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Ottawa Hills' "Straight A" District Report Card Stands Alone for Third Year in a Row Snap shot of our district report card from the Ohio Dept of Edu

A Message from Dr. Kevin S. Miller, Superintendent
 

Info graphic illustrating Ottawa Hills getting all A's as a district on our report card
In 2015, Ottawa Hills made history by becoming the first and only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on its district and building Local Report Cards.
Mrs. Kozy is BCSN Teacher of the Month Portrait picture of Jessica Kozy

Ottawa Hills High School Social Studies teacher, Jessica Kozy (Temple), has been named BCSN’s November “Teacher of the Month.”

"OH Breathe" Focuses on Student Wellness Alumni panel provide insight on their educational and professional paths

OH Breathe held its second series of monthly workshops and activities that included a broad range of topics and interests, including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, a therapy dog visit, reading, puzzles, board games, music, cooking, and a nature hike. Juniors and seniors were given the opportunity to listen to a panel of Ottawa Hills graduates share their insight on 

Meeting up with Green Bears at Miami University Group photo of OH Alumni attending Miami University

More than two dozen Ottawa Hills graduates attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Last Friday, nearly all of them gathered at the Admission Visit Center at Shriver Hall on Miami’s campus for an opportunity to reconnect with high school principal Ben McMurray, assistant principal Jackie Patterson, guidance counselor Jennifer Nagy, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations Erica Silk. 

The Power of Words Mrs. Dolgin speaking about the power of words

Ottawa Hills Prevention Coordinator Debbie Dolgin stopped by seventh grade classrooms recently as part of her ongoing efforts to provide meaningful prevention programming for our junior and senior high school students. Mrs. Dolgin followed up on a previous lesson regarding the “drug continuum,” which is the progression of drug use from experimentation to dependency.

Fun with Fractions Students created a ten-minute "horror" movie about not learning fractions

Students in Paul Genzman’s pre-algebra classes recently took their learning to a whole new level. Students were asked to complete a project outside the classroom to find, as Mr. Genzman states, “math everywhere.” Students were encouraged to be creative and make interesting connections.

Students Enjoy JH Dance Students dressed up in costumes for the JH dance

Youth2Youth and the JH Advisories sponsored a junior high dance for 7th and 8th graders on Monday October 30.  Nearly one hundred students attended the dance as part of the Advisory Program's social event for second quarter. The students danced and played corn hole and basketball whileenjoying the tunes of Mr. Entertainer. Costume winners were Sam Smithberger, Collin Miller, Elianna Scigliano, Elena Allred, Joseph Sweeney, and Gauthier Meric. Congratulations to all of the costume winners and thank you to every student who participated in the dance.

The Music and Theatre Holiday Plant Sale is going on Now! Picture of a bundle of poinsettias

Picture of a Poinsettia

The Music and Theatre holiday plant sale is going on now thru November 21.  Order beautiful poinsettias in a variety of colors, vertical swags or wreaths for the holiday season. Please print and fill out the order form and enclose cash/check (OHMTA) and return by November 21 to the OHES or OHJH/HS offices, or mail to Nasiba Mian 4251 Brookside Rd 43606 or Paula Sweeney 3626 Edgevale Rd 43606. 

Pick up date is Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the high school sun room. Delivery is available for $5 to Ottawa Hills addresses. There is a 10 % discount for OHMTA members. 

Thank you for supporting the arts!

OHMTA Holiday Plant Sale Supports the Arts Picture of a red flower

Looking for the perfect way to decorate your house for the holiday season? Bring the festivities to your families, friends, and neighbors while supporting Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association. Order your poinsettias, wreaths, and swags by Tuesday, November 21, and all the proceeds from the holiday plant sale will benefit the OH Bands, Choraliers, and Theatre productions.

Foundation Events Honor Donors, Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Alumni picture in a group photo at the OHSF Event

Entertaining guests as they arrived were Ottawa Hills instrumental music director Michael Leeds and students Will Rand and Priya Bhatt. Attendees were welcomed by Foundation President George Lathrop, who reviewed the progress of the Foundation since its inception in 2013.

Green Bears Win TAAC Football Title Football team poses for a picture after winning a share of the TAAC

Last Friday's 41-0 victory over Cardinal Stritch gave the OHHS football team their first league championship since 2005. The Green Bears went 6-0 in the TAAC to share the title with Gibsonburg. OH sported an overall record of 7-3 for the season.

Congratulations to our TAAC Champion football team, to Head Coach Greg Nueundorf, and to Assistant Coaches Doug Nueundorf, Bob Miller, Mike Vogelsong, and Bronson Sturt.

Cross Country Season Comes to a Close Picture of all the regional runners taking off

OHHS cross country runners closed out their season at the regional meet in Tiffin last Saturday. Senior Abby Hauck ended an outstanding career with a 35th place finish out of 204 runners. Abby covered the course at Hedges-Boyer Park in 20:27.
 
The boys team finished 12thout of 23 teams. Top runner for the Green Bears was Aidan Byrne, finishing 71stout of 193 runners in 17:56. Close behind was freshman Gabe Robinson, finishing 73rd in 17:57. Matt Sherman (82nd in 18:03), Keefer McClure (108th in 18:03), and Nick Sliter (124th in 18:38) rounded out the top five runners.
 
Congratulations to Coach Stephanie Egan and our harriers on a great season which saw the girls team win their first-ever TAAC title and the boys team capture their fourth straight TAAC title and district runner-up honors. 

Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest Student art from red ribbon week

Each year, students from Kristin Johnson’s Digital Photography classes participate in a Red Ribbon Week photo contest. Students use their camera and photo shop skills to create an image around the Red Ribbon Week theme. In addition, they study the work of the Gordon Park, a famous 20th century photographer known for documentary photojournalism. This year students were asked to address the following question, “What are your safe zones, safe places, and safe habits keeping you above negative influence?”

November Students of the Month November Students of the Month

Congratulations to our amazing Students of the Month: Daniel Williamson (8), Meghan Rownd (10), and Gabrielle “GiGi” McCluskey (11). Look for these three outstanding students in the upcoming issue of Village Life & Home.

Speaker Addresses Distracted Driving Impact Teen Drivers speaker sponsored by OHFFAS

On Friday, October 27, Heidi Deane from Impact Teen Driving, a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, addressed the student body on the dangers created when teen drivers or passengers text or create unnecessary distractions. Ms. Deane shared some staggering statistics. For example, “Teen driver crashes are the leading cause of death for our nation’s youth. The overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not thrill-seeking or deliberate risk-taking.

Challenge Crew Enjoys Corn Maze Students standing outside the Whitehouse Corn Maze

On Saturday, October 28, members of Challenge Crew, accompanied by Student Assistance Program Coordinator Debbie Dolgin, visited the Whitehouse Corn Maze. They had a great time trying to find their way through over 10 miles of mazes, which includes images from Star Wars. Each of the four mazes had six uniquely shaped paper punches attached to posts, and the object was to collect as many as possible.

A very special thank you to Mrs. Dolgin for going with the students. This activity was one of the many healthy, drug-free social events that Challenge Crew students have decided upon for this school year. Challenge Crew is supported by OH21, a community organization with a mission to educate the community on issues that affect the wellness of 21st century families. More information about Challenge Crew or OH21 can be found by clicking here.

TAAC Awards for Volleyball 2017 Volleyball team standing for the national anthem

Congratulations to our volleyball team as some members have achieved first-time honors. Kara Nowakowski has been invited to play in the Senior All-Star game on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Premier Volleyball Academy, due to receiving Second-Team All-District honors. Emma Rumman received Honorable Mention All-District. 

Young Frankenstein Opens Soon - Get Your Tickets Now! Logo for the musical Young Frankenstein

Nov 17 at 7 pm, Nov 18 at 7 pm, Nov 19 at 2 pm

Abby Hauck Takes Title With New School Record; Boys Cross Country Qualifies for Regionals Abby Hauck pictured after winning districts

Abby Hauck set a new school record while taking the individual title at the district cross country meet on Saturday, while the OHHS boys took runner-up honors, advancing them and Abby to regional competition at Tiffin.
 
Abby ran the course in 19:29 to outdistance 74 other runners and beat her old school record by 16 seconds. Caelan Carter placed 27th to close out a stellar cross country career.

Bears Dominate Blue Streaks to Win District Championship; TAAC Awards Announced Group picture of the boys soccer team after there District Finals win against Archbold

With goals by Iggy Garcia-Mata and Kevin Hileman, the boys soccer team beat the Archbold Blue Streaks 2-1 to claim the district championship on Saturday night in Rossford. The boys played tough defensively with several saves by goal keeper Tommy Coil who faced intense pressure from Archbold all the way into the final seconds of the game. 

OHJH Art Students Encounter ZimSculpt Students drawing pictures of the statue

OH art teacher Hannah Lehmann took her junior high art students on a field trip to theToledo Botanical Gardens to see ZimSculpt: A Garden of Wonders Stone Sculptures of Zimbabwe featuring more than 100 stone sculptures displayed throughout the 66-acre gardens. Students watched a demonstration by internationally 

Volunteer Focus Holds Successful Blood Drive Student donating blood at the local blood drive

On Friday, October 20, Ottawa Hills students and Villagers gave "the gift of life" by donating blood to the American Red Cross Program. Advisor Hannah Lehmann and members of Volunteer Focus were responsible for the setup and welcoming blood donors. Twenty-six donors provided 14 pints of blood. Ottawa Hills annually hosts two blood drives during the school year to assist with local efforts by the Red Cross to meet the needs of greater Toledo.

OH Alumna Courtney Fung ('15) Shares STEM Insights Courtney Fung pauses in the hallway for a quick photo

Recently, University of Toledo biomedical engineering major Courtney Fung (OH ’15) stopped by to have lunch with a select group of girls interested in pursuing careers in science or math related fields. Courtney outlined her course of study, internships, and extra-curriucular involvement at UT.  She answered questions from the students and she provided advice and insight when possible. Sophomore Priya Bhatt shares,

OH Claims the Grean Bear/Eagle Trophy Football team poses for a picture after beating TC in the big rivalry game

The Green Bears football team (6-3) beat rival Toledo Christian last Friday, 48 to 20, to claim the Green Bear/Eagle trophy. Ottawa Hills will face off against Cardinal Stritch at 7:00 PM tonight at Niedermeier Stadium. Come on out and support the Bears as they close up their 2017 campaign.

Fall Collage 2017: A Feast for the Ears HS Band playing at the Fall Collage

The annual Fall Collage concert was held on Sunday evening, highlighting both the vocal and instrumental music programs from the junior and senior high schools. Vocal Music Director Donna Wipfli and Band Director Michael Leeds carefully chose songs that helped develop the skills and talents of our young musicians.  More than 200 students participated in this annual concert. The audience was thoroughly impressed with the beauty and complexity of the musical selections.

8th Grade Parent Night Provides Valuable Info Screenshot from the Educational Resources and Support flyer

In case you missed it, the Eighth Grade Parent Night on Monday, October 23 was a huge success. Some items discussed include high school course offerings, career and college readiness, and the transition to grades nine through twelve. The evening's session was led by Ottawa Hills Jr./Sr. High School Guidance and College Counselor, Jennifer Nagy.

Boys Soccer State Finals Game Boys Soccer State Finals Logo

Sat, Nov. 11 -- 4:00 Start Time -- MAPFRE (Crew) Stadium, 1 Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus, OH 43211 -- NO PRESALE TICKETS -- Tickets $8 available for purchase at gate -- Parking $7

Boys Soccer - Final Four Spirit Bus Trip - Wed, Nov 8 Boys soccer team after winning regionals

Game Start: 7pm --- Load bus:  5:15pm --- Estimated return time: 10:15pm --- Trip Destination: Clyde High School --- Bus is $5 (does not include game ticket $8) --- PERMISSION SLIP IS REQURIED!

Cleveland.com Ranks Ottawa Hills #1 Cleveland.com ranks Ottawa Hills the #1 school in the state

Rich Exner writes in cleveland.com, "The Ohio Department of Education again this year did not release an overall grade for each school district. In the past, those assessments came in the form of ratings such as excellent and
excellent with distinction."

Ottawa Hills Named to 7th Annual AP Honor Roll Picture of AP District Honor Roll Award

Ottawa Hills School District has been named to the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Only 433 districts nationwide earned this distinction. Inclusion in this honor is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016. Districts on the AP Honor Roll have simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Honor Roll Districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better. Congratulations to our staff and students on earning this prestigious honor!

Ottawa Hills Special Education Services Receive State's Top Ratings Special Education Service teachers pose for pictures:  Elementary staff on the left and Junior High / High School staff on the right

Not only has the 2016-17 Ohio Special Education Annual Rating “Met Requirements” yet again, but the preview of the additional ratings that will be included in the 2018 report are also being met, a year in advance. This annual compliance report is issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

OH Students and Staff Pause for a "Celebration of Excellence" Ethan Riepenhoff, Rep. Derek Merrin, Dr. Kevin Miller, Board President Brad Johnson pictured

All K through 12 students, faculty, and staff members came together recently for a “Celebration of Excellence.” The event was held to recognize that Ottawa Hills made history by being the only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories of the 2017 Local Report Card. The district also achieved this honor in 2016 and 2015.

