Ottawa Hills Local Schools District Newsletter
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Ottawa Hills Local Schools

District Newsletter
May 16, 2014

Superintendent's Message
For the Love of Ottawa Hills

Love. It’s an overused word, an abused word. We say we love television shows, sports teams, restaurants, and roller coasters. We love feeling the sun on our face and the smell of lilacs. We love snow days and March Madness and the stereo systems in our cars. We use the word so much and so freely that we lessen its significance.
So when someone says, “I love Ottawa Hills, and I love this school,” one might question the sincerity of the speaker. Unless that person is Ann Kos. Then it’s clear that the sincerity behind those words is heartfelt…and true.
Ann Kos has served as an intervention specialist at Ottawa Hills Schools since 1993. But at the end of this school year, she will leave the school, staff, and students she so dearly loves and enter retirement. 
The Kos family moved to Ottawa Hills in the early 70s, and for Mrs. Kos, it was love at first sight. “I enjoyed being part of the community and when my children were little, I spent my time volunteering in a variety of roles.”  During those years, she had a hand in starting a Mother’s Study Group, the Town Hall Lecture Series, and even the local Ronald McDonald House. “My time was spent volunteering in the community and in the schools and raising my children,” she recounts.
As the children grew older, she was beckoned back to complete some unfinished business. Mrs. Kos had attended BGSU and Ohio State out of high school with the intent of becoming a home economics teacher. But marriage changed her path and the degree was never completed. So she went back to school to finish her degree; this time as a teacher for grades 1 through 8. It was Lucas County ESC Superintendent, Tom Baker, who changed Mrs. Kos’s path again, asking her, “Have you ever considered special education?”
That was all the incentive she needed. She began working at Northwood as a tutor for students with learning disabilities under temporary certification while she finished up her college coursework. Her next stop was Washington Local, where she also served as an LD tutor at three different school buildings. Her career at Ottawa Hills Schools occurred when she received a phone call from Ottawa Hills resident, Jill Gallon, who was a supervisor at the Educational Service Center. “She told me that Ottawa Hills had an opening and she encouraged me to consider it. I did. I started in the summer of 1993 and my first assignment was at the elementary as the LD teacher for the primary grades. Judy Haudan was the intermediate LD teacher. I spent about four or five years there, but the growth of the special education program brought me to the high school.” 
She remembers that at that time, there were about three tutors at the junior/senior high school to work with students with learning disabilities. But there was no resource room to meet the unique needs of students who might need intensive attention in a self-contained classroom. She moved up to serve that need at the junior high level, teaching English, math, history, and science. And while she appreciates the growth of the program to include resource rooms, her joy has been being part of the inclusion of students with learning disabilities in the regular education classroom.   
Memories of students with disabilities who found success in the regular education classroom bring a smile to her face. She knows that the evolution of special education services at Ottawa Hills mirrors education in general. “In high school I was in a college preparatory program. But I remember taking a home economics class, and across the hallway from that room was the special education classroom. There was a girl in there who would wave every time I walked by. But we never got to know her or any of the other students in that room. They weren’t part of the rest of the student body.”
Mrs. Kos remembers the beginning of inclusion for her students. “Betty Cooper walked by my classroom and asked, ‘What are you doing teaching science? Bring them into my room.’ And I did. And that was our first experience with inclusion.” She recounts that there were plenty of bumps in the road, but she credits the growth of the program to the many great teachers she has worked with and people like special education supervisor, Mary Sheffler, who “had a vision” for the way special education services should look at Ottawa Hills Schools. 
While she has loved her role as an intervention specialist at Ottawa Hills, Mrs. Kos readily admits that the “loves of her life” are her children, David and Kimberly.
David is a 1988 graduate of O.H. The influence of former family and consumer sciences teacher, Laura Timofeev, coupled with the cooking the Kos family did together at home fueled David’s passion for culinary arts. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, enjoying an externship with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans. From there, he worked for Four Seasons in Boston. Presently, David works at the corporate offices of Panera, developing culinary features for the restaurant. As a matter-of-fact, Panera’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, its number one selling salad, was developed by David. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Wanda, and their daughter, Sofia, who will be entering third grade at Academy of the Lakes next school year.
Kimberly graduated from O.H. in 1993. She played on a state championship field hockey team, and went on to play field hockey at Boston University. Distance didn’t keep Mrs. Kos from cheering on her daughter. “I could find inexpensive flights. I’d land on a Friday night, take the ‘T,’ and watch Kimberly’s games under the lights.” With David at Four Seasons at that time, Mrs. Kos’s East Caaoast visits were a family affair. Kimberly earned a degree in criminal justice from B.U. and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in education. She is now the athletic director at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts. Kimberly lives there with her husband, Alec, and their daughter Lily, who will start kindergarten in the fall.      
Mrs. Kos doesn’t see her life changing dramatically after retirement. Of course, she’ll have more time to visit her children and their families, and she even hints at volunteering at her grandchildren’s schools. But one thing is clear: she’ll continue to do things she loves to do. It’s what she’s used to.
“I’ve had such a wonderful ride here. There were maybe a few days a year that I’d wonder, ‘What have I gotten into?’ but those days were few and far between. I have loved walking the hallways, working with amazing students and a phenomenal team of teachers. I stand in amazement of how they collaborate and accommodate to challenge students and meet their needs. We have come so far, and I have loved being part of it. I love Ottawa Hills.”
There is no doubt that Mrs. Kos means what she says. And there is no doubt that, for those of us who know Ann Kos, the feeling is mutual. 

