NYOS Notes

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  • Don't Miss Townhall Meeting!
  • Elementary Newsletter Link and Updates
  • Music Concert
  • Heller Award Nominees
  • Exciting BSU Trip Update
  • Denim & Diamonds Dance
  • Secondary SMORE Link
  • TAFE was a "Powerhouse" at Nationals 2024!
  • Attn: NYOS Seniors
  • Prom Chaperones Needed
  • NYOS Night of the Arts
  • Elementary Original Works Art Fundraiser
  • Austin Youth Fitness - Session 2
  • HOSA & NHS Blood Drive
  • High School Yearbook on Sale
  • PAX Host Families
  • Free Basketball Clinic Invitation
  • Message from Austin Public Library-LWC Branch

Important Dates:

March 22 TAFE's Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser

March 29 Memorial Day Holiday - No School

April 12 Senior Prom

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  • Business Office Contacts
  • NYOS Social Media Link

Don't Miss Community Townhall Meeting!

Attention Families and Students: You are invited to the NYOS’s Community Townhall to share your ideas, suggestions and feedback on what you are looking for in a new executive director! You will also meet Dr. Seay, the interim executive director and hear more about the process for finding a new executive director.

If you are unable to attend, you will have the opportunity to provide your input via a survey that will be sent out following the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 3/28/24, 4:30-5:30, NYOS Cafeteria in Building A (corner of Yaeger and Lamar)

Elementary Newsletter Link and Updates


Elementary Parent Newsletter Link: Elementary Newsletter: Week of 03/18/24

Yearbook Update:

Elementary Yearbook will be moving forward this year, using photos from the Spring Photographer. If parents would like to submit any class photos, please email them to elementaryyearbook@nyos.org. Also, if your student is on the No Media Release list, then their photo will not be included in the elementary yearbook. To change this, please login to Skyward and request a change using the online form for "Student Media Release Change Request."

We are hoping to have yearbooks delivered to classrooms before the end of the school year. Keep on the lookout for the order details that will be coming out soon. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the yearbook this year. If you would like to help, please email elementaryyearbook@nyos.org.

Use this LINK to order or the QR code below.

Music Concert

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The fourth and fifth grade concerts will take place on Thursday, April 4 in the NYOS Gym. Please have students at the gym 15 minutes early. Friends and family are invited to attend! Seating is first come first serve.


Fourth Grade Concert – 5:30 p.m.

Fifth Grade Concert – 6:15 p.m.


Heller Awards Nominees

Over Spring Break, NYOS' production of Twelfth Night has earned 5 nominations in the Heller awards for young artists. We earned nominations in stage management, marketing, design and performance. Please congratulate these students when you see them!

Exciting BSU Trip Update

The members and leaders of the BSU (Black Student Union) have diligently pursued their union goals and mission, including promoting education and increasing exposure to higher learning institutions and scholarships. Through their networking efforts and connections, they secured seven spots for their members (comprising five BSU officers, one member, and one prospective member) with two Divine 9 organizations (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity). These organizations offered an out-of-state college tour experience throughout the second week of our spring break. The tour included visits to eight colleges directly, along with a mini-tour of the Atlanta University Center, focusing particularly on notable Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Georgia and South Carolina.

Over a span of five days, they visited the following colleges:

  • Albany State University
  • Spelman College
  • Morehouse College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Morris Brown College
  • The University of Georgia
  • South Carolina State University
  • Claflin University

Participating in such experiences not only broadens our students' understanding of the educational landscape but also resonates deeply with NYOS Core Values, reinforcing our commitment to academic excellence, dedication to service, integrity, holistic development, perseverance, respect, and accountability. These opportunities empower students to embody these values in their actions and interactions within and beyond the educational sphere.

Denim & Diamonds Dance

Secondary SMORE

Here is the link to our Secondary SMORE Newsletter!

TAFE was a "Powerhouse" at Nationals 2024!

