Seventh graders had the unique opportunity to travel November 4-7 to Colonial Virginia for their "Footsteps to Freedom" class trip. On those days, they experienced Colonial Williamsburg, the restored colony at Jamestown, the Revolutionary battlefield of Yorktown, Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello, and the Baltimore Aquarium. What an incredible learning experience!
Fifth graders have returned from their Texas Tour (November 12-14) of San Antonio and Austin. Their historical and cultural adventures included the Capitol, the LBJ Presidential Library, San Antonio Riverwalk, the Alamo, the Witte Museum, and the Natural Bridge Caverns.
AOS had six teams competing at the Cougar Clash Quiz Bowl Tournament on November 2. Two of our middle school teams qualified to compete at the national tournament. Special shout-out to our 5th-grade team who walked away with 2nd place in their very first quiz bowl tournament. What a great tournament day for all six of our teams!
Eighth graders put their performance of Beauty and the Beast to the test on October 31 and November 1, and we were happy to be their guest. Under the creative direction of faculty members Jim Phillips and Natalie Gray, the actors showed another side of their abilities. Bravo!
Congratulations to our football team for winning their second consecutive Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC) Championship! They finished their undefeated season on October 24 by defeating First Baptist Academy. Way to go, Dolphins!
Award-winning author and illustrator Eric Rohmann showed the power of visual storytelling to students in Delphi through grade four during Book Week (October 21-25). Rohmann and students brainstormed imaginative storylines as the illustrator drew on large whiteboards. Fourth graders learned about Rohmann’s process of research and creating visuals for his award-winning book Giant Squid. Rohmann also visited with sixth graders in Mrs. Wise’s art class and evaluated their panel books, suggesting how to create a narrative with visuals. Rohmann discussed his career as an artist with a drop-in group of students and showed examples of creating colorful reduction prints.
Author John David Anderson visited with Middle School students during Book Fair Week (October 21-25), encouraging them to develop as writers: 1) Be Inspired from reading a variety of authors; 2) Be Curious--ask “What if” questions; 3) Use the Author’s toolbox (such as alliteration, metaphor, and vivid words); and 4) Persevere. Humor and heartfelt messages shine in Anderson’s books, and several books touched on themes of how we treat each other. The author reminded students that words have the power to lift us up or tear us down. Fifth graders enjoyed a writing workshop in which they used mysterious photo images for inspiration to develop a captivating story hook. In addition, student winners of the Literary Magazine writing contest enjoyed a pizza lunch with John David Anderson.
How can dogs--and humans--find rewarding experiences from work and helping others? Third and fourth graders learned about pet therapy in a presentation September 24 by trainer Karin Stronck and her Czech German Shepherd dog, Boomer. Boomer had worked as a bomb sniffer dog on the Iraq-Kuwait border and was later retrained by Mrs. Stronck to be a pet therapy dog. Students enjoyed the presentation, especially the one-on-one time with Boomer.
The AOS Class of 1999 celebrated their 20th reunion September 24 with a dinner at Vinoteca Poscól. Thank you to our event hosts Keefer Lehner, Winnie Simmons Phillips, Lauren Garson Sanders, and Aron Will for making this memorable night such a success!
Way to go Middle School Chorus for another awesome performance at the Houston Astros game September 12! To make the night even better, we got to catch up with lots of AOS alumni before we all cheered for the Astros! Go Dolphins and Astros!
Our Middle School Chorus rocked the National Anthem September 11 at the Houston Dynamo game. After only three rehearsals, the Middle School Chorus comprised of fifth- through eighth-graders and led by Mrs. Natalie Gray performed a moving rendition. Way to go, Dolphins!
September 6 was a special day! Thanks to our 2018-2019 Middle School Student Council, we have supported the Galveston Bay Foundation in their dolphin research and conservation program and adopted our very own dolphin! Galveston Bay Foundation spoke at our assembly about their important work and introduced our students to our new friend, Delphi!
On August 22 our 8th graders received their leadership ties at our opening assembly for the school year. We have faith that they will lead our school well and be fantastic role models for the rest of our student body.
AOS graduates had a blast reconnecting with old friends on April 18, 2019, at the spring Alumni Happy Hour at Present Company. Thank you to our friends at Presbyterian School for partnering with us on this fun event.
The week of April 14 the Jones Center and Kindergarten classes got into the Easter spirit with their very own egg hunts. An event for both students and parents, this joyful activity concluded with a picnic lunch.
Our Middle School students wrapped up their final service learning project on April 9. Through this project, they learned about the work of Project Sunshine and assembled craft kits for hospitalized children. Thanks for spreading sunshine to others!
Eight students from AOS Class of 2015 were awarded Eagle Scout status on April 2! Luke Williams, Alexander Haney, Cooper Cavender, Plato Pappas, Camren Ordaz, James Lilly, James Henry Ray, and Drew Mytchak received this honor just a few years after they stood together in Middle School on the AOS stage for our National Day of Prayer. Amazing work boys; we are so proud!
