IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 2/23  –   HS CHOIR CONCERT –  6:00 & 7:30 PM

      

  • 2/26  –   MAKING OF AMERICA SEMINAR –  8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (See post for details)

      

  • 2/26-27  –   MURDER MYSTERY DINNER –  7:00 – 9:00 PM 

      

  • 3/2  –  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT –  7:30 PM (See Post for Details) 

      

  • 3/8-18  –  NO SCHOOL –  Spring Break

      

  • 4/5-8  –  STANDARDIZED TESTING –  See Post for Details

      

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION

HELPFUL LINKS

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SCHOLARS CANNOT BE SIGNED OUT BETWEEN 2:30-3:30 PM

Need to schedule an appointment for your scholar during school hours?  We ask that you try and schedule appointments on Fridays when the scholars are out of school.  We know this isn’t always possible due to days and hours of operation, however due to our driveline, we are not able to sign scholars out after 2:30 pm.  If you have an appointment for your scholar, we will need you to pick them up before 2:30pm or wait until school is out to pick up your scholar.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.

SCHOLAR COUNCIL PUT ON A FANTASTIC EVENT!!!

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A BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Allen, our Scholar Council, staff, and scholars who helped make this event AMAZING!  We had a blast!!

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PTO THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  

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We had a great turn-0ut for our Sonic Fundraiser!  WE RAISED OVER $800 for our school and had a great time hanging out with friends and cheering on our hot dog eating contestants!

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6th Grader, MAX HLEBASKO, took home the GRAND PRIZE!  Way to go Max!!

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Testing

We are currently scheduled for state standardized testing APRIL 5th – 8th.  Please do not schedule appointments during this week.  Online and in-person scholars will all be participating in the testing.  More details will come in the next few weeks.

By way of information, the Arizona Department of Education will not be ranking schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  For more information on statewide assessments and frequently asked questions, CLICK HERE.

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The next Making of America Seminar will be held on Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Heritage hosts this seminar twice a year, typically in the Spring and Fall. This year’s seminar will be taught by Earl Taylor.

RSVP by filling out the form at https://heritageacademyaz.com/making-of-america-seminar/

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CITIZENSHIP CHALLENGE

In order to encourage our scholars to take our Character Pillars and use them outside of the classroom, we have tasked them with creating their own Citizenship Bingo board. Below is an example of what each scholar could put on their own BINGO Board.

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The only requirements are that they should be seeking to challenge themselves and to grow their character. Bingo Boards should be 5×5 and may have one free space. Scholars will have until the Tuesday (3/2) before spring break.

PRIZE: The first 3 scholars who bring a blacked out BINGO board to Ms. Fairbanks (as well as two paragraphs talking about their experience completing the board and with citizenship this semester) will win a patriotic themed prize.

Meet-the-Teacher

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Ms. Courtney Deaver was born and raised here in Arizona. She attended Pepperdine University were she studied mathematics. She published research on cancer progression in coordination with The Ohio State University and was a finalist in the international Mathematical Modeling Competition. In her free time, Ms. Deaver enjoys thrifting, traveling, and knitting.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

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The scholars in Chamber Orchestra have been working hard to prepare their performance for the Spring Pops Concert on Tuesday, March 2nd in the gym. They will be performing works from How to Train Your Dragon, The Mission, and Mission Impossible. The doors will open for the audience to be seated at 7:15pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm. Please reserve your seat(s) using the link below. We have a limited number of seats due to COVID restrictions, so please sign up as soon as possible!

You will need to enter the following access code when you follow the link below: Hero21
Here’s the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040848ADA92AABF85-spring

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2020-2021 JH History Tour (7th & 8th Grades)

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Southern Arizona – April 28th & 29th

***REMINDER: 2ND PAYMENT DUE***

DRESS CODE REMINDER:  

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR SCHOLAR IS ABSENT: 

  1. CALL THE SCHOOL BEFORE 10:00 AM THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE.  
  2. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE.
  3. CHECK GOOGLE CLASSROOM FOR WORK THEY MISSED IN CLASS.

The Department of Education defines an EXCUSED ABSENCE as being an absence due to illness, doctor appointment, bereavement, family emergencies and out-of-school suspensions not to exceed 10% of the instructional days scheduled for the school year.

