• Week of 4/15

    Mustang Message – April 14, 2024
    Week 31
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly
    Mustang Message! We had another fantastic week at Ola High School and we start our celebrations
    highlighting our Marching Mustangs. This weekend, they participated in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
    in Washington, DC. Ola was well represented with a great parade in our nation's capitol. The Marching
    Mustangs got to tour many important sites and also attend a symphony concert. We also want to highlight
    Mustang Hannah Mock on her selection by Snapping Shoals EMC as one of four students to attend the
    Washington Youth Tour. You can read more about Hannah in the Henry Herald article. Ola's Stacey Caldwell
    was announced as the South Metro Region Library Media Specialist of the Year. She will now move on to the
    state competition. In our AFJROTC, Cadet Michael Adams will take command of the student leadership for
    the 2024-2025 year, replacing Cadet Olivia Clark. Congratulations to all of our Mustangs and the great work
    happening in the building, community, and beyond.
    In athletic news, Ola Girls' Soccer has advanced to the GHSA Playoffs, having secured the Region 4-Runner
    Up trophy. They will host Harris County this Tuesday at Mustang Stadium. They finished the regular season 9-
    2 and 5-1 in region play. Ola Baseball swept Eagles Landing and improved to 14-2 in region play. They can
    secure the Region Championship with a win over Dutchtown on Monday. Ola Girl's Tennis is the Region 4
    Runner Up and has secured a playoff match. The boys have also finished 4th and will travel to compete in the
    playoffs. Great job to our tennis and soccer programs for their success in the Region. Ola's Lacrosse program
    continues its winning. The girls are 11-2 on the season and 2-2 in area play. Both teams are hoping to get into
    the playoffs. Ola Golf had matches against Jones County and Statesboro. Ola Track is looking to close the
    season and send many of our Mustangs to the Region meet. This week, we celebrate Anderson Becker, from
    our boy's soccer team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information
    in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, does your student-athlete need a physical for next school year? On Wednesday, April 17 Ola
    is hosting a physicals night in the gym after school. The cost is 25$ and can be paid by cash, Venmo or Cash
    App at the time of the physical. Please have all the paperwork in hand.
    We are now in the crucial testing season for the school year. This past week, we began our End of Pathway
    Assessments with our CTAE department. They will continue this week for our Pathway Completers.
    Beginning April 29 through May 3 are the Georgia Milestones Exams in American Literature, Algebra,
    Biology, and US History. These exams are of utmost importance as they determine mastery levels in these
    courses and are also used by the state with CCRPI scoring for Ola High School. As part of our Engagement
    Always in All Ways theme, we know our Mustangs have been engaged daily and are ready to perform. Please
    ensure your Mustang eats a good breakfast and has their Chromebook charged and ready. Advanced Placement
    exams will begin on May 6 and run through May 17. These exams will be taken in the Auxiliary Gym at
    certain times throughout the day. Let's all work together to ensure our Mustangs excel in these exams.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list
    below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to
    date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We
    are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 4/8

