O. Henry Middle School

Principal's Message

August 19, 2018
Dear O. Henry Students and Families,
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. I hope you have all had a wonderful summer, full of adventure. The beginning of a new school year reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities. I know we are about to begin a great school year filled with hope, vision, and excitement. We can’t wait to see you all on Monday! At O. Henry, we are committed to welcoming all of our students and families into our beautifully diverse community and creating a safe space for each student to learn and grow. Check out our Tips for the First Day.

During our learning together this past week, the teachers and I reviewed the school’s mission, vision and motto. Our motto is “Pursuit of Excellence”. Our goal at O. Henry Middle School is to do whatever is necessary to help our students be the absolute best version of themselves. This year’s theme is We Are Connected and I am asking students, faculty, staff and community to connect and personalize their learning. We will celebrate our accomplishments around the personalization of learning and the personalization of wellness around this theme all year long.
Every year, we are joined not just by new families, but by new staff members as well.  I love the energy these talented folks bring to the campus. Please help me in cheering on the following staff who are joining our school or moving to a new position:

Tammy Carville, Theater Alexandra Carrillo, 6th English and Special Education
Carmen Castillo, Custodian Macie Cohen, 6th Math and Special Education
Ashley Cross, Librarian Zsuzanna Diamond, 6th Math
Kim Foster, Special Education TA Greg Gondron, Special Education Auditory Impairment
Tiffany Lepa, 7th English Rachelle McCoy, French
Jeannette Miranda-Santiago, Spanish Crystal Ochoa, Special Education TA
Mari Sanchez, Special Education TA Lynn Smith, Nurse (full time)
Amanda Jo Strassburg, Dance Ranti Valdez, 7th Math and Interventions

All of our staff, new and veteran, are committed to providing the best learning environment possible for all of our students.
As you think about our theme We Are Connected, please know that a partnership between the school and the home is the best way for us to accomplish this mission. As much as you are able, be involved in your child’s education. Be sure to attend conferences, check in with the teacher, and talk with your student at home about their work and what they are learning. Encourage them to stick with it, even when it gets tough. If you have the time to volunteer, we’d love to see you at the school, working for the betterment of all of our students. Please let me know what you need to feel more connected to our school community.
We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing all the beautiful, smiling faces tomorrow. It’s going to be a great year!
All the best, 
Marlo Malott
Proud Principal of O. Henry Middle School