For Families

A Day in the Life of a 6th Grader

Welcome to Ottoson!

The annual School Handbook is the best quick overview of how the Ottoson school day works and what programs and policies are in place.  This is distributed to all students at the beginning of the year attached to their Agenda notebook.

We also have an extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which has a lot of information, like what Clusters are, how the A-B-C-D schedule days work, homework and iPad expectations, the school calendar, and more.

Contacting Teachers Or Guidance Counsellors

You should never hesitate in contacting your child's teachers if your have any concerns or questions.  You should also take the time to meet your child's teachers at the beginning of the school year, taking advantage of the Fall Open House and the Parent-Teacher Conferences.  

All staff at Ottoson use official school email addresses, which you can find in the All School Directory.  The Guidance Department also has an overview page.

Parent Organizations

Parents and guardians can contribute to their children's education in many ways.  One significant way is to become involved in school community, and the best way to start is to join OPAC (Ottoson Parent Advisory Council.  You are also welcome to come to any of the OPAC meetings.  The meetings are open to all interested and are held every second Tuesday of every month in the conference room next to the main office.  The hours alternate between 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (please consult Ottoson calendar for the actual times). 

You can read general information on the role of school councils in Arlington and read about OPAC.

Getting School Notices Via Parent E-Mail

Ottoson and the Arlington School District use two tools to send parents school notices by email.  Please see our Ottoson News Email Guide to sign up or for more information.

PowerSchool Portal - Student Schedules & Grades

Parents may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal to see information about their student's status at Ottoson. Teachers input information on attendance, homework, test scores, final grades, etc. as their time allows. Students and Parents both have access to your own student's data; but students use a different login name.

Read an overview about how the PowerSchool Portal works, and then login to PowerSchool Portal at:

In order to access the portal, an ID and password is required. These are mailed via paper mail at the start of the school year, on two separate pages: one for your Parent ID, and one for Student ID.  If help is needed logging in, please contact Caryn Gillis in the Ottoson office: 781-316-3744 /

Spyponders - Google Apps For Education

The Arlington school district uses a private deployment of Google Apps for Education (GAfE) called Spyponders.  Every Ottoson student will get an email address  Many teachers post information and homework in GAfE, and in many cases, students submit work straight from their iPad securely to the teacher.

The Arlington school IT department maintains the secure Spyponders system, which is not normally accessible from the internet. Teachers work directly with your students to get them setup or get them login help.