Otsego Middle School

December 11, 2015

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month!

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We are so proud of our students!

Pictured front row - left to right: 8th grader Cassidy Engles, 6th grader Kendra Galloway, 7th grader Alyssa Majewski, 7th grader Owen Stender, 8th grader Keith Fuller

Back row from left to right: Mr. Fuller, Mr, Knash, Mrs. Bender, Mrs. Drumm & Mr. Kuipder

Not pictured - 6th grader Brandon Hone

8th Grade Band Sets 2 School Records!!!

Congratulations to the OMS 8th Grade Band for their fine performance at Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Wayland Middle School on Saturday, Dec. 5th. Once again, the 8th grade sent more combined solo and ensemble events than any other school, including all class A schools. Also noteworthy is that they set 2 school records! ALL ensembles received a 1st division rating for the first time in school history! Secondly, every event resulted in a medal, but every student took home at least one 1st Division Medal, again, a first for OMS. Congratulations to the following students who all received at least one first division, or blue medal: Maria Germain, Becca Gardner, Molly Fitzpatrick, Rose Blade, Katie Calkins, Courtney Henry, Kayla Merrill, Mina Bohl, Julia Walker, Jared Swope, Hayden Brazee, Taryn Guthrie, Seth Stender, Alleigh Longstreet, Phelipe Perez, Sadey Huizing, Tyler DeHaan, Jake Baker, Haley Scobey, Turner Rohr, Brendan McKenzie, Nate Misner, Craig Prause, Dave Stiles, Gabe Mills, Greyson Sharp, Kaitlynn Robinson, Seth McPherson, Josh Sunnerville, Chad Garton, Charlie Woodhams, Maddy Slager, Thomas Gavan, Kyle Brown, Logan Smith, Brooklyn Ray & Jakob Woods. A special congratulations to Kayla Krusinga who took home three 1st Division Ratings and Caleb Piersma who took home four 1st Division Ratings! An enormous thank you and congratulations goes out to our band directors, Mr. Piersma & Mr. Morrisson for ensuring they were properly prepared. You made Otsego very proud!

OMS Student Council Leads Us Towards our Goals!!

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We did it!! 7,575 cans/donations for Christian Neighbors!

We are super proud of our students for not only reaching their canned food drive goal, but surpassing it!

Good Luck to our Boys Basketball Teams!

Our teams continued to shine this week! The 7th & 8th grade A team will finish up their season tomorrow at their tournament in Three Rivers. The 8th grade team begins play at 9:00 a.m. The championship game will be held at 11:00 a.m. The 7th grade A team will play at noon. The championship game will held at 2 p.m. Both teams are seated #1 in the tournament!

The B Team tournament begins on Monday. Our 7th graders will be in Paw Paw and our 8th graders will be at Plainwell. The championship game for 7th graders will be held on Wednesday in Allegan, and we will host the 8th grade championship game on Wed.

Good luck gentlemen and congratulations on an OUTSTANDING season!! We are very proud of you!

2015 Spring M-STEP Scores Expected Fri., Dec. 18th

The embargoed M-STEP scores are expected to be released to the public on Thursday, Dec. 17th at 10 a.m. Parent letters are expected to arrive in our office on Friday, Dec. 18th.

Ping Pong Tables Wanted

With the cold weather settling in, we are ready to start our fun indoor lunchroom activities. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to let us borrow your ping pong table for the winter months, please contact our office at 692-6199. We are looking for 2-4 tables so that we can begin some lunchroom ping pong competitions. Thanks for your help!
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OMS Students are setting goals, monitoring them and achieving them! Each time they do, staff members are handing out "I Met My Goal" tickets. Congratulations to the following students who were lucky enough to have their name drawn: Reece Plotts, Emma Owens, Rebecca Gardner, Jocee France & Alleigh Longstreet. They each receive a ticket for a free item in the a la carte line. Keep up the great work!!
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Cereal boxes needed for Art!

