News from Heritage Covenant Schools


Our first Parent Orientation Meeting of this academic year will be

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
at New Hope Community Church,
605 Wilson Pike, Brentwood.
7:00-9:00 pm.

The Parent Orientation Meetings are an opportunity to meet other parents as well as have questions answered. The information will be provided by our Headmaster Rev. Jones and Director of Admissions Jennifer Shand.
     Every parent is encouraged to attend, enjoy the evening and continue their own learning. There will be drawings for several door prizes.
     It's educational and it's fun!
     Due to the nature of the meetings, it is suggested that other arrangements be made for younger children. Older children are welcome. Parents need attend only one of the meetings.
     The orientation will begin promptly and last no more than two hours. If you need to enroll your student(s), please come a few minutes early so it can be done prior to the meeting.

HCS will host a second P.O.M. at our office in Lobelville

Saturday, 9 September

You may pay Administrative fees for students in advance on-line. If you do so, please mail the registration forms to the HCS office or bring them with you to the Orientation.

Our academic calendar actually starts Tuesday, 15 August.

All updated forms will be available on the website on 15 August.


Which comes first? . . . government or economics?

High schoolers are required to take a semester each of American government and macro-economics. The question has arisen as to which subject should be taught first: government or economics?
     Because the combo title is normally listed as “Government and Economics,” most will quite naturally teach government first, then economics practically as an after-thought. That order is backwards.
     In the Financial Fitness materials which I highly recommend for Personal Finance (which is micro-economics), chapter twenty-one in the textbook is titled, “The First Three Great Economic Questions.”
     While the author continues to cover five questions which must be asked and answered in every society, I want to bring your attention to these two:

Q #1: How will people get the necessities of life?     Q #2: Who will rule?     

Under Q #1, the author covers barter, command and market economies, as well as property rights and specialization.

It is under Q #2 that the author states,

Every government eventually seeks to increase its power, and the rulers in every economic arrangement eventually try to more toward a command economy — with themselves in charge.

Note that the first great question (how will people get the necessities of life?) is the foundation of economics, and the second (who will rule?) is the basis of government. Thus, economics is naturally primary, and politics is secondary.  [The emphasis is my own.]

Six Ways to Make People Like You

From the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

2. Smile.
The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.

3. Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

5. Talk in terms of the other man’s interests.

6. Make the other person feel important—and do it sincerely.
“talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.” – Disraeli

Nine Ways to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment
1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
5. Let the other man save his face.
6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
7. Give a man a fine reputation to live up to.
8. Use encouragement. Make the fault you want to correct seem easy to correct; make the thing you want the other person to do seem easy to do.
9. Make the other person happy about the thing you suggest.

Purely for your enjoyment
Saw this on the internet and couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all.

The Stages Of Life Explained.
On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
     The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" So God agreed.
     On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" And God agreed.
     On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
     The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?" And God agreed again.
     On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years." But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
     "Okay," said God. "You asked for it."
     So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
     (The above is not intended to be biographical.)


2017-18 CALENDAR
15 August - Begin Classes
20 October - Quarter 1 Ends
3 November - Quarter 1 Reports Due
23,24 November - Thanksgiving
21 December - Quarter 2 Ends
22 Dec-2 Jan - Christmas Holiday
12 January - Quarter 2 Reports Due
15 January - Lee/Jackson Day
19 February - Presidents Day
9 March - Quarter 3 Ends
16 March - Quarter 3 Reports Due
24 March - 1 April Easter Holiday
18 May - Quarter 4 Ends
19 or 20 May - HCS Commencement
1 June - Quarter 4 Reports Due


I know I must sound like a broken record ” excuse me, like a CD that keeps repeating a track ” but as the graphic illustrates, most people do not read as they ought.

     On the 4th of March, I again finished reading through the Bible in less than a year. At the same time, I read another forty-seven books which ranged in length from 62 to 588 pages (avg. approx. 210 pgs). This by no means comes close to the accomplishments of several of those giants in business or culture which I have had the opportunity to meet and visit with. One such man who wrote well over a dozen books had the habit of reading on average a book a day. When I had supper with him one evening, I spoke sparingly and listened intently. Wisdom poured out of his mouth. That is my dream for myself and for you and your children.

     Our culture is disintegrating and needs an infusion of the wisdom of the Scripture as well as an understanding of how that wisdom has been applied in society before us (history). The Church is Christ's body yet has become most sickly with preaching which is oriented to the moment but has no relevance for real living today and tomorrow.

     You and your family may be the start of an awakening because you chose to read of the awakenings and applications of the past.

