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Ottawa Hills earns all A’s on Report Card for fifth-straight year Report card image

The Ohio Department of Education today awarded Ottawa Hills Local Schools all A’s on the state School Report Card. The grades are for the 2018-2019 school year; the district now has earned all A’s for five consecutive years.

Green Team recycling effort gaining steam   Green Team collections

The Green Team is ready to send its first Crayola ColorCycle shipment! Team members weighed the items collected so far this year and have 13 pounds of markers and an additional 7 pounds of glue sticks, crayons, pens and pencils: 20 pounds saved from the landfill in one month!

OH police Fill-A-Cruiser program returns   Toys for tot cruiser image

The annual Fill-a-Cruiser toy drive organized by the Ottawa Hills Police Department is under way. Please consider dropping off new and unwrapped toys at the Village municipal building at 2125 Richards Rd.

Lisa Brown wins school board race

Village of Ottawa Hills' voters elected Lisa Brown Tuesday to a four-year term on the Ottawa Hills Board of Education.

Elementary School begins canned food drive Food Drive logo

The Elementary School Student Council's annual food drive is under way and lasts through Nov. 22.

Newsweek names Ottawa Hills High School a top STEM school Newsweek logo

Newsweek today named Ottawa Hills High School as the second-best high school in Ohio for STEM and No. 61 nationally among all high schools.

Join Dr. Fineske in Twitter pic contest Twitter profile pic from Dr. Fineske

Everyone is supposedly famous for 30 seconds. But how about seven days? Now you can be by being in the profile picture on Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske's Twitter account.

Correspondents provide Camp Storer coverage Camp correspondents

Usually, Sahil Parikh, Ian Jones, and Anushka Agarwal (pictured above left to right) write "The Sixth Grade Times," also known as the Sixth Grade Newspaper. But this time, they were invited to write an article about last month's annual Camp Storer trip for OH Connections.

Start spreading the news: Choraliers seek help getting to the Big Apple in March 2020 Exterior shot of Carnegie Hall

The Choraliers have an invitation to return to Carnegie Hall this spring - but first need help raising money for the trip. The 41-member group hopes to perform March 8 at the historic music venue in New York.

Boys play Saturday for regional soccer crown Boys in action against Kalida

The boys' soccer team won its regional semifinal match Wednesday 3-0 against the Kalida Wildcats, earning a chance to play Saturday in the regional finals. Come out and root our athletes on to victory! (Watch highlights via BCSN)

OHSPA-funded calm-down kits helping ES students Contents of Calm-Down Kits

Elementary School classrooms have new options this year to help students calm themselves. The mindfulness tools and calm-down kits inside many of the classrooms were purchased with money provided by the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) through its annual wishlist funding program.

Multimedia Creations class visits exhibits at the Toledo Museum of Art  Students visit TMA

High school teacher Gerry Davis took students in his Multimedia Creations classes to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) last week to view exhibits and see how artists apply the concepts they have been studying.

Reminders about the Oct. 31 ES Halloween Parade Halloween graphic

Activities take place Thursday, Oct. 31. All students leave the building from 11:05 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. If parents/guardians are unable to be home with a child, please make arrangements for them during the lunch break. There is no Y Care during the lunch hour that day.

State mentor program helps new OH teachers succeed Ashley and Noreen

Three teachers new to Ottawa Hills this year are learning how to be better educators from more experienced colleagues. For new K-12 teachers like Ashley Gorsuch, learning from a 26-year veteran like Noreen Hanlon has been very beneficial. Even though Mrs. Gorsuch has taught American Sign Language at the college level, those students were adults and expectations and responsibilities were different than working with high-school sophomores.

A reminder to set SchoolMessenger preferences

As two events (an escaped prisoner and phone outages) showed this week, the district uses SchoolMessenger for email, voice, and SMS communications during emergencies (as well as non-emergencies such as snow days/late TARTA buses and important districtwide communications).

Fall Collage Concert weaves musical quilt Young Choraliers perform at Fall Collage Concert

The annual Fall Collage Concert Sunday (Oct. 20) provided a showcase for the vocal and instrumental music talents of Junior/Senior High School students. Vocal music director Donna Wipfli said the concert "created a quilt of music where the patterns and colors changed from one piece to the next even as they were connected without pause."

