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Week of October 12-18

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  • October 12th---School in Session
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day Virtual Classroom
  • Library News
  • Choices for Families- learning preferences survey can be updated
  • Athletics- Boys Soccer
  • Club News- GSA
  • Creating Outdoor Learning Spaces
  • Counselor Corner-
  • Mustang Campus Advisory Council- next meeting Wednesday, October 14
  • PTA- Thank You for Staff Goodies and Lunch. Upcoming Save the Date: Wellness Speakers, Membership and Spirit Shop
  • AISD Helpful Resources--
  • AISD Family and Community Resources
  • Campus Bell Schedule

October 12 is a now a school day, November 3 is now a Student Holiday

Nov. 3 Student Holiday

On Monday night, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved an update to the 2020-21 school year calendar which changes the Oct. 12 student holiday to Election Day, Nov. 3.

This change was made possible by moving the professional development day, previously scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, to Tuesday, Nov. 3, federally recognized as Election Day.

Please plan to be in attendance (whether in person or remote) on Oct. 12, and plan to keep your child home Nov. 3. This change will not affect the number of instructional days or the daily instructional time for your child.

Campuses within AISD have traditionally been used as polling sites on this day, increasing the number of people on and around our schools and limiting the use of the school building by students and staff. The student holiday will decrease the number of people on campuses, encourage a lower capacity for a campus and allow for greater social distancing for voters to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Please review the updated Austin ISD 2020-21 school year calendar.

Indigenous Peoples' Day Virtual Classroom

October 12th is Indigenous Peoples' Day. Check out more info on this holiday in the virtual classroom in the Library Blend Course.
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Library News

Check out the full newsletter in the Library Smore: https://www.smore.com/6eu3p

Virtual Book Clubs have begun

Interested in joining a book club? You can ALWAYS join. You're never too late. All grade-level book clubs occur at the following times:

8th Grade Book Club- Tuesdays 12:00-1:00

7th Grade Book Club- Wednesdays 12:00-1:00

6th Grade Book Club- Thursdays 12:00-1:00

Access to my zoom link is on the homepage in the Library BLEND Course. I can't wait to see students faces and hear from you all! It's been WAY too long.

On-Campus Learning- Choices for Families

As we approach the transition to on-campus learning, we wanted to assure families they will have the flexibility to change their choices throughout the school year.

Both remote off-campus learning and on-campus learning will be offered for the 2020-21 school year, for as long as health conditions allow. After the phase-in period, if a family decides to transition from remote off-campus learning to on-campus learning, they must first communicate with their campus. The request will be accommodated as soon as possible, but not to exceed five school days.

If a family decides to transition from on-campus to remote off-campus learning; a transition period will not be required after parents/guardians communicate their decision with their campus. All teaching and learning models will be adjusted as needed based on guidance from federal, state and local governing bodies and local health conditions.

You can communicate your learning preferences using this Google form: On-Campus Learning. It will send us an email and we will be able to update your choices. You may also call our campus main line at 512-414-3229.



Tryouts: Oct 28/29 after school 4:00-5:00

Bring: Players need to come to practice in athletic/soccer clothing. Bring cleats, shin guards, soccer socks, water.

Parents: Fill out form: Players Interested in Soccer '20

Parents: View this document for full season info

Physicals: All physical and covid screening forms must be completed, turned in, and completed on Rank One UIL

Club News


If you are interested in joining Gay Straight Alliance, please fill out this form.

GSA Contact Info (confidential)

Counselor Corner

Counselor's Blend Page- Check it out!

We hope you will take some time to check out the Counselor's Blend Page! We have added a few tiles to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct. 15) and American Indian Heritage Day in Texas (Sept. 25). There will be trivia, fun facts, and even an "at home" art activity you can do as a family! There are also resources for parents, distance learning tips, and fun things to try at home.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 15th kicked off the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. O. Henry is excited to celebrate the people, cultures, food, literature, and more with our students and families. There are so many great activities and resources for our students this month.

Our librarian, Ms. Cross will spotlight some books with Hispanic characters and/or authors on the Library Blend page. The Counseling Blend page will also be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with trivia, fun facts, and even an "at home" art activity by our Wellness Counselor, Ms. Montemayor.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and some of our teachers with ACES lessons and activities. Be on the lookout and join us in the celebration!

