Ottawa Hills Local Schools District Newsletter
3600 Indian Rd., Toledo, Ohio  43606

Ottawa Hills Local Schools

District Newsletter
October 18, 2013

Superintendent's Message
S-T-A-T-E   C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N-S

Last Saturday, October 12, was a red-letter day for Ottawa Hills Local Schools as our golf team captured the third state golf championship in our school district’s storied history. The Green Bear golf team of 2013 joins an elite fraternity along with the teams from 1974 and 1982 as the OHSAA State Golf Champions. In addition, Ben Silverman stood on the awards stage on Saturday to receive his individual state runner-up award, just as his father, Judd, did in 1973 when he was crowned Ohio’s individual golf champion. It was an amazing day at Ohio State University's Scarlet Golf Course. 
On Monday, we had an assembly at the high school to honor our new state champions. Mayor Gilmore was there to present the golfers with a proclamation that established Monday, October 14 as “Green Bear Golf Team Day.” The event was emceed by athletic director Tim Erickson, and words of congratulations were shared by high school principal, Ben McMurray, student council President Michael Geisler, and Coach Jim McGill. A few people asked me to share my message from that morning, and I gladly do so here:
Many from the Green Bear Nation made the trip to Columbus this past weekend to cheer on our golf team. We were there to see you make great drives and long putts. We were there to see you make it personal, knowing that your job was to get the best of your Columbus Academy partner in each threesome. We were there when Ben Silverman raised his arms in victory after he hit his beautiful approach shot to the 18th green. We were there to see you get your championship trophy and your state champion medals. We were there for the photo session afterward that would rival any paparazzi.
But there were plenty of times when we weren’t there. We weren’t there for the cold, windy regular season meets, for the after-school practices. For the late nights doing homework because you either missed school for a tournament match or had a long day because of an after-school round. We weren’t there for the long drives to invitationals. We weren’t there for the hours and hours spent on the course by yourself, practicing chip after chip, putt after putt. We weren’t there for the time you spent at the driving range, perfecting your swing. We weren’t there for the junior tournaments that took days of your summer and perhaps got in the way of time with your friends or vacations with your families.
This past weekend, you allowed us to share your championship with you, and for that we are thankful. Being named Ohio’s best brings an incredible sense of satisfaction. But the reason you were able to claim the title is because you were willing to do what it takes to be a champion. The game of golf requires incredible dedication. And it was your individual commitments to becoming the best player you could be that created a team—a championship team. In today’s mentality of easy fixes, short cuts, and fear of adversity, you stand apart as an example of dedication to a task. Really, dedication to a dream. A dream now realized.
I also want to recognize our number 6 and 7 guys—Justin Judis and Brett Hoffman. You’ve been there every step of the way, and you’ve been equally as dedicated. I thank our teachers who have gone out of their way to work with these young men, as tournament time for golf also means a lot of time out of the classroom. I thank Mr. McMurray and Mrs. Patterson for their leadership, as well as Mr. Erickson for his organization and behind-the-scenes work on behalf of our athletes. And I extend a special thanks to the parents of these young men. Thank you for raising not just great athletes, but great individuals.
Ottawa Hills Green Bears—Coach McGill, Matt Abendroth, RJ Coil, Ben Dayton, Michael Denner, and Ben Silverman—you are Ohio’s best. There will be a new banner on our gym wall, and all of you will forever be responsible for it. Thank you for representing yourselves, your families, our Village, and Ottawa Hills Schools in such fine fashion. You are champions, both on and off the course.

The 2013 Division III state champions—here’s to you, Ottawa Hills Green Bears!  
Coach McGill came up to me on the 18th green as Ben Silverman was taking his final putt, and he asked me how I was doing. Of course, I was ecstatic, but at the same time, I told him that I was having an emotional moment. Because as I looked around at our soon-to-be-crowned state champions and the large crowd gathered around the green to support our team, I couldn’t help but think that at that very moment, there was a golfer, not among us, who was smiling down from above.
Thanks, Green Bears, past and present, for all you have done to build such an amazing program. You make us tremendously proud.

Village Life Parade Precedes Homecoming Game Today

The Village Life Parade is today beginning at 5:30 p.m. Parade floats and parade participants will leave the Village Offices parking lot at that time and then wind their way through the Villlage, ending the parade at the stadium.

The parade route turns right onto Bancroft, and then left onto Evergreen. It will then turn left onto Sulphur Spring before turning right onto Brookside. To see the full parade route, click here.

At 7:00, the Green Bears will take on Danbury in the Homecoming football game. Chosen to serve on the Homecoming Court are Alex Crider, Mara Horn, Paige Koury, Lauren Miller, and Claire Oxford. Congratulations to our Homecoming Court, and "Go Green Bears!"

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 Take Back 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.

Sophomore Lilli Boice Competes at State Tennis Tourney this Weekend

Lilli Boice placed third in the district tennis tournament held at Bowling Green State University last weekend to advance to the state tennis tournament, to be held in Columbus today and tomorrow, October 18 and 19. The Friday matches will take place at Ohio State University's outdoor varsity tennis courts. The Saturday rounds will be held at Hilliard Davidson High School. She will take on Andrea Ballinger of Columbus Academy in the first round of the tournament. More information about the state tennis tournament can be found on the OHSAA website. Good luck, Lilli! 

