District News

6th Graders Get Connected

6th Graders pictured taking part in baking cookies

Blade Student of the Week: Hailey McGee

Picture of Hailey McGee

OHES Team Receives OSBA’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership

OHES StaffAlmost two years ago, the Ottawa Hills Elementary faculty began researching collaboration models that would raise the ceiling of potential at OHES. The staff had heard great things about Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as a results-focused collaboration model, and began doing research about this model.




Ottawa Hills Wins State Chess Championship

Chess TeamOttawa Hills Elementary School won first place in the K-3 Championship section at the 2017 Ohio Elementary Chess Championship last Saturday held near Akron, OH. Over 170 players from 70 schools competed in this event.




smART Show is April 27th from 6-9pm

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

Shana Capur is Lucas County Franklin B. Walter Award Winner

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

Science Olympiad Competes in States

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

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.”

"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.

Board Meeting Date Change

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

Parents Asked to Complete Online Survey to Aid in Strategic Planning

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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.

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.

Community Survey Reminder

Still Time to Fill Out and Submit the Survey From Great Lakes Marketing

On behalf of the Board of Education, Great Lakes Marketing recently sent out a survey to all community members. The survey asks Villagers to respond to a variety of issues, including facility needs. Great Lakes is still accepting survey responses. 

Parent Meeting for Incoming Kindergartners

KindergartnersDo you have a child entering kindergarten next school year?  As you prepare for the beginning of your child’s school career, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 1:00 pm for an informational meeting with building principal, Kori Kawczynski, and kindergarten teachers, Melissa Jankowski and Courtney Gibson. Together, this team will share with you everything you need to know to make sure you are ready for kindergarten screening and for the first day of school. 

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.



RSVP Now for April 7 Legacy Luncheon

Brochure for Legacy Luncheon

Quiz Bowl Team Clinches TAAC Championship

Quiz Bowl Team TAAC Champs

OHHS Dance Team Brings Home the Hardware

Dance Team pictured at the State competition in Columbus

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

Bazil Frueh Wins Regional Geography Bee

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

Please Complete Community Survey

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

2017 Chinese Bridge Camp -- Explore the REAL China

Three students standing on the great wall of china

"SCREENAGERS" Coming March 20

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Quiz Bowl Team Heads to Nationals

2017 OH Quiz Bowl Teams

Nominate an OH Teacher for "Extraordinary Teacher of the Year"

Extraordinary Teacher of the Year logoSun Federal Credit Union is sponsoring an "Extraordinary Teacher of the Year" award and they're inviting you to make nominations. A high school senior from the school district that makes the most nominations will receive a $2,000 scholarship!

MathCounts Team Heads to States; Ishan Khare Takes Top Spot

Math Counts Team posing for picture after 2nd place finish

First Lego League Team Wins State Title

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

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

Ottawa Hills Local Schools Design-Build Facility Improvement Project

The Board of Education of the Ottawa Hills Local School District, Ottawa Hills, Ohio (the “District”) in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Sections 153.65 through 153.72 is soliciting statements of qualifications and design-build services in connection with boilers, chillers, building envelope,  electrical upgrades, light renovations and other miscellaneous facility improvements at the school facilities located in the District.

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!

Boys Basketball Division 3 Bracket

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

Graphic for the Toledo Jazz Orchestra on February 28th

Signing Ceremony for Two OHHS Athletes

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

Math Camp is a Hit

Students gather around a table solving equations

OHES Book Fair Makes Many Happy Campers

Book Fair inside the Elementary LMCThe OHES Spring Book Fair was held during the week of January 30 - February 3. Book fair week is always a busy and exciting week for our students. Not only do we spend the week celebrating and enriching literacy in our community, but we also help to enrich our library’s collection of books.  All together, our students, staff, and community members purchased $11,124.93 worth of books and book-related items. Our library gets a percentage of these sales in cash and Scholastic dollars to purchase books for our library. Thank you for the support, Ottawa Hills! 

KidEscape Program Coming to OHES

OH 21 LogoMark your calendar for Friday, February 24, when OH21 brings the KidEscape program to Ottawa Hills Elementary School. KidEscape has an engaging program that:
● Complements existing child safety or "stranger" topics;
● Answers what to do when kids can't "run, yell and tell;”
● Teaches kids how to respond in unexpected situations;
● Overcomes new tricks clever predators try out on kids;
● Avoids boredom with fun drills and entertaining stories;
● Provides practice time to get kids moving, laughing, and learning

Join the Choraliers for a Master Class and Performance with Stan Krifka

Stan KrifkaStan Krifka is the assistant musical director for shows on Broadway including Wicked, In the Heights, Newsies, Jersey Boys, and Mama Mia.  Krifka will be an artist in residence at OHHS and will offer a masterclass and performance in the HS auditorium on Saturday, February 25th at 10 am. 

