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Thanksgiving Break Week of November 20-November 28

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From Ms. Malott~

November 14, 2021

Dear O. Henry Families,

Not long ago I saw a sign in a window reminding me to “enjoy the small things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” As we approach our Thanksgiving Break of 2021, I think these words are a perfect reflection on the past several months and the beginning of this school year in particular.

This year has been so different than last year at this time when only 25% of our student body was attending school in person. Now we have 100% of our student body learning back on campus. It has been so rewarding to attend our Mustang sporting events, celebrate as a community at our PTA Round Up, and host a school dance. We have been celebrating our student’s accomplishments in Fine Arts and academic achievements in recognizing perfect attendance and All A Honor Roll. This year I have been able to interact with our students everyday with fist-bumps, high fives, and “Make it a Great Day to Be An O. Henry Mustang”. I have loved seeing projects in the classrooms and hallways, listening to conversations in our Foreign Languages, learning about Careers in STEM, and seeing students choose books in our library. These are just a few of the many great things happening each day at O. Henry Middle School.

Every day provides me with another opportunity to be thankful for our dedicated teachers and teaching assistants, amazing office team, custodian and nutrition team, and our counseling and administration team-- all our O. Henry staff who nurture a culture of character and caring, all focused on providing a safe learning environment for our students and families. We remain committed to this goal.

We have also been met with some challenges. Our PTA and CAC have jointly written to our Superintendent regarding the need for a full-time School Resource Officer. We want to make sure your student’s needs are met academically and emotionally everyday. Our Counseling and Administrative staff have been working with our Teaching staff to support students who are benefiting from additional instructional or emotional support. Many of our O. Henry Families have also asked how they can help this year. We have many opportunities for you to engage with us as a community. If you have time and talent to do so in person, we are seeking more adult help in our front office, outside lunch time, outside ACES time, our library, hallway monitoring, and drop-off and pick up supervision. Consider a 30 minute shift in your day. If you are able to carve out some time, we would love to have more adults on campus: Volunteer at OHMS.

Again this year, we are also going to have our 5th Annual Sur-PIES--My goal is to send home a sweet treat with every staff member this Friday. Thank you for donating a Pie or other baked goods.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude to all of our O. Henry families and thank you for honoring us with the opportunity to be such an important part of your children’s lives. Though we want everyone to remain safe and healthy, this is still a wonderful time to share those “small things” with friends and family in person this year, and to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. On behalf of O. Henry Middle School, I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Be Well and Make It A Great Week To Be An O. Henry Mustang,

Marlo Malott, Principal


Newsletter Sections

  • OHMS AVID Montly Newsletter
  • Mustang News- Episode 9--Student News Cast
  • The Hoofbeat
  • Save the Date and Quick News- Student Council Food Drived, Coats for Kids
  • What is Happening This Week
  • This Week in ACES- Kindesss
  • Art in Action-
  • Athletic News--Cheer to Nationals, Golf, Girls Lacrosse
  • Band News--Congratulations to Regional Qualifiers
  • Counseling Corner-- 7th Grade Superstars, 8th Grade Superstars, LASA Showcase, 8AHS Maroon and White Night
  • Mustang Council--Next meeting Tuesday, December 14th at 4:15 in the library
  • PTA NEWS- Virtual Coaching, PTA Membership
  • Progress and Report Card Dates
  • RAVE
  • Shop and Support
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Yearbook Orders
  • From AISD -- 2021 Virtual Family Academy Todos Juntos - All Together Event November 16-18, Dyslexia Conference

O. Henry AVID monthly Newsletter


Episode 10
The Hoofbeat

Check out the latest stories from our student journalists in O. Henry’s online student newspaper. Featured stories include interviews with some of our teachers, a local artist, and a marketing coordinator at Texas Monthly magazine.



Student Council Food Drive

The Student Council at O. Henry Middle School is hosting a Food Drive this Thanksgiving season. We are asking each ACES class to raise $21 so we can contribute over 3200 meals to Austin area residents. You can donate additional funds online to our drive.



Winter is coming and it’s time to get our kids bundled up.

Why it matters: Coats for Kids brings our community together to give free coats to kids each year.

Go deeper: Coats for Kids is sponsored by the Junior League of Austin in collaboration with Austin ISD.

  • The program will provide more than 30,000 coats to Central Texas children this year.

Big picture: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch can register to get a free coat.

  • The deadline to register to get a coat is Nov. 12. Documentation is not needed.

  • Coats will be delivered to campuses before winter break.

Get involved: Donate a new or gently worn coat to any Jack Brown Cleaners or give a monetary donation to the Junior League. Every $20 pays for one coat.

O. Henry is in the CAMPUS COMPETITION-- We have collected the most coats in the last 5 years

This Week in ACES

This Week in ACES-The Science of Kindness

Conversations with the kids for the car or the dinner table:

  • What are some way we can show kindness?

  • How can we show kindness to ourselves?

  • How can we show kindness to our community?

  • How can we show kindness at school?

  • How can we show kindness outside of school?

