Otsego Middle School

April 29, 2016

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Thank you for attending Parent- Teacher Conferences!

Staff Appreciation Week - May 2-6

This week is Staff Appreciation Week! Please take this opportunity to acknowledge our wonderful prize worthy staff. It takes only a few moments to stop and thank a teacher, parapro, cook or custodian for all that they have done for your child. Our staff gives tirelessly to provide your student children a quality education. Why not take a moment next week to let them know that their efforts are appreciated!

OMS Track Continues to Lead the Way!

Congratulations to the OMS Track Team on another successful week out on the track! Below are some pictures captured by Maria Germain's Dad. Thank you Mr.Germain for sharing your talents with us!

OMS Tennis Team is Now 3-1

Congratulations to the OMS tennis team for sound victories over Paw Paw & Gull Lake this week! Scoring wins for the bulldogs this week were: Lauren Layman, Luc McPherson, Caleb Korringa, Karina Hess, Caleb Piersma, Seth Stender, Kyle Brown, David Stiles, Turner Rohr, Daelan Burd, Kristen Hicks, Cole Rogers, Morgan Shearer, Emma Owens, Michaela Triemstra, Amanda Parsons, Jocelyn Sallee, Nova Plumley, Katie Piersma, Wyatt Heckman, Dagim DeBoer and Ben Bickel. Keep up the great work raqueteers!

Annual Report Now Available

The 2014-15 Annual Reports are now published. You can view them online at www.otsegops.org/annualreport or a hard copy is available in our office.

8th Grade Dance "GLOW"

Friday, May 6th, 8-10pm

Otsego Middle School Cafeteria

All current Otsego Middle School 8th graders are invited! The cost is $10. It includes food, drinks, dancing and 1 free picture in the photo booth.

Big Dawg Summer Sports Camp Information Available

Interested in signing up your student for a summer camp? Big Dawg Summer Sports Camp information is now available in our athletic office or online at http://www.otsegops.org/commed/youthrec

Fall Sports at OMS

  • Volleyball (7th & 8th grades) try-outs begin August 29th.
  • Cross Country (6th-8th grades) practice begins August 22nd.
  • Football (7th & 8th grades) begins August 22nd. Look for additional information soon.

All athletes will need a physical after April 15, 2016, a consent form and a $10 participation fee.

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Cell Phone Usage

Please remind your student that unless a teacher specifically instructs students to bring their cell phone to class, cell phones should remain in their lockers including at lunch time. Thank you for your help in this matter.

M-STEP Testing Going Smoothly

Our 8th graders have successfully completed the Social Studies portion of the M-STEP and the Math Performance Task. They will continue next week with the computer adaptive portion of Math and English Language Arts. We truly appreciate all of the snacks that have been donated by our families.
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Thank you for the Treats!!

An ENORMOUS thank you goes out to our grade level parent coordinators - Jill Hanley, Becky Gross & Becky Bohl for organizing daily treats for our students during the M-STEP. Students have thoroughly enjoyed all of them!
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6th Grade M-STEP Window - April 25-May 13

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7th Grade M-STEP Window - May 9-27

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Needed: 3 Parent Volunteers - Please see below

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Just when you thought it was safe to read your OMS Newsletter again, it’s back!

Since our first attempt to tour the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center (ACATEC) was thwarted by Mother Nature, we have been in intense negotiations to figure out another date. Finally, we can announce that the ACATEC trip will occur Tuesday, May 3. Barring another snow event, flood, hurricane, or plague(!), we are sending two groups that day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Also as before, we need parents willing to chaperone to help make this trip happen. If you would like to join us and experience first-hand the over two dozen different career development programs and opportunities at ACATEC for your child, we strongly 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. The morning group will gather at about 8:15 and be back at school by 10:45. The afternoon group will gather about 12:15 and be back by 2:30. 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.

FYI: Because the choir and band students have performances a few days right after May 3, they have been assigned a tour already. Band students will tour in the afternoon, and choir students will tour in the morning in order to avoid their rehearsals: please keep this in mind if you should want to chaperone a group and would like your musically inclined child to tour with you(!). Thank you!

Otsego Swim Club Gearing up for the Summer Season!

Season is over, but Summer Swim Season will be coming! Start date to be around May 23 and will continue until July 23. All those who want to swim competitively are welcome and encouraged to join! It is a great way for multi-athletes to stay in shape over the summer!

Cereal boxes needed for Art!

Upcoming Events

May 2 - OMS Tennis vs. Comstock - Away - 4:00 p.m.

May 3 - 8th graders visit Vo-Tech & OHS

May 5 - OMS Track meet - home - 4:00 p.m.

May 6 - 8th Grade Dance

May 20 - Honors Night

June 8 - Field Trips for 6th, 7th & 8th grades

June 9 - 1/2 Day

June 10 - 1/2 Day - last day of school

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.

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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