The Week Ahead - Heritage Academy High School - October 23-30

The Week Ahead

October 22, 2020

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we held our 2nd Annual Patriot Pink Out assembly.  The assembly is used to bring awareness about cancer and how it can impact the lives of our students and loved ones.  Dr. Karissa Boyd shared facts associated with breast cancer and provided a brief overview of treatment options.  The school presented Baptist Hospital with a check for $750.  These funds will go towards cancer research and were raised through the sale of pink t-shirts hosted by the Patriot Spirit store.  

We also kicked off our "Beanies and Blankets" collection competition.  The elementary school and high school will compete against each other to see who can collect more new beanies or blankets.  These items will be donated to help patients stay warm during cancer treatments.  Collection bins will be located in the front offices of the elementary and high school.

Congratulations to our cheer and dance teams for representing Heritage well at the MAIS Spirit Competition.  Our dance team placed 2nd in varsity jazz, while our mascot, Elijah Smith-Scott, earned the first place trophy in the mascot competition!  Also, congratulations to our cross-country team for a strong showing at the MAIS Overall Cross Country Meet.  We had several runners hit personal bests!

Overall our students are to be commended for following the COVID-19 response protocols.  Yet, I would like to offer a few reminders regarding masks.  We are noticing an uptick of students requesting masks due to misplacing their mask or leaving it at home.  Please send your student to school with an extra mask each day.  And thank you for reminding your student that masks are to be worn throughout the day on campus.  Students must put them on before temperature screening in the morning and wear them throughout the day.  Masks help limit the spread of the virus.  Again, our students are doing a wonderful job following the protocols, and we believe this is an important reason for the tremendous success the school has experienced preventing the spread of the virus on campus.

COVID-19 Update: As of today, we remain at zero active cases amongst our students, faculty, and staff.

Events at H.A. next week:

10/26: The campus supply representative will be on campus to share with the Seniors about graduation supplies.  This will occur during 5th period.

10/27:  Students will participate in Clubs during the activity period.  We will follow the activity schedule.

10/29: Seniors will leave at 12pm and travel to Starkville to participate in a Halloween parade for Liam Lamb, the Make-A-Wish child the Class of 2021 is supporting.  Afterwards, the Seniors will participate in a Hype Party.

Looking Ahead: 

11/2: Sibling Pre-Registration begins.

11/5: FCA 7:30am High School Gym.  Jason Morrow of First Baptist Church will present the devotional.  We invite all students and parents for a time of fellowship and breakfast.

11/6: MAIS AAAAA Playoffs (2nd Round) vs. TBD.  The varsity football team will host the second round of the playoffs at 7pm.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Best Regards,

Greg

Greg Carlyle, PhD

Headmaster


October 16, 2020

Parents,

This week Coach Harrison and I are speaking to all our students by visiting each English class. We are reviewing items that we cover in our assembly on the first day of school.  These include reminders about our COVID-19 protocols, practical ways of respecting ourselves & others, as well as character focused items (taking responsibility for their actions, doing the right thing when no one is looking, being committed to collaboration with others).  Information about using technology devices wisely and responsibly was reiterated.  We are proud of our students and intend to continue to educate the whole child through academics, character development, and athletics.  Thank you for your partnership in this!

Here are the exciting events this week:

10/16: Pep Rally 1:05 pm Football Field

10/16: Football vs. Starkville 7 pm (Senior Night at 5:45 pm).  Theme for the school day and pep rally – Tie Dye.

10/19: MAIS Spirit Competition (cheer and dance) at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.  Good luck to our cheer and dance teams as well as Elijah Smith-Scott in the mascot competition!

10/20: Overall Cross Country Meet (Choctaw Trails, Mississippi College), Time TBA.  All the best  to our cross country team!

10/21: Patriot Pink Out Assembly 1:05 pm Football Field: Parents are invited to attend our cancer awareness program.  Dr. Karissa Boyd will speak.  Students are invited to wear pink to school.

May you and your family have a great weekend!

