Building HEROES: School for the Gifted

In 2007, we founded HEROESgifted.  In 2012, we opened HEROES Academy, an educational facility for gifted and talented students.  After twelve years, we’re finally purchasing property in  Monroe Twp, NJ, a facility where we will ultimately be able to offer a full-day school and testing services for gifted and talented students in addition to our current weekend classes.  Follow us on our journey as we build HEROES, a NJ School for the Gifted.

All classes, admissions tests, and open houses will continue to be held in our New Brunswick location until the conclusion of this Academic Year.  Classes for the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year will meet in our new location in Monroe Twp, NJ.

Construction Update: More Electric, Site Work, and Stucco

They finished the “rough-in” for the electric.  The electrical inspector told us that we need to put poles outside to protect the electrical meter.  I had a little laugh at the signs the electrician left saying “Dear Mr. Electrical Inspector…” My uncle, Robert Schmidt, brought me a new-to-me lawn tractor that makes mowing SO much easier!  I don’t know what I was thinking trying to mow that lawn with a push mower!   He made us new tops for our desks too!  Ms. Voit, my uncle, and I spent Tuesday sanding and staining the new desks.  They still need a few

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Construction Update: HVAC, Electricity, and Windows!

Construction is moving along quite nicely.  It’s exciting to visit the school each day — sometimes twice a day — to see what’s happening!  We’re on track to finish within our projected timeline with enough time to move in, set up, and resume classes in September!  The HVAC is moving along nicely.  It’s the biggest part of the project, and we’re still waiting for the actual HVAC units to arrive.   The electrician started, and he’ll be done with the rough in on Monday.  He ran LOTS of conduit.   They installed the windows! This was very exciting to see, and I

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Time to Pick a Color for Our New Building!

We need your help!  We need to pick out the colors for our new building!  We have our heart set on the brick face for the bottom area of the front.  The top of the front  and the sides will be a flat stucco color.  We’re torn between colors!  Let us know which one you prefer!  Every member of your family can vote!  Once we pick a stucco color, we’ll send out another pole to pick a sign design.     The trim around the front of the building will be 3-D molding.  These images are rough Photoshop jobs for color

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COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for Fall 2020

This past year has been a tremendous learning experience for me.  In all of my wildest dreams, I’d never imagined throwing my entire school online at the last minute, and I’d certainly never imagined being put in a position where I had to make decisions that, quite frankly, I think should be left to health experts.  Nonetheless, here we are.  I want to assure all of our parents and students that our number one priority is ensuring that your child is safe, happy, and healthy.  We also hope that we can make the changes for the coming year as stress-free

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Updates from HEROES: Construction and Fall Plans

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  We’ve now completed our first week of summer homework.  All of your students’ submissions from this past week have been graded, and your child has access to this week’s homework.  Any comments on your child’s homework submission can be viewed in the e-mail associated with your child’s account.  Please note, the bottom of this e-mail states that the remainder of the comments can be viewed by clicking a link.  We are aware that the link does not work.  The entirety of the comments can be viewed in the e-mail.  I’m still working

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Building HEROES: Tracking Progress Part I

Introduction Wow!  The school year has officially come to a conclusion.  Back in September, when the school year had just begun, I certainly couldn’t  have predicted even a fraction of this year’s adventures.  Back in September, I couldn’t even guarantee that HEROES would still be around the following year.  I needed to find a new home for HEROES.  Our lease would expire at the end of this school year, and lease renewal wasn’t an option for a myriad of reasons.  I knew that I would put every ounce of energy and willpower into finding a new home for HEROES —

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