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Volume 26 Number 34  |  5/22/2020
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
Psalms 74:17 

School's Out!

Congratulations on getting through the wild ride of a year that was


From the Head
and the Heart

Here we are…at the end of a year, or two? It seems as if we have been through two separate school terms, to me, but we have been through the usual 9 months.  But far from “usual” they were. Our spring break turned into two weeks, and it was not a break for those of us who plan and teach.  We suddenly had to go into “quarantine” or “COVID-19 lockdown.” From week to week I read the reports and updates regarding school regulations and finally the Governor closed the schools through the end of the year.  How were we supposed to have spring fling, spring formal, field trips to pick strawberries, Powder Puff football, or much less a proper graduation?!  How could we have a year without these things? What were parents supposed to do with their children around all day?!

We adjusted. Humans adjust or crumple. We experimented with Heritage @ Home and found out we actually liked it!  We all became creative and found that we could do it. Students created excellent art and wrote amazing papers and had oral reports and costumed presentations.  

Zoom classes were better than the alternative of not being in our classes or with our classmates at all! With a valiant effort on the part of our teachers, administrators, board, and parents, we pulled together and continued our unique education in an even more distinctive way.

And yet… to “refrain from embracing” is getting old.  We have discovered that we don’t want to stay six feet apart or wear face masks. We want to be close, to hug, to shake a hand, to share our space with those we love and those we work with.

God has, typically, been gracious, and we have all been blessed during this strange “new normal,” but we will be very ready for the “old normal” in the fall of 2020, and Lord willing (and Governor Abbott-willing), we will be BACK in the CLASSROOMS.  I, for one, will rejoice to see all of you, in the flesh, in the fall…and we will CELEBRATE each other as the Heritage Family that we are.

God bless you and have a healthy and refreshing summer!

Nancy Hierholzer

Last Chapel of 2020

Friday's chapel was the closing event of the Heritage 2019-2020 school year. The chapel started with some words from Mrs. Hierholzer, and a prayer from Grammar Director Mrs. Brantley. Logic School Director Mr. Sultermeier and Rhetoric School Mr. Turpin then gave out awards to the students with the most amount of merits within each school. Jailee Goodman won the Merit award for Logic School, and Josh Hoermann won for Rhetoric School. Congratulations!

Mrs. Hierholzer then thanked the many parents and teachers who make our school special, from special events (Teacher Appreciation Week, Libraries, potential Spring Fling, etc).  She then recognized two teachers for their years of service, each having served at Heritage for five years: Cheryl Stollenwerck and Tami Given.  Since Dr. Given is stepping down as AD, several people offered a special tribute beginning with Coach Kevin Perez, and then followed by Coach Jamey Parsons and Coach Tim Shipman. 
Mrs. Basse and Mrs. Hoermann ZOOMED in to the Given home in person and surprised Dr./Coach/Mrs. Given with a bouquet of flowers and a gift from the parents. Mrs. Hierholzer closed the tribute with her words, followed by Coach Given’s own comments about her joy in serving the students and families of Heritage School.   Mrs. Hierholzer closed the chapel with the traditional “tunnel” for the SENIOR CLASS of 2021 and proclaimed “Let the Summer Begin!” 

Heritage Announces
New Athletic Director

Having interviewed several qualified candidates, Heritage School announces the new Athletic Director is David Borrer, formerly the head football coach of Living Rock Academy in Bulverde, Texas. Since 2017, Mr. Borrer has been a secondary level teacher and head baseball coach as well.
Mr. Borrer comes to Heritage with a wealth of experience including teaching at the secondary level, administration, and coaching. He was the Superintendent of schools for the Hutto ISD, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative and Human Resources in the Calallen ISD, and Principal and later Superintendent of Schools for Aransas Pass ISD.  A graduate of Texas A& M University in Texarkana, Mr. Borrer achieved his Master of Science in Educational Administration at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.   He has broad experience in curriculum, program and group organization, public relations, as well as in teaching, testing, counseling special education, teacher alternative certification programs, and more.  He was the founding partner of Legacy Early College High School which will soon begin its fourth year servicing the high school students at Hutto and Taylor.  This was the first and only rural Early College High School in the state.  He was also primary partner of the East Williamson County Higher Education Center (EWCHEC).
Mr. Borrer is pleased to join the “Heritage Family” and have the opportunity to work with—instead of against—his friend and former football rival, Coach Tim Shipman, Heritage School’s head football coach.  He affirmed that he is eager to “continue the wonderful success and traditions that Heritage has been known for over the years.”
Mr. Borrer is married to Maritza Borrer, an experienced teacher and coach, and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  Mrs. Hierholzer commented: We are very excited to welcome Coach Borrer and his wife to our Heritage community.  His experience and skills promise to help advance our excellent athletic program and inspire our students to grow still more in skills as well as character.”  

End-of-Year Art Projects

Mrs. Borchers collected some of the AMAZING artwork that our
students created while on quarantine!
The juniors were challenged to research the art and lives of artists, pick one and guess what type of shoe he/she might have walked in and then to recreate that artist's 2D art onto a 3D surface, that shoe. The title of the projects were: Walking in the shoes of Matisse (Sam) , Walking in the shoes of Frida Kahlo (Katie), Walking in the shoes of Alphonse Mucha (Olivia L.), Walking in the shoes of Edvard Munch (Josie).
Sam Richburg
11th grade
Katie Chastain
11th grade
Olivia Loggie
11th grade
The 6th graders learned about "blocking" space, researched Northwestern American Totems, researched animals that are mentioned in the Bible and used those animals to create their Bible totems.
EB Stollenwerck
6th grade
Annabelle Holster
6th grade
Reece Harris
6th grade
Garrett Gentry
6th grade
Gauge Varwig
6th grade
An exciting opportunity to be part of a
classical conference for free.

Open to teachers AND parents!

Click Here
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 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


Due to the situation involving COVID-19, enjoy your 2019-2020 memories for only $40!

Contact Teresa Basse at:

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


4th grade finished the year with excellent projects on Astronomy! There are a lot of future scientists in this group!
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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