November 25, 2013
Holland Christian Schools is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2013–2014 and 2014-2015 school years for its initiative to provide every student K-12 with a mobile device such as an iPad, MacBook or MacBook Pro.
This year Holland Christian joins other programs nationwide that are recognized as exemplary learning environments. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that successfully integrate technology in education and meet the five best practices: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment.
Holland Christian has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program because it demonstrates a clear vision for supporting the way students live and want to learn.
“As education continues to undergo enormous changes it became very apparent that the traditional school instructional model would limit students. Our vision for a 1 to 1 model kindergarten through 12th grade provides the flexibility, the creativity desired by today’s learner, and the opportunity to effectively address individual learning styles and needs,” says Glenn Vos, Superintendent of Holland Christian Schools. “This project has always been driven by our school mission of ‘equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.’ If our students are called to make a difference where they will work and live, the need to understand and use technology with expertise will best happen if it is integrated into the way they do school.”
Holland Christian has had a 1 to 1 environment for students since 2006. Graduates are providing feedback that they are feeling very well equipped and prepared for their college or career paths and that they find themselves further advanced in the use of technology than the majority of their classmates or colleagues.
“Along with using the iPad to supplement instruction, students are also learning about creating a positive digital footprint, practicing responsible digital citizenship, and have begun compiling an eportfolio,” said Dan Vos, Integration of Faith, Instruction, and Technology team member. Teachers are using iPads to engage students in all subjects. 1st Graders enjoy photographing their drawings, recording their own voices reading stories that they have written, putting this all together in iBooks and emailing it to their parents. Rose Park Principal Rod Brandsen says “the goal is to enhance and make education more meaningful, we want to use technology in service to God.”
October 16, 2013
A huge THANKS to all who attended the Powder-puff game in support of the Junior and Senior girls at HCHS. We were able to raise $1,472.88 for the City on a Hill Women's Health Clinic. It was a fun night for a great cause!
October 10, 2013
Thank you all grandparents and grand-friends for joining us in celebrating God's faithfulness at our elementary schools Grandparent's Days! Here are links to photos:
Rose Park Grandparent's Day Photos
Pine Ridge Grandparent's Day Photos
South Side Grandparent's Day Photos
September 30, 2013
Holland Christian's first "Home"coming focus was "Building a Home for the children of Beautiful Gate Orphanage." It is our intent to make homecoming not about us, but about being salt and light as we have so often have tasted and seen the goodness of God. You might have heard that over the summer, some fundraising happened and a new house is being built at Beautiful Gate for volunteers to come and stay as they serve. This house is called the "Maroon House." It is this house that we are hoping to furnish during "home"coming. Our main focus was on Beautiful Gate, but there was also a Volunteer Fair with 60 local non-profits in need, and our first blood drive. Friday and Saturday were celebrations of the goodness of God, with a tailgate at the football game and the dance on Saturday night.
All that being said, we pray that we might be salt and light as we transform the world for Jesus Christ even through "home"coming!