Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - 10/9/2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

What a fantastic week we had here at Heartland! Round 1 of Parent/Teacher conferences is in the books! Thank you to all of you that came out to visit with our teachers last Thursday! If you weren't able to make it, that's ok! We will host another session tomorrow, Monday (10/10/22) from 4:30pm - 8:00pm. We know and understand that when teachers and parents partner up and are in constant communication, student success is the by product! See below for more information on PTC.

Additionally, we had the honor of celebrating our Heartland Middle School 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Stacey Ruston! Mrs. Ruston is the absolute best of the best! She's a 6th grade team lead, serves on guiding coalition, is HMS's district Superintendent/Teacher Advisory Committee (STAC) Representative and is a FANTASTIC science teacher! She also served as our district Summer LEAP principal last Summer! We celebrated her with flowers, a building-wide clap out parade and a special performance by our 8th grade band! Mrs. Ruston is a wonderful representative of the amazing teachers we have at Heartland Middle School! Congratulations!

Looking forward, 7th & 8th-grade parents - It's not too late to encourage your student to participate in a winter sport. All of our coaches are AMAZING and I'm really looking forward to seeing the new teams form and beginning the indoor sport season. Please see the graphics below for more information. This week will be a short week! We will have no school and our offices will be closed in observance of Fall Break (October 13 - October 17). We will be thrilled to welcome students back on Tuesday, October 18th! I hope that each of you takes a moment to enjoy the Fall weather and time with family.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to our office.



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

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!

Thunderhawks RISE Recipients - Sept. 2022

Congratulations to our Thunderhawk RISE Recipients for September 2022! Each teacher picked one student that consistently met our RISE expectations - Respect, Integrity, Self-Control & Effort. We treated them to lunch, games & sweets! Keep up the great work, Thunderhawks!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture


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.

Big picture

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.

We Appreciate Taryn & Jennifer! Thank You For All That You Do!! #CustodianAppreciation

Big picture
Heartland Middle School Facebook Page

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

Big picture

8th Grade Band Night @ SFHS Was A Success!!

Big picture
Big picture

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.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

Tuesday is Heartland’s Give Back Day at Hidalgo’s!


Big picture
Wednesday is out first snack sale of the year. Bring a $1.00 for a bag of popcorn sold at lunch.
Big picture

New for Heartland are BASKETBALL SHIRTS! Preorder yours through October 18. These will be delivered in November before basketball games begin.


Big picture

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


Big picture

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

Big picture

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.


Please keep in touch with the HPO!


Big picture

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!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
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