Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - December 18, 2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Thunderhawks!

This is the last edition of The Heartland Family Newsletter for first semester of 22/23. THAT WENT FAST. It never seems like it when you're in the middle of it but when you look back - it's crazy fast. We've had some AMAZING success this semester and identified opportunities for growth when we come back for the second semester. As a reminder - should your family be moving over the break - we ask that you give our registrar a call or email so that we can either update your record or prepare to send records once they are requested by the new school. As I said last week, if you have any students moving into your neighborhood - please let them know that our offices will once again open on January 6th so that they can come in and hopefully complete the enrollment process. School starts back on January 9th which is quite a bit later in comparison to normal. Please make sure you are aware of those dates.

Looking back, we had a fantastic week full of dress up days, door decorating contests, Holiday concerts and sporting events! Please reference the pics below for a glimpse into our week! I can't say enough about our performing arts programs here at Heartland! I thoroughly enjoyed attending the choir concert and orchestra concerts and am soooo looking forward to our band concert this upcoming week! I even got to see a snippet of our 6th grade drama students performing for some Frontier Elementary Falcons! Seeing our students thrive in doing the things they love brings so much joy to my heart and makes the difficult days/long hours well worth the effort! Heartland is full of amazingly talented artist, performers, musicians, athletes and so much more! I feel thankful everyday to lead such an incredible community of students, faculty, staff and families!

Looking ahead, we have semester finals before us. Monday and Tuesday of this week, our teachers will be giving their comprehensive semester finals and you can reference the graphic below to see which subjects are on which days. The goal of semester finals is to evaluate which of the covered State standards have been mastered by your student. The data is invaluable and helps our teachers plan for the Spring semester in preparation for State testing. April will be here before we know it. I encourage you to have a conversation with your student about the importance of trying their best on their semester finals.

It was another great week of "Decking the Heartland Halls!" On deck for the last three days are:

  • December 19th - What Are You Doing NYE? - NYE/Fancy Attire
  • December 20th - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer - Ugly Sweater
  • December 21st - Blue Christmas - Grade Level Challenge - Winter Assembly

  1. 8th Grade - Green
  2. 7th Grade - Red
  3. 6th Grade - White
  4. Staff - Blue

We will celebrate a wonderful Fall semester with an all-school assembly on Wednesday full of fun minute-to-win -it games, celebrations and even a student/staff volleyball game!! During the assembly, we will also hear from a representative from City Care, this year's DWDW Common Thread recipient for Edmond Public Schools' philanthropic weeks. Lots of fun things ahead of us! Lastly, this will be my last newsletter of the year! Expect to see me back in action NEXT YEAR! From the bottom of my heart, from my family to yours, may the Holiday season fill your home with joy, your hearts with love and your life with laughter!

Let's finish the semester strong, Thunderhawks!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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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!


If your student tested last spring at Heartland and you are interested in picking up a paper copy of your current 7th, 8th, or 9th-grade student OSTP scores from last year - we will have those available at the school - until the end of this first semester. Current 6th-grade students would need to visit the elementary school in which they tested to receive the paper copy of their scores.
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Middle School Classes for HS Credit HAVE EXAMS!!

This is just a reminder to all parents of students who are currently taking a class at Heartland for HS credit -- that these classes have a final exam that weighs as 20% of their grade. Also, as a reminder - these classes do go on the high school transcript but do not count toward the high school GPA.

Classes With Exams & Their Dates:

December 19th

8th Grade Spanish for HS Credit

December 20th

7th IA Algebra I for HS Credit

8th IA Algebra I for HS Credit

8th IA Geometry for HS Credit

As you have read above - our IA courses for HS credit do have exams next week. Additionally, there are a few other IA courses (not for HS credit) that are administering an exam as well. Should your student miss the exam next week due to illness or vacation - the exam will be given January 9th & 10th - the week we return from break. Please be sure to coordinate with your student's teacher.

Deck The Heartland Halls Door Decorations Contest Winners!

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8th Grade Thunderhawk Tributes

Attention 8th grade parents and guardians! It's time to order your Thunderhawk Tribute for the yearbook! Thunderhawk Tributes are an eighth grade “salute” or tribute at the end of the yearbook. It’s a fun way to express congratulations, love, and support to your eighth grader as they finish their middle school years and head off to high school. Tributes are $20 and are due by Friday, February 3rd, 2023. Please contact Mrs. Hampson at amy.hampson@edmondschools.net with any questions you might have. Click the link below for more information.

Thunderhawk Tribute

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Heartland Athletics Update

Click the link to find out more about Winter sports: Basketball, Wrestling & Swimming.

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Heartland Parent Organization News!

Heartland Families,

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Thank you for your support!!!!!!!

The Thunderhawk Shop is open 24/7 online. We will deliver the items to your student or you can pick up in the office.

**Please note if you will pick up.**


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The BEAT SUMMIT shirts are in. If you missed the pre-order, you can buy one here! https://bit.ly/3t0dcZQ The game is Monday, January 9 and will be played at Santa Fe.

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BUY YOUR Basketball shirts https://bit.ly/3ydrnxl . They are also for sale in concessions at the basketball games.


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We still have spots available for Fun Food Friday candy sales. It’s a lot of fun! https://bit.ly/3grOoXt

Basketball Concessions are in full swing! Please sign up to help.


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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.

If your company does gift matching, please let us know and we can send you the proper documents.

Donate here:


Volunteer Here:

Keep watch on this Linktree for all things HPO, including signups for volunteer opportunities, Staff Appreciation requests for donations and basketball concessions.


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

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Please keep in touch with the HPO!


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

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

8th Grade (Future Freshman Information)

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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.

EPS Transportation Now Hiring

Looking for a job with flexibility and full benefits?
How about driving a school bus?

You get an office with windows and wheels and smiles come standard. We will even provide the training.

Come join our team!

To apply, call 726-RIDE or click here: https://edmondschools.net/.../departments/human-resources/
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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

Cara Bowerman - 7th Grade Counselor

Kim Treece - 8th Grade Counselor

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