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Class of 2021: Senior Week schedule of activities
Ottawa Hills High School Ranked in the Top 1% Nationally US News ranking logo

Ottawa Hills High School is once again ranked among the Top 1 percent of high schools nationally for overall performance. In addition, the building has been named the No. 1 high school in Northwest Ohio and No. 2 in the State of Ohio (out of 683 high schools ranked).

Commencement 2021: Here’s the scoop

Keeping with a practice started last year, Commencement will be outside at Niedermeier Stadium. The ceremony is Thursday, May 27, starting at 6 p.m. (the rain date is Friday, May 28). 

AFS seeks host family for student from Israel

AFS-USA is looking for a host family in Ottawa Hills to welcome a soon-to-be 16-year-old girl from Israel. Anan is a caring, sociable, and studious young woman from a small village.

Class of 2021 sponsoring school-supply drive
T-shirt partnership spreads awareness around cyberbullying
OHSPA's organizes year-end virtual auction
Summer Learning Plan returning to OH
District hosting blood drive June 14
Drive-in movie celebrates end of school year
84 students welcomed into Junior High National Honor Society
Bazil Frueh wins award from Ohio Poetry Association
Principal's message to parents and guardians of seniors

Principal Ben McMurray's message to parents and guardians of seniors

Advanced Placement exams begin May 3

Advanced Placement exams begin Monday (May 3) and last through May 17. Parents (and students) are reminded to review the schedule as well as other important documents. All the items can be found in the AP Exam Information 2021.

‘Slow Roll’ bike ride celebrates senior moments Senior Slow Roll Bike Parade

Members of the Class of 2021 will pedal their way across the village May 26 to celebrate their graduation and pay homage to significant places in their lives.

New Parent Parking Lot Patrol debuts

The Elementary School parking lot is a busy place: Are you interested in helping to improve its safety and efficiency?

Jr./Sr. High joins national STEM group NCSSS logo

The Junior/Senior High School has been accepted as a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS).

OH joins Safer Ohio School Tip Line

In accordance with Ohio House Bill 123 passed in December 2020, Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School is now registered with the "Safer Ohio School Tip Line."

AJ George wins 'Romantic Idol XXI'

Congratulations to AJ George for winning the sophomore class’s “Romantic Idol” competition, held right before Spring Break. AJ recited “Gods” by Walt Whitman.

Survey: Village No. 1 for families in Ohio!

The Village of Ottawa Hills is the No. 1 place to raise a family in Ohio, thanks in large part to its school system (graded A+), according to national research company Niche.

Basketball stars named to TAAC, All-District teams

Congratulations to these OH basketball stars for earning Toledo Area Athletic Conference and All-District honors for the recently concluded season:

Prom letter clarifies precautions for May 8 event
Board names two parents, student to new committee Diversity Committee Members

The Board of Education tonight (March 16) named three Village residents to its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Representing parents are Dee Dolsey and Kathy Selking. Representing students is junior Faith Seo.

New requirements for remote attendance begin April 5
This is OH plans new Community Reads The Ungrateful Refugee

This is OH is planning another Community Reads event for Wednesday, April 21.

Lights! Cameras! Brown Bag Chorus!

Brown Bag Chorus, a beloved tradition, makes its post-COVID debut Wednesday (March 17). (Like many events in 2020, the performance was canceled.)

Avalon Budd, Ishan Khare make Jefferson Award 'Final Four'

Congratulations to sophomore Avalon Budd and senior Ishan Khare for being among the four finalists today for the 2021 Toledo-Area Jefferson Awards. 

Prom tickets on sale starting March 15

Prom 2021 will take place Saturday, May 8. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to usher in new dynamics of social limitations, Green Bear Nation is committed to integrating these guidelines into our cherished traditions.

Updates on Elementary School parking lot

We understand the frustration with the parking lot. Limited parking spaces and short drop-off and pick-up windows create unavoidable congestion. We know you want safe and fast drop-off and pick-up procedures for your children, and we want that, too!

Model UN Club participates in virtual MAMUN Conference Model UN participants

The OH Model UN Club participated virtually in the Mid-American Model United Nations Conference over the weekend (March 4-6).

AFS-USA seeking host families for exchange students

AFS-USA is looking for host families in Ottawa Hills to welcome an international student next school year. 

Book Fair generates $2,660 for library

Thank you to the many readers who helped make the annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair a success.

Concerts herald the arrival of spring

The sounds of spring take center stage at two concerts March 14 showcasing the musical talents of Junior/Senior High School students.

