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'Fill the House' fundraiser aids 'Into the Woods' Fill the House logo

Can’t make one of the upcoming performances of "Into the Woods”? Well, you can be there anyway by joining the “Fill the House” initiative.

Survey: Village No. 1 for families in Ohio!

The Village of Ottawa Hills is the No. 1 place to raise a family in Ohio, thanks in large part to its school system (graded A+), according to national research company Niche.

Board names two parents, student to new committee Diversity Committee Members

The Board of Education tonight (March 16) named three Village residents to its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Representing parents are Dee Dolsey and Kathy Selking. Representing students is junior Faith Seo.

New requirements for remote attendance begin April 5
Lights! Cameras! Brown Bag Chorus!

Brown Bag Chorus, a beloved tradition, makes its post-COVID debut Wednesday (March 17). (Like many events in 2020, the performance was canceled.)

Updates on Elementary School parking lot

We understand the frustration with the parking lot. Limited parking spaces and short drop-off and pick-up windows create unavoidable congestion. We know you want safe and fast drop-off and pick-up procedures for your children, and we want that, too!

AFS-USA seeking host families for exchange students

AFS-USA is looking for host families in Ottawa Hills to welcome an international student next school year. 

Book Fair generates $2,660 for library

Thank you to the many readers who helped make the annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair a success.

This is OH plans new Community Reads The Ungrateful Refugee

This is OH is planning another Community Reads event for Wednesday, April 21.

Superintendent Fineske receives 5-year contract extension Adam Fineske

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education voted unanimously today (March 5) to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske for five additional years. The extension means his district employment now lasts through July 31, 2027. 

Kindergarten info session for parents is March 10

The Elementary School will host a virtual kindergarten information meeting Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Please join this opportunity and share the date with others you know who may be interested in sending their child to Ottawa Hills for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Hot lunch orders for May due April 24

In another sign that normalcy is returning, the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) is starting a limited hot lunch program effective March 1.

Ottawa Hills Local Schools receives Aa1 ratings from Moody’s

Ottawa Hills Local Schools and its upcoming debt sale both received initial Aa1 ratings from credit agency Moody’s Investors Service. The ratings are the second-highest possible from Moody’s.

New board committee examines diversity, equity and inclusion

At a special meeting Wednesday (Feb. 10), the Board of Education created a new superintendent committee on which its members serve in advising Dr. Adam Fineske.

Elementary School welcomes new school secretary Janelle Rutkowski

Ottawa Hills Local Schools welcomed Janelle Rutkowski this week as the new administrative assistant at the Elementary School.

Board of Education appoints Adam Smidi to open position Adam Smidi

The Ottawa Hills Board of Education unanimously has selected Villager Adam Smidi to fill its open position. Mr. Smidi will be sworn in as the board’s fifth member Tuesday (Jan. 19) and serve through Dec. 31, 2021.

What you need to know about the return to in-person instruction
‘Ms. Shelley’ saying goodbye to front-desk role Shelley Mattocks

After nearly 17 years as the Elementary School secretary, Shelley Mattocks is saying goodbye. She is taking a new position as the district's payroll administrator, which technically still makes the building her work-day home.

2nd grader earns speaking award from Sikh Youth Symposium Bismann Singh

Congratulations to 2nd grader Bismann Singh for earning the "Distinguished Speaker Award" for his age group (ages 6-8) at the Sikh Youth Symposium, a speech and discussion competition held across North America.

DDOH helps with book program Dyslexia books

A parent group has joined with the district to purchase books about dyslexia to expand resources on the subject for district teachers and staff.

K-6 students to begin 3-week remote-only instruction period starting Dec. 7

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has decided to extend the plan announced last week to include all students in grades K-12. Therefore, all instruction for students in grades K-6 will be remote only starting Monday, Dec. 7, and last through Friday, Jan. 8.

Health department order and its impact on Ottawa Hills Local Schools

Earlier today, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Board of Health issued an order requiring all instruction for grades 7-12 in Lucas County to move online as of 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Ottawa Hills Local Schools is required to comply with this order and will do so.

OH response to county stay-at-home advisory

Earlier today, the Board of Health for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a temporary stay-at-home advisory to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Until the advisory becomes a mandate, however, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will continue to offer in-person instruction and follow our current model.

School-day changes planned as COVID-19 numbers rise

As we complete our 12th week of instruction in this most unusual school year, I want to share an important change coming to our buildings' instructional schedules. This change is being adopted for three main reasons:

District rolls out new visitor management system

Visitors, volunteers, and vendors seeking to enter school buildings will soon need a valid government ID to do so.

Local veteran highlights ES program Navy battleship

The Elementary School again honors the nation’s military heroes through its annual Veterans Day Program. This year’s event, which takes place on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), features an address by Trevor Heidenreich, a village resident and parent.

OH voters pass Issues 15, 16

The people have spoken. And to that, we say “THANK YOU” for supporting Our Schools … Our Community … and helping to define Our Future!

