Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - August 14, 2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!


The first two days are in the books and I couldn't have asked for a better start to the school year! The students seem to be genuinely excited to be back and our faculty has never been stronger and more connected! I wanted to take a moment and send a quick shout-out to our faculty and staff! We have a lot of new faces at Heartland this year but every one of them, new and old, have jumped in head first and are ready for the new school year! We are so grateful for their hard work and your student(s) are the ones that will benefit! For those of you that are new to the Heartland Family Newsletter - the beginning of the year brings lots of events and excitement to schools at all levels. It can be difficult to keep track of it all! We will try to have all the major events listed below so that you know what to put on the family calendar. If there are changes along the way - we'll try our best to keep you in the loop with time to spare.


As we dive into the new school year, please be reminded that we are not allowing parents to pull in the parking lot to pick up/drop off your student. You must remain in the car line and pull up in the pick up/drop off loop. We are also not allowing parents to drop off their child on the North side of the building. Supervision is key and we want to make sure that all of Hawks are safe! Our goal is to get everyone in the building by 7:35 and cleared out of the building by 2:35. If you just trust the process and follow the guidance of those directing you, the line does move rather quickly. Here's a quick tip for car rider families... The line is ALWAYS the shortest at 7:10a. We encourage you to arrive early to make your experience as short as possible. The closer you get to 7:40a - the longer the line is.


I want to send out a special thanks to all the HPO members that helped sell gear and direct parents on our walk-through days. Our Heartland Parent Organization is wonderful team of parents that helps to provide our school with funds, resources, and services that will enrich and maximize the education of every student and benefit the school. Many hands make light work, and every little bit of support makes a big difference so please reach out our HPO and find ways to volunteer and pour into our school! They will be hosting an event to encourage more parents to get involved on August 29th at the Railyard and I would like to personally invite each of you to attend. See the information below for more details!


Speaking of HPO, I would also like to invite each of you to our 2nd annual 'Back to School Bash" this Friday (8/19) on the South porch from 6pm-8pm. Our fantastic HPO is organizing this event and it promises to be fun for the whole family. There will be food trucks, games, raffles and great music! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and let's celebrate the new school year! I look forward to enjoying great company and chatting with all of our wonderful Heartland families!


WE ARE...HEARTLAND!


Respectfully,

Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School

405-340-2972

Welcome Back To School!!

Grade Level Newsletters

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ATTENDANCE EMAIL/PHONE LINE CONTACT INFORMATION

If your student is going to be absent from school - you may either call or email Heartland using the following contact information. Please be sure to send us the Student Name, Grade, and Reason for absence.


heartland.middleschool@edmondschools.net


Main Office: 405-340-2972

Attendance Line: 405-726-6257

6th Grade/New to HMS Parent Information Presentation

Couldn't make it to the 6th grade parent information meeting? Be sure to look over this presentation to familiarize yourself with all things Heartland Middle School.

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FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH FORM

As it states above - the federal waiver providing free lunch and breakfast for students has expired. Therefore, Heartland is asking that you please take a moment and fill out an application for free and reduced lunch. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE HERE!! The worst that happens is that you do not qualify. However, many individuals who apply end up qualifying and they didn't think they would. Wouldn't it be great to have the option of a free or reduced lunch/breakfast for your student?!! You can either use the QR code above or click the link below to apply.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY!!


Anyone applying before Sept. 30th will be entered to win a 50" tv!! I want someone from Heartland to win this!!


Lunch Account Information:

Add money to your child's lunch account at https://www.mypaymentplus.com/welcome. Lunch cost will be $3.30 and breakfast cost $2.00. Snack bar items will be offered starting in the middle of September for an additional cost.

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Chromebook Protection Plan

EPS offers a $25 “Student Technology Protection Plan” (STPP) to help cover the cost of damaged devices such as loss, or damage caused by abuse, dropping, spills, etc. If the device is stolen, students must submit a police report with the claim to use their STPP (Student Technology Protection Plan). Visit Edmond Public Schools’ Technology webpage and select STPP-Student Protection Plan for the most recent information. Chargers are not covered by the STPP plan. Replacement chargers are $35.
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Edmond Public Schools Dress Code Policy

Policy #4510 - Revised 08/02/2021

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FAQ's for Heartland Middle School