This exciting opportunity is free and open to the public! Many thanks to the OH Music and Theatre Association and OHS Parent Association for their support in bringing this artist to Ottawa Hills Schools.

Girls Basketball Division 3 Bracket

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

View the full bracket

No School February 17 and 20

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

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!

Registration Nearing for 2017-2018 Kindergartners

Picture of the Kindergarten ClassIf your child will be five years old by August 1, and starting kindergarten at Ottawa Hills Elementary in the fall of 2017, please call the school office (419-536-8329) as soon as possible with your student information.  Once your name is on file, you will receive mailings about kindergarten registration, orientation meetings and kindergarten screening.

Serenade Your Sweetheart!

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

District Accepting Donations for Mrs. Manchur

Elementary Music Teacher Fighting Cancer

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

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

Students Should Consider Kenya in the Summer of 2017

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

Lego League Robotics Team Wins Championship

Robotics team posing with first place trophyOttawa Hills' First Lego League robotics team, The Aisle of Misfit Toys, came in first place overall and became the Grand Champions at the Northwest Ohio Regional FLL tournament at BGSU on Saturday, January 14. The team competed against the top 23 teams of fourth through eighth grade students throughout the northwest Ohio region who qualified at district competitions last month.  All of these teams were judged not only on their Robot Design and performance in the Robot Challenge, but also on a project and teamwork.

Elementary Chess Makes History

Elementary students posing with 1st place trophy

Happy Camper Book Fair Coming to OHES

Happy Camper Book Fair Logo


BGSU Sponsoring Math Camp for 5th and 6th Graders

BGSU Math Camp Banner

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience math in a whole new way.  With a maximum of 60 students accepted, this camp is expected to fill up quickly. This event will take place on February 4 from 9:00-4:00 in the elementary school new gym for $15 per student. Please complete the registration form with payment to the elementary office to reserve your spot.  Lunch, snacks and beverages are provided for all participants. 

Flippin' Flapjacks Benefit After Prom 2017

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

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

Student Council Presidents Laud Board Members

Student council members posing with board members

Tickets Now on Sale for The Wizard of Oz

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

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

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

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

Help us "Knock Out Brain Cancer"

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

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

Board Reorganizes for 2017

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

Help Our Lunch Bunch Program Win $500

8 girls sitting in a circle for lunch bunchEarlier this year, our Lunch Bunch program was up for a prize of $500 provided by the BCSN/Frontpath Health Coalition Give Back program. We didn’t quite have enough votes to win the month’s challenge in November, but this month, our Lunch Bunch program is eligible again to win the prize money.

Parenting in a Digital Environment

Detective Janet ZaleOn January 18, at 7pm in the High School Auditorium, Detective Janet Zale of the Oregon Police Department will return to present to parents about being aware of their students’ digital footprints,  and current tech trends and popular apps among elementary and secondary students. She will also offer important online safety tips and practical advice.  

Parents, please join us for this two way discussion of parenting in a digital environment.

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. 

Ottawa Hills Takes Titles at Ohio Chess Championships

Picture of OH Chess Team

Donation to OH Library Chronicles Important WWII Story

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

Dingbats Win Robotic Qualifying Tournament; Advance to Regionals

Team Dingbats with their trophy

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.

1st Semester Exam Schedule

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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.

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!

Students Receive Special Recognition at Annual ESC Awards Ceremony

Giving Tuesday

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

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

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

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

Colonel Lyle Metzler Provides Meaningful Veterans Day Message

Thank You, Veterans

All Ottawa Hills Elementary School students honored special veterans on Friday, November 11. The third annual Fifth Grade Veterans Day Program was held on Veterans Day to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices made by these American heroes. In fifth grade social studies classes, students learned about the history of Veterans Day and the five branches of the armed forces. Fifth graders interviewed special veterans in their lives to learn more about their military experience and their personal stories. More than 75 veterans were interviewed, including parents, grandparents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and family friends. Students wrote paragraphs about their important veteran and created distinct artwork that was given to the veterans as a remembrance of this event.

Cleveland.com Ranks Ottawa Hills #1

Cleveland.com ranking of top GPA's in the stateCleveland.com: "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 Cleveland.com 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."

