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Weekly District Newsletter  |  Oct. 15, 2021

Virtual Strategic Plan event is Wednesday

The Strategic Plan is under way to design the future of our schools. The remaining Community Engagement Session is virtual and open to all Village residents, regardless of whether they currently have children in the school system or not. It takes place Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. The session's goal is to better understand the community's view of the district's strengths and weaknesses and to collectively brainstorm potential ideas and directions for the next five years. Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 994 2916 3102.

Performers welcome back live audiences 

The annual Fall Collage Concert is 7 p.m. Sunday in the Junior/Senior High School gym. The bands and choral groups are excited to be performing before live audiences again! The concert features all performing groups at the Junior/Senior High. They will create a seamless concert experience, moving from one group to the next and sampling sounds learned during the first quarter of instruction. Masks are mandatory for all students and guests. For those unable to attend, the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association will live stream the concert through its Facebook account. Download the program

Juniors Sam Smithberger and Annie Bazzoli

Back in Black: New Choralier outfits

The Choraliers will debut new performance attire at Sunday's Fall Collage Concert. The group's 38 students are now wearing all-black suits (with green tie accents) and dresses. The new outfits had a semi-official debut earlier this month when students performed at a special event hosted by the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation. Modeling the performance wear are juniors Sam Smithberger and Annie Bazzoli.

OHMTA Poinsettia sale

Poinsettia Sale benefits performers

Beautify your home and help OH performers by being part of the Annual Poinsettia Sale sponsored by the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association (OHMTA). Five options are available, from 4.5-inch pots ($10) to 8.5-inch pots ($24). Proceeds benefit OHMTA, including all bands, choirs, and theatre productions. Orders due Nov. 12. Home delivery is free to Village residents; delivery will be Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-noon. Questions? Email Val Timmerman or Paula SweeneyDownload form | Order online

Career Panel of Alumni

Alumni share career tips with 7th graders

Five alumni shared time today with 7th graders and talked about their experiences in high school, college, and the workplace as part of a Career Explorations Workshop. Participants were: Matt Abendroth ('15), account manager at MT Business Technologies; Matt Dewire ('09), co-founder of Valhalla Tickets; Courtney Fung ('14), medical school student at the University of Toledo's UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Ben Silverman ('14), client executive at Hylant; and Dan Steinberg ('76), financial advisor with Vantage Financial Group.

Names added to Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial expands service roll

Let's salute the newest additions to the Liberty Memorial plaque, which honors OH alumni who served our country in the armed forces: Harrison B. Leinweber ('14), H. Peter Gunderson ('65), Brett F. McCall ('96), Paul Konoff ('17), and Timothy Bosserman ('10). The plaque is part of the flagpole installation in front of the Junior/Senior High School. (Know someone who should be on the plaque? Contact Principal Ben McMurray)

Food restockings inside buildings

Shelves restocked, thanks to OHSPA 

Kitchens and lounges in both buildings were restocked this week with delicious snacks and hot beverage mixes thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association. The restockings take place three times a year and are made possible by donations from parents and guardians. We raise our granola bars to you!

Make a statement: Wear orange Oct. 20

Wear Orange on Wednesday (Oct. 20): That is the request from Youth 2 Youth, a newly formed student group at the Junior High. Orange celebrates National Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. The day celebrates kindness, acceptance, and inclusion while also sending a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. (If you are a student in grades 7-8 interested in joining the group, contact Nikki Tolliver, the building's guidance counselor.

Students along the river

Eclipse Club cleans up Ottawa River

After being delayed by recent area flooding, the Environmental (Eclipse) Club at the Junior/Senior High School spent Saturday morning (Oct. 9) joining others around the world in cleaning local waterways. They removed more than three full bags of garbage from the Ottawa River! Advisor and science teacher Paul Genzman worked with Partners for Clean Streams and consulted with Village manager John Wenzlick to identify an area of need on the river within the boundaries of Ottawa Hills.

November lunch orders due Oct 24

Hot lunch orders for November are due Sunday, Oct. 24, 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.

Today is last day to order crewnecks

It's time to expand your wardrobe and help the Class of 2023 organize the best-ever Prom on Saturday, May 14. They are selling long-sleeve crewnecks (sizes S-XXXXXL) in four fabulous colors through today. Crewnecks are $35 each. Shop online now! Questions? Contact Darcy Browne, assistant principal at 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.

Tonight's events: Senior Night, food truck

The biggest Senior Night celebration of the year occurs tonight as the district celebrates members of the Class of 2022 for their contributions to football, cheerleading, cross country, and golf teams as well as Marching Band. Everyone besides football will be honored at 6:45 p.m.; football seniors will be recognized at halftime.

The Back 40 Food Truck will be at the Junior/Senior High School today from 5-6:45 p.m. before the home football game against Northwood (7 p.m. kick-off). Thank you to the OH Boosters for organizing the visit and sponsoring another fundraiser in support of our athletes. Come hungry to enjoy some of Back 40's signature items, including cheeseburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, fries, and mac n' cheese.

Catherine Rhegness and Lorelei Huber

Rhegness, Huber advance in tennis

Congratulations to sophomore Catherine Rhegness and senior Lorelei Huber for qualifying in singles for States. They played in the District Tournament at Port Clinton High School on Wednesday. They will play in the State Tournament Oct. 22-23 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. Match times are TBA. Well done, ladies! (Pictured: Catherline (left) and Lorelei)

Titletown, USA! Bears keep winning

The titles and accolades keep coming for OH athletes. Congratulations to the ...:

  • boys' soccer team for winning the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) title last week (16 straight titles)!
  • girls' soccer team for winning the TAAC title last week (5 straight titles)!
  • doubles' team of juniors Elise Ansberg and Bri Rotterdam and singles' players sophomore Catherine Rhegness and senior Lorelei Huber for advancing out of Sectionals last week and into Districts this week!
  • 8th Grade girls' volleyball team for winning the TAAC title Saturday!
  • 7th Grade girls' volleyball team for winning the TAAC title Saturday!

Student Council begins book, supplies drive

The Student Council at the Junior/Senior High School is hosting a Book/School Supplies Drive Oct. 18-29. The books will be used to help individuals at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo. Throughout the week, drop-off boxes will be in front of the office. Please drop off age-appropriate books or supplies that are in good condition for a good cause.

Weekly district COVID-19 Tracker

Stats for the week-ending today (Friday, Oct. 15). 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.
  • Oct. 17: Fall Collage Concert
  • Oct. 18: Choraliers perform with fellow choirs from Anthony Wayne, Bowling Green high schools at Epworth United Methodist Church. 7 p.m. Free admission.
  • Oct. 19: Board of Education meeting. 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 29: Elementary School Halloween Parade
  • Oct. 31: Halloween trick-or-treating in the Village. 6-8 p.m.
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