The Week Ahead - Heritage Academy High School - September 18- 25

The Week Ahead

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