Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - January 22, 2023

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Thunderhawks!

4-day weeks...I'm not quite sure what to make of them! Middle schoolers thrive in having set routines and a little hiccup in that routine can throw off our entire equilibrium. Nonetheless, we had a fantastic week full of events and celebrations! I'd like to first start off by recognizing our fantastic band program. As many of you may know, our 7th grade band was selected to perform at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter Conference last Thursday! This is a HUGE honor as no Edmond middle school band has ever been chosen! They had the extraordinary opportunity to perform at the renowned Tulsa Performing Arts Center in front of the music industries finest! And trust me, they did not disappoint! Bravo to our AMAZING 7th grade band for taking on the challenge and exceeding everyone's expectations! Additionally, Heartland's own Andy Heitz received the "Exemplary Middle School Teacher" Award for his excellence in music education for 30+ years! How lucky our students are to have such incredibly talented educators teaching them!

Looking ahead, we have tons of events on the horizon! We are in the planning stages of many incredible activities that our students are sure to enjoy. Black history month, Edmond Honor Society, School Counselor's Week, Double Wolf Dare Week (DWDW)...just to name a few! And

Spring sports are now starting to organize. We only have a few weeks of winter sports left and your student will need to decide if they are going to participate in a sport in the Spring. I certainly encourage all our students to give it a try. Options will be... Golf, Tennis, Track, and Baseball. You should start to see information in the next few weeks regarding meetings and such. Team sports help teach adolescents accountability, dedication, leadership and many other skills. I highly encourage our students to give it a shot, even if they've never played!

Before I go, I'd like to thank our HPO and all of the parents that donated to the staff popcorn bar! It's always a great day when our HPO comes in to spoil our faculty and staff. It really sets the tone for a fantastic day! Thank you to all of our wonderful parents...your efforts never go unnoticed! I look forward to another phenomenal week here at the Heart! As always, should you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please feel free to reach out to our office!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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Congratulations to Heartland's 22/23 Support Employee of the Year, Taryn Johnson!

Taryn Johnson iss our Head Custodian/Facilities Manager. The work that she does in invaluable to our community and allows for our students/staff to enjoy and take pride in our beautiful school! If you know Taryn her answer is always YES! She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is taken care of! Taryn, you are the HEART of Heartland and this honor is so well deserved! Congratulations!
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Learning can be compared to popping popcorn in a few ways:

  1. Both involve a process of growth and change. Just as popcorn kernels transform into fluffy popcorn when heated, learners also go through a process of transformation as they acquire new knowledge and skills.

  2. Both can be unpredictable. Just as some popcorn kernels may not pop or pop at different times, learners can also have uneven progress or unexpected breakthroughs.

  3. Both require the right conditions for success. Just as popcorn needs the right amount of heat and oil to pop, learners also need the right conditions to learn effectively, such as a positive learning environment, effective instruction, and opportunities for practice and feedback.

  4. Both can be influenced by individual factors. Just as popcorn kernels may be different size, shape or moisture level, learners may have different learning styles, abilities or prior knowledge, which may affect their learning process.

I want to turn your attention to a foundational teacher in learning for a few of us and perhaps a new connection for others: Rick Wormeli is an American educator, author and speaker, who is well known for his work in the field of education. He is a teacher, consultant, and author of several books on education, including "Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom" and "Differentiation: From Planning to Practice." He is also a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader, who helps teachers and administrators improve their practice through differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and classroom management strategies. He has been a classroom teacher for over 35 years and has been recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher, Master Teacher and recipient of the Milken National Educator Award. He has also been a regular contributor to education journals and magazines, and continues to be a leading voice in the field of education.

Earlier this month he visited Edmond. He reminded us there is much to consider and in time... August (if not before)... We'll all learn from him. Learning is like popping popcorn.

For your own popcorn, a YouTube video below or an ASCD article written by him. What will you choose?

Rick Wormeli: Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs, Part One
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Timothy Alexander 2.0 - Coming to Heartland in April

Speaker.Writer.Coach - coming to speak with our kids AGAIN in April of 2023!! Click for information about Timothy...

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8th Grade Thunderhawk Tributes

Attention 8th grade parents and guardians! It's time to order your Thunderhawk Tribute for the yearbook! Thunderhawk Tributes are an eighth grade “salute” or tribute at the end of the yearbook. It’s a fun way to express congratulations, love, and support to your eighth grader as they finish their middle school years and head off to high school. Tributes are $20 and are due by Friday, February 3rd, 2023. Please contact Mrs. Hampson at amy.hampson@edmondschools.net with any questions you might have. Click the link below for more information.

