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24/7 Wall St. Ranks Ottawa Hills as the #1 School District in Ohio Picture of the Wall St street sign with the numbers 24/7 superimposed above it

The website 24/7 Wall St. recently released its ratings of the top school district in each state. Their rating system placed Ottawa Hills Local Schools as the #1 school district in Ohio.
To determine the best school district in every state, 24/7 Wall St. developed an index based on various measures of child poverty, per-pupil expenditure, graduation rate, teachers per student, the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree, preschool enrollment, and AP enrollment.

Ottawa Hills Receives U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal Rating, National Ranking US News and World Report Gold Medal

Ottawa Hills is one of only 19 high schools in Ohio to receive a gold medal rating in the 2018U.S. News and World Report rankings of more than 20,500 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Silver medals were awarded to 111 Ohio high schools, while 183 received bronze medals.

UT Holding Football Camp for 2nd through 8th Graders Rocket Football Camp Banner

The University of Toledo announces its 2018 Toledo Rocket Youth Football Camp, running June 18, 19, and 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The camp is open to all youth entering 2nd through 8th grades. The camp will give players a solid foundation of fundamentals, introductory skills, and confidence. The goal is that attendees will leave camp with a confidence in themselves and an excitement for the game of football.

Download the Newest Ottawa Hills Schools App App Logo

We have replaced our existing mobile app with a NEW standalone app delivering a more mobile friendly version of our website. Our new standalone mobile app has launched in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Mr. Genzman is Sun Federal Credit Union's "Extraordinary Teacher" Genzman holding the check from Sun Federal Credit Union

This year’s recipient of the Sun Federal Credit Union Extraordinary Teacher of the Year award is junior high math and science teacher Paul Genzman.
Sun Federal Credit Union sponsors this annual recognition for each of its members schools: Oregon City, Ottawa Hills, Washington Local, and Anthony Wayne. The Extraordinary Teacher of the Year award was established to recognize outstanding and dedicated educators in each district.

OH Students Named 2018 "Students of the Year" by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societc "3 Amingos" pictured here

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) first annual Students of the Year campaign exceeded all expectations, with all localhigh school teams raising a combined total of $128,800 to help find cancer cures and support local families facing a blood cancer diagnosis.  The team, "The 3 Amingos," led by Drew Hoffman and John Kight from Ottawa Hills High School and Alex Kasper from St. Francis de Sales High School, won the campaign and were named Students of the Year after raising $84,400 in just seven weeks.

I Make a Difference Breakfast Honors Teachers, Students Students and Teachers pictured for this years I Make a Difference Breakfast

On Friday, April 27, Ottawa Hills teachers Jeremy Nixon and Tony Torio and seniors Randall Johnson and Will Koury were honored at the annual I Make A Difference Breakfastsponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.

Students Honored at Annual BP Academic Recognition Dinner BP Academic Recognition Dinner OH Participants

Seniors Sam Assi, Will Koury, Randall Johnson, Josephine Harter, Bridget O’Neil, and Justine Steven were honored Monday, April 16 at the 33rd Annual Academic Excellence Award Dinner sponsored by BP at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg. These seniors rank in the top 2% of this year’s graduating class and joined nearly 100 students who were recognized from 30 area high schools.  Assistant principal Jackie Patterson and guidance counselor Jennifer Nagy joined Ron Rybarczak, Public Affairs Director of BP-Husky Refining.  Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Kevin Hileman Receives All-American Award Hileman pictured with his all american award

Congratulations to Kevin Hileman who was selected as a member of the United Soccer Coaches Association All-American Team for 2017. He is one of 127 individuals (67 boys/60 girls) to receive this honor and one of thirteen players from Ohio. Other honors he received this past season are 1st Team Great Lakes Region, 1st Team All-District and Player of the Year and 1st Team All-TAAC and Player of the Year. Kevin is only the third soccer player at Ottawa Hills to receive All-American status.

