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Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation to Host Alumni Reception in Chicago

While we celebrate our 2016 Homecoming here in Ottawa Hills on Friday, October 7, a group of O.H. alumni will be gathering in Chicago for a special event of their own. And you are invited to join them.
The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is delighted to host its second alumni reunion with a gathering in Chicago. The event is being held in conjunction with our homecoming and is being tabbed “Homecoming Without Coming Home.
Ottawa Hills alumni are invited to come together on Friday, October 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the beautiful and historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. The evening will feature special guests, former teacher and coach Norm Niedermeier and English teacher and Creative Arts Director Darrin Broadway.

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Activities Calendar Available

You can download and print a school-year calendar by clicking here. The calendar lists important school events throughout the year and also provides A, B, C, D days for the junior/senior high school. If you would like to access the calendar by month, click on the Calendar tab on the home page menu bar.

Members of the Class of 1981

Ottawa Hills alumna Carol Schendel Shelby organized a small reunion for members of the class of 1981. The alumni were given complimentary tickets to the football game from athletic director Tim Erickson and Director of Alumni Relations Erica Silk. They posed for a picture during the first quarter of the Evergreen game when the Green Bears were up 20-0.  After the game they headed over to Fusion to catch up and continue the fun. Pictured from left to right are Katy Kincade, Carol Schendel Shelby, Julie Fruchtman, Tiscia Eicher, Linda Stewart Dionyssiou, Monique Navarre, and Betsy Brown Rumpf.

J.H. Boys Finish 2nd out of 38 Teams at Tiffin Carnival CC Meet

Despite the rain and less than ideal race conditions, the junior high boys cross country team placed second out of 38 teams in the Division III competition at the Tiffin Carnival cross country meet. More than 7,000 runners from all over the state of Ohio participated in the 48th annual meet. Eighth grader Jack Silk had an impressive time of 12:24.2 to place 9th and seventh grader Gabriel Robinson was just behind him with a time of 12:25.1 and a 12th place finish out of 256 runners. Eli VanSlooten finished 53rd and Caden Coy finished 59th to help the Ottawa Hills cause. Seneca East took the top spot in the jr. high race. Andrew Krupp led the way for the high school boys with a 36th place finish out of 304 runners. The varsity team placed 17th out of 44 teams. The teams are back in action tomorrow at the Lakota Invitational.

Junior High Students Unplug for an Evening of Fun

The junior high students’ and faculty’s school spirit proved as hot as Friday’s warm temperatures at the first “Unplugged” event of the year held in the multi-purpose room just before the Evergreen football game. 

“Unplugged,” an OHSPA sponsored event, gave 42 seventh and eighth graders an opportunity to enjoy the fun of old-fashioned board games, free pizza, and a chance to win prizes while socializing in a totally technology-free environment. Special thanks to Darcy Browne, Sean Mercer, Kathy Benecke, Kristie Stevens, Jackie Patterson, counseling intern Annie Kules, and parents Suzette and David Kanarowski for helping host the first of several “Unplugged” nights planned for this year. 

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Terrific Transition for 7th Graders

Seventh grade students are off to a great start and are settling into their new roles as junior high students.  They are learning the nuances of the rotating schedule, honing their organizational skills, and balancing the demands of eight new courses. Guidance counselor Darcy Browne has visited classrooms on numerous occasions to remind students about important student supports like Study Club, Math Lab, Advisories, and peer tutoring. Pictured above are some of the members of the seventh grade volleyball team.

Digital Photography I Students Experiment with the Rule of Thirds and Perspective

Almost all students these days have easy access to a camera. They often take dozens of pictures each day and post them to a number of social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook. However, the goal of the Digital Photography Class is designed to help students understand the principles behind exceptional photographs and works of art. Two of the most fundamental lessons of visual composition are what are known in the art world as “perspective” and “the rule of thirds.”  Art teacher Kristin Johnson was impressed with the students’ first attempt at applying these concepts. Student photographs are on display in the transition hallway on the way to the junior high wing. Photos shown were created by (clockwise from upper left) Paul Durlacher, Taylor McCaleb, Caroline Tunis, and Maleeka Bokhari.

