Return to Headlines

August 15, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  

It has been another busy week at Heritage Middle!  Track 2 will get ready to track out this week, and Track 3 will enjoy a last week of Track Out.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Here are this week’s reminders: 

Community Clean Up:  Mark your calendars for our community clean up day, which will be held the morning of October 23!  In coordination with our PTA Beautification Committee, we will be sprucing up the front lawn.  We look forward to having families, student groups, and staff working together to complete some much needed mulching and weed pulling.  More details to come!

Encore:  This past week Tracks 1 and 2 began a new Encore plan, which has been in the planning stages for over two years.  The focus is to support all students based on the goals in our School Improvement Plan.  The new plan focuses on intervention, remediation, and enrichment so that all students are receiving the support that they need to reach their potential.  Each team assigns students to the appropriate Encore group based on each week's data.  Some intervention groups will remain in place for more than a week at a time, while others will change weekly based on student needs.

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  If we cannot secure a coach, we will not be able to field this team. 

Health Guidance Updates:  

PTA:  Our next Spirit Night has been confirmed. Papa Murphy's, at 11721 Retail Drive on September 2, 2021. They will be donating back 33%.  The Spirit Night will run from 1:00 pm -7:00 pm.  Mark your calendars!

Our next PTA 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!

Traditional School Impact:  Looking ahead, I want to remind you that traditional school students return the week of August 23.  Their return will most likely have an impact on our busing schedule and traffic. 

Universal Screening:  All of WCPSS middle school students will be tested in reading and math to gain baseline data and information regarding where students may have gaps in understanding.  More details are provided here: UniversalScreeningParentLetter

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

7th Grade Families: Reminder to 7th grade parents: SOS (Signs of Suicide), which is a suicide awareness and prevention program will be presented to all 7th graders through the healthful living classes starting this week. Please check on the following links to see the parent letter and schedule of lessons by PE teacher.

 7th Grade Parents: Parent Information 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

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 

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. 

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