HCA News

Heritage Experience Growth in Enrollment

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


Heritage Christian Academy, with campuses in Olathe and Overland Park, welcomed a host of returning and new families to kick off the 2013-14 academic year. “At last count we have 485 students
this year, with some additional students expected in the second quarter," said Rick Lukianuk, HCA  president. "That is 44 more students than last year, including a completely full preschool. Our senior
class is the largest ever at 28, and we are experiencing a 20 percent growth in the high school. We have
had to order extra lockers at the west campus and that is an expense I gladly approved.” As HCA grows and develops, it will continue to focus on each student’s spiritual and educational progress. President Lukianuk is known for championing what he calls the 4 C's, which undergird the academy curriculum: Christ-Centered: Spiritually transformative, not merely informative. Conceptual Thinking: The convergence of critical thinking and creative ability. Communication: Clear, concise, eloquent and insightful. Calling: To know and be known by God. To identify and nurture the unique potential of each child. “I am so excited about our spiritual focus on calling this year," Lukianuk said. “Each of our students is called by God to be in relationship with Him, which creates our community." The combined HCA campuses serve families with students from age 3 to senior in high school.

Popsicles with the President

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Little kiddos and their parents checked out the new digs at Heritage Christian Academy Thursday morning August 22, as HCA hosted a meet and greet called Popsicles with the President to celebrate the school’s new preschool program.

“The establishment of a full service preschool will give us the ability to shepherd sweet little hearts for the Lord Jesus,” said Meaghen Briley, preschool director.  Briley’s hopes and dreams for the children who attend the preschool are rooted in John 3:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

The celebration day culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony where the Olathe city manager and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce CEO congratulated HCA and expressed gratitude for its significance in Johnson County.

HCA’s expanded preschool program officially opened on September 3, with an enrollment of 51 students.

To view the ribbon cutting ceremony click below.

 

HCA Seniors Step Out on Faith in Belize

Thursday, June 06, 2013

    During the first week of May, the HCA senior class mission project focused on Belize, a beautiful country in northeastern Central America, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.  The senior mission project gives the class an opportunity to minister as a collective group and build life long memories.  “It was a wonderful week filled with growth, service and fun,” said HCA Bible teacher Jason Dorhing. 
    Some of the incarnation ministry included visiting an orphanage where the students were greeted by dozens of children eager to play.  “It was as if when we walked in each of our team members were escorted away by a different child who had varying ideas of what they wanted to do, said Dorhing.”  “Even though it was extremely hot every member of our team had a wonderful time playing with the kids, talking with the kids and being used as a human jungle jim.”    
    Street evangelism was another facet of ministry that the students participated in with a local church and its Pastor, Pastor Gordon.  Pastor Gordon had a deep passion for the members of the congregation and the lost in his surrounding community.  He encouraged the HCA students to get out of their comfort zones and walk around the community to strike up conversation, pray, and invite unbelievers to church.  By stepping out in faith God blessed and about a half dozen came to the evening worship service. “It was a joy to witness the excitement on the faces of our team as persons they invited in the community showed up,” said Dorhing. 
        In addition to street evangelism, the HCA seniors also lead Vacation Bible, participated in a service project, and engaged in a community outreach event involving volleyball.  Dorhing said, “We ended the week by traveling by water taxi to an island where we enjoyed snorkeling, shopping and fellowship. It was a great time and we were all sad to see the week end.”

A Heart for Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The cast of "The Heart of Home" at Heart to Heart

All of America watched the shocking images of the effects of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th.  Images of homes disintegrated and an elementary school destroyed will continue to be a part our memory for years to come.  Aid from all around the world has already begun pouring in to Oklahoma City.  And in an impressive demonstration of God's sovereignty,  HCA will be a part of that effort.

Heart to Heart International, with headquarters here in Olathe,  is one of the world's largest providers of disaster relief and will be one of the first organizations on the ground in Oklahoma.  When they arrive, they will be carrying Care Kits provided by a HCA family and packed by the 7th and 8th grade cast members of The Heart of Home, this year's Junior High spring musical.  Two weeks ago, these students gathered at the Heart to Heart distribution center in Kansas City to help pack Care Kits.  Of course, no one knew that these care kits would be used so soon and sent to Oklahoma City.  But God knew and had already put HCA in a place to help our friends in Oklahoma.

For more information on HCA's part in this effort, visit the Heart to Heart Facebook page.  

Boston Trip: A Exploration of God at Work in our Nation

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Heritage Christian Academy U.S. History class went on a four-day “field trip” in early May to Boston, Massachusetts. The class was able to visit many historical sites and learned not only about history, but also how God was at work during the days of this nation’s birth. The trip was facilitated by a Christian tour group, which meant a very meaningful devotional each day. The HCA students also learned a lot from a “revolutionary” guide who provided historical background information about various sites, and conveyed other less known information about key Christians and the roles that they played in the beginnings of our nation.
Twenty-three HCA students, two teachers and four parents explored historic locations including the first Revolutionary War battle at Lexington, Concord, the gravesides of many famous American authors, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, the U.S.S Constitution (“old ironsides”), Faneuil Hall, Harvard University, the JFK Library and the New England Aquarium. “Standing at Lexington, where the battle took place, made me realize that this country is truly a blessing, and it wasn’t a free blessing,” said HCA junior Annie Prins. Dr. John Carver, US History teacher said, “There was truly a sense of awe to stand in the exact spots where the Sons of  Liberty stood, and where some even died, in the birthing of our nation.”