    Mustang Message – April 7, 2024
    Week 30
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly
    Mustang Message! We hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break. We had some great
    celebrations leading up to the break, and we start with our CTAE Department. Ola Mustang Caitlyn Ponder
    was named as the District 7 HOSA region representative. This makes the third Mustang a leader in the state.
    Ola AFJROTC Cade Olivia Clark received her acceptance letter to the United States Air Force Academy
    Summer Program. Both Mustangs are Leading by Example as part of the Ola Way. Great job!
    In athletic news, the Ola girls' soccer program is 9-2 and 5-1 in region play and is looking to host a 1st round
    playoff match. The boys got in the win column by beating Jones County and have wrapped up their season.
    Baseball is ranked 5th in the state and won a big rivalry series against Union Grove, taking 2 of 3. They are
    currently in 1st place in Region 2-AAAAA. They improved 12-2 in region play and 18-4 on the year. Girls'
    Lacrosse improved to 11-2 and 2-1 in area play after beating Seckinger on senior night and ELCA. They are
    currently in 3rd place in their area. The boy's Lacrosse played Seckinger on senior night and lost a heartbreaker
    6-5. They did pick up two wins against ELCA and Fayette County. Our Golf Mustangs have been playing well
    and are setting up the stage to host the GHSA Sectionals in a few weeks. Our Track mustangs competed in the
    county championship, with our 4x800 team of Suri Lawrence, Jade Lawrence, Bailey Morrison, and Rayah
    Arnold placing 2nd. Kwamie Russell finished in 1st place in the shot put, and Kam Handy finished 3rd in the
    discus. Ola tennis teams are getting ready for the region tournament this Tuesday and Wednesday. We
    celebrate Delaney Gosart, from our girl's lacrosse team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this
    and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, tomorrow, April 8, our portion of the country will experience a once-in-a-generation solar
    eclipse. Henry County Schools has shared district communication regarding students having the opportunity to
    view this, and the district will provide eclipse eye protection. Our students will have an opportunity to view
    this event during their 7th-period class.
    Class of 2024, as we start our gallop towards our May 22 graduation day, we are providing some important
    dates for senior events below in this email. Our senior exams will occur from May 1 through May 3, our
    seniors' last day of school. May 15 will be a senior field day. Seniors will be able to attend the Baccalaureate
    ceremony, sponsored by Ola FCA, on Sunday, May 19, at 2:30. This will be held at Sharon Church. The
    Senior Awards ceremony will be on May 19 at 4:45 in the gymnasium. May 20 will be our senior breakfast,
    and seniors will walk through the halls of Ola with their graduation regalia. There will be a graduation practice
    to follow. On May 21, seniors can visit their Ola Cluster elementary school and return to the building for an
    additional graduation practice event at 9:45. The senior parade will be on May 21 at 6:00 pm around the Ola
    High School campus. Finally, Ola's academic signing day will be April 19, and the deadline to register is April
    12.
    Finally, Mustang Nation, our school attendance dropped slightly to 92% the week before Spring Break. Let's
    aim to return to the high nineties. We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our
    students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the
    Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until
    next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 3/25

    Mustang Message – March 24, 2024
    Week 29
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly
    Mustang Message! We had another great week leading up to Spring Break. We start our celebrations
    highlighting our TSA Organization at the state conference. Ola had ten members receive the Silver
    Achievement Award. In addition, Makenzie Middlebrooks and Carson Schmitt finished 2nd in competitions.
    We also want to highlight Carson Schmitt and Sebastian Cedeno, who will conclude their officer positions at
    the state level. Carson was the State TSA President, and Sebastian was the State Sergeant-at-Arms. Ola teacher
    Dr. Christie Schmitt and her husband received the Legacy Award for their contributions to TSA.
    Ola's Fine Arts department had an excellent record at the Georgia Large Group Performance Evaluations. Ola's
    Orchestra and Guitar program received all superiors. Our Choral program received all superiors, with the
    Sorria and Catria choruses receiving superiors with excellence. Caspian and Falabella received excellence as
    well. All of our Mustang Bands received superiors. Ola's Winterguard came in second at the Kell Contest for
    the Southern Association for Performing Arts. Ola's Fine Arts department showcased why they are among the
    best in Georgia!
    Also rounding out our academic celebrations, Mustang Nation, we proudly announce that Ola High School has
    three Mustangs selected as finalists for the State Governor's Honors Program. Karina Pandya was selected for
    engineering, Anthony Coral for mathematics, and Keagan Kimball for visual arts. These students will represent
    Ola this summer at the prestigious Governor's Honor program. Finally, Mustang Kelly Cole was awarded Best
    in Show for her World Language Pinata and Collage at the Henry County Schools World Language and ESOL
    Fair. Congrats Kelly!
    In athletic news, Ola girl's soccer had a big 3-1 win over Union Grove. They also defeated Alcovy and are 4-0
    in region play and 8-1 on the season. Ola baseball swept Jones County this week, and they are 10-1 in region
    play and 16-3 in the season. They are also rising the state rankings to number five. Girls' lacrosse continues to
    win, beating Union Grove and Seckenger High School. They are now 9-1 on the season and 2-1 in area play.
    We celebrated our Class of 2024 Lacrosse Mustangs Friday night. Ola Golf was out on the course this week
    and fell in their match play. Our track program competed with Suri Lawrence breaking the 800-meter school
    record and her sister Jade breaking the 1600-meter school record. Ola tennis won this week, with the girls
    defeating Dutchtown. They are now the number two seed going into the regional tournament. We celebrate
    Daniel Mendez, from our baseball team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other
    athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Class of 2024, the big graduation day is approaching fast. As one of our many senior traditions, Ola will have
    an academic signing day on April 19. Academic Signing Day is a school event that celebrates and recognizes
    seniors committed to attending higher education or joining a military branch. This event is for seniors to
    officially announce their chosen path in front of their parents and peers. The deadline to register is April 12.
    Finally, Mustang Nation, our school attendance dropped slightly to 93.4% this week. Let's aim to return to the
    high nineties for our daily attendance as we close out the week before Spring Break. We hope everyone has a
    restful and relaxing break. We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students
    and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang
    Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next
    time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 3/18