Musical Auditions Coming Soon!

We're excited to announce this year's high school musical is Peter Pan!! But we need Middle School students too! ALL OMS students are welcome to audition, whether you be in choir or not! The MS portion of the auditions are coming up December 14th in the high school auditorium from 3-5pm. Drop by the bulletin board outside of the choir room to pick up an audition packet and music!

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

OHS is gearing up for our 2nd Annual 9th grade Camping Trip in the fall. We would like to start fundraising earlier this year and would value your input. The more money we raise, the more scholarship opportunities we will have AND we might even raise enough money to lower the cost of the camp for next year’s 9th graders (your kids J). Please consider attending a “Kick off” meeting for fundraising on December 17 at 6 pm in the office directly across from the OMS gymnasium. It will be best to use the back entrance near the cafeteria. IMPORTANT: By attending the meeting, you will not necessarily be asked to help fundraising efforts…but will be asked for ideas for such efforts. Please contact Anna Starr at astarr@otsegops.org with any questions.

Going, Going, Gone

Is your student missing a few clothes? I bet I know where they might be! Our Lost & Found table is overflowing. Please encourage your son or daughter to check the table by Wed., Dec. 16th. Anything left after Wed. will be donated to charity.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 12 - 7th & 8th grade Boys Basketball A Team Tournament at Three Rivers

Dec. 14 - Art Club - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

OMS Auditions for Peter Pan - 3-5 p.m. - OHS Audt.

7th grade Boys Basketball B Team Tournament at Paw Paw

8th grade Boys Basketball B Team Tournament at Plainwell

Dec. 16 - 7th grade Boys Basketball B Team Tournament at Allegan

8th grade Boys Basketball B Team Tournament at Otsego

Dec. 17 - Deadline for Bittersweet Ski Club pass

8th Grade Parent meeting for Freshmen Camp - 6 p.m.

OMS Choir Concert - 7 p.m. - OHS Auditorium

Dec. 18 - Young Men Keeping it REAL - 6:45 a.m.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Dawgs Got Talent - 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 19-Jan. 3 - Christmas Break

Winter Sports Coming Up!

7th & 8th grade girls basketball sign ups have begun this week at lunch. The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 18th. Open gym and try out will be held the week of Jan. 4th. The first game is Jan. 13th. In addition, 7th & 8th grade wrestling sign ups also began this week in lunch. Students have the opportunity to sign up to wrestle until Dec. 18th. The first meet will be held on Jan. 26th.

Student Ticket Sales

Once again high school athletic event tickets are available to be purchased in the main office! Purchase the tickets before the event for $2.00 otherwise tickets are $5.00 at the door. Just a reminder pre-sale tickets are Student Only and Home Events Only. Winter Athletic Events include; Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming, Competitive Cheer and Wrestling.

Home contests begin for Boys and Girls Basketball December 8th and 10th – Go DAWGS!

Attention All Runners

We are looking for gently used running gear for our students to help support their hobby throughout the winter. We are looking for gently used running gear that includes tops, bottoms, shoes, spikes, gloves, head buffs, base layers, and old race shirts you don't wear. If you happen to have any you would like to donate, please drop it off in the middle school office attention Mr. Burrill. Thank you in advance for your help!
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Bittersweet Ski Club Information is Now Available

If your student is nterested in joining the Bittersweet Ski Club, the deadline is Dec. 17th. Forms are available in our office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Ski Club Advisor, Mrs. Hitchcock at dhitchcock@otsegops.org

Delayed Start - Wednesday, Dec. 16th - Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and hallways at 9:00 a.m.

Attendance Line - 692-6203

Just a reminder, if your child will be absent from school, please make sure you call our attendance line 692-6203 by 8:00 a.m.
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Free & Reduced Lunch Application

To determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch, you can apply at LunchApp.com. Paper copies are available in our office.

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