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August 22, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  

This week we welcome Track 3 after their first trackout, and Track 2 Camp WCPSS students begin extended learning.  Please also remember that traditional calendar schools return to school this week.  We anticipate that  bus routes will be delayed and traffic patterns could be impacted.  Here are this week’s reminders: 

Bus Routes:  Due to a bus driver shortage, many of our routes have been combined, including some routes merging with elementary routes.  Bus drivers are charged with seating these students in separate areas of the bus (front/back) and monitoring, but we need your assistance in reminding our students of expectations for appropriate behavior with elementary students.  Some conversation topics for middle schoolers, for instance, are not appropriate for elementary students to overhear.  We have been sharing our behavioral expectations on each bus and appreciate your assistance.  Thanks!

Carpool:  Thanks for your help in keeping the carpool running smoothly.  With the exception of the 7-8 minute delay in the morning while awaiting the opening of the elementary school at 7:55, it has been going well.  Two reminders:  1) Please have your child ready to exit (mask ready and materials gathered) before you get to the cones near the Spirit Rock.  2) Please have your child exit the car when requested rather than trying to drop off at the very front of the school.  Thanks!

Community Clean Up:  Mark your calendars for our community clean up, 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!

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!

Student Services Announcement:  The WCPSS Community Family Academy holds FREE Virtual and Face-to-Face Parent Workshops and educational events for WCPSS families in various schools and community sites throughout Wake County.  From research, we understand that students achieve more when families are involved in their children's education.  

The purpose of the Family Academy program is to provide families with the necessary academic tools to support the success of their child's education and to bring schools, parents/guardians, families, and community organizations together as equal partners.  

If you'd like information about these workshops, please check out the Student Services Website located HERE

 Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages

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

Bell Schedule:  HMS 2021-22 Bell Schedule      Virtual Academy 21-22 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 jnewhouse@wcpss.net.    The guidance for exposure and return to school is updated here:  https://www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn 

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 https://heritagemiddlepta.weebly.com/   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 hmspta.prez@gmail.com 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!

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

Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal of Heritage Middle School