    Mustang Message – March 17, 2024
    Week 28
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! We had another great week and want to start our celebrations with our GHSA Literary Team. Last weekend, they competed at the regional literary meet and finished second overall. We had many top finishers. Please congratulate Kinsley Asbell for her first-place finish in Girls Solo. Avery Pinson, KaShawn Hawkins, Josh Edge, and Luke Buffalow were first-place quartets. Wrapping up the first-place finishers was Daniel Safrit in Humorous Monologue. Also, Ola High has five Mustangs that have advanced to the state level for National History Day on April 20 at Lagrange College. Kendall Harmon, Daniel Moodie, Kelby Escar, Ria Patel, and Madelyn Reardanz will compete and represent Ola High School. Great job Mustangs!
    Ola's Fine Arts department has been busy with Large Group Performance Evaluations. We will wrap up the week with our band program performing and will have a list of all the awards coming next week. Mustang Nation, get ready for the spring musical Footloose that will be coming live on April 18th and 19th at the McDonough PAC.
    In athletic news, former Ola wrestling state champion and standout Imani Jones has won a women's wrestling national championship. Congrats Imani! In our spring sports, Ola Girls' soccer shut out Warner Robins Friday to improve to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the region. Baseball played Locust Grove this week and took 2 of 3. They improved to 7-1 in regional play. They are currently ranked 5th in the state. Girls' lacrosse improved to 8-1 and 1-1 in area play after winning two matches this week. Ola boy's Lacrosse won two in a row this week to improve 2-2 on the year. Our Gym-Stangs competed Wednesday, earning 2nd place. Ola's GHSA Literary team competed in the state championship and finished 5th at the GHSA State Championship. The Bass Fishing team of Colby Aldridge, Skylar Spence, Brennan Chase, and Dominic Hibbs fished at West Point, weighed in at 8.15 lbs. and 7.15 lbs. and looked to qualify for the State Championship. Our Golf Mustangs will be on the course this week, shooting for low scores. We celebrate Kyla Monroe, from our girl's track team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Class of 2024, the big graduation day is approaching fast. As one of our many senior traditions, Ola will have an academic signing day on April 19. Academic Signing Day is a school event that celebrates and recognizes seniors committed to attending higher education or joining a military branch. This event is for seniors to officially announce their chosen path in front of their parents and peers. The deadline to register is April 12.
    Finally, Mustang Nation, our school attendance jumped to 94.6 % this week. Great work Mustang Nation! Let's continue this trend to round out the school year! Friday was the end of the nine-week grading period and we will now move into the last quarter of the school year.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 3/11

