Otsego Middle School

Sept. 19, 2021

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 20 - Picture Retakes

Volleyball vs. Edwardsburg - Home - 5:00 p.m.

Sept. 21 - Football vs. Sturgis - Home - 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 - Volleyball vs. Edwardsburg - away - 5:00 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Links meeting -7:00 a.m. - Media Center - breakfast provided

Cross County at Edwardsburg - 5:00 p.m.

Sept. 25 - Cross Country at Calvin College

M-STEP Parent Reports Have Arrived

M-STEP Parent Reports arrive in schools each September to inform parents/guardians about their student’s assessment results from spring testing. Below you will find a link provided by the Michigan Department of Education on how to read the report. Individual Parent Reports on how your student did were sent home via students today. https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_70117-563165--,00.html

Fall Intersession to Assist Students Failing Core Classes

Fall intersession week is a week designed to help students who are failing core subjects - Math, English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies and Science. We provide intervention classes, teacher-led assistance, to get students back on track in those classes.

This year:

  • Intersession classes will be held Monday-Thursday, October 18-22, from 8:30am-11:30am

  • Otsego will provide transportation (if needed), breakfast and lunch

  • OMS classes will be held at the high school

Students who are failing a core class as of Monday, October 4th, will be expected to attend intervention during fall intersession week. If your child is on this list, you’ll be notified by October 6th.

Students Set Short & Long Term Goals

Since the start of school, students have attended weekly class meetings that have focused on specific character traits. It has been a blend of both Capturing Kids’ Hearts and the 8 Keys of Excellence. Topics discussed so far include: integrity (matching values with behavior), ownership (being responsible for actions), empathy (understanding and feeling the heart of another), failure leads to success (accepting failure and adversity as feedback), and speak with good purpose (positive words where intent and body language match).

Last Friday, students were tasked during homeroom to create both a short term goal and a long term goal that is unique to them. The message from these meetings is that we all have room for improvement and we are all in this together. Please ask your student what goals they created on Friday! Some student examples:

  • I will say 1 positive thing about myself and someone else everyday for 2 weeks.
  • If I fall in cheer, learn to accept the failure as feedback to myself, saying get back up.
  • I plan to take my dog for a walk everyday.
  • I will use empathy 10 times before the end of the month.
  • In the next 2 weeks I wanna be able to be responsible and do all of my homework.
  • My short term goal is to place in the top 25 in our next meet in cross country
  • Be the best clarinet player in school.
  • By the end of next week, I will talk to more classmates and put myself in others and spread kindness by saying something nice to others.
  • I will give 5 different people a compliment.
  • Help someone with something they are struggling with like homework.

Fancy Like!

We challenged OMS students to a dance off to Walker Hayes's song, "Fancy Like" on Friday during lunch! The votes are in and these are your OMS dance winners! These students will be receiving an Applebee's oreo shake on Monday! A special shout out to staff members, Mr. Trumley, Mr. Brown & Mrs. Raseman for participating in the fun!

Picture Retake Day is Monday, Sept. 20th

Just a reminder if your student did not have their picture taken, retakes will be held on Monday, Sept. 20th. If you were not satisfied with your student's first picture, please have your student return their package on Monday for retakes. Retakes will be held in the morning beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Links & Friends Enjoy a Day at the Fair!

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Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 5pm to Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 8pm

Virtual Conferences

Our parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually again this year via Zoom on Oct. 5th & 6th from 5-8 p.m. The sign up genius link will be sent out this week. Please note that the password is conference. Conferences are 10 minutes in length. Double check the dates as we do have a few shared staff members as well as coaches where dates needed to be adjusted. Please note that are staff is always available to talk with you about your child's progress. Please do not feel the need to wait until parent-teacher conferences.

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Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

On October 5 & 6, we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences. Virtually! We've gathered some tips here to make your experience as productive as possible.

1) Assess your child's situation by talking to your child and:

  • Check infinite campus for grades and for missing work.

  • Check your emails to see if your child's teacher (s) have reached out with questions or concerns.

  • Ask yourself what questions you have for teachers

  • Prioritize which teachers/subjects you feel a virtual meeting would be the best.

