OJ DeJonge Middle School

Thank you for your interest in O. J. DeJonge Middle School!  We take pride in being
eduOJMS Principal Kristi Zimmermancators 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.

Our Vision

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.

Professional Learning

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, Assitant 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.

OJ Newsletters

OJ Events

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Upcoming Events

  • 18 May
    • OJ: Choir Concert/Talent Show
      May 18
      7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      OJ Choir Concert/Talent Show. Cost $2 per individual and $5 per family.
  • 23 May
    • OJ: Awards Assembly 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      OJ: Awards Assembly
      May 23
      9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      All school awards assembly starts at 8:00 am.
  • 24 May
    • OJ: 6th Grade Orientation 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      OJ: 6th Grade Orientation
      May 24
      7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      6th Grade Orientation for incoming 6th graders and their parents at Peterson Auditorium. We will help students to register for classes. All area 5th graders and their parents are welcome to attend this event.
  • 25 May
    • OJ: 5th Grade Student Visit Day
      May 25
      8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      This event is for 5th grade students only. They don't need to bring anything with them, but will probably want to wear some comfortable clothing and tennis shoes since we'll be doing some activities in the gym. Fifth graders from other area schools are welcome to attend, but will need to make their own arrangements for drop-off and pick-up from the event.
  • 26 May
    • LHS Graduation
      May 26
      District Events
      LHS Graduation in Hawley Gym.
  • 29 May
    • No School
      May 29
      District Events
      Memorial Day no school.
  • 2 Jun
  • 5 Jun
    • OJ: Make up date Track and Field
      Jun 5
      8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Make rain date for 6th grade Track and Field Day.
  • 7 Jun
    • OJ: Ipad turn in 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      OJ: Ipad turn in
      Jun 7
      2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      All student Ipads turned in at 6th hour. Ipad brick/cord will also need to be turned in.

OJ Headlines

Lemonade Stand

Saturday Immunization Clinic

AgriScience Everywhere

Explorations in Science

Get Pumped Up

706 E. Tinkham Avenue
Ludington, MI  49431

Main Office:  (231) 845-3810
Attendance:  (231) 845-3803
FAX:  (231) 845-3814

Office Hours:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm

OJMS Student Handbook 16-17

District Volunteer Opportunities



Kristi Zimmerman

Assistant Principal

Mike Hart

Athletic Director

Randy Fountain

Athletic Secretary

Martha Hamilton


Deb Hanson
Lia Lux

Attendance Office

Becky Erickson

Computer Technician

Jen Collins


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