Otsego High School

Weekly Newsletter (Semester II, Q3, Week of March 21st)

From the Desk of Mr. O'Shea

School Safety...A Priority

Let's start off this week with a message that our superintendent Adam Koch wanted to share...


The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority. The district practices safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency. The Ohio Department of Education has recently changed the guidelines regarding emergency response drills. We are now required to have six emergency evacuation drills, three tornado drills, three school safety drills where students must be secured in the school building or rapidly evacuated in response to an immediate threat, and one theoretical school safety drill to provide faculty and staff with instruction in the procedures to follow in such situations. The school district is working closely with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office to correctly implement these procedures. The goals of the training drills are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, reduce injuries, and communicate clear expectations for students and staff. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.


On Thursday, March 24th, all buildings will be conducting a safety drill and will be evacuating to our off site locations. Each location is within walking distance. The evacuation safety drill will take place in the afternoon. We will also be having age appropriate conversations with our students before and after the evacuation drill. The conversations will be centered on a violent intruder. Teachers, building staff and students will have the option to evacuate, barricade, or use evasive distractions to get away from an armed intruder. (Run-Hide-Fight)


If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call us.

Spirit Week Next Week

The Countdown to Spring Break Spirit Week is on! Dress up each day next week to earn Class Cup points:


Themes:

Monday: Team Day - wear any spirit wear from your favorite team!

Tuesday: Superhero Day - Deck yourself out as your favorite Superhero! (no weapons)

Wednesday: Jersey Day - Wear any jersey to show support of a team.

Thursday: Class Color Day - Each class can wear their class color.

  • Freshmen: Orange
  • Sophomore: Black
  • Junior: White
  • Senior: Tye-dye or ANY Orange/Black/White


Be prepared for Minute to Win it games during lunches to earn MORE class cup points!

MARCH STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Highlights

Spring Musical Once Upon A Mattress

Seriously People, If you haven't bought tickets you must! What a talented group of students. They have worked tirelessly for months to put this show on so please come out and support them. Tickets are on sale at the door and its worth it. Plenty of tickets left so come out and support them.


SHOWTIMES:

Friday March 18th 7:00pm

Saturday March 19th 7:00pm

Sunday March 20th 3:00pm


I went Thursday night and I just want to thank everyone for their hard work. The set is amazing, costumes are fantastic, music is wonderful and the students....well they just are unbelievably talented and they will impress you beyond imagination. I am so proud of them. Hard work really does pay off. Congrats to you all, especially the incredible group of seniors we have.

Robotics

Senior Josh Ignatowski is in Cleveland this weekend. He and his robotics team ('Cat Attack' Team 451) will be participating in competitive matches. I have included a link that will be providing a live feed during this weekend's competition.


Josh is his team's "Coach". He earned that role by scoring the highest in a test about this year's gaming rules and from endorsements from all of the adult mentors in the group. He has the huge responsibility of leading the 'players' of the game in each match and advising them as it plays out! Very proud of this young man.


Josh's robotics team CAT ATTACK will be having matches at these times on Friday:
9:00, 10:58, 1:31, 2:51, 3:57, 5:10, 5:48

The link for the live feed again is:

Josh Ignatowski Robotics LIVE FEED

Spring State Testing Schedule/Information

Below is information regarding new state testing this spring. Only our current 9th and 10th graders are required to take the tests as a graduation requirement. A letter explaining this will also be sent home in the mail to every high school parent in the district. Here is what you need to know.


The classes of 2018 and beyond are no longer required to take the Ohio Graduation Test, (OGT) but rather, will need to take 7 different end of course exams throughout their high school career. Students must earn a cumulative score of 18 points, using seven end-of course state tests over four years of high school. Different criteria can be used for students who go to Penta, but here is the basic information you need at this point:

7 End of Course Exams:

9th Grade – English I

10th Grade – English II

8th or 9th Grade - Algebra I

9th or 10th Grade - Geometry

9th or 10th Grade – Biology or *Physical Science

10th Grade - U.S. History

11th and 12th Grade - U.S. Government


Each test uses a 5 point scale

Level 5: Exceeded expectations

Level 4: Met expectations

Level 3: Approached expectations

Level 2: Partially met expectations

Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations

*Level 3 or higher is the target

* Physical Science test is not taken as of 2016. Only Biology.


