Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (S2 WEEK 19)

Otsego COVID-19 Dashboard

Click the link to see the most up to date Data and Information on COVID-19 in our school district.

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From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

A Night in the Rose Garden

It's Prom Weekend! I hope everyone going to Prom on Saturday has a wonderful evening. Thank You, Julie Danko, and the Prom Committee as well as all the parents who volunteered to fundraise and organize After Prom. This should be a very special weekend for our students and it could not have happened if not for your efforts. Students Masks are required at the dance and you will have your temperature checked at the door. You will also be required to dance with your dinner group in designated areas.

Finally, for Seniors and Senior Parents, there is a lot of updated information about upcoming graduation events. Make sure you read carefully below.

#OneHeartbeat Go, Knights!


Mr. O'Shea

Graduation Details

After meeting with representatives from BGSU and the STROH Center we have made some changes. Please read carefully below.


  • Each Graduating Senior will be given Six (6) tickets for the ceremony.
  • Each Ticket is an assigned seat. (For example, Row H; Seat 13) Guests are REQUIRED to sit in the seat designated on their ticket.
  • There are no general admission seats. (A ticket is required for entry)
  • The event will be Livestreamed by BGSU (Details to come)
  • Ticket Distribution:
      1. Tickets will be handed out during a Senior Class Meeting on THURSDAY, May 20th at 12:15pm

      2. Students must bring their caps and gowns with them to this meeting
      3. Lunch will be provided (Koch/O’Shea Cookout)

      4. Senior Clap Out through the buildings following lunch

You MUST Reserve the number of tickets you would like for graduation. Each Graduating Senior may request up to 6 tickets. If your family has a situation such as a split family or some other unique circumstance that requires more than six, You will need to request additional tickets here and explain the reason for the request. We will take into consideration each request on an individual basis. However, the graduate's PARENTS, SIBLINGS, and GRANDPARENTS are the priority. Extended family members are given lower priority status at this time. Click Here to RESERVE your tickets

Graduation Rehearsal

  1. Friday, May 21st at the STROH Center. (Attendance is REQUIRED)
  2. Time - (Details to come)

Graduation Ceremony Arrival

  1. The doors to the STROH Center will not open to guests until 1:00 pm the day of graduation.
  2. Parents will enter the STROH Center at the main entrance of the building
  3. Graduating seniors will enter the STROH Center at the (Schmidthorst Pavilion Entrance.
  4. Click Here for Map of Stroh and for details about entering the STROH Center.

Updated Senior Letter - Click Here

Senior Class of 2021

Very important information in the following Links.




Special Masks for the Graduates


  1. Masks will be required for the Graduation Ceremony and I have purchased special masks for each of you and they will be handed out to you at Graduation Rehearsal. I have included a picture of the masks below.

  2. Custom Yard Signs have also been ordered for each of you and we will get them to you as soon as they come in.

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Senior Class Recognition Ceremony

This past week we honored the Class of 2021's top 15% at our annual Awards Ceremony. I want to congratulate the following students on their academic achievements.

  • Valedictorian
    Ethan Michael Lenox - Son of Jonathan & Carol Lenox

  • Salutatorian
    Miriam Judith Chase - Daughter of Roy & Julia Chase

  • Top 5% - Summa Cum Laude
    Erin Rose Anderson - Daughter of Brad Anderson & Crystal Anderson
    Noah Matthew Dzierwa - Son of Matt & Dasa Dzierwa
    Abigail Clarene Gase - Daughter of Bill & Mary Gase
    Michael Anthony Gonzalez - Son of Michael & Ann Gonzalez
    Erika Grace Putnam - Daughter of Donald & Cathy Putnam
    Emilia K. Simpson - Daughter of Kevin & Erika Simpson

  • Top 10% - Magna Cum Laude
    Kylie Marie Barbour - Daughter of Joshua Barbour & Melissa Barbour
    Paige Louise Estep - Daughter of Louise Estep
    Lillie Eileen Luce - Daughter of David & Danelle Luce
    Isabella Annalecia Pino - Daughter of Claudio & Brandie Pino
    Addison Linda Sadler - Daughter of Kendra Sadler & Aaron Sadler
    Brayden Zane Timko - Son of Ron & Hollie Timko

  • Top 15% - Cum Laude
    Samuel Carson Lee - Son of Aaron & Jodi Lee
    Jacob Hans Miller - Son of Gerald & Ruth Miller
    Alexander Thomas Richardson - Son of Michael & Melissa Richardson
    Christian Elijah Scott - Son of Ubaldino-Lopez/Katie Cordova; Grandson of Jeff & Vickie Scott
    Ashton Arlyn Serrato - Son of Roger Serrato & Jessica Frank
    Eve Elizabeth Serrato - Daughter of Roger Serrato &. Jessica Frank
    Ashlynn Taylor Treen - Daughter of Jeremy & Nicole Treen
    Lucas Grant Weaver - Son of Matt & Dawn Weaver
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Covid Communication

Who gets notifications/letters?

When we are notified of a student or staff member that has tested positive for Covid-19 we immediately begin contact tracing to determine who was "in close contact" (within 6 ft for longer than 15 minutes) with the infected individual.

  1. We speak with classroom teachers and look at classroom and bus seating charts and talk to any coaches or advisors if they are involved in other school activities.

  2. Once we have the list of students in "close contact" we begin contacting parents and printing letters to notify them that their student will need to quarantine. These phone calls will be from administrators or nurses. The letter will specify the start and end date of the quarantine and the date that they will be able to return to school. Parents will be asked to come and get their child from school and the letter will be given to you. We will also email you a digital copy. Student Quarantine Letter SAMPLE - CLICK HERE.