Art Museum Offers Glimpse of Ancient Greece and Rome

With the help of docents and teachers, OHJH seventh-grade students used the museum’s collection of classical treasures from ancient Greece and Rome to gain an understanding of culture and society of that time. Students explored the Classic Court and explored the Greek and Roman influence of the interior of the Peristyle and the exterior of the main building of the museum. In addition, students worked with museum docents to make their own Greek Amphora. Thanks to trip organizer Kristie Stevens and chaperones Sean Mercer, Bill Miller, Jenny Gill, Nicole Silvers, Dan Feuerstein, and Kathy Benecke. This is the first of three trips for the seventh graders. We look forward to hearing about their future trips.

Junior High Enjoys Wellness Day 2013

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of several community members, area experts and junior high faculty, last Friday’s Wellness Day offered 7th and 8th graders a plethora of information on critical topics that impact their overall social, emotional, and physical development. This interactive and educational experience consisted of five workshops on the topics of Stress/Anxiety (Karen Fritts), Cyber Law (M. Scott Aubry), Drug/Alcohol Education (Karen Ackerman and Larry Branam), Peer Pressure/Self Advocacy (Debbie Dolgin and Amy Rowe) and Decisions & the Law (Chris Sargant). Much appreciation also goes to Natalie Aubry, Karla Justison, Mary Koury, Susan Carson and Cyd Iorio for their support and assistance in ensuring a quality experience for all students. A special thank you goes to Junior High Guidance Counselor Darcy Browne for all of her endless hours of planning the many intricate details of this tremendously important event! Many thanks also to Jackie Patterson Assistant Principal for helping to ensure the success of Wellness Day.

JH Girls Take TAAC; Easy as 1, 2, 3!

The TAAC Championship for cross country was held last weekend at Maumee Bay State Park. The junior high girls clinched the title with a first place finish from Abby Hauck, second place from Caelan Carter, and third place from Brea Fields. For the boys, Aidan Byrne claimed third place. For the high school, freshmen Cameron Roller received first team all-TAAC with a 7th place finish and Nolan Greeley was recognized as second team all-TAAC with a 14th place finish. Freshman Elana Dunbar was 14th overall and second team all-TAAC for the high school girls.  Congratulations to all of the runners and to coaches Matt Wrobleski and Sara Nida on a great season! The high school team will compete at districts tomorrow at Liberty Center.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be taken on Thursday, November 7, 2013. If you were not happy with your child’s picture, you may request that a retake be taken. For retakes, be sure to return your original portraits with your student on November 7. Your student will receive the same package of pictures as was previously ordered. If your child was absent on picture day or is new to the school, please pick up a flyer in advance from the school office. Also, all checks should be made payable to Interstate Studio.  
Afternoon kindergarten students who were absent or who need to have pictures retaken will have this done in the afternoon. Please feel free to call the school office if you have any questions about the picture retakes.

Welcome, Mrs. Hoffer!

OHES would like to welcome Kelly Hoffer to our building for the next several weeks as the long term substitute for Mrs. Williamson's 5th grade classroom. Mrs. Williamson has started her maternity leave about a week and a half early (no baby, yet, and everyone is healthy!), so Mrs. Hoffer jumped right in. A few visits to her classroom will convince any visitor that we made an excellent choice in our selection of Mrs. Hoffer. Welcome!

Safety Patrol – Updated Recommendations from AAA

New this year, AAA is now recommending, in an effort to increase safety, that Safety Patrol Crossing Guards no longer walk to the middle of the street.  Instead, Crossing Guards will step off the curb and hold out their signs. This may appear different than you are used to, but is the way that the guards were trained this year. Thank you for following the lead of our Safety Patrol Crossing Guards and helping to keep OHES students safe!

Save Your Art!

Please save your child’s artwork in a safe place at home. Students will be asked to bring in their best art piece (2-D or 3-D) for the annual Art Fair in early February.  The art will be displayed and judged by grade level.  Details to come at a later date.

Sculpture Frames an Exciting Day for Fourth Graders

Fourth grade students visited the Toledo Museum of Art on October 15 and discovered all kinds of sculpture, both indoors and out. They were looking for positive and negative space, mobiles, stabiles, and free standing works of art. They spotted works made from clay, bronze, black granite and wood. It was an eye-opening experience!

How do Animals Adapt to Their Environment?

On Tuesday, third graders traveled to Oak Openings to learn about animal adaptations and plants.  A visit to the sand dune area was a special treat. Thank you so much to our fabulous parent volunteers who drove and chaperoned our trip to the park. Our trip would not have been possible without you!

The 3rd Graders are not Stopping There…

The third graders are delighting in studying the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals through the hands-on study of African Dwarf Frogs, Fiddler Crabs and Millipedes. Testing hypotheses through real-time observations has the students captivated!

OH Happenings

10/18/13 Friday
9:00 AM Girls Varsity Tennis  (Lilli Boice in singles)
@  State Tournament
Ohio State
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football vs. Danbury
Homecoming Weekend
OH Stadium
10/19/13 Saturday
9:00 AM Coed Varsity Cross Country in State Districts
Liberty Center
9:00 AM Girls Varsity Tennis  (Lilli Boice in singles)
@ State Tournament
(if  win on Friday)
Ohio State
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Division III Boys Soccer Tournament
OH Stadium
3:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Woodmore HS in State Sectionals
OH Stadium
7:30 PM Homecoming Dance
OH Multi-Purpose Room
10/22/13 Tuesday
4:00 PM –
10:00 PM
Division III Boys District Soccer Tournament
OH Stadium
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer in
District Semi-final
(if  win on Saturday)
OH Stadium
10/24/13 Thursday
6:00 PM Boys Junior High Football @ Northwood

Village of Ottawa Hills:

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.

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that
people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank--The Diary of a Young Girl
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