CASB brings change

Six students and two sponsors from the Heritage High School Student Government traveled to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for the 74th annual Colorado Association of School Boards Conference.

Staying at the hotel for three CASB Picture lightneddays, Hannah Sullivan ’16, Caroline McLeod ’16, Lauren Peters ’16, Elise Laws’16, Jillian Theobald ’15, Rita Passaglia ’15, Mrs. Jami De Vries ’16 sponsor and Ms. Jill McCormick ’15 sponsor met with the Littleton Public School board and listened to two speakers, Vicki Phillips and Jim Collins.

“I liked Vicki Phillips because her message to the school boards was to trust teachers, and as a teacher, that was a very empowering message,” says Ms. McCormick, class of 2015 Student Government sponsor.

Jim Collins, author of the book “Good to Great” described the lessons that are taught throughout his book and what it means to go from good to great.

“My favorite part is the first day speaker; this year it was Jim Collins and he was amazing,” says Rita Passaglia, the Senior Class President.

The CASB Conference started in 1940 to build a communication and a stronger relationship between student leaders and their school boards. Students have the opportunity to watch and learn from leaders who make decisions that affect them directly and teaches leadership skills for high school and the real world after graduation.

CASB picture 02 cropped“We learned about how to make successful changes by getting people to accept and embrace change. We also talked to students from other schools about the problems they face and how they solved them or are trying to solve them. We met with the Littleton Public School Board of Education, asked them questions, and voiced our concerns,” says McLeod, Student Government 2016 President.

Students and advisors from Heritage hope to provide more information to students and by informing them when open board meetings take place so that students can see what decisions are being made in LPS that directly affect them. Students also brought up concerns at Heritage and discussed how these future problems could be taken back to administration to make some new changes in different places.


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Cracking the code

On Monday, December 8, Heritage students were introduced to a whole new language: not Portuguese, not Greek, but computer code. As a part of Computer Science Education Week, an international project to involve more students in computer science, Heritage AP Computer Science classes hosted an “hour of code” event during fourth, fifth and sixth periods.

Students learned the fundamentals of computer code, using the introductory curricula of various websites, including,, and The sites taught infomation such as JavaScript and the basics of code syntax (similar to the grammar of a normal language).

Heritage students participate in the Hour of Code. Students learned the basics of compute coding through several suppporting websites.

Heritage students participate in the Hour of Code. Students learned the basics of compute coding through several suppporting websites.

“The turnout this year was slightly smaller than I would have hoped for, but bigger than expected,” says Raina Morse ’15, an AP Computer Science student. “I think the best way to measure success will be to compare AP Computer Science enrollment next year to that of this year.”

According to, 55 million students have participated in the Hour of Code. The project seeks to address the imbalance in the amount of computer science jobs that will be needed in the future in comparison to the amount of students who study computer science. By 2020 there will be 1.4 million computing jobs and a $500 billion opportunity for pay, but only 400,000 computer science students to take advantage of these opportunities.

But computer science skills are not only useful for students who might seek a career in that field. Any student can benefit from learning the basics of coding.

“Computer programming will be a part of almost anything students do in their futures. They need to understand how computers work and how to use them,” says Mike Rudolph, the AP Computer Science teacher and sponsor of the event.

The event has received attention and support from various world leaders, including President Obama. In a promotional video, he summed up the ideals of the Hour of Code.

“Don’t just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn more about the technology that touches every part of our lives.”

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Marching to the Parade of Lights

“It was a cool experience to perform in the prestigious Parade of Lights,”

parade of lights pic 1says Madison Risberg ’16.




“It was a whole lot of fun because there was so many people, which is what makes a parade fun,” says band director Mr. Jeff Helms. parade of lights pic 2

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Hello Dolly Bars

Having to eat gluten free means you can’t have wheat flour so sometimes finding a good snack is hard. Pinterest is a great recourse for finding yummy treats.

Gluten-Free Hello Dolly Bars.really yummmy gluten free treats


1 1/2 cups gluten-free, nut-free cookie crumbs

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 can (15 oz can) sweetened condensed milk


1.Combine crumbs and butter.

2.Press mixture into the bottom of a parchment lined 8×8″ square or 9″ round cake pan to form a crust.

