O.J. DeJonge Middle School

Be Responsible. Be Respectful. 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.

 

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

  • 10 Dec
    • OJ: MS Competitve Cheer Meet
      Dec 10
      3:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Competitive Cheer Meet w/Chippewa Hills. Time to be determined.
  • 11 Dec
    • OJ: Middle School Band Concert
      Dec 11
      7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Call time for band student's is 7:00pm with performance starting at 7:30pm.
  • 11 Dec
    thru Dec 13
    • OJ: MS Competitive Cheer Practice
      Dec 11 - Dec 13
      3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Practice at Foster School, students can ride bus 14A to Foster.
  • 12 Dec
    • OJ: 7/8th Boys Basketball 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
      OJ: 7/8th Boys Basketball
      Dec 12
      4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Middle School Boys Basketball game away at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. Players will dismiss class at 2:35 and depart from the pool doors at 2:45pm. Game will start at 4:00 pm.
  • 13 Dec
    • OJ: 7th/8th Boys Basketball
      Dec 13
      4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Boys basketball will play Western Michigan Christian at home in the OJ DeJonge Middle School Gym.
  • 17 Dec
    • OJ: Chillin' Charity Week; Monday Dress up Cozy PJ Day
      Dec 17
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Chillin Charity Week!! Penny war all week; money donated to OJ Counselors Discretionary Fund to help OJ Families as needs arise throughout the year. Winning grade level gets cookies! If we meet our SCHOOL wide goal of $500 we ALL will get to enjoy a special activity on Friday, Dec 21! Dress Up Days all Week!!
    • OJ: Swim Meet Co-ed 6/7/8th
      Dec 17
      4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Home warm up meet. More info to come.
  • 17 Dec
    thru Dec 18
    • OJ: MS Competitive Cheer Practice
      Dec 17 - Dec 18
      3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Practices at Foster School, students can ride bus 14A to Foster.
  • 18 Dec
    • OJ: Chillin' Charity Week; Tuesday Holiday Character Day
      Dec 18
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Chillin Charity Week!! Penny war all week; money donated to OJ Counselors Discretionary Fund to help OJ Families as needs arise throughout the year. Winning grade level gets cookies! If we meet our SCHOOL wide goal of $500 we ALL will get to enjoy a special activity on Friday, Dec 21! Dress Up Days all Week!!
  • 19 Dec
    • OJ: Chillin' Charity Week; Wednesday Festive Hair/Hat Day
      Dec 19
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Chillin Charity Week!! Penny war all week; money donated to OJ Counselors Discretionary Fund to help OJ Families as needs arise throughout the year. Winning grade level gets cookies! If we meet our SCHOOL wide goal of $500 we ALL will get to enjoy a special activity on Friday, Dec 21! Dress Up Days all Week!!

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

 

Principal

Mike Hart

Assistant Principal

Abby Schaperkotter

Athletic Director

Randy Fountain

Athletic Secretary

Martha Hamilton

Secretaries

Deb Hanson
Lia Lux

Attendance Office

Beth Gunsell/Attendance

Computer Technician

Jen Collins

Counselors

Steve Hull
Amy Marsh

Teachers

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