Greg

Dr. Greg Carlyle

Headmaster

 

 


October 1, 2020

Parents,

Our 8th week of the school year is almost in the books and we are extremely proud of our students, staff and parents.  The consistent efforts made to implement COVID-19 response protocols is having a profound positive impact on the operations of our school.  Thank you!! 

Please keep in mind that next week we will administer our first nine weeks’ tests.  Below is the testing schedule.  Many classes are involved in active reviews for the tests.  Focused studying at home is important to instill concepts and skills in preparation for 9 week tests.  Further, your help in urging your student to get any missing work turned into their teachers as soon as possible is appreciated.  These efforts will help guide students to ending the first nine weeks on as strong an academic footing as possible.  

As of today, we have zero active cases of COVID-19.  We will continue to screen on a daily basis as well as require the wearing of masks at all times.  We also are urging our students to practice good hygiene practices such as washing their hands with soap and water regularly, using our hand sanitizing stations, and practicing social distancing.  Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep students and faculty safe this school year.

Here are important items that will occur at Heritage over the next week:

First 9 Weeks Testing Dates

This Week's Testing Dates

10/5:  Attendance Verification two week window begins.  Please look for a Power Announcement next week reminding parents of the details related to this verification window.  Details can also be found on page 30 of the 2020-21 HA Junior and Senior High School Student Handbook (Link to Handbook).

10/6: Statewide ACT (11th and 12th graders)

10/6:  School Uniform & Logo Wear Sale.  2:30 – 5:30 pm in the elementary SAB.

Looking Ahead:

10/12: Fall Break (School Closed)

10/14: PSAT (10th and 11th Graders)

10/15: FCA 7:30am (High School Gym)

We hope that you have a fantastic weekend!

Greg

Dr. Greg Carlyle

Headmaster


 

September 24, 2020

High School Parents,

Week 7 has been another exceptional one at Heritage Academy!  Over the past week we celebrated Homecoming 2020, Softball Senior Night, and See You at the Pole.  Thank you to everyone involved in making these meaningful and memorable experiences.

I wanted to update you on our current COVID-19 status.  To date, we have had one confirmed positive case this school year.  It should be noted that we have had some students leave school with illnesses such as strep throat, allergies or sinus issues.  When a student does not feel well, we follow the policies set forth in the Heritage Academy Return to School document – initially shared with the school community on July 31st.  The sick student waits for their parents in the conference room (holding room).   The classrooms that the student has been in that day are immediately cleared and fogged with disinfectant.  Once the student is picked up, the conference room is also fogged.  Students who leave school due to illness are not allowed to return to school without a written release back to school from their primary care provider.  

We are continuing to screen each day for symptoms and conduct temperature checks before students leave their vehicles.   Classrooms and bathrooms in the school buildings are fogged throughout the day.  Students are doing a commendable job wearing their masks and  maintaining social distancing while at school.  We are pleased with how our students’ and staff have adapted to the consistent implementation of these COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Here’s what’s happening at Heritage next week:

9/28: Volleyball vs. Tuscaloosa Home School 4/5pm (Senior Night)

9/28:  Hazard Lecture – virtually at 7 pm (please see attached flyer for details)

10/1: Junior High Football Pep Rally 1:05pm (high school gym)

10/1: Junior High Football vs. Washington School 6pm

Looking Ahead -  1st 9 Week testing schedule:  

Monday 
Oct. 5

Tuesday
Oct 6
Wednesday Oct. 7 Thursday Oct. 8 Friday Oct. 9
SS/Foreign Language

Electives

(Weekday ACT Test for
11th & 12thgrades) 

 

Mathematics

US History – Dual Credit

Science

English

Make-Up



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend!

Greg

Dr. Greg Carlyle
Headmaster

 

 


September 17, 2020

Dear Parents,

I'd like to begin with some information about our Service Learning Program.  In order to graduate from Heritage, each student is required to obtain 25 service hours a year beginning in the 9th grade.  Students may start earning the hours during the summer preceding their 9th grade year.  This spring and summer were obviously unlike any we've had before.  Students were not given the same opportunities to serve in Vacation Bible Schools, mission trips, or other volunteer activities as in the past.  With these circumstances in mind, the following has been decided for this year:

· Our current ninth graders who were enrolled at Heritage for the 2019-2020 school year will receive a credit of 15 service hours.

