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District releases remote learning schedules Remote learning schedule screenshot

With the COVID-19 extension now in place through May 1 across Ohio, it is time to unveil our plan and schedule for your student(s) for the next four weeks.

Digital investments help remote learning efforts

Nearly seven years ago, Ottawa Hills Local Schools made a decision to go digital in two big ways: by adopting  a suite of education products from Google and launching “OH Global” to eventually put a computer in every student’s hands. As the COVID-19 crisis moves learning from classrooms to homes, those investments are helping faculty, students, and families make the transition.

OHSAA delays spring sports through May 1 OHSAA logo

In conjunction with the new school-building closure deadline, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) postponed the start of spring sports. OHSAA extended the coaches’ no-contact period through May 1. OHSAA added that the no-contact regulation was not intended to discourage or prohibit electronic communication with student-athletes.

AP exams will go on! Here are the details

Nearly 40 percent of OH students in grades 9-12 are currently enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course. But the COVID-19 crisis and its disruptive effect on school operations is raising questions about this year’s AP exams.

An important district update from Dr. Fineske

I hope this email finds all of you safe and healthy. As the so-called "Spring Break" for our families draws to a close (officially tomorrow evening), I hope everyone found time (probably in ways very different than in the past!) to get much needed rest and relaxation. This unprecedented time is filled with many emotional ups and downs.

Crisis sheds light on signers Signer at daily Ohio press conference

COVID-19 news conferences can be found just about any time on TV and Internet. And many, including the daily one by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, are shining a spotlight on the interpreters making the news accessible to the deaf.

‘Lucky You’ auction raises nearly $9K for OH athletes, teams

The “Lucky You: It’s a No-Show Auction” turned out to be lucky indeed for the OH Boosters, as the 12-day event raised nearly $9,000 for Green Bear athletes and teams.

Nixon receives Leist Distinguished Teacher Award Jeremy Nixon hedshot

Congratulations to Jeremy Nixon for receiving the 2020 George F. Leist Distinguished Teacher Award. Mr. Nixon is a biology teacher at the Junior/Senior High School.

Latest updates on COVID-19, impact on our district

As reported recently by multiple national media outlets, a Rhode Island student who attended an NBA game had contact with the same player as two of our students (on the following day). That Rhode Island student has now been diagnosed with COVID-19. All the students were in close proximity to the player, who has since been diagnosed with the virus.

April 4 ACT at Jr./Sr. High cancelled ACT logo

The administration of the ACT on Saturday, April 4, at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School has been cancelled due to the COVID-19.

Student’s video wins poison-prevention award Ella Langenderfer

When National Poison Prevention Week begins tomorrow, some of the attention will focus on junior Ella Langenderfer. Ella’s 90-second video about product safety and labeling won a national contest for her age group (grades 9-12).

SAT testing still on for Saturday, March 14 SAT logo

The SAT test will still be administered at the Junior/Senior High School on Saturday, March 14.

March 19 kindergarten parent meeting postponed

As a public health precaution and as directed by Governor Mike DeWine, all schools are required to cancel or postpone all non-essential events that bring more than 100 people together.  Because of this, we will be cancelling the kindergarten parent meeting and tours scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, March 19.

Important updates on closings at Ottawa Hills Local Schools

These are remarkable times and so remarkable steps are required. In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement this afternoon, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will follow the schedule below:

Important update on district planning related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, there have been many new announcements at the state and local level regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country. The latest information we have is that there are still only 3 confirmed cases in Ohio (all in the Cleveland area).

Ten projects advance to State Science Day

Ten OH student science projects earned a “superior” rating at the March 7 District 2 State Science Day and now advance to State Science Day in May.

‘Green Team’ Raises $50,000-plus for LLS, Wins Legacy Award Green Team group photo

Sophomores Eleanor Szyperski, Sophie Heidenreich, and Reagan Clarke were recognized for raising more than $50,000 during a seven-week fundraising challenge to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

ASL students see bilingual performance on field trip ASL field trip

Students from Ashley Gorsuch’s American Sign Language class attended a bilingual performance of “Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions” at the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor March 6.

Students participate at Model UN conference

OH students in grades 9-12 joined more than 300 students to participate at the March 5-7 Mid-American Model United Nations simulation in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Masroor Wins State MathCounts Competition MathCounts team photo

The OH MathCounts Team competed at the state competition March 7 at Columbus State Community College. Eighth-grader Razzi Masroor placed first overall in the state!

