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Golfers Hoffman, Durfee, and Dayton Make Second Team All-State

The golf program at Ottawa Hills made history, sending both boys and girls teams to the State Championships on October 14 and 15!

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Donna Wipfli is BCSN's November Teacher of the Month!



Dr. Miller Receives Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence

Kevin MillerThe Ottawa Hills Board of Education is proud to recognize and congratulate Dr. Kevin Miller as a recipient of Defiance College’s Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence. Using his experience and his knowledge, Dr. Miller works tirelessly to make a positive difference in education - both locally and state-wide. Our community is very fortunate to have his leadership in making Ottawa Hills Local Schools one of the best districts in the nation. Click here to view the official press release.

Brett Hoffman is The Blade Spotlight Athlete

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Speaker Shares Struggles with Addiction

Debbie Dolgin, OH21 prevention coordinator, and health teacher Kelsi Krill invited Ben Barrett to share his story of struggle and recovery as a drug addict to sophomores in health class. Barrett graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 2010 and received a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University, but lost the scholarship due to problems associated with his addiction. Barrett is now 24 years old and happy to be both clean and sober. He works for Renewed Mind as a counselor. He is active in the community and enjoys coaching youth basketball teams.

October Students of the Month

Congratulations to Students of the Month Andrew Helgren (8), Catherine Byrne (9), and Taylor Thees (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in the next issue of Village Life & Home.  Every month three students are chosen by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school.  Congratulations to Taylor, Catherine, and Andrew!

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016

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Village Life Parade

Village Life ParadeThe eighth annual Village Life Parade was a huge success thanks to organizers Julie Kowalczyk, Erica Silk, Jane Mintun, Shelly Jamieson, and Becky Hauck. Dozens of school and community organizations, along with the Homecoming Court and class floats, were led by the Ottawa Hills Police Department and the OHHS marching band through the leaf covered streets of the Village. Hundreds of smiling children stood on the curbs hoping to catch a piece of candy thrown from one of the parade participants. Friends and neighbors gathered and socialized on the front lawns as the parade passed through the Village.  Many thanks to everyone who made this one of best community events of the year!

Mrs. Keckler is Toledo Blade and ESC of Lake Erie West Teacher of the Month

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Girls Tennis Team Competes in Tourney

The Ottawa Hills girls tennis program once again had participants in the district tournament under the leadership of head coach Jeff Harst.

At sectionals, the doubles team of junior Lauren Stevens and senior Morgan Billstein, along with freshman Libbey Rhegness in singles earned the right to advance to district play. The doubles team took fourth place at sectionals, while Libbey was sectional runner-up in singles. The sectional tournament was held at Defiance College.

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Junior High Football Thumps Montpelier, Hilltop

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Quiz Bowl Kicks Off the Year at MSU

The Ottawa Hills Green Bear Team of Steven Randall, Will Koury, Daniel Liu, Urvish Patel, Santiago Garcia-Mata, and Sam Assi got the season started with an impressive performance in the competitive Michigan State University Kickoff tournament. The Green Bears finished among only three teams with a perfect 5-0 record in the preliminary rounds. After going 2-3 in the playoffs, the Green Bears found themselves in a sudden-death playoff for third place. They lost a close match, nearly avenging an earlier loss, but it was an excellent performance to start the season nonetheless.

Juniors Steven Randall (44 tossups answered with 12 for power) and Will Koury (29 tossups with 14 for power) were among the top individual performers in the tournament. Full results can be found here. Congratulations to Coach Torio and the team. Special thanks to Mr. Nusbaum for chaperoning the trip to East Lansing. 

We wish the team all the best this season.

Choraliers Excited for a New Season

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Students Encouraged to "Check It Out"

Hindea Markowicz (left), Village resident and “Check It Out” Program Coordinator who received the Hadassah National Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Education, visited OHHS junior and senior girls recently. Accompanying her were breast cancer survivor Lori Miller (center) and Lynn Langel (right), obstetrics nurse at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

The purpose of their visit was to provide girls with comprehensive and practical knowledge concerning breast cancer prevention. The speakers encouraged students to speak openly with family members about the need for routine check-ups and the importance of sharing family medical history in the hopes of prevention and early detection. Many thanks to our guest speakers and to assistant principal Jackie Patterson for making this event possible.

OHHS Seniors Share Experiences at Leadership Breakfast

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Ottawa Hills' Local Report Card is Tops in the State

Last year, 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.
We’ve done it again.
With the Ohio Department of Education’s issuing of the Local Report Card for the 2015-2016 school year, Ottawa Hills sits alone as the only school district in the state to earn A’s in all categories on the district report card.

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Cleveland.com Ranks Ottawa Hills #1

Cleveland.com: "did for schools what schools often do for students--calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA)."

They calculated GPAs for all schools in the state by using the "component" grades the Ohio Department of Education reported for each of six areas deemed of special interest by the state.

Rich Exner of Cleveland.com 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."

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Six OHHS Seniors Earn National Merit Recognition

Four OHHS seniors were named commended students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program while two seniors gained National Merit Semifinalist recognition. Priya Jindal, Nathan Card, Cameron Roller, and Sean Kazmi were named Commended Students. Tony Zhou and Spencer Colton have been named National Merit Semifinalists. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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