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I realize that there has been some talk about this year’s trip to Canobie Lake Park. After much thought and conversation, we have decided that the eighth grade will be the class each year that goes to Canobie Lake as a celebration for their completing their studies at Ottoson Middle School. Grades six and seven will have their own unique end of the year experiences. We feel it is important for the students to enjoy the end of the school year and we want to show them how proud we are of the hard work that they have exhibited. We are in the process of planning the grade six and grade seven field trips and we will let all of you know as soon as everything has been finalized.
Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in this matter.
Ottoson Middle School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have had a strong sister city relationship with Nagaokakyo in Japan for 29 years. For the first time, we are welcoming three students from our sister city to study at Arlington High School for the coming school year (2013 - 2014). There will be two girls and one boy. We have one home in place at this time and need two more. Would you be willing to welcome a student into your family for the school year? It is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to learn about the Japanese culture and to provide a student with experience in an American family. A monthly stipend will be provided for room and board.
Two of the students are in Arlington this week (until Saturday) on the Sister City Exchange visit so you have an opportunity to meet them if you are interested.
Your family does not have to have students at AHS to participate. But we are hoping they will be placed in a family with some children to give them a real taste of family life in America.
If you are interested, please e-mail me with your preferred contact information and I will respond
Thank You very much.
Mary Villano, Interim Principal
Arlington High School
Please note -- if there are no volunteers for the OPAC Board there will be no OPAC next year!
Currently the OPAC Board meets at 7:30 on the first Wednesday of the month, and the OPAC Parents breakfasts are on the 2d Friday of the month, at 9:00 a.m. This schedule can be altered to fit the new board schedule, as long as it is coordinated with the principal.
These parents get the inside scoop on what's happening in school. As
the public face of OPAC responsibilities include:
Schedule board meetings as needed.
Ensure other OPAC roles are filled and act as a resource for OPAC coordinators and
Ensure that the annual fund mailers are sent on time and the annual fund drive is promoted through all OPAC communications channels.
Work closely with Treasurer to ensure payments of debts.
Set up and plan agendas for OPAC's monthly parent breakfasts, working directly with the principal.
Reach out to Ottoson's faculty to inform teachers of ways OPAC can help them and to gather ideas from the staff.
Ensure an official Ottoson parent presence at any town-wide PTO meetings.
Present description of OPAC to parents at Exploration Evening in Spring and at the Open House in Fall.
Be one of the Coordinators for 8th Grade Recognition Night.
Ensure that OPAC activities have Coordinators...i.e. reach out to volunteers for Teacher Dinners, Spaghetti Dinner, etc.
Take notes at OPAC board and monthly meetings/breakfasts or ensure someone else can do it if you can't make it; posts minutes to OPAC public and board website.
Other duties as assigned by President.
“ GUIDING GOOD CHOICES”
PARENTING WORKSHOP SERIES
When: Tuesday nights (5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11) from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Arlington Senior Center; 27 Maple Street
For parents and caregivers of children ages 9-14
Participation is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents: improve communication with their children; develop healthy family values and clear behavioral expectations; control and express anger constructively; strengthen family bonds and trust; and prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors.
GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once a week for five consecutive weeks. This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.
Please register with AYHSC Director, Colleen Leger at 781-316-3179, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleen Leger, MPH
Director of Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476
Boxtops for Education coordination, Becky Jones, collected, sorted & submitted over 3,000 Boxtops, so Ottoson OPAC will receive a check for $318.30! The total for this year was over $500. Thank you to Becky and to all the families who brought in those little pink rectangles. Remember that the Boxtops program is an ongoing process, with submission in the Fall and Spring, so keep sending them in with your students, or bringing them to the main office yourself. There's a large box that we just keep filling until it's time to submit. Thanks very much to Becky for her hard work this year, and Thea Frost will be taking over as coordinator for the 2013/2014 school year. For more information on the Boxtops for Education program, check out their website: www.boxtops4education.com/
There are two summer sessions of this program designed as an orientation to Ottoson.
For more information, click on the attached flier/registration form.
Dear Gr. 8 Parents and Guardians,
The Gr. 8 teachers have completed the process of making recommendations for gr. 9 course levels. They are now posted in Power School.
