Principal's Notes

Dr. Douglas Otto Middle School - April 6, 2016

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Spring is Here!

Welcome to Spring, where the fast pace of the year picks up not so slightly, and we are all busier and doing more than we ever thought we could. This is also true of our students, who diligently work to meet the high expectations we have set for them. At this time, it is prudent for all of us to be good role models for our students and support them as we also strive to support each other.

I am proud of the work you are doing this year and very pleased to serve as your principal. As we head into the end of the year, let's do everything we can to take good care of each other as we help our students finish strong!

Instructional Focus - BLAST Program

School Board presentation on March 1, 2016. The video is well worth the view as our students and staff did a great job! What an honor and a blessing to inaugurate this program in Plano ISD!
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Be Happy!

We are fortunate to teach and lead at Otto Middle School. I am proud of the incredible collaborative learning environment we enjoy. Our students and parents are wonderful and I am thankful for each of you!
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

Zeshan Khan - March Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Zeshan Khan for being selected as the Staff Member of the Month for March. Some kudos for Zeshan:

  • Zeshan is always working hard with his students to make sure that they are performing well in the classroom. He is always in the halls in between classes interacting with the students and all of his students love him!
  • Zeshan is so nice and has a positive outlook. He is flexible and a problem solver. Besides that he has a great rapport with the students. We are lucky to have him on our team.
  • Z is striving to bring the best with our students and staff.
  • Zeshan is so kind and such a great colleague. He is never stressed-never! He always has a plan, acts professional but is also really great with his students. His kids love him! They are locked in and attentive to him plus he is always trying to find cool ways to make learning more fun.
  • Zeshan is an effective Team Leader, always professional and level as he works with his team to ensure the needs of his teachers and students are being met.

Wonderful work, Zeshan! You are an amazing asset to the wonderful staff of Otto Middle School. Keep up the great work you are doing to support your students and team.

Vanessa Chavez - Experienced Teacher of the Year

I am pleased to present Vanessa Chavez as Otto Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Chavez is a dynamic educator who has the utmost passion for Choral Music. Vanessa’s great zeal for music is unique as she most effectively ignites the same passion in her students and is recognized in the community as a very special teacher.

The passion Mrs. Chavez has for Choral Music is evident to everyone who visits her classroom. Students absolutely adore Mrs. Chavez as she teaches with great enthusiasm and skill. Vanessa’s choirs consistently perform with great confidence and, due to Mrs. Chavez’ expertise, demonstrate a musical ability far beyond their years. Parents routinely send comments to me about what a wonderful teacher Vanessa is along with praise for her exceptional performances.

Mrs. Chavez is the only Choir Teacher Otto has known, and Vanessa has worked tirelessly to build the program into the wonderful organization it is today. Aside from the numerous concerts presented on campus, our choirs also perform in the community and present a Choral Open House each year for community members to visit the campus to observe our choirs in action. As her ensembles have been selected as a Performance Choir for the National Conference for Choral Music, Mrs. Chavez’ achievement as an educator is noticed beyond the boundaries of Plano ISD.

Vanessa’s work has created a Choral Program that is a beacon in the community and represents everything we embody as Otto Bobcats.

Courtney Langdon - New Teacher of the Year

We are very proud of our New Teacher of the Year, Courtney Langdon. Working with us last year as a long-term substitute, Courtney has been a true "Bobcat" from the very beginning. Always positive and highly professional, Courtney is constantly looking for ways to be more involved in the Otto Community. I am pleased and very grateful that Courtney will serve as co-sponsor of our Cheerleader Squad next year.

Some comments about Courtney from staff members:

  • Courtney has gotten very involved in tutorials and has a great desire to help kids.
  • Courtney has joined Otto with the knowledge, management, and skill set of a veteran teacher.
  • Courtney is very organized and relates to her students in a positive way.
  • Courtney has such a positive classroom environment. The kids love her and are excited to be in her class. She takes care to make each student feel recognized and accepted in her classroom.

Congratulations, Courtney! You are doing an amazing job and we are all very proud of you!

Otto Bobcats - Organized, Mindful and Scholarly!

The future is not a gift - it is an achievement. -Harry Lauder

Dr. Douglas Otto Middle School

Otto Middle School, namesake of Superintendent Dr. Douglas Otto, opened its doors in August 2010. Otto is a comprehensive Plano ISD middle school 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, French, Spanish, AVID, BLAST Jr., and more.