Otsego Junior High

September 9, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF MR. RIFE

Happy Friday Otsego Families!!!!

We are well underway in our first quarter of school, parents you can track your students progress through PowerSchool by following the directions at the bottom of this newsletter.




We also have a HomeWork Calendar on our website, here is the link:


HomeWork Calendar



School Pictures are now available to order on JostenPix website.



Link to tonight's Varsity Football Game- Little Knights Game



Congratulations to our September Students of the Month!




Please see the enclosed information regarding Safe School Helpline.

SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month!

You can use Payschools to pay for fees and lunches online.


Quick Setup Guide:

Payschools Quick Setup Guide


Manage your account:

www.PaySchoolsCentral.com


Payschools Signup Information:

Payschools Introduction and Information Letter

SCHOOL PICTURES

CLICK HERE to View/Order School Pictures

A couple of days after school pictures you can go onto Jostenspix.com and view/order your child's school pictures. Just go to their website and enter the Event Code provided below. You may need to create an account with Jostens first before you are able to view your child's picture.


Junior High Pictures


Event Code: FE222822



Re-Take Day - Thursday, October 13th (7:30am - 10:30am)

September is Suicide Prevention Month

From the Desk of Mrs. Gase

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 through 24. We at Otsego Schools take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously, we are planning to provide our junior high students with some basic information about youth suicide and what to do if they are worried about themselves or a friend.

We realize that this is a difficult topic. Sometimes people are afraid that talking about suicide will make it happen. In fact, talking about suicide is often a relief for those who have been thinking about it. Our willingness to bring it up allows them to feel more open about sharing their feelings.

We have carefully selected a research based program called Lifelines Prevention. Lifelines Prevention uses age appropriate information to teach basic information about potential warning signs for suicide and emphasizes help-seeking behavior when a student is worried about themselves or a friend.

If you have any questions about what your student will be learning, please reach out to Mary Gase at mgase@otsegoknights.org. Mary Gase is our district’s Prevention Education Specialist who will be delivering the program.

If you do not want your child to participate in the program, please contact Jon Rife at jrife@otsegoknights.org or 419.823.4381.

FOOD SERVICE

For the last two years, all students have enjoyed free breakfast and lunch at school through the federally funded Universal School Meals Program. Unfortunately, the USDA did not renew this waiver, and meal charges are set to return for students beginning with the 2022-23 school year.


CLICK HERE to view all the Information Related to Breakfast and Lunch Services.

8TH GRADE WASHINGTON DC TRIP - October 25-29

Attention parents of current 8th Grade Students: There is still room and time to register!


Please see the attached information regarding the Washington DC Field Trip.


We do have some partial scholarships left to award. Please contact Student Adventures to register!

ATHLETICS

Saturday, September 10

Cross Country @ Seneca East, 4:00

Monday, September 12

Volleyball @ Woodmore, 4:15

Cross Country @ Rossford Inv., 5:00

Wednesday, September 14

Volleyball @ Lake, 4:30

Thursday, September 15

Football vs. Elmwood, 4:15

Volleyball @ Cardinal Stritch, 5:00

2022-23 DISTRICT CALENDAR

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Travel to Cost Rica

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Community Events

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Youth Skills Assessment- Girls Basketball

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Youth Basketball Leagues

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Safe School Helpline

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,



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

www.safeschoolhelpline.com

OFFICE STAFF

Follow us on Twitter

Mr. Rife - @OJHS_Principal

JH Office - @OtsegoJHS

JH Athletics - @OtsegoJH

Mrs. Laudick- @OJHS_Counselor

Deputy Brian - @DeputyBrianSRO

Mr. Lehman - @MrLehmanELA

6th Grade - @otsego_Grade6

Mrs. Hamrick - @amhamrick1

Mrs. Duhamel - @mgduhamel

Mr. Bressler - @ScotBressler

Mr. Rohn- @MisterRohn

Ms. Hildreth @katehildreth15

Mrs. Duhamel @mgduhamel

Mrs. Heyman-@8thOtsego

Mrs. Kao-@KaoJill

FAQ'S

What happens if my child loses their agenda book?

Replacement agenda books can be purchased for $5 in the office.

When can I purchase a yearbook for my child?

Yearbook order forms will be sent home in the Spring. Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school.

How do I check my child's grades online?

The link to access Online Grades is on the Parent tab on the Junior High page of the Otsego website (otsegoknights.org). Your child's username is their Student ID #. Their password is the first 3 letters for their first name with the first letter capitalized. For example: 12345 Joy

Is there an App to check my child's grades?

Yes. In your app store search for Powerschool. The username and password is the same one you use to access Online Grades. Our school code is CJCX.

Link to District Calendar