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OHS Bids Farewell to Staff

When hiring staff we know that their time with us may be limited for a number of different reasons.  This year we have 5 teachers that will be moving on to other opportunities.  These teachers have made a huge impact upon our students, our building, and our community.  Their presence within our building will surely be missed as we try to fill their positions and continue to move forward.  At the end of the year OHS will be saying goodbye to Mrs. Ecroyd, Ms. Haig, Ms. Svendson, Ms. McKenzie, and Mr. Bland.

Mrs. Ecroyd started her career in 1975 at Ottawa Junior High School which became Ottawa Middle School two years later.  In 1981 she transferred to Ottawa High School to teach sophomore English.  She became a Master Teacher through Emporia State University in 1996.  She has touched the lives of thousands of Cyclones during her time at OHS and will forever be remembered as a great teacher

OHS will also say goodbye to 3 teachers who have spent a little less time in our building but have had a tremendous impact on our staff and students.  Ms. McKenzie joined our counseling department 6 years ago and has been a guiding light to our seniors for the past few years.  Ms. Svendson joined us 2 years ago in the counseling department coming to us from New Jersey.  During her time here Ms. Svendson has really come into her own as a great counselor and one whom our students trust and rely on.  Ms. Haig is a first year teacher who is currently teaching Geometry and Algebra II.  Her work integrating technology into our curriculum has been a major positive in our implementation of the chromebooks in our building.

We will also be saying goodbye to Mr. Bland who is in his third year as the Assistant Principal.  Mr. Bland has played an integral role in the improvement of our building including his work in implementing a positive behavior support program, “Cyclone Connect” (1 to 1 Chromebooks), and the development of new behavior protocols through the Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports ideology.  These programs, as well as numerous others that Mr. Bland has helped develop, have impacted our building in a truly positive manner that will certainly not be overlooked by our staff.  Mr. Bland will be taking over as the Principal at Ottawa Middle School next fall.  Although he will be sorely missed at OHS, we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of us in working together with he and the staff at OMS.  

Although we are saddened that these teachers will be moving on to other opportunities in their lives we are thankful for the time that they have spent with us at Ottawa High School.  We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors and hope that their memories of OHS and our student body are remarkable and will remain with them forever. 

Dr. Ryan Cobbs
OHS Principal