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We are pleased to announce Jessica Jo Stenquist TRS, CTRS, LCSW, MPA as the newest member of the Heritage family! Jessica will join the Business Development team with specific responsibility for the Elevate Academy. In her new role she will balance time between marketing, outreach and business strategy with program development and enhancement working closely…
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Sometimes you need to be pushed to learn you can do hard things. That’s what 17 girls at Heritage found as they participated in canyoneering activities in June. The sport of canyoneering includes climbing, hiking and rappelling to explore canyons and southern Utah is home to many beautiful red rock canyons. Natalie Dance, a recreation…
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TJ Fredette, older brother of Jimmer Fredette, introduced Jimmer to the Heritage student body, Heritage donors, BYU fans and others in attendance on Friday, June 16 at an event to showcase Jimmer’s superb shooting skills.  Few might have anticipated Jimmer would sink 92/100 attempts. It didn’t take long for national sports outlets to pick up…
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Seems everyone knows Dr. Seuss and many love his whimsical, childhood books with outrageous stories and concocted characters. Heritage chose to present the play “Seussical” as their May production coinciding with Parents’ Week. Julia DuBois, Events and Foundation Manager, directed the play, all with roles filled by Heritage students. “It’s all the works of Dr.…
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A rite of passage for many teens is going to a high school prom. Heritage students, while away from their home high schools, attended a prom held just for them. Mark Pickett is a teacher at the school and works with students in the student leadership class. Holly, 17, is the class president and helped…
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Heritage, located at the base of Mt. Timpanogos in Provo, recently received the Best of State for Alternative Education award. Heritage was founded in 1984 by Jerry Spanos and serves teenagers who suffer from a wide variety of mental health issues. Many of the student body are on the autism spectrum and the others struggle…
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Learning for the sake of knowledge is a good thing but learning tied to an incentive to get out of work for a week or go to lunch with a friend takes on new meaning. The Peers students at Heritage were treated to a rewarding Peers party in February after completing a 26 week cycle…
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On Saturday April 1 at 6:00 pm, Heritage will host best-selling author and development coach Gregory Downey! Gregory will be speaking to Heritage staff and students about his new book and the incredible life experiences that led him to where he is today. Students and staff are encouraged to come early and meet Gregory at…
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A final exam in an English class might consist of multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks and, most assuredly, some kind of reflective essay. Creating a sculpture, writing a restaurant menu or making a self-image collage are not usual English test components. Ellen Hawkins, an English teacher at Heritage for four years, created just…
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The academic and clinical teams at Heritage continuously explore opportunities to maximize each student’s therapeutic experience and ‘make every moment count’ (Heritage motto). Effective May 15, 2017, Heritage will begin an enhanced daily schedule. The enhanced daily routine will provide many benefits and positively influence student sleeping patterns, academic performance, and overall therapeutic outcomes. Along…
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While there is comfort in repetition there is also challenge in change. Heritage has performed the same list of plays for the past few years. This year Heritage has chosen two new ones for 2017. “Heritage used to cycle through the same four to six plays each year, but we decided to do ‘Seussical’ to…
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In the Heritage Community it is impossible to capture the miracles and life changing experiences that occur each day. In some cases these moments are documented and discussed internally. We wanted to share an experience that happened recently at school. Below is the content of an internal email that was shared by one of our…
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Sometimes you just have to think outside the box, or in this case, the textbook. Heritage teacher Mark Pickett took a group of 16 students to the BYU anatomy lab on October 7 so students could get some “hands on” experience, rather than just textbook study. “The TAs at BYU spent an hour showing the…
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Each year the girls at Heritage are treated to a special day, created just for them, called “This Girl Retreat.” Shalice Lloyd, a therapist at Heritage, said the theme this time around was “Like a Girl.” “We wanted the girls to know they are strong, not weak,” Shalice said. “We made them T-shirts that said…
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This year has been an exceptional year for Heritage in terms of referrals. We have been serving families for nearly 35 years. Within the past 2-3 years Heritage started to more effectively tell the story of our exceptional, tenured staff and the clinical sophistication of our Peers and Elevate Academies. These efforts resulted in a…
