Bronco Bits

A Parent Newsletter for HMS Broncos

October 3, 2022

Dear Bronco Parents,


The weather change has been nice. Especially in the evenings at the sporting events. I hope you all are able to enjoy the weather this weekend with your families.


We still have students bringing hot chips (one chip challenge) to school and sharing with others. Please note that now that we have officially banned this from HMS, there will start to be consequences for those that continue to bring them to school. Students are also not allowed to share food with others at the school. Any food brought into the school by an individual student can only be for themselves.


Reminder: Deliveries for students by outside services (uber eats, etc.) or flowers/balloons, etc. are not allowed per the GCISD Student Parent Handbook.


If you ever have a question or concern, please reach out to us. We are here to help!


I hope you all have a great week.


Sincerely,

Sheila Shimmick

Principal, Heritage Middle School


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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 3

Stomp Out Bullying Day- Wear boots and blue!

Art Club Meeting 3:35 to 4:15 pm

7th Football @ Colleyville MS, B team @ 5pm / A @ 6:15pm

Volleyball vs. Colleyville MS 8th grade @ home, 7th grade @ Colleyville-

B team @ 5pm / A team @ 6:15pm


Tuesday, October 4

E-sports Club 3:35 to 5:00 pm

HMS Cheer Practice 3:45 to 5:30 pm

HMS Dance Practice @ 3:45 to 6:00 pm

GCISD Band Showcase @ Mustang Panther Stadium 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Wednesday, October 5

HMS Dance Practice 3:45 to 6:00 pm

8th Football vs. CMS (@MPS) B team @ 5pm / A @ 6:15pm

CHHS Homecoming Parade 6:30 pm on Heritage Ave.


Thursday, October 6

CEC Meeting 3:35 to 4:30 pm in the learning commons

Skyward App Parent Training 8:30 to 9:30 am or 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the HMS lecture hall (see blurb with details below)


Friday, October 7

HMS Spirit Day!

Future Panther Band & Choir Night @ Mustang Panther Stadium 6:30 to 8:30 pm (at the high school football game)

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Skyward App Training for Parents- October 6 in HMS Lecture Hall

You can RSVP with the QR code or by clicking HERE.
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HMS Students of the Month for September

6th Grade

Noah South

Ethan Lindsey

Aarabhi Deshetty

Reagan Yearian


7th Grade

Mikey Hester

Nathan Lavergne

Morgan Brown

Remi Hudecek


8th Grade

Sameer Johnson

Chandler Sampson

Rhyan Blake

Alissa Jimenez


HMS PTSA Newsletter- Be in the Know!

Play it Safe!- Opt In Form Needed from Parents

The Play it Safe! Middle School Parent Preview was held virtually through Zoom on September 29th at 10 a.m. and recorded for parents to watch at their convenience. To view more details and to see the HMS campus-specific dates for the upcoming 6th and 7th-grade presentations, please click on the link to the form below. If you DO want your child to participate, please complete the linked form and submit to Mr. Wright or the front office.


If the form is NOT completed and turned in to Mr. Wright or the front office, your child will not participate in the program. If you have any questions, please call or email Mr. Wright.

Parent Preview Recording (Password GCISD2022)

Play it Safe Opt In Form

HMS PTSA Fall Social Volunteers Needed!


Jeans and Jerseys Volunteer Sign Up!

PSAT- October 12

On Wednesday, October 12, 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on campus. This exam is the College Board's first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Please be advised that Zero hour will not meet on this date. All 8th grade students need to report to HMS at the regular start time. Please send your student with two number 2 pencils and a graphing calculator if he or she owns one. Please encourage your student to get a good night's sleep and to eat breakfast to be ready for testing.

PARENT TECH ACADEMY

Let's "TECHnically" kick off the school year on October 5th 6:30 pm, at the PDEC.


Want to learn how to review your student's internet activity on their District device?

How about setting up alerts if your child misses work?


Wouldn't it be nice to see what your child is doing in Canvas or Seesaw?


How about just having one place to go to access all the various logins and resources here in GCISD.


Well, NOW you can!


We will walk parents through the ClassLink Parent Portal, your one-stop shop for parent resources in the district. Come learn about Skyward, Canvas/Seesaw and the LightSpeed Internet reporting.

