Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter S1 Week 5
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Otsego has many Hispanic students, families, and community members. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Please join me in recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. To learn more I encourage you to please visit the following site - CLICK HERE
Next week is our Homecoming Week. It will be filled with spirit events and dress-up themes throughout the week and will culminate with our Homecoming Dance on Saturday night September 25th. I encourage everyone to participate and have fun.
Please see below for more detail about Homecoming next week and congratulations to the students who were selected by their peers for Homecoming Court. They are pictured below as well. We will announce the Homecoming King and Queen at Friday Nights Football Game.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend. Good luck to all of our students competing/performing this weekend.
If bringing a High School Student from another school, please print out the Guest Dance Permission Slip form and have the guest's principal sign off on it. The Otsego student will turn in the completed form when they purchase a ticket at lunch.
The Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, September 25th
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Outdoors on Campus Somewhere (TBD)
Homecoming Spirit Week Themes: (Hats ARE Allowed)
Monday, September, 20th - Country/Camo Day
Tuesday, September, 21st - Beach Day
Wednesday, September 22nd - Twin Day
Thursday, September, 23rd - Throwback Thursday
Friday, September, 24th - Orange, Black, and White Spirit Day
2021 Homecoming Court
September Students of the Month
Everyday Hero Gear
ORDER SCHOOL PICTURES
If you don't like the picture that was taken, Picture Re-Takes will be on Monday, October 18th and you will have another opportunity to order those.
Event Code: FE156621
*You will need to create an account first. Once you create an account you will will select our school and enter the event code above to find your student and customize your orders.
Washington DC Trip
There will be a parent meeting on September 29th at 6:30 pm in the JH gym for any parent that wants to learn more.
From the HS Office:
Item Drop-Off: If you need to drop off items to your children at school there is a table located in the Vestibule outside the HS Main Office. It is called a vestibule and not a Foyer, trust me I google it. (Thank You, Mr. Google).
Attendance: Parents must call Attendance Line to report an absence, tardy, or early dismissal.
- Students who are getting picked up for an early dismissal: You will sign yourself out and wait for your parent to arrive in the front.
- Student drivers: Your parent MUST call in to the Attendance Line to alert the office that their child is leaving early.
- **Remember parents still need to call in to report this early dismissal, but they don't have to get out of the car to sign you out.
School Fees: High School Fee Invoices get emailed to each family in October. Details to come. Pay to Participate goes through Joyce Wright in the JH office.
Locker Signs: If you are decorating your locker you must only use magnets for any locker decoration. No tape of any kind will be allowed as this damages the lockers.
Locks: If a student chooses to use a lock for his/her locker, it must be a school-issued lock. These are available in the HS office. The cost is $5 and it's theirs to keep forever.
Girls Broomball Sign Up
2020-2021 Yearbook Pick Up
Student CREDIT UNION
Student Yard Signs
This document is a live document and changes from time to time. It is NOT advised that you print this. We will keep a link to this document in the newsletter and on the website for your reference.
Otsego District Calendar
PENTA Important Dates
NEW HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
Ms. Melody Freeland
Ms. Kelly Frailly
Mrs. Jackie McBride
Mr. Curt Williams
Mr. Kevin Schaublin
Teen Mental Health First Aid
This semester, Otsego is conducting Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) training. This is evidence-based training that teaches teens the skills they need to recognize and help their friends with mental health and substance use challenges and crises and how to get the help of an adult quickly.
Teens often turn to each other when stressed or upset, and when friends try to help, they sometimes take on too much. tMHFA teaches them they don’t have to take these problems on alone.
The course is not being introduced because of any specific problems at Otsego. Mental health challenges are very common in teens and we will not be discussing any individual events.
The course is being taught by Mary Gase, from the Wood County Educational Service Center. All instructors teaching the course have received special training and are certified to teach the course by Mental Health First Aid USA at the National Council for Behavioral Health. This course will be taught during success period, twice a week for three weeks.
The following is an overview of what will be addressed:
- Recognize early warning signs that a friend is developing a mental health challenge.
Recognize warning signs that a friend may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Describe how to talk to a friend about mental health and seeking help.
Explain when and how to get a responsible adult involved.
Discuss where to find appropriate and helpful resources about mental health challenges and professional help.
Apply the TMHFA Action Plan to help a friend with a mental health challenge or crisis.
Teens will receive a Certificate of Completion for taking the course and a manual to use during the course that they can take home after the last session.
If you do not want your child to receive these lessons please fill out the following form and have them bring it to the HS office. CLICK HERE
THE WEEK in PICTURES
Game Entrance Costs
High School Games
Junior High Games
Girls Golf - NBC Champions
Athlete of the Week
Director, Transportation, Maintenance & Custodial Services
Phone: 419-823-4381, opt. 5
Bus #2 - Amy Williams, email@example.com
Bus #3 - John Serrato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #4 - Judy Dussel, email@example.com
Bus #5 - Linda Ruple, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #6 - Amy Zimmerman, email@example.com
Bus #7 - Rick Rowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #8 - Randy Tolles, email@example.com
Bus #9 - Donna Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #10 - Chris Feather, email@example.com
Bus #11 - Jen Asmus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #12 - Chris VanNatta, email@example.com
Bus #13 - Lorrie Mayer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus #17 - Donna Warren, email@example.com
Bus #21 - Helen Bonnough, firstname.lastname@example.org
Van - Tim McKenzie, email@example.com
FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Director of Food Services
Emilia Bires - 419-823-4381 option 1
High School / Junior High
Donielle Tussing - Head Cook, Susan Gamby - Cook, Kathy Thomas - Cook, Nadine Wilhelm - Cook, Amy Zimmerman - Cook
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
CLICK HERE to access the electronic application for free and reduced-price meals for the USDA’s National School Lunch & School Breakfast Programs. This interactive application will guide you through the application process.
Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank
Students and Families looking for Volunteering opportunities...
Mark Buhrow is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank.
The volunteer hours on Saturday are 9am-noon and these are normally reserved for groups and are scheduled in advance since they have a tendency to fill up quickly.
When they have groups on Saturday, they require a minimum of 5 people and when they have individuals under the age of 18, they require adult chaperones. The groups that they have on Saturdays normally sort products for their pantry.
HIGH SCHOOL CONTACTS/INFORMATION
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)
Tom Ferdig - Dean of Students/HS Athletic Director
Jen Wronkovich-Clark - School Counselor (Last Names A-K)
Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl - School Resource Officer
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.
The purpose is to create a positive culture with clear expectations every day, everywhere.
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.