OHHS Marching Band Represents at Elmwood

Last Saturday, the OHHS Marching Band participated in the fifth annual Elmwood Band Spectacular, featuring ten area high school bands and one collegiate band (Adrian College). Each band presented a show and played a combined Star Spangled Banner and a rendition of Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA in honor of the anniversary of 9/11. The new senior-choreographed dance moves were a huge hit with the audience and other bands at the festival. Michael Leeds and the marching band received a plaque and a $200 check for participating. Congratulations to our marching Green Bears! Look for the marching band tonight at the Pigskin BBQ and football game against Danbury.

OHHS 2016-17 Students Council Creates a Culture of Belonging

Thanks to advisor Jessica Temple as well as members of Student Council for providing assistance with orientation programs for new and seventh grade students.  Student Council has been busy planning an exciting schedule of activities for the 2016-17 school year to foster Green Bear spirit and a positive school climate.  They hope to provide meaningful activities for students and encourage them to get involved in the greater community. Student Council officers include Patrick Arnold, President; Kendall Kropp, Vice President; Nathan Card, Treasurer; Will Koury, Secretary; and Rahul Bais, Sergeant-at-Arms.  According to President Patrick Arnold, “This summer we have really worked to change the culture and organizational structure within student council, and have attempted to move back towards our roots in the constitution written a couple years ago.  We have emphasized improving the school spirit and climate to a more student friendly and welcoming atmosphere, as well as trying to improve genuine student excitement about their school, and seeing it not just as an institution of learning but also a home and a place where everyone feels they belong.”

OH21 Prevention Activities

As part of our district’s drug and alcohol prevention plan, Debbie Dolgin, Prevention Specialist, has teamed up with teachers from the junior/senior high school to deliver lessons designed to help studentsmake good decisions, lead healthy lifestyles, and know where to seek assistance if necessary.  Junior high students in the picture used playing with shaving cream as a metaphor for what happens when a person experiments with drugs and alcohol. Mrs. Dolgin also conducted a presentation for parents during Open House on September 7.  For more information about OH21, please email Debbie Dolgin at ddolgin@ohschools.org.

Community Enjoys "Run Safer" Presentation

On Friday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m. members of the cross country teams from Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, St. Ursula and dozens of others attended a presentation by distance runner and former Olympian Todd Williams.  In addition to sharing his training and goal-setting trajectory to the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, he shared advice on safe running and self-defense. Many thanks to Village resident and OHLS Board member Troy Greeley, Dave’s Performance Footgear, and Asics for sponsoring the event. Learn more about effective techniques and safety tips by visiting Todd William's website by clicking here.

One Voice Carries Big Message

Donna Wipfli’s choir classes have been diligently rehearsing for the Fall Collage concert in October. Classes began with an introduction to the piece “I Am But A Small Voice” composed by Roger Whittaker and Odina Batnag. The song offers the opportunity for the students to learn some important mechanics and techniques, but more importantly, brings purpose and meaning to sharing music. The lyrics carry a powerful message, “Come young citizens of the world, we are one, we are one. We have one hope. We have one dream. And with one voice we sing. Peace.” We look forward to hearing the final version along with many other musical selections from the band and choir at the Fall Collage concert on October 23.

Girls Tennis Takes Port Clinton Doubles Tournament

The Ottawa Hills girls tennis team dominated the Port Clinton doubles tournament and brought home the championship trophy last Saturday.  Earlier in the week the girls had an equally impressive match when they beat Southview High School 4-1.  Congratulations to the entire team and to coaches Jeff Harst and Matt Gargas.

Celebrating Student Success on Twitter





Get the most current school news by following superintendent Dr. Miller @drksmiller, principal Ben McMurray @OHHSprincipal, assistant principal Jackie Patterson @OHHSAPrincipal, athletic director Tim Erickson @GreenBearSports , Band Director Michael Leeds and the instrumental music program @GreenBearBand, STEM Teacher Patty Dowd @OH_STEM, Ottawa Hills Theater and Creative Director Darrin Broadway @darrinOHTheater, and the best of school spirit at @OHSpiritNews.

