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In Pursuit of Excellence
The O. Henry community educates the whole child: academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and artistically.
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Student Holidays

There is no school for students on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14 due to staff development for teachers.


National History Day Parents

NHD parents will meet on Tuesday evening, October 8, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in Portable "9".  Your role as a National History Day parent is critical to the success of your child and to our entire NHD team. We trust that you will gain a clearer vision of your student-historian-researcher's ambitious undertaking for the upcoming 2020 contest season under the theme Breaking Barriers in History.  (Please see link to pdf below.)

In addition to examining National History Day entries by former O. Henry students since 2005, we will clarify your role in facilitating your student's exploration of this year's contest theme, topic selection, thesis statement, process paper, annotated bibliography, interviews from eyewitnesses to history, judging panels and advancing from our local contest in January to the regional, state and national/international contests in the spring.

Please park outside Portable "9" near the northeast corner of campus (Wayside and Marlton) this Tuesday evening and come on in.  Questions?  Please contact O. Henry's NHD Coach Devereaux at:

Students or Parents-Do you have a concern about something? Please let us know how we can help.
Students and parents can submit a concern online or come to the counseling center and self-report or fill out the form anonymously. Our form is also linked on the front page of our webpage at  or using this link: Submit an Incident or Bullying Report

O. Henry Bell Schedule:
Bell Schedule can also be found on our web page
AISD School Calendar
CLUBS AT O. HENRY O. Henry offers many great afterschool clubs for our students.  LINK HERE for the full list of clubs, the meeting times, and teacher sponsors.

We conduct several different types of safety drills using the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) every year.  The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. 

  • Lockout is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
  • Lockdown is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
  • Evacuate is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
  • Shelter is the protocol for group and self protection particularly in situations like bad weather.

At least one Evacuation Drill is conducted monthly and one of each of the other drills at least once a semester.  If you are visiting the building please follow all staff instructions.  Attached is a copy of the SRP with additional descriptions for each of the actions taken by teachers/staff and students/visitors.

Oct. 7-11 AISD Pride Week
Oct. 14-18 Food Server Appreciation Week

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Lyon, G.R., Shaywitz, S. E., Shaywitz, B.A. (2003). A definition of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 53, 1-14.)

Take a look at the Dyslexia Awareness calendar to learn about dyslexia every day in October.

Don't miss the Central Texas Dyslexia Conference on October 19th!​


Last week in ACES we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting several of our O.Henry Hispanic leaders.
Essential Question: How do Hispanic people contribute to our American identity?

This week we will celebrate PRIDE week in our ACES class.
Essential Question: What does it mean to be an ally?

8th Grade Study Hall and Grade Check
7th Grade Study Hall and Grade Check
6th Grade Study Hall and Grade Check

Our next session will be on Oct. 18th and will be led by an infectious disease doctor. 
Students may sign up with their ACES teacher or use the link at the end of this information sheet.
What is Faces of Aces?

Attention all 7th and 8th grade girls trying out for basketball:
The 7th grade tryouts will be Oct 16th during the 1st period athletics class and Oct 17th at 7:30 am. The 8th grade tryouts will be Oct 17th during the 8th period athletics class until 4:15 pm. 
You must have a valid AISD physical dated after April 15, 2019. You also must be academically eligible to tryout.


URBAN ART CLUB with Wanda Montemayor- Link here for the permission form
Wanda Montemayor will be holding art club on Thursday’s from 3:45-4:45 in the fall in room 607. Students in grades 6-8 are invited.  You do not need to be in art class to participate. Art club will be focusing on ceramics and mosaics.  The first art club day is Thursday, September 12th. 
Students will learn:
 basic ceramic skills – slab rolling/hand building
 Community Art  
 using glass cutters
 how to create mosaics with different media  

Oct 7 – 11th is AISD PRDE WEEK!
O. Henry Middle School is proud to be a part of district that “believes that a valuable element of education is development of respect for all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, immigration status, or any other basis prohibited by law” and that our district “is committed to providing all students a positive learning environment that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and equality.” (AISD FN LOCAL)

This week serves to remind students and staff that O. Henry is a safe place for students and families that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. We want everyone at school to be who they are and show respect for each other. Everyone is welcome at O. Henry Middle School!

