Ottoson Middle School

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Ottoson Middle School
63 Acton Street
Arlington, MA, USA
Type Public
Principal Timothy Ruggere
Grades 6-8
Number of students 1050
Color(s) Maroon/Red, Gray, and White             
Mascot Otto the Bulldog

Ottoson Middle School (OMS for short) is a middle school in Arlington, Massachusetts, United States, serving students in grades 68. The principal of the school is Tim Ruggere. The assistant principals are Jack Flood, Maureen Murphy and John J. Gonsalves. There used to be two middle schools in Arlington, one in East Arlington (Gibbs Junior High, previously Junior High East) and one in Arlington Heights (Junior High West). These had only grades 7 and 8 (and the elementary schools had grades 1 to 6). The Gibbs was closed in the late 1980s, and Junior High West is now Ottoson Middle School.[1] Ottoson has over 1000 students, about 60 teachers, and nearly 50 support staff members. The mascot is Otto the Bulldog, and the school colors are maroon and gray.


At the Ottoson, students are divided into clusters. There are three clusters in each grade, and each cluster has one teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English as well as special education liaisons.


Students at Ottoson take a core curriculum that includes English, Science, History/Geography, and Math. They also take courses in family and consumer science, physical education, digital literacy, art, music, drama, and technology. Students may choose to study Spanish, French, Chinese, or Latin. Students may also choose to take band, orchestra, or chorus.

Extra curricular activities[edit]

Sports teams include hockey, wrestling, cheerleading, high-intensity badminton, and an American Football team, called the Ottoson Bulldogs. There is also a cross-country club. There is a literary magazine, a gay-straight alliance and a yearbook team. Clusters elect representatives to OSAC, the Ottoson Student Advisory Council, which plans dances and fund raisers. There is an AM/PM program for students that includes breakfast club, homework club, and sports options.

Ottoson Middle School participates in the 5-2-1 Jump Up and Go! Program through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which provides many additional extra curricular activities for students. They also have an active chapter of World of Difference, a program of the Anti-Defamation League, which trains peer leaders to prevent bullying.


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Coordinates: 42°25′15.8″N 71°10′32.7″W / 42.421056°N 71.175750°W / 42.421056; -71.175750