Get a Fall Sports Schedule Here!

Would you like a one-stop resource that displays all fall sports schedules? Click here to access the 2016 schedule for all junior high and high school Green Bear teams. Many thanks to Becky Hauck for creating this document.

Girl Leadership Summit: #Be the Force is October 16

Girls ages 11 to 17, parents, and mentors from Ottawa Hills and the greater Toledo area are invited to "a powerful day of personal unplugged stories told, confidence and strength gained, and inspiration discovered at an event called #BeTheForce, A #TotalPackgeGirl Experience." The event has been organized by Village resident Kristi Hoffman, CEO and Founder of Total Package Global, along with media sponsors WTOL-TV and The Blade. 

#BeTheForce will be held Sunday, October 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

The goal of the event is to exemplify in “real life” what it means to lead with confidence, to face fear and adversity, to be strong, to #BeTheForce in our world. Everyone has a story and the line-up to tell those stories includes:  Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, President of BGSU; Dr. Sharon Gaber, President of UT; Maya Ramirez, Winner, Project Runway Junior; Jamaia McKinley, award-winning singer; Allie Clifton, Fox News reporter/Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter; Karen Marquardt, Assistant Chief, Toledo Fire and Rescue;  Alexa Smith - STEM Bioengineering undergraduate student at UT;  Bill Geha, counselor and founder of the PEACE project; Emma Carpenter, a brain cancer survivor; and many more amazing individuals. 

For more information and to register for this event, visit http://totalpackagegirl.com/Leadership2016/.

OH Special Education Program Receives Thumbs Up from Ohio Dept. of Education

The Ottawa Hills Special Education Program once again “Meets Requirements” for the district's performance on the Ohio Department of Education’s nine compliance measures for district special education programs. Annually, ODE compiles and analyzes data in a variety of areas. Districts are rated as “meets requirements” or in “noncompliance” in each area. The nine compliance measures are the following: 1) Disproportionality in discipline rates; 2) Disproportionality in special education; 3) Disproportionality in specific disability categories; 4) Initial evaluation timelines; 5) Early childhood transition; 6) Secondary transition planning; 7) Timely correction of noncompliance; 8) Submission of valid and reliable data; and 9) IDEA audit findings. We are pleased to make this announcement and congratulate the hard work of the special education students and staff.

Shown above are elementary intervention specialists Megan McKean and Carole Sendi and jr./sr. high school intervention specialists Sharon Abendroth, Kathy Benecke, and Jasa George. Questions regarding the compliance report can be directed to Director of Student Services Tracy Hertz at thertz@ohschools.org.

District Ushers in New Era with Director of Development and Alumni Relations

We welcome district resident and OH alumnus (’89) Erica Silk as the district’s first Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Erica will assume her new duties September 6. As the Director of Development, Erica will be responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fund development strategy, including the following core initiatives: Annual Fund, Major/Capital Gifts, Donor Stewardship, Planned Gifts and Alumni Relations. She will serve as Executive Director of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation. Erica is pictured here with Foundation President George Lathrop.

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Consider Designating Your United Way Contribution to OH21

Consider supporting OH21 by designating all or part of your United Way pledge to this important school support organization. The tremendous United Way support that is generated from Village residents allows the members of OH21 to focus on providing drug and alcohol prevention programming without having to divert precious time and energy on fundraising events.

You may contribute to United Way individually or through your employer. If you are filling out a paper pledge card, there is an option near the bottom to “designate” a portion or all of your pledge to an agency. Simply write in “OH21”.

If you are donating online through your workplace, there should be an option to designate your pledge. If you have any problems, please call United Way Donor Services at 419-254-4667 or email them at donor.services@unitedwaytoledo.org. Thank you for your support of OH21 and drug and alcohol prevention programming at Ottawa Hills Schools.