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Heritage proudly announces the creation of the Launch Academy, Heritage’s third clinical academy that is complementary to the existing Peers and Elevate Academies. The Launch Academy prepares students who are older for the transition to a more independent living situation once they leave Heritage. “We are excited to provide a valuable and much-needed service for…
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Provo, Utah, Sept. 26, 2016 – Heritage was recently presented a prestigious award, reflecting the premier educational leadership exhibited in teaching its students. “Every January National Schools Choice reviews about 16,000 schools over 50 states,” said Jason Wright, Heritage educational director. “They interview people like myself and other staff, chosen randomly within the organization. They…
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Generous donation sparks new era in advanced therapy tools for autistic teens. Heritage announced today the opening of a state-of-the-art sensory center for treating autistic teens with generous donations from Vivint Smart Homes and Keller-Williams employees. This advanced sensory area is a first in the adolescent residential treatment industry and provides exciting new therapy tools…
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Heritage recently received recognition as a Research Designated program. This designation was given by NATSAP, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, after years of data gathering and other requirements were met. “We made an application for it, one of many programs,” said John Nielsen, therapist and research supervisor at Heritage School. “Probably a…
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Heritage recently treated the boys to the third annual Man Camp, a self-esteem building day with activities, lunch and a motivational speaker. The theme for this years’ camp, held on August 11, was “Utilizing Heritage to Catapult and Launch the Student into Having Positive and Healthy Futures.” The activities were designed to help the boys…
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A new high adventure activity at Heritage is getting rave reviews from staff and students. The Summit Program challenges students to do hard things in wilderness settings, creating memorable results. The program was created and submitted by Michael Tilden, recreation therapist. As an intern he was asked to come up with a project that would…
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The intramural softball season finished a couple of weeks ago, and Heritage students did a great job hitting home runs, getting on bases and also getting out. Here are some comments from some of the players during the season. Max E. said, “Honestly some of the players lack baseball experience. I feel as though we…
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Today in the sports world baseball is in full swing and basketball is ending with the Golden State Warriors in the finals trying to hold on to their title in the western conference. In the eastern conference the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the finals for the second time in a row trying to knock the…
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There has been a soaring bird in the sky at Heritage – the eagle. The Heritage School mascot has recently progressed from a mere logo into a full/live representation of the school. He made his debut during the “March Madness” reading contest earlier this spring. The student council intended to have a primary figure to…
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The highly anticipated Heritage prom, “Enchanted Evening” occurred May 20. It was believed to be one of the most ambitious campus-wide events. Despite some confusion over the location of the event, it occurred in the Performing Arts Center on campus. Both Heritage faculty and students attended. Prior to the main dance, each home had time…
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Most high schools culminate the school year with a graduation and Heritage was among those with students who donned caps and gowns for this rite of passage. Heritage used a new format for their April graduation, following the model of regular high schools, and held it in their state-of-the-art performing arts center with more than…
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On May 26th, five girls and five staff were part of the Women’s Build for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Provo. To be a part of this special home built almost exclusively by women, Heritage needed to be in the Circle of 100. This is where 100 women or organizations, each donate 1000.00. These…
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It’s not every day an NBA star wanders onto campus to visit students at Heritage but that’s just what happened on May 17. Mua Faleao, director of the Cascade North boys’ home, found himself in an impromptu basketball game on May 16 with NBA star Jabari Parker and Jabari’s brother Chris, in Utah for a…
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On Friday, April 22nd Heritage sponsored a Seder for it’s Jewish students. Having the first night of Pesach also on Shabbat was especially meaningful. Each girl lit a candle and prayers were said.  In the past the Seder has been led by one or two of the students, this time however, three wanted to share the…
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Heritage is making an enhancement to the management of its Peers and Elevate academies by investing in a second clinical director. That change entails a split that will enrich current programs. Eugene (Gene) Marshall, director of therapeutic programs, previously oversaw both Heritage academies but will now have a more specific focus as the clinical director…
