Otsego Jr. High
Weekly Update - February 5, 2016
Mr. Wiley's Message:
We at Otsego are always concerned about student safety. I thought I would use this week’s message to share with you two examples of school safety that took place in the last couple of weeks. First, Superintendent Adam Koch met with High School Principal Kevin O’Shea, Elementary Principal Katrina Baughman, School Resource Office and Wood County Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, and me to discuss how to handle an active intruder situation in any of the Otsego buildings. The purpose of the meeting is to set up a training for the Otsego teachers on February 12th and another training later this spring. Although none of us want to think the worst could happen, that does not mean we bury our head in the sand here at Otsego. If a crisis should ever arise here on campus, rest assured that your child’s teachers will be trained to handle the situation that best guarantees everyone’s safety.
The second illustration of school safety that took place was when the Wood County Sheriff’s Department brought in the drug sniffing canine unit. The sheriff’s department will do this a few times a year and call us about 10 minutes before they arrive. They usually visit several county schools in a day, so Otsego is not the only school on the list for the day. When they arrive, the dogs only visit the high school and the junior high school. The principals will announce to the students and teachers that the school is on a lock down, but teachers are to continue teaching their lessons. The dogs walk through the halls sniffing the outside of the lockers. They are trained to react a certain way if they smell drugs. If a locker is suspected of containing drugs, I will search it. I am happy to report that no drugs were found in the junior high school. I am not proud that we have to go to such lengths to keep drugs out of our school, but it sends a message to students that we will not tolerate drugs in our buildings. I think it is important that students know that, and I also think it is important to parents, from a piece of mind standpoint, that they know it also. If you have any questions about student safety, please feel free to contact me at the junior high school.
8th Grade Scheduling for Next Year
Next Tuesday, February 9th, all 8th grade students will be registering for their 9th grade classes. All students received a blue form that needs to be signed and brought with them to Life Skills next Tuesday.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Foundations of Business is available for students to sign up. It is a full-year course and is one of the courses that meets the financial literacy requirement for graduation. If your son or daughter is interested in future business classes, this will be a great course to start with.
If you have any questions, please email or call at: firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 3006.
2016 Math Counts Team!
2016 Wood County Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Abby Wichman (6th grade), Lillie Luce (7th grade) and Gabe Simpson (8th grade) they will be competing for Otsego in the 2016 Wood County Spelling Bee!
The 2016 Wood County Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at the Wood County Educational Service Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. The competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. If needed, a weather make-up date has been scheduled for the following week, on February 27, 2016.
The top six spellers from the Wood County spelling Bee will advance to the Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee. It will be held at the Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Art on March 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Good Luck Abby, Lillie and Gabe!
4-H Opportunity for 2016
Green Meadows 4-H Club is once again opening up membership for the upcoming 4-H year. Due to the recent graduation of a couple long term members, our numbers have dropped and we would be comfortable adding a few new members. Green Meadows has traditionally been based out of Haskins, however, over the last several years, the meetings have been held within the Haskins, Tontogany, and Grand Rapids areas. Anyone is welcome to join whether your child would be a CloverBud (kindergarten thru 2nd grade), a first time 4-H member (in 3rd grade or has never been in 4-H), or a veteran 4-Her looking for a new club. Green Meadows is a smaller club, typically with membership numbers right around 15. Members take a range of projects from cooking to clothing to livestock to pets to muskrat trapping to scrapbooking to independent projects. The list is endless. Shannon (419-356-9401) and Kim (419-205-5939) are the advisors and would gladly discuss the array of projects available for your child to take. For more information regarding this club, its expections, and the benefits of joining, please call or text one of the advisors. Our first meeting will be held on Sunday February 28th at the 4-H Extension Office in Bowling Green so that the kids can review the variety of projects available and the books accompanying each project.
A SNEAK PEEK IN THE JH!
Mr. Gerwin's Class:
Quiz Bowl Schedules:
Jr. High Winter Sports Schedule & Forms
Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)
To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.
This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.
OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS… There’s an app for that!
FOOD SERVICE UPDATE
First and Last name need to be on you students lunch $ to ensure the money is credited to the correct account
The K12 online payment program is up and running and working Great!