I think we make a difference together. We are a freer people than if we hadn’t fought this good fight.” ~ Charlton Heston
Dear Charlton Heston Academy Community Members:
Sharing in the successes thus far at Charlton Heston Academy (CHA) has been nothing short of awesome! Each and every day it becomes more and more apparent that CHA has broken the mold of traditional education.
As we move forward together I am constantly reminded of a community that is uncompromising in the pursuit of high-quality education for all students, leading to college and career readiness. This quest began nearly nine years ago with the closure of the St. Helen Elementary School. The journey to reopen a school in the town of St. Helen meant putting aside popular opinion in order to do what is right for kids. The closure of St. Helen Elementary School was initially thought of as a disaster by local residents. However, the closure actually proved to be an opportunity for the community to reunite stronger than ever, educate themselves on everything public education, and open a community school that provides parents with another quality educational option for their children.
Please join me in applauding the following feats of CHA this far:
I look forward to sharing details in the near future of the ongoing growth and expansion of CHA. In 2017 we unveiled the new high school addition that includes 14 classrooms, a new kitchen and cafeteria, locker rooms, a weight room, and a regulation gymnasium. In addition, CHA has expanded pupil transportation to include 10 buses, with plans to add more buses as needed. All buses are new models and are equipped with three security cameras for additional safety. Student continue to enjoy the new playground and outdoor learning opportunities. Last, the groundbreaking first home football game realized over 700 fans on the new Patriot Field.
As we continue to excel I ask that we all be reminded we are in this together and we’ll need to be supportive and forgiving to one another from time to time. This can be simply put in the words of CHA co-founder Mr. Richard Wood, “We are all just people being people.”
I am excited of what lies ahead of us. Thank you for your continued commitment to the lives of students.
David Patterson, Superintendent