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OH Students' ACT Scores Outpace State Averages

Graph showing the OH ACT scores compared to the rest of the state of OhioThe 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.  

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.

Class of '67 Comes Together for 50th

Class of 67 met for there 50th Reunion

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

** From the JHHS Office **

Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 5th 12-8pm
Sign up electronically at:

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


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, Kristie Stevens at, or Sean Mercer at

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! 

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.”

Seniors Kick Off College Application Process with Boot Camp

College Application Boot Camp

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

Fall Festival Logo

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Peter Pan Jr Auditions - Tuesday, September 26. Grades 4-8 May Audition

Peter Pan Jr. Logo

Audition Packet     Wikispace


2018 Mesasa Staff

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

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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.

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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

OHHS Student Council Declares "A Year of Action"

Picture of the OH Student Council Executive Board

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

Logo for the Broadway sensation, Young Frankenstein

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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!

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

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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.

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!

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.

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!

Commencement for the Class of 2017

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

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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."

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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.

"Girls on the Run" Teaches Valuable Lessons

Girls on the Run participants with parents

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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.”

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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.

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


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Upcoming Events

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

Teacher Appreciation Week


Mrs. Bailey Gives Nature a Hand

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

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smART Show is April 27th from 6-9pm

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

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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.

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.



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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!

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. 

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Swim Team has a Successful Season

Swim team at sectionals

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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.”

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 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.

Dance Team Heads to State

2017 OH Dance Team picture at Regionals

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Signing Ceremony for Two OHHS Athletes

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

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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

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.” 

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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!

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.

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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.

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 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.

Student Council Presidents Laud Board Members

Student council members posing with board members

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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. 

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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

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.

December Students of the Month

Picture of the 3 students of the month

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Last Pick-Up/Delivery Day for OHMTA Holiday Plant Sale is December 17

Picture of a PoinsettiaYou 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 are available. Vertical swags and wreaths are sold out. Consider using OHMTA's sale to purchase your hostess gifts, employee gifts, for decorating your home, and more. Foil wrapping is also available. Click here for an order form. OHMTA members receive 10% off!

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. Orders will be available for pick-up or delivery on December 17.

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.

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).

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Colonel Lyle Metzler Provides Meaningful Veterans Day Message

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Board Meeting Info for Thursday, November 3

The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 3, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the elementary library/media center. Two presentations will be on the agenda. Associates from Hart, Inc. will provide an overview of work being done on a district marketing plan. Dr. Bill Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, will present the 2015-2016 testing report.

Volleyball Team Has Much to Celebrate

The varsity volleyball team finished the regular season with seven wins and thirteen losses. This was a remarkable year for the volleyball program. This was the first time the team made it past the first round of playoffs.  They took down the Genoa Comets in three quick sets in opening play of sectionals. Unfortunately, the season came to end when they lost a hard fought battle against Eastwood in the sectional finals. According to head coach Rick Gerken, “It was another great year for OH Volleyball. The JV had an impressive 12-8 record and, of course, the varsity's sectional tournament win and the strong showing against an undefeated Eastwood team were a plus.” Assistant coach Jordan Kielty echoes those sentiments, “The JV team exceeded my expectations this year. Based off of the preceding yearss records, our goal was to at least meet last year’s record of five wins. Our girls pushed themselves to win twelve games, sweeping Toledo Christian and Gibsonburg, which hasn't happened in a long time. Our future looks bright. I'm very proud of the girls and our program.” Congratulations to the team and Coaches Gerken and Kielty on a successful season.

Eighth Grade Girls Attend Annual Women in STEM Day at BGSU

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Great Year for Girls Soccer

Head girls soccer coach Jessica Temple reflect on the season: “It took a lot of grit and determination to compete against much larger teams with significantly older and more experienced players and I am so proud of the girls’ effort day in and day out. The players as well as (assistant) Coach Genzman and I are very much looking forward to next season and the coming years as the program will only grow in numbers and experience."

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Junior High Boys Have Impressive Showing at OHSAA Invitational

The junior high boys team finished second in the fourth annual OHSAA middle school cross country invitational held at Ohio University's Lancaster campus last Saturday.  Leading the Green Bears were Gabriel Robinson (12:07.311) in 13th place, Trey Souder (12:09.813) in 15th, and Jack Silk (12:16.714) in 16th. The team closes the season as the 2016 TAAC champions and with an overall record of 92-5 against schools of all sizes. Many thanks to their coaches Andy Artiaga and Tyler Fairchild and to all the parents who helped provide transportation and chaperone services for the OHSAA invitational. Great season to our junior high harriers!

