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Boys Tennis Doubles Teams Headed to States

At the conclusion of districts for tennis last Saturday, the doubles team of Ryan Simon and Tyler Gargas beat Lexington’s Barkett/Webster 6-4, 6-0 to win the district championship. In addition, the Green Bear doubles team of Justin Judis and James Schwann defeated Elida’s Klaus/Sarno in three sets to claim third place in district competition. 

Both doubles teams now move on to compete in the state tennis tournament, to be held on May 27 and May 28. Ryan and Tyler will begin state tournament play with a match against Kelly/Morley of Cincinnati Wyoming. Justin and James will face off against McCauley/Eddy of Cambridge.

The state tournament will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The Lindner Center is home to the Western & Southern Open, the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin. Many big names in tennis play at the Western & Southern, such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams.

Congratulations and good luck to our doubles teams!  

Green Bears Advance to OTCA Final Four

Boys Tennis Team Coached by Jeff Harst, and Matt Gargas advance to the OTCA State Team Tournament Final Final on Sunday at Reynoldsburg High School. they begin play at 8:00 am against Gates Mills Hawken. This is the first appearance for Coach Harst’s squad in his 12 years at the helm. The Green Bears have fallen one match short in the last nine years. Monday they beat long time foe Lexington 3-0 to punch their ticket into the final four. Lexington has beaten the Green Bears the last five years in a row.

The Green Bears Team members, Nolan Greeley, Tyler Gargas, James Schwann, Justin Judis, Ryan Simon, Spencer Smith, and Rahul Bais look forward to the opportunity of playing for the OTCA State Team Championship.

Ottawa Hills Receives Two State Awards

Ohio's State Board of Education has granted Ottawa Hills Local Schools two awards: the "All A Award" and the "Momentum Award" for performance on the 2014-2015 Local Report Card.

The "All A Award" recognizes districts that have received A's on every aspect of school performance measured on Ohio's School Report Cards. Ottawa Hills became the first school in the state to receive A's in every category of the Local Report Card. The "Momentum Award" recognizes districts that have received A's on every value-added measure included on Ohio's School Report Cards. Value added measures students' academic growth in reading and mathematics during a school year. Ottawa Hills exceeded expected academic growth in all areas measured by the state.

In awarding these honors to Ottawa Hills Schools, State Board of Education President Thomas Gunlock noted, "As a winner of these awards, both in their inaugural year, you are part of a small and very elite group of school districts. You are demonstrating high-quality teaching and leadership that result in high academic performance for very type of student. This is particularly commendable considering that you are meeting the needs of students who have diverse backgrounds and academic support needs." 

Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff, administrators, parents, and community on receiving these state-wide honors!

Tickets for the Laramie Project on Sale

Tickets are available starting Tuesday for the May 27, 28, and 29 Ottawa Hills High School production of The Laramie Project. Only 40 seats per show available.

The Laramie Project is in the High School Auditorium:

Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. (note later time).
Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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O.H. Teachers Win ESC Awards

Congratulations on receiving these well-deserved honors, Mrs. McKean and Mrs. Benecke!

On Thursday, May 12, elementary intervention specialist Megan McKean was recognized by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West and presented with the "Rookie of the Year" Award for 2016. To qualify for this award, the teacher must consistently go beyond the norm or expectation, create activities that promote or enhance educational opportunities for their students, and initiate activities that require extra time or organization.

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Hall of Fame Inductees Visit O.H. Schools

On Friday, May 13, the Ottawa Hills Community Foundation Hall of Fame Inductees visited the elementary and high school and addressed students in a variety of contexts, from classroom visits to a school assembly. 
The nominees visited with the sixth grade classes and various classes at the junior/senior high school. They also spoke at a school-wide assembly for the high school students. In their discussions with students, the nominees shared their successes, struggles, and journeys in their professional careers and service work.

