Superintendent's Weekly Update - January 15, 2016

What a week! Winter is officially here. Thank you for your patience this week with all the delays and cancelations. I know changing the calendar was not an ideal situation for everyone who needed to arrange work schedules and babysitting for their children. I am still hoping for that mild winter they predicted!

A partial release of our State Report Card was released yesterday. Below you will find information on the three items released. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a building principal, Lori Rea, or myself.

We are very proud of these results! I see the entire staff working hard for kids every single day, and our results indicate this. This is only a small component of our success. We will never treat the state report card results as the only measure of success. It is only a small piece of it, but it is a data set that state officials look at to determine our overall rankings.

Graduation Rate- We received two A’s! Our 4 year grad rate was 97.8% and our 5 year grad rate was 96.7% !! This is a huge improvement from the past several years. The last few years were 88.5%, 89.7%, 88.7%, and 92.6%. Click here for more information

Prepared for Success – This is a new component on our report card. We will have more numbers in future years on this page, because of our new AP classes and dual enrollment courses. One number that does not show up on here is our average ACT score for our students. Last year our average score was 23. This is the second highest score in the county!! Perrysburg and Bowling Green each had 24. Our kids are excelling! Click here for more information

K-3 Literacy - (State issued guidance on this measurement)

This is the second year that the 3rd grade reading guarantee is being tracked. This year we had to place 2% (113 total) of our students in 4th grade class. This year the requirements changed, and the target continues to change. The previous year we had ZERO. After two years of the 3rd grade reading guarantee and only impacting about 1% of our students is remarkable. The rating is a C, because of a complex calculation of students from K-3 that measures if students are on track or not. Click here for more information

I cannot thank the students, staff, parents, and the Otsego Community enough for their hard work. It takes the support and dedication of the entire community, and we sure have a lot of it here. I know I say this all the time, but it sure is great to be an Otsego Knight!

Reminder: We have an huge dirt pile out by the softball field/bus garage. We have been trying to get rid of it for several years. If you need dirt please contact us. It is not the best but could be used for fill dirt. Spread the word! :)


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A small reception will be held in the Otsego High School Auditorium at 6 pm TONIGHT. Presentation of the awards will take place in the gym between the JV and Varsity games.

2015-2016 Induction Class

Howard Bluhm - Otsego Philanthropist and Volunteer

Tim Downey - Otsego Track/Pole Vault Coach (over 30 years)

Carter Genson, MD - Otsego Alumni (1990), Wrestling Coach (6years)

Charlene Genson - Otsego High School Library Media Specialist and Elementary Music Teacher (31 years)

Barb Vollmar - Assistant to the Superintendent (27 years)

Attention all Landowners and Farmers

We have once again been nominated by a local farmer to apply for a $25,000 grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. This is sponsored by the Monsanto. The more nominations we get, the better it looks for our grant application.

The focus of the grant will be "Knights Growing Together" and will include students in grades PK-12, teachers/administrators, parents, local businesses, & the community as they plan for, create, & implement a garden on our central campus using raised garden beds. Raised beds & access to the garden will support project-based learning and activities. Learning becomes a relevant & meaningful experience for each student.

Click here to nominate the Otsego Local School District


Our talented instrumental and vocal musicians have many upcoming events, come out to hear some amazing performances. We have musicians performing locally, in solo or ensemble groups, in Honor’s District level and at the All State level this year. We are so very proud of our musical Knights!

BGSU Honor Bands

Congratulations to Alissa Jacobs, Felicity Jinnings, Morgan Chambers and Tayler Gunn for being accepted to participate in the 2016 BGSU Honor Bands! Their performances are this Saturday, 1/16, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

OMEA District I High School Honor Band

Congratulations to Alissa Jacobs, Morgan Chambers, Felicity Jinnings, Leah Dubler, Claire Wallace, and Tayler Gunn for being selected to participate in the 2016 OMEA District I High School Honor Band. Their experience culminates with a performance at the Stranahan Theater on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

OMEA District I Junior High Honor Band

Congratulations to Ian Wallace, James Chase, Elizabeth Cox, Michael Cox, and Cale Vollmar for being selected to participate in the 2016 OMEA District I Junior High Honor Band. Their experience culminates with a performance at the Stranahan Theater on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

1/18 Music Boosters Meeting 6:30pm in the commons

1/23 OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Lake HS – Alissa Jacobs

1/30 All State Choir at 2:45pm performing at the OMEA Conference Kingsgate Marriot at the University of Cincinnati- Otsego Members: Annie Barnhart, Kelsea Hanthorn, Alex Krabil & Adam Lewis

2/9 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

3/4 Fish Fry Otsego HS Commons 5-8pm

3/8 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

3/17-3/20 – Musical

Late March – Large group Solo and Ensemble Contest for HS Choir and Band

4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford

4/12 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting 6:30 in room C145

4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-6pm

5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert


The Otsego Education Foundation (OEF) is currently seeking self-nominations to serve on its recently expanded board of trustees. Trustees help in the operational activities of the foundation, including its annual reverse raffle fundraiser, and review of grant proposals.

We are particularly seeking someone who would be willing to chair the Reverse Raffle Committee. If you know of someone you think would be interested or are interested yourself, please contact us. The board will review nominations of all submitted parties at its January Meeting.

The purpose of the Foundation is to generate and distribute financial support for Otsego Local Schools for enrichment programs or projects which enhance the quality of education and/or educational opportunities. The OEF always welcomes involvement by any interested community members, in addition to Trustees. We meet in the Jr. High Conference room at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 8 times a year . Meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to be considered for a trustee position, or are interested in more information please feel free to contact President Sue Clanton at spclanton@gmail.com, or Treasurer Ellen Pullins at ellen.pullins@utoledo.edu.

From the Desk of Emily Cornish, Prevention Specialist

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



January 14 (H) Woodmore – 6:00

January 16 @ McComb – 12:00

January 19 @ Rossford – 6:00

January 22 @ Lake – 6:00

January 28 (H) Elmwood – 6:00


January 15 (H) Eastwood – 6:00

January 16 @ Liberty Center – 6:00

January 18 @ Elmwood – 6:00 *Rescheduled from 1/12/2016

January 21 @ Genoa – 6:00

January 23 (H) Van Buren – 6:00

January 26 (H) Woodmore – 6:00

January 29 @ Rossford – 6:00

January 30 @ Patrick Henry – 6:00


January 15 (H) Eastwood – 4:45

January 16 @ Liberty Center – 4:45

January 18 @ Elmwood – 4:45 *Rescheduled from 1/12/2016

January 21 @ Genoa – 4:45

January 23 (H) Van Buren – 4:45

January 26 (H) Woodmore – 4:45

January 29 @ Rossford – 4:45


January 19 (H) Lake/Evergreen – 5:30 *Rescheduled from 1/12/2016

January 22 Van Buren Inv. – 5:00

January 23 Van Buren Inv. – 9:30

February 06 NBC Championships @ Genoa – 10:00


Friday, February 12 for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading


Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 in the High School gym

Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact athletics@otsegoknights.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.


Community Events Section

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.

FREE SMOKE ALARMS - American Red Cross


HalfWay to the Tontogany Fest Fundraiser - March 19th at Docs


Bowling Green Ohio Events

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: Judy Snyder jasnyder715@gmail.com

Board Member: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Elizabeth Gorski jegorski@frontier.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lori Rea, Curriculum and Technology Integration Director

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Supervisor

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Marc Opsincs, Assistant Elementary Principal

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation

Jeanne Jeffers, Director of Food Service

Rick Haskins, Director of Maintenance and Custodial