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OHES Receives Hall of Fame Award

Congratulations to the Ottawa Hills Elementary School faculty, staff, and students. At the annual Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators’ luncheon, OHES received the Hall of Fame Award. Shown with the award are Superintendent Dr. Kevin S. Miller, second grade teacher Heidi O’Connor, second grade teacher Jennifer Powers, kindergarten teacher Wendi Danzeisen, and OHES Principal Kori Kawczynski. 

Applications Being Accepted for Director of Development and Alumni Relations

The growth of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation has led the members of the Ottawa Hills Board of Education to seek a Director of Development and Alumni Relations. This full-time position will work with the Foundation Trustees to execute a fund development strategy, including core initiatives such as the Annual Fund, Major/Capital Gifts, Donor Stewardship, Planned Gifts, and Alumni Relations.

Click on “Employment Opportunities” for more information regarding the position and the application process. A complete job description can be found with the job posting or by going to https://www.applitrack.com/ottawahills/onlineapp/1BrowseFile.aspx?id=7066

 Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2016. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kevin S. Miller, Superintendent, at 419-536-6371 or by emailing kmiller@ohschools.org

Former Ottawa Hills Student Alice Magato is the New Miss Ohio

Former Ottawa Hills student Alice Magato is the new Miss Ohio. She was crowned at the Miss Ohio Pageant on Saturday, June 18. Alice attended school at Ottawa Hills Elementary. She was a member of the Class of 2016. Alice is shown here with fellow fourth grader Andrew Prince. From Ottawa Hills, the Magato family moved to Cincinnati, where Alice recently graduated from Seton High School. She was also the pageant’s preliminary talent winner, performing “Astonishing” from the musical “Little Women.” Alice plans to attend Chapman University in California to major in Political Science. She won a $10,000 scholarship for being named Miss Ohio. Her pageant platform is "Healthy Confidence, the New Definition of Beauty."  Alice will go on to compete in the 2017 Miss America Pageant on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Congratulations to this former Green Bear!

Commencement Held for 76th Graduating Class

On Thursday evening, friends, relatives, faculty, and staff gathered in the high school gymnasium to honor the Class of 2016 as 77 graduates received their diplomas. The Class of 2016 is the 76th class to graduate from Ottawa Hills Schools.

Honored speakers for the ceremony were Donovan DeMilt, Jillian Frye, and Aidan McMurray. Students were recognized throughout the ceremony for receiving various honors, such as honors diplomas and the President's Award for Educational Excellence. Those who had received awards at the annual Honors Assembly were also recognized. Several graduates also received awards that are presented as part of the commencement ceremony. Principal Ben McMurray shared that 95% of the Class of 2016 was offered 158 scholarships from 166 universities and other sources valued at $8.7 million.

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Picture Honors Ottawa Hills' First Principal

Recently, Ottawa Hills Schools received a gift from Mr. Bob Rogers of St. Joseph, Michigan. The Rogers family is originally from Toledo. The gift is a framed picture of Mr. Rogers’ great aunt, Lucile Rogers Harr. Mrs. Rogers Harr’s brother was Robert S. Rogers. He helped to develop Toledo Rogers High School. Bob Rogers notes that six years ago, the Rogers family donated a large, antique memorial bell, that had been dedicated to his grandfather, to Rogers High School. They roll it out at home football games and ring it when they score. 

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"Senior Walk" Will Become a Tradition

What started as a video seen on Facebook by a variety of Ottawa Hills parents turned into a wonderful memory for our graduating seniors and Ottawa Hills Elementary students on Thursday morning.

The members of the Class of 2016 donned their graduation attire while theelementary students lined the hallways of the school with their "congratulations" signs in tow. To the tune "Verge" by Owl City, the seniors entered the Indian Road door and made their way through the fifth grade hallway and on through the primary grades hallway as enthusiastic OHES students cheered and high-fived the soon-to-be graduates. There were more than a few tears shed as the elementary teachers delighted in seeing the students they had once worked with all grown up, preparing to begin new chapters in their lives. 