Science Expo celebrates student achievements

For lovers of science, there is nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th next week at the Elementary School. The building’s annual “Science Expo” is devoted to explorations of science, from chemistry shows and rocket demonstrations to exhibits prepared by 6th graders.

Teachers join to share book via read-aloud

Elementary School teachers read aloud to their students just about every day. But this week, a new twist has been added. The entire building has come together to do a shared read-aloud of Wishtree, an inspiring story that tackles the issue of prejudice, and the importance of kindness and acceptance.

Update on district planning related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Dear parents and Village residents: 

As you know, there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ohio. But to prepare for that possibility and its impact on our district and others nearby, superintendents from across Lucas and Wood counties met today with the top public health officials in both counties.

Update on district planning related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, there have been no confirmed cases of the Doronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Ohio. But to prepare for that possibility and its impact on our district and others nearby, superintendents from across Lucas and Wood counties met today with the top public health officials in both counties.

Danielle Sun receives robotics 'Dean's List' honor

Junior Danielle Sun has been named a "Dean’s List Award Finalist" by the FIRST Robotics Competition Miami Valley Regional.

After Prom seeks donated items for Reverse Raffle After Prom logo

Event organizers are seeking the community’s support in donating gift cards or cash as Reverse Raffle prizes for the May 16 After Prom.

Teen PEP leaders head into classrooms this week Teen PEP meets with Ms. Fink

The Teen PEP leadership team is gearing up for its classroom presentations to provide peer education on healthy decision-making. The 12-member leadership team will be in Kelsi Krill's 9th-grade physical education classes Wednesday and Thursday (March 4 and 5).

Strong performance at regionals for Science Olympiad Science Olympiad team

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team on a successful season. The regional event was at Bowling Green State University Saturday (Feb. 29). The team finished in the top 10 in five events.

Boys' varsity basketball wins Sectional title https://officials.myohsaa.org/Admin/Bracket/PublicBracket?TournamentId=1206

Congratulations to the boys' varsity basketball team on their 45-25 win in the Sectional final game against Genoa on Friday (Feb. 28). The boys advance to Districts to face Archbold at Central Catholic High School on Thursday (March 5) at 8:15 p.m.

Six students win American Legion honors

The Social Studies Department at the Junior/Senior High School is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s “Americanism” test. The winners are seniors Rhi DeMilt and Owen Smith; juniors Ishan Khare and Hannah Shariff; and sophomores Truman Talbott and Ava Porter.

See Something, Say Something Week is March 2-6 See Something PSA

March 2-6 is national “See Something, Say Something Week.” Signs are going up around the Junior/Senior High School to share important reminders.

Dance Team finishes top 10 in all 3 categories Dance Team with trophy

Congratulations to the OH Dance Team on their remarkable performances and finishes Saturday at the 28th Annual State Cheer & Dance Championships on Saturday (Feb. 29).

District to survey Village residents

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske want to hear from Village residents on two key issues: district improvement priorities and communication tools and preferences.

Spring 2020 band, choir concerts coming March 15

March 15 will be filled with wonderful voices and instruments as our choirs and bands play their spring concerts. 

Agora 2020 planning under way

Agora planning has started. Students will be presented with trip and campus options Thursday, March 19, at an assembly during the school day. 

Document explores 'ABCs' of board operations

Ever wonder how the Ottawa Hills Board of Education fulfills its duties? And how it receives the advice and information it needs to make the best decisions to fulfill the district’s mission? This overview explains the key roles and duties of our five-member Board (elected every other year to staggered four-year terms) as well as the public’s role in the governing process. So let’s start exploring.

60-plus colleges attending 'Toledo Area West College Night'

More than 60 admission representatives representing two- and four-year colleges will be available to answer questions and provide information at “Toledo Area West College Night” on Tuesday, March 10.

Area school districts working on coronavirus strategy

Ottawa Hills Local School and other Toledo-area districts are developing a unified strategy regarding the coronavirus disease and its potential impact on students and school operations. Superintendents of area districts, including Dr. Adam Fineske, will meet Monday to begin outlining a strategy.

