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.

Upcoming Dates


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


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.

Guidance Department

Enroll to Attend PENTA

College & Career Preview Night

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 jclark@otsegoknights.org.

PENTA Online Admissions/Applications

AP Parents & Students

Parent and Student Bulletin Please read the attached bulletin. It contains important information for Exam Takers.

New State Graduation Requirements

Applies only to the class of 2018 and beyond.

News from the Yearbook Staff

Senior Photo Requirements

  1. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
  2. Must be a vertical photo, this allows more room for your classmates in the yearbook.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. No props in the photo.
  7. Seniors pictures are due by: April 4th, 2016.
  8. If your picture is not turned in by this date, you will not be featured in the senior section of the yearbook.
  9. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Lockhart via email: yearbook@otsegoknights.org.

Yearbook is having a clearance sale. All yearbooks from the following years are being marked down to $10!" (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Email yearbook@otsegoknights.org for further information or to purchase one.

News from Athletics

Winter Sports Schedule


January 16 @ McComb – 12:00

January 19 @ Rossford – 6:00

January 22 @ Lake – 6:00

January 28 (H) Elmwood – 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 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 athletics@otsegoknights.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.


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


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 athletics@otsegoknights.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

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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)

Special Thanks:

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

Music Department

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

Transportation Department

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

Click the links to Download the 2015-2016 Lunch and Breakfast Schedules. If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanie Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe

Breakfast Menu

Lunch Menu

Otsego Local Schools - Prevention Newsletter Week of January 11th

Email: ecornish@otsegoknights.org - ATOD On-Site Specialist

Community Events


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

2016 Teen Court Application

Communication with the High School

Below are a few of the other 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 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:

Click here to download on an apple device

Click here to download on an android device

Classic Weekly Student Joke:

Q: Why did the skeleton leave the party?

A: Because he had no body to dance with.

Have a great week.