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Final School Exchange Day & Senior Night

May 26, 2020

Today was the final exchange of student items with families. It was a hot and busy day! Collecting homework and textbooks, what a job! Didn’t quite get everything sorted but will finish it in the morning. I have to say though, we have some great families! I appreciate your thoughtfulness. I miss all of your children!

Didn’t get home from work until almost 6:00 p.m. I was definitely tired and my legs were sore. On my feet carrying in textbooks and sorting the books made for a long day. But hey, at least I do CrossFit…I could handle those large piles of textbooks!

Olivia made the dinner (parmesan chicken over angel hair pasta) so it was ready when I got home. My mom came down and ate with us. We then sat and watched the Hillsdale Academy Senior Night Class of 2020 on Facebook Live. It was really nice but I am sorry I am not a fan of a virtual event that we should have been able to do live. I cried throughout the event – cried because these kids are special and I’m going to miss them, cried because I’m proud of these kids…especially mine, cried because we should not have to be doing this event like this, cried because these kids have had to miss out on so much this year, cried because I know this special group of kids is going to do some really great things in life and I can’t wait to see that! I am just a very emotional Senior mom right now wanting my child to have what her siblings had but at the same time trying to hold it together to be the tough mom and making sure she knows that she is going to be stronger because of all she has to deal with now. I guess that sort-of means I will be stronger too??

No extra walk for me tonight. Between Senior Night and my legs just being sore, I figured I had done enough. Total miles walked today…5.9 miles. (No wonder my legs hurt. Guess I better go take some ibuprofen and go to bed so I can get up early for CrossFit.)

Good Night All.

Academy Families & Senior Surprises

May 18, 2020

The nice thing about Mondays is that we do get to see families today during the homework exchange! I don’t see as many as Pam does but I do get to see some and it sure is great!

Today was special as we had a Senior surprise…yard signs lining the drive. It looks so nice! The Seniors usually come pick up their own work and they did have a gift to pick up from a teacher today as well, so they were all pretty happy when they saw the signs!

So glad we could do a little something for them during this very strange time of their lives. Someday they will graduate, but the question remains…when?

I miss the kids, so weird to work at a school with no students in the building. The building is usually humming with activity – from early morning until late into the evening. Definitely miss it.



It rained most of the day so this evening I didn’t walk since it was raining. Therefore, talking to Victoria and then somehow was put into a video chat, I decided I should ride the exercise bike for awhile. Rode for 15:00 minutes. Guess that was pretty good.

Total miles walked today (thanks to the homework exchange) 5.1.

Nothing else exciting to share. Guess I’ll catch you all tomorrow.


Snow Day?

April 17, 2020

Can you believe we are having a snowstorm on April 17, 2020? Predicted 3-5 inches of snow between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. then turning to rain in the evening.

Snow began around 6:30 a.m. I’m pretty sure had we been in school I would have gotten to make the Snow Day phone call. I have had a lot of fun with those phone calls. Only got to do two this year so it was very disappointing that I was not able to do one today since we are not in school.

For those of you who wonder, I am an Administrative Aide at Hillsdale Academy and one of my fun jobs is to pass along the message to our families once the decision has been made that school will be closed. I have tried to be creative and have fun with this – the families seem to enjoy it! Let’s see….what would I have said today?? Perhaps something like this…

Good Morning, it’s Mrs. Heckenlively
April showers bring May flowers…
But April snow showers bring school closings.
Yes, Hillsdale Academy will be closed today.
Oh, wait…the school is already closed
Therefore, continue your schoolwork and 
be sure you have your work ready to drop off on Monday.
Have a great day and a great weekend. 

This is definitely not so much fun when I can’t actually share with the families.

Hillsdale Academy families – did you do anything fun on your snow day?

Please share – post your comments and photos below!


No School…Homeschool…

March 16, 2020

My day began as normal, get up at 4:45 a.m. put on my workout clothes and go to the gym for the 5:30 a.m. CrossFit class. Finished the workout, felt good – feel like I’m really getting somewhere finally!

Home to shower, eat breakfast and off to work. However, I felt a bit uneasy today…knowing that I was going to school and would not see any students as well as knowing I was leaving my daughters at home to do home school. This is definitely not what any of us would have ever dreamed would happen.

Michigan’s governor has placed the state under a Stay Home order until April 6th. Ok, so we can do this for 3 weeks. One of those is to be spring break so we’ll get through.

So weird at school, hallways empty but lockers still decorated and papers hanging out the bottom of some.

At home the girls set up designated school work spaces. They have their work so hopefully they can do well on getting things done. They have a schedule of when/how their work will get done just as if they were at school.

Day 1 seemed to go ok. It’s not the same but temporarily they will be ok and this will work.