IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 3/29  –  CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT –  7:00 PM (See Post for Details)

  • 3/30  –  YEARBOOK ORDER DEADLINE –  See Post for Details

  • 3/29-4/1  –  SPIRIT WEEK –  (See Post for Details)

  • 3/31-4/1  –  JH & HS ADVANCED DRAMA AUDITIONS –  (See Post for Details)

  • 4/2  –  MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD DAY –  6th-8th Grades 1:00-3:00 PM (See Post for Details)

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

  • 4/8  –  SCHOLAR COUNCIL APPLICATIONS DUE – (See Post for Details)

  • 5/1  –  PROM EVENT –  Castles and Coasters (See Post for Details)

  • 5/27  –  GRADUATION –  7:00 PM

  • 5/27  –  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION

Heritage Families,

We hope you all had a great spring break!  We cannot believe we are in the final quarter of this year. What a year it has been!  We appreciate our Heritage families so much and all the support, help and kindness that has been shown in many aspects.  Together we can continue to build this solid community for our scholars.

We do want all of our families to be aware that Heritage Academy Maricopa will not be offering an online option for the 2021-2022 school year.  We are chartered for an in-person school only, so we will choose to continue that way (barring any unforeseen circumstances where the entire school would move online).  We know this is not the ideal choice for some of our families, but to support and help our scholars the best we can we need to have them in person.  We thank you for your understanding.

We ask that as families you continue to work with us and help your scholars complete assignments and be in communication with teachers so we can have a successful end of the year!  Spring is an exciting time and summer is around the corner. Scholars can feel that. We have a lot coming up with games, concerts, plays, etc.  We want to keep them focused as much as possible to reach their goals.

Thank you, thank you for being here at Heritage and helping us create such a great place to be!

Kimberly Ellsworth
Principal, Maricopa Campus

Welcome-Back

SPRING BREAK WAS A BLAST!  

The Trimmer family took a fun trip to Tombstone, “The Town too Tough to Die!”  They explored the mines, walked through the famous Birdcage Theater, watched a short film on the history of the city, and saw a reenactment of the shooting between Wyatt Earp and the McLaury and Clanton brothers.  

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SCHOLAR COUNCIL PRESENTS…

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 MONDAY 3/29 – THURSDAY 4/1

Spirit Week is happening starting Monday! Costumes are permitted as long as they meet Heritage Standard.  NO FULL MASKS OR FACE PAINT. (Face Masks still REQUIRED).

Heritage Standard means: no sleeveless or midriff shirts; shorts must be 4″ from the middle of the knee and skirts must come to the middle of the knee:  no cargo pants or shorts; no pants or shorts that are ripped or torn; no leggings; and no inappropriate slogans or symbols on the clothing.

Since we are a closed campus, if a scholar is wearing inappropriate clothing, they will be dress coded and will need to change into uniforms we have on hand in the office.  Items are not allowed to be dropped off at campus.

…And who doesn’t love Pizza 🍕and Pies 🥧?  During Spirit Week, participate in the Change Wars with your grade level.

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The winning grade will get a pizza for lunch will get to pie a teacher in the face!

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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 Monday, March 29th 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 

Calling all Actors

Drama

We will be holding auditions for next year’s advanced drama classes 3/31 and 4/1. 

Our JUNIOR HIGH Advanced Drama Class will be performing the

LION KING

Auditions for Jr High Advanced Drama will be held on:
Wednesday, March 31st 3:30 -4:30pm
Thursday, April 1st 4:30pm -5:30pm
Sign up for an audition time outside the drama room door: room 218

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Our HIGH SCHOOL Advanced Drama Class will be performing

ROBIN HOOD GOES WRONG

Auditions for High School advanced Drama will be held on
Wednesday, March 31st, 4:30 -5:30 pm
Thursday, April 1st, 3:30 pm -4:30 pm
Sign up for an audition time outside the drama room door: room 218.  Robin-Hood-Flyer

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FINAL NOTICE
TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK
& CUSTOMIZE PAGES!!  
DEADLINE (EXTENDED TO):
TUESDAY, MARCH 30th
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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 ON CAMPUS.  Check your email for more details.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TESTING SCHEDULE.  

For parents or guardians of scholars who are currently online with Edgenuity, please notify Mr. Halterman at bhalterman@heritageacadmyaz.com as soon as possible if your scholar will not be able to attend during testing.

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 Exemplary Arts Schools program recognizes Arizona Schools with excellent arts education programs across the state. Schools who are providing “exemplary access to multiple artistic disciplines, demonstrating robust student participation in programs, and striving to grow arts enrollment in the previous school year” are then awarded a bronze, silver or gold ranking based on their criteria.

HERITAGE ACADEMY MARICOPA EARNED A GOLD RANKING,

and we were presented with the following award from the Round Table Advisory Committee for AZ Arts Education!  

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Dates

March 29

April 5, April 19, & April 26

May 3, May 17, & May 24

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Heroes Athletics Update

Our athletes had a busy Spring Break!

Our Varsity Baseball team is undefeated with a 3-0 record going into a game on Thursday night and shows no sign of slowing down.  Coach Carpenter and his team are looking forward to the next few weeks of games.

Junior High Baseball opened their season with a win of 10-9 over Legacy Traditional Maricopa.

Girls Junior High Basketball opened their season with a loss by just one point against Leading Edge, such a close game!

Soccer is on fire, Coed Team 1 is undefeated with a record of 4-0, Team 2 is looking forward to next week’s games, the 5/6th grade team opens their season on the 29th our Varsity Girls have been kicking some heat with a tie and two wins under their cleats.

Varsity Softball is proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Our lady Heroes are undefeated 5-0. Coach Zappa could not be prouder of the team spirit and sportsmanship these ladies have both on and off the field.

Finally, our Volleyball teams. Junior High Boys grow each week and show a level of dedication any coach would be proud of.  Varsity has had a winning season thus far and show real strength in their game.  We are excited to watch them play over the next week. Varsity 2 is not far behind as they grow each week along with their desire to bring home those wins.

As a reminder to both our parents and scholar athletes, we are a pass to play school.  Grades are checked every Monday.  Any grade lower than a 70% in a single class is considered failing and will result in your scholar athlete being ineligible for games.

What an amazing way to open the Spring sports season.  Let’s go Heroes!

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

jarnold@heritageacadmeyaz.com
French I/II/III, P.E.
Cross Country, Varsity Boys Soccer, Junior High Soccer
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COLLEGE CORNER

College-Prep
Has your high school scholar created a 4 year plan yet?

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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HUGE VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR

BigFuture Day West+Southwest, Tuesday, March 30

BigFuture Day Midwest, Sunday, April 18

BigFuture Day Southeast, Thursday, April 29

Click links to get more information. Local schools are on Tuesday!
ASUNAU University-of-Arizona
Interested in attending ASU/NAU/UofA?
This week (and next) there is some great information being dispersed.
A schedule of events and additional details can be found on the Tri-University Website
Scholarships

Spring Break is coming up and is a great time to apply for college scholarships!!!

The biggest collection of scholarship information is:
Here is another link to some wonderful opportunities:
Be sure to apply before the deadline!

Our tentative 2021-2022 Calendar is Now Available!!

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HAMaricopa Academic Calendar 2021-2022

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.

College-Transcript-Request

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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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.

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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.

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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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/

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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.
Administering Meds Form 2020

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.