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Student Opportunities at Heritage Elementary

Students at Heritage Elementary have many opportunities to get involved with different groups and activities throughout the year. If you are interested in any of the activities below, don't hesitate to stop by the school and ask for more information!

Extracurricular Activities, Academic Challenges and Projects

Accelerated Reader (AR) - (1st-6th) Reading comprehension tests are web based, but must be taken at school.  Scores and progress will be accessible from home.
Band & Orchestra ~ these instrumental programs will be presented as an option for all students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade.  Both ensembles begin their work together in September.  Students will have opportunities to perform at school, and with other schools in district events.
Caught In the Act ~ is a musical theater program designed for students in third through sixth grade.  Each year the show kicks off in February, with auditions for placement within the cast.  Every student who wants to participate as an actor or as part of the tech team is welcome.  The show will be presented in April or May of 2016! 
Chess Club - (1st-6th) Will be offered in our winter and spring sessions of our before-school Explorer Learning Camps!  All levels of ability are encouraged to register!
The Heritage Choir ~ this group is open to students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade.  The Heritage Choir begins their work together in August.  We participate in the Mountain Vista Choir Festival in September, and present a winter concert in December.
Critical Thinking/Reasoning Activities - (Varies by grade) Ex. Mindbenders, Figure it Out, Book Clubs, Problem Solver, Math Olympiads, Continental Math League, etc.
Junior Great Books - (1st-6th) An inquiry based reading curriculum that offers higher literacy opportunities.  The curriculum emphasizes discussion and interpretation.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate small groups.  Contact Amanda Frasier if you would like more information on this program.
Sixth Grade Bell Choir ~ Students in third through sixth grade play bells in music class.  This group is another auditioned group from sixth grade.  Students will have an opportunity to go through the audition process which is embedded in our regular music class schedule.  The 17 students with the highest score will be invited to prepare and present a Bell Choir concert in the Spring.
Sixth Grade Honor Choir ~ Honor Choir is an auditioned group.  Traditionally the sixth grade students who have participated in 2015 Heritage Choir will have an opportunity to audition for Honor Choir in January.  The top 10-12 students selected through the audition process will represent Heritage Elementary in a District Level Honor Choir concert in February, performing with 150 other sixth graders from around Douglas County. 
Student Council - (4th-6th) Students apply to participate in this group of student leaders who perform service projects, raise money for the school, and plan Spirit Days for the school. Please contact Kelly Bruetsch for more information.
Student Leadership - (6th grade)  Students apply to participate in these leadership opportunities.  They facilitate the monthly school assemblies and contribute to the community in a variety of ways.
Science Fair - (Required for 5th grade; optional for all other grades)  The Science Fair showcases student prepared experiments and projects demonstrating a scientific principle.  
Battle of the Books - (3rd-6th) Competition requiring extremely careful reading of pre-selected texts and participation in preparation and competition.  Two teams of 5 plus 2 alternates. Heritage has one team representing 3rd-4th grades and one team representing 5th-6th grades.  Please contact Sue Antonsen or Jillian Holtz for more information.
Destination ImagiNation - (1st-6th) Teams of 7 participate in this extracurricular activity.  Destination Imagination's educational goals are to foster creative and critical thinking, to develop teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills, and to nurture research and inquiry skills involving both creative exploration and attention to detail. Parent volunteers serve as team facilitators.  See Tiffany Platt for more information.
Math Olympiad - (4th-6th) Math clubs meet weekly for one hour sessions to explore a math topic or strategy.  The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March. These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.
Spelling Bee - (4th-6th) National spelling contest.  Qualification through pretest for school competition.
6th grade Hexathlon


Just for 6th Grade

Description of the Ambassador Role:

Is a leader in the school who is willing to attend school events as a helper.  Is a positive role model with their behavior for all students in the building.  Willing to present at Community Gatherings as well as teach or work with younger students.  Our work will focus around leadership skills including the seven habits of highly effective people. 

Description of the Beacon of Honor Role:

Is a leader who wants to demonstrate and help others to become good stewards of our U.S. flag.  This role is part of a tech-driven, civic-minded project that develops patriotic students at Heritage, other schools within DCSD, and beyond.  You will develop and use STEAM (software programming and hardware building) skills to build and deploy Beacon of Honor devices and mobile app content, create an engaging morning announcement ceremony leading up to and making the Pledge of Allegiance more meaningful for students, and learn to raise and lower, as well as, properly fold and care for the U.S. and Colorado flags on the outside flagpole.  Your leadership will focus on making better informed and inspired citizens throughout our Colorado community.

Description of the Bullying Prevention Team Role:

Students will put together video presentations on Bully Prevention to present at Community Gatherings.  They will also work with teachers and present to classes different strategies to prevent bullying in our school.  Students will put together a survey for students to take regarding bullying.   You will be the leaders and role models for modeling anti-bullying in our school.

Description of the Exhibition Team Role:

Is a leader who is passionate about art and is interested in choosing student work to represent our school at community events and competitions.  The team will help maintain the art room and resources.  The exhibition team will learn how to critique, select and rotate art for display around our school.

Description of the Healthy Living Pathway Role:

Students will lead the exercise and health education at Community Gatherings.  This group will maintain the Walk or Wheel on Wednesday program by making announcements of the class winners each week and planning an end of the year celebration for our schools' achievements.  Students will come up with a plan for a healthy school environment and share with the school community including staff, students, parents and the local community.  This group will work on improving the overall health of our school population. 

Description of the Literacy Leader Role:

Is a leader who is passionate reading!  As a literacy leader in our school you will help maintain our learning commons.  You will help decide which books we will purchase for our learning commons area. If you like checking books out and checking books in, this is the leadership role for you!  In addition, you can help shelve books and design learning spaces for our students.  Literacy leaders will also get the opportunity to read to kindergarteners, inspiring our young students to LOVE literacy too!

Description of the School Blogger Role:

Is a spirited leader who enjoys writing current events happening at Heritage Elementary. Your position will help you become a leader in writing, and sharing great things happening at Heritage from a student's view.  You will be expected to attend meetings, contribute monthly to this blog. 

Description of the Sustainability Team Role:

Is a leader who is passionate about animals and gardening.  The group plans and participates in Farmers Markets, Community Gathering presentations, and most of all working with the Heritage Hens in order to help with chicken coop visits.  In the spring we will assist in the care of the baby chicks hatched by the 3rd graders.  By the end of the year this group will create a planting plan for next year.  We are also taking on the role of creating/maintaining a Native Colorado Garden/Habitat!   This part of the garden will continue to grow and mature each year, providing an area for classes to explore and learn! Is a leader who is excited about inspiring the Heritage community to reduce the school's waste. The group will establish, lead, present and maintain the new recycling project and maintain the cafeteria recycling program.  This will include community gathering presentations, as well as, presentations to Eco-Schools and Green Up our School. This team will be working on energy usage saving ideas that can be implemented and shared with our school community.

Description of the Tech Team Role:

Is a leader who is passionate about helping students and teachers with technology in the classroom setting.  Is willing to learn how to repair and maintain the school technology resources.  The tech team will update computer software, and image computers. In addition, you will have the opportunity to review and help select appropriate apps for Heritage Elementary School.

Description of the Video Team Role:

Is a creative leader who is passionate about video production. Video News producers may work in several different media, including a weekly online news production. These students will create the content of the news and events happening at Heritage. Job duties include writing news stories, selecting footage to include in broadcasts and reviewing sound bytes in order to ensure smooth composition and flow of the newscast.