Be where you’re supposed to be

Doing what you’re supposed to be

Doing somewhere near your ability.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held October 24 from 4:00 to 7:30, and October 28 from 4:00 to 7:00.  Conferences will be in the cafeteria except for Vo-Tech classes, which will be in the Vo-Tech classrooms.

Fall Awards Assembly:

On October 28th, OHS will host the Fall Awards Assembly at 6 P.M. in the auditorium. This assembly recognizes full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.3 during the previous academic year. We will also recognize the fall inductees for Torch Club. Students and families will be receiving a letter to inform them if they are receiving these awards.

Students of the week:

Students often do positive things that go unnoticed. The high school staff can nominate a student to receive the Student of the Week award. Two students, typically one boy and one girl, are selected at the beginning of each week.  We give them a certificate as well as an additional reward.  The nomination card then gets mailed home to their parents and their picture/profile will be published in the newspaper!  I encourage all of you to nominate some students weekly!  Thank you!

Congratulations to:

Alexis Saunders - nominated by Mrs. Christy

Dennis Johnson- nominated by Ms. Hanson and Ms. Fenton

Nancy Argueta- nominated by Ms. Glasnapp

Donavick Acevedo- nominated by Ms. Fenton

Big Bulldog Shout Out:

Awarded to staff members that have done an outstanding job.

Congratulations to:

Gunsby DeJohnett

Mark Voelliger

Angie Sheets

Piper (the dog)

Good Things at OHS

2nd Annual OHS Cultural Fair

On behalf of the Human Rights Youth Chapter, please save the date and plan to attend our 2nd Annual Cultural Fair!!! Note the final date (after many conflicts) is November 3rd. The students are working hard to prepare and we expect it to be another great event. Dances representing Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Mexico, and more. Food from around the world will be available. You (and your family/friends) are welcome to attend!! There’s still time to participate...if you or a student would like to get involved, let me know!! We hope to see you there!


We had forty students take the PSAT on October 16th. When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they may meet the requirements to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for national recognition and college scholarships. Their scores will show where they performed well and which college-level AP courses may match their strengths. Congratulations to these students!

OHS Seniors Visit Indian Hills

Fifty-eight OHS students attended a workshop at Indian Hills Community College Thursday, October 17, 2019. The purpose of the trip was to learn about classes, scholarships, and life on campus.

Parent Help

Parents, we are in need of your help to improve the culture and perceptions at OHS. Unfortunately the language that our students use in and around the building is not very good. We are asking that you talk with your student about appropriate school language. We want to strive to make Ottumwa Community Schools the following:

A No-Slur School:

A safe, open learning environment free of slurs, such as no insults related to ability, appearance, culture, gender, home language, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or social class.

Curb Taunting and Teasing:

Set expectations of how students should speak to each other, whether they are in or out of earshot of a teacher or administrator. Listen for teasing or insults related to race, ethnicity, body size, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, clothing, appearance, or socioeconomic status.

Thank You


OCSD Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs

Vision:  Engage, educate, and empower every student every day

Mission:  Inspire every student to think, learn, achieve, and care.

Core Beliefs:

*Every student matters

*Building relationships is the foundation of success

*We will meet the needs of all students

*Data will drive our decision making

*Collaboration and teamwork are necessary for success

*All students can learn at high levels

Ottumwa Schools: a community where staff are enthusiastic and committed, students succeed, and families proudly send their children




Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson

Principal, Ottumwa High School