Once more, our students have gone above and beyond, demonstrating outstanding representation of our school and the NYOS TAFE chapter at the 40th Annual Teach Tomorrow Summit that took place right before we left for spring break. Out of over 3400 competitive entries and 293 schools from across Texas, TAFE @NYOS achieved 11 National Advancements, positioning our students within the top 5-10% of scores in the state across various competitions:

Children's Literature Pre-K (English)

Alisha Spears, Nathan Vu

Children's Literature K-3 (English) 

Eva Mylan Chairez, Annie Nguyen

Children's Literature K-3 (Spanish)

Lexye Gutierrez, Ana Rodriguez-Perez

Educators Rising Leadership Award with a scholarship

Samuelle Pierce

Ethical Dilemma

Lucas Harman, Ronan Mcquiston (Max), Mark-Anthony Amichia, and Michael Mondragon-Ramirez

Exploring Support Service Careers

Samuelle Pierce

Sam shadowed Mr. Paul Jomini, our school Data Fellow

Impromptu Speaking

Arianna Pierce

Lesson Planning & Delivery (ARTS)

Arianna Pierce

Outstanding Chapter Portfolio Recognition

Led by Ed Perez-Lopez, Amari Lewis, and Milo Oden

Public Speaking

Alisha Spears

Researching Learning Challenges

Nathan Tadios, Veda Travis, Maleah Bond, and Nathan Vu

We are immensely proud of all our TAFE students for their unwavering dedication and hard work. We extend our gratitude to everyone for their support and encourage continued backing for our endeavors as they gear up for Nationals in Washington, D.C. this June.

Let's extend congratulations to every TAFE member who participated in the state conference. Their collective efforts are truly commendable.

*The TAFE group will proudly don their Summit shirts on Tuesday in celebration of their remarkable achievements.

Attn: NYOS Seniors

Senior Cap & Gown Delivery

NYOS Seniors and Parents,


When: Friday, April 5th 2024

Time: 11:45 am – 1:50 pm

Where: Jag Den: Bldg A

Click here to ORDER or MAKE PAYMENT: https://highschool.herffjones.com/secom/home

Order your Cap & Gown and Custom Graduation Announcements. Orders received after APRIL 1st will be subject to a Late Fee! Please

Note: Some announcement orders are still in process depending on the date the order was received and will be delivered on a later date.

We look forward to helping you celebrate the Big Moments of your Senior Year! Congratulations Class of 2024!

Prom Chaperones Needed

The Junior Senior Prom is fast approaching. Be sure to purchase your tickets before the price increases on 4/1. We are still in need of Prom Chaperones. If you are able to help, please sign up using this form: https://forms.gle/VMjrwz1QRf3hf3v77 Questions, feel free to email Mrs. Reyes Mink at nreyes@nyos.org.

NYOS Night of the Arts

2024 Night of the Arts-Please plan on joining us Thursday April 4 for a celebration of the arts here at NYOS. The 4th and 5th grade classes will be performing their concert from in the gym. Every elementary class will have art projects hung up outside their classrooms to share. There will be free activity booths, with fun projects like fake tattoos and sumi ink. In the courtyard we will have a snow cone truck! This event is free. Please join us in celebrating our community of amazing artists here at NYOS- The kids have been working hard all year! The event is 5:00pm - 7:30pm. Entry times will be staggered by grade. 

Elementary Original Works Art Fundraiser

Coinciding with the art show will be our Original Works fundraiser, to raise money for art supplies for next year. With 1000 students, we go through A LOT of paper and paint! You will be able to order products with your child’s artwork printed on it (like mugs, tote bags, etc). Every child will receive a free magnet of their artwork. Ordering information will be sent home after break.

Austin Youth Fitness - Session 2

A note from Austin Fitness to our families:

Join Austin Youth Fitness for running and yoga clubs at NYOS!

