Ottumwa Schools Celebrate Ottumwa


OTTUMWA— It is a week to celebrate in the Ottumwa Community School District.

During the past six months, Ottumwa was named the 2014 District of Character by Character Counts of Iowa and became Safe School Certified. “It’s time to celebrate,” OHS Principal Mark Hanson told the Ottumwa Board of Education during Monday’s board session.

Every school is participating throughout the week, which also coincides with National Bully Prevention Month. Activities include:

Evans Middle School – a poster contest, theme dress days, and an assembly Friday morning featuring OHS principal, Mark Hanson;

Eisenhower – “Bulldogs Not Bullies” message on the highway fence, Spirit Day, and a Brown Bag Lunch Day;

Horace Mann – styrofoam message on the school fence and posters.

Wilson – a school-wide assembly featuring students from OHS.

Other schools are creating posters with students answering the prompt, “As a Bulldog, I show character when . . .” Posters will be displayed in the school building.

The week will culminate with an assembly at OHS at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, October 17. Principal Hanson will be joined by representatives from the Department of Education to acknowledge Ottumwa’s certification, awarded in April 2014. Community leaders will also be on hand to congratulation students and staff for efforts to create a sense of belonging at OHS. Video messages from high profile Iowans will also be shared.