· Our current tenth graders-seniors who were enrolled at Heritage for the 2019-2020 school year will receive a credit of 25 hours (10 hours for fourth nine weeks, 15 hours for the summer).

We hope that this will ease some stress that our students are feeling about catching up on their hours.  

Please join me in warmly welcoming Mr. Alec Hawkins to our Heritage Academy faculty team and school family.  He recently graduated from the MUW with a Masters in Fine Arts degree.  We look forward to seeing how the unique and high quality skill set he brings in fine arts and film positively impact our students as he teaches them art, graphic design, journalism and applied technology.  

Once again, we are excited about our 2020 Homecoming tomorrow!  We hope to see you at the game.

Homecoming Information:

Homecoming Court: Congratulations to the 2020 Heritage Academy Homecoming Court!

· Queen: Sarah Austyn Curtis

· SGA Maid: Kelly Bell

· Senior Maid: McKenzie Rhett

· Senior Maid: Mary Hassell Griffin

· Junior Maid: Taylor Wheeler

· Sophomore Maid: Haley Studdard

· Freshman Maid: Avery Russell

· 8th Grade Maid: Caroline Peal

· 7th Grade Maid: Sophie Milam

· Crown Bearer: Kate Allgood

· Robe Bearer: Hudson Kidder

 

Homecoming Pep Rally (9/17): 1:05pm on the football field.

Homecoming Court on Parade (9/18):  The Court will be driven in convertibles along Magnolia Lane beginning at approximately 9:30 am.  This will provide opportunity for all of our students and relatives unable to attend the assembly in person to view the Court.  The route will start at the elementary end of Magnolia Lane and proceed up Magnolia Lane towards the high school and end at the high school gym.  Students will line the parade route.  The Columbus Police Department will be on hand to help manage traffic related to the parade route.

Homecoming Assembly (9/18): We will host our annual Homecoming 10 am in the High School Gym.  The crowd will be limited to court members' families and the senior class due to ongoing crowd restrictions.  We are honored that Madison Ford, H.A. class of 2010, will be delivering our Homecoming Assembly speech.  Please note that only students attending the assembly will wear the traditional Sunday attire.  All other students may wear spirit wear and school uniform bottoms (or nice jeans if they donate $1 to support the Senior project – sponsoring an area child through the Make A Wish Foundation).  

Early Dismissal (9/18): Grades 7-12 will dismiss at the conclusion of the assembly. This will be at approximately 11:00am.

Homecoming Game (9/18): The varsity football team will face Bayou Academy at 7pm.  The high school and junior high cheer and dance teams will perform at 6:45pm.  The Homecoming court will be presented at halftime.

Following are events for the coming week at Heritage:

9/22: Students will provide a chance to list their top 3 club choices that they would like to be a part of as we get set to have Clubs during activity period on designated Tuesday’s.  The first Clubs meeting will be on September 29.  The Club choice selection process will take place in the context of English classes.

9/22: Softball vs. Newton Academy 5:30pm (Senior Night)

9/22: Girls' Soccer vs. Laurel Home School 5:30pm

9/24: Letter Jacket Program Update: Any Junior or Senior that is eligible and has not yet placed an order may do so on Thursday, September 24 from 7:45 to 8:30 am.  The Scholastic representative will be in the conference room.  Full payment can be made by cash, check, debit/credit card, or money order.  Extra packets are available in the office.  Note:  For those paying by check, the check should be made payable to Scholastic Products & Awards. 

Best Regards,

Greg

Greg Carlyle, PhD

 


September 10, 2020

Parents,

I will be brief because we have a lot going on with Homecoming Week next week!  As we continue our return to normalcy, we are so excited to return to the traditions that homecoming brings.  We look forward to welcoming all of our wonderful alumni, parents, and grandparents back to campus next Friday!

Here are the events going on at H.A. next week:

9/14: Letter Jacket order form and payment due.

