Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - September 18, 2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

Can you believe we're halfway through September already? What a QUICK month this has turned out to be. I think this rapid feeling is due to the fact that we have so many activities going on at Heartland and it makes the time move by quickly! Just a quick reminder that picture day is tomorrow (9/19/22)!

Looking back at this past week, we had a great time promoting our Think Before You Post campaign. This charge was led by our amazing SRO, Officer Amy Brooks, and the Edmond Police Department. We were able to bring awareness to the cause through fun dress up days and contests, but more importantly the message that came with it. Students were encouraged to write kind notes to their peers and send a positive email to an adult. Officer Brooks highlighted how important it is for our Hawks to think before they post on social media or any other platform as those posts will be tied to them for the rest of their lives! Hopefully your student came home talking about how they would like to have a positive digital footprint!

Looking ahead, we have a very BUSY week in front of us! As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Join us this upcoming week as we highlight the cause through our volleyball Pink Out Week! Show your support by participating in our dress up days, purchasing items from our volleyball players and attending the Pink Out volleyball games on Thursday from 5pm - 7pm. All proceeds from the fundraising and volleyball games will go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. For more information on how you can support this foundation CLICK HERE. See the graphic below for this week's dress up day themes!

Additionally, Friday September 23rd will be the first of two back-to-back Santa Fe High School EDLAM football games! We will definitely be inviting our students to come join us as we route SFHS to victory! Just a couple of quick reminders:

  1. Please have a family plan for picking your student(s) up. We will have them begin calling you at the beginning of the 4th quarter. As administrators, we will not leave the stadium after the game until every HMS student is picked up. If your student is not picked up within 20 minutes of the end of the game, they risk losing the privilege of attending athletic events moving forward.
  2. Heartland will have a sectioned-off area on the North end of the Edmond Memorial stadium. We ask that our Thunderhawk students stay in that specific section as a unified group. Please be sure that if your student is going to be in attendance - you have a conversation ahead of time about your family's expectations regarding staying in this area.

All four HMS administrators will be at the game to help assist in monitoring students. Just as mentioned in the letter sent home by Jason Hayes, principal at SFHS, students will be required to stay in the Heartland student section and not freely wandering about in the stadium. Should we encounter repeated behavioral issues with Heartland students, they will be asked to call their parents and removed from the event. It's something that I hate - but has happened a couple of times this year so well worth mentioning. The game starts at 7pm and our admin team will try to be in place by around 6:30pm. We look forward to a GREAT evening and a SFHS Wolves victory!!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


Think Before You Post

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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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Art Club

The first Art Club meeting of the year was a huge success! Kiddos were collaborating on multiple art projects for the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful “Up Cycled” art contest. Our task was to consider how to create a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing from trash. We discussed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the Nike shoe company’s Space-Hippie recycling project. Final project will be submitted Oct 5th.

If you are interested, Art Club meets every other Wednesday after school from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. The next meeting will be September 28th. Stop by Mr. Wilmes' room (#525) for more information! There is still time to join!

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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...

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Intellispark Resiliency Survey

Resiliency Makes a Difference!

What makes students persevere despite adversity? Resiliency makes the difference!

Resiliency is a set of protective characteristics possessed by those who are able to

adapt to hardship and succeed. It determines why one group or individual student

succeeds and another does not. Research found six interrelated resiliency skills that

are critical to student success. These skills include: valuing education, academic

confidence, connectedness, stress, health and well-being, and intrinsic motivation.

A student becomes more resilient if they improve performance (includes

attendance, behavior, coursework), take ownership of their education, set and work

towards goals, take responsibility for their lives, manage adversity, and thrive in

school and beyond.

Edmond Public Schools is implementing a Resilience Curriculum and survey called,

Success Highways and Intellispark. Our 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade students will

take a resiliency survey during Advisory or other class time to aid the district in

determining student needs and providing proactive, prevention programs. Sample

questions from the surveys will be made available for viewing at our schools or the

district office.

You may choose to withdraw your child from the surveys at any time. This is NOT

a psychological evaluation, and the information will NOT be included in your child’s

permanent academic records.

Our 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students will then receive lessons on resilience,

through Advisory in middle school and Health/History classes in 9th grade.

If you have any questions or would like to opt your child out you can reach the

following grade level counselors by email:

6th Grade - Lisa Edwards - lisa.edwards@edmondschools.net

7th Grade - Whitney Davis - whitney.davis@edmondschools.net

8th Grade - Kim Treece - kim.treece@edmondschools.net

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Chromebook Protection Plan

EPS offers a $25 “Student Technology Protection Plan” (STPP) to help cover the cost of damaged devices such as loss, or damage caused by abuse, dropping, spills, etc. If the device is stolen, students must submit a police report with the claim to use their STPP (Student Technology Protection Plan). Visit Edmond Public Schools’ Technology webpage and select STPP-Student Protection Plan for the most recent information. Chargers are not covered by the STPP plan. Replacement chargers are $35.
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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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Heartland Athletics Update

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

Former NFL Running Back, Ronald Moore, Visits Heartland

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Now that we are in the process of running eligibility for OSSAA activities - there always tends to be some confusion as to when a student can and can not participate. Here are some bullet points to help define when a student can and can not participate.

  • Eligibility is run mid-week. For example - we run eligibility on Thursday morning based on grades posted on Wednesday evening. If a student is listed as "ineligible" - that means they can not participate in any OSSAA games scheduled for the next calendar week of Sunday - Sunday. By OSSAA rules - students can still practice during that time. However, individual coaches may have other team rules regarding practice.
  • Probation vs. Ineligible. The first week a student has a grade that qualifies them for the eligibility report - they are listed as "on Probation"... At that point in time - they can still participate and play in games. (Again - team rules may be more strict) If the student raises the grade by the next eligibility report run - their name comes off the list and they are good to go. If there is still a grade in question - the student becomes ineligible.
  • If a student is listed as ineligible - AND - raises their grade (yay!!) the next time there is a grade in question -- they move back to the probation category. Therefore, there is always a week of grace after a student has worked to get their name off of the list.

Please feel free to contact Heartland Athletic Director Laura Brown with questions as I know it can be confusing.

Volleyball Takes the Win Over Choctaw! Way To Go!

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Heartland Softball Taking on the Cimarron Panthers! Go Hawks!

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

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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!


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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:

9/28 General HPO Meeting (6:30pm at the Griffin Park Clubhouse)

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