Letter from O. Henry Middle School’s New Principal

Greetings Parents and Families of O. Henry Middle School,

My name is Marlo Malott and I’m extremely happy to join the staff of OHMS as the new Principal. I’m very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience. As the parent of two children age 17 and 20, I recognize the importance of a strong home-to-school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met.

Before joining OHMS, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles. Some of the roles I have held include middle school and high school classroom teacher, athletic coach, Instructional Strategist, Assistant Principal, Academic Dean and Academy Director. My academic background includes a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with certifications in K-12 English Language Arts and Science.

I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers and innovative programming, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at OHMS. In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to ensure our students are prepared for college and 21st century careers.

I will be working closely with our Assistant Principals to guarantee that all of our scholars are intellectually challenged and have access to the social and emotional support critical to students during the middle school years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Sincerely,

Marlo Malott

Principal, O. Henry Middle School

marlo.malott@austinisd.org

 

More Facility Master Plan Meetings!

See the attached for information about upcoming meetings at various sites throughout AISD.  Plan to attend and to provide input/feedback about district plans regarding Zilker and other schools and facilities in AISD.

Facility Master Plan Meetings–Series 4
Facility Master Plan Meetings–Series 4–espanol

FREE Science Event for AISD Elementary Students

Join us for a FREE educational event which reinforces your student’s
science skills like classification, observation, and inference.  An event
with hands-on activities.  An event with real, live bugs!!

Insect Expo in Austin on April 10th !!

The Southwestern Branch Entomological Society of America
(http://entsoc.org/southwestern/swb-insect-expo) present this free,
activity-oriented learning experience for third – fifth graders.  Students
will be given opportunities to interact with professional entomologists as
they participate in a wide variety of educational stations designed to
educate about the most numerous, widespread, and diverse group of organisms on earth:  Insects!

•       Experience interactive exhibits and demonstrations
•       See and touch the live insect petting zoo
•       Find out what adaptations have allowed insects to be so successful
•       Learn how the vast majority of insects are beneficial
•       Discover how each insect has its special place in the ecosystem
•       Explore how insects and their relatives impact the lives of humans
•       Taste honey and learn about bees
•       Study insect life cycles
•       And so much more!

No charge for admission! This event is free!

This event will be held Monday, April 10th, 2017 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel
in Austin.  Participation is limited to 800 students; reservations are made
on a first-come-first-served basis by email.  Please register with the
coordinator Andrine Shufran, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, at
andrine@okstate.edu.  (Include School Name, Contact Name, Contact email and phone number of students.  Please choose either the 9am or the 11am arrival time. )
 

Letters from Dr. Paul Cruz, AISD Superintendent

See the attached for information regarding immigrant and refugee support provided by Austin ISD.

Immigrant & Refugee Support–en espanol
Immigrant & Refugee Support–in English

Healthy Child Study

The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development are seeking healthy children to participate in a study on nutrition and growth! Please call or email for more information.

Spanish flyer
Parent Letter
Spanish Parent Letter

Vote on Options for the 2017–18 School Calendar

Austin ISD is currently working on the calendar for the 2017–18 school year. The Calendar Task Force has created three calendar options and is seeking input from families and staff.

Please take a moment to review each option below. After you have reviewed the calendars, please visit our online survey to cast your vote.   The survey closes Dec. 7. Thank you!

2017–18 Calendar Option A

  • The first teacher workday is Aug. 21, 2017.
  • The first student day is Monday, Aug. 28.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday is Monday, Nov. 20, 2017—Friday Nov. 24, 2017 (five days).
  • Staff bad weather makeup days are Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (elementary conference day/secondary staff development day) and Friday, March 30, 2018 (staff development day).
  • Winter Break is Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017–Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, for students (10 days); and Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017–Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, for staff (nine days).
  • Staff development days are Aug. 21–23, 2017; January 2, 2018; and March 30, 2018
  • The last student day is Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
  • The last teacher work day is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

2017–18 Calendar Option B

  • The first teacher workday is Aug. 21, 2017.
  • The first student day is Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday is Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017—Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 (three days).
  • Staff bad weather makeup days are Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 (staff development day) and Friday, March 30, 2018 (staff development day).
  • Winter Break is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017—Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, for students (12 days); Monday, Dec. 18, 2017—Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 for staff (11 days).
  • Staff development days are Aug. 21–23, 2017; Jan. 2, 2018, and March 30, 2018.
  • The last student day is Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
  • The last teacher work day is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

