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


Ottawa Hills Local Schools

District Newsletter
January 10, 2014


Superintendent's Message

A Wintry Welcome to 2014

This week’s district newsletter, like our school week, will be short. Little did we know that our holiday break would be extended by a few days due to heavy snow, frigid temperatures, and a Level 3 snow emergency.
 
I know that school cancellations and delays create a challenge for families that have to make alternate arrangements for their children, and I appreciate your patience and understanding when we have to do so in order to ensure the safety of our students. It’s unusual for Ottawa Hills, but sometimes it’s necessary. Actually, our cancellations and delay this past week were the first we’ve had in three years.  
 
We were glad to return to school on Wednesday (and I’m thinking that more than a few parents were glad too), but it doesn’t happen without the commitment of several people. Though most of our staff members live in the Toledo area, we have a few who live in outlying areas. Some staff members have had long drives of more than an hour and a half to get to school these past few days, and I appreciate their dedication in driving through poor road conditions to get to school.
 
We’ve had a lot of snow to move this past week, and no one does that better than our maintenance and custodial team. Many thanks to Chuck Eighmey, Dennis Clere, Julio Rodriguez, and Eric Swisher. They cleared our lots and sidewalks late Monday after the Level 3 was lifted the first time, and then they were back on the job early Wednesday morning, before most of us were even thinking of getting out of bed, to make sure the parking lots and sidewalks were as clean as possible. Thanks also to the Village for bringing in one of their trucks to help move the large piles of snow on Monday, and really, for always being great about having our Village streets cleared and ready to go.
 
And thanks once again to parents for their patience and to students for not complaining too loudly when we returned to school while their friends at other schools stayed home. Honestly, I think that most were ready to get back into the swing of things. There’s still a lot of winter left, but let’s hope that the worst of it is behind us. I guess time will tell.
 

Students Invited to Consider Kenya

Earlier this year, we shared through the district newsletter the adventures of three Ottawa Hills students, Jimmy Brunner, Jack Hylant, and Ben Bogart, as they went to Kenya in the summer of 2013 as part of a service learning experience. You can see Part I of the two articles by clicking here. In Kenya, the O.H. students served as volunteer teachers at rural primary schools near the town of Naro Moru. Their trip was arranged through Fred Roberts, a 1979 Ottawa Hills graduate. Fred and his wife, Elizabeth Goodwin, lived in Kenya from 1986 – 2000 and own Batian’s View Experiential Education Center in Kenya, where our Ottawa Hills students stayed while there. Annually, Fred organizes trips for students to come to Kenya for a cultural experience that provides the opportunity to serve the children of Kenya while also exploring the wonders of the country.

We are now pleased to offer an opportunity for Ottawa Hills students who will be entering their Junior or Senior year in 2014-2015 to take part in a similar service learning trip to Kenya in the summer of 2014, specifically from June 25 to July 26, 2014. The trip will be organized and overseen by Fred Roberts, who has an abundance of experience in hosting students at Batian's View. An overview of the trip can be seen by clicking here.

For those interested in learning more about this trip, much more information will be shared at a student/parent meeting that will take place on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the junior/senior high school's library media center. Fred Roberts will be there in person to share specifics about the trip and to answer any questions that parents or students might have as they consider this trip for the Summer of 2014.

Consider Kenya in the Summer of 2014. We have three students who will tell you that it will be a life-changing experience.  
 

Four Board Members Start New Terms

Four Villagers were sworn in to begin new terms on the Ottawa Hills Board of Education. Troy Greeley, Gary Wilson, Gretchen Rohm-Ensing, and David Arnold were sworn in by treasurer Brad Browne at the beginning of the Board's annual reorganization meeting, held yesterday in the community room. After the swearing in of the re-elected members, Gary Wilson and Brad Johnson were elected to continue their positions as Board President and Vice President respectively. 



 

Taking Time for Terrific Art at the TMA

On Thursday, December 19, seventh grade social studies students went to the Toledo Museum of Art to examine Medieval Europe through the museum’s art collection.  The students toured the museum and completed their own piece of art inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of the time period. Many thanks to junior high social studies teacher Kristie Stevens for organizing the trip. Thanks to teacher chaperones Sean Mercer, Bill Miller, Steve Solomon (student teacher), Dan Feuerstein, and Nicole Silvers.  Thanks to paraprofessional Kelly Sporleder and parent Laura Wimmers for additional assistance.  The trip was made possible through TMA’s passport program and ties in with the seventh grade history curriculum. 
 

Helping the Hungry! Volunteer Focus Participates in 33rd Annual Food Drive

On December 20, students from Volunteer Focus helped pack 260 boxes of food for the 33rd annual food drive at Our Lady of Lourdes. Former Villager and parent Tim Gruber started the partnership with teacher Marv Rotundo many years ago. Advisor Kristen Johnson was accompanied by students Kelly Rudolph, Margaret Nichols, Meredith Heckler, Audrey Rotman, Olivia Koury, Mara Horn, Katherine O' Neal, Piriya Piriyakrit, Anushka Mardolkar, and Anna Callahan. Many thanks to parent chaperone Jim Callahan, Mrs. Johnson and the students for making a difference!
 

Exam Schedule Posted

Semester exams for O.H. students will take place on January 15, 16, and 17. To view the schedule along with directions regrading scheduling should there be inclement weather, click here.
 

OH Happenings

1/10/14 Friday
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Boys JV & Varsity Basketball @ MVCD School
1/11/14 Saturday
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Boys 7th & 8th Grade Basketball vs. MVCD School
OH HS Gym
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Girls 7th & 8th Grade Basketball @ MVCD School
1:00 PM
2:30 PM
Girls JV & Varsity Basketball vs. Northwood HS
OH HS Gym
1/13/14 Monday
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Boys 7th & 8th Grade Basketball @ Toledo Christian School
5:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball vs. Toledo Christian School
OH Elementary Gym
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Girls JV  & Varsity Basketball @ Emmanuel Christian HS
1/14/14 Tuesday
8:15 AM OHSPA Meeting
Community Room
1/15/14 Wednesday
8:10 AM JH/HS Exams
1/16/14 Thursday
8:10 AM JH/HS Exams
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Boys 7th & 8th Grade Basketball @ Gibsonburg Middle
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
Girls 7th & 8th Grade Basketball vs. Gibsonburg Middle
OH Elementary Gym
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Girls JV & Varsity Basketball vs. Danbury
High School
OH HS Gym
 
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