Heartland Family Newsletter

Heartland Happenings - February 19, 2023

Notes From Ms. Johnson

Greetings Heartland Thunderhawks!

We had a great week at the Heart full of activities and fun events and trust me...there is much more to come in the weeks ahead! Be sure to look over this newsletter carefully to stay up to date on all the fun things we have planned. The highlight of last week for me was definitely the 6th grade carnival! It was so great to see hundreds of 6th graders just enjoy being a kid! Thank you to all of the teachers, parents and students that helped to make the carnival a huge success! This is just a quick reminder that there is no school for students tomorrow, February 20th. We will be having a district professional development day for our teachers/staff.

Just like you, we have begun getting ready for next year. 8th graders have received and returned their enrollment packets for SFHS and are being exposed to all of the options they have available when it comes to electives. Thank you to SFHS for coming out and sharing information about their programs! So far we've had show choir, agriculture, football, pom, and ROTC come and share. I'm sure that we'll have many other programs visit in the near future. Our counselors are hard at work getting things ready for enrollment for our underclassman too. Be sure to reference the graphic below for the specific dates.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held the evening of Feb 23rd from 4:30pm - 8:00pm. This conference will be much like our Fall conferences. Feel free to come and go at your convenience. Teachers will be available for 5-7 minute conferences to discuss your students Spring semester progress. If you are unable to make it, please know that as parents you are welcome to reach out to any and all of your student's teachers at any point in the semester. Just shoot them a quick phone call or email. Additionally, I would like to personally invite you to our FREE spaghetti dinner taking place alongside our conferences! Stop by the Thunderhawk cafeteria from 5pm - 7pm and allow us to serve you!

We have dedicated this upcoming week to celebrating Black History Month! Although our students have been learning about black history since the start of February in their advisory classes, this is the week we will cap things off with a bang! We have fun week of dress up days planned and will end our week with grade level assemblies! We have invited our feeder elementaries and programs from SFHS to come and partake! Our assemblies will feature performances from our students which include dancing, singing, stepping, poetry reading, artistic displays AND...we will welcome Edmond Mayor Darrell Davis to be our keynote speaker! This will be a true collaboration of our Santa Fe vertical and we are so excited!

Lastly, our students are starting to hear more about the activities we will host for Double "PUP" Dare Week! "People Uplifting People" is Heartland's mini version of Santa Fe's Double Wolf Dare Week! "PUP" week will be a raising money for EPS's common thread, City Care, and our goal is to raise $3,000! Click HERE to learn more about City Care OKC. Also, please be sure to click the button below to learn more about the activities we will host and how you can contribute!

As always, should you ever have any questions, ideas or suggestions please feel free to reach out to our office! Let's have a wonderful week, 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!
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The 6th Grade Carnival Was A Huge Success!

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February is Black History Month!

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Katherine Johnson

The stars were always within reach for Katherine Johnson. Using her mathematics skills, she helped NASA send astronauts to the moon and return them safely home. She also overcame racial and gender hurdles that helped make giant leaps for humankind.

Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on August 26, 1918. Math came easy to her, but she worked hard to master geometry and algebra. She started high school when she was just 10 years old (most kids are in fourth or fifth grade when they’re 10!) and college when she was 15. After she graduated with honors at 18, Johnson taught Black students math. She later enrolled in graduate school at West Virginia University to study math but left early to raise a family and return to teaching.

In 1952, when she was 34 years old, she learned about jobs for Black women with mathematics and computing skills at the Langley laboratory at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which would later become NASA. She and the other women worked as “human computers,” figuring out the difficult calculations needed for spaceflight. During her time there, she broke racial barriers, like using the bathroom that was supposed to be for white women only.

One of her biggest accomplishments at NASA was helping calculate the trajectory, or path, of the country’s first human spaceflight in 1961, making sure astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., had a safe trip. A year later she helped figure out John Glenn’s orbit of the planet, another American first. In 1969, she calculated the trajectories of Neil Armstrong’s historic mission to the moon on Apollo 11.

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Congratulations 8th Grade Academic Team On A GREAT Season!

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Heartland Middle Schools Double "PUP" Dare Week!

"PUP" Week Information - People Uplifting People

Click the button to view all the PUP week details!

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Heartland Middle School Facebook Page

Join/Like our page for the latest on all things Heartland Middle School!

National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day! We Love Officer Brooks!

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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,

DPDW (Double PUP Dare Week) donations are full! Thank you all so much for helping raise money for a great cause! We cannot do it without your help!


We have updated our HPO bylaws. They are attached for your review and we will vote on them at our General Meeting, Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm, more details to come. Please join us to learn about HPO, the positions offered to volunteer with us (Board members and Chairman of standing committees) and to meet new families. This meeting is open to all Heartland families.

HPO Bylaws - Proposed Updates 2023

Click to read and review the proposed updates highlighted in red.

**The Thunderhawk Shop will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, February 23, 4:00- 8:00pm.

The Thunderhawk Shop is open 24/7 online. We will deliver the items to your student or you can pick up in the office. We still have great hoodies, shirts, hats and more.

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


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Save the Date and share with everyone you know! You can live in the US and still give back to Heartland! Must order online with the code.
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*Do you want to get involved, but don’t know how or don’t have time? Donating to HPO stays 100% in the school.

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We are a 501(c)3 and your donation will be tax deductible.

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, concession help as well as restaurant nights and family events.


The Thunderhawk Shop is open 24/7 online. We will deliver the items to your student or you can pick up in the office. We still have great hoodies, shirts, hats and more.

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


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

Dates to Remember:

2/28 Panda Express Night

(This is Nationonwide, so anyone can order from anywhere in the US)

3/7 Chicken N Pickle Night 6-8pm

4/20 Sky Zone Spirit Night 4-9pm

Questions? heartland.hpo@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

Thank You To Humphrey's Coffee Camper and Our Own Heartland Parent Organization for Helping To Show Appreciation to Our Faculty/Staff!

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8th Grade (Future Freshman Information)

Santa Fe High School Tryout Information

Click the link to learn more about SFHS Cheer, Pom & Athletic Tryouts!

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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