Superintendent Fineske receives 5-year contract extension Adam Fineske

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education voted unanimously today (March 5) to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske for five additional years. The extension means his district employment now lasts through July 31, 2027. 

Kindergarten info session for parents is March 10

The Elementary School will host a virtual kindergarten information meeting Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Please join this opportunity and share the date with others you know who may be interested in sending their child to Ottawa Hills for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Girls capture 2nd in heat at 200M District medley

Congratulations to the girls' 200M medley relay team on breaking the school record at the District swim meet Feb. 19. The girls just missed setting the OH record at Sectionals meet the week before, but dropped 4 seconds to beat the six-year-old record.

Abbott Receives Scholastic Teachers Award  Sam Abbott

Congratulations to English teacher Sam Abbott for receiving an “Outstanding Educator Award” this weekend from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

'Hoops for a Cause' raises nearly $3,500 2021 Hoops for a Cause check presentation

Congratulations to the girls basketball team on a successful “Hoops for the Cause” event. The team raised $3,433, including a generous $1,000 donation from Lambie’s Legacy.

Swim teams make waves at sectionals

Congratulations to the Ottawa Hills swim teams for their performances this weekend (Feb. 12-13) at the state sectionals swim meet.

New board committee examines diversity, equity and inclusion

At a special meeting Wednesday (Feb. 10), the Board of Education created a new superintendent committee on which its members serve in advising Dr. Adam Fineske.

Hot lunch orders for May due April 24

In another sign that normalcy is returning, the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) is starting a limited hot lunch program effective March 1.

Ottawa Hills Local Schools receives Aa1 ratings from Moody’s

Ottawa Hills Local Schools and its upcoming debt sale both received initial Aa1 ratings from credit agency Moody’s Investors Service. The ratings are the second-highest possible from Moody’s.

Swim teams prepare for sectionals  Swimmer at Meet

The co-ed swim team finished up its regular season last Thursday (Feb. 4) for the first time as a varsity sport.

2021-2022 scheduling begins at Jr./Sr. High

It is time for Junior/Senior High School students to begin the scheduling process for next year! Students recently logged into their Powerschool accounts and reviewed course recommendations.

Dance Team headed to States for hip-hop 2021 Dance Team

The Dance Team made its debut during halftime at the boys’ basketball game Saturday (Feb. 6). They performed their new hip-hop routine. The season has been challenging for the team due to restrictions from COVID-19.

Speech and Debate heading to States

The Ottawa Hills Speech and Debate team competed last weekend at the Ohio Speech & Debate Association Toledo State Qualifier.

Power of the Pen participates in tournament Power of the Pen participants

Power of the Pen advisors Cheri Palko and Karen Fischer met the team at the school Saturday (Feb. 6) to prepare and participate in the 2021 Power of the Pen tournament. Ottawa Hills competed against 17 middle schools from across Northwest Ohio (results are still pending).

Science Fair tradition lives on virtually Students at Science Fair

Congratulations to the Jr./Sr. High students who participated today in the building's annual Science Fair. The virtual event showcased 25 projects from 38 students; all now advance to the District Science Day at the University of Toledo.

Senior Ishan Khare named Coca-Cola Scholars' regional finalist
Elementary School welcomes new school secretary Janelle Rutkowski

Ottawa Hills Local Schools welcomed Janelle Rutkowski this week as the new administrative assistant at the Elementary School.

Broadway, Browne named to posts

Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske has announced plans to seek Board of Education approval for two administrative appointments.

New turf, track coming to Niedermeier Stadium

A new turf and track are coming to Niedermeier Stadium this year. The Board of Education approved a contract last month to replace both, which have survived years past their life expectancies.

Frueh, Timmerman earn writing awards

Congratulations to juniors Bazil Frueh and Natalie Timmerman for earning incredibly high marks from the Scholastic Writing Awards in our region.

Board of Education appoints Adam Smidi to open position Adam Smidi

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education unanimously has selected Villager Adam Smidi to fill its open position. Mr. Smidi will be sworn in as the board’s fifth member Tuesday (Jan. 19) and serve through Dec. 31, 2021.

What you need to know about the return to in-person instruction
Ishan Khare named a top-300 scientist in competition

Congratulations to senior Ishan Khare for being selected as one of 300 students internationally in the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars competition.

