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

A Message from Dr. Kevin S. Miller, Superintendent

Info graphic illustrating Ottawa Hills getting all A's as a district on our report card
In 2015, Ottawa Hills made history by becoming the first and only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on its district and building Local Report Cards.
Tickets on Sale for Peter Pan Jr. Peter Pan Jr Logo

Ottawa Hills is anticipating a visit to Neverland in February 2017! Join us for this fantastic musical production featuring student performers from the elementary and junior high schools.

Saving Adrian Adrian laying on the couch with her teddy

The Sandelin Family of Ottawa Hills has been on an unimaginable journey these past few years. This holiday season, please take few minutes to do two things:

Read their story and join with your fellow Villagers in making a contribution to help them and their daughter Adrian.

Board of Education Reorganizes for 2018 Picture of the new BoE 2018

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education held its 2018 reorganizational meeting yesterday, December 11. Their regular January Board meeting followed.

OH Alumni Working Across the Aisle Tim and Nick pictured in the HS LMC before speaking to our juniors and seniors

Tim Bosserman and Nick Gore recently stopped in to offer current juniors and seniors some insight about working in politics at the national level. Tim and Nick both graduated from OHHS in 2010. Tim Bosserman works for Rep. Bob Latta’s office in Bowling Green representing Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.

First Semester Exam Schedule picture of first semester exam schedule
OH Soccer Takes State Runner-Up Title Soccer team pictured with the state runner's up trophy

The Green Bears fought hard throughout the entire state championship game against the Silver Knights of Cincinnati Summit Country Day last Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, but the Knights took home a 1-0 victory with a goal late in the second half. Our Green Bears gave it their all they had and can be extremely proud of their season.

Mrs. Kozy is BCSN Teacher of the Month Portrait picture of Jessica Kozy

Ottawa Hills High School Social Studies teacher, Jessica Kozy (Temple), has been named BCSN’s November “Teacher of the Month.”

OHMTA Holiday Plant Sale Supports the Arts Picture of a red flower

Looking for the perfect way to decorate your house for the holiday season? Bring the festivities to your families, friends, and neighbors while supporting Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association. Order your poinsettias, wreaths, and swags by Tuesday, November 21, and all the proceeds from the holiday plant sale will benefit the OH Bands, Choraliers, and Theatre productions.

Foundation Events Honor Donors, Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Alumni picture in a group photo at the OHSF Event

Entertaining guests as they arrived were Ottawa Hills instrumental music director Michael Leeds and students Will Rand and Priya Bhatt. Attendees were welcomed by Foundation President George Lathrop, who reviewed the progress of the Foundation since its inception in 2013.

Young Frankenstein Opens Soon - Get Your Tickets Now! Logo for the musical Young Frankenstein

Nov 17 at 7 pm, Nov 18 at 7 pm, Nov 19 at 2 pm

Abby Hauck Takes Title With New School Record; Boys Cross Country Qualifies for Regionals Abby Hauck pictured after winning districts

Abby Hauck set a new school record while taking the individual title at the district cross country meet on Saturday, while the OHHS boys took runner-up honors, advancing them and Abby to regional competition at Tiffin.
Abby ran the course in 19:29 to outdistance 74 other runners and beat her old school record by 16 seconds. Caelan Carter placed 27th to close out a stellar cross country career.

Boys Soccer State Finals Game Boys Soccer State Finals Logo

Sat, Nov. 11 -- 4:00 Start Time -- MAPFRE (Crew) Stadium, 1 Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus, OH 43211 -- NO PRESALE TICKETS -- Tickets $8 available for purchase at gate -- Parking $7

Boys Soccer - Final Four Spirit Bus Trip - Wed, Nov 8 Boys soccer team after winning regionals

Game Start: 7pm --- Load bus:  5:15pm --- Estimated return time: 10:15pm --- Trip Destination: Clyde High School --- Bus is $5 (does not include game ticket $8) --- PERMISSION SLIP IS REQURIED!

Cleveland.com Ranks Ottawa Hills #1 Cleveland.com ranks Ottawa Hills the #1 school in the state

Rich Exner writes in cleveland.com, "The Ohio Department of Education again this year did not release an overall grade for each school district. In the past, those assessments came in the form of ratings such as excellent and
excellent with distinction."

Ottawa Hills Named to 7th Annual AP Honor Roll Picture of AP District Honor Roll Award

Ottawa 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!

