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OH Global Orientation

New Junior/Senior High students, incoming 7th graders AND at least one of their parents/guardians are required to attend the OH Global Laptop Orientation on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.

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Back to School 2014-15

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We hope everyone has been enjoying a relaxing summer vacation. We have been busy working to ensure a successful start to the new school year. All students in the district will be receiving back-to-school information during the first week of August.

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OHHS Band Camp

Click HERE for detailed information about the OHHS Band Camp.

Sunday, August 10 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Kick-off high school student and parent meeting, auditorium

Band Camp Days:
August 11-15: Drumline only
August 18-22, 25-26: Full Band
Cedar Point Trip - date TBD

The band uniform t-shirt order form is available HERE.

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Back to School 5K Walk/Run

The Annual Ottawa Hills “Back to School” 5K Walk/Run will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Ottawa Hills High School (Football Stadium), 2532 Evergreen Road, Ottawa Hills, OH 43606.

The Annual Ottawa Hills “Back to School” 5K Walk/Run will start at 9:00 a.m. at the High School Football Stadium.  Packet pick-up opens at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event; however this year participants are encouraged to pick up their packets early on Friday, August 22 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m at the football stadium.

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Special Event and Major Pledge Kick Off the Ottawa Hills School Foundation

The seed for the formation of a school foundation was planted four years ago. Like all school districts across Ohio and the country, the economic downturn had impacted the bottom line for our school district. In response, the Board of Education and district personnel worked together to identify over $1 million in budget cuts and cost savings. However, we knew that cost-cutting alone would not be enough.

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Waiver Days Set for 2014-2015

The school district will take advantage of three waiver days to provide professional development for faculty and staff in the 2014-2015 school year. Please mark your calendars for the following dates which have been approved by the Board of Education:

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Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity “Rocks the Block” in Toledo Neighborhood with Ottawa Hills Class of 2014


  • Who: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Bank of America and Ottawa Hills High School Seniors
  • What: Maumee Valley Habitat “Rock the Block” event
  • Interview and photo opportunities: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity staff along with volunteers and student representatives from 9-10AM.
  • When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Where:  5917 Midwest Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43613
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Will Rand Heads to Carnegie Hall

On May 27, friends and family gathered for a concert at Epworth United Methodist Church to support Will Rand and the Ottawa Hills Music Program.  Performers included Will Rand on French horn and piano as well as instrumental and vocal performances by several junior and senior high school band and choir students. At the request of Will, Mr. Leeds borrowed a bassoon and played a sonata for bassoon by Telemann.

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Treasured Trips to the Toledo Museum of Art

At the end of the school year, English and history teacher Kristie Stevens took her seventh grade students to the Toledo Museum of Art to study the art, culture, and history of the Renaissance.  English teacher Karen Schoenberger also took her senior classes to museum.  Students were given a guided tour and asked to do a piece of ekphrastic writing: creative responses to art.

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The Choral Program presents: Walt Disney!

Led by vocal music teacher Donna Wipfli, the junior high school choir, junior chorale, high school choir, and the Choraliers brought the wonderful world of Disney to life during the last concert of the year May 28. The audience especially enjoyed listening to the combined choirs sing “Circle of Life” from the Lion King andYou’ve Got a Friend in Me”.

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Students Collect PB and J for Food for Thought

Junior High Students collected over 742 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food for Thought, a local organization that specializes in feeding Toledo’s hungry and homeless population.  Junior high advisory period turned the peanut butter  and jelly collection into a contest.   "I am so impressed by the amazing donations brought in by our students. I didn't really know what to expect when we started this drive; perhaps a few dozen jars of donations.

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Seventh Graders Enjoy a Trip to Outer Space

Seventh grade students had an amazing time on their field trip to Ritter Planetarium at the University of Toledo.   Students enjoyed a presentation by former Ottawa Hills student teacher Steve Soloman that included: a look at the spring time constellations as seen now in Toledo, a program about the carbon cycle and climate change, and a high-resolution visualization of the creation of Black Holes.  

