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Happy Friday!

December 18, 2020

Dear Families,

It's hard to believe we're almost 1/2 way through the school year! We have come so far and learned so much already! Thank you for being part of that growth.

We have several big things going on right now. First of all, our board voted to allow students to return to the building a week ahead of schedule! We have the next two weeks off for winter break, and virtual instruction will resume on January 4th. We will return to in-person learning for our families who opt-in to the blended learning schedule on January 11th. Please make the selection you'd like for your student(s) here.

You already know we deliver meals and materials on Wednesday during the school week, but next week, we'll have a special delivery for our scholars! Please, please, please make sure the address we have on file is correct for your family. If your student will be somewhere else over next week, please let Mrs. Bilkos know as soon as possible. She can be reached by phone at (810) 768-3860 (please leave a voicemail, as they go directly to her inbox) or by email at

Finally, we've noticed that Google reviews do not immediately show up for us. If you choose to leave a review for us, please take a screenshot of the review and send it to Mrs. Bilkos. When our community and reach grows, ALL of our scholars benefit, and we want to make sure we personally thank you for spreading the word and sharing why you choose Greater Heights Academy each and every day! We're so glad that you do!!

I hope you're able to find some time to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the many blessings around you over the next couple weeks. We wish you well during this holiday season and always!


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Student of the Month

Our December character trait for Student of the Month is "punctuality!" Congratulations to our Students of the Month who demonstrated punctuality the whole month through! We are so proud of you and will have an extra surprise for you during our delivery on Wednesday!

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Mrs. Roark: Makaila Crayton is my student of the month. I can depend on Makaila to be present and on time each day. Her academic growth and her love of learning are a result of her logging in to class daily. Way to go, Makaila!

Ms. Merlo: My student of the month for punctuality is Jaida Gowdy. Jaida always shows up on time and is ready for class. I appreciate her always being on time, despite how early it is!

Ms. Prawdzik: A'Dale Davis is always on time each morning, and she shows up ready to learn. She sets a good example in class by participating and being engaged throughout the entire school day. Keep up the good work, A'Dale!

Mrs. Cook: The student of the month for punctuality in Mrs. Cook's second grade class is Sai'Eion Hudson. Sai'Eion was selected for several reasons! First, he is consistently the first one logged into our classroom in the morning. Not only is he ready for learning at 8:45 a.m., he is prompt when returning from whole group breaks and lunch. Secondly, as a face-to-face student, he followed directions quickly by having his Chromebook open and connected, having his workbooks ready for math, and being at his seat quickly and with a smile. Congratulations, Sai'Eion, for being a true leader!

Mr. Teer: Walter Davis is my student of the month for December. Walter amazes me every single day! Our morning meeting begins promptly at 8:45 a.m., but when I sign in at 8:35 a.m., Walter is already in the session with the materials he needs for class! Walter is very active during the day, asks for help when he needs it, submits his assignments on time, and does his homework each night. Mr. Musolf and I really appreciate Walter's promptness and his participation in class. We are proud of you, Walter Davis!!

Mr. Chapman: Harmony Freeman has been very responsible this school year, including with her punctuality every morning. She is always one of the first students to sign into our class Collaborate session and is one of the last to leave. School is important to Harmony, and making sure she is on time with her assignments plays a huge role in her academic growth. I am very proud of Harmony and her positivity every day.

Ms. Paynter: My student of the month is Johnice Taylor. Johnice does an amazing job of logging in for school every day and is on time. If she is going to be absent for any reason, I always know ahead of time, and she always makes up her work. She works hard to get all of her assignments in on time and is respectful to her teachers. She is a pleasure to have in my class!

Ms. Thomas: My student of the month for December is Aleah McKnight. She is always in class on time and always participates. She consistently completes and turns in assignments on time. She is a delight to have in class!

Ms. Crane: Steven Mitchell is the 6th grade student of the month for December. Steven is always one of the first students signed in for class each morning. He will turn on his camera and microphone and say, "How was your morning, Ms. Crane?" We have a delightful conversation each morning. Steven is a joy to have in class!

Google Review!

You choose us for a reason, and we are so thankful! Our community grows when others hear about the great work we do and decide to make the same choice your family made. Help us reach others... Share your WHY for being part of our GHA family!

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Laptop Care and Tips

All of our scholars have received devices for virtual learning. Below are a few tips to ensure the technology devices are not accidentally damaged or lost.

- Ensure the case remains on the iPad or Chromebook.

- Ensure food and drinks are not around the technology devices.

- Ensure scholars are stationary when using the iPad or Chromebook.

- Monitor data usage. (Make sure hotspots are turned off and disconnected when not being used for school work.)

- When lessons have concluded for the day, ensure the scholar places the device in the same location each day.

- Ensure the technology devices are plugged into the charger at the end of the day in order for the scholars to have a fully charged device for the next school day.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 810-768-3860.

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Greater Heights Academy represents a partnership of scholars, faculty, staff, and administration. We are united in our mission to achieve academic success for all scholars through positive family/school/community relationships. Scholars are our first priority. We believe that traditional fundamentals of education must be enhanced to form a solid foundation for their futures.