Heritage Middle School News

February 8, 2016

Great Things Happening

Dear HMS Parents,


What a wonderful week this has been. Our students received their laptops and what is taking place is great. A parent approached me this week thanking the district for the laptops. She explained how her student has formed an online study group. Her student, along with others in her class, are using Skype to help each other study and collaborate on various assignments. The parent's excitement and appreciation was evident. We hope to continue hearing more stories like this.


Regards,


Scott Saettel, Principal

Heritage Middle School

Upcoming Events

February 15 - No School For Students - President's Day


February 16 - College Shirt Day

Reminder About After School Events

We would like to remind parents and students the expectations when attending an extracurricular event as a spectator. School behavior is expected by students regardless whether it is during a school day or at a school function. If students are unable to act respectful, they will be asked to leave the event. Please talk with your students about this expectation.

Save the Date - First Ever HMS Fun Run

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Laptop Backgrounds and Screensavers

We want students to have some individualization when it comes to their GCISD laptop. However, we ask that you look at your student's computer periodically to ensure the isn't anything that may be inappropriate or offensive on backgrounds or screensavers.

GCISD Programs Expo

From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. New to the expo this year, families may also learn about the proposed tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten program, iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and Student Activity Center (SAC).

6th Grade Students Interested in Athletics

There will be an informational parent meeting for all 6th graders and parents wishing to register for athletics next year on Wednesday, February 17th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.


This is a mandatory meeting. If you are unable to attend, you need to contact Coach Cruson (girls) or Coach Roe (boys) for further information.

8Th Grade Party Donations

Can you believe it’s already time to think of the 8th grade end-of-year party? We would love your help in collecting items for door prizes. Parents 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. Thanks!

7th Grade Health Lessons

As a reminder, the 7th graders will have a special presentation from the Women's Center of Tarrant County next Friday, February 5th. The presentation entitled "Abuse of Power" is a part of the ongoing "Play It Safe" series that students participate in throughout elementary and middle school. Any parent wishing to withhold their student from this presentation needs to submit a form to the counseling office ahead of time if you have not already done so. They may be found on the GCISD website at or copies will be made available in the front office.

2016-2017 Cheerleader/Mascot Tryouts

There is a mandatory student/parent information meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:15 PM in the HMS Lecture Hall. Candidate information packets will be distributed to parents at this time. The packets include the forms each student must turn in to be eligible to tryout, a copy of the constitution, and the judge’s score sheet. Parents who are absent from the meeting will need to contact Coach Coffey to get the required information. Packets will not be handed to students unless his/her parent has spoken with Coach Coffey. Coach Coffey can be reached at catherine.coffey@gcisd.net

HMS Cotillion 2016

6th Grade parents and students mark your calendars for the 2016 Cotillion coming in February. Find out more information about what Cotillion is and how to register on the HMS PTA website or follow this link

Support HMS Cheerleading

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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.

Fine Arts

Band News


  • Tuesday, February 9 - 'New Band Member Meeting' for incoming 9th graders - 6:30pm in CHHS Band Hall
  • Congratulations on a WONDERFUL JOB at Ensemble Contest!!!!
  • HMS Band students performed in one or more of the 76 ensembles earning 258 1st Division Superior Medals!!!! Numerous ensembles were also selected as Outstanding Ensemble of their Room earning a trophy for their performance! WOW!!!
  • 7th Grade Lewisville Select Band Members - Fabulous Concert!!! Congratulations on a job well done!!


Choir News


  • District UIL Contest on February 17 at CHHS.

Athletics

Girls Basketball


  • 7th Grade Girls - February 8th against Cross Timbers at HMS. Games Begin at 5 pm and will be played in C-A-B order.
  • 8th Grade Girls - February 8th against Cross Timbers at HMS. Games begin at 5 pm and will be played in B-C-A order.
  • Both 7th and 8th grade A team girls will be participating in the “A” Zone Tournament at Coppell North on February 11th and 12th. Times TBA.


Boys Basketball


  • 7th Grade Boys - February 9th against Coppell East at HMS. Games begin at 5 pm and will be played in B-C-A order.
  • 8th Grade Boys - February 9th against Coppell at Coppell East MS. Games begin at 5 pm and will be played in C-A-B order.


Boys and Girls Track - The first meet of the 2016 track season will be on February 23rd hosted by HMS. HMS, Grapevine, Coppell West and Carroll Middle schools will compete. Field events begin at 4pm.


Boys and Girls Tennis

The first competition is scheduled for Feb. 18th.

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.

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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