Critical Information:


  • Students must accumulate a total of 18 points on the 7 exams by the end of their senior year to graduate.
  • They must have a combined minimum score of 4 points between the English I and English II tests.
  • They must have a combined minimum score of 4 points between the Algebra I and Geometry tests.
  • They must have a combined minimum score of 6 points between the Biology, US History, and US Government tests.
  • THESE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA



11th and 12th Grade Parents

If you are a parent of an 11th or 12th grader, your child is required to pass the five Ohio Graduation Tests (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies) given to them their sophomore year. Although most everyone has passed these tests, there are a few that will be making them up this spring to meet the requirement. They will continue to take the tests they have not passed, in the spring, summer, and fall until they pass. We have a very short list of students in this category but we are working with them to ensure all students meet the requirement.


Furthermore, all 11th and 12th grade students will be taking the new U.S. Government test. This test will NOT count towards their graduation but does show on our district report card and will affect our final grade from the state. It is critical that these students take the test seriously and try their best. I would appreciate any help you can give in assisting us with this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office or email me. Thank you for your time.


This year we have come up with a schedule that allows us to administer the state tests without losing any instructional time. Let me repeat that. NO INSTRUCTIONAL TIME WILL BE LOST TO TEST STUDENTS. In order to achieve this we will be running two block schedules over a 4 week period of time. Orange Day (Periods 1,2,3,4) and Black Day (Period 5,6/7,8,9). On these days classes will be 90 minutes long and students will test during their actual class periods. See images below.


Testing Dates:

English Testing: Week of April 11th

Math Testing: Week of April 18th

Social Studies Testing: Week of April 25th

Science Testing: Week of May 2nd (Schedule TBD)

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Upcoming Dates

March:

18th - HS Musical-7pm

19th - HS Musical-7pm

19th - Ag Safety day at ag incubartor Foundation

20th - HS Musical-3pm

18th - End of 3rd Quarter

22nd - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

25th - First Day of Spring Break - NO SCHOOL


April:

4th - Classes Resume

7th - Jostens Cap and Gown delivery 7:00am in the HS Commons (BEFORE SCHOOL)

13th - FFA Banquet

17th - Chicken BBQ

17th - Art Show

20th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service

22nd - Otsego Endowment Foundation Reverse Raffle

26th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

29th - Choir Trip to Chicago (April 29th - May 1st)


May:

6th - Reading Rewards

6th - AP US History Exam Day

7th - HS Prom

10th - Blood Drive

10th - High School Academic Awards Ceremony, 7pm High School Auditorium

11th - 2 Hour Delay - Staff Professional In-Service

19th - HS Choir Concert, 7pm HS Auditorium

22nd - Graduation, 2pm

23rd - HS Band Concert, "Stars, Stripes, and Sousa" 7pm HS Auditorium

24th - Board of Education Meeting, 6pm HS Library

25th - Exam Day#1

26th - Exam Day #2

27th - Exam Day #3, Early Dismissal

27th - End of 4th Quarter

reminders from the High School office

  • Daily Announcements Page
  • Make sure you send in a written note within 48 hours of your child's absence. This is necessary in order for the absence to be excused. Even if you call your child in sick, a note is still needed.
  • Please make sure you include both the first name and last name of student on the absent note.
  • Sign up for Remind 101 to get text or email reminders of important events. Text to 81010 and in the message box, type otseg (there is no "o" at the end)
  • Parents if you want to check on your child's homework, please access their "Google Classroom". All the teachers are posting their assignments there. You will need to know your child's username and password to get into their classroom. If you are having any issues getting into Google Classroom, let us know and we will work to fix it immediately.
  • HOMEWORK CAFE - Please drop of any donated items into the HS office or send in items with your child. Call Betsy Roberts at 419-823-4381 in the HS office for any questions.
  • Meningitis Vaccination New Requirements Info

Guidance Department

Community Scholarship Information


ACT Preparation


College Credit Plus Informational Letter


Penta Career Center: If your student(s) are interested in attending PENTA Career Center, they may start applying now. If you have any questions regarding program opportunities or the application process, contact Jennifer Wronkovich-Clark at 419-823-4381 or via email at jclark@otsegoknights.org.


