Heritage Middle School News

February 1, 2016

Simply Impressive...

Dear HMS Parents,

GCISD is the B.E.S.T

With the help and flexibility of the students and teachers, our GCISD Technology Department have distributed over 860 laptops. This is incredible. We are fortunate to be in a school community which understands the necessity of teaching our students for the future.

As I've stated many times, the process and responsibility for student laptops will continue to evolve as we look for opportunities to improve. If there is ever a time you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We are thankful for your support!


Scott Saettel, Principal

Heritage Middle School

Upcoming Events

February 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - HMS - Parent Meeting regarding Graduation Requirements

February 4 - Progress Reports available in Skyward

February 5 - Principal's Coffee - Come join us in the library for a question and answer session with Mr. Saettel.

February 5 - National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease

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.

6th Grade Health Lessons

As a reminder, the 6th graders will have a special presentation from the Women's Center of Tarrant County next Friday, February 5th. The presentation entitled "Survivors of Abuse" 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

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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

  • January 29 - GCISD MS Band Ensemble Contest at CTMS 5:00 - 8:30 PM. This is a required event for all band members.
  • January 30 - 7th Grade Lewisville Select Band Clinic and Concert at Forestwood MS for those who earned a chair in the band.

Choir News

  • District UIL Contest on February 17 at CHHS.


Girls Basketball

  • 7th Grade Girls - February 4 against Coppell East MS at HMS. Games Begin at 5:00 PM and will be played in C-A-B order.
  • 8th Grade Girls - February 4 against Coppell East MS at HMS. Games begin at 5:00 PM and will be played in B-C-A order.

Boys Basketball

  • 7th Grade Boys - February 1 against Grapevine MS at GMS. Games begin at 5:00 PM and will be played in B-C-A order.
  • 8th Grade Boys - February 1 against Grapevine MS at GMS. Games begin at 5:00 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

Any 7th or 8th grade student wishing to tryout for the HMS Tennis team needs to sign up with Coach Cruson by February 3rd. There will be an optional initial assessment on February 4 from 3:45 PM until 5:15 PM. Tryouts will be held on February 8th from 3:45 PM until 5:15 PM. In order to tryout, students must have a current UIL physical form and medical release on file with the Athletic Department before you may participate. Please check the website for more information.

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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