Heritage Academy’s mission statement:

We are dedicated to youth, their growth and development, and believe in building sound character through strong families, strong communities, and a strong nation.

While teaching the academic disciplines, Heritage Academy is dedicated to instilling into the minds and hearts of our youth knowledge of and respect for the ideals and values of the great men and women of history, including those who founded the American nation.

As they gain an appreciation of these people of accomplishment, they will be ready to provide the selfless service to their fellow citizens and to their country which will be required in the coming years to assist in restoring America’s greatness.

Heritage Academy exists to this end.

Jan. 2, 2023 First Day of Spring Semester!

As we  approach the end of the Fall Semester, we want to be sure our Hero families are aware the first day of the Spring semester is Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.  We struggled with making this decision, but found it to be necessary to fulfill the number of days needed for the spring semester.

Please keep this start date in mind as you make your holiday plans.



Important Dates to Remember

  • 11/3 2022 Fall Play/ Arts Show 7:00 pm BUY TICKETS HERE

  • 11/4 2022 Fall Play/ Arts Show 7:00 pm pm BUY TICKETS HERE

  • 11/5 2022 Fall Play/ Arts Show 12:00 pm  BUY TICKETS HERE

  • 11/7 2022 PianoLand Recitals 3:45 pm

  • 11/9 2022 PianoLand Recitals 3:45 pm

  • 11/10 2022 Cans for Duds 

  • 11/10 2022 PianoLand Recitals 3:45 pm

  • 11/10 2022 Renaissance Feast and Silent Auction 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Auditorium

  • 11/11 2022 Renaissance Feast and Silent Auction 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Auditorium

  • 11/14 2022 Ensemble: Jr Musical 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • 11/15 2022 PTO 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • 11/16 2022 Ensemble: Jr Musical 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • 11/17 2022 Cross Country Banquet -Auditorium 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

  • 11/18 2022 Ballroom Showcase 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St  

  • 11/18 2022 Swim Awards Banquet 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm   

  • 11/18 2022 Dance Concert  8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St   

A NOTE FROM Mrs. Udall:

I am so proud of our scholars! The service projects they chose were amazing! The projects ranged from doing something kind for a fellow scholar or teacher to raising awareness and money for cancer organizations. We will be showcasing some of these in the newsletter.

The costumes were great! Such fun seeing the imagination some of our scholars used in creating their costume. Even the teachers and staff joined in the fun.

We are having a special Dollars for Duds this week.  Instead of $2 for tops and $2 for bottoms, Scholar Council is asking for 2 canned goods for tops and 2 canned goods for bottoms.  All food will be donated to a local food bank in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Second semester schedules are out.  Blue forms are in the lobby by room 1. Please do not email Ms. Seaman.  All change requests must be via the blue form.

Thank you for all your support!

Heidi Udall, Principal

Mrs. LuzHoxsie’s Citizenship Class Raises Awareness and Funds!

My class chose to do a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life Event.   Their mission statement is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. They collected donations every day during lunch this week and those that donated were entered for a drawing for a thank you sweet basket.

They were able to raise $246.77.

I’m so proud of them and all our scholars who donated to this cause!

Mrs. LuzHoxsie

2ND Semester Schedules available in PowerSchool

Change requests MUST be submitted by Nov. 30
The only 3 reasons a schedule change will be considered:
1- Senior not on track to graduate
2- Open space in the schedule ( I have checked every schedule and no one has an open space)
3- Scholar placed in incorrect level class (i.e. 7th grader in 10th grade class)
The process for requesting a schedule change is as follows:
1. Pick up a blue “Schedule Change Request” form from the front office.
2. Scholar fills out the form completely and turns it into the front desk.
Form will be reviewed and if the request matches one of the reasons for making a schedule change, I will try to make it work.  If I am able to make the change, I will let the scholar know. If the request is for a reason other than one of the 3 listed, scholar will need to write out a detailed, well-written reason using proper grammar and punctuation for the request the on back of the form. We try to be clear that scholars need to choose their classes carefully as we are not able to accommodate the changing of minds.
Please do not email me requests for schedule changes.
Thank you,
Ms. Seaman

Heritage Science & Language Puerto Rico Excursion!  Mar 12, 2023 – Mar 18, 2023 
This tour is open ONLY to our 9 & 10th grade scholars.   Come experience San Juan, Culebra, Las Cavernas def Rio Camuy, Luquillo Beach
If your scholar is interested in participating in the tour, please complete the sign up form: Spring 2023 Puerto Rico Tour Signup Sheet
$200 (NON-REFUNDABLE) by October 7, 2022 
$700 per person November 11, 2022
$700 per person December 16, 2022
$700 per person January 13, 2023
We encourage students to take advantage of Arizona ECA donation opportunities to help pay for tours.