OH Model UN Club participates in virtual CASC Conference Model UN participants

Earlier this month, OH students in the OH Model UN Club participated virtually in the Canadian-American Security Council Conference. Seven Green Bears joined more than 300 other Midwestern, Guatemalan, & Canadian high school students

Ishan Khare named Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist

Congratulations to senior Ishan Khare who has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

2nd grader earns speaking award from Sikh Youth Symposium Bismann Singh

Congratulations to 2nd grader Bismann Singh for earning the "Distinguished Speaker Award" for his age group (ages 6-8) at the Sikh Youth Symposium, a speech and discussion competition held across North America.

‘Ms. Shelley’ saying goodbye to front-desk role Shelley Mattocks

After nearly 17 years as the Elementary School secretary, Shelley Mattocks is saying goodbye. She is taking a new position as the district's payroll administrator, which technically still makes the building her work-day home.

Choraliers carry on tradition via carols Choraliers caroling December 2020

The Choraliers caroled throughout the Village on several evenings last week. In just three days, they safely delivered 13 outdoor holiday performances to friends, family, and community members.

DDOH helps with book program Dyslexia books

A parent group has joined with the district to purchase books about dyslexia to expand resources on the subject for district teachers and staff.

Important updates about Final Exam Week (Dec. 15-18)

Below are changes being made at the Junior/Senior High School for Final Exam Week (Dec. 15-18) this semester. The changes were made in consultation with your child’s teachers and are necessary due to concerns about in-person instruction in our buildings during a heightened period of COVID-19 exposure and positivity rates.

K-6 students to begin 3-week remote-only instruction period starting Dec. 7

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has decided to extend the plan announced last week to include all students in grades K-12. Therefore, all instruction for students in grades K-6 will be remote only starting Monday, Dec. 7, and last through Friday, Jan. 8.

Health department order and its impact on Ottawa Hills Local Schools

Earlier today, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Board of Health issued an order requiring all instruction for grades 7-12 in Lucas County to move online as of 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Ottawa Hills Local Schools is required to comply with this order and will do so.

OH response to county stay-at-home advisory

Earlier today, the Board of Health for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a temporary stay-at-home advisory to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Until the advisory becomes a mandate, however, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will continue to offer in-person instruction and follow our current model.

Class of 2020: Nearly half attending college out of state

The Class of 2020 earned nearly $7.5 million in scholarships and institutional aid and 98 percent are attending four-year colleges and universities. And among those institutions, The Ohio State University continues to be the biggest draw, with 37 of the class’s 61 graduates applying and 11 ultimately enrolling this fall. Indiana and Tennessee tied for the states with the largest number of enrolled 2020 graduates (three each).

Cross-country teams wrap up phenomenal year

The 2020 boys' and girls' cross-country teams wrapped up very successful years last weekend, culminating in appearances at States. Here is a list of achievements earned by this squad:

Girls' x-country makes States!

For the first time in Green Bear history, the girls' cross-country team qualified for States!

OH athletes receive All-TAAC honors

Congratulations to 34 Green Bear athletes for earning honors on All-TAAC teams during the fall season. The teams have been announced over the past couple of weeks as TAAC seasons end. 

Local veteran highlights ES program Navy battleship

The Elementary School again honors the nation’s military heroes through its annual Veterans Day Program. This year’s event, which takes place on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), features an address by Trevor Heidenreich, a village resident and parent.

Relive the Oct. 18 Fall Collage Concerts 2020-Fall-Collage-graphic.jpg

Missed the Oct. 18 Fall Collage Concerts? You can relive the moments!

Senior wins Ohio Turnpike video contest

Senior Ella Langenderfer won the Ohio Turnpike's "#W82TEXT High School Video Contest," which promotes safe driving habits. Watch the video

Quiz Bowl team qualifies for national tourneys

In its first major competition of the school year, the Ottawa Hills Quiz Bowl Team finished third among 14 teams at last weekend’s (Saturday, Oct. 24) virtually-held Oklahoma University Early Fall Tournament. Leading the Green Bears was senior Ishan Khare.

Fotsch named new student assistance coordinator

The Junior/Senior High School is glad to welcome Hanna Fotsch as its new student assistance coordinator. She begins the role Nov. 9.

Rhegness, team head to state tennis tournament  2020-Girls-Tennis-fourth-at-States

It's time to cheer on freshman Catherine Rhegness as she competes in the Ohio High School Athletic Association individual state tournament starting Friday. She then joins the rest of her girls' tennis teammates Sunday as they enter the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament!

It's only logical! 'Proof' begins theater season
School funding 101: Understanding levies

As the Nov. 3 election draws closer, voters in Ottawa Hills likely have questions about school funding. Here is information to help understand how schools are financed and the role of levies and property taxes in that financing.

