Otsego Middle School

January 15, 2016

Congratulations to our January Students of the Month!

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Front row: 6th grader Yash Hazari, 7th grader Ellie Sweet & 8th grader Makayla Andress

Back row: 6th grader Emily Yahr, 7th grader Logan Wright & 8th grader Owen Watson

Otsego Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 5-8pm

Otsego Middle School Gymnasium

We are looking forward to meeting with parents next week! All teachers will be in the gym to meet with you and share information about your student's academic progress.

STEPS Summer Camp for Girls

Grand Valley State University is offering a Science Technology & Engineering camp for 6th grade girls this summers. STEPS (Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer Camp) is an all-girl day camp introduction to the world of science, technology and engineering. Campers participate in activities that give them hands-on experience with high-tech engineering equipment and processes. STEPS is an opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do in an informal, non-threatening, and fun environment. Program activities include designing, manufacturing, and flying a radio-controlled airplane. Students will also explore science and engineering topics while learning team building and other social skills. Participants will tour Grand Valley's engineering facilities and see several manufacturing processes. The cost for the full week of camp is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information, please visit http://www.gvsu.edu/steps. There you will find a printable brochure, applications, sample schedule, parent and camper testimonials and pictures. Space is limited. Applications are due to GVSU by March 11th.

Sous Chefs Cooking Club Forming

Washington Street Elementary Principal, Mrs. Badders, is hosting a Sous Chefs Cooking Club for middle school students on Thursdays beginning January 21st from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The club is open to the first 12 students. Flyers and permission slips are available in our office. At this time, there are only 3 spots remaining.

Building & Site Sinking Fund Information

Otsego Public Schools is fortunate to have wonderful facilities that represent a great source of pride in the Otsego community; our facilities are used by groups across the region. Much of that is due to the voters' generosity passing a bond in 2004. Otsego was able to build a new, state-of-the-art high school, new athletic facilities and make significant upgrades to our other school buildings. It is important to us to maintain the pristine condition of those facilities, maintain that pride and continue to be a resource for organizations, fine arts groups and athletic associations. There are needed upgrades and repairs that did not fall into the 2004 bond projects that the district would like to address sooner, rather than later, so we can keep expenses down.

The repairs fall into three categories:

  1. Safety & Security
  2. Energy Efficiencies & Upgrades
  3. Site Improvements/Maintenance

We are looking at a Building and Site Sinking Fund to provide the financial resources we need without taking away funds from the classroom. Below, you will find several pieces of information related to this proposal.

Resource Links:

Thank you to parents Becky Gross & Jason Jacobs for cooking breakfast for our Young Men Keeping it Real group!

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OMS Fitness Club Forming

Does your student like to exercise and stay in shape? This new club might be of interest to them. The community ed office is offering an OMS Fitness Club this year! The Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the fitness center at OMS Fliers are available in our office and the Community Ed. office. Space is limited. The cost is $7.00.

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS, GUARDIANS, GRANDPARENTS, AND GROUPIES!

We need YOU to help us with the 8th grade field trip to the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center (ACATEC)! If you would like to join us and experience first-hand the over two dozen different career development programs and opportunities at ACATEC, consider chaperoning with us! No group will be larger than 15 students, and all groups are assigned an ACATEC docent guide that leads each tour. We will gather at 8:15, be at ACATEC by 9:00, tour until 10:30, and you will be back at school and on your way by 11:00 (keep in mind both days are 1/2 days for students). Join us for this educational experience that is great information for both students AND parents! Contact our school counselor, Keith Fuller, at 692-6199 or kfuller@otsegops.org.

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 a 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!

Kindles Wanted

Do you have a Kindle that you no longer use? We have just the spot for it! If you do, please consider donating it to our ELA department.
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Cereal boxes needed for Art!

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18 - Art Club - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball Game vs. South Haven - 4:00 p.m. -Away

Jan. 20 - Delayed Start - 9:14 a.m. start time

Progress reports will be mailed home.

Girls Basketball Game vs. Paw Paw - 4:00 p.m - 8th grade Home

OMS Swim Club Meet - 5:30 p.m. in Allegan

Jan. 21 - Sous Chef Cooking Class begins - 3:00-4:30 p.m.

OMS Parent-Teacher Conferences - 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Jan. 26 - Fun Fest rescheduled from the Jan. 12th snow day

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.

Go DAWGS!

Delayed Start - Wednesday, Jan. 20th - 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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