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September 19, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


I hope you are having a wonderful, relaxing weekend.  Looks like cooler temps are in store for the first day of fall on Wednesday!  Here are this week’s reminders: 


Carpool:  I’ve had multiple parents contact me this week regarding their concerns about aggressive drivers around our walkers and bicyclers.  Last week I asked families to remind their children who walk/ride to be mindful of the rules of the road.  Let’s all do our part in keeping carpool safe and orderly for all.  Thank you!


Community Campus Clean Up:  I hope you’ll be able to join us in giving our front campus a refresh. This event is in collaboration with our PTA Beautification Committee.  Please sign up at the bottom of this flyer if you can participate. Campus Clean Up Flyer    


Upcoming Dates: 

  • September 30 - End of Quarter 1 for Tracks 2, 3, 4
  • September 30 - Last day for Track 4 before trackout (return October 25)
  • October 1 - School-wide Workday - no school for students 
  • October 5 - PTA Meeting (virtual), 7pm - see the PTA site for access
  • October 8 - Tracks 1-3 School Pictures
  • October 22 - Last day for Track 3 before trackout (return November 15) 
  • October 23 - Community Campus Clean Up
  • October 26 - Track 4 School Pictures


Yearbooks:  Yearbooks are officially on sale! Go to and enter school code 14402322 to order! $35.00 Early Pricing until 10/24! 

Reminders from Previous Weekly Messages


Attendance Notes:    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 

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 exposure and return to school is updated here: 


Here Comes the Bus App:   Transportation / Here Comes the Bus 


Lunch/Breakfast Menus:  Our School     All WCPSS Schools 

PTA:  Help HMS move into the 21st century by buying a new flat screen smart TV for every classroom! Please donate 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!   


Virtual Academy Update:   VA Update 9/9 (for Weekly Update)


Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal of Heritage Middle School