Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - 10/16/2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

I hope that everyone is enjoying some time off and this beautiful Fall weather! Not a lot of new items for this week so I'll keep this edition short and sweet! There are a few hidden gems below including some information regarding Red Ribbon Week, Fall picture retakes and guidelines for Halloween costumes on October 28th!

Before I go, I want to thank each and every one of you that attended our Fall parent/teacher conferences! We had a great turn out and many conversations were had to help guide our Hawks and strengthen our partnership with parents. We all know that it takes a team when it comes to the success of our students and we truly understand the value of collaboration with our parents. If you missed out or couldn't make it, feel free to reach out to any of your student's teachers via email. They would be happy to schedule a phone conference or a time to meet in person. A special shoutout to our HPO and all that volunteered to contribute last Monday to help feed our teachers! Our teachers spoke all night about how delicious the baked potatoes were! 14 hour days are always made much sweeter when we see our HPO volunteers and their smiling faces! Thank you all for always having our backs!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is a professional development day for teachers. This is intentional time used to help grow and nurture our teachers! We look forward to welcoming our Thunderhawks back on Tuesday, October 18th. 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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Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 24 - Oct. 28

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year.
  • Red Ribbon Week is designed to be an awareness campaign that gets information to the general public about the dangers of drug use.
  • Red Ribbon Week is designed to get people talking to other people and working on activities that will help rebuild a sense of community and common purpose.
  • Red Ribbon Week is designed to help parents and schools deliver an effective drug prevention curriculum.
  • Red Ribbon Week is designed to create critical mass, which is necessary to reduce destructive social norms/behaviors and promote positive social norms/behaviors.
  • Red Ribbon Week is designed to be positive and fun, two things necessary to maintain

Monday 10/24: PJ Day - Follow your dreams and don't do drugs!

Tuesday 10/25: Soccer Mom vs. BBQ Dad - Make your parents proud, say no to drugs!

Wednesday 10/26: Duo Day - Say no to peer pressure!

Thursday 10/27: Red Out - Spread drug-free awareness.

Friday 10/28: Halloween/Costume Day - Drugs are a trick not a treat.

Halloween Costume Information

Halloween Costumes in MS

Just a reminder that costumes will be allowed on October 28th. Here are the final reminders regarding what will and won't work in a MS setting. When it comes to wondering whether something is appropriate or not - I ask that you err on the side of caution.

Please remember - when you are planning that perfect Halloween costume - we must remember to be school-appropriate. Here are some guidelines to help in this process.

  1. Obviously - no representation of weapons. The general rule is - if you have to ask whether it's appropriate - it probably isn't.
  2. Masks can be worn during the passing period - but - will not be worn during instructional time.
  3. Nothing offensive or obscene can be worn. Remember - what may be OK in some settings may not be OK in a school setting.
  4. The school dress code applies when it comes wearing costumes (on this day more than ever).
  5. Students will NOT be permitted to wear full inflatable costumes.

Heartland Admin will be the determining factor on school appropriateness if a costume comes into question. Students will be asked to change should we deem a costume to be inappropriate. Suggestion from someone who's been through this a million times - the school day is long so dress for comfort.

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S.T.E.A.M. Art Project

Mr. Wilmes’s S.T.E.A.M. Art project explored the world of physics through color theory. Students used alcohol inks and forced hot air to manipulate gravity and momentum in order to create gradients of color. Students experimented with thinning down the inks viscosity, allowing chance and spontaneity to influence their decisions. Other considerations were the different types of paper and how the inks responded to each, and how energy and speed affected the results when forces collide.

A+ work!!

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Thank You To All That Came Out For Parent/Teacher Conferences!

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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.

Heartland Athletics Update

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

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

Thank you to the Outback Steakhouse for the donation of the baked potatoes for the teacher conference dinner and all the parents that donated too.

Popcorn Day was a huge success and thank you to Flix Brewhouse for the donation of the extra boost of popcorn. It was delicious!!

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


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


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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!


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!

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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.
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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

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