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.”

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

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. 

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



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: dsher343@aol.com. 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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Volley for the Cure

Volley for the Cure

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.

Linksters Off to States

Girl Leadership Summit: #Be the Force is October 16

Girls ages 11 to 17, parents, and mentors from Ottawa Hills and the greater Toledo area are invited to "a powerful day of personal unplugged stories told, confidence and strength gained, and inspiration discovered at an event called #BeTheForce, A #TotalPackgeGirl Experience." The event has been organized by Village resident Kristi Hoffman, CEO and Founder of Total Package Global, along with media sponsors WTOL-TV and The Blade. 

#BeTheForce will be held Sunday, October 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

The goal of the event is to exemplify in “real life” what it means to lead with confidence, to face fear and adversity, to be strong, to #BeTheForce in our world. Everyone has a story and the line-up to tell those stories includes:  Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, President of BGSU; Dr. Sharon Gaber, President of UT; Maya Ramirez, Winner, Project Runway Junior; Jamaia McKinley, award-winning singer; Allie Clifton, Fox News reporter/Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter; Karen Marquardt, Assistant Chief, Toledo Fire and Rescue;  Alexa Smith - STEM Bioengineering undergraduate student at UT;  Bill Geha, counselor and founder of the PEACE project; Emma Carpenter, a brain cancer survivor; and many more amazing individuals. 

For more information and to register for this event, visit http://totalpackagegirl.com/Leadership2016/.

Celebrating Student Success on Twitter





Get the most current school news by following superintendent Dr. Miller @drksmiller, principal Ben McMurray @OHHSprincipal, assistant principal Jackie Patterson @OHHSAPrincipal, athletic director Tim Erickson @GreenBearSports , Band Director Michael Leeds and the instrumental music program @GreenBearBand, STEM Teacher Patty Dowd @OH_STEM, Ottawa Hills Theater and Creative Director Darrin Broadway @darrinOHTheater, and the best of school spirit at @OHSpiritNews.

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation to Host Alumni Reception in Chicago

While we celebrate our 2016 Homecoming here in Ottawa Hills on Friday, October 7, a group of O.H. alumni will be gathering in Chicago for a special event of their own. And you are invited to join them.
The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is delighted to host its second alumni reunion with a gathering in Chicago. The event is being held in conjunction with our homecoming and is being tabbed “Homecoming Without Coming Home.
Ottawa Hills alumni are invited to come together on Friday, October 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the beautiful and historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. The evening will feature special guests, former teacher and coach Norm Niedermeier and English teacher and Creative Arts Director Darrin Broadway.

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.

Consider Designating Your United Way Contribution to OH21

Consider supporting OH21 by designating all or part of your United Way pledge to this important school support organization. The tremendous United Way support that is generated from Village residents allows the members of OH21 to focus on providing drug and alcohol prevention programming without having to divert precious time and energy on fundraising events.

You may contribute to United Way individually or through your employer. If you are filling out a paper pledge card, there is an option near the bottom to “designate” a portion or all of your pledge to an agency. Simply write in “OH21”.

If you are donating online through your workplace, there should be an option to designate your pledge. If you have any problems, please call United Way Donor Services at 419-254-4667 or email them at donor.services@unitedwaytoledo.org. Thank you for your support of OH21 and drug and alcohol prevention programming at Ottawa Hills Schools.

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!

Members of the Class of 1981

Ottawa Hills alumna Carol Schendel Shelby organized a small reunion for members of the class of 1981. The alumni were given complimentary tickets to the football game from athletic director Tim Erickson and Director of Alumni Relations Erica Silk. They posed for a picture during the first quarter of the Evergreen game when the Green Bears were up 20-0.  After the game they headed over to Fusion to catch up and continue the fun. Pictured from left to right are Katy Kincade, Carol Schendel Shelby, Julie Fruchtman, Tiscia Eicher, Linda Stewart Dionyssiou, Monique Navarre, and Betsy Brown Rumpf.

Activities Calendar Available

You can download and print a school-year calendar by clicking here. The calendar lists important school events throughout the year and also provides A, B, C, D days for the junior/senior high school. If you would like to access the calendar by month, click on the Calendar tab on the home page menu bar.

Get a Fall Sports Schedule Here!

Would you like a one-stop resource that displays all fall sports schedules? Click here to access the 2016 schedule for all junior high and high school Green Bear teams. Many thanks to Becky Hauck for creating this document.