Art In Action- Beyond the Border


Cheer Team on the Way to Nationals

At this weekends competition, our OHMS Mustangs got 3rd place!

OHMS Cheer needs your help!

The O. Henry Cheer team has qualified to compete at Nationals in Florida this February, and they need your help! The trip is expensive and many of our cheerleaders will have a tough time paying for all of it. Please consider a donation to the Cheer team to help all of our amazing cheerleaders have the opportunity to go to Disney World to represent our school against the best teams across the country!

If you or your business would like to make a donation or pay to be featured in our Boys Basketball program, please contact Ms. Hibbard at leslie.hibbard@austinisd.org to donate!

We need your help to make this amazing trip happen for all of our deserving cheerleaders!

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Please fill out this form to let us know your student's interest in the O. Henry Golf Club:


Below is some information from Coach Lebo the Austin High School Golf Coach about the upcoming season.

Tentative Practice Schedule (1st & 3rd Wednesdays):

November 3rd, 17th

December 1st, 15th

January 5th, 19th

February 2nd, 16th

March & April (Practice Twice a Week - Dates TBD)

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Congratulations to Joaquin Schmid on Tuba and Lee Worsham on Alto Saxophone. On Saturday they competed against the top band students in Central Texas and earned spots in the prestigious TMEA All-Region Band. Both students will represent O. Henry at the Region Band Concert on December 4th at the AISD PAC.


7th grade SUPER STARS

Congratulations to our 7th grade Superstars for November!

Will Achtermann, Zora Adams, Josh Aguilar, Maeve Beliveau, Sarahi Corral Esquivel, Liam Cutshall, Gaurika Guar, Anne Carter Hutchison, Henry McGuire, Olin Michalovich, Averi Nates, Calla Pitt, Bella Rochlen Ivy Stone Izzy Thomas, Tre’Vina Tubbs-Moreno

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Cael Rivera, Angie Deanda Lopez, Salem Wirt, Levi Williams, Luke Silvers, Mazie Kasprzak, Karley Farias Alvarado , Tizoc Morales

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8th Grade Parents

Maroon & White Night

December 2nd, 2021 - 6:30 PM

At Austin High Performing Arts Center


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

O. Henry Campus Advisory Council (CAC)-- Mustang Council

Our next CAC meeting will be TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 from 4:15-5:15. If you are interested in speaking to our CAC using our citizen communication time, please email our CAC Co-chairs Jennifer Boltz at jennifer.boltz@austinisd.org or Sharon Albrecht at salbrecht78703@yahoo.com for meeting Zoom details.

Meeting Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our campus web page.

Citizen Communications is the first item on the agenda and is time set aside for non-members to make comments to the CAC. The co-chairs may limit the time given to individual speakers and will ensure that the districts "Citizens Communication and Visitor Guidelines" are applied. Under these guidelines, except for requests for clarification, dialogue shall not occur between the speaker and the members. If the CAC is interested in hearing more from a speaker, the speaker may be invited to a future meeting and be placed on the agenda. The CAC may also call a special meeting specifically for the purpose of open-dialogue with non-members but it must be posted for discussion on specific topics.

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Our next PTA General Meeting will be February 1st at 6:00pm.

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Join the O.Henry PTA and help support building our community through programs that promote student achievement, creativity and inclusiveness. Simply go here to sign up. Thank you to our current 211 new members! Our goal is to get to 275 members, join today!

