This Week at Heritage

Home of the Aviators Volume 1. Issue 6: October 14

A Fabulous Ribbon Cutting

Thank you to all parents who attended our Ribbon Cutting on Friday. We were blown away by the number of parents and guests present. A special thank you to our PTA for hosting the refreshments and providing support for our students, greeters, and more.

The students also deserve the highest praises for their exemplary behavior in the ceremony. Our special guests were incredibly impressed by the students and gave many lovely compliments. Way to go Aviators!

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Dino Dash Spirit Days: Let's Walk Together to Support Tustin Schools and our Innovation Lab

We want to have a great showing at the Dino Dash, particularly in the 2K Fun Run. $6 from each registration goes directly back to our school. All proceeds from the day will be earmarked for the Innovation Lab. If we have 100 walkers/runners, that's $600. If we get all 280 students walking, that's $1,680 for the lab!

To help promote this great fundraiser and community event, students may wear a previous year's Dino Dash tee-shirt to school on Wednesdays between now and the Dash.

Each year, on the first Sunday of November, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation hosts a race to support Tustin Schools. Families and students, as well as local runners and biker, can participate in a 10K, 5K, 2K Fun Run, or a 50K Bike Tour. A portion of each entry is allocated to the school. We are hoping to have strong participating from our Heritage community to show our support for Heritage and Tustin Schools. As a school community we will be walking the 2K, though you are encouraged to run the race of your choice. For more information and to sign-up for the Dino Dash go to:

TUSD Announces Early Start for 2017-18 School Year

The Tustin Unified School District has announced an earlier start date for all TK-12 students in the 2017-18 school year. The first day of school next fall will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and the last day of instruction will be June 7, 2018. Parents will need to adjust vacation times and plan calendars to ensure students are ready for school mid-August.

TUSD is moving to an earlier start date in order to give students more time to prepare for tests such as Advanced Placement (AP), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other college-level tests; coordinate college applications; and ease high school seniors transition into colleges. Students will also be able to compete on equal footing with students back east who, have in the past, had a greater number of instructional days before testing.

“Moving up the start date accomplishes a number of educational goals,” TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “It allows students and teachers to finish the first semester before winter break and gives students more time to prepare for high-stakes exams. Additional instruction in core curriculum will better prepare students for success.”

A calendar committee was formed, consisting of representatives from various TUSD stakeholders, and met for several months to design a school calendar that was shared in focus groups of parents, teachers and staff. The calendar provides optimal instructional days for all students, timely and meaningful teacher staff development days, and a consistent school calendar for families with students at multiple levels. The change also aligns TUSD with many other school districts in Orange County, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sports calendar and local colleges’ schedules. The new calendar offers high school students a greater opportunity to take college summer school classes, which start in early June. For students preparing to get a job or an internship over the summer, they will have a longer period of time to get ready to go on to college and attend college orientations.

TUSD is announcing the early start schedule in advance to allow parents enough time to plan childcare and vacations.

The 2017-18 calendar is available online at under Quick Links/School Year Calendar.

Birthday Book Club Updates

Students whose birthdays were in September or October (and who have turned in BBC donations by Friday October 13), will be honored the last week of October. July and August Birthdays will be honored in January.

All other Birthday Book Club participants will be honored during the 3rd week of their Birthday month.

  • BBC Participants will be called to the Library at lunch and choose a book for their donation.
  • A BBC Book Plate will be signed by the Donor and placed in the book.
  • A photo will be taken of the Birthday Donor with their book for the BBC Wall.
  • The Birthday Donor will be the first reader to check their donated book out!

Thank you to all the families who have donated to the Birthday Book Club - your participation makes our Heritage Library a truly wonderful asset to our school!

If you would like your child to participate in the BBC, please donate now. We are currently ordering books for the entire year and if you wait we may not have an appropriate age level book for your child.

Spotlight on Instruction: The Heritage of Heritage and our Museum

We proudly displayed all our students work from the Heritage of Heritage project in our Heritage Museum. A special thank you to Ms. Catron's class who curated our museum. their hard work showcased our students proudly.

Part of a Project Based Learning unit is the final public display or the sharing of the work from the project publicly. While this could be a large showcase, such as the Museum, it can also be more modest. Examples of public displays could be a presentation, a blog post, a video, or a newsletter, amongst many others. We chose a school-wide museum to involve all our children and present learning to the entire community in attendance at the ribbon cutting.

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