ADVENTURES, MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

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HEED is a Christian K-12 home education hybrid learning program, where qualified instructors teach small, local classes, prepare lesson plans for students to master content throughout the week at home, and provide feedback and evaluation of student’s work.

 

Mission Statement:

To serve God by assisting families as they educate their children at home. 

ADVENTURES HANDBOOK (K-5th)

 

Mission Statement

To serve God by assisting families in their call to home educate their children.  HEED Adventures for (K-5) accomplishes this through weekly creative and innovative hands on activities and learning adventures in Boca Raton, FL.


Philosophy of HEED Adventures

HEED Adventures is not a school but instead a one day a week, hands on adventure that help home educating parents enrich their home education program. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to train the minds of their own children to think rationally and Biblically, to discern truth, and express thoughts clearly and persuasively. HEED Adventures assists parents by providing students opportunities to learn with other students.


HEED ADVENTURES (K-5th grade)

HEED Adventure administrators are: Susan Puchferran and Sara Hoza
 

Responsibilities:
Adventure Administrators commit to:

  • Seek to match instructors gifted in working with the age appropriate learning needs of students. Criteria for instructors will include a love for the Lord, educational experience, ability to teach with creativity and innovation, personal integrity, and a love for learning.

  • Provide learning adventures and experiences that are both grade appropriate and that develop future ready academic skills.

  • HEED Adventures require that administrators and instructor candidates undergo a criminal background check.

  • Administrators reserve the right to replace one instructor with another during the year.

  • Provide an active website and updates to inform Adventure families of all pertinent information and announcements.

  • Provide a Google Learning Classroom System for families to access weekly adventure information

  • Serve as a liaison with our host facility.

 

Instructors Commit to:

  • Provide quality instruction and adventures in a Christian environment.

  • Provide parents with a class syllabus and with weekly activity schedules for parents to “dig deeper” and continue learning at home.

  • Communicate with parents on their child’s progress or any issues concerning their child in the program.

  • Maintain a Google Learning Page for their class.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a Biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

 

Parents Commit to:

  • Purchase supplemental books and materials suggested by the program

  • Pay all tuition monies timely. 

  • Attend Open House Adventure Night to meet with the administrators and instructors prior to classes beginning.

  • Be willing to volunteer at Adventures one-two days a year or for special events..

  • Be involved in their student’s work and use it as a springboard for learning at home during the week.

  • Learn the Google Learning System to access a student’s home adventure suggestions.

  • Communicate with instructors, to inform them ahead of time of planned absences.

  • Make sure their students arrive on time for classes (no earlier than 10 minutes prior to class) dressed in their adventure T-shirts and shorts or long pants and sneakers.

  • Pick up their children in a timely manner at the end of the day.

  • Support and help enforce the Adventure policy regarding no student’s with cell phones, smart watches, tablets or electronic devices.

  • Parents, obey the Adventures dress code of modesty when on Adventure’s campus.

  • Obey all traffic rules on campus including driving very slowly in the parking lot.

  • We will be offering a morning "Gathering" for homeschool encouragement and fellowship. Childcare will be provided for younger children.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a Biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

  • If a student does not possess self-control at Adventures and is a distraction in class, at the directors’ discretion a parent may be required to attend the day with their student until the situation is resolved. 

  • Review with their children the policies set forth in this Adventures Handbook at the beginning of each year.

 

Students commit to:

  • Abide by the dress code: HEED Adventure students must wear their HEED adventure T-shirts.  They may wear shorts or jeans (skirts are not recommended due to outside playtime activities). Sneakers or closed-toed shoes are also required.

  • Be completely potty trained (if not parents must stay at Adventures with their students.)

  • Demonstrate the self-control to participate in group activities without being a distraction.  Students lacking in this area will need to have a parent stay with them in class until they are able to demonstrate self-control to stay alone.

  • Demonstrate kindness and respect to administrators, instructors and their fellow students.

  • The administrator on duty will have a cell phone for students to use during the day; parents will also have that number.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a Biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

Middle and High School Handbook 

for Local Classes, Boca Raton 


HEED is a Christian K-12 home education hybrid learning program, where qualified instructors teach  classes, prepare lesson plans for students to master content throughout the week, and provide feedback and evaluation of student’s work.

 

Mission Statement:

To serve God by assisting families in their call to home educate their children.


Philosophy of HEED

HEED is not a school but instead a hybrid learning program to assist home educating parents to fulfill their responsibility by locating and securing qualified independent instructors to enrich their home education program. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to train the minds of their own children to think rationally and biblically, to discern truth, and express thoughts clearly and persuasively. HEED assists parents by providing the opportunity to join with other families to offer the best possible educational experiences for their children. The parent ultimately remains the teacher. The HEED local instructor is a facilitator, instructing the student in class, while the parent oversees and leads the student throughout the week. HEED classes provide community for middle and high school aged students in an environment where they are encouraged to seek God first as well as pursue academic excellence. 

HEED  students require a level of self-discipline and accountability. Students must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of educational opportunity. Parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their students accountable and their assignments up to date.

 

Responsibilities and Commitments:

 

     HEED Directors commit to:

  • Provide a schedule of classes for students to enrich their educational goals and prepare them with future ready skills for the next steps in their education.

  • Seek to match available instructors and courses with the academic needs of students. Criteria for instructors will include educational experience, mastery of material, ability to teach, personal integrity, and a love for the Lord.

  • Require that instructor candidates undergo a criminal background check. HEED directors reserve the right to replace instructors if the circumstances become necessary.

  • Attempt to maximize learning by maintaining a class size between 8 and 24 students per class depending on class structure and number of instructors.

  • Provide an active website and updates to inform HEED families of all pertinent information and announcements.

