Bronco B.E.S.T.

September 19, 2016

Parents are the Key

Bronco Parents,

This week I had the opportunity to attend a breakfast hosted by our GCISD PTA. I am still impressed with the amount of parent and community support within our district and campus. The Jeans and Jerseys event this evening is another example. PTA is not mandated to have a social. Our HMS PTA does this because they care about the development of our students.

One of my core beliefs for student success is parent involvement and our school community reflects this belief. There is never a shortage of parents willing to help our campus. This is wonderful, however more important is maintaining this practice at home in the evenings helping with homework, supporting through struggles, and communicating with teachers when needed.


Scott Saettel, Principal

Upcoming Events

September 22 - College Shirt Day - Students and staff are encouraged to show their college pride.

HMS Yearbook

Lowest price of the year for yearbooks! You can save $5.00! Also, if you order now, you can get 4 free icons if you purchase a personalized yearbook. Please go to Jostens for more information and to place your order. Book price $45.00 Order Deadline: 9/16/2016 at midnight.

Counselor's Corner

SOS - All Students

During the month of September the HMS counselors will be leading guidance lessons from the S.O.S (Signs of Suicide) curriculum. This program will be shared with all GCISD middle and high school students and staff. Students will learn how to respond to a friend who may need extra support. One tool they will gain is the acronym ACT.

A: Acknowledge the problem

C: Care. Let the person know you care.

T: Tell a responsible adult.

8th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, September 20.

7th Graders will have their lesson Wednesday, September 28.

6th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, October 4.

Please see the attached letter about the preview and the opt out form. Opt out forms where due back to counseling by September 9. Also, here is the link to the district website that also has the video in case you can not attend.

Play It Safe - 6th and 7th

The parent preview is Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM at the administrative offices. Forms will be coming home a little later this month for you to fill out if you’d like your child to opt out.

Allstars - 6th

Starting Friday, September 9 we will be meeting with students during their 6th grade Pre-Athletics/PE classes to discuss life skills using the All Star curriculum presented by Santa Fe Youth Services. This will usually be on Mondays and is 14 weeks long.

Duke Tip

Letters for 7th graders will be sent out as soon as the state releases the 2016 6th grade STAAR test passing scores.

Reminder - Please make sure that you are checking Skyward. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your child’s phone so you can monitor grades.

Google Classroom - Make sure to ask your child for their log in so you can help them manage their homework in Google Classroom.

Tanya Clayton – Counselor A-K – 817-305- 4798

Sarah Burey – Counselor L-Z – 817-305- 4999

Michaelanne Tapp – Registrar – 817-305- 4795

Parent Notification - Please Read

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Counselor's Remind

Students and Parents can be added to the Counselor's Remind to get important dates and school reminders texted to your phone.

Simply text what grade applies below to this number: 81010

6th Grade- @hms23

7th Grade- @hms22

8th Grade- @hms21

These instructions are on the Counselor's Office website on the HMS webpage, under Remind 101. Teachers are welcomed to join also.

Chess Club

Mrs. Rayburn is wanting to start a chess club this year. She is seeking a person to volunteer once a month to teach chess. If interested, please contact her at The volunteer will have to be cleared through the GCISD volunteer list. Thank you!

Reflections Contest

Feeling creative? Express your artistic talents through the PTA’s Reflections program! Create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. The theme this year is “What Is Your Story?” Rules and entry forms are available in the office. Pick up your packet today! Contact PTA Reflections chair Debra Murray at with questions.

Protection For Your Laptop

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.

HMS Fine Arts


The HMS band will play at the home football game - Tuesday, September 27.


  • The 7th grade HMS Lady Broncos play Coppell West on Thursday, September 22 at Coppell.
  • The 8th grade action will be on also be against Coppell West on Thursday, September 22 at HMS.
  • Games for both teams begin at 5 pm and are played in “B”, “C”, “A” order.


  • The 7th grade Bronco football teams have a bye week. They will take the field on Monday, Sept.26th for a against Coppell West in Coppell. Games begin at 4:30 with the “C” team. The “B” team game begins 10 minutes after the finish of the “C” team, and the “A” team begins after the completion of the “B” game.
  • The 8th grade Bronco football teams have a bye this week. The will take the field on Tuesday, Sept. 27th against Coppell West at the HMS fieldl. Games begin at 5:30 with the “B” team. The “A” team begins after the completion of the “B” game.


Help us make this year the best yet! 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! Email Amy Rork with any questions:

Parent Volunteers Needed

Our first HMS social of the school year is right around the corner! We need lots of helpers to make this a success and to continue having these fun socials for the kids. Please check-in with Rachael Abell once you arrive to the social and she'll have your assignment for the night. We welcome moms and ads! It would be great to have a few dads each time frame to help with crowd control.

Date: 09/16/2016 (Friday) Time: 4:30pm - 10:30pm CDT Location: HMS


Heritage Middle School PTA

HMS PTA would like to welcome you and your kids to a new 2016-2017 school year!! HMS is a great school. Part of what makes it so great, is the support we get from our Bronco families to be able to do different activities. Destination Imagination (DI) and HMS socials give students an opportunity to for kids to have fun and hang out with their friends. PTA sponsors events like “Coffee with the Principal” where parents and administrative staff can get together to share news and questions about what is going on at HMS. PTA also helps with minor capital improvements. This summer the teacher’s lounge was given a makeover. Now HMS staff can enjoy their lunch or break in a cozy room. As you can see, HMS PTA is always busy and in need of volunteers.

HMS PTA wouldn’t be able to do any of this without your generosity and support. That is why our BRONCO $$$ DRIVE, the main event we use to raise funds for both the school and PTA, is so important!

What is a Bronco BUCK?

It is a ONE TIME donation (100% tax deductible) that we ask families to donate. The goal is to raise $45.00 per student - but any amount will be greatly appreciated. This will be a fundraiser for both the school and PTA. We split the total 50/50. For more information on how the money raised is used please check HMS PTA webpage at

Other ways to raise Funds!

HMS PTA also takes advantage of different programs that help school raise funds such as:

Please consider signing up for these programs to help HMS PTA achieve this year’s goals!

Yours truly,


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