First-quarter grades available Oct. 25

Parents and students will be able to access first-quarter grades starting Friday morning (Oct. 25). This applies to all students in grades 7-12.

Junior Ishan Khare presents research at professional conference

Congratulations to junior Ishan Khare, who presented his own original research this month at the fall meeting of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society. 

Girls win TAAC cross-country title; boys second Girls X-Country 2019 TAAC champs

Congratulations to the girls’ varsity cross-country team, which won their third consecutive Toledo Area Athletic Conference title last weekend (Oct. 12) during the annual meet. It was the first meet the girls’ won all year, and it helped them achieve a team goal they set at the start of the season.

Fifth graders become citizen scientists Watershed cleanup

The district’s 88 fifth graders waded into the Ottawa River last week to conduct science experiments and do their part to keep the waterway clean.

Windbreaker pickup is Oct. 17-18

If you ordered a windbreaker as part of the Junior Class fundraiser for Prom 2020, you can pick up your purchase Oct. 17-18 at the Arrowhead (inside the Junior/Senior High School by the main gym entrance).

Yark Subaru shares love of books with Elementary School Yark Subaru

A big thank you to Yark Subaru for donating 150 books about science this week to the Library Media Center at the Elementary School. Yark Subaru also awarded the district a $1,000 gift card to Staples.

Starve a vampire by giving blood Oct. 31

This Halloween, starve a vampire and save a life by donating blood during the Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 31.

Homecoming Week 2019: Festivities galore! Cheerleaders at OH football game

This week marks the beginning of Homecoming festivities. Students will be celebrating with a series of themed days for spirit week, culminating with the football game and Village parade Friday and the dance on Saturday. Congratulations to members of this year’s court: Sarah Boice, Anna Brown, Catherine Byrne, Amelia Frueh, and Priya Bhatt.  

Scholastic Book Fair is next week Scholastic Book Fair logo

It’s time again for the fall Scholastic Book Fair. The three-day event begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, and coincides with the fall parent-teacher conferences at the Elementary School.

Cheer on teams in state tournament action

It is a busy upcoming week for our Green Bear athletes. Several teams already have started tournament play. Come out and support our athletes as they compete!

Students explore art, artists at museum Students with Mrs. Bodziak

October and November will be filled with exciting visits to the Toledo Museum of Art for students at the Elementary School.

Ottawa Hills hosts Student Shadow Day Oct. 29

As part of its efforts to encourage non-Village residents to join our district, Ottawa Hills Local Schools is hosting a "Student Shadow Day" Tuesday, Oct. 29. The event is open to current 4th through 11th graders and their families and runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

Come join us for ‘Principal Talk’ Oct. 9

Please join Principal Ben McMurray and interim Assistant Principal Darcy Browne for an opportunity to learn more about Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School.

3 juniors to speak at Oct. 12 GirlForce event GirlForce logo

OH Juniors Kavita Parikh, Danielle Sun, and Sophia Stone will to speak at GirlForce, an event for International Day of the Girl through Women of Toledo, a local nonprofit that all three girls are involved with. The event is Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and is free; the students would love to see familiar faces watching their presentations!

Annual Community Rummage Sale Nov. 9 seeks items, volunteers

It’s time for the annual Ottawa Hills Community Rummage Sale, a fundraiser that supports the Ottawa Hills International Program and the Ottawa Hills Band Program. Organizers need volunteers, clothing racks to borrow, and your gently used items from closets, garages, attics, and basements.

OHSPA-funded test kiln giving art students more options Kiln pic

A new “test” kiln is giving high school students more options when it comes to creating their artwork. The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association funded the $865 purchase as part of its annual wish-list funding program. The request came from Kristin Johnson, the high school art teacher.

OH chosen to host two state tournaments

With wins in sectional play later this month, the Ottawa Hills boys’ soccer team won’t have to travel far to play in districts. And for girls’ varsity tennis athletes, they won’t have to travel far this week for sectional play.

