Otsego Jr. High

October 16, 2015


:Motivational quote found on Mr. Koch's twitter page.


30 Tips for Raising Middle-Schoolers

1. Become a student of your child. Because early adolescence brings so many maturational changes, learn all you can about your child from his teachers, pediatrician, youth director, and other parents.

2. Insist on respect and show respect. Remember that love and respect fit together like hand and glove. Give it and insist that your kids speak to others politely as well. It may be tough going, as this age can be mouthy and naturally rude. But insist anyway.


3. Use straight talk. Talk to your child about her friendships openly. Make sure you know where she fits in. Remind her that having friends—not being popular—will make her happiest over the long haul.

4. Speak early. Let kids know it’s easiest to speak up quickly in defense of a friend. Good intentions fade fast as the gossip express picks up speed.

5. Pay attention. Look at what your child loves to do. Ask him questions about what makes him happy, and find ways for him to do these activities with other kids.


6. Protect sleep. Pediatricians indicate that children in the middle school age range need nine to nine and a half hours of sleep per night. Try to make sure your child hits this mark most of the time.

7. Create a quiet zone. Establish a quiet workplace without noise or other distractions so children can complete homework undisturbed.

8. Safeguard weeknights. Protect evening time during the week so children can be home, completing homework and studying for tests.

9. Take time for 25. Make sure your child has regular access to books, reading at least 25 per year.

10. ID intelligence. Identify what your child is good at, and give him many chances to hone skills in this area.

Mobile phones, gaming, social networking, internet

11. Maintain tech-free bedrooms. Keep computers, laptops, televisions, and gaming equipment in common areas.

12. Keep bedtime boring. If you purchase mobile devices such as a cell phone, smartphone, MP3 player, Nintendo DS, or iPod Touch for your middle schooler, collect them all at bedtime so kids can sleep.

13. Restrict violence. Don’t purchase video games that are riddled with violence. If games are borderline, rent and preview them before buying.

14. Obey the rules. Kids must be 13 to join social networking sites such as Facebook. In fact, we advise waiting until high school at the earliest for Facebook.

15. Monitor social media and internet usage closely.

16. Install internet guardrails. Many parents choose to install internet filtering software or set up parental controls. But the best guardrails are conversations parents have with kids about safe ways to use the internet as well as family rules, consistently enforced, that govern internet use.

17. Don’t just throw out the bad; bring in the good. Use media as a teaching tool. View uplifting movies and have rich discussions. Play sports games on Xbox or Playstation with your child. Bowl together on your Wii. Download dance tunes and jump around.

18. Unplug. Turn off the recreational media spigot sometimes—for the day, for the week. Schedule time for nondigital family fun.

Sex, drugs, and alcohol

19. Remember your own adolescence and the way you handled sex. Deal with any regrets and don’t let the past co-opt the present.

20. Tell your child the truth about drugs, sex, and alcohol. Don’t leave it to the school or his friends to educate him.

21. Don’t give your child alcohol at home for any reason.

22. Monitor your middle schooler’s friends. If they are a bad influence encourage your child to find new friends. This is easier said than done. But do it anyway.

23. Be in the know. Know what goes on at parties. Make sure parents are present.

24. Talk about sexting. Explain the legal and emotional fallout from sexting to your kids. Talk about the shame and humiliation he or she will feel if a nude photo goes viral.

25. Discuss sex openly. Talk to your son or daughter about impulsivity, about modesty, and about the moral and proper way to relate to the opposite sex.

Imparting faith and virtue

26. Reclaim your spiritual role. You, even more than the church, are the most powerful spiritual influence on your child. Share your life experiences and evidences of God’s faithfulness to you with your children.

27. Let them experience real-life consequences. Teach kids to make it right with others when they make mistakes. Do not spare your child from the real-world consequences of his or her actions.

28. Forgive quickly. When kids act out or misbehave, they need to be assured of our forgiveness once they have been disciplined.

29. Say you’re sorry. Be willing to admit your mistakes. Your kids know anyway when you’ve messed up.

30. Be careful when kids confess. Watch your reactions closely. If you’re combustible and overreact when kids mess up, they will learn that you can’t handle the truth. Don’t make them wall off their hearts. Make truth-telling safe.

Adapted from From Santa to Sexting ©2012 by Brenda Hunter, PhD, and Kristen L. Blair. Used with permission of Leafwood Publishers.

JH SPIRIT WEEK October 19th-23rd



WEDNESDAY: Celebrity


FRIDAY: Dress like a teacher

ATTENTION 7TH GRADE PARENTS: Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey

On November 9th, all 7th and 11th grade students will have the opportunity to take the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey, known as the OHYES! With OHYES! students will help us learn about the climate at school and the health and academic issues that impact their quality of education and daily life. Results from the survey can help Otsego leadership advocate for creating safer and more welcoming schools. All responses are confidential and no identifying data (birthdate or name) will be recorded. Please read the attached form or contact Mr. Fryling if you have any questions.



Starting October 1 for the entire month of October, please bring in your loose change to your 9th period, AA class to help support the animals at the Toledo Humane Society…

Service learning project by Rylee Smith


Starting October 1 for the entire month of October, please bring in food and other donated items to your 9th period, AA class to help support the animals at the Toledo Humane Society…

(Please see the list of needs located on the boxes in each classroom)

Service learning project by Madison Smith

OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS… There’s an app for that!



The K12 online payment program is up and running and working Great!



Several cases of head lice have been confirmed

Quick attention to the problem will help to prevent further spread. If you suspect that your child may have lice, please contact the school so we may help prevent further cases.

Upon return to school, your child must be treated with an approved lice-killing shampoo and be NIT FREE. It is requested that the parent/guardian bring the student in to school the day of return. Your child will then be re-examined. If the treatment was not satisfactory, he/she will not be readmitted to school. The treatment for removal for the nits can be done in one evening; however, it will require careful attention and time on your party. Your child should not miss more than three days of school because of head lice.


7th grade Honors Social Studies Class Ancient Greece Presentations!


Annnnnnnd ACTION! Readers' theater performances in Mrs. Wenskink's 6th grade LA class!

Good luck XC at the NBC Championships tomorrow at H.P. Eells Park!


The 7th grade team ended the season finishing 2nd in the league. The girls played hard and have grown tremendously over the season.

7th & 8th grade girls basketball tryouts

2015-2016 Knights Biddy Wrestling

Jr. High Fall Sports Schedule & Forms

JH_SPORTS_Fall_Schedule 2015


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.