Otsego Middle School

March 13, 2023

Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 14 - STAND Meeting - 7:00 a.m. - Media Center

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

This month, we are focusing on the word Courage. One of our 7th grade students, Eve Weaver, took the word and wrote a poem. Check out her phenominal work!

Courage is.....

Courage is strange

Not at all the time

Courage is caring

when you can

Courage is persevering

when it is tough.

All these great words

to a describe a 7 letter word.

Nobody talks about

the lesser words.

Courage is weak

but not showing it.

Courage is desparate

but having nobody there

except for yourself

that's when

the big words come in.

Courage is stepping up

for yourself and others

Courage is strong

not all the time

Courage is caring

when you can

Courage is persevering

when it is tough.

Student Support Services Spotlight (aka social/emotional health)

Attention Seeking Behavior?

The term “attention seeking” is often used to describe behaviors which are annoying and unexplainaable. Behaviors such as lying, for no reason or starting a rumor in order to gain favor with someone. When we change the term “attention seeking” to “connection seeking” the behaviors are not only easier to deal with, but often make more sense. Sometimes these connection seeking behavior are more likely to happen at the end of a long week when our kids are more vulnerable. Other times, these connection seeking behaviors may come at the end of a long week for us….a week when we haven’t been as emotionally available to our kids are we’d like. The connection seeking behavior calls to us like a beacon “see me, help me, talk to me, love me.” Our job is simply to “lean in” to that behavior and make sure they know they matter. If connection seeking behaviors (such as lying) need to be addressed, do so AFTER they receive connection. For example, once the lie has caught your attention and you listen to your child, then you can address the lie. It is a great chance to let them know you can be asked for connection at any time--not just under false pretenses.

Questioning your child’s behaviors or need for connection? Feel free to reach out! You can contact Anna Starr at 269-694-7510 or via email at astarr@otsegops.org

Student Support Services Update:

This week students have had the opportunity to work in Xello, our career exploration platform, to explore, develop, and revise their Educational Development Plan. Take a minute this weekend to ask your student what kinds of careers they are finding interesting and the possible pathways someone could take to get there, or even better, login to Xello with them and check out what they are interested in.


Leadworthy Classes Organize Local Donation

Our CKH focus word for February was Kindness. We couldn't be prouder of our three Leadworthy classes for organizing a collection for Braden's Closet, a local resource for families. In addition to our OMS families contributing, fans from Niles & Three Rivers also contributed. During the week of intersessio, we hosted two home girls basketball games. Attendees who brought in an item for Braden's Closet were able to get in free to the game.

In one month, this community service project collected the following:

23 packs of socks, 24 pairs of Pj's, 19 pairs of shorts, 4 hats, 32 shirts, 4 pairs of pants, 16 pairs of shoes, 2 dresses, 1 coat, 2 sweatshirts, and $40 in gift cards. Braden's closet was also in need of garbage bags, and we raised 4 boxes of garbage bags.

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Pizza with the Principals

In honor of reading month, this month's Pizza with the Principals was a book club meeting. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us this week to discuss the book "Middle School Matters." Parents enjoyed connecting with others on tough topics that middle schoolers experience. It is a book that I would highly recommend for all middle school parents. Follow the author Phyllis Fagell on social media:

Twitter: @Pfagell

Facebook: Phyllis Fagell

Website: phyllisfagell.com

Phyllis is a full time middle school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington DC.

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Yearbook Cover Contest

Mrs. Curtiss, our yearbook advisor, is once again sponsoring a yearbook cover contest. Students have the opportunity to have their artwork on the cover of the school yearbook. Our first place winner will receive a FREE yearbook! All submissions are due by Friday, March 31st.


Design must include: Otsego Middle School , 2022-23, a Bulldog, and a positive message

Paper Size: 8.5 x 11" white paper, leave a 1/2 inch margin, wrinkle free

Color: Submission must be in color - crayons, markers or colored pencils

Be sure to have your student write their name and grade in pencil on the back of their submission.

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

Be Nice Order

If your student is interested ordering some Be Nice gear, Mrs. Curtiss will be placing an order on Friday, March 31st. Order forms are available in our office. Items available for purchase are: Hoodies ($30 - black or pink), short sleeve t-shirts ( $9 - black, $11 - pink), and long sleeve t-shirts ($16). Any questions, please email Mrs. Curtiss at ccurtiss@otsegops.org

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:


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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.