2024–25 American Heritage School Welcome Guide

Welcome and Standards

Welcome from Grant Beckwith, Head of School

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU BACK AGAIN!

Many things will be new this year when you return, including new classrooms, new programs, and new faces. But the most important things at AHS haven’t changed. The Book of Mormon teaches us that when we learn by the influence of the Spirit we begin to “enlarge our souls” and “enlighten our understanding” (Alma 32:28). That has been a foundation and a hallmark of AHS teaching and learning every year, and it will continue to be so this year and forever. We trust that you will make many life-long friends here, that you will love your teachers and administrators, that you will enjoy the many opportunities you will have here, and that you will work hard to succeed in your coursework. But most of all, we hope that you will begin to see yourself and each other illuminated by the light of Christ. Each year I spend some of my time at the Salt Lake City campus, but you will still see me here at the American Fork Campus most days, still teaching, still greeting at the door, and still telling you really awesome jokes. I know I say this every year, but it’s more true now than ever: This will be our best year yet!

Sincerely, Grant Beckwith—Head of School

Welcome from Chase Hale, Principal, American Fork campus

WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DO WE SEEK?

“Education is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan to help you become more like Him.” – For the Strength of Youth

I am grateful to report that American Heritage’s mission mandate to help students “realize their divine potential” is consistent with the seemingly simple yet profound citation above. Every summer, the school’s faculty reviews, reassesses, and recommits ahead of a coming year that is intended to be a little better than any previous at helping American Heritage students “become more like Him.”

In considering that sentence from the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, one word seems to stand out with particular significance: become. Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines that term as the “pass[ing] from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state or condition, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character…” A synonym of become—and a word with great currency at the school—is transform.

The school has long sought to deliver Transformational Scholarship, adopting that compound term as the middle of its three brand attributes: Christian Character, Transformational Scholarship, Responsible Liberty. American Heritage faculty are passionate about preparing environments, content, and experiences that facilitate the kind of transformation and becoming that our spirits naturally crave.

Are you ready? Are you willing? I invite you to make choices, big and small, today and throughout the school year, that will allow you to experience great joy and transformation this year. I hope this Welcome Guide provides helpful orientation to a coming school year that places Christ at the foundation of all teaching, learning, and becoming. Let’s make this your best year yet!

Sincerely, Chase Hale—Principal

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K–5 MEET YOUR TEACHER & READING ASSESSMENTS

AUGUST 1–5, 7–13, 2024

This year more than ever, our teachers are excited and ready to meet your child as they become part of the American Heritage School family again, or for the first time.

In order for us to meet your child in a one-on-one setting, and to be prepared to meet the reading needs of each child as the school year begins, each teacher will be individually assessing their students in reading prior to the first day of school. The feedback will inform instruction and help the teacher meet each student at his/her learning threshold from the very first day of school. We will be able to share with you your child’s beginning-of-year reading level as well as the end-of-year goal.

Please sign up for an available time using your Veracross Parent Portal to get access to this spreadsheet: (K-5 Reading Assessment Sign-Up coming soon)

Our preference is for all students to sign up for one of the available times in the summer. However, if the available time slots do not work with your summer plans, you may contact the teacher directly to organize a different time. We look forward to meeting both you and your child.

(Please bring your child’s school supplies to this appointment.)

STUDENT SUPPLIES

This year teachers are purchasing all student supplies, so there is no need for parents to do so. All supplies will be ready and waiting for your children on the first day of school.

Detailed dates & times coming soon..

GRADES 6-8

NEW STUDENT SOCIAL 

GRADES 9-12

NEW STUDENT SOCIAL

Coming soon..

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PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION: Get Involved!

Welcome to the Parent Service Organization (PSO) at American Heritage!

Every parent at AHS is a member of the PSO. We work together to support our amazing teachers and administrators! There are many opportunities to serve throughout the year to help each household reach the 30 hours of required service. I can say from experience that serving at AHS will create connections and help build relationships within our school community that will be a great blessing to your family! I look forward to working together as we lift one another and support the mission of the school!

PSO MISSION STATEMENT

The Parent Service Organization plans and facilitates parent service opportunities at AHS that advance the mission of the school. We work with teachers and administrators to assist with special events and other opportunities that lift and serve AHS students, teachers, and families.

