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September 26, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


Thanks for your support throughout this busy week of learning.  Quarter 1 will end on September 30 for Tracks 2, 3, and 4.  Here are this week’s reminders: 


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    


EOG Reading Score Reports, along with some math for students who changed schools or moved, will be sent home on Monday, Sept 27.  Please ask your student for this report.   


Home Game Info:  If your child is staying for a home game, we do not currently have concessions to sell.  If your child is not going home by his/her usual transportation method prior to the game, please provide an afternoon snack for your child.  Tickets are $5 each.  Please see HMS Athletic Calendar for game dates.  


Monitor Question:  I had a parent ask me about why we needed new monitors in classrooms. Currently, most classrooms have the originally installed tv’s from when the school opened nearly 20 years ago.  These tv’s do not have the ability to connect to laptops.  Instead, we’re using projectors for that.  Projections have limited visibility because our classrooms were built with skylights, which look great but diminish visibility of projections during much of the day.  The new monitors, purchased via the PTA No Fuss Fundraiser, will enhance instruction immensely, providing teachers the ability to project clear, sharp images of current work samples, shared documents, virtual guest speakers, etc .  The new monitors are the standard for new school buildings.  We thank you for your contributions!


Pick Up After School:  Please do not use the bus loop area to pick up your child unless he/she is in Ms. Jester’s or Mr. Thomas’ class until after bus and carpool dismissal are over, usually around 3:45.  For safety and security, only buses should be in the rear lot. 


PSAT: This opportunity is for Math 2 students only on October 13.  If your student qualifies for this test, you and your student received an email communication with the link to pay.


PTA Spirit Day/Night:  HMS PTA has been approved for our next Spirit Night at MOD PIzza! 

Date: Thursday, October 14th

Time: 10:30am-10:00pm

RSVP & all details here:  Portion of proceeds go to the PTA. 


Spirit Week:  HMS Student Council is excited to announce this year's spirit week.  The dates will be 9/28 - 10/5.  This will allow tracks 4 and 1 to enjoy at least part of our spirit week.  The daily themes are:

Tuesday 9/28 - Neon Day 

Wednesday 9/29 - Sports Day 

Thursday 9/30 - Tropical Day 

Monday 10/4 - Crazy Sock Day 

Tuesday 10/5 - HMS Spirit Day 


Thank you so much for encouraging all students to participate and GO PATRIOTS!!!


Upcoming Events: 

  • 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!   


Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal of Heritage Middle School