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October 17, 2021 Principal Message

Hello Patriot Families!  


It’s been another busy week.  Thank you to ALL who supported Bullying Prevention by wearing blue this past Monday.  We are continuing to emphasize Bullying Prevention throughout this month.   Here are this week’s reminders: 


Community Campus Clean Up:  We’re getting closer to our Campus Clean Up.  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 on October 23. Campus Clean Up Flyer    Trouble signing up?  Click here.


Extended Learning/Camp WCPSS Update:  As announced last week by WCPSS, the Extended Summer Learning programs will resume Monday, Oct. 25. This means our Track 3 will operate the program as scheduled beginning Oct. 25. Track 2 programs would resume on November 15, and Track 1 programs would resume on December 6. The Extended Summer Learning programs for the missed October track out for Track 4 students will be pushed to March/April track out. The Track 4 Extended Summer Learning Program scheduled for January will proceed as scheduled at HMS.


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


Upcoming Events: 

  • October 21 - VA Drive by Material Pick Up
  • 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


Virtual Academy Drive by Material Pick Up:  Please plan to pick up the Quarter 2 materials on Thursday, October 21.  Staff will be available to assist 7:30 - noon and 4:00 - 5:30.  If you are unable to attend during these times, please come by the office AFTER the 21st during regular office hours (7:30 - 4:00). 


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 


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: 

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!   


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

Take Care,

Jo Ellen Newhouse, Principal of Heritage Middle School