Principal Updates

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Mt. Ararat Middle School

66 Republic Avenue, Topsham, ME 04086

Phone:  (207)729-2950     Fax: (207)729-2964


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June 23, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today is the last day of school! I have a few quick items for you:



“Can’t Stop the MAMS Feeling”  At today’s end of year assembly, we surprised the student body with a music video we made just for them.  It is set to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feelingsong.  As middle school teachers, we never pass up an opportunity to embarrass ourselves… Enjoy!


Quarter 4 Report Cards went home in student backpacks yesterday afternoon.  We received feedback from parents that having the report card contain all the learning goals from the entire year made the report card too lengthy and difficult to read.  In response to this, we included only those learning goals and work habits scored during the Quarter 4 marking period, April 10 - present.  If you wish to see the entire year to date, simply log on to the Empower Parent Portal and click the "Print progress report" link and follow the “Year-to-Date” Report under this menu.  In addition, by clicking on the “Goal Browser” in the upper right hand corner, you can see a more longitudinal view of the important knowledge and skills that your child is and will be learning.  We have provided DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS HERE or through this VIDEO.


Our First Year With New Grading Program.  We are wrapping up our first year with our new grading program, Empower.  We recognize there were parts of this transition that went well, and others that we need to improve upon for next year and beyond.  Changing grading systems is a major change for a school, and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we have gone through our growing pains.  A special thank you to all the parents and students who attended the various parent information sessions and parent coffees we held this year on this topic.  Please keep the feedback coming, as we need to hear your perspective in order to keep the improvements coming.


we all belong walk video

Successful “We All Belong Walk”  Wow!  A big shout out to everyone who came out for the 'We All Belong" Walk after school on June 6.  We estimate over 300 students and staff were there from both our school and Brunswick Junior High School.  Thanks to all the student leaders for organizing the event and the adult staff and volunteers who helped make the event a success.  We had television and news crews covering the event.  Here is the Channel 13 News Story and Times Record Story on the event.  


If any questions, comments, or suggestions arise, please feel free to call the school at 729-2950 or send me an email at:





Dr. Josh Ottow



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