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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF O. HENRY MIDDLE SCHOOL

February 22-28

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What is Happening This Week!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • NO SCHOOL Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23-(remote staff workdays that include planning, grading, meetings, etc.)
  • Remote Synchronous Learning Wednesday, February 24th-- A Day
  • Remote Synchronous Learning Thursday, February 25th-- B Day
  • Remote Asynchronous Learning Friday, February 26th--C Day


  • On Wednesday and Thursday---First and foremost, teachers and staff will be working hard to allow students opportunities to make up any missing assignments and to most importantly support them as we transition back to school.

  • NO NEW CONTENT in classes until March 1st for our students

  • In-person students will NOT be back on campus until March 1st

  • Kids first, grades second. We will continue to do all that we can to support your student. Please reach out to admin, counselors, or staff if you have any additional needs.



OTHER NOTES:

  • Curbside Meal Pickup Locations
  • Athletics News- Tennis
  • Black History Month
  • ****Counseling Corner*****-- Love Yourself Week, Course Selections and Choice Sheets in Social Studies Classes, High School Presentations
  • Library News- Open for Book Check Outs
  • Summer Trip-Peru in 2022
  • PTA-Nominations, School Store
  • RAVE Recognition
  • Special Bulletin- Rent Relief
  • Family Engagement Newsletter


ASYNCHRONOUS FRIDAYS:

  • The upcoming Fridays (2/26, 3/5, & 4/9) will be Remote Asynchronous C days. Students will use this time to learn from home and get caught up on weekly assignments.

  • Students will have a learning activity or check-in for each one of their 8 courses and ACES. This can be done anytime on Friday, in BLEND until 11:59 p.m. Attendance and course credit will be updated by TEAMS within 3 days. Students who do not engage in course work in BLEND will be marked absent for that course.

  • IMPORTANT: There will not be AISD bus transportation to school or food service. If your student still does not have access to WiFi or a device please let us know so we can issue one to go home by Thursday of this week. Please call our main phone at 512-414-3229 for any technology requests or questions you may have.

Curbside Meal Services

Update Feb. 21: Eight schools were added to Monday's curbside meal service. New locations are highlighted in bold below.

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AISD will provide free meals for children and their caregivers at 25 schools from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.

  1. Akins Early College High School
  2. Anderson High School
  3. Blanton Elementary
  4. Blazier Elementary
  5. Campbell Elementary
  6. Covington Middle School
  7. Crockett Early College High School
  8. Dawson Elementary
  9. Dobie Middle School
  10. Eastside Memorial Early College High School
  11. Galindo Elementary
  12. Govalle Elementary
  13. Guerrero-Thompson Elementary
  14. Gus Garcia YMLA
  15. Hart Elementary
  16. Houston Elementary
  17. Lamar Middle School
  18. Langford Elementary
  19. LBJ Early College High School
  20. Lively Middle School
  21. Oak Hill Elementary
  22. Oak Springs Elementary
  23. Padron Elementary
  24. Paredes MS
  25. Pecan Springs Elementary
  26. Perez Elementary
  27. Pickle Elementary
  28. Pleasant Hill Elementary
  29. Rodriguez Elementary
  30. T.A. Brown Elementary
  31. Travis Early College High School
  32. Uphaus Early Childhood Center
  33. Widen Elementary

AISD will resume regular curbside meal service on Thursday, Feb. 25 with morning, midday and afternoon pick-up windows. Families may view curbside meal sites, times and more information at www.austinisd.org/openforlearning/meals.

Meal packs are free for any child younger than 19 as well as those older than 19 who utilize special education resources or who are enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma.

Free caregiver meals, prepared by local restaurants, are also available for the adults accompanying children or with documentation of those that they are picking meals up for. Caregiver meals are made possible through funding from the City of Austin and the AISD Crisis Support Fund, established by the Austin Ed Fund.

Parents or caregivers may receive meal packs without children present by providing documentation — such as a birth certificate, student ID card, report card, or attendance record — at the point of meal service. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive meals.

Meals are served curbside, families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families who come by walking/biking/transit may still receive food outside the campuses. Curbside meals are chilled and served cold to be taken home and reheated.