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Heritage is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kelly Wosnik, DNP, NP-C, as the newest member of its medical provider team. The Heritage leadership team recognized an opportunity to enhance medication management services, particularly the quality of communications and customer service to parents. “Based on parent feedback, we initiated a search for someone who…
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Four Heritage School recreation therapists were invited to present recently at a state conference. The Utah Recreation Therapy Association yearly conference was held at UVU on March 3 and 4. Recreation therapists from all over Utah gathered to gain education credit and learn the programs and techniques used at various schools. Natalie Sagers, Elevate recreation…
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Eugene Marshall, Heritage School Clinical Director and Alaina Chatterley, Heritage therapist have been invited to speak with hosts Allen Cardoza and Marvin Smith from LA Talk Radio on their program on May 9. The weekly program called “Answers for the Family” is an ongoing series with a following of listeners in the tens of thousands.…
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Heritage students will travel down the yellow brick road this month as they present the newest play in the school’s repertoire, “The Wizard of Oz.” Chris Hults, a graduate student at BYU, was brought in to direct the play, slated to be performed in the Loveland Performing Arts Center at Heritage on April 28 and…
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Last year students at Heritage were looking forward to a day playing in the snow. Unfortunately, the snow didn’t cooperate and students opted to play at the Provo Rec Center instead. This year the snow was plentiful, much to the delight of many students. The snow day took place on February 24. Laura Bennion, lead…
Heritage held a new parent weekend on February 26 and 27. Gina Rich, family services coordinator, explained the addition of the new weekend meetings. “We usually have our parent weekends in April and August but we added these more intimate conferences which will take place in February, June and October,” she said. “At these smaller…
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Clinical Director Eugene “Gene” Marshall announced the 2016 Parent Conference and Weekend Schedule this week. For years Heritage has been working with adolescents to help them reach their potential and to return home prepared to live productive and healthy lives. An important element to achieve this objective is to strengthen the relationship of the student and their families.…
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Heritage student Jordan G. was chosen to speak at an annual holiday event in Salt Lake City. It was the lighting of the menorah on the first night of Chanukah at the Utah State Capitol on December 6. The event was hosted by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Spiritual Care Director and Chaplain at Heritage School, Tami…
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Mr. Berrett is a special kind of teacher. Not only is he caring, talented, and a Ninja Warrior, he also has a heart of gold. As the month of December approached Mr Berrett took the idea to his classes about making gifts for Heritage’s staff. Mr Berrett said, “We want to give back to those…
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In early October of this year nine students from the Heritage girls program and their home mentors enjoyed a two-night, three-day camping adventure in Goblin Valley, UT.  Goblin Valley includes slot canyons and geological features called “hoodoos” referred to locally as “goblins”. The Home Director, Susie Routt, chose Goblin Valley because “the beauty is unlike…
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By Kaye Nelson The focus at Heritage is always on the students and that was brought home recently as Heritage School presented its 6th Annual Gala. Money was raised for activities and programs that directly benefit the kids. “It’s all about them,” said Development Director McKaye Treanor. “The donated funds directly affect them. We always…
Heritage School has implemented a new approach to recreation therapy called the “Seven Skills of Resiliency.” Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor, Laura Bennion, said the rec therapy staff attended a conference in April held by the Utah Recreation Therapy Association and learned more about this approach. The seven skills of resiliency are: insight, independence, creativity, humor, initiative,…
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By Kaye Nelson The recreation therapists at Heritage are always on the lookout for something new and exciting for their students to experience. Flying high through pine-filled forests now has a check mark on the to-do list. Most students at Heritage were invited to take part in a zipline adventure on September 23, not far…
  Provo, Utah, Sept. 14, 2015 – Heritage School in Provo will hold their 6th Annual Heritage Gala on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Activities Center on Heritage Campus in Provo. “The theme is “Adventure Awaits,” said McKaye Treanor, development director. “It represents not only all the adventurous things our students get…
New Principal, New School Schedule for Heritage Students A brisk chill in the air in Utah means a new school year is under way and changes at Heritage are part of the new school year. Heritage School has a new director of education, Jason Wright, from Birmingham, England. Jason said he relates to the students…
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Renovations of Resident Homes Continue Living quarters at Heritage School are gradually being remodeled one house at a time. Boys in the Alta home moved back into their home over Labor Day weekend. Maintenance Director Brenda Norman described some of the changes to the home. “We gave the kids a big granite island where all…