    Mustang Message – March 10, 2024
    Week 27
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! We had another great week in the OlaVerse. We start our celebrations in our CTAE Department. Ola's DECA program has placed in the state and earned a spot at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, in April. Congrats to Ethan Blake, Kaleb Matthews, Rachel Richter, Sara Wade, Emma Ganes, Lauren Mrvos, Divine Agene, Rodney Louissant, and Deandre Strickland. Ola HOSA had additional awards from last week's state competition. Congratulations to Abbey Francis, who placed 7th in Extemporaneous Writing-Health Policy, and Keagan Kimball, who placed 7th in Medical Spelling. Great job on the top ten finishes in the state competition. Finally, Ola's TSA attended the state conference with Carson Schmitt & Sebastian Cedeno, both serving in leadership roles. Carson is the state TSA Chapter President, and Sebastian is the state Sargent-at- Arms.
    We also had some grand celebrations for our Mustang staff. Congratulations to Ola's Stacey Caldwell for being named Henry County Schools Library Media Specialist of the Year. We want to thank her for her rollout of Read Across America week, where she hosted Ola's Bookworm Festival. Many of our students participated this week by reading to our future Mustangs at all the elementary schools in our cluster.
    In athletic news, the Ola girls' soccer program is continuing their dominant run on the season with a record of 6-1 and 3-0 in region play after shutting out Warner Robins 5-0 Friday. Ola baseball had wins over Dutchtown by 11-1 and 13-3, and they are 5-0 in region play. Our girl's lacrosse improved to 6-1 on the season. Ola Gym-Stangs competed Friday, earning 1st place. Congratulations! Our track and field teams competed at Jackson High School on Thursday and had many placers. Our Golf Mustangs will be out on the course this week, shooting for low scores. Ola Tennis hosted Union Grove and fell in tight matches. We celebrate Kherah Powers, from our girl's tennis team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Ola's Prom was on Saturday at the Atlanta Zoo. We had a great night with the theme of Evergreen. You can see pictures and the names of the homecoming king and queen on our social media accounts. Also, Class of 2024, the big graduation day is approaching fast. As one of our many senior traditions, Ola will have an academic signing day on April 19. Academic Signing Day is a school event that celebrates and recognizes seniors committed to attending higher education or joining a military branch. This event is for seniors to officially announce their chosen path in front of their parents and peers. The deadline to register is April 12.
    Finally, Mustang Nation, our school attendance stayed at 93% this week. Let's aim to return to the high nineties for our daily attendance. We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 3/4