PENTA Online Admissions/Applications


AP Parents & Students

  • The AP United States History Test is Friday May 6th. The test is $92

Parent and Student Bulletin Please read the attached bulletin. It contains important information for Exam Takers.


New State Graduation Requirements

Applies only to the class of 2018 and beyond.

News from the Yearbook Staff

Senior Photo Requirements

  1. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi).
  2. Must be a vertical photo, this allows more room for your classmates in the yearbook.
  3. Student must be looking at the camera; head cannot be cut off in the picture, & must be able to see student’s full face. Hands, or arms should not be blocking the shoulder shot, or touching the student's face.
  4. A head and shoulders shot is preferred, but will accept a shot from the waist up. No full body shots or students lying on the ground. We can crop pictures, but if the shot is too far away we will not be able to accept the picture.
  5. Remember, this is a formal photo, clothing should be appropriate. (Examples- no muscle tees, cleavage, or hats, or flowers in your hair, the list goes on and on.) If you have to question your clothing, then it is probably not appropriate.
  6. No props in the photo.
  7. Seniors pictures are due by: April 4th, 2016.
  8. If your picture is not turned in by this date, you will not be featured in the senior section of the yearbook.
  9. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Lockhart via email: yearbook@otsegoknights.org.


Yearbook is having a clearance sale. All yearbooks from the following years are being marked down to $10!" (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Email yearbook@otsegoknights.org for further information or to purchase one.

News from Athletics

Spring Sports Schedule

***Due to Weather the Spring Sports Schedule changes daily. Please Call 419-823-4381 and choose option 7 on game day for the most updated information.


