OJ DeJonge Middle School
Thank you for your interest in O. J. DeJonge Middle School! We take pride in being
educators who are committed to providing a top-notch academic experience for each of our students. Our school’s vision is more than just words to us; it is the culmination of rich and meaningful work involving our entire faculty on what middle school students need, why we teach and the importance of every curricular area to the development of our students. We pride ourselves in offering a broad and rich curriculum, as well as a growing complement of co-curricular groups and organizations that provide a comprehensive and meaningful education for students. Please click on links located on this page to see our course offerings, co-curricular groups, 8th-grade camp overview and other information about the student experience at OJMS.
The O. J. DeJonge Middle School community inspires learning through inquiry, relationships and self-awareness in an experience-rich environment that promotes independence and responsibility.
Teaching is a critical, complex and rewarding endeavor. It is arguably the most important job in the world. O. J. DeJonge Middle School teachers strive to inspire their students, but even the most reflective and dedicated teachers need support to continue developing and refining their practice. To that end, our faculty is committed to engaging in professional learning opportunities that result in actual improvements in teaching and learning. We participate in multiple professional development sessions each month for teachers to learn of new research-based practices, share what they are trying with their colleagues and have professional conversations meant to increase their reflectiveness about their practice. Much of this work occurs on Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Days, and we are truly grateful for our own community's support that allows us to take several days throughout the year for learning with colleagues. Additionally, we have on-site instructional coaches with us each week who model new techniques, observe and provide feedback and co-teach with our instructors to improve performance and get the learning results we want for our students. We are proud of our educators' dedication to the constant refinement of their craft.
New Staff @ OJ
Michael Hart, Assistant Principal
What colleges did you attend while preparing for you assignment at LASD?
I attended Central Michigan University for my undergraduate degree and West Virginia University for my Masters Degree.
What do you like best about teaching?
I enjoy being able to see students master content through collaborative and creative ways to learn. The "A-Ha!" moment is priceless!
Share your favorite childhood memory:
My favorite childhood memory is receiving the PE Award of Excellence as a senior at LHS.
What are you most looking forward to working at LASD?
I am looking forward to being able to have a positive impact on the education of students in a community that I love. I am also looking forward to working with many teachers that had a profound impact on my life!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy sports, especially football, and spending time with my wife and two children.