Curriculum and Instruction
Ottawa Hills Elementary School
Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School
- With the adoption of new state Academic Content Standards in Social Studies and Science, as well as the national Common Core Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, the elementary did not introduce new textbooks or resources. We will monitor the completion of the Model Curricula by the Ohio Department of Education and the alignment of textbooks and instructional resources to the new standards by the publishing companies as we evaluate new curricular materials and textbook adoptions.
- Elementary teachers served on a curriculum committee to review and revise the K-6 Mathematics Course of Study to align instruction with the newly adopted national Common Core Standards for Mathematics. We will transition to the national Common Core Standards in Mathematics over the next three years as the assessments are developed.
- Twenty-five parents and community members representing area businesses and agencies volunteered as guest instructors for the Junior Achievement Elementary Economics Program in the K-6 classrooms.
- Forty-one students participated in after-school language arts and/or mathematics intervention offered by elementary school teachers.
- Sixteen students from Ottawa Hills Elementary School participated in the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Students in grades 4-6 answered rounds of questions in the preliminary competition held at the elementary school on December 10, 2011. Mazin Omer was the elementary school champion; Mason Langenderfer finished in second place; and third place was a tie between Meghan Rowe and Amy Sun.
- Six teams from Ottawa Hills Elementary School competed at the regional Destination Imagination competition in March 2011. Two teams were “Rising Stars” and were comprised of kindergarten through second grade students. One sixth-grade team, two fifth-grade teams, and one third-grade team participated in the competition. For months prior to the regional competition, the parent-managed teams worked on writing scripts, making props, sewing costumes, and building team spirit.
- The tenth Annual Claire’s Day was held Saturday, May 12, 2011, at the Maumee Library. Four elementary students were nominated by their teachers for Claire’s Awards for Reading Excellence (CARE) in recognition of their efforts in mastering the skill of reading: first grader Wyatt Wilson, third grader Erin Kadrovach, fourth grader Peter Wu, and fifth grader Addie Eichbauer.
- All high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses were approved and reauthorized through an audit procedure conducted by The College Board to validate and certify that the Ottawa Hills AP courses meet the rigorous standards established for the advanced placement program. Ottawa Hills Jr./Sr. High School offers thirteen AP courses for our students.
- The district expanded the Chinese language program by adding Chinese III.
- New textbooks were introduced in high school mathematics and Chinese courses.
- Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School hosted the Junior High Power of the Pen District Tournament in February 2011. More than twenty schools from all over Northwest Ohio participated in this writing competition. In March 2011, Ottawa Hills Junior High Power of the Pen team competed at the Regional Tournament held at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. Competing that day were seventh graders Audrey Rotman, Brent Wang, and Waverly Hart, and eighth graders Kathleen Johnson, Katherine Shockey, Kristen Berry, and Alisa Martinez. Waverly Hart placed fourth in a field of 100 seventh grade student writers. Kathleen Johnson also placed fourth, and Alisa Martinez placed first, also in a field of 100 eighth grade student writers. These writers represented Ottawa Hills in the state tournament at the College of Wooster in May 2011. The team was coached by Ottawa Hills Junior High English teacher Mrs. Kristie Stevens.
- Nearly 1,150 fifth through twelfth grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students representing 300 schools from 66 Ohio counties exhibited their scientific research and technological design projects at the 63rd annual State Science Day on May 7, 2011. The event was held at The Ohio State University’s French Field House in Columbus. The following Ottawa Hills students received awards for their projects: ninth grader Meridith Heckler received an Excellent ranking for her project Which yarn is the warmest: a thermal sensing approach; ninth grader Claire Oxford received a Superior ranking for her project Make Your Mark: Which permanent marker is the most effective on cloth? and ninth grader John Sun received a Superior ranking for his project The Amazing Egg.