FAMILY VACATIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED EXCUSED ABSENCES.

Attendance Letters are mailed out at the first of the month for scholars who currently have (5) or more absences for the grading period. 

Just a reminder of Heritage Academy’s policy concerning attendance:

Any scholar who misses ten percent (10%) or more of classes (usually five or more per semester) in a given subject may not receive credit for that subject. Each teacher sets his/her own policy for work missed. Furthermore, many experiences and activities by their very nature cannot be duplicated or “made up.”

When a scholar is absent, a parent must call the school at the beginning of the day to indicate that the scholar will not be in attendance.  Please be sure to include a reason for the absence if you are leaving a voicemail.  Excusing an absence allows the scholar to make up work missed, however, it does not remove the absence.

We understand that there are times when a scholar may have more absences than normal due to a chronic illness. If your scholar suffers from a chronic illness, please complete the CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION PACKET, and return it to the front office with the required documentation.

Additionally, any scholar who is absent from school on a given day cannot participate in any school activity that

same day or evening.

Our tentative 2021-2022 Calendar is Now Available!!

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Please note that dates are subject to change per board approval in June 2021.

Moving

If you are moving and/or transferring to another school, please complete this WITHDRAWAL FORM.

You will need return any books or checked out items to the school when you come to pick up/sign the withdrawal paperwork.  Please allow 24 hours to process the withdrawal paperwork.  We will call you when it is ready.

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MEET…..OSCAR & OLIVIA (the owls)

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We have 2 little burrowing owls that live on campus and after tallying the votes, they have official names! We are pleased to introduce Oscar and Olivia the Owls.  Thank you for participating!

Please be respectful to our little friends and always keep your distance from wild animals.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BURROWING OWLS HERE

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Edgenuity

For our online scholars, below are some helpful links to help you get acquainted with Edgenuity.

 https://www.edgenuity.com/resources/edgenuity-help-for-families/

Have questions?  Please contact Afton Welker (afton.welk@heritageacademyaz.com)

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NEED YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO APPLY FOR COLLEGE?   

Stop by Mrs. Hoffman’s office for a copy of your unofficial transcript or CLICK HERE and complete the request form for an official one to be sent to the college you are applying to.  


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Heroes Athletics Update

Varsity Basketball… Our young men had a great run of the court over our 5-day break beating Madison Highland Prep 87 to 78 and Harvest Prep 121 to 18. They are now 8 and 2 with one more week left in the season as they advance to the playoffs.

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Our young women have 3 big games left in their season. As we rally behind them, their eyes are set on advancement to the playoffs as well.

JH Boys Basketball wrapped up their regular season at 8 and 2, earning a trip to the state playoffs. Coach Hill is very proud of his team: “From the first day of tryouts, I knew we were going to be pretty good.  I had no idea how many games we’d win, but I knew we had a good team.  One of the team goals I wrote down in October was to make the playoffs and here we are.  I am SO proud of these guys.”

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The season has been about redemption for the boys.  “We went 0-10 last year.  Anytime that happens you have two choices: you can view yourself as bad, as a failure, as a loser, and have that be your identity, OR you can refuse to accept that, roll your sleeves up and get to work.  My personality embraces the latter and one of the reasons I took the job was seeing how hard the kids were already working going back to last July.  They simply refused to fail and in taking on that mentality somewhere along the way, at some magical point, became WINNERS!  It’s why I love the role of sports in character development and as a metaphor for life.  Life is the same way.  If you are determined and put in the work, you will be a success”

The JH boys host Heritage Gateway at 7 p.m. Friday Feb 19th.  We wish them all the best of luck!

Wrestling: The CAA JH Finals will be held this Saturday, February 20th, at Heritage Academy Gateway.  After coming off a big win last weekend bringing home the gold, they are excited to hit the mat. First place winners were Alexander Mylek, Chris Senne and Jack Barnum.  Second place went to Blake East, Kaden Dodson, and James Newman, and Third place was won by Corbin Infiesto and Levi Garcia. Our HS wrestlers also have a tournament Saturday, February 20th at Heritage Academy Gateway. Be sure to follow the CAA (Canyon Athletic Association) on Facebook for updates.

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Our very own Christian Mylek was interviewed by the CAA.  He had just won his weight class at the Heritage Gateway Heroes Classic. You can watch the interview here: https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1124073924699880

Take pictures!  If you can attend your scholar’s games/meets, please share any pictures you are able to snap. It’s a great day to be a Heritage Hero Athlete!

How can you support your athlete?  Check your scholar athletes’ grades in PowerSchool to verify that he or she has qualified to participate in games each week. Anything below a C- is failing. We are a pass to play school, and grades come first.


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Mrs. Pepper’s English class enjoying the beautiful weather outside as they read!

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Our Fabulous PTO Moms come everyday to help with lunch!  We are so grateful for their service!  We love them! 

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A few of our JH Choir Scholars getting ready for their concert!

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Mr. Miller’s Conceptual Science class built cars out of mousetraps and cds took them for a test drive!

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Ms. Fairbanks 8th grade class was preventing the Oppressive Ms. Scarebanks from stealing their Declaration of Independence. Thankfully they were successful at practicing Self-Government and were able to finish in the nick of time.

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and Mrs. Chin’s 7th Grade Science classes experimented with wavelengths and amplitude.

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IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!!  
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Dates

 February 22

March 1, March 22, & March 29

April 5, April 19, & April 26

May 3, May 17, & May 24

FRANCE TOUR 2022

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Dear Heritage families,

Heritage Academy high school scholars are invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to France: Paris, Normandy, and Brittany during Spring Break 2022!

We are excited to offer this opportunity right now to give scholars some hope for a brighter future. We had an amazing experience in France this past Spring Break.  While the world might feel like it is filled with uncertainty, we want to give families the chance to look ahead. In addition, to make sure you feel confident making future travel plans, EF is offering a risk-free enrollment period.

There are limited spots on this tour!  To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email me or call the EF Traveler Support Team at 1-800-665-5364, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM EST. You might also want to review the Parent Guide for information about payment plans, on-tour safety, credit opportunities, and more.

Now, let’s get ready to go to France!

Thanks,

Joseph Arnold

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French I/II/III, P.E.
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COLLEGE CORNER

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Scholarships
Looking for scholarships can be time consuming!
Here is a link to some wonderful opportunities:
Be sure to apply before the deadline!
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Seniors accepted and planning to attend ASU, NAU, or UofA… Check this scholarship out!!! The 2021 Dorrance Scholarship Application deadline is now less than two weeks away! Please encourage your eligible students to apply and follow-up with those who have started an application –the odds this year are better than ever! Students can access the application via our website: www.DorranceScholarship.org. The deadline to apply is February 10th, 2021 at 4:59pm.
College-Prep
Do you have questions regarding College planning?

Heritage Academy offers advising to every scholar on campus. Mr. McCambridge will coach them along their college prep path, get them enrolled in college while in high school, and set up for future success!

Parents and scholars….. Do you have questions regarding College or high school planning?
Below is a list of topics that you may want to consider.

  • High school course selection
  • Early College Program – Dual enrollment, AP & CLEP
  • Earning an Associates Degree at Heritage Academy
  • ACT/SAT/PSAT (Which test and when?)
  • Financial Aid (Scholarships, Grants, Loans & FAFSA)

To schedule your appointment with Mr. McCambridge, please visit https://calendly.com/greg-mcca/45min

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If a scholar (or member of their household) is sick and experiencing symptoms that might be COVID-related, DO NOT bring any of your scholars to school.

If a scholar (or a member of their household) is isolated or quarantined, is awaiting test results, has tested positive, or has been exposed to another individual that has tested positive for COVID, please keep your scholar(s) home until the COVID case has cleared.

If you need to sign out your scholar, send only a healthy individual to do so.  Please do not come in the building with symptoms yourself. 

We have prepared a Google Form to help families communicate and understand current health protocols. That form is available here: https://bit.ly/35fkQE7. Please review and fill out the form and notify the Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Mimi Adams, of the absence. It is also recommended that your scholar communicate with each of their instructors. The instructors can make arrangements for work via Google Classroom during that absence.

Scholars must not come to school if they exhibit ANY of the following symptoms:
● fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or chills
● shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● muscle aches
● sore throat
● headache
● fatigue
● congestion or runny nose
● cough
● vomiting
● diarrhea
● new loss of taste or smell

To better understand symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage families to refer to the Arizona Department of Health Services website: https://www.azdhs.gov/

Enrollment

HAVE FRIENDS OR FAMILY THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US NEXT YEAR? 

Our Open Enrollment period for next school has now ended and seats will be offered through a lottery next week for those who do not currently attend Heritage and submitted applications prior to January 31, 2021.    

EXISTING SCHOLARS – As an existing scholar, you are extended the opportunity to reserve your space for next year. Please complete this RE-ENROLLMENT FORM if you haven’t already (most of have you have completed this already).  You will need to complete one for each scholar that currently attends Heritage Academy Maricopa.  If you know you will be moving or not returning, please complete the form as well to let us know.  

NEW SCHOLARS  If you have Heritage Siblings, friends, or other family members that missed the deadline but would like to join us for next year…they will need to complete the full enrollment application.  Click here to start the application: https://heritageacademyaz.com/enroll/.

After the lottery runs, all seats will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  Heritage siblings will receive priority.  

We currently do not have any remaining seats for 2020-2021 school year.  

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Scholars can be dropped off starting at 7:30 am and need to be picked up after school by 4:00 pm!

The front office closes at 4:00 pm.  Scholars will not be permitted in the building after this time without a teacher and will need to wait in the  driveline area for their parents, and may not wait in the front office.

We would also like to remind families that Heritage Academy has a strict Tardy Policy.

TARDY POLICY: If you scholar is tardy more than 3 times to school, they will be pulled into a “sweep,” (similar to a detention) for the remainder of 1st period, and every tardy after.  They simply are not allowed to interrupt their first hour class coming in late.  Parents will be called on the scholar’s 5th tardy, and a meeting will be scheduled at their 7th tardy.

Why does being on time matter?  At Heritage, we want all of our scholars to learn traits that will help them be successful in their lives.

Here are just a few benefits of punctuality: 

  • INTEGRITY
  • DEPENDABILITY
  • LEADERSHIP
  • RESPECT
  • DISCIPLINE
  • ORGANIZED
  • PRODUCTIVE
  • LESS – STRESSED
  • SELF-CONFIDENCE
  • CREDIBILITY

Here are some tips to arrive on time: 

  1. PACK IT UP THE NIGHT BEFORE – Uniforms, gym clothes, shoes, jackets, sports equipment, water bottles, homework, lunch etc.
  2. TIME TRICKS – set alarms, change the clocks in your house to be early, tell yourself school starts at 7:45 (not 8:00).
  3. ANTICIPATE DELAYS– Add 25% of your travel time to your commute for traffic, gas, emergencies, etc.

UNIFORMS 

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THERE ARE (3) APPROVED UNIFORM VENDORS TO CHOOSE FROM:

1. DENNIS UNIFORMS – https://www.dennisuniform.com/schools/QHR (1-2 week delivery)

2. LANDS’ END – https://www.landsend.com/co/account/school-uniformsSchool Account # 900147471 (Under Mesa -District) (Check website for delivery times)

3. PRINTED DESERT – https://heritageacademyuniforms.com/  (Check website for delivery times)

UNIFORM GUIDELINES:

HERITAGE POLO – Red, White, or Blue must be purchased from an approved uniform vendor (Heritage Logo Required).

PANTS – Can be purchased anywhere as long as they meet the dress code standards (must be beige khaki lightest color option) or navy. No cargo pockets or leggings.  Cannot be ripped, torn, or frayed.

SKIRTS/DRESSES – MUST COME TO MIDDLE OF THE KNEE.  CHECK MEASUREMENTS OF SKIRT LENGTH FROM VENDORS BEFORE PURCHASING.  MOST OF THEM ARE NOT LONG ENOUGH.  Can be purchased anywhere as long as they meet the dress code standards (must be beige khaki lightest color option) or navy. Cannot be ripped, torn, or frayed.

SHORTS – Must be no shorter than four inches above the knee. Can be purchased anywhere as long as they meet the dress code standards (must be beige khaki lightest color option) or navy. No cargo pockets.  Cannot be ripped, torn, or frayed.

