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May 9, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


Thank you to our PTA and families for all of the notes and gifts for Teacher Appreciation.  It really lifted our spirits to know we’re appreciated.   Even the carpool went smoothly!  I hope everyone is having a lovely Mother’s Day.  Here are this week’s updates: 


Notes for All Students


8th Grade Families:  The HMS PTA is offering Yard Signs for 8th graders this year.  This is not a fundraiser, just a way to recognize our 8th graders. Ordering details are below.  Orders close on May 11.  If you have any questions, please let us know.  Thanks for your continued support of HMS PTA. 


End-of Year Testing Update:  Click here.  Additional details have been added. 


PTA News:  Upcoming Spirit Night will be at Papa Murphy's on Monday, May 31st from 1:00-8:00! 


Rising 9th Grade Parents: Vernon Malone College and Career Academy offers unique, hands-on programs, and have seats available for rising 9th grade students. Students may choose from the following 4 programs: Cosmetology, Facility Maintenance Technology, Nurse Aide, and Welding.  Please contact Jill Oliver, Magnet Coordinator at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy at:  Or visit the school's website HERE

Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


Athletics Conditioning Workouts:  Refer to the athletics website regarding sports updates.  Winter Sports began May 4.


Attendance Notes:  If you need to provide an absence note for your child, please do so digitally by contacting our data manager at


Covid Diagnosis:  If a student receives a positive Covid diagnosis, do not send the student to school.  Please contact the principal at    The guidance for return to school is updated here: 


Health Screening:  Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

  • 100.4° fever or higher
  • Sore throat
  • New cough
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New severe headache

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, he/she should not report to school. Follow the return to school guidance: 


Library/Media Center Access:  Media Center Reservation 


Lunch/Breakfast Menus:  Our School     All WCPSS Schools 


Quarter 4 Bell Schedule:  Bell Schedule


Rising Heritage High 9th Grade Students:  Any student/parent who needs to make changes to the "Heritage High School 9th Grade Course Requests," please complete the following Google Form found HERE - be sure you indicate you are a current 8th grade student and mark Ms. Weaver as your counselor. The deadline to make changes is May 28th.   There is no need to complete the form if you are pleased with your elective choices.  

Can't remember which electives you signed up for?  Go to your Powerschools account and click on "Class Registration."  Need to see the HHS 9th grade registration sheet again?  Go HERE.



Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Heritage Middle School Principal