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Important Dates to Remember

  • APRIL 8 – 7th – 11th grades testing arrive promptly at 7:45 Seniors arrive by 12:10 Juniors bring photo ID

  • APRIL 9 – 7th – 9th grades arrive promptly at 7:45 Seniors arrive by 12:10 Juniors arrive promptly at 7:00  at FUMC bring photo ID

  • APRIL 10 – 7th & 8th grades arrive promptly at 7:45 Grades 9-12 arrive by 12:10

  • APRIL 11-  Grades 7-12 arrive by 12:10 NO LUNCH ON CAMPUS

  • APRIL 12 & 13 – All State Festival 

  • APRIL 15 Spring Musical Performance 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • APRIL 16 PTO  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • APRIL 16 Spring Musical Performance 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • APRIL 18 Dollars for Duds

  • APRIL 18 Art Show

  • APRIL 18 Spring Musical 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • APRIL 19 Spring Musical 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • APRIL 20 Spring Musical 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • APRIL 20 Spring Musical  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A NOTE FROM Mrs. Udall:

Mr. Burrell had a wonderful analogy today using the upcoming eclipse.  The world will see the sun a little dimmer and some will have it blocked entirely.  This doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining, it’s just hidden.  He reminded our scholars that they should not let this upcoming week cast them in shadow.  They are capable intelligent young people and need to remember to shine!

We will be administrating the state mandated tests next week, April 8-April 11.  The state dictates the schedule and we do not have the option of moving the dates, so please plan on having your scholars attend school this week.

Please see the attached schedule to determine days and times your scholars should attend school that week.

Classes begin each day at 12:15 after testing sessions each morning.

No scholars should be on campus Thursday, April 11 until noon. There will be no lunch service that day.

A few commonly asked questions:

  1. Do Seniors need to test? No, seniors do not test. Classes begin at 12:15 each day for seniors.
  2. What if my scholar attends EVIT? All EVIT scholars are required to test at Heritage during testing week. Please notify EVIT and inform them of your scholar’s absence for testing that week. Again, check the testing schedule to determine the days your scholar needs to be excused.
  3. Will lunch be served during testing week? The PTO will have $1 lunch grab bags on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.  No PTO lunch options are available on Thursday. MyHotLunchbox will not be delivering lunch during testing week.
  4. Will there be a makeup day if my scholar misses testing? No. There will not be make up days.
  5. What about the solar eclipse happening on April 8? Testing ends on Monday around 11:30 a.m. Science teachers will have eclipse glasses available for scholars in the courtyard immediately following testing.

We appreciate your support and hope this information is helpful.

Spring Sports are in full swing so be sure to check out all games going on this week here: Events Calendar.

Heidi Udall, Principal

Spring 2024 testing schedule FINAL

PS:  Don’t forget to nominate a teacher for the Earl Taylor Award! Nominations due by April 11, 2024, at 4 pm


Once again the FACS class display their creativity, this time in the form of cupcakes!  Some of them even made their own fondant! The ideas are as varied as the scholars who made them.  Enjoy! Ms. Wilson


Juniors & Seniors don’t miss out on the 25th Biennial American History tour!  See Williamsburg, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

Oct. 6 – 12 2024

COST: $2,300 ($1,725 if on scholarship)  NOTE: first payment of $800 due by April 19th.  Invoices will be sent after scholar sign up information has been verified.

Don’t forget you can use ECA donations from friends and families to help with the cost.  HOW TO DONATE ECA FUNDS HERE!

Sign up HERE now!


The Earl Taylor Award Nominations

Do you know a special teacher or staff member who demonstrates a contagious enthusiasm for teaching and learning? Or who regularly inspires all scholars to take on new challenges and to recognize and reach their full potential? A teacher or staff member who thinks outside the box and advances new approaches to teaching and learning?

Heritage Academy Mesa Parent Teacher Organization is presenting the Earl Taylor, Jr. Legacy Award to reward and recognize excellence at Heritage Academy Mesa campus.  This year’s winner will be awarded a nameplate to be placed on the Earl Taylor Jr. Legacy Award plaque, an individual certificate, and be recognized at Heritage Academy Mesa campus’ last assembly of the year.

Award Criteria
1) Be a member of Heritage Academy Mesa campus facility/staff for two or more years at the beginning of the school year.
2) Show the ability to inspire scholars through innovation, effective teaching methods, and/or engaging approaches.  
3) Have a record of serving as a mentor to scholars through the teacher or staff member’s participation in campus clubs and/or pursuing academic distinctions.
4) The teacher or staff member’s participation reflects above and beyond the defined boundaries of the assigned duties and responsibilities. Instilling a love of our country and the Founding Fathers to all in their sphere of influence.