Ottawa Hills Special Education Services Receive State's Top Ratings Special Education Service teachers pose for pictures:  Elementary staff on the left and Junior High / High School staff on the right

Not only has the 2016-17 Ohio Special Education Annual Rating “Met Requirements” yet again, but the preview of the additional ratings that will be included in the 2018 report are also being met, a year in advance. This annual compliance report is issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

OH Students and Staff Pause for a "Celebration of Excellence" Ethan Riepenhoff, Rep. Derek Merrin, Dr. Kevin Miller, Board President Brad Johnson pictured

All K through 12 students, faculty, and staff members came together recently for a “Celebration of Excellence.” The event was held to recognize that Ottawa Hills made history by being the only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories of the 2017 Local Report Card. The district also achieved this honor in 2016 and 2015.

Golfers Finish Season on State's Largest Stage Golf team picture in a collage down at the state tournament

Ottawa Hills golfers competed at the OHSAA state tournament Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. The boys team finished 10th in the state. Leading the way for the Green Bears was Andrew Lyon with a two-day total of 171, earning him a 36th place finish out of 72 golfers. Nick Durfee finished 37th with a 172. OH shot a team total 735 at Ohio State University’s Scarlet course. Caroline Dayton carded a two-day total 169, giving her 24th place out of 71 golfers. Caroline golfed on OSU’s Gray Course.
Congratulations to our golfers on outstanding seasons that culminated in competing at the state tournament. 

OHES Students Becoming Ukulele Players Student strummin his ukulele

This year, the students of Ottawa Hills Elementary School have been given a wonderful gift by the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation. The Foundation has purchased a classroom set of ukuleles for the elementary music program. The sixth graders are already hard at work learning to play their new instruments.

2018 Green Bear Ball Theme and Project are Revealed Logo for the 2018 Green Bear Ball - Ebony and Ivory

2018 Green Bear Ball Chairs Julie Hagenbuch and Lisa Dewhirst and the Green Bear Ball Steering Committee are proud to reveal the theme and project for this year’s Ball.
The theme, “Ebony and Ivory in Harmony,” is perfectly fitting, as the major project for the Ball will be the funding the replacement of pianos and digital keyboards in the district. 

OH Receives Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education Math, Science, and Technology teachers given the Thomas Edison award for STEM

This year, the Ohio Academy of Science selected 58 Ohio schools and 509 teachers to receive The Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Four OH Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists Semi-finalists for the National Merit award

Seniors Aidan Byrne, Josie Harter, Will Koury, and Urvish Patel have been named 2018 National Merit semifinalists.  Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

OH Has Five Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program Five Ottawa Hills students were recognized for being commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Justine Steven, Caroline Lathrop, Randall Johnson, Sam Assi, and Jan Durst for being Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

New Website Design Includes User-Friendly Features Screenshot from our new homepage.

If you visited www.ottawahillsschools.org in the last few days, you’ve seen that we’ve totally overhauled our district website. The last time we redesigned our website was over five years ago. For over two years, our Director of Technology, Shane Patacca, and our technology coordinator, Brooks Spiess, have been investigating and designing a new look that will be unique to Ottawa Hills Schools and more user friendly.

OH Schools Foundation Will Induct Inaugural Class of "Distinguished Alumni" This Friday Distinguished Alumni Award logo

The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation has established the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor Ottawa Hills graduates who have made a meaningful contribution to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the tradition of excellence at Ottawa Hills Local Schools.
A Distinguished Alumni Committee comprised of Ottawa Hills alumni, faculty, and district officials selected the inaugural class of inductees from nominations submitted from across the country. Our very first class of Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a dinner Friday, October 20 at Inverness Club. The inductees will then be recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Ottawa Hills football game versus Toledo Christian.
Following are partial biographies for the members of the 2017 Class of Distinguished Alumni—our first of many to be honored.

Come Celebrate With Us This Thursday, Oct. 19 Picture of the flyer celebrating our 3 years of straight A's on our state report card

There are amazing things taking place each and every day—in our classrooms, in our hallways, on our stage, on our athletic fields. We’re going to pause during our school daynext Thursday to celebrate just that. And we’d love to have you join us.
Next Thursday, October 19, at 10:15 a.m., we’re going to bring together all of our students, K through 12, along with our faculty and staff members to celebrate all that is good and right with Ottawa Hills Schools. Specifically, we will be celebrating making history by achieving A’s in all categories of the Ohio Department of Education’s Local Report Card—for the third year in a row. We stand alone in the state of Ohio in earning this recognition and we’d like to honor the people who made it possible.
Community members are invited to join us from 10:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the high school gym for this great celebration. Please be seated in the permanent bleachers at the end of the gym.  

