Attend A PTO Meeting
PTO meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month Sept-June at 7pm, unless otherwise noted. We hope to get back to in-person at some point, but for now are continuing with virtual meetings. All parents, guardians, teachers and supporting staff of Gibbs and Ottoson students are always welcome to attend. The Gibbs and Ottoson principals are often present as well.
Upcoming Meeting Dates -- 7-8PM via Zoom
Missed a meeting? Read past minutes.
Subscribe To the PTO Newsletter
Sent on Mondays, it contains announcements and reminders about upcoming events and activities at both schools and in town that are relevant to middle school students.
Click here to subscribe to the newsletter. Remember to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list as well so that it doesn't go to junk/spam.
Join the PTO Board or Volunteer
See our board members and open positions, and check out our current volunteer opportunities. We also have subcommittees that allow parents/caregivers to work on specific causes or assist specific board members, or perhaps you have a cause in mind that you wish to take the lead on. The best way to find out what our needs are or bring an idea forward, is to email us or come to a meeting.
PowerSchool is the system the district uses to create school schedules, manage attendance, issue grades, and course selection, and most importantly send email communications from principals, teachers, and administration. If you suspect that you are not receiving principal and district emails:
Make sure that your profile and contact information (email address especially) in PowerSchool profile is up to date. If the portal is closed contact your school's Adminstrative Assistant.
Add spe.schoolmessenger.com and arlington.k12.ma.us to your safe senders list to prevent the messages from going to junk/spam.
If you are using Gmail, take the extra step of setting up a filter that sends messages from spe.schoolmessenger.com and arlington.k12.ma.us to go to your Primary folder (Gmail has a habit of sending to Promotions).
Gibbs, Ottoson, and APS Websites & Social Media
Gibbs Website: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/schools/gibbs.asp
Ottoson Website: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/schools/oms.asp
Ottoson Twitter: https://twitter.com/omsannounce
APS Website: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/home/default.asp
APS Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonMASchools
APS Twitter: https://twitter.com/arlingtonmaps
Superintendent's Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizhoman
APS Translation services: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/translations/
APS Digital Learning Tech Support
The Digital Learning Department has created the following form, APS Parent/Guardian Ed Tech Support for you to request help for your student(s) with apps, school-issued Chromebooks, and digital learning resources (i.e. Zoom, Google apps, etc.). The link can also found on the Digital Learning Page of the Arlington Public Schools website.