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December 20, 2020 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


We have almost made it to the end of Quarter 2.  I hope you all will enjoy the holiday season despite it looking different from past years.  I feel so fortunate to have joined the Heritage Family and thank you for your support through my transition.  I look forward to seeing what 2021 holds for our Heritage Family.  Here are this week’s updates: 


Calendar:  December 21 and 22 are remote learning days for all students.

Winter Break begins December 23.

School begins again January 25.  Cohort 2 will be in the building that week.   


Covid-19 Announcements:  I recognize that there are times when these announcements appear to be provided days or weeks after the person has been in our building.  Please note that we are dependent upon when a person receives a diagnosis as well as how quickly the diagnosis is reported to us.  Announcements to families have been provided less than 24 hours of our notification of a positive case in our building.  As reported by WCPSS, we will not be sending these letters in 2021.  Please refer to the WCPSS Covid Dashboard for updates. 


Drive By Pick Up:  The next material Pick Up has been scheduled for January 21 and 22, 2021.  All students will return their EL Novels and pick-up new ones.  Some students will have other items to return and/or pick up.  Teachers will communicate what is needed to be returned and picked up by each student via Talking Points.  


Office Closure over Break:  Our offices will be closed December 23 - January 1.  We will have limited staff in the building January 4 - 15.  Please call ahead to schedule an appointment if you need assistance. 


Open House:  A virtual asynchronous Open House has been scheduled for our families to access on January 22 after 3:00 pm.  The primary purpose will be for students who have changed teachers to have an opportunity to hear expectations for their new classes.  Virtual links will be posted via School Messenger and on our website. 


PTA Updates:  Please check out the HMS PTA website  for more information.  You may also contact us by email  with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for supporting the HMS PTA!


Quarter 2 Grades:  Grades will be finalized for this quarter after winter break.  Teams will let you know when they have been finalized in PowerSchool. 


Schedules:  We are in the process of building the second semester schedule based on changes from Plan B to Virtual Academy and vice versa, which involves 166 students.  127 of those students must be assigned cohorts, which must match siblings at other schools.   Additionally, we are assigning electives to all students.  All of this work must be completed manually.  Our goal is to have schedules finalized no later than January 21.  


Weekly Message Hiatus:  The next Weekly Message will be sent January 17.  


Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


8th Grade Parents: WCPSS has extended the deadline to apply to the Early Colleges.  The new deadline is January 6th.  Please contact Mrs. McCorquodale, 8th grade counselor, with any questions.  Here is a link to access more information.


Library Book Returns:  Do you have school library books that need to be returned? Students returning to the building may drop books in the boxes provided at the top of their grade level hall. An additional book box is available outside the building at the front door for any returns. No fees will be accessed for any late books; we are just trying to get them all back.


National Junior Honor Society (NJHS):  The NJHS selection process for 2021-2022 is about to begin. See this link for details:   NJHS Timeline


Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Heritage Middle School Principal