Big Apple Road Show: Choraliers return to Carnegie Hall

For the second time in four years, the Choraliers are performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The 38-member group departs March 5 on a four-day trip, capped by a March 8 choir performance at the Big Apple landmark. The group performs at 8:30 p.m. on the Perelman Stage in the Stern Auditorium.

Junior/Senior High conducts successful lockdown drill OH Officers during lockdown drill

On Tuesday (Feb. 18), the Junior/Senior High School conducted a lockdown drill that included two table-top exercises and a scenario that required students, staff, and teachers to take action.

Digital photography students learn the fundamentals

Student photographs from Kristin Johnson’s Digital Photography classes are on display in the transition hallway at the Junior/Senior High School (on the way to the Junior High wing).

Girls win basketball sectional title Girls celebrate sectional win

The girls’ varsity basketball team won a sectional championship Saturday (Feb. 22) by beating Old Fort, 40-34. The sectional title was the team’s first since 2015.

Spread the news: 2 open teaching positions

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has two full-time teaching positions open at the Junior/Senior High School. Both start Aug. 14 at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year.

'Lucky You' no-show auction features 40 items Lucky You No-Show Auction logo

Forty items are up for bid at the upcoming "Lucky You, It's a No-Show Auction.” Many of the "experience" items available during the March 6-17 event are familiar to OH families. But this year’s event (a fundraiser for the OH Boosters Association) also features new items.

Swimming added as a varsity sport Girl swimmers in the pool

After eight years operating as a club sport, swimming is now a varsity sport at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School.

Tournament season begins for Green Bear basketball

The girls' basketball team won their first sectional game Thursday (Feb. 20), 45-23, against St. Joseph Central Catholic. That means they continue playing in the tournament; their next game is Saturday (Feb. 22) against Old Fort.

State honors district with auditing award Brad Browne received auditing award

The district received a special state award tonight for how well we kept financial records and accounted for public money for the fiscal year ended 2019. "The Auditor of State Award" is given to less than 8 percent of the approximate 5,900 entities across Ohio that spend taxpayer money.

Pep Band brings good-luck touch to games OH Pep Band

Ottawa Hills High School Pep Band played at several boys’ and girls’ home basketball games over the last few months. The Feb. 15 game against Otsego was their last appearance.

Come view renderings of the proposed 'Learning Commons' Architectural rendering of proposed Learning Commons

Parents and other residents of Ottawa Hills are invited to view and comment on architectural drawings showing a potential "Learning Commons" at the Junior/Senior High School.

Singers compete at Solo and Ensemble Choir competition Choraliers perform at Solo event

Twelve Ottawa Hills High School singers participated in 13 events at the District 1 Solo and Ensemble at Sylvania Northview High School Feb. 15.

Kids Heart Challenge returns to Elementary School

It’s time for Ottawa Hills to participate in a new program sponsored by the American Heart Association: Kids Heart Challenge!

Elementary Art Fair salutes Seurat Art Fair Banner

The Ottawa Hills Elementary Art Fair is coming the week of Feb. 24-28. Georges Seurat (Sir-rah), the French artist who invented Pointillism, will be the theme of this year’s Art Fair: “Sunny-Side Up with Seurat!”

7th-grade boys win TAAC championship Boys' 7th-grade champs

Congratulations to the 7th-grade boys basketball team for clinching the Toledo Area Athletic Conference championship on Saturday (Feb. 8).

Register for Jr./Sr. High parent-teacher conferences Feb. 27

Upcoming parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled entirely electronically. Conferences are not required. The conferences are Thursday, Feb. 27, from noon-8 p.m.

Dance Team qualifies for States in all 3 categories Dance Team

The Ottawa Hills Dance Team competed in regionals at Anthony Wayne High School on Sunday (Feb. 9). Their routines were evaluated for stage presence, creativity, technique, and overall performance. They qualified for the state finals in Hip Hop, Pom and Jazz.

'Aladdin Jr.' wows audiences over 4 shows

The Acting Out! Production of "Aladdin Jr." was absolutely incredible. More than 175 students in grades 4-12 were part of the cast and crew, including more than three dozen Junior/Senior High School students who joined the tech crew, planned the choreography, helped to direct, and mentored the younger students.

Pinewood Derby marks 50 years of OH Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby

The Village of Ottawa Hills is celebrating 50 years of Cub Scouting with an event featuring – what else – a Pinewood Derby! The event is Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Elementary School new gym and is open to the public.