    Mustang Message – March 3, 2024
    Week 26
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang
    Message! This week, State Superintendent Woods shared a press release, and the College Board recognized Ola
    High for many Advanced Placement awards. We are one of just twelve high schools in the entire state of Georgia to
    win six of the seven awards for increasing achievement and access to AP courses. We want to celebrate all of our
    teachers and students on these great accolades. With our theme of Engagement Always, In All Ways, our Mustangs
    are leading the way in Georgia. You can see the list below.
    We continue our celebrations by highlighting our Fine Arts and CTA departments. Ola has two students who made
    the All-State Orchestra. Mustangs Kate Smith and George Barnett were recognized for the String Orchestra
    (George) and Full Symphony Orchestra (Kate). Both of these students will be in Athens showcasing their talents! In
    our CTAE department, Maddie Reardanz won first place at the HOSA State Competition for Job Seeking Skills
    category. She also received the Barbra James Service Award. Mustang Ansley Harvey won the HOSA Scholarship.
    Ola's HOSA represented well and was the only school for Henry County to make it in the top five awards. Great job
    to our Mustangs,
    In athletic news, Ola girls' soccer program is 4-1 and 2-0 in region play after beating Locust Grove and Eagles
    Landing this week. Our baseball team has started 8- 2 and 2-0 in regional play on the season, beating Warner
    Robbins twice this week. They are currently ranked 8th in the state. Girls Lacrosse improved to 4-1 and 0-1 in area
    play after beating Strong Rock 22-0 and dropping a close one to Newnan 7-5. Ola Tennis saw wins this week against
    Jones County in region play. Our track and field teams competed at Jackson High School on Thursday and had
    many placers. Our Golf Mustangs began their seasons splitting their matches with Eastside High School this past
    week. Ola Gymnastics has started their season, and we look forward to their early success! We celebrate Jonathan
    Hunt, from our lacrosse team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information
    in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, school attendance is vital and correlates to student achievement. We are happy to announce that
    our daily attendance rate rose back up to almost 94%, which is a jump from the week before Winter Break. In recent
    research, we find that for every jump in attendance rate by 2%, we see an increase in achievement scores on the
    Georgia Milestones by 1%. Let's aim to return to the high nineties for our daily attendance. Our attendance rate for
    students present for ninety percent of the school year is around 85%. That means fifteen percent of our student
    population has missed over 8 days of instruction. As part of our theme this year, we are working to engage our
    students in all ways and need students to be present.
    Ola's Prom is this Saturday at the Atlanta Zoo. Students who are attending should have received communication
    about picking up their prom packages this week. There was also information regarding parking at the event. Please
    take a moment to read over the information. We look forward to a great night in Atlanta!
    Class of 2024, the big graduation day is approaching fast. As one of our many senior traditions, Ola will have an
    academic signing day on April 19. Academic Signing Day is a school event that celebrates and recognizes seniors
    who have committed to attend higher education or join a military branch. This event is for seniors to officially
    announce their chosen path in front of their parents and peers. The deadline to register is April 12.
    Finally, a reminder that this Friday is a district early release day to end the 9 week mark of the second semester. We
    thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in
    this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the
    happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School 

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  • Week of 2/26

    Mustang Message – February 25, 2024
    Week 25
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! We want to start our celebrations with a HUGE announcement. Ola High School Wrestling is the GHSA 5A State Champs as a team. Ola had many state placers in addition to three individual state champions. Mustang Brian Papcun, Gabe Easy, and J’Veion Redmond were all state champs in their weight class. Max Meredith and Xander Dossett were state runners-up. Jobi Colbert, Landen Moss, Jared Walker, Tye Daniel, Colby Lejeune, Kelsi Johnson, and Lily Harris made it to the podium. Congratulations to Coach Dinino and his staff on this accomplishment. This is Coach Dinino’s first state championship! Come help us celebrate the champs Monday morning at 9:00am by lining Mustang Alley and sidewalks as they arrive in their championship limo.
    The National History Day organization selected Ola Mustang Maddie Reardanz to be a part of their first-ever Young People's Continental Congress. Maddie will head to Philadelphia and be a part of a team that will have experience in special programs and case studies on the founding of the United States.
    We celebrate Kinsley Asbell & Kate Smith in the arts on their selection and performance at the Georgia Mix All-State Choir and Senior Treble All-State Choir. Also, Ola's Winterguard finished first place in their Southern Association of Performance Art class at South Forsyth High School. Finally, Mustang Nation, get ready for a great spring musical as our students will perform Footloose on March 18 and 19.
    In athletic news, the Ola girl's soccer program is 2-1, defeating Hampton. Ola baseball is 4-1 on the season, beating Pike County twice, Lambert, and Mary Persons. Girls Lacrosse beat McDonough 14-1 to improve to 2-0. Our track and field teams competed in the Union Grove Early Bird All-Comers meet. We had several 1st place finishes, with Suri Lawrence winning the 800, Jade Lawrence winning the 1600, and our 4x800 relay team finishing 1st. We celebrate Carter Spence as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, school attendance is vital and correlates to student achievement. Ola's attendance going into Winter Break fell to 92%. Our Mustangs must be present and ready to learn each day. In recent research, we find that for every jump in attendance rate by 2%, we see an increase in achievement scores on the Georgia Milestones by 1%. Let's aim to return to the high nineties for our daily attendance. Our attendance rate for students present for ninety percent of the school year is around 85%. That means fifteen percent of our student population has missed over 8 days of instruction. As part of our theme this year, we are working to engage our students in all ways and need students to be present.
    Henry County Schools offers health screens for vaccines, sports physicals, and 3300 forms on February 27 at the Henry Learning & Support Center on 166 Holly Smith Drive.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 2/12

