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Junior/Senior High - No School: Oct. 8 PM, Oct 9 all day

For the Junior/Senior High only: as a reminder, school is dismissed for the day at 11:10 am on Thursday, October 8 and there is no school on Friday, October 9.

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We Are OH!

Following the fall sports assembly last Friday, the entire student body, along with the faculty and staff, gathered in the main gym to form a human “O.H.” and pose for a photograph. Many thanks to the Student Council and to advisor Jessica Temple for a fun assembly. Special thanks to Michael Leeds, Yarko Kuk, and  Teresa Leinweber for helping to stage the photograph.

Class of 1995 Celebrates 20th

Members of the class of 1995 celebrated their 20th reunion September 25 and 26. The group enjoyed a reception at the home of Ian Katz on Friday evening, followed by a nostalgic trip to the Ottawa Hills football game. On Saturday morning, graduates met in the high school library for bagels and coffee from Barry’s and a brief tour of the school. The afternoon provided a time to enjoy the annual Fall Festival. On Saturday evening, the class members gathered for a private group dinner at M'Osteria. Alumni came from as far as California, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Several of our former students have moved back to the Village and have students at the elementary school. Welcome back to our Class of 1995! 

Volley for the Cure

On Saturday, September 26, hundreds of people dressed in pink turned out or the annual Volley for the Cure held at Ottawa Hills High School. The OH Girls JV and Varsity volleyball teams wore special uniforms and played with a pink ball to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise money for research. The team raised hundreds of dollars through donations collected at the game, bake sales held during the week, and the “kissing booth” at the Fall Festival. We appreciate the work done by these student athletes to raise awareness about breast cancer for our school and community. Many thanks to Fostoria High School and their dedicated fans who made donations during the game on Saturday. Special thanks to Erica Scharer who organized the Volley for the Cure.

Olivia Cowley Advances to District Golf

This year Ottawa Hills had three girls play in the Sectional Golf Tournament as individuals at Fostoria Country Club: Olivia Cowley, Peyton Broce, and Caroline Dayton. It was an overcast day with the possibility of rain as the girls tried to drive and putt their way to District competition. Olivia Cowley shot a 90, which was good enough to advance her to Districts on Monday, October 5 at Sycamore Springs Golf Club. Peyton and Caroline missed the cut by one stroke. Congratulations to our golfers, and good luck to Olivia!

Green Bear Golfers Make it 7 in a Row

The Ottawa Hills golf team captured their seventh Toledo Area Athletic Conference championship in a row this week at Forest Creason Golf Club in Bowling Green. The team was lead by Michael Denner shooting a 69, Brett Hoffman 77, Justin Judis 77, Nick Durfee 81, James Silk 90, and James Steven 107. Michael Denner's efforts were rewarded by being named TAAC Golfer of the Year. Brett Hoffman, Justin Judis, and Nick Durfee were all named to the First Team All TAAC team. James Silk was All Honorable Mention TAAC.

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Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange Are the Themes for National History Day 2016

English teacher Lauren Hurst and history teacher Jessica Temple took the freshman class to the downtown library on Monday, September 21 to do guided research for their National History Day research projects. Librarians provided an overview of the library’s collections and reviewed effective research strategies. Students were able to find books on topics that included Title IX, The Beatles, Florence Nightingale, Armenian Genocide, and the “Scramble for Africa.” 

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OH News Provides the Scoop

Broadcast Journalism teacher Kate Hunyor and the OH News Team bring the live news to faculty, staff, and students each day. Senior Lillie Boice is this year’s producer. Ben Werner, Michael Helgren, and Peter Boice continue the tradition of covering Green Bear sports through "The Inside Edge." Patrick Arnold presents a news segment that covers current events. The news staff also includes Kelsi Berry, Annaliese Erickson, Josie Iorio, Evie Scharer, Samantha Webne, and Weston Hecklinger.

Enjoying the Fall Harvest

Students in Julie Visser’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes have been making the best of the fall harvest using as many locally grown ingredients as possible. Students have sampled a variety of apples from Johnston’s Fruit Farm in Swanton, including Paula Reds, Ginger Gold, Zestar, Macintosh, Cortland, and Brambles. They have made a variety of things including apple roses, apple muffins, carrot cake muffins, cookies, kale chips and hummus.

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Information Regarding Issue 10

On November 3, voters will be asked to approve a combination bond issue/permanent improvement issue for complete renovations and additions to the district’s school buildings. Included here are sources of information regarding Issue 10 and the Master Facilities Plan that would be funded with passage of Issue 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet Regarding the Master Facilities Plan

Public Presentation, July, 2015


Conversation and Coffee With the Board October 10; Building Tours to Follow

The members of the Board of Education invite all Village residents to stop by the Community Room any time from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10 for coffee, donuts, and informal conversation about any school-related issues, including the upcoming bond/permanent improvement issue for renovations and additions to the building. There is no formal presentation. This is an opportunity for Village residents to connect with Board members in a casual atmosphere.

At 9:30 a.m., tours of the district buildings will be provided, led by Director of Operations, Dean Lennard. Anyone wishing to tour the buildings should be at the Community Room by 9:30 a.m. on the 10th.


Brent Wang Named National Merit Semifinalist; OH Has Six Commended Scholars

Senior Brent Wang has been named a 2016 National Merit semifinalist.  Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

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"Chew on This" is October 21; "Not My Kid" Begins October 28

The next guest speaker for OH21's "Chew on This" series is Jason Levine PhD from UTMC. The topic is "Applying Behavior Principles in the Family." All parents and community residents are invited to attend "Chew on This" on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Bravo. Please RSVP to Jodi Aiken at jaiken18@bex.net or Robin Isenberg at mice2mom@bex.net.

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Annual Rummage Sale is November 7; Volunteers and Donations Needed

Every year the International Student Exchange Association (formerly AFS) hosts a Community Wide Rummage Sale to raise money to support our activities such as Diversity Weekend. This year's sale will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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National Museum of the Great Lakes to Honor of E. McSorley of Ottawa Hills, Captian of the Edmund Fitzgerald

On Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium, Chris Gilcrest, executive director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, will give a presentation titled “In Honor of Capt. Ernest M. McSorley of Ottawa Hills, OH, the National Museum of the Great Lakes Presents: The Toledo Express: The Life of the Edmund Fitzgerald, 1957-1975."

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Class of 1965 Celebrates 50th Reunion

Many members of the class of 1965 are scattered all over the country, but they returned for a fun-filled weekend in Ottawa Hills. In addition to dinner at village residents Ed and Sally Lee’s house and a round of golf at Inverness, graduates met on Saturday for a panel discussion and tour at the high school. Students Patrick Arnold, Karina Jindal, and Sophie Summers shared their insights about what it’s like to attend OHHS. In addition, OH alumni listened to teacher Darrin Broadway, Village Manager Marc Thompson, and Principal Ben McMurray share insights about the school and community. Many thanks to our panelists, reunion organizer John Higgins, and the rest of the class of 1965.  It was an absolute delight to welcome the class back to Ottawa Hills!

StartClass finds Ottawa Hills #1 in Ohio; 2nd Highest "Smart Rating" in the Nation

StartClass.com is "an education research site that provides students, parents,  and educators with everything they need to confidently research education options." According to the website, "Whether you're a student researching colleges, a parent researching public school districts, or a professional researching medical schools, we have the information you need to take your future into your own hands."

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Newsweek Ranks Ottawa Hills High School #1 in Ohio; #45 in the Nation

Newsweek has released its latest listing of the top 500 high schools in the nation. The rankings place Ottawa Hills High School as the #1 high school in Ohio and the #45 high school in America.

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