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HERITAGE MIDDLE
1001 Parnell Court
Deltona, FL 32738
(386) 575-4113
    Principal's Message
    Greetings Eagle Family,

    If a school year were to be compared to a 5k race, then I’d say we are in the final mile heading for the finish line.  I used to coach girls Cross Country for years during my stent at Atlantic High School and I would tell my runners during practices or on race days the following:

    Run the 1st mile with your head (brain)
    Run the 2nd mile with your legs
    Run the 3rd mile with your heart

    You see, at the beginning of a race it is very easy to get ahead of yourself and others, which could be detrimental to your overall racing performance…in the first mile it is important to run smart, pace yourself, and stay close to your competition.  

    When entering the second mile, your heart is beating steadily (likely 85% to 90% capacity), sweat is running down your face, and you’re beginning to feel your leg muscles burn…leg muscle strength and stamina are crucial elements for the middle segment of the race.  It’s been my experience that runners with personal best times during the 2nd mile split end up having a great finish.  Essentially, while still running smart, let your legs pull you through the middle mile.  

    And then, the final mile…let your heart bring you home to the finish line.  Not in the literal sense of an actual beating heart…rather in the sense of GRIT and determination.  On this ideal 5K journey, you ran smart…you ran hard…now finish what you started – and finish strong.

    In using this comparison, let’s continue to encourage our students to finish the school year strong.  Every moment of every day is just as important as the first.  Even with the conclusion of state testing on the horizon, it is imperative that our students remain academically engaged until the end…and beyond.  To do so, be sure to communicate with your child’s teachers, counselor, and/or administrator if you have any concerns.  

    Lastly, please pay close attention to any connect ed calls or flyers coming home in the near future.  We have many events in May and the first week of June that require parent support and participation.  As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you and your family in having a pleasant experience here at Heritage.

    Happy learning…happy running,

    Thomas Vaughan
    Principal