9/15: Clubs Showcase 1:05pm

9/15: Softball vs. Oak Hill 5:00pm (Senior Night)

9/15: Volleyball vs. Pillow 5pm/6pm

Homecoming Information:

Homecoming Court: Congratulations to the 2020 Heritage Academy Homecoming Court!

· Queen: Sarah Austyn Curtis

· SGA Maid: Kelly Bell

· Senior Maid: McKenzie Rhett

· Senior Maid: Mary Hassell Griffin

· Junior Maid: Taylor Wheeler

· Sophomore Maid: Haley Studdard

· Freshman Maid: Avery Russell

· 8th Grade Maid: Caroline Peal

· 7th Grade Maid: Sophie Milam

· Crown Bearer: Kate Allgood

· Robe Bearer: Hudson Kidder

Dress Up Days:

· Monday (9/14)- Tacky Tourist

· Tuesday (9/15)- Twin Day

· Wednesday (9/16)- Celebrity Day

· Thursday (9/17)- Red, White, and Blue Day

Homecoming Pep Rally (9/17): 1:05pm on the football field.

Homecoming Court on Parade (9/18):  The Court will be driven in convertibles along Magnolia Lane beginning at approximately 9:30 am.  This will provide opportunity for all of our students and relatives unable to attend the assembly in person to view the Court.  The route will start at the elementary end of Magnolia Lane and proceed up Magnolia Lane towards the high school and end at the high school gym.  Students will line the parade route.  The Columbus Police Department will be on hand to help manage traffic related to the parade route.

Homecoming Assembly (9/18): We will host our annual Homecoming 10 am in the High School Gym.  The crowd will be limited to court members' families and the senior class due to ongoing crowd restrictions.  We are honored that Madison Ford, H.A. class of 2010, will be delivering our Homecoming Assembly speech.  Please note that only students attending the assembly will wear the traditional required Sunday attire.  All other students may wear spirit wear and school uniform bottoms.  

Early Dismissal (9/18): Grades 7-12 will dismiss at the conclusion of the assembly, at approximately 11:00am.

Homecoming Game (9/18): The varsity football team will face Bayou Academy at 7pm.  The high school and junior high cheer and dance teams will perform at 6:45pm.  The Homecoming court will be presented at halftime.

Best Regards,

Greg

Greg Carlyle, PhD

Headmaster

September 3, 2020

Parents,

We are thankful for our teachers who have led our students through a safe, productive, positive, and beneficial 4 weeks of school.  The first month has gone by and we are really seeing our students fall into the normal routines of school.  Tests and other assessments are picking up, and we are seeing our students learn, grow and thrive academically!

I wanted to provide you with a weekly planner for your busy family via The Cathermans.  Jonathan Catherman is an old friend who does leadership and character development workshops around the country.  This planner helps you easily keep up with what's going on during the busy weeks, yet also serves as a segue for communication between you and your family.  The planner can be found at https://thecathermans.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Week_Day-@-A-Glance-829.pdf.

Below is a glance of the events going on at Heritage this week:

9/4: Letter Jacket orders.  There will be a short meeting in the SAB at 9 am for Juniors or Seniors who are interested in and eligible for a letter jacket.

9/4: Varsity Pep Rally 1:05 pm.  Participants will be limited to football players, varsity cheerleaders, varsity dance team members, senior class members, and parents.  Please only two parents per participant.  The bleachers on the home and visitor sides are marked to reflect social distancing.  

9/4: Varsity Football vs. Magnolia Heights 7 pm  Note:  Galaxy dress up theme for school day.

9/7:  No school in observance of Labor Day

9/8: Softball vs. Pillow 5pm

9/8: Volleyball vs. Winston 5pm/6pm

9/10: JH Football Pep Rally 1:05pm

9/10: Volleyball vs. Grace Christian 4pm/5pm

9/10: JH Football vs. Pillow 6pm

May you and your family have a rejuvenating long weekend!