  3. Then we will email a written notification to all parents/guardians of any student that was in a classroom with the individual that tested positive but was NOT "in close contact." These students will NOT need to quarantine. Classroom Contact Notification Letter SAMPLE - CLICK HERE

  4. Finally we will update our Covid-19 Dashboard and post a written letter that there was a positive case in the High School. HS Confirmed Case Letter SAMPLE - CLICK HERE

Mask Up, Back Up, & Wash Up.

How to Properly Wear a Mask

Mask Up! Students and staff will be required to wear a mask this year at all times while in the building. This video link demonstrates how students should wear their masks at school.

Social Distancing at School

Back Up! The following video illustrates the social distancing expectations for students at the bottle filling stations, restrooms, and in the lunch lines.

Otsego Hand Sanitizing Procedures

Wash Up. Students will be sanitizing their hands every time they enter a classroom and exit. This video demonstrates what this will look like in the High School.

Sanitizing Desks & Work Spaces

Wash Up! This video demonstrates how students will sanitize their desks at the end of each class before they leave.

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Counselor's Corner

PSAT Registration

On October 13, 2021, Otsego High School will be offering the PSAT for any of our interested sophomore and junior students. The PSAT measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. There are many benefits to taking the PSAT. It will connect you to scholarship opportunities, from the National Merit Scholarship Program and scholarships through their partners. It can help you prepare for other nationally standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT. The PSAT provides students with excellent feedback on your results, including a breakdown of what you answered correctly and incorrectly. You will even receive free practice through Kahn Academy that is tailored to meet individual student needs.

In order to register for the PSAT, you need to click the link below to sign up. There is no fee to take the test, and it will be offered here at Otsego High School. If you do register, you will be required to take the test. Registration will be available through May 21st at the end of the school day. We cannot accept late registrations, as all tests are ordered in June.


PSAT 2021 Registration


2020-2021 Community Scholarships

Click here to access applications to many local & community scholarships. These receive far fewer applicants than the national & statewide scholarships do. As we receive new ones, they will be added to the file. Email Mrs. Clark with Questions.


100% Online Students


The main point of contact for this program is Mr. Hank Zeller (hzeller@otsegoknights.org). Students who are enrolled in NOVA should refer any and all questions to Mr. Zeller first.

Athletics Department

Congrats Seniors!

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Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow (@OtsegoAthletics) for high school scores and other athletic department information.

YEARBOOK Information

From the Shield Staff (yearbook)

Seniors, check your email history from Mrs. Bowers for a link to the Google Form to get your senior quote included in the yearbook!

Also Bring in those kindergarten photos!

FFA Information

Congrats on Earning State Degrees!

Congratulations to Morgan Simon and Kennedi Smith.
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District Public Speaking

We are so proud of our district public speakers Rylie and Summer! Rylie earned 1st in FFA Creed Speaking, she advances to the state contest. Summer earned a gold rating! Congrats ladies!!

Three Star National Chapter

Led by seven officers: President Abby Gase, Vice President Collin Britton, Secretary Macey Thomas, Treasurer Cade Limes, Reporter Courtney Reyome, Sentinel Savannah Hernandez, and Student Adviser Cale Green; The Otsego FFA Chapter has been named a Three Star NATIONAL Chapter. Congrats to Mrs. Ayers and all the members of our FFA.

DECA Information

State Preliminary Competition

DECA state preliminary competition looked way different this year! But congratulations to Michael Gonzalez and Brayden Timko for advancing to finals in Business Law and Ethics and Emily Atkinson in Entrepreneurship!

District Competition

Congratulations to all our students who competed in the district DECA competition and will be advancing to state. We had 18 competitors this year who brought home 10 trophies and 4 medals with 14 advancing to State in March!

Music Department

Florida Trip Meeting

There will be a MANDATORY meeting at 7:30 pm in the HS Auditorium on Tuesday, May 11th for all travelers and their parents for the HS Band Florida Trip.

We will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Otsego Music Booster Scholarship Winners

Congrats to Samuel Lee, Erika Putnam, and Alex Richardson for each receiving $850 scholarships from the Otsego Music Boosters.
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Transportation Department

Online Bus Route Information

If you have any questions about transportation please direct them towards our transportation director, Eva Vasher, evasher@otsegoknights.org.

Food Service Department

Lunch Menu

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our new Food Service Director, Emily Bires at 419-823-4381 ext. 1104 or ebires@otsegoknights.org


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Marathons Special Products, Bowling Green, OH
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Wood County Prevention Coalition

Uniting for a Drug-Free Community Since 2004

Newsletter - Click Here

Website - Click Here

Wood County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Wood County - Newsletter - Click Here

NAMI Wood County - Website - Click Here

NAMI Wood County is a leading mental health organization offering events, free educational classes, support groups, and other programs in Wood County.

Communication with the High School

Below are 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 CLICK HERE The Otsego High School website will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. We keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.

2. Twitter (follow @otsegohsoffice @OtsegoAthletics or @KosheaOHS)

High School Dress Code

The Otsego High School and Junior High School student dress code supports equitable educational access and is written in a manner that does not reinforce stereotypes.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

The purpose is to create a positive culture with clear expectations every day, everywhere.

School Safety Information

Information regarding how we train and prepare to handle situations that threaten the safety of our students and staff as well as protect your children to minimize the harm an outside threat could cause should they come to our school.