ROOM PARENTS

Sign up to serve as a room parent for your child’s class to oversee one of the following:

Volunteer coordinator, photography, celebrations, holidays

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

  • Pizza Mondays
  • Kindergarten Lunchroom
  • Main building Lunchroom
  • High school Lunchroom
  • Heritage Gardens
  • Patriot reading group
  • Room Parent Support
  • High school Dances
  • Spirit wear sales
  • Experiential learning weeks

ANNUAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

August- Uniform Re-sale, Spirit wear Sale, New parent Q&A
Sept- Picture Day, Grandparents Day, Book Fair, Constitution Day
Oct- Picture Retakes
Nov- Christmas Decor, Patriot Reading Group
Dec- Faculty Luncheon, Teddy Bear, Christmas Decor Take down
Jan- Faculty Dinners, Uniform Re-sale, Book Fair, New parent Q&A, Spelling Bee
Feb- Faculty Dinners, Book Fair
Mar- Middle and HS Experiential Learning, Family Dance
April- Teacher appreciation Week
May- Faculty luncheon, Field Day, Elementary Experiential learning

WHERE DO I FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE?

* Join the official PSO announcement GroupMe page for on going service opportunities and other PSO info

* Find all sign ups on the PSO webpage in Veracross

* Watch for PSO quarterly emails

WELCOME!

We are a K–12 library, serving students and their families. Our library contains family-friendly books for all grade levels. We strive to provide quality literature that invites the Spirit and inspires a love for reading. We acquire library materials through donations as well as from the proceeds of our two semi-annual book fairs held in conjunction with parent teacher conferences. Books are carefully screened for content and age-appropriateness before being placed into circulation.

Students and families are welcome to visit the library before school between 8:10–8:30 a.m. or after school from 3:10–4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3:10–3:30 PM on Fridays. The library is closed during school breaks but is open for limited hours during the summer.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have a scheduled weekly library time during which they are invited to check out books. Students and families may view their library accounts and the library catalog on the library’s website, called OPAC. For information on setting up a family library account or logging into your account on the library website, please stop by the library or contact the school librarian, Christy Owens, (cowens@ahsmail.com).

The library also serves as the textbook distribution center of the school. Most textbooks are checked in and out through the library. Textbooks should be returned at the end of the year in the best condition possible. If you have concerns about the condition of the textbook that is issued to your child, please contact the librarian.

Fines will be assessed for damaged or lost library books and textbooks. At the end of the school year, yearbooks will be held until all school and library materials are returned or fines are paid.

Parents are welcome and invited to serve in the school library as part of the 30 hours of required service. We have opportunities to help preview donated materials, shelve books, process new books, as well as assist with textbook checkout and return. If you are interested in serving in the library, please contact Christy Owens. We look forward to serving you!

Coming Soon…

Fine Arts and Athletics Offerings

We encourage all 7–12 students to tryout for one of our athletic teams! All students need a current physical (taken after March 1, 2024). Needed forms are here:

The Heritage Youth Choirs is a community choral organization for children and youth in grades K–12. Its central mission is to build enduring faith and musical excellence in the lives of individuals through gospel–centered choral music. Although the choir is sponsored by American Heritage School, enrollment is open to all students, regardless of school affiliation. Four choirs accommodate youth of varying ages and skill levels.
YOUTH CHOIRS AUDITIONS
(information coming soon)



Our American Fork campus features seven audition-only ensembles and is able to place most students in a performing group that meets the student at the threshold of their learning. Lyceum ensembles are divided by ability, not age, although we do require that students be going into 9th-12th grade for Philharmonic. School ensembles come first! We encourage all students to participate in their school ensembles and ask that all participants practice at home and work with a private teacher. Any absence related to participating in school ensembles is excused including missing Lyceum concerts for your school ensembles.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS

Auditions for the 2024-25 season are now open!  With our convenient recorded auditions, your cell phone recording of a recent recital or solo performance may be all the audition you need. We ask for roughly five minutes of solo playing for Concert or Philharmonic and 2-4 minutes for other ensembles. The solo should demonstrate the strengths of the player, memorization is preferred, accompaniment is optional. Also submit the student playing a scale of their choosing. The scale should highlight student’s mastery of range and tone. Play the maximum number of octaves possible with good tone. The scale and solo can be in separate videos or together. Percussionists must show proficiency on timpani and mallet instruments.

The preferred method is to upload your cell phone video to YouTube, Google Drive, iPhotos, Dropbox or other file sharing format accessible via a link.  Copy those links into the appropriate field on the audition form. You should receive a confirmation email upon submission and expect to hear from us soon regarding placement. Please verify that your video link is accessible for others to view (not private). Questions? Contact us at Lyceum@ahsmail.com. 

SUBMIT AUDITION ONLINE

What are the Plays Being Offered Next Year?

Forms and Lists

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