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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF O. HENRY MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Thank you O. Henry Mustangs!

Wow Mustangs! It has been quite a ride and with all that we’ve been through, we actually came out on top. I’ve been so proud of all our efforts as a school this year.


Everyone that is a part of O. Henry Middle School should be extremely happy that they made the best of all the challenges from this year. This is a special place and I mean that when I say it. Our teachers and staff made it a mission to ensure that no matter what, we were going to educate our students to the best of our abilities each and every day. They succeeded; and so did our O. Henry students!


Students-- you all overcame a lot and you will all remember this year when you look back on your education. I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t apprehensive and even scared about what was to be as we embarked on this journey starting last August. But to my surprise, our Mustang students and teachers never met a task they weren’t able to overcome. And they did so with flying colors!


Many thanks also to out to many of our Mustang Team to make this year a success


  • To all of our staff – thank you for being willing to help out whenever needed and doing so with a smile.

  • To our cafeteria crew – thank you for working tirelessly to feed the many mouths each day.

  • To our custodial crew – thank you for moving things around – here, there and everywhere and keeping our school looking beautiful.

  • To our SRO and Nurse- that you for keeping our school safe and healthy.

  • To our teaching assistants and education support staff-- thank you for your flexibility and ensuring our in person and home learners had all the support they needed.

  • To our teachers – thank you for being absolute rock stars each and every day with your innovations and embracing a new way of teaching.

  • To our front office – thank you for keeping things organized and our campus running smoothly each day.

  • To our administrative,counseling, and instructional team-thank you for supporting our students and staff this school year with your flexibility, resourcefulness and innovation.

  • To our parents, grandparents, guardians and caretakers – thank you for supporting us every step of the way and giving your student and our campus team encouragement when we needed it most. We are grateful for our enduring partnerships this school year.

  • To our Mustang students – You will remember this year and what you went through – and you did awesome! You lived, laughed, and learned all along the way. We are so proud of you this year and all that you did to stay engaged and your learning.


Mustangs, CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this milestone of a school year! As you start your summer, remember that--- We believe in you and your potential more than you know. We wish you a wonderful summer holiday as well as continued good health. Take care and we look forward to the opportunity to be together again when schools reopen in August.


Make it a great summer to be an O. Henry Mustang!

Ms. Malott, Proud Principal

What is Happening This Week!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This week:

  • No School Monday, May 31-- Memorial Day
  • Tuesday- B Day
  • Wednesday- A Day
  • Thursday- Last Day of School--Special C Day-- See schedule below


Parents and Guardians: Opt-in to allow your student to NOT wear a mask during physical activity. You can complete the short-form here. Thank you.


Newsletter Sections

  • Mustang Day and End of the Year Celebrations- June 3rd- what is it, schedule, parent volunteers
  • O. Henry Summer Enrichment- in person summer enrichment from June 14-20
  • Registration for 21-22 Now Open
  • Art in Action
  • Athletics News- NEW-- Physical Forms and Information for 21-22
  • Band
  • PTA-- Virtual Academic Coaching, Volunteers Needed, Mustang Mall, AHS Virtual Coffee for parents of incoming 9th graders.
  • AISD Summer Camp Resource Guide and other Summer Camps
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What is Mustang Day?

Mustang Day is our last day of school celebration. Whether you are an at home learner, an in-person learner we have something for everyone to celebrate and play.


When: Thursday, June 3rd

Where: at O. Henry Middle School or Virtual via Zoom Links

What: See the schedule of events attached here


We will have zoom rooms set up for ACES activities, Dance, and Virtual End of the Year Awards. Our link for our Awards and Celebration will be shared soon so families close and far can all participate.


Students wishing to attend in-person school on this day will need to be up to date with all immunizations and curbside screening.


If your student has been a remote learner this year, but would like to come up on the last day, we would LOVE TO SEE OUR MUSTANGS--Please call our main office phone at 512-414-3229 if your student is planning on attending this day.


Parents/Guardians may attend on campus events as volunteers. There are still plenty of parent volunteer slots.


If you would like to volunteer in the front office to assist with phones and student check out, please call Tim Tierney at 512-414-3229.

Mustang Day Volunteer Slots

Click here to Volunteer with our Mustang Day Events

Summer Enrichment at O. Henry-- June 14-30

This in-person program, taught by O. Henry teachers, will be project-based and interactive. Our goal is for students to have fun learning material that they still need help with! Students enrolled in our program will have a chance to improve their grades from the school year to pass these courses.


O. Henry Summer School Enrichment program:

  • WHEN: Monday, June 14- Wednesday, June 30 (no school on Fridays)

  • WHAT TIME: 9:00am- 12:00 pm

  • BUS TRANSPORTATION: Bus transportation will be provided to and from your closest elementary school Please make note of your need for bus transportation on the RSVP Google Form

  • MEALS: Breakfast will be provided before school and lunches will be provided after school


  • SCHEDULE:

8:45-9:00 Arrival Breakfast served before school

9:05-9:55 1st Period Core Subject

10:00-10:30 2nd Period Enrichment- Games/Activities/PE

10:35-11:05 3rd Period Enrichment- Wood-Working/Gardening

11:10-12:00 4th Period Core Subject

12:00 Dismissal Lunches available as students leave school


Please respond to this google form by Friday, May 28 to RSVP YES.


