Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter Semester 2 Week 10

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

2nd Semester Important Dates/Events

*subject to change, please recheck this link frequently for changes.

2nd Semester Dates/Events

Monthly Calendar - Click Here

Earning an Ohio High School Diploma


As a graduation requirement, students must take seven (7) state end of course exams. (ELA I, ELA II, Algebra I, Geometry, United States History, Government, and Biology). Each test is scored on a 1-5 scale. A student must score a total of 18 points or higher combined score from all 7 tests in order to meet the graduation requirement.

Furthermore, they must have a minimum combined score of 4 between the two ELA Tests, a minimum combined score of 4 between the Algebra and Geometry Tests, and a minimum combined score of 6 between the Science and Social Studies Tests.

CLICK HERE to see Alternate Graduation Pathways from the State of Ohio.

State Testing Dates

Spring Testing Dates:

Below are the dates that Otsego High School will be administering each test. (Note: Other high schools may have chosen different dates to test. Also, this does not reflect the JH and Elementary testing times either).

ELA State Tests

Wednesday, April 10th (ELA Part 1)

Thursday, April 11th (ELA Part 2)

MATH State Tests

Wednesday, April 24th (Algebra 1 & Geometry) *Parts 1 & 2

SCIENCE State Tests

Thursday, April 25th (Biology) *Parts 1 & 2


Friday, April 26th (American History & Government) *Parts 1 & 2

Blood Drive

On Wednesday, May 1, Otsego High School will be hosting a blood drive. If you are interested in donating blood, the high school gymnasium will be open from 7:30 am - 12:15 pm for walk-ins. Please contact Jenna Lewis at 19jlewis@otsegoknights.org if you have questions or need more information.

Food Donation Competition

Donate food items to benefit Knights Have Your Back and earn class cup points. This contest ends on March 25th. Donation boxes are in the commons.

Items we need:

Peanut Butter, Tuna Fish, Granola Bars, Nutri Grain Bars, Applesauce Cups, Fruit Cups, Oatmeal Packets, Soups, Mac & Cheese, Pasta, Pasta Sauce.

Otsego Goes to PARIS!

If you haven't heard Otsego is going to Paris! The students with the art teachers' supervision are hosting painting parties to raise money for their tickets!

We hope to offer two parties by the end of this school year and then one every month when school starts next year leading up to the trip in April 2020!

We have all seen our friends on facebook having a great time creating adorable paintings with a fun group of people. That's exactly what we are pulling together! Treats will be provided by the students including Olivia's Cupcakes!

If you cannot attend on this date please consider a monetary donation that will be applied directly to the students' trip costs. Our first class is limited to 45 people due to supplies. We are hoping to accommodate more as time goes on. Email me at dbowers@otsegoknights.org with any questions.

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Post Prom Information


There will be a Post Prom meeting next Wednesday night at seven o’clock in the high school commons to start planning for post-prom for the 2019-2020 prom?


Wednesday, March 27th @ Pisanellos Pizza - Waterville

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Success Period Events/Information

March 18th - 21st Events

Monday 18th: Ultimate Frisbee Meeting, Digital Photography Meeting

Tuesday 19th: First Solar Presentation

Wednesday 20th: Silent Sustained Reading

Thursday 21st: Rita Foos, Ice Cream Shop, Job Opportunity

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Counselor's Corner

Apply to PENTA Career Center

It's not too late to apply for admission to Penta Career Center for the 2019-2020 school year. At Penta you will: learn skills that employers seek, gain industry credentials, earn college credits, and more! Apply online today at (link: http://pentacareercenter.org) pentacareercenter.org

AP Bulletin

This bulletin outlines all you need to know about the AP College Board. It will help you and your student get ready for the AP exams in May. CLICK HERE

2019 Medical Mutual Scholarship Fund

Medical Mutual will award 100 scholarships, valued at $500 to eligible seniors. Eligible students must visit cfprograms.smapply.io/prog/medmutual to access the online application and submit all required documents. Applications are now open and will remain open until April 1, 2019 at 5pm.



