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January 10, 2020 Principal's Message


New 7th grade Assistant Principal, Mr. Roderick Mason


I would like to welcome our new 7th grade Assistant Principal to the HMS school community. Roderick Mason replaces Mrs. Amy Light, who was appointed as Principal of North Forest Pines ES beginning February 3.  Mr. Mason comes to us as an experienced middle school band teacher as well as an experienced middle school assistant principal.  His start date is February 3.  You will receive an intro letter from him later today. 


2nd Quarter report cards


2nd quarter report cards for students on tracks 1, 2 and 3 will be coming home today.


Track Change Request Process


Our track change request period for current families is open from Jan. 6 – Feb. 7. Requests must be submitted within this window. Information is posted on the front page of our website 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.


Box Tops


PTA Reminder: Please turn in your box tops as the deadline is January 15. Thanks for your support!


Parent Survey closes Jan. 17 - please respond


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.  Survey closes on Jan. 17. We GREATLY appreciate your input, voice and feedback!


Open House - Jan. 14 from 5:00-6:15 PM


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 Magnet/YR Application Period


The WCPSS Magnet and YR School application period is currently open and closes on Jan 30. Please contact your child's counselor if you have any questions regarding the Magnet/YR 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 Tues, Jan 28, from 5-6 pm in the HMS auditorium. At this presentation parents will receive information about HS graduation requirements, career pathways, how HMS will conduct 9th grade registration, and hear a 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 and enjoying the season. Our next home game is Tuesday, January 21.  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 weekend!

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