2) If everything seems okay, maybe sending an email to your child's teacher is enough. Simply asking how things are going and if there is anything further you can do to support your child.

3) If you have some concerns, you may consider sending your questions ahead of time so the teacher can be ready with answers.

4) Consider sharing this experience with your child. Virtual meetings are a great opportunity for both you and your child to talk to the teachers. Middle school a good developmental stage to help your child ask questions and seek feedback.

You may notice that I have parent/teacher time slots too! Feel free to sign up if you have questions about helping your child navigate these middle school waters! We are better together!

8th Grade Band Represents OMS Well in Parade!

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The Scoreboard


Both 7th and 8th grade teams defeated Allegan & Sturgis this week.


The Bulldogs started their season this week with a big win on the road in Edwardsburg with a final score of 46-0. The Bulldogs offensive attack was led up front by the offensive line: Owen Gauthier, Whitman Ruiz, Karson Holladay, Caleb Koenig, Colin Fitzpatrick & Alex Robbins. The dogs accumulated 296 rushing yards on only 12 carries. Eli Sonnenberg led the way with 117 yards on three carries and three touchdowns. Kole Engleright had 100 yards with one touchdown. Ty Oaks picked up 72 yards on 4 carries with 1 touchdown. The bulldog defense was also on a mission to keep the Eddies out of the endzone. Leading the way on defense was Kole Engleright with 7 tackles, Eli Sonnenberg with 5, Lane Blanchard with 5, Roman Busscher with 4, Carson Brooks with 4 and Alex Robbins with 4. Karson Holladay had a huge fumble recovery that he picked up and ran 25 yards into the endzone for a touchdown. Great job Bulldogs! They are at home on Tuesday, September 21st against Sturgis at 4:30 p.m.

Cross Country

The OMS Boys Cross Country team ran away with a victory against Niles and Sturgis with 7 Bulldog runners placing in the top 15. Scoring for the team were Zeik Clark in 11th place, Hayden Bowe in 10th place, Trevor Meyer in 4th place, Blake Mathieu in 2nd place and Kenny Sheffer in 1st place. Great work guys! The team travels to Edwardsburg on Thursday, Sept. 23rd.

Otsego girls cross country also defeated Niles and Sturgis last night. Scoring for Otsego were Emma Hoffman, Zoey Veldt, Rebekah Stachura, Skylar Mejeur, and Sydney Miller. Personal best times were run by Zoey Veldt, Sydney Miller, Brenna Yocum, Millie Shattuck, Alyssa Long, Junie Sisson, Abigail Gallup, and Ava Bentley. Way to go ladies!

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A Note from our ELA Department

The ELA department is excited to be using a workshop model

based on Lucy Calkins’ units of study this year. Reading many texts and writing

about them are at the heart of the instruction. Along with that comes

a stronger focus on every student reading more high interest books.

Due to the varying topics in high interest books, there are mature book permission

slips in the media center that must be signed by a parent/guardian for a student to check out mature topic materials throughout our building. It is our expectation that students choosing to read a mature book from the media center or classroom libraries has a mature book permission slip on file for the current year. Please discuss your personal guidelines for book reading in your household with your child. If your child selects a book that does not meet these guidelines or in anyway is troublesome, please return it promptly. Have a great year of reading!

Be Nice Recruitment is Still Happening

Be NICE stands for Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Our Be NICE Student Leader group is in full swing and we are working hard to plan events that will center around this topic. If anyone is interested in joining, please see Mrs. Starr or Mr. Throop for an application. Everyone is welcome to join Be NICE!

Here is a link to a news broadcast we did a couple of years ago. Although the faces have changed, the message is the same!


PE Department in need of Bean Bags for Corn Hole

The PE department is in need of bean bags for their corn hole unit. If you have any bean bags that you are willing to donate, please drop them off to the middle school office. Thank you!

Dawg House Open For Delayed Starts

Beginning Wed., Sept. 8th, Otsego Public Schools will begin our Delayed Starts. The middle school classes will begin at 9:15 a.m. every Wednesday. If your student needs childcare, OMS will be offering a program for our 6th-8th graders from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Dawg House Registration

If your student needs childcare on Delayed Start Wednesday, OMS provides a safe and quiet environment for them. Register here.

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