Students of the Month

The High School Faculty and Staff have voted the following students as Students of the Month:



Freshman-Connor Tumblin

Sophomore- Sarah Cox 

Junior- Amara Geiselman

Senior - Capriana Burres



Parents, students, community:

Please email any highlights on student achievements they have in academics,  athletics, or the community.  The High School wants to spotlight the great things our students are doing.


High School Office Information

High School Telephone Number - 419-823-4381 Option 2 for high school
High School Fax Number- 419-823-1397

Otsego High School

18505 Tontogany Creek Road
Tontogany, Ohio 43565
P.O. Box 290

Office Staff

Kevin O'Shea, Principal 419-823-4381 ext.92105

Betsy Roberts, Administrative Assistant, EMIS Secretary ext.92100

Jane Gray, District Records/Transcripts Secretary, ext. 92102,(please allow 48 hrs. for any record request)

Joyce Harnishfeger, HS Athletic Director ext.92106

Jennifer Clark, 10-12 Counselor, Penta Counselor ext.92143

David Fryling, 9th grade Counselor ext.93006

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, Student Resource Officer ext. 92151

Jen Mag, Certified Athletic Trainer ext. 92111



Principal's Message

Hello and Welcome to Otsego High School!

It's good to be an Otsego Knight! Welcome back to another exciting school year. We are especially excited this year, as we are introducing several new initiatives as part of our strategic plan. We are making huge changes that will have a major/positive impact on your child's learning. Below is a brief outline of some of the exciting things to come.

First, we are proud to be welcoming 4 new staff members to our team and adding two new departments (1. Technology & Digital Communications; 2. Business & Economics) including seven new course offerings (Digital Communications, Video Productions, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Foundations of Business, Management and Leadership, Advanced Agriculture Capstone, and AP United States History).

  • Pam Heyman is moving over from the Junior High to teach our Technology Classes and will also manage all libraries throughout the district.
  • Jenna Kline is our new English teacher. She will be teaching our Junior English classes and one Freshmen English Class.
  • Steve Carroll is our new Business Teacher. He will be teaching all of our new Business Classes. He was hired through PENTA Career Center and will be able to provide dual enrollment options to our students.
  • Brien Sewell is our new Choir Teacher. Along with teaching our choir classes, he will also be in charge of the school musicals and swing choir.

Second, we have begun the process of converting the HS library space into an innovative learning commons. It will be a space that will serve our students and our community for many years to come. Our Maintenance and Custodial teams have been very hard at work renovating the space. The space will look and feel different and you may notice we have added a concrete side walk and separate entrance from the outside. Much more will be communicated about this project in the weeks/months to come...stay tuned.

Finally, we will be handing out a ChromeBook to every student in the high school this year, (One-to-One). They are in and being prepped by our own Luke Swartz, (District Technology Coordinator). In order to ensure a smooth roll out, we will be handing out the computers towards the end of September. There will will be an evening parent informational meeting (date TBD) in the middle part of September. We will have a date for that locked down in the next week and begin communicating it as soon as it is scheduled.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Otsego High School, I welcome you all back. #GoKnights

School Calendars

2015-2016 School Calendar

2016-2017 Calendar

Regular Schedule    
Time                                    Period                           Description
7:30                                                                         Breakfast End  
7:35                                                                         Warning Bell  
7:39-8:25                             1st Period (46)  
8:28-9:11                             2nd Period (43)  
9:14-9:57                             3rd Period (43)  
10:00-10:43                          4th Period (43)  
10:46-11:29                          5th Period (43)  
11:32-12:02                          6thA Lunch(30)               6th per. lunch
11:32-12:15                          6thB Period(43)              6th per. Class
12:05-12:48                          7thA Period(43)              7th per. Class
12:18-12:48                          7thB Lunch (30)              7th per. Lunch
12:51-1:34                            8th Period (43)  
1:37-2:20                              9th Period (43)  

2 Hour Delay    
Time                                    Period                            Description
9:35                                                                            Warning Bell  
9:39-10:10                           1st Period (31)  
10:13-10:41                          2nd Period (28)  
10:44-11:11                          3rd Period (28)  
11:14-11:41                          4th Period (28)  
11:44-12:14                          5th Period (30)  
12:17-12:47                          6thAPeriod (30)                 6th per. Class
                                           6thB Lunch (30)                6th per. lunch 
12:50 -1:20                           7th A Period  (30)             7th per. Class
                                           7th B Lunch (30)               7th per. Lunch 
1:23-1:50                             8th Period (27)  
1:53-2:20                             9th Period (27)  

Instant Alert Parent Directions


Parent User Interface

Website URL:

Minimum Requirements


Register and create your account.

