Principal’s Paddock

Pete Price, OHMS Principal

Pete Price, O. Henry 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. Also, be sure to check out Pete's Tips for Raising Early Adolescents and Checklist for Success.

O. Henry E-News: Week of Oct. 20


Honor Roll
Over 500 of our students earned either First (all A’s) or Second (all A’s and B’s) Honor Roll for the first six weeks. This is highly commendable! It’s a thrill for me to watch the students race down the hallway to see if their names are posted on the bulletin board. Their focus on their academics is a direct reflection of the value that our families place on education. Most of our students clearly understand that learning is a priority and that their education opens up all kinds of doors in the future. Kudos to them and you!

With all that said, please remind your children that the level of rigor will increase in the following five marking periods.…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of Oct. 13


No School
School will not be in session on Monday, Oct. 13. Teachers will be on campus participating in staff development.

Spirit Week Info
This week is Spirit Week. The students can dress up on the following days to show their school spirit:

  • Tuesday: Snapbacks and Tattoos Tuesday–wear your favorite hat and buy a Mustang Tattoo from a cheerleader
  • Wednesday: On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink–wear your favorite pink clothing and/or accessories.
  • Thursday: Mid-Week Blackout–wear all black to show your school spirit
  • Friday: Pajama-Rama–wear your favorite pajama pants. Please don’t wear or bring pajama tops, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, slippers, etc.

Parent Learning Walk
All present and prospective parents are invited to participate in a Learning Walk on Thursday …

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O. Henry E-News: Week of Oct. 6


Our first six weeks grading period has come and gone! Hopefully, your children are happy and doing well in their courses. A lot of the first six weeks is review of previously-learned material and assessing what knowledge and skills the students need to learn the rest of the year. Typically, the level of rigor increases the second six weeks.

If your child is struggling in any class, please encourage him/her to attend tutorials. Our teachers offer these help sessions at various times of the day: before school, during lunch, and after school. The tutorials can really help students master the material!…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of Sept. 29

Mustang Round Up
How can the teachers and staff express our deepest gratitude to all of you who participated in Round Up? What an absolute privilege it is for us O. Henry employees to witness the hard work, dedication, and generosity you exhibit during our annual carnival! I don’t know of any middle school PTA in the entire state that pulls off an event like this each year and raises over $100,000. We are truly blessed to work in a school where parents are intimately involved in their children’s education and are willing to collaborate with us to ensure our students grow and develop academically, socially, and emotionally.…

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