AYF has been making “fitness fun” for 15 years! Our play-based running, biking, and yoga programs help kids develop strong bodies, minds, and spirits. And we hope your child will join us for some “Fitness Fun & Friendship” this spring!

AYF Running Club @ NYOS

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-4:45

Session 2: week of March 18 - week of April 22

Register HERE

AYF Yoga Club @ NYOS

Fridays 12:30-1:30

Session 2: March 22 - May 3 (no class 3/29)

Register HERE

HOSA & NHS Blood Drive

Blood Drive contact: M. McClellan at mmcclellan@nyos.org

Click HERE to make an appointment.

High School Yearbook on Sale!

Buy your 9th - 12th Grade Yearbook Soon! Deadline to purchase is April 17th.

Click link to pay online: HERE

PAX Host Families

Below is a student bio for potential foreign exchange students that would like to join NYOS next school year. We are looking for host families and now is the time to begin our search for the perfect fit.

This year we hosted 2 students from Germany. With NYOS being so diverse, we would love to see PAX students from other countries join NYOS.


Pax.org is a non profit organization that helps international J1 visa students study in the US. www.pax.org

These student are from all around the world, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Indonesia etc....choose a student that would be a good fit for your family

Host for one semester or the school year. Fall/Spring or the 2024/25 school year. They will arrive right before school starts. They would like to learn about our culture and share theirs

Make a student's dream come true. Teach your family about another culture.

You can contact our local coordinator to apply and answer your questions at pax.audreyhandelsman@gmail.com 

Click here to see Clara from Spain. She has a message to U.S. Families

Benedetta from Italy (17-year-old female) PAX ID: WEI02524

Interests: Tennis, Listening to Pop Music, Acting (Drama/Theater), Drama Club, Drama, Theater Arts

Benedetta is thrilled to begin her exchange experience, eager to improve her English and immerse herself in American culture while meeting new people. At sixteen, she hails from a small Italian town, describing herself as friendly, outgoing, and humorous, with a mature and optimistic outlook on life. Benedetta is a responsible and reliable individual, always ready to help her friends and family. She shares a close bond with her parents, sister, brother, and their dog, enjoying a supportive and communicative atmosphere at home. Academically, Benedetta studies languages, particularly English, French, and Chinese, fascinated by the idea of communicating across cultures. She is passionate about acting and tennis, and despite her busy school schedule, she finds time for reading and drawing. Benedetta's typical school day involves waking up early, attending classes, completing homework, and spending quality time with her family before bedtime. She eagerly anticipates meeting her host family and embarking on what she believes will be one of the best experiences of her life.

Free Basketball Clinic Invitation

from Pure Ambition

Message from Austin Public Library-LWC Branch

Along with our usual assortment of regular programming, we’ll also be featuring art from Woolridge Elementary, have a special Eclipse storytime April 3rd, have a DIY Eclipse Viewer workshop April 6th, and will be participating in the Rundberg Alliance Spring Festival on Saturday April 13th from 10am-2pm. We’ll also celebrate el día de los niños on April 30th by creating flower crowns in the style of Frida Khalo or by creating paper-bag piñatas anytime.


We’re also looking ahead to celebrate Little Walnut Creek Branch’s 45th Anniversary Birthday party on May 4th. Save the date!


Don’t forget to refer families to Victory Tutoring for free one-on-one tutoring and homework help on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30!  http://tinyurl.com/VictoryTutoring 


We also have AARP free tax preparation by appointment on Mondays & Thursdays 10am-2pm, Talk-Time English language practice on Tuesdays at 1pm, TexasLawHelp.org live chat for legal assistance M-Th 10am-2pm, and drop-in social service navigators Tuesdays and Thursdays for adults.


See all of our branch events here: https://library.austintexas.gov/events/calendar?month=2024-04&loc=197


Thanks for printing, posting, and electronically sharing the calendar with your families!


Jessica Tessler

Youth Librarian | Little Walnut Creek Branch Library

512-974-9862 | jessica.tessler@austintexas.gov

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