3.Sprinkle crust evenly with chocolate chips.

4.Sprinkle coconut evenly over chocolate chips.

5.Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over coconut.


6.Place pan in oven at 400F and bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

7.Let cool completely and refrigerate to firm up before cutting.

This is a delicious treat for people who have or choose to eat gluten free.

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Heritage Takes on Arapahoe

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The 2014 Eagles basketball team is off to a promising 3-0 start and is looking to add to their record in the most anticipated rivalry game of the season vs. Arapahoe. The captains of this year’s team are Tom Skufka and Eric Lawson.

“It’s bittersweet I’m glad I got to go out there with the boys and play against them one more time but I’m sad that it’s my last opportunit,.” says  Lawson ’15.

Unfortunately, the Eagles were defeated by Arapahoe 54-50 after playing an extremely competitive first half. Heritage came back from an 11 point deficit in the late minutes of the 4th quarter.

“Our goals for the remainder of the season are to improve and grow as a team every time we step onto the court. We would like to finish well in our league,” says Byleveld.

  Their next game is vs. Green Mountain High School.

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Zoo Lights brighten Denver

zoo lights 6It’s a cold night in the middle of the holiday season. People are bundled up in seemingly innumerable layers of clothing in the hopes of blocking out the pervasive chills as they walk under a canopy of light.

zoo lights 2zoo lights 1Zoo Lights has returned to the Denver Zoo for the holidays from December 5 to January 4. During this time for the price of $7 to $11, ticket-holders can experience a wholly unique perspective of the zoo at night in the company of family and friends. It is a time of relaxation, memories and comfort.

Stretching over more than thirty-eight acres, Zoo Lights showcases over 150 animated light displays and vibrant lights of every color draped from tree to tree, creating a spectacular illusion of brilliant starlight. Walking through the zoo, it is hard to ignore the sense of warmth radiating from the countless bulbs, and the closeness with friends and family that they encourage. The ubiquitous cold of the night melts away under the subtle comfort of Zoo Lights.

zoo lights 3While mostly geared towards younger children, Zoo Lights is also worthwhile for teenagers. With a group of friends, or simply going with family, Zoo Lights turns a night previously packed with studying into a pleasant evening of conversation and new memories to be made.

zoo lights 5If nothing else, the event is reminiscent of a childhood spent almost exclusively at the zoo and memories of braving the frigid December winds with family linked arm-to-arm to experience the true magic of Zoo Lights every year.

zoo lights 4The 2014 Denver Zoo Lights are a must-see for this year’s holiday season, and any year’s holiday season, in fact. It is not only an opportunity to witness the cultures of diverse peoples and bond with family and friends, but also a time to laugh, let loose, relive the innocence of childhood, grab a drink of hot chocolate and calmly stroll underneath a canopy of light.

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Dissecting animals to learn



The cat was layed on a table during dissection. Anyone that didn’t want to dissect could observe.

Only three students chose to participate in the cat dissection.

Three students chose to participate in the cat dissection.










“I like teaching Zoology because I love teaching students about the variety of animals that exist on our planet. The class is structured so that we do a lab almost every day,” says Mrs. Shelly Hogan.

Zoology is one of the first classes to completely fill up each school year.

“I took Zoology because I have always been interested in the biology and anatomy of animals, and I thought it would be really cool to have a hands-on experience with it,” says Emily Schuman ’16, a zoology student.

The class completes dissections almost every day.

“It is important to dissect because that is the only way that a student of biology can truly understand the anatomy of an organism and compare it with other organisms. I wouldn’t want a surgeon operating on me who had only learned by virtual dissections,” says Hogan.

Starting from the least complex organism, the fluke worm, to the most complex, the cat, students fill out worksheets and see the evolution of each species with their own eyes.

“I do like dissections. They give you a chance to see the real thing rather than something online or in a book,” says Schuman.

Most students have favorite animals they like to dissect or ones they absolutely hate.

“I liked dissecting the shark because it was easier to see all of the different parts and it looked cooler overall. My least favorite dissection was the squid because it was so delicate, and I had already dissected it before,” says Schuman.

Hogan loves to watch the students partake in each dissection and watch their reactions when they discover something new.