District Ushers in New Era with Director of Development and Alumni Relations

We welcome district resident and OH alumnus (’89) Erica Silk as the district’s first Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Erica will assume her new duties September 6. As the Director of Development, Erica will be responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fund development strategy, including the following core initiatives: Annual Fund, Major/Capital Gifts, Donor Stewardship, Planned Gifts and Alumni Relations. She will serve as Executive Director of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation. Erica is pictured here with Foundation President George Lathrop.

OH Special Education Program Receives Thumbs Up from Ohio Dept. of Education

The Ottawa Hills Special Education Program once again “Meets Requirements” for the district's performance on the Ohio Department of Education’s nine compliance measures for district special education programs. Annually, ODE compiles and analyzes data in a variety of areas. Districts are rated as “meets requirements” or in “noncompliance” in each area. The nine compliance measures are the following: 1) Disproportionality in discipline rates; 2) Disproportionality in special education; 3) Disproportionality in specific disability categories; 4) Initial evaluation timelines; 5) Early childhood transition; 6) Secondary transition planning; 7) Timely correction of noncompliance; 8) Submission of valid and reliable data; and 9) IDEA audit findings. We are pleased to make this announcement and congratulate the hard work of the special education students and staff.

Shown above are elementary intervention specialists Megan McKean and Carole Sendi and jr./sr. high school intervention specialists Sharon Abendroth, Kathy Benecke, and Jasa George. Questions regarding the compliance report can be directed to Director of Student Services Tracy Hertz at thertz@ohschools.org.

Enter the Fall Festival's Great Pumpkin Competition

Let your creative side show by entering this year's pumpkin decorating contest at the Fall Festival. Judgeswill vote for their favorite pumpkin in the following categories: Funniest, Most Original, Prettiest, Family, Scariest, Best Junior High. Cash prizes will be awarded for each category. Many thanks to Kistler Ford for sponsoring this year's contest.

Paint, carve, or decorate your pumpkin (must be in good taste). Pumpkins can be dropped off the day of the festival, Saturday, September 24, between
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Pumpkin bleachers. There is a $1 entry fee to enter the Pumpkin Contest. Prizes will be announced at 3:00 p.m.

Click Here for the Pumpkin Competition Flyer

Pumpkins will be sold after school Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday September 22 at the elementary school. Cost will be between $4 and $6 each.

Fall Festival Set for September 24th

Come celebrate 12 years of fantastic festivals!  This year's Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the corner of 
Indian & Evergreen Roads. What began with a pumpkin sale has turned into a day of fun, food, arts, and entertainment for the Village of Ottawa Hills and many of our neighboring communities. With between 3000-4,000 people attending, there is something for everyone. Whether you are shopping in our marketplace, buying a piece of new art, entering the pumpkin contest, painting pie pumpkins, listening to the live entertainment, riding the ponies, eating some fantastic food, throwing pies at the principal, or just playing a round of putt-putt, it's a day of fun for all ages!
Be a marketplace vendor, participate in the cornhole tournament, become a supporting patron ($25-$100), volunteer to help, or just come and enjoy the day. For more information on vendors, patrons, and sponsorships, please go to OHSPA's new website where you can also sign up to be a volunteer for this event. We would love to have you play a part in making this festival the BEST it can be!

Ottawa Hills Welcomes New Faculty Members

Six new faculty members are set to join the Ottawa Hills Local Schools Faculty in the 2016-2017 school year. They are (left to right): Colleen Vetter, Speech and Language Pathologist; Heather Christensen, 5th Grade; Daniel Lopez, 6th Grade; Kelsi Krill, Jr./Sr. High Physical Education and Health; Liann Genzman, 2nd Grade; Jasa George, High School Intervention Specialist. 

To read more about our new teachers, click here.

2016-2017 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences have been set for both buildings for the 2016-2017 school year. The administrative team has worked with the faculty to revise conferences over the last few years to provide an opportunity for an initial conference earlier in the year, provide more evening hours for working parents, and provide multiple opportunities for conferences through the school year.  Following is the schedule for the coming school year:


Junior/Senior High School

Fall Conferences:

•Thursday, October 6, 2016 - (Morning classes only) Conferences from 12 noon-8:30 p.m.

Spring Conferences:

•Thursday, March 2, 2017 - (Morning classes only) Conferences from 12 noon- 8:00 p.m.

Note that Wednesday, November 23, 2016 will be a day off for junior/senior high school certified staff and students. Elementary will be in session.



