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August 9, 2020 Principal Message

August 9, 2020:  I hope this message continues to find you safe and healthy. It is hard to believe we are only a week away from opening on August 17.  Here are a few updates since last week:

Class Assignments:  Your child’s schedule will be available via PowerSchool prior to Open House on Monday, August 10.  Any schedules students may have viewed in PowerSchool are NOT correct prior to August 10.  All students have a PowerSchool Account in order to access this information.  Students use their ID number to access PowerSchool through Homebase.  Directions for use:  https://ps.wcpss.net/downloads/ncedcloud-wakeid.pdf  

Daily Schedule:  While working virtually, all HMS students will adhere to the following schedule: https://bit.ly/2Xifp3o .  Teachers will provide students information and links to attend classes through Google Classroom.     

Drive By Pick Up:  The Drive By Pick Up dates for ALL students’ academic materials, such as language arts and math workbooks, are Tuesday, August 18: 8-12 (alpha A-G),  12- 4 (H-M) and Thursday, August 20:  10-2 (N-S), 2-6 (T-Z).  If you have flexibility, please abide by the indicated alpha assignments to help us spread out arrivals.  However, if you need to attend during a specific window not assigned, we will be there to help you.  Please wear a mask.  No virtual classes will be held August 18 or 20 so that everyone can attend. 

 

Electives:  Due to having to divide our staff into Virtual Academy and Plan B, electives are extremely limited.  The elective your child was hoping to take may not be available first semester.  We regret that this is the case.  Please encourage your child to see the opportunity to learn something new in the elective he/she is assigned.  We really appreciate your support on this issue.

Free/Reduced Lunch Information:  Food distribution sites for families remain open.  Meals are provided free of charge until the end of August. Beginning September 1, students need an updated form approved in order to receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch.  https://www.wcpss.net/Page/1849

Open House:  Our Virtual Open House for families to meet their children’s teachers is August 10 at 5 and 6pm.  Please plan to log in using your student’s Google Meet account.   Meeting codes for this event will be sent via School Messenger after schedules are posted August 10 by 3pm.   Core Teams will present at 5pm and will repeat their presentations at 6:20. Elective and PE teachers will present at 5:40 and again at 6pm.  We hope you can join us!  If you cannot, we will post information about our teachers and their classes on Tuesday to our website. 

PowerSchool Access for Parents:  PowerSchool (Homebase) is the program we use to provide real-time information regarding student updates such as attendance and grades.  All students have a PowerSchool account.  If you already have a parent PowerSchool account, you do not have to reapply.  If you do not have a parent PowerSchool account and would like one, follow these directions:   https://www.wcpss.net/student-information .   We will collect COMPLETED forms at the scheduled Drive By Pick Up, August 18 and 20.  We can also provide you a form, but you won’t be able to sit in the Drive By to complete it; you can drop a completed form by the office during regular hours.  We appreciate you being prepared with either a completed notarized form or a completed form with your ID available at the Drive By Pick Up.  Please wear a mask.

PTA InformationThe HMS School Supply Drive will be moved to the new Pick Up dates and times.  Donations can also be made on the PTA website.  The PTA has gone Digital!  You can make payments and access all information PTA-related on our website at https://heritagemiddlepta.weebly.com/ Please support the PTA:  HMS  Fact Flyer.pdf 

 

REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS WEEKLY MESSAGES:

  • 7th Grade StudentsALL 7th grade students (whether in Virtual Academy or Plan B) need to provide proof of the Dtap and Meningococcal Immunizations.  Additional information is available on our website.
  • Lockers and Uniforms:  Students do not need to purchase PE uniforms or locks at this time.  If you already purchased a PE uniform, we can provide it at the Drive By Pick Up.
  • Supply List:  Grade level supply lists are on our website under the Parents section.    

 

 We look forward to seeing everyone virtually for the first day of class August 17.

 

Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal

Heritage Middle School