Our counseling department and Gay Straight Alliance have worked together to provide of week of activities, announcements, and reminders of support available for our LBGTQ+ community. The colors of the rainbow flag are used to reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and will be proudly displayed on stickers, signs, and flags on campus. We encourage students to show their support by participating in the week’s events:

Tuesday – pick up a Pride sticker in the cafeteria during lunch
Wednesday – pick up a rainbow tattoo in the cafeteria during lunch
Thursday – wear the colors of the rainbow to show your support; ACES classes will also be making posters of support



O. Henry Counselors need your help parents!!
Here are two easy ways to get involved at your child's school!

O. Henry College and Career Day - We need you!

Parents- We are 3 weeks away from our big event and really need your help. We are still in the need for people to volunteer to represent their career at our Career Day. ALL careers are welcome! You would be surprised at what our kiddos are drawn to, and the more variety we can show them, the better. Some careers we are still in need of are: Attorney/Law, Physician/Nurse, Armed Forces, Artist, Culinary/Restaurateur, Therapist, Real Estate, Architect, Engineering, Trade jobs (i.e. construction, carpentry, builders), Dentistry, Health and Fitness, Tech Jobs, and anything under the sun : ) Also, we are in need of college representation if any of you work for universities or know someone who does. Information and link to sign up below:

O. Henry Middle School is hosting the 11th Annual College & Career Day on Friday, October 18th from 8:00am -11:45am.  We would like to invite you to participate in a booth at our school, representing your career as a potential career choice to our students.  You would host a booth with other participants in your field of work.  You will be interacting with individual students, and will not be asked to present to a large group.  We will provide a table for your booth unless you have one of your own that you like to use.  It is not required that you bring anything but yourself, but students do enjoy seeing tangible things that represent your career.  Our students really benefit from meeting and learning from our members of our community! Also, if you have any colleagues, friends or family members that may be willing to participate, please forward this link to them. For those of you who have not had your arm twisted yet, we hope you will consider volunteering a small amount of time.  This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, get a glimpse of our future, and interact with our amazing students. Please follow the link to learn more about the event and to sign up:

Adult Mentors Needed
We are looking for adult mentors for students who are in need of another caring, supportive adult in their life. For parents who are interested in mentoring one of our O. Henry students, your commitment would be once a week for 30 minutes during the student's lunch time. We have some students who need adult support and positive role models in their life, due to various reasons (family situations, social issues, etc.) and you could be someone in their life to make their middle school experience a better one!  If you are interested please sign up at:
If you have further questions please feel to contact Amy Turner at 414-7107.
Students from OHMS Native Plants and Animals Class visit McKinney Falls State Park.
8th grade Parents,
We are excited to announce that we will be taking 120 8th graders to Marble Falls, TX for "Camp O.Henry".

Dates: January 20-23
Students were given applications Monday, September 30.  
Applications are due October 15th to Ms. Gaffney or to the front office. (we will start collecting money in November)

Please see applications below for more information.
Please contact Casi Cook if you have any questions.

Camp O.Henry Applications (English)

Camp O.Henry Applications (Spanish)


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on October 30th! This one-of-a-kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the College and Career Ready programs that Austin High has to offer.  Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, the KAHS Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies. The event will begin at 6:30 pm 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!

Our teachers offer before and after school tutorials.  Click the grade level for a full schedule and to print out.  We also recommend a copy to be taped inside your child's agenda.

6th Grade Schedule
7th Grade Schedule
8th Grade Schedule

O. Henry Homework Club is open to students who want to get extra help with classwork, use a campus computer for an assignment or project, or have a quiet place to work on homework.  

When: Monday- Thursday in the DLL Computer Lab (next to the Library) from 3:45-5:00. 
Students will receive a snack.
Students needing a Late Bus Pass will need to stay the entire time. 
The OHMS PTA’s goal is to provide opportunities for parents, teachers, students, and the general community to GET CONNECTED.  


With Guest Speaker--O.Henry’s Officer Z.
Tuesday, October 15th
12:00 noon in the Library
Join us for a PTA meeting and talk with our school’s own Officer Z. Officer Z. will be talking about school safety and taking questions from parents. Please join us for this informative meeting!

Parents, mark your calendars for our 2019/2020 Parent Ed program.  You won’t want to miss these opportunities with local experts on mental health awareness and safety.  We want to see you there!  We are looking forward to connecting and engaging with you all.  Please bring questions.
Oct 15:  O. Henry’s wonderful Officer Z will discuss school safety @noon in the library at OHMS
Nov 12: 'Okay To Say', Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will show screening and hold a discussion afterward on Angst, Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.   @ AHS at 6:15 pm, cafe Austin-2nd floor
Jan 29: Dr Kardaras, our very own father at OHMS and local tech addiction expert from Omega Recovery will speak at AHS at 6:15 pm cafe Austin-2nd floor
April 14:  Our fabulous OHMS counselors will q/a with parents about overall wellness at OHMS @ noon in the library. 

