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
NWEA Map Testing Next Week
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!
CKH Word of the Month
Career Speaker Series a Big Hit!
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.
7th & 8th Graders Shine at Festival!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Attention Current 7th & 8th Grade Parents
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
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.