National School Lunch Week - Elementary and Middle Schools

Each year, GCISD celebrates National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in mid-October. During NSLW, we feature student favorites, Texas local items and special Texas State Fair themed treats. This year’s menu features Cowboy Bread, Texas Local Caramel Apples, a Big Tex Burger and a Cowboy Quesadilla to name a few. The students and staff have lots of fun with the special menu items this week and Nutrition Services looks forward to continuing this tradition.


Submitted by: Julie Telesca

School Health Advisory Committee

The GCISD School Health Advisory Committee is searching for interest in our committee. Are you a parent, teacher, school counselor or administrator, healthcare professional, local business person, clergy, law enforcement, or senior citizen in the GCISD community interested in providing input about GCISD health education curriculum? Please visit the SHAC website for more information.

Purchasing School Pictures?

You will be sent an email with your proof image to view in about two weeks with a code allowing you to view, select your background and purchase your portrait packages online. Packages will be shipped to your home and are 100% guaranteed. See Kyli Duvall with questions.

Heritage Middle Football

8th Grade Football

The HMS Broncos took on Cross Timbers MS at Mustang-Panther Stadium this past Tuesday night to start District play!


The B game was back and forth and ended in a 14-14 tie! The game was a nail biter as both teams tried to score at the end but the defenses held tight. There were key plays from many players including Kevin Bolton, Brandon Blackwell, and Zach Lane. The play of the night was Vini Toliati's 105 yard pick 6! He intercepted the ball in the end zone and ran it back for a touchdown!


The A team enjoyed playing under the lights on the big stage with a 40-21 victory over the wolves. Sometimes football luck is just on your side which was shown in a fumbled snap flea flicker touchdown from Trevor Blazevic to Sameer Johnson. Heads up play for Jeremiah Williams to toss the ball back to Trevor!


7th Grade Football

Monday night the HMS Broncos started district play at home against Cross Timbers MS in our preview of the red rail!


The B team played a hard fought game but came up short 19-8. Henry Mishoe had some great runs, Yousef Nassar led the team down for a touchdown, and Chandler Jones capped off a PAT return for 2 points!


The A game was decided in the last minutes! CTMS was leading 14-0 at half but these young men fought back and won 16-14! It all started when Brendan Dressell had a 95 yard pick 6! Then a couple of offensive series later, Brendan threw the ball to Elijah Ecklar who took the ball from the defenders hands and sprinted into the endzone!


The Broncos take on Colleyville MS next week at CMS. The B game will start at 5:00pm with the A game starting around 6:15!


Come support the 8th grade as they take on CTMS tonight at MPS! The B game starts at 5:00!

Volleyball Season is Here!

The HMS Volleyball teams took on cross-town rival CTMS last week in several hard fought battles. The 8th grade “B” team extended their undefeated season to four straight wins. Keira Roach earned Player of the Game for her amazing serves with 8 in a row and front row play. The “A” team battled hard against a solid opponent taking the Wolves to 3 sets before dropping a close match in the district opener. All of the girls fought hard and played a great game. Karsyn Miller earned the Player of the Game honors with her incredible defensive plays.


The 7th grade volleyball teams had an exciting night on the court as well bringing home two wins over the Wolves. They played their hearts out and really worked well as a team. “B” team Player of the Game was Samantha Riewe for her awesome plays on the net and 3 kills! “A” team took CTMS to three sets and pulled out the win. Player of the Game goes to Olivia Rhodes for her smart offensive plays and great saves on defense. A special thank you to all of the teachers that came out for Teacher Appreciation Night!


The volleyball teams will be back in action in this weekend at the EMISD Middle School Madness Tournament before returning to district play on Monday against Colleyville Middle. 7th grade will be on the road while 8th grade will be at home against the Colts celebrating 8th grade Teacher Appreciation Night.


We hope to see you there!

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Volunteers Needed- Does your Teen Need Service Hours?

Grapevine Elementary School Carnival is just around the corner, and we need your help! There are many opportunities to help make Carnival a huge success for our students and families. There are opportunities to serve at carnival booths and concessions or assist with prep and cleanup. There are areas for teens to help out and get those needed service hours! If you are interested in helping, please use the sign-up links below. We are thankful for all the volunteers that make this event possible!