    Mustang Message – February 11, 2024
    Week 24
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! It's been another great week, and we want to start our celebrations by highlighting our Governors Honors Students who are moving onto the state level. Ola High had 19 students who moved to the county competition, and six of those were selected for state interviews at Georgia Southern University. Congrats to Karina Pandya, Anthony Coral, Paul Gervasio, Keagan Kimball, Makenzie Hoffman, and Makenzie Middlebrooks. Ola also hosted the state VEX tournament this weekend, and your Mustangs 5203G won the Excellence Award and are now turning their attention to the Worlds Competition in April in Dallas, Texas. Ola also had 19 Mustangs represented at the District Honor Choir.
    In athletic news, the Ola Wrestling program competed at the 5A sectionals for a spot in the GHSA State Championship next weekend and had a record number of 1st-place finishers with five. Lily Harris and Kelsie Johnson punched their ticket to the Girls State Championship. The boys' and girls' basketball seasons have ended, and we are celebrating a good season. Our Dance team completed its season last weekend with an excellent performance. Ola Girls' soccer program is 1-1 on the season, and the boys are 0-2, dropping two close matches. Our Tennis Mustangs opened their season at Jackson, with the girls winning 3-1 and the boys dropping their match 2-3. Baseball will open its season on Monday at Pike County. Ola girl's Lacrosse won its opener against Woodward 9-8. The boys will open their season by hosting McIntosh on Monday. We celebrate Scott Hyde, from our swim team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    This week is Valentine's and our FFA club has been selling roses in the commons for four dollars. We also want to remind everyone that Henry County Schools' transportation department has shared that buses cannot transport balloons, flowers, glass containers, or large stuffed animals. Students will need to leave these items in the front office for pickup or make alternate transportation arrangements.
    Henry County Schools offers health screens for vaccines, sports physicals, and 3300 forms on February 13 and 27 at the Henry Learning & Support Center on 166 Holly Smith Drive.
    Mustang Nation prom is around the corner on March 9. Juniors and seniors can now purchase tickets through February 16. All ticket sales will be through My School Bucks, and you can find all the information for prom on our website.
    In counseling news, Ola will host a dual enrollment night on February 15 in the band room. This is for all current 10th and 11th graders and parents. SCTC, Clayton State, and Gordon advisers will be here to answer questions and describe their Dual Enrollment programs.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!
    Nick Ellis
    Principal, Ola High School

