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May 16, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


Thank you for your support as we switched to live remote instruction on Friday for all our classes.  Should there be further live remote days I will send a School Messenger update to clarify expectations at Heritage Middle.  My apologies for any confusion on Friday.  Here are this week’s updates: 


Notes for All Students


Asynchronous Day:  Wednesday, May 19, is an Asynchronous Remote Learning Day.  No live instruction will occur but asynchronous assignments will be provided. 


8th Grade Celebration:  Information about 8th grade celebration will be provided next week.  This event will be virtual. 


Final Drive By:  The final drive by to drop off materials has been scheduled for June 17 and 18.  More details will be provided soon. 


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


Technology Updates:  

**To end the school year, WCPSS Technology Services needs ALL school issued hotspots and power cords returned to the school.  Please return your school owned Wi-Fi hotspots at your earliest convenience to our front office.  Students can also bring their hotspot to their homeroom teacher. If your student has a school issued Chromebook and will be returning to a WCPSS school next year, please keep that Chromebook to continue using next year.


**As we near the end of the school year, we are unable to continue supplying refurbished devices as replacements for broken Chromebooks. Students who have a broken device should return the broken device to school where we will check in the device, making your student eligible for another device.  All students who do not have a district device to start the new school year will be assigned one at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.


Track Assignments:  Tracks for 2021-2022 are posted on the school website .  Students were returned to the track they were assigned prior to this school year.   The easiest way to search is to use Ctrl F and type in your child’s ID number.

Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


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: 


End-of Year Testing Update:  Click 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