OUTERWEAR (Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Jackets) – Can be purchased anywhere as long as they meet the dress code standards (must be solid red, white, or navy blue with no large graphics or lettering. (Heritage Logo not required)

SPORTS/PE UNIFORM – Must be from one of the approved uniform vendors. (Lands’ End does not carry it).   Uniform consists of navy blue basketball shorts (HA Logo Required) and a solid red t-shirt (HA Logo Required).

Does your scholar require medication during the school day?

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Our medication policy has changed this year.  In cases where medication is required by a doctor to be given during school hours, Heritage Academy
officials administer prescription medication in the school setting in accordance with specific regulations that come from state law.

The following form needs to be completed by the doctor and delivered to the school by an adult with the medication.
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Please note, medication to be given two (2) and/or three (3) times daily are to be given at home, unless specifically ordered by the doctor to be given at school. For prescription medication, there must be a written order from the physician stating the name of the medication, the dosage and the time it is to be administered and that it must be administered during school hours. There must be written permission from the parent/guardian for the medication to be administered at school. The medication must be in the original prescription container labeled by the pharmacist. Pharmacies will provide a duplicate container for school use upon request. No medications in envelopes, foil, or baggies will be accepted.

Pursuant to A.R.S. §§ 15-341(A)(35),(36), students who have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis and/or breathing disorders may carry and self-administer emergency medications while at school and at school- sponsored activities. The student’s name must be on the medication container and annual written documentation, which authorizes the possession and self-administration of the medication from the
student’s parent is required.

MY SCHOOL BUCKS

MySchoolBucks is our payment system for course fees and to make purchases through the school store.

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT USE POWERSCHOOL FOR FEES.  All Powerschool balances are $0 for every scholar.  You will not use PowerSchool to see if you owe fees.  

To create your account go to MySchoolBucks.com and follow these instructions:

  1. Click “Sign Up Free”
  2. Follow the step by step instructions to add our school and your scholars to your account.  Our district is Heritage Academy Inc.  
  3. Click on “School Store” on the top menu bar for a list of options.

  1. If you click on “Store Home” it will take you to where you can purchase items like a parking permit, pay your PTO dues, or pay for the Fine Arts Retreat.
  2. If you click on “School Invoices” this is where your current course fees and end of year school balances from last year will be listed.  You will be able to make a payment right through this system!
  3. We only accept online payments.  No cash or checks will be accepted.

COMMON ISSUE:  

No invoices?  You must add your scholars to your account.  Click the profile icon and select “My Students.”  You may also need to add Heritage Academy as a new district if you another school on your account that uses myschoolbucks.  We are also finding that if you have linked your account to PowerSchool it will give you this message as well.

WANT TO ORDER LUNCH?  

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*IMPORTANT NOTES:  MAKE SURE YOUR ORDER IS COMPLETE AND FULLY PAID FOR.  YOU MUST ORDER  24 HOURS AHEAD OF TIME.  IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT, YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE YOUR PROFILE WITH YOUR SCHOLARS CURRENT GRADE TO VIEW THE CALENDAR.

We do not charge any fees to create an account or to order student’s lunches. Our meal prices are typically at or below a restaurant’s in­ store price. Place orders and process payment on our secure website.  No more forgetting or losing lunch money!

No minimum orders. You can order lunches for one day, one week or months in advance. Add, edit, or cancel an order up to noon on the day before delivery.  You can print a calendar view of lunch orders and receive weekly opt-in email reminders.  Additionally, if you add orders and forget to process payment you will receive an alert.We offer a range of selections at a variety of price points. Our menus include combos, entrees and a la carte options.

My Hot Lunchbox is happy to accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian meal choices.  We are a peanut free company.  Our Customer Service Team is happy to help. For any inquires please call: 1-888-894-8295.

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Will you or your Scholar be driving to school and parking on campus for the day? 

You will need a parking permit!  

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Please complete the following PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION if you or your scholar plans to park on campus for the 2020-2021 school year.  Parking permits must be hung on the rear-view mirror at all times while on the Heritage Academy Campus.  You will be assigned a designated parking spot.  There is a $10 fee/year for SCHOLAR parking, and permits can be purchased through the school store at MySchoolBucks.com.  You will need to login or create an account to access the store.  See MySchoolBucks Post above for details on setting up an account.    There is no fee for Staff Parking.  Permits are non-transferable and there is a $10 Replacement Fee if the permit is lost or stolen.