Another book fair, another broken sales record Austin Book's Club receives OH donation

Students in grades K-6 raised $2,370.46 for Austin’s Book Club, a local nonprofit that helps place books in the neonatal intensive care unit at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital. With the money, the district purchased 300 books for the Club.

Young roboteers heading to Japan Misfit Mechanical Mages on stage

The “Misfit Mechanical Mages!", a team of 5th and 6th graders from Ottawa Hills Elementary School, are heading to Japan after receiving a top award at a state robotics tournament this month.

Tickets on sale now for April 18 'Community Wait Night' Community Wait Night logo

Come out for a fun evening of games with friends that supports Ottawa Hills Local Schools.

6th grade team competes at MathCounts tournament 6th grade MathCounts team

Congratulations to the 6th-grade MathCounts team for competing Feb. 1 at a tournament hosted by the University of Toledo. 

Willah Hoelzle wins Power of the Pen tournament Power of the Pen participants

Eighth graders Ella Olah, Jenna Halbig-Sanchez, and Willah Hoelzle competed in the Northwest Ohio District 1 Power of the Pen tournament this weekend at Tiffin Middle School. Willah finished first!

Junior High MathCounts wins tournament Junior High MathCounts team

The junior high MathCounts team won first out of 15 teams in the chapter competition Saturday (Feb. 1) at the University of Toledo. They advance to states and will compete in Columbus March 7.

OH21 hosts 'Operation Street Smart' session

Do you know what to look for if you suspect your son or daughter is using drugs or alcohol? Operation Street Smart is a drug-awareness program that helps parents identify those behaviors and prevent life-threatening addiction.

AFS breaks down barriers, builds cultural connections International students in downtown Toledo

The Ottawa Hills Diversity Club and AFS (American Field Service) hosted their annual Diversity Weekend, welcoming AFS high school exchange students from Germany, France, Brazil, Spain, Paraguay, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Italy. AFS students shared their culture during visits to many elementary and Junior/Senior High School classrooms Friday morning.

Movie, fun night planned for 7th, 8th graders

Attention all 7th and 8th graders: Enjoy popcorn and a movie with your classmates Friday, Feb. 21, as OH21 hosts "Junior High Movie Night." Festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

Crew serves up movie, game 'Challenge'

The Challenge Crew hosts a movie-and-game night Friday, Feb. 7, following the boys' basketball triple header (approximately 9:30 p.m.).

'Hoops for a Cause' returns Feb. 6

Please join the girls' basketball team Thursday (Feb. 6) for their annual "Hoops for a Cause" event. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation with designation for metastatic breast cancers.

Parents of 6th graders: RSVP to meeting

Parents of current 6th graders: You are invited to the first of many events planned to ensure a smooth transition for your child (a member of the Class of 2026!) from Elementary School to the Junior/Senior High School.

Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 is under way

Are you a village resident with a child who will be 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2020? If so, it's never too early to begin the kindergarten registration and enrollment process.

Diversity Weekend celebrates students from around the world Illustration: Student hands encircling a globe

The district’s annual Diversity Weekend starts Thursday (Jan. 30), as 10 high school students studying locally from other nations speak to Ottawa Hills classes and enjoy time together.

Foundation hosts March 6 NYC alumni event

To celebrate the Choraliers' upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall, the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is hosting a March 6 alumni reception in New York City.

Students’ coins will help families with sick kids Book Fair Jungle Logo

Penny by penny, Ottawa Hills Elementary School students next week will help families with sick children by providing them the gift of books. The "Coin Challenge" fundraiser coincides with the annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair, which runs Jan. 27-31.

Three sophomores team up for LLS campaign OH Green Team

Calling themselves "OH Green Team," sophomores Reagan Clarke, Sophie Heidenreich, and Eleanor Szyperski have come together to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of their friend Camryn ....

Robotics Teams compete at Kalahari Classic

Teams from Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School competed this past weekend at the Kalahari Classic, a signature event in the VEX Robotics competition. The competition is one of the largest events of its kind and brings in more than 150 teams from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

Ottawa Hills unites to fight brain cancer Students participate in grey-out

Seniors John Kight and Drew Hoffman guided the boys’ basketball program in raising more than $2,600 this year through T-shirt sales, direct donations, and 50-50 raffles. The money is being donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

This is OH speaker to address needs of ESL families Photo of Reem Subei

In the interest of educating the community about the education of limited English-speaking children, This is OH is hosting a speaker at its monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 3.