2017–18 Calendar Option C

  • The first teacher workday is Aug. 21, 2017
  • The first student day is Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday is Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017—Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 (three days).
  • Staff bad weather makeup days are Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018 (teacher planning day) and Friday, March 30, 2018 (staff development day).
  • Winter Break is Friday, Dec. 22, 2017–Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, for students (12 days); Friday, Dec. 22, 2017–Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 for staff (11 days).
  • Staff development days are Aug. 21, 23 and 24, 2017, and March 30, 2018.
  • The last student day is Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
  • The last teacher work day is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

 

Opportunities to Learn More about Austin High School!

This is Why Austin High!

Consider Austin High as your School of Choice

Explore your future this fall!

Learn more about our new academies at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/our-programs/new-academies

  • Academy for Global Studies
  • Academy for Classical Studies
  • Academy for Science & Innovation
  • High Tech Academy

Attend a Community Meeting in your area: dates, times, and locations listed below

Support the Austin High Vertical Team Community Night: November 4, 2016 at House Park 5:30pm (Family-friendly tailgate in parking lot with food) 6:30pm (Stadium arrival/T-shirt distribution) 7:00pm (Elementary & Middle School students walk the field/Run the tunnel)

Schedule a school tour at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/schedule-a-tour

See the documentary Most Likely to Succeed: November 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Austin High Performing Arts Center (PAC) sponsored by the Austin High PTSA   http://www.mltsfilm.org/ trailer link: https://vimeo.com/122502930

Attend a principal coffee: November 18, 2016 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Café Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High

Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what it means to be “Loyal Forever.” and explore your future and learn why   “Everybody is Somebody at Austin High!”  Maroon & White Night flier

Community Meetings

Join Principal Amy Taylor for dinner to learn more about Austin High as your vertical team high school. We are reaching out to families with kids of all ages. Come explore your future!

Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ 6pm ACC Rio Grande Campus October 25, 2016 Invitation

Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 6pm Oak Hill Fire Station October 27, 2016 Invitation

Thursday, Nov. 3 @ 6pm Pan Am Rec Center November 3, 2016 Invitation

Friday, Nov. 4 @ 8am Oak Hill Fire Station November 4, 2016 Invitation

Monday, Nov. 7 @ 6pm St. Marks Church November 7, 2016 Invitation

Thursday, Nov. 10 @ 6pm Oak Hill United Methodist Church November 10, 2016 Invitation

Friday, Nov. 11 @ 7pm WAYA November 11, 2016 Invitation

 

Facility Master Plan Information

Oct. 7, 2016

Dear Austin ISD Community,

Austin ISD is holding a second round of community meetings this month to get your input about updating the district’s Facility Master Plan.

The FMP outlines the current status and future use of district facilities. Your feedback will help us guide the development of capital improvements and support planning for any potential bond elections.

Because the final outcome of the FMP update will include all schools and facilities, it’s important to get involved now in these initial phases. The project will build on the information you provide.

Next week’s meetings will focus on:

  • Trends and themes identified during facility assessments and demographic data;
  • Defining modernization to support facility improvements; and
  • Setting priorities to develop recommendations to update the FMP.

The meetings are open houses, allowing you to come and go according to your schedule. Staff and consultants will be available to answer your questions and gather feedback.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
6–8 p.m. | Eastside Memorial High School cafeteria, 1012 Arthur Stiles Road

Wednesday, Oct. 12
4–6:30 p.m. | Burger Stadium, 3200 Jones Road

Thursday, Oct. 13
6–8 p.m. | Reagan Early College High School cafeteria, 7104 Berkman Drive

Friday, Oct. 14
noon–1:30 p.m. | Allan Center cafeteria, 4900 Gonzales St.

Saturday, Oct. 15
9–11 a.m. | Small Middle School cafeteria, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.

12:30–2:30 p.m. | Lamar Middle School cafeteria, 6201 Wynona Ave.

AISD hired consultants to determine the condition of the district’s buildings and their suitability to provide an excellent educational environment. Also, the consultants are working with the district’s Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC) to update the FMP and provide bond recommendations to the board.

For more information about the FMP update process, including overviews of individual school assessments, visit www.AISDFuture.com.

Thank you for your participation!

Sincerely,
Austin ISD Department of Facilities