Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Semester 2 Week 7)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

Good Luck Eastwood!

Our friends to the East are playing in their first ever State Championship playoff game in football. We are very excited for the kids and the community. We wish you the best of luck today. This is a great accomplishment for our conference. #Represent Good Luck.

1st Semester Exam Information

Exam Day #1: Tuesday, December 19th

Exam Day #2: Wednesday, December 20th

THERE WILL BE NO EARLY DISMISSALS during exam week. Students may come to school late if they have a later exam slot, but once they are at school they must stay until the end of the day. There will be no signing students out early unless for an excused reason (Doctor's Note).

*Students will be signing up for their exam times in school on Thursday, December 14th.

**Student will also sign up online for their exam exemptions on Thursday, December 14th.

Exam Schedule Slots

Tuesday December 19th

(7:30am-8:15am) Study Hall + Announcements (45 minutes)

*Students are NOT required to attend this.

(8:23am-10:03am) Slot #1 Exam Time (100 minutes)

(10:13am-11:53am) Slot #2 Exam Time (100 minutes)

(11:56am-12:32pm) HS Lunch (36 minutes)

(12:35pm-2:15pm) Slot #3 Exam Time (100 minutes)

Wednesday December 20th

(7:30am-8:15am) Study Hall + Announcements (45 minutes)

*Students are NOT required to attend this.

(8:23am-10:03am) Slot #4 Exam Time (100 minutes)

(10:13am-11:53am) Slot #5 Exam Time (100 minutes)

(11:56am-12:32pm) HS Lunch (36 minutes)

(12:35pm-2:15pm) Slot #6 Exam Time (100 minutes)

Thursday December 21st

*Exam Make up Day and "Knight before Christmas"

**Reminder that Busses will run at their normal times all week.

Exam Exemptions

Students may qualify for an Exam Exemption for any of the following reasons:

* These exemptions can be used together to skip multiple exams

  1. Attendance Exemption: Students missing no more than 1.5 days or 3 half days in a semester are eligible for this exemption. If you have been suspended from school for any reason you are NOT eligible to use this exemption.

  2. 95% Grade Exemption: Students who maintain an exemplary grade the SEMESTER may elect to miss that course’s semester examination with no penalty to his/her grade. Exemplary grade is defined as a ninety-five (95) percent or higher. (One time use only per semester)

  3. AR Points - Students who accumulate the necessary AR Points and or pass the required number of AR tests in a semester will be granted the ability to exempt from an exam of their choice.

  4. State Testing Exemption - (ONLY Current 10th -12th Graders and 9th Graders that took Algebra I in 8th Grade) Students that scored a "3" or higher on their state end of course exam may skip the exam of the subject they scored that on. Furthermore, if a student passed all their tests with a "3" or higher they may also choose one elective exam to exempt. (Students were given scores and teachers were notified as well)

  5. ACT Exemption: (SENIORS ONLY) Students who took the ACT last spring who scored a remediation free score on their ACT can choose an exam to skip (One time use only this semester, Teachers will notify students if they qualified for this).

***Students will be signing up to use these exemptions on Thursday, December 14th in school with teacher assistance. After all students have completed the exemption sign up form we will have them also sign up for their exam slots based on the number of exams they are taking.

Holiday Gift Basket Information

Our National Honor Society students are collecting New toys, Coats, Hygiene items, and accepting Monetary donations now until Dec12th for the holiday gift baskets. Please bring donations to the high school. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win prizes. Thank You. Please see below for more details.
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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!

Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:

  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!

Click Here to Nominate Someone in Need.

Counselor's Corner

Apply to PENTA Today.

Program Choices

Admission to Junior or Senior Programs

CLICK HERE for the online application for admission to a Junior or Senior PENTA program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Advanced Placement Information

AP Resources and other AP news is here:

News about the Pre-AP program (for 9th-graders) for 2018-19 is here:

You can sign up to be the first to learn about AP programs and other news at both of the above websites.

NHS Scholarship Information

Applications for the 2017-18 NHS Scholarship Program have now opened. All NHS senior members in good standing are eligible to apply.

General information is available for students and parents on the NHS website as well.

The submission deadline for applicants is January 30, 2018. A total of $1.5 million, the highest amount ever in a single year, will be disbursed among 500 NHS seniors.

Please contact Mrs. Danko for information regarding this scholarship.

First Semester Upcoming Dates/Events


Wed. 13th - HS Band Concert, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium

Mon. 18th - Thurs. 21st - Fall Testing Re-Takes

Tues. 19th - First Semester Exams

Wed. 20th - First Semester Exams

Thurs. 21st - Exam Make Up Date & Knight Before Christmas Event

Wed. 20th - Choir Concert - 7:00pm, Auditorium

Fri. 22 - Jan. 2nd - Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL


Wed. 3rd - Teacher Workday, End of the 2nd Quarter, NO SCHOOL

Thurs. 4th - Fri. 12th - Fall Testing Re-Takes

Mon. 15th - MLK Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Wed. 17th - Academic Information Night, 7:00pm

Weekly Highlights

Otsego Virtual Learning Academy

Click Here to Visit the Otsego HS Virtual Learning Academy

OVLA utilizes the online curriculum provided through the Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy (NOVA) called Connexus. Connexus is a rigorous, college preparatory, virtual learning program developed by Pearson Education that offers nearly 600 online courses. This is a K-12 curriculum program which offers a Gifted and Talented option for most grades.

