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French Students Explore Degas and the Dance at the TMA

Students from Noreen Hanlon’s upper level French classes were fortunate to visit the Toledo Museum of Art and tour the Degas and the Dance exhibit with curator Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton Senior Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900.

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Making a Difference for Toys for Tots

On Friday, Junior High students collected over 100 toys for the annual drive for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Toys for Tots has been in existence since 1947 and over its life span, the organization has distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children. Many thanks to junior high teacher Bill Miller, paraprofessional Kelly Sporleder, and to the all of the students and their families who donated toys for this great cause!

An Eye on Nature: O'Loughlin Receives Honorable Mention

Eighth grader Conor O’Loughlin received an Honorable Mention Award for the Lake Erie Center Photography Contest (The Nature of Our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay). Students in Paul Genzman’s science classes are required to design a quarterly “Citizen Science” project which involves educating people on an issue, taking part in someone else’s research, or conducting their own research to contribute to a greater cause. Conor O’Loughlin chose to educate the public through the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center Nature Photo Contest. This is the sixth annual contest that asked photography enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to capture snapshots of their favorite nature topic within NW Ohio, including wildlife, plants, landscapes, or people interacting with nature. Connor attended a special reception at the Lake Erie Center last Thursday and received a certificate and a cash prize of $50. In addition, his photo will be on display there as a reminder of the natural beauty and uniqueness of our area. Congratulations, Connor!

Scavenger Hunt Helps Kids Learn About Healthy Living

Scavenger Hunt Helps Kids Learn About Healthy Living On Friday, November 8, 2013 Youth-to-Youth held the annual scavenger hunt in which over 75 junior high students formed teams to solve picture clues around the Village. During the evening, students learned about the elements of a healthy lifestyle. Youth-to-Youth is a national organization that is open to all seventh and eighth grade students who have committed to an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free lifestyle.

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Gloria Steinem Speaks at Stranahan for Authors! Authors!

Toledo native and political activist Gloria Steinem visited Toledo last week as part of the Authors! Authors! series sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Toledo Blade. Several Ottawa Hills students and teachers were present to hear Steinem speak about her new book My Life on the Road and address issues of equality, health care, education, and domestic violence. Steinem gave a shout out to juniors Maya Tuff and Spencer Colton for establishing the Gay Straight Alliance. Junior English teacher James Kinkaid was the guest of TLCPL Board member and village resident Erica Silk and was fortunate to meet Ms. Steinem and get a book signed for his daughter Eden. To learn more about the Authors! Authors! series click here.

Timothy Erickson, CAA Receives NIAAA State Award of Merit

Timothy Erickson, CAA, Athletic Director at Ottawa Hills Local Schools, was presented with the 2015 State Award of Merit by the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) during the state conference for athletic administrators at the Hilton Easton, in Columbus, Ohio on November 15, 2015. This award is provided annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.

STEM takes flight

During the week of November 16, students in Patty Dowd’s STEM classes designed and created wooden gliders to test out their understanding of the physics behind aeronautics. The building and launching of the gliders was the finale in a project the students had been working on for the past few weeks. The students used Whitebox Learning, a glider simulator software program, to design their gliders and to see how their airplanes work and what parts of a plane (or glider) affected what parts of their flight. The students were able to print their actual designs on paper and transfer the patterns onto balsa wood, cut them out, and assemble the planes. According to STEM teacher Patty Dowd, “I think the students had a good time playing with the gliders. The hope was that the students would learn about how the size, weight, and shape of various parts of the glider would affect the performance. Unfortunately, many of the students' real gliders weren't nearly as successful as their simulated glider, so they also learned about errors with building the gliders and how the wind affects their flight.”

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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