  • Provide a LMS system for students to access their assignments, submit work, receive work back and communicate with instructors.

  • Communicate regularly with parents through email and/or text

  • Serve as a liaison with our host facility.



 

HEED Instructors Commit to:

  • Provide quality instruction in a Christian environment.

  • Provide parents with course description, textbook list, class syllabus and schedules to specify expectations and assignments for each class.

  • Maintain and utilize an online LMS, learning management system that keeps families informed of all course material and assignments.

  • Communicate with parents and directors about any difficulties with a student’s behavior or assignments.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

 

     HEED Parents Commit to: 

  • Sign the release of liability waiver and the statement of faith on the registration form online.

  • Purchase books and materials for all courses.

  • Pay tuition and fees timely. All final tuition payments will be collected on August 1st. No students are permitted to attend classes with a tuition balance unless otherwise agreed to by the directors. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

  • Attend the Fall Back to HEED/School Night to meet with their student’s instructors the HEED directors.

  • Log in to HEED’s learning management system to monitor assignments, post grades, get instruction from, communicate with instructors and mark that weekly assignments are completed.

  • Submit any online grades in the LMS in a timely manner as required by the instructor.

  • Oversee their student’s HEED classes to provide their students with proper accountability to ensure that all assignments are completed on time with integrity, and that their student is fully prepared to participate in class. Some courses will require the parent to correct work at home.

  • Communicate with HEED instructors, to inform them ahead of time of planned absences, make arrangements for missed lessons, or regarding any changes or concerns about their student’s work.

  • Make sure students arrive on time for class (5 minutes before class begins, do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes prior to class) dressed appropriately and ensure that they are picked up promptly after class. (See Dress Policy.)

  • HEED parents must pick up or supervise their students if the students have more than one free period between classes. Students may stay for one free period at HEED if it is between two classes. Students are only permitted to stay during lunch if they have a class period before lunch in the morning and a class in the afternoon.

  • Support and help enforce the HEED policy regarding no cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or electronic devices with internet access on campus. Phones found on campus will be given to the directors for a parent to retrieve. If a student is caught with a phone, they will be fined $40. If a student is caught a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from HEED. 

  • Obey the HEED dress code themselves (parents) when on HEED’s campus

  • Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.

  • Keep their student home if they have a fever, sore throat, congestion or cough not caused by allergies.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

  • Review this code of conduct with their student at the beginning of each year.

HEED Students commit to:

  • Abide by the rules of dress and conduct. (See Dress Code below)

  • Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.

  • Participate in class without being disruptive, distracting, disrespectful, offensive, immoral, intimidating, flirtatious, or rude. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated. Poor attitude is grounds for immediate dismissal from HEED without refund.

  • Be in their seats and prepared for class at the start of the class period. Students are expected to go to the restroom during the breaks between classes, and not during the classes if possible.

  • Come prepared for class and complete all assignments on time. Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor and the HEED board, will be dismissed from class with no refund.

  • Maintain a satisfactory grade point average in each class. A student who fails to maintain a C/70% average for a class, will be placed on academic probation. The student will have a period of 30 days to raise his/her grade to the satisfactory level. If, based on the instructor's appraisal, the student fails to raise the grade satisfactorily then the student may be dismissed from the class indefinitely. The instructor and the board will make the decision for dismissal, and no refund will be given.

  • Maintain personal and academic integrity (plagiarism or cheating) may be dismissed from HEED with no refund.

  • Leave all cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or any electronic devices with Internet access at home or in their car. If a student is caught with a phone they will be fined $40.  If a student is caught a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from HEED. (The director on duty will always have a cell phone available if a parent needs to contact a student or if a student needs to make a call) The volunteer on duty will have a cell phone for students to use during the day; parents will also have that number.

  • Stay during lunch only if they have a class before lunch and a class in the afternoon. Students may eat in the lunchroom or designated eating areas only. Stay on HEED campus between classes.

  • Respect church property. Students may not climb on any walls of the building. No chewing gum is permitted on the church campus. Students must keep the lunchroom and classes clean by picking up after themselves immediately.

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with biblical standards and in a manner, which will not be distracting to other students. Strive to exemplify excellence in their personal behavior, conducting themselves in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Philippians 1:27 "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” 

  • Avoid gossiping to or about others.

  • Respect the property of others by not touching anything that does not belong to them without permission.

  • Leave all pocket-knives, or any other object that could be used as a weapon at home.

  • Any damage caused by a student to the building, tables, or other church property is the financial responsibility of that student and his/her family.

  • Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.


 

Dress Code

Recognizing that different people have different standards of modesty; we ask  students to proactively take a conservative approach to dress that reasonably avoids offense to anyone.
 

Middle School Students will be required to wear a HEED Middle School T-shirt, which will be provided to you. 

 

In Young Men: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, young men may not wear shirts that display messages or symbols that are profane, promote alcohol, drugs or sexual immodesty. Also tank tops or muscle shirts are not permitted at HEED for boys. Waistline of pants or shorts must be worn above the hips, so that underwear is not visible at the waist.

 
In Young Women: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, young ladies may not wear shorts, yoga style athletic pants or short skirts. Long pants, jeans or skirts or dresses to the knee are permitted; no tight shirts or revealing blouses; no bare midriffs; no tank tops, no spaghetti straps unless worn underneath a sleeved shirt; waistline of pants may not be worn below the hips showing underwear or midriff; no shirts with profane or inappropriate messages or symbols.

 

Students who arrive at HEED dressed inappropriately (in the judgment of any HEED instructor or director) may be sent home.  Parents are responsible for their own children’s behavior to ensure they are acting in accordance with the HEED Code of Conduct and all HEED policies. Any student who does not abide by the HEED Code of Conduct and all policies set forth by HEED may be dismissed without refund.