Current List Last updated: 2/26/2016


Baseball

Sat Mar 26 @ Evergreen (DH) 12:00

Mon Mar 29 North Baltimore 5:00

Wed Mar 31 Delta 4:45

Mon Apr 4 @ Port Clinton 5:00

Wed Apr 6 @ Oak Harbor 4:45

Thur Apr 7 @ Napoleon 5:00

Mon Apr 11 Elmwood 4:45

Thur Apr 14 @ Woodmore 4:45

Fri Apr 15 Erie Mason @ Fifth Third Field 7:00

Mon Apr 18 Eastwood 4:45

Wed Apr 20 @ Genoa 4:45

Thur Apr 21 Woodward 5:30

Fri Apr 22 @ Lake 4:45

Sat Apr 23 @ Northwood 11:00

Mon Apr 25 Rossford 4:45

Wed Apr 27 @ Fostoria 4:45

Thur Apr 28 @ Van Buren 5:00

Fri Apr 29 @ Elmwood 4:45

Mon May 2 Woodmore 4:45

Wed May 4 @ Eastwood 4:45

Thur May 5 @ Wauseon 5:00

Fri May 6 Genoa 4:45

Mon May 9 Lake 4:45

Wed May 11 @ Rossford 4:45

Fri May 13 Fostoria 4:45


Softball

Mon Mar 28 Archbold 5:00

Tue Mar 29 North Baltimore 5:00

Thur Mar 31 @ Evergreen 4:45

Mon Apr 4 Anthony Wayne 5:00

Wed Apr 6 @ Bowling Green 4:45

Fri Apr 8 Sylvania Northview 5:00

Sat Apr 9 Sylvania Southview 11:00

Mon Apr 11 Elmwood 4:45

Tue Apr 12 @ Wauseon 5:00

Thur Apr 14 @ Woodmore 4:45

Sat Apr 16 @ Rogers (DH) 12:00

Mon Apr 18 Eastwood 4:45

Wed Apr 20 @ Genoa 4:45

Fri Apr 22 @ Lake 4:45

Sat Apr 23 @ Oak Harbor (Quad) 10:00

Mon Apr 25 Rossford 4:45

Wed Apr 27 @ Fostoria 4:45

Fri Apr 29 @ Elmwood 4:45

Mon May 2 Woodmore 4:45

Wed May 4 @ Eastwood 4:45

Fri May 6 Genoa 4:45

Sat May 7 McComb 10:00

Mon May 9 Lake 4:45

Wed May 11 @ Rossford 4:45

Mon May 13 Fostoria 4:45


Junior-Varsity Baseball

Sat Mar 26 Evergreen (DH) 12:00

Thur Mar 31 @ Delta 5:00

Mon Apr 4 Port Clinton 5:00

Wed Apr 6 Oak Harbor 4:45

Thur Apr 7 Napoleon 5:00

Mon Apr 11 @ Elmwood 4:45

Tue Apr 12 Start 5:00 Sat

Thur Apr 14 Woodmore 4:45

Mon Apr 18 @ Eastwood 4:45

Wed Apr 20 Genoa 4:45

Thur Apr 21 @ Woodward 5:00

Fri Apr 22 Lake 4:45 Mon

Sat Apr 23 Northwood 11:00

Mon Apr 25 @ Rossford 4:45

Wed Apr 27 Fostoria 4:45

Thur Apr 28 Van Buren 4:45

Fri Apr 29 Elmwood 4:45

Mon May 2 @ Woodmore 4:45

Wed May 4 Eastwood 4:45

Thur May 5 Wauseon 5:00

Fri May 6 @ Genoa 4:45

Mon May 9 @ Lake 4:45

Wed May 11 Rossford 4:45

Fri May 13 @ Fostoria 4:45


Junior-Varsity Softball

Mon Mar 28 @ Archbold 5:00

Tue Mar 29 @ North Baltimore 5:00

Thur Mar 31 Evergreen 4:45

Mon Apr 4 @ Anthony Wayne 5:00

Wed Apr 6 Bowling Green 4:45

Fri Apr 8 @ Sylvania Northview 5:00

Apr 9 @ Sylvania Southview 11:00

Mon Apr 11 @ Elmwood 4:45

Tue Apr 12 Wauseon 5:00

Thur Apr 14 Perrysburg 4:45

Sat Apr 16 Rogers (DH) 12:00

Apr 18 @ Eastwood 4:45

Wed Apr 20 Genoa 4:45

Fri Apr 22 Lake 4:45

Mon Apr 25 @ Rossford 4:45

Wed Apr 27 Fostoria 4:45

Fri Apr 29 Elmwood 4:45

Sat April 30 Hilltop (DH) 11:00

Wed May 4 Eastwood 4:45

Fri May 6 @ Genoa 4:45

Mon May 9 @ Lake 4:45

Wed May 11 Rossford 4:45

Mon May 13 @ Fostoria 4:45


Track

Tue Mar 29 @ Bowling Green 4:00

Sat Apr 2 Polar Bear Relays (Margaretta) 10:00

Sat Apr 9 Lakota Inv. 9:00

Tue Apr 12 @ Genoa 4:45

Thur Apr 14 Springfield Inv. 4:30

Tue Apr 19 Fostoria/Rossford 4:30

Sat Apr 23 Ayersville Inv. 9:00

Tue Apr 26 @ Lake w/Eastwood 4:30

Sat Apr 30 Liberty Benton Inv. 9:00

Tue May 3 @ Elmwood w/ Woodmore 4:30

Fri May 6 Tim Downey Memorial Inv. 4:30

Tue May 10 JV @ Eastwood 4:30

Sat May 14 NBC's @ Woodmore 10:00


Pay-to-Participate fees are now due. Please contact athletics@otsegoknights.org if you have a question regarding your student’s balance.


Otsego Athletics is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow for high school scores and other athletic department information. Also, if you’d like to receive athletic news and updates by email please email athletics@otsegoknights.org to be added to the list.

OHS Student Council

Events

Powder Puff Football

Powder Puff forms are due by March 1st. If we do not receive enough forms from underclassmen, there will be a single Jr vs Sr game. Forms and money can be turned in at any time to Miss Pierce.