Fall Conferences:

•Thursday, October 20 - (Two-hour early dismissal for students) Conferences from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 •Friday, October 21 - (No school for students) Conferences from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Spring Conferences:

 •Friday, March 10, 2017 - (No school for students) Conferences from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Pre-Order Deadline for Next Friday's Pigskin BBQ Extended to Monday

Don't miss an Ottawa Hills tradition by getting your tickets for this year's Pigskin BBQ. This year's event, featuring Shorty's BBQ, will be held on Friday, September 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 on the front lawn of the high school. The meal precedes the Green Bears' football game against Danbury. BBQ meals are $15 and hot dog meals are $6. However, families receive a free kids meal with each BBQ meal purchase.

Tickets must be purchased by Monday, September 12. An order form can be accessed here. Credit card purchases can be made online by visiting this website. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door for $17/meal. Take out orders are available.

OHSPA Junior High/High School Lunch Fundraiser 2016/2017

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association is happy to announce it will once again host its largest fundraiser -- hot lunch. The money raised is donated back to the schools for equipment and programming. Managed and staffed by more than 100 volunteers, this fundraiser gives students a lunch option that the Ottawa Hills Schools does not provide.  Click Here for directions and to view the flyer. 

New OHSPA Website

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) is very excited to announce our new member website. Our new site offers OHSPA members a  convenient way to participate in OHSPA events and activities.  Our goal is to enhance your OHSPA experience! Website features include a section with forms you can complete online, special event and program information, volunteer signup opportunities, and the ability to make purchases and pay online for items like the Student Directory, event fees, DVD's of student performances, and much more. It’s so easy to get started! Just click on www.ohspa.org and select the REGISTER button.

Mrs. Gibson and Mr. Fitzgerald Join the O.H. Team




In preparation for the school year, two new educators were hired by the Board of Education at a special board meeting held on Thursday, August 18.

OHSPA Contributes Over $188,500 to O.H. Schools in ’15-‘16

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) made end-of-year contributions to the Ottawa Hills faculty totaling $10,436.52.


OHSPA funded items for classroom and school organization supplies that included:

•Commercial grade mixers for the Family and Consumer Sciences classroom;

•Robotics Club materials;

•Kindergarten listening libraries;

•First Grade Child Craft leveled libraries;

•Second Grade Scholastic Fiction Book Set;

•Third Grade Guided Level Reading Series;

•Fourth Grade Class Sets of Novels;

•Tumbling Mats for elementary physical education

Community Invited to “Run Safer” Presentation

Former Olympian Todd Williams will present “Run Safer” in the Ottawa Hills Auditorium on Friday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m. Mr. Williams will discuss safety and self defense for runners as well as share his experiences as an Olympic runner. The event is hosted by Village resident Troy Greeley and Dave’s Performance Footgear. Village residents and their guests are welcome to attend this informative event. Questions regarding the event can be emailed to Troy.Greeley@wfadvisors.com. To see an event flyer, click here

Auditions for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Auditions for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee-Thursday, September 1 at 6PM

Download the Packet       Download Contract       Download Audition Form

Parents Invited to Presentation on “Fundations” August 29

Parents are invited to come learn more about the “Fundations” program which is used at Ottawa Hills Elementary. The presenter will be Mona Dougherty, from Wilson Language. Mona has trained Ottawa Hills Elementary teachers on the Fundations program and continues to provide coaching services for our teachers. 

The presentation will take place in the Community Room at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29. 

Student Directory Deadline Extended to August 26th

All Directory information and orders will be processed online for new and returning students. To appear in the printed and online directory, you must register online and complete the directory information. If you were in past printed directories, your information will only be included if you register and order online. Also, please note that if your children have parents who live in different households, each household must register separately  in order to be included in the directory.


Back to School

Click on "Read More" for the full Back to School Packet.  Schedule pick-up day will be held on Wednesday, August 17th.  Mandentory laptop orientation for 6th graders, 7th graders, and students new to the district will be from 6:00-7:00pm.  Schedule pick-up times are as follows:

 07 Gr - 8:30

 08 Gr - 9:30

 09 Gr - 10:30

 10 Gr - 12:30

 11 Gr - 1:30

 12 Gr - 2:30

Dont forget to check out our OH App!  Apple iOS  Android

Back to School 5K is Sunday, August 21st

Registration is now open for the annual Back to School 5K Run/Walk which will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 21. Proceeds from the run benefit the Ottawa Hills After-Prom event, which provides a fun, safe evening for high school students following the Junior/Senior Prom. The registration fee for those who register by August 7 is $20 per person or $18 for Ottawa Hills students and staff members. After August 7, registration goes to $25 per person and $23 for students and staff. A limited number of t-shirts will be available after August 7. 

