Q&A with 2016-2017 PTO President, Kristi Lucas

Kristi Lucas, PTO President (2013-2017)

Kristi Lucas

Welcome to our Q&A with the PTO’s immediate past-president, Kristi Lucas!
Kristi served as president of the parent-teacher organization at Heritage High School for four years ending May 2017. Both of her children recently graduated from Heritage.

We caught up with Kristi as the 2016-2017 school year ended. We wanted to get her take on Heritage, the role of the PTO and what the single best thing a new Heritage parent can do.

Q.  How long have you lived in the Littleton area
A:  I’ve been here 10 years. Before that I spent 17 years in Atlanta.

Q, Where are you from, originally?
A: I’m originally from Milwaukee.

Q:  When did your first child start at Heritage?
A: 2012

Q: What three things have you liked best about the school?
A: I really like the staff and administration. I think HHS is a very inclusive, close-knit community. I’ve been impressed by all the clubs, sports and activities offered at HHS: There’s always something going on and there’s something for everyone!

Q:  What areas do you think provide the most opportunity for
A:  We are still struggling with ways to communicate and pulling folks in.

Q:  What role should the PTO play at Heritage?
A: Support for the staff and administration. Communication/information for parents. Support for critical programs. Encouraging parental involvement.

Q.  Has the role of the PTO changed since you have been on the board?
A:  I don’t think so. It has evolved and changed with the times but the mission remains the same.

Q: What do you see as your top contribution the the PTO board in the five years you served on it?
A:  I am proud of everything the PTO does to support the school. I am proud that it has remained fiscally sound and After-Prom continues with a strong committee. We’ve impacted the students by supporting the programs they need.

Q:  What advice do you have for a new Heritage family?
A:  Get involved!

Q: Any last word of advice for the Heritage parent community?
A:  Enjoy these high-school years. They go by so quickly!




2017 First-Gen Scholarships Winners Announced

Scholarship winners Verenice, Courtney and Valeria in the school courtyard, May 2017. (Photo credit: Brian Powers)

Congratulations to Heritage seniors Verenice, Courtney and Valeria (left to right), on winning $1,000 scholarships from the privately funded Net program for first-generation college students.

The program, run by Heritage High School Counselor Brian Powers, is a year-long class to help students find their post-high school path. The program includes tours of area colleges, help with applications and sources for financial aid.

Thanks to the Heritage community, including an annual donation from your Heritage High School PTO, the program was able to offer more scholarship money this year.

“Because of a generous year of private funding, we were able to offer three, $1,000 scholarships,” said Powers in a May letter to the parents and others who support the program.

Winner details:

> Verenice will attend University of Colorado, Denver, in the fall and plans to double major in Spanish and chemistry. She wants to go to medical school and become a pediatrician

> Courtney will attend University of Colorado, Boulder, in the fall. She plans to major in psychology and pre-medicine, and become a psychiatrist.

> Valeria, who said her mom cried when she told her she’d won the scholarship, plans to major in elementary education at University of Arizona or University of Northern Colorado.

These three winners were chosen by a committee of teachers and a PTO parent representative from a pool of qualified Net program applicants based on academic achievement, potential for success in college, work and volunteerexperience and family need, among other factors.

To learn more about the program, or to volunteer or donate funds, please contact Mr. Powers at (303) 347-7614 or  bpowers@lps.k12.co.us



Last PTO Meeting of 2016!


Join us Wednesday morning for the last Heritage PTO meeting of the year!

All Heritage parents, teachers and staff are welcome to stop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We’ll be downstairs in the Heritage Community Room.

Principal Riendeau will share the latest school news and the PTO board will discuss current and future projects. Your input is appreciated! Coffee will be available.

Get the whole picture! Come to the PTO meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12

artThe PTO meetings are the best way to keep your finger on the pulse of Heritage High School. Principal Riendeau attends every meeting and shares her updates, ideas, concerns and wisdom. She is always open to any and all questions and discussions, as is the entire PTO board.

We’ll be in the Community Room from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feel free to drop in anytime and have a cup of coffee and catch up on the latest news about your student’s school.


After-prom party planning meeting this Thursday! Parents needed!

after20prom20partyParents plan and run the big After Prom Party held at Heritage each spring. There’s lots to do to make it a success for our students and their guests. Traditionally, the freshmen and sophomore parents play a big role in planning the party, which is for juniors and seniors.

Join us Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for our first planning meeting! We’ll meet at Heritage in the Senior Pit, near the lunch room. There a dozens of jobs available, big and small. One is sure to be a fit for you. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and make new friends.

Questions? Contact parent volunteer Betsy Rosenthal at betsygrace62@msn.com.

Congrats to the 2016 First Gen Scholars!

First Generation Scholars 2016 receive scholarships at Senior Awards Night, May 2016

Congratulations First Generation Scholarship winners! Three Heritage High School students in the school’s NET Program were awarded merit-based scholarships at the Class of 2016 Senior Awards Night in May.

The scholarships, which are funded in part by your contributions to the PTO, are part of the NET Program for high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college. The program at Heritage is run by Brian Powers, a school counselor here who modeled it after one started by a former colleague at Littleton High School.

Powers uses money donated to the program to charter a bus to take the students on college campus visits around Colorado. The program also includes regular class meetings to talk about the best way to get ready to apply for college, scholarship opportunities and on-campus success strategies.

For more information or to donate or volunteer with the program, please contact Mr. Powers directly at bpowers@lps.k12.co.us.

Help make it happen!

Come to the PTO meeting tomorrow morning, April 13, at 9 am to hear about the fun- and service-projects we have in the works to benefit Heritage students, teachers and staff. We need and value parent volunteers! (We’ll be in the Community Room.)6557-Michael-Jordan-Quote-Some-people-want-it-to-happen-some-wish-it

Night owls wanted!

Can you help out at the After-Prom Party on Saturday, April 30?

This PTO-hosted party for 700 students needs tons of volunteers, starting at 11:30 pm and running till 3:30 or 4:00 am the next morning, Sunday.

We need Blackjack dealers (will train), and help with activities, games, the prize booth and other gigs.

Email HHSAfterProm2016@outlook.com to learn how you can help make this the best After-Prom ever for our kids.  And thanks for making a difference!casino_night

Only two PTO meetings left this year!

Don’t miss your chance to come to a PTO meeting before school’s over!

Meeting fuel.

Meeting fuel

Join us for coffee on Wednesday morning, April 13, and find out what’s going on at Heritage and learn about the latest PTO projects and how you can get involved.

Principal Stacy Riendeau will be there to give us an update and answer questions. We’ll be in the Heritage Community Room,  9 – 11 am. Hope to see you there!

PTO gift basket is a winner!

Here is look at the fantastic gift basket created by parent volunteer, Megan Brookhart, for the PTO to donate to the annual LPS Foundation fundraiser.

Each year the PTO sets aside money for a basket and asks for a parent volunteer to create it. The basket will be auctioned off at the April 16 fundraiser dinner. Tickets are still available!

Healthy Cooking gift basket to be donated by the PTO

Healthy Cooking gift basket to be donated by the PTO.

Megan Brookhart, a parent volunteer who created the fantastic Healthy Cooking gift basket for the PTO to donate to the fundraiser held by the Littleton Public Schools fundraiser.

Gift basket creator, Megan Brookhart, a parent volunteer and nutrition educator at nonprofit Bravely Made.