High School May Newsletter
Spring is always such a busy time in the life of a high school, even during COVID. We realize that this year has been full of hills and valleys, and we thank you for walking with us through this year with flexibility and grace. We acknowledge that these are not easy times for our world, our nation, our state, our school, our community and our churches, but as a community of Christ followers we prayerfully strive to treat each other with dignity and respect as we navigate challenging times together.
May is a time for staff, students, and families to look towards ending the current year well while at the same time preparing for next year. We are excited to welcome a new class of incoming Freshman as we send our Seniors off to the next chapter of their lives. The current plan for Commencement is an outdoor event, at our stadium, on May 25, at 7:30pm. Details will follow.
In preparation for next year, all students should have completed class registration by this point in time. If you still have questions or concerns around scheduling please reach out to the counseling department for assistance.
HCHS is an amazing school, and we thank you for your partnership and for the privilege of working with and for your daughter/son. Together we will finish strong!
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Deb Feenstra, Principal
/ General Information
Tulip Time Reminder
We have full days of school on May 5 and 6 due to the cancellation of Tulip Time parades.
Plant Sale Fundraiser
Our HCHS Life Skills classes have planted 1,000 pots of various vegetables and herbs, and are planning to sell them at a Plant Sale Fundraiser to the community on Saturday, May 8, from 9 am-12 noon. You can find the sale on the west parking lot behind HCHS, with all funds going to HCHS Special Olympics Unified Sports Program. All plants are $3 and include a variety of peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and herbs–check out this google list for more details! We’re looking forward to celebrating spring together!
/ Fine Arts
Band and Orchestra
You are invited to join the Holland Christian Schools Orchestras in the HCHS gym on Tuesday, May 18 for their spring concerts! The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade concert will happen at 6:15 pm. and the 7th, 8th, and High School concert will happen at 7:30 pm. These events can also be viewed via live stream at youtube.com/hclive! We are limited to 4 guests per performing student. Masks are required and we will be leaving plenty of space for social distancing between family groups. There will be an offering bucket at the check in table for donations to help support the music department at Holland Christian.
Join the Holland Christian High School Bands as they present their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 pm. in the HCHS gym. Enjoy jazz music, the Holland Christian drumline, the sounds of the movie Moana, music by Mozart, and a solo featuring senior xylophonist Paul Quinn. This concert can also be viewed via live stream at youtube.com/hclive! We are limited to 4 guests per performing student. Masks are required and we will be leaving plenty of space for social distancing between family groups. There will be an offering bucket at the check in table for donations to help support the music department at Holland Christian.
The HCHS Choirs will perform their final concert of the year on Wednesday, May 19, in the HCHS Gym at 7:30 pm. This concert will feature a wide variety of vocal music performed by the Men’s Ensemble, Treble Ensemble, Advanced Women’s Ensemble, Living Hope Singers, and several soloists. The HC Community is invited to view this concert via live stream at youtube.com/hclive! In-person seating for family is limited to 4 guests per performing student. Masks are required and we will be leaving plenty of space for social distancing between family groups. There will be an offering bucket at the check in table for donations to help support the music department at Holland Christian.
The HCHS theatre department is proud to present Les Miserables this spring! This epic and uplifting story of radical grace will be brought to life by nearly 100 HC students across cast and crew. Join us on May 13, 14, and 15 via Livestream at 7:00 pm. More information about the show and streaming tickets can be found on the Theatre website.
/ Athletic Department
Summer dead week: July 3 – July 9
Summer Sports Camps
/ Seniors and Parents of Seniors
Seniors End of the year schedule
- May 14 – All library fines and materials returned to the Media Center
- May 17 – Honors Evening, HS Auditorium, 7 pm (by invitation only)
- May 21 – The bookstore will be open all day for textbook return.
- May 24 – Senior Exams for students who are required to take them (Lecture Hall)
- May 25 – Graduation Rehearsal (required) 10 am
- May 25 – Graduation Ceremony – 7:30 pm
- June 14-18 – Diploma pick up
After Graduation Party
The “After Graduation Party” follows graduation on May 25. The 2021 graduation party committee has emailed parents with this information.
Senior Exam Exemption
During the second semester, seniors may work towards being exempt from their final exams. Our policy allows seniors who have either a B average through the final day of a course, or who have handed in all homework on time with a passing grade and have no more than two days absent the whole semester (for any reason, except for quarantine absences) to be exempt from taking the exam in that course.
Diploma pick up
Diplomas will be available for pick up from the High School Office June 14 – 18. Diplomas can be picked up anytime between 8 am – 3 pm. Before students can get their diploma all textbooks, library materials/books must be returned (or overdue fees paid) and your hot lunch and tuition balance taken care of. If your senior is the only child enrolled in your family at HC, or if you have not made previous arrangements with the business office, please contact Terry VanDerKolk at 820-2807. Final transcripts will also be sent after these arrangements are made. Your cooperation is appreciated.
/ Counselors’ Corner
Seniors/Parents of Seniors
On Monday, May 17, we will hold an Honors Night for seniors who have been awarded scholarships from colleges or private agencies. Parents are invited to this special evening, which will begin at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium and will include refreshments. The due date for turning in scholarships has passed. If you did submit one to the counseling office, please plan on attending Honors Night. Invitations for Honors Night are being sent to the students who turned in scholarships.
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 on-line. NCAA rules require that official ACT scores come directly from ACT or SAT. Test scores on a transcript cannot be used. The NCAA code is 9999. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. View a complete listing of NAIA schools & an application. Students should request their transcripts be sent to NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers via their Parchment account . It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements & make sure his/her senior courses insure eligibility.
Juniors/Parents of Juniors
ACT & SAT Registration
ACT registration deadline for the June 12, 2021 ACT is May 7, 2021. Registration is done on the ACT website. SAT registration for the June 5, 2021 SAT is May 6, 2021. Registration is done on the SAT website.
Summer College Visits
Many students visit colleges in the summer, especially those that are distant from home. The counselors recommend that you look at online guides beforehand that can help you prepare for a productive college visit.
/ Exam Schedule
- Tuesday, June 1 -Tech Students may leave 2nd hour exam when finished/Tech will be notified you may be late.
- 8:45 – 10:15 – 1st hour
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm – 2nd hour
- Wednesday, June 2 – Tech Required
- 8:45 – 10:15 am – 3rd hour
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm – 4th hour
- Thursday, June 3 – Tech Required
- 8:45 – 10:15 am – 6th hour
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm – 7th hour
- Friday, June 4 – Tech Required
- 8:45 – 10:15 am – 8th hour
- 10:30 -12:00 pm – Make up slot
- Students are not required to be at school unless they have an exam.
- You will not be allowed to take your exams until all lunch detentions have been served, and you will not receive credit for your second semester courses until you take your exams.
- All books must be returned and fines paid in the Media Center before exams may be taken.
- All lunch accounts must be paid up before exams may be taken.
- 7 – Parent run Prom
- 17 – Senior Honors Evening (7 pm)
- 21 – Last Day for Seniors
- 24 – Senior Exams
- 25 – Commencement (7:30 pm)
- 31 – Memorial Day – no school
- 1-4 – High School Exams