Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - September 4, 2022

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Families!

We've made it to the Labor Day weekend! This point is always the first marker of the school year. It's that moment in time when we stop thinking about the craziness of the beginning of the year and focus on the routine that will get us through December. Please be reminded that we will not have school on Monday Sept. 5th in observance of Labor Day, as well as Sept. 6th for our district collaboration day. We are thrilled to welcome our students back on Wednesday Sept. 7th!

I want to give a big shout to out Heartland Thunderhawk athletics!! Our Thunderhawk athletes have been making us proud, not only within their sport, but with their sportsmanship, commitment to persevere and academically within the classroom! Congratulations to Softball, Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country teams for keeping true to our middle school mission of providing students with an opportunity to learn the game, develop in the game, and have fun along the way! It has been such a pleasure visiting with many of our Heartland families at the sporting events and cheering on our Thunderhawks together!

Here are a couple of reminders as your student attends a sporting event as a spectator. School behavior expectations continue at after school events. As mentioned in the letter from Jason Hayes, principal at Santa Fe High School, all students must sit in the stands at athletic events. They will not be able to roam around as we all know that misbehavior heightens when there is no supervision. My "go-to" when situations begin to arise is to call parents and have them come pick their students up. Additionally, we remind students to call you for their rides with lots of time left in the sporting events. We are experiencing a few students who seem to begin the process of calling home once we are already sitting outside the stadium after the game. Be sure to work with your student on the procedure and expectations for your family.

Lastly, thank you all for your support in participating in Kona Ice Day last Friday! We have a great partnership with Kona Ice and a portion of their sales is donated back to the school to help fund other activities and events for our students! Mark your calendars, our next Kona Ice Day will be Sept 16th!

Please know that my door is always open and you can feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have!



Veronica Johnson

Principal, Heartland Middle School


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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 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,

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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.

Volunteer Here:

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


Donate here:


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

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

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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