Golfers Finish Season on State's Largest Stage Golf team picture in a collage down at the state tournament

Ottawa Hills golfers competed at the OHSAA state tournament Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. The boys team finished 10th in the state. Leading the way for the Green Bears was Andrew Lyon with a two-day total of 171, earning him a 36th place finish out of 72 golfers. Nick Durfee finished 37th with a 172. OH shot a team total 735 at Ohio State University’s Scarlet course. Caroline Dayton carded a two-day total 169, giving her 24th place out of 71 golfers. Caroline golfed on OSU’s Gray Course.
 
Congratulations to our golfers on outstanding seasons that culminated in competing at the state tournament. 

Homecoming 2017 Madyson McCabe after winning Homecoming

Homecoming week created many memories for students, culminating with the crowing of 2017 Homecoming Queen Madyson McCabe. Members of the Homecoming Court were Ellie Westmeyer, Lauren Stevens, Claire McLean, Abby Hauck, and Annaliese Erickson. Thanks to Mrs. Puskala and sophomore class officers Josh Assi, Priya Bhatt, Anna Brown, Hank Griffin, and Rohit Mukherjee for organizing the hall decoration contest, assembly, dance, voting, and float contest.

Many thanks to Becky Hauck and Shelly Jamison from the Office of Village Life and parade marshals Erica Silk, Jane Mintun, and Julie Kowalczyk for organizing Friday's parade. Thanks also to the fire department and OH Police Department for their help with ensuring the parade went smoothly. Appreciation is extended to Homecoming dance chaperones Gerry Davis, Robin Charney, Jackie and Mark Patterson, Police Chief John Wenzlick, and officer Brad Clay.

Green Bears Win Come-From-Behind Thriller Football team pictured after historic come from behind win

Friday night’s Homecoming game will go down as one of the most memorable in Green Bear sports history. An early touchdown by Senior Jack Bassett gave the Green Bears their first six points, but Edon then took control of the game, going up 26-6.  That's when the Green Bears got on a roll. Ottawa Hills methodically held the Bombers scoreless while they added touchdowns by Michael McGee, Ben Werner before Peter Boice scored to tie the game with only seconds to go in the final quarter. AFS exchange student Djimmer Riemersma (Netherlands), kicked the extra point to seal the deal with a 27-26 victory for the Green Bears.

Coach Neuendorf was deeply impressed with the performance by the team: “Tonight may have been the best win of my 25 years playing and coaching football. I cannot believe how far these kids have come in terms of mental toughness and grit.” To read more and view a few highlights from BCSN, click here. Congratulations on a huge win!  The Green Bears play area rival Toledo Christian at home on Friday night.  See you at the game!

Two OHHS Students Earn Eagle Scout Distinction Culver and Darion pictured at their Eagle Scout Ceremony

On Saturday, October 14, OHHS juniors Culver Whitehead and Darion Wimmers had their Court of Honor, where they were presented with rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Only four percent of all Boy Scouts earn this rank. Both Darion and Culver have been active in Boy Scouting since elementary school.

Scoutmaster Brad Johnson presented Culver and Darion with their Eagle Scout medals and a proclamation from Mayor Gilmore. In addition to earning merit badges, Culver and Darion completed hours of community service projects and participated in high adventure scouting activities at Philmont, the Northern Tier, and the National Jamboree. Culver’s Eagle project was to clean and document some of the more deteriorated grave markers at Benjamin Joy Cemetery in Ottawa Hills. Darion identified and removed truckloads of invasive plant species growing in the meadow near Bancroft and Orchard.
 
Both scouts expressed their deep appreciation for the people who have supported them on this journey towards an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations, Culver and Darion!

AFS Students Introduced at Assembly AFS Students pose for a picture

On Wednesday, OHHS conducted its annual AFS Diversity Assembly to allow this year's AFS students to introduce themselves and share information about their respective countries. The assembly included presentations by Djimmer Riemersma (Netherlands), Rita Belo (Portugal), Oscar Burger (Austria), and Giorgia Arena (Italy). We welcome these students to our OH student body for the 2017-2018 school year.

2018 Green Bear Ball Theme and Project are Revealed Logo for the 2018 Green Bear Ball - Ebony and Ivory

2018 Green Bear Ball Chairs Julie Hagenbuch and Lisa Dewhirst and the Green Bear Ball Steering Committee are proud to reveal the theme and project for this year’s Ball.
 
The theme, “Ebony and Ivory in Harmony,” is perfectly fitting, as the major project for the Ball will be the funding the replacement of pianos and digital keyboards in the district. 

OH Grad Shares Her Senegal Experience Meridith Heckler pictured with Mrs. Hanlon, sharing her stories from her trip to Senegal to the french class students

Madame Hanlon’s French students had the opportunity to learn more about the francophone world last Friday when Meridith Heckler (OH ’14) returned to Ottawa Hills to share stories about her trip to Senegal this past summer. Heckler is currently a senior at Kenyon College majoring in American Studies and Psychology. She traveled to Africa as part of an exchange program with the Dakar Institute. Meridith lived with a family, took classes at a local university, and learned about the culture and people of Senegal. Meridith embraced the mission of the Dakar Institute and appreciates the rationale behind the program. She shared a quote from the organization’s promotional materials during her presentation. “It is only through the context of community that we become fully human. We need each other in order to know who we are.” Meridith’s experiences combined with her French skills, truly helped students see the connection between them and another part of the world.

Tennis Team Advances Four to Districts Girls Varsity Team Photo

After sectional competition, which was held at Ottawa Hills High School and featured twelve schools, the Green Bear tennis team qualified four netters to the district tournament. Districts were held this past week at BGSU. The doubles team of Cori Aubry and Preston Smith won their first round match 7-6, 6-3, but were outscored in their second-round match 6-1, 6-3. Priya Bhatt lost in the first round 6-2, 6-2. Jenny Hsu dropped her first round match 6-0, 6-3. Congratulations on making it to districts, Green Bears, and congratulations to our tennis team on a great season.

October Students of the Month Students of the month pictured: Maggie Mitchell, Claire Webne, and Robert Witte

Congratulations to our Students of the Month: Maggie Mitchell (12), Claire Webne (10), and Robert Witte (8). Look for these three outstanding students in the upcoming issue of Village Life & Home. Every month three students are chosen by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school. Congratulations to Maggie, Claire, and Robert! Students are selected because they excel in one or all of the following areas: citizenship, community service, extracurricular, leadership, and/or scholarship.

Connecting Science and Careers Profile picture of Bodie Bankey

Bodie Bankey, Recruitment, Enrollment and Retention Manager for UT’s College of Health and Human Services, spoke to Nicole Silver’s Physical Science class on Wednesday, October 4. With a focus on science-related undergraduate programs, Mr. Bankey reviewed UT’s offerings in criminal justice, exercise science, health, paralegal, recreation therapy, respiratory care, social work and speech language pathology. Mr. Bankey shares, “I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with students from Nicole Silver’s classroom about learning and career opportunities that The University of Toledo has to offer. I was very impressed with the range of topics the students wanted to discuss. Students were curious about graduation rates at UT, job growth in prospective career fields, campus life, handing challenging class environments and transferability of credit hours. I was very happy to discuss college programs with these students to help them make an informed choice in regards to their education. I would like to thank the helpful Ottawa Hills High School staff for allowing me to visit! I look forward to coming back again soon!”

Tourney Time! Ottawa Hills Athletics Logo

Cross Country

Districts

Date: Saturday, October 21
Location: Owens Community College
Race times: TBA
 


Boys Soccer

Sectionals

1st round game: Earned a bye
2nd round game
Date: Saturday, October 21
Location: Ottawa Hills, Niedermeier Stadium
Time: 5 pm
Opponent: Winner of Liberty Center/Delta game
With a win,
3rd round game
Date: October 24
Location: Rossford High School, 701 Superior St, Rossford, OH 43460
Time: 5 pm
Opponent: TBA

 

 
Field Hockey

Districts

1st round game
Date: Monday, October 16
Location: Ottawa Hills, Niedermeier Stadium
Time: 6 pm
Opponent: Orange High School
With a win,
2nd round game
Date: Wednesday, October 18
Location: Magnificat High School, 20770 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Time: 5 pm
Opponent: Magnificat High School

OH Receives Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education Math, Science, and Technology teachers given the Thomas Edison award for STEM

This year, the Ohio Academy of Science selected 58 Ohio schools and 509 teachers to receive The Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Four OH Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists Semi-finalists for the National Merit award

Seniors Aidan Byrne, Josie Harter, Will Koury, and Urvish Patel have been named 2018 National Merit semifinalists.  Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

OH Has Five Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program Five Ottawa Hills students were recognized for being commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Justine Steven, Caroline Lathrop, Randall Johnson, Sam Assi, and Jan Durst for being Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

New Website Design Includes User-Friendly Features Screenshot from our new homepage.

If you visited www.ottawahillsschools.org in the last few days, you’ve seen that we’ve totally overhauled our district website. The last time we redesigned our website was over five years ago. For over two years, our Director of Technology, Shane Patacca, and our technology coordinator, Brooks Spiess, have been investigating and designing a new look that will be unique to Ottawa Hills Schools and more user friendly.

"OH Breathe" to Address Student Wellness Mrs. Kozy posing with two students for the OH Breathe rally

On Friday, September 29, seniors Maggie Mitchell and Will Rand, student organizers of OH Breathe, presented to high school students a year-long plan to address student wellness. With the help of teachers and community experts, this group of students and faculty members will provide a series of events each month that include workshops and speakers on topics such as mindfulness, yoga, school/life balance, decision-making, lifelong learning, and growth mindsets.

OH Soccer Teams Sweep the TAAC Photo of the Girls Soccer Team 2017

Ottawa Hills brought home the hardware in both boys and girls soccer as both teams captured Toledo Area Athletic Conference league titles this year. The boys team currently sports a 13-0-1 record and is ranked second in the state. They finished their league slate undefeated to win the league title for the 12th year in a row. The girls team went 4-1-1 in the TAAC. Their overall record stands at 6-5-1.

Way to go Green Bears! 

Teen PEP Continues in '17-'18 Students in Teen PEP posing for a picture

New and returning members of the OH Teen Prevention Education Program (PEP), along with over 100 students from area schools, gained compelling training information Thursday, September 21 from a variety of speakers at the 2017 Teen PEP kick-off event held at The Toledo Hospital. Teen PEP is a student-led program that provides meaningful peer interactions aimed at facilitating relevant student wellness discussions on such topics as bullying, adolescent relationship violence, healthy communication, gender stereotyping, and forms of abuse.

Norm Niedermeier Makes a Special Stop at OH Football players on a knee listening to OH legend Norm Niedermeier

Ottawa Hills legend Norm Niedermeier stopped by the school last week to congratulate the football team on their big win against Northwood. Mr. Niedermeier has fond memories of coaching several parents of current members of the team. He was a former coach, teacher, and athletic director at Ottawa Hills for nearly 40 years until he retired in the mid 90s. While on campus, Mr. Niedermeier made a point to also touch base with the field hockey and girls’ soccer teams.

Jr. High Advisories Kick Off a New Year Jr. High Advisories all pose for a picture in the gym

Junior high students met last week with guidance counselor Darcy Browne and their teacher leaders for the 2017-18 advisories. Students will meet in small groups over the course of the school year to address a variety of topics in an effort to create a positive and supportive school climate in the junior high. Programming will help students make more meaningful connections with peers and teachers and help them to make responsible and healthy decisions. Many thanks to Darcy Browne, Jackie Patterson, and the entire junior high school faculty for making this program possible. Thanks also to OH21 and the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association for their ongoing support of our OHJH advisory program.

Eclipse Club Focuses on Ottawa River Photo of students cleaning up by the Ottawa River

High School students in the Eclipse Club, a student environmental club, and some junior high students working on their eighth-grade citizen scientist projects worked in conjunction with Village Manager Marc Thompson and Partners for Clean Streams to remove litter from a section of the Ottawa River. They focused on a section of the river that runs through Ottawa Hills near Underhill and Brittany Roads. The students volunteered as part of the annual Clean Your Streams event. This is an international event that involved an expected 1,000 volunteers with the goal of removing litter from the Lake Erie Watershed. Thanks to Eclipse Club advisor Paul Genzman for organizing this community service project. More information about Partners for Clean Streams can be found by visiting their website.

OH Schools Foundation Will Induct Inaugural Class of "Distinguished Alumni" This Friday Distinguished Alumni Award logo

The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation has established the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor Ottawa Hills graduates who have made a meaningful contribution to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the tradition of excellence at Ottawa Hills Local Schools.
 
A Distinguished Alumni Committee comprised of Ottawa Hills alumni, faculty, and district officials selected the inaugural class of inductees from nominations submitted from across the country. Our very first class of Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a dinner Friday, October 20 at Inverness Club. The inductees will then be recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Ottawa Hills football game versus Toledo Christian.
 
Following are partial biographies for the members of the 2017 Class of Distinguished Alumni—our first of many to be honored.

Come Celebrate With Us This Thursday, Oct. 19 Picture of the flyer celebrating our 3 years of straight A's on our state report card

There are amazing things taking place each and every day—in our classrooms, in our hallways, on our stage, on our athletic fields. We’re going to pause during our school daynext Thursday to celebrate just that. And we’d love to have you join us.
 
Next Thursday, October 19, at 10:15 a.m., we’re going to bring together all of our students, K through 12, along with our faculty and staff members to celebrate all that is good and right with Ottawa Hills Schools. Specifically, we will be celebrating making history by achieving A’s in all categories of the Ohio Department of Education’s Local Report Card—for the third year in a row. We stand alone in the state of Ohio in earning this recognition and we’d like to honor the people who made it possible.
 
Community members are invited to join us from 10:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the high school gym for this great celebration. Please be seated in the permanent bleachers at the end of the gym.  

Quiz Bowl Team Takes Tiffin Tournament Quiz Bowl team posing after a smashing victory

The Ottawa Hills Green Bear Quiz Bowl Team kicked off the season with a bang on Saturday, September 23, 2017 by winning outright the fourth annual Tiffin Columbian Exposition Quiz Bowl Tournament.

Students Recognized for Random Acts of Kindness Eighth grader Hayden Isabel holding up his Certificate of Kindness

Eighth graders Hayden Isabel (shown here) and Cameron Jednak-Kasunic were recently recognized for their random acts of kindness.  During the recent power outage, the students helped to grill burgers and serve lunches for the entire junior/senior high school.

"OH Breathe" to Address Student Wellness Students Maggie Mitchell and Will Rand present to JHHS faculty about student wellness

OHHS Seniors Maggie Mitchell and Will Rand presented to the Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School faculty recently on a student-led initiative to address student wellness.

Jr. High Students Choose Leadership Jr. High student council pose for a picture

The junior high held elections last week and elected the following students to the executive board for Student Council: Elise Denk, President; Ellie Grimm, Vice-President; Jack Burke, Secretary; Alex Mian, Treasurer; and Pram Koirala, Artistic Director.

Students Told to "Go Fly a Kite" Student flying their class made kites outside in the softball diamond's outfield

Students in Patty’s Dowd 8th Grade STEM classes designed and constructed their own tetrahedral kites out of tissue paper, straws, and string as part of their unit on flight andspace. In addition to the kites, the students created hot air balloons and hovercrafts.

French Club Celebrates La Fête de la Gastronomie Students making boeuf bourguignon, palmiers, and meringues to share with the group

French Club members filled the library on Friday, September 22 during lunch to celebrate La Fête de la Gastronomie. Many students prepared French foods including boeuf bourguignon, palmiers, and meringues to share with the entire group.

Green Bear Golfers Qualify for States Caroline smashing one off the tee

Junior Caroline Dayton shot a 78 at the district golf tournament to qualify for state competition next weekend. Caroline will tee off at 10:40 a.m. at the Ohio State University Gray Course. 

The boys golf team will also be golfing at the state tournament next weekend, as they took third place in district competition at Bowling Green's Stone Ridge Golf Club yesterday. 

Celebration of Village Life Parade Village Life Parade Logo
OH Students' ACT Scores Outpace State Averages Graph showing the OH ACT scores compared to the rest of the state of Ohio

The latest college readiness report issued by ACT shows that the average scores of Ottawa Hills students in all areas of the ACT are far ahead of state averages. The report reflects the achievement of graduates on the ACT and are an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.

Ottawa Hills students scored higher than the state average in each of the tested areas English, +7.1 points; Mathematics, +3.9 points; Reading, +5.2; Science, +4.6. At 27.1, the average composite score for OH students was 5.1 points higher than the state average.  

Pass, Set, Cure! OH Volleyball Team Helps Fight Cancer Varsity volleyball team stands out front of the school displaying there shirts for the pass, set, cure event

On Thursday, September 14, hundreds of pink-clad fans turned out for the annual Volley for the Cure held at Ottawa Hills High School.

Seniors Receive Professional Career Advice Pam Byrne speaks to the students about the importance of a professional game plan

Pam Byrne, Assistant Vice President of Talent Management at Welltower, visited English teacher Karen Schoenberger’s classes last week to help students with strategies for writing effective resumés and developing profiles on LinkedIn.

Java Script is New Language for Jr. High Students Students working on their laptops in Digital Tools

Junior High students in Gerry Davis’ Digital Tools classes are beginning a two-week unit on JavaScript. According to Mr. Davis, “Our first few lessons cover understanding and using ‘methods and functions’ along the use of math to produce basic shapes.

** From the JHHS Office ** Picture of an Apple

Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 5th 12-8pm
Sign up electronically at: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Ottawa_Hills_Jr_Sr_High_School


Picture retakes are Oct 4th.
Forms are available in the HS Office

 

Students Encouraged to Walk or Bike to School on Wednesday, October 4th Logo for the Walk Bike to School initiative

Mark Your Calendars: Wednesday, October 4 is National Walk and Bike to School Day. Ottawa Hills is getting in on the act by encouraging 100% participation.

Junior High Students Unplug for Fun

On the Left: Junior high girls hanging out at the Unplugged event.  On the Right: Junior high boys

After school was dismissed on Friday, OHJH students enjoyed an afternoon of corn hole, hot dogs, and fun.  “Unplugged,” is sponsored by OHSPA, Youth 2 Youth, and junior high advisories. Initiatives like “Unplugged” play a special role in providing junior high students with meaningful opportunities to strengthen their relationships with each other and their teachers in a relaxed atmosphere. Such activities also encourage a comfortable transition for seventh graders into the junior high and reinforce eighth graders’ connections to OHJH. Special thanks to Darcy Browne, Sean Mercer, Kathy Benecke, Kristie Stevens, Kelsi Krill, and parent Y2Y advisor Jennifer Sherman for hosting the first of several “Unplugged” nights planned for this year. 

Class of '67 Comes Together for 50th

Class of 67 met for there 50th Reunion

OH Schools Foundation Makes Camp Possible for Dance Team

Dance team at camp funded by the OHS Foundation

The Ottawa Hills Dance Team participated in a two-day camp last weekend with instructors from the Universal Dance Association (UDA). From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, the team worked on advanced techniques and routines with UDA instructor Brooke Domaleczny.  According to coach Ariel Duhling, “This is the first time the OHDT has participated in any kind of UDA camp, and our hope is to attend an overnight UDA camp next year where we can audition to qualify for the UDA Nationals in Florida!”

The team is currently selling t-shirts for $15 to raise money for a potential trip to Nationals. “We chose the mantra ‘It Takes a Village’ for this year because without the support of our friends, families, and the entire OH community, OHDT could not and would not be as successful as it is! It truly does take a village,” shares Coach Duhling. 

The UDA camp was made possible from funds made available from the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation's newly established athletic fund.

OH Welcomes BGSU Student Teachers

Abby Stephens and Mary Rajchel are our student teacher this year from BGSU

Peter Pan Jr Auditions - Tuesday, September 26. Grades 4-8 May Audition
Seniors Kick Off College Application Process with Boot Camp

College Application Boot Camp

Lilli Boice ('16) Addresses Arrowhead Staff

Lilli Boice talking to the Arrowhead staff about her journalism major at Northwestern University

Newspaper advisor Karen Schoenberger invited Lilli Boice (OH ’16) to speak to theArrowhead staff last Friday. "I was so happy to be able to come back and tell theArrowhead class about my time as a journalism major at Northwestern University," notes Lilli.  Students asked about the nature of her coursework, special projects, and the journalism program at NU.  Lilli says, “I love doing what I do at NU and I hope I was able to inspire them to at least consider a future in journalism because I have had great experiences and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for the field of journalism.”

OH Athletic Department Rolls Out New Fall Sports Program

Cover of our new Athletics programAthletic Administrator Tammy Talmage and secretary Tina Cambal were busy collaborating with Muir graphics over the last few weeks in order to roll out the fall sports program at last Friday night’s football game. The new full color program includes team pictures for all of the fall sports and the marching band, as well as special photos of senior athletes and senior members of the band. Many teachers, administrators, and staff members joined forces to sponsor a full-page good luck ad for the program. Programs are $5 and can purchased at home events or in the athletic office. The program includes a 20% off coupon that can be used to purchase merchandise at the Green Bear Cave, which is open every day during lunch time. Thank you to Athletic Administrator Tammy Talmage and to athletic office secretary Tina Cambal for making the fall sports program possible! 

OHJH Students Rallying

Graphic of Hurricane Harvey from a weather channelFor the next few weeks, Ottawa Hills Junior High students will be collecting toiletries, canned food, pet supplies, diapers, and cleaning materials for those in need from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This collection also includes school supplies for the children of Houston Schools. Each of the advisory classrooms have a tote in which the students or community may donate. Each week, the teachers will take the items to the International Services of Hope drop-off centers throughout the Toledo Area. The teachers who have drop off bins are Mr. Mercer, Mrs. Stevens, Mr. Genzman, Mrs.Silvers, Mr. Feuerstein, Mr. Neuendorf, Mrs. Drabek and Mr. Kinkaid.

Click here for a list of suggested items or go to the Impact With Hope website for more ideas of items to bring in. This drive will last until September 18 or until there is no longer a need. Thank you for helping OHJH students in their efforts to show compassion.

Any questions can be directed to Darcy Browne at dbrowne@ohschools.org, Kristie Stevens at kstevens@ohschools.org, or Sean Mercer at smercer@ohschools.org.

Fall Festival, Marketplace, and Car Show - Sunday, September 23 from 11:00 to 5:00pm

Fall Festival Logo

Annual Activities Calendar Available Online

Picture of the Annual Activities Calendar (September)

Annual Pumpkin Sale and Decorating Contest

Picture from last years pumpkin sale

OHSPA's annual Pumpkin Sale will be after school at OHES on Wednesday 9/20 and Thursday 9/21, from 2:50-3:30.  For the first time ever, beautiful mums will also be available for purchase AND both pumpkins and mums may be prepaid online!  Pay online at the link below and just pick up at the sale after school, OR pay cash on the spot as in previous years. Pumpkins: $5, Mums: $10.  First come, first served in choice of pumpkin or mum.

https://ohspa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/39679

After you purchase your pumpkins, be sure to decorate them and enter them in the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the Fall Festival!  Paint, carve, or decorate your pumpkin (must be in good taste).  Pumpkins can be dropped off at the pumpkin bleachers at the Fall Festival on Saturday 9/23, from 11am-1pm.  $1 entry fee.  Prizes will be awarded in new surprise categories!  People's choice voting from 1-2pm, and winners announced at 3:40pm.

Attention Class of 2018

Seniors & Senior Parents

 

Senior Parent
College Information Night

 

7:00 p.m.
High School Auditorium
Thursday, September 21, 2017


Please join Mrs. Nagy, our new guidance and college counselor, for a Senior Parent College Information Night. Mrs. Nagy will discuss the information that was provided at the College Application Bootcamps, review what high school information is submitted with college admission applications, provide information on financial aid and scholarships, and answer questions about the college application process.

OHHS Student Council Declares "A Year of Action"

Picture of the OH Student Council Executive Board

7th Graders Take Part in Orientation Activities
Upper classmen posing for a picture with a few 7th graders they are showing the school to Girls posing in front of the gym during 7th grade walk
2017 Focus Art Show Opens at BGSU

Three pictures, Made McCabes piece titled "Betty from the Eighties", Nadine Ayad's piece of jewelry titled "Cultural Roots", and Mrs. Johnson and Many posing in front of her piece.

2018 Mesasa Staff

Mesasa yearbook staff posing in an "18" symbol on the front lawn

OHJH Students Rallying to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey weather channel icon

Consider Sharing Your Time and Talent with OH Schools and Our Students

Collage of community members helping out or leading student activities

Do you have an expertise, talent, or skill that would enrich a particular lesson or unit in our classrooms? Do you have access to unique resources that might be a great fit for OH Schools? Do you have some time that you can share during our school day or after school to assist our students, teachers, or support organizations? Consider filing out a “Connect 2 Our Schools” volunteer form by clicking here. You can submit the form electronically or fill out a hard-copy form that is included in this month’s edition of inTouch, our district newsletter sent out to all Villagers. 

Please consider submitting your information by Friday, September 8. Thank you in advance for connecting with your school system with your time and talents. 

Robotics Opportunity Open to Students in Grades 5 Through 12

Falcon Best Robotics logoBGSU Falcon Best Robotics competition. There is NO fee involved. BGSU will provide the Robotic kit (motors, controllers, materials) on kick-off day, which will take place on Saturday, September 16. Each team has six weeks to work on building a robot using the kit BGSU provides. Practice Day is scheduled for October 14 at BGSU, while game day is on October 28, also at BGSU. The game rules are kept secret until kick-off day.

This is a great opportunity to have your children involved in a hands-on STEM experience. To learn more about the BGSU Falcon Best Robotics Competition, visit their website here

OH parent Ying Liu is organizing and leading the team. Please contact Ying Liu by Friday, September 8 at liuying_pitt@hotmail.com if interested in joining the team or if you need more information. This will be a parent-led team, thus the help of other parents is also welcome.

Aerial photo of the BGSU Falcon robotics competition

Public Invited to Roll-Out of New Strategic Plan Next Thursday, September 7

Front cover of the 2017-2022 Long Range PlanLast spring, a 28-member Strategic Plan Advisory Committee worked with Battelle for Kids out of Columbus, Ohio to develop a new long-range strategic plan for Ottawa Hills Schools. The previous five-year plan expired with the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The 2012-2017 strategic plan guided the implementation of almost sixty different objectives during that five-year period.

Open House is September 6th

The junior/senior high school Open House will be held next Wednesday, September 6, from 7:00-9:00 PM.  A shortened schedule will be followed to allow parents to visit each class period. Parents should bring a copy of their child's class schedule with them. We hope to see you there!

Open House picture and schedule

Ottawa Hills Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members for 2017 - 2018
Cleveland Plain Dealer Ranks Ottawa Hills #1

Ottawa Hills LogoThe Cleveland Dealer Plain Dealer gives Ottawa Hills the highest ranking in the state through a formula that creates a Grade Point Average for each of the state’s school districts.

“The Plain Dealer calculated the GPAs by using the ‘component’ grades the Ohio Department of Education reported for each of six areas deemed of special interest by the state. The component grades consider things like overall student achievement, how well districts do in helping lower-performing students improve and graduation rates.” 

The Plain Dealer notes, “Ottawa Hills, outside Toledo, is the only perfect 4.0 district in the state, by our calculations. Solon checks in at No. 2 with a 3.8 GPA. Only 23 of 608 districts got a 3.0 or better.”

OHHS Receives Gold Rating from U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools of 2017

US News and World Report Best High Schools Gold RatingOttawa Hills High School received a gold rating in this year's ranking of Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Only nineteen high schools in Ohio received this distinction.

The magazine awards schools gold, silver, and bronze medals, with gold indicating the top level of college readiness. U.S. News assesses several factors to determine the schools’ placements, including enrollment, graduation rates, and the results of state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

Congratulations to our staff, students, and community on consistently being ranked among the top 25% of high schools in the nation!  To view the full report, click here.

Ottawa Hills Theatre Proudly Announces Young Frankenstein - Auditions Monday, August 28th at 6PM

Logo for the Broadway sensation, Young Frankenstein

Back to School Forms and Documents. Looking Forward to an Amazing Year!!

Back to School Logo of a chalk board with "Back to School" written on it

Back to School 5K

Logo for the 2017 Back to School 5K

Inservice Dates and Parent/Teacher Conferences Set for 2017-2018; Students to Begin August 23

Mr. Mercer poses with parent for parent teacher conferences

Faculty/Staff Awards

Faculty members who were presented with 10 year awards

IMPORTANT: Due into Athletic Office prior to July 31, 2017

New Requirement that went into effect as of July 10,  2017


A Parent/Athlete Signature Form for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Lindsay's Law is required to be turned in to the Athletic Office prior to participation in an athletic activity. (This is an annual requirement and for each sport your child participates in)
 

Directions for Parents/guardians and youth athletes:
Important to note: the parent and athlete are expected to watch the video
* Click here to Go to the OHSAA website
* Click on and watch the video (it takes about 20 minutes)
* Print the Required Sudden Cardiac Arrest Informational Handout
* Print the Required Signature Form
* Parent/Guardian and Student sign and date the required signature form
* Turn in to Athletic Office prior to start of practice on July 31 or August 1* 

Please call the Athletic Office at 419-536-8429 if you have any questions or need assistance.

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WNWO Academic Challenge Championship Airing Sunday July 30th at 11am on NBC 24

OH Quiz bowl team that made it to the championship round

The Ottawa Hills High School Green Bear Quiz Bowl Team takes on Findlay in the WNWO Academic Challenge Championship match on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM on NBC24 Toledo! These were the final two teams standing after a long and grueling season in a very tough field! The match promises to be a nail-biter, so tune in and watch!

2017 Fall Sports Practice: Start Dates, Times, and Locations
Ottawa Hills: It Takes a Village - Visit YouCaring to Help Adrian Sandelin Keep Fighting

Adrian Sandelin pictured in hospital bed with stuffed elephantThe Roger and Danielle Sandelin family are Ottawa Hills residents who have children in our schools. Their daughter, Adrian, was born with Shone’s complex, a congenital heart defect. Adrian underwent open heart surgery just five days after her birth. Adrian is now three years old, but she has already been through more of a struggle than many of us will experience in a lifetime. Due to her syndrome, she has endured multiple surgeries on her heart and stomach, but she continues to persevere day after day.

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Senior Walk-Through Becoming an OH Tradition

Seniors walking through the 5th grade hallway in the Elementary School

Commencement for the Class of 2017

Mrs. Patterson talking to the Class of 2017 before their walk in

Music at the Point

Music at the Point LogoJoin fellow Villagers at Arrowhead Point for “Music at the Point” on Tuesday, June 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Music will be provided by Repo Katz & Aubrie H. Bring your own picnic or enjoy food provided by Rosie’s Rolling Chef, Nacho Daddy’s, Infinite Zen Coffee, and Jacky’s Depot Ice Cream. Click here for the flyer!

Open Your Home to an International Student

AFS is eagerly looking for homes for these wonderful students--and others like them! These four students have excellent English skills and are good students. For more information, contact Linda Sherry at dsher343@aol.com.

 

Tennis Team, Tyler Gargas Compete at State Tourney

Tennis team posing for a pictureThe boys tennis team finished fourth in the Division II team tournament in Columbus last weekend. The team dropped their semi-final match to Columbus Bexley 3-1. The 2016-17 Ottawa Hills state qualifying team included James Schwann, Will Estes, David Rodriguez, Tyler Gargas, Rahul Bais, Andrew Lyon, Jack Yark, and Sam Assi. 

OHHS senior Tyler Gargas won his first match at the state tournament, 6-0, 7-5 over Leizman of Gates Mill Hawken before being edged by Pregel of Cincinnati Indian Hill 75-75 in his second-round match. Congratulations to the entire team and to coaches Matt Gargas and Justin Fisher on another impressive season!

Baseball Team Wins League Title

Baseball team posing for TAAC Championship

The OHHS baseball team captured the TAAC title this year. The boys finished the season with a 17-12 record. The team was led by seniors Dominic Adduci, Patrick Arnold, Alec Zink, Simon Purnell, Andrew Ponder, Tyler Gargas, Riley East, Noah Purnell, and AFS exchange student Marc Pitteloud. 

“We went 13-1 in the TAAC. It was very exciting for our players and families to celebrate a championship,” says coach Chris Hardman.  Many thanks to coach Hardman and his staff. Special thanks to the Ottawa Hills Athletic Boosters for their support for all of our athletic teams.

Quiz Bowl Updates!

Quiz bowl team after winning the T.A.A.C.

Round 1:Ottawa Hills dethrones 4-time defending champions Maumee Valley Country Day School 220-150! (Aired Sunday, 11/20/16) Watch it!

Round 2: Ottawa Hills defeats Tiffin Columbian 290-90! (Aired Sunday, 12/11/16) Watch it!

Quarterfinals: Watch the Green Bears take on Fremont St. Joe's! Scheduled to air *Sunday, June 18, 2017.

*Dates subject to change if NBC programming bumps the WNWO Academic Challenge to the following week.

Village Life Summer Camps '17

Village Life Summer Camp Logo

Morgan Billstein Receives Academic All-Ohio Honors

Morgan Billstein pictured in her basketball uniformSenior Morgan Billstein received the Division III “Academic All Ohio” award from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association for her academic and athletic performance during the 2016-17 season. In addition, she was interviewed by BCSN’s Tom Cole on his Positively Tom show. Basketball coach Sean Mercer shares, “Morgan is an outstanding student and athlete. She was a delight to coach and I deeply appreciate her four year commitment to our program. She was a leader both on and off the court. She will be missed.” 

Congratulations, Morgan!  We wish you the best of luck at The Ohio State University next year.

Eighth Graders Get Whirlwind Tour of Washington, D.C.

Eighth graders pictured in a class photo at Washington D.C.

From May 16-19, OHJH eighth grade students visited the center of our democracy, saw monuments that commemorate our history, heard the echoes of voices that define what it means to be American, and made lifelong memories with friends and teachers. They had an ambitious agenda on the annual eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. that began with a stop at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Their stops in D.C. included the Capitol Building, the Spy Museum, the American History Museum, National Air and Space Museum, the FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean Memorial, World War II Memorial, Ford’s Theater,  the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial to 9/11, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, the National Cathedral, and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. 

Eighth grader Abby Dewhirst shares, “My favorite museum was the Holocaust Museum because it brought to life so many things I read about in The Diary of Anne Frank.  My favorite memorial was the Vietnam Memorial because war veterans were there and I was able to shake their hands and say thank you." According to classmate Jack Silk, “I created many memories in D.C. I will never forget. The jousting dinner was super entertaining and seeing all the monuments for the first time was incredible. Spending time with all my classmates was a great way to build relationships. It was an experience I will never forget.”

"Girls on the Run" Teaches Valuable Lessons

Girls on the Run participants with parents

Geometry Students Create Octagon Origami

Students showing off there origami artStudents in Joan Keckler’s Honors Geometry classes worked on an Octagon Origami project in which they constructed an octagon by folding eight paper one-by-one unit squares with a series of folds. Students were required to determine all of the angle measures, exact side lengths, perimeter, and area with each new fold. In addition, the activity required students to use special right triangle rules, perform arithmetic operations with radicals, and apply area formulas. The sequences of folds done with eight squares resulted in eight parallelograms, that when folded properly created an octagon, which also transformed into a pinwheel-like star. Students then had to calculate the exact area of the paper portion of the octagon, which was quite complex, but led to an interesting result. “It was exciting to see students collaborating and using their creativity in the problem-solving process,” says Ms. Keckler.

Students Spend a Night on Mt. Olympus

Homecoming king and queen Will Petro and Taylor TheesGuests of this year’s prom were transported back in time to the days of ancient Greece for a “Night on Olympus.” Students enjoyed an evening of delicious food, high energy music, and hours of dancing. Will Petro and Taylor Thees were named Prom King and Queen.  Congratulations to junior class advisor Steve Bobak and class officers Jack Yark, Ethan Riepenhoff, Urvish Patel, Lauren Stevens, Santiago Garcia-Mata, and Ellie Westmeyer on planning a sophisticated and successful prom.

A special thanks to Mary Yark and the many parent volunteers who assisted the committee. The decorations, food, entertainment, and music made for an exceptional evening. Thanks to chaperones Jackie Patterson, Thomas McCarthy, Rebecca McLean, Mark Patterson, Gerry Davis, Robin Charney, and Steve Bobak. Thanks also to OHPD Chief John Wenzlick and officer Marc Tupper for chaperoning and ensuring the safety of our students. 

Thanks to Tracy Boice and the army of junior parents for putting together After Prom, a fun and safe evening for all of our prom attendees. This year's theme was "Horoscope: Signs of Future Stars."

Stellar Performance at State Science Day

Left: Scott Davis and Jack O'brien presenting there research to a judge.  Right: Claire Denk and Hannah Shariff standing in front of their project.

Brett Hoffman Receives Michigan Honor Trophy Award

Brett Hoffman pictured receiving the U of M Honor Trophy AwardOttawa Hills Senior Brett Hoffman was honored as recipient of The University of Michigan Honor Trophy Award. Brett received this honor from The University of Michigan Club of Toledo on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at The Toledo Club. The award recognizes a graduating senior who has displayed outstanding scholastic, athletic, and leadership abilities. Pictured are:  Jeremy Miller;  Brett Hoffman;  Steve Staelin, and Ottawa Hills Varsity Basketball Coach John Lindsey.  Congratulations, Brett!

Baldwin Wallace Scores Three OH Scholar Athletes

Pictured are Trent Davis, Andrew Krupp, and Kyle Harrison, all going to Baldwin Wallace to play sports.

Upcoming Events

2017 Senior Graduation, Date:  Thursday, June 1, 2017 Location: High School Gym, Start Time: 6 p.m

OH Students Organize Books 4 Buddies Book Drive

Jonathon and Donavan organized a district-wide book drive.  They are pictured below holding up a sign they made.Jonathan Dolsey, eighth grader, and Donavan Bridges, freshman, Ambassadors for Books 4 Buddies (B4B), have organized a district-wide book drive and are requesting donations of new and gently used books. 

Books 4 Buddies uses Ambassadors across Toledo to serve its mission of encouraging literacy and providing leisure reading material, free of charge, to disadvantaged youth, especially boys, in the community. The brainchild of Toledo native, teenager Touré McCord II, B4B receives support in the form of new and gently used book donations from participating bookstores, local businesses, and the general public. Book bins for collection have been placed in the elementary, junior high, and high school.

Please bring your books through the end of May and support this worthy cause!

May Students of the Month

Pictured are our May Students of the Month: Adam Hamilton, Anna Brown, and Priya JindalCongratulations to Students of the Month Adam Hamilton (7th), Anna Brown (9th), and Priya Jindal (12). Look for these three outstanding students in the upcoming issue of Village Life & Home. Every month three students are chosen by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school. Congratulations to Adam, Anna, and Priya!

The Blade's Brian Buckey ('04) Speaks to Arrowhead Staff

Brian Buckey pictured with members of our Arrowhead staff

OH Students Win Awards at Sister Cities Art Competition

Artwork from Maya TuffArtwork from Bri Diesen

Mac Veh Wins Honorable Mention at Congressional Art Show

Mac Veh's piece: Juxtaposition

Sophomores Visit Kehinde Wiley Exhibit at the TMA

Sophomores pictured at the Toledo Museum of ArtEnglish teacher James Kinkaid and social studies teacher Steve Bobak took the entire sophomore class on a trip to the Toledo Museum of Art to viewA New Republic, artist Kehinde Wiley’s exhibit. The exhibit raises important questions about social class, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, power, sexual preference, and physical appearance. Wiley is well known for “street casting” and placing people of color in heroic poses based on European masters' paintings. The exhibit is on view at TMA until May 14.

Sophomores and Sixth Graders Connect

Sophomore and 6th grade girls pictured having lunch togetherOn Thursday April 20, current sophomores and their sixth grade pen pals met up in the high school library for lunch and conversation. As part of the transition to junior high, guidance counselor Darcy Browne organized a luncheon in the high school library for the all the sixth grade girls. The sixth graders asked their mentors questions about their experiences at the junior/senior high school.  Mentors shared their insight and offered advice about strategies to ensure a successful transition. In addition, Mrs. Patterson welcomed the girls to the junior high and spoke about the role mentors play in being positive and healthy role models. 

Mr. Nixon Sparks Learning in AP Biology

AP Biology student exploring the First Law of ThermodynamicsMr. Nixon’s Biology classes spent the past couple of weeks learning about energy. In the introduction activity Mr. Nixon had students explore the First Law of Thermodynamics using several different examples of energy and energy transfer. One of the examples included a thermite reaction where students smacked together large iron spheres covered in aluminum foil. When this reaction is done in this safe way, the students get to experience an amazing display of sparks!

110 Stories Tickets On Sale Now

110 Stories Logo
110 Stories Tickets on Sale Now

Performance Dates:

May 26, 27, and 28 
All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are in the 
HS Auditorium.

 

From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to...a mother, a photojournalist, an ironworker, a chiropractor, and a homeless man who saved lives that day. Their unflinching, freaked-out and occasionally funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath.

Visit http://www.ottawahillsschools.org/Content/20 for instructions on how to purchase tickets. Please note that all tickets should have a bar code. Please print your tickets in advance of the performance. In addition, the Box Office will be open for ticket sales one hour before each show.

"Treasurer Talk" May 24th

Treasurer Brad Browne pictured at his deskJoin District Treasurer Brad Browne, Superintendent Kevin Miller, and Board of Education members for an Ottawa Hills Schools “Treasurer Talk” on Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room.
 
Topics covered will range from an overview of the district’s various funds to real estate taxes, state aide, how district funds are spent, and more.
 
If you have specific questions or topics you would like addressed, email Brad Browne at bbrowne@ohschools.org

"I Make a Difference" Breakfast Honors Teachers, Students

Students and Teachers who received awards posing for a picture

Students Recognized By BP

Students Gillian Heckler and Shana Capur posing with President of BP - Husky Refining Mark Dangler and Findlay President Katherine FellSeniors Gillian Heckler and Shana Capur were honored Wednesday, April 26 at the 32ndAnnual Academic Excellence Award Dinner sponsored by BP at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg. Gillian and Shana rank in the top 2% of this year’s graduating class. About 100 students were recognized from 30 area high schools. The students and assistant principal Mrs. Patterson were fortunate enough to share a table with Mr. Mark Dangler, Village resident and President of BP-Husky Refining, and Dr. Katherine Fell, University of Findlay President and keynote speaker. Also invited to the event, but unable to attend, were Cameron Roller and Spencer Colton.

Help Recognize Distinguished OH Alumni

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Logo

The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is seeking nominations for its new Distinguished Alumni Award. 

The award will recognize Ottawa Hills Schools attendees who have made (or are making) a meaningful contribution to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the tradition of excellence at Ottawa Hills. 

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Ottawa Hills alumni, faculty, and district officials. 

Distinguished Alumni recipients will be recognized on Friday, October 20, 2017, with a dinner reception and during the half-time ceremonies of the home football game that evening.

Volunteers Needed for "Smiles, Laughs, and Screams--Carnival 2017"

Volunteers needed for the carnival this weekendOHSPA's spring carnival will take place on Friday, May 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy inflatables, entertainment, music, and carnival games. Food and treats will be provided by Jo Jo's Famous Chili Dogs, Kona Ice, the Ottawa Hills Athletic Boosters, Po Mo's Ribs, Rosie's Italian Grille, and Sugar Cube.

Buy wristbands, 50/50 raffle tickets, and 6th grade VIP wristbands May 15 to 19 during lunch and May 15 to 18 after school. To see pricing information, see the Carnival flyer here. 

Volunteers are needed to ensure all these great opportunities are available for our students! To volunteer, go to https://ohspa.membershiptoolkit.com/story/45125.

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Invites You to Attend!

Please join us on May 18th as we celebrate Ottawa Hills in Washington, D.C. We are excited to hear graduates Christine Brennan and Phil Mattingly talk about life after Ottawa Hills. RSVP to Erica Silk at esilk@ohschools.org.

Flyer for the Washington DC Alumni Reception

Eat at PIZZAFIRE on Wednesday, May 17th; Benefit OHMTA

PizzaFire Logo

The Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association invites you to "dine and donate" at PIZZAFIRE on Wednesday, May 17. PIZZAFIRE will donate 15% of your bill to OHMTA. "Dine and donate" runs from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at PIZZAFIRE at 3444 Secor Road. Click here for the flyer you need to present to the cashier so  your order is included in the fundraiser. Enjoy the pizza...and, thanks for supporting OHMTA!

May 17th "Chew On This" Addresses Link Between Diet and Mental Health
Logo for OH 21Nutritional Brain Support for Brain Health and Emotional Balance Speaker: Jack Grogan, Certified Nutritionist and Chief Science Officer for Uckele Health & Nutrition
 
Time: 7:00 PM (come for dinner and discussion)
Place: Quimby's at Sterns and Secor (about 16-17 minute drive)
RSVP - to Jen Muse rkitextwo@aol.com or text 419-509-2701
 
Bravo to Cast and Crew of High School Musical!

Photo of High School Musical scene with all the cheerleaders doing a dance.

Around the Horn for Autism

Boys scouts holding flag and varsity baseball catcher posing with basketball manager

The Varsity Baseball team raised nearly $300 for the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio on Saturday, April 22, during their "Around the Horn for Autism" event. James Wimmers (OH '11) and eighth grader Henry Genzman threw out the first pitches of the game against Sylvania Southview. Thanks to Troop 27 members Culver Whitehead and Darion Wimmers for conducting the flag ceremony.  Special thanks to Tammie Adduci for planning this event.

2017 OHSAA Spring Sports Tournament Brackets
Ottawa Hills Receives Gold Rating in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Best High School Gold Award logo from U.S. NewsOttawa Hills High School received a gold rating in this year’s ranking of America’s high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Only nineteen high schools in Ohio received this distinction.  
 
The magazine awards schools gold, silver, and bronze medals, with gold indicating the top level of college readiness. U.S. News assesses several factors to determine the schools' placements, including enrollment, graduation rates, and the results of state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
 
The list ranks Ottawa Hills #19 in Ohio, #490 in the national rankings, and #225 among STEM high schools in the country. There are over 20,000 high schools across the United States. Congratulations to our staff, students, and community on consistently being ranked among the top 2% of high schools in the nation.

Mrs. Bailey Gives Nature a Hand

Mrs. Bailey holding a little bottle of feed for a baby squirrel

Give Your Stuffed Animals a New Home

Stuffed animals are being donated for the OHSPA Spring CarnivalPlush Wheel time is near as the annual OHSPA Spring Carnival approaches. This year's Carnival will be held on Friday, May 19. Organizers are collecting clean, gently used stuffed animals for the ever popular Plush Wheel.

Please contact Jeni Carter at (860) 573-5049 to arrange a drop off.  She will be collecting stuffed animals through May 12. Thank you!

Blade Student of the Week: Hailey McGee

Picture of Hailey McGee

Students Learn About the French Speaking World from New OH Resident

Students listen to local resident Hoda Chaadan about her experiences in France, Lebanon, and Syria.

Hoda Chaaban, mother of new OH students Carol and Najwa Nassif, spoke to French IV and V students about her experiences in France, Lebanon, and Syria. A French teacher, Madame Chabaan shared insight from her time studying in France. She also told stories of helping French journalists who were covering the Syrian war.  Many thanks to Madame Chabaan for taking the time to meet with students.

Spring Cleaning for Student Council

Student council huddles together for a spring cleaning picture

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

Mr. Wipfli Returns as Artist-In-Residence

Recently, former art and music teacher Steve Wipfli returned to the classrooms of Ottawa Hills as part of the art department’s Artist-in-Residence program. Mr. Wipfli was invited by current art teachers Kristin Johnson and Hannah Lehmann because the medium of Mr. Wipfli’s personal artwork often takes the form of paper collage.  Collage is the theme of this year’s smART show. To begin the work, Mr. Wipfli gave each art class an “artist’s talk” about his process, inspiration, and work. He continued to work with students as they created paper collages of birds from the middle east made with paper of patterns and designs found in the Islamic world.  The projects will be on display at the smART show on April 27.  Many thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association for providing the financial support for this program.  Pictured below are “The Four Seasons” and one of Mr. Wipfli's many bird collages. Click here  to visit Mr. Wipfli's Facebook page, Steven Tozer Wipfli Art.

Mr. Wipflis art work "The Four Seasons" and one of his many bird collages

Students Attend Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo's Annual Holocaust Program

Students standing in front of a mural at the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo

smART Show is April 27th from 6-9pm

Logo for the 2016-2017 smART Show titled "Collage"

"High School Musical" Comes to OH This Weekend!

High School Musical

Showtimes are scheduled for:

 Friday, April 21 - 7:00 pm.

Saturday, April 22 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 - 2:00 p.m.

Purchase Tickets by clicking here.

Fifth Graders and Freshman Keep the Connection

Fifth graders eating with there Freshman pen pals on St. Patricks DayThis past St. Patrick’s Day, fifth grade students had a chance to meet with their ninth grade pen pals.  Together the students wrote letters to the Ronald McDonald House and Sunset House wishing everyone a happy and joyous St. Patrick’s Day. These letters of encouragement were thendelivered to their locations by Mrs. Hurst, English I teacher at OHHS.

Shana Capur is Lucas County Franklin B. Walter Award Winner

Picture of Shana Capur Senior Shana Capur is Lucas County’s Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Winner. She was selected because of her academic achievements, personal accomplishments, and community service. Shana plans to study biomedical engineering at Northwestern University next year. The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award program was established in 1990 by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association to recognize an outstanding senior student from each county within the State of Ohio. Eligible students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as indicated by high school grades, test scores, and awards. Congratulations, Shana!

Science Olympiad Competes in States

Students working on a project at the state level competition of Science Olympiad

Graphic Design Students Create Double Exposures

3 student artwork pieces from Austin Hanrehan, Yale Miller, and Kendall Kropp

Double exposure images are frequently used in popular promotional music and movie imagery. Inspired by these images, students in Hannah Lehmann’s Graphic Design classes used Adobe Photoshop to create their own double exposure promotional poster that merged their portrait with a landscape or cityscape. Students used the poster from the movie The Revenant as an example. Pictured above are the works from students Austin Hanrehan, Yale Miller, and Kendall Kropp.

Gillian Heckler is Toledo Blade Student of the Week

FAVORITES:
School Subject: French
Extracurricular Activity: OutreachGillian Heckler school photo
Hobbies: Yoga
Car: Tesla
Store: Nordstrom
Musical Artist: Beyoncé
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Movie: Dodgeball
FAST FACTS:
Cafeteria food must have: Pizza
Last Book Read that Wasn’t Required:David and Goliath
Item always in your locker: Water bottle
Person Most Admired: My sister
Person You’d Like To Meet: Barack Obama
First Job: Nursery caregiver
Top Accomplishment: Presenting my research at a national conference
FUTURE:
After Graduation Plans: Expand my knowledge and study at a liberal arts college
Career Goal: Become a physician or obtain a job in public health
From the Principal: “Gillian is an intelligent, hard-working, and compassionate student,” Principal Ben McMurray said. “She is respected by her peers and teachers for her strong moral compass and regard for others. She is an active member of the student body and in the greater community. We are fortunate to have Gillian at Ottawa Hills. We know she will go on to make a difference in the world.”

Baseball Team Continues Tradition

 

OH Baseball Team pictured down in Florida

Many members of the Ottawa Hills baseball team spent spring break week in sunny Sarasota, Florida for their annual spring training. The team scrimmaged opponents from all over the United States. Many thanks to Chris Hardman for organizing the 32nd “spring training” trip to Sarasota for the Green Bears. The team opened the season against Northwood on Tuesday and came away with a 16-2 victory. Best of luck this season! Go Bears!  Photo by Tammie Adduci

Botany Students Enjoy Fruit Day

Students enjoying fruit during science class

Choraliers Perform in Columbus

Group of OH Choraliers squeeze together for a group photoVocal Music Director Donna Wipfli and several members of the Choraliers made their way to Capital University at the beginning of  spring break to participate in a workshop with American composer and conductor Jake Runestad. Students performed Runestad’s "Nyon Nyon" with Capital University’s Chapel Choir and several other high school choirs from the Columbus area. Sophomore Nora Ayad shares, “I loved every minute working with Jake Runestad! It was so different working with the actual composer of the piece. We discovered the meaning behind the piece and why it was created.

Board Meeting Date Change

The April meeting of the Board of Education has been moved from Tuesday, April 18, to Wednesday, April 19. The meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Parents Asked to Complete Online Survey to Aid in Strategic Planning

Graphic showing a keyboard that says "online survey"

Parents: The district is preparing to develop a new long-range strategic plan and we need your help. Please take an online survey that asks you to provide input on a variety of topics--from curriculum to instruction to student services and more. Your input is a very important piece of the data collection process and will be combined with survey results from students, teachers, and staff members. You can access the survey by clicking here. The deadline for completion of parent surveys is Monday, April 17. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this important survey.

Schedule a Round-Table Discussion to Assist Strategic Planning

Ottawa Hills is nearing the end of its five-year strategic plan and will be developing a new plan this spring. To gather community input, Dr. Miller, Superintendent, will hold round-table discussions with Village residents. To host a round-table discussion, gather six to twelve friends and neighbors and schedule a time to meet with Dr. Miller. The deadline for round-table discussions has been extended to April 12. A set of essential questions will be provided for the group ahead of time and will guide the discussion. To schedule a round-table discussion, contact the central office at 419-536-6371.

HS Science Olympiad Headed to States

Science OlympiadThe Ottawa Hills High School Science Olympiad team had a great day on Saturday at the Regional Science Olympiad tournament held at BGSU. The team had a school record high of six regional championships including Astronomy, Hydrogeology, Experimental Design, Materials Science, and Microbe Mission.

 

 

Mrs. Hafemann’s Students Unravel the cheMYSTERY of Light

Mrs. Hafemann's AP chemistry students analyzed the bright line emission

Strong Showing at District Science Fair

Raphael Garcia-Mata posing in front of his science fair project

MathCounts Team Scores High in State Competition

MathCounts team pictured with Mrs. DrabekThe Ottawa Hills junior high MathCounts team earned 7th place out of 33 teams in the state competition last weekend. Ishan Khare placed 22nd out of 203 competitors. According to team advisor Diane Drabek, “This was one of our best showings at states!" Team members include: Ishan Khare, Pram Koirala, Keefer McClure, and Oliver Smirnov. Congratulations to the team on a strong finish to the season.  Many thanks to Diane Drabek for her leadership. The MathCounts Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. MathCounts is available as a co-curricular activity for our elementary and junior high students. For more information about MathCounts click here.

American Legion Announces Americanism Awards

American Legion Americanism Award recipients pictured: Nathan Card, Neha Kazmi, Annie Mintun, Will Koury, Renae Goik, and Mazi Omer. Senior Nathan Card qualified for the state-level competition.

The Social Studies Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Americanism test. Given annually in conjunction with American Legion Post #553 to students in grades 10 through 12, the questions focus on three levels of government: local, state, and national.

Success at MAMUN 2017 for OH Model UN Club

2017 Model OH model UN group pictured at BGSU

Power of the Pen Competes at Regional Tournament

OH students group shot at the Power of the Pen Regional TournamentMembers of the Power of the Pen team, including Ella Langenderfer, Mattie Wilson, Bazil Frueh, Samantha Bigioni, Lorelei Huber, Ava Porter, and Faith Seo, competed at the Regional Tournament at Lourdes University on Wednesday, March 8.  Approximately 250  students from thirty-five schools competed in three rounds of creative writing.  Faith Seo took 8th place among the field of 7th graders, and the 7th grade team placed 4th. The top 20% of all competitions will travel to the College of Wooster in May to compete in the state tournament. Congratulations to the team and advisor Kristie Stevens on a successful season. Special thanks to Nicole Silvers for volunteering to be a judge. Many thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association for supporting this program.

#Singout! -- Stories Through the Power of Song

#Singout! Performance group photo

Instrumental Music Program says, "Spring It On!"

Instrumental music, directed by Mr. Leeds,  playing at the Spring It On performance

RSVP Now for April 7 Legacy Luncheon

Brochure for Legacy Luncheon

Quiz Bowl Team Clinches TAAC Championship

Quiz Bowl Team TAAC Champs

OHHS Dance Team Brings Home the Hardware

Dance Team pictured at the State competition in Columbus

The Ottawa Hills High School Dance Team had an incredibly successful weekend at the state competition in Columbus. The team finished as state runner-up for pom and placed fourth in jazz. The Dance Team's routines were evaluated for their stage presence, creativity, technique, and overall performance. This was the third straight year the dance team has gone to States and finished in the top three for at least one of the categories. The dance team is coached by Ariel DeMarco and includes Captain Kendall Kropp, Amelia Freuh, Priya Bhatt, Caroline Dayton, Anna Erickson, Gabi Thurston, and Caroline Koury. Congratulations to the team and to coach DeMarco!

Bazil Frueh Wins Regional Geography Bee

Bazil Frueh picture with his certificate of victory at the Ottawa Hills Geography BeeBazil Frueh placed first in the regional geography bee and moves on as a state semifinalist to compete at the Ohio State Bee to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. Bazil is currently a seventh grader at Ottawa Hills Junior HS and is a proud member ofBear Pause, Makwa, Power of the Pen, and Junior Chorale. “I entered the geography contest just for fun and because I’ve always enjoyed geography. I absolutely love to learn about different parts of the world.

Rumer Ochoa Wins Romantic Idol

Rumer Ochoa picture for Romantic Idol 17On Friday, March 3, the entire student body gathered in the auditorium to watch finalists compete in the 15th annual Romantic Idol competition. James Kinkaid’s sophomore English students recited poetry from the Romantic period of Western literature. Rumer Ochoa’s recitation of After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes by Emily Dickinson secured her victory as the 2017 Romantic Idol.  Lauren Rownd finished as runner-up and Nolan Paterwich placed third.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra at Ottawa Hills High School

Picture of trombone played at the TJO program at Ottawa HillsPicture of cello played at the TJO program at Ottawa HillsOn Tuesday, February 28, the OH High School Jazz Band "Green Tonic" joined the Toledo Jazz Orchestra (TJO) for an evening of jazz music to benefit the instrumental music program at Ottawa Hills. The two hour concert included many jazz standards performed by both Green Tonic and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Many thanks to OH instrumental music director Michael Leeds and TJO artistic director Ron Kischuk for a wonderful evening. We deeply appreciate the community outreach and partnership. 

The TJO will perform at the Valentine Theater on March 11 and April 22.  Tickets can be purchased by by clicking here. To learn more about the TJO visit their website at http://toledojazz.org.

Choraliers Participate in OMEA Event

Students pictured at the Large Group Adjudicated Event

At Archbold High School, the Choraliers sang at the Large Group Adjudicated Event sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators Association. After changing into concert dress and warming-up, the Choraliers performed three memorized pieces for a panel of three judges. The pieces were categorized as difficult, or class A repertoire, and the performance was judged on the group’s mastery of intonation, articulation, tone, interpretation, and technique. After the performance they moved to a different room to demonstrate their sight-reading skills. Both the performance and sight-reading were judged on a scale of I (Superior) -V (Poor). The Choraliers’ overall score was II and they received many positive comments from the judges. The students sang with energy, sophistication, and artistry. Bravi Choraliers!

Turnabout 2017: Let the Good Times Roll

The 2017 court pictured at Turnabout

The Turnabout committee chose Mardi Gras as this year’s theme and created a fun-filled evening of friendship, good music, and dancing.  Senior Will Petro was crowned Turnabout King. Congratulations, Will!  Many thanks to faculty advisor Jessica Temple and Student Council for organizing this year’s Turnabout dance. Special thanks to chaperones Tom McCarthy, Jackie Patterson, Alta Richter, and Ben McMurray. Thanks also to OHPD Chief John Wenzlick and Brad Clay for providing additional security.

National History Day District Competition

Group of National Histroty Day participants and Mr. Bobak

Please Complete Community Survey

On behalf of the Board of Education, Great Lakes Marketing sent out a survey to all community members this week. The survey asks Villagers to respond to a variety of issues, including facility needs. Please take the time to complete the survey and return it no later than March 24. You can also take the survey online at http://OHSchoolSurvey.com.

2017 Chinese Bridge Camp -- Explore the REAL China

Three students standing on the great wall of china

"SCREENAGERS" Coming March 20

Screenagers Logo

AFS Diversity Weekend Celebrates Cultures From Around the World

AFS Students 2017

Quiz Bowl Team Heads to Nationals

2017 OH Quiz Bowl Teams

Krifka Brings the ArtsAlive!

Krifka presenting to the ArtsAlive! groupOn Wednesday, February 22, junior high students attended an ArtsAlive! presentation with artist-in-residence Stan Krifka. Mr. Krifka lives in New York City and has been the assistant musical director for several Broadway shows including The Addams Family, The Lion King, In the Heights, Newsies, Jersey Boys, Shrek, Mama Mia, and Wicked.  His responsibilities have included teaching the show to new cast members, sitting in on auditions, coaching current cast members, playing keyboard, and conducting the shows. 

Eighth grader Sophia Stone deeply enjoyed the presentation: “Stan Krifka's presentation was truly inspiring. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from someone of his caliber." Vocal music director Donna Wipfli met Mr. Krifka during the trip to Carnegie Hall last year when he taught a musical theater workshop for the Choraliers. ArtsAlive! is a live, performing and creating arts series for junior high students sponsored by Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association and the OH Music and Theatre Association.

A WICKEDly Awesome Performance by the Choraliers

Choraliers performing a medley of songs from Broadways smash hit Wicked

Science Students Get Energized

Science students investigating thermal energy transformations

Nicole Silver’s seventh grade science students are continuing their energy unit by investigating thermal energy transformations. They conducted research on the radiometer, comparing kinetic energy in cold, hot, and room temperature water. In addition, they measured conductivity of different metals and analyzed the transfer of energy in a hand boiler.

MathCounts Team Heads to States; Ishan Khare Takes Top Spot

Math Counts Team posing for picture after 2nd place finish

First Lego League Team Wins State Title

Aisle of Misfit Toys pictured with there championship trophyOttawa Hills’ First Lego League team, The Aisle of Misfit Toys, won first place in Robot Programming at the state championships at Wright State University last weekend. There were 62 teams competing from across Ohio. The team took titles at the Sylvania district and BGSU regional competitions on the way to their state title.
 
Team members include:
Front row (l to r): Ketan Tamirisa - 5th grade, Akash Parikh - 5th grade, Kavita Parikh - 8th grade, Pranav Dixit - Sylvania School 6th grader*, Noah Hamilton - 5th grade, Aathma Muruganathan- 5th grade. 
 
Back row (l to r): Dr. Kamala Tamirisa - Parent Coach, Danielle Sun - 8th grade, Meredith Randall - 8th grade, Elise Denk - 7th grade, Dr. Dhaval Parikh - Parent Coach 
*Our First Lego League program is a parent-directed program, which allows the team to include students from another school.

Congratulations to our team members, and thank you to our parent coaches!

Spencer Colton Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Picture of senior, Spencer ColtonOHHS senior Spencer Colton has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Eight students in northwest Ohio were chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates — an honor given to the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. Of the 3.5 million high school students expected to graduate at the end of the academic year nationwide, only 4,000 of the top students are selected as candidates, according to a Department of Education news release.

Special Guest Visit the OH Music Program

Picture with Matthew YoungloveClinicians came to work with the high school band program to augment theirinstrumental instruction. Mr. Matthew Younglove, Director of Athlectic Bands and Applied Saxophone Professor at Wayne State University and Vandoren clinician, visited and performed for the symphonic band on February 10. While here, he performed for the class and worked with our saxophones on specific technique and equipment choices. The students were very impressed, with one stating “It was amazing! I loved being able to try new mouthpieces and see what works for me.”

Picture of Ron Kischuk playing the tromboneOn Tuesday, February 14, Toledo Jazz Orchestra director and distinguished trombone artist Mr. Ron Kischuk joined the OHHS jazz band “Green Tonic” in a coaching session. Mr. Kischuk drew from his many years of performing and teaching to offer a unique perspective. He helped our students prepare for their upcoming side-by-side concert with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday February 28.

Choraliers Sing Their Hearts Out on Valentine's Day

Choraliers singing for their Valentine's Day fundraiser

Junior High Students Enjoy Sky Zone

Students posing for picture at SkyZoneRecently, junior high students enjoyed an action-packed night at the Sky Zone in Holland, Ohio.  According to their website, “Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park! We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see.” The outing was jointly planned by the junior high advisory program and junior high student council.  According to guidance counselor Darcy Browne, “We thought this was a wonderful opportunity for students to develop positive and healthy relationships and get some exercise while they jump the winter away. Also, we extended an invitation to current sixth grade students as a way to help them make a successful transition to the junior high.” More than sixty students attended the event.  Many thanks to student council advisor Kristie Stevens and guidance counselor Darcy Browne for working with the students to organize this activity.

Dance Team Heads to State

2017 OH Dance Team picture at Regionals

Scheduling for Parent/Teacher Conferences Taking Place Now

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences at the jr./sr. high school will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. To schedule a conference with one or more teachers, please contact Paramita Mukherjee by calling 419-534-5376 or by emailing pmukherjee@ohschools.org. The scheduling will close at the end of the day Wednesday, February 22, 2017. After the deadline, parents can contact teachers directly beginning Tuesday, February 28 to schedule conferences.

Hands-On Lab Helps Students Learn about Energy Transformations

Students learning about energy in science class

Working in teams at various energy stations, students in Nicole Silver’s seventh grade science classes have been examining energy transformations. Prior to this unit, students learned about different nonrenewable and renewable energy sources. According to Mrs. Silvers, “Their favorite stations were probably the ones with the generators, radiometer, and bimetallic coins. The students enjoyed getting to change one form of energy into another, and it made an impact that they were able to see the change happen.”  ODE state science standards require students to conduct “investigation, testing, and experimentation to explore energy transfers and transformations.”