Elementary School outlines Oct. 30 Halloween celebration 2020-ES-Halloween-Parade

The Elementary School is planning its annual Halloween Parade for 2020 for Friday, Oct. 30. Due to COVID-19, some processes will be different than in past years. The building is again excited to again have Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske joining the celebration; he will be wearing a costume that received the most votes by students in the 6th Grade.

New ranking places district, high school No. 1 in Toledo area

For the second consecutive year, Ottawa Hills Local Schools is the No. 1 school district in the Toledo area and Lucas County, according to research company Niche. In addition, Ottawa Hills High School this year has been named the No. 1 high school for the same areas.

Meet the Teen PEP leadership team for 2020-2021

Congratulations to the newly appointed leadership team for Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers):

Groups organize 'Coming Out' event

The OH High School Gay-Straight Alliance and This is OH will host a Village celebration of "National Coming Out Day" Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Volleyball wins first-ever TAAC title Girls celebrate first-ever TAAC title

Congratulations to the girls' varsity volleyball team for winning its first-ever title!

Meet October's Students of the Month October 2020 Students of the Month

Congratulations to October's amazing "Students of the Month" at the Jr./Sr. High: Petar Isailovic (12), Ben Burke (10), and Olivia Bridges (8).

Soccer teams present 'Kicks for a Cure' Soccer Pink Out

The OH boys' and girls' varsity soccer teams host a "Kicks for a Cure" event Oct. 12 to benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio at Niedermeier Stadium.

Give a hand to clean hands! Hand-washing stations

As a further step toward safety, the Elementary School recently installed two hand-washing stations near the main doors used for access to the playground.

Parents of seniors: News about yearbook photos Class of 2021 logo

In order for a senior to be featured in the senior section of the yearbook and composite image posted annually in the hallway, he or she must have a "yearbook only photograph" taken at Prestige Photography by Lifetouch in Levis Commons, before Dec. 18, 2020.

'Volley for the Cause' raises $4K-plus Volleyball team pics

Congratulations to the girls' volleyball teams, their friends and families, and coaches for a successful "Volley for a Cause" event Tuesday (Sept. 22).

OH scores well in OHSAA-COVID review

Congratulations to our athletes and fans for receiving a very, very positive report from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) for the Sept. 18 home varsity football game.

Free tool helps families with social-emotional learning Foundations Logo

A new free tool is available to Ottawa Hills parents to help children with their social-emotional learning (SEL).

Fall Collage Concert: The show goes on(line) Fall Concerts graphic

This year, there will be two Fall Collage concerts on Sunday, Oct. 18, to help share the music with our community!

Boys' capture 12th straight TAAC golf crown Golf Team

Congratulations to the boys' varsity golf team for this week (Monday, Sept. 21) winning its 12th consecutive Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) title.

No letter grades in latest state report card

The Ohio Department of Education this week released its 2020 Ohio School Report Cards but without assigning districts an overall grade due to the cancellation last spring of state testing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Keefer McClure sets new OH X-country record Keefer McClure

Senior Keefer McClure this weekend not only won the Freedom Invitational cross-country event, but he broke a 33-year school record. His time of 16:35.67 eclipsed the mark of 16:36 set by then-senior Steve Summers (’87) in 1987.

Important reminders for remote, in-person elementary learners

The Elementary School has prepared these important reminders for both remote and in-person learners:

Attendance expectations clarified

The Junior/Senior High School offers guidance and clarification to parents and guardians regarding absences and changing models under the in-person and remote-learning options.


National Honor Society events postponed

The scheduled National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony for Sept. 16 has been postponed.

Jr./Sr. High to host virtual open house Sept. 16

The Junior/Senior High School will host a virtual open house Wednesday, Sept. 16.

5 named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists National Merit semifinalists

Congratulations to five OH seniors for being named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalists. The students are Shiraz Hasan, Petar Isailovic, Ishan S. Khare, Danielle Sun, and Mattingly S. Wilson.

Important details about Jr./Sr. High Sept. 8-9 schedule

On Sept. 8 and 9, only half the students will be in the Junior/Senior High School at one time so students and staff can conduct the proper training required to ensure the safe return of students to the building.

A safety message for Labor Day Weekend Labor Day Weekend image

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and other area medical professionals have expressed concern about the potential for the spread of the virus over Labor Day weekend if people fail to follow health guidelines.

