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Mr. Torio is Blade Teacher of the Month

Math teacher Tony Torio has been named the June Teacher of the Month by the Toledo Blade. 

The nomination for Mr. Torio notes, "Tony Torio is a passionate, affable, highly effective, student-centered teacher who encourages students to think critically and approach problem-solving from a variety of ways. Students love his energy and enthusiasm. Parents appreciate his genuine concern for our students’ well-being. His colleagues respect him for his dedication, insight and professionalism. Mr. Torio has taken the Ottawa Hills High School Quiz Bowl Team to national competition six times. He and his colleagues have earned the Governor’s Award for STEM education six years in a row. He frequently works with students on the chess team and helped students start a barbershop quartet.  He created the AP Statistics course, a very popular elective among students.

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"Senior Walk" Will Become a Tradition

What started as a video seen on Facebook by a variety of Ottawa Hills parents turned into a wonderful memory for our graduating seniors and Ottawa Hills Elementary students on Thursday morning.

The members of the Class of 2016 donned their graduation attire while theelementary students lined the hallways of the school with their "congratulations" signs in tow. To the tune "Verge" by Owl City, the seniors entered the Indian Road door and made their way through the fifth grade hallway and on through the primary grades hallway as enthusiastic OHES students cheered and high-fived the soon-to-be graduates. There were more than a few tears shed as the elementary teachers delighted in seeing the students they had once worked with all grown up, preparing to begin new chapters in their lives. 

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Picture Honors Ottawa Hills' First Principal

Recently, Ottawa Hills Schools received a gift from Mr. Bob Rogers of St. Joseph, Michigan. The Rogers family is originally from Toledo. The gift is a framed picture of Mr. Rogers’ great aunt, Lucile Rogers Harr. Mrs. Rogers Harr’s brother was Robert S. Rogers. He helped to develop Toledo Rogers High School. Bob Rogers notes that six years ago, the Rogers family donated a large, antique memorial bell, that had been dedicated to his grandfather, to Rogers High School. They roll it out at home football games and ring it when they score. 

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Commencement Held for 76th Graduating Class

On Thursday evening, friends, relatives, faculty, and staff gathered in the high school gymnasium to honor the Class of 2016 as 77 graduates received their diplomas. The Class of 2016 is the 76th class to graduate from Ottawa Hills Schools.

Honored speakers for the ceremony were Donovan DeMilt, Jillian Frye, and Aidan McMurray. Students were recognized throughout the ceremony for receiving various honors, such as honors diplomas and the President's Award for Educational Excellence. Those who had received awards at the annual Honors Assembly were also recognized. Several graduates also received awards that are presented as part of the commencement ceremony. Principal Ben McMurray shared that 95% of the Class of 2016 was offered 158 scholarships from 166 universities and other sources valued at $8.7 million.

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