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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF O. HENRY MIDDLE SCHOOL

January 11-17

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What is Happening This Week!

  • Middle of the Year testing starts on Monday. Students will be testing in their ACES classes. Please check your email or see the bell schedule linked below.
  • This week's schedule is A, B, A, B, A.
  • ACES classes will focus on Mindfulness and Goal Setting.
  • Check out the latest news in the Hoofbeat, O. Henry's online student newspaper. Our student reporters have been working hard to bring these stories to you.

    https://ohmsnews.org/

  • Please check the Athletic News for information on Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer.
  • Check out the Counseling Corner for lots of information on spring events for rising high school students, summer camps, Quaren-teens.
  • INTERNET SAFETY FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

    January 13, 2021 | 2 - 3pm

    In a time when we are spending more hours on our electronics, join us for a webinar that will discuss aspects of the Internet children may be involved with, possible threats that may be encountered and how to implement precautions to create a safe environment for children’s online interactions. Click here to register.

  • SAVE THE DATE- Virtual Course Fair--We will be kicking off our information about courses for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00.

  • No School Monday, January 18th for the MLK Holiday.

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Athletics News

7th and 8th Grade Basketball

7th AM Practice

Monday 6:45am- 8:00 am

Tuesday 6:45am- 8:00 am

Wednesday 6:45 am- 9:30 am

Friday 8:20am-9:30am


8th PM Practice

A-Team: Monday-Wednesday until 5:15

B Team: Monday, Tuesday until 5:15


Games:

Wednesday, 1/13-- B Teams at Bedicheck: 7th gr @ 6:00, 8th gr @ 7:00

Thursday, 1/14-- A Teams at Lively: 7th gr @ 6:00, 8th gr @ 7:00


Girls Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts start after school on Wednesday, 1/13/21. After tryouts,


  • A Team will practice twice a week from 4:00-5:00. Wednesday and Thursday
  • B Team will practice twice a week from 4:00-5:00. Tuesday and Wednesday

The first game is on Saturday, January 16th at O. Henry.

COUNSELING CORNER

Outyouth - Virtual Realiteen Group for LGBTQIA+ teens and Allies!

We are excited to share this information with you about Outyouth's free online groups for MS and HS students!


Outyouth is one of our amazing community partners who support LGBTQ+ and questioning students. See the attached flier or visit this link for registration/parental consent: https://www.outyouth.org/vrt

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Sunshine Camp

During this difficult time, Austin Sunshine Camps is committed to providing a safe, in-person camp experience in 2021 and registration is now open! With virtual cabin meetings beginning in February in preparation for in-person camp in the summer, spots for camp are filling up quickly! Check the attached flyer to see if your 8-15 year old qualifies for this week long FREE camp!


For more information about camp visit www.sunshinecamps.org/summercamp

Quaran-teens! Episode 8: Beetlejuice

Algebra Drop Deadline

Friday, January 22nd is the deadline for dropping Pre-AP Algebra 1. If you are considering dropping or have questions about your child's performance, please reach out to your child's teacher by the deadline. For more information about high school transcripts and GPAs, please check the link below. NOTE: You must be logged into the Portal to access the link.


https://aisdblend.instructure.com/courses/278948/pages/taking-hs-courses-in-middle-school-grades-and-gpa-2


This is the only high school credit course that can be dropped at this time. All other high school credit courses, including Geometry, will have a different deadline later in the year.

High School Information

It is that time of the year when we start completing high school choice sheets. Students will be invited to high school choice sheet presentations for the school they are zoned to based on the enrolling contact's address. All interested students will be allowed to sit in on the Austin High School choice sheet presentation, but it is important to know if you are needing to apply as applications close Feb. 1st.


To find the school you are zoned to, use this AISD website:
https://portal.metrostudygis.com/arcgis/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6f4732c8495049ab836a18b4debf72e1

All upcoming high school events will always be listed on the Counseling Blend page (you must be logged into the portal to access this link):
https://aisdblend.instructure.com/courses/227758/pages/eighth-grade-announcements

Please continue to monitor emails from Cristina Torres and keep your eye on the Pony Express Counseling Corner so you don't miss out on these important events. Please direct any questions to our 8th grade counselor Cristina Torres at 512-414-7108 or cristina.torres@austinisd.org


Austin High School

Applications are open for the Austin High Academy Program. While transfer information is currently delayed, Austin High has been frozen to priority transfers the past few years. We STRONGLY encourage everyone who is not zoned to Austin High to complete the application AND apply for transfers. Deadline for AHS applications is Feb. 1st. More information can be found on the AHS website: https://www.austinhighmaroons.org/academy-admissions-process.html




Tuesday, January 12th - Parent Night for Academy Overview and Q/A about Application Process (evening time TBD, Zoom link coming soon)

Tuesday/Wednesday, January 19th and 20th - Counselor Classroom Presentations about Choice Sheet and Q/A during US History class; MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN CLASS THIS DAY! Whether you have Mr. Simms or Mr. Justice, when you go to class on A or B day you will have the chance to listen to Austin High Counselors explain the choice sheet and answer questions.

