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About me

This is my fifth year at NYOS and I am now an official all star (I like to dream big!).  I continue to enjoy teaching and being a mom to my two children, Olivia, age 13, and Camden, age 9. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, yoga, cooking and spending time with my family. 
I am inspired by your children and their enthusiasm in learning. I feel honored to have to teach and be a part of your families! 

Recent Posts

Holiday Party and Secret Santa

Dear Parents,

Please join us for our holiday party on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 1:30-2:30. Many students have already offered to bring food for the party. Below is a party list but feel free to make any changes to your child’s suggestion, as needed. After the party, we will clean up the room and watch a movie, so if you would like to take your child home early to start your own holiday, you may.

 Students have asked if we can participate in a “Secret Santa,” where they make and buy small gifts (under $6) for each other. Students will fill out a form about their likes and favorite items, and another student will be their secret Santa and create a little gift bag for him or her. Suggestions for gifts are drawings, books, madlibs, crafts, stickers, ornaments or decorations. Students will also need to write an appreciation to the gifted student.

 If you do not wish to allow your child to participate, please let me know ahead of time. Also, if you are unable to help your child make or purchase items, I will gladly help with that. We will pass out the gifts at our holiday party.

 Also, Thursday, Dec. 15th is a half day. This was not previously on our calendar, so please make note of it.


Party List

Cookies- Liam and Maleah

Brownies- Anya

Crackers and cheese – Milo

Bananas- Noah

Enchiladas or tamales – Diana

Chips and salsa – Audrey and Alex

Napkins and forks – Ms. Shapiro


We would appreciate it if anyone wanted to bring guacamole or any healthy or savory items. Fruits and vegetables are always great to have. I will have extra Ziploc to let students take home leftovers.




Marcy Shapiro

Fourth & Fifth Grade Teacher

Spirit Night at the Catfish Parlour - Nov. 16th

NYOS Community

Please come out to enjoy dinner and support the NYOS PTA at our Spirit Night, Wednesday November 16th from 4-9 at the Catfish Parlour. The Catfish Parlour will give 20% from every ticket to the NYOS PTA, all you have to do is drop your receipt in the NYOS bucket at the cash register.

Spirit Nights are where fun happens and community begins.

Catfish Parlour

11910 Research Blvd.

GoFundMe Post for Guitars from Mrs. Pumphrey

Greetings NYOS Parents!


You are receiving this email because you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student at NYOS. I am working to purchase classical guitars for the 4th and 5th grade students to use in class. As many of you know the high school has a classical guitar program, this would be a way for our students to get a head start if they wish to continue with those classes later. It will also allow all students to have a truly meaningful experience in music class that they can take with them throughout their lives. My goal is to be able to purchase a classroom set of guitars by the start of next semester so 4th and 5th grade students can start learning as soon as we finish our recorder unit in January.


There are a few things you can do to help! First, you can visit the link at the bottom of this email and donate if you can. Second, you can share this email with friends and family that would be interested in helping support music at NYOS.



Thank you so much for all you do for our school.


Brandi E. Pumphrey

Elementary Music Teacher

NYOS Charter School Inc.

512-275-1593 Ext. 313

Supplies Needed

Dear Parents,
Firstly, I wanted to say how much I've been enjoying this particular group of kids. I feel like the childfren are maturing as students and peers. I've been impressed daily by their growth mind-set and overall compassion. Though we are still working on demonstrating respect to everyone, there has been much growth.
As for a more practical matter, I have been spending a great deal of time and money making and buying materials for the classroom. I would be so grateful and happy (yes, I know, it's crazy but this is what makes teachers happy) if anyone could buy a gift certificate to the www.TeachersPayTeachers.com.  This is where I buy a good bunch of our centers. Another gift certificate idea would be to any office store. Generally, there are always some items I can use there. In another month, we definitely will need expo markers for the class, as well.
Thank you for any help you can give. More importantly, thank you for sharing your child with me!
Ms. Shapiro

Competency Based Education

Dear Parents,

The fourth grade team is excited to let you know that we have just started Competency Based Education (CBE) in our math curriculum. CBE allows students to demonstrate mastery of the current skill, usually through a pre-test and 2 learning stations, and then to move on to the next learning target at their own pace. Resources, such as learning videos and websites, will be provided to support their individual learning. Students do not move on until they have mastered the previous skill. This way, we can support each child at their own pace until mastery of the skill is demonstrated.

Students are encouraged to take a pre-test but it is always completely optional for each student. Teachers and students will track progress and celebrate successes. We appreciate your support and please let us know if you have any questions.




Marcy Shapiro