American Heritage Traditions

Harvest Day Celebration

October 31st (Halloween) is considered the harvest day celebration at American Heritage. Students are invited to attend school in costumes that represent STORYBOOK CHARACTERS OR HEROES, including modern-day heroes. No masks or faux weapons are allowed at school.

Thriller Performance

Each year the dance classes work on different sections of the “Thriller” dance. The students come dressed for their performance during the harvest day celebration (October 31st). At 1:00 p.m., all the students, staff, parents, and families gather in the parking lot where the dance students perform “Thriller.” Prior to the performance, the parking lot is blocked with caution tape in order to create the “dance” floor and viewing locations.

Christmas Teddy Bear Project

The Christmas teddy bear project has been a part of American Heritage since its first year. Each Christmas, students bring in new teddy bears and place them under the school’s Christmas tree for children in need. On the last day before Christmas break, all of the students form a line throughout the school halls and pass the bears, giving each one a gentle squeeze and a bit of love and hope before passing it along. Each year the school selects a different organization to donate the bears, which has included the Salt Lake Homeless Shelter, the South Jordan Fire and Police Departments for children in crisis, The Bradley Center, refugees, and the Utah National Guard for active military families.

Teacher Prep Days

Teacher preparation days are scheduled periodically throughout the year. These are days where the school administration and staff hold meetings and prepare curriculum. Early college classes are still held on these days, but no other classes are held. No after-school or extended programs are held on these days.

Spring Service Day

Each spring, half of a school day is set aside as service day. Each class is given different cleaning assignments around the school, playground, and the park. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to serve the others that serve them each day, including the city, which works hard to keep up the park and allows the school to use it regularly. (the school requests that each student attend spring service day. Students do receive credit for attending.)

Youth Conference

In May, all 7th through 12th-grade students and their teachers spend two nights and three days at Youth Conference. The focus of the conference is to develop leadership and team building skills. The conference has a different theme each year with speakers, music artists, activities, and a dance. The conference is included in the tuition.

Graduation

Senior graduation is held each year at Noah’s Reception Center in South Jordan. All students, staff, and families are invited to attend. Graduates receive a senior blanket with the school’s name in recognition of their time and effort spent at American Heritage.

Different Uniform Days

Halloween/Harvest Day Costumes . . . . . . . . . .  Storybook character, hero, Halloween                                                                                 shirt with jeans
Christmas (last day before break) . . . . . . . . . . . .Christmas shirt with jeans, optional
Valentine’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Valentine’s or red/pink shirt with jeans,                                                                               optional
St. Patrick’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Students can add something green to                                                                                their uniform
Spring Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nice spring attire, shorts to the knees,                                                                               capris, no flip flops

Dr. Seuss Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various themed attire

Spirit Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Various themed attire

“Wear it Wednesdays” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Be the One” shirts and jeans

Fridays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .School T-shirt and jeans