Meals for children and caregivers are available until all packages are distributed.

Curbside meal sites are subject to change due to facility conditions.

Families may visit austinisd.org for information on food, water, and other resources or text FOOD to 512-886-6434 to find AISD curbside meal sites in their area

ATHLETICS NEWS

2021 MUSTANG TENNIS TEAM (7th/8th Boys & Girls)


All 7th and 8th graders (boys and girls) who wish to play on our Mustang Tennis team this season must attend our first practice session.

Boys only practice on Wednesday, 3/11 at 7 am

Girls only practice on Thursday, 3/12 at 7 am

We welcome players of all ability levels – from highly skilled to those with limited experience.

Important Tennis Notes (See attached links):

  • All athletes must have a current AISD physical on file with the O. Henry Athletics office, Rank One Sign Up, and COVID-19 Waiver.

  • There is a player fee to cover all tennis-related expenses. (Cost is $50)

  • Athletes can join both Mustang Tennis and Mustang Track and other sports/teams. Tennis and Track practices and matches/meets are on different days.

  • Contact Coach Carrillo with questions (alexandra.carrillo@austinisd.org).

  • Application (click here)

  • Information (click here)

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, our counselors have collected some resources for you to learn about and honor the Black culture, Black people, and Black history that are a part of American History. Check out the Blend tile on this website. You must be logged into the portal to access this link: https://aisdblend.instructure.com/courses/227758/pages/what-is-black-history-month?module_item_id=16207815

COUNSELING CORNER

Love Yourself First Week! and Sharing Love with Others-- week of March 1st

This week was originally intended to celebrate Valentines Day's week, but since school was canceled, we thought spreading LOVE is what we all need more than anything right now in our lives! We know this has been a difficult few weeks, and we want everyone to feel the love and continue spreading it within our community.


This week at O. Henry we want students to celebrate things they love about themselves and understand by how taking care of oneself first helps us be better to others around us. We also know that student's feeling good about themselves, this idea of self-worth and embracing your individuality, creates more success for them at school.


​​❤️Wear Pink on Wednesday!- Pink is the color of self-love and we encourage all students and staff to wear pink on Wednesday, March 3rd.


❤️#dearself posters- Students can be on the lookout for positive messages put up around the school to inspire them to look at themselves, their unique gifts, and why they are important and deserve love. Thank you to NJHS students for creating these inspiring messages!


❤️Check out the Counseling Blend page to learn more about why it is important to Love Yourself First, then take the 7 day Love Yourself First Challenge! You must be logged into the portal to access this website: Click here!


❤️Showing Kindness to our teachers- In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day this month, our NJHS students have written ❤️felt messages to their teachers thanking them for their time and devotion during this challenging year for all.


❤️ACES activities- Students will be engaging in activities with an emphasis on complimenting yourself and others and positive self-talk.

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Choice Sheet Presentations

Middle School Choice Sheets

Current 6th graders - World Cultures classes (Wednesday/Thursday, March 3rd and 4th)

Current 7th graders - Texas History classes (Wednesday/Thursday, March 3rd and 4th)


Your child will be given an extensive presentation on completing their choice sheet (course selections) for next year during their Social Studies class this week. Students will work on the choice sheet during the classroom presentation but will not submit it until review by parents. Please do not have your child download, complete, or submit a choice sheet until your child has their presentation from an OHMS counselor. : )


How will I turn in my choice sheet?:

During the Counselor presentation, students will get information on how to submit the choice sheet via email (after parent review) using their Google Drive on their Student Portal. There will be also be directions on top of the choice sheet as well on how to submit. If more help is needed, please see our short "how to" video on the smore page.


When will choice sheets be due?:

Current OHMS student choice sheets will be due by: Wednesday, March 10th


I want more information on what a certain class is about :

Please check out our Elective videos and our Course Guide on our smore page!


All information below and more is included in our O. Henry smore page, click here.

High School Choice Sheets

High School Choice Sheets

Times and Zoom links will be sent to students zoned to each school. All information can be found on the counseling website. You must be logged into the portal to access this link:

https://aisdblend.instructure.com/courses/227758/pages/eighth-grade-announcements


For the following schools, dates may have been adjusted due to school being canceled and new dates to be announced soon!: Akins, Bowie, Eastside, McCallum, Navarro, Northeast, and Travis.