Green Bear Golfers Qualify for States Caroline smashing one off the tee

Junior Caroline Dayton shot a 78 at the district golf tournament to qualify for state competition next weekend. Caroline will tee off at 10:40 a.m. at the Ohio State University Gray Course. 

The boys golf team will also be golfing at the state tournament next weekend, as they took third place in district competition at Bowling Green's Stone Ridge Golf Club yesterday. 

Celebration of Village Life Parade Village Life Parade Logo
OH Students' ACT Scores Outpace State Averages Graph showing the OH ACT scores compared to the rest of the state of Ohio

The latest college readiness report issued by ACT shows that the average scores of Ottawa Hills students in all areas of the ACT are far ahead of state averages. The report reflects the achievement of graduates on the ACT and are an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.

Ottawa Hills students scored higher than the state average in each of the tested areas English, +7.1 points; Mathematics, +3.9 points; Reading, +5.2; Science, +4.6. At 27.1, the average composite score for OH students was 5.1 points higher than the state average.  

Students Encouraged to Walk or Bike to School on Wednesday, October 4th Logo for the Walk Bike to School initiative

Mark Your Calendars: Wednesday, October 4 is National Walk and Bike to School Day. Ottawa Hills is getting in on the act by encouraging 100% participation.

Class of '67 Comes Together for 50th

Class of 67 met for there 50th Reunion

Peter Pan Jr Auditions - Tuesday, September 26. Grades 4-8 May Audition
Fall Festival, Marketplace, and Car Show - Sunday, September 23 from 11:00 to 5:00pm

Fall Festival Logo

Annual Activities Calendar Available Online

Picture of the Annual Activities Calendar (September)

Annual Pumpkin Sale and Decorating Contest

Picture from last years pumpkin sale

OHSPA's annual Pumpkin Sale will be after school at OHES on Wednesday 9/20 and Thursday 9/21, from 2:50-3:30.  For the first time ever, beautiful mums will also be available for purchase AND both pumpkins and mums may be prepaid online!  Pay online at the link below and just pick up at the sale after school, OR pay cash on the spot as in previous years. Pumpkins: $5, Mums: $10.  First come, first served in choice of pumpkin or mum.


After you purchase your pumpkins, be sure to decorate them and enter them in the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the Fall Festival!  Paint, carve, or decorate your pumpkin (must be in good taste).  Pumpkins can be dropped off at the pumpkin bleachers at the Fall Festival on Saturday 9/23, from 11am-1pm.  $1 entry fee.  Prizes will be awarded in new surprise categories!  People's choice voting from 1-2pm, and winners announced at 3:40pm.

OHJH Students Rallying to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey weather channel icon

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. 

Robotics Opportunity Open to Students in Grades 5 Through 12

Falcon Best Robotics logoBGSU Falcon Best Robotics competition. There is NO fee involved. BGSU will provide the Robotic kit (motors, controllers, materials) on kick-off day, which will take place on Saturday, September 16. Each team has six weeks to work on building a robot using the kit BGSU provides. Practice Day is scheduled for October 14 at BGSU, while game day is on October 28, also at BGSU. The game rules are kept secret until kick-off day.

This is a great opportunity to have your children involved in a hands-on STEM experience. To learn more about the BGSU Falcon Best Robotics Competition, visit their website here

OH parent Ying Liu is organizing and leading the team. Please contact Ying Liu by Friday, September 8 at liuying_pitt@hotmail.com if interested in joining the team or if you need more information. This will be a parent-led team, thus the help of other parents is also welcome.

Aerial photo of the BGSU Falcon robotics competition

Public Invited to Roll-Out of New Strategic Plan Next Thursday, September 7

Front cover of the 2017-2022 Long Range PlanLast spring, a 28-member Strategic Plan Advisory Committee worked with Battelle for Kids out of Columbus, Ohio to develop a new long-range strategic plan for Ottawa Hills Schools. The previous five-year plan expired with the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The 2012-2017 strategic plan guided the implementation of almost sixty different objectives during that five-year period.

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

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.

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.”

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
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!

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.


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!

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.

Village Life Summer Camps '17

Village Life Summer Camp Logo

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

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

110 Stories Logo
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

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!

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
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.

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

2017 OHSAA Spring Sports Tournament Brackets
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"

"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.

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.”

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

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!

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!

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.

Boys Basketball Division 3 Bracket
"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!

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.

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