Ottawa Hills Local Schools District Newsletter
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Ottawa Hills Local Schools

District Newsletter
January 31, 2014

Superintendent's Message
Coach Jim McGill Named National Golf Coach of the Year

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task.
--Vince Lombardi
 
Ottawa Hills golf coach, Jim McGill, has been named the TAAC coach of the year for seven years running. That’s pretty cool. This past year, he was also chosen as northwest district golf coach of the year. That’s impressive. In addition, he was named as the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association’s state coach of the year. That’s quite an honor. But the cherry on top of this amazing cavalcade of honors occurred earlier this month when our own Coach McGill was named the National Federation of State High School Association’s National Golf Coach of the Year. It doesn’t get any better than that.
 
The NFHS bases their selection on a variety of criteria which include career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in the coach’s profession at the local, state, and national levels, and the coach’s philosophy of athletics.
 
And while Coach McGill fits the bill for the various criteria established for earning coach of the year honors, he’s quick to point out that it’s not the hardware that he cherishes, but the memories.
 
“I tend to think of the people I’ve had the chance to work with instead of records and trophies,” he points out. “My very first year as golf coach, I got to work with John Swigart. He was my first ‘prodigy’ player. David Roemer and I had quite a bond. He’s one of the reasons that I got into technology toward the end of my career in Toledo Public Schools. We had a state medalist in 2000 in Justin Kruse. To this day, Justin and I work together on the Junior Golf Board. The Silverman Family is one of many families that are very special to me. It has been quite a privilege to work with Ben Silverman, who has broken pretty much every record in our program. From John Swigart to Ben and every kid in between, I’ve gathered a lot of great memories.”
 
Those memories are rooted in a coaching philosophy that focuses on developing more than just golfers. “I want each golfer to improve his skill level,” he stresses. “But character development is more important. I want things done the right way, but we’re always going to do it as positively as possible.”
 
Coach McGill’s ties to Ottawa Hills actually began in the basketball program. He coached JV basketball for five years under head coach, Bob Repp. Coach McGill experienced success in that program also, as the JV team went 20-0 in his first year, and the Varsity team won the district title. After Bob Repp’s five-year stint as varsity coach, Coach McGill assumed leadership of the basketball program. From there, he took over the reins of the golf program and has led the program for 22 years.
 
“The success of the program,” he notes, “is first and foremost due to the fact that Ottawa Hills has a background of talent for golf. We have athletes who put in a lot of work in the spring, summer, and fall, playing in a variety of tournaments to improve themselves. It’s all about having a passion for something and working hard.” 
 
The Ottawa Hills golfers aren’t the only ones who work hard in the off-season. Coach McGill is co-director of the Toledo Junior Golf Association. The association runs a variety of tournaments. In addition, Coach McGill produces their various publications and runs the website. He shares that one of the benefits of his position is that he “gets to meet and know virtually every golfer in the Toledo area from an individual standpoint.”   
 
Winning the National Coach of the Year honors is something that Coach McGill is still trying to come to terms with. He shares, “I’ve had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around it. I’m appreciative, but I just do what I do. I’m a guy who enjoys what he does, and to be honored for it is very humbling.”
 
One look into our trophy cases provides evidence of Coach McGill’s impact on our school district and the Ottawa Hills golf program: 10 TAAC titles, 10 trips to the state tournament, and a 2013 state championship. But the intangibles that he has provided to the athletes with whom he has worked are the real treasures. His example of hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination to apply the best of himself on behalf of our school and athletes has provided the foundation for an incredibly successful program. And in return, he has been named the nation’s best.
 
Congratulations, Coach McGill. NFHS National Coach of the Year.   
 

Dorothy Figy Joins Office Staff

Parents, students, and visitors to Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School are being greeted by a familiar face and smile when they come to the school these days. Village resident, Dorothy Figy, assumed the secretarial position which had been held by Linda Rubino. Mrs. Rubino retired this past December 31. 
 
Dorothy and her husband, Rex, are parents to Jessica, Chris, and Katie. All are O.H. graduates and members of the Kindergarten Club. All three are full time students pursuing careers in the field of health care. Six-year-old retriever, Lily, rounds out the Figy Family. 
 
