# Otsego Jr. High

## A Message from Mr. Olds

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome back to all. Students have been wide awake and ready to learn all week long. Grades have been finalized and grade cards will come home today. Please take a moment to look over grades with your student. We want them to be more responsible and take accountability for their learning. We will continue to embrace the differences in learning styles and support ways to enrich each and every student.

As we begin the new semester, it is important for middle schoolers to get off to a good start and finish the year strong. We wanted to address some social media issues/concerns and digital citizenship to our students. We have a presenter coming in during academic assist to speak talk about branding and social media. The speaker is Scott Grant, President and Chief Impact Officer of Triple Threat Leadership. He has presented to our high schoolers and also did a parent session about two months ago. He is a dynamic speaker with a phenomenal message. They should come home talking about what they learned today, so be on the lookout for this conversation.

As always, we will continue to foster an environment conducive for all students to learn. Thank you for allowing us to work with them. Have a wonderful weekend.

## 2nd QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Congratulations to those students that made 1st quarter honor roll! Keep up the great work!

Often times parents will inquire about the formula for GPA calculations, so I have shared the formula below. While the computer calculates all the GPA's you can use this formula to calculate a GPA by hand.

Sum of (grades multiplied by credits) divided by the sum of credits

A=4

B=3

C=2

D=1

F=0

Credits:

Full-Year Course=1

Semester-Length Course=.5 (Physical Education=.25)

For example, if John Doe hypothetically has the following grades: LA=A, Math=B, Science=C, Social Studies=D, Art=F, Chorus=A, FCS=B, Phys Ed=A. The formula to calculate John Doe's grades would look like this:

Sum of grades x credits (4x1+3x1+2x1+1x1+0x.5+4x.5+3x.5+4x.25=14.5) / sum of credits (1+1+1+1+.5+.5+.5+.25=5.75) = 2.52 GPA

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Fryling (dfryling@otsegoknights.org) if you have any questions about honor roll or GPA.

## PARENT/STUDENT INFORMATIONAL NIGHT GRADES 8-11

WHEN

Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 6:30-8pm

WHERE

Bowling Green, OH

All students and their families from grades 8-11 are encouraged to attend.

We will be offering a student activities fair with informational tables from all of our academic departments, student clubs and originations, Penta Career Center, our partner schools for College Credit Plus and various military recruiters.

At 7:00PM our 6-9th grade counselor, David Fryling, will be offering our annual Freshman Orientation presentation in the Auditorium for all 8th grade families. Mr. Fryling will be covering topics ranging from graduation requirements, scheduling process, testing information and more. This presentation is specifically for families with current 8th grade students.

At the same time, in our Gym, our 10-12th grade counselor, Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark, will be presenting on the College Credit Plus program and course selection for students in grades 9-11. She will also be discussing topics related to the College Credit Plus program such as admission requirements, course selection for college courses, how credits are awarded, as well as the scheduling process and tips for families of students in grades 9-11.

## Otsego Local Schools will be hosting a Town Hall Q & A forum featuring Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr.

We are very excited to announce that Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. will be coming back to Otsego to talk to the community and our students!

Otsego Local Schools will be hosting a Town Hall Q & A forum featuring Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Chief Byers was a 1997 graduate of Otsego High School and is a member of the U.S. Navy.

On February 29, 2016 President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. during a ceremony at the White House; this makes him only the fifth SEAL to receive the Medal of Honor.

http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/moh/byers.html

We would love to have a large representation from the Otsego Community attend this special event. We would greatly appreciate it if you could please help spread the word. I have also sent a letter to every church and post office in the community. There will also be something in the Sentinel.

Please note: There is absolutely NO video allowed during the community presentation.

There will be a couple other events on Friday that will be for our students only, but I wanted to share with everyone what they are.

We will be having a character development/motivational assembly with Chief Byers on Friday, February 3rd with our JH and HS students. In the afternoon, Chief Byers will be taping two segments on the stage of the auditorium with WBGU-TV hosted by Otsego's own Steve Kendall.

## OTSEGO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY - FEBRUARY 3rd

The Otsego Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 in between the JV and Varsity Basketball Game at Otsego High School. This will be the 5th class inducted to the Otsego Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals who have brought honor to themselves by making significant impacts or contributions to the school, community, or students. The Otsego Hall of Fame also exists for all alumni who have earned distinction beyond graduation. These individuals have made noteworthy achievements as successful adults in their chosen careers and/or have served as benefactors of mankind. The Otsego Hall of Fame also recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Otsego Local Schools as a staff member, coach, or friend of Otsego.

It has been an honor to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to the Otsego Local School District.