A Sprinkling of Beautiful Sounds at the Fall Collage Concert

The annual Fall Collage concert was held last 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.

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Cross Country Team Wins District Title

The boys Cross country team took the title at the district cross country meet held last Saturday at the Owens Community College campus in Findlay.

Senior Andrew Krupp was the district champion with a time of 17:41.7.  Close behind were teammates Aidan Byrne in 3rd (17:48.88) and Dominic Adduci in 4th (17:56.65). Matt Sherman took 8th (18:08.66) and Cameron Roller finished 18th (18:24.18) to round out the top five for the Green Bears. Ottawa Hills' team score of 34 easily outdistanced second place Eastwood with 91 points.  

The girls team finished in 5th place. Although the girls team didn’t qualify to move on, junior Abby Hauck finished 8th with a time of 21:18.87 and advances to regionals as an individual competitor.

The team will compete for a berth in the state meet at Tiffin's Hedges Boyer Park tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Abby's race will go off at 1:30. Congratulations to all of our runners and to coaches Andy Artiaga and Tyler Fairchild. Good luck at Regionals! Go Bears!

Annual Rummage Sale is This Saturday

Volunteers are needed for the Ottawa Hills RUMMAGE SALE. The rummage sale will take place in the multipurpose room at the junior/senior high school on Saturday, November 5.

If interested, please contact AFS liaison Linda Sherry at: Proceeds from the rummage sale go to the Ottawa Hills International Student Exchange Organization and the OHHS Band. Student and parent volunteers are NEEDED for the following time slots:
Thursday, Nov 3 from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, Nov 4 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 5 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Village Life Parade is Friday

Village Life parade, an Ottawa Hills homecoming tradition, kicks off this Friday before the homecoming game. The parade will leave the elementary school parking lot at 5:15 p.m. and wind through Ottawa Hills neighborhoods. It will end at the corner of Ashborne and Osborne, next to the football field. The parade will feature floats created by our high school classes along with entries by many school and community organizations.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop is the Place to Be on Wednsday

OHMTA LogoEat at Potbelly's next Wednesday, October 5, and help OHMTA support the arts at Ottawa Hills. Potbelly Sandwich Shop will make a donation to OHMTA for each meal purchased between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Leave the cooking to someone else and make Wednesday a night to eat out. It's a chance to combine good food with an opportunity to support the arts and the Ottawa Hills Music and Theatre Association!

Linksters Off to States

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Visits by College Reps a Regular at OHHS

On Friday, October 14, several juniors and seniors took time from their busy class schedules to attend an informational session presented by college representative from Washington University in St. Louis. Last week students had the opportunity to hear from Bucknell, Heidelberg, and Lourdes. More than forty colleges and universities have sent representatives to Ottawa Hills this fall. The visits are coordinated by our guidance department and are an important part of the college admissions process.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tickets On Sale Now

Picture for the play "The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee"Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Fast-paced, wildly funny and touching, this bee is one unforgettable experience!

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Spencer Colton Recieves Equality Award

Colton receives Equality Award

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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 Click here to see an event flyer.

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

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"Green Tonic" Joins with Toledo Jazz Orchestra for February 28 Concert

Graphic for the Toledo Jazz Orchestra on February 28th

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Parents Asked to Complete Online Survey to Aid in Strategic Planning

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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.

"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.

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2017 Chinese Bridge Camp -- Explore the REAL China

Three students standing on the great wall of china

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2017 OHSAA Spring Sports Tournament Brackets

Baseball     Softball    Lacross (Boys)    Lacross (Girls)


110 Stories Tickets On Sale Now

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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 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.

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

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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.

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OHJH Students Rallying to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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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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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

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"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

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

Coach John Lindsay Nominated for BCSN Coach of the Year

Please vote for Coach Lindsay for BCSN Coach of the Year at:

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.

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.

