Superintendent's Weekly Update - April 16, 2021

Otsego Community -

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break! We are in the home stretch. It is hard to believe that we only have 6 weeks of school left. Our numbers continue to stay relatively low. Please continue to do all you can to help reduce the spread throughout the community.

I talked with Lisa Hatfield who runs the Otsego Food Pantry this week. We both wanted to remind everyone that they are here to help! Please take a look at her contact information below. Reach out to Lisa and the Otsego Food Pantry if you are in need or know of anyone that could use help.


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Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, March 29th

Food pick-up is Monday, April 19th 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.

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


Academic Enrichment Camps at BGSU

The BGSU Academic Enrichment Camps are back for 2021 and have been redesigned to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8. Every day for two weeks students will be engaged in interactive learning in a variety of content areas of their choice. Students can select to enrich their learning in mathematics, reading, science and now social studies. These courses are taught and designed by trained teachers who are experts in their content. During the camps, students will work directly with their camp instructor and same age peers, enjoying a variety of activities to peak their interest in learning and deepen their knowledge.


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!



We are currently running a fundraiser to help raise money for our program. The donations will be used for new equipment, travel/cost for our indoor program, eventually, warmups provided for the entire team, and a timing system. Unfortunately, our team struggles to raise the funds necessary to offset the growing costs and we are looking to our families, friends, and community for help. Please take 5 minutes and donate whatever you can; even the smallest donation makes a difference. Each participant has an individual goal of raising $500.00 for the fundraiser, so please donate so that they may accomplish it. With every $20 donated, you will be entered into a raffle. You will receive your raffle number(s) via email and the drawing will be held on April 30th during our Tim Downey Invitational. Below are the three prizes that will be raffled off. $100 Second Sole Gift Card, Gift card pack from local businesses worth $120. (Wildside, Mail Pouch, Knuckleheads, Porkys and Doc's) $100 Kroger Gift Card.

Thank you for your support of the Otsego Track Program. Go Knights!

Athletic Department Mattress Sale - May 1st

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7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Camp


Otsego JH volleyball camp will be held on June 2nd & 3rd from 1:00-4:00 in the high school gym. The camp will consist of an “All Skills” type camp on both days. Athletes will take part in breaking down skills to the fundamental level. They will have the opportunity to use these fundamentals and techniques in drills to mimic game situations. Players will also learn strategic and mechanical movement patterns that make up the game of volleyball. We are lucky enough to have a Division I volleyball player come and instruct our camp! She is our very own, alumni, Maddi Nell! Maddi is currently the sophomore setter for the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) volleyball team. She is bringing Haley Riter with her to instruct the athletes in a small group setting. Haley is a coach at Premier Academy and has multiple years of playing and coaching experience! I am so excited for our JH girls to have this opportunity to learn from these amazing athletes! This is for incoming 7th and 8th graders for the 2021-22 school year.

Registration and money due by May 21st

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

Friday, April 16

4:30 - JH TR @ Lakota Inv.

Saturday, April 17

11:00 - V SB (H) Liberty Center

1:30 - JV SB (H) Sylvania Southview (DH)

Monday, April 19

4:30 - JH TR @ Fostoria

4:45 - JV SB @ Eastwood

4:45 - V SB (H) Eastwood

4:45 - V BB (H) Eastwood

Tuesday, April 20

4:30 - HS TR (H) Genoa and Fostoria

Wednesday, April 21

4:30 - JH TR @ Elmwood

4:45 - V SB @ Fostoria

4:45 - V BB @ Fostoria

4:45 - JV SB (H) Fostoria

Friday, April 23

4:30 - HS TR @ Gibsonburg Inv.

4:45 - JV BB @ Genoa

4:45 - V BB (H) Genoa

5:00 - JV SB @ Clay

5:45 - V SB @ Prebis Tournament vs. Perrsyburg (Lagrange Community Park)

Saturday, April 24

8:30 - JH TR @ Swanton Inv.

10:00 - V SB @ Prebis Tournament vs. Medina (Lagrange Community Park)

11:00 - V BB (H) Cardinal Stritch

1:30 - JV BB (H) Cardinal Stritch

4:00 - V SB @ Prebis Tournament vs. North Canton Hoover (Lagrange Community Park)


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.
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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