Intruder Detection Audits

Over the summer, school districts engaged in several initiatives to enhance school safety as directed by Governor Abbott on June 1. This work continues this fall with intruder detection audits for public K-12 and charter schools and the review of emergency operation plans for public K-12, charter, and junior college districts.


The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) began intruder detection audits, in partnership with regional educational centers on September 12, 2022, and while the specific date or time that the audits will be conducted is not revealed to districts, GCISD expects audits of our campuses within the upcoming weeks. The purpose of these audits is to assess the access control measures of a campus during the school day. For example, inspectors will check to see if they are able to gain unauthorized access through exterior doors and if the campus is conducting required exterior weekly door sweeps.


Audits will be conducted by trained inspectors, in plain clothing, who if stopped by school personnel, will self-identify and proceed with the rest of the intruder audit. They will not be simulating an intrusion. Any findings will be provided to the district as soon as possible to enable districts to remedy findings. Please remember that we all play a critical role in keeping our schools safe, and we ask for your continued partnership and support of our security efforts.


Allen Smith, Director of Security and Safety

Student ID Badge - IMPORTANT!

It is an expectation that students wear ID badges everyday at HMS. Each day students need to display their temporary badge when entering the building and keep the badge on throughout the school day. Students who don’t have an ID will be issued a day temporary ID/sticker, and may be given a lunch detention.


Last Friday, September 16 was school picture day. Every HMS student received an ID with their name and picture on it. Now, if they lose their badge, it will be a $5.00 fee for a replacement badge.

8th Grade Students- Collegiate Academy Application

GCISD 8th Graders and Parents,


GCISDCollegiate Academy at Tarrant County Northeast will begin accepting applications for the fall of 2023 beginning October 10, 2022 and ending on December 16, 2022. This is an exciting opportunity for GCISD students to attend an early college high school where students earn a high school diploma and an associates degree all for free! GCISD Collegiate Academy is a stand alone high school located on the Tarrant County College Northeast campus. CA was established in the fall of 2014 and our students have been very successful academically. Here are just some of their accomplishments:

  • Over 400 Collegiate Academy Graduates (Class of 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021, 2022)

  • Over 18 million in scholarships

  • 269 Associates Degrees

  • 26,000+ College Credit Hours

  • EVERY GRADUATE EARNED COLLEGE Credit

  • 5 National Merit Semi-Finalist

  • 6 National Merit Commended

  • Numerous Hispanic and African American College Board Scholar Awards

  • A Gates Foundation Scholarship recipient

Collegiate Academy competes in UIL Academics, One Act Play, Esports, UIL soccer and has many clubs and activities. We will be visiting your school this month to share information! We will be hosting a Parent/Student meeting at the PDEC on November 17 and a CA Open House for prospective students on November 29. More information regarding the Parent/Student meeting and Open House will be shared in early November!


Students we will be visiting your school on the following dates:

GMS October 11

CTMS October 14

HMS October 18

CMS October 19


CA students and faculty are excited to meet you and tell you about all the benefits of becoming a Phoenix! Come check us out!


Remember you can apply beginning October 10 using the QR code below or the QR code on the poster in your school! Find your Fire and become a Phoenix! There are only 100 spots for the Class of 2028! Apply for yours soon!

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HMS PTSA Jeans & Jerseys Fall Social

Save the Date for the HMS PTSA Jeans & Jerseys Fall Social!


Purchase tickets in advance! https://broncoptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/4941


Jeans and Jerseys Volunteer Sign Up!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event fun and safe for our kids!

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REFLECTIONS 2023 DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!

It’s not too late for your student to participate in Reflections, PTSA's Fine Arts Program! Reflections exists to provide access to the arts and to recognize students' creative accomplishments while boosting their confidence in fine arts and in life. Students are invited to enter original works that express the theme, “Show Your Voice!” in the following categories: visual arts, literature, dance choreography, film production, music composition or photography. They will be judged at the school level and may then proceed to district and state contests. Those that achieve recognition at the state level will have the opportunity to advance to the national level for recognition and awards. Submissions must be received by Friday, October 28. Please email hmsreflections@broncoptsa.org or suzanna_renee@hotmail.com for submission of digital entries or to arrange pick-up of physical submissions or flash drives.