“I enjoy dissecting the pregnant Dogfish sharks because you never know what you will find inside. Most of the students enjoy this dissection the most because they like finding the babies and other surprises,” says Hogan.

The cat dissection offered on the day of the final causes students to debate whether they want to participate or not.

“I’m not sure how I feel about the cat. It seems cool to look at a larger and more common animal, but because it is so common and complex in thinking and emotions, I think it is a little creepy and sad,” says Schuman.

Zoology class is a chance to learn about species very similar to the human race.

“I offer the cat dissection as an optional dissection because I want to give the students the opportunity to see a mammal with internal anatomy that is very similar to our own,” says Hogan.

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Unified Eagles starts again


Instructors explain to students what Unified is all about.

“I love to coach Unified because of the atmosphere that everyone at Heritage brings to the games. Everyone is very accepting to kids,” says Mr. Kyle Duggan, the coach of the Heritage Unified team.

Unified Eagles is where volunteer Heritage students are partners to the Special Olympics athletes at Heritage and assist them in playing basketball.

“Partners are in charge of catching rebounds and directing the students to the right place, but most importantly they are in charge of cheering for their teammates,” says Duggan.

Helpers love to assist Unified because the PACE athletes get really excited and everyone can feel the joy spread around the room.

“The athletes are great because they bring their enthusiasm and Heritage spirit to every game,” says Tori Mudd ‘16, who has been a part of Unified for three years now. “It is a great thing to be a part of.”

The program breaks barriers by having the athletes and the partners work as teammates and create new friendships.


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Heritage DECA Students Find Unanimous Success

DECA is an organization that works to prepare and inspire young entrepreneurs by providing them with real life experiences in marketing, finance and management. Heritage High School is just one out of 3,500 high schools that participate in DECA.

Heritage DECA has recently competed in the district competition and five people have made it to state which will be held in Glenwood springs in February.

“For the District Competition we had two role plays that we had to do and they were a lot of fun, and I feel like I learned a lot about how to make a business presentation in the real world,” says Sarah Grechien ’17.

The club offers great opportunities for students interested in business because they get real hans on experience through the organization. The competition consists of multiple role plays with different themes such as Marketing Management, Sports Marketing, Food Marketing and Retail.

Five Heritage students compete in the DECA district competition and all five have made it to state.

Five Heritage students compete in the DECA district competition, and all five have made it to state.

“Preparing the role play was the hardest part of the competition because we only had 10 minutes and it was really stressful,” says Grecein.

The experience provided student with a realistic challenge and placed them under circumstances that forced them to work well under pressure.

“I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve made it this far and I think I had some real world professional business experience,” says Conner Spaulding ’17.

DECA does more within the Heritage community than just compete, the DECA store sells merchandise and food at school events and helps to boost Eagle Pride.

“My favorite part of DECA is meeting new people and learning about the profession I want to go into,” says Spaulding.

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Evolution of Technology

Bolen pictureThere has been more technological improvement in the last 50 years than in the previous 5,000, according to As a result, there is a generational gap between how we currently view technology and how the last generation views technology.

Mrs. Barbara Bolen, The marketing and business technology teacher at Heritage, has witnessed the evolution of technology.

“I took a computer class in the 1980’s when computers were just getting started and there were no personal computers,” says Bolen.

Now computers are everywhere; in schools, in the workplace in homes and literally in the palm of our hands. With this widened access to technology, life is simplified in ways that could be taken for granted.

“We spent hours in the library to find information and every interaction that was not in person had to take pace over the phone,” says Bolen about her school experience.

Access to information was limited and it took a lot more effort to communicate with others. The only phones that existed were attached to the wall.

“I think that communication suffers from the use of technology. It is more efficient but sometimes the meaning gets lost,” says Bolen.

Access to information was limited and it took more effort to communicate with others. The phones that existed were limited to the immediate vicinity of the walls they were attached to. Since then, the progression of technology has been extremely rapid.

“I think that in the next five to ten years, people will be more comfortable with computers and we won’t even be talking about how things used to work differently,” says Bolen

Some of the differences between our modern lives and those in the 1980s are surprisingly different.

“My highschool graduation present was a typewriter,” says Bolen.  

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