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Friday Fun with Youth to Youth

Youth to Youth (Y2Y) teamed up with the Junior High Advisory program to create a fun-filled afternoon for junior high students last Friday. Over fifty students participated in the Corn Hole/Hot Dog Event that took place at the Scout House. Many thanks to teachers Sean Mercer, Darcy Browne, Kathy Benecke, Paul Genzman, Dan Feuerstein, Kristie Stevens, Nicole Silvers, and Y2Y coordinator Laura Randall for organizing the event. Thanks also go to Don Monroe for helping to set up. Youth-to-Youth is a national organization that is open to all seventh and eighth grade students who have committed to an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free lifestyle. Y2Y is an organization affiliated with OH21. For more information, please email Y2Y coordinator Laura Randall at

Students Receive Special Recognition at Annual ESC Awards Ceremony

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AFS Students Learn About Day of the Dead

Students holding up Day of the Dead artAFS students listened to a presentation from freshman Rumer Ochoa and sophomore twin sisters Angela and Esther Arias Garza on "Day of the Dead" during lunch last week.  Rumer lived in Mexico from ages 2-6. Before starting at Ottawa Hills in the fall, Angela and Esther attended school in the city of Torreon, which is located in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

In addition to a well-organized presentation, the students enjoyedHorchata, cinnamon rice milk and pan de muertos. The girls also provided a "Day of the Dead" display much like students at the twins' school would create. The twins said that their school would choose a certain person, perhaps a student's deceased relative, to honor. The Day of the Dead is a holiday of Mexican origin dating back to more than three thousand years ago.

KID ESCAPE Child Abduction Prevention Program coming to Epworth Church

Epworth United Methodist Church in partnership with the Village of Ottawa Hills Police Department is sponsoring a nationally recognized child abduction prevention program for all children in the Toledo Metropolitan Area.
KID ESCAPE teaches children how to “Grip, Dip, and Spin” away from potential abductors, and will be taught by its developer, John Hall. The event will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Epworth United Methodist Church with two sessions: 10-11a.m. and 1-2 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $5/child or $10/family. A parent or guardian is asked to attend and is admitted for free.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences Next Thursday at OHJH and OHHS

Parent/Teacher Conferences at the jr./sr. high school are next Thursday, October 6, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Spots are filling up quickly. To schedule conferences with your child's teachers, email Paramita Mukherjee at

There are no afternoon classes for junior high and high school students next Thursday.

AFS and Band Team Up for Annual Rummage Sale

Collage of 3 pictures from the rummage sale.  2 people smiling looking at items, 2 workers posing in the doorway, 3 students sitting by display case.

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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 Thank you.

Football Team Hitting Its Stride

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Ottawa Hills' Newest Eagle Scout

Ben Calderon earning rank of Eagle Scout

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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

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.

RSVP Now for April 7 Legacy Luncheon

Brochure for Legacy Luncheon

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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!

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.

Back to School 5K

Logo for the 2017 Back to School 5K

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 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

Annual Activities Calendar Available Online

Picture of the Annual Activities Calendar (September)

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2017 Fall Sports Practice: Start Dates, Times, and Locations

Picture from Field Hockey 2016

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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.

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.

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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.

Instrumental Music Program says, "Spring It On!"

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

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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

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.

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.

STEM Class Launches Rockets

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Choraliers Sing and Share

Choraliers participating in first annual "UT Sing and Share Festival"Dr. Brad Pierson, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo, invited area high school choirs to participate in the first annual “UT Sing and Share Festival" at Doermann Theatre in University Hall on the UT campus. This unique festival was a no-pressure performance opportunity for our students. Choirs were invited to sing 2-3 pieces, including one “work in progress.” They were also encouraged to share one or two warm-ups on stage. Students had the added bonus of having a thirty-minute clinic with Dr. Pierson before the event began.   

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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.

Model UN Club Competes in CASA Conference in Lansing

Picture of the Model UN crew

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Field Hockey Scores Big Victories to End Season

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Field Hockey Receives OHSAA Award

Picture of Coaches Talmage and Farkas with OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity AwardThe Ohio High School Athletic Association selected Ottawa Hills High School field hockey coaches Tammy Talmage and Sarah Farkas for the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.  Coaches Talmage and Farkas received the award at the state championship field hockey game last Saturday in Upper Arlington. “The award is a reflection of the entire program, our school, and all of our student athletes. We often receive compliments from officials, coaches, and players about the attitude and sportsmanship of our players. We are incredibly proud of the way our girls conduct themselves on and off the field,” says Coach Talmage. Congratulations to Coach Talmage, Coach Farkas, and to our field hockey program on this well-deserved award.

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. 

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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:

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.

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#Singout! -- Stories Through the Power of Song

#Singout! Performance group photo

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Village Life Summer Camps '17

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Bravo to Cast and Crew of High School Musical!

