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Volume 26 Number 33  |  5/19/2020
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Ending STRONG!


12:00-12:30pm - May 22
Special feature: Farewell to Dr./Mrs./Coach Tami Given!


Watch separate email for procedure for LAST DAY drop off of textbooks, supplies, etc.
K-8th grade classes follow
normal Zoom class schedule.

Final exams for Rhetoric School this week are being administered according to each teacher's individual plan.

Report cards will be issued May 29.

Graduation 2020
Commencement Ceremony

Courtesy of Ken Cooke, Fredericksburg Standard
The livestream of the ceremony was a great success - thank you to Paige Findley, his family, and Kaleb Dale for a spectacular broadcast. The full video is available in HD on Heritage School's official Youtube channel here, (like & subscribe!)
The control room staff and videographers ran the
livestream out of the MPAC utility closet.
The graduation ceremony even made the Standard's daily update!
"It was a different kind of graduation ceremony for Heritage School on Friday in the school gymnasium in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Graduates Sam Cowsar, Grace Ashley and Noah Given wore masks, as did all in attendance. Family members were clustered away from other family groups and other safety measures were taken. Heritage School graduated nine seniors and heard a talk from David Turpin, Rhetoric School director."

Senior Thesis
Defenses Completed

Thesis defenses took place this week. Mr. Turpin oversaw all 9 of the defenses on Zoom in his classroom at Heritage, while the defending senior was in a separate classroom in Herzog Hall. Mentors, experts, and even Heritage alumni teleconferenced from far and wide to participate in the thesis panels.
Thank you to all of our thesis defense participants for their efforts!


All-school senior chapel on Wednesday capped off a wild ride of a year for our seniors! Mrs. Sauer interviewed all of the seniors individually, asking about majors and future plans beyond life at Heritage and in Fredericksburg. Alexis Black and Liz Althaus from CCU and Hill Country Community Foundation, respectively, gave away scholarships to Hannah Bray (HCCF) and Daniel Sauer (CCU). An old pal of the senior class, Finnja Kuper, a visiting exchange student in 2018 from Germany, took the trek all the way to her computer to catch up with the entire Heritage student body! Thanks for joining us, Finnja.
The Heritage junior class presented their Zoomified parody video which they wrote,  capturing the personality and idiosyncrasies of their senior classmates.

The seniors were pleasantly surprised since they knew a parody could not be rehearsed or performed in person. The juniors later honored the grads on Friday with a special socially distanced lunch at the Jons's home.

Athletic Director
To Change Roles

From Dr. Tami Given:
Dear Family,

I know Heritage sideline talk sometimes is faster than the official notification so some are aware of my news. I never expected that I wouldn't be able to tell everyone in person. 

I am officially retiring from the Athletic Director position this summer.  The administration will soon be announcing our new athletic director.  My decision to transition on comes with such mixed emotions. We joined the Heritage family 12 years ago as parents. I joined as a staff member 5 years ago. God grew me in many areas.  I am thankful for the experience on all levels as the mountains and valleys are guaranteed in life. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve alongside our dedicated loving staff.  I am thankful for my friendships with staff, parents and kids. With Noah graduating this is a natural transition point for us. Partnering with the school to help raise and develop our kids was the best decision we made. I do think Heritage has a secret sauce. Those willing to stick it out for the duration will enjoy the fruits of the whole program. If you witnessed the amazing Covid graduation last Friday, it was obvious to see. 

I will be changing positions but not leaving the community.
I am still a Heritage fan and will wait on God to open up opportunities on how I can still serve. I just won't be the one locking up the gym at night.
Thank you for supporting me and our programs. Please welcome our new AD with the same enthusiasm and warmth you showed me. I love my Heritage Family!

Blessings- tg
An exciting opportunity to be part of a
classical conference for free.

Open to teachers AND parents!

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How Classical Education Prepared Me

Click here for an interesting look at the specific ways a classical education prepares young people for life.
The College Board SAT will be hosted on campus for Heritage students

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Please contact Mrs. Sauer to register.
(Do not register online for in-house SAT events.)

Athletics Year-end Replay

Click here to check out

the year-in-review athletics doc

STEM Pushes Forward

STEM is overcoming the restrictions of not being in the classroom such as equipment, supplies, one-on-one assistance, programming instruction, and wiring diagrams by using videos and zoom to make their programmable infinity mirrors. 
Mr. Z is very proud of this year's students and their determination for excellence. "Engineers, I call them...we love the Arts, but this just sits home with me" . 

An Astronaut’s Advice on Living in Isolation

Click on the title above for some pointers on coping with social distancing for prolonged periods. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Texas Cases of COVID-19:
There are now 43,851 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 623,284 people tested in 219 out of 254 counties, and 1,216 deaths.  Approximately 24,487 people have recovered from the illness and 1,648 are still hospitalized.  More state details are available here.

Testing Locations:
The state of Texas has a new interactive map of locations in Texas where you can get a COVID-19 test.  You may search by address and zip code for drive-by and indoor locations.  This does not include every clinic and doctor's office that is offering tests, but it is the information available to the Department of State Health Services for people seeking testing. 

Child care may open immediately.  Guidelines here.
Summer camps may open on May 31st.  Guidelines here.
Summer school may open June 1st.  Guidelines here.

Via the London Telegraph: Loss of taste and smell has been defined as one of the key symptoms of Covid-19 under new government guidance. Until now, clinical advice said a person should only self-isolate if they have a new continuous cough or fever.
Order your 2019-2020 Yearbook


Enjoy your 2019-2020 memories for only $40!

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More than ever, we NEED your help with pictures - especially from the Heritage @ Home era.

Checking In...

From toga to tongs, Dr. Nelson continued a 5th grade tradition of sharing his knowledge of eyes with us by showing us a PowerPoint, answering lots of questions, then dissecting a sheep eyeball as part of our science unit about light and eyes. Some parents joined the class for this special event.

THANK YOU to Dr. Nelson and Mrs. Pressler for making this memorable day possible. Dr. Nelson has taken off a day of work for the past FIVE years in order to serve our school and teach about eyes. Mrs. Pressler always provides sheep eyeballs, dissecting tools, and usually her classroom.
Seniors experienced their FINAL math class with Mr. Z this week
Third grade students participated in Mrs Ashley’s American Wax Museum, where they portrayed important figures in American history.
Especially at this time, use Amazon Smile at NO COST to you!
There is an extension to your internet browser that is free and simple to add that will automatically make your Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile purchases that will benefit Heritage... Remember there are zero drawbacks to using AmazonSmile, it works just as a normal Amazon transaction works, only benefits the school. When selecting the charity, search for "Heritage Family School" and we should come up close to the top of the list.


Heritage can take advantage of our partnership with Shutterfly to earn funds for our school. This is similar to Amazon Smile. Go through the links below to the Shutterfly store to  The school earns 8% for any orders placed through this storefront link.  No funds are earned through the app or the regular Shutterfly website.


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