Otsego Middle School

March 6, 2023

Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 7,8 & 9 - 1/2 Days - Students released at 11:10 a.m.

March 7 - 1st & 2nd Hour

March 8 - 3rd & 4th Hour

March 9 - 5th & 6th Hour

Mar. 7 - 8th grade dance committee meeting - 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Staff Lounge

Pizza with the Principals - 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Book Study - OMS Media Center

Mar. 10 - No School - End of 2nd trimester

Mar. 15 - Delayed Start - 1st hour starts at 9:15 a.m. - Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

Mar. 16 - Career Speaker Series - 9:45-11:00 a.m.

Mar. 20 - NWEA testing

Mar. 21 - Musical Preview for OMS students - 1:00 p.m.

Mar. 30 - Dawgs Got Talent

CKH Word of the Month - Courage

What is Courage?

Courage is the ability and strength to face something that may be difficult or challenging. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather perseverance in the presence of fear and the willingness to stand up for what is right or try something new even though it may be uncomfortable or uncertain.

Why focus on Courage?

  • Courage encourages engagement. Courage helps students raise their hand, participate, try new things, and voice their opinions.
  • Courage builds self-confidence. Courage is the choice to act. By doing something, students increase their belief in themselves and their ability to do difficult or challenging things.
  • Courage can help reframe a negative. When something does not go as planned or a student gets upset about a mistake or failure, courage can help reframe the event in a positive light.

Next Pizza with the Principals is March 7th

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7th at 6 p.m. We will be discussing the top 10 key skills kids need to thrive in middle school and how parents can help from the book "Middle School Matters." We hope you can join us! RSVP here - https://forms.gle/WnvcWJbeqFYAhz2w5

Deadline to register is Monday, March 6th.

Bands Continue the Tradition of Excellence!!

Congratulations to our OMS 7th and 8th Grade Bands on 2 very outstanding performances at MSBOA Band Festival held at Grand Rapids Christian High School yesterday! Both groups received a straight First Division Rating from the 3 concert judges and the Sight Reading judge! Our groups were 2 out of only 3 bands to accomplish this at this site.

National Social Workers Week!

This week, March 6-10, is National Social Workers Week! We are so lucky to have Mrs. Starr as our Social Worker! Let's surprise her and shower her this week with affirmations in celebration of National Social Workers Week. If you or your student has had the good fortune of working with her through Be Nice, Links or she has given your family help and/or advice, you know what a gem she is! Let's let her know this week! Please email her at astarr@otsegops.org to let her know your gratitude.

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month!

Pictured left to right:

8th grade: Mia Hilts & Gunnar Djerf

7th grade: Justin Sturgis & Hallie Prough

6th grade: Brendan Alkire & Spencer Bodine

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OMS Spanish Class Participates in Locura De Marzo 2023

What is Locura de Marzo? March Madness - named after the college basketball tournament that takes place in the United States in March. Students from all over the globe including 1,230 schools from 16 countries are selecting which of the Sweet 16 Spanish songs will be the grand champion this year. Students listen to the songs and vote between the two of them. The winning song advances and the losing song is eliminated until there is only one. This year, OMS participated in the promo video that all of these schools will be viewing. As the students said, "They saved the best for last!" I couldn't agree more. Check out 30:12 in the video below to see our amazing OMS students in action!! A special shout out to our Spanish teacher, Senora Patin, for always seeking fun ways to engage and immerse our students in the target language.
Locura De Marzo 2023 Long Promo

OMS Hosts Regional Spelling Bee!

OMS hosted the Allegan County Regional Spelling Bee this week! We hosted 36 spellers from around the county, including five from OMS. Congratulations to OMS student, Kenneth Rentfrow! Kenneth is our runner-up! Wayland Middle Schooler, Ariel White,came in first and will compete at the next level March 28th. Great job to all of the county finalists who took part! A special shout out to Ms. McEvory for coordinating the event for the county and to Mrs. Zartman for being the pronouncer, Where would we "bee" without you?!
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OMS Wrestling Season Wraps Up

Your Bulldog wrestling team completed their winter 2023 season last week. The team participated in eight meets this season, including the Wolverine Conference Championship Meet at Edwardsburg. Conference placers include:

