Trip to Hawaii for Biology Students

IDPLMAL Physical science and biology teacher April Idar as well as the Jeffco School Board and Golden High School, organize a trip to Hawaii in June for students called the Big Island Marine Science course. Students must complete a full year of biology with a 90% or higher before the trip and must be picked by the instructor.

  It’s a two week trip in the summer, and students have to complete labs and assignments that relate to the ecosystem of Hawaii. Lectures are given in the morning and then students will have lab activities such as studying coral or fish underwater or studying the volcanoes of Hawaii. Students have composition books to take notes in that will be turned in at the end for a grade.

  Idar taught at Chatfield High School where they recruited her into the program. She liked it enough that when she started teaching at Heritage, it was a big goal for her to get the program started. She then talked to administration who approved it. Idar is also trying to get this approved by the district for science credit.

   Students at Jeffco schools that take this course earn a semester science credit.

  As Idar states, “I’m trying to get it approved by our administration so students at Heritage will earn a semester science credit since it is very academically rigorous.”

  Students would have to complete the course successfully to earn credit for this course.

  “The students who take this are working 24/7 for two weeks, and there is a midterm and a final,” she says.

  Students who took the course last year have the option of going on the trip again to be more of an instructor. They can also get their diving certification.

  Megan Deevy ‘20 who went on this trip last year, reflects, “doing what I love in a place I love hat has so much beauty and learning within it is truly amazing.” After the trip, students get together for a reunion dinner to reconnect with their peers in Hawaii.

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Speech and Debate starts their season

The Speech and Debate team at Heritage is small in numbers but big in outcomes.

“The team goal is to unite the speech side with the debate side and really just create a team atmosphere,” says Katie Hart ’18, a co-captain of Speech.

Most Saturdays from November to March, 7am to around 9pm, the members of the team can be found competing at various high schools in their respective events.


The team poses after their last meet. Students can still join the team on Wednesdays.

“All of the skills you learn transition into incredibly helpful skills for life in general,” says Hart.

Through Speech, students learn valuable public speaking skills, while in Debate, students learn these skills as well as the ability to build a constructive argument.

At their last meet at Golden High School on November 12, Connor Mudd ’17 and Adam Downing ’17 placed first in Public Forum Debate, Scott Bitzko ’17 got silver in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Katie Hart ’18 and Cameron Berry ’18 got second in Duo Interpretation, Asher Farr ’17 got fourth in National Extemp and Rebecca Bidales ’19 got fifth in Poetry Interpretation.

“I can’t imagine a better group of kids to spend Saturday’s with,” says Hart.

Speech and Debate meets Wednesdays at 3:30 in the Library, people can still join.

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Mike Smith leaves a lasting legacy

Mike Smith’s impact is still felt at Heritage High School even a number of weeks after he visited. In advisory, students are reminded of his message as they watch his videos and complete mini-lessons.

They feel Smith’s lessons are having a positive effect around the halls of school.

“People are inspired. They want to make a difference in their community and their own life,” says Tara Serocki ’18. Smith’s videos remind her to never give up. Making a positive impact can be simple.

“Mike Smith inspires students to leave a legacy and make an impact,” says Gabby Schimmoller ’18.

However, Smith’s lesson had a different effect on Lauren Thomas ’18.

“The video reminded me to make good choices so I can have a good future,” says Thomas.

That is important to think about while going through school and dealing with friends. Smith reminds students that the people they are friends with and the choices they make can make a big impact on their future.

Students at Heritage seem to be acknowledging their legacies and taking into consideration his lessons. They are engaged in his purpose. There is a new feeling around the halls of Heritage.

Students work on a mini-lesson that Mike Smith portrays through a video. His legacy is felt at Heritage.

Students work on a mini-lesson that Mike Smith portrays through a video. His legacy is felt at Heritage.

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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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