AP Capstone Program Pivots

According to Ms. Zolle there will be 240 Sophomores and Juniors taking the AP Seminar course next year. Looking back, the first students to have completed the full AP Capstone program will be graduating this year, and have gained the research and writing skills that are meant to prepare kids for college.

“This program has given me the skills to evaluate sources, follow style guides, create unique topics of inquiry, and most of all research. Overall I feel way more prepared to tackle college,” says AP Research student Emily Landwehr.

However, this program is now pivoting to be used as a higher level English class for sophomores in the 2017-2018 school years.

“The first 2-3 months of AP seminar English 10 next fall will be a focus on skill building in preparation for the 3 AP tasks, and we will do that skill building through literature,” explains English teacher, Jennifer Gustafson.

Although the details of the class have not been fully set in stone yet, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye will be used because they are the two required texts for sophomores.

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AP Research student works on project.

“Mrs. Melton and I will be attending AP Seminar training this summer for a week, and we will have a better idea of all of all of the details after that training,” states Gustafson.

The overall structure of the class will remain the same as the students will work on AP tasks, with topics that will be entirely up to them.

Because students are completely in charge of what they want to learn and write about, this English class will be unlike any course underclassmen have taken.

“We are really excited to teach this course because we believe students will be engaged and interested, and they will be learning skills that will help them main_capstonelogothroughout their academic and work lives,” says Gustafson.

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Heritage Idol performers shine

On April 26, Heritage’s best vocalists competed for the title of Heritage Idol and time in a professional studio. Competition was tight, and the vocalists delivered both visually and musically.

The top three performers were Sophia Johnson Grimes ’17, Portia Joy Glommen ’18, and Sydney Weaver ’19. After the first round of cuts from the judges, the final three each got the chance to perform again in hopes of winning the crowd over. The winner was then selected by the audience.

“It was very close competition, definitely more cutthroat than year one. I’m always so impressed by what the competitors present,” says Mr. Andrew Fischer, Choir Director and Heritage Idol Judge.

Fisher added that he loves having the opportunity to see such high level performances from Heritage students. Though all the competitors fought hard, Weaver ended up winning the popular vote, after covering everything from P!nk to Amy Winehouse.

I won 4 hours in a professional recording studio which means I get to work with a producer and have whatever I record mixed and put out on iTunes. I have not gone yet but I plan to go in September. I have thought a little bit about what songs I will record, and I am thinking that I will be recording ‘Glitter in the Air’ by P!nk and ‘Liability’ by Lorde if I have enough time for both,” says Weaver.

Weaver adds that she’s been singing for as long as she can remember, and that her earliest recordings were from 14 years ago.

“I have always loved performing and just being on stage was a highlight for me. I love that I can express myself through my music and others’ music. I feel like getting on stage and telling a story through a song is amazing and it gives me an amazing feeling inside,” says Weaver.

Mr. Fischer interviews the final three.

Mr. Fischer interviews the final three performers.

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Student Government Plans to Continue Mike Smith’s Legacy

After a successful year of bringing in guest speakers like Mike Smith and spreading important messages around the school, planning for next year’s guest speakers and lessons has already started.

“We believe that bringing in Mike Smith, showing the Harbor Videos and the Mike Smith Lessons throughout the year was very beneficial towards the advancement of school culture at Heritage. According to our big survey that over 900 students and staff participated in, we have seen a shift in what school culture means at Heritage and a shift in what Pride, Character, and Excellence means at Heritage. This shift shows that everyone is now starting to see an advancement in school culture at Heritage and a similarity in what Pride, Character, and Excellence means,” says Joe Roberts ’19 while explaining Student Government’s plans to continue Mike Smith’s legacy into future years.

This year was the first among a three year plan. This year was titled “Hear” with a goal for students and staff to hear the messages being expressed. Next year is titled “See”. The goal is to show the lessons taught from this year put into action. Student Government is planning to showcase students and groups around Heritage who are working in the school and community to bring positivity and be better, more helpful people. While keeping Mike Smith’s message in mind, there are also plans to bring in different speakers and ideas to explore more ways to do good in the community.

“The advisory lessons inspired me to share Mike Smith’s message and use it to make a change in my life. They help me try to make a difference in other people’s lives as well. The Mike Smith messages were really empowering and they made an impact on life,” says Jenna Milligan ’20.

Along with assemblies presenting new guest speakers, advisory lessons will be continued throughout next year, with two advisory lessons each semester. Student Government will pick different lessons from a selection of student created lessons which have been planned by Student Government students. While assemblies grab people’s attention in a grand manner, advisory lessons continue to grow the messages like in “Speak for the Silent, Stand for the Broken” and “Who’s your Calvin” which are talked about year round.
“Having Mike Smith come this year was a success. People knew his name, remembered his message and our goal with this was to keep his message alive throughout the entire year, which was done very successfully. We are so excited to see what Heritage Students will do next year in our second year of implementing the new school culture initiative!” says Roberts.

Mike Smith taking a selfie with Heritage students at his assembly last fall. Student Government is planning more assemblies or next fall.

Mike Smith taking a selfie with Heritage students at his assembly last fall. Student Government is planning more assemblies or next fall.

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