The Heritage Herald

August 20, 2021

Hello HMS Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are so excited to see all of our students. As a community, we have endured many challenges due to COVID19, however we are here, and together we will make this year a great one. At Heritage Middle School we have the best middle school teachers who are dedicated to the success of your children.

We also have a three person administrative team. Mrs. Skowronek is our Assistant Principal and Mr. Forman is our Dean of Students. Together we have over 60 years of experience educating children, and will continue to work together to maintain the greatness of Heritage Middle School. Together we can make this year successful for your children.

If ever you have any questions, please feel free to call the HMS main office at 708-458-7590.

Stay safe,

Mrs. P. Malone

Principal, Heritage Middle School

First Day of School ~ August 25, 2021 ~ 8:50-1:50

On the first day of school, students will line up, socially distanced and wearing masks, near the back parking lots at the following doors. Students who arrive early for breakfast will be sent to their homeroom classes after breakfast.

6th Grade: Door 12

7th Grade: Door 10

8th Grade: Door 11


8:50 - 1:50

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A Note from the Nurse

Dear District 104 Parents

Please be aware if your child has any of the following symptoms Covid-19 should be suspected and your child should NOT attend school until you have spoken to the school nurse. If your child presents to school with any of the above symptoms you will be called to pick up your child immediately. You will then be given instructions on how and when your child may return to school.

· Fever (100.4 or higher)

· New onset of moderate to severe headache

· Shortness of breath

· New cough

· Sore throat

· Vomiting

· Diarrhea

· New loss of sense of taste or smell

· Fatigue from an unknown cause

· Muscle, or body aches from and unknown cause.

If a student has had contact with a Covid positive person, they must be kept home, and the building nurse notified. If any student while at school discloses, they have been in contact with a Covid positive person you will be called to pick up your child immediately. You will then be given instructions on how and when your child may return to school.

In our efforts to keep everyone safe the nurses will be diligent in following up on any student who presents to school ill. We understand keeping your child home may have its difficulties, however it is the only way to keep our community safe.


The District 104 Nurses

HMS Safety Protocols

  • All students and staff are required to wear masks.
  • We will continue to follow CDC guidelines of 3 feet social distancing for students.
  • Students will carry their backpacks with them ALL DAY. They will go to their lockers at the beginning and end of the day. Cell phones will remain in their lockers until the end of the day.
  • Tables/desks will be wiped after each class.
  • COVID Symptoms: If a student displays any Covid symptoms, teachers will notify the office and Nurse Anita will pick the student up and notify parents.

Mrs. Skowronek ~ Assistant Principal

Hello HMS Families,

I am happy to welcome you and your children to the 2021-2022 school year. I've been part of the District 104 family for 20 years. As the Assistant Principal of HMS, I will be working with your students and teachers to ensure a successful year of learning and growing. One of our foci this year is Restorative Practices as a way to help our students express themselves and solve conflict respectfully.

We have great students at HMS, and I look forward to continuing to support them.

Let's have a great year!

Mrs. Skowronek

Mr. Forman ~ Academic Dean of Students

Parents welcome to the 2021-22 school year. I would like to introduce myself. I have been an educator for Cook County School District 104 for 21 years. I have worked in 3 of the 5 schools and have had various instructional and administrative roles within Cook County School District 104. This year I am the Academic Dean at HMS. My role this year will be working with staff and families on student discipline, attendance, truancy, and student academic issues. I believe that the only way we can help your student is by working as a team that supports each other.

I hope the school year begins well,

Mr. Forman

708-458-7290 ext. 7249

Welcome our new Athletic Director, Mr. Mowinski

Let's welcome Mike Mowinski as our new Athletic Director for the district.

From Mr. Mowinski:

The following sports are starting up. Anyone interested should contact the athletic office and will need a current physical to participate.

  • Started already but still taking players is girls softball and Cross Country
  • Starting on Wednesday August 25th is Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Cheerleading
  • Boys Basketball will begin October 15th

Questions: email Mr. Mowinski at