Class of 2012-2013 – Dan Cocke, Holly Frantz, Deb Kendall and Gordon Wenig

Class of 2013-2014 – Randy Donald, Ann Laskey and Lawrence Sprague

Class of 2014-2015 – John Brown, Madge Brown, Fred Moor, Bernard Scott and Jean Scott

Class of 2015-2016 – Barb Vollmar, Howard Bluhm, Charlene Genson, Carter Genson and Tim Downey

The 2016-2017 Otsego Hall of Fame Inductees will be: Edward C. Byers, Jr. and Mary Frazier.

Please help us recognize their contributions to the Otsego Local School District on February 3rd. We will be holding a special reception for our guests of honor at 6 pm in the High School Auditorium and would like to invite all family, friends and the community to celebrate with us. There will be light snacks and cake provided.

We would like to thank the Otsego Alumni & Friends Association for financially supporting the Otsego Hall of Fame. If you have any questions please contact Adam Koch or Lauri Dunham.

Mary Frazier - Teacher

Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. - Otsego Alumni and Navy Seal

• He grew up in Grand Rapids and is a 1997 graduate of Otsego High School
• In 2002, Byers attended Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training and graduated with Class 242. After graduation, he attended the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) course. Byers was then assigned to an East Coast SEAL Team.

• Byers has 11 overseas deployments with nine combat tours. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor (five awards), the Purple Heart (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards, one with Valor), the Combat Action ribbon (two awards), and the Good Conduct Medal (five awards).

• Byers was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony February 29, 2016 for his efforts during a hostage rescue while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. He is only the 11th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery displayed in Afghanistan.

## Phone issues

We have been experiencing some technical difficulties with our phone lines and are working to get them resolved. There have been time when phone just keep ringing many of our people haven't been receiving voicemails. If you have noticed this, please email the school. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and hope to have everything back to 100% real soon. Thanks for your patience.

## Mrs. Fitch's Class

Human diagramming!

## Washington DC Info:

Washington DC Itinerary

Contact Jessica Makowskis at Jamakowski@hotmail.com for trip questions. Fundraising questions go to Mr. olds

## Jr. High 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.

## 6th & 7/8th grade Quiz bowl Schedule

Use the PowerSchool app!

Using a web browser on your mobile device won’t give you the best experience on our PowerSchool website. PowerSchool makes an app for iPhones and Android phones that makes it easy to check your students grades on your phone.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerteacher-mobile/id390563073?mt=8

Our school code is:CJCX

## FOOD SERVICE UPDATE

New free and reduced forms are available at the schools office or online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 419-823-4381 ext.1104

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

## Calendar and Events:

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 9 BBB @ Genoa 4:15

Jan. 10 GBB home vs. Genoa 4:15

Jan. 11 Wrestling home against Woodmore 4:15Jan. 12 GBB @ Eastwood 4:15

Jan. 12 BBB home vs. Eastwood 4:15

Jan. 14 Wrestling - Chuck Mason Invite @ Fostoria 9:00

Jan. 14 BBB @ Swanton 4:15

Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Day - No School

Jan. 19 GBB home vs. Fostoria 4:15

Jan. 19 BBB @ Fostoria 4:15

Jan. 21 Wrestling NBC tournament @ Eastwood TBA

Jan. 24 GBB home vs. Elmwood 4:15

Jan. 24 BBB @ Elmwood 4:15

Jan. 26 BBB @ Rossford 4:15

Jan. 28 & Feb. 1 GBB 7th grade NBC tournament at Fostoria, Finals, Sat. Feb. 4 @ Elmwood

Jan. 28 & Feb. 1 GBB 8th grade NBC tournament at Elmwood, Finals Sat. Feb. 4 @ Elmwood

Jan. 31 BBB @ Woodmore 4:15

Feb. 2 BBB home vs. Lake 4:15

Feb. 6 Two hour delay for AM In-Service

Feb. 7 BBB home vs Genoa

Feb. 9 BBB @ Eastwood 4:15

Feb. 14 BBB home vs. Fostoria 4:15

Feb. 16 BBB home vs. Elmwood 4:15

Feb. 17 District Professional Development - No Classes

Feb. 20 President's Day - No School

Feb. 25 & Mar. 1 7th BBB @ Genoa NBC Tournament, Finals Mar. 4 @ Lake

Feb. 25 & Mar. 1 8th BBB @ Lake NBC Tournament, Finals Mar. 4 @ Lake

Mar. 1 Two hour delay for AM In-service

Mar. 17 End of third nine weeks

April 2 Choir and Band Chicken BBQ

April 8-April 17 Spring Break

May 25 End of fourth nine weeks/last day of school for students