O.J. DeJonge Middle School

Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be an Oriole. 

Thank you for your interest in O. J. DeJonge Middle School!  We take pride in being educators who are committed to providing a top-notch academic experience for each of our students.  Our school’s vision is more than just words to us; it is the culmination of rich and meaningful work involving our entire faculty on what middle school students need, why we teach and the importance of every curricular area to the development of our students.  We pride ourselves in offering a broad and rich curriculum, as well as a growing complement of co-curricular groups and organizations that provide a comprehensive and meaningful education for students.  Please click on links located on this page to see our course offerings, co-curricular groups, 8th-grade camp overview and other information about the student experience at OJMS.                                                                    

Our Vision

The O. J. DeJonge Middle School community inspires learning through inquiry, relationships and self-awareness in an experience-rich environment that promotes independence and responsibility.

Professional Learning

Teaching is a critical, complex and rewarding endeavor.  It is arguably the most important job in the world.  O. J. DeJonge Middle School teachers strive to inspire their students, but even the most reflective and dedicated teachers need support to continue developing and refining their practice.  To that end, our faculty is committed to engaging in professional learning opportunities that result in actual improvements in teaching and learning.  We participate in multiple professional development sessions each month for teachers to learn of new research-based practices, share what they are trying with their colleagues and have professional conversations meant to increase their reflectiveness about their practice.  Much of this work occurs on Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Days, and we are truly grateful for our own community's support that allows us to take several days throughout the year for learning with colleagues.  Additionally, we have on-site instructional coaches with us each week who model new techniques, observe and provide feedback and co-teach with our instructors to improve performance and get the learning results we want for our students.  We are proud of our educators' dedication to the constant refinement of their craft.


New Staff @ OJ


O. J. DeJonge Middle School welcomes new Assistant Principal, Abby Schaperkotter   


Abby recently served as an assistant principal at Grant Middle School in Marion, Ohio.  Grant MS is a large middle school serving approximately 1,200 students in grades 6-8.  In her role as assistant principal, she served as her building's NWEA coordinator, PBIS chair, instructional leader, master scheduler, and disciplinarian for 8th-grade students.  Prior to serving as an assistant principal, Abby served as a Grant Coordinator and an At-risk program director for 4 years, while in that role she created a community food pantry which was housed at the school.  Abby has classroom experience teaching Social Studies (Economics, US/World History, Psychology, and Sociology) at the high school level.

A native of Charlevoix, Abby attended Grand Valley State University where she graduated with a double Major in History and Social Studies and a Minor in Physical Education.  She has a Master's in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.  

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Upcoming Events

  • 29 Aug
    • OJ: Back to School Night 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      OJ: Back to School Night
      Aug 29
      7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Students and families will receive class schedules at this time. There will be a brief presentation in Peterson Auditorium followed by the opportunity for students and their families to travel through OJMS to meet teachers and staff. ( Please see the mailing sent out the week of 8/13/18)
  • 30 Aug
    • OJ: Welcome Day 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      OJ: Welcome Day
      Aug 30
      9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events

      There will be several events to welcome students back to school throughout the day:
      9:00 am - 12:00 pm: 6th Grade Welcome - all 6th grade students will participate in orientation with staff and student mentors.  Lunch is included.
      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: New Student Tours - 7th and 8th grade students that are new to OJMS are welcome to receive a guided tour and orientation activities with staff and student mentors.
      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Returning Student Sneak Peek/iPad Distribution - Returning 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to drop in any time during this window.
      *NOTE - Student iPads will be delivered at our August 30 events.  Students must bring an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) form signed by a parent/guardian in order to receive their iPad.  Any student who does not bring a signed AUP or that cannot attend the August 30 events can bring the signed form to the OJMS office any day after that date and receive an iPad.  (Please see mailing sent week of 8/13/18)

Oriole Tweets

706 E. Tinkham Avenue
Ludington, MI  49431

Main Office:  (231) 845-3810
Attendance:  (231) 845-3803
FAX:  (231) 845-3814

Office Hours:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm

OJMS Student Handbook 2018-19

District Volunteer Opportunities



Mike Hart

Assistant Principal

Abby Schaperkotter

Athletic Director

Randy Fountain

Athletic Secretary

Martha Hamilton


Deb Hanson
Lia Lux

Attendance Office

Becky Erickson

Computer Technician

Jen Collins


Steve Hull
Amy Marsh


Melissa Bansch
Cinda Bertucci
Teresa Eriksen
Erika Etchison
Cindy Hill
Kara Jensen
Lynette Keillor
Julie Keson
Eileen Kline
Wade Knoll
Frederick Lamm
Carl Lindenau
Larry Lynch
Jenn Mackey
Jennifer McWilliams
Bryan Morgan
Mike Nichols
Elliot Plummer
Kristin Pomorski
Jessica Quist
Mike Reilly
Lauren Schipper
Shelby Schittenhelm
JR Schoon
Karen Shineldecker
Susan Shoup
Brooke Siegert
Ben Teske
Melanie Tomaski
Rachael Wilber