News from Athletics

Division V All-Ohio Players

Congrats to these All-Ohio football players!!! Will Varner - 1st Team, Mitchell Downs - Second Team, Dalton Limes - Second Team, and Marcus Easterwood - Honorable Mention.

All-Ohio List

Yard Signs and Decals for Sale

The Athletic Boosters are selling Otsego Decals & Yard Signs.

Show your school spirit! Choose a decal or Yard Sign and customize it by adding the last name of your favorite player/student. The signs are 18"x 24" and they come with stakes. The decals very in size depending on their shape, but most of them are about 3.5"x7". Please see the attached order form for more details. #GoKnights

Decals are $5 Each

Yard Signs are $20 Each

Checks payable to: OAB (Otsego Athletic Boosters)

Pick up in High School Office

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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.

Athletic Boosters

  • Thanks for everyone that helped/participate in our annual athletics reverse raffle. This years raffle was one of the most successful ever. You helped raised thousands of dollars for our student athletes and their programs. Thank you so much.

  • To help with events please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, ksmoyer@eastwoodschools.org or any Booster member.

    Music Department News

    Ball State Honor Band

    Please join us in CONGRATULATING the following students for making the Ball State Honor Band.

    They will be performing Friday, December 1st.

    Felicity Jinnings

    Claire Wallace

    MiKayla Farmer

    Sarah Cox

    Upcoming Perfomances

    Holiday Band Concert - December 18th, 7pm HS Auditorium

    Holiday Choir Concert - December 20th, 7pm HS Auditorium

    Transportation Department

    2017 Ohio Transportation Director of the Year!

    We have the privilege to have the 2017 State of Ohio Transportation Director of the Year as part of our Otsego Team! Eva Vasher.

    Eva will be awarded this honor in Columbus next month!! Please help me congratulate her on this prestigious award!! She will be honored at the Board of Education Conference in November. Eva has taken her department to another level and the State of Ohio recognized it. Congratulations Eva!! We are all very proud of you.

    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

    Meal Benefit Expiration

    Just a reminder the carryover period from last year for free and reduced meals has expired.

    If your child/children received free or reduced meals last year and you haven't filed a new application, you are now responsible for any charges that are incurred.

    Meal benefit expiration letters were mailed on September 15th to the address that is on file.

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

    Ag and FFA News

    District Parli Pro & State Job Interview

    Good luck to members competing today & tomorrow. District Parli Pro & State Job Interview!!

    Otsego High School FFA

    Check out the Otsego FFA Newsletter for all the latest news and updates with our Ag and FFA students. FFA NEWSLETTER

    Questions or Comments should go to our Program Director Debbie Ayers.


    Student Council

    StuCo Members

    Senior Class

    Representatives: Bella Bean,Felicity Jinnings, Caleb Frank,Joe McQuillin, Andrew Richardson, Marissa Smith

    Junior Class

    Representatives: Brittany Dey, Ava Harer, Mitchell Smith

    Sophomore Class

    Representatives: Hannah Smoyer, Kylie Brinkman, Will Agan, Trey Battin, Hope London

    Freshman Class

    Representatives: Harley Barnes, Isabella Pino, Erika Putnam, Sam Lee, Sean Agan, Macey Thomas, Alex Richardson

    Community News and Events

    PENTA Career Night

    The Nutcracker "All Jazzed Up"

    Performed by Julie's Dance Studio, featuring our very own Kevin O'Shea, reprising his role as Mother Ginger on Friday, December 15th!

    This is not your typical Nutcracker Ballet.

    Tickets are available at www.nutcrackerjazzedup.com or at the door (with an increase in price)

    For more information, contact either Jackie McBride~419-494-6073, Kelly McBride or Brittany Vollmar, both are also featured dancers!

    Adult Tech Classes

    Thank you for your feedback about the possibility of an adult technology class. We are still working to plan this. If you are interested, there is still time to fill out the Google Form or e-mail jmartinez@otsegoknights.org.

    In the meantime: I will be hosting an open lab in the elementary during conferences. If you have any technology related questions, concerns, or simply need help, stop in before or after your parent-teacher conference! Thank you!

    Jessica Martinez, Elementary Technology

    Wood County Prevention Coalition

    Project Aware Substance Prevention Information

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    Classic Weekly Joke

    Q: What do you call a cow that won't give milk?

    A: A Milk Dud, DUH!

    Have a great Week.

    Communication with the High School

    Below are a few 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 www.otsegoknights.org has a new look! The new Otsego Local Schools site will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. The new website layout uses responsive design, meaning that it will adjust for tablets and mobile devices. We will keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

    2. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. Thats it. You will receive a message that says you've been added to our group. You will receive text messages straight to your mobile device). If you don't want to text, you can go to https://www.remind.com/join and just type in (otseg) as the class code.

    3. Twitter (follow @otsegohsoffice or @KosheaOHS)

    4. District App:

    Click here to download on an apple device

    Click here to download on an android device