Choraliers Receive a Superior Rating Choraliers pictured as a group holding the superior trophy from the state competition

The Choraliers competed at the Ohio Music Education Association State competition on Friday in Medina, Ohio.  The group performed Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, Kirchner’s arrangement of Wana Baraka, and Jake Runestad’s Please Stay.

Ella Langenderfer Competes at World Competition Ella and her team pictured at world competition

Freshman Ella Langenderfer competed with over 50,000 students from all over the world in First Tech Challenge robotics completion held in Detroit, MI on Friday.  Coached by Sylvania guidance counselor Crystal Burnworth, Ella and her teammates are known as the Party Pandas and include students from Ottawa Hills and Sylvania.

Bravo to cast and crew of Les Miserables! Students pictured during the performance Les Miserables

The school and community of Ottawa Hills were treated to another spectacular spring musical from the OHHS Theatre Arts Department. The impressive vocal performances, strong acting, and dramatic sound and visual effects created a powerful and memorable experience for the audience.  The production of Les Misérables included nearly a hundred high school students and dozens of parent volunteers.  One audience member shared, “I have seen Les Misérables in New York, London, and Toledo and this was by far the best performance ever!”

Créer des liens/Making Connections Pictured above is Madame Hanlon's French V students and Francois Marien on the SMARTboard

As part of their ongoing quest to understand the French-speaking world, French 5 students enjoyed a 45-minute conversation with François Marien, a disability rights consultant in Bruxelles, Belgium. Madame Hanlon began following Mr. Marien on Twitter during the French election last year, and he readily accepted the invitation to talk to her class via FaceTime.

Power of the Pen Students pictured outside the power of the pen competition

The Power of the Pen tournament took place at Timberstone Junior High on Saturday, April 21.  Two hundred students from over 15 northwest Ohio schools came together to show off their story writing talents.  Students participated in three rounds of writing that challenged their creativity with prompts like, “This is not what I bargained for. Write a narrative about your problem.”  

Join OH21 Watch "The Broken Brain" Broken Brain Logo

May 9th:  6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Auditorium

The Broken Brain series was created by Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Mark Hyman and his team gathered 57 health care professionals from around the world to discuss everything from Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety and traumatic brain injuries.  OH21 will view Section 5, where Dr. Hyman discusses key reasons for anxiety and depression and discusses steps to treat and/or eliminate these conditions.

Ottawa Hills Quiz Bowl Wins National Championship Quiz Bowl team pictured with their championship and runners up trophys

For the eighth year in a row, the Ottawa Hills High School Quiz Bowl Team competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments National Championships held in Chicago.  Ottawa Hills competed in both the Very Small and Small schools categories.

Green Bears Take First at Tennis Tournament OH Tennis team pictured holding the first place trophy at our invitational

The Green Bears hosted their annual invitational this weekend which included teams from Southview, Northview, St. Francis, Anthony Wayne, and Central Catholic.  Ottawa Hills edged out Southview for a first place finish followed by St Francis in third place. Special thanks to parent volunteers Mike McGee and Tom Schwann.

Bella Brandstatter Wins Congressional Art Award Brandstatter winning the Congressional Art Competition

On Saturday, March 2, Representative Bob Latta presented OHHS senior Bella Brandstatter with the top prize in the 5thCongressional Art Competition, a first in our school’s history. Bella’s artwork will hang for one year in Washington D.C. along with artwork by students from around the country. The opening ceremony for the show takes place on June 27 in Washington D.C.  Southwest Airlines generously donated two round trip tickets so that Bella and her parents can attend the show’s opening ceremony. 

smART Show 2018 Celebrates the Role of Texture smART Show 2018 Celebrates the Role of Textures

smART show 2018 will take place on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 6-9:30 p.m. throughout our entire junior/senior high school.  This year’s theme is TEXTURE and we’re exploring it both literally and metaphorically.  Texture in the literal sense celebrates all that can be experienced through touch or visual interpretation of surface quality.

