Clubs & Activities




The 5th Grade band is our beginning level in the Ottawa Hills Band Program. Students meet three times per week to learn the basic skills of a band instrument. Students may choose from the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto  Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, or Percussion (snare drum and bells). Students are required to practice at home 120 minutes per week.

Sixth grade band is a continuation and development of the basic skills. Students expand their horizons and explore new notes and new techniques. They also learn the fights songs of The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, as well as our own Ottawa Hills High School. We explore music with harmonies and multiple lines as each instrument has its own part. Students are required to practice at home 120 minutes per week.

Michael Leeds
Ottawa Hills Instrumental Music Director


Brown Bag Chorus

In 1978 elementary school music teacher, Helen Iossi formed the Ottawa Hills Elementary School Brown Bag Chorus. She believed that the older elementary students should have an opportunity to sing in an organized chorus,  prepare music for performance and enjoy some musical team-work. She started with 75 students. Currently the average membership for BBC is 115 students. Mrs. Iossi's creation is still going strong!

Fifth and sixth grade students are invited to join the Brown Bag Chorus at the beginning of the school year, making a commitment to rehearse twice a week at lunch and perform four times throughout the school year. Concerts happen at the beginning of December and in mid- March.

The students  explore music from many cultures having sung in Latin, Chinese, Arabic, French, Hebrew and English. Spring musical themes range from The Beatles to Motown to Disney to Broadway.

We hope that you can come and hear our young and enthusiastic singers. They are eager to share their music with you.

Kimberly Manchur
Ottawa Hills Music Teacher

Jonathon Siebenaler
6th Grade Teacher

The Green Team

The OHES Green Team is a group of students that have volunteered to help with recycling paper and plastics at school.  Our 4th-6th graders help with classroom pickup, guide younger student-helpers and weigh our school's waste.  We typically recycle between 100 and 150 pounds each week.  In addition, Green Team members help to plan Earth Day events and other programs that raise awareness regarding environmental issues.

Heather Phillips
Green Team Advisor


This year, third through sixth grade students will do hands-on experiments during the lunch hour with Mrs. Genzman.  Typically, there are over 100 students who love coming to STEAM Club!

Lianne Genzman
5th Grade Teacher

Math Counts

“The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance the achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States.”

At O.H.E.S., MATHCOUNTS is offered to sixth grade students.  It is an opportunity for students seeking mathematics enrichment to work on problem solving.  The students work together to solve challenging problems in a fun, friendly environment.  There are problems offered each week in the MATHCOUNTS meeting, students have a weekly “workout” to be completed at home, and the students have access to online problems to solve, as well.  MATHCOUNTS has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for everyone involved at this level.

Jennifer Griffin
6th Grade Teacher

Student Council

Grainne Kulka
4th Grade Teacher

Safety Patrol

Dave Wells
4th Grade Teacher

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