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

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Ottawa Hills Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members for 2017 - 2018

New staff members pose for a beginning of year picture

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Faculty/Staff Awards

Faculty members who were presented with 10 year awards

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

Mr. Mercer poses with parent for parent teacher conferences

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Baldwin Wallace Scores Three OH Scholar Athletes

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

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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. 

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!

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.

Botany Students Enjoy Fruit Day

Students enjoying fruit during science class

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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!

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.

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Robotics Students Gear Up for Competition

Robotics students group photo with one of their creationsSTEM teacher Patty Dowd and her students are busy preparing for their first Robotics competition. Students must build and program a robot to grab and throw foam stars and/or cubes over a wall. The team can score points based on where the stars and cubes land on the other side of the wall. The opposing team can toss back the stars and cubes to reduce the total points earned. According to Coach Dowd, “We are much further ahead of where we were last year. The students have been doing everything with little help. I am truly impressed with their energy and enthusiasm.”  Follow the team’s progress on Twitter at @OH_STEM.

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.

Impressive Showing at Tiffin for Quiz Bowl Team

Congratulations to the Ottawa Hills Green Bear Quiz Bowl Team on their excellent performance at the highly competitive 2016 Tiffin Columbian Exposition invitational tournament on Saturday, October 15. Incredibly, the Green Bears placed three teams in the the top eight places. In addition, seven of the top nineteen individual scorers (out of almost 100 players) were OH Green Bears.

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Jr. High and High School Boys CC Teams Take TAAC Title

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

25th Annual Spelling Bee

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Vote to Support the OH Lunch Bunch Mentoring Program

Girls sitting in a group playing games and discussing leadership and communicationJunior high guidance counselor Darcy Browne developed a mentoring program to help elementary students successfully transition through the upper grades at the elementary and to be better prepared for the junior high. One central feature is to ensure that elementary students make strong connections with older students that can be a source of guidance and support.  “The older students enjoy being role models for the younger students.  In addition, they get to develop their leadership skills and learn effective communication skills,” says Mrs. Browne.  The mentoring program, known as the Lunch Bunch, helps foster powerful relationships between high school students and elementary students in grades 3-6. 

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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.

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Girls Basketball Division 3 Bracket

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

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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.

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

Success at MAMUN 2017 for OH Model UN Club

2017 Model OH model UN group pictured at BGSU

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Spring Cleaning for Student Council

Student council huddles together for a spring cleaning picture

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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.

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 or text 419-509-2701

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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!

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.”

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

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.

Gillian Heckler is Toledo Blade Student of the Week

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
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
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.”

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.

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Choraliers Sing Their Hearts Out on Valentine's Day

Choraliers singing for their Valentine's Day fundraiser

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Boys Basketball Division 3 Bracket

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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.

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Dingbats Win Robotic Qualifying Tournament; Advance to Regionals

Team Dingbats with their trophy

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Golfers Hoffman, Durfee, and Dayton Make Second Team All-State

The golf program at Ottawa Hills made history, sending both boys and girls teams to the State Championships on October 14 and 15!

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Mrs. Keckler is Toledo Blade and ESC of Lake Erie West Teacher of the Month

Mrs. Keckler teaching her class at the front of the room

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Donna Wipfli is BCSN's November Teacher of the Month!



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.

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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!

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.

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.

"SCREENAGERS" Coming March 20

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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.

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.

Blade Student of the Week: Hailey McGee

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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.

Mac Veh Wins Honorable Mention at Congressional Art Show

Mac Veh's piece: Juxtaposition

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Science Olympiad Competes in States

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

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Strong Showing at District Science Fair

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

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Quiz Bowl Team Heads to Nationals

2017 OH Quiz Bowl Teams

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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.

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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.

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.

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1st Semester Exam Schedule

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Follow the Green Bears Down the Tourney Trail

Field Hockey will play on Tuesday, October 18 at Maumee Valley at 4:45 p.m. With a win, they would play on Thursday, October 20 at Magnificat at 5:00 p.m.  Field Hockey Bracket

Girls Soccer will play on Monday, October 17 at Northwood at 5:15 p.m. With a win, they would play at Genoa on Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Girls Soccer Bracket

Boys Soccer has a first-round bye. They will play the winner of MVCD/Swanton on Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Niedermeier Stadium.  Boys Soccer Bracket

Cross Country will run at the TAAC Championships tomorrow, Saturday, October 15 at Maumee Bay State Park. Race times: jr. high girls--10:00 a.m.; jr. high boys--10:30 a.m.; h.s. girls--11:00 a.m.; h.s. boys--11:40 a.m. The high school teams will run in districts at Owens Findlay campus on Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 pm. The junior high will run in the OHSAA Jr. High State Invitational Cross Country Meet on October 22 at the Ohio University-Lancaster Campus.  