On March 27, AOS Chorus members participated in a community concert organized by pARTnerschools.
pARTnerschools is a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering and inspiring students through the arts with the ultimate goal of creating stronger communities. They believe that by making art together, students learn that they are more similar than they are different. Each year, they connect the music departments of two different schools.
Big Art Day (March 7) is a day dedicated statewide by the Texas Art Education Association to raising awareness of art education. In honor of this day of art and community engagement, Visual Art Teachers Mrs. Amy Ailor and Mrs. Meredith Wise led our Lower School and Middle School students through a cross-division collaboration where students wove together hand-painted strips of paper to create a basketweave/mosaic-like effect.
AOS Alumnus Anderson Clark '10 visited March 5 with Delphi students about his time as a firefighter. Having spent four years as a firefighter at Sewanee: The University of the South, he had lots of stories and tips to share. It brings us such joy to witness former students engaging with current students on life's great adventures!
On March 1 and 2, Jaya, Ellie, Elizabeth, and Bridget participated in the National Children’s Honor Choir for the American Choral Directors AssociationNational Conference. Each of these four students was selected via an audition and earned the opportunity to rehearse with a master conductor and perform choral music at the very highest level.
The AOS softball team won the 19th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Middle School Softball Tournament on March 2, 2019! Eight schools competed, and the Dolphins beat Kinkaid in the championship game 8-5. One of our students, Emma, was named MVP of the tournament! Helen, Kate, and Olivia were named the team All-Stars. Way to go, girls!
Thank you NAIS -- National Association of Independent Schools for engaging and inspiring several of our administrators at this year's conference held February 27-March 1! The theme was "Reimagining Independent Schools: Tearing Down Walls, Building Capacity, and Designing Our Future."
Drs. Jacquie Jaffe and Ivy Ruths facilitated Pink Shirt Day at AOS for the first time on February 27, 2019. Jones Center, Lower School, and Middle School students as well as faculty, staff, and parents wore pink to take a stand against any type of bullying behavior. We talked about what we can do when we experience or see bullying behavior, how to be an upstander, and when to ask for help. As a community, we say, "The bullying STOPS here!"
International Academic Competitions has posted the official results from the Houston Regional Finals held on February 23, 2019. Seven AOS students participated in what was a very successful bee for AOS! In the 8th grade, Alex came in 1st place in the Academic Bee, 1st in the Science Bee and 2nd in the History Bee. His fellow classmate Landon came in 3rd in the Academic Bee. In the 7th grade, Nadiya came in 3rd in the Science Bee and 1st place in the Academic Bee. Congrats and good luck to Alex, Landon, Ellison, Rhys, and Nadiya who are now qualified for the National Bee to be held in Chicago on June 7-10!
AOS parent Dr. Kathy Pazmino paid a special visit to the Jones Center classes February 20 in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month. She taught the preschoolers (Delphi) and prekindergarten children about dental health and demonstrated proper flossing technique with a Delphi-size model! Thank you, Dr. Pazmino!
Love is in the air! As AOS turned pink and red on Valentine's Day, the Lower School students took part in a wide variety of service projects and demonstrated their love through acts of kindness. From animal adoption bags to letters to active military members, our Lower School students showed just how much heart they truly have.
AOS Class of 2014 Alumni, Wallis Turley and Matthew Posoli, met up for dinner February 12 with Coach Michael Stovall and the AOS 8th Graders that are visiting Washington, D.C.! Wallis is a freshman at American University, and Matthew is a freshman at Georgetown University. AOS alums are scattered all across the nation, but we love that no matter where they are they can always call AOS home!
Katherine Veletsos was AOS Head of School for 23 years until she retired in 1996. She is currently the Special Friend for MaryMichael Carbon's 2nd-grade class, and she came to school February 12 to pay them a special visit.
WE ARE #1! Our girls basketball team won the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference championship game. All of our teams had an amazing winter season, and we could not be more proud of our AOS athletes. GO DOLPHINS!
We sure are lucky! AOS is hosting award-winning author Allan Wolf this week. He has led our fourth-eighth graders through a series of writing workshops focused on “History as Story.” Third graders were entertained by his performance of outer space poems from his new book The Day The Universe Exploded My Head. Thank you, Allan, for sharing your talent and expertise with us!
Aby Craft (Class of 2016) just received high honor in her academics at St. Agnes and also received a Texas all-state field hockey award! AOS congratulates Aby for these outstanding achievements during her junior year of high school!
AOS YES! Two AOS cross country teammates, Julia Moody (Class of 2012) and Carrie McIntyre (Class of 2013), reunited in November as both made the 2018 NCAA South/Southeast Division III All-Regional team.
Dr. Kim Swales, a Houston-based marriage, relationship, parenting, and life coach, presented to our parents on how to make your marriage thrive through the school years. We gained insight on how to “Survive and Thrive” from one of Houston’s best!
Our Middle School Chorus sang the national anthem at the Rice Women's Basketball game. We love supporting our community and cheering on our favorite teams - and what a great performance opportunity for our student singers!
We are SO proud to share that AOS faculty member Matthew Panozzo has been named one of International Literacy Association's 30 under 30! To read more about the incredible work Mr. Panozzo does in the name of literacy, click HERE!