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Flu Shot Clinic

Posted on September 20, 2018

Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 2:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Elementary Eagles Nest

On Wednesday, October 17th, HCS Health Services along with Franciscan Health will be offering a flu shot clinic. This is available to current Heritage families, faculty and staff. This flu shot is a thimerosal-free quadrivalent influenza vaccine that covers all 4 recommended strains of the flu virus. Please fill out this flu vaccine consent form prior to attending the clinic and make a front and back copy of your insurance card. If you would like to pay out-of-pocket, the cost is $37.

2018 Reminders

Posted on September 5, 2018

We realize the first weeks of school, you as parents are receiving quite a bit of information from us. We want to circle back to a few important issues that impact safety on campus.

Nursing

The nursing offices carry stocked over-the-counter medications:
  • Tylenol - for pain, fever, swelling
  • Ibuprofen - for pain, fever, swelling
  • Tums - for stomach upset
  • Benadryl - antihistamine for allergic reaction
  • Sudafed PE - non-drowsy decongestant
  • Cough Drops - for cough, scratchy throat


These medications are available for the students if they have permission on their online medical file to receive. Please go to your student's file in HCS Connect and complete this medication consent. It will then be on their file for the entire school year. Students may come in and request medication and it will be given provided they have consent and nurse deems appropriate.

If you are a new family to Heritage and/or have a student entering Kindergarten, 6th or 12th grade, please submit updated immunization records to the appropriate nursing office. These must be on file no later than September 12th for your student to remain in class. Current immunization requirements for the state of Indiana may be found below under the Health Services tab in the "Helpful Resources & Information" section of the Current Parents Portal.

Please contact the nurses office if you have any questions at nurse@heritagechristian.net or 317-813-3839 (elementary nursing office) or 317-813-3902 (5th-12th grade nursing office).

Carline

We have noticed Elementary parents are arriving way too early for afternoon pick up and that is causing a significant back up during our initial dismissal times. Elementary dismissal begins at 2:40pm. You should not arrive earlier than 2:30pm to line up. Elementary dismissal goes all the way through 3:30pm. Our system is built to have your child come out to you when your card is scanned.
  • If you are having issues with the carline, please take a moment to review the traffic flow videos. Remember, our carline system is based on where your youngest student is dropped off and picked up.
  • If you need a parent ID card or replacement, please email us at carline@heritagechristian.net.


Custody and Authorized Pickup

  • In HCS Connect under the Pick Up tab is where you put information about who is authorized to pick up your child.
  • If authorized pick up people are in this tab, we are happy to make them a card, or when they show their ID we will release your child to them. If they are not in this tab, we will have to call to verify before we release your child.
  • If you have a situation that prevents someone from picking up a child or that needs restriction, please email us with the appropriate information to custody@heritagechristian.net. That email is only viewed by our Security Director. You will then receive follow up as needed. This information is private and will remain private.


If you have any questions for our security team you can contact us via email at security@heritagechristian.net.

We are here to help and to ensure you get the support you need. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the areas listed above and we will be happy to help!

August 2018 CEO Update

Posted on August 17, 2018

Welcome back to school.

We have an exciting year ahead of us, and an exciting new chapter of the Heritage story to write.

Our story is the story of God’s faithfulness, leading us through remarkable, inspiring and challenging times.

Right now we are navigating profound changes: culture wars, the breakdown of the family, a reinterpreted values system, the rise of secular humanism, political polarization, an increase in mental health issues, a declining connection to the Church and more.

And in our area of service to the community – education – we are working in a new landscape of Charter Schools, homeschooling, public school adaptation, the School Choice voucher program, new technology implementation, and enhanced education delivery tools and methodologies.

Among all that change, challenge and uncertainty, Heritage has remained true to its’ mission to Glorify God, Disciple Students and Pursue Excellence. While our mission remains firm, we know our methods must change to meet the needs of our current and future families. We live in a world that – more than ever – needs quality Christian education.

We are humbled and honored to serve your family in the year ahead. We take seriously the responsibility to provide you with the best educational environment possible. Thank you for choosing Heritage.

Let me share with you some exciting updates and ways we will be fulfilling our mission and serving you this year.