Give a 'Shout Out' to your ‘Aladdin Jr.’ star Aladdin-Jr-logo

Now is the time to show a cast member in “Aladdin Jr.” (Feb. 7-9) how proud you are of them by commemorating their performance with a "Shout Out” ad.

Village Life offering ACT prep class ACT-logo

Do you have a child taking the ACT exam soon? The next national test date is Feb. 8. All Ottawa Hills juniors will take the ACT exam at the Junior/Senior High School Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Office of Village Life has an ACT Prep Course that helps students prepare for the exam. 

Spring is in the air (and so are books!) Book Fair Jungle Logo

The annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair is just two weeks away. The week-long literacy-building (and fundraising) event is Jan. 27-31 and gives families a chance to scan and buy the newest books for students in grades K-8.

Students' fundraiser draws attention to brain cancer Go. Fight. Cure. flyer

Members of the boys’ basketball program at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School are raising money for brain cancer research, leading up to a special event at the boys’ varsity game vs. Toledo Christian Friday (Jan. 17).

School board welcomes new member, leaders New School Board photo

It was a night of new faces and new leadership for the Ottawa Hills Board of Education. At its annual organizational meeting, the board Wednesday unanimously chose Rob Gnepper as its new president and Maara Fink as its new vice president. Congratulations to them both!

Coach Baer receives national coaching honor Coach Nate Baer

The National Federation of State High School Associations has picked Ottawa Hills’ coach Nate Baer as its “Coach of the Year” for Ohio boys’ soccer.

Ribbon-cutting opens new era in student health Ribbon-Cutting event for Fitness Center

The Kadens Family Fitness Center, an idea that started as a vision and a challenge by an Ottawa Hills alumnus, became reality Friday when a ribbon-cutting officially started a new era in student health and wellness.

Symphonic Band ready for historic Toronto trip Skyline of Toronto

The Ottawa Hills Symphonic Band is only days away from a historic trip. The band will perform three times over four days at some of Toronto’s most notable landmarks in the group’s first-ever overnight travel experience.

New student health era dawns as Fitness Center opens Michael Yuschak

With ribbons cut and open house complete, the real inauguration of The Kadens Family Fitness Center can begin. Students: Get ready to sweat! The months-long construction project is now complete (on time and budget), and all equipment installed and tested. Starting Monday (at least officially), the center becomes a classroom at the Junior/Senior High School.

College Credit Plus info session is Jan. 15 College Credit Plus banner

Set your calendars to attend College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Night on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The one-hour event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Attendance is required for parents and students in grades 6-11 who may be interested in participating in the CPP program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Studio launches success workshops for students The Studio Workshops

To help students prepare this week for semester final exams (Tuesday-Friday), The Studio has created a series of workshops focused on academic success.

Fitness Center open house set for Jan. 11 Kadens Open House graphic

Mark your calendars to get a first-hand look at The Kadens Family Fitness Center during a Jan. 11 open house.

OH students help bring ‘Nutcracker’ magic to life Sydney Mack with The Nutcracker

When the Toledo Ballet presents four performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 14 and 15, appearing on stage in numerous roles will be 17 Ottawa Hills students in grades ranging from 1st to 10th. And front and center will be 9th grader Sydney Mack in the starring role of Clara.

Student organizes toy drive for local hospital

Please join 7th grader Rose Hajjar as she plans something special for the families spending their holidays at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital. 

New director brings theatrical experience Amelia Lefevre at rehearsal

When the curtain opened Friday on “Noises Off,” it signaled more than the start of the show’s three-day run. It also marked the Ottawa Hills debut of director Amelia Lefevre.

OSU-UM ticket raffle helping local family Castillo-family

Toledo firefighters are using the biggest local college football game of the year to help raise money for a colleague whose son attends Ottawa Hills High School.

Recapping success of the 2019 fall sports teams

Fall sports team at Ottawa Hills High School had another remarkable run this season, as four teams won Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) titles and two finished second. In addition, many athletes were named to All-TAAC teams or achieved greater regional and statewide recognition.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Meet leaders of 2019-2020 Jr./Sr. Student Councils

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

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.

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.

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.

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