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Amazing Agora--Part II

Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent,
in the ideas of the living.
-Mary Ritter Beard

The Agora experience has grown over the years to focus on meaningful on-campus workshops that engage students in a specific topic for the entire week. But one long-standing staple of Agora has been the opportunity for juniors and seniors to travel  abroad.

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Amazing Agora--Part I

Literally, “agora” means “gathering place” or “assembly.” In ancient Greece, the agora was the center of the athletic, spiritual, and political life of the city. At Ottawa Hills, Agora is an every-other-year event which becomes the center of attention for our faculty, our staff, and our students as the bells are silenced, the textbooks are put away, and students take part in a week of non-traditional learning. Many juniors and seniors take overseas trips.

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Creativity and Innovation in Junior High STEM

Using Autodesk Inventor, a computer aided design (CAD) program, Patty Dowd’s junior high STEM class created virtual playgrounds during the Design and Modeling Unit. Prior to using the CAD program, students were required to research appropriate dimensions and meet safety regulations on playground equipment. Following this unit, students will focus on automation and robotics. They will use RobotC software to design, create, and program their own robot.

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Coach Mercer Creates the Magic for Win #200

Coach Sean Mercer won his 200th basketball game when the Green Bears captured a 60-50 win against the Rossford Bulldogs. Coach Mercer has been the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Ottawa Hills since the  fall of 2001. When interviewed by BCSN, Mr. Mercer said, “I don’t really like the numbers thing. I try to stay away from that stuff as much as possible. To me, it means that I’ve been blessed to be at a good school, where we have had some very good athletes over the years. I’ve had some great players, some playing in college. I think it’s a tribute to them.”

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Learning About Natural Selection in Mr. Nixon’s Class

OHHS students completed and presented their Rat Island projects over the past two weeks in Mr. Nixon's Biology class. Students were asked to describe how rats adapted to specific environmental conditions on an imaginary island using the process of natural selection.  

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O.H. Model UN Heads to Michigan

On December 5 and 6 the OH Model UN Club participated in the Canadian-American Security Council Conference at the Radisson Conference Center in Lansing, Michigan. Twenty-six OH students joined over 500 other Mid-Western and Canadian high school students. They represented countries in the present day United Nations Security Council, European Union, NATO, and the UN ECOSOC. Topics included:

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"You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown" Entertains All

People of all ages enjoyed OHHS theater department’s fall production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. The title character was played by Charlie Moynihan. Sara Eskandari brought Lucy Van Pelt to life while George Mancy took on the role of little brother Linus. Fiona Arnol d played Sally Brown and Luke Dangler overcame a broken leg to successfully bring piano-playing Schroeder to the stage. Robby Gilmore played everyone's favorite dog: Snoopy. The Ensemble was made up of many OHHS and OHJH students who brought color and fun to the production. Every aspect of the show helped bring the comic strip characters to life.

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"Kids Against Hunger"

Ottawa Hills Elementary School 4th through 6th grade students are taking part in a “Kids Against Hunger” mobile food packing event on Wednesday, January 21 from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

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O.H. Student Conducting Used Cell Phone Drive

In an attempt to win scholarship money to help pay for her college education, sophomore Renae Goik is doing a used cell phone drive. She heard about this through dosomething.org. Her goal is to collect as many used cell phones as possible between December 5th and January 6th. SecondWave Recycling will collect these cell phones and they will sell different parts of the phones. The proceeds will be donated to organizations such as Safe Horizon.

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Two Ottawa Hills Chess Teams Take 2nd at State Competition

Two teams from Ottawa Hills Elementary School took second place honors at the 2014 Ohio Grade  Level Chess Championships held Saturday, Nov. 22, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Over 225 students competed at the K-12 event representing approximately 100 schools from across the state.

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The "Hour of Code" Arrives at OHES

Mrs. Peete has been teaching programming to kindergarten through 6th grade students this past week as part of a national initiative called the Hour of Code. What is the Hour of Code? It is a one-week event to expand participation in computer science and to make coding available to all students, not just a chosen few. Mrs. Peete attended a one-day workshop in Dayton, Ohio to prepare for this inspiring project for her students. Over 57,000 schools participated this year alone.

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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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