Thunderhawk Tribute

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Heartland Middle School Facebook Page

Join/Like our page for the latest on all things Heartland Middle School!

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Heartland Athletics Update

Click the link to find out more about Winter sports: Basketball, Wrestling & Swimming.

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

Thank you to all the families that donated to the Staff Appreciation popcorn bar! The staff loved it!

This Wednesday! Put your receipt in the box so Heartland gets 20% back. Valid on dine in and carry out.

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The Thunderhawk Shop is open 24/7 online. We will deliver the items to your student or you can pick up in the office. We still have great hoodies, shirts, hats and more.

**Please note if you will pick up.**


BUY YOUR Basketball shirts https://bit.ly/3ydrnxl . They are also for sale in concessions at the home basketball games. https://bit.ly/3ydrnxl

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We still have spots available for Fun Food Friday candy sales. It’s a lot of fun! https://bit.ly/3grOoXt

Basketball Concessions are in full swing! Please sign up to help. https://bit.ly/3t0dcZQ. We are hosting a tournament January 12-14 and will need extra help during the day. We’d love to have your help and have you get involved.

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Make a direct contribution to HPO without selling anything.

100% of the proceeds goes to Heartland Parent Organization. We are a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible. We can provide you with a tax receipt.

If your company does gift matching, please let us know and we can send you the proper documents.

Donate here:


Volunteer Here:

Keep watch on this Linktree for all things HPO, including signups for volunteer opportunities, Staff Appreciation requests for donations and basketball concessions.


Keep up with HPO information straight to your phone and join REMIND.

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Please keep in touch with the HPO!


HPO Board:

President: Leigh Bloskovich

President-Elect: Cassie Niemann

Vice President: Trish Harrison

Treasurer: Jamila Woodard

Secretary: Belinda James

HPO Chairman:

Restaurant Nights: Jaime Clark

Staff Appreciation: Angela Spitler

Dates to Remember:

1/25 S&B’s Burgers Spirit Night (192 & Western) 5-8pm

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

Student IDs Required to Be Worn Each Day

Students are required to wear their student ID each and every day. All students have received their initial ID for the year. Students that do not have their ID are expected to print a temporary sticker badge to wear for the day. This should only be used in emergency situations. Students are allotted 5 free sticker badges per month and will be charge $1 for every badge thereafter until the end of the month. Students wearing a sticker badge will not have access to the snack bar and be last in lunch lunch line. I recommend purchasing a new ID for $5 if your student has lost their ID.

This is one of the district's many safeguards for our schools. IDs provide a quick glance of students that belong to our school, their grade level, and which parts of the building they should be in during the day.

8th Grade (Future Freshman Information)

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EPS Transportation Now Hiring

Looking for a job with flexibility and full benefits?
How about driving a school bus?

You get an office with windows and wheels and smiles come standard. We will even provide the training.

Come join our team!

To apply, call 726-RIDE or click here: https://edmondschools.net/.../departments/human-resources/
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Edmond Public Schools Dress Code Policy

Policy #4510 - Revised 08/02/2021

Digital Resources for Families

YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR DIGITAL CONNECTIONS - Infinite Campus, Child Nutrition, Chromebook Troubleshooting, WiFi Needs, AND More!

Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

Grades, Attendance, and Messages


Honesty - Being truthful in what I say and do

Enthusiasm - Expressing interest and excitement in what I do

Attentiveness - Concentrating on the person or task before me

Resiliency - Recovering from adversity and finding the inner strength to withstand stress

and do my best

Tolerance- Demonstrating respect for others who do not share my perspective

Leadership- Knowing the way. Going the way. Showing the way.

Accountability - Accepting responsibility for my actions

Nice- Dude. Be Nice!

Discipline- Choosing behaviors to help me reach my goals and finish strong!

Heartland Middle School

Veronica Johnson - Lead Principal

Laura Brown - Principal, 6th Grade

Paul McQueen - Principal, 7th Grade

Edward Hudson - Principal, 8th Grade

Lisa Edwards - 6th Grade Counselor

Cara Bowerman - 7th Grade Counselor

Kim Treece - 8th Grade Counselor

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