"Green Bear Nation Celebration" is Tonight

Get ready for OHSPA's 2014 Carnival--"Green Bear Nation Celebration." The Carnival will run from tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the elementary school. This year's event features lots of fun games and attractions, such as the popular Adrenaline Rush! Once again, the Boosters will be providing the food and refreshments.

Pre-sale carnival tickets will be sold at the elementary school yet today from 11-12 p.m. at the elementary circle. Pre-sale tickets are 5 for $1.00. Tickets at the carnival are 4 for $1.00. Only cash is accepted at the Boosters' Food Trailer.

It's not too late to volunteer to help out with the rides, games, and ticket sales. Please visit OHSPA’s website,, to volunteer!

"Ride of Silence" Will Honor Dave Larabee

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The 5th Annual Toledo "Ride of Silence" will be held on May 21, 2014, starting and ending at the University of Toledo's Parking Lot 1 North, located at the corner of Bancroft and North Towerview Blvd. The ride will be slow paced (12 mph maximum), covering 7.8 miles. Riders will be escorted by Toledo City Police, Ottawa Hills Police, and UT Police on route. Helmets are required.

There are no sponsors, no brochure, and no registration fee. However, you can find out more about the "Ride of Silence" by visiting the website here. You simply show up at UT's Parking Lot 1 on the 21st. The group will depart promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The "Ride of Silence" has special significance for the people of Ottawa Hills, as the group rides past Ottawa Hills High School to honor Dave Larabee, a beloved Ottawa Hills High School teacher who was struck and killed while riding his bicycle to school in September of 2005. The group has plans to stop at the bike racks which have been installed at the junior/senior high school. The bike racks were purchased with funds from OHSPA and through donations given by faculty, staff, and community members in memory of Mr. Larabee. 

AFS is Looking for a Host Family for Pond from Thailand

Pond is a 16 year old boy who is described as happy, delightful and cheerful. His teachers say that he is an exceptional student, both in his academics and in extra-curricular activities. His English skills are great! He loves playing soccer, playing basketball and creating art in his spare time. He enjoys all kinds of food. Pond has lots of friends who respect him as a great student and as an open-minded, creative friend.

We are looking for a loving home for Pond. If interested, contact Linda Sherry at dsher343@aol.comor leave a message at 419-539-6946.

If you'd like more information about hosing an AFS student, watch our NW Ohio video featuring the Glossers, Mandy Tracy and other families from NW Ohio who have hosted students for AFS.