Those who know Dorothy know that she’s been a long-time volunteer in our schools and community. In addition, Dorothy enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening.  She is a member of a neighborhood book club, gourmet group, the Ottawa Hills Garden Club and the Academy of Medicine Alliance.  Gardening is a twelve-month-a-year activity for Dorothy.  The winter time finds her looking through magazines, planning new beds, and looking for new plants to add to her garden. Spring, summer and fall provide time to work outside in the yard. Her family has even provided her with large portable work lights and a hat with a headlight to help with “night” gardening.  Dorothy’s garden was featured on the Toledo Day Nursery Garden Tour, which she describes as
“a very rewarding experience.”
 
Dorothy notes, “I am honored and excited to become part of the Ottawa Hills team.  Having worked with most of the staff I know they are a dedicated group of educators who are truly committed to our students.  I’m proud to join the OH family!”
 
We welcome Dorothy Figy as the newest member of our team.
 

Singing Valentines: Sold Out!

Continuing on with an Ottawa Hills tradition, the Choraliers, under the direction of Donna Wipfli, will be serenading sweethearts on Thursday February 13, between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00pm. For a $50 contribution, this outstanding musical group will be surprising special someones with candy, flowers and two beautiful love songs.

However, if you haven't already enlisted the Choraliers to make your Valentine's Day special, you'll have to wait until next year. All spots for this year's event are sold out. Thank you for your ongoing support of our Choraliers--an Ottawa Hills tradition! 



 

Games Slated for Make-Ups

Several junior high and high school games which were postponed due to weather conditions have been rescheduled. Visit the "OH Happenings" calendar at the bottom of the newsletter to check out when our teams are in action for the coming week.
 

Healthy Choices in New Vending Machines

Junior high student council members and some students from Mrs. Gill’s Health class and Mrs. Visser’s Family and Consumer Science classes were recently invited to meet with Melissa Rowe, the owner of several Smart Choice vending machines. Students were asked to select from a variety of food and drink samples that comply with district policy, state Law, and curriculum standards. Not only did students appreciate tasting the variety of samples, they felt empowered by being involved in the decision-making process. The vending machines will be in place in the next few weeks and located near the multipurpose room.
 

Girls Basketball Teams Unite

The girls’ varsity basketball team recently invited the 7th and 8th grade teams to join them for one of their practices, followed by a pizza party.  The junior high students worked on a variety of skills and game strategies with the high school players and coaches. Many thanks to coaches Sean Mercer, Jon Corbett, Bill Garber, and Jacquelyn Litle for their dedication to our basketball program.
 

Holy Toledo! Winter 2014 Rubik’s Cube Tournament Coming to O.H.

If you have the ability to solve the notorious Rubik's Cube, come and compete in Toledo's first Rubik's Cube tournament at the Ottawa Hills High School library! Competitors from around the nation will converge to compete in a range of events, including a 6x6-order cube, feet solving, and, of course, the classic 3x3 Rubik's Cube. Competitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
 
This event, sanctioned by the World Cube Association, is being organized by O.H. eighth-grader, Mason Langenderfer. All times set at this tournament will be ranked among the world's 'speedcubers.' National, continental, and world records are on the line!  Click here for more information and registration. All competitors are required to bring their own puzzles. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration closes on March 1, 2014, so be sure to sign up before then.
 

Strength and Flexibility Make Margaret Tough on the Mat

Sophomore Margaret Nichols developed a passion for gymnastics at an early age.  This year Margaret decided that she would like to represent the Green Bears on the mat and asked the Board of Education for approval to be the sole member of the gymnastics team during the 2013-14 season.  She competes in all four events: balance beam, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.  In her last meet on January 20, she placed 3rd in the balance beam and 5th in all-around. Margaret is coached by Jesse Hodulik, who also coaches the Springfield gymnastics team. The Blue Devils team has cordially accepted Margaret as one of their own, though Margaret wears Green Bears green and is a team all by herself. Margaret has two remaining meets. She will compete on Saturday, February 1 at Napoleon, and in Districts at Bowling Green State University on Friday, February 21. Best of luck, Margaret!  Go Bear!



 

How Do Polar Animals Stay Warm?

The first graders’ winter unit has included learning about polar regions and polar animals. Using the scientific method, they discovered how blubber helps keep polar animals warm. While wearing a “blubber glove”, the students immersed their hands in ice cold water. The result was that their hands remained warm. Some students expressed the desire to have a blubber glove that would cover their bodies so they could go out for recess during the recent frigid temperatures! What great scientists they are becoming!
 

Did Someone Say Book Fair?