  • We are growing. Families in the community are seeking us out and desiring what we have to offer. We are starting the year with 1282 students, 117 more students than at the start of last year.

  • Thrive Update. We are blessed! We’re nearing the completion of the Thrive Campaign, with less than $200,000 still to collect on our $4 million goal. This summer we were able to bring our remaining debt below $1 million by doing a $900,000 balloon pre-payment. When the Thrive Campaign began, our debt was over $4.4 million. Also, in January we will be providing another 2.5% Thrive salary increase for faculty and staff, bringing our total Thrive increase to 7.5% of our 10% goal. Additionally, the Thrive Campaign and increased enrollment has provided improved financial health that allowed us to increase minimum starting teacher salaries, and provide annual salary increases above Thrive increases.

  • 401k match. We have re-instated a 401k match for our employees! While only a modest initial match (.25% of the first 4 percent), we are excited to be able to begin providing a 401k match for our employees and hope to increase it in the future.

  • The Heritage Fund has been launched, meeting the annual priority needs of the school. We already have a great start to the $1.1 million campaign that goes through the end of our current school year (June 30, 2019). With available Heritage Fund finances, we have already refurbished and renovated the Fine Arts corridors and Middle School hallways and provided some technology upgrades. In addition to campus upgrades, the Heritage Fund will also be ensuring the ongoing commitment to a Christmas Bonus for all faculty and staff, continuing the Worthy Servants tradition. The Heritage Fund also invests in our students through scholarships and financial assistance. Giving to the Heritage Fund through the popular Indiana SGO program provides donors with a 50% state tax credit in addition to a federal deduction and other tax benefits while directly supporting Heritage students. Our important ESS programming is also being assisted by the Heritage Fund’s support of HOPE Scholarships, allowing deserving students to receive scholarship help with critical ESS services. Learn more about all that the Heritage Fund accomplishes, and watch for announcements about future Heritage Fund information sessions.

  • A new field. Another recent milestone was replacing our 12-year-old stadium turf field this summer. We were exceedingly thankful that we did not have to include the field as an item in the Heritage Fund because our Health and Sport Performance Partner, St Vincent, agreed to fully fund the field replacement. Praise God! Major investments like this by our corporate friends are crucial, but there are many more needs that require your ongoing financial support through the Heritage Fund.

  • Ongoing recognition. Just a few months ago we completed an intense school accreditation process. We were accredited with flying colors and high recognition for the school’s overall excellence. Last year, we launched our next-steps Vision 2020 Strategic Plan and completed our Vision 2017 goals. We again received an “A” school rating from the state, and our students achieved outstanding results in SAT, ACT, ISTEP and other academic scoring. Also last year, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education released the results of a 2013-2015 study ranking college preparedness (for public colleges). Heritage Christian School was ranked the #1 College Prep School in Central Indiana. This recognition reflects our goal to provide educational excellence.

  • New IT systems. This year, we are starting the process of acquiring an entirely new information technology and database platform. We will be replacing our current learning management system (LMS), student information system (SIS) and constituency relationship management systems (CRM). At the start of the 2019/20 school year, our plan is to be utilizing new user-friendly, integrated, intuitive systems to further improve your family’s Heritage experience. This will be one of the most significant upgrades made to our school in the past 50 years.

  • Surveys. As we strive for continuous improvement, we’ve been surveying our community getting vital feedback. We want you to know how much we appreciate your input. This year, we received 675 responses to our May survey. Out of a community of approximately 800 families, this is very comprehensive feedback. We are encouraged by the results, which show an overall increase in satisfaction and support. We appreciate all the feedback we received and want you to know we are listening to all of your ideas, concerns, questions and input. Click here to see an overview of our 2018 Parent Survey results.