Includes: Airfare, transportation, hotel rooms, breakfast & dinner, and all entrance fees.

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel features 16 actors portraying multiple unforgettable characters. Peter and the Starcatcher reminds us to use our limitless imaginations to experience this story.
NOV. 3 & 4 at 7PM

While you are waiting to see the Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, be sure to peruse the wonderful art created by our scholars.
Which one is your favorite?

Heritage Academy Dance Concert
Featuring performances from all levels of dance. Director Emily May encourages creativity and ingenuity in the making of each performance dance. Working together each performer has brought a unique effort and enthusiasm that will light up the stage. This concert will include our Teacher’s Dance which is a performance with Heritage Academy teachers and Dance Company scholars. It will also premier the Dance Distinction of Quintin Ellsworth. We look forward to seeing you there!
WHEN: Nov. 18, 2022 at 8:30pm
WHERE: Mesa Arts Center
Tickets must be purchased on the Mesa Arts website.


The state meet was a really great way to end the swim season! Not only did we have great swims but our team showed great sportsmanship for teammates and opponents. This meet highlighted our swimmers being a support system for one another. Swimmers checked in on each other between races and made sure coaches were updated on the state of the team. They made it a group effort to make this the best meet of the season. A swimmer that really stepped up at the meet was Lily Vomocil. She was an alternate for our girls 200 freestyle relay. She was a last minute addition that helped secure the team 1st place. She showed amazing initiative and drive throughout the entire meet as well.


Our girls team placed 1st and won the state championship and our boys team placed 4th. A total of 16 swimmers placed in the top 10 in individual events for both boys and girls. For relays our girls team won 1st place in both. The boys team placed 6th in the 200 medley relay and 5th in 200 freestyle relay.

Some specifics on the people placing:
Ben Brown; 6th in 50 freestyle, 3rd in 50 butterfly, and in both relays
James Lee; 3rd in 200 freestyle, and in both relays
Jaydon Durfee; 4th in 50 butterfly, 2nd in 100 backstroke, and in both relays
Wyatt Pearce; 5th in 200 freestyle, and 5th in 100 backstroke
Hunter Herndon; 10th in 100 breaststroke, and in the 200 freestyle relay
Taylor Black; 3rd in 200 freestyle, 4th in the 50 freestyle, and in the 200 freestyle relay
Jayne Whitener; 4th in 200 freestyle, 7th in 100 freestyle, and 4th in 100 breaststroke
Reagan Taylor; 6th in 200 freestyle
Addie Carter; 2nd in 200 IM, 5th in 50 butterfly, and in both relays
Jocey Peterson; 4th in 200 IM, 4th in 100 freestyle, 3rd in the 100 backstroke, and in the 200 medley relay
Chloe Estopellan; 2nd in 50 freestyle, 2nd in 100 breaststroke, and in both relays
Emma Gordon; 6th in 50 freestyle, and 5th in 100 breaststroke
Amy Pindar; 7th in 50 freestyle, 8th in 200 freestyle, and 3rd in 100 breaststroke
Mary Lee; 10th in 100 backstroke
JH Girls
Mady Spilsbury: 5th place
Lainey Stapley: 6th place
Bailey Goodman: 7th place
Kamilla Gastelum set a new PR record for herself
Team scored 1st place

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Renaissance Feast and Silent Auction

Join Heritage Academy choir for a night of fun and food!

Nov. 10 and Nov. 11


YEARBOOK: Don’t get left out! Buy one now!

Missed out last year? Buy the 2021/22 Yearbook HERE limited supplies $30 each!

Want one this year? Buy the 2022/23 Yearbook HERE on sale for $50!

SENIORS: Interested in a senior ad?  Full page: $100; Half page: $50; Quarter page: $25 BUY YOUR SPACE HERE


Questions: Mrs. Melchin kmelchin@heritageacademyaz.com

Fine Arts Retreat  Jan. 11 -12, 2023

Advanced scholars from all Heritage Academy campuses enrolled in arts classes and programs may attend the Fine Arts Retreat in January.