Who Can Nominate
Parents, Scholars or Faculty can nominate a teacher or staff member

How to Nominate (send letters to Ms. Udall or Ms. Seaman via email; mail to 32 S. Center Mesa AZ 85210; drop off in a sealed envelope at the front desk)
Write a nomination letter describing the teacher or staff member that you wish to nominate and how you feel that the teacher or staff member meets or exceeds the criteria above.  Please provide specific examples.  Letters should be no more than 600 words.  Please also write your name; whether you are a faculty member, parent or scholar, and grade level(s) of the scholar.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2024-2025 school year:


Missed Open Enrollment deadline?  Not to worry! We are still accepting applications.  All submitted applications will be placed on the waitlist in the order they were received. Seats are being offered as they become available.

EXISTING SCHOLARS –  No action is required at this time.  Once the re-enrollment portal is available, a link will be sent out to all current scholars to complete the re-enrollment form to reserve their spot for next year.

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

Heritage siblings do receive a priority but need to submit a complete application.  


We celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2020, and with our next 100 years of business in mind, we made it our goal to create a more streamlined, customized ecommerce platform to bring an ever-increasing level of service to our customers. Launching in 2021, our new site quickly became a uniform-industry-leading interface with fast checkout options, a wealth of helpful shopping information and a mobile-first design with many more features that cater to contemporary customers’ needs.  


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.


Students applying to Arizona for fall 2024 will be automatically considered for the Wildcat Tuition Award. Merit scholarships are awarded based on the student’s core, unweighted high school GPA through the sixth semester.

Students must complete their fall 2024 admission application by May 1, 2024 to be considered for these awards. This is the final deadline for merit scholarships and will not be extended.


Placements are officially open! All incoming students are required to complete placements in Math, Second Language, and Writing. Placements help us ensure that students are enrolled in the best courses as they begin their academic journey. We encourage students to complete all placements at least two weeks prior to Orientation. Students can complete their placements and see more detailed information about each subject area in their Next Steps Center.


Students and their families are invited to join our financial aid experts for an upcoming virtual workshop. Students will learn more about aid opportunities and their options for funding their Arizona education. Additional information and registration is available at

Students can use our Net Price Calculator to help estimate their potential costs and aid. This is a fantastic tool as students await their financial aid offers – expected later this spring.

The Net Price Calculator is just one of the tools available to assist your students as they understand the cost of attendance. Financial aid offers will provide additional information about a student’s estimated cost of attendance. For students who have submitted their FAFSA, we anticipate that financial aid offers will be available in early to mid-April.

We know that paying for college can create a lot of questions for students. Arizona’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) has a variety of resources and events designed to support students in navigating financial wellness. Students can find videos about Scholarship Universe and recordings of previous workshops. OSFA also has a variety of upcoming events, like Bear Down & Wise Up and FAFSA Filing Workshops (in English & Spanish). And don’t forget to check out the 2024-2025 FAFSA Updates webpage for up to date information and FAFSA FAQs.


Welcome to 2024!  With the new year comes lots of developments in the world of college funding and planning. The FAFSA Simplification Act totally revamped the process of applying and qualifying for federal student aid. Simplification may not be an appropriate term; but what’s most important is that the form is now live on the FAFSA website. If you have a college bound student for the upcoming school year, you can (and should) access that form here. You can also utilize our new free Student Aid Index (previously known as the Expected Family Contribution) calculator on our website through this link.


NOTE – if you are a current senior, be sure to schedule your senior one-on-one appointment with me for sometime in September.  Don’t wait for the last second.

If you are new to dual enrollment, you will need to complete admissions (step 1) to Rio Salado College. Enrollment and Registration Steps here .  If you need any placement tests, I will let you know.

Important links here – login is your  Here, you will be able to upload your birth certificate and photo ID, complete the financial responsibility form, and fill out the Petition for Semester Overload if you are enrolling in more than 18 DE credits in one semester, to name a few.

For those who were approved for Tuition Assistance, I have contacted Rio to enroll you accordingly.

For the rest that indicated they wanted to take part in dual enrollment, I will be emailing Rio soon.  Be on the lookout for emails with tasks to complete (if needed).

Email me at with any questions. To ensure a timely response be sure to provide the scholar’s 8-digit college ID# (starts with a 3) or indicate new to dual enrollment.  Please leave a detailed message, so I can better serve you.


Bob Brown