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March 21, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


Yesterday marked the first day of Spring!  We’re all looking forward to more sunny days so we can get outside as much as possible.  For Plan B families, this week we welcome Cohort 1.  There is NOT an Asynchronous Learning Day for students this week.  Here are this week’s updates: 


6th Grade Families: Your child has received information regarding elective registration for 7th grade through their Encore class. Please review this information with your child to assist in making his/her elective selections for the next school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Swann, our 6th grade counselor at


Board Meeting March 22:  The Board is expected to vote on a possible change to bring students into the building for more frequent rotations or Plan A for Quarter 4.  


Cohort Rotation for Plan B:   Next 3 weeks' schedule.   We welcome COHORT 1 this week.

Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


8th Grade Families:  High School registration is open!  Students were given time in a social studies class to watch the "How To" videos and view all the documents posted on Mrs. McCorquodale's website.  Please refer to her website HERE - then go to the section for your student's specific high school. There you will find "How To" videos and other important information.  All students MUST register NO LATER than March 26th.  However, please help your child with registering as soon as possible.  This will ensure all our HMS 8th graders are registered in a timely manner! 


  • Cohort 2 students completed registration the week of the 8th 
  • Cohort 3 students completed registration the week of the 15th 
  • Cohort 1 students will receive registration support if needed this week with Mrs. McCorquodale
  • VA students/Plan B students who do not come into the building: Pick a time slot HERE (PLEASE USE YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS), and Mrs. McCorquodale will send you a google meet link to assist with registration.


7th Grade Parents:  Rising 8th grade elective registration is open to register for next year's electives. Teachers will post a google form and screencastify of Ms. McCulley providing instructions on how to complete the form in their Homeroom/Encore google classroom. This information is also posted on the Student Services website. The deadline for completing this form is Monday, March 22. 


Dress Code:  As the temperatures are getting warmer, we’ve noticed some students selecting clothing more appropriate to the beach than to school.  This is just a reminder for students to adhere to the WCPSS Dress Code Policy.  


Eating and Drinking Guidelines:  These guidelines are currently being reviewed using state guidance, health data, and district indicators.  We are hopeful that these guidelines will be relaxed but recognize the importance of cafeteria safety.  Although lunch is predominantly silent, the “Core Plus” period is utilized frequently for Social/Emotional Learning, getting outside, and socializing.  This is a half hour period that does not exist in a “normal” school year. 


Spring Sports Conditioning:  Please refer to the athletics website regarding upcoming spring sports expectations. Spring Sports begin March 22.  


Library/Media Center Access:  Love books???  Check out how your child can access the media center to check out books:  Media Center Reservation 


PTA Help Wanted:  We need parents to serve in leadership roles in the PTA for 2021-2022.  The following roles are available: 

          Box Tops for Education Equity Spring Celebration

Hospitality BAC Representative Firecracker Awards

Beautification Sponsorships Advocacy Rep

Please contact the current PTA board at with any questions.  


Single Subject Acceleration (SSA):  The nomination window for 2021 SSA closes March 22. SSA is the process to skip the next middle school reading or math course by showing mastery of the content. Detailed information is found in the SSA video posted in your student's ELA and Math Google Classrooms.  Contact Ms. Worley at with any questions. 


Yearbook Information: The website to order a 2020-2021 yearbook is and the school ID code is 14310021.



Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Heritage Middle School Principal