High School Newsletter – September 2021
As we begin the 21/22 school year, we are still dealing with some things that are different due to COVID-19 requirements but some things, like the excitement of starting a new school year, have not changed at all!
Parent night will be on September 7 and will be virtual again this year. Teachers will be preparing videos to share information with you about their courses but more importantly to share who they are and how they will strive to truly live into Holland Christian’s mission statement, “Equipping Minds and Nurturing Hearts to Transform the World for Jesus Christ.”
Equipping Minds is made real by providing a learning environment where academic excellence is the standard and EACH individual student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Nurturing Hearts is reached by building a community of grace where relationships that have God at the center are nurtured and developed between students and students, students and staff, and staff and parents.
Parts one and two of our mission statement are done with the ultimate goal of preparing our students to Transform the World for Jesus Christ–not sometime in the future when they are adults, but right now. My prayer is that we find ways for our students to become transforming agents for Christ both inside of our building and out in our community by displaying Christ-like love and being ROOTED in Him.
Our school theme this year is ROOTED. At a time when our world is focused on things that divide us, our desire is that we all live in a way at HCHS that unites us together and causes people to say, “there is something different about them, what is it….. oh – they are followers of Christ.”
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor. 13:13
In His Love,
/ GENERAL INFORMATION
Dress Code Reminders
Students and parents, please review the dress code copied below. We are having a lot of dress code violations, especially with crop tops showing midriffs, which is clearly not allowed as stated in the handbook. If you are wearing clothing that does not comply with the dress code you will be asked to change. If you do not have clothing to change into, you will be given an appropriate HC t-shirt to wear or will be sent home to change. Thank you for your cooperation.
In keeping with the mission of Holland Christian Schools, the Holland Christian School community recognizes the important impact of student dress on the learning environment. We understand that all of our lives, including our dress, bring honor or dishonor to our God. We also embrace our identity as a Christian school and how we dress impacts our witness for Christ to the world. While these principles impact our most basic commitments regarding dress there is more to which we would challenge the HC community.
- No hats, hoods, earbuds, AirPods or sunglasses are allowed during school hours. Teacher discretion may be used in class based upon class activity.
- Clothing or accessories depicting alcohol, tobacco, sexual or offensive language should not be worn at school.
- Clothing and accessories that can be considered political or divisive in nature is not allowed; instead, Holland Christian is committed to providing venues for safe and meaningful discussion.
- Shirts, shorts, and dresses must be modest and cover what they are supposed to cover. Cleavage, midriff or butt cheeks should not be visible.
- The administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate dress. Students who do not adhere to these guidelines will not be allowed to attend class. Parents will be called if appropriate clothing is not available or the student refuses dress-code appropriate clothing.
Security System At HCHS
Just a reminder that we have an intercom/buzz-in system at HCHS. All of the Holland Christian School campuses have such a system. Please note that after 8:10 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays) the front doors to the main high school entrance (Door A) are locked and you will need to press the intercom button located to the right (north) of the doors to speak to one of the office personnel who will let you in. Parents may come into the office to drop off items for their students. Thanks for your cooperation with this important safety protocol.
High School Daily Announcements
All students and parents will be emailed the high school daily student announcements. Please help us by keeping your contact information up to date in PowerSchool. When you log in to PowerSchool, click “SwiftReach SwiftK12” – under “Contact Information” you can make sure your demographics are up to date. Announcements are also posted daily on the Newsletter Page.
Student Handbook Updates
Parents and students, please take some time to read through the HCHS Student Handbook. Make sure you are familiar with the attendance policy and the dress code policy and general school information.
Student Medical Information and Forms
If your student has any medical situation that the school office should be aware of or has any medication that needs to be kept in the office, the appropriate forms from the Medical Information Page need to be filled out each school year and kept on file in the office. Please make sure all information is current so that we can help keep your child safe and keep the necessary medications here. If you have any questions please contact Hendrina Cupery, Manager of the Holland Hospital School Nurse Program, at email@example.com.
We will be hosting our annual Parent Night virtually on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Teachers will be recording the information they would like to share with you, and the links to access the recordings will be posted. Please add this event to your calendar and make it a priority to watch the recordings. The links to teachers’ presentations will be made available on September 7.
Senior Picture Information
See the Senior Pictures Information Doc for details on Senior Pictures. The deadline for senior pictures is September 24, 2021.
All students who drive to school are required to display a parking permit on their vehicle. They are available in the high school office at no charge.
Detailed busing information can be found on our website at the Transportation Page.
Moms In Prayer
Moms In Prayer is a great way to connect with other moms, pray for your child, and have an impact on our school. Please join us on Fridays starting September 10 at Providence Church 8:20-9:20 am. Contact Nicole Shook with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
/ Counselors Corner
The counseling department is off to a great start for the 2021-22 school year. We are committed to building relationships with our students and are looking forward to meeting with each one over the course of this school year.
Information for Seniors
We are encouraging college bound seniors to get their applications in by Thanksgiving vacation to have the best opportunities for financial aid. We are assisting non-college bound seniors with their post-high school plans. We will be holding an informational session with all seniors next week and will be covering a timeline of things seniors need to be doing throughout the school year, including the college application process. Seniors will also be invited to sign up for a Common Application workshop coming up later this month.
Throughout the school year, various scholarship opportunities will be posted online through the Counseling Department. A listing of outside scholarships, both regional and national, will be updated as we receive notices of scholarships. Beginning in the second semester, there will be information online about the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation Scholarships that are open to Holland Christian students and also internal HC scholarships, which are for Holland Christian students only. Be sure to check the Scholarship portion of the Counseling Page.
College Representative Visits
A college representative will be hosting a virtual workshop for HCHS parents on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm to speak to parents about filling out the FAFSA and other financial aid opportunities. More details, including the link to the meeting, will be emailed out to parents of juniors and seniors.
- Upcoming ACT test dates are October 23 and December 11, 2021. HCHS is a testing site for these test dates. Register for the test on the ACT Website.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are October 2, November 6, December 4, 2021. HCHS is a testing site for the November 6 test date. To register for the SAT, go to SAT Website.
- There is information about free ACT and SAT Preparation on the Counseling Page; also, pick up a free “Preparing for the ACT” and a free “SAT Student Guide” booklet in the counseling office.
- 2021-22 PSAT: This test is a precursor to the SAT. It provides excellent practice for subsequent standardized tests and can provide valuable test preparation feedback and tools. The junior year is the only year a score is considered for the National Merit Scholarship. The test will be given on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 during the school day. Juniors who wish to take the PSAT/NMSQT must sign up and pay on Total Registration. The deadline to sign up is Monday, September 13 by 8:00 am. All freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT during a school day this coming spring. There will be no fee charged to students, and they will register through school.
Grief and Loss Support
Starlight Ministries is a Christ centered ministry that provides hope, healing and support for those who are grieving a death loss. Starlight is offering Christian based grief support groups. There are groups for children ages 4 – 17. To find more about Starlight, visit The Starlight Website or contact Jolynn at 616.662.1999 ext. 2001 or email@example.com.
/ IMPORTANT DATES
3 – No School, Labor Day Break
6 – No School, Labor Day
7 – Virtual Parent Night (6:30 pm)
9 – Picture Make-up Day
17 – Homecoming 2021
23 – College Financial Aid Seminar (8 pm)
24 – Senior Picture Deadline
25 – Kids’ Stuff Resale
11 – Picture Retake at HS
13 – PSAT for juniors (by sign up)
21 & 22 – CEA Staff Development (No school)
21 & 22 – All Tech Center Students must attend Tech Center