Checklist for Success

  • Check your child’s agenda every evening for homework. The child should have something written for every class, every day, even if it is “No Homework.”
  • Check your child’s binders regularly. Make sure there are NO LOOSE PAPERS. Organization is one of the most significant challenges in middle school.
  • Reward your student for success.
  • Set aside at least one (1) hour every night for completing homework. Make sure you are home with your child during this time. If they have no homework, then they are to read a book (any book). For example, 6:30pm – 7:30pm every weekday night is for reading and studying. No exceptions. This practice will develop life long habits that lead to intelligence and success.
  • Be sure your child gets plenty of sleep and eats a nutritional diet. A standard bedtime is 9:30pm since most experts recommend nine (9) to ten (10) hours of sleep for middle school students.
  • Be supportive of teachers as they try to carry out natural consequences for disruptive behavior or incomplete academic work. For example, be willing to suspend your child’s after-school activities so s/he can attend tutoring and/or detention. Be willing to live by the motto: Academics First!

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O. Henry E-News, Week of May 23

8th Grade Parents Please mark your calendars:

8th Grade Recognition Assembly
Wednesday, June 1,10:00 a.m. @ O. Henry Middle School Gym, Dr. Lucio Calzada guest speaker, followed by student & staff luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For the luncheon, we are in need of cases of 8-oz or 16-oz bottled water and would appreciate donations. You can drop off your donation of bottled water in the office beginning Wednesday May 25. Thank you!

None of these events can take place without parental participation.…

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2011 Summer Band Camp

Where:  O. Henry Band Hall
Who:  All current and incoming 7th & 8th Grade band students
*Honor Band members are required to attend

When: June 6 – 10, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, August 8 – 12, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Why: learn pep music for the upcoming football season, make new friends, see old friends, enjoy snacks, have fun playing your instrument.
Cost: $5 to cover drink and snacks

If you have any questions, please contact Mr.

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NJHS Spring 2011 Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 18 the National Junior Honor Society held their Spring Induction and Farewell Ceremony in Cafe O. Henry. Rev. Nael Chavez, founder of the Enlightened Warriors program for middle school youth, was the special guest speaker.

NJHS Officers led a candle-lighting ceremony followed by induction of new members by Counselor David Freeman and NJHS Sponsor Alison Orchard. Ms. Orchard then recognized current members and expressed gratitude to the officers, parents, PTA, and teachers who have done so much for the O.…

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