Heritage Middle School News

April 4, 2016

Thank You Parents

The first round of STAAR testing is complete. Thank you, parents, for ensuring your students were rested and ready to test. Our next round begins in a few weeks.

Possible Changes to Schedules Next Year

Good Morning Bronco Families,

I hope that you had a restful and relaxing spring break! I wanted to take a brief moment to remind you about the change to the instructional calendar that will be going before the Board at the regularly scheduled meeting on March 28 at Colleyville Middle School.

Every year, the District Excellence Committee, comprised of teachers, staff, parents and community members, as well as district and campus leadership, review possible calendar options before presenting to the Board of Trustees. This year, we had the additional complication of HB 2610, which was developed and passed during the 84th Texas legislative session. It requires districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days. Due to the new legislation passed by the State, there will be some changes made to the student-teacher calendar in GCISD.

To maintain the calendar the community desires and has previously approved, elementary, middle and high schools must have 435 instructional minutes per day. In order to accommodate the new requirements, the district had to make adjustments to the school day for elementary and high school students. The new start and dismissal times are impacted not only by the change in the required instructional minutes but also by the resulting shift in the transportation schedules. Below is the proposed schedule for 2016-2017 school year:

Elementary School 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Middle School 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

High School 8:40 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

If the Board approves the proposed changes to our bell schedule, the district will post information on the district website and share through campus social media channels.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Scott Saettel


Learning Commons (Formerly Known As The Library)

What many of us referred to as the library when we were in school is now known as the learning commons. Please visit the Smore of our very own Donna Rayburn. We have great things going on in our Learning Commons.


Attention Current 6th Grade Parents

The following immunizations are required by The State of Texas for 7th grade. Updated shot records are being accepted throughout the school year. It is highly recommended that shots are received and the shot record turned in prior to the end of the 6th grade school year. 7th grade schedules will be held and students may not start school without these shots.

1 dose of Tdap

1 dose of Meningococcal

Washington D.C. Trip

Time is running out to register for this summer's Washington D.C. Trip! All current 7th and 8th graders are welcome to travel. Please contact Coach Batlle, leeta.batlle@gcisd.net with any questions.

GCISD To Host Bond Election Information Meetings

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting four bond election meetings starting March 10 to provide voters and community members with information on the proposed package. On February 18, GCISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016.

“We are holding informational meetings at each of our middle schools to give members of the community the opportunity to choose the most convenient time or location to learn more about the bond proposition,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent.

Quadrant meetings will be held:

April 5 at Cross Timbers MIddle School, 2301 Pool Rd, Grapevine

The one hour meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the campus cafeteria. During the meeting, district leaders will give an overview of the proposed projects, explain the community-led selection process, where and how to find specific information about each campus and facility, discuss the tax rate, and answer questions from community members.

Early voting is April 25 - May 3. GCISD residents age 18 and up can register to vote through April 7. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at GCISDBond2016.com.

Volunteers For Next Year's CHHS PTSA

CHHS PTSA would love to have rising freshmen parents involved in the 2016-2017 school year. PTSA is a great way to get to know the school, staff, procedures and especially other parents! If you are interested in serving as a CHHS PTSA Officer or as a Chairperson on the Executive Board, please complete the following form no later than Thursday, March 31. We will be electing officers for the 2016-2017 school year at our April 12 General Meeting. If you need more information, contact Carolyn Ann Walgren at cwalgren@verizon.net. The CHHS PTSA Volunteer Interest Form link is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13do34FVx8RdzckBj4M0fpSZyLT_b61Ho0rqWe4TP0Ec/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

HMS Highstepper Dance Team 2016-2017

There will be a MANDATORY Parent Informational Meeting to answer any questions about cost, time commitment and what it means to be a Heritage Middle School Highstepper!

Monday April 4, at 6:00-7:00pm in the HMS Cafeteria.

Tryout Dancer Packets due: April 11th


Boys and Girls Track - The final meets of the 2016 season:

  • 7th Grade on April 4th at Dawson. Field events begin at 4 PM.
  • 8th Grade on April 5th at Coppell High School. Field events begin at 4 PM.