  • 1st place: Ryder Balkema
  • 2nd place: Chance Carroll, Hunter Town, Blake Mathieu, Reid Anderson, David Grey, Ethan Wilson
  • 3rd place: Jaxon Brown, Zeke Andrina, Tucker Moore, Lexi Phillips, Dominic Town
  • 4th place: Carson Brooks, Blake Guerrant, Harper LeClear, Zeth Maccune
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Session 3 for Art Club is Now Open

If your student is interested in joining Art Club for Session 3, they should sign up in the Art Room. Session 3 Art Club is on Tuesdays from 2:50-3:45 and runs March 21st to May 2nd. Art club is fun and free! Open spots go to those who have not attended Art Club yet this year first, those hoping to sign up for a 2nd time will be added to the waitlist

New Before School Club Forming March 13th

Beginning March 13th, Fellowship of Christian Students will begin meeting before school. This club will meet in the OMS Media Center on Monday mornings from 6:45-7:25 a.m. Students should enter the outside Media Center doors. This club is based on a national group called FCA “Fellowship of Christian Athletes.” The club will be open to all students, not just athletes. At this youth group meeting, students will enjoy a breakfast snack, an ice breaker game and read a weekly devotional. The books that will be used will be “One Day Better” by Dan Britton and “ Wisdom Walks” by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. The cost to be part of the club is $2/week. The money will be used to help cover the cost of breakfast. If you have any qustions, please contact Mr. Knash at jknash@otsegops.org

Kindness Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kit Titus for winning the Kindness Poster Contest. We had over 30 entries. Our Be NICE Student Leaders voted for their favorite one. ALL of the posters are "winners" because they all celebrate an important character trait---kindness.

Summer Opportunity!

A 2 day Summer Writing Camp! This is no ordinary camp! We lean into what kids love and craft lessons filled with inspiration and excitement. We introduce them to mentor texts to guide their own work and model living a "writerly life" We take them on 'Writing Marathons" around town, share our work and celebrate our writing together. Our goal is that their writing is both personal and impactful.

Bethany Burnett and I (Meggin Verduzco) will be hosting the camp at the Allegan and Plainwell (Ransom) Public Libraries. This will be our 7th year partnering to give young writers in Allegan County a unique writing experience. We have each taught upper elementary/ middle school for over 20 years and host writing camps to help enrich the skills of young writers. The camp is sponsored by the Lake Michigan Writing Project at Grand Valley University.

July 11th (Tuesday) 9-4 Allegan Public Library, Allegan

July 12 (Wednesday) 9-4 Ransom Public Library, Plainwell

For more information, visit the website:


Student Support Services Spotlight (aka social/emotional health)

Emotions, emotions everywhere! How can you respond in a helpful way? Our kids are changing and growing so much that emotions are everywhere. The goal for us is to help regulate their emotions without minimizing them. Here are some tips:

Instead of saying “calm down!” try “How can I help you?”

Instead of saying “stop crying!” try “I can see this is hard for you.”

Instead of saying “You’re fine” try “Are you okay?”

Instead of saying “be quiet!” try “Can you use a softer voice?”

Instead of saying “Tell me what’s wrong! I can’t understand you!” try “I’ll sit with you until you are ready to talk.”

These are tried and true responses to intense emotions. If you have questions about this or anything related to your child’s emotional health please do not hesitate to reach out at astarr@otsegops.org or 269-694-7510.


6th grade basketball:

6th Grade Basketball: The 6th grade girls finished their season last night with a big win against Plainwell 27-16. They finished their season 8-2. Great season!

7th grade basketball:

The 7th grade team beat Plainwell this week 26-10 to stay undefeated at home this season.

They also defeated Edwardsburg 38-18 victory over Edwardsburg. Congratulations on a 10-1 season!

8th grade basketball:

The 8th grade girls lost to Plainwell 32-39 and came up short to the Eddies 33-41. The girls finished the season with a winning record of 6-5.

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Attendance Line - 269-694-7580


988--Suicide Prevention HotlineThe 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress

Gryphon Place: 269-381-4357 (HELP). Gryphon Place is a 24/7 service for immediate emotional support or crisis.

Text Hotline: Text the word HOME to 741741. This is a resource for texting support when someone is in emotional distress.