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Outstanding Job OH News and Arrowhead

Many thanks to Kate Hunyor, Karen Schoenberger, and the staffs of OH News and the Arrowhead for spotlighting important school events and news throughout the school year.  Congratulations to you and your staff on another successful year!

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Mesasa and Makwa

Congratulations to the Mesasa and Makwa staffs for creating spectacular yearbooks.  Many thanks to advisors Lauren Hurst and Brandon Aigner for guiding the students through an arduous year-long process.  The theme, layout, and photographs archive and celebrate an amazing year.

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May Day 2014 Activities

On Friday, May 31, students dressed in their Battle of the Classes colors and enjoyed a half-day filled with fun activities and competition.  Thanks to members of Student Council for all of their hard work.  Also, thanks to faculty advisors Steve Bobak, Kristie Stevens, and Dan Feurestein for making it a fun and safe day for the students.

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Leeds Takes the Band Program to a New Level

Led by band director Michael Leeds, Ottawa Hills students ranging from 5th to 12th grades performed their final concert of the year to a packed auditorium on May 29. The Fifth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band filled the auditorium with a beautiful collection of music.  Six years ago there were 33 students in the band program.  This year the enrollment will exceed 133. 

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Students in Julie Visser’s Family and Consumer Science decided they weren’t going to let an end of the year heat wave get the best of them so they decided to make homemade ice cream. With a simple recipe and little hard work, they made a tasty treat to cool them down.  If you’re interested in getting the recipe, email Julie Visser at Jvisser@OttawaHillsSchools.org.

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Eighth Graders Enjoy Whirlwind Tour of Washington DC

From May 20-23, eighth grade students visited the center of our democracy, saw monuments that commemorate our history, and heard the echoes of voices that define what it means to be American.  They had an ambitious agenda that began with a stop at Gettysburg National Battlefield, and included the Capitol Building, National Building Museum, the Spy Museum, Union Station, the American History Museum, Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum, the FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the MLK Jr. Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Einstein Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial to 9/11, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, the National Cathedral, and the National Archives.

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Eighth Graders Celebrate a Rite of Passage

On Friday, May 30, eighth graders participated in a special rite of passage where they were acknowledged for their academic success and extracurricular involvement.  Maddie McCabe, Will Koury, and Abby Hauck delivered beautiful speeches that were full of great advice for their fellow classmates.  Many thanks to vocal music teacher Donna Wipfli and the Junior Chorale for singing the National Anthem. 

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Challenge Crew Members Address Peer Pressur

Members of the Challenge Crew spoke to 5th graders about the negative effects of peer pressure during Ottawa Hills Prevention Advisory Council’s annual YES Program.  The panelists suggested various strategies for avoiding uncomfortable situations and answered questions from the younger students.

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Career Explorations

Students from John Lindsay’s Career Explorations classes decided to conduct class on the front lawn of the school when they invited parent Brad Lay to be the guest speaker.  Mr. Lay parked his gold and black 1973 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro in front of the old main entrance so students could get under the hood and get a closer look of the major components. 

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Audiences Enjoy the OHHS Performance of Art

The Ottawa Hills Theater Department delighted audiences with a funny and thought-provoking performance of Yasmina Reza’s Tony award winning play Art over Memorial Day weekend.  For seniors Jimmy Brunner, Alex Frye, and John Sun, this was their last performance on stage Ottawa Hills. 

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Ottawa Hills Rated by Forbes as 5th Best in the Midwest

Forbes recently conducted a national survey to find the "Best Schools For Your Housing Buck," and they found that the best high-performing public school districts with affordable housing are in Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a matter-of-fact, seven of the top ten rated school districts in the Midwest are Ohio schools, with Ottawa Hills Local Schools being ranked as the fifth best high performing school in the Midwest in relation to housing cost. The Forbes article can be found here.

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