Boys and Girls Tennis - HMS tennis match action on Monday, April 4th against Grapevine Middle at GHS.

Fine Arts

Band News
  • April 6 - Varsity Band UIL Contest at Wakeland High School in Frisco. This contest is for Honors Band. Exact date and time forthcoming.
  • April 15 - Symphonic Band goes to Sandy Lake Band Contest! This fun outdoor contest is during the school day.

Choir News - Men's Night Out at the Ranger game coming soon!

CHHS Volleyball

CHHS volleyball is hosting the 2016 ColleyVolley grass tournament fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th at CHHS. Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirts. We have left some forms at your school. You many also e-mail colleyvolley@gmail.com, and we will send you the needed registration and liability forms. Please join us for a great day of fun in the sun! E-mail us if you have any further questions. Go Panthers!

GCISD Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair

GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair on April 16th. We will have two guest speakers and several student performances throughout the morning. If you would like to run in the chip-timed 5K, showcase your business in our community fair, or volunteer your time please click here for more information. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/32352

Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7. The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin.

The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:00 AM Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline – Spring Exam Date: April 12, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT

The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Spring Exam Date: April 14, 2016 - BY NOON

Summer Exam Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 AM Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 20, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT

Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 22, 2016 - BY NOON

Reminder About After School

We would like to remind parents and students the expectations after school. Unless the student is under direct supervision of a staff member, students must be outside and not roaming the building. If there is a particular need for your student after school, please contact the school. Students who are not under direct supervision for an activity are subject to discipline measures using the GCISD student code of conduct.

Need Some Protection For Your Laptop?

Laptop Sleeves now available - $10

Show your school spirit and keep your laptop cushioned in your backpack. These sleeves are neoprene and have an opening at the top that the Dell 3150 can easily slide into. Please send cash or a check made out to HMS PTA to the front office.

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Save the Date - First Ever HMS Fun Run

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8th Grade Party Donations

8th Graders mark your calendars for the 8th Grade Party! This year’s theme is “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” and will be held on Friday, May 20th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm in the HMS SAC.

We would love your help in collecting items for door prizes. You may donate gift certificates or gift cards suitable for 8th graders, or you may donate cash to assist us in purchasing them. You may leave any donations at the front office in an envelope addressed to Stasia Bandy. If you have any questions, please contact Deana Bieg at deana.bieg@live,com or Stasia Bandy at stasia@tricamvideo.com.

HMS PTA Scholarships

Do you know a GCISD senior? HMS PTA scholarship applications are now open online. Deadline is March 24th. You can visit your counselor's web page to find the link to scholarships or it can be found here.

BOX TOP$ for Education

HMS PTA is collecting BOX TOP$ for Education. Did you know that 50 BOX TOP$ = $5.00 for our school? You can send your BOX TOP$ to school with your child. They can drop them in the BOX TOP$ box located at the front office. Thank you to those parents that have already sent some. We are off to a good start! Thank you for your help - HMS PTA.
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HMS Spirit Wear Orders

Show your Bronco Pride and support the PTA by ordering an HMS t-shirt. Print out the order form, fill it out and send it back to school with cash or check made out to HMS PTA. Your child can turn the order form in at the front office. Spirit wear items will be sent home with your student within a few days of placing the order. Questions? Email Cheryl Redfearn at theredfearns@gmail.com or Denise Moore at denisal1@verizon.net.

PTA Membership

Join HMS PTA and help us make this year the best yet! All you need to do is print this registration form and have your student leave it with your check, made out to HMS PTA, in the office. This form also gives you the opportunity to participate in our Bronco Bucks fundraiser. Bronco Bucks means no door-to-door sales for our Broncos! E-mail Amy Rork with any questions at azrork@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed

Hello PTA parents! Would you like to get involved at HMS as a volunteer? Please contact Mary Ellen Blackstone at meblackstone@gmail.com. We have many opportunities to get involved as a parent volunteer. Even if you aren't able to commit to a regular volunteer schedule we can still use your help. At HMS there are many different programs and activities that need assistance. Please send Mary Ellen a note and let her know you are interested in being in the volunteer pool. PTA members please report your volunteer hours at this link - or email Mary Ellen.

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