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Ottawa Township High School
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Monthly Newsletter
August, 2017

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Kim Swords, Jenny Rios, Jennifer Rhode, Katie Riordan and Melissa Basil

Testing info

Any junior or sophomore interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 11th, should stop by room 203 to sign up.  Students interested must sign up with Mrs. Swords and pay the $16 test fee by Thursday, October 5th.  This test is a must for juniors who plan to become a National Merit Finalist. Juniors will have priority with sophomores being invited as a practice.


Freshman Academy Counselor (Class of 2021) - Mrs. Kim Swords, Counselor
Mrs. Kim Swords
815-433-1323 x2400

Hi, My name is Kim Swords.  I will be the freshman counselor this year.  This is my 25th year at OTHS and having had two of my own go through the academy, I am excited to guide your students through their freshman year.
My role:
My role as counselor will be to provide your students with Academic, Career/College and Personal/Social Development support.
Specifically with the Academic support, I will be meeting with the teachers weekly and we will play an integral part in communication and support.
Career/4-year planning development will be provided throughout the year.
Personal/Social-emotional support is on an as needed basis.  We are not therapists and so we are unable to offer long-term counseling.  Our goal is to address the problem/issue and get students back to class so that they can be successful.  If we feel a student is in need of more care, a phone call will be made, examples may be severe depression, suicidal thoughts etc.   I am located in room 203 and students are welcome to sign in and meet with me throughout the day should they have any concerns.  We also have two other professionals on staff that can provide personal/social-emotional support and they are our Social Worker, Mrs. Hiland, located in room 602 and/or our Pyschologist, Mrs. Wrublik, located in room 207.
We offer a handout that should help when navigating through the website.  It is available outside room 203.  All you need is a username and password which was provided.

Sophomore Counselor (Class of 2020) - Mrs. Jen Rhode, Counselor

Junior Counselor (Class of 2019) - Mrs. Jen Rios, Counselor
Welcome back Class of 2019!  We are now in your junior year, which means it is time to start thinking about post-secondary plans.  I will be meeting with all of you as a group this fall to let you know what you should be doing now that junior year is here.  As always, keep your grades up, pass your classes and get help from your teachers when needed!  Free tutoring is available, so take advantage of it!  Please make sure to listen to announcements for colleges visiting and other pertinent information.  I hope everyone is off to a great start to the school year!

Senior Counselor (Class of 2018) - Mrs. Melissa Basil, Counselor

Special Education Counselor (All classes) - Mrs. Katie Riordan, Counselor