much away from so many different walks of life in different communities. The loss of my aunt has inspired me even more to participate, fundraise, bring awareness, and excel in the SOY campaign.

I respectfully ask your thoughtful consideration of supporting my team’s campaign with a financial gift/donation that is meaningful to you, your family, and/or your workplace. Your support would mean the world to me and anything you are willing to give is a meaningful gift. To make an online donation, visit my website, https://events.lls.org/noh/ToledoSOY21/mberry. If you wish to donate through the mail, please make your check payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (noting SOY Maddie Berry in the note line) and mail to: 216 Earl North Drive, Haskins, OH, 43525. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. LLS´s Tax ID # is 13-5644916.

Of course, feel free to contact me at 21mberry@otsegoknights.org or 419-270-1072 for any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for your time and consideration in making an impact with the fight against blood cancers!



Maddie and the rest of the team


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Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Please use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical-related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


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

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!


CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Friday, February 12

5:30 - JV/V BBK (H) Elmwood

Saturday, February 13

8:00 - HS WR @ NBC Championships *Rossford

9:00 - 8th GBK @ Lake vs. Elmwood *NBC Tournament

1:00 - 7th GBK @ Genoa vs. Elmwood *NBC Tournament

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK (H) Liberty Center

Monday, February 15

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK @ Eastwood

5:30 - JV/V GBK (H) Northwood

Tuesday, February 16

4:15 - 8th BBK @ Eastwood

Wednesday, February 17

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK @ Genoa

Thursday, February 18

4:15 - 7th/8th BBK @ Rossford

7:00 - V GBK @ Genoa *Sectionals

Friday, February 19

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK (H) Eastwood

Saturday, February 20

TBD - 7th BBK (H) *NBC Tournament

TBD - 8th BBK @ Woodmore *NBC Tournament

1:30 - 9th BBK (H) St. John’s

Youth Soccer

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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.
There will be Euchre at the Tontogany Legion on February 12th at 7 pm. The Musical Boosters will be sponsoring the food at the event.
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Community Gardens at the Ag. Incubator Foundation

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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


The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance