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Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Receives $500,000 Donation from the Kadens Family Pete ('96) and Amy ('99) Kadens

Ottawa Hills High School alumni Pete and Amy (Robbins) Kadens (’96, ’99) have announced their plans to donate $500,000 to the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation over the next five years. Their generosity to the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is the largest gift to date for the Foundation. The Kadens’ donation will have an immediate impact on Ottawa Hills students at every age by opening opportunities and providing new resources that otherwise would not be possible through the district’s normal operating budget.

OHSPA again making 'wishes' come true Armed forces flag purchased with OHSPA funds

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) has made educators wishes come true again by funding items from the district’s annual “wish list.” This year, the group spent more than $22,700 on 13 projects, ranging from art easels and kindergarten books to wobble chairs and clay extruders (more on that later).

All Quiet on the Set: Ed Shimborske Directing! Ed Shimborske

Thousands of people in northwest Ohio most likely learned about the district’s new tuition enrollment option from viewing a 15-second commercial on local television station websites and on Facebook posts. What they didn’t know is that the commercial was conceived, filmed and produced by current high school senior Ed Shimborske.

Ottawa Hills Leads Ohio with Release of 2018 Local Report Card Ottawa Hills State Report Card from 2017-2018

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.
In 2016, the district repeated that feat by earning A’s in all categories of the Local Report Card. Once again, we were the only school district in the state to accomplish this feat.

Board of Elections seeks help from OHHS students Election officials Pamela Wilson and David Karmol

Lucas County Board of Elections Board member David Karmol and Field Operator Supervisor Pamela Wilson spoke to several OHHS seniors in Mr. McCarthy’s class Sept. 25 about being Precinct Election Officials (PEOs) for the upcoming national and state elections Nov. 6.

OH21 creating educational component for ‘Next to Normal’ OH21 logo

At a typical Ottawa Hills theatrical production, the adjacent Multi Purpose Room serves as a lobby of sorts, using signs and photos to promote the production while also being transformed into an alternative space, whether magical (“Willy Wonka”), exotic (“Lion King”), or scientific (“Young Frankenstein”). For the production “Next to Normal” starting this month, OH21 will transform the room into a space of understanding.

Next to Normal - Singing About Mental Illness Rated PG-13 Next to Normal Logo

Next to Normal is a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner.  The story centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family.  Tickets on sale now!  Click below to read more.

Agora Returns to Enlighten Students Agora logo

How do you plan a weeklong series of local and international educational experiences for more than 450 students? As those involved will tell you … very carefully.

Red Ribbon Week: Fun with a purpose Students participating in 'Monster Ball' activity

Special thanks to Prevention Coordinator Brooke Kleeberger for a successful Red Ribbon Week. Junior and senior high students participated in a series of activities, including dress-up days, a photo contest, and public service announcements to build awareness about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

OH Salutes the Men, Women Who Served Veterans Day Attendee

Veterans Day is so important this year to Ottawa Hills Local Schools … we are honoring it twice.

Rummage Sale is here: Time to Drop and Shop Shoppers at the Rummage Sale

It’s time for the annual Ottawa Hills Community Rummage Sale, a fund-raiser that supports the Ottawa Hills International Program and the High School Band Program. 

Fall Collage Concert celebrates musical mastery Fall Collage Concert performers

The annual Fall Collage Concert provided a showcase for the vocal and instrumental music programs at the junior and senior high schools. Vocal Music Director Donna Wipfli and Band Director Michael Leeds carefully chose songs that demonstrated the talents of our young musicians.

Speaker encourages students to seek allies, accommodations David Flink visits with OH students

Twenty years ago, a Brown University student named David Flink decided to embrace his learning disability and embarked on a campaign to help others like him. This week, he shared his journey with dyslexia as well as a powerful message of empowerment with students at Ottawa Hills.

Group explores AI, STEM at Columbus conference OH students in Columbus to hear about technology's future

A group of students attended the Devol’s Dance: Automation Summit and STEM conference in Columbus last week to learn about the future of artificial intelligence and other STEM subjects.

OH Schools Open Tuesday Nov. 6

We have all shared several unnerving days caused by messages left in restrooms at the junior/senior high school that are challenging our sense of community. Here are this evening’s updates:

OH Schools is in Session on Monday Nov. 5, 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

We are sorry for the late notice, but we have just finished the weekend-long investigation regarding this situation.

Congrats to our fall teams, players

The Green Bears are very busy bringing home the trophies! Congratulations to our JV volleyball, boys' golf, Caroline Dayton, boys' and girls' JV and varsity cross-country, and girls' varsity soccer teams for their TAAC and state accomplishments.

October Students of the Month

Elanora’s activities include soccer, karate, track and book club.  Her favorite classes at Ottawa Hills are science and history because she enjoys the content and the teachers. In her free time, Elanora enjoys writing and spending time with friends.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! First Edition of Bear Pause Released Bear Pause first issue

The Bear Pause is the official newspaper of Ottawa Hills Junior High School. Led by advisor Laurel Underwood and her team of budding journalists, the staff hopes to create a voice for seventh and eighth grade students.  The first edition includes nearly a dozen articles that cover topics from new movies, books, and technology, to quick facts, news about local charities, and costumes for Halloween.

Freshmen English classes attend workshop with author Wil Haygood Students at Haygood workshop

Lauren Hurst’s English classes last week attended a workshop and presentation with award-winning author Wil Haygood as part of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Authors! Authors! series. 

Advocate for those with learning disabilities coming to OH David Flink

David Flink, founder of nonprofit Eye to Eye and its chief empowerment officer and a national advocate for those who learn differently, is coming to the Toledo area Oct. 22 to share his message with parents, students, and educators. The one-hour event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Ottawa Hills High School auditorium. The event is free and no advance registration is required.


OH Receives Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education Our Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math teachers that received the Governors award

The Ohio Academy of Science recently selected 61 Ohio schools and 672 teachers to receive The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2017-2018 school year.

Citizen Science Project Evolves into Effort to Save Ottawa River Students contributing to river cleanup

Each year, high school science teacher Paul Genzman requires his students to research an aspect of science or design an experiment. For juniors Hannah Shariff and Claire Denk, the Citizens Science Project they completed in eighth grade has evolved into more serious scientific research and is now one of the methods being used to clean up the Ottawa River.

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