Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter (Semester II, Quarter 3, Week 1)
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
Semester/Exam Week Wrap Up
Thank You parents and students for a fairly smooth week considering how it started. The kids were amazing. They came prepared and focused despite the changes in schedules and craziness of exams. I was very please all things considered so thank you. Grades will be finalized next week. We have our teacher work day on Tuesday and final grades are due into the office by 7:39am on Thursday January 21st. We allow for exam make ups and other things before we finalize the grades for the semester.
Welcome to the 2nd Semester!
We will print student schedules and have them available in the office if your child is uncertain about their 2nd semester schedule just have them stop into the office.
Good News! We are Heading in the Right Direction
Finally, I want to thank our students, staff, and community. Yesterday we received our Achievement Scores and Graduation Rate numbers from the State Department of Education. I am very proud to say that we are clearly heading in the right direction. I know how hard our students and staff have worked the past three years and it is really starting to show for us in big ways. Let’s review the results; we've added 3 advanced placement and 4 dual enrollment courses as curricular options, which will be reflected in next years report card. Our 4 year graduation rate has gone from a state grade of a "C" 88.5% in 2010, to as of yesterday an "A" 97.8%. and our 5 year graduation rate went from an 88.9% "C" to a 96.7% "A". We also learned that our average composite score on the ACT is a 23 ranking us third in Wood County. We've created and implemented over seven new course offerings including new business and technology departments, a new learnings commons complete with a makerspace for students to innovate and create, we have gone 1:1, equipping each of our students with their own Chromebook. We have been named a Toledo Blade top workplace, and we have an unrivaled and broad fine arts program that is a critical part of our school culture. Don't forget about the many clubs and organizations for our students to engage in that support the whole child and foster leadership characteristics as well. I believe this is only the very tip of the iceberg. I am involved in meetings/discussions with our staff, students, and administrators daily and you wouldn't believe the energy and creativity around here all focused on these children and our community. I look forward to seeing the impact of all this in the years to come. I am proud of our students, our staff, and of this community. Great Job.
18th - NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. DAY
19th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher work Day
20th - Third Quarter Begins
5th - Senior Night
10th - District Leadership Team Meeting, 2:45pm
11th - Building Leadership Team Meeting, 11:00am
12th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Development
15th - NO SCHOOL, President's Day
December STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
reminders from the High School office
- Daily Announcements Page
- Make sure you send in a written note within 48 hours of your child's absence. This is necessary in order for the absence to be excused.
- Please make sure you include both the first name and last name of student on the absent note.
- Sign up for Remind 101 to get text or email reminders of important events. Text to 81010 and in the message box, type otseg (there is no "o" at the end)
- Parents if you want to check on your child's homework, please access their "Google Classroom". All the teachers are posting their assignments there. You will need to know your child's username and password to get into their classroom. If you are having any issues getting into Google Classroom, let us know and we will work to fix it immediately.
- HOMEWORK CAFE - Please drop of any donated items into the HS office or send in items with your child. Call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381 in the HS office for any questions.
Enroll to Attend PENTA
Penta Career Center: If your student(s) are interested in attending PENTA Career Center, they may start applying now. If you have any questions regarding program opportunities or the application process, contact Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark at 419-823-4381 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AP Parents & Students
Parent and Student Bulletin Please read the attached bulletin. It contains important information for Exam Takers.
Applies only to the class of 2018 and beyond.
News from the Yearbook Staff
Senior Photo Requirements
- Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
- Must be a vertical photo, this allows more room for your classmates in the yearbook.
- Student must be looking at the camera; head cannot be cut off in the picture, & must be able to see student’s full face. Hands, or arms should not be blocking the shoulder shot, or touching the student's face.
- A head and shoulders shot is preferred, but will accept a shot from the waist up. No full body shots or students lying on the ground. We can crop pictures, but if the shot is too far away we will not be able to accept the picture.
