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In this Edition

NEW featureed items will be in BOLD

  • School Calendar for the week
  • Art In Action
  • Athletics-7th Grade C Team Basketball
  • Counselor Corner- NEW--Choice Sheets Due, Credit By Exam, Alegebra Drop Date, Understanding HS Credit Courses, Early College Program Information Sessions, Akins Academy Showcase, 8th Grade Austin High Choice Sheets
  • Fine Arts News- Congratulations All City Band Members, Call for Cast Members in School Musical
  • Mustang News
  • PTA News- Nomination Committee
  • From AISD--Events and News
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School Calendar for Week of January 23-29

Monday,1/23/23-A Day1,2,3,ACES, 4

4:00 HW Club in the library

Tuesday, 1/24 B Day---5,6,7, ACES, 8

Wednesday, 1/25 --A Day1,2,3,ACES, 4

4:00 HW Club in the library

4:00 Orchestra UIL Rehearsals

Thursday, 1/26 B Day---5,6,7, ACES, 8

Girls Outside Field Trip to Discovery Hill

4:00 HW Club in the library

6:00/7:00 Boys Basketball vs. Lamar 7th at Lamar, 8th at OHMS

Friday, 1/27 A Day1,2,3,ACES, 4

5:15- Beginning Band Social and Westgate Lanes

Saturday, 1/28/23

8:30 AISD All City Band

9:00 Girls Soccer vs Lamar at OHMS

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Art in Action


7th Grade Boys C Team Basketball


All 7th grade boys enrolled in 1st Period Athletics (and NOT on the A/B teams), are encouraged to play on the 7C team. NO Cuts!

Interested players should attend 7C practices on MONDAY, 1/23 and WEDNESDAY, 1/25 @ 7am in the Small Gym, dressed in athletic wear.

The 7C basketball program is not supported/funded by AISD Athletics, so our game schedule has not yet been determined/finalized (TBD). We need a 7C team parent(s). If interested, please contact Coach McNally at patrick.mcnally@austinisd.org


Choice Sheet Deadline

Current O. Henry 6th and 7th grade students received their choice sheets for next year the week of Jan. 10th. The deadline to submit them was Friday, Jan. 20th. However we realized that the fast start made both students and ourselves a little forgetful.

We wanted to make sure you had a reminder before the deadline and have extended the deadline to Wed., Jan 25th. If you need a choice sheet, information about electives, or access to applications, please visit www.smore.com/ftmhc. Choice sheets can be returned to your child's ACES teacher or returned to the counseling office.

Credit by Exam

AISD offers Credit By Exam (CBE) for students who would like to earn credit for a course they have not yet taken. At this time, if any families are interested in having their child take a test to show mastery of a language, even though they are not currently enrolled in that language, please contact cristina.torres@austinisd.org.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, January 27th. We will need to discuss how the test works, fill out a form, and discuss how results affect high school credit and GPA. There is not a middle school language credit. This is only for earning high school credit in advance.

Algebra Drop Deadline

Friday, January 27th is the deadline to drop Algebra 1 so that the credit and grade do not show on your child's high school transcript. Once this deadline passes the grade will be transcripted at the end of the year.

Last week all Algebra students were sent home with a form for families to indicate whether to drop or keep the course. If you have concerns about your child's grade or would like to discuss further, please contact your child's Algebra teacher.

Understanding High School Credit Courses

O. Henry Middle School Counselors previously presented Understanding High School Credit Courses.


Understanding High School Credit Courses

Understanding High School Credit Courses Parent Information Session

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8th Grade- Austin High School Choice Sheet Information

Pony Express:

8th Grade Students here is your Austin High School Choice Sheet Information:

This week in your ACES classes you will be watching a video presentation regarding the Austin High School 9th grade Choice Sheet Information. The video presentation is below this message as well to preview. In your ACES class you will also be given a paper copy of the choice sheet you will fill out during ACES. Your Teachers will make a copy of this choice sheet you have filled out. Your teachers will return the paper choice sheet to you for your parents to look at and sign as well. The Austin High School Counselors will also be coming to O. Henry January 30th and 31st in your Science classes to go over the 9th Grade Choice Sheet Information . The High School Counselors on these days will be having you enter in your courses in the scheduling system these days as well. If you are not zoned for Austin High School, you can still fill out the paper choice sheet, but you may not be able to enter the courses in the scheduling system. But the Austin High School Counselors will still take your paper form. It is important that you have filled out your paper choice sheet you received in your ACES classes before January 30th and 31st.

Students please also make sure you have already completed the Austin High School Academy Preference Survey, the link in below.

Austin High School Academy Preference Survey Link:


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Need to Reach Your Counselor

You can email at ohenry.counselors@austinisd.org


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Congratulations Band!

Congratulations to Will Achtermann, Justice Holley, Abby Mika, Miles Puthoff, and Ethan Stern for being named to the 2023 AISD All-City Band.

They represented O.Henry at the All-City concert on Saturday, January 21 at the AISD PAC. The All-City Band was conducted by Brian Frock, who recently retired from Austin High School.

Join the Cast!

Are you a singer, dancer, or actor?

Are you interested in performing?

The Theatre department is looking for a few student performers to join the cast of the spring musical, Bugsy Malone

A slapstick musical comedy, “Bugsy Malone” follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs of Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. In this film noir spoof, the message is one of good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful cartoon cutouts; and the weapons of choice are "splurge" whip cream guns, flour bombs, and custard pies. Out of the gooey pandemonium emerges a heartfelt message of friendship and kindness.

Rehearsals are after school 3:50 - 5:30 Mon - Thurs.

Show date is mid April (waiting on STAAR testing dates to finalize)

If interested please fill out the Google Form and join us Monday Jan. 30 (3:50 -5:30). We will talk about the show, sing some songs and have some fun.

If you have any questions stop by room 604(theater) and see Mrs. White or email. Becky.White@austinisd.org

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Mustang News- Episode 18

Check out our weekly student news production


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Nomination Committee

The PTA is looking ahead to the 2023-24 school year and people to join the nominating committee. It's an easy way to help provide direction and support the PTA as we look ahead. With short meetings in March to help identify and reach out to potential leaders, it's a quick way to get involved. Email Rachel Elder at rachelreit@gmail.com to learn more and/or join the committee


Captial 10K Mustang Team

Hey Everyone,

Please join the O. Henry team and run the Cap10K with us! Click the link below to register. You can find our team under "O. Henry Middle School." School teams are comprised of staff members and students. I know some of our cross country runners plan to run with us. Please extend the invite to any students you think may be interested in joining the team. The price is currently $35 and it will increase on 12/5. Let me know if you have any questions!