Campus Spotlight- Heritage Elementary 2018-2019
Great things are happening at HES! Our principal, Jill Hemme, chose the theme “HES Soars” for the 2019-2020 school year. Creative learning, collaborative work, and character building are just a few ways that the students at HES are not just taking flight … they are soaring to success!
The “HES Wings” have become a symbol of our goal to see each child ‘soar’. Our amazing art teacher, Shanelle Atchley, created this art installment with the help of the entire school. Each child crafted a feather to add to the wings. The details and design of each feather are as unique as each child, and when put together- they form a stunning pair of wings. This is a powerful representation that shows the strength we have when we come together as a campus. Together, we can ensure that every child at HES will take flight and reach his or her potential.
As teachers help students soar in their core classes- the students at HES are also given an opportunity to explore new interests via “Enrichment Clusters”. The Enrichment Clusters Program is new to HES this year. The program takes place during the students’ “Eagle Time”. Each child chooses from a selection of ‘clubs’ based on their personal interests.
The clubs are different for each grade and include everything from art, yoga, basketball, travel, cooking --to engineering, aspiring teachers, gardening, therapy dogs and more. Clubs are taught by teachers, members of the community and parents. The scope and sequence of each club corresponds to the “GCISD Portrait of a Graduate”.
The Enrichment Clubs were held for 4 weeks in the first semester and a new session will begin in the second semester. Research shows that students who are engaged in clubs and activities at school build important skills such as team work, have higher levels of self-confidence, and create lasting friendships. We are excited to have this program at HES – where we focus not only on academics, but building up the whole child as well.