Just a reminder that 8th and 11th graders will take the AzSCIENCE test during their science classes on Monday and Tuesday. Online scholars, please see the schedule below in planning when to attend.
Well Mr. Ellsworth and the Drama Department have done it again! What an outstanding show!! The cast had the audience laughing the whole time!! A HUGE thank you to Ms. Fairbanks, Mrs. O’Barr, Mrs. Skousen, and all of the parents and staff who stepped in to help!
AMAZING JOB!! WELL DONE!!
WE HAD A FANTASTIC EVENING WITH OUR FUTURE FRESHMAN!
Thank you for all of those who attended and participated in Freshman Night! We had performances from our Chamber Orchestra, the Addam’s Family Cast, and our Dance Company. We also heard from several of our scholar athletes and what they love about Heritage, and scholar council and the athletes provided tours! Mr. McCambridge, our College Relations Manager, gave a presentation on high school planning, dual enrollment opportunities, and the Promise for the Future program.
If you were unable to attend, CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESENTATION! To enroll in Promise for the Future, please go to https://centralaz.edu/promise-for-the-future-program/ . Remember, there is no obligation after enrolling, and it is too late to sign up for FREE TUITION at CAC once your student is promoted to 9th grade. So now is the time.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Mr. McCambridge on Wednesdays or Thursdays, here is a link to his calendar: https://calendly.com/greg-mcca/ .
NHS FOOD DRIVE
Food will be collected 4/12-4/22 in donation bins around campus. Food will be donated to the Maricopa Food Bank.
***Tomato products, cereal, and peanut butter are the most needed items.
Saturday, April 24, 5 pm show
*The understudies will be performing at 5 pm on Saturday the 24th.
Saturday, April 24, 8 pm show
Tickets will be on sale at lunch from
April 5-April 23.
No tickets will be available at the door.
Ms. Titus, our Online Edgenuity Specialist, got a little treat from Mr. Hamblin’s cotton candy escapade!
Master Feiles’ Martial Arts class participated in an active shooter training and learned some sword fighting skills!
WAY TO GO NINJAS FOR TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE!
Mrs. Titus’ 8th grade science classes learned Newton’s first law: A body at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force!
…and Taquito’s adventures continued in computers, Spanish, history, and math! How much is that doggy in the window?? Yep! The one with the waggling tail!
April 19, & April 26
May 3, May 17, & May 24
Heroes Athletics Update
Down 1 point in the first game of the year, on the game’s final play, Tirza “Tarzan” Cortes had the ball in the air as the clock hit all zeroes. As coach John Hill recalls it was like a scene from a movie. “The ball was in the air for what felt like forever; it was all in slow motion; it looked good off her hands. I thought it was in, I yelled game winner!!” Despite what appeared to be a storybook start to Heritage JH girls basketball, the shot fell short and the Heroes lost by 1 point at Leading Edge. Winning would have to wait.
The Heroes Junior High girls achieved that win, the first in program history, on Tuesday against Heritage Laveen 24-4, five weeks to the day after the heartbreaking first game loss. “As hard a loss as the opener was, I wouldn’t change a thing. Just like anything else in life, the struggle makes you closer and stronger, makes you appreciate success even more.” Coach Hill added “I didn’t want success to come too easily. I am all about rolling up your sleeves and putting in the work, and after that first loss we did that. It was a struggle, a building process, and i like that. The girls worked for that win, they earned it. It was a joyful moment”
The Hero girls embarking on this first full season are mostly beginners. “We are young, we have no 8th graders, which at first seemed like a negative, but i now see it as a positive. We can take this group and grow together. We can build them up with the knowledge that everyone is returning, that’s a good thing.” Head coach Colin Commerford has already taken a first year program at the varsity girls level to success and is looking forward to doing the same with the junior high girls. For coach Commerford, basketball at all levels, both boys and girls, comes down to spacing, ball movement, rebounding, and defense. Coach Hill adds his experience in developmental coaching and basketball decision training whereby you run game-like drills and simulations that require players to make a perceptive read, react to that read, and execute the play.
For both coaches it results in the girls not only knowing HOW to play the game but how to THINK the game. “Our girls are smart, so they are a natural for this system. These girls have impressed me from day one. Even watching them in their pre-season workouts, they were self-motivated and focused, with good leadership and a bond of togetherness. These girls support each other and we in turn support them. They are coachable, hard working and believe in the plan we have for them. I have no doubt we are going to do big things and am excited to be a part of it. It’s going to be fun to grow with these girls.”
The JH girl Heroes wrap up their season hosting GIA on April 20 and playing at Heritage Gateway April 21st.
FRANCE TOUR 2022
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!
French I/II/III, P.E.
Cross Country, Varsity Boys Soccer, Junior High Soccer
Heritage Academy Laveen
Great News! As of today, Central Arizona College (CAC) has gone live with the signup link for Promise for the Future pledge form.
Click here www.centralaz.edu/promise to sign-up for Promise Today!
The signup period for 8th graders will be from April 1, 2021 through August 1, 2021, providing ample time for students and families to get online and complete their Promise pledge form.
Due to the current social distancing requirements for COVID-19, CAC is actively working on scheduling several virtual online presentations on Zoom and we will send links out to those as soon as we get them.
As a reminder:
- Student enrollment into the program does not hold any student accountable for future enrollment at Central Arizona College, it is meant to provide every student affordable access to higher educational opportunities.
- All requirements of the program are to be fulfilled by high school graduation.
- When enrolling into the program please be prepared to use a mailing address as well as personal email account.
- Questions please email: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
As we continue to develop new processes for this year’s Promise for the Future enrollment, Heritage Academy and CAC will share that information with parents and scholars as it comes available. The team here at Heritage Academy – Maricopa Campus and Central Arizona College highly value each of you and we appreciate your assistance during this new process.
Thank you and stay safe out there!
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
HUGE VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR
Our tentative 2021-2022 Calendar is Now Available!!
Please note that dates are subject to change per board approval in June 2021.
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.
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.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR SCHOLAR IS ABSENT:
- CALL THE SCHOOL BEFORE 10:00 AM THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE.
- LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE.
- 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.
DON’T GET BLOCKED IN
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.
For our online scholars, below are some helpful links to help you get acquainted with Edgenuity.
Concept Coaching (tutoring): https://www.edgenuity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IS-Concept-Coaching-Flyer-admins.pdf
Tips for Virtual Learning: https://www.edgenuity.com/resources/edgenuity-help-for-families/#tips
You may also visit this link to get a student view of the program:
Have questions? Please contact Afton Welker (email@example.com)
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
● congestion or runny nose
● 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/
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:
- LESS – STRESSED
Here are some tips to arrive on time:
- PACK IT UP THE NIGHT BEFORE – Uniforms, gym clothes, shoes, jackets, sports equipment, water bottles, homework, lunch etc.
- TIME TRICKS – set alarms, change the clocks in your house to be early, tell yourself school starts at 7:45 (not 8:00).
- ANTICIPATE DELAYS– Add 25% of your travel time to your commute for traffic, gas, emergencies, etc.
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)
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?
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:
- Click “Sign Up Free”
- Follow the step by step instructions to add our school and your scholars to your account. Our district is Heritage Academy Inc.
- Click on “School Store” on the top menu bar for a list of options.
- 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.
- 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!
- We only accept online payments. No cash or checks will be accepted.
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?
*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.
Will you or your Scholar be driving to school and parking on campus for the day?
You will need a parking permit!
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.