Hornet Enrichment Academy

February Newsletter

A few words….

Graduation, the one word which stirs excitement, nervousness, and uncertainty for high school students. What is my next step? Where am I going? How will I get there? HEA Mentors serve a vital role in our student's educational journey as they plan their next steps. Mentors meet regularly with students to assess progress and begin to help students plan for the future. This planning may involve exploring a college or career pathway, participating in a job shadow experience or internship, or working a part-time job in an area of interest. Planning is the key to success, and HEA Mentors support students in this planning as they work toward their goal of high school graduation. Parents, our Mentors serve as a point of contact for you regarding your student's progress. HEA Mentors can be reached via email or by calling the HEA office @ 317. 759. 2873.

We are pleased to share with you after two semesters of implementing our Step It UP! program, our HEA students have achieved a 91% attendance rate. 42% of students are maintaining a 95% attendance rate! We are excited about the progress our students are making. Attendance is the Number 1 proactive step a student can take to achieve success. The HEA staff will continue to challenge and encourage students toward their attendance goals. Please let us know what we can do to support your child in reaching their attendance goal.

Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jennifer Adams who was nominated as the HEA January Student of the Month. Jennifer was recognized at the February School Board meeting on February 9th. Jennifer is the daughter of Richard and Darlene Adams. She is a senior at the HEA, and was nominated by the staff for her academic progress and positive attitude. Jennifer works part-time at Scrubs and Beyond where she enjoys helping her customers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends. Jennifer shared that the one-on-one experience at the HEA has made a difference for her academically because she is able to receive the help and support she needs. With this support, Jennifer has made great strides academically, and is near her goal of high school graduation.

Please make note of the following information and upcoming dates:

College Visit: February 24th / Brightwood College (Formerly Kaplan)

Intercession Class: (Available to all HEA students) March 21st - March 25th / 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM *Information available from Miss Thomas @ stomas@bgcs.k12.in.us

Intercession/ Spring Break: March 21st - March 25th / March 28th - April 1st

Inclement Weather: In the event of a 2-Hour delay, the HEA AM class is in session beginning @ 9:45 AM and dismisses @ 10:45. In the event of a school closing, the HEA is also closed. Visit our district webpage for additional information regarding school closing and delays.

From Ms. Condon….

Seniors, if you have not ordered your cap and gown please see Ms. Condon for ordering information from Jostens.


HEA Intercession Class

Monday, March 21st, 8am-12pm

5330 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN

This session is open to all HEA students during the week of March 21st - March 25th / Students can attend the 1/2 day session in the AM during the week of Intercession. Please see Miss Thomas for information and sign up.

Win the Day! Be Victorious!

Dr. Kaiser shared his personal and professional experiences with HEA students during a Life Skills and Wellness activity on February 10th. Dr. Kaiser talked about his life as a young athlete and his professional journey in education. Dr. Kaiser challenged students to "Win the Day, and Be Victorious" in pursuit of their individual dreams.

"It was an honor and privilege to be able to discuss the processes of developing life goals with our students." - Dr. Paul Kaiser, Superintendent

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HEA Students visit the Statehouse

On January 25th, staff and students attended the Quality Education Celebration at the Statehouse. Students were able to attend several presentations, including a presentation by Governor Pence. Students had the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, observe Senate proceedings from the Galley, and meet our State Senator, Pat Miller. This was a great opportunity for our students to learn about State government and their role as a citizen.

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Curriculum Update from Mrs. Denton:

The second semester is off to a great start! We have been working on a multitude of reading and English skills. English class always begins with a Channel One News segment where students learn about current events stories that are newsworthy. Students then battle for first place by taking a standards-based Kahoot quiz over the information on Channel One News.

This semester, students have mastered the "Yes, MA'AM" strategy while learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil right issues. The "Yes, MA'AM" strategy is used when students are answering constructed response and text-dependent questions. Students are required to introduce the question, cite evidence from the text/video, and then explain his/her response. I've been impressed with the gains I have been seeing in my students' responses.

Additionally, students have been close reading articles in class while annotating text, or as we say, "thinking with your pencil." We have been identifying unknown words using context clues and reading for different purposes while marking up our text. Students have been uncovering text structures and the author's purpose. There has also been an emphasis on finding author evidence to support claims. Recent articles include, "Brain Candy" and "Finding El Faro: Analyzing wreck 15,000 feet down poses challenges."

Moving forward this week, students will be learning about the literary elements of a satire and its historical background. Students will be analyzing and evaluating satire writing, examples of verbal irony, and understanding the need for sarcasm in the text. The class will be analyzing articles and video clips from popular TV shows. We will also be taking a close look at Jonathan Swift's, "A Modest Proposal."

I thoroughly enjoy working with your children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's progress in English class, please feel free to contact me.

Mrs. Denton