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HES HERO 4.23.21

Important Dates:

April 23 – Qtr. 3 Report Cards Go Home

                 3rd Qtr. HERO Awards Announced

April 26 - Virtual Book Fair Begins

April 27 – Spirit Night at Culvers

May 5, 19, 26 – Asynchronous Days

May 7 – Art Reflections Contest Entries Due


HES Vision Statement:

Our entire staff collaborated during the asynchronous day to update our vision statement – clearly defining what sets HES apart from the other 110 WCPSS elementary schools.  Our vision is:


At HES we are committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment that partners with families to promote high expectations, critical thinking, and the belief that other people matter.  Students will leave HES equipped to be global life-long learners who are advocates for change.

Student Arrival/Dismissal:

We have had a considerable number of students arriving late each morning and/or being checked out early.  Please help model the P2 trait of Other People Matter.  When students enter a classroom late it is disruptive to all of the other students in the classroom and sets your child at a disadvantage as they try to catch up.  Similarly, when checking a student out early, instruction is interrupted for the entire class when we call into the class. Please have your students at school each day by 8:10 a.m. so they can be prepared for instruction at 8:15 a.m.  Similarly, please try to make all appts. after 3:00 pm so students can remain at school for the entire instructional day. Every minute counts and we want ALL students to finish strong.

Positivity Project:

Next week’s theme is Social Intelligence. This strength is defined as being aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings.  You understand why people do the things they do.  Conversational quotes:

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking about what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” Abraham Lincoln

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway



We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to improve processes for carpool.   With all middle school students attending daily this has created quite a strain on our carpool as well.  We continue to collaborate with the middle school to modify processes at each school to serve our families.  I strongly encourage families to consider using WCPSS bus transportation or multiple families carpooling together when possible.

Report Cards:

Third quarter report cards are coming home today (paper copies to F2F student and emailed to VA families). I encourage parents to review the report card with your child and assist them in setting a personal goal for the 4th quarter.  We want all students to finish strong!

Dreambox Challenge:

Our SIP Math committee is beginning a Dreambox Challenge.  Starting May 3 through the rest of quarter 4 students and classes will be recognized for their hard work in Dreambox.  Each week the class, one per grade level, will be recognized for completing the most Dreambox lessons.  We will also recognize one student per grade level with the most lessons completed.  The student will receive a certificate and a small prize.  The winning class will also receive a small prize.  Please continue to encourage your students to complete their lessons.

Virtual Academy:

This week the Board of Education approved a plan to open the WCPSS Virtual Academy to serve grades K-12 for the 2021-22 school year. There also will be a separate virtual learning option for Pre-K students. More information regarding the Virtual Academy, along with a link to the registration form and pre-K virtual option and registration information, can be found at The site also includes information regarding the level of commitment we seek, student and family responsibilities, course offerings and FAQs.

The registration window for the WCPSS Virtual Academy will open Thursday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m. and close Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to register outside this window will not be guaranteed a seat in the Virtual Academy, due to staffing and scheduling issues. 

Planning for 21-22:

There had been some discussion about MTYR schools remaining on a single track calendar for the 21-22 school year.  However, at this time a final decision has not been made.  Once we have Virtual Academy registration closes we will proceed as if HES will follow a MTYR calendar next year.  We hope to provide track information to families by mid-May. 

Attention: HES Artists, Writers, & Photographers:   

It’s time for the Heritage Hurricanes Reflections Art Program.  Submit your most creative & imaginative works of art & literature inspired by the 2021 theme, “Ways We Stay Connected”.   Please view the 2021 HES Reflections Website for more information.  All participants are invited to celebrate with us virtually on May 20th. Please email art teacher, Emily Weisz at and PTA Reflections chair, Kathy Hanrahan at if you have questions.




Spirit Night @ Culvers April 27th from 5-8pm.  Stop by for dinner or dessert and HES will receive 10% of all sales!

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starts next week!  The book fair will run from April 26-May 9, so there is plenty of time to shop!  Parents, you can go and set up e-wallet now and is a great way to share with grandparents or other family members to contribute to child's book purchases.  You may set up e-wallet now, but shopping will not take place until April 26.  Here is the link to HES Virtual Book Fair Homepage, where you may set up e-wallet

Come to Our Book Fair!

Visit our school's homepage to hear the latest Book Fair news, RSVP for events, sign up to volunteer, and more!


We are excited to have a virtual book fair this year and help our children discover new books!  Every purchase earns our school rewards for resources to use in the classroom.  Plus, shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25.  Thank you for instilling a love of reading and supporting our Book Fair.

Our next PTA Meeting will be April 29 @7pm.  We will meet via google meet.  We will be discussing open PTA positions at the meeting.  If you would like to know more or have an interest in being more involved with our school and PTA, please join us to learn more!  We'd love to have you!

Time to order your Yearbooks!  This was a year like no other and so will this yearbook. Purchase a yearbook to see all the ways we persevered at HES!


Yearbooks are $25

Order here

Cash and check will also be accepted


Parents, we need your help filling the yearbook.  If you have pictures of your children during this school year - It can be ANYTHING, with pets, jumping on the trampoline, vacationing, holiday, online learning, “first day back to school”, please email to