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. 


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


Karen Shineldecker, Science Teacher 


What do you love about teaching Science?

I like teaching Science because I am privileged to witness my students' natural curiosity emerging. I love nurturing new ways to critically think about our world.

What is one of your favorite memories from middle school?

One of my favorite memories as a middle schooler was going on field trips and experiencing new things.

What are you most looking forward to at LASD?

I am looking forward to creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs that encourage my students to become leaders and innovators in Science.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking, everything nature, beekeeping, and my family.

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Upcoming Events

  • 17 Oct
    • OJ: BPA Meeting 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
      OJ: BPA Meeting
      Oct 17
      3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Mark you calendar! OJ BPA's first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 17th from 3 - 4:30pm. Find out what BPA is all about, start pie fundraising and join in the teambuilding activities. Bring your own beverage, a snack will be provided.
  • 18 Oct
    • OJ: Picture Retake Day 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
      OJ: Picture Retake Day
      Oct 18
      8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Geskus Photography will be taking pictures of any students that missed the original picture day and retaking pictures if needed. Additional forms will be available in the office.
  • 19 Oct
    • 6-12 Half Day; Conf.
      Oct 19
      District Events
      6-12 Half Day; Secondary Conferences
    • OJ: Middle School Conferences 1/2 Day
      Oct 19
      1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events
      Afternoon conferences are from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the OJ Gym. Evening conferences are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the OJ Gym.
  • 20 Oct
  • 27 Oct
    • OJ: Activity Afternoon 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ: Activity Afternoon
      Oct 27
      3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      OJ DeJonge Middle School Events

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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 17-18

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Kristi Zimmerman

Assistant Principal

Mike Hart

Athletic Director

Randy Fountain

Athletic Secretary

Martha Hamilton


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Attendance Office

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