Superintendent's Weekly Update - March 26, 2021

Otsego Community -

REMINDER - Spring Break starts Friday, April 2nd. School resumes Monday, April 12th.

We are seeing a little bit of an increase in our positive cases and quarantines. We are hoping that this is just a short-term spike and we get back to our low numbers. Please continue to mask up, back up, and wash up. We all want this to be over, but we must continue to do the right thing.

Vaccine sign up - https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ Monday, March 29th anyone ages 16 and up can register. I just looked there are a ton of openings in the area. We are also working with the health department on getting our students vaccinated for those that want it. I would encourage you to sign up on your own now, but there is a chance that we will help coordinate an event with local schools. I know some parents that have signed their kids up already. They were able to get in early next week. Feel free to schedule now and not wait on us. It could be a couple of weeks before we get organized.


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Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, March 29th

Food pick-up is Monday, March 29th from 4-5 pm in the back of the high school near the football stadium. Please make sure you come to pick up the food if you signed up.

Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students. Even if your child packs every day have them try our lunches. We are ok with that. It would be a great opportunity for them to try out our food service program.

Adam Koch


Penta T-Shirt Order Form

One of our Otsego Penta students, Abigail Brown, has been designing Penta logos with the member school logos included. We have created a shirt for our community to purchase. The sale is open through April 1, so don't wait too long. Thank you, Abigail!


We will send the shirts home with students or contact you when they have arrived.

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Spanish Trip Fundraiser

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Board Highlights

The Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting last night. Highlights below.

A. Recognition of Otsego Junior High and High School Students of the Month for March:

6th Grade – Ava Weaver, Aiden Gierhart; 7th Grade – Hailey Swartz, Noah Holliker;

8th Grade – Eliana Tobar, Nathan Strahm; Freshman – Trevor Wilcox;

Sophomore – Oliver Odendahl; Junior – Gabriela Walker; Senior – Zach Canterbury

B. Recognition of Compass Award - https://www.13abc.com/2021/03/08/otsego-earns-state-compass-award-for-financial-literacy-program/

C. Superintendent Update – Adam Koch

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Approved the FMLA

C. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the 2021-2022 Services with North Central Ohio ESC

B. Approved a leave of absence

C. First reading of the following 2021-2022 Handbooks - Otsego Extended Care, Preschool and Elementary

D. Final reading and approval of the 2021-2022 school year calendar (see below)

E. First reading of Board Policy revisions

F. Approved the following changes in personnel:


Mollie Layton, teacher, effective end of 2020-2021 school year

Approve the substitute teacher list as submitted by the Wood County ESC

Administrative Contracts

2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:

Tony DiFeterici

The Board of Education also scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30 pm in room C145 to discuss the employment of personnel.

Official 21-22 School Calendar

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Project Connect

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Academic Enrichment Camps at BGSU

The BGSU Academic Enrichment Camps are back for 2021 and have been redesigned to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8. Every day for two weeks students will be engaged in interactive learning in a variety of content areas of their choice. Students can select to enrich their learning in mathematics, reading, science and now social studies. These courses are taught and designed by trained teachers who are experts in their content. During the camps, students will work directly with their camp instructor and same age peers, enjoying a variety of activities to peak their interest in learning and deepen their knowledge.


Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

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. Please 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!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical-related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


Otsego Food Pantry

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!


Softball Fundraiser

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Baseball Fundraiser


Please also be sure to list the student's name and home room teacher in the Notes section at checkout.

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CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Saturday, March 27

10:00 - V SB @ McComb

11:00 - V BB @ Evergreen (DH)

11:00 - JV BB (H) Evergreen (DH)

Tuesday, March 30

4:30 - HS TR (H) Bowling Green and Holgate

4:30 - JH TR @ Liberty Benton with North Baltimore and Arcadia

4:45 - V SB (H) Evergreen

5:00 - JV SB @ Evergreen

5:00 - V BB @ Sylvania

Wednesday, March 31

5:00 - JV SB @ Perrysburg

Thursday, April 1

5:00 - JV BB @ St. John’s

Friday, April 2

5:00 - JV SB (H) Whitmer

Saturday, April 3

11:00 - V BB @ Delta (DH)

11:00 - V SB @ Delta (DH)

11:00 - JV BB (H) Delta (DH)


Reminder: Please send me any and all community events that you might know of. I love sharing things in and around our great community. I will start sending out updates every Friday starting the first week of school. If you could email me community events by Thursday evening that would be great. Thank you.

Community Gardens at the Ag. Incubator Foundation

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Questions, Concerns, Comments, or Rumors

I would like to introduce a way for the community to ask the Otsego Team a question, clarify a rumor, address a concern, or comment on anything Otsego. Please use the form below to ask your question. We will answer them throughout the year in this update. Our goal is to be transparent with the Otsego Community and give you another avenue to ask us questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email. Thank you!

Click here to submit your question

Earth Day Upcycle Contests

Create something new from something otherwise thrown away or recycled. Upcycle contests for both kids and adults will showcase the creativity and ingenuity of Wood County.

Leading the Upcycle Contests is the Carter Historic Farm, a living history farm focused on life in Wood County during the Great Depression. During the Great Depression, families utilized everything they had to help save money. They used tin cans as storage containers, turned cotton feed sacks into clothing, and would mend and repurpose items until it could no longer be used. Today, many people still repurpose items as a way to both save money and be more sustainable.

A great way to combine the DIY spirit of the Great Depression with the “go green” efforts of today are these two upcycle contests, one for kids (ages 5 to 12) and one for adults (ages 13 on up).Participants will take an item that would otherwise be thrown away and turn it into something new or updated. It can be a useful item, a fun item, or even a work of art. Participants will send us before and after photos of their project and the photos will be posted to the Carter Historic Farm Facebook page for voting. The three in each age group with the most likes will win an Earth Day 2021 t-shirt. Wood County Park District Earth Day shirts will be available for the public to purchase throughout April.

Celebrate the 51st annual Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 by doing something good for nature. Find ideas and incentives with the Go Green Passport which encourages at-home participation in go green action with upcycling, recycling, reusing, reducing, and visiting parks in order to earn a set of bamboo utensils.

Register for both contests by April 1, 2021. Photo deadline is April 15. Winners will be announced on Earth day, April 22nd. Visit wcparks.org to register for programs, find a Go Green Passport, order Earth Day shirts, and see what’s new in the Wood County Park District.

Thank you for helping share this with the students, parents, and staff. All ages and all community are invited to participate.

Warm Regards,

Jamie Sands

Volunteer Services & Communications Specialist

Wood County Park District

18729 Mercer Road, BG, OH 43402

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The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance