Mr. Wilmes's STEAM Art students considered how compression, friction, speed and centrifugal force are used to create pottery on the pottery wheel. Students explored the balance between hand compression and wheel speed in order to create balanced forms such as bowls, cylinders and belly pots.
about 1 month ago, janet miller
Students using pottery wheels
Students using pottery wheels
Students using pottery wheels
Students using pottery wheels
Students using pottery wheels
Mr. Wilmes’s STEAM Art students created a functional 3D ceramic gumball machine. Students considered mechanical physics and explored simple machines, momentum, and gravity. Students explored trial and error as they considered how to successfully make an individual piece of candy fall from the candy jar and roll down the chute. Finally, students considered how the shrinkage rate of clay would factor into the overall function of their gumball machines.
about 1 month ago, janet miller
Orange monster ceramic gumball machine
Lime green monster ceramic gumball machine
Human face ceramic gumball machine
Black and blue ceramic gumball machine
Orange monster ceramic gumball machine
Light blue minimal ceramic gumball machine
Mr. Wilmes's STEAM Art Students considered Bernoulli's Principle as they created an Egg-O-Copter. Students brainstormed and designed a non-motorized helicopter that would safely transport a raw egg being dropped from 25 feet off the ground. Not only did the egg have to survive the vertical drop, student helicopters had to prove Bernoulli's Principle (airfoil/helicopter blades will rotate due to the air pressure being off balanced above and below each blade). Unfortunately we did have a couple bowls of egg drop soup for lunch. Most groups created successful Egg-O-Copters and 2 groups were crowned champions and won a bag of Takis. Results: 1st period: 14 eggs survived, 3 eggs became Egg Drop Soup for Ms. Zigo 2nd period: 8 eggs survived, 8 eggs became Egg Drop Soup for Ms. Zigo
about 2 months ago, janet miller
Student working on Egg-o-copter construction
Students working on Egg-o-copter construction
Two boys holding bags of takis, an egg and egg-o-copter
Students dropping egg-o-copter over a second floor railing
Students dropping egg-o-copter over a second floor railing
Student working on Egg-o-copter construction
Student working on Egg-o-copter construction
A boy and a girl holding bags of takis, an egg and egg-o-copter
Students working on Egg-o-copter construction
Student working on Egg-o-copter construction
🔔 Parents/guardians will need to complete an Annual Update for the 2024-2025 school year by logging into the Parent Portal (not the Campus Parent app). Upon login, scroll down and select “More” in the lower left corner of your portal screen, then select “Online Registration,” then select “Start” on the “2024-2025 Existing Student Annual Update.” You will verify your existing information and make any needed changes. The Annual Update must be completed for your student(s) to receive their 2024-2025 schedule or homeroom teacher/classroom placement. 🔗 | Infinite Campus link: https://edmondschools.infinitecampus.org/.../edmond.jsp
about 2 months ago, Arin Smith
A purple background with text reading: "The Annual Update for the 2024-25 school year is now open. Please log in to the Parent Portal to verify info or make changes," with the Edmond Public Schools logo beneath it.
7th and 8th grade STEAM Art students considered the importance of architectural engineering as they designed and created birdhouses out of clay. Students considered load bearing walls, balance, stabilization, post and lintel, archways, and flying buttresses. Birdhouses must be able to hang from a tree and be glazed or painted for curb appeal.
2 months ago, janet miller
Ceramic birdhouse
Student forming birdhouse out of clay
Clay birdhouses on a shelf
Clay birdhouses on a shelf
Student forming clay birdhouse
Apple shaped ceramic birdhouse
Ceramic birdhouse with perch
Brown ceramic birdhouse
Ceramic birdhouse with yellow roof
Ceramic birdhouse with green roof
6th grade STEAM Art students along with DevonEnergy and the Oklahoma City Thunder considered the importance of “Good Hands”. The hope was to challenge students to think outside the box and use the engineering design process to create a functional robotic hand that could be used for commercial or prosthetic applications. Students were then challenged to test their creations by picking up four different objects. By simply applying some creativity and their engineering know-how, STEAM Art students made a useful robot hand. April 5, 2024 Update: Mr. Wilmes's Good Hands STEAM Art project won $500! Congratulations! Stay tuned for their next project - functional gumball machines made from clay.
