Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - 10/2/2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

It's parent/teacher conference season!! This October 6th & 10th we will be hosting our annual conferences and I feel it's important to go through the format as it's been a little while since we hosted these conferences face to face.

First, it's important to know that there are no sign-ups for these conferences. These are first come first serve in fashion. We will have different grade levels, electives, and special education teachers stationed in different areas of the building. As a parent - you simply wait in line for the teacher that you would like to speak with. We've asked teachers to keep these conferences 5-7 minutes in length as lines can get "longish" at certain points in time.

*Pro Tips - Having gone through MANY conferences in this format as a parent myself - here are some things to know ahead of time.

1) Different in comparison to elementary conferences - these conferences aren't mandatory. However, they are a great way to connect with those teachers you may need to speak with.

2) Make a plan ahead of time. It will probably be impossible to meet with every single teacher your student has. Rank them in order. Pick the 2 or 3 "must-see" teachers so you know where to focus your energy. (Think lines at the amusement park - which rides are "must rides" vs. "would be good to ride")

3) Math is always the longest line. Always... Without fail...

4) If the conversation is going to take longer than 5-7 minutes - I ask that you make an appointment with the teacher at another time. 5-7 minutes is a great time for clarification and understanding but not enough time to resolve major issues.

5) Don't forget those elective teachers! Typically, the core teacher area is PACKED and if you go to the room where the elective teachers are stationed - tumbleweeds are blowing through. Elective teachers are people too - show them the love!

6) Special education teachers are available. If your student is receiving support from our special education department - please feel free to stop by the media center and have a conversation.

7) It's a bit of a gamble on when to come. Typically, the first night has larger crowds. If the 2nd night is a possibility - give it a thought. The event runs from 4:30 - 8:00p on both nights.. Here's a straight honest statement - 7:45pm is a BAD time to show up wanting to visit with all the teachers. Remember - teachers will have been at work for over 12 hours at that point and things get a bit hazy...

Please access the Parent Portal to identify your child’s classes and teachers. While in the portal you can view grade and attendance information that can help guide the conversation with the teachers. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please go to the Edmond Public Schools website (www.edmondschools.net) and click on the Parent Portal tab to learn how to establish an account.

A common question we get is in regard to having your Heartland student join you for these conferences. I would say that is student specific. They can certainly attend. If you feel you can have an honest conversation with them present - go for it. If you need to get the scoop and it would be easier if they weren't here - that works too... Your choice completely.

We look forward to seeing our families on the 6th & 10th of October from 4:30 - 8:00p... Have a great weekend Heartland!!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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Grade Level Newsletters

6th Grade

Click HERE to view the 6th grade team newsletter!

7th Grade

Click HERE to view the 7th grade team newsletter!

8th Grade

Click HERE to view the 8th grade team newsletter!


Click HERE to view the Electives team newsletter!
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MS Swim Information

Click Here to sign your student up for Heartland Middle Swim tryouts...

Tryout Information for Heartland and Summit

Thursday, October 6th from 2:45-4:00pm at the Mitch Park Pool Facility...

Mandatory parent meeting from 4:15-4:45pm...

If you were on the team last year - you do not need to tryout. Simply come to the parent meeting...

Tornado Drill Time!

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Congratulations to Heartland 7th & 8th Grade Varsity Football!

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade varsity football teams on their wins over the Summit MS Eagles last Thursday night! Enjoy our Heartland play of the game! This play tied up the score in the 7th grade game with 18 seconds left to go in the game! Our Hawks ended up taking home the win in overtime! It was a great night to be a Thunderhawk!

Future Santa Fe High School Wolves!

It was great to see both Heartland MS and Summit MS 8th grade varsity teams come together for a huddle at the end of the game. These Hawks & Eagles will be Wolves before we know it! The brotherhood starts now! Way to represent! #BirdsNest
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United States Naturalization Test Graduation Requirement

Beginning with the Class of 2025, Oklahoma students must take a 100-question test using the questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. The law requires that students get at least 60 of the 100 questions correct in order to Graduate. Your 8th-grade student will be given their first opportunity to pass this Oklahoma State Graduation requirement during their 8th-grade year. Please see the link below for frequently asked questions regarding this State of Oklahoma requirement.
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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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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.

Heartland Athletics Update

Click the link to find out more about Fall sports: Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country & Football.

Thank You Coaches For Your Work With All 4 Of Our Football Programs!

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

The Staff Appreciation Committee will be serving the teachers dinner Monday, October 10 for Parent-Teacher Conferences. The Outback Steakhouse has generously donated baked potatoes and they need your help with toppings, desserts and drinks.


Please sign up to donate items or if you don’t have time to shop, click here and we will shop for you.


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We have a stocked shop, so be sure and check it out!


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

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Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.


Please keep in touch with the HPO!


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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.

Donate here:


Volunteer Here:

Keep watch on this Linktree for all things HPO, including signups for volunteer opportunities, including volleyball concessions. We have a volleyball tournament coming up September 23 and 24 and we need your help!


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:

10/11 Hidalgo’s Give Back Day (11am-9pm)

10/12 Popcorn Sales $1.00 bag-sold at lunch

10/25 The Garage Give Back Night (Covell) (6-9pm)

11/15 Mitch Park Ice Skate Night

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

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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

Whitney Davis - 7th Grade Counselor

Kim Treece - 8th Grade Counselor