You may view the recommendations by:
Most gr. 9 students will be able to take one elective course. To choose an elective for your child, please follow these steps:
Choose 5 electives in order of preference. We will make every effort to schedule students in their first or second choice courses. Sometimes it is not possible due to other course conflicts but, in most cases, students will get their first or second choices.
The Foreign Language teachers have made recommendations for the appropriate course students should take in the language sequence. If your child does not have a World Language class this year, we ask you to select a language for grade 9. Colleges generally require students to take two years of the same language in high school to be accepted into their schools. This is also a graduation requirement for AHS. (In some rare circumstances, the language requirement may need to be waived due to specific learning disabilities.) But we highly recommend that all students take the two years of a language to ensure that all college options are available to them upon graduation.
For some students, especially those with Language Based Learning Disabilities, learning a foreign language can be challenging. For these students, we recommend taking Latin Language and Culture IA (the following year, they would take Latin Language and Culture IB). This course teaches Latin at a slower, more manageable pace that makes it accessible to many students who struggle with languages. Another option is Mandarin I.
IF you have any specific questions about choosing a Foreign Language, please contact Catherine Ritz, the Director for World Languages (email@example.com). She will be able to assist you with this decision.
Students on IEP's and in need of other support classes, may not be able to fit in a language and an elective in grade 9. The Special Ed liasons and/or their guidance counselors will assist you and your child in making the decision that best meets the child's educational needs.
All special education courses and support services will be added to the schedule by the Special Ed staff later in the scheduling process.
For more information on any courses, programs, graduation requirements, etc.... please refer to the Program of Studies which is now posted on the AHS Home and Guidance pages.
Students not attending Arlington High School next year
If you are not sending your son or daughter to AHS next year, please email me or Carolyn Simmons (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as the decision has been made. The more accurate our numbers are early in the process, the better we are to make good scheduling decisions. You will also need to officiallly withdraw your child from the Ottoson at the end of the school year.
Grade 8 teacher have made recommendations that they feel best meet the needs of your child. Keep in mind that Grade 9 is a transition year and the academic demands are generally more rigorous at the high school. It is a good idea to consider the amount of work students will be asked to do in and out of school, their involvement in extra-curricular activities, and their need to have some down time. You also want to think about your child's motivation level and ability to take on more responsibility for their own learning and academic progress. Some students need time to adjust to high school expectations before taking on more challenging course loads. Students will have plenty of opportunities to take Honors and more challenging courses in higher grades. We are as concerned with the emotional well being of all students as we are with their academic success. Please consider all these factors and the unique needs of your child when making decisions about course loads at AHS.
If you do not agree with the recommendation, please have a conversation with your child's teacher and/or guidance counselor first. If after that conversation has taken place, you can request an override. You can do this by going to the Arlington High School Home Page. Within the next two days, there will be a link for gr 8 parents to request overrides for gr 9 courses. Directions will be listed with the links.
We look forward to welcoming your children and their families to the Arlington High School Community.
Mary Villano, Interim Principal
Arlington High School
Below you will find a list of a few links every parent should know about. Thank you to OPAC for putting this list together.
Have a nice weekend!
Ottoson Site: (Note the calendar at bottom of page):
PowersSchool Parent Portal: Grades, Grades, Grades (Check with Ottoson office if you don't have/know your ID / PW):
APS site to sign up for official Ottoson emails from Ottoson staff:
These sites are maintained by a parent/volunteer:
AM/PM Opportunities Site:
Performing arts site:
OPAC(Ottoson's PTO) New: Ottoson for Newbies! Can also find the unofficial email parent list signup info here.
Welcome to the Ottoson Website.
As school starts up, information specific to each Grade and Cluster/Team can be found via the Classrooms Link at the top of the page. Clusters/Teams are subdivisions in each grade with support for the core curriculum. In the past they were called clusters, now they are called teams.
The announcements on this main page can be viewed individually by clicking the small > symbol to the left of the heading. Clicking on the Announcement heading will expand all announcements. This shows the currently active announcements. If you're looking for an old announcement, they're available under the What's Up/Announcements menu at top of page.
You will also find links for Guidance, OPAC, etc. as you browse the site.
If you have suggestions, please feel free to send them to email@example.com
If you do not see the announcement you are looking for, it may exist on the Announcements page.
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