Creating Outdoor Learning Spaces

OHMS PTA is sponsoring setting up 8-10 outdoor learning spaces. We thank them for their generous gift.

We are still in need of a few items for both our classrooms and outdoor spaces:

  • Clorox wipes or any alcohol wipes.***
  • Used or new camping or sports chairs, small wooden or plastic stools
  • Used or new picnic tables
  • Plexiglass for indoor learning spaces.

We are also looking for connections to community members:

  • fencing material
  • stone material
  • permanent shade covering
  • greenhouses

Email Marlo Malott at marlo.malott@austinisd.org or call 512-414-7100 for more information on how to support the OHMS campus and PTA support for creating more outdoor learning spaces.

Mustang Campus Advisory Council

Our next CAC meeting will be this Wednesday, October 14th from 4:00-5:15. 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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O. Henry PTA News

Tuesday, October 20th

12 pm (Zoom Link to be sent at later date)

Wanda Montemayor (OHMS Wellness Counselor) and Sherri Patton-Grubb (Austin High Wellness Counselor) will be presenting Quaran-Teens: How to help our teens adjust to digital learning and address their emotional needs. Please join us!


The OHMS PTA’s goal is to provide opportunities for parents, teachers, students, and the general community to GET CONNECTED.

Everyone benefits when schools and families work together to support learning and we strive to create a welcoming and fun atmosphere for parents to be involved at our school.

Visit ohenrypta.org today to:

  • Check out the PTA Calendar, Programs & Events

  • Donate to O. Henry’s biggest fundraiser—Round-Up

  • Purchase PTA Memberships

  • Learn about Round-Up and Become a Sponsor---Every Dollar Counts!

  • Link your Randall’s Card to OHMS and Use AmazonSmile

  • View O. Henry Spirit Wear – New Merchandise coming soon!


Your membership in the PTA helps support the many valuable programs and activities that occur throughout the year at OHMS. We are firmly committed to every child’s wellbeing and to improving school performance. Please help support our efforts and join today!

Each membership includes access to the Texas PTA and National PTA, valuable teaching and parenting resources, and PTA member discounts to well-known retailers and service providers. Visit www.txpta.org and www.pta.org for more information.


Deadline for membership is November 2, 2020. Don’t delay – join today!

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Thank You

  • All of the families that have contributed to the PTA – because of your generosity we were able to gift all of the teachers/staff with goodie bags that were filled with an OHMS face mask, hand sanitizer, bottle of water, and a cookie. We were also able to treat them to boxed lunches on Friday!
  • STILL Austin for donating 100 bottles of hand sanitizer.
  • Jacy Donvan at 3 DOTS PAPERS for donating 100 of the “The OHMS PTA has you covered” stickers.
  • Bakesy Bakeshop for the delicious “O. Henry Middle School” cookies.
  • Natalie Kinsel, Shannon Grethel and Wendy Lary for coordinating the delivery of Jason’s Deli boxed lunches to all of teachers and staff that were on campus on Friday.
  • Capital Beverage for donating 12 cases of Waterloo canned waters to our teachers and staff.

A Special Thanks to Our New Members

Show your support and join the O. Henry PTA!