Past presentations and choice sheet deadlines

Austin - choice sheets due 2/1 - please submit if you haven't already

Anderson - choice sheets due 2/12

Crockett - choice sheets due 2/19

LBJ - choice sheets due 2/10

If you missed any presentation, contact Ms. Torres or check the Blend page above for all the resources.

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 https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/my/ohms2020

  • Friday, March 12

LIBRARY NEWS

Exciting news O. Henry Mustangs!

The library is officially open and we are happy to begin checking out books to our O. Henry students on campus, while also serving those who are learning remotely with curbside pickup.

Beginning Monday, March 1st, we are offering curbside pickup and return of library books in front of the school from 2:30 - 3:30pm every Tuesday and Friday.

In order to check out a book, please click on the links provided for the O. Henry library catalog and for the Google Form in order to request a book. Please know that we are taking every precaution to circulate our library books safely.


1) Check out the OHMS Library Catalog below to see what books we have available:

https://catalog.austinisd.org/client/en_US/ohenry


2) Fill out the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0UvshpbmxfmiUTXr64ibEczpGqSEpfWlGr0cz5EpaYE0yIQ/viewform


Feel free to email erika.lin@austinisd.org or call #512-414-6998 for any inquiries!

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Peru Trip- June 2022

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Did you know that Ms. Dillenberger will be offering an educational student trip to Peru in June of 2022? This educational tour includes visits to Lima and Cuzco! Students will visit museums, participate in workshops, explore Machu Picchu, and much more! The trip also includes two days of service-learning supporting local communities in the Sacred Valley. Ms. Dillenberger and her travel team will be offering a virtual meeting on Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 to provide more information! Because travel is something we can’t do now, we want to make sure our students have amazing experiences ahead to look forward to when it’s safe to explore the world again!

If you’d like to attend the meeting or receive more information, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/36rkF9f

Best,

Ms. Dillenberger & Travel Team

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PTA Nominations Open

The PTA Nominating Committee will slate open positions for the 2021-2022 O. Henry PTA executive board. Please nominate yourself and/or any other individual you believe is qualified to serve in one of the open positions listed below:

  • President Elect (expected to be 2022-2023 President)
  • Treasurer Elect (expected to be 2022-2023 Treasurer)
  • Secretary
  • VP of Support
  • VP of Communications

NOTE: President and Treasurer are already slated because the current President-Elect (Nikki McCormick) and Treasurer-Elect (Natalie Maloney) automatically move into these roles. VP of Fundraising Ways and Means is already slated because the current person (Delaine Teeple) in that role has chosen to return for a second year.

Email your recommendations to PTA Parliamentarian Brannon Smith by Friday, February 26. Feel free to include any relevant information that would assist the Nominating Committee. The PTA membership will vote on the proposed slate at the PTA General Meeting on April 13.

Thank you for participating in this important process!

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

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Parents, are you looking for a way to give back to teachers and staff at O. Henry Middle School?


RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Let's send some sparkly gratitude to our faculty & staff this holiday season with an AISD RAVE submission!

  • Does your student have a favorite teacher?
  • Has someone at O. Henry (or any other AISD School) gone above and beyond for you and your family?
  • Do you want to support teachers and let everyone (Teacher, Principal, AISD District) know about it?

All of our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond this semester. The best free, easy, sparkly way to show our gratitude is via the RAVE form on the AISD website (link below.) It only takes a couple of minutes to complete!


This form is received by AISD administration. RAVE submissions mean a lot to teachers and staff. It's equivalent to a virtual hug! And, there's never been a better time to remind the Superintendent how indispensable they all are.


Please submit a RAVE for any teacher or staff member (current or from school years past.)

Maybe send one or two a day! You do need the first and last name of the employee you wish to RAVE about. Those can be sourced on O. Henry's Staff Directory :

https://www.austinisd.org/schools/ohenry/directory


Flooding AISD administration with positive feedback will make an important and lasting impact. Let's make this holiday season sparkle a little extra with RAVES!


RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

https://www.austinisd.org/hr/customer-service/rave


Thank you!