     Please begin to read. As the graphic states,




As homeschool parents, we have a wonderful opportunity to impart a love of learning and a love of reading to our children and grandchildren. I was raised on a farm in central Illinois. Upstairs in that big old farmhouse was a small narrow room which my mother made into a room for us children to study. One wall had two small desks and the opposing wall had shelves filled with continue here


A semester course in Personal Finance is required for a high school diploma in Tennessee. I (Rev. Jones) highly recommend the Financial Fitness Pack and have made them available through the HCS office.
     Here are a few observations which have been made by people who have used both Financial Fitness materials and those provided by Dave Ramsey.  

The Ramsey program is pretty good however only focuses on people getting out of debt. ¦when people do get out of debt, then what? It doesn't really go in to great detail on the offense of finances not to mention understanding how money works with the playing field. ¦ [With Financial Fitness] not only will people learn the defense and get out of debt, they will learn to change habits and view points on money, learn how to generate more income, create an asset that will spoon off income for the rest of their lives, recession proof people, even prepare them for what to do if the currency and economy crashes to nothing and helps you understand how money works in general!

The Financial Fitness pack is a more thorough overview of money. Dave Ramsey simply gives 6 steps to follow and doesn't dig into WHY you do the things you do. He tells you some of the reasons why, but the Financial Fitness pack gives you background, vision, how-to, concepts around money, your dreams as motivation (huge component of actually getting out of debt), actual ways to gainfully make money, common myths about money debunked, plus investing tips for the future.

Dave is a very bite-sized view of getting out of debt. The FF pack is a comprehensive, exhaustive view on money and your future. It truly emphasizes not just how to get out of debt but how to LIVE.

Although the Dave Ramsey program does a good job giving instruction and simple steps to get out of debt, without an understanding of money what's to keep someone from digging back into debt.  It's like the Ramsey program helps someone out of a ditch on the side of the road.  The Financial Fitness Pack paints clear lines on the road so that, upon completion, the person never ends up in the ditch again.

The Financial Fitness Pack includes the Financial Fitness book and workbook as well as eight audio recordings to help you take an honest look at your finances, learn and apply the simple principles of financial success, and get on the path to true financial fitness.
     Price: $99.99 plus $10 shipping.

Additional materials for multiple students using the "Pack.  Financial Fitness Textbook - $21.95
Financial Fitness Workbook  - $7.95  No additional shipping if purchased at same time as "Pack.


FEBRUARY 2014 HCS Newsletter

A History of Home Education

1840: 55% of children attended primary school while the rest were educated in the home or by tutors.
1852: The "Common School model became popular and Massachusetts became the first state to pass compulsory attendance law. Once compulsory attendance laws became effective, America eventually relied entirely on public and private schools for educating children. Education in the home then became something only practiced by extremely rural families, and within Amish communities.
1870: All states had free primary schools.
1900: 34 states had compulsory attendance laws.
1910: 72% of children attended primary school.
1960: Educational reformers started questioning public schooling's methods and results.
1977: "Growing Without Schooling magazine was published, marking a shift from trying to reform public education to abandoning it.
1980: Homeschooling was illegal in 30 states.
1983: Changes in tax law forced many Christian Schools to close which led to soaring home education rates.
1993: Home education become legal in all 50 states and saw annual growth rates of 15-20%.
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Some Additional Statistics

Educational Level of Home Educating Parents (Fathers/Mothers):
    No High School Degree: 1.4% / 0.5%
    High School Degree: 8.4% / 7.5%
    Some College: 15.4% / 18.7%
    Associate's Degree: 8.6% / 10.8%
    Bachelor's Degree: 37.6% / 48.4%
    Master's Degree: 20% / 11.6%
    Doctorate Degree: 8.7% / 2.5%

Number of children in home educating families:
    1 child: 6.6%
    2 children: 25.3%
    3 children: 26%
    4-6 children: 35.9%
    7+ children: 6.3%


Courage of Your Convictions or Cowardice of Your Comforts

I love the definition of courage given by Robert Morrisette: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the perception that there is something far more important at stake. I could not have said it better myself if I took the next year to try.
     Courage is not the strength inside of you as much as the strength of your convictions. Courage is really a matter of what you are focusing on. Study any person of courage that you know. You will find that what drives him or her is a conviction that is worth any cost. Without this conviction you will not pay the price. Cowards have no convictions worth dying for and that is why they never truly live. If you are focused on God's Glory then you can endure many setbacks, failures and heartaches because you know there is something far more important at stake. If you are focused on what is happening to you then you will shrink back from God's Glory to self-comfort. Lives are defined by those special moments when we must choose between comforts and convictions. I pray you choose wisely.
(Excerpt from Leadership and Liberty by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward)


Tennessee Scholars Initiative

Heritage Covenant has had a couple of students take advantage of the following program. Few families are aware of its existence. To benefit, the student needs to begin ordering their course in their Sophomore year.