- Remember, this is a formal photo, clothing should be appropriate. (Examples- no muscle tees, cleavage, or hats, or flowers in your hair, the list goes on and on.) If you have to question your clothing, then it is probably not appropriate.
- No props in the photo.
- Seniors pictures are due by: April 4th, 2016.
- If your picture is not turned in by this date, you will not be featured in the senior section of the yearbook.
- If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Lockhart via email: email@example.com.
Yearbook is having a clearance sale. All yearbooks from the following years are being marked down to $10!" (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to purchase one.
News from Athletics
Winter Sports Schedule
JV/V GIRLS BASKETBALL:
January 16 @ McComb – 12:00
January 19 @ Rossford – 6:00
January 22 @ Lake – 6:00
January 28 (H) Elmwood – 6:00
JV/V BOYS BASKETBALL:
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
FRESHMEN BOYS BASKETBALL:
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
January 22 Van Buren Inv. – 5:00
January 23 Van Buren Inv. – 9:30
February 06 NBC Championships @ Genoa – 10:00
Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact email@example.com if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.
WINTER SENIOR NIGHT:
Friday, February 12 for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading
WINTER ATHLETIC AWARDS:
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 in the High School gym
Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information. Also, if you’d like to receive athletic news and updates by email please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
Softball Information: The softball coaches at Otsego High School are beginning open gyms for girls that are looking to improve and develop their softball skills. The open gym will take place in the OES gym. Click here for more information
CONGRATULATIONS 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 (31years)
- Barb Vollmar - Assistant to the Superintendent (27 years)
Individuals who nominated tonight's recipients Family and Friends of the inductees
Otsego Alumni & Friends Association for their financial contribution
Otsego Hall of Fame Committee Members
Jen Asmus, Lauri Dunham, Heidi Feehan, Mary Gase, Elizabeth Gorski, Hayle Grimmer, Joyce Harnishfeger and Mike Wiley
OHS Student Council
Powder Puff Football
Student Council has some exciting news about Powder Puff, our announcement will be made soon! But as a hint, EVERYONE be ready!
We are OHS StuCo
President: Alissa Jacobs
Vice President: Taylor Gonzalez
Secretary: Olivia Jinnings
Treasurer: Marissa Garrett
Representatives: Zane Maxwell, Zane Thomas
President: Madi Kregel
Vice President: Adam Lewis
Representatives: Parker Lazar
President: Andrew Richardson
Vice President: Julie Spencer
Representatives: Stone Zimmerman, Christina Gonzalez
President: Hayle Grimmer
Student Council is looking for students who want to help plan and put on events for second semester. Would you like to help create a biweekly Lavatory Ledger? What about help plan a movie night? A Community Euchre tournament? Or even our Spring Powder Puff game? If you are interested in getting involved, see one of your Student Council members, or Miss Pierce. We will be opening up for new member in second semester!
Student Council Advisor: Megan Pierce
Follow OHS Student Council on Twitter: @OHScouncil
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
Student and bus safety is very important to us at Otsego. Please use extreme caution when around our busses. We transport over 1,000 students every day, and we all play a role in making sure that it is a safe environment for each one of them. Please drop off and pick up all students in the back of the buildings and do not use the north exit in the mornings. If you have any question please give me a call or call Eva Vasher, Transportation Supervisor, at 419-823-3156
Food Service Department
Teen Court is an excellent way to volunteer and meet new people, to give back to the community/earn service hours, and promotes networking for future professional references. It incorporates real life court cases to teach aspects of juvenile law. Teen Court members alternate roles as Prosecutor, Teen Defense, Jury members, Bailiff and Jury Foreman and It's a great resume builder.
Check out the video on our Facebook Page
Communication with the High School
1. High School Website http://www.otsegoknights.org/high-school (The high school website has all the academic and athletic calendars and the HS posts their daily announcements on the website as well)
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:
Classic Weekly Student Joke:
A: Because he had no body to dance with.
Have a great week.