High School at H.E.A.R.T
Did you know?
H.E.A.R.T. has a program for high school students! Grades 9th-12th can enjoy classes on Thursdays too! This year students can take: Life Skills, Strategic Games, Art, Mythology, Stained Glass, Psychology, Consumer Education, Sociology, Cooking/Baking, and Worldview. These classes are offered in the afternoon. In the morning, students can take study hall and eat lunch with their fellow students.
The program launched with 13 high school students this past fall. Half of those being freshmen who eagerly looked forward to continuing at H.E.A.R.T. when they graduated 8th grade last spring. In fact, six out of nine of the 2019 graduating 8th grade class is continuing at H.E.A.R.T. this year as freshmen.
William Marsh is one of the many teachers in the high school program this year. Marsh truly enjoys the classes he teaches so he was reluctant to pick a favorite out of his lengthy class list, but he had this to say about his classes:
“I like Mythology for its interesting stories; Sociology for the way it broadens our vantage points; Psychology for how it gives us a richer window into who we are; and Worldview for the way it challenges us to think carefully about world events”.
Marsh has been teaching high school through graduate courses for over thirty years. His experience and passion in the classroom make his courses an exciting place to be.
A collective group of high school freshmen said their favorite classes were:
"All of them!"
"Life skills. I like it because we can be vulnerable in it."
Students have found strong friendships, fun and challenging classes, and a home here at H.E.A.R.T.
Registration for the fall opens in March and the teachers and families at H.E.A.R.T. are excited to continue to see the high school program grow!
This is an elective class for 4th-8th grade students.
The kids were participating in 5 different challenges.
We do one challenge (or they can free build) each week.
-Big Head, Tiny Body
-Build a Top
-Something to Wear
2019-2020 First Day!!
H.E.A.R.T. began its 16th year today and we had a blast!
Check out some of these back-to-school pictures! Students enjoyed gym class outside, coloring the covers of their science notebooks, and meeting new friends!
The last day before Thanksgiving break!
Our Drama class was hard at work creating their puppets to take home today. Cooking class learned how to cook a whole chicken! Art class was working diligently with pastels, and 3D Printing class continued their projects on their computers.
First day of the 2018-2019 school year!
Students had a great time seeing old friends again and making new ones! We had a very energetic and joyful day!
End of the Year Performance
Students did an amazing job at the end of the year performance this year. They continue to raise the bar for us every year. Teachers and volunteers worked tirelessly and we are so grateful for their hard-work.
We are gearing up for Performance Night tonight! Check out a little glimpse of our day!
April 5th: With just 8 weeks left to go, Musical Theater class is working hard to memorize the choreography for the opening number! Previous student, Brendan Trojan (currently a high school student) came to help teach the moves!
Green Team had a blast dissecting owl pellets today in class! They were so excited to classify what they found.
Check out our NEW elective offerings for the 2018-2019 school year!
The classes below are offered to students entering 4th-8th grades for the 2018-2019 school year. To see a complete listing of our classes check out our "Class Schedule" page under "Our Program".
This is an introduction to architecture! Learn and explore the intricacies of how to make a blue print, create, and more!
This class will be taught by our beloved teacher, Mike Estes!
Join us as we vote on what to read, act out the most important scenes, watch pivotal plots from related movies, discuss the twists and turns, decide whether or not to "Fire the Author", and build friendships! Budding readers should not shy away from this class. Exploring the wonderful titles can be done at home with Mom and Dad.
We are welcoming back Stephanie Hickox who taught many classes for us during the 2016-2017 school year.
We are thrilled to have her back!
Explore your own family history! This an incredibly unique class will provide an opportunity for students to create their own book about their family history. You won't want to miss out on this creative approach to engaging in the past and present through family interviews, collecting stories, etc! Students will receive a printed book for all of their efforts!
Dee Fritzler will be teaching this brand new and exciting class!
This is an introduction to Greek Mythology where students will learn some of the most well known myths. Students will be introduced to these fables and dig deeper into the deities through the stories told.
Stephanie Bucataru is new to our staff this year but has spend years teaching at our sister program, Classical Consortium!
We are excited to have her on board!
KOG (Kindgom of God) Discipleship
This class centers on the practices of becoming Christlike by focusing on the life of Christ (His presence, love, truth and power) and how to practice and live out spiritual disciplines that help us to live out a with-God life harnessed in the message of the Kingdom.
Dee Dee Estes, wife of beloved teacher Mike Estes, will be teaching this class! The Estes family has been a part of HEART for almost a decade!
This is a new class offering during the lunchtime hour. Enjoy free play with friends!
Phun with Physics and Chemistry
Calling all lovers of experiments! Learning is incredibly fun in this class which will cover some physics and chemistry concepts in a memorable way. We will get explosively (and safely!) creative with weekly hands-on activities!
Stephanie Hickox will be returning to teach this class!
This year Strategic Games will be teacher led as students battle each other in Chess, Risk, Battleship, and more.
We are excited to have Dee Fritzler teach this class!
Returning elective classes include: 3D Art, 3D Printing, Advanced Art, Baking, Bible Study, Cooking, Cor Opus, Musical Theater, Project Club, Sign Language, Spanish, and Tae Kwon Do.
The HIGHLIGHT of the day!
February 22: The Orange Team (2nd/3rd grade) received their scripts today for the five minute version of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. After scripts were handed out students highlighted their lines and began reading over their assigned parts. It was a very exciting day in Drama class. Through this experience students will experiment with how to deliver lines, BE in character as well as learn how to work on a scene as a team. Memorization is also an important skill we will utilize!