Swim Team has a Successful Season

Swim team at sectionals

Bear Pause Ready to Go Big Time!

Bear Pause pictured in the Junior High HallwayThe staff of the junior high newspaper hope a change in format elevates the Bear Pauseto a higher level. Their plan is to have copies of the Bear Pause printed by the same company that prints theArrowhead for the high school.  With funds raised from a bake sale and the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association, the staff plan to have the new Bear Pause out in late February or early March. 

February Students of the Month

Pictured are the three February students of the month: Tarun Paramasamy, Drew Hoffman, Caroline Tunis

Congratulations to Students of the Month Tarun Paramasamy (7) Drew Hoffman (9), and Caroline Tunis (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in the upcoming issue ofVillage Life & Home.  Every month three students are chosen by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school. Congratulations to Tarun, Drew, and Caroline!

Boys Basketball Division 3 Bracket
"Green Tonic" Joins with Toledo Jazz Orchestra for February 28 Concert

Graphic for the Toledo Jazz Orchestra on February 28th

Students Present Research at Science Fair

Students posing in front of science fair projectThe Ottawa Hills High School annual Science Fair was held on Thursday, February 2 in the high school library. Mr. Nixon's honors biology classes displayed various science research projects that they have been working on since October.  Students were judged in areas such as originality and creativity, knowledge achieved, use of scientific method, and clarity of expression. Many thanks to our volunteer judges: retired, former OH teacher Marv Rotondo, BGSU professor Emilio Duran, and UT professors Raphael Garcia-Mata, Silvia Goicoechea, and Ivana de la Serna. 

Congratulations to the following students who earned the highest scores, and will participate in the District Science Day at the University of Toledo on March 11:

Signing Ceremony for Two OHHS Athletes

Griffin DeMilt and Paulina Mendez with family gathered as they announced where they are playing sports in college

Girls Basketball Division 3 Bracket

Ottawa Hills will play Rossford on Wed Feb 22, at Northview High School 8:00 pm

View the full bracket

No School February 17 and 20

No School graphicParents and students are reminded that there is no school on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20. Ottawa Hills staff members will be taking part in in-service training on Friday, the 17th. School will not be in session on Monday, the 20th to observe President's Day. This creates a nice four-day weekend for our families to enjoy.

OH Alum Makes a Case for Rhetorical Skills

Grant Kozy presenting to Mr. Broadway's class

Students Participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest

OH Students who participated in the District 1 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lake HS

Pep Band Enhances Home Game Atmosphere

Picture of Pep Band before a home basketball game

During the winter months, the Ottawa Hills High School band makes numerous appearances at boys and girls home basketball games. In addition to the National Anthem, the band plays the school fight song and a wide range of pop songs, including the theme from the movie Rocky, Macklemore’s Thrift Shop, the Bar-Kay’s Soul Finger, and the Shadow’s Apache. “I think pep band brings an important energy not only to the team but also to the crowd and the student section. There are definitely some songs that get everyone going,” says Student Council President and Pep Band member Patrick Arnold. 

Instrumental music director Michael Leeds shares, “Students in the band love switching gears and playing for the fans and members of the basketball teams. The music is always fun, loud, and upbeat, guaranteed to get every toe tapping, whether you're for the home team or the visitors." Catch the OHHS Pep Band tonight after the Pancake Dinner when the boys team battles the Northwood Rangers. Let’s go Green Bears!

Hoops for a Cause

Emma Stout addresses the crowd at halftime on behalf of Lambie's LegacyOn Saturday, January 28 the girls basketball team faced-off against rival Maumee Valley Country Day School and held their annual Hoops for a Cause event to raise funds for cancer research and to support families who may need assistance with the grieving process. The girls basketball team partnered with Lambie’s Legacy to raise several thousand dollars to support the Good Grief of Northwest Ohio.  Lambie’s Legacy, a local non-profit, provided $1000.00 in matching funds.

BGSU Honor Band for Will Rand, Max Cummins

BGSU Honors Band

Senior Max Cummins and Junior Will Rand both participated in the BGSU Honor Band on January 19-21. The clinic featured the best area high school musicians from Michigan and Ohio. The musicians worked with guest conductors and faculty from the university. They premiered several new works and played advanced music. Congratulations to Max and Will on representing our school! Watch some of the concert via YouTube by clicking here.

Catching Up With Jack

Catching Up With Jack Foundation LogoMembers of the boys basketball team used last Friday night’s game against Gibsonburg to raise awareness and funds to support research for pediatric brain cancer. More than $2,500 was raised to support the organization "Catching Up with Jack." Jack Fineske was Coach John Lindsay’s great nephew who passed away from pediatric brain cancer in early October.  

Staff members with Catching up with Jack T-ShirtsThanks to brothers Drew and Brett Hoffman and their mother Kristie for helping to organize this event. “It was an incredible evening. I am amazed by this school and community,” notes Kristie Hoffman. Special thanks to elementary teacher Andrea Williamson and her husband. They won the 50/50 raffle and donated all of it back to the cause. To learn more about "Catching Up With Jack" or to make a donation, click here.

7th Grade Boys Clinch TAAC Championship

7th Grade Boys TAAC ChampsIn a game that came down to the wire, the seventh grade boys clinched the TAAC championship defeating the Toledo Christian Eagles 38-35. The team includes: (back row) Robbie Heuring, Preston Broce, Roger Xie, Brayden Miller, Adam Hamilton, Truman Talbot, coach Brad Britton, (front row) Will Berschback, Teddy Perozek, Walker Kight, Caden Coy, Chase Lorenzen, and Stephen Souder. Congratulations to the team and coach Brad Britton on an amazing season!

Serenade Your Sweetheart!

Picture of Striped HeartThe Ottawa Hills High School Choraliers will surprise your sweetheart on Tuesday, February 14 with a valentine serenade. For a donation of $50, this talented musical group will entertain your special someone with two musical selections accompanied by flowers and candy. All proceeds raised will be donated by the group to the Freedom School at Monroe Street United Methodist Church. The singers travel around town between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Contact Jenny Seifried at tseifried@bex.net  to reserve a spot. Contact her early as the day quickly fills up!

Blaise Malczewski Wins Spelling Bee

Blaise MalczewskiSeventh grader Blaise Malczewski is the winner of the 2017 Ottawa Hills Junior High Spelling Bee. He will represent Ottawa Hills in February at the Lucas County Area Spelling Bee, and if he is victorious, he will go on to compete in The Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee with a chance to qualify for nationals in Washington DC.

Guest Shares Insights of American and Chinese Culture

Ziao Wang answers question about Chinese culture, education, dating, food, economics, politics, and careers.Students in Pickering Lee’s Chinese classes had the opportunity to meet with Ziao Wang, a recent UT graduate who majored in both history and biology. Mr. Wang, who has spent the last four years in the United States, shared insights and impressions of American culture. Moreimportantly, he answered questions from the students about Chinese culture on topics that included education, dating, food, economics, politics, and careers. Mr. Wang was impressed with our students’ ability to write Chinese characters and speak conversational Chinese. Mr. Wang returns to China in February, but plans to pursue a master’s degree in Asian history in the United States next fall. He’s hopeful to be at the University of Toledo and plans another visit to Mr. Lee’s Chinese classes. We are deeply grateful to our guest for giving up some time to spend with our students. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his education.

Military Appreciation Night

Patrick Arnold (Student Council President) shaking hands with Eric Swisher (Staff member who served in the Army)

Coach John Lindsay Nominated for BCSN Coach of the Year

Please vote for Coach Lindsay for BCSN Coach of the Year at:  http://www.bcsn.tv/coachofyear

District Accepting Donations for Mrs. Manchur

Elementary Music Teacher Fighting Cancer

Mrs. Manchur pictured with two Acting Out studentsAt the Sunday performances of The Wizard of Oz, those in attendance had an opportunity make a donation after the productions to support Mrs. Kimberly Manchur. Mrs. Manchur is our OHES music teacher and serves as Director of our "Acting Out" elementary/junior high musicals. She is pictured here with Alex and Emilio Duran, two of over 170 members of our cast and crew for The Wizard of Oz. This past summer, Mrs. Manchur was diagnosed with breast cancer, and since then, has been going through aggressive chemotherapy treatments.

Photos courtesy of the Village Voice of Ottawa Hills and Lena Duran

Students Should Consider Kenya in the Summer of 2017

OHHS Students speaking to students at the school they were visitingEach summer, Ottawa Hills students are given the opportunity to travel to Kenya for a three-week service learning experience with SLIK, Service Learning In Kenya. The students teach in the rural schools of Kenya while staying at Batian's View, which is owned and operated by Fred Roberts, an OHHS graduate. Students also experience Kenya through a safari, a trek up Mount Kenya, and many other activities that expose them to the culture and geography of Kenya.

Golf Teams Acknowledged at Winter Sports Assembly

Golf teams acknowledged for their acomplishments

Principal Ben McMurray and OH Boosters trustee Mary Yark presented members of the boys and girls golf teams with monogrammed warm-up jackets for their successful seasons and for qualifying for States this past fall. Members of the girls’ team honored were Olivia Cowley, Peyton Broce, Caroline Dayton, Emma Stout, and Enna McBride. The boys team members recognized were Brett Hoffman, David Rodriguez, Jack Yark, Nick Durfee, James Silk, and Andrew Lyon. Many thanks to the OH Boosters for their unwavering support for our student-athletes and athletic programs.

A Timely Lesson in McCarthy's AP Government Classes

Teacher Tom McCarthy posing with some students in his classroomStudents in Tom McCarthy’s AP Government classes are learning about the nuances of election cycles, bicameral legislatures, term limits, theories of representing constituents, political parties, and legislative committees. The recent elections and the contentious debates in Congress provide a powerful context for the lessons.  Students appreciate Mr. McCarthy’s lively lectures and sense of humor, but more importantly, the real world application of ideas and connections he makes to current events.

District Tournament for Power of the Pen

JH Power of the Pen membersThe 7th Grade Power of the Pen team competed at the district tournament at Timberstone Junior High last Saturday. The team placed fourth out of twenty-three schools. Faith Seo took third place in a field of over one hundred 7th graders.  Several OHJH students qualified for the regional competition, which will be held at Lourdes University in March. 

Faith Seo posing with her third place trophyThe team includes Faith Seo, Jack Genzman, Bazil Frueh, Ava Porter, Lorelei Huber, and Samantha Bigioni.  Many thanks to advisor Kristie Stevens and to our parent chaperones. Special thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association for their monetary support for this junior high activity. We wish our young writers the best of luck at the next stage of competition. Write on!

OH Dance Team Prepares for Competition

Picture of OH Dance TeamMembers of the Ottawa Hills High School Dance Team have been preparing since June for competition in early February. The girls perform at halftime for most of the home basketball games, but in recent years have entered the official state dance competition with great success. Senior Kendall Kropp shares, “I am very excited for dance team's journey this year. As a senior, I cannot wait to take this team to regionals and hopefully compete with jazz and pom at states this year. While competition is an important part of OHDT, we also perform at halftime of basketball games. I love dancing at halftime and showing my school spirit for the community.” 

Junior High Basketball Teams Playing in TAAC Championship Games this Saturday

Junior High basketball teams are playing in the TAAC Championship Games on Saturday, February 4th at Toledo Christian.

7th Grade Girls vs Danbury at 9:30am

7th Grade Boys vs Toledo Christian at 10:45am

8th Grade Girls vs Toledo Christian 12:00

Flippin' Flapjacks Benefit After Prom 2017

Picture of bears flipping pancakesOn Friday, February 3, the After Prom Committee is sponsoring the annual pancake dinner. Proceeds from the event help to fund after prom, a parent chaperoned evening of fun, food, games, and prizes in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. The dinner will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 a the door. The price includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, coffee, milk, and orange juice.

For tickets, contact any OHHS junior or Tracy Boice at 419-265-3447 or by emailing tboice@bex.net. Click here to see an event flyer.

Student Council Presidents Laud Board Members

Student council members posing with board members

Tickets Now on Sale for The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz PosterOttawa Hills is anticipating a visit to the Emerald City and everything Wizard of Oz in January 2017! Join us for this fantastic musical production featuring OH residents of all ages. Performance times are:

Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.


Over 150 student performers from grades 4 through 8 will entertain capacity crowds. A legion of parents and high school student mentors are providing leadership, back-stage and technical assistance, make-up, props, costumes, ticket sales support, publicity, and everything else it takes to create a magical, fun-filled, theatre experience.

Get your tickets now! You can go to Ticketracker to order online or visit the OH Schools Music & Theatre Association web page for ticket ordering instructions.

Robotics Team Gears Up for Competition

Left: 4 students building the robot.  Right:  2 students programming a robot.

Members of the Ottawa Hills Robotics Team are gearing up for competition.  They spent part of a recent weekend working in advisor Patty Dowd’s classroom problem-solving and fine-tuning their robot. Members of the team include William Becker, Keefer McClure, Liam McCullough Campbell, Tarun Paramasamy, Robbie Heuring, Henry Genzman, and Parker Contreras. Many thanks to the Ottawa Hills Parent Association for their support of this student activity.