1. Go to the Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools website listed above.

2. If you are not a staff member in the school, click on “Parent” in the New User box.

3. Complete the student information form.  Click “Submit.”

4. Complete the corresponding screen.  Click “Submit.”

5. After receiving the Confirmation message, click “Proceed” to get started with Instant Alert.

Note:  Remember your Login Name and Password so you may use it to update your profile.

****If you do not see your child’s name in the system, please call the HS office at 419-823-4381 to have him/her added.


View and check details about yourself and your family members.

1. Upon successful login, click on “My Family.”

2. Click on a parent name to view and edit parent details.

Click on a student name to view details about your children enrolled in this school.


Configure alert settings for yourself.

1. Click on “Alert Setup.”

2. Click on the check boxes to select which alert type you would like to have sent to which device.  Click on “Save” when complete.

3. If you would like to add another contact device, select the device type and enter the device details.  Select the person to whom the device belongs and click on “Add.”

For e-mail, text messaging and pagers you may send yourself a test message.  Click on “Send Test Message” to send yourself a message.


Additional Functions

View History of Alerts

Click on “Alert History” to view Alerts that have been sent to you.  Use the calendar icons and “Alert Type” list to filter the Alerts.


Identify key contacts for your children.


1. Click on “Other Contacts.”

2. Click on “Add new Contact” and complete the form.

3. Click on the “Pick Up Rights” check box if you wish to allow this person the right to pick up your child from school.  This person’s name will appear on a report for the school.

4. Click on “Save” when complete.

If you would like this person to receive Alerts from the school, return to the “Alert Setup” page to configure this person’s alert settings.


FOR Assistance:

Click on the Help Request link in the lower right hand side of the page.


Gradebook Online Grade directions

 To access this information you will need to follow these steps:
1. Open the internet browser on your computer
2. Type into the address bar
3. Type your Username and Password exactly as they are printed below (both are case sensitive). 
4. View the information.
5. Remember to log off when you are finished.
You may track academic progress from any location that has internet access. If you do not have internet access,the public library has computers open to access your child's records. Please keep your passwords confidential so only you can access the information.

The Grades and Attendance tab will allow you to check assignments and scores by clicking on the blue
percentage across from a class. To email the teacher a question or concern, please click the blue teacher's name link. The Grades History tab will show you the grades your child received in previous grading periods. The Teacher Comments tab is used to access current teacher comments for your student and the School Bulletin tab has current announcements for our school.  If you have any questions regarding the use of PowerSchool please contact the school office at 419-823-4381.
Your ID and Password are listed below. 

User ID- Your child's five or six digit Student ID number(the lunch ID) Example-660660

Password-First 3 letters of child's first name with First Letter Capitalized. Example-Mik

Student Sick Day Info

How to Handle School Sick Days

Deciding to keep your child home from school is no easy decision. Use this guide to help determine if your child should take a sick day from school, as well as what to expect.

School Sick Days

During flu season, parents do their best to keep kids healthy, but sometimes even the most vigilant preventive measures can’t stand up to the flu.

Preventing the spread of flu in schools is critical to keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Healthcare professionals recommend that sick children stay home until they're recovered enough to go back to school, typically about 24 hours after symptoms improve. This helps not only to protect the child's health, but also to prevent the spread of the virus to other children.

Determining whether your child is well enough to go to school can be tricky. Consider the following signs as you make your decision.


If your child has a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or more, it's best to keep him or her home. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting off infection, which means your child is vulnerable, and can also spread the virus to others. Wait at least 24 hours after the fever has come down and stabilized without medication to consider sending your child back to school.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons for your child to stay home. These symptoms are too difficult to deal with at school, and are signs that the child is still capable of spreading the infection. Wait at least 24 hours after the last episode before considering a return to school.


If your little one is falling asleep at the table or acting particularly fatigued, he or she is unlikely to benefit from sitting in class all day. Make sure your child stays hydrated and let him or her rest.

Persistent Cough or Sore Throat

A persistent cough is likely to be disruptive in class, and is one of the primary ways of spreading a flu infection. If your child has a severe sore throat and a regular or persistent cough, keep him or her home until the cough is nearly gone or easily controlled.

Red, Runny Eyes or Rashes

Red, runny eyes can distract a child from learning and can be difficult to manage in class. A rash can be a sign of another infection, or a reaction to the flu virus. Keep your child home until these symptoms clear up, or until you've checked with the doctor about them.

Appearance and Attitude

Does your child look pale or tired? Does he or she act irritable or seem disinterested in regular daily activities? Are you having a hard time getting your child to eat anything? These are all signs that more recovery time is needed at home.


Earaches, bellyaches, headaches, body aches, mouth sores, and other types of pain are signals that your child is still in the middle of the flu period. He or she will be contagious to other children and won’t gain anything from being in school. Keep your child home until the pain has disappeared.


