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It's a Brand New Day!

Dear Green Bear Families,

It is great to be back in The Village serving you and your children as the new principal of Ottawa Hills Elementary School starting Aug. 2.

As a former student in both district buildings and a Class of 1993 alumnus, I understand the local importance of working together with families, students, and staff to provide an atmosphere of academic excellence. 

This letter introduces the packet of material and related information you need to get your child ready for school. If you have any questions about it, please contact me or Janelle Rutkowski (, the building’s secretary.

My No. 1 priority this year is to build positive communication, relationships, and morale among our students, families, and staff. To achieve this goal, I will be visible and accessible to everyone involved. You will see me at the arrival and drop-off circle, in the halls, in classrooms, on the playground, and at community events. My door will always be open to you. 

At some point, your Green Bear will probably be in the Principal’s Office because they were recognized by a staff member for their leadership, positive behavior, or dedication to learning. I enjoy celebrating these individual achievements with my Principal’s Penny Award. Your Green Bear will tell you all about the Principal’s Penny and what it is when s/he comes home from school on the first day (Aug. 17).

With 23 years of education experience, you might think that the “new guy” will have no trouble transitioning to a new school. Actually, I will need your help. While I am confident in my ability to lead Ottawa Hills Elementary School, I will be relying on you to provide me with feedback on what is working and what is not working. 

And so, from one Green Bear to another … It’s a Brand New Day at OHES! Please know I welcome your feedback and encourage your participation in our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 419-536-8329 or I look forward to a safe and successful school year.


Dr. Jeremy Bauer

Jeremy Bauer

Jeremy Bauer

Elementary School Principal
Elementary School
School: 4195368329