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.
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!!!
8th Graders to Take PSAT April 12th
Spirit Week - March 27-March 31
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.
MiWay Wrestlers Represented Well at the State Tournament
Missing: Marcus Levering
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
6th Grade Trip - Kalamazoo Air Zoo - Coordinator, Ms. McEvoy - email@example.com
7th Grade Trip - Outdoor Discovery Center - Coordinator, Mr. Alkire - firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Trip - Chicago - Coordinator, Mrs. DeLaat - email@example.com
Expectations for all students on all trips are the following:
Have less than 7 absences during the 3rd trimester.
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.
Passing all 6 classes (no F's).
Registration and payment completed by deadline date.
8th grade registration due by April 21st.
If you are interested in chaperoning, please make sure your background check has been turned in no later than May 1st.
Yearbook Cover Contest
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
Attendance Line - 269-694-7580
RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT:
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.