Green Team launches districtwide recycling effort Green Team

A recycling push has started across the district to collect everything from markers and  highlighters to mechanical pencils and glue sticks.

Information for participants in the Oct. 18 Village Parade Village Life parade logo

If you represent a school or community group or organization that would like to participate in the Oct. 18 Village Parade, here are the registration guidelines and instructions. The parade is an annual tradition on homecoming weekend. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary School parking lot.

Girls' soccer wins third straight TAAC crown Girls TAAC champs

Congratulations to the girls’ varsity soccer team, which swept its conference opponents this year en route to winning its third consecutive Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) title.

Village contributes to Jr./Sr. renovation projects

Thank you to the Village of Ottawa Hills for contributing to the fitness-related construction projects under way at the Junior/Senior High School.

Boys capture 11th straight TAAC golf crown Boys win TAAC golf title

Congratulations to the boys' varsity golf team for this week (Monday, Sept. 23) winning its 11th consecutive Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) title. The team beat four other schools and freshman Eddie Griffin was named “Player of the Year.”

Green Bear Ball moves to 2021 Elle and Julie

A combination of factors has led the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) and OH Boosters, the nonprofit support organizations behind the biennial event, to delay the Green Bear Ball from this coming spring to the fall of 2021.

Eighth graders fly kites ... powered by STEM! Eighth graders and STEM kites

Students in Patty’s Dowd eighth-grade STEM classes recently designed and constructed their own tetrahedral kites out of tissue paper, straws, and string as part of their unit on flight and space.

Junior High gets 'Unplugged' series off to a great start Unplugged students

Junior High students enjoyed their first “Unplugged” event of the year last week (Sept. 20). “Unplugged” is sponsored by the parent-support group OH21 and it gives seventh and eighth graders an opportunity to enjoy old-fashioned fun with board games, cornhole, and spike ball.

Teen PEP members attend kick-off training Teen PEP members

Members of the high school Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) team traveled to ProMedica Toledo Hospital last week for the annual Teen PEP fall kick-off and training.

Feasibility study begins for Jr./Sr. High 'learning commons'

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education this week unanimously approved a contract with an architectural firm to develop a feasibility study for a proposed learning commons at the Junior/Senior High School. The contract is with Toledo-based The Collaborative.

OHSPA grill takes 'Unplugged' events to tasty new heights Sean Mercer grilling

Thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association, junior high students are grilling in style during team-building activities.

Eclipse Club Cleans Up Ottawa River Eclipse Club members

The Environmental (ECLIPSE) Club spent Saturday (Sept. 21) joining millions around the world in cleaning local waterways. 

Allegorical exercise makes collaboration a reality Allegory of the Cave

A collaboration between teachers and grades transported junior high students to ancient Greece and a futuristic world this week. Together, they explored the meanings of allegory, free will, and enlightenment.

Caterpillars bring ‘circle of life’ to first graders Kids and caterpillars

First graders are playing with insects at school. But that’s a good thing! All 67 students across four classrooms are conducting the science unit together. Each received an inch-long caterpillar last week. And over the course of the next three weeks, they will feed, monitor, and sometimes even befriend the insects during the evolution. If all goes as planned, the students will release Painted lady butterflies in mid-October.

Mystery emerges from caverns field trip 'Crime scene back at school'

A field trip to Seneca Caverns has given sixth graders a chance to apply their scientific inquiry and earth science skills in solving a mystery.

2 seniors named National Merit 'Commended Students' 2 named Commended Students

Congratulations to seniors Rhi DeMilt and Drew Hoffman who this week were named “Commended Students” by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Tip-off nears for basketball season for grades 4-6

Before you know it, it will be basketball season!  So we may plan and prepare for a successful season, the Office of Village Life needs to hear from all those who are interested in playing OR coaching basketball. If you have an interested player or you are willing to coach, please fill out a very short form by Sept. 29.

Registration begins today for Oct. 3 Jr./Sr. High parent/teacher conferences

Read about how to sign up for the Oct. 3 parent-teacher conferences at the Junior/Senior High School.