2 months ago, janet miller
Student holding paper hand with straw segments taped to it
Student creating paper hand with straw segments taped to it
Students testing paper robot hands
Students testing paper robot hands
Mr. Wilmes's 7th and 8th Grade STEAM Art students considered the importance of 3D functional pottery and its role in society. Students gained an understanding of decorative and functional pottery as they emphasized balance, pattern, texture and scale. Students' aesthetically pleasing Monster Mugs were required to be a minimum of 6” tall or 6” wide, hold 12 ounces of liquid, and have a functional handle. Finally, the mug had to be functional for drinking from.
3 months ago, janet miller
Orange monster mug with yellow eyes and teeth and blue handle
Beige monster mug with one blue eye and pointed teeth
Red Monster mug with orange handle, orange eyes and orange fangs
Beige and purple monster mug with a blue and green eye, blue ears and pointed blue teeth
Congratulations to Heartland 7th grader Autumn Guest, who was inducted into the American Association of University Women Girls Hall of Honor yesterday. Teachers nominate 7th grade girls for their leadership qualities, and those girls complete an application that describes their activities and leadership skills. Each year the AAUW selects one 7th grade student from each Edmond Middle School for this award. Edmond Mayor Darrell Davis spoke at the event and provided each girl with a letter of commendation. At the reception, each girl gave a presentation touching on the topics of leadership, interests, activities and future plans. Congratulations to Autumn for this well-deserved recognition.
3 months ago, janet miller
Edmond mayor shaking hands with Autumn and handing her a certificate
Autumn presenting her slideshow
AAUW representative shaking hands with Autumn
Edmond mayor with five honorees
Autumn and her family
Autumn's poster and photo in display case
Heartland students raised $7,038 for Double Pup Dare Week, a part of Santa Fe High School's Double Wolf Dare Week. Teachers and students participated in a variety of fundraisers and events during February to help raise money for Project 66, an organization that provides food and resources to people who are facing food insecurity in Edmond and surrounding areas. From a 3v3 basketball tournament, to a movie night, to a masked singer competition and selling Valentines Grams, takis and other items, Heartland pulled out all the stops to raise as much money as possible, culminating in the Dare Assembly on Thursday. At the Dare Assembly, students paid to pie teachers in the face - don't worry, they were willing volunteers! Students taped teachers to the wall and some brave teachers even waxed their legs or shaved their beard in front of the student body! We are grateful to the Heartland community for going all out to support a great cause!
4 months ago, janet miller
Students cheering in front of banners revealing the numbers 7038
72 STEAM Art students created stop motion videos outlining a solution to an environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Topics include cleaning the air, restoring the ocean, protecting nature, reducing waste, and addressing climate change. Representatives from the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE) stopped by Heartland last week to drop off prizes. As a result of participating in the contest, students received either a globe, an atlas, or a pair of eclipse glasses. Way to go Thunderhawks!
4 months ago, janet miller
Two students wearing eclipse glasses
Mr. Wilmes holding an atlas standing with representatives from OKAGE
Student wearing eclipse glasses giving double thumbs up
Student wearing eclipse glasses and two holding inflatable globes
On February 22, Heartland hosted its second annual Black History Month Program - I AM: Celebrating the Beauty and Contributions of Black Artists. Dr. Sandra Thompson, Artistic Director of The Ambassadors’ Concert Choir and Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Oklahoma was the keynote speaker. The program also featured student performances of dance, song, poetry and more. Heartland teacher Mr. Perry even surprised the students with an energetic step performance. As always, the program was an uplifting experience highlighting the important contributions of Black Americans.
4 months ago, janet miller
Dr. Sandra Thompson speaking
Heartland orchestra and choir performing in gym
Student singing while another student dances
Heartland students speaking in the gym
Student dancing
Student singing, accompanied by piano
Heartland step team, with raised fists
Heartland step team performing
Mr. Perry's step performance
Heartland art students have been exercising their creativity and engineering skills as they have crafted paper mache masks. Some of the masks are more decorative and meant to be hung, while the FatHeads are oversized paper mache heads that are a type of self-portrait and are meant to be worn.
4 months ago, janet miller
Students wearing large paper mache masks in school hallway
student painting black circle on paper mache head
student drawing lips on a paper mache head
paper mache masks hanging on a wall
Paper mache masks hanging on a wall
Students wearing paper mache masks sitting on steps
Student wearing a paper mache mask with a red hat sitting on a couch and giving a thumbs up
students with paper mache heads posing in the hallway
Student with paper mache mask wearing glasses with pink streaks in hair
Students wearing paper mache masks sitting on a couch
At their choir competition yesterday, the Thunderettes (Heartland's Show Choir) received straight superior (a I) from all three judges and scored 555 of 600 possible points! They won trophies for Best In Class for 6A Junior High as well as Junior High Sweepstakes for scoring the highest among all the Junior High Show Choirs, regardless of class. They are doing some great things! Choir director Ms. McKinzie will be working with the Thunderettes to add new songs to their competition set over the next month or so before their next competition in April.
