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Weekly District Newsletter  |  Sept. 24, 2021
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District, high school retain No. 1 rankings

For the third straight 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 repeated as the No. 1 high school in those same areas. The building received an overall grade of A+.

In rankings for the Toledo Area and Lucas County, Ottawa Hills High School was ranked No. 1 overall, No. 1 for college prep, and No. 1 for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). At the state level, it ranked No. 6 overall, No. 7 for college prep, and No. 10 for STEM. Nationally, Ottawa Hills Local Schools ranked No. 83 out of nearly 10,800 districts.

"On behalf of the district and Board of Education, I am so proud of our formula that creates success stories like this," said Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske. "We have parents who make education a top priority at home, top-notch educators, students who are motivated to learn, and a community that centers itself around the school district." Read more

Map of Fall Festival 2021
There's plenty to do at tomorrow's Fall Festival. There will be an ATM on site, too!

Saturday's Festival celebrates community

The 17th Annual Fall Festival & Marketplace is only a day away. Celebrated rain or shine, the event is Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Geresy Field and in areas near the front lawn of the Junior/Senior High School.

This year's festival features pony and wagon rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a Kid's Patch filled with games, a maze, giant obstacle course, and much more. The Lil' Kids Patch will offer younger children a safe and fun place to play. Kids also can enjoy the craft area and pumpkin painting or pop over to the Decoding Dyslexia tent for story time. Food trucks include Rosie's Rolling Chef, Papi's Taco, Papi's On the Go, Kona Ice, and PM Frosted Fantasies. View the schedule, vendors, and booths | Thank you, sponsors!

There are still volunteer time slots open, so sign up if you can. Your time and participation is greatly valued. Sign up

Wristbands on sale today at ES circle

Pumpkins, mums, and all-inclusive Festival wristbands ($25 in advance, $30 at event) are on sale today at the Elementary School Land Lab from 2:50-3:30 p.m. You may pre-order online and pick up during these times, or purchase in person with cash, check, or card. Pumpkins and mums are first-come, first-serve.

Registration open for Oct. 7-8 conferences

It is time to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Oct. 7-8 at the Junior/Senior High School. (Students will not attend school those days.) You can choose to attend in person or virtually. Register now | Read more

Members of the 2021 Homecoming Court

This Court is now in session!

Congratulations to members of the 2021 Homecoming Court (from left): seniors Reagan Clarke, Stella Cooper, Maggie Summers, Avril Niemann, and Sophie Heidenreich! One of them will be crowned Homecoming Queen next Friday (Oct. 1). Read more about Homecoming Week planning

Backyard brainstorming event is Sunday

All Villagers are invited to attend the second Backyard Brainstorming Session on Sunday. The sessions are being conducted as part of the process to develop a new long-term strategic plan for Ottawa Hills Local Schools. Sunday's event is from 2-3 p.m. and is hosted by Elizabeth Weaver, 3758 Brookside Rd. Please attend if you can; no RSVP required. Learn more about the process

Make your voice count!

Don't forget to take the Ottawa Hills Schools Strategic Plan Development Community Survey. Go to survey

Joint meeting of Board, Village Council

Boards discuss housing, enrollment

The Village Council and Board of Education took the unusual step of meeting together Tuesday (Sept. 21) to discuss the results of a population and enrollment study jointly funded by each. The study examined data and trends and made 10-year projections—with and without the proposed housing and commercial development on Village-owned land on Richards Road. The projection: an increase of 155 students (15 percent) without the development and 178 students (17 percent increase) with the development.
Download summary | Download full report | View a recording of the meeting

Foundry Design Team

Group begins shaping Foundry future

Members of the district's Foundry Design Team (appearing quickly as mask-free for this photo op) had their first in-person meeting Thursday (Sept. 23) at the Junior/Senior High School. These 37 Villagers are shaping the future of The Foundry by developing plans for how it operates and the services it provides. The group also toured the facility. Team co-chairs are Michelle Walker and Lisa Brown. Keep up the good work, everyone!

Volley for the Cure is Sept. 28

'Volley for the Cure' set for Sept 28 home matches

The girls' volleyball program invites the community to its matches Sept. 28 as part of the "Volley for The Cure" fundraising effort to benefit Susan G. Komen in the fight to end breast cancer. The JV girls match starts at 5:30 p.m.; the varsity girls take the court after that match. Both teams are playing Emmanuel Christian at the Junior/Senior High School gym.

October lunch orders due today

Hot lunch orders for October are today by midnight. Visit here to log in and order lunch, update your child's grade, or register a new account. Just added: Sidon on Thursday at the Elementary School and Grape Leaf Diner on Wednesdays at the Junior/Senior High School. 7TH GRADERS ONLY: Both school and grade need to be updated to secure lunch will be delivered to the Junior/Senior High School.

Bear, Cub Caves open today from 3-4 p.m.

The Bear Cave at the Junior/Senior High School is open today from 3-4 p.m. (The store is near the flagpole entrance.) The Cub Cave at the Elementary School also is open today from 3-4 p.m. (The store is next to the main office). Both have restocked the fast-selling vintage items and will be selling Booster memberships. You also can buy memberships online.

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Time to fall in!

The fall equinox arrived for us in the Northern Hemisphere on Wednesday (Sept. 22) at 3:20 p.m. You know what that means? Campfires, s'mores, apple picking, and Halloween are just around the corner!

Stage productions seek master carpenter

Handy with a hammer and a team player? The Ottawa Hills Theatre Department is looking for a master carpenter to lead the set-building efforts for upcoming productions. This is a paid position with flexible hours. Interested? Contact Darrin Broadway at or 419-346-6569.

OHSPA seeks 'hospitable' volunteers

The Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) is seeking parents and other Villages to serve as Hospitality Committee members/volunteers. These individuals coordinate appreciation events for OH faculty and staff on behalf of OHPSA, such as Welcome Back Luncheons and restocking teachers' lounges. These events are a way to show appreciation to OH educators and community support. Interested? Contact Jana Kammeyer, OHSPA president

Sept. 24, 2021 COVID-19 Weekly Tracker

Weekly district COVID-19 Tracker

Stats for the week-ending today (Friday, Sept. 24). Visit the district's COVID resources page

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Upcoming events:

For the latest event details, visit the district's events calendar or the Green Bear sports calendar.
  • Sept. 25: Fall Festival & Marketplace. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Geresy Field
  • Sept. 26: Backyard Brainstorming Session for the OH Strategic Plan. 2 p.m., 3758 Brookside Rd. (Host: Elizabeth Weaver)
  • Sept. 29: Picture retakes at the Junior/Senior High School. (If your student missed picture day in August, this is her/her chance. If a student did attend schedule pick-up day and is not satisfied with school photos, please bring them as a form of payment to the retakes. No need to re-order. Original school photos will be available in the next few weeks. Code: EVT69QZTZ)
  • Oct. 1: Celebration of Village Life Parade (5 p.m. start). Interested in having your community group or team participate? Read the guidelines. Registration deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 2: Homecoming
  • Oct. 7-8: Parent-Teacher Conferences, Junior/Senior High School
  • Oct. 12: Next meeting of the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association. 5:45 p.m. social time, 6 p.m. meeting start. Community Room at the Elementary School. Zoom option will be available for those who cannot join in person.
  • Oct. 15: End of First Quarter, Junior/Senior High School
  • Oct. 17: Fall Collage Concert
In partnership with our community, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will challenge and inspire each student to realize his or her unique potential; to embrace learning as a lifelong process; and to become an active, responsible citizen.
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