PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Meeting March 7, 2017








Date:  March 7, 2017

Time:  7:00 PM

Charlton Heston Academy

1350 N. St. Helen Rd.

St. Helen, MI 49656


High School Cafeteria


This meeting is open to the public under the State of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act, P.A. 267.


Official minutes of Regular Board Meetings are stored and are available for inspection in the Office of the School Leader located at Charlton Heston Academy.


If auxiliary aids or services are required at the meeting for individuals with disabilities, please contact the Superintendent (989) 632-3390.

PUBLIC NOTICE: March 14 Board Meeting Cancelled







Date:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (see Special Meeting Posting)

Time:  7:00 PM


Charlton Heston Academy

1350 N. St. Helen Rd.

St. Helen, MI 48656



All meetings are open to the public under the State of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act, P.A. 267.

Official minutes of all Board Meetings are stored and are available for inspection in the Office of the School Leader located at Charlton Heston Academy.

If you have any question please contact the Superintendent at (989) 632-3390.

CHA Sponsors Walk To School Day

Dear CHA Families,

It’s hard to believe that school has been in session for about a month already this school year!  Thanks for a great start to CHA’s fifth year of operation.  We are excited to have achieved our growth plan over the last five years now with programs ranging from child care to our first Senior Class.  As we launch into October we wanted to provide you with some informational updates which are outlined below.

Attendance rates and communication about attendance have increased across the school and we thank you for your support in this matter.  As a reminder, please call the main office by 8:30 a.m. if your son/daughter will not be in attendance.  Please also provide written documentation regarding the nature of the absence when available.  In addition, CHA’s revised policy pertaining to the use of cellular phones and other handheld electronic devices, which prohibits the use of these devices during instructional time, has been implemented smoothly.  Again, thank you for your support as we continue to strive for a focused learning environment free of distractions.

CHA will participate in National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Similar to last year, we ask that parents that drive their son/daughter to school drop them off at the parking lot across the street from the baseball fields on East Airport Road.  CHA buses will also be dropping students off at this location.  Teachers, other staff members and volunteers will greet students and walk with them to school.  Richfield Township Public Safety will also be assisting to ensure a safe morning for all.

Finally, next week (October 17 – 21, 2016) will be CHA’s Homecoming and Spirit Week.  In celebration of this week, students will be permitted to dress out of uniform following a theme each day as follows.  Student dress must be clean and in good taste.  Hats will not be permitted.

  • Monday – Sports Day (Support your favorite sports team)
  • Tuesday – Twin/Dress a like Day (Dress the same as someone else)
  • Wednesday – Decade Day (Choose a decade, such as the 70s or 80s and dress accordingly)
  • Thursday – Storybook Character Day (Dress like your favorite character from a book)
  • Friday – Patriot Pride Day (Wear red, white and blue in support of CHA)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Again, thank you for your support thus far in the school year.  We look forward to an exciting 2016-17!


David Patterson


High School Start Date Postponed

August 30, 2016

Charlton Heston Academy Parents-

On behalf of the Charlton Heston Academy Community I want to thank all families for your support and contribution to four successful years. As we enter Year 5 we are excited to showcase the new high school facility addition. However, State Inspectors are unable to provide final approval for occupancy until the end of next week. Therefore, we will need to postpone the start of the school year for high school students (Grades 9-12) until Monday, September 12, 2016. All students in grades Kindergarten through 8 will start on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 as scheduled. I apologize for any inconvenience as this delay was unexpected. Nonetheless, all students can expect an even smoother start to the new school year, as the high school staff will have a few more days to prepare. We are considering the third week of school for the open house, and the final date and time will be released next week in a subsequent letter.

Below are a few additional updates for families as we enter the new school year:

• We are excited to welcome many new staff members to Team CHA. Please view the website for a full list of staff members, and look forward to meeting all staff in and around school and/or at the September Open House.
• Please review the uniform policy attached to this letter.
• Also, you should have received a letter in the recent past notifying parents that all students will be in school from 8am-4pm, which is a change from the dismissal time of 4:30 in previous years.
• Parents will receive phone calls yet this week to follow-up on enrollment paperwork, busing, and other individual needs.
• Please know that after the first week of school all parents are asked to allow their children to walk to classes themselves. Parents are welcomed to drop students off at the main entrance point.
The building and main office is open 8am-5pm the remainder of this week. As always, feel free to contact the main office at 989-632-3390, or my personal cell phone at 313-622-9173.

Thank you,

David Patterson, Superintendent

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Great Start Readiness Program (preschool) still has openings

Charlton Heston Academy’s Great Start Readiness Program (preschool) still has openings for students who will be 4 years old by December 1, 2014.The GSRP program offers students the social and academic experiences to give them an early and successful start to their academic career. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 8-4:30. Our new preschool facility is located at 10113 E. Airport Rd and offers two spacious classrooms and a full playground. If you are interested in learning more information about our Pre-K program please call 989-632-3390 and ask for Mr. Patterson.

