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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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Field Hockey Finishes Strong

Although they battled with Hawken and finished with a 0-0 draw in a home game on Saturday, September 20, the O.H. field hockey  came back to crush the Laurel School 9-0 in the second game.  The girls continue to tackle their tough schedule. They played in the Maumee Valley Tournament the weekend of Sept. 26. You can catch the team at home next Saturday, October 4, when they take on Western Reserve Academy. Best of luck, girls!

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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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Cross Country and Soccer Teams Turn in Impressive Performances; Tennis Team on to Sectionals

The boys' soccer team took a big step forward in their quest for a TAAC title with a 1-0 victory over Maumee Valley Country Day School on September 23. The team also sponsored "Youth Night" as part of their match-up with MVCDS, and several students turned out to enjoy door prizes and a great game.

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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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Gym Floor Gets a New Look

The gym floor has been refinished and now has a new look. The gym floor was damaged during a heavy storm while the new roof was being put on the gym area this summer. The roofing company assumed all responsibility for repairing the gym floor. After repairs were made to water damaged areas, the entire floor was sanded, removing all of the aging paint and polyurethane.

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OH Cross Country Has Record-Setting Day

The Ottawa Hills cross country program experienced a record-setting day at the Lakota Invitational last Saturday. Abby Hauck (1st-19:46), Caelan Carter (2nd-19:48) and Jeannette Widmer (3rd-19:52) took the top three individual spots in the girls' race. But even better, all three broke the school record of 20:01! Rounding out the girls were Haley Weaver (81st) and Waverly Hart (93rd). The girls finished fifth as a team.

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Terrific Transition for Junior High Students

Seventh grade students are off to a great start and are settling into their new roles as junior high students.  They are learning the nuances of the rotating schedule, honing their organizational skills, and balancing the demands of eight new courses. To prepare for the new year, seventh graders have participated in a study skills class, team-building activities, and laptop orientation.
 

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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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Steve Wipfli exhibits at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI

Steve Wipfli, Ottawa Hills art teacher, is one of 1500 artists from around the world chosen to exhibit at ArtPrize, a unique international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In its 6th year, ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized art competition with a first prize of $200,000.00 chosen by popular vote. Earlier this spring, artists registered their work online and Grand Rapids venues registered their spaces.

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World Language Lab Equipped with New Technology

Students studying Chinese, French, or Spanish will benefit from new technology in the language lab. Shane Patacca, Brooks Spiess, and our student tech team installed new computers, monitors, and software over the summer. This $11,129 project was paid for with Permanent Improvement funds.

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Enna McBride Heading to Ireland to Compete for Team USA

Freshman Enna McBride (left) is headed to the 2014 World Karate/Kickboxing Commission (WKC) Championships from October 4-9 in Dublin, Ireland. Enna will represent her dojo, Elite Karate Academy, Toledo, and Team USA. She will compete in kata, weapons, and sparring divisions against martial artists from across the globe. Teams hail from countries such as Canada, Ireland, England, Germany, and Italy.

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Fifth Graders Remember 9/11

In their social studies classes, fifth graders studied the events of September 11. 2001 through video, books, and discussion. To pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11, students were asked to perform a good deed for someone else. 

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OH Elementary Celebrates International Dot Day

Monday September 15 was International Dot Day. Dot Day is an annual celebration of the picture book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, and its themes of bravery, creativity and self-expression. Ottawa Hills Elementary students and staff spent the entire week reading the book, discussing its message, and creating a collective DOT mural. 
 

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2013-2014 Quality Profile Released

Ottawa Hills Local Schools joins many other school districts across the state in releasing a comprehensive, community-oriented companion to the Ohio Department of Education’s Local Report Card. Called a “Quality Profile,” the report includes additional accountability measures that better define a high quality education and are not included in the state’s report.

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Sails Set for 2014-2015

As we set our sails and head into the 2014-2015 school year, we do so with clear direction. Our overall direction is determined by our school district’s mission and vision, but our specific direction is driven by objectives that are chosen each year. The members of the Board of Education and the administrative team work collaboratively to choose the objectives for the school year. These objectives are taken from our long range strategic plan, which was developed in 2012 by a 42-member committee.

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Recycling: YES; Trash: NO!

There are public recycling bins located at both the elementary and junior/senior high school. These are the green bins and they are placed at each building by the Lucas County recycling program for use by all village residents. We welcome village residents to come to either building to place recyclable containers and paper products in the appropriate bins.

However, please note that the blue trash bins at each building are NOT for public use. They are for school use only. Often, when returning from the weekend, we find trash that has been deposited in and around the school trash bins--from yard waste to tires to furniture and more. 

 
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Make Sure You Know Our Newest Green Bears

Have you met our newest faculty members yet? With the start of the 2014-2015 school year, we welcome six new members to our team. They include elementary guidance counselor Emily Celizic, STEM teacher Patty Dowd, junior high math/science teacher Kelly Hoffer, intervention specialist Jordan Kielty, speech and language pathologist Paula Milkie, and physical education/health teacher Greg Neuendorf. To learn more about our new faculty members, see their bios here

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Waiver Days/Inservice Days Scheduled

On Tuesday, August 26, our faculty and staff took part in the first waiver day of the year. Waiver days are days used for professional development to address state mandates and various initiatives that are being implemented in our district. The school district will take advantage of two more waiver days to provide professional development for faculty and staff in the 2014-2015 school year. Please mark your calendars for the following dates which have been approved by the Board of Education:
 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences Have a Different Look

Parent-Teacher Conference dates will look a bit different for the 2014-2015 school year, so parents should take note of the following days and times for conferences at each district building. Our goal was to provide more evening time for parents to meet with teachers and to provide earlier opportunities in the school year for parents to meet with their children's teachers. 

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Google Calendars Yet Another Way to Keep It All Straight

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has migrated its calendars from DynaCal to Google Calendars. This migration allows you to easily integrate and sync with our district events using Google’s Services. Visit the link on our website to access a variety of calendars, then choose the specific calendars to which you want to subscribe. Please follow the attached directions if you would like to subscribe to one of our calendars.

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Got OH Connections?

Are you signed up for OH Connections? Of course you are, or you wouldn't be reading this article! But anyone can sign up for OH Connections. Almost all school communication is delivered to families and community members through the district’s OH Connections. OH Connections not only provides a vehicle for electronic communications between the school district and its constituents, but also allows us to do our part to provide a “greener” environment while conserving paper and printing costs for the district.

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District Activities Calendar Provides Month-by-Month Info.

Previously, the district activities calendar was delivered to each home in the district. But beginning last year, the calendar was provided electronically to save printing costs. The calendar tracks the junior/senior high school’s rotating schedule and provides dates for many important elementary, junior/senior high school, and district events.

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Free Parent & Professional Trainings

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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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