  • Water Bottles - We encourage students to have a water bottle with them each day. We do have water bottle filling stations in the school and will work with your student to make sure they have access to bottle filling when it is needed. This year, we will not allow anything other than water in the classroom.
  • Chromebooks - All students will utilize a Chromebook as an instructional tool. If your student is new to Heartland or will be entering the 6th grade - we will issue those Chromebooks on or around the first day of school. All returning students should make sure that they have their Chromebook charged up and ready to go for the first day.
  • Backpacks - We will not be using lockers at Heartland Middle School. After the last few years - we found out that it saves us so much trouble with hallway issues and tardies. Additionally, we do not have enough lockers for every student to have their own. Therefore, we encourage all students to have a backpack of some type. A question that comes our way deals with rolling backpacks. Yes - your student may use a rolling backpack if they would like.
  • When can my student enter the building? - Doors open for car rider and bus entrance at 7:10am. At that time - all students will proceed directly to the cafeteria for breakfast or to their Advisory class. Students will not be able to congregate to socialize. Remember, school starts promptly at 7:40am.
  • Band/Orchestra/Sports Equipment - Students will work directly with their coach or director as to where to put equipment when they enter the building.
  • Textbooks - There are very few - if any - classes that will use a textbook that the student will transport. We have moved to classroom sets. Therefore, please note that this is one less thing for students to negotiate that we all had to deal with when we were in school. Remember that old social studies book that was always REALLY big and you hated to carry around? That's a thing of the past...
  • School Supplies - Yes - there is a school supply list for Heartland. (see below) However, in Middle School - school supplies are not as mission-critical as they were in elementary. We ask that your student NOT bring in any school supplies until Monday August 15th. The first few days of school are stressful enough without having to lug in the big "paper grocery bag" full of supplies.
  • Dress Code - This tends to be the time when people really ramp up the back-to-school shopping. Additionally, you've waited all summer for that last growth spurt so you don't buy clothes that are immediately too small. I completely get it. As you go forth into the world of shopping for your students - please remember that "weekend attire" and school attire are not always the same. Please keep comfort and modesty in mind. To read the full dress code policy, please click the button below.
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Open House Food Drive

Heartland stands by its commitment to our community by collectively working together to assist those with food insecurity. Together, let's RISE to help our Thunderhawks in need. We will be accepting non-perishable food items and canned food to stock our food pantry. Items can be brought during OPEN HOUSE - August 22nd: 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM.


Thank you for your continued support!!!

HMS - DROP OFF & LOAD LINE

Providing a Safe and Orderly Environment is a Primary Concern at The Heart!


Our aim is to make the drop off & load line before and after school even safer with your help.


Morning Drop Off Procedures:

  • When arriving in the morning, do follow the traffic circle to the south entry of Heartland. Our young scholars may exit their vehicles along the sidewalk on the north side of the drive where Heartland supervisors are directing traffic. Please do not allow your student to exit your vehicle until you have reached to front of the line and are directed to do so. Students have 2 choices once they have entered the building: 1.) students can report directly to their advisory class until advisory begins at 7:40 OR 2.) students can report directly to the cafeteria for breakfast and then directly to advisory after they have finished their breakfast.

  • As directed by our educators, pull up all the way to the front. We will be using the left & right lanes for vehicle departure.

  • Also:

  • Students being dropped off at school may arrive after 7:10 am. Our educators arrive on duty at 7:10.

  • You will not be allowed to enter the parking lot area to drop your student off. Please stay in the drop off car line.

  • No students will be allowed to be dropped off at the North Entrance (bus loop).

Afternoon Pick Up Procedures:

  • Our dismissal bell rings at 2:20pm. Our students take a few minutes to get to the car rider area. You may expect the line of traffic to begin moving at approximately 2:25 pm.

  • As directed by our educators, pull up all the way to the front of the line between the car line supervisors. Our students will watch for you and will walk to where you are stopped.


Thank you in advance for maintaining a safe loading and unloading area for our Thunderhawks.


When each of us are on campus, we are an adult that our students look to as an example. Continue to be kind and courteous to fellow drivers, educators, and our students.

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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 Fall sports: Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country & Football.

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

Hope to see you at the Social!

Lots of fun and games. Check out the food trucks and we have added Kona Ice!

Say hello to Ms. Johnson, Mr. Hudson, Ms. Brown, and Mr. McQueen

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More merchandise arriving this week. Be sure to shop at the Social.

https://bit.ly/Thunderhawkshop


KEEPING UP WITH HPO

Keep watch on this Linktree for all things HPO, including signups for volunteer opportunities. Please fill out the volunteer form so we know your interest.

https://linktr.ee/heartlandhpo


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

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CONNECT WITH PARENTS AT THIS FUN EVENT!

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Want to meet new parents at Heartland and find out more about the HPO and how to get involved?

Come to the Edmond Railyard Monday, August 29 at 6pm to meet the Board and hang out with new friends. We can’t wait to see you there! This is a come and go event. Please invite your friends to join you.


Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

https://bit.ly/hpovolunteer


Please keep in touch with the HPO!

https://bit.ly/AllThingsHPO


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


Dates to Remember:

8/19 Back to School Social, 6-8pm

8/29 HPO Meet & Greet Gathering at the Edmond Railyard, 6pm


Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com


Thanks for your support!

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Grades, Attendance, and Messages

HEARTLAND CORE CHARACTER VALUES

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

Whitney Davis - 7th Grade Counselor

Kim Treece - 8th Grade Counselor