Volleyball is hosting its first ever tournament game on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. With a win, they will play at Eastwood on Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.  Volleyball Bracket

Good luck Bears!

Dr. Miller Receives Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence

Kevin MillerThe Ottawa Hills Board of Education is proud to recognize and congratulate Dr. Kevin Miller as a recipient of Defiance College’s Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence. Using his experience and his knowledge, Dr. Miller works tirelessly to make a positive difference in education - both locally and state-wide. Our community is very fortunate to have his leadership in making Ottawa Hills Local Schools one of the best districts in the nation. Click here to view the official press release. Ranks Ottawa Hills #1 ranking of top GPA's in the "did for schools what schools often do for students--calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA)."

They calculated GPAs for all schools in the state by using the "component" grades the Ohio Department of Education reported for each of six areas deemed of special interest by the state.

Rich Exner of 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."

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Learning to Make Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Roses from Scratch

Pumpkin Pie and Apple RosesThe high school hallways have been filled with amazing aromas as students in Julie Visser’s Family and Consumer Science classes have been making apple roses and pumpkin pancakes from scratch. Mrs. Visser and her students sampled a variety of apples from Johnston’s Fruit Farm in Swanton, including Paula Reds, Ginger Gold, Zestar, Macintosh, Cortland, and Brambles. In addition, they learned how to make pumpkin pancakes using locally grown fresh pumpkins.  To request a copy of the recipes contact Mrs. Visser at

Golf Teams Have a Stellar Week

Girls Golf TeamThe girls golf team, led by Caroline Dayton and Peyton Broce, took third in sectional play, advancing to district competition with a score of 402. Caroline was the overall sectional medalist with an 83, followed by Peyton in sixth place with an 87. Olivia Cowley shot a 97, Emma Stout a 135, and Enna McBride a 180.

The girls will play in districts on Monday, October 3, at Sycamore Springs Golf Course in Findlay.

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Six OHHS Seniors Earn National Merit Recognition

6 of our brightest students standing in front of the schoolFour OHHS seniors were named commended students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program while two seniors gained National Merit Semifinalist recognition. Priya Jindal, Nathan Card, Cameron Roller, and Sean Kazmi were named Commended Students. Tony Zhou and Spencer Colton have been named National Merit Semifinalists. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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Ottawa Hills' Local Report Card is Tops in the State

Picture of Ohio School Report CardsLast year, 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.
We’ve done it again.
With the Ohio Department of Education’s issuing of the Local Report Card for the 2015-2016 school year, Ottawa Hills sits alone as the only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on the district report card.

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Brett Hoffman is The Blade Spotlight Athlete

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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.

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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.

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OH Alum Makes a Case for Rhetorical Skills

Grant Kozy presenting to Mr. Broadway's class

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Mrs. Hafemann’s Students Unravel the cheMYSTERY of Light

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

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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.

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!

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.

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!

OH Students Win Awards at Sister Cities Art Competition

Artwork from Maya TuffArtwork from Bri Diesen

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"I Make a Difference" Breakfast Honors Teachers, Students

Students and Teachers who received awards posing for a picture

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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.

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National History Day District Competition

Group of National Histroty Day participants and Mr. Bobak

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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.

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Military Appreciation Night

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

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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!

A WICKEDly Awesome Performance by the Choraliers

Choraliers performing a medley of songs from Broadways smash hit Wicked

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Speaker Shares Struggles with Addiction

Debbie Dolgin, OH21 prevention coordinator, and health teacher Kelsi Krill invited Ben Barrett to share his story of struggle and recovery as a drug addict to sophomores in health class. Barrett graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 2010 and received a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University, but lost the scholarship due to problems associated with his addiction. Barrett is now 24 years old and happy to be both clean and sober. He works for Renewed Mind as a counselor. He is active in the community and enjoys coaching youth basketball teams.

Junior High Football Thumps Montpelier, Hilltop

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Junior High Boys Continue Winning Streak; Jack Silk Takes Individual Honors

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Teen PEP to Build On Positive Climate at OHHS

Teen PEPLast week several high school students attended a specialized mentor training at Toledo Hospital. The purpose of the program is to help student mentors bridge the gaps between guidance counselors and students when difficult situations arise. Teen PEP members learned about effective mentoring, seeking appropriate help, and confidentiality.

“Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) is a youth-led primary abuse prevention program that involves youth in creating a positive environment where responsible decisions and respect are valued,” according to Promedica’s website. Students listened to presentations on dating violence, rape, sexual harassment, gender identity, and bullying. Nearly a dozen Toledo area schools and more than 175 students attended the training. Teen Pep members will receive additional on-site training from Danielle Cisterino of Promedica when she visits Ottawa Hills throughout the fall. 

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Quiz Bowl Kicks Off the Year at MSU

The Ottawa Hills Green Bear Team of Steven Randall, Will Koury, Daniel Liu, Urvish Patel, Santiago Garcia-Mata, and Sam Assi got the season started with an impressive performance in the competitive Michigan State University Kickoff tournament. The Green Bears finished among only three teams with a perfect 5-0 record in the preliminary rounds. After going 2-3 in the playoffs, the Green Bears found themselves in a sudden-death playoff for third place. They lost a close match, nearly avenging an earlier loss, but it was an excellent performance to start the season nonetheless.

Juniors Steven Randall (44 tossups answered with 12 for power) and Will Koury (29 tossups with 14 for power) were among the top individual performers in the tournament. Full results can be found here. Congratulations to Coach Torio and the team. Special thanks to Mr. Nusbaum for chaperoning the trip to East Lansing. 

We wish the team all the best this season.

October Students of the Month

Congratulations to Students of the Month Andrew Helgren (8), Catherine Byrne (9), and Taylor Thees (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in the next 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 Taylor, Catherine, and Andrew!

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.

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.

Students Participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest

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

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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.

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

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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!

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. 

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

Brian Buckey pictured with members of our Arrowhead staff

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Help Recognize Distinguished OH Alumni

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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.

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Quiz Bowl Team Clinches TAAC Championship

Quiz Bowl Team TAAC Champs

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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.

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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.

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AFS Diversity Weekend Celebrates Cultures From Around the World

AFS Students 2017

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Choraliers Excited for a New Season

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Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016

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Students Attend Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference; Gillian Heckler Addresses Audience

Social Justice

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Live from the Village, It's OH News!

OH News

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Students Encouraged to "Check It Out"

Hindea Markowicz (left), Village resident and “Check It Out” Program Coordinator who received the Hadassah National Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Education, visited OHHS junior and senior girls recently. Accompanying her were breast cancer survivor Lori Miller (center) and Lynn Langel (right), obstetrics nurse at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

The purpose of their visit was to provide girls with comprehensive and practical knowledge concerning breast cancer prevention. The speakers encouraged students to speak openly with family members about the need for routine check-ups and the importance of sharing family medical history in the hopes of prevention and early detection. Many thanks to our guest speakers and to assistant principal Jackie Patterson for making this event possible.

Village Life Parade

Village Life ParadeThe eighth annual Village Life Parade was a huge success thanks to organizers Julie Kowalczyk, Erica Silk, Jane Mintun, Shelly Jamieson, and Becky Hauck. Dozens of school and community organizations, along with the Homecoming Court and class floats, were led by the Ottawa Hills Police Department and the OHHS marching band through the leaf covered streets of the Village. Hundreds of smiling children stood on the curbs hoping to catch a piece of candy thrown from one of the parade participants. Friends and neighbors gathered and socialized on the front lawns as the parade passed through the Village.  Many thanks to everyone who made this one of best community events of the year!

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!

Ottawa Hills Named to 7th Annual AP Honor Roll

Picture of AP District Honor Roll AwardOttawa 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!

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  to reserve a spot. Contact her early as the day quickly fills up!

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!

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

Flyer for the Washington DC Alumni Reception

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!

MathCounts Team Heads to States; Ishan Khare Takes Top Spot

Math Counts Team posing for picture after 2nd place finish

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OHHS Seniors Share Experiences at Leadership Breakfast

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Volley for the Cure

Volley for the Cure

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Girls Tennis Team Competes in Tourney

The Ottawa Hills girls tennis program once again had participants in the district tournament under the leadership of head coach Jeff Harst.

At sectionals, the doubles team of junior Lauren Stevens and senior Morgan Billstein, along with freshman Libbey Rhegness in singles earned the right to advance to district play. The doubles team took fourth place at sectionals, while Libbey was sectional runner-up in singles. The sectional tournament was held at Defiance College.

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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.

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!

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

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.

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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