A recent survey found that 37% of teens say they have poor mental health. The Science of Well-being for Teens is a new online class created specifically for middle and high school students and will teach them strategies they can use to reduce stress and feel happier. And it’s totally free!

The six-week course brings together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life.

In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in middle and high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will ultimately prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.

You can learn more and enroll here.

The PTA is looking ahead to the 2023-24 school year and people to join the nominating committee to find next year’s leadership.  It’s an easy way to help provide direction and support the PTA as we look ahead, with short meetings in March to help identify and reach out to those who will serve on next year’s board. It is an important way to get involved and support the school.  Email Rachel Elder at rachelreit@gmail.com to learn more and/or join the committee. 

The O. Henry PTA is excited to share information about a new program where families support families with parent/community member volunteer-led, free, VIRTUAL ACADEMIC COACHING for students! 

This program will provide students nominated by their family or teacher with access to one-on-one virtual support with navigating BLEND, managing schedules, turning in missing assignments and coaching on executive functioning tools and applicable assistive technologies to help them reach their academic goals.

This program is supported by O. Henry parents and community members for O. Henry students!

Interested in learning more? Please read our FAQ!
Interested in volunteering? Please complete this volunteer form!
Interested in nominating your student? Please complete this student nomination form!

Our goal is to connect every faculty and staff member that wants to participate with a parent Secret Pal so that the great people who run our school and teach/coach/advise our students feel our love and appreciation.  If the teacher/staff member you hoped to adopt is already taken, PLEASE consider adopting one of the many teachers/support staff who provide special education, keep our school clean, run the front office, and coach our athletes.

We suggest the following: 

  • Your anonymous gifts to your pal(s) can be emailed or dropped off in the school office.
  • Be delivered as frequently as monthly but with a minimum of 4 times a year.
  • You be the judge on what you can spend on gifts. $50 over the course of the year is a suggested amount but some people spend more, while others do mostly homemade gifts, keeping costs to a minimum.

Once you adopt a Secret Pal, we will email you with details and information about your recipient’s like and dislikes to get started.  We will email gifting reminders only four times during the school year (November 1, January 10, March 6, and May 1). The May reminder will encourage you to reveal your identity with your last gift.

Thank you for your participation and making our O. Henry faculty and staff feel our appreciation! For questions and link on how you can sign up please contact Alana Lillie.

Come learn more about the 2022 AISD Bond tonight, Monday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m., at O. Henry Middle School. We will hear directly from Lynn Boswell, AISD Trustee for District 5, and learn more about how this bond will support our students, schools and community. For more information about the 2022 bond in general you may visit www.austinisd.org/bond. Specifics on the proposed modernization of O.Henry may be found here.

Hope to see you there!

O. Henry Middle School is offering two opportunities for you to “Get Connected.”

On Tuesday, May 4 there will be an in person event on the front lawn of the school. You’ll be able to meet staff members, get important information about OHMS, meet PTA officers and learn about volunteer opportunities, and get answers to your questions.

You can RSVP for this event here: May 4-Let’s Get Connected Front Lawn Event

On Tuesday, May 11 a virtual version will be offered as a Zoom video session.  

You can RSVP for this event here: Virtual Let’s Get Connected Event

We look forward to meeting you and helping you get connected with our great school!

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19 restrictions, the annual PTA Welcome Coffee for incoming parents was conducted via teleconference this year. If you weren’t able to attend on May 12, or would like to review the recording, you can view a YouTube video here.

We look forward to getting to know all of you and having you and your students join the O. Henry Middle School family!

In these challenging days, we want to remember the local businesses who have been generous to OHMS and are part of our community. If you are ordering in, please consider these restaurants and check their websites to make sure they’re available for carry-out:

Lee’s Meat Market
P. Terry’s
Guero’s Taco Bar
68 Degrees Kitchen
Cookies del Mundo
iFratelli Pizza
Kebab Shop
Chick fil A

The O. Henry PTA Nominating Committee submits the following slate for the 2020-2021 PTA Executive Board. The slate and the 2020-2021 PTA budget will be voted on at the next general meeting (date and time TBD).


PresidentSherrill Deering
President-Elect (First VP)Nikki McCormick
SecretaryRachel Elder
TreasurerLauren Whelan
Treasurer-ElectNatalie Maloney
VP Fundraising / Ways and Means (Second VP)Delaine Teeple
VP Support / Services (Third VP)Nancy Nesbitt
VP Communications (Fourth VP)Michele Murphy

Our annual Mustang Round-Up is a fun-filled evening at O. Henry Middle School the whole family will enjoy. Mark your calendar now for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 from 3:30-6:30 PM. Round-Up includes a middle school dance, carnival games, sports booths, tasty food, and much, much more.

Round Up is the largest PTA fundraising event of the school year, both in scale and in proceeds. The entire front lawn of O. Henry is transformed into a carnival site, and the fun extends inside to a dance in the gym, games in Café O. Henry, and more.

To make Round Up a success we depend upon the help of dozens of volunteers and the generosity of our neighborhood businesses for support. Watch for this site for updates about Round Up and sign up sheets for available shifts that let you enjoy the fun and support our school with your assistance.

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