OGT Family Guide
The Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) are a key part of Ohio’s education reform to establish an aligned system of standards, assessments and accountability for Ohio schools. The testing requirements were established by the Ohio General Assembly in 2001 based on recommendations by the Governor’s Commission for Student Success. Tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies make up the OGT.
The graduating class of 2007 was the first class responsible for taking the OGT and passing all five tests as a graduation requirement. Students have multiple opportunities to take the tests during their high school careers.
The purpose of this guide is to provide students and their families with the following information:
• An overview of what may appear on the OGT in reading, mathematics, writing, science, and
• Sample OGT questions;
• Test-taking tips and strategies that will help students
prepare for the OGT;
• Frequently asked questions about the OGT;
• A graduation checklist;
• Information about the Alternative Pathway to
• Helpful OGT Web sites.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) encourages students and families to talk with their high school teachers and/or guidance counselors to find out more detailed information about the OGT. Additional information and resources also can be found on the ODE Web site at http://education.ohio.gov, keyword search: “OGT”.
7th and 8th Grade Awards Event
We are holding our, by invitation, Award’s Night, for junior high students on April 24th at 6:00 pm in the FJSHS cafeteria. Students who have shown exemplary effort this school year will be recognized. We will present the following awards; Citizenship Award, Presidential Awards, Perfect Attendance, Archie Griffin Award, Band and Choir Awards, and Teacher Subject Awards. This will be a wonderful time to show how proud we are of these students and their accomplishments. You will receive an invitation and your student will be notified if they are to be honored.
Shawn Earl, 11th & 12th grade School Counselor
Phone: 419-436-4110 ext:2425
I was born and raised in Fostoria and I currently am, and have been, a Fostoria resident my entire life. I am very proud of and committed to this community, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Fostoria City School District. I encourage all students and parents to reach out to me for academic issues, college and career planning questions, scholarship information and any personal, social, and/or emotional matters that may arise. My goal is to be a positive influence and a supportive service provider that will continue to develop and enhance the excellent educational opportunities that students are receiving at Fostoria City Schools. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you, parents and students alike, and I encourage you to communicate with me and reach out to me for anything that you need.
Menu is subject to change without notice.
Menu is subject to change without notice.
HEART is in place at Fostoria City Schools to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. HEART liaisons work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term, temporary or transitional housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
Homeless and students in transitional living arrangements are welcome at Fostoria City Schools. Our district is guided by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 - Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act. The law provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students attending Fostoria City Schools. For additional information and/or questions, please contact the appropriate HEART School-Based Liaison listed to the right.
Families and Students in Transition
Do you know a student or family that may be in need of assistance? Many families in Wisconsin have found themselves to be families in transition without a place to call home. Our school district is committed to assisting all homeless students receive the best education possible. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:
- Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
- sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as double-up);
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative, adequate accommodations;
- living in emergency or transitional shelters;
- abandoned in hospitals;
- r awaiting foster care placement.
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, please contact any School Counselor (Homeless Liaison) for the Fostoria City School District for additional information about the educational rights of homeless students. Contact information listed in the margin of this page. All information will be kept confidential.
Information and Resources:
HEART Support Services Brochure
McKinney-Vento Transportation Request Form
FCS Board Policy - 5111.01 - Homeless Students
ESSA - Implementation and Technical Assistance Tools
A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Helping You Help Your Child - Information for Parents
Information for Parents Informacion Para los Padreslos
Information for School Age Youth Informacion Para los Jovenes de Edad Escolar
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
National Center for Homeless Education
National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
FIRST CALL FOR HELP (UW Program) - call 419-435-2555 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (visit United Way website for more information - unitedwayoffostoria.org
"The program will help point individuals or families in the right direction when they can't pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, are homeless, experiencing domestic violence and or have some type of other issue but are unsure of where to turn. The free, confidential referral and information helpline connects people of all ages from all communities to the essential health and human services they need." (RT-01/20/2017)