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Mr. Torio is Blade Teacher of the Month

Math teacher Tony Torio has been named the June Teacher of the Month by the Toledo Blade. 

The nomination for Mr. Torio notes, "Tony Torio is a passionate, affable, highly effective, student-centered teacher who encourages students to think critically and approach problem-solving from a variety of ways. Students love his energy and enthusiasm. Parents appreciate his genuine concern for our students’ well-being. His colleagues respect him for his dedication, insight and professionalism. Mr. Torio has taken the Ottawa Hills High School Quiz Bowl Team to national competition six times. He and his colleagues have earned the Governor’s Award for STEM education six years in a row. He frequently works with students on the chess team and helped students start a barbershop quartet.  He created the AP Statistics course, a very popular elective among students.

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Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Reveals Founders' Society Wall

On May 24, the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation hosted a celebratory reception for members of the Founders’ Society. Over 120 contributors helped the Foundation exceed its Founders’ Society goal by raising $620,000 in contributions and pledges.

The evening’s program included a welcome by Superintendent Kevin Miller who noted, “Tonight we recognize that the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation has reached an important milestone by successfully completing its Founders’ Society Campaign. But more importantly, we celebrate and recognize YOU for your belief in enhancing and extending the unique experience of excellence at Ottawa Hills Schools by helping to build the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation.

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Green Bear Ball Releases Final Numbers

On May 27, the outdoor Learning Lab at Ottawa Hills Elementary School was officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Learning Lab was one of the projects funded by this year's Green Bear Ball. At the spring district band concert, the Symphonic Band percussion section performed a special number featuring two instruments purchased with funds raised by this year's Green Bear Ball--a xylophone and marimba.

All accounting for the Ball is completed and final numbers for the Green Bear Ball held on March 19 have been released by GBB Chairs, Kathy Lathrop and Jackie Berenzweig. They are pleased to announce that the record-setting Ball raised $130,046.46. They note, "We are thrilled to have surpassed the $130,000 mark, and to be able to contribute to both schools, our music program and our athletic programs in a major way."

Ball proceeds will also fund the purchase of microscopes for junior high and high school science classrooms. One-third of the funds raised by the Green Bear Ball go to the Athletic Boosters to support athletic programs. 

Congratulations to the members of the Green Bear Ball Steering Committee on a job well done. Many thanks to all who helped sponsor this year's Ball and those who generously supported the Ball with their attendance and bids on auction items.

Fifth Grade Science Expo Grows OHES Minds

The fifth graders hosted the Fifth Grade Science Expo on Wednesday, May 25. The expo began four years ago with the assistance of Dr. Lena Duran and Dr. Emilio Duran, professors from Bowling Green State University. The Fifth Grade Science Expo is a noncompetitive science fair in which students design an experiment to present on the day of the Expo. 

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Ottawa Hills Receives Two State Awards

Ohio's State Board of Education has granted Ottawa Hills Local Schools two awards: the "All A Award" and the "Momentum Award" for performance on the 2014-2015 Local Report Card.

The "All A Award" recognizes districts that have received A's on every aspect of school performance measured on Ohio's School Report Cards. Ottawa Hills became the first school in the state to receive A's in every category of the Local Report Card. The "Momentum Award" recognizes districts that have received A's on every value-added measure included on Ohio's School Report Cards. Value added measures students' academic growth in reading and mathematics during a school year. Ottawa Hills exceeded expected academic growth in all areas measured by the state.

In awarding these honors to Ottawa Hills Schools, State Board of Education President Thomas Gunlock noted, "As a winner of these awards, both in their inaugural year, you are part of a small and very elite group of school districts. You are demonstrating high-quality teaching and leadership that result in high academic performance for very type of student. This is particularly commendable considering that you are meeting the needs of students who have diverse backgrounds and academic support needs." 

Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff, administrators, parents, and community on receiving these state-wide honors!