Otsego Middle School

March 27, 2023

Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 27 - NWEA testing

Mar. 29 - Delayed Start - 1st hour starts at 9:15 a.m.

Mar. 30 - Dawgs Got Talent

Mar. 31 - STREAM application due.

Yearbook Cover contest entries due

Be Nice orders are due

Apr. 3-7 - No School - Spring Break

Apr. 12 - PSAT for 8th graders

Apr. 13 - Student of the Month celebration - 7:10 a.m.

Track Meet at Comstock - 4 p.m.

Don't Forget....

1. Students report to 3rd hour at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday for Dawgs Got Talent.

2. STREAM applications are due on Friday, March 31st by 3:00 p.m. (sorry no exceptions)

3. 8th Graders Need to Return OHS Signed Schedule to ELA teachers this week.

4. Student Council Spirit Days this week! See schedule below.

5. Spring break is almost here :)

What a Show!!!

We are so proud of all of the hard work our staff and students have put in to make this year's musical so spectacular! Our middle school students had a chance to preview the show on Tuesday prior to the show opening on Wed. The number of hours the tech crew, performers, directors, choreographers, pit crew, etc. have put in are unbelievable! Check out all of the middle school performers! When I think of this month's CKH word, Courage, I can't help but think of all of these performers. Amazing job to ALL!
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Tech Crew!

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8th Graders to Take PSAT April 12th

In the spring, it is a requirement that all public school students in grades 3-11 be assessed in Math & English Language Arts. The PSAT replaces the ELA & Math M-STEP for our 8th graders. The PSAT must be taken on the scheduled state testing day. This year, the required date is Wednesday, April 12th. Our 8th graders will begin testing at 9:30 a.m. Students should report to their 2nd hour class first that day at 9:15 a.m. There are four sections to the test along with scheduled breaks. PLEASE try to avoid absences on this day as make ups will need to be conducted. Students will need to bring a calculator, graphing calculators are allowed, with them to the test. If your student does not have a calculator, one will be provided. Students should also bring 2 sharpened pencils and a water bottle. The PSAT test is given in 8th, 9th& 10th grades in preparation for the SAT in 11th grade.. The PSAT test is given in 8th, 8th & 10th grades in preparation for the SAT in 11th grade. After testing is completed, students will eat lunch before going to the high school to meet with the high school administrators, Mr. Reed & Ms. Maxwell for their first introduction to high school.

March Madness!

Our annual 3:3 basketball tournament has come to an end. Congratulations to Mr. Jewett, Madden Fitzpatrick, Owen Santman and Kal-El Leonard on winning this year's tournament. OUr runner ups this year were 7th graders - Wyatt Dennis, Leeland Longcore and Brody Smith. Both teams will receive a pizza lunch Wednesday to celebrate their accomplishment! The student body enjoyed being able to watch the final before school started this morning. A special shout out to all of the staff who organized, reffed and played in this year's tournament.
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Spirit Week - March 27-March 31

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Scheduling for Freshmen Classes

8th grade students met with the High School Guidance Counselors last week to start planning

for freshman year. Parents and guardians, be on the lookout for the blue 9th Grade Course

Requests sheets that your 8th grade student should have brought home to you this week.

These sheets are due back to their ELA teacher as soon as possible. Students can show you

their class schedule in Xello under Course Planner.

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MiWay Wrestlers Represented Well at the State Tournament

The future of OHS wrestling is BRIGHT!! Dom and Carson took losses just outside of placement matches, but they wrestled really tough. Ryder took a hard fought 4th place and Zeke ended up a state runner up with a 2nd place finish!! Well done gentlemen!
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Pictured left to right - Dominic Town, Ryder Balkema, Carson Brooks & Zeke Andrina.

Missing: Marcus Levering

Lots of Socks!

Students and staff recognized World Downs Syndrome Day Tuesday by participating in the national Lots of Socks effort. The idea is that colorful, crazy or unique socks will get people talking and that raises awareness about Downs Syndrome.

Student Support Services Spotlight (aka social/emotional health)


As you may have heard, OMS is a National Showcase School for Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH) is a nationally recognized model of engagement for organizations. The main premise is that we need to build quality relationships before we can do anything else. As the founder, Flip Flippen, says “Kids don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.” One of the pillars of this program is the EXCEL model. We want you to know this model and ways you can use it at home too.

The “E” in EXCEL stands for “engage.” This is the way you greet your child. It may be a greeting home from practices, a friend's house or school. It may be a greeting first thing in the morning. CKH encourages eye contact, smile, and positive tone of voice as a greeting. CKH also believes students need 7 positive touchpoints throughout the day from a trusted adult. Think about that: a hug, a pat on the arm, a hand squeeze, high five, hip bump...any of these makes kids feel special and noticed.

CKH is not just for schools! This philosophy has been recognized in large corporations, universities and sports teams. We know it makes a difference in our setting and I am confident it will make a difference in yours. As always, if you need any assistance with your child’s social or emotional health, please reach out! Mrs. Starr’s direct line number is 269-694-7510 and email is astarr@otsegops.org.

2023-24 STREAM Applications Now Available

Today, our current 6th graders learned about a unique opportunity that we offer 7th & 8th graders at OMS called STREAM. What is STREAM? STREAM School is a 2-hour block of the day that combines math and science with real-world application. This class covers the exact same material as all grade-level math and science courses, but it is taught differently. STREAM students spend the majority of their classroom time outdoors. This opportunity is available for 7th & 8th grade students. Applications are now being accepted for next year's 7th graders. Space is limited and only 30 students are selected for the program. For additional information, click on the links below. Applications are due Friday, March 31st. 7th graders currently in STREAM do not need to re-apply.

Here is a link to the presentation for this year:


2. Here is a link to the digital version of the application that will force students to make a copy to fill-out:


3. Here is a link to the printed version of the application that students can print out and complete:


4. Here is the link to this year's video explaining STREAM School:

STREAM School At OPS Presentation - March, 2023 - Watch Video

Field Trip Day Information!

The last full day of school is OMS field trip day! This year that date falls on June 6th. Students attended a zoom meeting this week with our field trip coordinators to learn all about the trip, the expectations and how to sign up. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our coordinators.

6th Grade Trip - Kalamazoo Air Zoo - Coordinator, Ms. McEvoy - cmcevoy@otsegops.org

7th Grade Trip - Outdoor Discovery Center - Coordinator, Mr. Alkire - nalkire@otsegops.org

8th Grade Trip - Chicago - Coordinator, Mrs. DeLaat - adelaat@otsegops.org

Expectations for all students on all trips are the following:

  1. Have less than 7 absences during the 3rd trimester.

  2. Have less than 2 office referrals during the 3rd trimester. A student may be ineligible for the trip if they are suspended out of school for any reason or are assigned to in-house suspension for 3 or more days during the 3rd trimester.

  3. Passing all 6 classes (no F's).

  4. Registration and payment completed by deadline date.

8th grade registration due by April 21st.

6th/7th grade registration due by May 5th.

If you are interested in chaperoning, please make sure your background check has been turned in no later than May 1st.

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.

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

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.