Principal’s Paddock

Karen Aidman, OHMS Interim Principal


Karen Aidman, O. Henry Interim Principal, sends out a weekly email with current news about what's happening on our campus. You will find the latest edition along with prior issues on these pages, and you can subscribe here. Learn more about Principal Aidman in her bio. Also, be sure to check out Tips for Raising Early Adolescents and Checklist for Success.

Pony Express – Week of Oct. 24


Orchestra News
Congratulations to the following Orchestra students who made the “All Region Middle School Orchestra:”

  • Naomi Gottschall – Bass
  • Jackson Hall – Violin
  • Jackson Hendrix – Bass
  • Iason Traweek – Cello

Boys Soccer
Boys Soccer tryouts are this week!!
Tryouts take place after school on Thursday Oct 27th, Friday Oct 28th, and, if necessary, Monday Oct 31st. Soccer teams are combined 7th and 8th grade. In order to try out for soccer, all players must have a valid AISD physical exam packet turned in and players must be in good academic standing. If you have any questions, please email Coach Borders (

Save the Date — Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Soccer Meeting
If you have a 7th- or 8th-grade girl who will be playing basketball, or a 7th- or 8th-grade boy who will be playing soccer, please mark your calendar for Monday, October 24, at 5:30pm in the Freeman gym …

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Pony Express – Week of Oct. 17


Picture Retakes
If you would like to have your child’s picture retaken or if your child missed the first picture session, picture retakes will happen Monday, October 17, on the stage, during all three lunches.

SEL Corner
This week in our ACES classes the 6th graders will be discussing “Your Values”, the 7th graders will be discussing “Online Values”, and the 8th graders will be participating in a lesson titled “Positive Relationships”. Make a point to discuss these topics with your student this week!

Soccer Tryouts
Boys soccer tryouts will be held Thursday Oct 27th, Friday Oct 28th, and Monday Oct 31st.…

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Pony Express – Week of Oct. 10

Student Holiday
Monday, October 10, 2016 is a student holiday. The teachers and staff will be on campus involved with professional development and planning.

As of last Friday, all exterior doors will remain locked. At the beginning of the year, the administration and Officer Mick, in consultation with AISD police, decided to lock all doors; however, we had to wait on the passes before implementing the change. Teachers in portables and in the outside fine arts wing have student passes so that students can enter the building if needed. The safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority.…

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Pony Express – Week of Oct. 3

Mustang Midnight Madness! (Homecoming Week 10/10 – 10/14)
Show your spirit all week and dress up!

  • Monday: No School
  • Tuesday: Written in the Stars…
    Wear your Sparkles, Sequins, Flash Tattoos to school!
    Midnight Madness Pep Rally during ACES!
    B Team Football Games: 7th at Bailey, 8th at Home
  • Wednesday: Black-Out the Bears!
    Wear ALL BLACK (no face paint) to school and to the games!
    Homecoming Football Games: 7th/8th A Teams at House Park
  • Thursday: Pajama-Rama
    Wear your School-appropriate PJs to School!
    Volleyball Games: 7th at Small, 8th at Home
  • Friday: Light Up The Night!
    Wear your Brightest Neon Colors of the Rainbow!
    Midnight Madness Homecoming Dance, 7-9pm, $10
    Blacklights! Glowsticks! Neon Face Paint! And more!
  • Saturday: A New Dawn!
    Cross Country Meet at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown

Library News

Thanks to all who attended the Ridley Pearson author visit …

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