Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter S1 Week 5

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

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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

Homecoming Week

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.

Homecoming Information

Homecoming this year will be OUTDOORS. We are renting a very large tent (60x120) and will have our regular homecoming dance, just outside under the tent. More details to come in the near future.

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.

CLICK HERE for the Guest Permission Dance Form

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

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Everyday Hero Gear

Please use the following website if you would like to order Everyday Hero Gear. Most Items come in multiple colors. We will stop taking orders on October 1st.

CLICK HERE for Awesome Gear


School Pictures were on Wednesday, September 1st. Please use the flyer below to order your child's 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.

Ordering Information:


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

We are opening the JHS DC trip up to all current 9th graders that want to attend. Because the trip was canceled last year due to COVID we wanted to give students who missed out last year, the opportunity to go.

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.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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

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2020-2021 Yearbook Pick Up

2021 seniors! If you ordered a yearbook, stop by the high school during regular school hours and ask Mrs. Roberts to see me for your book!!
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Student Yard Signs

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The link below shows the detailed calendar of events for the 2021-2022 school year.

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

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PENTA Important Dates

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Ms. Melody Freeland

Ms. Freeland will be teaching in our foreign language department specifically, Spanish I and Spanish II. She has also taught other levels of Spanish at Bowling Green State University, the Upward Bound Program as well as Lial Catholic School. Ms. Freeland completed all of her higher education thus far at Bowling Green State University. She has her Master's degree in Spanish and her Bachelor's degree in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Mathematics Education with a minor in Spanish. She has also conducted various research studies with a focus on university education preparation programs and culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys cooking dishes from around the world, reading lots of books, and being active in the gym, outdoors, or playing lacrosse.

Ms. Kelly Frailly

Kelly Frailly is a 2017 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she studied Music Education and Theatre. Upon graduating college she worked for 4 years in the Chillicothe City School District teaching choir and theatre and performing throughout the community. Kelly enjoys singing, acting, Cleveland sports, iced coffee, board games, and her cat. She is very excited to be back in Northwest Ohio and even more excited to be a Knight!

Mrs. Jackie McBride

Jackie has been hired to be a classroom aide in the high school. She grew up in Oregon but has lived in BG for 23 years. She retired from The Toledo Hospital in December of 2020. Her first love is her family but she also loves sewing and crafting, especially crocheting. But her favorite pass time is talking and laughing! She is so happy to finally be an official Otsego Knight!!

Mr. Curt Williams

Curt is moving from the Elementary to the HS as an Intervention Specialist. Curt has been married for over 20 fantabulous years with 6 amazing adult children, and 9 beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys long, romantic walks on the beach listening to the romantic sounds of classic rock and Cleveland sports. He has been teaching in the Otsego district for 23 years primarily at the elementary building. He will miss seeing so many of his favorite people there but is now looking forward to working at the high school level and creating new friendships.

Mr. Kevin Schaublin

Kevin is our new High School Counselor assigned to students with last names beginning with the letter L-Z. He is a 2013 graduate of Westerville North High School. He attended BGSU and received a Bachelors in Education, and then continued on to receive his Masters in School Counseling. He's been married a little over a year to his wife Anna. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves Ohio State and Browns football. If you ever need to find him, 99% of the time he's probably on the golf course.


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FAFSA Completion Night

Please read the information below and use the following link to register.

2021 Otsego High School FAFSA Completion Night Registration - CLICK HERE

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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



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Sports Pass/Ticket Information

Game Entrance Costs

The member schools of The Northern Buckeye Conference (NBC) voted to raised ticket prices for sporting events beginning this year. Please see below for the updated ticket costs for JH and HS sporting events.

High School Games

Adult $7

Student $5

Junior High Games

Adult $5

Student $3

Girls Golf - NBC Champions

NBC play ended this week. The ladies took 1st and won the overall title. @summer8erry88
tied for 2nd overall and @elizabethj1212 placed 5th. Congratulations to @elizabethj1212, @summer8erry88, and Evelyn Hartman on first-team honors. Nice job ladies!!

CLICK HERE - Sentinel Article

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CLICK HERE to see WTOL Story about Joseph Dzierwa

Athlete of the Week

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Eva Vasher

Director, Transportation, Maintenance & Custodial Services


Phone: 419-823-4381, opt. 5

Fax: 419-823-0945

Bus #2 - Amy Williams, awilliams@otsegoknights.org

Bus #3 - John Serrato, jserrato@otsegoknights.org

Bus #4 - Judy Dussel, jdussel@otsegoknights.org

Bus #5 - Linda Ruple, lruple@otsegoknights.org

Bus #6 - Amy Zimmerman, azimmerman@otsegoknights.org

Bus #7 - Rick Rowe, rrowe@otsegoknights.org

Bus #8 - Randy Tolles, rtolles@otsegoknights.org

Bus #9 - Donna Baker, dbaker@otsegoknights.org

Bus #10 - Chris Feather, cfeather@otsegoknights.org

Bus #11 - Jen Asmus, jasmus@otsegoknights.org

Bus #12 - Chris VanNatta, cvannatta@otsegoknights.org

Bus #13 - Lorrie Mayer, lmayer@otsegoknights.org

Bus #17 - Donna Warren, dwarren@otsegoknights.org

Bus #21 - Helen Bonnough, hbonnough@otsegoknights.org

Van - Tim McKenzie, tmckenzie@otsegoknights.org



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

Lunch Menus

High School and Junior High School Breakfast and Lunch Menus - CLICK HERE

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.

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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)

Kevin Schaublin - School Counselor (Last Names L-Z)

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.