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October 18, 2019 Principal's Message


Social Emotional Learning


As a staff, we firmly believe that building strong, positive and healthy relationships with our students, and teaching and modeling for them to do the same with their peers, is an essential part of the teaching and learning process. In fact, it is the foundation that provides access to the core curriculum. Research identifies 5 specific competencies of Social, Emotional Learning (SEL): Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision-Making. This year we have committed to teaching these specific competencies to all students through monthly lessons during Encore. I encourage you to visit the SEL resource page on our website for more information on the lessons. Our hope is that all students feel respected, heard, safe and better equipped across all content areas as a result.


PTA Spirit Night


Our next PTA Spirit night will be October 22 from 4-9 PM at PDQ. Hope to see you there!


High School Options


This message is for our 8th grade parents: Wake County offers a variety of high school options if you are interested in your child attending a high school other than your Base High School. Mrs. McCorquodale, 8th grade counselor, will share information with your child in a core class presentation during the next few weeks about the specific Magnet High School and Early College High School opportunities available to your rising 9th grader. Several of these schools will also be presenting to our 8th graders in Quarter 2 during the regular school day in order to promote the specific programs offered at their schools. The Early College High School Fair is Saturday, Oct 12th from 9-11 AM at Vernon Malone College & Career Academy. The Magnet Fair is Saturday, October 26th from 9AM -12PM at Panther Creek High School. The application period for Early College High Schools opens on October 12th and closes December 16th. The application period for Magnet/Year-Round Schools opens October 26th and closes January 30th. Please check out Mrs. McCorquodale's presentation titled "High School Options" on her website or contact her directly for information regarding these High School options for your child.


Human Trafficking Lessons


This message is for 7th and 8th grade parents only:Human Trafficking Lessons will be presented to all 7th and 8th grade students during health classes through Friday, October 25. A parent letter with more information regarding these presentations was sent home to parents on Tracks 1, 2 and 3 on Thursday, October 10 and is posted on our website for all tracks to access. Please contact your child's grade level counselor if you have questions.


Book Fair


Bedford Falls Book Fair is currently happening in the HMS Media Center. Student shopping dates will be through October 25 from 7:50-3:15. We are in need of volunteers to help during these times. If you are able to volunteer please visit for your continued support of HMS PTA!


HMS Progress Report


I encourage you to take a look at the Heritage Middle Progress Report using this link. This report, along with a progress report for all WCPSS schools, is available on the WCPSS website.  At HMS, we are very proud of the learning environment we have created that supports the development of the whole child as well as encourages our teachers to be creative in their instructional approaches used for every student each day!


Athletics Update


Patriot Fall Athletics are in full swing. Our ladies soccer team is now 4-0, our football team is currently 3-2 after a dramatic 4th quarter comeback win against Wake Forest MS last night, and our ladies volleyball team is now 2-3.  All Patriot athletes represented their school community with pride and outstanding character! Please visit the HMS Athletics website for a full calendar of events and plan to come out to support Patriot Athletics! I would also encourage you to consider following HMS Athletics on Twitter @HMSAthletics1.


Powder Puff Game - 10/24 at 4 PM


Our Athletics department in collaboration with our student council is putting on our first ever Powder Puff football game on Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 PM.  The cheerleaders will play football while the football team cheers!  Should be lots of fun and we hope to see you there! 


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!


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