Students Attend Access to Justice Awards Dinner

On Wednesday, April 30, four Ottawa Hills High School students attended the annual "Access to Justice" Awards Dinner. More than 500 people attended the event, including local and regional community leaders, public officials, attorneys, judges, and community advocates.  The dinner raises funds to increase critical financial support for legal services to the poor and to recognize individuals and organizations for their extraordinary service in the public interest. All proceeds from the event benefit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

This year’s keynote speaker was author and activist Lilly Ledbetter who wrote Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness. Social Studies teacher Tom McCarthy was joined by students Sara Eskandari, Lauren Jenkins, Adam Wright, and Quinn Wright. Many thanks to Patti Robb for extending an invitation to our teachers and students to attend this great event.

Sharing a Story of Survival

On the morning of April 25, seven Ottawa Hills High School students attended the 10th Annual United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo’s Diversity Program. It was held in the McMaster Center at the Main Branch of the Lucas County Library. Students listened to 86-year-old Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg, born in Schenklengsfeld, Germany, who experienced the entire gamut of Holocaust horrors inflicted upon him and his family: increasing discrimination; loss of German citizenship; loss of livelihood; loss of home and belongings; humiliation and dehumanization; physical beatings; forced slave labor; deportation to a ghetto; starvation; disease; a series of concentration and death camps; death march; and the loss of most family members and friends.  

Attending were juniors Abby Dewire, Allie Dewire, and Nick Hauck; seniors Eriann Scharer, Alex Boesel, Claudia Fuhrman, and Alex Crider: freshmen Elizabeth Allen, Riley Carson, Spencer Colton, Renae Goik, Gillian Heckler, Priya Jindal, Sean Kazmi, Miranda King, Isabella McCluskey, Olivia Perz, Andrew Ponder, and Madison Shimborske.  Ottawa Hills Social Studies teachers Tom McCarthy and Jessica Temple and English teacher Lauren Hurst escorted the students to the three-hour program.

OH ECLIPSE Club Explores Social and Environmental Issues

The OHHS ECLIPSE Club invited a local environmental leader to visit one of their meetings this past week. Claudia, from Health Foods by Claudia, stopped by OHHS on Wednesday to discuss with ECLIPSE Club members the benefits of eating naturally and the effects of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on the environment and health.

On Sunday, ECLIPSE Club members Isabella McCluskey and Paulina Mendez, advisor Jeremy Nixon, OH Counselor Darcy Brown, OH Treasurer Brad Brown, and OH Elementary students Riley and Audrey Nixon spent two hours helping the "Growing to Give" charity in Perrysburg with their spring planting. The OH staff and students helped to weed the gardens, prepare compost, distribute mulch and plant lettuce, carrots, and radishes.  The harvested food will be used for local community members around Lucas County.

Undefeated Girls Lax Begins Tournament Run

The Ottawa Hills Girls lacrosse team is one of only two teams in the state to go undefeated at this point in the season. They have had an incredibly tough schedule, but this group of talented and athletic girls has managed to beat Anthony Wayne, Southview, Northview, Maumee Valley, Perrysburg, Notre Dame, St. Ursula, and Western Reserve Academy throughout the course of the season. The team is led by team captains Alex Boesel, Liz Longthorne, and Claire Oxford. The team opened tournament play on Thursday, May 15th, by defeating Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, 13-2. They will now play Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown at O.H. Stadium on May 20 at 6:00 p.m. Please come out and support the team. Go Bears!      

45th Annual Green Bear Relays

Despite a brief interruption due to a thunderstorm, Ottawa Hills hosted the 45th annual Green Bear Relays on Friday, May 9. Nearly a dozen schools from all over Ohio and southeast Michigan brought their track and field athletes to participate in one of the biggest and longest running track meets in Ohio.

Head track coach Matt Chappuies says, “Even though dampened by rain and halted by lightning three events shy of a complete meet, The Green Bear Relays were really amazing for our team.  All the boys and girls fought hard throughout the night to attain several personal bests in many events.  The Relays pose many interesting combinations of races and field events, and our athletes competed at a high level.  All of the coaches were very proud of the effort and intestinal fortitude brought forth by the girls and boys teams alike."

