Otsego Middle School

March 17, 2023

Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 20. 23, 24 & 27 - NWEA testing

Mar. 20-21 - OHS counselors visit 8th grade ELA classes to schedule for freshmen classes

Mar. 20 - FCS club meeting - 6:45 a.m. - Media Center

Track practice begins

Mar. 21 - Crazy Sock Day!

Musical Preview for OMS students - 1:00 p.m.

Art Club - 2:50-3:45 p.m.

Mar. 22 - Delayed Start - 1st hour starts at 9:15 a.m. - Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

Mar. 22-26 - Musical

Mar. 24 - 3:3 Finals

Mar. 30 - Dawgs Got Talent

Mar. 31 - Yearbook Cover contest entries due

Be Nice orders are due

Top 5 Things for this Week!

1. NWEA/Map Testing - Monday, Thursday & Friday

2. STREAM applications now available through March 31st

3. Track starts on Monday, March 20th

4. Field Trip information now available

5. 8th Graders Schedule Classes with High School Counselors

(Detailed information below.)

NWEA Map Testing Next Week

The week of March 20-24, students will have an opportunity to demonstrate the growth they have made first trimester in Math & ELA. Testing will take place during 1st hour. Please make sure your student is well rested and comes to school with a fully charged chromebook.

Our schedule will be as follows:

7:45-9:10 - NWEA testing in 1st hour

9:15-10:01 - 1st hour

10:06-10:52 - 2n hour

First Lunch 10:52-11:22 - 3rd hour 11:27-12:13

12:18-1:04 - 4th hour

1:09-1:55 - 5th hour

2:00-2:46 - 6th hour

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

Congrats to our Link of the Week - Kayla VanderMeeden!

We are so excited to see Kayla in action as a LINK this trimester. She is so supportive to her peer and helps promote his independence. Kayla’s warm, friendly personality makes all of the students feel comfortable working with her. We appreciate all Kayla does for the OMS LINKS program.
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CKH Word of the Month

Career Speaker Series a Big Hit!

On Thursday, our students had the opportunity to further explore career pathways by listening to two different experts in their fields. Students have been recently learning about career pathways in their Xello exploration as they work to develop their Educational Development Plan. The Career Speaker Series was a way for them to connect their career exploration and listen to individuals in the field. A special thank you to all of the speakers who took the time to invest in our students. An enormous thank you also goes out to our Student Support Specialist, Mrs. Garrett for coordinating such a wonderful experience for our students.
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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.

7th & 8th Graders Shine at Festival!

This week our 7th & 8th graders performed at district festival at Grandville High School. Our 8th graders received the highest rating of a 1. Our 7th graders were 3 points shy of a 1. We are so proud of both groups and their amazing teacher, Ms. Lincoln!
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Student Support Services Spotlight (aka social/emotional health)

Self-care has become a popular topic of conversation over the past few years. This is awesome! We know that it is important to take care of ourselves so we can doing all the things we need to do for our children. The basic idea is that IF we take care of ourselves, we will have more energy to take care of others.

Sounds great in theory, right? Most adults ask “how in the world can I make time for self care?” Valid question! It can be as easy as changing your mindset. Here are some examples of how self care can be incorporated into your already hectic routine:

  • While do a chores around the house, speak kindly to yourself

  • While driving somewhere, listen to something uplifting, inspiring or funny

  • While waiting in a waiting room, create something in a notepad like a poem, lyrics, or sketch

  • While standing in line, focus on your breath and take a couple of deep (inconspicuous) breaths or alternate your weight on one foot and then the other

  • While doing laundry, washing dishes, or washing your hands….take a moment to fully inhale the smell of the soap.

All of these tricks “count” as self care because you are purposely doing something different that will slow down the daily routine. Need help with other ideas? Feel free to reach out! You can contact Anna Starr at 269-694-7510 or at astarr@otsegops.org

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.

Attention Current 7th & 8th Grade Parents

A wonderful opportunity awaits your student in 2025! If your student is interested in travel, check out what high school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Scott is planning for 2025. For more information, plan to attend the meeting she is hosting on Tuesday, March 21st to go over all of the details. See flyer below.

Summer Opportunity at Allegan Tech Camp

The Allegan Tech Center has sent out mailings for our 2023 summer Tech Camp for students in 5th-8th grades. Registration ends when the program fills up. The cost is $45. Scholarships are also available if you contact the Tech Center directly.

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
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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.