Otsego Jr. High

October 9, 2015

Dream big, work hard, and believe in yourself. Have a great week Otsego! #attitude #effort #teamwork #OtsegoKnights

  • Encouraging tweet from Superintendent Koch this week!


On November 5 and 6, Otsego Local Schools will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences. It is important to know that all parents are invited to visit with teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your child’s teachers just how your child is doing in each subject. When you attend parent-teacher conferences you can expect:

A two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school: Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades, and test scores. Find out whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.

Emphasis on learning. Good parent–teacher conferences focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the conference. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.

Opportunities and challenges. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

What should you talk to the teacher about?

· Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?

· Assignments and assessments. Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher gives grades.

· Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.

· Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn. Ask if the teacher knows of other programs or services in the community that could also help your child.

· Support learning at school. Find out what services are available at the school to help your child. Ask how the teacher will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it.

How should you follow up?

· Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child. You can do this during the conference or after. Write down what you will do, when, and how often. Make plans to check in with the teacher in the coming months.

· Schedule another time to talk. Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. There are many ways to communicate—in person, by phone, notes, email. Make a plan that works for both of you. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months.

· Talk to your child. The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.

I look forward to seeing you on November 5th or 6th. If you have time, stop in the office and visit with the principal.


Starting October 1 for the entire month of October, please bring in your loose change to your 9th period, AA class to help support the animals at the Toledo Humane Society…

Service learning project by Rylee Smith


Starting October 1 for the entire month of October, please bring in food and other donated items to your 9th period, AA class to help support the animals at the Toledo Humane Society…

(Please see the list of needs located on the boxes in each classroom)

Service learning project by Madison Smith

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



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



Several cases of head lice have been confirmed

Quick attention to the problem will help to prevent further spread. If you suspect that your child may have lice, please contact the school so we may help prevent further cases.

Upon return to school, your child must be treated with an approved lice-killing shampoo and be NIT FREE. It is requested that the parent/guardian bring the student in to school the day of return. Your child will then be re-examined. If the treatment was not satisfactory, he/she will not be readmitted to school. The treatment for removal for the nits can be done in one evening; however, it will require careful attention and time on your party. Your child should not miss more than three days of school because of head lice.


The New Cool Color Challenge

This past week the 6th graders participated in The New Cool Color Challenge. They were to color Mr. B. Cool and write why they are cool on his sign. The New Cool is a motto that has a mascot known as Mr. B. Cool. He is a mascot that promotes healthy, positive decisions and choices through the Wood County community. He is part of the Prevention Program through the Wood County Educational Service Center. All of the entries are being displayed in the Middle School. We chose one winner based on creativity and statement. The winner was Donovan Ellis. The 6 grade at Otsego is made up of awesome students, and it just shows through their entries. Stop in to the Middle School to see all of the wonderful designs!



Volleyball Tournament Schedules Attached

Our 7th grade girls play at 10:15 tomorrow morning here at Otsego and our 8th grade girls play at 9:00 at Eastwood MS.



Jr. High Fall Sports Schedule & Forms

JH_SPORTS_Fall_Schedule 2015


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.