You can download a registration form here or sign up online at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/OttawaHills/OttawaHillsBackToSchool5K

Questions can be directed to Erica Scharer at oh5krun@bex.net or by calling 419-351-7331. 

Ottawa Hills Receives Two State Awards

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

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

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

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

Dyslexia Parent Meeting

Monday, August 29, 2016

at 7:00 p.m.

in the Community Room.

The speaker will be Mona Dougherty, from Wilson Language. Any questions about the Wilson Language program, prior to the meeting, can be emailed to Mona at mdoughterty@wilsonlanguage.com

We’ll see you August 29th!

Job Openings at Ottawa Hills Schools

Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions:

•Fifth Grade Teacher

•Kindergarten Teacher

•Sixth Grade Teacher

•Title I Reading Tutor

•High School Secretary

OHES Receives Hall of Fame Award

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

Former Ottawa Hills Student Alice Magato is the New Miss Ohio

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

Applications Being Accepted for Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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

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

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

"Senior Walk" Will Become a Tradition

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

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

Commencement Held for 76th Graduating Class

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

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

Picture Honors Ottawa Hills' First Principal

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

Mr. Torio is Blade Teacher of the Month

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

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

Fifth Grade Science Expo Grows OHES Minds

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

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Reveals Founders' Society Wall

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

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

Green Bear Ball Releases Final Numbers

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

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

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

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

O.H. Teachers Win ESC Awards

Congratulations on receiving these well-deserved honors, Mrs. McKean and Mrs. Benecke!

On Thursday, May 12, elementary intervention specialist Megan McKean was recognized by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West and presented with the "Rookie of the Year" Award for 2016. To qualify for this award, the teacher must consistently go beyond the norm or expectation, create activities that promote or enhance educational opportunities for their students, and initiate activities that require extra time or organization.

Boys Tennis Team Finishes Fourth in State, Gargas/Simon Finish Third in Doubles

The boys tennis team finished fourth in the Division II team tournament inColumbus last weekend weekend after losing a tough battle with Columbus Academy. The 2015-16 Ottawa Hills state qualifying team included Spencer Smith, Justin Judis, James Schwann, Rahul Bais, Nolan Greeley, Ryan Simon, and Tyler Gargas. 

James C. Casper 1930-2016

James C. Casper, age 85, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Goerlich Center. The son of James and Fay Casper, he was born September 25, 1930, in Canton, OH. He was a 1949 graduate of Canton Lehman High School. Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1953 from Mount Union College where he was class president and played football and basketball. He received his Masters of Science in Education at the University of Toledo in 1958 and later attended the Guidance and Counseling Institute on a full grant. Jim began a long career in education at Waite High School as counselor, Asst. Principal, coach and Athletic Director from 1953-1966 as well as serving as treasurer for Toledo Summer School for 13 years. From 1966-1968, he was an Assistant Principal at Start High School. The highlight of his career was the 24 years as the Principal for Ottawa Hills High School from 1968-1992. After his retirement from OHHS, he was Coordinator of Teacher Placement at the University of Toledo College of Education from 1994-2001 and enjoyed being a courier for Signature Bank.

Drinking Water Tests Are Clear for O.H. Buildings

The water situation in Flint, Michigan and the appearance of lead in some schools' drinking water led the district to be proactive in testing drinking water at the elementary and junior/senior high school buildings. Water samples were collected at various sites in both buildings by Toledo Water Conditioning and then sent to National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. for analysis.

All samples came back as "clear," indicating that no lead contaminant above the minimum detection level was detected in the samples.

To see the full reports or with questions, contact the district's Operations Manager, Dean Lennard, at dlennard@ohschools.org.

Hall of Fame Inductees Visit O.H. Schools

On Friday, May 13, the Ottawa Hills Community Foundation Hall of Fame Inductees visited the elementary and high school and addressed students in a variety of contexts, from classroom visits to a school assembly. 
The nominees visited with the sixth grade classes and various classes at the junior/senior high school. They also spoke at a school-wide assembly for the high school students. In their discussions with students, the nominees shared their successes, struggles, and journeys in their professional careers and service work.

