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.

Originally scheduled for August 6-8, Transition Camp 2019 has been cancelled due to ongoing construction at O. Henry. More information including how the features of Transition Camp will be available to incoming students is included in this Transition Camp Update.

After a successful 2018 Mustang Round Up fundraiser, the O. Henry PTA was able to present over $70,000 in grants for Teacher Wishlists. Enjoy these photographs from the presentation of these funds.

Round Up is the O. Henry PTA’s main fundraiser that provides funding for staff Wish List requests each fall. These requests directly benefit EVERY student during THIS academic school year. Due to the generous support of our families and community, the PTA is proud they can grant $70,000 to support the following Wish List requests:

• $30,000 in new technology such as Chromebooks, desktop computers, LCD writing tablets, and Vex Robotics Kits for various departments and the library
• $15,500 for the Fine Arts (Choir, Band, Orchestra, Art, Dance, and Theatre) for risers, instruments, music, costumes, and other equipment
• $5,000 for Science supplies for innovative labs and activities
• $4,000 to support Electives and ESL
• $2,900 in supplemental pay for staff who have taken on additional responsibilities on our campus
• $2,800 for AVID college visits and end of year celebration
• $2,600 for Physical Education and Health for equipment, jerseys, and supplies
• $2,500 for Mustang Day, a schoolwide event on the last day of school
• $1,400 for English Language Arts for magazines, online subscriptions, headphones with microphones, and other materials
• $1,300 for Social Studies to purchase class sets of atlases and online subscriptions
• $1,200 for our Counselors to support Career Day and provide counseling supplies
• $1,000 for Office & Cheer for art supplies to foster school spirit

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