As the large silver Scholastic book carts were delivered to our elementary building on Thursday and hauled into the Library/Media Center hall, the efforts of Mrs. Walker, parent voluteer and leader of the book fair project, and Mrs. McLean, our library media specialist, started to come together to create an experience for our students where books will come alive! The elementary students anxiously await a visit from Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and other entertainment throughout the week.  It’s going to be a “Fiesta” good time!
 
Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the free Book Fair App to help you find the right fit books for your child. And if you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online here. We will have several special events during the Book Fair.
 
Coin Challenge & Spirit Days – Get those coins ready because every cent we collect will help us buy new Spanish language books for kids in Guatemala. And to show our enthusiasm for the Book Fair, a different Spirit Day will occur during Book Fair week including everything from mustaches to crazy hats to PJs. Prizes will be given to the classrooms which bring in the most change and who have the highest participation rate during Spirit Days.
 
Family Night is Wednesday, February 5, from 6:00-8:00. Join us at the OHES Library for chips and salsa, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Spanish dance lessons, and mariachi music.  
 
Kindergarten Luncheon – All Kindergarten students are invited to have lunch in the OHES Old Gym with their special someone (mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor) and then attend the Book Fair on Tuesday, February 4, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch – drinks and dessert will be provided. Clifford the Big Red Dog will also join the kindergartners for this special occasion.
 
Spring Book Fair Hours
Monday          February 3        8 – 3:30 pm
Tuesday         February 4        8:00 – 3:30 pm            
        *Kindergarten Luncheon        11:00-11:30 am
Wednesday    February 5        8:00 – 3:30 pm            
        *Family Night                       6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday       February 6        8:00 – 3:30 pm
Friday            February 7        8:00 – 3:00 pm
 

Fifth Grade Girls Frost Cookies for Sunset House

This week, our fifth grade girls frosted heart-shaped cookies to donate to Sunset House. The girls had a great time with frosting, sprinkles and candies as they used creativity and precision to make beautiful cookies. What a treat for our neighbors! Mrs. Sue Mather helped her 6th grade daughter, Clare, prepare the event for the 5th graders.  Altogether, 3 sixth grade students led the activity. Many thanks to Clare Mather, Priya Bhatt, and Zihua Qian for partnering with the 5th grade girls for this special project. Mrs. Browne was also in on the festivities and will be delivering the cookies this afternoon!
 

Buckets Full of Snow = Extra Dose of Patience

Thank you for your patience in the circle as drop-off and pick-up take a bit longer due to weather conditions, more parents bringing their students to school, and parking spaces being occupied by piles of snow. Please remember that the inside lane is for drop-off and pick-up only. Please do not leave your cars unattended in this lane. If you need to leave your car, please park in an open parking space so that you do not block cars behind you.

Also, please note that the drive that leads into the new gym area should not be entered to drop-off students in the morning. This creates a dangerous situation for students who are walking in that area. The Ottawa Hills Police Department will be monitoring that area to ensure that cars are not pulling in during morning drop-off. Thank you, once again, for your patience and understanding. 
 

OH Happenings

1/31/14 Friday
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Boys JV & Varsity Basketball vs. Emmanuel Christian HS
OH HS Gym
9:30 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Clay HS
Tam-O-Shanter
2/1/14 Saturday
9:00 AM Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Emmanuel Christian School- TAAC Tour Game
Northwood HS
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Boys JV & Varsity Basketball @ Evergreen
High School
12:45 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball vs. MVCD School - TAAC Tour Game
Toledo Christian
3:15 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball vs. Kateri Catholic Academy - TAAC Tour Game
Toledo Christian
7:30 PM Turnabout Dance
HS Multi-Purpose Room
2/2/14 Sunday
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Bishop Watterson HS
Ottawa Park
2/3/14 Monday
8:00 AM OHES Book Fair
ES LMC Library
2/4/14 Tuesday
8:00 AM OHES Book Fair
ES LMC Library
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Boys Freshman, JV & Varsity Basketball @ Gibsonburg HS
2/5/14 Wednesday
8:00 AM OHES Book Fair
ES LMC Library
6:00 PM OHES Book Fair Family Night
ES LMC Library and Old Gym
7:00 PM Sophomore Parent College Information Night
HS LMC Library
2/6/14 Thursday
8:00 AM HS Science Fair
HS LMC Library
8:00 AM OHES Book Fair
ES LMC Library
4:30 PM OHLS Special Board Meeting
Community Room
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball @ MVCD School
 
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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.

What good is the warmth of summer,
without the cold of winter
to give it sweetness?
John Steinbeck
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