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Speaking of School Finances...

Last week I provided an overview of how the district has been using Permanent Improvement funds. There are two other funds that are typical for a school system, and Ottawa Hills is no different. One is the bond fund. In May of 1997, the district approved two bond issues totaling 3.79 mills to raise $5,980,000 for additions and renovations to both buildings and construction of the high school gym. This fund will be paid off in March of 2017. The bonds were not due to be paid off until May of 2018, but refinancing the bonds led to an earlier payoff date and a savings of half a million dollars in interest.  

 
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ACS Needs Volunteers

The America Cancer Society of Lucas County is looking for local residents to volunteer in its "Road to Recovery" program. All you need is a vehicle, and a bit of time to drive patients in need to and from cancer treatments.

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Parade Brings Out the Best of the Village

It was another beautiful afternoon for the 6th annual Village Life Parade. This year’s participants included representation from the following groups: Ottawa Hills Local Schools, Ottawa Hills Education Association, Village Life, Class Officers and Floats, Homecoming Court, 2013 Queen Lauren Miller, Boys and Girls Soccer, Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Dance Team, OH Moms Club, OH Foundation, Alumni, OHSPA, the Green Bear Ball Committee, OHPAC, and Challenge Crew.

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O'Leary Delivers Powerful Message

John O’Leary is an internationally acclaimed speaker who empowers more than 100,000 people at more than 150 events each year. He challenges them to take back their lives, ignite their possibility and change their world. On October 22, he shared his message with the students of Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School during a school assembly, and then he returned to share his message with communitymembers during an evening presentation.

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Your P.I. Dollars At Work

As you drop your children off at the elementary school in the morning, you might  have noticed the scaffolding around the cupola which sits atop the 1930 section of the school. The cupola is somewhat of an icon of our district, but it’s fallen into disrepair over the years. We have our roofs inspected twice a year, and the roofing reports have been warning us of the deterioration of the cupolas—the one on the 1930 section and a smaller one on the 1965 addition. As noted in the report, “The cupolas appear to have historical value to the facility.” And this is correct. So currently, we are working with Cass Architectural Specialists out of Michigan to renovate both cupolas. They will clad all existing wood with aluminum, fabricate new louvers and windows, and install new copper bell cladding.

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Prepare for the Annual O.H. Rummage Sale

It is time again for the annual O.H. Community Rummage Sale! All proceeds benefit the Ottawa Hills High School International Student Exchange Association. This year's Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the junior/senior high school multi-purpose room.

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O.H. Earns AdvancED Accreditation

Every public school in the state of Ohio has been granted a charter by the Ohio Department of Education. This charter is ongoing and does not have to be renewed. Basically the continuation of the charter is based upon a school district following the policies, procedures, and laws that are determined by the ODE and the legislators of our state. If a district doesn’t, it loses its charter. And its state funding.  

 
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Save the Date: "Chew On This" Returns November 13

The Ottawa Hills Prevention Advisory Committee's series "Chew on This" will return on Thursday, November 13. The 6:30 dinner and discussion will be held at Shorty's True American Roadhouse and will feature Dr. Bob Forney, Chief Toxicologist at the Lucas County Coroner's office. He will be discussing the  heroin epidemic in Lucas County.

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Quick Thinking From Quiz Bowl Team

The Ottawa Hills Quiz Bowl earned an OAC Regional bid, NAQT National Championship bid, and PACE National Championship bid with a tie for 2nd place at the Fall Kickoff Tournament  held at Tiffin Columbian High School on Saturday, October 4. The team finished with a 7-2 record on the day.

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Johnson, Wu are Commended Students

Ottawa Hills High School proudly announces that Kathleen Johnson and Stephen Wu have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  We are very proud of the academic accomplishments of these students.  Steven is a member of the Quiz Bowl team and also plays soccer and runs track. Kathleen is a member of the Quiz Bowl team and has been actively involved with our theater program since junior high.

 
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Toledo Museum of Art “Localeyes” Tour Features OH Art Teacher, Steve Wipfli

A new series of tours invites Toledoans to share which works of art in TMA’s collection have inspired them. Dubbed “localeyes," the experience allows artists, professors, musicians and other community members to share the Museum’s impact on them with the public. “So many people have such a deep connection with the Museum,” said Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement. “This is about connecting with that.”