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CHA Opens Enrollment for 2013-2014

Having a school of choice is a great way for parents to be empowered and for them to ensure long term educational success for their children.  Thank you for considering Charlton Heston Academy for the 2013-2014 school year.  We urge families to attend the information session below or contact the Academy for a personal tour and informational session with the school leaders.

Information Session and Tour:

Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at the Academy

Both students and adults are invited to attend the informational session

Re-enrollment Dates: March 18-March 28 for all current students

Open Enrollment Dates: March 29, 2013- April 25, 2013 for all new students

Enrollment applications are available at the Main Office, on the website at, or can be mailed or faxed by contacting the Academy Main Office at 989-632-3390-phone; 989-632-3393-fax; or email at

The Academy will be closed Good Friday, March 29, 2013, but will be open from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm the week of Spring Break (April 1, 2013-April 5, 2013).

Families will be notified of their child’s acceptance or wait list status by May 3, 2013.  If there are more applications received than positions available in respective grades a random selection drawing will be held on April 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the CHA gymnasium.  Please know that siblings of students already accepted and children/applicants of CHA staff members receive enrollment priority as stated by the Michigan law.

For all questions contact Superintendent  David Patterson at:

1350 N. St. Helen Rd.

St. Helen, MI 48656



Mobile phone (313) 622-9173


Download 2013-2014 Student Enrollment Form


Charlton Heston Academy Telephone Broadcast Service
Dear Parent/Guardians,
In our effort to improve communication between parents and school, Charlton Heston Academy is implementing a telephone broadcast system that will enable school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation, or late start. The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders. This service is provided by SchoolReach, a company specializing in school-to-parent communications. Charlton Heston Academy will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on 9 & 10 News and through WUPS and will use this system as an overlay to the public announcements.
When used, the service will call all phone numbers in our selected parent contact lists and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers (phones ringing over 40 sec.) and busies will be automatically retried twice in fifteen minute intervals after the initial call.

1) This requires NO registration by the parent on the SchoolReach website.
2) All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.
Here is some specific information you should know:
– Caller ID: The Call ID will display 989-632-3390, which is the main
number for Charlton Heston Academy.
– Live Answers: There is a short pause at the beginning of the message,
usually a few seconds. Answer your phone as you normally would; “hello” and hold for the message to begin. Multiple “hellos” will delay the message. Inform all family members who may answer your phone of this process.
-Answering Machines: The system will detect your machine/voicemail answered and will play
the recording to your machine. The phone will ring for up to 40 seconds. Make sure that your machine answers after four rings or you may miss the message.
– Message Repeat: At the end of the message you will be prompted to ‘press any key’ to hear the message again. This is very helpful when a child answers the
phone and hands it to a parent, who can then ‘repeat’ the message in its entirety.
If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 989-632-3390.
SchoolReach, the service provider, uses the best available technology in the industry to detect the difference between human answer and machine or voicemail answer.
Here’s how detection works:
1. The system detects and measures the voice energy when the phone is answered.
2. The system measures this energy in combination with the background noise and line impairments.
3. If the system determines that it is a “live” answer, it will immediately start playing the message.
4. If the system determines that it is a machine, it will wait for three full seconds of silence before playing the message with a maximum wait time of twenty seconds.
5. If the system cannot make a determination, it will default to answering machine thus requiring several seconds of silence for the message to play. In this case, you may hear a prompt to “press any key to hear the message immediately.”
Some reasons for false detection:
1. Loud background noise; television, radio, general noisy environment.
2. A cordless phone that has static or other foreign noise.
3. Not saying “hello” or repeatedly saying “hello”.
4. Cellular phones which, when called, have the ‘ringback tones’ music option.
5. Answering machine/voice mail greetings which are too long or have long pauses in speech.
What can be done to remedy this?
1. Do not say “hello” more than once. If the system detected your answer incorrectly, all noise will reset the three-second counter.
2. If, after you answer, the message does not immediately play, cover the mouthpiece of the phone to cutout all background noise. The message should begin after three seconds.
Please make every effort to provide the school with current and accurate phone information any time there is a change to ensure that you do not miss important information.
What to do if you think you’ve missed a SchoolReach voice message.
If you ever feel you may have missed a SchoolReach voice message or just want to check to be sure, you can dial our Message Retrieval Line. From whichever phone(s) you want to check for messages to, dial toll-free: 855-955-8500 and follow the prompts to hear any/all messages sent through SchoolReach over the last 30 days. Please contact the school if you suspect your phone number is not being called by the system or if you ever have a change of number.
In the interest of community safety,
David Patterson-in partnership with SchoolReach
Academy Superintendent
*****A test message will be sent on the evening of December 19, 2012*****