Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter S1 Week 10
From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
Last Week of Quarter One
We have reached the final week of the first quarter. Make sure you are checking your grades and studying hard. Academically this could be a hard week so make sure you are pacing yourself and making time to study.
There is NO SCHOOL next Friday, October 29th. The High School Staff is having a professional development day.
Friday night is our final regular-season home football game vs. The Team Out East. It is also our annual FFA Tailgate. The campus will be packed Friday and I am looking forward to a fun evening. Go, Knights!
Next weeks schedule:
Monday - White Schedule (Periods 1-8)
Tuesday - Black Schedule (Periods 5-8)
Wednesday - Orange Schedule (Periods 1-4)
Thursday - White Schedule (Periods 1-8)
Friday - NO SCHOOL Staff Professional Development
Enjoy your weekend and Good luck to all of our students competing/performing this weekend. #OneHearbeat Go Knights Go!
October Students of the Month
Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up
High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on...
Wednesday, November 3rd (4:00pm - 8:00pm) and
Thursday, November 4th (10:00am - 8:00pm)
Once you sign up you will be given the option to choose an in-person or virtual conference.
If you select an in-person conference you will just come to school and meet with your child's teacher in their classroom at the time you signed up for.
If you select a virtual conference you will go to the following website CLICK HERE at the time you signed up for. Find your child's teacher and click the link to enter their virtual conference room. You will be placed in a waiting room and the teacher will let you in once they are available.
Verterans Day Assembly
The commons doors will be open to visitors starting at 7:45 am. Breakfast will be served at 8:15 am and the ceremony will begin at 9:15 am with our parade of Heroes into the gymnasium. All community members are welcome to attend the Ceremony and All Senior Citizens and Veterans are welcome to attend the breakfast.
If you plan on attending the breakfast please RSVP to Lisa Austin (419) 823-4381 by November 1st.
Otsego Endowment Foundation
Ashton Copeland Memorial & Scholarship Fund
2022 Graduation Details
The Otsego Knights Class of 2022 will be celebrating their graduation on Saturday Night, May 21st. The graduation ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 pm in the STROH Center. More details to come but mark your calendars.
Graduation Rehearsal will be Thursday morning May 19th at the STROH Center.
We are also planning to have the Graduation Parade on the same day as graduation. Time TBD but tentatively 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. The Parade times are subject to change.
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.
Christmas Boxes for local families in need
Please see attached flyers to apply for one of these boxes. They are also in need of donated items and the other flyer lists needed items.
Deadline for Applications is December 4th by 3:00pm.
Deadline for monetary donations is December 5th. (Flyer has address)
Deadline for donated items is Thursday, December 9th by 3:00pm
Returned applications can be:
1. Mailed to Address on the form
2. Mailed to Otsego HS at 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, Suite 2, Bowling Green, OH 43402
3. Turned into the office by parent or student.
4. Emailed to email@example.com
- Anyone: Wednesday, Dec 8th, 10:00am at St. Patrick's Church (Grand Rapids) for sorting and bagging toys for ages infant-12 years old
- Anyone: Thursday, December 9th, 6:00pm in St. Patrick's PARISH Hall for the sorting and boxing of all non-toy items
- Post HS age: Saturday, Dec 11th, 8:00am-12:00pm, for the distribution of toys, baskets and warming items from St. Pat's Parish Hall.
Thank you to the local churches: St. Patrick Providence, Tontogany Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, Hosanna Lutheran, Methodist Tontogany, Methodist Grand Rapids, Methodist Weston.
Girls Broomball Sign Up
2020-2021 Yearbook AD ORDER FORM
Student CREDIT UNION
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
The Wood County Educational Service Center will conduct the Wood County ADAMHS Board Youth Survey in November for grades 5-12. They have identified November as being the best time to administer the surveys.
This survey has proven invaluable as we have developed prevention programs based on Wood County and district needs. Also, our county has received many valuable grants that have brought training and resources to our county. This was all made possible through the data obtained through this survey.
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
Basketball Spirit Wear
Please see the attached link CLICK HERE.
Notice the closing day is only a couple of weeks out. Also, please notice they are allowing 5-6 weeks for delivery because of the time it takes to get items in. Items should be delivered to the school before Christmas break.
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Game Entrance Costs
High School Games
Junior High Games
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)
Safe School Helpline
Recent polls show that parents’ first concern about schools today is their child’s safety. That is my concern as well. Fortunately, the Otsego is very safe. However, no community is immune from the threats of violence and drugs that endanger public schools nationwide.
We are introducing a Safe School Helpline® to help prevent such actions. It is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students, or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, theft, drug or alcohol use, weapons, or sexual harassment.
Just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.
Thank you for your continued support to provide a better education for all Otsego students.
800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359)
Then type: TIPS
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.