Families of O. Henry Mustangs: Mimi Fernandez, Sarah Spreitzer McCalla, Betsy Gonzalez, Karen Cotter, April Alejandro, Vera Muniz, Christine Napierkowski, Germaine Curry, Randi Bell, Nikki McCormick, Vic Ramirez, Laura Pigford, Delaine Teeple, Kate Fyda, Michelle Lee, Lauren Whalen, Erin Dempsey, Marisa Owen, Lisa Womack, Patrick Yonnone, Meredith Ansel, Sandra Frellsen, Kristen Day, Adam Koransky, Hallie Duncan, Acia Moody, Amy Salinas, Natalie Maloney, Jennifer Pac, Shannon Grethel, Carrie Williams, Charity Poage, Jessica Archer, Susannah Stinson, Clee Upchurch, Katie Lucio, Tina Donahoo, Cameron Tierney, Susan Horridge, Ann Pizer, Kathryn Atherton, Kit Purdy, Stephanie Teague, Martha Mangum, Rosa Theofanis, Elisabeth Anderson, Rachel Elder, Katie Mastovich, Rasha Madkour, Jyll Vertuno, Jennifer Skloss, Heather Davis, Ashley Beard, Randi Shade, Jennifer Banda, Shannon Pounds, Lauren Simmons, Melanie Dow, Emilie Salvagio, Sedric Pinkney, Elise Bridges, Lauren Sicarelli, Melissa Stangle, Kristie Buscaglio, Jennifer Shirk, Suzanne Perez, Jessica Manning-Acebo, Gloria Williamson, Kristen Jaros, Karen Kegg, Ashley Blumoff, Christina Dittmar, Christy Merritt, Jenny Mason, Emily Mika, Nicci Fowler, Elena McGinnis, Sherrill Deering, Kim McKnight, Jennifer Vogt, Carrie and Will Murchison, Tara Reid, Monica Smith, Caron and Matt Hutchison, Brandy and Ryan Fons, Jana Boderman, Deanna Brittain, Brooke Ward, Julie Butler, Jennifer Holland, Marie Evans, Nichole Henderson, Katherine Lieberknecht, Mary Miles Temple, Carolyn Bryant, Sean Peterson, Andrea Scarborough, Allison Crutchfield, Liz McGuire, Darcy Albee, Kelly Y, Jeff Achtermann, Christine Yonge, Heather Chesney, Angelica Tagle, Sommer Maxwell, Tiffany Hofbauer, Laura Van Slyke, Jennifer McCloskey, Sara Diamond, Kristin Galindo, Jeri Lynn Ingram, Sarah Rock, Lindsey Hanna, Veronica Macon, Marjann Cooper, Nicole Nugent, Shaheen Hussaini, Stacy Mozisek, Stacey Rodrigues, Jennifer Davis, Christopher Sileo, Aaron Mitchamore, Kelly Stouse, Lorna Lewis, Bonnie Pham, Alex Meyers, Ami Wallace, John Boardman, Nicole Nykaza, Stephen Walls, Candace E Myers, Yoshiko Loftis, Veronica Macon, Courtney Duesing, Regan Lenehan, Jamie Flynn, Mohan Balachandran, Ashley Stiegler, Rebecca Stokes, Andrea Ball, Julie Bergstrom, Meredith Schoch

Teacher/Staff: Jennifer Boltz, Michael Shackelford, Macie Cohen, Sharon Stockbauer, Teresa Zardiackas, Duane Devereaux, Brittany McCulloch, Michael Jurkovic, Frank Munoz, Jessica Dillenberger, Tim Tierney, Marlinn Conway, Casi Cook, Amber Bass Patterson, Marlo Malott, Serena McMillon, Jean Ligtvoet, Chris Reuter, Clare Haugen, Rachel Price, Ryan Richter, Crystal Gaffney, Dawn Davis, Suzanne Hoelzel, David McKey, Heidi Shellhorn, CristinaTorres, Alexis Smith, Megan Aguilar

RAVE about an O. Henry Staff Member

Would you like to recognize an O. Henry Staff member? Use the AISD RAVE form to give them a shout out.

Progress Report and Report Card Dates

AISD is now on a 9 week grading calendar. For the first semester, the following dates are important for students and families to know. All assignment grades can be found in the Student and Parent Portal.

Student progress reports are a snap shot in time and the most accurate grade report can be found in the Student and Parent Portal. Schedule changes due to to leveling last week may cause a delay in grade migration last week.

Progress 4: October 18-December 3

2nd 9 weeks: October 18-December 17


Donating to O. Henry Middle School’s PTA is as simple as doing your normal shopping! That’s right, there are a number of stores that have wonderful contribution programs and all you have to do is designate or inform them that you would like to participate in their school contribution program.

Randalls, through their Good Neighbor Program, will contribute 1% of your grocery bill every time you use your Remarkable Card when you designate O. Henry Middle School (# 713) as your charity of choice on the Good Neighbor Program form. Please see the link below to print and turn in your Good Neighbor Program form.

Randalls’ Good Neighbor Program Form

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by customers. Click here to start supporting O. Henry through AmazonSmile

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In celebration of National Parental Involvement Day, Austin ISD presents the free 2021 Virtual Family Academy Todos Juntos - All Together Event November 16-18.

The free academy will feature 12 live Zoom sessions around various topics such as the following:

  • Mental Health Supports and Building a Community of Care

  • Early Childhood Strategies

  • Afghan Women Wellness

  • Special Education and 504 Supports, including Dyslexia, Inclusion, ARDs

  • Elementary and Secondary Multilingual Programs

  • Advanced Academics Supports

  • Early College Programs

Please see the flyers for more information: English Spanish



Interested in learning more about Dual Language programming? Whether your child currently participates in Dual Language or you’re exploring options, we’ve got you covered.

Choose a date:

Each event will include workshops facilitated in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

For more information, contact Janeth Medrano at 512.414.9648 or janeth.medrano@austinisd.org.


Accelerating Learning Success for All Students—Austin ISD’s Central Texas Dyslexia Conference 2021

AISD’s annual conference brings together leaders in education, teachers, researchers, parents, dyslexia therapists, advocates, and other professionals to learn how to best serve students with dyslexia, develop their strengths, overcome their obstacles, and accelerate their learning. Putting research into practice, equipping educators with the knowledge and resources they need, and incorporating a strengths-based approach is critical in helping students build the motivation, resilience and self-confidence needed to reach their full potential inside the classroom and beyond.

This year’s conference will be a virtual conference offering participants a 2 week window starting Friday December 3, 2021 to view presentations specially recorded for this conference on-demand.

Conference Details