Heritage Middle Staff Newsletter

February 2017

Feb. 10th Early Release Feedback

A huge thanks to Chris Serwinski, Stephen Abe, Britany Sellers, Justin Walker, Amy Light, and Michele Lee for serving as session presenters.


Overall, the feedback from February 10th's professional development was incredibly positive. Many of you liked the freedom to choose your sessions, the sessions were small enough where you felt comfortable to ask questions, and sessions were lead by a peer. Like many of the past early release sessions, the common delta was the lack of time outside of the scheduled professional development time to either play around with what you learned or implement in your classrooms. Many of you left the session(s) feeling comfortable with technology tools and excited to use what you learned.


Here is the link to all staff responses on the feedback form.

Need more ideas with Google after February's PD? Find these books in our media center.

Arts Department Fun Facts

Professional Development Opportunities

Check the professional development bulletin board near the school entrance for upcoming professional development opportunities.


3:1 Student Device Integration Canvas Course

As a reminder, all certified staff must complete the 3:1 Student Device Integration course on Canvas by June 30th. The course reviews digital learning/integration, digital citizenship, and content resources. Here is the link to the Early Release presentation that gave background on the equipment we are receiving. On the 10th slide is the link to Canvas (use your WCPSS login in to access), go to courses on the left-hand side, and click 3:1 Student Device Integration to begin the module. Click the orange button "Let's Go" to begin the sequence of digital integration, as well as information on the equipment our school is receiving. Click "next" on the bottom right to move from one page to the next. Once you have completed the course, check your email and forward me the email with the certificate (it will come from "Canvas Support").


Follow up for those interested in Google Certification

If you choose to become Google Certified, the county will offer standard/academic credit for the time you take to complete the modules and 3-hour test. You would receive 0.8 CEUs for Level 1 and 1.2 CEUs for Level 2. Just complete the course, submit the printed document to me, and I will enter the information for you to receive credit.


Differentiation across disciplines: Ensuring success for all students

This Online Canvas course is designed to provide teachers with multi-disciplinary resources in order provide differention leading to success for all students. Directions on how to register in Canvas will be in Eschools. (0.3 Literacy Credits) SRN #178655608


PBL in Middle School Social Studies, 4:00-5:30, Hilburn Academy

  • Session 1: March 15th, SRN #166116601
  • Session 2: May 3rd, SRN #166116602


Science Teachers: Evolving Your Understanding of Evolution

Thursday March 30, 4:30-6:30 pm, Friday Institute at Centennial Middle

There's variation in lesson plans available to teachers. In order to survive as a teacher, you have to have lesson plans that fit the standards and be well-adapted in differentiation. The workshop will provide content knowledge and resources. To register email Katie Green at kegreen4@ncsu.edu.


Integrating the Arts into Middle School Science Workshop with Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman (Subs are covered for all day session)

  • March 30th, SRN: 175997201

Technology Sharing

Todd Rose discusses the dangers to teaching to the average.

The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty

Building Together: Supporting one of our own

Earlier this year, our school system agreed to participate in a “Building Together” project run by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. We also learned the Habitat for Humanity house will be built for one of our bus drivers, Roxanne Harris, and her family.

As a sponsoring organization, WCPSS are working to raise as much as $65,000 by March 24th. If you would like to be a part of this partnership, please donate by visiting the Building Together website. Project updates and opportunities to volunteer directly at the site of this new home will be shared in a separate email.

March Calendar of Events for HMS

March 1: CTE Post Assessment Track

March 2: NC NAEP testing for select 8th graders

March 3: Enjoy your track out, Track 1!

March 6: Welcome back Track 2, Staff Meeting in the Media Center @ 3:30 pm

March 6: Home Baseball vs. Wake Forest, HHS

March 7: PTA Board Meeting @ 7 pm

March 8: Severe Weather Drill @ 8:25 am (Henryville HS Video), Pieces of Gold Performance @ 6pm, Duke Center of Performing Arts

March 9: Home Softball vs. Leesville

March 13: PTA Spirit Night at Subway – Gateway Commons, Home Baseball vs. Zebulon

March 15: Spring Portraits for Tracks 3 and 4, Home Soccer vs. Leesville

March 16: PBIS Meeting @ 7:10 am

March 16: Select 8th grade Field Trip, Louisburg College; Home Softball vs. Wakefield

March 17: First in Fitness at Pine Hollow Middle

March 20: Leadership Team Meeting @ 3:30 pm

March 21: CTE Post Assessment for Tracks 2, 3, 4

March 21: Home Track Meet vs. Wendell

March 22: Home Soccer vs. East Millbrook; Patriot Pride Heritage Choral Festival @ 6:30 Heritage High

March 23: Home Softball vs. East Wake

March 24: Enjoy your track out, Track 4!

March 27: Department Meeting @ 3:30 pm, Welcome back Track 1!; Home Baseball vs. Wendell

March 29: High School Musical begins

March 31: Character Education Breakfast

WCPSS Employee Discounts

Save 50% on Carolina Hurricanes Tickets

WCPSS has teamed up with the Carolina Hurricanes to offer employees an exclusive opportunity to save up to 50% off the box office price on select Carolina Hurricanes tickets. Visit the Ticketmaster site for a list of games, pricing and to select and purchase seats. Be sure to enter the promo code WCPSS. Call Brian Kapusta at 919-861-5452 for more information.