Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - August 28, 2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

Another week in the books and I'm amazed at the progress our students are making. Hopefully all the 6th-grade students are now figuring out middle school life AND realizing that it's not as difficult as they thought it would be. For all our students - it's always a good time to be reminded that our counseling team is here to support them as they navigate a time in life that may come with complications.

As you can imagine, it's been an EXTREMELY busy week here at Heartland. We've had lots of great success and certainly identified areas for potential growth. That's the best part of a new school year - watching it all come together!

I want to take a few moments in this edition to talk about our desperate need for Classroom Assistants at Heartland. We currently need 5. That's a lot of need when you learn that each CA positively impacts multitudes of students each day. The CA role is crucial to our operation and the education of some of our learners who need very specific support. If you know someone who is in need of a M-F job and would like the opportunity to gain experience working with kids - this is the perfect job. It's also a great way for individuals who may be considering a career in education to gain real-world hands-on experience in classrooms. As a matter of fact, starting as a CA is a great way to begin the journey to alternative certification in teaching. Please see the information below and contact the school should you be interested in learning more about a CA position.



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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!

Kona Ice Day - 9/2/22 During Lunches! Bring Your Dollars!

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We know that sometimes parents need to pick up their child from school early. In order to steer clear of some of the end of school day "craziness" we ask that you do not come into the front office and check-out your child out the last 30 minutes before the end-of-day bell (1:50pm - 2:20pm). Our front office staff is working diligently to tie up loose ends, fielding lots of phone calls and ensuring that all of students have everything that they need before the end of the day. It's one of our busiest times of day! Thank you for your understanding as we try to tighten up our front office procedures!
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Standard Response Protocol

The following are the building blocks of the Standard Response Protocol:

Hold: Hold is followed by the directive: “In Your Room or Area” and is the protocol used when hallways need to be kept clear of occupants.

Secure: Secure is followed by the directive: “Get Inside, Lock Outside Doors” and is the protocol used to safeguard people within the building.

Lockdown: Lockdown is followed by the directive: “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep occupants quiet and in place.

Evacuate: Evacuate is used to move people from one location to a different location in or out of the building.

Shelter: Shelter is followed by commands that state the hazard and safety strategy for the group or self-protection.

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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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Edmond Public Schools Dress Code Policy

Policy #4510 - Revised 08/02/2021

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Heartland Middle School - Sk8 Club

HMS Sk8 Club’s hope is to create an avenue, an after school skateboarding club, that helps serve our population in an alternative way. Similar to other clubs, such as drama club, art club, and chess club, the skateboard club will provide a “home” for our students as well as provide other opportunities such as tutoring, mentorship, leadership and community service.

What: HMS Sk8 Club

When: 4:30pm-6:00pm every other Wednesday starting in September and ending in May

Where: TBD - Mathis Skateboard park and The Daily Shredd Indoor Skateboard Park

Who: Heartland MS girls & boys in grades 6-7-8

Who part 2: Skateboarders, roller bladers, and quad riders.

Who part 3: No experience necessary

Cost: **Free (Mathis Skatepark is free year round. **The Daily Shredd charges $10 per visit for HMS skaters). Skaters are financially responsible for paying for The Daily Shredd. HMS will not pay for students to skate at the skate parks.

CLICK HERE for more information!

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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.

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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.

Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

Heartland Families,


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Want to meet new parents at Heartland and find out more about the HPO and how to get involved?

Come to the Edmond Railyard Monday, August 29 at 6pm to meet the Board and hang out with new friends. We can’t wait to see you on the patio! This is a come and go event and very casual. Please invite your friends to join you.

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.


Please keep in touch with the HPO!


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



Keep watch on this Linktree for all things HPO, including signups for volunteer opportunities.


Keep up with HPO information straight to your phone and join REMIND.

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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

Dates to Remember:

8/29 HPO Meet & Greet Gathering at the Edmond Railyard, 6pm

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

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The Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps registration is now open for Oklahoma students in grades 7, 8 and 9. This high-dosage tutoring program provides 50-minute virtual tutoring sessions three times a week in groups of no more than four students. Please share this flyer with or forward this email to your students’ families so they can register their student for this program.

The OSDE launched a successful pilot program for Math Tutoring Corps in spring 2022, with nearly 400 participants. A post-pilot survey revealed:

  • 90% of participants increased their understanding of mathematics.
  • 84% of families said participating students were more confident about math.
  • 84% of students indicated they would be more likely to persevere after making a mistake.

Students are eligible to participate in one or both of the OSDE’s Math Tutoring Corps sessions during the 2022-23 school year. Each session can accommodate up to 1,500 students. The first runs Sept. 18 through Nov. 19, the second in spring 2023. Families and students can enroll for the upcoming session through this link by Sept. 1. The OSDE will provide any needed technology or internet access, and tutoring schedules will occur during students’ free time outside of the school day.

Additional information is available on the OSDE’s Math Tutoring Corps webpage.

The Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps was featured on News 9 in Oklahoma City and Fox 23 in Tulsa.

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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