Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter S1 Week 10

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

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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!

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Red Ribbon Spirit Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Students are encouraged to dress according to the themes for each day. Participation will earn class cups points.

Monday - PJ Day

Tuesday - Crocs, Crazy Socks, Boots, and Birkenstocks

Wednesday - Hat Day

Thursday - Spirit Day (Orange and Black)

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October Students of the Month

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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up

CLICK HERE to Schedule a Conference with a Teacher(s) and Access Their Virtual Conference Rooms.

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

We will be holding our annual Veterans Day Assembly this year. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 11th.

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.

Home of the Brave - Local Heroes Website - CLICK HERE

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Otsego Endowment Foundation

The Otsego Endowment Foundation is offering a rare opportunity for you to leave an everlasting mark on Otsego with this year's brick fundraiser! Small and large bricks are available and will be embedded into the exterior walls along with the existing bricks. (See Picture Below)

Click here to dedicate a brick today!

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Ashton Copeland Memorial & Scholarship Fund

If you would like to make a donation, click the link below.

2022 Graduation Details

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!! THE OTSEGO KNIGHTS will be returning to the STROH Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University for graduation.

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

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.

Christmas Boxes for local families in need

Each year, local churches organize Christmas Boxes that are handed out to families and people in need in the Otsego Community.

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 broberts@otsegoknights.org

Christmas Box Application Link

List of Needed Donated Items

Volunteers needed:

  • 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.

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Girls Broomball Sign Up

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2020-2021 Yearbook AD ORDER FORM

Contributions from local companies help make the price of our yearbook affordable for so many of our students who would have to pass it by. It's also a great way to advertise to our students and community members. Last year we were able to lower the cost to our students from $80 per book to only $65! We would love to see it reach $50! Or even better, be FREE!! Yes, some schools reach that goal!!!
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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 News/Announcements

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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.

CLICK HERE if you do NOT Want your student taking the survey.

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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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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 scarroll@otsegoknights.org

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



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.


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)

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)

TEXT: 614-426-0240

Then type: TIPS


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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.