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Mothers and Sons Dance to the Groovy 60's

On Saturday, April 30, community parents hosted the second annual mother-son dance. They danced the night away to the theme of Groovy 60's.  Mothers and their sons wore flower power and tie dye outfits. They received John Lennon glasses and peace rings at the door. This event brought in approximately 200 guests. Those in attendance were coached in the East Coast Swing by Gil Aromas, a dance instructor from The Ballroom Company. 
Proceeds from the dance totaled $508.20.  Money raised was split and donated equally to Animal House Rescue and NAMI.  A big thank you to the many parent, teen, and community volunteers who helped to make this event a groovy success!

Attention TARTA Bus Riders:

Due to the May 23 closure of Talmadge between Bancroft and Brookside (for 30 days), students who live on Bonniebrook and Brittany are directed to catch the #2 bus at Brittany and Underhill.

According to the Village office, local traffic (residents) will be able to access the area, but through traffic (buses) will not. 

If you have questions or concerns about the bus schedule, please contact Tom Metzger, TARTA Superintendent, at 419-245-5202 or 419-245-5235.

Hardman Wins BCSN Coach of the Year!

OHHS Baseball coach Chris Hardman received Coach of the Year Award at BCSN’s annual banquet on Thursday, May 19. Chris started teaching and coaching at Ottawa Hills in 1974. He taught physical education and health and coached cross-country, football, basketball, and baseball. He has been the head baseball coach at Ottawa Hills for 36 of the last 38 years. He is a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) Hall of Fame and the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. He retired from teaching in 2014. He is revered by coaches and players. Congratulations, Chris Hardman! Well-deserved!

Office of Village Life Offers an Array of Camps for Summer2016

The Ottawa Hills Office of Village Life has planned an exciting slate of camps for the summer of 2016. Returning are perennial favorites such as art camps, chess camps (from beginners to advanced players), Safety Village, and camps for many sports—baseball, softball, football, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and tennis. New camps have been added:  Yoga for Kids, Junior Chef, Song Safari, Fun with Books, and the Reiser/Lehman Shooting Camp.
Camps are designed for ages Pre-K and up. They are convenient and close to home. A complete list of summer camp offerings and registration information can be found at https://ottawahills.org/villagelife. Camp prices will increase after June 1, so register before June 1 to save money.  
Summer camps 2016 give Ottawa Hills kids a chance to create, play, think, learn, and perform. Don’t miss out—register today!

Future Presidents

Over 630 students participated in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s essay contest. Students were required to write as the newly elected President sharing their about first proposals, goals, and life in the White House. In the K-5 categories, three out of the six top winners were OHES students.  First grader, Jay Tamirisa, won first place in the Grades K-2 section and fourth graders Matt Bowei and Ella Douglas won second and third place in the Grades 3-5 division. Their essays are now part of the library’s collection and can be borrowed digitally from the library’s website. Congratulations to all three students!

Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Surpasses Founders' Society Goal

Anyone connected to Ottawa Hills Schools knows what going over and beyond is all about. Our parents and community members do it. Our teachers do it. Our students do it. It’s a habit.
And now, many generous contributors have done it to help the Trustees of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation reach their goal of raising $600,000 in contributions and pledges for their Founders’ Society campaign. In typical Ottawa Hills fashion, they not only met the goal, they went over and beyond to raise $620,328 to make the Foundation’s initial campaign an incredible success.  

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Ottawa Hills Elementary is named a "Hall of Fame School"

There are 2,187 elementary schools in the state of Ohio. Only seven of them received the distinction of being named a Hall of Fame School by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) this year. Ottawa Hills Elementary is one of them.

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Mrs. Danzeisen is Sun Federal Credit Union "Extraordinary Teacher of the Year"

From the many nominations submitted to Sun Federal Credit Union, the committee chose kindergarten teacher Wendi Danzeisen to receive this year's "Extraordinary Teacher" award. Mrs. Danzeisen received the award at the Sun Federal Credit Union annual meeting, held on Saturday, April 23. The distinction includes a $500 honorarium presented to Mrs. Danzeisen to use for a classroom project or supplies in her classroom.

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