Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - 11/13/2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

I hope that you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday. Last Friday, we hosted our first all-school assembly in honor of Veterans Day and it was tremendous, to say the least! This was my first time to host a Veteran's day assembly at Heartland and the first time, to my knowledge, that Heartland has ever packed the entire school into the gym for such an event. It's really a heartfelt occasion for me to get to honor those that have served as I come from a family of Air Force Veterans and my parents were able to attend and be recognized. I have the extraordinary privilege of working in an education industry that is only made possible through the sacrifice of those who have fought so we can be free. We started our morning with a reception for our guests and welcomed them into the gym with a standing ovation. We honored them with beautiful artwork from our art department, performances from our orchestra, band, choir and drama programs and ended the assembly with a slide show and a special playing of "Taps." 1000+ students, 100+ staff and 90+ esteemed guests! What a special moment to witness! I want to commend our students for their exemplary behavior during the assembly! Out of respect for those in attendance, we told them our expectation for behavior and they rose to the occasion! I can't say enough words about how amazing our students are! Thank you to all that played a part in such a monumental moment!

As we look forward, Thanksgiving Break is upon us. We have one more week before our students are off for a week to spend time with family and friends! As Thanksgiving approaches, it is natural for us to feel a great appreciation for all that is special in our lives. As I tell my faculty often, no matter how much we may be struggling with the ups and downs of being an educator, there is always someone or something to be thankful for. I'm thankful for the students, staff and families that I get to serve within this Heartland community everyday! I encourage you all, in this season of Thanksgiving, to give thanks and be kind!

Just so that you are aware, there will not be a family newsletter next Sunday (11/20). I plan to unplug and enjoy some time off with my family. Please look forward to the next newsletter that will release on Sunday November 27th. As always, should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to our office!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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Grade Level Newsletters

6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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Click HERE to view the Electives team newsletter!
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Congrats To Our Heartland Girls Choir On A Fantastic Performance!

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Heartland Gaming Club Has Begun!

Heartland gaming club has begun and our students could not be more excited! We have over 100 students participating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays after school! BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! The goal is to transition this club into a competitive eSports team next year. We are using this year to gage interest and acquire the necessary supplies. Mr. Bullock, our gaming club sponsor, has put together a "wish list" of things he needs. If you happen to have any of these "gently used" items at home that are collecting dust or know someone that would be willing to sponsor an item, we would be so appreciative! CLICK HERE to see what is needed! We look forward to this club being a major success!

Gaming Club Sponsor - Jimmy Bullock - jimmy.bullock@edmondschools.net

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Teacher Recruitment Reception!!

Do you know a prospective educator who is a senior in college and who will be graduating this fall or next spring? Please share the information below with them.

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If you wish to transfer to Virtual Edmond for the spring semester, please contact your school's registrar/counseling office to make the request. The window for the requests is November 1 - 18. VIrtual Edmond enrollment is a commitment for the entire semester.

Heartland Registrar - Michelle Putnam - michelle.putnam@edmondschools.net

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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.

National School Psychologist Week! We appreciate Mrs. Kim!

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8th Grade - 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. See House Bill 2030 (2021).

  • The test will be administered on Canvas as multiple choice questions.

  • Students have the opportunity to retake the test as many times as they want in order to receive a passing score. Once a student has received a 60 or higher, they will not need to take the test again. The transcript will indicate the student has passed the U.S. Naturalization Test.

  • The test can be given in any language. Please contact your teacher or administrator if you would like to take the test in a different language.

Afternoon Parent Pick-Up

Parents -

Just a reminder, if you are going to pick up your student at the end of the day you must do so before 2:00pm. Our front office is really busy trying to tie up loose ends, fielding lots of phone calls and ensuring that all messages have been delivered to students. It has been hard to accommodate the parents that want to pick up their child right before the dismissal bell. Starting next week, we will no longer allow parents to check out students if it is after 2:00pm. Thank you for your understanding. Ms. Johnson

Art Students Explore Pottery

For the first time ever, Heartland students explored functional pottery as they learned how to throw on the potter's wheel. Students were giddy with excitement and covered with clay from head to toe…

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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,

The Staff Appreciation Committee is needing your help! Please sign up to donate snacks and drinks to “Stock the Teachers Lounge”.


If you would like to help, but don’t have time to shop, we can shop for you.


BEAT SUMMIT SHIRTS! Pre-Order ends November 16 (the date has been extended). The theme is GREEN OUT for the game January 9 played at Santa Fe. https://bit.ly/3t0dcZQ

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**The proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go to DWDW Common Thread Fundraiser.

THIS TUESDAY! See you there!

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Let’s “Pack the Rack” and help stock Heartland’s food pantry. Place your items on the learning stairs in each pod under your favorite sports team. Let’s see what team will collect the most food per grade level.

*the items listed are only ideas.

Thanks for your donations!

Here is the Amazon Wishlist:


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BUY YOUR Basketball shirts here.


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

Basketball Concessions start this week! Please sign up to help.


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


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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, 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:

11/15 Mitch Park Ice Skate Night

(6-8pm) with Coffee Slingers selling hot chocolate and coffee

12/1 Pie Five Pizza (4-9pm)

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner

As we all know, the holiday season can be difficult in a lot of different ways. That includes the preparation of a Thanksgiving meal. Should you need assistance in that area - please know that the Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner will once again take place..

This year - the event will be drive-through only on the East side of the UCO George Nigh Center. November, 24th ---- From 11a - 1p..

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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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