Principal's Notes

Dr. Douglas Otto Middle School - March 16, 2014

I hope you enjoy the outstanding artwork on grit created by Ammon Talbot's students. I will present one to you in each of the Principal's Notes for the rest of the semester.

Patrick Briggs to speak at Otto on March 19

Patrick is the AVID Texas State Director. He comes to this position after five years as the AVID Texas State Assistant Director. Before that he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas. Patrick believes that any perceived “achievement gaps” are the result of opportunity gaps and expectations gaps that adults must work together to close. He serves on the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative, which is going into its fourth year of working with predominantly African American schools to decrease the opportunity and expectation gaps by focusing on an asset model and Culturally Relevant Teaching for all populations of students. This work led to the highly successful Culturally Relevant Teaching course that is offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes. Patrick’s passion lies in helping all learners achieve at high levels so all students are college- and career-ready upon completion of high school. He believes that all students deserve a high quality education that will enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing.


Bachelor of Science in Biology, Prairie View A & M University
Master’s in Education in Educational Administration, Prairie View A & M University

Choir and Orchestra Students "Sweep" UIL Competitions

Congratulations to our choir and orchestra students for their Sweepstakes awards at UIL. Four choirs and two orchestras competed at UIL during the week of March 3, and each ensemble received the top sweepstakes award. Kudos to directors Vanessa Chavez, Julia Brownscombe and Briana Reitenga for outstanding teaching, musicianship, and dedication.

Countdown to STAAR: Eleven School Days

Eighth grade Math, Reading and Seventh grade Writing STAAR exams will be administered on April 1 and 2. Thanks to everyone for your excellent teamwork in preparing your students. Let's all continue to work together to motivate our students to do their very best.

Congratulations to our 2014 Superintendent Service Award Nominees

Please congratulate DeeDee, Berta, and Linda and thank them for their outstanding service to the Otto community and Plano ISD.

TI Foundation STEM Teaching Award Nominee

Please congratulate Louis Lantiere for being selected as our nominee for the STEM Teaching Award. An innovative and creative teacher who his students adore, Louis does an outstanding job in teaching Math Rocks and Algebra I.

Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Rita Attuquayefio for being selected as our Staff Member of the Month for February.

Some kudos for Rita:

  • Rita is an AWESOME educator, supporter, encourager, and a spiritual vessel. As my mentor and ELAR Department Chair, Rita leads by example in her role. There has never been a time when I needed something from her and she was unavailable to help me. Certainly, I know that her unconditional spirit "rubs off" on her students. When there are times Rita and I are walking in the hallway during lunch and/or conference period, her students run up to her and hug her that signifies Ms. Rita Attuquayefio is a ROCK STAR!
  • Rita's smile and energy are contagious for the students and other staff members.
  • Rita is a natural leader and extremely positive influence on campus. She is a role model for students and staff.


Bonny Pan - Experienced Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Bonny Pan who was selected by the staff as our Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. Bonny is a tremendous educator who is adored by her students, parents, and fellow teachers. A few kudos to Bonny from her peers:

  • She always thinks of the student, is an awesome teacher and the students like her even when she is tough on them.
  • Bonny goes above and beyond for her students. She is always available to work with them or even just to talk. She has worked hard to form relationships with her students and it shows in the way her students respond to her. I hear nothing but great things from Bonnie. The love she has for the subject and these kids is great. Otto is lucky to have her.
  • Bonny is an outstanding teacher and great role model.
  • Mrs. Pan works hard to assist her students. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure her students have all the tools needed for success.
  • Bonny goes above and beyond to help our students and staff become as successful as possible. She is very kind and has done a great job with our kids.
  • Bonny works hard everyday to ensure the success of her students. She is the first person here and last to leave. Every day she is planning new ways to teach her students. She gives her students a 100% every day.

Shelley Lytle - Beginning Teacher of the Year

Joining our staff this year, Shelley Lytle has taken the campus by storm with her energy and positive attitude. Congratulations to Shelley for being selected as our beginning Teacher of the Year. Some comments from her colleagues:

  • Shelley is very positive and motivational teacher. She creates new ways to engage in her students and always teaches with her heart. She is an exceptional first year teacher and inspires me to do my best every day!
  • She goes the extra mile to help her students. She is in close contact with parents and builds strong relationships with her students to maximize their potential.
  • Shelly's enthusiasm and talent embodies everything one looks for in a teacher.
  • Shelley is a good teacher and a very nice person. She works hard to ensure that our students get the best each and every day.
  • Shelley is an amazing teacher who works hard to meet the needs of each and every student.
  • Shelly is an amazing first teacher. Stepping into her classroom, you would never know this is her first year to teach. She is confident and enthusiastic with her students, motivating them to work hard, taking time to know them and their needs, and expecting their best.
  • Shelly always has a smile on her face and a helpful heart. She is positive and inspirational. You can tell her students really enjoy her class.

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

2013-14 Calendar Adjustment: Make-Up Days Waived

The State has granted two waiver days to be used for the purpose of professional development on Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 10 (with the students’ last day still being June 6). This means that staff will be working two, eight-hour days on June 9 and June 10.

For campus professional staff whose contracts that were originally scheduled to end on June 6: if they have accrued personal leave hours, with their principal’s permission, they can take accrued personal leave instead of working on June 9 and June 10. Remember, professional staff does not accrue compensatory time because they are not hourly employees and are not non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

For campus paraprofessional (hourly) staff whose at-will agreements and paraprofessional contracts were originally scheduled to end on June 6): In lieu of working on June 9 and June 10, and with their principal’s permission, they make take accrued personal leave time OR compensatory time (paid in lieu of documented overtime hours, in accordance with the FLSA, for paraprofessional hourly non-exempt workers).

Rescheduled Spring Open House

Tuesday, March 18th, 6-7:30pm


Thanks to everyone for your flexibility in rescheduling this event for our families. Please wear the official Otto shirt (weather permitting) and jeans.

Patrick Briggs

Wednesday, March 19th, 8:30am


Patrick Briggs will speak to each grade level on grit and motivation.

Track Meet

Thursday, March 20th, 4:30pm

Tom Kimbrough Stadium, Murphy, TX, United States

Murphy, TX

Sixth Grade Choir Concert

Thursday, March 20th, 6pm


Science Academy (Select Students)

Saturday, March 22nd, 9:30am


Track Meet

Monday, March 24th, 4:30pm

Tom Kimbrough Stadium, Murphy, TX, United States

Murphy, TX

Parent Meeting - Tomorrow’s Forecast: Groom Today’s Teens for their Future Independence

Thursday, March 27th, 6pm

Campus Library

Talent Show

Friday, March 28th, 6:30pm

Cafeteria Stage

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 Title I Targeted campus 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, AVID, and more.