Otsego Jr. High

Weekly Update - May 6, 2016


Mr. Wiley's Message:

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and we at Otsego celebrated our teachers the best way we know how: with food! But I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate them another way: with words. Outwardly, we all see what teachers do. They instruct, they grade papers, they drink coffee. But in my 30 years in education, I have seen the teachers at Otsego do some pretty wonderful things, all behind the scenes, all without fanfare. Earlier this week, I received a phone call from a parent who explained to me that their family was struggling and they could not come up with the money to send their child to camp. I emailed the 6th grade teachers with the news. It was only a matter of minutes before one of those teachers emailed me back offering to pay for that child’s camp tuition. That same teacher, along with several other teachers, will go out and buy clothes for students who are desperately in need of something new to wear. Other teachers will bring in their child’s hand-me-downs so that kids here at Otsego Junior High School can have some clothes that fit or lack holes. The same is true with hats, gloves, and coats in the winter. At the beginning of the year when a student arrives at school without school supplies, the teachers here will have already purchased extra knowing some kids will predictably start the year sans supplies.

There’s something about a staff of teachers that will make them scramble to assemble food, clothing, and gift cards when a student’s house burns down, and reach into their pockets to “loan” a student lunch money knowing full well they most likely will never get paid back. It’s almost as if they are stand-in parents, often referring to their students as their “kids.” They cheer them on at their games, and compliment them for their concerts and other extra-curricular events. Sometimes, sadly, they are the only adult in their lives to do so.

Teaching, like parenting, can run the gamut of emotions. Teachers experience the same frustrations you and I do when we see our children fail to live up to our expectations. The teachers here at OJHS want your child to succeed just as much as you do. Teaching can bring a lot of joy. I see it every day as I walk by classrooms and watch students and teachers interact. I have also seen the other side of that emotional spectrum. I have seen a teacher just break down and cry when they learn that one of their students died in an automobile accident, only to collect herself and walk into her class to be strong for her students.

Teachers do all this while raising their own family, taking classes to improve themselves, or work a part-time job to pay off those nagging student loans. I am so fortunate to work with the teachers here at OJHS. They are dedicated to their craft. You will find them here before 7:00 a.m., on the weekends, and on snow days. They will stay after school to help your child or meet with you. It takes a special kind of person to want to teach students in junior high school. I am very lucky to have found 26 individuals who love teaching this age level. So to my staff, thank you for all you do for the early adolescents of the Otsego School District. Thank you for coming in and making a difference in their lives, and making my job easier. You are certainly more worthy than just one week of appreciation.


OJHS FCCLA News! Congratulations to seven, eighth graders who traveled to Columbus last Thursday, 4/28 and Friday 4/29, for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference. The students competed in three events in the Junior Category. Logan McKee competed in the Recycle and Redesign event and earned a bronze. Abby Cox competed in the Career Investigation event, placed second in the state and received a silver medal. The Parliamentary Procedure team of William Agan, Joe DiFeterici, Noah Roseman, Kale Vollmar and Luke West placed second in the state and earned a silver medal. The Parliamentary Procedure team will travel to San Diego with Mrs. Kao in July to compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Congratulations to all who competed!​

Great job students!

Congratulations to all of the 7th and 8th grade students who logged their service learning hours from this past year into the Ohio FCCLA Service Learning Portal. Our students volunteered 1,768 hours of the 6,000+ hours volunteered throughout the state. That put our school at the top in the state for volunteering.

Great job students! Continuing the hardwork and effort, getting involved in and serving our community will positively impact you the rest of your life!

Band and Choir Concert

The annual Spring Band and Choir Concert dates have been changed. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade band concert will be Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm. The 7th and 8th grade Choir concert will be Thursday, may 26th at 7pm.

Appropriate dress is important to their presentation. Students should be in their "black and Whites" ready to warm-up in the high school band room at 6:30pm. Please remember girls are to be dresses in black pants. Yoga pants and the like are not considered acceptable dress fro the performance state.

Rich Dubler

Director, Otsego Bands

Brien Sewell

Dirctor, Otsego Choirs

6th grade camp May 25, 26 & 27!

6th grade camp will be held at Camp Palmer this year. Camp Palmer is a
modern camping complex nestled away in the woods adjacent to Harrison
Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio. Camp features complete indoor and
outdoor living and recreational facilities. The classes that are held
during camp follow Ohio's state curriculum standards. Camp gives our
students an opportunity to learn in a different setting

6th grade camp packet

8th Grade Civil War Re-Enactment Day

Civil War Re-enactment Day

Saturday, May 14 9am-1pm

This is what's going on in the Jr. High

New Track Records being Set!

Anthony Gibbs as John Parker conductor Underground Railroad
John Cooper as Abe Lincoln

STEM Summer camp

Attention 7th and 8th grade students interested in Science and Engineering. STEM summer camp applications are now available in the office. If you haven’t participated int the STEM summer camp in the past, it is a great experience. So stop by and pick up an application today.

OJHS Talent Show

Start preparing for the annual OJHS Talent Show this year. Be thinking about what you or a group want to perform: funky dances to song mashups, slamming out some original poetry or someone else’s, rhythmic rhyming skits, tooting an instrument, comedy skits, dance routines, etc... There will be prizes again as always, and our Master of Ceremonies is the hilarious senior, Derek Morgan.

More info coming soon!

Jr. High Sports Schedule & Forms

Defiance College Basketball Camp

Punt Pass and Dribble Camp 2016

Otsego Knights JH Track 2016

Tuesday May 10 Elmwood (home) 4:15

Friday May 13 NBC Championships @ Fostoria 4:00

Coaches: Scott Bernthisel, Brandon Fitch, Matt Rohn

Athletic Director: Charles Spencer


Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)

To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.

This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.

OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS… There’s an app for that!


Cafeteria News:

As many of you are aware, we have allowed student’s to charge meals this year. As we are approaching the end of the year we will no longer allow charging. STARTING APRIL 5th there will be NO CHARGING of meals. If the student does not have enough money on their account to cover the meal at the elementary they will receive a cheese sandwich. At the jr. high/high school their lunch will be pulled.

If a jr. high/high school student isn’t sure if they have enough money on their account they should ask the cashiers prior to going through the meal line.

We also have some students who are on free and reduced lunches with outstanding balances, they must be paid. These balances occurred prior to the paperwork being received by the cafeteria. You are responsible for the charges. The charges do not go away at the end of the school year. If they are not paid they are carried over to the following year.

If you have a senior with meal charges, they must be paid for you student to walk in graduation ceremonies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Jeanne L. Jeffers

The K12 online payment program is up and running and working Great!


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