How to Manage a Sick Day

If you decide that your child definitely needs to stay home, you may face many additional challenges. Do you have to take a sick day? If you're a stay-at-home mom, how can you balance caring for your other kids when one child is sick?

Talk to Your Employer Ahead of Time

Discuss possibilities with your employer as flu season approaches. For example, ask about working from home and attending meetings over the phone or the Internet. Make sure you have the equipment you need at home: a computer, high-speed Internet connection, fax machine, and printer may make it easier for you to manage at-home work tasks.

Ask About Your Options

Can you take a day without using up your sick time? Find out how many sick days you have so you can balance your time off. Can you buy extra sick days, for instance, if you need them? Also, consider trading off at-home duties with your spouse if you both work.

Have a Back-Up Plan

Do you have a family member or friend who would be willing to stay with your child? Is there a childcare provider who could safely watch your child without having to subject other children to the virus?

Prepare Supplies

Designate a shelf or cupboard to over-the-counter medications, vapor rubs, extra tissues, and antibacterial wipes so you're ready for flu season. Keeping these items in one place can also help if you have someone coming to your house to care for your child.

Be Diligent About Hand-Washing

Try to keep your sick child away from those who are well, without isolating him or her. Teach well children to stay at least six feet away from the sick child, and to wash their hands frequently. Make sure everyone drinks plenty of fluids and gets plenty of rest.

When It's Safe to Send Your Child Back to School

It may be easier to determine when your child is too sick to go to school than to make the call about when he or she is ready to go back. Sending your child back too soon can delay his or her recovery and subject other children to the virus as well.

Below are some guidelines that may help.

No Fever

Once the fever has been controlled for over 24 hours without medication, the child is usually safe to return to school—as long he or she isn't suffering from other, more serious symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or a persistent cough.


The student may return to school: after taking medication your doctor prescribed for a minimum of 24 hours as long as they don't have a fever or other serious symptoms

Attitude and Appearance Improve

If the child looks and acts like he or she is feeling much better or is starting to act restless at home, he or she is safe for school.

Only a Runny Nose

If your child is experiencing only a runny nose and mild or no symptoms, he or she is probably ready to return to school. Just be sure to provide tissues and remind him or her about not spreading germs. Provide your child’s teacher with over-the-counter medications to help control the remaining symptoms.

Parental Intuition

You know your child best. Does he or she look too miserable to go to school? Is your child happy to curl up in a chair with a blanket, or is he or she bouncing around and playing? Trust your intuition to make the best decision.


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As a new year gets underway, I wanted to revisit the issue of Bullying in this week’s update.   Next Tuesday, September 9th, both high school and junior high students will attend an hour-long Bullying assembly at 9:45AM to kick-off this year’s bullying prevention initiative.

What is Bullying?

As stated last year, the Olweus bullying prevention program defines bullying as: "An aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time." The key components of bullying are 1) a difference in power combined with 2) repetition over time. In addition to bullying, many students have conflicts, which is not inherently bullying, due to the absence of a power difference. To help clarify the issue, below are examples of what is bullying and what is not (i.e., conflict):


Bullying (Power Difference & Repeated)

-8th grader shoving 6th grader into locker regularly in halls

-Four 7th graders repeatedly harassing another 7th grader

-A popular student athlete making fun of a less popular student frequently while every-one sits around and laughs

Conflict (No Power Difference)

-Two 8th grade friends having an argument and insulting one another

-Two 7th graders that don't like one another and call each other names

-Two 6th graders that don't like one another, but have mutual friends and talk bad about one another to their mutual friends

-A group of three 8th graders saying something mean to another group of three 8th graders

-Two 7th graders of similar build getting into an argument that escalates into a fist fight

What is Otsego Doing?

When bullying occurs, students need to speak up and make teachers and administrators aware. Once the situation has been brought to light, administration follows the Olweus rubric, which outlines a protocol of escalating disciplinary action, depending on the level of threat. For example, a group of students calling one student a name is a written warning for the first offence for each student and a detention for the second offense.

What can Students and Parents Do?

In addition to disciplinary action, students and parents can reach ouch to victims when bullying occurs.  Moreover, people can reach out to the alleged “bully.”  If someone is repeatedly targeting someone else, it is likely that that student is struggling themselves and instead of just being punished for their behavior, a gesture of concern and help from close friends and family may reduce bullying. 

What about Conflicts?

Without the presence of a power difference, conflicts arise, and they arise frequently. Most of the issues encountered at Otsego center around students involved in conflicts. There are many ways to deal with student conflict. A few examples include simply separating the students (when possible) or having two arguing friends meet with the school counselor for mediation.

Whether bullying or conflict. Otsego is continuously developing and re-evaluating its interventions to make sure our school is a more enjoyable place for all students.

David Fryling, 9th grade counselor


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