School News

The Red Planet: 50 Years of Successful Mars Exploration

Mars regained the world’s attention this fall, with recent news of the discovery of liquid water on the planet and a new blockbuster film set on Earth’s nearest neighbor, The Martian. This is a timely moment to focus on Red Planet Day, November 28.

Celebrate the fourth planet from our solar system’s sun with our series of blogs discussing general information about Mars, some of the more than 40 space missions humans have launched to study the planet, a section on the future of Mars and plans for manned missions to the planet, and concluding with links to fiction and non-fiction on Mars.

Winter is Coming

It is the season of missing mittens and other lost winter gear, especially for school-age children. Since this is also the hectic holiday season, we’ve done the legwork and put together a few simple tips that might help.

Fall Fun in Williams

On Friday, October 23, your favorite Williams charter school will be hosting a Harvest Festival for students, family, and the community from 5 – 7 p.m. Students are welcome to wear costumes, as long as they leave their masks at home. Each classroom will have games and holiday activities; prizes (other than candy) will be given out. There will also be a cake walk, tickets for which may be purchased for 25¢.

Fall fun for the whole family! Don’t miss our harvest fest

On Friday, October 23 Heritage Elementary will be hosting a Harvest Festival for the school. Costumes are welcome, though we ask that students leave their masks at home. There will be activities and games in the classroom— prizes other than candy will be given out. We are also having a cake walk. Tickets are 25¢ each. Parents, we are accepting donations of baked goods for the cake walk.

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

With fall, the first report cards and parent-teacher conferences of the academic year arrive. Heritage Elementary School, your Williams charter school, is no exception to this rule. Information on these one-on-one sessions with your child’s teacher will be going home shortly, making this the perfect time to discuss how to ensure these meetings are successful and useful for all involved. Every year there is more research documenting the connections between academic achievement and parental involvement in schools. Heritage believes firmly that parent engagement in education is vital to the academic success of every student, and encourages parents to be active participants in their student’s academic growth. We all—parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration—play important roles in the achievement of a shared goal: academic and character achievement.

Peace: An Everyday Becoming

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1981, the third Tuesday of September was designated as the International Day of Peace by UN resolution 36/67. That date was chosen to coincide with the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the resolution the General Assembly set out that the day “shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideal of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”[i] The resolution further invited all member states and organizations of the UN and the world to commemorate that day as they saw fit, including through education and cooperation.

First Monday in September

That’s right! We’re talking about Labor Day. In preparation for this blog we found a definition which captures the significance of the holiday’s historical significance succinctly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Keeping Up With the Falcons!

Stay in the know this school year. For the start of school, we wanted to give all our Williams charter school parents and caregivers a handy reference tool. We’ve put together this list of important items to be aware of for a successful school year.

Keeping in Touch With Facebook

Remember parents, Heritage Elementary has a Facebook page. It is another great resource to keep up with what’s going on at school. We post about upcoming events and link to our newsletters and blog posts. These pages also have great school photo albums. So stop by—like the page, check out our snapshots or read some useful articles.

Welcome Back Falcons!

We’re pleased to welcome all our new and returning students and their families to the 2015-2016 school year. We hope it’s gotten off to a wonderful start for all.

The 2015-2016 School Year Has Begun

We know back-to-school can be a busy, stressful time for parents and students, so here is some helpful information and suggestions to make it a little less frantic.

One way to ease the anxiety of transitioning into this school year can be chatting with your child. By encouraging them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and keeping an open line of communication they will be more comfortable sharing with you. This will make them feel like their opinions matter and are important. Plus talking about the things happening at school is a great way to connect with children.