Otsego Middle School

March 15, 2016

Welcome to all of our new Remind Members!

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Thank you for your Support!

Thank you for your support on Tuesday, March 8th for the Building and Site Sinking Fund millage proposal. The passing of the millage is great news for Otsego Public Schools staff, students, families and residents who have an investment in the quality of district facilities. We are looking forward to the implementation of the five year plan, which will begin in the summer of 2017. Thank you for your commitment our students!

Meet our March Students of the Month!

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Pictured left to right - 7th grader Amanda Parsons, 6th grader Austin Garlock, 6th grader Brinley Badders, 8th grader Kayla Kruisinga & 7th grader Parker Eastman. Not pictured 8th grader Collin Haffner

Team Optimistic Moves on to State!

Congratulations to the OMS Destination Imagination team, Team Optimistic! They qualified for the state tournament in April by placing 2nd in the regional competition! Way to go! In addition, they learned that their challenge to Plainwell Middle School brought in 865 items and approximately 250 travel size items for the health and beauty section at Christian Neighbors. We are super proud of these young people for all of their hard work and for making a difference in our community! Best of luck at State!

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OMS Choirs Qualify for State!

Congratulations to both our 7th & 8th grade choirs! On Monday, March 7th, they competed at their district choir festival and both choirs will be advancing to the state festival at Hope College May 5th & 6th. Way to go!

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OHS Musical Peter Pan Premiers this Weekend!

You won't want to miss this! This weekend our OHS students along with 21 OMS students will be performing the musical Peter Pan. Shows are on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://otsegops.tix.com.
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W.I.N. - What I Need March 15th & 18th

Our teachers have been hard at work during our delayed starts developing essential learning targets and common assessments to insure all students are achieving at high levels. On March 15 & 18, we will be piloting a 30 minute common intervention time to assist students with what they need. The intervention time will be from 2:15-2:45 p.m. Each class will be 5 minutes shorter on that day to create this time. For some students, they might be struggling with an essential learning skill in Science, this 30 minute time slot will allow students time to work with their teacher in a small group. For others, they might need a quiet space to work on homework or a project. For those, who are currently proficient in all of their essential learning targets and who are not missing any homework, they have had the opportunity to sign up for an enrichment during that 3o minute time this week at lunch. The enrichment opportunities this time will be a volleyball tournament, ping pong, cooking, Uno tournament, chess club, Spanish, yoga, knitting/crocheting, fitness club, computers and dance lessons. We are looking for volunteers for the 2016-17 school year. If you have an enrichment skill you would be willing to teach our students, we would love to have you as a volunteer. Please feel free to contact us at 692-6199.

Otsego Swim Club Gearing up for the Summer Season!

Season is over, but Summer Swim Season will be coming! Start date to be around May 23 and will continue until July 23. All those who want to swim competitively are welcome and encouraged to join! It is a great way for multi-athletes to stay in shape over the summer!

Track Sign Ups have Begun!

Our winter seasons have just ended, and we are gearing up for the spring! Track sign ups for 7th-8th grade students have begun. The participation fee is $10 and checks can be made to Otsego Public Schools. Participation fees and physicals must be completed before practice begins on March 21st.

OMS Tennis Begins March 21st for 6th-8th graders

When: Practices begin the week of March 21st (depending on weather)

Who: Any student 6-8 grade

What: OMS Tennis is run through Community Education. The squad will practice two times per week and then play matches against Allegan, Three Rivers, Plainwell, Gull Lake and Comstock. Transportation will not be provided for matches. Practice and match schedule varies depending on court availability. Fee: $60 (includes match shirt) Registration forms are available at http://www.otsegops.org/commed/youthrec

OHS Softball Team to Host Charity Event!

On April 16th the softball team will be hosting their second annual Rylee Lou Charity Softball Tournament at Memorial Park. The games begin at 9:00 am. The Bulldogs and the Rylee Lou Charity are teaming up to raise money to send local kids who have type 1 diabetes to a Diabetes Summer Camp in Fenton, Michigan. The cost to send one kid to camp for a week is $750.00. The goal is to be able to send as many local kids to summer camp as we can. Please help them meet this goal by purchasing a t-shirt and/or donating on our PAYPAL link.The OHS team is going to be wearing "Red" Jerseys for this event. They would like our school and community to join in and wear red on the Friday before ( April 15th) as well as at the tournament.

The charity website is http://ryleeloucharity.weebly.com/

A few ways you can participate in this event are...

To order a t- shirt, click the link. All orders are completed online and will be delivered a week before the event. You can order t-shirts starting today. The online t-shirt sales will close on March 25th. There will also be paper order forms that will be available in our office.

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Cereal boxes needed for Art!

Upcoming Events

Mar. 15 & 18 - W.I.N. (What I Need) - Intervention/Enrichment - 2:15-2:45 p.m. - volunteers needed

Mar. 16 - Delayed Start

Mar. 18 - Young Men Keeping it REAL - 6:30 a.m.

Mar. 18-21 - High School Musical "Peter Pan"

Mar. 21 - Track practice begins

Attendance Line - 692-6203

Just a reminder, if your child will be absent from school, please make sure you call our attendance line 692-6203 by 8:00 a.m.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

To determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch, you can apply at LunchApp.com. Paper copies are available in our office.

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