What does Christmas mean to Cor Opus?
-Time with family and time to relax and decorate the Christmas tree. (Marie T.)
-Getting to know Jesus better. Reading devotions as a family. (Emily M.)
-Spending time with friends and going shopping with them [or] just talking. (Nathan R.)
-Giving gifts to others because God gave Jesus as a gift to us. (Kayla T.)
-A feeling of unity...with family and with friends. (Lexie F.)
H.E.A.R.T. launches Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Class
You may have have noticed some cute little additions to the H.E.A.R.T. program if you have wandered in the direction of the Green classroom this year. Beginning this school year, H.E.A.R.T added a class specifically for our littlest learners. This self-contained Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten class is taught by our beloved Mandy Roper. Mandy, who has been teaching on and off for over two decades, also has three children of her own: Nadia (2yrs), Natalie (Blue team), and Nathan (Blue team) and has been teaching at H.E.A.R.T. for 9 years. In addition to the 9, Mandy has also been a Co-Principle for more than half of her time at H.E.A.R.T. Her previous classes have included: Music, Performance, Spanish, and Guitar, to name a few.
Students on the Green team (Pre-K/K) are taught: Sign Language, Spanish, Music, Literature, Science, Art, P.E and much more! With the small class size (1:15), these students get a chance to really bond with one another and benefit from a lot of one-on-one attention. Outside their door at any time of day you can hear their giggles from a funny book Mandy is exploring with them, see the beautiful art they are creating that goes along with their theme for the day or week, or witness the team work as they solve problems during cooperative play time. H.E.A.R.T. is so excited to be able to give our 4 and 5 year olds the opportunity to have their own classroom.
Alex H. a member of Cor Opus from the Blue team, had a chance to sit down with Mandy and interview her as part of a class assignment.
Where did you grow up? (Alex)
Lots of different places: Waco, Texas, Spring, Texas, and Libertyville, IL. (Mandy)
How did you start teaching these subjects? (Alex)
[The] first time I wanted to be a teacher was because of my Spanish teacher, she made it fun. I even remember the lesson where I thought “she was the coolest”. It involved candy corn. (Mandy)
What is your favorite part of teaching? (Alex)
I would say the excitement of the kids, having them enjoy learning. When you get older you sometimes you lose the joy of learning. (Mandy)
What led you to teach the subjects you teach? (Alex)
[It was] more than the subject, it was the age. I love teaching the younger kids because of their excitement. Everything is new to them, they get excited and they think it’s fun. (Mandy)
What current trends surprise you and why?(Alex)
80s stuff that’s coming back! I’ve seen it on t-shirts. It shocks me that the retro stuff from the 80s is coming back…stuff I did in elementary school now they’re doing it again! (Mandy)
(Below: Photo of Mandy Roper and many members of the Green team. Photos 1,2,4,&5 by Nathan R. from the Blue team. Click on a picture to enlarge it.)
Cooking Class is hard at work today!
The Votes are In!
The yearbook staff looked through 56 cover submissions from the H.E.A.R.T. student body. After much deliberation, the yearbook staff narrowed the finalists down to 12. From the 12, six were chosen to be voted on by all of our 80+ students. Congratulations to all of our hard-working students who put so much thought and effort into their work! Below are 11 of the 12 finalists. Our yearbook cover winner is not pictured so as to not spoil the surprise.
(Picture by Nathan R.)
Sign Language students dressed up as superheroes during the Epic Sign Language Superhero Battle!
Sign Language spent some time creating superheroes and special abilities. After learning the signs for the superheroes on their team, they had to problem solve to save the day while incorporating the vocabulary learned.
These students dressed up for their part!
Illusionist Guest Comes to Science Class!
Brenden Trojan came to Yellow and Orange Science to share some illusionist tricks! The kids had a great time trying to guess how he did them!
Cor Opus Welcomes A New School Year
Green team and new students in Cor Opus!
Cor Opus practices interview skills
Students in Cor Opus (Yearbook) interviewed our Afternoon Nursery Director.
Cor Opus student: How long have you been teaching here
Mrs. Netzel: I have been teaching here for two years.
Cor Opus student: What is your favorite part of teaching
Mrs. Netzel: The kids
Cor Opus student: How has HEART affected your life.
Mrs. Netzel: Working with the kids brings me joy.
Cor Opus student: How did you find HEART?
Mrs. Netzel: Through a friend
Cor Opus student: Why did you decide to come to HEART?
Mrs. Netzel: It was elective based and allowed them [parents] to choose their [own] curriculum.
End of the Year Performance
Every year students showcase what they've been working on all year at our End of the Year Performance. Every year it just gets better and better!
What a fantastic year it has been!
Thank you, Brook Mrvicka www.brookmrkvicka.com for the wonderful photos!!
Thank you, Brook Mrvicka www.brookmrkvicka.com for the wonderful photos!!
Bible Study class hosted the "Color Wars" fundraiser! Students enjoyed collecting pennies for their team's penny jar and stuffing other jars with nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills to give other teams negative points!
Wings and Talons, a non profit raptor education group visited our Unit Study classes. What a fun month it's been!
Thank you, Brook Mrvicka www.brookmrkvicka.com for the wonderful photos.
Oct 22, 2016
Unit Study got to play in the leaves!
Sign Language practiced their describing skills by playing "Guess Who".
Sept 22, 2016
Check back with us to read about what's happening in other classes at H.E.A.R.T.!