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Surpasses Founders' Society Goal

Anyone connected to Ottawa Hills Schools knows what going over and beyond is all about. Our parents and community members do it. Our teachers do it. Our students do it. It’s a habit.
And now, many generous contributors have done it to help the Trustees of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation reach their goal of raising $600,000 in contributions and pledges for their Founders’ Society campaign. In typical Ottawa Hills fashion, they not only met the goal, they went over and beyond to raise $620,328 to make the Foundation’s initial campaign an incredible success.  

Mothers and Sons Dance to the Groovy 60's

On Saturday, April 30, community parents hosted the second annual mother-son dance. They danced the night away to the theme of Groovy 60's.  Mothers and their sons wore flower power and tie dye outfits. They received John Lennon glasses and peace rings at the door. This event brought in approximately 200 guests. Those in attendance were coached in the East Coast Swing by Gil Aromas, a dance instructor from The Ballroom Company. 
Proceeds from the dance totaled $508.20.  Money raised was split and donated equally to Animal House Rescue and NAMI.  A big thank you to the many parent, teen, and community volunteers who helped to make this event a groovy success!

Bike Rodeo is June 4th

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Bike Rodeo will be taking place. The Bike Rodeo is presented by OH Police Department, Wersell's Bike Shop, and the Office of Village Life. It will be held in the OHES parking lot, and best of all, it's FREE!
The bike rodeo offers:
•Bike registration
•Helmet checks
•Minor bike adjustments
•Car seat inspections
•Bike safety practice routes
Round up your bike and plan to be there!
After the Bike Rodeo, ride down to Arrowhead Point where the Ottawa Hills Community Foundation will host an all-Village Ice Cream Social from 1:00-3:00pm.

Office of Village Life Offers an Array of Camps for Summer2016

The Ottawa Hills Office of Village Life has planned an exciting slate of camps for the summer of 2016. Returning are perennial favorites such as art camps, chess camps (from beginners to advanced players), Safety Village, and camps for many sports—baseball, softball, football, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and tennis. New camps have been added:  Yoga for Kids, Junior Chef, Song Safari, Fun with Books, and the Reiser/Lehman Shooting Camp.
Camps are designed for ages Pre-K and up. They are convenient and close to home. A complete list of summer camp offerings and registration information can be found at https://ottawahills.org/villagelife. Camp prices will increase after June 1, so register before June 1 to save money.  
Summer camps 2016 give Ottawa Hills kids a chance to create, play, think, learn, and perform. Don’t miss out—register today!

Green Bears Advance to OTCA Final Four

Boys Tennis Team Coached by Jeff Harst, and Matt Gargas advance to the OTCA State Team Tournament Final Final on Sunday at Reynoldsburg High School. they begin play at 8:00 am against Gates Mills Hawken. This is the first appearance for Coach Harst’s squad in his 12 years at the helm. The Green Bears have fallen one match short in the last nine years. Monday they beat long time foe Lexington 3-0 to punch their ticket into the final four. Lexington has beaten the Green Bears the last five years in a row.

The Green Bears Team members, Nolan Greeley, Tyler Gargas, James Schwann, Justin Judis, Ryan Simon, Spencer Smith, and Rahul Bais look forward to the opportunity of playing for the OTCA State Team Championship.

Future Presidents

Over 630 students participated in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s essay contest. Students were required to write as the newly elected President sharing their about first proposals, goals, and life in the White House. In the K-5 categories, three out of the six top winners were OHES students.  First grader, Jay Tamirisa, won first place in the Grades K-2 section and fourth graders Matt Bowei and Ella Douglas won second and third place in the Grades 3-5 division. Their essays are now part of the library’s collection and can be borrowed digitally from the library’s website. Congratulations to all three students!

Tickets for the Laramie Project on Sale

Tickets are available starting Tuesday for the May 27, 28, and 29 Ottawa Hills High School production of The Laramie Project. Only 40 seats per show available.

The Laramie Project is in the High School Auditorium:

Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. (note later time).
Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Hardman Wins BCSN Coach of the Year!

OHHS Baseball coach Chris Hardman received Coach of the Year Award at BCSN’s annual banquet on Thursday, May 19. Chris started teaching and coaching at Ottawa Hills in 1974. He taught physical education and health and coached cross-country, football, basketball, and baseball. He has been the head baseball coach at Ottawa Hills for 36 of the last 38 years. He is a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) Hall of Fame and the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. He retired from teaching in 2014. He is revered by coaches and players. Congratulations, Chris Hardman! Well-deserved!

Attention TARTA Bus Riders:

Due to the May 23 closure of Talmadge between Bancroft and Brookside (for 30 days), students who live on Bonniebrook and Brittany are directed to catch the #2 bus at Brittany and Underhill.

