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: June News


I hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying summer vacation!

Summer Reading
The purpose of the summer reading program is to encourage our students to become lifelong readers and learners. Research shows that students who fail to read during the summer vacation lose up to two months of reading gains each year, and the “summer slide” is cumulative. Rather than recreating our own list, we are referring parents to the Texas Library Association’s annual lists of best books for middle and high school students. We hope to encourage reading for pleasure as well as reading to develop critical thinking skills.

The titles are diverse in content and reading level; they represent a variety of genres and provide a range of books in terms of reading ability.…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of Jun. 1


The final week of school! It’s been a wonderful year working with your children. Thank you for your continued support. When parents, teachers, and staff are aligned in doing what’s best for students, good things happen.

Field Trips
7th graders head to the Main Event on Tuesday, June 2, while 6th graders walk to Deep Eddy and 8th graders travel to Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, June 3.

Last Day of School
On Thursday, June 4, we will treat all of our students to our annual Mustang Day, with lots of fun activities. At 10:00 a.m., we invite families of 8th graders to attend the 8th Grade Recognition Assembly in the gym.…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of May 25

It is Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and I am up at school, ensuring everything is dry inside. Although our courtyard north of the library is a mini lake right now, our campus is fine overall. Just a few puddles around the school, which we will take care of. Yes, school is in session tomorrow.

Two weeks to go! Everyone is looking forward to summer vacation!

Library News
ALL library books are overdue. Please help your child to find or pay for any outstanding library books so that s/he can participate end-of-the-year field trips and Mustang Day.
The Summer Reading List will be sent out next week.…

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O. Henry E-News: Week of May 18


Library News
Bongo BOGO book fair this week, Monday – noon Friday, May 18 – 22. EVERY item is buy one, get one!  Stop by the library for great deals on summer reading titles! Or shop online:

All student library books are due Friday, May 22 (district mandate). Please encourage your child to turn in or pay for any long overdue or lost books. Students must have cleared library records in order to participate in end-of-the-year activities and field trips.

Choir News
Congratulations to the choir for their excellent and superior ratings at the UIL competition! Everyone is invited to the choir concert on Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., in the Café O.…

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