For complete rules, eligibility, specific criteria for each category and entry forms see: https://www.txpta.org/reflections-participation


All participants must have at least one household member of HMS PTSA by October 31. Join here: https://broncoptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/joinptsa

Stars of GCISD Nominations are Open

We're excited to share a new way we’ll be recognizing employees across the district for the hard work they pour into our students. Whether they’re in the classroom, or work in a support role to make sure students have everything they need to learn each day, every employee is a vital part of this organization. We have so many stars in GCISD, and this new program will give them, along with our community, an opportunity to shine the light on someone who is a star of GCISD.


I invite you to nominate a deserving employee today at www.GCISD.net/StarsofGCISD.

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School Activities, Events and Games- IMPORTANT

As we begin having activities, events and games on campus we'd like to remind our students and parents of the expectations. If our students go to an event (volleyball for example), they need to sit in the stands to watch and the behavior expectations are the same as they are during the school day. They may not run around outside the gyms and play around the whole evening with their friends. These are events in which they are invited to attend to cheer on our Broncos. If they cannot meet the expected behaviors, they may be asked to leave. Students also may be disciplined for poor behaviors that are a violation of the student code of conduct anytime they are present at the school, including evening events.


Reminder: If a student serves ISS during the school day for any reason, they are not allowed to attend after school activities/games.


We are making announcements during the day to the students, but would appreciate you speaking with them about expectations if you plan to drop them off or let them attend an after school event at HMS or at the GCISD Stadium.

Dress Code in Middle School

It is very important to us that our students follow the dress code guidelines that are in the student/parent handbook that is provided to you electronically when you register your student(s) for school in GCISD. We prefer not to spend instructional time during the day addressing dress code violations.


Please note the specifics below:


While wearing tank tops or shirts with spaghetti straps students must wear a shirt or jacket over these. These cannot be worn by themselves. No undergarments should ever be seen such as bra straps. Shirts must not expose the midriff of the student. Sleeveless blouses/tops must have the outside edge of the sleeve touch the outside edge of the shoulder. Also, shorts and skirts must be long enough to extend mid-thigh and allow students to be able to stand, sit and/or bend with modesty. Jeans with holes are not allowed, except below the knee. Holes should be subtle and not show skin. No graphic t-shirts with inappropriate words, signs, or symbols are allowed. Students that come to school dressed in clothing that is not dress code approved, will be sent to the office to call their parents to bring up other appropriate clothing.


*Pajama pants and pajama slippers are also not to be worn to school except on PJ days which are rewards for the students and would be publicized in the newsletter prior to the day.

MEDICATION ON CAMPUS- SCHOOL NURSE

Below is a link to the medication permit. A new form is needed for each school year for any medications your child may require at school. You can print this copy and take it with you to your appointment with your children's physician. Students may self-carry non-expired inhalers and Epi-Pens with a physician and parent signed medication permit turned in to the nurse. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Lisa Cunningham, BSN, RN, NCSN Phone 817-305-4809 Fax 817-305-4815


https://www.gcisd.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=23210634


**Please remember to label inhalers and Epi Pens with a pharmacy label. Pharmacies will print an extra label for free. Unlabeled inhalers/Epi-pens found on campus will be properly disposed of.

Attendance in GCISD

  • An ABSENCE means the student is not present in class for any reason

  • There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused

  • Excused absences include absences due to medical/dental appointments, illness, etc.

  • Unexcused absences include absences that HMS has no documentation for

  • BOTH excused and unexcused absences count towards overall attendance

  • Unexcused absences may lead to truancy and court filing


Please make sure to be at school. If you have to miss, please contact Hina Virani @ 817-305-4804 and send appropriate documentation via email or upon return.


If a student must be absent from school please notify Hina Virani @ 817-305-4804 or email at hina.virani@gcisd.net each day of a student’s absence to report the students’ name and reason for the absence (personal or illness). If a parent forgets to call, then the student must bring a parent note to the attendance office the day they return to school. If the parent does not call or send a note, the student will be considered truant.


You may also have your physician fax a doctor's excuse to 817-267-9929. We recommend you continue to monitor your student's attendance in Skyward on a regular basis.

Tardiness interrupts instructional time, students are expected to be in class at 8:10, if they arrive after the bell they will check in the front office and receive a tardy slip before going to class. Excessive tardiness will result in corrective action.