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Preparations for Fall Collage Concert

For the last several weeks, choir and band students have been busy preparing for the Fall Collage Concert. Donna Wipfli’s junior high choir students spent part of last week practicing Watu Wote. The song was composed by two American composers, Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse. The piece is in Swahili and English and translates as: "All the people sing together." 

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Global Read Aloud

OH Elementary 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are participating in Global Read Aloud.  What is the Global Read Aloud? As stated on the GRA website,  “The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with four years under our belt and more than 200,000 connections made, we realize we are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global connections."

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Painted Lady Butterflies Are Subject of Science Inquiry

Second grade students can observe and explore science through an activity called Science Inquiry.  Students were able to take home the larva of a Painted Lady butterfly thanks to a donation from Lena Duran and the Bowling Green State University STEM in the Park Program. Pictured are students from Mrs. Dever’s homeroom preparing their larva for the visit home. Butterfly larva were

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Crossing Guards Get the Job Done

Dave Wells, 4th grade teacher, has been working with our 6th grade guards to make OH Elementary a safer place throughout the school day.  As you drop off your children, you may notice guards on Ashborne and Manchester, as well as at each of the cross walks in the drop-off circle. In addition to these guards, each student entrance is staffed with a guard. Altogether, twelve 6th graders report to 

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Band is Expanding Beyond the Expected!

Last week, the elementary ran into a fantastic problem!  The elementary band participation has multiplied so much this school year that the band instrument shelving could no longer hold all of the instruments for practice from day to day!  This problem has been remedied with some simple creative thinking. The excitement over the expansion of our band, however, continues to fill the school. 

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OHSPA Funding Makes a Difference

Our support organizations are part of the heart of our school district, and without them, we simply could not provide the “over and beyond” opportunities and materials that make the educational experience at Ottawa Hills unique. Through the school year, I’ll be highlighting the work of our support organizations, beginning with the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent

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Fall Festival is A Great Succes

Many thanks to Fall Festival chairman, Vanessa Prince, and her team of volunteers for organizing another wonderful Fall Festival. Everything was perfect--right down to the weather. Taking leadership roles in planning and running this year's Festival were Patti Robb, Jen Muse, Marcy O'Loughlin, Chris and Mary Heidenreich, Sandy Hupp, Krissy Green-Hill, Sue Mather, Colleen Gnepper, Jennifer Sherman, Robert Bishop, Susan Croy,  Kathy Lathrop, Ilaina Monroe, Leif Gunderson, Anne French, Alexi Smith, and Joyce Stengle. In addition to these valuable leaders, over 125 volunteers gave their time to make the day a success.

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Mark Your Calendar for "Bear Essentials"

Mrs. Zake and Mr. McMurray invite you to attend “Bear Essentials”. These “Bear Essentials” are informational sessions where the District principals meet with parents and other stakeholders to share topics of current interest and provide opportunities for questions and answers. The principals would like

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Tony Toledo Entertains OHES Students

On Friday September 26, award-winning New England storyteller Tony Toledo visited the K - 2  students at OHES. For nearly 60 minutes, students were engaged by stories of spooky hands, sultans, roosters with magic stomachs, and angry cupcakes. Tony Toledo employs clever techniques during his storytelling to get students involved in his stories. He had our students flapping their wings, belting out animal noises and using sign language. He had teachers standing in

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She Knows How to "Bright"-en Up Her Music Classes

Using Ohio’s content standards to plan her lesson themes, elementary music teacher Miss Bright uses a multi-sensory approach to bring “ostenatos” to life. 

Miss Bright uses her colorful carpet squares to provide visual spaces for students to sit during her lessons. OHSPA provided funding for the carpet squares She teaches her lessons in 3 defined areas of her room: The SmartBoard on one wall,

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O.H. Students Experience China

With Agora coming up in November, many of our Juniors and Seniors will take advantage of the trips being offered to experience Costa Rica, Paris, London, Rome, Spain, and more. As great as these opportunities are, we’ve been trying to connect students to even more overseas opportunities to expand their awareness of world cultures. 

