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O. Henry E-News: Week of Jul 14

I hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying the summer break!

The big news: our wonderful assistant principal Matt Nelson has been hired as the new principal of Pease Elementary School. Although we will miss his energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love for our students, we are thrilled he will still be a part of the Austin HS Vertical Team. We wish him the best as he begins this next exciting chapter in his life.

We interviewed seven candidates for his replacement last week and have chosen our exemplary math teacher and coach, Travis Brunner, as his replacement. Travis has worked at O. Henry for the past six years and has earned the respect of the teachers, staff, parents, and students.…

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2014-2015 School Supply Lists


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.

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2014 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony Pictures

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Madeleine Tilin

Photo by Erika Brown

Photo by Erika Brown

Photo by Tracy LaQuey Parker

Photo courtesy Gaye Holden

On June 5 the 8th grade class at O. Henry was honored with a Recognition Ceremony with luncheon following for students and their guests. Above is a small sample of pictures from the event. Photographer Madeleine Tilin was on hand to take pictures of the graduates with Principal Pete Price, as well as candid shots with friends and family. For the next two weeks you can view all of her photos and order prints at her web site.

Thanks also to Erika Brown, Tracy LaQuey Parker, and Gaye Holden for additional pictures from the event.

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Save Our Teachers IV: Final Tally

SOT-2014

Thanks to the generous donations of the families listed below, we added another $6,000 the past two weeks, totalling $60,606 for the year. We met our goal of $50,000, which means our very kind benefactors will now donate an additional $50,000! That’s $110,000 raised in less than two months! You all are amazing.

“So, Pete, what are you going to use the money for?” Fair question. Answer:

  • An additional $110,00 purchases the equivalent of two teaching units. We will add classes–which cost $8000 each–to keep class sizes down.
  • With hundreds of computers on campus, we need to employ a Technology Specialist. Evan Clutson has been doing an awesome job these past two years. Very few AISD campuses allocate funds for this position.
  • There is a significant cost to running our exemplary ACES (Advisory, Curriculum, Enrichment, Support) program. Two thirds of our faculty teach an ACES class, which counts as a full period in their schedule. We are seeing the huge benefits of our Social/Emotional Learning initiative, as well as our Enrichment and Intervention classes, and want to hone these systems next year.

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O. Henry E-News: Week of Jun 16

I hope you and your families are enjoying the summer break!

A big thanks to the dozens of parents who volunteered their time to make our last day of school memorable. The 8th grade Recognition Assembly was well attended and well received, and all of our students enjoyed our annual Mustang Day. It was a wonderful way to end another fabulous school year!

8th Grade Recognition Assembly Photos/Video
Please go to this link to order pictures: http://madeleinetilinphoto.smugmug.com/School

The gallery will be live for two weeks.

If you would like to watch the 8th grade video again, it’s on our PTA website (www.ohenrypta.org).…

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