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The 2021 HMS Hurricane Watch Staff is comprised of middle school Journalism 1 students.  Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, these beginning Journalism students have been learning and practicing strategies which will allow them to publish news stories and photographs that share the unique and rich story of Heritage Middle School.

While students all strive for perfection, even professional publications are not perfect and middle school students should not be held to unrealistic standards, or even those of professional publications. We appreciate your support. We’d love to hear from you! To make suggestions, ask questions or suggest story ideas or content, please contact Mr. Barry Huff via email at [email protected] or on the contact form on this website, by calling the school at 210-648-4546 or sending a note.

Heritage Middle School is one of two middle schools in the East Central Independent School District located in San Antonio, Texas. Home to  more than 1,100 students, Heritage Middle School focuses on instilling high academic standards and character traits of responsibility, respect and safety for each and every student. Mrs. Mary Alice Gomez is the principal. More information about the school can be found on the HMS website.

The role and goal of the Hurricane Watch staff is to inform and entertain their readers through accurate and factual reporting. The Hurricane Watch aims to be accurate, fair and impartial in all its coverage. The staff strives to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate, and ethical manner, according to the NSPA Code of Ethics for Scholastic Journalists.

The Hurricane Watch staff works to avoid bias and favoritism. The staff endeavors to make coverage and content meaningful and interesting. In order to strive for objectivity, student journalists try to avoid covering stories with which they are involved. Every effort is made to avoid printing libel or any invasions of privacy.

Student journalists learn responsibility and other valuable skills when they make their own publication choices. Prior review or restraint can limit their ability to produce journalism of the highest quality. The Hunting Horn empowers the staff to make decisions freely. The adviser does not act as a censor, but provides feedback and mentors students.

Editorials, reviews, and any other opinion pieces in this publication, that appear under a byline, are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of the staff, adviser, HMS administration, or the East Central School District.

The Hurricane Watch staff moderates all comments made on this website. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful, meaningful, and constructive.  As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. The Hurricane Watch does not allow anonymous comments, and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm the comments are from a real person.

Users are personally responsible for the content of their posts

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