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How to receive Communications from OMS

Important announcements about news and events for Ottoson are distributed in a variety of formats with the goal of reaching the widest possible audience. This is a summary of the various tools that the school uses. 

School Messenger and Ottoson_news emails

In an effort to better target the parents/guardians of current students, the Arlington Public Schools are gradually moving to “School Messenger” an email service connected to PowerSchool, the same platform which is used to track attendance and grades and also where all student demographic information is stored.

Since all current parents/guardians have at least one email in PowerSchool, this system will ensure that all families are reached and no extra subscription is needed.

The Ottoson middle school is an early adopter of this system and the Principal is sending all emails via School Messenger rather than to Ottoson_News.

Until the entire APS transitions fully to the new system, the Ottoson_news list is still used (from example by the Superintendent)  so it is still very important for all parents to subscribe to the Ottoson_news list

If you are not subscribed, this can be done from the APS website by clicking on the "Families" tab then "PARENT NOTICES SIGN-UP" or directly at http://public.arlington.k12.ma.us/mailman/listinfo

School Announcements 

All school announcements and events at the Ottoson Middle School are also posted on the "OMS News and Events" page at

The page can be reached 
  • from the link above 
  • from the main OMS website and clicking on "School Announcements"
If you have a Google+ account then you can get an instant notification by email every time a new announcement is posted. You need to "Ask to join" first then turn notification on. You DO NOT need a Google+ account to reach the Announcement page, only if you want to get an email notification every time and announcement is posted

Twitter and Facebook

Announcements are also posted on the OMS twitter account at @OMSannounceAll tweets from @OMSannounce are visible on the OMS Home page.
The Ottoson facebook page is at www.facebook.com/omsarlington (note: this page is currently disabled)

Principal's Weekly Updates

The Principal sends weekly updates (generally) on Monday. They include important dates, a summary of the school news, GO PTO news and community news.
The weekly updates are sent to the Ottoson_news mailing list and also posted on the School Announcements page. If you missed one they are also collected on the Weekly Updates page.

Information that you would like to share with the Ottoson community can be included in the weekly Ottoson Update. Please email the relevant information to ottosonwebmaster@arlington.k12.ma.us or GO PTO at dearGO.PTO@gmail.com.

Seasonal Newletters

News from Ottoson is the OMS Newsletter and it is published roughly every two months. It is filled with information about the school, pictures, activities, etc. The editor is Ms. Moisand, the librarian and media assistant. All newsletters are archived in the Newsletters page.