Boston was buzzing with camaraderie, as the marathon bombings were still recent in everyone’s minds. The HCA students stood in reverence at the exact location of the bombing, and observed the living memorial at the marathon finish line. Boston Strong posters were everywhere, reminding Bostonians and tourist of how strong the community support is, but also of the evil that had recently erupted in the city. The tour guide reminded the HCA students that even in the midst of hatred and wrong-doing, God is still ultimately in charge.


8th Grade Students: Taking ownership of their education

Friday, May 03, 2013

    Thirty 8th grade students at Heritage Christian Academy had the exciting opportunity to take a class trip to Washington D.C. this spring. On this trip, the students learned about their nation’s history and government, bonded with each other, and gained valuable experiences that will last a lifetime. 
    The students where accompanied by a host of parents, the 8th grade History teacher Krista Chugg and the Dean of Student Life and technology Steve Adams.

    “Going on a trip like this allows what we have been learning about all year in US History class come alive,” Chugg said.  “The students love to see something we have studied right in front of them.”
    From sun up to sun down the group was busy visiting every Smithsonian, monument, and memorial in the city.  Some of the highlights included taking a tour of the Capital building, visiting Arlington National cemetery, and even making the trip out to Mount Vernon to see George Washington’s estate.  Even in between destinations, the students were instructed on the history of the buildings, the monuments, and the layout of the city as we passed sites on the bus. “The trip was a rich learning experience no matter which way you turned. We had so much fun. I had no idea we could see and experience so much in just four days,”  said HCS student Jahan Khavari
    The students were also able to bond as a class on this trip.  There was so much joy and celebration even during small moments waiting in line. Every meal was full of laughter and excitement.  It was apparent that the students were genuinely enjoying this trip and also enjoying each other. “I increased my knowledge of my country, my relationships with my friends, and my dedication to this great nation,” said HCA student Josh Currey.  They will be able to look back on this trip and not just remember all they learned, but also the fun they had with their friends.
    The purpose of the annual 8th grade Washington D.C. trip is to provide students a greater understanding of U.S. history and how it effects them now.  The trip is also designed to foster a formative learning experience where ownership of education and discovery of the world around them is valued.  "This is a great opportunity for HCA students to experience a little taste of the rich history of the country we call home,” Adams said.  “It's hard to come away from a visit to DC without a renewed appreciation for the wisdom God gave the early leaders of our nation and the sacrifices many have made since.  We enjoy the fruit of that every day we live in this great nation."
  

HCA Leading Ladies Earn Superior Rating at State

Monday, April 29, 2013
Congratulations to Mrs. Kasey Johnson and the HCA Leading Ladies who returned from the KSHSAA State Musical Festival in Wichita on April 27th with a "Superior" rating, scoring 78 out of a possible 80 points!  They performed earlier in the regionals at Benedictine College in Atchison.  You can watch a video of that performance below.


HCA Adds North Central Accreditation

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that HCA has now received Accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).  Established in 1895, the North Central Association expanded its reach in 2006 when it became a division of a parent organization called AdvancED, which oversees quality assurance for 23,000 schools in 65 countries. The NCA is one of a half-dozen regional accrediting bodies approved by the U.S. Department  of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accrediting all public schools and colleges in the Midwestern United States.  Our dual accreditation with ACSI and NCA CASI is our final step in assuring every one, including all public and Christian institutions, that we meet the rigorous academic and spiritual standards that we have aspired to achieve.

This continues a special season at our school as we have become fully Accredited, joined KSHSAA, been named a Best Christian Workplace, published our first Student Outcomes, established our new Preschool, celebrated our first All State athletes and Performing Artists and significantly advanced our technological capabilities.

Heritage Auction 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

On February 9, more than 260 Heritage Christian Academy families and friends attended the Heritage Auction to support the ministry of Christian education at HCA.

The Heritage Auction goal of $75,000 was far exceeded as $108,000 was raised, which $26,000 will go to fund the establishment of the HCA Preschool and the remainder will go to fund the Technology Program.  

“We serve a God of abundance,” said HCA Director of Development, Warren Rogers III. “The Heritage Auction was another testimony of the Lord’s provisions in the life of the academy.” 

The live bidding portion of the auction was emceed by Kevin Borger, 2009 International Auctioneer Champion.  The evening also showcased a HCA video produced by junior student, Max Hammons.  That video is included below.

Many thanks to the corporate sponsors & charitable partners Northwestern Mutual, Laser Specialists Inc., Edward & Pamela Gomes, Radiator Depot, AXA Advisors, LLC, Doug & Keri Evans, Gary & Judy Nagel, Merit Bank and SFP of Lenexa, KS.

Appreciation goes out to the Heritage Auction co-chairs LeAnn Rogers and Heidi Sarnecki along with the faithful group of auction committee members, class project coordinators, decorators and HCA art students.














Sights and Sounds from Winterim 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winterim 2013 came to a successful conclusion with our closing assembly Monday afternoon where students had the opportunity to share some of what they learned during Winterim Week.  We had reports from a variety of classes ... videography, songwriting, worship, Broadway workshop, sewing, culinary arts, art and crafts, improvisational theater, readers' theater, bridge building, and a computer 3D modeling course (see graphic above).  In all 94 students we enrolled in some 35 different topics taught by teachers, parents, and friends of HCA.  We began each day with worship and a devotional, all geared to encouraged students to understand God's call in theirs lives, to "find the work they can't not do", living a life of meaning and fulfillment.

Enjoy the photos (and video) below that give a taste of Winterim 2013.