Ottawa Hills Local Schools District Newsletter
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Ottawa Hills Local Schools

District Newsletter
October 11, 2013

Superintendent's Message
Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation Formed

Three years ago, when we had to make almost $1 million in budget cuts to ensure the health of the district’s five-year forecast, the Board members held a public forum. One of the messages from the community was that we need to become creative with generating new and different sources of revenue for the school district, including the idea of soliciting voluntary philanthropic support from alumni and friends of the district.
 
To that end, the Board created a Philanthropy Advisory Council, comprised of Board of Education and community members, to study the feasibility of establishing a school foundation. The district enlisted the assistance of Jason Zajac of Innovassion LLC to work with the group on their year-long study. Innovassion is a “professional services firm serving not-for-profit organizations nationally in the areas of fundraising, strategic planning, executive coaching, and Board governance.” Locally, Innovassion clients include Maumee Valley Country Day School.
 
As part of the process, Innovassion benchmarked other public school districts around the country that have initiated private-sector fundraising activities, particularly those districts whose student profile is comparable to Ottawa Hills. The benchmarking focused on districts where the schools’ performance was an integral community asset, parallel to Ottawa Hills. The locations of those similar school districts ranged from Ohio to Michigan, Texas, Kentucky, and Iowa.
 
The advisory council met throughout the 2012-2013 school year and studied critical considerations such as public understanding of the need for fundraising, the competitive philanthropic market, and the district’s capacity to support fundraising activity. In short, the question was, “Can we take the culture of the private school world as far as philanthropic giving and apply it to the public school world?”
 
The final feasibility report noted that public schools typically don’t have a culture of philanthropy. It goes on to state, “The culture of giving that private schools rely on was typically created over decades, if not generations, of alumni relations and fundraising work on behalf of the institutions.”  
 
Despite the challenges involved, in the end, the members of the Philanthropy Advisory Council enthusiastically supported the establishment of a school foundation, and the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation was born. The group worked with Chad Baker of Marshall & Melhorn, who provided pro-bono work for the foundation to establish a Code of Regulations to guide the Board of Trustees and to apply for 501c3 status.
 
In May, the O.H. Board of Education approved the members of the inaugural Board of Trustees for the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation. This past Monday, the Trustees held their first meeting for the 2013-2014 school year. They are officers President George Lathrop, Secretary Dee Talmage, and Treasurer Scott Estes. The Board of Trustees also includes John Amonett, Phil Mintun, and Judd Silverman. Troy Greeley and Brad Johnson serve on the board as representatives of the Board of Education. As superintendent, I sit on the Board of Trustees as an ex officio, non-voting member.
 
The goal of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation is to provide funds that will help to differentiate our schools from other districts in the area and across the state and country. Our boosters and parent-supported associations and events such as the Green Bear Ball are a vital part of the fabric of Ottawa Hills Schools. In no way does the Foundation seek to replace those organizations and events that are the framework of our support. Nor does the Foundation replace the need for local tax support. Instead, the Foundation will become a “new and different” source of revenue to address the challenge given to us by the community three years ago. As the forces of the economy and the erosion of state funding make it more and more difficult to provide those opportunities that reflect a school district of excellence, the Foundation will become an additional resource to help ensure long-term financial viability for Ottawa Hills Local Schools. 
 
The groundwork has been laid, but now the charge of the Trustees is to share the story of the new Foundation with various stakeholders to make sure that the Foundation’s mission and goals are familiar to our community and beyond by connecting with our alumni. The work has just begun, but with a focus on continuing the excellence for which our schools are known, the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation will become a new and integral resource for our schools and our community.      
 

Pill Drop-Off Scheduled for October 26

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26 as a great day to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your expired or unused medications to the Ottawa Hills Police Department's Drug TakeBack Day. The Ottawa Hills Police Station at 2125 Richards Road will be a collection site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that day. You can bring narcotics, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, prescriptions, and vitamins to the drop-off. Items not accepted include syringes, inhalers, liquid medications, and ointments/lotions. For complete information about the Drug Take Back Day, see the flyer here.




