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Spring Book Fair is here! DinoMite Book Fair logo

The Ottawa Hills Elementary School Spring Scholastic Book Fair is around the corner. This annual event is a fund-raiser for the elementary library program. The dates are Monday, January 28, through Friday, February 1. Thank you to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association for helping with this event.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Tickets On Sale Now! Beauty and the Beast

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costumes and sets, and even more offers a great opportunity to bring our OH community together for family theatre at its best.

John Lindsay Court Dedication T-Shirt Sales Generic picture of a t-shirt

Ottawa Hills High School Student Council has created a t-shirt for the upcoming John Lindsay Court Dedication Ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 9th. The shirts will be pre-order only for $5 each. To order, please use the link below.

Diversity Weekend Opens Doors to Other Cultures

The annual Diversity Weekend is around the corner. During the weekend of January 24-26, Ottawa Hills parents and other villagers are hosting 10 students from around the globe, who are coming to learn a bit more about our collective cultures and to share some of their own.

First-ever gathering a fitting coda to Winter Concert Students perform together at 2018 Winter Concert Dec. 9

Sometime around 8:15 Sunday evening, Ottawa Hills High School instrumentalists and vocalists made district history. About 130 students from three performance groups shared a single stage as one – an event that took months of planning and ended with a standing ovation.

2018: A Year of Memorable Achievements Les Miserables performance

As we set sail for 2019, let’s pause to glance back at 2018 to be reminded of what a special place Ottawa Hills is. In this review, Dr. Miller chooses excerpts from ten 2018 "Superintendent's Message" articles as representative of all that is good and right with our school district.

Court Dedication Honors John Lindsay Coach John Lindsay

Basketball teams at Ottawa Hills will play home games on a new "court" next year. The Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to honor two decades of success by teacher, coach, and mentor John Lindsay by naming the district’s main basketball court in his honor.

OHSPA again making 'wishes' come true Armed forces flag purchased with OHSPA funds

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) has made educators wishes come true again by funding items from the district’s annual “wish list.” This year, the group spent more than $22,700 on 13 projects, ranging from art easels and kindergarten books to wobble chairs and clay extruders (more on that later).

Illustrator draws attention to cartooning Steve Harpster with student

Elementary students enjoyed a visit with illustrator Steve Harpster on Tuesday, December 11. Using his iPad Pro and slick illustration software, Mr. Harpster demonstrated the drawing of sea creatures, cute critters, and crazy made-up animals like the "Unicorn-narwhal!" Better yet: Our students got to draw these creatures right along with him.

Kevin S. Miller named Ohio Superintendent of the Year Dr. Miller with kindergarteners

Dr. Kevin S. Miller, superintendent of Ottawa Hills Local Schools, is being honored today with the "Superintendent of the Year Award" from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA). More than 700 individuals across the state are eligible annually for the award. Congratulations, Dr. Miller!

Tammy Talmage Likes Being a Good Sport Tammy Talmage

When it came time to arrive for her job interview two years ago, Tammy Talmage didn’t need directions. After all, she had been coaching Green Bear athletes for nearly 30 years and earned 11 varsity letters as an Ottawa Hills student-athlete.

TAAC Hall of Fame adds 2 members with OH roots

A star athlete and former athletic director for Ottawa Hills were inducted into the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) Hall of Fame this month. The honors for Kimberly (Kos) Southall and Tim Erickson came during a dinner ceremony November 16. With their induction, Ottawa Hills now has 16 representatives in the TAAC Hall of Fame.

Agora 2018: Sharing lifetimes of memories Samantha Fischer zip lining

They hiked and surfed, toured mountain valleys and art museums. They wandered the Palace of Versailles and beaches of Normandy. They meandered on rivers in gondolas and whitewater rafts. The toured the Colosseum and went zip lining.  Such were the reflections of the more than 120 students who traveled abroad during Agora 2018.

Agora Week 2018: Local workshops inspired students Students catching each other outdoors

They pounded hammers and created art with paintbrushes. They learned to fix plumbing and write biographies of animals. They cut vegetables, stirred pots, and learned to climb mountains. Such were the experiences of students during Agora Week 2018. Appropriately, the activities matched the theme of the biennial event: "Habits of the Heart."

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Receives $500,000 Donation from the Kadens Family Pete ('96) and Amy ('99) Kadens

Ottawa Hills High School alumni Pete and Amy (Robbins) Kadens (’96, ’99) have announced their plans to donate $500,000 to the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation over the next five years. Their generosity to the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is the largest gift to date for the Foundation. The Kadens’ donation will have an immediate impact on Ottawa Hills students at every age by opening opportunities and providing new resources that otherwise would not be possible through the district’s normal operating budget.

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