THANK YOU to these members as of October 11th

Glenn Chase, Nikki McCormick, Emily Mika, Dale Mika, Sherrill Deering, Downs Deering, Hilary Hunt, Randi Bell, Sandra Frellsen, Rasha Madkour, Brannon Smith, Megan Hudgeons, Brandon Hudgeons, Jessica Manning-Acebo, Lynn Boswell, Caron Hutchison,Matthew Hutchison, Ashley Stiegler, Laura Ihrig, Amy Salinas, Frank Salinas, Charity Poage, Kristen Day, Aaron Day, Chris Napierkowski, Megan Turnas, Tammy Cochran, Mary Miles Temple, Kimberly McLaren, Louis Ramos, Randi Shade, Tara Reid, Jim Reid, Jenny Holland, Kaylea Babel, Kelly Stouse, Jessica Ewing, Ann Pizer, Barry Stone, Gloria Williamson, Laura Pigford, Jennifer Johnson, Becky Ohls, Ali Clare, Sam Clare, Lauren Whelan, Matt Whelan, Nancy Nesbitt, Liz McGuire, Michele Murphy, Karen Cotter, Rhoda Brimberry, Michelle Reichenburg, Jason Reichenburg, Catherine Belivaeu, Kelly Shook, Sommer Maxwell, Bobbi BulmerCortney Yeasterwood, Melanie Miller, Jeff Miller, Sylvia Olivier, Christine Ritter, Veronica Macon, Susan Horridge, David Horridge, Elise Bridges, Stephen Walls, Denny Biggs, Jennifer Banda, Leigh Calandruccio, Debbie Collins, Tim Collins, Laurie Worsham, Bill Worsham, Roxanne Jones, Carlie Brandt, Tammy Munoz, Ned Munoz, Jennifer Davis, CleeUpchurch, Leslie Blanton, Elena McGinnis, Kristin Galindo,Christine Yonge, Katie Mastovich, Stefan Mastovich, Rebecca Stokes, Rob Stokes, Jamie Turner, Thomas Turner, Pace Lossen, Karen Kegg, Kristen Jaros, Delaine Teeple, Bryan Teeple,Wendy Lary, Carly Edgar, Christina Biven, David Biven, Rachel Elder,Stephanie Teague, Michelle Nguyen, Jennifer Morey, Rachel Noffke, Andrea Scarborough, Sarah Spreitzer McCalla, Vera Muniz, Laura Van slyke, Scott Van slyke, Laura Scott, Kate Fyda, Patti Hixon, Ami Wallace, Shannon Grethel, Erich Grethel, Jessica Scott, Dianne Bangle, Jenny Mason, Melissa Abel, Marie Evans, Meetesh Karia, Barbara Karia-Marton, Melissa Ramirez, Chris Sileo, Caroline Kazmierski, Kim McKnight, Courtney Elliott, Barbara Bartlett, Suzie Wright, Nichole Henderson, Ross Henderson, Bonnie Pham, Deanna Brittain, Martha Mangum, Matthew Mangum, Cassandra Medrano, Regan Lenehan, Stephanie Corliss, Suzanne Erickson, Stephen Erickson, Todd Tidmore, Jason Brocker, Vanessa Puig-Williams, Jeff Williams, Lauren Simmons, Susannah Stinson, Luz Rojas Kardaras, Nicholas Kardaras, Allison Crutchfield, Jennifer Vogt, Elizabeth Puthoff, Carol Pazera, Marjann Cooper, Michael Cooper

And THANK YOU to these OHMS staff members for joining the PTA!

Cami Fillpot, Marlo Malott, Sharon Stockbauer, Michael Shackelford, Mary Hopkins, Duane Devereaux, Marlinn Conway, Cristina Torres, Casi Cook, Dell Mann, Tim Tierney, Jennifer Boltz, Amy Turner, Amanda Jo Strassburg, Chris Rueter, Luke Borders, Wanda Montemayor, Heidi Shellhorn, Jenna Justice, Wes Justice, Dawn Davis

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OHMS Spirit Shop

O. Henry PTA 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".




Looking for a great deal? The 2019 designs are available, now in more sizes! $7.00 each. Receive a FREE OHMS bumper sticker with all orders in September and October. All items can be shipped to your home, or you may pick up your items from a front porch in the Bryker Woods area. Email ohmsspiritshop@gmail.com with any questions

AISD and Middle School Resources

Friendly Reminders

FREE COVID Testing, COVID-19 Dashboard

Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Austin-Travis County

Free testing available for those who:

  • have COVID-19-related symptoms
  • have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • have traveled outside of Austin/Travis County in the last 14 days


  1. Click on “take a self-assessment” at: https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo
  2. If this is your first time to request a test through Austin Public Health (APH), you will have to create an account through the APH website in order to take the assessment. You will see the following:
  3. After you have created and verified your account, you will click on “schedule a test.”
  4. Complete all the information requested to determine if a COVID-19 test is recommended.
  5. If a COVID-19 test is recommended, you will be prompted to enter your zip-code/address to schedule COVID-19 testing at a testing site near you.

To view FREE testing sites provided by APH, go to: Free APH Testing Sites

Find COVID-Related Resources here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/covid-19-information/covid-19-reso urces

Austin ISD is committed to sharing information about COVID-19 with our staff and community. The Austin ISD COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated by noon each Tuesday, starting the week of Sept. 21. All lab-confirmed positive cases on campuses will be communicated directly to the campus community. Individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted directly and provided information on the next steps, including a quarantine timeline if needed.

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