Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - January 29, 2023

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Thunderhawks!

January is now in the rearview mirror and we're heading face-first into February. This February/March time tends to be the most difficult. There aren't many scheduled breaks that allow the students to rest and recharge. They just have to put their head down, persevere, and weather the storm until we hit Spring break. If you should have a student struggling be sure to remember that warmer weather and Spring are just on the horizon. Spring sports organization meetings are happening and we are looking forward to getting back outside! Baseball, track, golf and tennis are on the agenda for this Spring and I'm looking forward to cheering our teams to victory! Please remember, if you have a 7th or 8th-grade student who is playing a Spring sport and has not participated in any other sports this year - they will need to have a physical on file prior to starting practices or tryouts.

Can I take a moment to reflect on how amazing the snow was last Monday? In all the years that I have lived in Oklahoma, I don't think that I've ever seen seen such big, beautiful snowflakes. More importantly, I was so wonderful to see our students faces light up with excitement as they looked out the window and watched the snow come down. It was a great reminder that our students are just big kids and still get excited about the little things! Some of our students were able to get out into the snow and make a snowman! We had the opportunity to go through a remote learning day this past week. Hopefully, that day was easy to navigate for your student. As you can imagine, most of our Heartland teachers have been through that several times but we do have a few who were doing that for the first time. It can be a journey for sure. It was good to see your students participating in the question-and-answer sessions on Google. I did find it funny when teachers would ask if there were any questions and inevitably someone would say -- "I'm only on here because my mom made me." Two things with that, 1) go mom! and 2) I know the feeling!

If you've watched any local news you know that the weather for next week looks - intriguing! We may get some sleet, snow and ice and you better believe it's going to be downright cold! Nonetheless, there is a possibility for some inclement weather but it's too early to tell. Please be sure that you are stay connected to the local news and follow EPS and Heartland Middle school on social media for the latest for school closures. I ask that you make sure your student has their Chromebook handy as who knows if we'll have any remote learning opportunities in the weeks to come.

As always, should you have any questions, ideas or suggestions please feel free to reach out to our office. Let's have a fantastic week, Thunderhawks!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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Grade Level Newsletters

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8th Grade

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SFHS Double Wolf Dare Week Information! February 27 - March 3rd

Click the following link to purchase a DWDW t-shirt. Al proceeds go to the Not Your Average Joe Foundation. For delivery, you can either use the Santa Fe pickup link and put HEARTLAND or pay the shipping in the second option to have it delivered to your home. The link to order expires on Thursday, February 2nd at 11:59 pm.


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Heartland Middle School Rookie Teachers - 2022-2023

Can we take a moment to recognize our 5 AMAZING rookie teachers?!? All 5 of these individuals are in their very first full year of teaching! The thing is...you would never know it! They are each absolutely fantastic and we are so lucky to have them at Heartland Middle School! Thank you all for your commitment to education, Edmond Public Schools, and our Thunderhawks!
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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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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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Congratulations to all of our JV Basketball Teams on an AMAZING Season! Heartland 8th Grade JV Boys Took 1st Place Overall!! Congratulations!

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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,

Do you want to get involved, but don’t know how or don’t have time?

Donating to HPO stays 100% in the school.

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We are a 501(c)3 and your donation will be tax deductible.

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, concession help as well as restaurant nights and family events.


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.**


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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:

2/28 Panda Express Night

(This is National, so anyone can order from a different states) More info coming soon.

3/7 Chicken N Pickle Night 6-8pm

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)

Santa Fe High School Tryout Information

Click the link to learn more about SFHS Cheer, Pom & Athletic Tryouts!

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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

Heartland Middle School Facebook Page

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

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