January Students of the Month

January Students of the Month

Congratulations to Students of the Month Reagan Clarke (7) Kaleigh Carson (10), and Cole Simonetti (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in the upcoming issue of Village Life & Home. Every month three students are chosen by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school.  Students are selected because they excelled in one or all of the following areas:

Student of the Month Points of Excellence

Volleyball Tournament Collects Canned Goods for Area Food Bank

Left: Staff Volleyball Players looking tough.  Right:  Junior team ready to rock and roll.

Last week members of Student Council organized a volleyball tournament to collect canned goods and raise money for a local food bank. Nearly fifty students participated in the event and another fifty came to watch the fun. Senior Nathan Card was the lead organizer and acted as the emcee for the event. Nathan shares, “We decided to organize the volleyball tournament because we really needed to get the ball rolling on fundraising. We're hoping this becomes a yearly thing that benefits local organizations. We chose Toledo's Northwest Ohio Food Bank because they do great things all over Lucas County to help people in need." The evening ended with a face-off between the FB’s, consisting of juniors, and the Points Factory, made up of staff members. Many thanks to student council advisor Jessica Temple, Nathan Card, and members of the Service and Fundraising Committee of student council for organizing the event.

Help us "Knock Out Brain Cancer"

Man wearing Knock Out Brain Cancer T-shirtThe school and community will unite to “Fight Hard Live Hard:  Knock Out Brain Cancer” at the Friday, January 27 basketball game when Ottawa Hills hostsGibsonburg. Proceeds from this event will be going to fund research for pediatric brain cancer, including an organization called “Catching Up with Jack.” Jack is Coach Lindsay’s great nephew who passed away from pediatric brain cancer. You can visit the "Catching Up with Jack" website here.  
 
T-shirts will be sold by the cheerleaders and basketball team members next week for $10 each. The t-shirt design is shown here. A collection for will be taken up at the game along with various other activities. 50/50 raffle ticket sales proceeds will go toward the cause. Those who would like more information or would like to make a donation to support the cause can contact Drew Hoffman, who is chairing the school committee, at dhoffman20@ohschools.org. For those who would like to give to this worthy
cause, they may write a check to “Jack Finesse Charitable Giving Fund.” 

This fund is for organizations and causes directly committed to finding a cure for pediatric brain tumors as well as supporting local families affected by this awful disease.

Board Reorganizes for 2017

Picture of the Board for 2017Ottawa Hills Board of Education members held their 2017 organizational meeting yesterday, January 4, in the elementary library/media center.
 
Brad Johnson was re-elected President of the Board while Corey Hupp was chosen to continue as the Board Vice President.
 
Meetings for 2017 were set, with regular Board meetings taking place the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Special board meetings, when needed, will be held the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the elementary library/media center.

Strong Showing for Science Olympiad at Northview Invitational

Science Olympiad at Northview Invitational

Congratulations to the Ottawa Hills Science Olympiad Team on their successful 6th place finish out of 46 teams at the Sylvania Northview Invitational. The two teams had a great day and beat many teams from northwest Ohio in several events, including Springfield, Southview, and Northview High Schools.

Eliana Frost Wins Superintendent Award

Dr. Miller presenting Eliana with awardRecently, Dr. Miller presented junior Eliana Frost with the Superintendent’s Award for her artwork exhibited at the FOCUS Art Show. Eliana received a special certificate and a $100.00 check from the superintendent.  

Her “Self-Portrait” was on display at the FOCUS show from November through mid-December. Eliana’s artwork will be on display during the spring smART show in early May. 

Congratulations, Eliana!

OHES Students Cash In On The Green Bear Ball

OHES Students Eating Breakfast with PrincipalsOHES third grader Ella McQueen was the recipient of a “Breakfast with the Principals” purchased at the Green Bear Ball in March of 2016. Before the holiday break, high school principal Ben McMurray and assistant principal Jackie Patterson made good on their promise and took Ella and her friend Skylar Silk out to breakfast at Uncle John’s Pancake House.

Ishan Khare Wins American Mathematics Contest

Picture of AMC Winner and Top Finishers

The AMC 8 test (American Mathematics Contest) was administered on November 15 to 15 students through grade 8 who signed up to participate. Eighth grader Ishan Khare was the Ottawa Hills school winner with a score of 23. He also placed in the top 1% nationally and received the Honor of Distinction award for his performance. Eighth grader Oliver Smirnov was the 2nd place school winner receiving Silver, and seventh grader Grahm Hileman was the 3rd place school winner receiving Bronze.

Junior High Music Program Shares Sounds of the Season

Leeds conducting JH BandThe sounds of the season filled the auditorium as the junior high band and choirs presented their holiday concert, titled Winter Carols shortly before winter break. The Concert Band began with Joyeux Noel followed by Grandma Got Run Over by a ReindeerMarshmallow World, and Chanukah Celebration.

Choraliers Bring Joy to Communities

Members of the Ottawa Hills Garden ClubThe Ottawa Hills Choraliers performed more than a dozen times this holiday season for a variety of organizations, charities, private parties, and, of course, for the school.  The Choraliers have forged a special relationship with the Ottawa Hills Garden Club. They have sung at their annual holiday luncheon for more than thirty years. 

Sieben Scores 29 Against Pettisville to Join the 1,000 Point Club

Sieben Scores 1000th PointOn Friday, December 30, OHHS Senior Hunter Sieben scored 29 points in a double overtime win against Pettisville. Hunter’s 29 points earned him a spot in the elite 1,000-point club. He became the twelfth player in Ottawa Hills' rich tradition of boys basketball to accomplish this milestone.

 Hunter will be honored for his accomplishment on Friday, January 6 before the tip off of the Toledo Christian Game. 

Donation to OH Library Chronicles Important WWII Story

Student holding the book Lucky 666Ottawa Hills Elementary second grader Jack Paulenich and his family donated a very special book to the Ottawa Hills library. The book, “The Lucky 666, The Impossible Mission,” tells the story of Jack’s great-grandfather, William Vaughan, who was a member of the “eager beavers” in WWII. This group of men was charged with flying deep into Japanese territory in 1943 when Japan was threatening to invade Australia.

Dingbats Win Robotic Qualifying Tournament; Advance to Regionals

Team Dingbats with their trophy

Informational Meeting This Tuesday and Wednesday for High School Musical

High School Musical LogoDisney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on the OHHS stage for grades 9-12.  Informational meetings-this Tuesday and Wednesday (December 20 and 21) at 11:30am in Darrin Broadway’s room.  Auditions are scheduled for Thursday, January 5 at 6:00pm.

The Story:   Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Audition Packet                    Contract                    Audition Form

A Time for Love, Hope, Peace, and Happiness at the Winter Concert

OH ChoraliersSunday’s snowfall was the perfect backdrop for the winter concert. Hundreds of parents, Village residents, and alumni braved the cold and slushy roads to hear the band and choirs perform. Vocal Music Director Donna Wipfli and Instrumental Music Director Michael Leeds brought the band and choirs together to share a selection of music with beautiful messages fitting for the holiday season.

Ottawa Hills' Newest Eagle Scout

Ben Calderon earning rank of Eagle Scout

Spencer Colton Recieves Equality Award

Colton receives Equality Award

December Students of the Month

Picture of the 3 students of the month

Students Get Advice About Social Media and Personal Branding

Picture of Dr. Grant with OH StudentsOn Wednesday, December 7, Scott Grant from the University of Findlay and Triple Threat Leadership shared a powerful message with junior and senior high school students. Dr. Grant asked students to think critically about their digital footprints and encouraged them to align their social media presence with their personal, academic, and professional goals. He shares, “I truly believe impacting students, and people in general, is 100% about energy, enthusiasm, and sincere engagement. The more we can continue to help people add value, build relationships, and create opportunities, the better our society will continue to become. I had an awesome time working with Ottawa Hills Local Schools 7-12 graders this morning. What an incredible group and just an all-around outstanding district!”

Many thanks to Tim Erickson for arranging this presentation.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

25th Annual Spelling Bee

Ohio University Honor Band for OHHS Students

Two OH Students selected to the OU Honor BandTwo OHHS students were selected for the 2016 Ohio University Honor Band from December 1-3. Max Cummins (percussion) and Will Rand (French horn) traveled to Ohio University for an inspiring three days of music-making with the acclaimed conducting, woodwind, brass, and percussion faculty of the OU School of Music. Students selected for the Honor Bands have the opportunity to advance their musical, technical, and creative skills in a large ensemble setting, as well as participate in master classes and special performances with the faculty. We’re proud to have these fine musicians represent OH. Bravo!  For more information about the Ohio University Honor Band please click here.

Model UN Club Competes in CASA Conference in Lansing

Picture of the Model UN crew

Junior High Students Enjoy Insights from Local Professionals in Career Explorations

Student listening to the speakerA key feature of John Lindsay’s Career Explorations class is to invite local professionals into the classroom to share their insight, personal journeys, and sage advice. Last week, local attorney and village resident Hal Burke met with Mr. Lindsay’s students. Recent guest speakers have included Michelle Underwood, Maara Fink, Brian Lorenzen, Staci Roshong-Denk, Greg Prince, Beau Harvey, Aaron Gray, Matt McQueen, Nicole Porter, Paul Bishop, Colleen Gnepper, Tim Furey, David Kanarowski, Steven Craver, Wendy Greeley, Patrick Goik, Michael Jacob, Andy Westmeyer, Laura Randall, and Craig Findley. 

Mr. Lindsay shares, “The students love hearing each speaker’s unique story of the path they took to their career and of the passion for the work they do. Speakers always stress the importance of playing to your strengths and doing what you love.”  Many thanks to John Lindsay and our guest speakers for providing meaningful experiences for our students.

1st Semester Exam Schedule

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Focus Art Show 2016

Focus Art Show Pieces

Students from all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan submitted over 1,500 pieces of art for this year’s Focus Show. Only 250 pieces were chosen to be exhibited and 22 received special recognition. This year, for the first time, artworks were displayed at multiple venues: UT’s CVA, Handmade Toledo, Black Kite Coffee and Pies, and Art Supply Depo. Junior Weston Hecklinger’s photograph Bharathanatyam (above left) and senior Morgan Billstein’s necklace titled Chippewa Dreams (above center) received the Principal’s choice award. Eliana Frost was selected for the Ottawa Hills Superintendent’s Award for her self-portrait (above right).

High School Students Assist 6th Graders with Outdoor Education

High School students with Camp Storer 6th gradersEach year high school students are asked by sixth grade teachers to apply to be camp counselors and assist with the outdoor education program at Camp Storer. Teachers from the sixth grade team and principal Kori Kawczynski appreciate having the older students mentor the younger students during the experience. “The high school students were highly engaged and made camp an amazing, unforgettable experience for our sixth graders. We are so grateful for their time because without them, camp would not be what it is,” says sixth grade teacher Heidi Morris. This year’s cabin leaders included: Frank Fuhrman, Adit Mukherjee, Spencer Colton, Vincent Adduci, Andrew Krupp, David Heuring, Samantha Webne, Madyson McCabe, Bella Brandstatter, Julie Hoeflinger, and Evie Scharer. 

Many thanks to our cabin leaders for playing an important mentoring role at Camp Storer. Many thanks to the sixth grade team and the YMCA Camp Storer staff for providing an amazing outdoor educational experience for the class of 2023. Additional photos of the trip can be viewed on the closed Facebook group OHES Camp Storer 2016.

OHMTA Poinsettia and Wreath Sale

You can make your holiday decorating and shopping easy while supporting the arts in Ottawa Hills Schools at the same time. Beautiful, live, locally grown poinsettias, vertical swags, and wreaths are available. These holiday items are great for teacher and hostess gifts, home decorating, employee gifts, and more. Foil wrapping is also available. Click here for an order form.

Your purchase supports music and theater programs at Ottawa Hills, including the Brown Bag Chorus, junior high and high school instrumental music and choral groups, and all theater productions. Please check the order form for pick up and delivery dates. Questions should be directed to Paramita Mukherjee at 419-450-7829 or by emailing pmukher1@gmail.

Students Receive Special Recognition at Annual ESC Awards Ceremony

Giving Tuesday

OH Schools Foundation LogoHappy Giving Tuesday! The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation March to a Million Campaign is officially underway! Our hope is that today you will reflect on what Ottawa Hills Schools have meant to you.  

We are excited to share that since the Foundation’s inception, over 130 donors have already made a difference for Ottawa Hills students. Donor dollars were granted for the Choraliers’ trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall, and the Foundation was a major sponsor of this fall’s Agora, titled “Rites of Passage.”

Click here to help us reach our goal. A gift of any amount will make a difference and impact our OH students in many great ways. Your support will further our mission to enhance and extend the unique experience of excellence that defines Ottawa Hill Local Schools.

If you have any questions, or to update your contact information, please feel free to contact me at 419-214-4838 or by emailing esilk@ohschools.org. Thank you.

Colonel Lyle Metzler Provides Meaningful Veterans Day Message

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Group Projects:Individual Projects:
Drew Hoffman and Henry McQueenIgnacio Garcia-Mata
Catherine Byrne and Charlotte Mayer-HeckathornKavita Parikh
Deepta Paramasamy and Sarah DavisPriya Bhatt
Jack O’Brien and Scott DavisAbdul Maaieh
Claire Denk and Hannah ShariffSarah Boice
Autumn Richard and Taylor McCaleb