O. Henry Newsletter
Week of March 5, 2017
We wish all of you a restful, enjoyable Spring Break (March 11 – 19) with your families and friends!
Congratulations to the following O. Henry art students who have work displayed in the AISD Art show!
Mary Abby Goss
This week in our ACES classes students will continue to learn and discuss topics related to dealing with conflicts. Below are the lesson topics that the students will be learning about and some questions that you can use to start a discussion with your student.
6th grade: “Roadblocks 1”
-How can other people’s actions make it hard to resolve a conflict?
-How can your own actions make it hard to solve a conflict?
7th grade: “Handling Serious Conflicts 2”
-How does it feel when you’re in the middle of a conflict?
-Why is it difficult to calm down when in a conflict?
-What can you do the next time you’re in a conflict to keep the situation calm?
8th grade: “Resolving Conflicts 2”
-How can speaking positively about others help resolve conflict?
Student vs. Staff Basketball
We will be having our students vs. staff basketball game on Friday, March 10th. Please let me know if you can play any of the games. We are usually short for 6th grade teachers, so please try and play if you can. Wristbands will be sold by Mustang Club in lunch that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for $2 each. We will sell at the door as well. Thank you for supporting our Mustang Club!
7th grade 1st period
6th grade 4th period
8th grade 8th period
Track season is coming soon!
Practice will begin on Monday, March 6th! Track Practice will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.
All 7th graders will practice before school (7:15-8:15am).
All 8th graders will practice after school until 4:45pm.
Students must have a current AISD physical on file in order to participate in track, and must be passing their classes.
7th grade boys- Coach Chris Rueter; 7th grade girls- Coach Ashley Cross; 8th grade boys- Coach Michael Shackelford; 8th grade girls- Coach Kelly Meyer.
2017 Mustang Tennis
All 7th and 8th graders (boys and girls) who wish to play on our Mustang Tennis team this season must attend ONE of THREE (not all) mandatory organizational meetings: 3/3 ACES or 3/6 ACES or Tuesday, 3/7 @ 3:45-4:15 in Portable 8 (parents welcome). At the meeting, important tennis season details will be discussed, and players will sign up for an after-school tryout slot (to take place March 8-9). First practices are March 20-21. First match is March 23rd. We welcome players of various ability levels – from highly skilled to those with limited experience. IMPORTANT NOTES: All athletes must have a current physical (on the required Austin ISD form) on file with the O. Henry Athletics office. Yes, it’s OK to join both Mustang Tennis and Mustang Track and other sports/teams. The coaches will work with you and your student-athlete. Contact Coach M with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Library News: The Bookspring Readathon Results are in!
Congratulations to the top reader (in both categories) for the second year in a row: 8th grader Ava Polakowski with 4,596 pages in 2,594 minutes!
Our top fundraiser, winning a Kindle Fire, is: sixth grader Nyssa Li who raised $473.
Awards ceremony to be announced soon.
Thanks to all 170 O. Henry students who participated and raised $4,395.36 to buy books for kids here in Austin!
O. Henry was the TOP middle school fundraiser, so ALL who participated get a free Chick Filet party! We’ll also go on field trips in May.
8th Grade Class Trip
Early-Bird Sign-ups for the 8th Grade Class Trip to Schlitterbahn have passed. The cost of the trip is now $75. Sign-up online at austinisd.schoolcashonline.com or bring your money and forms in person to Mr. Shack. Information letters and forms are in the front office or in 8th grade history classrooms. If you sign up online, please turn in the form in person. The trip is on May 31st, and if you have any questions, please email Mr. Shack at email@example.com
Cheer Tryouts are on Wednesday, March 8, from 3:45-5:30. Please see Coach Monger or Coach Shack if you have any questions. Tryout material is on the cheer website at ohmscheer.weebly.com
The PTA invites all current and prospective parents to meet incoming OHMS Principal Marlo Malott at a coffee in the O. Henry Library Thursday, March 9, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Hope to see you all there!
Please mark your calendars for the next PTA wellness committee speaker presentation on Tuesday, March 22, at 12 noon. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Our guest will be registered dietitian Jennifer Pereira, speaking about what growing pre-teens and teens need in their diets for good health.
Camp Red Dragon
Announcing Camp Red Dragon 2017!
When: June 5 – 9, 2017
Where: Austin High School
Early Registration: February 12-March 31 = $150
Registration: April 1 – May 15 = $175
Late Registration: May 16 to June 5 = $200
Middle School Production: Revenge of the Space Pandas (finishing 6-7)
Registration from Attached!
We hope you will join us again this year!
Summer Camp for Rising 9th graders
Austin ISD Middle School-Health Careers Summer Camp 2017
Austin High Football
Please see the attachment for information.