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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.

Celebrating 2 Years Since Closing Day: Building and Running a School in a Pandemic

I’ve always struggled to remember anniversaries.  I celebrated 10 years of HEROES for at least two years; now, we’re celebrating 15 years of HEROES, we’re opening registration for our 10th academic year as HEROES Academy, we’re taking registrations for our 3rd academic year in our new home, and today, we’re celebrating two years since closing day!  I can’t believe it’s been two years since we closed on 3059 Englishtown Road in Monroe Twp, NJ.  In some ways, closing day feels like a lifetime ago.  Two years ago, we were watching the news as COVID wreaked havoc in China, but somehow,

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Hatching Baby Chicks

We’ve hatched baby chicks at HEROES in the past; the first time that we hatched baby chicks was several years ago, and we had to return the chickens to the farm because we didn’t have any place to keep grown chickens!  In 2021, we adopted baby chicks, and HEROES is now home to a wide variety of chicken breeds.   As part of our life sciences program, students will observe eggs throughout their incubation period, watch as the chicks hatch, and help the chicks adjust to life outside. Students will also compare the development of chickens with the development of ducks

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Life Sciences: A Study of Living Things

The Life Sciences program at HEROES Academy is a hands-on laboratory science program for gifted and talented students.  We offer two levels of life science:  Elementary Life Sciences (for Grades 1 – 3) and Advanced Life Sciences (for grades 4 – 6).  Both classes cycle through similar units; however, labs, reading assignments, and math applications differ.   This is a quick overview of some of the labs these classes will cover. Fungi Elementary Life Science Sample labs include: Yeasts: Using Yeast to “Inflate” Balloons Yeasts: Instant Yeast -vs- Active Sourdough Growing Mushrooms Where does mold come from? Advanced Life Science Sample

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The HEROES Family Grows

I dreamt of building this school for over half my life — and that dream has finally come true.  A little red brick school house with a modern rustic vibe, this school is everything I imagined and more.  Just over a year ago, we welcomed our students into this new school.  While it hasn’t been quite the “first year” I’d anticipated, I couldn’t have asked for a better first year. While it certainly took me a long time to get here, there’s one dream I’ve held onto for longer.   When I was in Kindergarten, I proudly declared that I wanted

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End of Year Reflections: What My Students Learned (And What They Taught Me!)

While most schools in the state have already concluded their school years, we’re still winding down.  We are closed for 4th of July weekend, but we’ll return for one final week on July 10th and 11th before our summer break officially begins. The end of the school year is always bittersweet.  I’m relieved to have a few weeks off of lesson planning, grading, and waking up early, but I’m also sad to see my students depart for the summer, knowing they’ll grow and change so much in just the few short months before I see them again.     I’m proud

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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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