5 Things: September edition (from Principal McMurray)
16 teachers, staff honored with state's Edison Award for STEM achievements STEM graphic

Sixteen teachers and staff from Ottawa Hills Local Schools have received The Governor’s Thomas Edison Award. Ottawa Hills was the only district in northwest Ohio selected for the honor.

Browne named interim assistant principal

Darcy Browne has agreed to serve as interim assistant principal at the Junior/Senior High School for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. She will be recommended for approval formally at the Sept. 3 Board of Education meeting.

Preparing for in-person instruction at the Elementary School

While we know that not all students will return to the in-person classroom environment Sept. 8, it is important to provide you with information about the return to in-person school that day. This communication includes information you will need if you plan to send your child to school in person Sept. 8.

Welcome back message from Principal Kawczynski

We are excited to get the 2020-2021 school year started. Your teachers and the entire district, staff, teachers, and administration have been working tirelessly to prepare both in-school and remote-learning environments to make this a fantastic year for your children.

Darrin Broadway looks into future in new role Darrin Broadway with students

One of the many legacies of COVID-19 will be a rethinking of learning models for the 21st century. In fact, signs of classroom change were present even before the virus: the increased role of technology, a growing need for personalized learning, greater collaboration among learners, and an embrace of new teaching and curriculum strategies.

Updates on the start of school on Aug. 24

This communication provides updates on your child’s schedule for remote learning (Aug. 24-Sept. 4) and to let you know that we will need to gain an updated confirmation from you soon if your child(ren) will continue remotely starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, when in-person instruction begins.

Orientation info for incoming 7th graders
Board delays in-person instruction, moves start date for remote instruction to Aug. 24

This evening, the Ottawa Hills Board of Education agreed to follow the local health department's strong recommendation and delay the start of in-person instruction for Ottawa Hills students.

Jr./Sr. High releases plans for Aug. 17-18 staggered start

The Junior/Senior High School begins the 2020-2021 school year with a staggered start to allow students to have a proper orientation and learn about our new Restart and Reopen plan approved by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Back to School 5K goes virtual Aug. 9-15 Back to School 5K logo

The first-ever “virtual” Back to School 5K is coming to the Village of Ottawa Hills Aug. 9-15. Because of COVID-19, the annual in-person race – a fundraiser for After Prom – is changing its format.

Reminder about completing athlete physicals for 2020-2021 sports

Attention, OH students and families: If you are going to be on a team this fall, the district's Athletic Department is asking everyone to check on physicals that may have expired or are expiring soon.

OH earns Shaw Memorial School Award - again! State Science Day

Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School was one of only 14 high schools statewide this year to earn the Harold C. Shaw Memorial School Award.

Latest updates on COVID-19, impact on our district

As reported recently by multiple national media outlets, a Rhode Island student who attended an NBA game had contact with the same player as two of our students (on the following day). That Rhode Island student has now been diagnosed with COVID-19. All the students were in close proximity to the player, who has since been diagnosed with the virus.

Important updates on closings at Ottawa Hills Local Schools

These are remarkable times and so remarkable steps are required. In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement this afternoon, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will follow the schedule below:

Important update on district planning related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, there have been many new announcements at the state and local level regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country. The latest information we have is that there are still only 3 confirmed cases in Ohio (all in the Cleveland area).

Document explores 'ABCs' of board operations

Ever wonder how the Ottawa Hills Board of Education fulfills its duties? And how it receives the advice and information it needs to make the best decisions to fulfill the district’s mission? This overview explains the key roles and duties of our five-member Board (elected every other year to staggered four-year terms) as well as the public’s role in the governing process. So let’s start exploring.

School-day changes planned as COVID-19 numbers rise

As we complete our 12th week of instruction in this most unusual school year, I want to share an important change coming to our buildings' instructional schedules. This change is being adopted for three main reasons:

Important details about Aug. 29 SAT

For students taking the SAT exam on Saturday, Aug. 29, here are important details to remember:

OH voters pass Issues 15, 16

The people have spoken. And to that, we say “THANK YOU” for supporting Our Schools … Our Community … and helping to define Our Future!

Important updates about back-to-school preparations

As the "official" start of this academic year draws near, I want to share several important updates.

District rolls out new visitor management system

Visitors, volunteers, and vendors seeking to enter school buildings will soon need a valid government ID to do so.

Fitness Center unveils fall operating schedule

As school gets ready to resume, it’s time to again start using The Kadens Family Fitness Center.

Highlights of cleaning protocols for return of in-person instruction

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has invested in new health, safety, and other hygiene protocols as the return of in-person instruction approaches.

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