District News

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. 

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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OH Highlighted in Academic Challenge

Tony Torio discussing Ottawa Hills success in quiz bowl last season

See Ottawa Hills Quiz Bowl Advisor Tony Torio discuss Ottawa Hills’ involvement in the NBC Channel 24 Academic Challenge by clicking here. The Green Bears finished as runner-up to a strong Findlay team in this past year’s challenge. Mr. Torio notes, “The two teams together posted 600 points in the finals. This was the highest point total of any match-up in the Academic Challenge this past season.”

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.

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.”

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

Logo for the Broadway sensation, Young Frankenstein

Back to School 5K

Logo for the 2017 Back to School 5K

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

Mr. Mercer poses with parent for parent teacher conferences

Faculty/Staff Awards

Faculty members who were presented with 10 year awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

OH Quiz bowl team that made it to the championship round

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

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

Picture from Field Hockey 2016

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Ottawa Hills: It Takes a Village - Visit YouCaring to Help Adrian Sandelin Keep Fighting

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

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Senior Walk-Through Becoming an OH Tradition

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

Commencement for the Class of 2017

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

Music at the Point

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

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.

Tennis Team, Tyler Gargas Compete at State Tourney

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

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

Baseball Team Wins League Title

Baseball team posing for TAAC Championship

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

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

OHES Students are Gardeners

Elementary students gardening

Students have been hard at work planting the Learning Lab outdoor garden for the summer. Several weeks ago, the Ottawa Hills Elementary Green Team cleaned out the garden beds and the side beds to prepare for the planting. Native species grasses, milkweed, mint, and butterfly bushes have been planted along the sides of the garden, and each class planted their own contribution to the pizza garden. Our final plants took their place in the garden this week. We are looking forward to watching the garden grow this summer!
Throughout the summer, if you are interested in taking a walk through the garden, give us a call or stop in. We are happy to give you a tour and let you browse the garden!

Mrs. Sendi is Named "Master Educator" by the ESC of Lake Erie West

Mrs. Sendi pictured holding her awardOttawa Hills Elementary Intervention Specialist Carole Sendi has been named this year's "Master Educator" by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.

Brenda Gift, Director of Students Services and Special Programs at the ESC, noted in her nomination of Mrs. Sendi: "Carole works with special needs students as well as those who need other interventions at Ottawa Hills.

Open Your Home to an International Student

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


Morgan Billstein Receives Academic All-Ohio Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Girls on the Run" Teaches Valuable Lessons

Girls on the Run participants with parents

Village Life Summer Camps '17

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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.

Upcoming Events

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

OH Students Organize Books 4 Buddies Book Drive

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

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

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

Sevar Mian Wins Symphony Scholarship

Sevar Mian pictured holding his violinOttawa Hills Elementary student Sevar Mian was recently awarded a scholarship from the Toledo Symphony League Remembrance Fund. Sevar joined the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra last year and has been enjoying playing first violin. He chose "Concerto in A Minor. 1st Movement" by A. Vivaldi to play for the judges.  

The Toledo Symphony League provides merit scholarships for talented students who are members of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Congratulations, Sevar!

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

"Treasurer Talk" May 24th

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

Three Ottawa Hills Teams Compete at the National Academic Quiz Tournament

Students sitting patiently waiting to use their brain powers to wreak havoc at National Quiz Bowl

Patricia Polacco Inspires Students and Staff at OHES

Patricia Polacco posing with some of the students she read to

"I Make a Difference" Breakfast Honors Teachers, Students

Students and Teachers who received awards posing for a picture

Students Recognized By BP

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

Help Recognize Distinguished OH Alumni

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Invites You to Attend!

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

Flyer for the Washington DC Alumni Reception

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

Board Meeting Moved from May 16th to Monday, May 15th at 4:30

The regular May meeting of the Ottawa Hills Board of Education has been changed from Tuesday, May 16 to Monday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Community Room. The change is being made to allow Dr. Miller to attend a Statewide Assessment Committee meeting on the 16th. Dr. Miller is serving on this Ohio Department of Education committee to formulate recommendations to legislators for reducing mandated testing in the state of Ohio.

2017 OHSAA Spring Sports Tournament Brackets

Baseball     Softball    Lacross (Boys)    Lacross (Girls)


Bravo to Cast and Crew of High School Musical!

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

Around the Horn for Autism

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

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

Mystery Readers Come to OHES

Rocky the Rocket reads a book to students for mystery reader program

6th Graders Get Connected

6th Graders pictured taking part in baking cookies

Give Your Stuffed Animals a New Home

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

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

Blade Student of the Week: Hailey McGee

Picture of Hailey McGee

OHES Gives Back

Students helping the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive benefiting Food For Thought of ToledoAttention PAK! The Learning Leaders are proud to be sponsoring this year’s PAK service project, which starts today and runs through next Friday, May 5. We are hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive benefiting Food For Thought of Toledo. Food for Thought is a non-profit organization whose vision is “a Toledo region where the hunger for food, respect, and belonging is met for all people.” They provide food assistance in a variety of ways, but one of their biggest projects is that every Friday evening, they pack 250 brown bag PB&J lunches that they distribute via volunteers on Saturday mornings. You can check out their organization at http://feedtoledo.org for more information or to learn about other opportunities to help.

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

Graphic showing a keyboard that says "online survey"

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

Schedule a Round-Table Discussion to Assist Strategic Planning

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

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. 

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. 

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

MathCounts Team Heads to States; Ishan Khare Takes Top Spot

Math Counts Team posing for picture after 2nd place finish

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.”

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. 

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

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

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.

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/.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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