The boys placed 5th out of 11 teams. The girls team finished in 10th place. First place recognition goes to the high jump team made up of senior Ed Harrison and freshmen Justin Williams and Adit Mukherjee. The three combined for a total jump of 16 feet 8 inches. Coaches Matt Chappuies, Matt Wrobleski, and Nancy Baumbarger, as well as athletic director Tim Erickson did a wonderful job organizing the event. In addition, many thanks to the army of teachers, staff members, students, and parent volunteers that made the event a huge success. The high school track team is competing in the TAAC league meet this evening.

Wipfli, Adkins and Zaurov attend BCSN awards

Hosted by Tom Cole, the staff of BCSN held their annual awards banquet at the Valentine Theater in downtown Toledo last week to celebrate the academic and athletic accomplishments of the students and teachers of the greater Toledo area and to thank their community partners for making television coverage possible.  BCSN Teachers of the Month Steve Wipfli (December) and Tim Adkins (May) and Student of the Month Jennifer Zaurov (March) were invited to attend. Jennifer received a $1,500 scholarship from BCSN for her selection as Student of the Month, while Mr. Wipfli and Mr. Adkins each received a Kindle Fire in recognition for being named Teachers of the Month. Congratulations to Jennifer, Mr. Wipfli, and Mr. Adkins for being honored by BCSN this year!

Students Take Time to Help Food For Thought

Recently, the junior high started their first-ever Peanut Butter and Jelly Wars to benefit "Food For Thought," a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide food for those in our community who need assistance. "Food For Thought" operates food pantries throughout the week, but the organization is also known for regular get-togethers every Friday night to make bagged lunches for individuals in need. On Saturday mornings, volunteers head to the downtown library to distribute the lunches.

The main part of every lunch that is passed out out is the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The weekly lunches are only made possible with the generosity of donations from the community. Anyone interested can join the junior high teachers and students for tonight's sandwich session at 6:00 p.m. at the New Harvest Church in Oregon. More information about the group (along with their big fundraiser, Jam City) can be found at

Demilt Wins Essay Contest

Congratulations to sophomore Donovan DeMilt who placed first in Division II The Toledo Bar Association essay contest. Essays were judged on format, clarity, style, reasoning, creativity and overall effort. Donovan received his award at a luncheon last week and was presented with a $250 check from the Toledo Bar Association.  “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” was the topic of the annual Caty Armstrong Memorial Law Day essay contest, sponsored by the Toledo Bar Association and The Blade. The contest is named for the late Caty Armstrong, a student at Sylvania Southview High School and an award winner in the 1993 essay contest. Caty died in an auto accident that year. 

Donovan addressed the issue of voter identification laws.  Donovan writes, “Voter ID laws are not discriminatory on their face, but they clearly discriminate against poor and working-class Americans.  Though many Americans can easily afford the time and cost necessary to obtain valid identification, such as a driver’s license, homeless and poor citizens often do not have the money to afford identification.”  The full essay can be read by clicking here. Congratulations, Donovan.

Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Mr. Aigner's class recently completed a lab that integrates two of their current units - chemical reactions and alternative energy. By using a photo-sensitive chemical and plain white t-Shirts, 8th grade science students learned how the sun is a powerful source of energy that can be used to start chemical reactions and make really cool apparel along the way. Students will be sporting their uniquely designed apparel on their upcoming Washington, DC trip. 


April Brings Out Philomathy

What is philomathy? It is the love of learning, of course! Our students love to learn, and several students were recognized during the month of April. ,Due to Ohio Achievement Assessments last week, multiple photos were taken to represent our recognized students.  Here are our exceptionally philomathic students for the month:
Joe Mayer-Heckathorn, Ian Jones, Natalie Timmerman, Zimin Qian, Grahm Hileman, Ava Porter, Alison Reca, Ryan Aubry, Sevar Mian, Anna Ellingson, Carlo Carrubba, Brandon Dolsey, Gene Lin, Braeden McCague, Adam Ayad, Darin Croy, Libby Hagenbuch, Eddie Griffin, Anurag Paudel, Cooper Conlan, Sam McCaffery, Tessa Iorio, Chinmay Khare, Shayne Lin, Anne-Marie Gabel, Ruiyang Bai, Owen Keller, Hamza Hashmi, Tyler Meier, Ian Schlatter, Zach Amonett, Adam Kamran, Pearl Thurston, Skylar Silk, Ryaan Bhuiyan, Grant Croy, Abby Speakman, Emme DeMilt, Meghan Meier, Akash Parikh, Sam Petro, Daniel Liu, Carter Hagenbuch, Jon Dolsey, Evan Muse, Eric Sigler, Hannah Chow, Geneva Howard, Mickey Wagoner, Avril Niemann, Charlotte Mayer-Heckathorn, Owen Smith, Zach Zawisza, Priya Bhatt, Seth Niemann, Ella Wilson, Hank Griffin, Cian Mulkey, Brayden Miller, Samantha Bigioni, Conner McCracken, Abby Dewhirst, Ana Reca, and Chase Miller.