Meet the Student Council leaders for 2019-2020 school year

Congratulations to the new leadership of the Junior/Senior High Student Councils for the 2019-2020 school year.

Student activities commemorate Sept. 11 Flagpole on 9/11

Students across the district reflected on the meaning of Sept. 11 through activities inside and outside the classroom this week. The day’s most visible tribute occurred Wednesday when members of the Ottawa Hills Marching Band played the National Anthem in front of the Liberty Memorial flagpole.

Webinar explores dangers, new research on vaping Vaping

Parents, students, and anyone else in Ottawa Hills with questions about vaping are encouraged to attend a free webinar on the topic.

'Volley for the Cure' is Sept. 26 Volley for the cure

The girls’ volleyball teams are again raising money for cancer through the “Volley for the Cure” event.

Dot's the way you do it! Students putting dots on furniture

Students at the Elementary School again are taking part in International Dot Day activities. And to celebrate, they are doing something they can’t at home: put stickers on furniture!

OHS Foundation hosts donor reception Sept. 19 OHS Foundation logo

The Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation will honor many of its financial supporters of the past year at a special reception Sept. 19. The event recognizes donors who are members of its “Vendi Vidi Vici Giving Society” and above.

The few, the proud ... the ES Safety Patrol! Sixth grade safety patrol

They are part police officer and part Chick-fil-A drive-thru window worker. They can be quick with a smile or deliver a stern gaze. They are the 39 boys and girls of the Elementary School Safety Patrol.

Double, double toil and trouble: OH students perform 'Macbeth' Shakespeare

Ten OH seniors will be live on local airwaves Sept. 25 reading lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to promote Toledo Opera’s upcoming performance of the famous play.

OHS Foundation honors five Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Alumni Logo

Five notable alumni, from artists and business owners to philanthropists, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award this Friday (Sept. 20).

OHS Foundation launches Athletic Hall of Fame Hall of fame logo

To celebrate the achievements of athletes, the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation has created a High School Athletic Hall of Fame and will induct its inaugural class Friday (Sept. 20).

Motivational author speaks Sept. 19 at Jr./Sr. High School Rodney Walker

Motivational speaker and author Rodney J. Walker, whose life experiences include residing in 12 foster homes on Chicago’s south side and graduating from Yale, brings his story of perseverance and success to the Junior/Senior High School next week.

OHbreathe ready to bring wellness to Ottawa Hills Ohbreathe students

OHbreathe is a student-led initiative to address student wellness. Zak Maaieh (11) and Isabelle Gray (11) are leading this year’s team. “Our team has worked hard to restructure the program to enhance the experience of all students and focus on our goals,” Zak said “We are excited to see how these changes will better help our students.”

Concessions “Boost” OH Athletics Parent liaisons working the concession stand

What would a football or baseball game be without a juicy hot dog or the enticing aroma of popcorn in the air? Concessions are a time-honored tradition at Ottawa Hills. In addition to feeding hungry spectators, the concessions program represents an incredible fundraising opportunity for the OH Boosters organization.

Four OH students named National Merit Semifinalists National Merit Semifinalists

Four seniors from Ottawa Hills High School have been named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Congratulations to Joshua Assi, Priya Bhatt, Hank Griffin, and Jennifer Hsu!

Pair achieve ACT perfection Priya Bhatt and Hank Griffin

Add the names of Priya Bhatt and Hank Griffin to the district’s growing list of perfect scorers on the ACT college-prep exam.

OH News: Bringing us the best in broadcast journalism OH News logo

The broadcast journalism students leading OH News for the 2019-2020 school year promise to make this one of the best ever. Regular features on the morning broadcast include the Inside Edge (sports), Weather, Fun Facts, and updates of school events.

Student project seeks businesses

Does your company or organization have something to teach today’s students about the "real" world of business? Then you can partner with Ottawa Hills.

Starbooks Cafe opens with books on the menu Mrs. Haudan and students at the Starbook Cafe

A new store opened Wednesday inside the Elementary School. The only item on the menu: books. Borrowing an idea from the world of retail, fourth-grade teacher Judy Haudan opened “Starbooks Café.” Her goal is to get her 23 students to open their reading “palettes” to different tastes.

