Parent Communication



Approximately every three weeks, Principal Ottow will send out an electronic newsletter titled, MAMS Update. This communication will highlight key information, upcoming events, and interesting happenings at the middle school. For parents without email addresses on file, this letter will be sent home with your child. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the MAMS Update, please contact Josh Ottow by phone at 729-2950 or by email at  


This fall, Mt. Ararat Middle School is excited to begin work with a new software program called Empower. This program is designed to work exclusively with proficiency-based educational models and will allow teachers to input scores that express progress on a student’s mastery of learning goals. Teachers will be inputting scores regularly, as evidence of student learning is collected. More information on how parents can access this portal will be coming along this September. 

During this transition, we will continue to use Infinite Campus as our student information system. Through the Campus Portal, parents/guardians and students will be able to access secure student information, such as class schedule, team/counselor information, and attendance data. If you have questions about Infinite Campus or the Campus Portal, please contact Technology Services at 729-9961, ext. 247. 


Early in the school year, parents are invited to Mt. Ararat Middle School’s Open House. This annual event is a chance for parents to hear an overview of the core and exploratory classes as explained by your child’s classroom teachers. This is a great opportunity to meet/interact with your child’s team, to connect with classmates’ parents, and to ask questions. We strongly encourage you to attend!


In October and February, conferences are scheduled with teachers in order to review student progress. Homeroom teachers will send home information about signing up for conferences. Homeroom teachers will meet with the parents and students to review progress reports. If there is a concern about a specific subject that the homeroom teacher does not teach, you may want to set up a separate conference with the teacher of that subject as well. Please do not wait for an invitation to meet with a teacher if you have concerns. Parents may request a conference at any time.


Report cards are issued four times a year. Teachers at Mt. Ararat Middle School will be reporting on academic standards and student work habits. Due to our new reporting system, report cards will look a bit different than they have in years past. More information on this new look will be coming along this fall. If you have questions about your child’s report card or need to request a new copy, please contact the Main Office at 729-2950. 


At the beginning of the school year, students will bring home the Census Verification Form. This form provides the school with all contact information pertaining to a particular child. Parents/guardians will be asked to check the information on this form, to make the appropriate corrections, and to sign the form and send it back in with their student. In particular, please make sure that all phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contact information are accurate and up-to-date. Accurate information can save critical time in the event of an emergency! Forms received in the main office with missing information will be returned.

For our student information system, it is imperative that we have your child’s full name as it appears on the birth certificate. If that name has been legally changed, we require the appropriate documentation.

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