  • Check out the PTA Calendar, Programs & Events, and Wish List Grants
  • Donate to O. Henry’s biggest fundraiser—Round Up
  • Purchase PTA Memberships and Mustang Mall Cards
  • 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
  • Complete a Volunteer Interest Form
Parent involvement is what makes a school GREAT!
There is a role for EVERY parent at O. Henry and we encourage you to participate at the level that best suits you and your family.
Volunteer Interest Form


Show your support and join the O. Henry PTA!
Deadline to join is October 28, 2019
 PTA Membership Form
THANK YOU to these members as of October 3:
Nancy Nesbitt, Nikki McCormick, Whelan Family, Elder Family, Deering Family, Donovan Family, Brannon Smith, Heather Chesney, Laura Ihrig, Collin Ohanian, Mika Family, Christine Napierkowski, Dana Kocurek, Heather Masters, Fowler Family, Stacy Jones, Hayden Miller, Amanda Bejarano, Stephanie Jastrow, Sonja Simmon, Christine Yonge, Susanna Thomas, Smith Family, Pace Lossen, Laura Logan, Brian Wilson, Randi Bell, Sommer Maxwell, Michelle Nguyen, Melissa Abel, Shelly Wynn, Kim Batiansila, Jennifer Shirk, Tammy Cochran, Kyra Matos, Kathleen Woodhouse, Andrea Scarborough, Elisabeth Anderson, Andree Chalaron, Melissa Alcorta, Natascha Seifritz, Cesar Vega, Meredith Ansel, Bobbi Jayasuriya, Maria Castillo, Worsham Family, Becky Ohls, Amy Friday, Tammy Munoz, Michelle Reichenberg, Tammy Munoz, Kalbacher Family, Williamson Family, Allison Dwyer, Randi Shade, Kayla Shel, Catherine Parks, Megan Hudgeons, Laura Spence, Kaven Family, Jennifer Holland, Seda Allen, Holly Sudduth, Carolyn Bryant, Jennifer Banda, Dittmar Family, Melissa Nathan, Nelle Jennings, Reyes Family, Kathie Tovo, Susannah Stinson, Kate Fyda, Rosa Theofanis, Nathan Wilcox, Suzie Wright, Laura Jo Acuna Zavalney, Barbara Karia-Marton, Meetesh Karia, Wendy Jones, Kimberly McLaren, Louis Ramos, Abigail Jones, Wynn Family, Elizabeth Siela, Karen Kegg, Lizzie Cain Clark, Christine Garrison, Lissa Anderson, Kimberly McKnight, Peter Stiles, Cooper Family, Ross Family, Mastovich Family, Beth Adams, Shelly Plante, Annie Downing, Ami Patel, Michele Murphy, Aaron Hamilton, Allison Bowers, Van Slyke Family, Mary Jo Toupin, Jennifer Morey, Hilary Whitfield, Jessica Scott, Casie Wenmohs, Jennifer Stewart, Andy Stewar, Stephanie Teague, Monsivais Family, Rachel Noffke, Lesley Collins, Alex Bump, Rachel Brown, Nicole Nykaza, Allison Phillips, Alexia Rodriguez, Kerri Monroe, Kristin Qualls, Roxanne Jones, Carly Edgar, Allison deYoung, Rachel Cornella, Natalie Kinsel, Allison Crutchfield, Murchison Family, Wendy Lary, Kelly Stouse, 
Theresa Neal, Clee Upchurch
And THANK YOU to these OHMS staff for joining the PTA!
Jennifer Boltz, Amanda Jo Strassburg, Sedric Pinkney, Duane Devereaux, Crystal Gaffney, Sharon Stockbauer, Serena McMillon, Suzanne Hoelzel, Amber Patterson, Vicki Martinez, Chris Rueter, Michael Shackelford, Ashley Cross, Luke Borders, Amanda and Daniel Moise, Paula Cook, Alexis Smith, Casi Cook, Karen Ciesla, Ryan Richter, Wanda Montemayor, Brittany McCulloch, Cristina Torres, Tim Tierney, Amy Turner, David McKey, Heidi Shellhorn, Neal Mehta, Jeanette Miranda Santiago, Kristi Mellerski, Mary Hopkins, Dawn Davis, Rachel Price, Kristine Kobs, Jessica Dillenberger, Dell Mann, Andrea Serra, Lisa Lindberg, Macie Cohen, Jerrod Wolfe, Ashley Stout, Leslie Hibbard, Andrew Walch, Virginia Monger, Michelle Shadwick, Camie Fillpot, Marlo Malott, Alex Carrillo, Carolie Willoughby

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 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

Parents!  The Front Office needs your help!  We rely on parent volunteers to assist in the front office with simple tasks like answering phones and checking in students.  Having parents perform this role saves the school from hiring a full-time, paid position of over $40,ooo/year - a huge savings that goes right back into our children's classrooms! If you would like to give back to OHMS by volunteering just 2-3 hours a month, please email fellow parent/volunteer Susanna Thomas for more information at  To view times still needed for volunteer assistance, please click here.  Open shifts are shaded in blue.
After a successful first year, O.Henry Middle School is excited to once again provide our community with the Mustangs Care program.

