Otsego High School
Weekly Newsletter (WEEK 9)
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From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea
End of the First Quarter
The First Quarter Ends on Wednesday, October 21st. Grades from the first quarter affect eligibility so it is critical that you make sure your grades are in good standing.
For students that are 100% online if you are considered to be Very Far Behind in your work, you will be receiving a failing grade for that class. Students that are on pace or just behind you will receive the current grade you have in the class.
Information about Parent-Teacher Conferences has been added below. If you would like to have a conference with your child's teacher you can sign up for that below.
Good luck to all our students competing and performing this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and healthy.
One Heartbeat. Go, Knights!
State COVID Compliance Observer
We have been notified again that there will be an OHSAA State COVID Evaluator/Observer at Saturday Nights Home Playoff Football Game.
All in attendance will be expected to follow all policies and guidelines pertaining to mask-wearing and social distancing. Mask wearing and seating will be strongly enforced. We appreciate your efforts with this.
October Students of the Month
ONLINE Parent Teacher Conferences
Conferences this year will be:
Wednesday, November 4th (4:00pm - 8:00pm)
Thursday, November 5th (10:00am - 8:00pm)
Friday, November 6th - No School
All Parent-Teacher Conferences will be virtual this year. Teachers will be at their classroom computers and meet with parents via ZOOM virtual meetings.
YOU MUST SCHEDULE A TIME TO MEET WITH THE TEACHERS.
Once you have scheduled your appointment times, we have created a website for you to access your teacher's virtual conference room. - Click Here
Eagle Scout Project - Donations Needed
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 email@example.com . Thank you for your consideration.
Driving in FOG
Fog can be one of the most dangerous weather conditions for both new and experienced drivers. Fog has the potential to reduce visibility significantly, so it is critical that drivers stay focused on the road in order to stay safe. Severe weather demands your undivided attention. Keep in mind that sometimes the best driving decision you can make is to stay off the road completely until the weather clears.
- Slow down. Be sure to slow down so you have more time to react if traffic stops or other hazards appear. Never drive faster than you can safely stop based on how far you can see. When visibility is severely limited, find a safe place to park, away from travel lanes, and wait for conditions to improve.
- Always headlights, never brights. Avoid using high-beam headlights in fog as fog consists of tiny water droplets that spread and reflect light. While your high beams are not useful in the fog, remember to turn on your low-beam headlights to help other drivers see you.
- Stay focused on the road. Driving in fog is not a time for multi-tasking. Turn down the radio, stop conversations with other passengers, and keep your attention on the road. Roll down your window to help you hear other traffic on the road.
- Do not stop on the road. When you cannot see where you are going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights. Leaving your lights on may cause motorists to think that your taillights indicate the lane of travel, which could cause a collision.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Back Up! The following video illustrates the social distancing expectations for students at the bottle filling stations, restrooms, and in the lunch lines.
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.
Wash Up! This video demonstrates how students will sanitize their desks at the end of each class before they leave.
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.
SENIORS - FAFSA Completion Night
Otsego will be holding a FAFSA Completion Night on Wednesday, October 21st in the High School Commons.
Families of 2021 seniors: if you are unable to attend the OHS FAFSA Completion Night on October 21, there are several other options in the area for you to get help with your FAFSA. Owens Community College is hosting on-campus FAFSA Workshops that are facilitated by Financial Aid professionals on Thursdays from 2-4pm. The capacity will be limited so you will want to sign up early at this link: https://www.owens.edu/financial_aid/fafsa-workshop/
If the Owens option does not work for you, Lourdes University is also hosting their annual Financial Aid night. This will be on Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00pm. If you have questions, you can contact Bailey Sea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both of these events are free and open to all Otsego High School seniors, regardless of where they plan to attend school next year.
THE WEEK in PICTURES
100% Online Students
Online School (NOVA) First Quarter Grading
If you are considered to be Very Far Behind in your work, you will be receiving a failing grade for that class. Students that are on pace or just behind you will receive the current grade you have in the class.
You will receive the grade you have in the class.
You will receive the grade you have in the class.
Very Far Behind
You will receive a failing grade in the class even if you have a passing grade.
White Bonfire orders are still missing as of 9/30. I have been in contact with Bonfire, and even though they swear that all masks have shipped, they will be working on processing refunds for orders from Batch 2 (closed on 8/15) and Batch 3 (closed on 8/30).
Great news! All of the black masks from the first round of the Team Sports fundraiser have been delivered. These should have made their way home with your students this week. The second round is currently being processed and should be delivered the week of October 13th. Since this was a smaller order, it may show up sooner.
Once masks are delivered, we will do our best to get them sent home with students as soon as possible. If you would like to expedite the process, please complete the following form. If you have already filled out this form, you do not need to fill it out again. https://forms.gle/p2dkyZBV5p4E1gzj6
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to Miss Pierce at email@example.com.
Senior portrait day is October 28th.
The 2020-21 Otsego Yearbook staff would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year!!!! Hold on to your seats "it's going to be a bumpy ride" -JK Rowling.
COVID-19 is once again going to alter our school year like no other! We are going to create a yearbook that documents these challenging, unusual, and memorable months in creative and exciting ways!
Last year we invited students to share with us their photos of how they spent the COVID quarantine weeks and the response was amazing!!! We couldn't have pulled off a truly awesome ending to the 2020 book without everyone's participation. This year we are going to try something new. Instead of collecting photos through email, we are sharing a Google Classroom with the entire school! Turn on your notifications and look for event topics (Classwork Assignments) to be posted as we build the book. Then upload your favorite photos and tell us your story in the comments too! Remember to upload just the photos and DO NOT put them on a doc.
Most of the time we cannot see what's on a doc. We can't wait to get started!!! "HEY OTSEGO WHAT DO YOU SAY?" "WE'RE THE BEST IN EVERY WAY!"
JV Girls Volleyball - League Champions
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,
Honoring Fall Senior Athletes
Honoring Fall Band Seniors
Online Bus Route Information
If you have any questions about transportation please direct them towards our transportation director, Eva Vasher, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com
Communication with the High School
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 (Grades 10-12)
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.