CHECKING OUT/IN


The Attendance office will not dismiss a student until parent contact has been made by parent note or parent phone call. The parent is requested to call ahead of time so the office has adequate time to locate the student. You will need to come into the campus with a photo id to check a student out.


If you decide to come to school to check out your student, please allow us plenty of time to locate your student. It takes a while to locate students. Students are particularly hard to locate if they are in their athletic class or at lunch.If students are returning back to campus, parents are not required to come in with your student, please send a note if applicable with the student upon their return.


Student Handbook pages 37-41

English: Student-Parent Handbook for 2022-2023

Important HMS/GCISD Information

Student-Parent Handbook for 2022-2023


Parent Observer in Canvas? This guide will help parents stay in the know!


GCISD updates about COVID can be found here.

Two things you need to know on campus:



HMS Athletic Booster Club Membership Form


Use this HMS Contact Directory to find the contact information needed.


Join HMS PTSA Today!


Chromebook Chargers:

Here are the procedures for new chargers:


https://gcisdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045160933-GCISD-Device-Charger-Replacements


Here are the direct Amazon links for the models:


6th and 7th grade:

https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Dell-Latitude-LA65NM170-HA65NM170/dp/B07RG35NZR/ref=sr_1_9?crid=2XYR70JJJ3Y4R&keywords=65w+dell+charger&qid=1576075570&sprefix=65w%2Caps%2C187&sr=8-9


8th grade:

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Laptop-Charger-Adapter-Latitude/dp/B07Q3YDR1C/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=65w+dell+charger&qid=1576074477&sr=8-7

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Counseling Corner

The Play it Safe! Middle School Program - Parent Preview was held virtually through Zoom on September 29th at 10 a.m. and recorded for parents to watch at their convenience. To view more details and the HMS campus-specific dates for the upcoming 6th and 7th-grade presentations, please click on/see the form. If you DO want your child to participate, please fill out the linked form to Mr. Wright or the front office. If the form is NOT completed and turned in to Mr. Wright or the front office, your child will not participate in the program. If you have any questions, please call or email Mr. Wright (william.wright@gcisd.net).

Parent Preview Recording (Password GCISD2022)

Play it Safe Opt In Form


Monday, October 3rd is World Day of Bullying Prevention, which historically has been a day where GCISD asked students and staff to wear boots and blue shirts to show support for bullying prevention. Here is the website for Stomp Out Bullying, which is the organization behind World Day of Bullying Prevention.


Free/Reduced Breakfast and Lunch:

As you may know, breakfast and lunch are not free this year. Please follow this link to fill out the application to see if your family qualifies for financial assistance with breakfast and/or lunch for your student. If you have any questions, please email or call our HMS Student Advocate, Mr. Wright.


Adding Funds to a Student's School Breakfast/Lunch Account:

If you need to add money to your student’s breakfast/lunch account, please click this link for information on how to pay online, from your phone, and/or by check.


SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program:

GCISD proactively offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is designed for all secondary students in grades 6-12.


The GCISD School Health Advisory Committee has reviewed and recommends these programs for all GCISD secondary schools.


HMS students will view/have already viewed the SOS Program during their Social Studies classes on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 19 - 6th Grade Students
  • Wednesday, September 21 - 7th Grade Students
  • Monday September 26 - 8th Grade Students


For more information, including information about how to opt your student out of the program, please click here: English Spanish


Questions regarding SOS Guidance lessons may be directed to william.wright@gcisd.net.


Community Resources

If your family (or someone you know) is currently in need of support, GRACE Grapevine, Tarrant County United Way, and Tarrant Area Food Bank are some local resources that may be able to provide your family some assistance. You may also call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 to learn about additional resources that your family may qualify for receiving.


Friends for Life

This is an anonymous way to make a report if a student sees or hears about anything that is concerning. Students (or parents) can call the Friends for Life Hotline at (817) 469-8477

or can visit the GCISD Counseling Website by clicking HERE for information to make an online report and access additional resources.


Please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns!


HMS Counselors

Molly Miller, Academic Counselor (A - K) - molly.miller@gcisd.net; 817-305-4798

Renae Garrett, Academic Counselor (L - Z) - renae.garrett@gcisd.net; 817-305-4796

Will Wright, Student Advocate - william.wright@gcisd.net; 817-305-4799

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GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate
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