Seven Students Recognized as Commended Students

Ottawa Hills High School proudly announces that Ofek Avidor-Reiss, Peter Brown, James Brunner, Michael Geisler, Ella Rohm-Ensing, Elizabeth Ruvolo, and John Sun have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. We are very proud of the academic accomplishments of these students. Not only are they exceptional students, they are also leaders among their peers and they are integral to our positive school climate at Ottawa Hills. 
 
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

O.H. Linksters Competing at State Tournament this Weekend

After capturing the district title last weekend as a team, and Ben Silverman taking the individual title, the Ottawa Hills golfers are ending their season on high school sports' biggest stage--at the state tournament. The team will be competing against other state qualifers--among them are other district champions Columbus Wellington School, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, and West-Liberty Salem. In all, 12 teams from across Ohio are competing in the Division III tournament, which is being held on Ohio State University's Scarlet Golf Course. Our first golfer was scheduled to tee off at 9:56 this morning.

Day two of the tournament will take place tomorrow. For more information about the state tournament, visit the OHSAA website here. Good luck to Ohio's Golf Coach of the Year, Jim McGill, and our Green Bear golfers: Matt Abendroth, RJ Coil, Ben Dayton, Michael Denner, and Ben Silverman.

Girls and Boys Soccer Teams Capture League Titles

There will be a new league championship banner hanging in the gym, as on Monday, the Ottawa Hills girls soccer team captured their league title by handling Whitmer, 5-1. In only their first full year as a recognized varsity sport, the team has established itself as a program to be reckoned with, winning back-to-back titles in the Northwest Ohio High School Soccer Leage, but this year, they win the title as full representatives of Ottawa Hills Schools. The league consists of teams from Ottawa Hills, Cardinal Stritch, Whitmer, Northwood, Liberty Center, Start, Bowsher, and Toledo Christian.

"I'm extremely proud of their season last year and their season this year. They're a great bunch of girls on and off the field," said head coach Andrea Bigler. "They fought really hard and they deserve it." The team now moves on to the sectional tournament (see below). Congratulations Green Bears!

Last night, the boys soccer team defeated Cardinal Stritch 8 - 1. Their win, along with a tie between Maumee Valley and Toledo Christian last night means that the Green Bears claimed the TAAC league title.

Congratulations to our soccer teams--you make us Green Bear proud!   

Tourney Time for Teams

While the golf team wraps up its season at the state tournament this weekend, other O.H. teams are just beginning down the tournament trail. The girls soccer team will begin tournament play tomorrow, Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 versus Cardinal Stritch. This sectional tournament game will be played at Genoa High School.

The volleyball team will play in sectional action next Tuesday, October 15. They will take on Elmwood at 6:15. The match will be played at Lake High School. The field hockey team will also play in the first round of tournament next Tuesday. They will play Hawken at 7:00 p.m. here at Ottawa Hills.

And the boys soccer team will play the winner of the Cardinal Stritch/Woodmore game on Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. That sectional final game will be played here at Ottawa Hills. The girls tennis team continues district competition tomorrow at Bowling Green State University. The doubles team of Megan Healy and Kelsi Berry and Lilli Boice in singles advanced to District Semi Finals.

Volley for the Cure

The OH Girls JV and Varsity volleyball teams raised a total of $708.00 from the annual Volley for the Cure and the “kissing booth” at the Fall Festival. According to parent volunteer Erica Scharer, “The Volley for the Cure event did go quite well. Despite the rain there were several teachers, family members, and students who came out to support our girls, and cheered for them until the end! I am very proud to be part of this great community, and days like Saturday make it even better.” We appreciate the work done by these student athletes to raise awareness about breast cancer for our school and community.