Mustangs Care addresses specific staff, student and family needs as they arise. A student who needs school supplies, sneakers, or a new backpack. A family who is experiencing financial difficulties and needs money for groceries. A staff member who has experienced a loss or tragedy.  These are just a few examples of what our Mustang community may encounter.

We have a wonderfully diverse community and are fortunate to have many resources and a fabulously generous group. Please join us in helping our Mustang community! Stay tuned for specific requests as needs arise. If you want to be on the email list to receive these special requests to help, please email Evangelina Kreeger at Thank you!

Looking for Grant Writers!
The O.Henry PTA is looking for grant writers who can help with periodic projects. If you would like to volunteer your time and services, please email Brannon Smith at   Thank you!

The O. Henry PTA Appreciates:
  • Arturo Monsivais for heading up Mane Men for NINE years
  • Jennifer Kolerich for organizing the first Honor Roll Recognition of the year
Big THANK YOU to iFratelli Pizza for donating the October 10th staff appreciation lunch! Thank you for supporting O. Henry!
The draft School Changes scenarios have been carefully analyzed and developed; however, they are not final. Each one is a starting point for conversation. We want to know what you think about the draft School Changes scenarios and what you believe is missing. We want you to show up at our meetings and participate in our online discussions.
The draft School Changes scenarios can be found at A list of community meetings and an online portal for community feedback will be posted Sept. 9. The Guiding Principles that trustees adopted to guide the School Changes Process can be found at

Community Conversations. We want to hear from you.

The preliminary scenario options are a draft and not final. Each one is a starting point for conversations that will lead us toward finalizing scenario recommendations later this fall.

There will be opportunities for community collaboration. We will listen to understand perspectives, and scenario options may change as we do. Working together as one community we can create opportunities for all that don't come at the expense of some. 

Series three of School Changes 2019 community meetings will take place between September 23 and October 12. Check back soon for a schedule of events. 

You can also provide feedback on the preliminary scenario options by participating in ThoughtExchanges at

REINVENTION ROAD MAP- O. Henry is located in the Central Region
Austin ISD Lunch Menu & Café Updates

Click here to view the October menu.

  • This menu is best viewed online or in the cafeteria.
  • Menus are subject to change.  View current and printer-friendly menus at

Click here to learn more about the positive changes we are making in Austin ISD cafés.

National School Lunch Week - Oct. 15-18

School Lunch Week activities will include:

  • Districtwide local vegetable sampling: Roasted Shishito Peppers from Jenschke Farms in Fredericksburg, TX.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 15, menus will feature the 2019 Diced & Sliced Student Culinary Competition winning recipe.  The Colorful, Spicy Chicken Pasta recipe was created by culinary students at Dobie Middle School.  

October is Farm to School Month


  • Did you know over 45% of Austin ISD’s food budget is spent within the state of Texas?  
  • Austin ISD menus feature local fruits and vegetables throughout the school year.  Local, organic vegetables from Johnson’s Backyard Garden are offered each week in celebration of Farm Fresh Fridays!

One Form = Resources For Your School
  • All families at your school are encouraged to submit a free or reduced-price meal benefits application.  The information collected on these forms is about more than just meals, it directly impacts the funding at your school and the entire district.
  • Submit a meal benefits application at SchoolCafe.
  • To ensure benefits go uninterrupted for the 2019-20 school year, meal benefits applications must be submitted before October 1, 2019.

Now Hiring!
  • Join us in helping children build healthy habits while transforming what food in schools looks like.
  • Apply at
In Pursuit of Excellence

O. Henry Middle School provides the opportunity and the resources to prepare students to be positive, successful, and constructive members of a global society.

The O. Henry community educates the whole child: academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and artistically.

We foster positive relationships with our faculty, staff, students, parents, and community. We ignite a lifelong love of learning while facilitating discovery and development of individual passions and interests. We provide a positive, safe, and nurturing environment. We incorporate 21st-century technology in the learning process to encourage student ownership of learning. We actively partner with parents and our community. We value and promote cultural diversity.
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