Good day, Heritage Families,
It’s Saturday, February 17th, and I recognize that this Principal’s Message is a day late. With schools closed yesterday, I spent time with my family and my Heritage family paying respects to the two fallen police officers, Tony Morelli and Eric Joering, and their families. Both of the officers, in fact, had connections to Heritage. Officer Morelli was once an SRO at Heritage, and one of his children was a Heritage Husky, and Officer Joering was a Heritage student himself. Friday was part of a week-long time of recognition and celebration during which we tied blue ribbons around the school, wore blue ribbons every day, observed a moment of silence, signed banners of tribute, and shared cherished memories about Officer Morelli and Officer Joering. Regardless of your connection to the officers, I hope that you and your family enjoy the weekend and cherish time together.
Here’s what we accomplished this week at the Home of the Huskies:
The Junior Mentors from Westerville South, North and Central High Schools visited our 8th graders on Monday, February 12th to talk about the transition to high school. Thanks to the awesome juniors who brought their knowledge and insights to our Huskies! If you have an 8th grader, ask about the classes they might want to take next year; the deadline to turn in the scheduling form has been extended--but it’s still right around the corner!
On Thursday, February 15th at 8am, Heritage held its Black History Month assembly to honor and celebrate the heritage and history and the culture and contributions of Black Americans. We celebrated through poetry, dance, song and more. And of course, we continue our celebration throughout the month through our daily music, announcements and the 100 Heroes Challenge.
And today, Saturday, three students from our Future City team traveled to Washington, D.C. so they could show the nation what it means to be HuskyStrong and to represent Heritage and Ohio in the national Future City Competition this weekend. Go Huskies!
Here are some key events and Husky things to know for this next week:
On Monday, February 19th, there is no school due to Presidents’ Day.
On Tuesday, February 20th, we have a lot of great things happening at Heritage:
At 7am, we’ll hold “Coffee with Dr. Dru” in our Media Center. This is an opportunity to talk about Heritage--your thoughts, concerns, etc.
At 4:30pm, we’ll have “Afternoon Tea with Tomlin” also in the Media Center to hear your thoughts, concerns, etc.
And at 7-8pm, we’ll conclude the day with a free, informative session for all families entitled, “Dealing with Social Aspects (and Drama!) of Middle School”. This session will provide great strategies to help everyone on the homefront as their young adolescent deals with social life and drama in middle school.
Wednesday, February 21 is another busy day at HMS with the MODEL group coming in at noon to work with some of our girls, a PTSA meeting happening at 6:30pm in the Media Center, and an orchestra concert at 7:30pm occurring at Westerville South HS. Wow! Our Huskies have a lot going on!
The Spring Book Fair begins on Tuesday, February 20 in the Media Center, as well! This is a great opportunity to get awesome reading materials for the Spring season--and more!
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!