HS Newsletter – January 2020
Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break that was filled with all of the love and joy that the Promise of Christmas brings! It has been a busy but exciting first week back. Winterim week has been full of amazing opportunities for our students to dive deeply into specific topics of interest, community building activities and internships. I want to thank all of the community members who have brought their expertise and passion into our building as well as those who have welcomed students into their place of work to learn more about careers that they are interested in and feel called to for the future.
Second semester begins next Monday. As we begin a new semester our prayer is that the adjustment of new classes and new teachers goes smoothly. In the rhythm of a high school, January is the time when we plan activities to help students look forward to the next school year. Please encourage your student to check the Daily Announcements for information on special activities that are occurring that will help them in making decisions about what courses to take next year. Registration for next year’s classes will begin at the end of January and information about the process will be coming out soon. Detailed instructions will be posted on the website under the Registrar tab. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor. Our Showcase event will take place on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for current 8th graders to visit HCHS and learn about who we are and what programming we offer. If you know a family of a current 8th grader who is considering HC for their child, please invite them to join us that evening.
We have a special invitation for family and friends of HC. “Come, follow me” Jesus said to those he called to be his disciples. That command still echoes across time to Jesus’ followers today. What did that call to follow mean in Jesus’ day? What does it mean in our own time? “Walk as Jesus Walked” is a senior Bible elective taught by Ray Vander Laan that begins second semester at HCHS. We will survey the synoptic gospels in depth to uncover what it means to be Jesus’ disciples based on his teaching and his life in its historical and cultural context. If you wish to move beyond being an admirer of Jesus to become an imitator, you are welcome to audit this class. We meet periods 2 and 3 in the lecture hall in the High School and have reserved the back rows for guests! Grab a cup of coffee at the “Well” and join us for one period…or for the entire semester. What a tangible way to experience what our students at HC are learning.
Christian education is a partnership between home and school. If you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share with me please do not hesitate to email or call. If you would like to meet in person and have a cup of coffee, please let me know when it would work for you to come in and we will find a time that works. My door is open!
Praying for a semester filled with spiritual growth and learning!
/ General Information
2020 – 2021 Class Signup
Students will be signing up for their 2020 – 2021 classes in February. Registration information for current 9th – 11th graders will be presented to students at school by the end of January – see schedule below. Parents are invited to these presentations, which will be a workshop model with students bringing laptops and going through the registration process. All registration information will be online, and students and parents will be notified when it is available to view. All parents are encouraged to discuss with students the opportunities that are available.
Current 10th graders – during Family Flex (10:25 – 11:10 am) on January 22.
Current 11th graders – during Family Flex (8:55 – 9:15am) on January 23
Current 9th graders – during Family Flex (10:25 – 11:10 am) on January 29
Current students will submit their course selections online before 8:00 am, Thursday, February 13, 2020.
For a preview of what students will be receiving at school, simply go to the Registrar’s website and click on the link to scheduling information for the grade you will be in next year. Please note that some information on the web site will be updated between now and end of January to reflect new course offerings and other changes to the curriculum. By clicking on the Registrar’s website you will also find course descriptions for all classes. The links to scheduling information for each grade will direct you to grade-level-specific information that can be used with your son/daughter to plan courses for next year.
Bittersweet Ski Club Information
Bittersweet Ski Club forms and cards are available in the office! Stop in anytime and purchase ski club cards once your form is filled out. Student and adult cards are $18 each. Checks MUST be payable to Holland Christian. Cash will also be accepted.
There will be a bus leaving from the High School on January 10, 24, February 7, 21, and March 6, weather permitting. Details and sign up sheets available in the office.
Moms In Prayer
God is working miracles in our kids’ lives, in our schools and in us. His power is unleashed through our prayers! Holland Christian Moms in Prayer meets every Wednesday 8:25-9:25 in the high school office. You are invited to join us as we pray for our students and staff. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoops & Hoopla 2020
Hoops & Hoopla 2020! It’s a night of hoops, featuring the dueling staff basketball teams of ZCS and HCS, along with 56ers scrimmages and a Unified slam dunk contest. Come also for the hoopla– photos with Elsa, Anna & friends, carnival games, bounce houses, and more, on Saturday, February 1, starting at 6:15 pm at Holland Christian High School. All this family fun for a suggested donation of $5 ($20 per family).