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O.H.E.S. Welcomes New Reading and Math Tutors

The last few years, our federal Title I grant funds have been higher than we’ve experienced in the past, allowing us to hire hourly tutors to work with elementary students in reading and math. Barbara Mann continues to provide Title I tutoring services for us in reading. We’ve added two new tutors for the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Students Exploring "Leadership and Legacy"

English teacher Lauren Hurst and social studies/history teacher Jessica Temple took their students to the downtown library on Wednesday, September 17th to do guided research for their National History Day research projects. Students were able to find books on topics ranging from Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal to Benjamin Franklin and the legacy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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Green Bear Football Shuts Out Fremont

It was a great evening on September 19 for OH football as they got on the winning track against Fremont St. Joseph. After months of hard work and a very  tough schedule, the team beat St. Joe 22-0. According to Coach Neuendorf, "The kids played their hearts out!”  Congratulations to Coach Neuendorf, his staff, and our team of dedicated Green Bears.

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Mesasa’s Strong Staff Off to a Great Start

The yearbook staff has started to create the layouts for the 2014-15Mesasa, Ottawa Hills High School's yearbook. They have covered dozens of school events this fall.  According to advisor Lauren Hurst, “Our students rock! We are on a smooth path toward a wonderful book - cover designed, pages assigned and begun.

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OH News Finely Tuned for 2014-15

Kate Hunyor and the OH News Team are bringing live news to our students and staff members each day. Seniors Quinn Wright and Kat Bodziak are this year’s producers. Daniel Intrater along with Austin Stevens covers Green Bear sports through the "Inside Edge." Kelsey Wade is the Tech Director. The rest of the staff includes Leif Gunderson, Julianna Flanner, Lilli Boice, Jack Schall, Kassity Williams, Chris King, and Abbie Wade. 

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Golf Team Takes TAAC and Sectional Titles

The Ottawa Hills golf team continued to dominate the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, bringing home its sixth consecutive Conference Championship. This year's championship was held at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green.  The Green Bears were led by individual TAAC Champion Michael Denner with a 73. Matt Abendroth took runner-up honors with a 74. Matt was also named TAAC Golfer of the year. Justin Judis, Brett Hoffman, and Robby Gilmore were named to the ALL-TAAC 2nd Team while Charlie Sandberg was named Honorable Mention ALL-TAAC to round out the field for the Green Bears.

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Second Step

Teachers are also getting off the ground with Second Step. This character development program explicitly teaches students effective learning, social, and problem-solving skills. Lessons are adjusted to meet the developmental needs of students at each grade level. They are taught by the teachers, the guidance counselors, or our prevention specialist, and then reinforced through classroom meetings. We expect this first year of the program to provide the common language and vocabulary so that year after year, students will further develop these skills, building upon the lessons from their previous years.

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Soul Shoppe

An important message was delivered to our students on Monday through Soul Shoppe. Students not only learned what bullying looks like, but they also learned what motivates bullying behavior and strategies to combat bullying.

Your child may begin talking to you about their "balloon," and healthy ways to empty their balloons of negative feelings that may otherwise seep out in hurtful ways.

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O.H. Receives 2013-2014 Local Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education released the Local Report Card (LRC) for the 2013-2014 school year last Friday. The LRC is  primarily based on student performance on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests from last school  year. Districts are rated “A through F” in nine categories. Ottawa Hills earned 6 A’s, 1 B, and 1 C. There is one category where we didn’t receive a grade because we don’t have enough students in this category (students who are among the lowest 20% in achievement in the state). Our district’s Local Report Card can be found on the ODE website. You can also do a search for all other districts in the state to compare our report card with area school districts.

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Junior High Goes Unplugged

On Friday, September 12, more than one hundred junior high students took a break from their cell phones and laptops to “unplug” for an evening of socializing, board games, and low-tech fun. This was the first activity night planned by junior high Student Council and the Junior High Advisory Program. Many thanks to faculty chaperones Kristie Stevens, Darcy Browne, Sean Mercer, Kelly Hoffer, Kathy Benecke, and Dan Feuerstein.  Thanks to parent and community chaperones Sue Mather, Julie Boesel, Angela McClure, and OHPD officer Dana Mullins. Thanks to Michelle Sprott and Barry's Bagels for the gift cards and to Lisa Silverman for a great deal on our Vito's Pizza order.

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Migration To Google Calendars

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has migrated its calendars from DynaCal to Google Calendars.  This migration will allow our community to easily integrate and sync with our district events using Google’s Services. Please follow the attached directions if you would like to subscribe to one of our calendars. 

 

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