Athletic Department

Manley and Wright Wrestle at STATE

Congrats to Wrestlers jake Manley and Jesse Wright for competing in the OHSAA State Tournament last weekend. Jake finished in 3rd place and made the podium. Great job Men.

Wister Chapter National Football Foundation.

Congratulations to Mitch Downs, Will Gase, and Austin Meier for their induction to the Wister Chapter National Football Foundation. These young men were honored for their athletic, academic, and extracurricular dedication.
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Game Schedules

***For the most up to date Schedules please go to the main HS Website, these only get posted once per week and may not reflect changes. High School Website with updated Dates


Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow (@OtsegoAthletics) for high school scores and other athletic department information.

Athletic Boosters Information

To help with any of the events listed please contact Karen Smoyer 419-575-9395, ksmoyer@eastwoodschools.org or any Booster member.

Music Department

DRIVE 4UR School


OMEA Competition

Congrats to both our Band and Choir Programs. Straight 1's and Superior Rated at the OMEA District Competitions. Way to Go!

Musical Tickets On Sale

Tickets will be available before each show.


Thursday, March 21st - 7 pm

Friday, March 22nd - 7 pm

Saturday, March 23rd - 7 pm

Sunday, March 24th - 3 pm

Sound Panel Project

Please take note that some panels are installed for Musical but the project is not complete yet. We have had material delays, weather delays, and volunteer delays but we are still working on completing the project soon. Thank you to all that have sent funds to support our costly sound project and thank you to those that have worked hard to bring the project this far.

If you would still like to donate, it’s not too late. Contact us through email at musicboosters@otsegoknights.org for more details.

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OVLA - Online School

OVLA Success

OVLA Success is an after-school program for students taking an online class through the Otsego Virtual Learning Academy. Please read the information below about the goal of OVLA Success and also for information about dates, times and location.

CLICK HERE for more information

Transportation Department

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010

Food Service Department

Parents, please check your student's meal account balances. We have several students at or over the three meal charge limit. We send letters home twice a week with elementary students and also email parents at all grade levels.

The free and reduced meal applications are available online or in the school office. CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION

As many of you may remember we have the "Pay it Forward" account which is to keep students from receiving an alternate meal. At this point, the account is nearing zero. If you are interested in donating to the Pay It Forward program please contact Jeanne Jeffers, jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or Adam Koch, akoch@otsegoknights.org. Once the Pay It Forward account gets to zero, we will have no choice but to implement our districts unpaid meal charges policy, which follows.

Charging Policy

If you have any questions or concerns.

Jeanne Jeffers, 419-823-4381 ext 1104 or jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

General Lunchroom Information

Lunch Menus

Ag and FFA News

Otsego High School FFA

Check out the Otsego FFA Newsletter for all the latest news and updates with our Ag and FFA students. FFA NEWSLETTER

Questions or Comments should go to our Program Director Debbie Ayers. dayers@OtsegoKnights.org

Student Council

Knight in Shining Armour

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:

  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.

We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.

Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


Community Events/News/Information

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Health and Wellness Fair - March 27th

Otsego Local Schools invites you to attend a health and wellness fair on March 27th from noon to 6 pm in the high school gym. This event is open to junior high and high school students, district staff, parents and community members.

Our goals are:

  • To inspire students, staff, and community members to improve their health and overall well- being.

  • To provide educational information and free health services/screenings to students, staff and community members

  • To foster connections between individuals and local health and wellness organizations.

Attendees will be introduced to resources that can compound the benefits of a more holistic and comprehensive approach to health

This health fair gives us a chance to reach out to our community members and offer them a chance to sample products, learn about different holistic approaches to health and wellness that we may not know about, receive a chair massage, and ask questions regarding their own health and maybe receive direction to aid in treatment that you didn’t know about or an avenue you have not thought to pursue.

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Communication with the High School

Below are a few 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. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. That's it. You will receive a message that says you've been added to our group. You will receive text messages straight to your mobile device). If you don't want to text, you can go to https://www.remind.com/join and just type in (otseg) as the class code.

3. Twitter (follow @otsegohsoffice, @KosheaOHS, or @OtsegoAthletics)