Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (WEEK 14)

Otsego COVID-19 Dashboard

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

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

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An Attitude of Gratitude

As we close in on Thanksgiving Break I am reminded of the immense gratitude I have for all of you. Despite many obstacles, challenges, and doubters we have been able to provide something special this year for our students. Thank you all for your efforts. We had a great fall, one that will be talked about and remembered in this community for a very long time.


Now we are transitioning into the winter season. Our unity and willingness to do whatever it takes to be here have carried us during this time. It is critical that we stay together and do what is necessary so that we may continue to enjoy in-person learning every day and participate in the extracurriculars we so love.


The Vaccine is coming, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so we just need to hold on a little longer. Make sure you are staying safe by avoiding large gatherings, keep wearing your masks, and wash your hands regularly. Thank you all for your support, hard work, and dedication.


We can do this! #OneHeartbeat Go, Knights!


Sincerely,

Mr. O'Shea

Home of the Brave Website - Click Here

New Otsego Webpage created to Honor & Thank all the brave men and women who have served this great country, especially our local heroes. The students and staff at Otsego are forever grateful.

November Students of the Month

Finance Education

Exciting News for Finance Education

This school year, we partnered with Sun Federal Credit Union to open a new student-run branch at Otsego High School. The goal of the student branch, which is open each Tuesday during lunch, is to provide hands-on financial education and guidance to prepare students for the future. Students get an introduction to basic financial terms and information, learn how to understand and utilize a checking account, and have the opportunity to start securely saving. All students, employees, and their families are eligible for membership at Sun FCU. Students age 16 and over can open an account on their own, and ages 15 and under can open an account with a parent or guardian. We encourage as many students as possible to take advantage of this FREE service to begin their journey to financial independence! To see how the student branch is engaging students and their families, follow us on Twitter @SunOtsegoCU or visit https://www.sunfederalcu.org/otsegosrcu. To learn more or to open an account, students can visit the website or stop by the student branch on Tuesdays. If parents have any questions, please reach out to Gretchen Fisher at gretchen.fisher@sunfcu.org. We are very excited to see the advantages that this partnership will bring to the district and community!

From the HS Office

  • If a student is leaving early from school, he/she is to leave class about 5 minutes from the time of pickup, sign out on the computers, then meet parents outside.
  • If a student driver is leaving early, please have parent/guardian either write a note, or call the attendance line to alert that the student will be leaving.
  • Students who have Study Halls 2nd-7th periods are not permitted to leave the school grounds and return back. They are to stay on campus.
  • School fees were emailed out. Please check your emails or the Junk Mail. The emails were pulled from whatever was typed by the parent in Final Forms.
  • Parents/guardians who need to drop off something for the student can do so by putting the item on the table outside of the HS office entrance door
  • Reminder to check your child's temperature before school. If they have a 100 degree temp, they are to stay home and can return 24 hours, fever free without meds.
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Mr. Bob Furlong - Biology Teacher of the Year

Let me proudly introduce to you our beloved Mr. Furlong.


Mr. Furlong has been named Ohio's 2020 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.


Way to go Mr. Furlong.

Eagle Scout Project - Donations Needed

Sophomore Neil Amborski is a member of the Boy Scout Troop of 347. He is currently pursuing his Eagle Rank.


He will be building a batting cage for the Tontogany Legion Ball Fields. This project will benefit the community by providing a recreational outlet for the youth of the Otsego Local School District communities.


Baseball and softball are popular and the need for another batting cage at the field is great. Especially in these difficult times, outside recreation is extremely important.


The batting cage will be 60X18. His project is to fundraise and build the batting cage with the help of his troop. The estimated cost for the project is $2,500. Any funds that are donated to this worthy project would be greatly appreciated.


Donations can be made in the form of a check to Troop 347, with "Neil Amborski, Eagle Project" noted in the memo line. The donation can be mailed to 14016 Cross Creek Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Neil at 23namborski@otsegoknights.org . Thank you for your consideration.

Lend a hand, Give a can Campaign

Hello, Otsego Jr. High school. 7th period Kao’s class is doing a fundraiser for canned food starting Red Ribbon week and the week after. If you would like to participate, please, drop off canned food/dog food at room A22. Please label how many cans you have either on a sticky note or on your bag. Our goal that we are trying to reach is 400 cans for human food and 100 cans for animal food. You could bring dog food, cat food, or any canned food. Thank you! Let’s End Hunger together!

Angel Tree Program

Knight in Shining Armor is working with the High School and the Junior High to set up an Angel Tree program for this year.


If you would like to help a child in need, please use the following link to choose an Angel "virtually". You will be asked to provide your name and contact information when you choose a child in need, so we can privately send more detailed lists of clothing sizes and interests.


Angel Tree Adoption Sign Up


We would like to have all donations of gifts in the respective offices by Friday, December 11th to ensure that we get them delivered to the students before Christmas Break. Please wrap items, and indicate the student number provided above. You may do this with post-it notes, or a removable tag so we can keep the gifts separate for their respective students.

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

EXPLORE PENTA Career Center

If you are interested in attending PENTA Career Center or would just like to see what PENTA has to offer I suggest that you Please look through PENTA's new program information sheets linked below or click the link below to visit PENTAs website.


Explore PENTA - Click Here

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.

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THE WEEK in PICTURES

100% Online Students

Contacts

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

Proper COVID-19 Return to Play

Any athlete that tests positive for COVID is required to have a note from their doctor that states they are cleared for return to play to their sport.


A note from the Health Department does not count since they don’t do a physical exam of the patient. Some patients may need to go through cardiac testing at this point, which is determined by their doctor.


Once the athlete has brought in the medical release from the doctor, they will begin a COVID gradual return to play protocol. This is about a week-long protocol to safely bring the athlete back to the sport.

Athletic Attendance: OHSAA sends us emails weekly to let us know they are still coming around to check on stadiums throughout the state. They stress to us that if we are not following the rules, that they can shut us down immediately. Please put a mask on and only sit where the BLOCK O's are located. This is temporary. We can do this!! Thank you,

Fall Sports Awards

Cross Country

Football

Coach Dzierwa - District Coach of the Year

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Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Volleyball

Girls Golf

Boys Golf

Communication/Updates

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

Music Department

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

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Running through 12/31/20, all students can go through the line and get breakfast or lunch for FREE and the USDA will reimburse Otsego for this meal. Students can still bring in money for their account if they would like to buy extra meals or ala carte items. This process remains the same.


The menus are staying the same for the next couple of weeks. I will let you know if and when they change.


Free and Reduced Applications – We still need those who may qualify for free and reduced meals to fill out their yearly application. You can fill this out online at https://www.lunchapplication.com/ This data is used in multiple different areas and it is very important that we have accurate information.

New Food Service Director

I would like to personally welcome Emily Bires to Otsego as our NEW Food Service Director. If you have questions please email Emily at ebires@otsegoknights.org

Lunch Menus

The menus for the year are attached. They are subject to change based on the availability of the items. We may have some trouble getting everything this year, but these are the items we are trying for.

Online Students – We are still trying to work through how and if we will be able to feed our students who have selected the online option in a similar way to our summer feeding. We will be in touch about this in a few weeks. If we do get this up and running it will be started in early September.

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

COMMUNITY NEWS/EVENTS

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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.