The Stock Market Game in Economics Class


Mr. Zawacki’s Economics class has begun the Stock Market Game. Twelve students have entered the game and each one has $10,000 to invest in companies that are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ. Pictured are Jamie Lin, Jasmine Chee, Lizzy Tupamahu and Masako Makiba. The game involves the buying and selling of common stock with the hope of making a profit. The Stock Market Game ends on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Conic Sections with Algebra 2

Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2 class had fun creating faces with conic sections Friday. The students explored how important the foci are to draw each conic section with pins and string.

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Statictics Classes Experiment with Helicopters

Mrs. Sklarin’s statistics classes began their unit on experiments. They are learning about how control, randomness, and replication are used in conducting experiments. They are also investigating how “equal treatment for all,” is all about the details. This week they took to the outdoors with paper helicopters they made in class. The made two helicopters; one with long rotors and one with short rotors. They investigated which would have a longer flight time. They tossed a coin to determine which copter would be dropped first. Every drop had to be made from the same height and timed in the same way. We had a few lurking variables interfere with the drops. The wind picked up at one point and the helicopters ran into some students while they were picking up their fallen copters and other flew into the growing vines. After ten drops with each copter the students got to work on their calculators creating graphs and calculating summary statistics. The results showed that the short rotor helicopters’ flight times were significantly shorter.

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NHS Pennies for Patients Service Project Success!

The Heritage Academy National Honor Society organized the “Pennies for Patients” service project in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for the month of March. The students and staff embraced the project and were very generous this year. NHS members made posters, announcements, heartfelt pitches in classrooms, and daily collections from 3rd and 6th block classes. We had two classes over $100 which earned them each a banner from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to hang in the classroom. The Heritage Academy, Junior Sports Corporation, and Residential Life staff combined donated over $200. The highest donating 3rd and 6th block classrooms will be receiving a pizza party curtsey of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The winners this year are: 1st place morning: Mr. Costaksis’ class with $152.60, 1st place afternoon: Mr. Powell’s class with $119.60. The NHS members want to thank the entire Heritage Academy community for making every penny count!


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Field trip for Art Students

The Art Classes went to the Art Café and did our interpretation of a Greek Plate.

Won Jun has success in Geometry!






Barbour Geometry


Today the students in Mrs. Barbour’s afternoon Geometry class finally understood their “PROOFS.” No one was more excited than Won Jun!

Pennies for Patients Service Project with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Pennies for Patients service project is underway at Heritage Academy.  Leukemia is the most common cancer in children, adolescents and young adults younger than 20 years and it causes more deaths than any other cancer among this age group. Thanks to LLS funded research and the fundraising effort of programs like Pennies for Patients, survival rates for some blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled. Critical treatment innovations have originated through blood cancer research – radiation, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, and new targeted therapies. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The National Honor Society members are leading the way with the Pennies for Patients service project by making signs, announcements, and walking around to classrooms encouraging donations. We have already collected over $250 in three days. One classroom, Mr. Costakis’s 3rd block class, has already reached the $100 mark and will be awarded a pennant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to acknowledge their generosity. Now we are asking you, our extended family, to join us in our efforts to assist those diagnosed with blood cancers and help fund research for the cure. Designate the classroom of your choice to receive credit for your donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Go to to make you donation online. Thank you in advance for all your support and generosity.

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Ancient Worlds Unit

Ancient Worlds PhotoStudents wrote their names in cuneiform.  They illustrated the background with images from the ancient civilizations we studied in this unit.  Pictured:  Maurizio DeBono, Ana Paula Valdez, Jasmine Chee, Gabby Teran.

Government Students Take On the Abortion Debate

Abortion Debate

A debate on Abortion was held in Mr. Ted Zawacki’s Government class. Controversial topics centered on Roe vs. Wade, Religious Views, Extent of Abortion in the United States, Unwanted Pregnancies and the Role of Government. The Pro Life position was represented by Arthur Yeager and Nicholas Russell and the Pro Choice position was represented by Rhea Bhagia and Samuel Cochrane.