Otsego Middle School

January 29, 2016

National Honor Society Hosting Water for Flint Drive Through Feb. 9th

The NHS is hosting a water drive for our neighbors over in Flint. Bottled water will be collected in our middle school Social Studies classrooms through Feb. 9th. They are including all five OPS buildings in this endeavor. Let's show our OMS spirit!

Attention 8th Grade Parents

On Monday, Feb. 1st our PTO meeting will be centered around organizing the end of the year activities. The main topic will be organizing the 8th grade dance. Our meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in our OMS Media Center. Hope to see you there!
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STEPS Summer Camp for Girls

Grand Valley State University is offering a Science Technology & Engineering camp for 6th grade girls this summers. STEPS (Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer Camp) is an all-girl day camp introduction to the world of science, technology and engineering. Campers participate in activities that give them hands-on experience with high-tech engineering equipment and processes. STEPS is an opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do in an informal, non-threatening, and fun environment. Program activities include designing, manufacturing, and flying a radio-controlled airplane. Students will also explore science and engineering topics while learning team building and other social skills. Participants will tour Grand Valley's engineering facilities and see several manufacturing processes. The cost for the full week of camp is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information, please visit http://www.gvsu.edu/steps. There you will find a printable brochure, applications, sample schedule, parent and camper testimonials and pictures. Space is limited. Applications are due to GVSU by March 11th.

Sous Chefs Cooking it Up!

Congratulations to our Attentive Listeners!

OMS Students are working on becoming attentive listeners through their guidance counselor lessons this month! Each time they do, staff members are handing out "Listens Attentively" tickets. Congratulations to the following students who were lucky enough to have their name drawn: Lucas Badiner, Genevieve Gavitt, Kyle Dennis, Cailynn Phelps, & Robert Dennis. They each received a ticket for a free item in the a la carte line. Keep up the great work!! Next week February begins, which means we shift our focus from listening to others to encouraging others. We'll be looking for people saying nice things, and taking actions to make other folks feel good about themselves.

Robotics Awards Night!

Building & Site Sinking Fund Information

Otsego Public Schools is fortunate to have wonderful facilities that represent a great source of pride in the Otsego community; our facilities are used by groups across the region. Much of that is due to the voters' generosity passing a bond in 2004. Otsego was able to build a new, state-of-the-art high school, new athletic facilities and make significant upgrades to our other school buildings. It is important to us to maintain the pristine condition of those facilities, maintain that pride and continue to be a resource for organizations, fine arts groups and athletic associations. There are needed upgrades and repairs that did not fall into the 2004 bond projects that the district would like to address sooner, rather than later, so we can keep expenses down.

The repairs fall into three categories:

  1. Safety & Security
  2. Energy Efficiencies & Upgrades
  3. Site Improvements/Maintenance

We are looking at a Building and Site Sinking Fund to provide the financial resources we need without taking away funds from the classroom. Below, you will find several pieces of information related to this proposal.

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We need YOU to help us with the 8th grade field trip to the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center (ACATEC) on March 2nd & 3rd! If you would like to join us and experience first-hand the over two dozen different career development programs and opportunities at ACATEC, consider chaperoning with us! No group will be larger than 15 students, and all groups are assigned an ACATEC docent guide that leads each tour. We will gather at 8:15, be at ACATEC by 9:00, tour until 10:30, and you will be back at school and on your way by 11:00 (keep in mind both days are 1/2 days for students). Join us for this educational experience that is great information for both students AND parents! Contact our school counselor, Keith Fuller, at 692-6199 or kfuller@otsegops.org.

Ping Pong Tables Wanted

With the cold weather settling in, we are ready to start our fun indoor lunchroom activities. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to let us borrow a ping pong table for the winter months, please contact our office at 692-6199. We are looking for 2-4 tables so that we can begin some lunchroom ping pong competitions. Thanks for your help!

Kindles Wanted

Do you have a Kindle that you no longer use? We have just the spot for it! If you do, please consider donating it to our ELA department.
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Cereal boxes needed for Art!

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1st - Girls Basketball vs. Allegan - 4:00 p.m. - 8th grade home

PTO meeting - 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 3rd - Coffee with the Supt. - 10:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. at Otsego Public Library

Girls Basketball vs. South Haven - 4:00 p.m. - 7th grade A and 8th grade A & B teams only

6th-8th grade band concert - 7 p.m.

Feb. 4th - Mr. McCallum's 8th graders travel to Denso - 11:45-2:45 p.m.

Feb. 5th - Wrestling Conference Meet at Allegan 4:10 p.m.

Feb. 6th - OMS Swim Team State meet in Holt

Feb. 11th - Student of the Month Breakfast - 7:10 a.m.

Student Ticket Sales

Once again high school athletic event tickets are available to be purchased in the main office! Purchase the tickets before the event for $2.00 otherwise tickets are $5.00 at the door. Just a reminder pre-sale tickets are Student Only and Home Events Only. Winter Athletic Events include; Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming, Competitive Cheer and Wrestling.


Delayed Start - Wednesday, Feb. 3rd - Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and hallways at 9:00 a.m.

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.
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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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