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.
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.
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.
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.
Read an overview about how the PowerSchool Portal works, and then login to PowerSchool Portal at: https://secure.town.arlington.ma.us/PowerSchool/public/home.html
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arlington school district uses a private deployment of Google Apps for Education (GAfE) called Spyponders. Every Ottoson student will get an email address @spyponders.com. 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.