Student Council Armory

HS Student Council will be collecting items, so we can open our Armory next year. Students in need will be able to "shop" the Armory, and take items at no charge. Please help us stock our shelves so we can give back to our community! Please click on the link for more information regarding the Otsego Student Council Armory

We are OHS StuCo

Seniors:

President: Alissa Jacobs

Vice President: Taylor Gonzalez

Secretary: Olivia Jinnings

Treasurer: Marissa Garrett

Representatives: Zane Maxwell, Zane Thomas

Juniors:

President: Madi Kregel

Vice President: Adam Lewis

Representatives: Parker Lazar

Sophomores:

President: Andrew Richardson

Vice President: Julie Spencer

Representatives: Stone Zimmerman, Christina Gonzalez

Freshmen:

President: Hayle Grimmer


Student Council is looking for students who want to help plan and put on events for second semester. Would you like to help create a biweekly Lavatory Ledger? What about help plan a movie night? A Community Euchre tournament? Or even our Spring Powder Puff game? If you are interested in getting involved, see one of your Student Council members, or Miss Pierce. We will be opening up for new member in second semester!


Student Council Advisor: Megan Pierce

Follow OHS Student Council on Twitter: @OHScouncil

Music Department

Congrats to the Choir and Band Programs for earning high marks at the District OMEA competition this past week.


Choir: Chorale-1; Men's-1; Women's-2

Band: Concert Band-1


4/9 OMB/Thayer Ford “Drive4URSchool” Event – 9am -1 pm Thayer Ford – Let’s Go KNIGHTS we can beat the Eastwood Eagles – it’s a contest for the most drivers! OMB earns $20 per test drive (18 years+)


4/7 Otsego Music Boosters Meeting – special presentation on sound system at 6:30pm in room C145 (Changed to Thursday)


4/17 Chicken BBQ 3-6pm Great items of all kinds up for bid to raise money for our Music Program needs. Ticket orders will be distributed before Spring Break and be due by


4/8 Community member wishing to order tickets may contact Lisa Jacobs at 419-823-1495 or via email at jacobsladder100@roadrunner.com prior to 4/7/16. Thank you for your support!


5/19 Spring High School Choir Concert


5/22 Graduation 2pm


5/23 Spring Band Concert (Stars, Stripes, and Sousa)


5/24 Spring Junior High Choir Concert

FFA

Beef Expo

The Beef expo is a sale, show, trade show, conference and judging contest. It goes all weekend long.


The students that are there showing this weekend are: (they are all headed down to Columbus today with their cattle)

Morgan Mazey

Sydney Mazey

Hunter Smith

Monty Alexander

Maddy Smith


http://www.ohiobeefexpo.com/


It is a great cattle event.

Transportation Department

Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)


Text: @otsbus6-12

to: 81010


UPDATE: We have updated our phone system so that our main voice prompts will allow callers to press option 5 for the transportation department. Option 5 will ring extension 3156.

Food Service Department

Click the links to Download the 2015-2016 Lunch and Breakfast Schedules. If you have questions please email our Food Service Supervisor, Jeanie Jeffers or follow on twitter @Otsego_Cafe


Menus

Wood County - Click Here


Email: ecornish@otsegoknights.org - ATOD On-Site Specialist

Community News/Events

Baseball/Softball signups for Grand Rapids? There are plenty of spots available and if parents and kids want info they can email grandrapidslittleleague@yahoo.com for more information. They will send you the necessary info to get signed up.

Communication with the High School

Below are a few of the other ways to connect with us and to have access to updates and communications from us. Please remember that we desire two-way communication and encourage everyone to reach out to us and ask questions, voice concerns, and give feedback. Thank You.


1. High School Website www.otsegoknights.org has a new look! The new Otsego Local Schools site will more effectively highlight what is important to us and the community. The new website layout uses responsive design, meaning that it will adjust for tablets and mobile devices. We will keep the high school site updated with pictures, news articles, and other important information regarding the district and the building.


2. Remind 101 (Text to: 81010 Message: @otseg there is no "o" at the end just @otseg. Thats it. You will receive a message that says you've been added to our group. You will receive text messages straight to your mobile device). If you don't want to text, you can go to https://www.remind.com/join and just type in (otseg) as the class code.


3. Twitter (follow @otsegohsoffice or @KosheaOHS)


4. District App:

Click here to download on an apple device

Click here to download on an android device

Classic Weekly Student Joke:

Q: Why did the bicycle fall over?

A: It was two tired, Duh.


Have a great week.

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