Principal's Notes

Otto Middle School - September 16, 2013

On the Move!

It's already Progress Report time! We are halfway through the first six weeks and Progress Reports go home today during Bobcat Academy. Thanks to each of you for an outstanding start to the school year. Our students are doing a fantastic job and this is a tribute to the fine job you have done to start the year right. We are focused on a positive, energy-filled time together as we help all of our students be successful.


United Way Campaign

Remember to turn in your United Way donation form to Heidi Summerlin in H104. Our goal is $1,580 and if we reach our goal we will wear jeans for the month of December. This is linked to our goal of 100% membership in the Otto PTA.


PISD Education Foundation

Grants are being accepted at this time for grants for the 2013-14 school year. This is free money! Let's submit several grant applications to enhance educational opportunities available at Otto Middle School. Follow this link for more information: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/foundation/grants.shtml


The deadline for grant submissions is September 27. (Note: The grant training on September 17 is optional).

MyPISD Update

Everyone should have noticed that performance was very, very much improved today! We will continue to work on things again this weekend.

The teachers should continue creating sites and pages. They should also be adding classes (students) to their pages. This gives access to the students and parents. The parents are very anxious to see those pages from the classes.

Note: Administration button continues to be slow. That is a very high priority and hope to have that corrected by Monday.


Data imports to the system - We do have 98% of the teachers, students and course sections showing up properly in the system.

Parents do have access from parent portal to the myPISD.net. Parents are able to see the classes that the teachers have created. Parents can only see them if the teachers add the students to the pages. That is very important.


Students and parents are able to see grades.

Again...thank you for your patience as we get through this upgrade.


OMS Sunshine Fund

Please join our Sunshine Team and bring your dues ($20 for teachers and admin./$10 for paraprofessionals) to our Committee Chairs, Molly McCreary and Emily Steele (you can drop them off at the library).


Teacher of the Month

Coming soon...!


You are the driver of your Energy Bus!

Positive energy begins with you, the teacher and "Chief Energy Officer" of your classroom. Do not allow "Energy Vampires" to steal your enthusiasm!


The Energy Bus

Leadership Team Meeting

Monday, Sep. 16th, 7:45am

K102

What is AVID?

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 7:45am

J110 - Furlong

8th Grade Football vs Murphy

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 5:30pm

Clark Stadium, Plano, TX

Plano, TX

Clark Central


7th Football Scrimmage vs Frankford

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 4pm

Frankford Middle School, Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

8th Grade Volleyball vs Rice

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 6pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

AVID Site Team Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 7:30am

J110 - Furlong

7th Grade Volleyball vs Rice

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 6pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Team Meetings

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 7:45am

Team Leader's Classroom

SBIC

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 8:30am

K102

7th Grade Football vs Rice

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 5:30pm

Clark Stadium, Plano, TX

Plano, TX

8th Grade Volleyball vs Carpenter

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm

1501 Cross Bend Road

Plano, TX

Outlook Calendar

Refer to the Otto Outlook Calendar for more upcoming events.


Dr. Douglas Otto Middle School

Otto Middle School, namesake of Superintendent Dr. Douglas Otto, opened its doors in August 2010. Otto is a Title I Targeted campus that offers a variety of honors level courses in the core subjects, as well as PACE, Math Rocks, Spanish III Honors and Spanish IV AP. Elective courses include band, choir, orchestra, theatre, journalism, art, athletics, Gateway to Technology, AVID, and more.