Building Message


Dru Tomlin

Good day, Heritage Middle School Families,

It is Saturday, December 14, and it’s time for the Principal’s Message. I hope this message finds you and yours having a great weekend as we get ready for the final week of the 1st semester!


The HuskyStrong Word of the Week for December 9-13 was Empathy, so now it’s time for the #HuskyStrong Action Challenge! Here it is:  Do you really know what it's like to live in someone else's shoes? It's hard to empathize if you don't really know what other people are going through. Take action: take the online Empathy Challenge and test your Empathy ability by going to And then write or document what you learned from the challenge and submit it on the Google Form or the Action Challenge paper form OR email it to


Here are some key events and Husky things to know about the week ahead for December 16-19:

  1. On Tuesday, December 17, we have two events happening at Heritage:

    1. At 10:45am, we will have our monthly HuskyStrong Award Celebration for students who have been demonstrating excellence in one of the four A’s: Academics, Athletics, Arts, or Altruism. Congratulations to all of the students who have earned this award!

    2. At 5pm, the 7th and 8th grade Boys’ Basketball teams take on Gahanna East at HMS. Let’s cheer on our Huskies to victory!

  2. On Wednesday, December 18, our MODEL mentors will be meeting with selected 8th grade girls to foster leadership, positive relationships, and more! As always, we appreciate our MODEL mentors for taking time out of their lives to support our Huskies!

  3. On Thursday, December 19, we have three exciting events to conclude the 1st semester:

    1. We will have our annual grade level Holiday Dodgeball games during the school day--to bring fun and spread holiday cheer!

    2. From 9:30-11:30, we will be honoring our Top Dogs with a movie, prizes, and snacks at Westerville North HS! Top Dogs are students who are passing all of their classes and who also have no behavioral infractions for the entire 1st semester! Way to go to the Huskies who earned this awesome award!

    3. At 5pm, the 7th and 8th grade Girls’ Basketball teams take on New Albany at HMS. Let’s cheer on our Huskies to victory!

  4. Finally, from December 20-January 3, students will be on Winter Break. The Heritage MS family would like to wish you and yours a restful, relaxing and joyous holiday season! See you back at school on Monday, January 6, 2020!


This Week’s Inspirational Info:

What is Executive Functioning and how can it help (and predict) your student’s success? Check out this short video from Edutopia and then find ways to grow Executive Functioning skills in your young adolescent. There’s no time like the present! 


So we’re looking forward to another wonderful week of Husky PRIDE.  Thank you for everything you do at your house to support what we do at the school house. As we say at Heritage: Keep your eyes on the prize and seize every day with kindness, excellence, safety and Husky PRIDE! We Are Heritage! We are Husky Strong!


Dr. Tomlin

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