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August 8, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


It has been a busy week at Heritage Middle!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Here are this week’s reminders: 


7th Grade Families:  7th Grade Parents: Parent Information Letter about Signs of Suicide lesson


7th Grade Parents: WCPSS Information Letter & Parent's request to have their child "Opt Out" of the Signs of Suicide lesson


BYOD:  The Bring Your Own Device program will end at HMS on September 3.  After Labor Day, students will utilize their WCPSS-issued device or will be assigned one for daily classroom use.  Please keep personal Ipads, laptops, and Chromebooks at home after Labor Day.  Families who were unable to pick up their assigned WCPSS device will be contacted by the school.  Do not call the school regarding this device. 


Carpool:  Thank you for your patience if you are one of over 400 drivers using carpool.  We are all frustrated by the fact that this campus was designed with one entrance/exit for two schools and that their start times are so close together, which exacerbates the problem.  At this point, you may want to avoid coming between 7:48-7:55 as traffic is almost always deadlocked at that time until the elementary school opens its carpool at 7:55.  The good news is that our students have been getting to class on time!  Also, afternoon carpool runs in less than 20 minutes daily!


Girls Soccer:  Currently, we have no applicants for the Girls Soccer Coach position for this fall.  If you have expertise in this area and are interested, please fill out an application in Applitrack


PTA:  Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 7th, at 7:00 pm.  While we hope to meet in person again SOON; for now, we will continue our virtual meetings via Zoom.  We are not allowed to publicize the meeting link, so PLEASE email us at to get the link!! Even if you're not ready to "do" something, attending the meetings is a GREAT and EASY way to know what's going on at your child(ren)'s school!  Join us!  All are welcome!


Virtual Academy:   Our students are being served through district resources due to low enrollment at our school.  The base school for VA teachers is at Salem Middle. Please access the following links for important information, including the schedule and login information: 

Virtual Academy 21-22 Bell Schedule(beginning 8/9/2021) 

Copy of Virtual Academy Letter (Orientation)


 Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


Attendance Notes:  If you need to provide an absence note for your child, please notify the school at .   Alternatively, your child may take a note to his/her homeroom teacher.


Bell Schedule:  HMS 2021-22 Bell Schedule 

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: 

Lunch/Breakfast Menus:  Our School     All WCPSS Schools 

PTA: This year we have a special opportunity to help HMS move into the 21st century by buying a new flat screen smart TV for every classroom! Please donate today to the No Fuss Fundraiser. If every family gives, we'll reach our goal in no time! 

Join the PTA to stay in the know and continue to support our school. Thank you!  You can make payments and access all PTA-related information on the website at   


Walker Passes: If you live in our Walk Zone (1.5 miles), you may request a walker/bicycle pass for your student.  The application is on the school website.   Students who had a Walker Pass last year do not need to reapply.  Please allow 24 - 48 hours for processing.   Tracks 1, 2, and 3 families need to make a request for a Walker Pass by July 23.  Track 4 families should make requests by August 17.  We will no longer monitor requests for Walker Passes after these deadlines.  

Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal

Heritage Middle School