Invited scholars will spend three nights and four days (Wed.-Sat.) at Pine Summit Camp located in Prescott, AZ. Scholars will spend two full days in intensive study and rehearsal in preparation for a live performance on Saturday.

Cost: $285 (includes transportation, meals, intensive workshops, extracurricular activities, and lodging at the camp.)
AZ Tax Credit can be used to pay for this!
Sign up today!

$140 due September 23, 2022**
$145 due December 1, 2022**

*Subject to based on enrollment
**No money will be refunded

Junior High Southern Arizona Tour April 26 & 27, 2022

Exploring: Tombstone, Queen Mine, Bisbee(including ghost tour), Pima Air & Space Museum, and the Sonoran Desert Museum

Includes: transportation, hotel for 1 night, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners, and admissions to venues

 Payment schedule: $370/person

$123.33 due Nov 1, 2022

$123.33 due Feb 1, 2023

Balance of Tour fee due March 1st, 2023

All payments must be via MySchoolBucks. Do NOT pay invoice directly with ECA funds.

Refund Policy (either tour company or student cancels) Full refund before Dec. 15, 2022. Refund minus $100 between Dec. 16th & Mar. 23rd No refund after March 24, 2023

Class of 2023 Caps & Gowns Order Now!

Jostens’ has created graduation packages for your upcoming celebration!

Heritage Academy Mesa Graduation Packages HERE

Questions: Perry Spindler perry.spindler@jostens.com  or  Matthew Hatten matt.hatten@jostens.com

Please contact Jostens’ directly with any questions. They will have all the answers and will  ensure your order is exactly what you (and your family) want. 

Mr. Ryan Kerby

Mr. Ryan Kerby is our new 7th grade English teacher. He grew up in Mesa and is a Heritage alumnus. Go Heroes! Currently, Mr. Kerby received his BA from ASU and is working to complete his Masters of English at Arizona State University. If you want to buy him a treat, he loves Oreos, Diet Coke, and Lunchables. During his free time, he enjoys kayaking on the Salt River. Currently, he is saving his money to buy a hairless cat.

Ms. Tracy Langston

Hello Heroes! It is an honor to be a part of the Heritage Academy family. Many years ago, I taught high school English and then was lucky enough to go back to ASU to earn my Master’s in English Literature. After that, I was blessed to spend about 20 years at home with my three sons, where we were involved in many homeschooling adventures, raised milk goats, played a lot of baseball, and got involved with politics. Before joining the Heritage faculty, I went back to the classroom, this time teaching middle-school math. Math and English may seem a world apart, but varied interests and new undertakings keep life interesting and fun! I plan to bring innovative ideas and methods into my classes and challenge my students as much as I challenge myself. I always have an open door for students or parents with a need. When not at Heritage Academy, you might find me hiking (while listening to an audio book), taking a college class, or . . . watching baseball!!!

Mrs. Renata LuzHoxsie Learn More Here

I am a native of Brazil who has a passion for languages.  I earned my Bachelor in Education from ASU with emphasis on Secondary Education in Spanish.  I also have completed a Master in Education through NAU with emphasis in Higher Education.  I have over a decade of classroom experience and enjoy inspiring young minds in reaching across borders and building communities.  I have served humanitarian missions in Mexico helping to build houses with AMOR international and taken students to Costa Rica to explore one of the many wonderful Spanish-speaking countries.  In my free time, I love to travel with family and be creative with all sorts of arts & crafts.

Do you shop at Amazon? 

A percentage of every purchase could be going toward our school if you check out during your transaction at Smile.Amazon.com  instead of the normal amazon site. Do good while shopping and check out with Smile.Amazon.com every time you shop!


Seniors – don’t forget to schedule your senior 1-on-1 meeting with Mr. Brown. 

You can scan the QR code outside Mr. Brown’s office or click here.


12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and to apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Opens Oct. 1.  Check out goingmerry.com for a more user-friendly application, plus, there are thousands of scholarship opportunities.  Just complete your profile.

Complete the FAFSA form even if you believe your child won’t qualify for any free federal aid. Many colleges will require FAFSA if you are getting any aid directly from the school. In addition, your family circumstances may change due to divorce, death or medical issues and you can appeal to the school due to the change in circumstance.