Tennessee Scholars has a clear and focused mission: To increase the percentage of Tennessee high school graduates that are prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, or the military.
     In the last 60 years a dramatic change has taken place in the job market: There has been a significant shift in the makeup of the job market away from unskilled jobs that require only short, on-the-job training to skilled jobs that require one to two years beyond a high school education, i.e., a certification program, specialized training, or associate's degree. Tennessee is committed to helping all children graduate College and Career ready.
      Data from a variety of sources demonstrate business' need for a greater number of highly prepared workers. 90 percent of the positions in the fastest growing portions of the job market will require some education after high school.   Analysts predict that the United States will have a shortage of 12 million qualified workers in the next decade, and many employers already say they cannot find qualified candidates for hourly positions, citing poor math, reading, writing, and basic employment skills. More than 60 percent of students are losing their Hope Scholarship the first semester in college. More than 65 percent of students going to community colleges require remedial classes.
         Scholars is a proven, high-impact, low-cost initiative that has brought business and education leaders together in 85% of the counties, public and private schools, and home school to:

  • Identify the decision point when students can choose a rigorous course of study;
  • Train business leaders to present information to students prior to this decision point, with an 8th grade presentation;
  • Recognize Scholars who complete the course of study;
  • Work with local business, education, political and philanthropic leaders to create incentives for student completion of a rigorous course of study.

      Some students might never enroll in a 4-year university.  Just because these students choose to be plumbers, or construction workers, or mechanics, however, does not mean that they should not be prepared for the new challenges and opportunities that new technology will provide. The key principal that must be instilled in today's students is that additional education, whether taken in a tech. school, community college, or a 4-year university, is a must, regardless of the type of career chosen.  More education means more opportunities and more flexibility to make better choices.       
       Much of the early work done with the Scholars program, as it related to rigorous course taking, was predicated opinions. These opinions were driven largely by workplace experience in training employees ” whether via formalized or on-the-job training. Fortunately, as years passed by, well-researched data arrived on the scene that validated this anecdotal, "common sense thinking.  Data has demonstrated that Tennessee Scholars who obtain the prerequisite knowledge and skills in high school for success after graduation are far less likely to need to learn those skills again later.
      In 1999, Clifford Adelman, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Education, reported the results of a longitudinal study of 13,000 students enrolled in grade 10 in 1980 to age 26 in 1990. In Lessons from the Toolbox, Adelman found only a loose correlation between high school GPA and later success in college. Instead, Adelman discovered that completion of a rigorous high school course of study was the most significant predictor of success in higher education. In particular, the level of math and science completed were the strongest predictors of college success. This data helped us build the Tennessee Scholars core curriculum.
     The Scholars program has spread so quickly because it is simple to implement, costs very little, makes use of people in the community, and actually works. The program works with business people, policy makers, and educators, informed by research, to define the high school courses that will provide students with a strong academic foundation for the future.  
     The results of more than nine years of Tennessee Scholars are:

  1. Tennessee Scholars performance on ACT has increased, 2013 Tennessee Scholars averaged  24.2  on ACT
  2. Tennessee Scholars require less remediation in college
  3. Employers gain access to a more stable and better qualified pool of candidates.
  4. Over 29,000 students have graduated as Tennessee Scholars in the last nine  years
  5. Tennessee Scholars now has over 600 trained, volunteer business presenters across the state.

For the Business Community, Tennessee Scholars means:

  1. More Qualified Workforce
  2. Economic Prosperity
  3. A chance for their children to come back home to live and be successful
  4. Partnership opportunity with education and business

For the Student, Tennessee Scholars means:   

  1. More institutions are offering scholarships than ever before.
  2. Job preferential hiring
  3. Awards and other incentives
  4. Higher ACT Scores
  5. Less Remediation in college
  6. Graduating from high school with the greatest number of options for success
  7. Prestige, because Scholars is now recognized all over the USA.

The scholarships offered and the academic course requirements are available at



Southern History

The Fourth Edition of A History of the Southern People is ready.  
The course will consist of sixteen lectures live; or at home by CD or MP3.  Also provided are all reading materials, course notebook, and testing.
     Cost: $140 (with CDs) or $125 (downloading MP3s)..
     $15 will be refunded if CDs are returned in good order at end of course
     Call or email HCS office to register. 931 593-2881
     Payment may be made on-line or mailing check to HCS office.


If you are interested in an excellent opportunity to learn Latin, contact Dwayne Thomas.  He has developed a wonderful method of teaching Latin.  Go to his website, or contact him by email:


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