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Heritage holds parent conferences twice a year to invite parents to visit the campus, see their child’s progress and meet the staff members who care for and work with their child. Parent Conference was held August 13 – 15 with nearly 120 parents attending. Director of Therapeutic Programs, Eugene Marshall, gave a rundown of what…
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People can accomplish amazing things when great minds work together. From a brainstorming session earlier this year, Heritage School now has a new Adventure Shop, filled with various outdoor gear, all given by generous donors. “They donated mountain bikes, long boards, skate board, helmets, gloves and safety gear,” said Brenda Norman, maintenance director at Heritage.…
Heritage Students Showcase Musical Talent Some students at Heritage School take music classes because they already love playing an instrument. Others have never touched one before and start from scratch. Whatever the case, all music students recently had the opportunity to display their talents at an end-of-semester assembly. Hans Baantjer, music teacher at Heritage, said…
Heritage Students Hit Bull’s Eye with “Annie Get Your Gun” The rough and tumble wild West came to town recently and many Heritage students filled various roles to present a wonderful new play in the Heritage repertoire. “Annie Get Your Gun” was performed for three nights in April for the Heritage community, parents, other treatment…
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Students Compete in March Madness Basketball Championships   March Madness affects many basketball enthusiasts around the country and the students at Heritage got in on the feverish excitement as well. Teams played against each other for several months this winter culminating with championship games in March. Ian Petersen, Marketing and Admissions Director, coordinates and coaches…
Auditions to take place for “Annie Get Your Gun” Students at Heritage School have the fun opportunity to act, sing and dance in theatrical plays. While Heritage has rotated through four plays in past years, it now has a new play joining the ranks. “Annie Get Your Gun” will be presented April 16, 17 and…
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No Snow? Plan B for Rec Therapy Day Brings Happy Exhaustion February in Utah usually beckons people to take to the hills to play in deep, fresh snow. Not so this year. A snow day planned for Heritage students at Soldier Hollow was scrapped because there was no snow to play in. Laura Bennion, lead…
Third Annual This Girl Event Planned at Heritage School Two years ago Heritage School started its “This Girl” program for girls at the school. Workshops, talks and activities are all geared toward helping students improve their self-esteem and realize their own individual worth. This Girl 2015 kicks off Jan. 19 with guest speaker Kimber Simpkins,…
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Pep Assembly Encourages Fun and Recognition   One thing Heritage students might miss from not attending regular high school is the opportunity for leadership in student councils and the camaraderie, noise and fun of pep assemblies. Cindy Booth, who teaches everything from anatomy to horticulture at Heritage, recently helped start a student council. “This helps…
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HERITAGE SCHOOL OPENS KOSHER KITCHEN   Parent of former student raised funds to provide kosher kitchen Provo, Utah, Nov. 17, 2014 – Heritage School opened the first kosher kitchen in a U.S. residential treatment center this month. A parent of a former student saw the need for a kosher kitchen and began…
Students Invited to Experience Winter Fun at Sundance Having fun is one thing Heritage School knows their students need and earmarking funds for fun is something Heritage knows is important. Donations were raised in 2014 that allowed for the purchase of corporate ski passes to Sundance Ski Resort, less than 20 minutes from Heritage School.…
Social Skills Training Held for Heritage Staff, Gives Students Confidence Heritage School held a weeklong training in July on the PEERS model of social skills training for many of its staff members. Ernie Taylor, executive clinical director at Heritage, said the program was developed at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson. “We flew the founder of the…
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Boys at Heritage School Participate in “Man Camp” Many activities at Heritage School require that a student earn the privilege of participating. Not so for the “Man Camp,” held in August, paid for by donors. Man Camp was held for the first time at Rock Canyon Park in Provo and was a one-day camp of…
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Heritage Cafeteria Makes Huge Leap to Cool Status It was time. The cafeteria at Heritage needed a new face. Going from institutional to cool took some thinking and of course, money. “The renovation took place in April and May of 2014,” said Food Service Director Alyssa Cundy. “The goal was to improve the experience for…
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Heritage School Opens Two New Residential Homes – Summit North and South Change is what Heritage School is all about and it doesn’t just happen for students –the campus evolves as well. Heritage School hosted a PEERS academy open house on Aug. 19, 2014, showcasing the renovation of the previous medical building into the two…
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Elizabeth Smart Shares Message of Hope and Resilience with Heritage Girls Elizabeth Smart was the keynote speaker at the second annual “This Girl” workshop for girls at Heritage School. Smart, who was abducted, sexually assaulted and held captive for nine months, spoke first to the girls privately in the worship center before dinner. “A lot…

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