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Congressman Lamar Smith Congratulates O. Henry for National Honor

From left: Pete Price (O. Henry Principal), Erika Swan, (6th grade English), Congressman Lamar Smith, Dana Phillips (8th grade English/Language Arts), Jennifer Boltz (Band Director). Click to enlarge.

From the Austin ISD web site:
June 28, 2012

Austin, TX—Today, U.S Congressman Lamar Smith congratulated O. Henry Middle school staff members for being named a 2012 School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The staff members were in Washington, D.C. for the National Forum’s 8th annual Schools to Watch conference.

“The principal and staff members at O. Henry Middle school deserve our appreciation and gratitude for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of our children,” Congressman Smith said. “I hope that O. Henry continues to serve as a shining example of how talented teachers and engaged administrators can shape the minds and futures of America’s children.”

O. Henry earned the recognition for challenging students …

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O. Henry E-News and Save Our Teachers Update

Hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying their time off from school!

Save Our Teachers II Update
The generosity of this O. Henry community continues to amaze me! Despite tough economic times, our parents and friends of O. Henry contributed over $155,000 to this spring’s Save Our Teachers II campaign. Because of this incredible commitment to the education of our students, we will be able to retain/hire three additional core teachers, which will lead to smaller class sizes.…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of May 28

The time has come to wrap up the school year! A handful of students gave us a run for our money last week (threats of food fights, water balloons, etc.), but like I tell our faculty and staff each year, “We always have plenty of aces left in our hand.” The food fights didn’t happen and only a handful of water balloons were thrown. The students are so excited for summer vacation and some of them get a little carried away.…

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Schools to Watch Assembly Photos

On May 17 at 9 AM every O. Henry student and staff member gathered in the large gym to celebrate the naming of our school as a 2012 “School to Watch.” Austin ISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen and School Board of Trustees President Mark Williams were on hand for the ceremony as well as Justin Oxley, Principal, and Michelle Castadeda, Academic Dean of Bradley Middle School, San Antonio.

These photos from the assembly were taken by Yearbook sponsor Kristin Tucker.…

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