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October 10, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  

I hope you are enjoying the fall weather and the first signs of turning leaves. Here are this week’s reminders: 

Bullying Prevention Month:  During this month students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying.  Join us in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying! Make it the month that bullying prevention is heard around the world!  Wear a blue shirt to school on Wednesday, October 13 to "Stomp Out Bullying."  You will be using your voice and sending a message that this is the month that bullying prevention is heard around the world. End the Hate... Change the Culture!

Community Campus Clean Up:  Over 30 staff, students, and families have signed up to give our front campus a refresh thus far. This event is in collaboration with our PTA Beautification Committee. Won’t you join us?   Please sign up at the bottom of this flyer if you can participate. Campus Clean Up Flyer    Trouble signing up?  Click here.

Game Attendance Expectations:   As announced previously, we do not have concessions available at our home games.  Please plan to send students a snack and drink if they are staying at school.  Once at the game, students are not allowed to leave.

Heritage Middle Sign:  Sadly, the L is still missing from our Heritage Middle School sign that was made by students over a decade ago for the driveway curve. 

Magnet School Applications:  Interested in applying to a WCPSS Magnet School for the 2022-23 school year for your middle schooler?   Or how about learning about the WCPSS Early College High Schools and Magnet Schools for your rising 9th grader?   Check out these opportunities to learn what WCPSS has to offer!   Go to Mrs. McCorquodale's 8th grade website HERE to get the info you need!  She will also be presenting "High School Options" to all 8th graders through a core class this month.  You can view her presentation posted on her website as well.  Please see Mrs. McCorquodale with any questions: 

National School Lunch Week:  This year, the 2021 NSLW will take place October 11–15, 2021. Schools around the country will celebrate with special menus, events, student activities and more. The 2021 NSLW theme WILD About School Lunch will highlight the importance of school lunch and the critical role school nutrition professionals play in helping children succeed in and out of the classroom. 

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

Date: Thursday, October 14th

Time: 10:30am-10:00pm

RSVP & all details here:  A portion of proceeds goes to the PTA. 

Reproductive Health Units:   Please see the grade specific information regarding upcoming Healthful Living units.

6th Grade - 6th grade information letter

7th and 8th Grades - 7th/8th grade information letter

Stress Management Offered through WCPSS:  Mark Your Calendars for Stress Management & Wellness Skills Sessions.  Sessions are open to all families, parents, caretakers, and students.   GO HERE  for specific information

 Upcoming Events: 

  • October 14 - PTA Spirit Event at Mod Pizza 
  • October 22 - Last day for Track 3 before trackout (return November 15) 
  • October 23 - Community Campus Clean Up
  • October 26 - Tracks 2, 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

Athletics:  HMS Athletic Calendar

Attendance:    Alternatively, your child may take a note to his/her homeroom teacher after being absent.

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 

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:  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