Best Regards,

Greg

Greg Carlyle, PhD 

Headmaster



August 28, 2020
Week Ahead - Week of August 31

Parents,

In Tim Elmore's blog from August 18th, he discusses the new T.G.I.F. (Twitter, Google, Instagram, Facebook).  The basis of the article is how to provide your teenager the things that "Google" cannot.  His ideas include "forming an authentic relationship" and "guiding their growth with questions".  When discussing the internet, Dr. Elmore says "A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention."  It is amazing all of the uses our students find in the internet and especially social media.  It is also important for them to be able to disconnect in order to experience the "real world" right in front of them.  Tim Elmore's blog can be found at https://growingleaders.com/blog/what-parents-and-teachers-can-do-that-google-cannot-do/?mc_cid=6d7df48c97&mc_eid=6b718d1421.  He has several other posts regarding raising today's teenagers.  

Week 3 proved to be another highly successful week.  It is a wonderful feeling to continue moving towards our sense of normalcy.  Thank you for your continued partnership in educating our students at H.A.

Here are the exciting events going at Heritage this week:

Today: Varsity Pep Rally 1:05 pm.  Participants will be limited to football players, varsity cheerleaders, varsity dance team members, senior class members, and parents.  Please only two parents per participant.  The bleachers on the home and visitor sides are marked to reflect social distancing.  

9/1: Soccer vs. Lamar 5 pm JV to follow.

9/2: School Day Pictures for the high school.

9/3: Class Ring Order Day.  Orders will be placed during break in the high school SAB.  Juniors are asked to bring their deposit of $60 or $100 to order your official Heritage Academy class ring.  Ring packets are available in the main office.

9/3: Senior Portraits

9/4: Letter Jacket orders.  There will be a short meeting in the library for Juniors or Seniors at 9 am in the library who are interested in and eligible for a letter jacket.

9/4: Varsity Pep Rally 1:05 pm.  Participants will be limited to football players, varsity cheerleaders, varsity dance team members, senior class members, and parents.  Please only two parents per participant.  The bleachers on the home and visitor sides are marked to reflect social distancing.  

9/4: Varsity Football vs. Magnolia Heights 7 pm  Note:  Galaxy dress up theme for school day.

9/7:  No school in observance of Labor Day

May you and your family have an energizing weekend!

Best Regards,

Greg

Greg Carlyle, PhD

 


Parents,

Week two was another stellar one at Heritage high school.  Students are settled in and have continued to consistently follow the school’s safety protocols.  The daily hygiene and sanitation process is being effectively implemented in all of our classrooms and bathrooms on a routine basis throughout the day.  As shared previously, teachers are misting student desks between classes with electrolyzed hypochlorous acid solution.  This solution kills COVID-19, other viruses and bacteria on contact.  In addition, our maintenance crew and administration uses the school’s fogging machines to do a deep clean in classrooms during teacher planning periods.  

As we move forward in the school year, homework and tests will begin to pick up.  Please speak with your student regularly about their assignments and help ensure they are getting done.  It is beneficial to have your child show you the calendar in their Canvas account at the beginning of each week to get insights about assignments.  Encourage your child to reach out to their teacher(s) as they need assistance.  We want everyone to start the year off strong!  If you need to communicate with any of your child(ren)'s teachers, remember that email is the fastest way to get a response.  

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our Virtual Open Houses.  These Zooms proved to be meaningful times for introducing teachers, sharing classroom expectations and providing an overview of courses.  We are pleased to partner with the parents to daily fulfill our school mission.

Here are the exciting events going on at Heritage this coming week:

8/24: Girls' Soccer vs. Mag Heights 5pm

8/25: Softball vs. Winston 5:30pm

8/27: Softball vs. East Rankin 5:30pm;  JH Football vs. Lamar 6pm

8/27: Herf-Jones representative will share with Juniors about class rings at 9 am

8/28: Football vs. Kirk 7pm

Please note that the "2 fans per participant" executive order in regards to athletics remains in effect until August 31st.  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in this regard so that Heritage can continue to compete throughout the fall.

May you and your family have a great weekend!

Greg Carlyle, PhD

Headmaster