According to the Village office, local traffic (residents) will be able to access the area, but through traffic (buses) will not. 

If you have questions or concerns about the bus schedule, please contact Tom Metzger, TARTA Superintendent, at 419-245-5202 or 419-245-5235.

Boys Tennis Doubles Teams Headed to States

At the conclusion of districts for tennis last Saturday, the doubles team of Ryan Simon and Tyler Gargas beat Lexington’s Barkett/Webster 6-4, 6-0 to win the district championship. In addition, the Green Bear doubles team of Justin Judis and James Schwann defeated Elida’s Klaus/Sarno in three sets to claim third place in district competition. 

Both doubles teams now move on to compete in the state tennis tournament, to be held on May 27 and May 28. Ryan and Tyler will begin state tournament play with a match against Kelly/Morley of Cincinnati Wyoming. Justin and James will face off against McCauley/Eddy of Cambridge.

The state tournament will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The Lindner Center is home to the Western & Southern Open, the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin. Many big names in tennis play at the Western & Southern, such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams.

Congratulations and good luck to our doubles teams!  

Come Join the Elementary's Celebration on May 27th!

Please join us at 1:00 p.m. this Friday, May 27 as we celebrate our recognition as a Hall of Fame School by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals for 2016, and the opening of the new Elementary Land Lab, funded by this year's Green Bear Ball.  Our event will begin with a short assembly in the new gym, followed by a ribbon cutting in front of the land lab, and a variety of activities and music for students to enjoy.  We hope you can join us for this amazing celebration!

OH Quiz Bowl Team Finishes Strong at Nationals

For the sixth year in a row, the Ottawa Hills High School Quiz Bowl Team competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Small School National Championships, held in Chicago. However, this is the first time that both the A and B teams made it to nationals. After the first day, both teams finished 3-2 and qualified for the playoffs, but in a bizarre twist of events, they faced off against each other during the first match of the playoffs. The B team, made up of sophomores, defeated the A team to advance to the next round.  The B team was then knocked out by a tough team from Beachwood. The B team finished 25th and the A team finished 33rd.

Proudly representing the Green Bears were seniors Kirsten Cousins, Jack Wolff, Maeve McBride, and Waverly Hart; sophomores Adit Mukherjee, Steven Randall, Randall Johnson, Urvish Patel, Sam Assi, Rahul Bais, and Will Koury; and freshman Daniel Liu. Click here for the Ottawa Hills High School Quiz Bowl Team's results for the 2015-16 season.  Congratulations on another outstanding season.  Many thanks to advisor Tony Torio and to OHSPA for their continued support of the Quiz Bowl team.

I Make a Difference Breakfast Honors Teachers, Students

On Friday, April 30, Ottawa Hills teachers Tom McCarthy and Tim Adkins were honored at the annual I Make A Difference Breakfast sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West. Brent Wang and James Steven were asked to select a teacher that had a profound impact on them during their time at Ottawa Hills.  Brent chose Tim Adkins.  Brent spoke of Mr. Adkins, sharing, “I can only hope that someday I love my career as much as he loves teaching, because Mr. Adkins was born to teach. Mr. Adkins has worked with an uncommon devotion to seeing his students succeed.”

James selected Tom McCarthy and shared his thoughts: “Inside the classroom is where Mr. McCarthy really shines. As an amazing orator and passionate speaker, he can make topics come alive and spark discussion. Some of the stories he has told about the Constitutional Convention will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Congratulations to our amazing students and teachers.

Ottawa Hills Wins 2016 TPS Chess Championships

Ottawa Hills Elementary School won two city championships last Saturday at the 2016 Toledo Elementary Chess Championships held at Beverly Elementary School. Over 100 students competed at the K-8 event, representing approximately 30 schools.

Spring Sports District Tournament Brackets

Softball District Tournament Bracket

Baseball District Tournament Bracket

Girls Lacrosse Tournament Bracket

"Greentastic Carnival" Set for May 20th

OHSPA's 2016 “Greentastic Carnival” will be held on Friday, May 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the elementary school. This year's event features lots of fun games and attractions, such as Meltdown and Bungee Run, the “plush” and cake wheels, bounce houses, slides, and entertainment by Crazy Craig! This year, enjoy delicious food from Rosie’s Rolling Chef and grab a slushy from the Kona Ice Truck!! Also, don’t forget to buy a 50/50 raffle from any of the elementary school students, or buy some on the night of the carnival!