High School Newsletter – October 2021
Dear HCHS Families,
October has arrived! It is starting to feel a little like Fall but the warm weather we have had makes it feel more like Spring. As we begin our second full month of school, I am reminded how “normal” the start of this school year has been compared to last year, and for that I am thankful.
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences this year will be held in person, not virtual. Virtual Paragon is the system we have used for several years for parents to sign up for conferences, but “virtual” being in the name I’m afraid has new meaning to people and gives the impression that we will hold conferences virtually. That is not the case–conferences will definitely be held in person! We hope that you are able to attend.
There are a couple of events that are happening this month that I would like to highlight:
- Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 7, 5:30-8:30 and Thursday, October 14, 3:30-6:30. This is a time for parents and teachers to come together and discuss how to make your child’s experience the best it can be.
- Tuition Grant Fund Auction will be held on October 9. It will be a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and friendly competitive bidding. You can walk away with amazing items as well as providing tuition support for families who value Christian education and would love to be part of the HC community, but for whom financial support is needed for that to become a reality. You can sign up on the HC website: https://www.hollandchristian.org.
- CEA Convention will take place this year on October 21 and 22. Students do not have school these days while teachers gather with other Christian educators from other states to learn, worship and grow together in their profession. We know that having days off school is not always easy for families, but please know that we believe that time together is valuable and students will benefit. Thank you for your support of this professional development.
As we move through this school year we pray that each student feels loved, supported, challenged and stretched as they work to live into the people that God created them to be. We do not take this responsibility lightly, and we thank you for partnering with us as we walk this journey together.
In His Love,
/ General Information
All students who drive to school are required to display a parking permit on their vehicle. They are available in the office at no charge.
Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are in person, and are scheduled for Thursday, October 7 from 5:30-8:30 pm and Thursday, October 14 from 3:30-6:30 pm. You should have received an email with instructions on how to register for conferences on September 27, or can find that information in the general newsletter introducing this high school newsletter. If you do not receive that email or have questions regarding sign-up, please call the main office.
Picture retakes will be October 11. If you have not taken a photo yet please plan to have your photo taken. If you are unhappy with your school photo, just return the package you purchased and a new photo will be taken.
High School Daily Announcements
All students and parents are 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 HS Announcements Google Doc.
All students need to sign in or out at the office when coming and going throughout the school day for appointments, illness or whatever else may be the case. Parents should notify the office ahead of time by phone 616.820.2905, email email@example.com, or a parent-written or doctor note sent with the student. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students safe and accounted for during our school day!
/ Athletics Department
Winter Sports Tryouts
November 1 – Ice Hockey (co-op with West Ottawa)
November 8 – Competitive Cheer (co-op with West Ottawa)
November 8 – Girls Basketball
November 15 – Boys Basketball
November 22 – Boys Aquatics
Scheduling/cancellations and game information can be found on the Athletics page.
All athletes need an approved pre-participation physical form (dated after 4/15/2021) on file in the Athletic Office. See the Athletics Registration page for complete details.
/ Counselors Corner
We are currently meeting individually with the seniors to make sure they have all the information they need to make decisions regarding their futures. We are encouraging college bound seniors to get their applications in by Thanksgiving vacation to have the best opportunities for financial aid. We are offering to assist non-college bound seniors with career selection, information, and job placement.
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. Coming soon, 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 Department website.
College Visits, Fairs & Activities
The counseling department website has a complete listing of colleges visiting HCHS. College reps visit with students outside the cafeteria on Main Street during lunch. Cornerstone University is hosting a Christian college fair on Monday, October 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Representatives from close to 40 Christian colleges across the nation will be present. Each representative will have information that will speak into the opportunities offered at their institution such as academic programs, scholarships available, student activities, and athletic teams. There will be financial aid representatives present as well to answer questions and share resources with students. More information can be found online.
Meeting with Juniors
The counselors will be meeting with all juniors in October to talk about steps students should be taking to prepare for senior year and beyond high school. In case students are absent and also for parents who are interested, a link to the presentation will be emailed out to juniors and their parents.
- Upcoming ACT test dates are October 23 , December 11, 2021 and also February 12, April 2 and June 11, 2022. HCHS is a testing site this school year. You can also search for other testing sites in our area when you go to the ACT website to register.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are November 6, December 4, 2021, and March 12, May 7, and June 4, 2022. HCHS is a testing site for the November and March dates. You can search for other testing sites in our area when you go to the SAT website to register.
- There is information about free ACT and SAT Preparation linked here; also, pick up a free “Preparing for the ACT” and a free “SAT Student Guide” booklet in the counseling office.
- Here is a chart of the upcoming ACT and SAT dates, including the registration deadlines. This covers the 2021-2022 school year, so we hope you find this helpful as you look ahead for possible testing dates that work for your student.
- PSAT: The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at school on Wednesday October 13, 2021 for those juniors who registered and paid. All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 and all sophomores will take the PSAT 10 on a school day in the spring of 2022.
- AP Exams: Registration is open now until October 15, 2021. This is a two step process. Be sure to complete both steps to register to take an AP test. Step 1: join your teacher’s AP Classroom and indicate you are interested in taking the AP test. You may have already done this in class. Step 2: is paying for the test through Total Registration online. Both steps need to be completed by Friday, October 15, 2021 at 3 pm. The cost of each AP exam is $100. It is paid online via the Total Registration website. If you have questions contact Charity VanderLaan, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the HCHS office.
/ FINE ARTS
Festival of Fine Arts
Come and celebrate Holland Christian High School’s Festival of Fine Arts! From student drawings and paintings to movie music, from choral anthems to the deep sounds of the tuba, prepare to enjoy a rich diversity of the arts. The Choir Concert is on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 pm in the HS Auditorium. The HS Band and Orchestra Fall Pops Concert is on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 pm also in the auditorium. The Fall Art Exhibition will be on display in Main Street from November 2-4. Come eat cookies, listen to music, and soak in art!
Swingin’ the Night Away
The Holland Christian Jazz Bands and the Old Timer’s Jazz Band are proud to present the Swingin’ the Night Away in the HCHS cafeteria on Friday, November 5, from 6:45 to 9 pm. Admission is $5, and goes to support the music program at HCHS. New to swing dancing? No worries! Dance instructors will be on hand from 6:45 pm-7:30 pm to teach us the basic steps of swing, so the evening can be enjoyed by novice and experienced dancers alike. Not in the mood for dancing? Come socialize, indulge in some delicious desserts, punch, and enjoy the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and more.
Freaky Friday – High School Musical Performance
HCHS’s Theatre Department is proud to present Freaky Friday for the Fall Musical this year! You won’t want to miss this engaging, family-friendly story about a mother and daughter who spend a day in each other’s shoes. Performances are November 18-20 at 7 pm. Join us in person or watch the performances from the comfort of your own home via our Livestream option. Tickets are available on the Theatre webpage starting on October 18.
/ IMPORTANT DATES
7 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 pm-8:30 pm)
2-8 – Virtual Tuition Grant Fund Auction Open
9 – Tuition Grant Fund Auction (in-person live auction and dinner)
11 – Picture Retakes
14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:30 pm-6:30 pm)
21 & 22 CEA Staff Development (No school)
21 & 22 – All Tech Center Students must attend Tech Center
10 – Veterans Day Assembly
18, 19, 20 – Fall Musical Performance Freaky Friday
24, 25, 26 – Thanksgiving Vacation