O. Henry Middle School

Principal's Message

August 15, 2019

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to welcoming our students back to school next Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:20 a.m.  As we prepare for the upcoming school year, it is important to reflect on the past year and prepare for our next stages of growth and improvement. I know your student’s high-quality education is a number one priority.  

According to the Texas Education Agency’s preliminary ratings released today, our campus earned an overall performance rating of B. 

O. Henry Middle School

Recognized

2019 Letter

OVERALL

B-Recognized

Student Achievement

B-Recognized

School Progress (Best of Part A or B)

Part A Student Growth

Part B Relative Performance

C-Acceptable

Closing the Gaps

C-Acceptable

The following link provides additional information regarding the state accountability system and how scores are calculated:

 

While we are proud of our gains, we recognize that our students and school are more than one numerical grade.  Moving forward into this school year we plan to continue to build on the strengths of our students, staff, and school community by continuing to offer academic and elective programs which are engaging and challenging.  We know it is important to foster your child’s growth and development through purposeful school programming in which your child can be creative and think critically. Some of our highlights this year include:

 

Our continued focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and building positive relationships first. Our campus as recently received two grants with Yale University and Ruler as well as with AISD Race Equity and Cultural Proficiency Department S.O.A.R (Students Organized Against Racism).  We plan to use this work to strengthen our already solid and recognized ACES Advisory program.

 

Adding a Wellness Counselor to our campus to support our students and already robust counseling department and services.

 

A focus on our customer service and accessibility for all our families and students. 

 

Our teachers working collaboratively in Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) to grow their content knowledge and hone their craft as exceptional teachers.

 

AVID school wide with a focus on writing across the curriculum. 

 

Technology additions campus wide and 1:1 for 8th grade. 8th grade students will be getting their own chrome book in the next few weeks.

 

Teachers developing Personalized Blended Learning where students can create original products and stretch their critical thinking skills.

 

Expanding our Career and Technology course offerings which have included Stem Careers, Project Lead the Way courses, Coding and Web Design, and Business and Finance.

 

More Fine Arts classes including Dance, Mustang Dance Academy, Guitar, and Art for High School Credit.

 

Continued focused on building strong readers through our focus literacy initiatives and core academic electives.

 

Celebrating our robust Library and enrichment for students including O. Henry Writing Project, Journalism, Mustang News, Teen Leadership, Book Whisperers, and Literary Owls, American War, and National History Day Project.

 

Year three of our Advanced Math course sequence where students have the potential to earn high school credit in Algebra I PreAP and Geometry PreAP.

 

Breaking down the barriers by offering Pre AP For All in Science and Social Studies to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful in AP and other college-level coursework.

 

Opportunities for students to engage physically every day with school sports for 6-8 grade and competitive UIL sports for 7-8 graders.

 

We invite you to engage with our school community by joining our PTA, volunteering, and sharing your time and talent in any way possible or serving on our Campus Advisory Council (CAC). We will continue to need your support in order to continue to make O. Henry the great school that it already is. We will continue to highlight our campus and keep you updated on all the great things happening in the Mustang Nation through our weekly newsletter.  

THANK YOU for your continued support of O. Henry Middle School.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at 512-414-3229.

Sincerely,

Marlo Malott

Proud Principal at O. Henry Middle School