Dear Heartland Families,

Welcome to Heartland Middle School!  It is with great pride that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of the newest school in the district. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead this state-of-the-art school and I am excited to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

I anticipate a very successful year as my team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child here at Heartland. Call us crazy, but we love middle school students! They are so full of energy, and eager to learn. What we pledge to you is to provide innovative instructional strategies to keep them motivated and engaged and challenging enrichment opportunities for their exploration.

Fundamental skills will be strengthened in the core classes of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish throughout each student’s middle school career at Heartland.  Perhaps even more importantly, students will be challenged to think creatively, collaborate with their peers, and learn to communicate their ideas in effective and meaningful ways.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for each and every child to develop the academic, technological, and social skill sets necessary to succeed in our hyper-connected world.

Along with supporting their academic success, we vow to build strong relationships with students and with you…the parents and guardians! As Principal, I want you to know that my door is always open.  I welcome your input so please feel free to call or make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas.

There will be many ways you can receive information about Heartland. This website is an excellent way to get information. In addition, you can “like” us on Facebook, by going to

Welcome to Heartland! Go Thunderhawks!


James Keeton