  • Campus Security. Important new security enhancements are in place. I encourage you to learn more about all of our security policies and updates by visiting our Safety & Security website page. Here are a few important items I want to share as we continue to enhance our culture of safety.
    • Our four-person security team completed all of their prerequisites and pre-qualification and began carrying weapons on duty as of Tuesday this week. We are also continuing with an armed School Resource Officer on-campus during the school day. Officer Tim York is a K-9 officer and he and his (new) partner “Max” will be on campus a majority of school days. Officer York is a licensed officer with SWAT, EMT and SRO certifications along with his K-9 certification and has HCS approval to interact with students and, when needed, enforce the law on the HCS campus as an integral part of our security team.
    • Classroom safety enhancements include new door locks and doors, window blinds, and incident procedures and training for teachers.
    • As we practice Run, Hide, Fight through our lockdown drills throughout the year, and apply See Something, Say Something expectations, we encourage you to engage with your students on the topic of school safety.
    • During school hours, excluding arrival and dismissal time, all vehicles traveling on to campus will be stopped at the front gate by one of our officers for identification. Identification will include asking you why are you visiting campus and reviewing your parent ID card or driver's license.
    • Between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the exit gate located by the baseball field at Kitley Avenue will be closed. Please approach the gate slowly and the gate will open as you cross the sensor.
    • If you have someone other than a parent picking up your student, they MUST be on the authorized pick up list in your HCS Connect account. If someone attempts to pick up your child and is not on the authorized pick up list, they will be denied access to pick up until you approve or a proper resolution can be reached.
    • New after-school student supervision procedures and expectations are now in place from end of the school day to 5:30 p.m. There are designated locations where all students not involved in clubs, athletics or supervised after-school activities need to be.
    • For building entrance, all visitors must register and obtain a visitor’s badge before access will be allowed into the school building. Please display this badge at all times. Visitors will be asked for a parent ID or to turn in their driver's license while visiting campus. Whenever possible, all visits to campus should be scheduled ahead of time.


Finally, I want to share our 2018-19 spiritual theme. #WeWill is based on God’s command in Joshua 22:5, which says, “Be very careful to keep the commandment: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

The theme #WeWill is intentionally left open-ended so that teachers, chapel speakers, and discipleship staff can change the focus and draw from a variety of Scripture passages throughout the year. Be watching throughout the year for how discipleship opportunities will be applied using this open-ended theme.

Some of the theme ideas for the middle school and high school are #WeWill…be transformed (drawing from Romans 12:2) and #WeWill…be unified (Ephesians 2:19). Elementary and intermediate school teachers will be able to simplify the theme to reach younger students. Some of these simplified versions include #WeWill…be kind (Ephesians 4:29) and #WeWill…listen (James 1:19). And, for our families and community, #WeWill…pray for Heritage. There is nothing more important than your prayers.

I am thankful for the strong foundation we have at the start of this new school year. To ensure we stay on track and continue to meet your needs this year and beyond, we are constantly seeking feedback. We value every comment and insight provided, whether through surveys, meetings, and your messages. We want to constantly be getting better at what we do, honoring God in all we do.

We’re looking forward to a great year. Go Eagles!

Jeff Freeman, CEO


Announcements for specific schools can be found here:
Elementary School // Intermediate School // Middle School // High School

Helpful Resources & Information

Links

Health Services

Nursing Staff

Deb Hastings, R.N., B.S.N.
Nursing Coordinator
(deb.hastings@heritagechristian.net)

Rosemary Day, R.N.
(rosemary.day@heritagechristian.net)

Kara Klopfenstein, R.N., B.S.N.
(kara.klopfenstein@heritagechristian.net)

Lana Kritsch, R.N., B.S.N.
(lana.kritsch@heritagechristian.net)

Diana Malmloff, R.N., B.S.N.
(diana.malmloff@heritagechristian.net)

Angie West, R.N., B.S.N.
(angie.west@heritagechristian.net)

Contact HCS Health Services

Email us at: nurse@heritagechristian.net

Nursing Office for Preschool - 4th Grade
Direct Line: (317) 813-3839
Fax: (317) 849-5420

Nursing Office for 5th -12th Grade
Direct Line: (317) 813-3902
Fax: (317) 849-5414

Safety & Security


Security Information & Enhancements for the 2018-19 School Year

Posted on August 8, 2018

As we kickoff the 2018-19 school year, we want to remind you of our safety and security policies, inform you of some changes and enhancements, and ask for help in maintaining a culture of safety on our campus.

