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Volume 26 Number 32  |  5/8/2020
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

Graduation 2020
May 15, 2020  7:30PM

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 @ 8:00 am

Chapel Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 466-013-3525
Preparations continue for this year's graduation!  We have permission for the IMMEDIATE families of the grads to be on the field, spaced appropriately (families must bring a face mask). All non-family attendees will park around the field:  in the visitors’ area, the end zone, and the MPAC driveway—while STAYING IN THEIR CARS.  Parking arrangements will be clarified in an email early this week.

Only Mr. Turpin, and Mrs. Hierholzer will be on the stage and interacting in person with the graduates. The graduates will be seated near the stage.  Friends of the graduates will be able to see from a distance (bring your binoculars) and hear the event AND see it via our live streaming which will be on You Tube.  Be sure to tune in by 7:30PM for the SR SLIDE SHOW and the READERS THEATER which will be pre-recorded and shown before the live streaming of the ceremony, which will begin around 8:00PM.
After the ceremony ends, we will all exit campus led by Coach Kevin Perez in the white van and followed by the graduates. We will head to Main Street, honking horns, and flying streamers. Please come to the graduation in your decorated cars and show your Heritage spirit!
Rain Plan:  The graduates along with their immediate families will gather in MPAC. The event will still be live streaming, so you can come, park your car, watch the event and stay dry. You can still participate in the parade down Main St.

Please check your inbox on Wednesday for an email regarding graduation details.

Senior Thesis Defense
Next Week

Senior thesis defenses begin this Monday, May 11!
Check out the wide array of topics and panelists below:


Grammar School

Mrs. Shipman led Grammar School chapel this week. She discussed fear, and demonstrated with a candle and fan what happens to a flame when our fears are fanned into it. Our spirit is shaken just like the flame in the candle is shaken when fanned. Mrs. Shipman asserted that we need to be strong and courageous and stand in the face of fear. She demonstrated that we can use prayer as a tool to combat fear and to protect us. To expand on the concept that we need to exhibit strength and use prayer in the face of fear, Mrs. Shipman quoted 1 Corinthians 15:58, which says, "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."

Thank you Mrs. Shipman!

Upper School

Upper school chapel, led by Mr. Turpin and Mrs. Music, included introductions to this year's thesis topics by our presenting seniors. Each senior took a few minutes to introduce his/her topic and explain a few of the key points in their arguments. Topics this year are as interesting as ever, ranging from the stimulant abuse crisis to fracking to law enforcement and the 4th amendment.

Check out the rest of the topics in the above section.

We wish our seniors luck in their thesis defenses, beginning this upcoming
Monday, May 11 via Zoom.

Three Ways Great Books Discussions Lead to Critical Thinking and Good Manners

Check out the article below for insight on how discussion in class and at home can lead to external benefits for our youth. 
An exciting opportunity to be part of a
classical conference for free.

Open to teachers AND parents!

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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.)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Texas Cases of COVID-19:
There are now 35,390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 455,162 people tested in 217 out of 254 counties, and 973 deaths.  Approximately 18,440 people have recovered from the illness and 1,750 are still hospitalized.  More state details are available here.

Confident College Planning Take-Aways

SAT exams have been cancelled until September. Extra exam sessions have been scheduled for Fall.

ACT dates in June and July are still on. The July ACT can be taken at Schreiner University. Fall ACT will be available as usual in school settings and privately online.

Many colleges are going “test score optional” for admission and for merit scholarship decisions. (Not A&M.) Check each college's admissions web page for details.

All universities seem to be developing holistic review policies.  They want to get to know you - your story - beyond your numbers. Work/life experience, activities, and essays are as important or more important than GPA and SAT scores. This shift is very advantageous for Heritage students.

Myth exposed: it is NOT harder for Heritage students to be accepted into A&M.  It just takes more patience. 

Also covered: thorough overview of dual credit courses, what to do with a COVID-cancelled summer, and a long list of awesome online summer camps and for-credit courses.

Access the slides and a recording of the Confident College Planning meeting in the RESOURCES tab of your Parents Web dashboard.

Ideas, Comments and Troubleshooting

Send us ideas you have for special family times..
for “connecting” with your neighbors…for creating memories….
for book titles for recreation and sharing with the whole family…

And please send us photos of your Heritage @ Home experience to:
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Send an email to
or for urgent cases, text or call Esteban at 830.998.1122

Checking In...

This week First Grade carried on with tradition and hosted their own “Reading Restaurant” at home since it could not be celebrated at school.
Lyla McCollum served up The Lord’s Prayer as an appetizer, followed by a parable for the main meal and of course her own story of A Mouse Tail for dessert. 
Impromptu show and tell by Landon Atkinson who shared sand dollars his family found while zooming from the beach!
Third graders are helping parents by performing their classroom jobs at home.
Fifth graders celebrated Ancient Rome by dressing in togas and presenting various topics: weapons, Punic Wars, Caesar Augustus, baths, homes/families, art, architecture, Roman roads, Colosseum, gladiators, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Pomepii, Mt. Vesuvius, religion, and transportation. After researching and becoming the classroom expert, students shared their knowledge and showed the visuals that they had created for their topics. Many families even enjoyed a Roman feast at their homes. The Nelsons even dressed in togas!

Even though we couldn't enjoy this Heritage tradition on campus, I think the students did an outstanding job in the spotlight on Zoom.
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