OH21 Presents Red Ribbon Week

Ottawa Hills Local Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26-30. Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the nation. It started in 1985 and is run by the National Family Partnership. Here are the details for families in both buildings.

School funding 101: Understanding levies

As the Nov. 3 election draws closer, voters in Ottawa Hills likely have questions about school funding. Here is information to help understand how schools are financed and the role of levies and property taxes in that financing.

Elementary School outlines Oct. 30 Halloween celebration 2020-ES-Halloween-Parade

The Elementary School is planning its annual Halloween Parade for 2020 for Friday, Oct. 30. Due to COVID-19, some processes will be different than in past years. The building is again excited to again have Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske joining the celebration; he will be wearing a costume that received the most votes by students in the 6th Grade.

New ranking places district, high school No. 1 in Toledo area

For the second consecutive year, Ottawa Hills Local Schools is the No. 1 school district in the Toledo area and Lucas County, according to research company Niche. In addition, Ottawa Hills High School this year has been named the No. 1 high school for the same areas.

Free tool helps families with social-emotional learning Foundations Logo

A new free tool is available to Ottawa Hills parents to help children with their social-emotional learning (SEL).

Fall Collage Concert: The show goes on(line) Fall Concerts graphic

This year, there will be two Fall Collage concerts on Sunday, Oct. 18, to help share the music with our community!

Give a hand to clean hands! Hand-washing stations

As a further step toward safety, the Elementary School recently installed two hand-washing stations near the main doors used for access to the playground.

No letter grades in latest state report card

The Ohio Department of Education this week released its 2020 Ohio School Report Cards but without assigning districts an overall grade due to the cancellation last spring of state testing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Important reminders for remote, in-person elementary learners

The Elementary School has prepared these important reminders for both remote and in-person learners:

A safety message for Labor Day Weekend Labor Day Weekend image

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and other area medical professionals have expressed concern about the potential for the spread of the virus over Labor Day weekend if people fail to follow health guidelines.

Welcome back message from Principal Kawczynski

We are excited to get the 2020-2021 school year started. Your teachers and the entire district, staff, teachers, and administration have been working tirelessly to prepare both in-school and remote-learning environments to make this a fantastic year for your children.

Darrin Broadway looks into future in new role Darrin Broadway with students

One of the many legacies of COVID-19 will be a rethinking of learning models for the 21st century. In fact, signs of classroom change were present even before the virus: the increased role of technology, a growing need for personalized learning, greater collaboration among learners, and an embrace of new teaching and curriculum strategies.

Preparing for in-person instruction at the Elementary School

While we know that not all students will return to the in-person classroom environment Sept. 8, it is important to provide you with information about the return to in-person school that day. This communication includes information you will need if you plan to send your child to school in person Sept. 8.

Important updates about back-to-school preparations

As the "official" start of this academic year draws near, I want to share several important updates.

Highlights of cleaning protocols for return of in-person instruction

Ottawa Hills Local Schools has invested in new health, safety, and other hygiene protocols as the return of in-person instruction approaches.

Updates on the start of school on Aug. 24

This communication provides updates on your child’s schedule for remote learning (Aug. 24-Sept. 4) and to let you know that we will need to gain an updated confirmation from you soon if your child(ren) will continue remotely starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, when in-person instruction begins.

Board delays in-person instruction, moves start date for remote instruction to Aug. 24

This evening, the Ottawa Hills Board of Education agreed to follow the local health department's strong recommendation and delay the start of in-person instruction for Ottawa Hills students.

Back to School 5K goes virtual Aug. 9-15 Back to School 5K logo

The first-ever “virtual” Back to School 5K is coming to the Village of Ottawa Hills Aug. 9-15. Because of COVID-19, the annual in-person race – a fundraiser for After Prom – is changing its format.

Reminder about completing athlete physicals for 2020-2021 sports

Attention, OH students and families: If you are going to be on a team this fall, the district's Athletic Department is asking everyone to check on physicals that may have expired or are expiring soon.

Latest updates on COVID-19, impact on our district

As reported recently by multiple national media outlets, a Rhode Island student who attended an NBA game had contact with the same player as two of our students (on the following day). That Rhode Island student has now been diagnosed with COVID-19. All the students were in close proximity to the player, who has since been diagnosed with the virus.

Important updates on closings at Ottawa Hills Local Schools

These are remarkable times and so remarkable steps are required. In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement this afternoon, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will follow the schedule below:

Important update on district planning related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, there have been many new announcements at the state and local level regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country. The latest information we have is that there are still only 3 confirmed cases in Ohio (all in the Cleveland area).

Document explores 'ABCs' of board operations

Ever wonder how the Ottawa Hills Board of Education fulfills its duties? And how it receives the advice and information it needs to make the best decisions to fulfill the district’s mission? This overview explains the key roles and duties of our five-member Board (elected every other year to staggered four-year terms) as well as the public’s role in the governing process. So let’s start exploring.

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