Armed Security Changes

  • Many of you have noticed that security was enhanced last year with the introduction of an armed officer on campus. HCS will continue that program this year with our School Resource Officer on-campus during the school day (see below for more information).
  • In addition, HCS is expanding our armed presence on campus for the 2018-19 school year with board approval of an Armed Security Policy for our security officers to carry a weapon while on duty. We are implementing this policy in order to be positioned to both deter and respond to any situation that would put HCS families or employees in danger.
  • HCS Security has over 35 years of combined Military and Law Enforcement experience. [Meet Our Security Team]
  • Our security officers have gone through significant firearms and de-escalation training as well as an evaluation program in order to meet the requirements to carry a weapon on campus.
  • Any parent desiring more information about the specific training for the Armed Security should reach out directly to Ed Ingle (ed.ingle@heritagechristian.net) for additional follow up.

School Resource Officer

  • Officer Tim York is our HCS School Resource officer for 2018-19.
  • Officer York is a K-9 officer and his partner will be on campus with him a majority of the school days at HCS.
  • Officer York is a licensed officer with SWAT, EMT and SRO certifications along with his K-9 certification.
  • Officer York has HCS approval to interact with students and when needed, enforce the law on the HCS campus as an integral part of our security team.

Campus Hours

  • HCS campus hours for students are school days from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. students on campus must be at a supervised activity or in one of the following locations
    • Elementary School students: ABCare
    • Intermediate and Middle School students: HUB
    • High School students: Learning Center (High School Commons/Library)
  • All students must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. unless they are participating in or attending a scheduled campus activity.

Additional Security Enhancements

While we do not publish every security enhancement and change we are making, please know that our Safe School Committee is actively and continually improving the culture of safety on our campus. As we practice Run, Hide, Fight through our lockdown drills throughout the year, we encourage you to engage with your students on the topic of school safety.

See Something, Say Something

HCS is asking for help in maintaining a culture of safety on our campus. As part of this community, if you see something that concerns you in person or online, please reach out to prevent a tragedy and protect someone from hurting themselves or others. In an emergency call 911, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, or otherwise reach out to our security team at security@heritagechristian.net.

Front Gate & Exit Gate

  • During school hours, excluding arrival and dismissal time, all vehicles traveling on to campus will be stopped at the front gate by one of our officers for identification.
  • Identification will include asking you why are you visiting campus and reviewing your parent ID card or driver's license. Therefore, bring your ID to campus.
  • Between 8:30am and 2:30pm, the exit gate located by the baseball field, will be closed. Please approach the gate slowly and the gate will open as you cross the sensor.

Arrival & Dismissal Information

  • Please review these HCS Traffic Flow videos.
  • Follow the arrows with the different colors to reach your student’s drop-off curb.
  • Follow green arrows to exit campus. Do not drop off a student in a green arrow lane.

Carline Pick Up

  • Have your parent ID card or driver's license card with you.
  • If you do not have either ID, you will be asked to park and come in to pick up your student.
  • If you have someone other than a parent picking up your student, they MUST be on the authorized pick up list in your HCS Connect account.
  • If someone attempts to pick up your child and is not on the authorized pick up list, they will be denied access to pick up until you approve or a proper resolution can be reached.
  • Please make us aware of any custody concerns by emailing the details and documents to custodygroup@heritagechristian.net.
  • For safety reasons, please do not attempt to pick up your student in locations on or off campus other than the assigned curb based on their age group.

Visitor Parking

  • Please review the HCS Parking Map.
  • Please do not park in student or employee parking and do not park along curbs.

Building Check In

  • All visitors must register and obtain a visitors badge before access will be allowed into the school building. Please display this badge at all times.
  • Visitors will be asked for a parent ID or to turn in their driver's license while visiting campus.
  • Whenever possible, all visits to campus should be scheduled ahead with the school or the employee you are visiting.

Handbooks

Phone Numbers

Heritage Main Phone: (317) 849-3441

School Office Phone Numbers:
Elementary School: (317) 813-3895
Intermediate/Middle School: (317) 813-3884
High School: (317) 813-3877

School Absence Line Numbers
Elementary School: (317) 594-5859
Intermediate/Middle School: (317) 594-5861
High School: (317) 594-5860