Proceeds of this game will go to help make the HCHS band & orchestra trip to Florida in April affordable for the over 90 students participating. The group will perform at Disney World and will attend educational music workshops with professional Disney musicians. Thanks for your support of the HC band and orchestra–building community, education, and excellence!
/ From The Athletic Department
Scheduling/Cancellations/Game Information can be found on our website.
June 27 – July 4, 2020 is a dead week for all athletics.
Tryouts start on Monday, August 10 for football. Tryouts for boys soccer, boys tennis, girls golf, girls swim, volleyball and cross country start on Wednesday, August 12.
/ Upcoming Fine Arts Events
In the Swing! (A Living Hope Showcase Event)
Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance that celebrates the early music of the big band, jazz, and swing dance eras. Showcase 2020 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at hchs.ludus.com starting February 2. $1.00 of every ticket sold will benefit Compassionate Heart Ministries. All reserved tickets are $10. High school student tickets are available in the student section for $8. Looking forward to seeing you there!
/ Counselors Corner
Parents Of Sophomores And Juniors
On Thursday, January 16, 2020, several representatives from the Careerline Tech Center will be speaking to the students about what the Tech Center has to offer, should they be interested in attending Tech Center beginning their junior or senior year. All sophomores and any interested juniors will be attending this presentation. Parents are welcome to attend as well. It will be held in the high school auditorium from 8:55 – 9:15 am.
The PSAT score reports and test booklets are in the high school office and are available for students who took the PSAT to pick up. These students were notified in December about this. We hope you can look those over with your students at home. If your student does not already have a College Board account, he/she can make one online to learn more about the results and to link up with Khan Academy for free SAT practice.
Seniors And Parents Of Seniors
Just a reminder that if you have improved ACT/SAT scores you would like your intended college/university to have, you MUST have your new and improved scores sent directly from the ACT or SAT organizations. Your transcript that is uploaded to Common App and Parchment does NOT list your test scores. If you did not put down the 4 digit codes for the college(s) you wish to receive your test scores when you registered for the SAT/ACT, you must log back into your account and request that your new scores be sent, and there will be a slight fee from the testing organization. If you have questions about this, please contact your counselor.
ACT and SAT Testing
- Upcoming ACT test dates are February 8 (regular deadline is January 10), April 4 (regular deadline is February 28), and June 13, 2020 (regular deadline is May 8). HCHS is a testing site for the February and June testing dates this school year. Register for the test at www.actstudent.org.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are March 14 (regular deadline is February 14), May 2 (regular deadline is April 3), and June 6, 2020 (regular deadline is May 8). HCHS is a testing site for the March 14 test date. To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.org.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
When a senior applies to a college, the college will consider that student for all institution-based aid and all state and federal aid (information is obtained through FAFSA). For a listing of scholarships, visit the Counseling Department link of the HCHS webpage. This listing is updated as new scholarship announcements are received.
FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that can be used before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each. Any student, regardless of age or year in school, may use FAFSA4caster. This website, Federal Student Aid, will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process.
Seniors who are considering attending a Division I or II University and hope to compete on an athletic team must complete an NCAA application eligibility form. Students can apply online at the NCAA clearinghouse website. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. For a complete listing of NAIA schools and an application visit the NAIA website. Students should also request their transcript be sent to the eligibility centers via their Parchment accounts; both NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers are on Parchment. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements and make sure his/her senior courses ensure eligibility. Underclassmen who are considering playing college athletics should begin the eligibility process via the eligibility centers.
20 – MLK Day (No School)
27 – HS Showcase (7:00 pm)
8 – Winterfest Dance (8:30 pm – 11:30 pm)
14 – Staff Development (No School)
17 – Winter Break (No School)
27 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 – 8:30 pm)
5 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 – 8:30 pm)
20-21 – Living Hope Showcase