We are looking forward to this opportunity for your student to get a chance to be set up for success for next school year. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Shackelford (michael.shackelford@austinisd.org).

Thank you for responding to the google form, and we look forward to seeing you in June!

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It's time for AISD Online Registration:

It's time for AISD Online Registration:

- All AISD RETURNING and NEW students must register online for the AISD SY 2021-22 school year through the AISD Portal: https://portal.austinisd.org

- Forgot your password? Call the AISD Family Support Line: 512-414-9187,

Need more help call your school and the Parent Support Specialist.
- Parent Guide to AISD Online Registration

Art In Action- Advanced Art Students

ATHLETICS NEWS

Athletic Physical Information for next year


Students planning to participate in an Athletics class period or plan on participating in a sport offered by O.Henry next year must get a physical on an AISD physical form before trying out/participating in their sport.


Students enrolled in an Athletics class for next year will need to have their completed physical no later than the second week of school in order to remain in the Athletic Period (regardless of when their sport season starts).


Football and Volleyball tryouts will begin on August 18th (second day of school). Physicals must be completed and turned in before that date in order to try out.


Physical Forms are available in the Main Office at O. Henry and will be handed out to all interested students who are currently on campus.


Please make sure this is the form that is used when the physical is received. If it is not on the current form, it will not be accepted.


Steps to take to make sure Physical Form is complete and ready to be turned in:

  • The physical is on 2021-2022 Participation Form (green form in OHMS main office)

  • all information on the front page of form is filled out completely (all "yes" marked answers have a brief explanation on space provided).

  • BOTH STUDENT and PARENT SIGNATURES are completed (electronic signatures will not be accepted).

  • (2nd page) Physical Evaluation is completed by a doctor/physician and is signed and dated after April 15th, 2021.

  • (3rd page) Emergency Student Information Card is completed and signed by parent.

  • (3rd page) all Rank One Electronic forms are signed and completed on austinisd.rankonesport.com (follow instructions provided on page to complete).


Parents can drop off completed Physical Forms on Friday, August 13th (DERBY DAY) from 2PM-4PM.

BAND NEWS

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THANK YOU!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our wonderful PTA volunteers! Thank you for being flexible this year. I appreciate you all so much! -Sherrill

VIRTUAL ACADEMIC COACHING

The O. Henry PTA is excited to share information about a new program where families support families with parent/community member volunteer-led, free, VIRTUAL ACADEMIC COACHING for students! This program will provide students nominated by their family or teacher with access to one-on-one virtual support with navigating BLEND, managing schedules, turning in missing assignments and coaching on executive functioning tools and applicable assistive technologies to help them reach their academic goals. This program is supported by O. Henry parents and community members for O. Henry students! Even with just a few weeks left in the year we would love to connect with volunteers and students now to provide year-end support and build out the program for the upcoming 2021/2022 school year!

Interested in learning more? Please read our FAQ!

Interested in volunteering? Please complete this volunteer form!


Interested in nominating your student? Please complete this student nomination form!

SUMMER AND SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022 OPPORTUNITIES

Orchestra Camp

Orchestra Camp:

Mark your calendars for Austin High’s Orchestra Camp for new and returning AHS Orchestra students August 9-13, 9 am to noon. Students will get to preview music for the school year, improve their technique, meet other orchestra students, get fitted for uniforms, and more! The link to register is below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19fBPEjyuMfz-L3RA0ufs46k33Fk8NJ6Y/view?usp=sharing

AHS Basketball Camp

Austin High Basketball Camp

When June 28 – July 1

Where Small Middle School gym

Who Boys and Girls entering 3rd – 5th grades 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Boys and Girls entering 6th – 9th grades 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost $100 per camper

The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game. Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head boys basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided. Students will need to bring their own water bottle.

Sign up online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI2AXbNcpoAvgQIcS-SKnkh2owOX_TIYkmqaDhCyvcUj2png/viewform?usp=sf_link

and pay at https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com/ (search for Austin High Basketball Camp)

Austin High School Athletics


Summer Weight & Speed Camp

For All Sports

Session 1: June 7-June 24 Session 2: July 5-22

Monday--Thursday 7-9am (HS Athletes), 9-11am (MS Athletes/Incoming Freshman) $60 per 3 week session (non-refundable). Checks payable to Austin High School Football. Austin High School Weight Room and Practice Fields.

Participants may attend only one workout per day. No make-up days. Scholarships may be available. Participants wear shorts, shirts, running shoes, cleats and bring a refillable water bottle. Cleats optional for field work.

Questions: Email Mike Rosenthal (michael.rosenthal@austinisd.org) or call 512-789-7532.