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December 20, 2019 Principal's Message


Happy Holidays!


Wishing all Patriot families, a blessed Christmas, New Years and Holiday season. Hoping you have time to rest and enjoy precious time with family and loved ones. 


Holiday Break


School will be closed from December 21 – January 1. We will begin our spring semester with students on Tracks 1, 2 and 3 on Thursday, January 2.


Track Change Request


We will be opening our track change request period for current families from Jan. 6, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2020. Requests must be submitted within this window. Information will be posted to the front page of our website on Jan. 6 with a link to a form to submit if you are interested in requesting a track change for the 2020-2021 school year.  You will receive notification on your request by the end of February 2020.


Parent Survey - we need to hear from you!


HMS Parents, we need to hear from you. We have heard through other survey data that you are interested in different program offerings that can help better equip you to support your child as they navigate their middle school years.  Please complete this survey and let us know which programs you would most like to see us offer.  We GREATLY appreciate your input, voice and feedback!


Upcoming Open House


We have scheduled an Open House for Tuesday, January 14 from 5:00-6:15 PM in our media center. This event has been scheduled to coincide with the WCPSS Magnet/Year-Round application period. We welcome any new family considering attending Heritage Middle for the 2020-2021 school year. There will be an information session with Q&A as well as a guided tour of the building. 


Homework Resources


Reminder that we have Homework resources for parentsfor Math and Language Arts on our website.  They are under the "Parents" tab and then "Homework Resources". 


WCPSS Year-Round / Magnet Application


The WCPSS Magnet and Year-Round School application period is currently open and closes on January 30th. Please contact your child's counselor if you have any questions regarding the Magnet / Year-Round School application process.


High School on the Horizon


Believe it or not, High School for your 8th grader is right around the corner! Please plan on attending "High School on the Horizon" on Tuesday, January 28th, from 5-6 pm in the HMS auditorium. At this presentation parents will receive information about High School graduation requirements, career pathways, how HMS will conduct 9th grade registration, and hear presentation from CollegeWise. 8th grade students accompanied by their parent are also welcomed to attend. Please contact Mrs. McCorquodale, 8th grade counselor, with any questions. The presentation will be posted on her website after the event for those unable to attend.


Request for Educational Excused Absences


Parents, when completing the Request for Educational Excused Absence form, please include a detailed explanation for the educational nature of the leave.  This will allow for quicker response time in approving or denying your students request.  Also, a 2-day advance notice is required to be considered for approval.


Winter Athletics Update


Our Boys and Girls basketball teams are both doing well. Our girls are 4-2 and our boys are 4-2. Please visit the HMS Athletics website for a full calendar of events and plan to come out to support Patriot Athletics this season! I would also encourage you to consider following HMS Athletics on Twitter @HMSAthletics1.


Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!


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