Tuesday, January 26th - 1 on 1 sessions with Counselors for Parent Questions; take advantage of this opportunity to get help with your choice sheet and applications, or ask some specific questions. (time and Zoom link coming soon)

Friday, February 5th - Deadline for Austin HS AVID applications
Find out more about the AVID program in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6jPNcijr4
AVID Application: https://forms.gle/4TXUfYsn7DT5oJSP7
If you are interested in this program, please make sure to fill out the application, even though you may still be considering other schools or waiting to hear about Austin High School.

LASA High School


VIRTUAL ROADSHOWS -

Hear from LASA administration, faculty, and current students.

January 14, 2021: Roadshow, 6:30-8:00 pm
Link to livestream will be available 15 minutes prior to event start on our website home page: www.lasahighschool.org
This roadshow also presented in Spanish via zoom (not livestreamed)



Akins High School


Applications are now open for the Akins Early College High School! Deadline for the digital application is March 31, 2021.

Check out the Akins ECHS website for everything related to their Academy, including their promotional video, details about the Summer Bridge Orientation, and the ECHS application. Click here to visit their website!


Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Time TBA - Akins Early College High School Virtual Presentation

Thursday, Feb. 25, Time TBA - Akins Choice Sheet with high school counselors

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Principal Coffee-- Question and Answer Sessions- Semester 2 Dates

Come meet with the principal to discuss all the latest happenings at O. Henry Middle School. Meetings will take place via Mustang Zoom Room and provide a great forum for informal Q&A with other parents, special guests, and Principal Marlo Malott.


10:00 a.m. on Zoom

  • Friday, January 22
  • Friday, February 5
  • Friday, February 19
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We Want You--ALL ARE WELCOME

If you or someone you know is interested in being more involved, want to have a voice about how PTA money is spent, would like to get to know other parents in our OHMS community, and so much more, please reach out to me directly at sherrilldeering@yahoo.com.


Our goal is to have a board that represents our school. We very much appreciate those faces we see on a regular basis but also know there are so many other wonderful people out there that would be a great asset to our PTA family. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Thank You

  • Nikki McCormick for organizing and delivering breakfast to the OHMS staff on Tuesday!
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Nominating Committee

It’s time to start filling positions for the PTA Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year!!

It is the goal of the OHMS PTA to make sure ALL students and families are represented on the board and to do so, we need one representative from each of our 7 elementary feeder schools (5 members/2 alternates) to serve on a committee that will nominate new board members.

**If you would like to have a say as to who sits on the executive board next year, please consider being a part of this important committee!!**

The PTA NEEDS YOUR HELP making sure ALL FAMILIES ARE REPRESENTED and ALL PERSPECTIVES ARE HEARD!

Interested? Please contact the current Parliamentarian Brannon Smith.

¡Es hora de comenzar a ocupar puestos en la Junta Ejecutiva de la PTA para el año escolar 2021-2022!

El objetivo de la PTA de OHMS es asegurarse de que TODOS los estudiantes y sus familias estén representados en la junta y, para hacerlo, necesitamos un representante de cada una de nuestras 7 escuelas primarias alimentadoras (5 miembros / 2 suplentes) para servir en un comité que Nominará nuevos miembros de la junta. ** Si desea opinar sobre quién formará parte de la junta ejecutiva el próximo año, ¡considere ser parte de este importante comité!

** ¡La PTA NECESITA SU AYUDA para asegurarse de que TODAS LAS FAMILIAS ESTÁN REPRESENTADAS y TODAS LAS PERSPECTIVAS SE ESCUCHAN!**

¿Interesado? Comuníquese con el actual parlamentario Brannon Smith.

O. Henry Spirit Shop


Click on this link! https://ohenry-middle-school-pta.square.site/

You may also find the link on the PTA website under "Market".



ALL SIZES OF MASKS IN BOTH

BLACK AND RED ARE BACK IN STOCK!!!



Need to order masks or any other merch for an OHMS Team?

Please call or text 512.350.8350 for special arrangements for a bulk order!



ALL MERCHANDISE CAN BE SHIPPED TO YOU VIA USPS

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PICK IT UP, PLEASE KNOW THAT PICK UP IS FROM A

RESIDENCE IN THE BRYKERWOODS AREA…(not at O. Henry).

ORDERS TAKE UP TO TWO DAYS TO PROCESS

YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WHEN YOUR ORDER IS READY 😊



Cold weather is HERE! Get your OHMS Long sleeve t-shirt!


ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE PTA Questions? Email ohmsspiritshop@gmail.com or text 512.350.8350