Silver Medal for This Cool Crew

Although OHHS doesn’t have a team, this didn’t stop sophomore Haider Bin Hamid, and freshmen Liam Cooper and Patrick Arnold from deciding to take part in the Toledo Metropolitan Rowing Club.  These students thought it would be a great way to stay in shape, have fun, be on the water, and compete against high schools from across Ohio.  On Saturday September 28, this crew of Ottawa Hills students and a few more of their friends competed in the annual Frogtown Regatta Races on the Maumee River in their Mixed 8 boat.  The team brought home a silver medal.  Congratulations to Haidar, Patrick, and Liam. Photo by Patti Robb




Third Graders Enjoy Inquiry Based Science Lessons

As part of a new inquiry based science curriculum, third graders will take part in four science units. This month, Mrs. Wolff’s class has been learning about plants.  Students are using Wisconsin Fast Plants, which go through the entire life cycle in just six weeks. On Monday, everyone was very excited to thin and transplant the seedlings. The seeds had just been planted five days earlier, and they were already well over a centimeter tall.

Fifth Graders Love Using the Laptops

The fifth graders are thrilled to be utilizing the grade-level laptop cart in a variety of ways. Currently, students are drafting, revising, and publishing final copies of the Dinner Guest essay as well as other writing assignments. In math, students have been using laptops to conduct research for their park projects and to take Chapter 2 pre-assessments with the online math book. Pictured here are social studies students practicing map skills by exploring an interactive GIS activity on the National Geographic website. GIS or geographic information systems is a tool that helps us layer different kinds of information on a map.  Students learned why certain animals are endangered and how to help them. During the end of the day A+ period, students are using Garage Band for music class as well as researching maps of France for French class. In science, students will be using laptops for an upcoming virtual lab on camouflage of walking sticks and a Gizmo on food chains. As you can see, the learning opportunities are endless with this new technology!

Zombie Fun!

Students of various grades have been joining together for some gruesome Zombie Art in the art room of OHES. These creepy creatures are bringing many smiles! Carving shrunken zombie heads is just one activity in Mrs. Bodziak's after-school art classes during the month of October in "Zombie Fun"!

Fall Reminders

As students settle in to their routines, it is easy to forget some of the basics. Here are a few topics to talk over with your children:

1. Though the weather is cold in the mornings, it has been warming up over 20 degrees. Students go outside several times each day. Please remind your children to dress in layers so they can be comfortable throughout the day.

2. Please let your children know if you will be waiting in your car in the circle, or parking and meeting your child in a specific location outside of the school building at pick-up. This minimizes confusion for your child and keeps them safe. Please do not leave your car if you are parked in the circle. If you need to leave your car, please park in a parking space.

3. Though we give frequent reminders to use playground equipment the way it is intended to be used, we could use some help from you to reinforce this. Our playground equipment is expansive and fun, but some children are attempting to climb on the equipment in an unsafe manner. We will continue to diligently watch and correct this, but a conversation at home could really help.
 
Thank you for all you do to make our school the best!
 

OH Happenings


10/11/13 Friday
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Golf at State Championships
Ohio State University Scarlet Course
12:00 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences (JH/HS only) No Classes PM
Junior High & High School
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football @ Cardinal Stritch
10/12/13 Saturday
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Golf at State Championships
Ohio State University Scarlet Course
9:00 AM Girls 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball in TAAC Tournament
Emmanuel Christian
9:00 AM Girls Varsity Tennis at Districts
Bowling Green State University
10:00 AM Coed Varsity Cross Country in TAAC Tournament
Maumee Bay State Park
1:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer vs Cardinal Stritch High School at Sectionals
Genoa HS
1:00 PM
2:30 PM
Girls Varsity  & JV Field Hockey vs Hathaway Brown School
OH Stadium
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
Girls JV & Varsity Field Hockey vs Theodore Roosevelt High School
OH Stadium
10/14/13 Monday
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey vs Hawken - State Qualifying Tournament
OH Stadium
7:00 PM Division III Boys Soccer State Sectional Tournament
HS Stadium
10/15/13 Tuesday
4:30 PM OHLS Board Meeting
Community Room
6:15 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball vs Elmwood HS in State Sectionals
Lake High School
10/17/13 Thursday
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey in State Qualifying Tournament
@ Maumee Valley Country Day
(if win on Monday)
6:00 PM Boys Junior High Football @ Danbury High School

Village of Ottawa Hills: http://www.ottawahills.org

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.

Energy and persistence
conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin
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