Whether you’re coming to Heritage , staying at Heritage, or heading to Darby High School next year, the HMS Scheduling and Registration page is where all information and documents will be accessible when made available.
Please mark your calendars as needed:
1/22/20 Incoming Freshman Meeting – 7pm @ Darby HS
2/10/20 Incoming 8th Grade Parent Meeting – 7pm HMS Cafeteria
2/24/20 Incoming 7th Grade Parent Meeting 7pm – HMS Cafeteria
More details to come in January!
At Heritage Middle School, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all our students arrive safely at school each and every day. This year we are introducing a new, more efficient student absence reporting system called School Messenger Attendance. This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.
With School Messenger Attendance, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these three convenient methods:
- Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
- Use the School Messenger Attendance website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
- Call the toll-free number 844-413-8801 to report an absence using the automated phone system.
These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.
If you forget to report an absence, you will receive an automated notification. The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. We will be using the contact information in Home Access, so it is vital your information is correct. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, the office staff will follow up.
If you report your child’s absence in advance using the School Messenger mobile app, website, or toll-free number you will NOT receive these notifications.
Please report absences in advance using School Messenger Attendance instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school. Beginning on the first day, we will also start sending notifications to let you know if your student is absent when you haven’t reported the absence in advance.
For now, just Secondary are using this system. If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.
||Matthew Carter visited Heritage and spoke to Language Arts classes on November 1st. Matthew Carter is the inspiration behind Ghost, a New York Times best-selling novel by Jason Reynolds. This book was read by all of the 7th grade Language Arts classes at Heritage. Recently this book was named one America’s 100 most-loved books by the Great American Read, and Carter’s story has served as welcomed introduction to literature for thousands of students, and given thousands more an opportunity to see themselves on the page. What a great honor for Heritage to have Matthew as a guest!
Matthew currently travels around the country sharing his story of triumph over trauma that inspired the character of Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw.
Check out Matthew Carter’s webpage at https://www.matthewcartertalks.com/
Why You Matter Project at Heritage MS:
The Why You Matter campaign was created to promote a positive community and a sense of belonging for all of the students and staff in the school. To have students think about this, write about this, and share it, they have really tough discussions with their teachers in the classroom. Each of our students and staff members possess unique qualities and characteristics that make them who they are.
On August 26th, we will be celebrated these unique qualities on our Why You Matter day at Heritage. Each student came up with a reason as to why they matter. They will then be photographed with their written response. Each photograph will be turned into a poster and these posters will be hung around the school for all to see. The students will walk in one morning to find a wall of their faces, their meaningful statements and that of their teachers and peers.
Along with the photographs, the students heard a message from poet, Sara Holbrook, that inspired creativity and helped them discover their “why.” Throughout the rest of the day on August 26th, students went through various rotations to get to know their peers and staff members on a deeper level.
We really look forward to the final result and lasting impact that the Why You Matter Campaign will make on Heritage Middle School!
Follow us on twitter #hmsmatters
8th Grade Washington DC Trip: October 14-17, 2019
Hilliard Heritage Middle School, in conjunction with Prodigy Student Travel, Inc., is organizing an exciting trip to Gettysburg, PA & Washington, DC, set for October 14-17, 2019! This tour will give your student an opportunity to experience first-hand the excitement & history of these legendary sites!
In today’s world, getting students ready for a balanced digital lifestyle is essential to success at work as well as in life. Students need to learn how to interact socially, personally, and educationally in both face-to-face and online environments. With all of the new opportunities (and challenges) that are possible through digital learning spaces, social media, and online interaction, students should master these skills through the lens of health and digital wellness.
We recognize February as Digital Wellness Month. We want to hear from our parents and community, what aspects of digital wellness do you feel are important for us to focus on. What would you like to see taught more in school, and what more do you as an adult want to learn about.
Please take just a few minutes to participate in our ThoughtExchange so we can hear from you. Then be sure to star, or rate, other comments so we know which are the biggest hot button concerns in our schools.