Building Message

Dr. Dru Tomlin, Principal

Dru Tomlin


Good day, Heritage Families, smiley

Happy Friday, it is January 19, 2018, and I hope this message finds everyone doing well and enjoying a wonderful weekend as temperatures start to warm up a little here in wintery Westerville.

Here’s what we accomplished this week at Heritage Middle School:

  1. On Monday, January 15th, there was no school as we honored Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We hope you enjoyed this day of celebration and service.

  2. On Tuesday, January 16th at 5pm, the 7th and 8th grade Girls’ Basketball teams played at home against Walnut Springs MS.  Thanks to all of our families and fans for cheering on our Huskies!

  3. On Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 5pm, we had our first Home Wrestling meet as we took on New Albany. Our wrestlers grappled with strength and Husky PRIDE through all of their matches.

  4. On Thursday, Jan. 18th at 5pm, our 7th and 8th grade Boys’ Basketball teams hooped it up against Dempsey Middle School.

  5. And today, we rewarded our Quarter 2 PRIDE Point winners by taking a walking field trip over to Westerville North High School--for a movie, prizes and then pizza back at Heritage. We had a great time and our scholars were well behaved and respectful. Big time appreciation to Westerville North High School for allowing us to use their wonderful auditorium for our movie celebration!


Here are some key events and Husky things to know for this next full week:

  1. On Tuesday, January 23rd, our 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams will take on Big Walnut MS at home starting at 5pm. We look forward to seeing plenty of Heritage fans for this final regular season home game for our girls’ team!

  2. On Wednesday, January 24th, we have three awesome events to look forward to:

    • From 7-8am, “Coffee with Dr. Dru” will be held in the Media Center. This is an open conversation to discuss your questions, concerns, etc. over coffee and breakfast treats. Everyone’s invited!

    • From 11am-2pm, our MODEL mentoring group for girls will be traveling to Westerville North HS to watch the compelling film, “Hidden Figures.”

    • And from 7pm-8pm, Heritage will once again offer a session for all families about “Internet Safety & Cyber-Citizenship” in the HMS Media Center. Learn what you can do at home to help your middle schooler become a better digital citizen.

  3. On Thursday at 5pm, our 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams will take on Genoa Middle School here at Heritage. Come on out and support our Huskies for their final game of the regular season!

  4. Please remember that Thursday, January 25th is also an Early Release Day for all students, so school will finish at 1:45pm. 

Finally, we’re excited to tell you about the relaunch of our SSR/Advisory period for our students here at Heritage. This 20 minute period is right before lunch, and we’re using it to provide academic support, build relationships, give time to work on school-wide behavior, and boost literacy throughout the school. An advisory period is important in the middle school because young adolescents need time to pause, reflect and work with a supportive adult in a supportive setting on a consistent basis. And of course, all students are being fed at lunch in a timely and efficient manner after SSR/Advisory.  Please let me know if you have any questions about our rekindled SSR/Advisory period.


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, and Husky PRIDE! We Are Heritage! We are Husky Strong!



Dr. Tomlinyes


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