4 months ago, janet miller
Heartland show choir girls posing around two trophies
New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen visited Heartland on January 29. She spoke to 8th grade students about her books and the creative process. She also conducted a writing workshop for a small group of student writers nominated by their teachers. Jennifer is the author of more than 25 books. The False Prince, the first book in her fantasy series The Ascendance, won the Oklahoma Sequoyah Intermediate Book Award. Two of her riveting historical fiction books have also been nominated for the Red Dirt Book Award, including Lines of Courage, a current nominee. She was a phenomenal presenter and was so encouraging to our students, especially our young writers, in whose work she took a genuine interest.
4 months ago, janet miller
Jennifer Nielsen standing on bleachers with students pointing at her
Jennifer Nielsen presenting with screen that reads What do you Create?
Jennifer Nielsen presenting writers workshop to a small group of students seated at tables
Congratulations to Miss McKinzie - Heartland's 2024 Rookie of the Year! Miss McKinzie teaches Choir and has a long list of accomplishments in her first year of teaching, which isn't over yet! For more information, see the Rookie of the Year page on this website. (In the Faculty menu, under About our School)
5 months ago, janet miller
McKayla McKinzie holding flowers in front of Rookie of the Year sign
Mr. Wilmes's STEAM Art students participated in the second annual Slingshot Challenge. The National Geographic Society, with support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education sponsored the contest. Students were asked to create a one-minute video outlining a solution to an environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Topics could include cleaning the air, restoring the ocean, protecting nature, reducing waste, and addressing climate change. Mr. Wilmes's students responded to the prompt by creating their own stop motion videos.
5 months ago, janet miller
Screenshot of video with lego figures on a lego beach
Lego figure in a lego boat on a blue lego lake
Paper cutout illustration reading Don't Litter with fish and seaweed
Student working on chromebook
Student editing video on chromebook
Lego figure in a lego boat in a paper scene
Because of icy and dangerous road conditions, Edmond Public Schools will move to remote learning for all schools for Monday, January 22nd. Students should refer to information sent by their school site for assignments that will need to be completed for attendance to be counted.
5 months ago, Edmond Public Schools
all EPS schools will move to remote learning Monday, January 22nd graphic
Due to inclement weather, all Edmond Public Schools will move to remote learning for Tuesday, January 16th.
5 months ago, Edmond Public Schools
graphic announcing remote learning for Tuesday, January 16th for all EPS schools
Congratulations to Mr. Wilmes and Ms. Bri! Mr. Wilmes was named a District Teacher of the Year Finalist and Ms. Bri was named a District Support Employee of the Year Finalist! Read more about Mr. Wilmes and Ms. Bri by clicking the About Our School menu, selecting Faculty, then choosing either Teacher of the Year or Support Employee of the Year. We are so thankful to have so many wonderful educators working at Heartland!
5 months ago, janet miller
Ms. Bri holds a plant and fox figurine, surrounded by administrators
Mr. Wilmes holds poinsettia, surrounded by adminstrators
Mr. Wilmes's 6th grade STEAM Art students along with Devon Energy and the Oklahoma City Thunder considered the importance of static electricity and its effect on aluminum. Mr. Wilmes's hope was to challenge his students to think outside the box and develop problem-solving skills around questions that focus on electricity. They explored static electricity by creating an imbalance of positive or negative charges and seeing how that imbalance is used to power an objects like future vehicles. They also considered momentum, texture of the surface, distance between the can and the balloon and how that distance affected its speed. Using iPads and Procreate software, students uploaded and modified their dream cars. They tested their theories and used static electricity to see how far and how fast they could pull their aluminum pop can race cars. …to the victor goes the spoils! https://www.nba.com/thunder/explorers
6 months ago, janet miller
Students holding balloons up to Coke cans rolling on the floor
student using tablet to modify image of car
student using tablet to design car
student using tablet to draw a car
student using a tablet to design a camper
student using a tablet to design a car
student holding a balloon behind a coke can rolling on a table
students at the end of a hallway, bending over with balloons to the floor
student's hair sticking to a purple balloon
Hands in a circle with blue bracelets