Photo Students Create Fragmented Portraiture Students art of themselves as a fragmented portrait

Students in Kristin Johnson’s digital photography classes re-envisioned and rearranged some of their portraits to make new meaning and explore different design concepts.  The results are stunning and engaging.  Mrs. Johnson challenged students to create a compelling piece of artwork that showed a strong focal point or eye-flow, considered the relationship between positive and negative space, demonstrated excellent technique using camera operations and photoshop manipulations, created a unified design, and displayed excellent craftsmanship.  Mrs. Johnson shares, “I was pleased with the final projects.  The students enjoyed combining a variety of photography techniques and utilizing the power of Photoshop.”  Clockwise, beginning at the top left are photographs by Amelia Frueh, Caelan Carter, Grace Dunbar, Jana Kassem, and Gigi McCluskey.

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

A Message from Dr. Kevin S. Miller, Superintendent

Info graphic illustrating Ottawa Hills getting all A's as a district on our report card
In 2015, Ottawa Hills made history by becoming the first and only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on its district and building Local Report Cards.
Les Mis Tickets Can Be Purchased Online or in Person Photo of the poster for Les Miserables

Les Mis opens this weekend, running April 27 through 29. This spectacular musical will transport theatergoers into the drama, darkness, humor, and light of what it means to live and love in a time of political and social turbulence in 19th century France.

April Students of the Month April students of the month

Congratulations to Students of the Month Drake Furey (8) Rahma Anjum (9), and William Tunis (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in upcoming issues of the Village Voice and Village Life & Home.

Art That Makes a Difference Student art showing canned goods

After mastering the shading of basic and complex geometric forms, students in Hannah Lehmann’s  junior high art class turned their attention to portraying everyday necessities. They learned about the still life as a subject of traditional paintings and the food themed artwork of Jasper Johns. Students were then encouraged to bring a canned food in to support the OHHS food drive.   Ms. Lehmann shares, “The students created a painting of their donation. While one can might not seem like much, when displayed collectively, students see that their donations and paintings contributed to a full pantry!”  Top left to right: Gene Lin, Claire Sigler, Adam Berke, Lorelei Huber.  Bottom left to right: Emma Shimborske, Cooper Conlan, Keelie Wimmers, and Myles Kaiser.  The entire collection of watercolors can be found in the showcase outside Ms. Lehmann’s classroom.

Truman Talbott Competes at State Geography Bee Talbotts pictured at the State Geography Bee

Eighth grader Truman Talbot represented Ottawa Hills at the State Geography Bee at OSU’s Fawcett Center in Columbus on Friday, April 6.  Although he won’t advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship in May, he was excited to compete at the state level.

Mulch Sales Support OH Athletic Programs; Orders Due by April 27 Picture of landscaping with the caption "Beautify your landscaping this spring.  The Ottawa Hills Athletic Boosters offers two types of mulch for sale this spring.  Receive free delivery for orders of 15 bags or more."

Beautify your landscaping while supporting athletic programs at Ottawa Hills by purchasing your mulch from the Ottawa Hills Athletic Boosters. You can choose from dark brown "Eco Smart Hardwood" at $5.50 for a 3-cubic-feet bag or "Ultra Black Hardwood" at $4.75 for a 2-cubic-feet bag.

OH Breathe Continues to Address Student Well-Being Student petting puppy dog

As part of the OH Breathe initiative, students in grades 8-10 listened to a powerful presentation from BGSU professor Jodi Haney about the importance of developing a growth mindset.  Underclassmen enjoyed plant therapy, bullet journaling, hiking, coloring, puzzles, chess, yoga, therapy dogs, reading, and board games. Special thanks to our guest speakers Mary Machon from Bensell’s Greenhouse, Jennifer Coleman, from Toledo Yoga, and Penny Miller from Ability Center. 

Anatomy and Physiology Students Make Real World Connections Students making real world connections

Students in Liz Puskala’s Anatomy and Physiology students debated the ethical, scientific, and political issues surrounding stem cell research as part of their unit on blood cell production and stem cells.  All of the students researched the science behind stem cells and the various arguments for and against the use of stem cells in research and medicine. 

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