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.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 01/16 No School Civil Rights Day

  • 01/17 No School

  • 01/18 Club Group Photos

  • 01/19 Dollars for Duds

  • 01/19 SC After School Social 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • 01/20 Ballroom DWTS 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • 01/23 – 01/26 Course Selections in Citizenship Classes

  • 01/23 Winter Sports Picture  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • 01/24 PTO 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • 01/24 Football Parent Meeting RM 3  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

  • 01/27 Regional Auditions Band/Orch/Choir  Desert Vista High School, 16440 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85048, USA

A NOTE FROM Mrs. Udall:

Even though next week is going to be short, we still have many exciting events including several games.  I hope to see you there!

A couple of reminders:

  1. No School MONDAY or TUESDAY 
  2. We are still accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year APPLY HERE
  3. Fees are past due 

We have several athletic accolades this week, so be sure to look for those in the rest of the newsletter!

Heidi Udall, Principal

Scholar Athletes perform amazing feats!

Freshman Selanie Tai broke a Heritage Weight Room Record this week. She deadlifted 315 pounds during Coach Portilla’s weight lifting class.

On Tuesday, January 10, Junior Bryce Campbell made a full court shot during the Varsity Boys Basketball Game. Go Bryce!! Our Heroes are currently undefeated.


NEW SCHOLARS –  If you have friends that do not currently attend Heritage but would like to join us next year…they will need to complete the enrollment application.  APPLY HERE

SIBLINGS OF CURRENT SCHOLARS: If you have a sibling who wants to attend Heritage next year, they must complete the application. While siblings do receive priority, a completed application MUST be submitted. 

CLOTHING DRIVE from now until Feb. 8 

Have you or your family recently cleaned out your closet? Do you have extra clothes you haven’t worn for awhile?

If so, you can donate these clothes to the Lehi Community Clothing Drive being held through February 8.

A box for the donations is in the front lobby. They are accepting clothes and shoes of all sizes.

Donations will be given to a refugee shelter.

Why PTO Dues?

If you haven’t yet paid, please consider doing so now:


School administration diligently strives to keep costs down and does not randomly pass expenses on to families.  Your suggested dues of $20 per family helps fund new technology for our scholars, subsidize low cost lunch options, and provide treats and prizes for various school functions such as Constitution week.

Our PTO has no carnival! No major fundraisers that we will ask parents or teachers to support. We count on your suggested annual dues. 

We want you to know that all parents are invited to attend our board meetings. Check out more about PTO HERE

Dancing With the Stars!

We hope you can join us for our annual “fun”d raiser!  We have a cavalcade of stars just waiting to dazzle you!

Jan. 20th


Coolidge Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 23

“We are so pleased to have received a Coolidge Scholarship application from a student at your school in the past. We write today with a reminder that the deadline for the 2022-23 Coolidge Scholarship application is now just under two months away (February 23, 2023). “

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major.

Yearbooks-For-sale-03.28.22YEARBOOK: 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

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. 

Ms. Robin Rost Learn More Here 

I am a vocalist, violinist, pianist and music educator/director. I obtained a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where I majored in choral and orchestral studies. Additional education took me to Salzburg College in Austria where I furthered my studies in opera. Previously, I was the Director of Choral Music at Gilbert High School where my choirs earned several accolades, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. I have been on the adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College and currently teach voice, violin and piano in my home studio.  In addition to teaching, I have performed several leading roles including Antonia in Tales of Hoffman, Abigail in Lizzie Borden, Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as well as other community theatre productions. I was also the solo lead performer for the Andre Kole World of Illusion Show, which allowed me to perform over 500 shows throughout the US and abroad. Lastly, as Miss Arizona 1992, I spoke and performed professionally in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and around the state of Arizona.

Mr. Jason Scott Learn More Here

Before coming to Heritage, I worked as a Dietary Consultant and Corporate Trainer for 15 years.  I have spent the majority of my life in teaching or training and when the time came for a change in my career, teaching Biology was the natural fit for my education, talents, and skills.  My Bachelor’s degree is in Nutrition and I received my Master’s Degree in Science Education from WGU.  I have been teaching at Heritage since 2010.  I served as the department head for 4 years and I also managed the science tour each year.  The tour allows the scholars to participate in a variety of laboratory and actual world experiences covering multiple areas of science.  Watching my scholars discover new ideas, and push themselves physically and mentally to get the most out of their education is one of my greatest rewards as a teacher.  Most of my free time is spent carving, crafting, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my family.  Most of my out-of-class activities enrich class.

Mrs. Cymany Skouson

I am Cymany Skouson and it is a privilege to work with the outstanding faculty at Heritage and serve the amazing scholars.  I teach junior high fitness, keyboarding, bowling, and drivers ed.  I am also the head coach for cross country, which in 2020 our boys were State Champions.  I also coach our new track team.  I love running and have competed in half marathons, 10k’s and 5k’s all over the country.  My husband and I have been married for 29 years and have been blessed with 5 children.  I believe you are never too old to learn so after raising all of my children I am now in the final stretches of finishing my bachelors degree from Brigham Young University Idaho and look forward to many new adventures ahead.

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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.