Take a seat … and collaborate! Students using new node chairs

The district’s 88 fifth graders looking for ways to work remotely and collaboratively have a new resource: Node chairs.

AFS students help strengthen cultural connections

AFS students Aliyya from Indonesia and Federico from Italy have joined Ottawa Hills High School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Regional art show features students' work artwork by Grace Dunbar ('19)

Art from two seniors and a 2019 graduate is appearing in “Focus,” a juried show at Bowling Green State University through Sept. 28. And two of those pieces won awards.

2019 Mesasa staff ready to create lasting memories 2019 Yearbook staff

The 2019-2020 Mesasa yearbook staff is ready to create another memorable yearbook for students and staff. Leading the staff are co-editors Alex McCollough and Erin Kadrovach and faculty advisor Lauren Hurst.

2019 Arrowhead staff promises to maintain momentum 2019 Arrowhead staff

The high school Arrowhead newspaper staff begins the school year with 14 student journalists and faculty advisor Sara Eisenbaum.

Bike-riding and perseverance: A lesson in mindfulness Students learning about mindfulness

Second graders this year are working together on a group assignment: learning to recognize and change mindsets. The 77 students and their four teachers gather twice a week to talk about how to identify and overcome “dips” in life - and the importance of the right mindset in addressing and overcoming life’s challenges.

Meet the 'New Kids on the Block' New kids on the block

12 new faculty and staff joined the district this week. They include paraprofessionals, teachers, a psychologist and an intervention specialist. Meet the new staff for the 2019-2020 school year:

Back-to-School 5K raises $6K for After Prom Runners at the race

This year’s Ottawa Hills Back to School 5K Race generated more than $6,000 to support 2020 After Prom activities. The annual event drew 217 registered walkers and runners and more than 50 volunteers, said event organizer Sally McQueen.

Fall Festival (Sept. 28): A community extravaganza! Fall festival logo

Organizers of the 16th annual Fall Festival and Marketplace are looking for sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. The rain-or-shine event is Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Comedy-farce ‘Noises Off’ coming to OH theater Noises Off logo

The newest addition to the 2019-2020 theatrical lineup is “Noises Off,” which will run Nov. 22-24. The show takes its title from the stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.

Exchange students seeking host families Pakistan and Japanese flags

Two AFS students from Japan and Pakistan are waiting to enroll at Ottawa Hills High School. It is critical that host families are found for them in the next week.

Important Information about Jr./Sr. High School Parking Parking map image

Construction has started on the new Kadens Family Fitness Center at the Junior/Senior High School. That means BIG changes in parking for our students, staff, and visitors since 54 parking spaces are being temporarily lost. Here is what you need to know:

Ottawa Hills ranked No. 1 regional, county school district No. 1 hand

Ottawa Hills Local Schools is the No. 1 school district in the Toledo area and Lucas County, according to research company Niche.

13 OH teachers, staff honored with state’s Edison Award for STEM education Ohio Academy of Science logo

Thirteen teachers and staff from Ottawa Hills Local Schools have received The Governor’s Thomas Edison Award. Ottawa Hills was the only district in northwest Ohio selected for the honor.

Shop the Bear Cave for your OH gear Green Bear Approved logo

The Bear Cave is the perfect spot to find OH-themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, junior high gym sets, hats, headbands, and more! All proceeds from Cave sales support the athletics program at Ottawa Hills Local Schools.

District delivers thank-you plaques to local OSBA honorees OSBA logo

Four local businesses recently received congratulatory plaques for their ongoing support of the district. The Board of Education selected the four to join the statewide "Business Honor Roll," an awards-and-recognition program organized annually by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).

OH High School in Top Five in Ohio Top US News School logo

Congratulations to the students, families, faculty, and staff at Ottawa Hills High School! U.S. News & World Report has ranked them as the fifth-best high school in Ohio for the second year in a row.

The Writing Studio: Innovation, Excellence in Action James Schwann teaching an SLA

A college-inspired academic service has come to Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School, enabling students to get help with writing and literature assignments.

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