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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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Principal’s Corner

Dear O. Henry Parents and Community,
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at O. Henry Middle School.  We are getting excited to have students back in classrooms and hallways filled with energy and enthusiasm for learning.  It is our mission to ensure every child feels welcomed, connected, and a part of our O. Henry family. Additionally, in our pursuit of excellence we will challenge each student to grow in academic abilities. 

We will be hosting a number of events in the next two weeks to open our doors to our current and incoming students.  This week we kick off Transition Camp and Parent Camp 101.  This year we will also host Mustang Derby where new students can walk the halls before school starts, purchase O. Henry Swag, and their schedule. Please see our website and information included in this newsletter.

We hope you will find our website helpful and informative. All information we send out via email can also be found on this site.  Our weekly newsletters are sent out on Friday afternoon. Additionally we have a Twitter account (@Ohenryms) and a Facebook Page that we will use to send out updates and celebrations throughout the school day.

I am honored to serve as principal and it is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other, build positive relationships , and support academic and social growth.  Let’s make is another great year at O. Henry Middle School.

Marlo Malott



Ease into O. Henry by enrolling in the O. Henry Transition Camp, to be held August 9-11, 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

O. Henry teachers will provide helpful hints in the areas of organization, study skills and school expectations. Students will meet new friends through team building activities. A scavenger hunt will be offered to allow the students to learn their way around the campus. Come and learn the Mustang culture!

Location – O. Henry Middle School Cafeteria
Tuition – $40 (full/partial scholarships available)
Participants do not need to bring any supplies or materials

AISD bus transportation will be available at the following locations: Allison, Barton Hills, Govalle, Oak Hill, and Zilker Elementary. Bus transportation leaves at 8:00 am returning around 12:45.

Start your school year off at the O. Henry Mustang Derby, on Saturday, August 19 from 9-11 AM. Students can pick up and follow your schedule, visit your ACES classroom, and be ready for the first day of school. The Mustang Mall will also be open to get you ready with O. Henry T-shirts, your agenda, and school supplies.

  • Last Name A-L: come between 9-10 AM
  • Last Name M-Z: come between 10-11 AM
Please be sure your student is registered before attending. Students will not receive their schedule until registered. Go to my.austinisd.org and click on the Student Registration tile to register your student online.


Are you a parent new to Middle School? If you are the parent of an incoming 6th grader, or new 7th or 8th grade parent be sure to attend our Middle School 101 Parent Camp scheduled for Thursday, August 10 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Topics covered include:

  • How does Middle School work?
  • Support staff and student services
  • School management and communication
  • How your student can be involved
  • How you can support your child and school
We look forward to seeing you there and answering any questions or concerns you may have!

Grade Level News

Here are the lists of supplies for each grade level. These are the basics. Students will find out the first week of school if additional supplies are needed.

O. Henry Round Up Carnival 2017

O. Henry Round Up Carnival 2017

Friday, September 29th

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Round up your friends and family for a fun evening of booths, games, tasty food & middle school dance!

More information coming soon…

PTA News

Mustang Mall Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for Mustang Mall!

Mustang Mall is a kiosk in the lunchroom where we sell school supplies and other novelties.  This is an easy, low stress, once-a-month commitment of an hour and a half during the school’s lunch periods, 11:40 AM to 1:10 PM ‬. Volunteering at the mall is a fun opportunity to see your child and his or her friends at lunch. (Incoming sixth grade parents, this can be a great way to see how your child is doing.)

We have a limited number of openings for lunch shifts so we will fill the lunch shifts on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please submit your information as soon as possible if you would like to volunteer. To volunteer, complete the information at this link, Mustang Mall Volunteer Form.   We will contact volunteers by email after we finalize a schedule and will have training once school starts for those new to the mall.

If you have any questions, regarding Mustang Mall, please contact Karen Mauldin, kjmauldin@gmail.com or Jami Knause, at jamiculver@yahoo.com.


Motto:    In Pursuit of Excellence

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

Mission: 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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The O. Henry Golf Tournament
Calling all golfers and volunteers!  The O. Henry Open will be held on the afternoon of Friday, April 28, at Lions Municipal golf course.  This wonderful annual tradition, now in its 18th year, is a fundraiser to support academic excellence at OHMS.  
All current and former parents, faculty, staff and friends of O. Henry are invited!
Registration and event information may be found at http://ohenrypta.org/o-henry-open/  
Not a golfer but want to help?  We need volunteers for a variety of easy and fun tasks both leading up to the event and on the day of the tournament.  Email beckymelton@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.  
We are also seeking corporate and individual sponsors for the tournament ($1500-$5000) and the players lunch ($1000), as well as for individual holes (only $250 and includes hole signage with your name /or corporate logo).  You can sponsor a teacher who wants to play for only $100.  Click on the link above for full sponsorship details.
Hope to see you at the O. Henry Open!
Becky Melton
2016-17 OHMS PTA President
Jeff Melton, Bryan Teeple and Delaine Teeple
2017 O. Henry Open Co-Chairs


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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!
Cruz Arispe
Ava Doyle
Lois Huh
Liam Dominguez
Lily Knotts
Keria Boehle
Berg Bertus-Trudo
Alex Pither
Adriana Gallegos
JJ Tagle
Karma Terlik
Dania Herrera-Luviano
Mary Abby Goss
Violet Stewart
Kira Ohanian
Zoe Slade
SEL Corner
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 (patrick.mcnally@austinisd.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 michael.shackelford@austinisd.org

Cheer Tryouts
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)

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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
See attachment.
Austin High Football
Please see the attachment for information.


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TEA study guide excerpts for the TAKS test

Study Guide pp 1-131 (open this on a computer or iPad, do not print) before answering questions

Answer Key from pp 140-151 (password protected)


Now that the new OHMS site is launched I need to take time to streamline it and speed up the loading time. Two essential tools I’ve discovered to measure, analyze, and diagnose problems with site loading time are Pingdom Tools Full Page Test and Google’s Page Speed Online.

Right now the newly developed OHMS site is posting an embarrassing Page Speed Score of 66 (out of 100) when tested by Google. Page Speed Online offers a tiered set of recommendations for decreasing load time and a comprehensive FAQ.

Pingdom’s test provides the total load time (17.3 seconds over a cable modem, ouch!) and lists every file requested by a browser, graphing the list in a chart to show which items took the longest to load. From their analysis I can see that I have plenty of work to do, starting with not loading ajax libraries three times (!). And how did that 79K image get in there? Quite obviously there were many nights of working on the site long after everyone else was asleep!