First Grade Circus

The elementary school gym was host to “The Greatest Show on Earth” as the First Grade Circus came to town. Suspense filled the arena as knives flew through the air, bikers rode over ramps, and tigers leaped through fire. The crowd watched in amazement as tightrope walkers balanced perfectly on the wire, jugglers caught rings tossed high in the air, and rollerbladers jumped across the water. There were barking seals, dancing poodles, boxing kangaroos, and even pogo-ing ponies to entertain the audience. The costumes dazzled both young and old. A great time was had by all.

Author’s Academy

Over the past couple weeks, 5th graders have been sharing their writing masterpieces with parents and friends. They have reviewed all of their submitted written works from the entire school year, and selected three of their best pieces to share. Writing pieces ranged from poetry to fantasy to non-fiction. Each group of authors was then honored by their families and classmates with refreshments after the readings.

Final Fifth Grade Lunch and Learns

Throughout the year the 5th grade girls and Mrs. Browne with Mrs. Zake have enjoyed "Lunch and Learns." During these times the group created blankets for the Toledo House, worked on leadership with Kristi Hoffman, received guidance from 6th graders, and participated in arts and crafts as the group members learned to work together and develop healthy friendships. 

This past week the girls met for the last time to plant flowers as a symbol of their friendships and the importance of nurturing those friendships. The seeds were donated by "Growing2Give" which is a non-profit garden that donates their produce to the homeless shelters in the Toledo area.
The group is excited to start new "projects" next year as 6th graders and may even come up with a name that is uniquely their own! 

OH Happenings

5/16/14 Friday
9:00 AM Boys Varsity Tennis OHSAA State Sectionals
Defiance College
4:30 PM Coed Varsity Track & Field
TAAC Championships
Gibsonburg HS
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Sandusky St. Mary
High School
OHSSA State Sectional
@ Sandusky Dorn Park
5:00 PM OHES Carnival
Elementary School & surrounding areas
5/17/14 Saturday
10:00 AM Boys Varsity Tennis OHSAA State Sectionals
Defiance College
10:00 AM Girls Varsity Softball vs. Delta  High School
OHSAA State Sectional @ Delta High School
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
Boys JV Baseball Doubleheader @ Anthony Wayne HS
7:00 PM HS Prom
Belmont Country Club
10:00 PM After Prom Community Walk
HS Gym & surrounding areas
5/18/14 Sunday
12:00 AM After Prom 
HS Gym & surrounding areas
5/19/14 Monday
4:30 PM Boys JV Baseball @ Toledo Christian Schools
7:00 PM OHES 4th Grade Recorder Recital
OHES New Gym
5/20/14 Tuesday
4:30 PM OHLS Board Mtg.
Community Room
4:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs Emmanuel Christian High School
OH Baseball Field
4:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball vs Emmanuel Christian High School
OH Softball Field
5:00 PM Boys JV Baseball @ Saint Francis De Sales HS
5/21/14 Wednesday
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Track and Field
OHSAA Districts
Fremont Ross HS
4:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball @ Northwood HS
4:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Northwood HS
5/22/14 Thursday
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Track and Field
OHSAA Districts
Fremont Ross HS
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball @ Danbury High School
5:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Danbury HS
Village of Ottawa Hills:

Ottawa Hills Parent Association:
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.

Every child is born a genius.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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