Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Week 1)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Welcome Back!

We are excited to be starting a brand NEW school year. Next week, we welcome all our Freshmen and NEW students back on Wednesday and the rest of our students on Thursday. We are geared up and ready for a great year. See you all next week. Students enjoy your last weekend. #OneHeartbeat Go Knights!

Important Dates

AUGUST (Important Dates to Remember):

Mon. 19th - Picnic in the Parking Lot (4:30pm - 8pm)
Mon. 19th - HS Open House (7pm - 8pm)
Wed. 21st - New Student Orientation, 9th Graders and New Students ONLY report
Thurs. 22nd - First Day of School grades (10-12)

2019 Supply List


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Freshmen & New Student Orientation Day

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

We will run the first day of school (Wednesday, August 21st) with 9th graders and New students only. All other high school students will report to school on Thursday, August 22nd. Parents of incoming 9th graders and newly enrolled students expect to get a letter with more details over the summer


9th Graders and NEW STUDENTS ONLY first day back is WEDNESDAY, August 21st.

Otsego High School will start on the first day with FRESHMEN/New Students ONLY. Our Freshmen Mentor Program will provide each freshman with a supportive environment that helps ease his or her adjustment from junior high to high school. Each 9th grader and New student will be grouped and paired with a teacher to provide a comprehensive Transition Program that enables each incoming freshman to feel comfortable and connected to their new Otsego High School family.

We hope to provide each incoming student with:

  • Building mentors that are available to meet with and communicate with your child.
  • A support group that consists of student advisors, faculty advisors, and academic counseling.
  • An ongoing orientation to the high school that enables students to become familiar with its physical layout, policies, procedures, programs, traditions, and personnel.
  • A comfortable environment that allows the student to relax during his/her demanding day.
  • Frequent monitoring of academic progress.
  • A mechanism for increasing students awareness regarding academic and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Articulation of his/her freshman goals for high school.

All other High School Students: 10th (Sophomores), 11th (Juniors), & 12th (Seniors) first day back is Thursday, August 22nd. Can't wait to see all of you soon. #TheOtsegoKnights

Remind 101 Communication

Remind 101 has been a valuable tool for the HS office to 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.

Starting in July, Remind 101will be limiting the service they offer for free. In order for us to continue using Remind as a free service, the HS office will now 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

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.

2019 - 2020 Testing Calendar - Click Here

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

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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.

Guided by "Akira-sensei," John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror. This powerful story of one boy's journey to achieve his life long goal of becoming a samurai warrior, brings the Train to be Clutch curriculum to life in a powerful and memorable way.

  • Many people love the idea of becoming great, not many fall in love with the process.
  • Many people love the idea of the process, not many do the work.
  • Chop Wood Carry Water is not a magic potion that you can read once by yourself or with your team and expect transformation overnight.
  • You must do the work.
  • Greatness takes what it takes.
  • Everyone wants to be great until they see what greatness requires.
  • There are no shortcuts.
  • There is no such thing as microwaveable greatness.

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.

Parents and Community Members, there will be extra copies in the High School Office on hand for free if you would like to join us.

Athletics Department

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


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

Friday Night Football Home Schedule/Events

This year we are excited to be hosting special events honoring specific members of our community at each of our home football games. Please take a look below to see the schedule and events for each night.

September 6th vs. Van Buren - Farmer Appreciation Night & FFA Alumni Cook-Out

*All Farmers and FFA Members get into the game for free. (Honor System)

September 27th vs. Eastwood - Homecoming - Otsego Alumni Cookout
*Alumni attending the cookout get in the game for free

October 11th vs. Elmwood - Family Fun Night

*Run by Elementary PTO, includes inflatables and carnival games with purchase of wrist band.

October 18th vs. Rossford - Military/First Responders Appreciation Night

*All Military and First Responders get into the game for free

October 25th vs. Fostoria - Teacher Appreciation Night & Staff Cookout

*All staff and faculty from Otsego and Fostoria get into the game for free.

***Reminder that All Senior Citizens get into our Home games for free Always. Come out and support the Knights.

Transportation Department

Online Bus Route Information

Routes will be posted online this year through a site called Infofinder. No more bus cards on back to school days. On Monday, by 6 pm there will be a link on our website and I will email it out to this distribution list for you to access this information. If you have any questions, you can check with Eva Vasher. Please check it the night before school starts as well. We always need to make little tweaks here and there right up until school starts. More details to come on Monday. *** Please note - If your children are going to an alternate location, you will need to enter in the alternate location's address in the lookup system. LInk to Info Finder

Tontogany Bus Routes Elementary Only

We were in need of changing a few things up throughout the district this year and for the safety of our students, we added a few bus stops in Tontogany this year. This will be for the students on the West side of the train tracks. If you go to a babysitter in Tontogany, you will need to fill out an alternate transportation form for the Tontogany address.

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

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

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)