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  • Week of 2/5

    Mustang Message – February 4, 2024
    Week 23
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! We've had a very busy week for our Mustangs. Congratulations to Ola's Academic Team on their Henry County Championship. The Mustangs stayed undefeated the whole tournament. Ola's AFJROTC Cadet Olivia Clark was awarded a medal, certificate, and a $550 scholarship for winning at the chapter (Marquis de Lafayette) and state level. She will now compete nationally against other state winners. Ola's DECA organization sent thirty-eight students to compete at the state level.
    In our fine arts department, our students have been hard at work. We had 16 orchestra members perform at the All-County Orchestra event. Many of our Theater students were in Columbus for Thescon. We also had 14 band students represent Ola High School in the Georgia Music Educators Association's District Honor as the best of the best in this region. It was a great week in our fine arts department.
    In athletic news, the Ola Wrestling program hosted and won for the 6th straight year of the Region 2-AAAAA Traditional tournament on Saturday. We have 13 wrestlers moving on to the sectionals next weekend at Flowery Branch. Riflery hosted Jones County and came up short. The boys' and girls' basketball seasons are winding down, and they begin their post-season with the boys at Dutchtown on Monday, followed by the girls on Tuesday. Ola's GHSA dance team competed in their second meet at McIntosh. Our Spring sports are in full swing, with Ola soccer playing Jackson in a scrimmage. The girls won big 11-1, and the boys fell 3-1. We celebrate Timothy Clark, from our basketball team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, Henry County Schools offers health screens for vaccines, sports physicals, and 3300 forms on February 6, 13, and 27 at the Henry Learning & Support Center on 166 Holly Smith Drive. Ola High School's Black Student Union club will lead the charge of celebrating Black History Month with our theme of Ola Around the World, where we will dive into our seven continents of influential leaders.
    Mustang Nation prom is around the corner on March 9. Juniors and seniors can now purchase tickets through February 16. All ticket sales will be through My School Bucks, and you can find all the information for prom on our website.
    In counseling news, Ola is hosting a FAFSA completion night from 6-7 pm on February 8 in the Media Center. Also, on February 15, from 6:30 to 7:30, Ola will host a dual enrollment night in the band room. This is for all current 10th and 11th graders and parents. SCTC, Clayton State, and Gordon advisers will be here to answer questions and describe their Dual Enrollment programs.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!

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  • Week of 1/29

    Mustang Message – January 28, 2024
    Week 22
    Good Sunday evening, Mustang Nation! It's Mr. Ellis, principal of Ola High School, with your weekly Mustang Message! It's been a great week, and we start our celebrations off with a big congratulations to Ola's Math Team, who finished second at the Griffin RESA High School Math Competition. The team finished in the Large High School division. Ola's Academic Team took 4th place at the Georgia Academic Team Winter competition. This week, Henry County Schools recognized the STAR students and teachers. Audrey Walton and Mr. Singleton were honored along with all the STAR students and teachers in the county. Mustang Lila Salmons was selected to represent Ola High as the Superintendents Student Advisory Counsel. This past Thursday, Ola's guitar program performed in Athens, at the GMEA, and they were a specially invited guest to highlight the great work of our students and teacher, Ms. Bain.
    In athletic news, Ola's swim team had a big week and competed at the Henry County Swim Championships. We are excited to announce both the boy's and girls' teams are Henry County champions! Great job to all of our swimmers and coaches. Ola basketball is wrapping up and hosted the last home game of the season. They look forward to competing at the regional tournament coming soon. Ola's first GHSA dance team had its first competition at Mill Creek. Ola wrestling will compete in the region's individual wrestling meet, and we wish them luck. Spring sports will start up this week, with our soccer program hosting a scrimmage against Jackson on Thursday. We celebrate JT Singleton, from our basketball team, as our Shane's Athlete of the Week. You can see this and all other athletic information in the Mustang Athletic Newsletter.
    Mustang Nation, our students will complete the Georgia Student Health Survey this week. We also need parents to take the survey. You can click on the link in this email to complete the survey. We use this data to help plan for student and family needs. Ola High School's Black Student Union club will lead the charge of celebrating Black History Month with our theme of Ola Around the World, where we will dive into our seven continents of influential leaders.
    Mustang Nation prom is around the corner on March 9. Juniors and seniors can now purchase tickets through February 16. All ticket sales will be through My School Bucks, and you can find all the information for prom on our website.
    In counseling news, Ola is hosting a FAFSA completion night from 6-7 pm on February 8 in the Media Center. Also, on February 15, from 6:30 to 7:30, Ola will host a dual enrollment night in the band room. This is for all current 10th and 11th graders and parents. SCTC, Clayton State, and Gordon advisers will be here to answer questions and describe their Dual Enrollment programs.
    We thank our Partners in Education who have teamed up to support our students and staff. You can see a list below in this email. [Partners in Education link] That wraps up the Mustang Message, be sure to stay up to date with all the happenings of Ola on Facebook and Twitter, and until next time, say it out loud with me. We are Ola!

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