August 2, 2019 Principal's Message
The Talk By Sonny Kelly coming to HMS - A Must See!
Heritage Middle School PTA Equity committee is proud to bring Sonny Kelly and his provocative theatrical performance, The Talk, to our community on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 PM. We would be honored to have you in attendance. Tickets are $7. Please use this linkto register to attend. If you would like more information about Sonny Kelly and his performance, please visit this link.
The HMS Way video
All our students have viewed the “HMS Way” video as part of us teaching expectations and setting our students up for success from day 1. I encourage all families to also view the video, which is posted to the front page of our website.
Grading Policy, Honor Code and HW policy
I encourage all parents to visit the HMS website to review our school’s grading policy, homework plan and the new WCPSS Honor Code policy (#4310). All three can be found under “Academics” and then “Grading, Homework and Honor Code”.
PTA Spirit Night at Dairy Depot
The next PTA Spirit Night will be Tues. 8/6 at Dairy Depot from 3pm to 10pm. Please join us and cool off with a tasty treat.
Patriot Pride Honors Chorus
Patriot Pride Honors Chorus auditions (open to 7th and 8th graders) will August 15 for tracks 2 & 4 and August 22 for tracks 1 & 3. For audition requirements and to sign up for a time slot, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050948ABA923AAF49-patriot. Rehearsal tracks for the required piece will be on the chorus website: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/heritagemiddlepatriotchorus/patriot-pride-honors-chorus
6th Grade Encore Chorus is open to any 6th grade student, on all tracks and will meet during Encore every other Thursday mornings beginning Aug 8. To sign up: https://forms.gle/u4HReephEXY7nFv76
Students who will be walking or biking home from school must have a note from their parent. The student must bring the note to the front office where we will verify the authenticity of the note before approving it. Students must have the approved note (or a picture of it) in order to leave campus after school.
If you are carpooling, please remain in your car and pull all the way up to the orange cone. Please close gaps between cars so we can move the line along as quickly as possible. All carpool traffic must turn right out of the carpool lane and follow traffic around to the elementary school unless directed by a staff member to turn left. This helps the flow of traffic to continue to move smoothly. Thanks for your cooperation.
PTA "No Fuss" Fundraiser - almost half way to our goal!
Our HMS PTA No Fuss Fundraiser is off to a great start! This year we are trying to reach our biggest fundraising goal yet of $18,000! As of 7-31-19 we have raised $7985.15! Any amount is appreciated, and all donations will fund PTA events for HMS students and staff throughout the year. If you need an extra yellow envelope, please ask your homeroom teacher. Also, please return these envelopes to your student’s home room teacher. For every envelope returned your student will be entered into a raffle to win Chick Fil A sandwiches for themselves and 4 friends! One winner per track will be chosen. We appreciate your support in helping to make HMS the best it can be. Our PTA also has a new sponsorship program. Information can be found on the PTA website at https://heritagemiddlepta.weebly.com/ or you can email email@example.com. We appreciate our communities continued support of HMS!
Free/Reduced Meal Benefits
Free/Reduced Meal Benefits: Online applications for 2019-20 are now available at MySchoolApps.com. Paper copies of the application are available upon request (contact HMS Student Services at 919-562-6204). Free/Reduced meal benefits from 2018-19 expire for students on Track 1 on Aug. 19. They expire for students on Tracks 2 & 4 on Sept. 9 and they expire for students on Track 3 on Sept. 10. Please call the school with any questions.
New WCPSS Dress Code Policy
The WCPSS Board of Education has created a new student dress code policy #4316. We ask all parents to carefully review this policy and partner with us by monitoring student attire. We strive to honor the guiding principles the WCPSS BOE set that focuses on a student dress code which is similar to those experienced and expected in the workplace. The full student dress code policy can be found on the WCPSS website under Board Policies as well as on the HMS website under reminders. While the entire policy should be read carefully, I wanted to point our three areas (sections A, D and H) in particular:
- Students must wear clothing that covers their skin from chest to mid-thigh with non-see-through fabric in front, back and on the sides.
- Breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with non-see-through fabric.
- Head coverings (including hats and hoods) are prohibited in the building with the exception of sincerely held religious beliefs or cultural expressions or to reasonable accommodate medical or disability related issues.
Follow us on Social Media
Consider following us on our several Twitter feeds: Our Principal Mr. McCabe: @CMcCabeWCPSS, Our School: @HeritageMiddle1 and Our Students: @HMS_6th, @HMS_7th, @HMS_8th. You can also follow us on Facebook @HeritageMiddle1 and on Instagram @HeritageMiddle1.
AIG Parent Meeting
AIG Parent Information Meeting: August 6 6:00-6:45 p.m. in case you were not able to attend the July meeting.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
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