High School Newsletter – November 2019
Wow! Snowflakes are falling and November is here which means we are halfway through the semester and a quarter of the way through the school year. The beginning of this school year has gone by so quickly and at the end of the month we will celebrate Thanksgiving, and then the end of the semester and Christmas will be right around the corner. A busy but exciting time of year!
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with so many of you during parent teacher conferences. As students get into high school and with the digital age in which we live, our opportunities to interact face to face with parents is limited, so setting aside a time to meet together is very important. We know your lives are very busy and we want you to know how much we appreciate you spending some of it with us to discuss how your child is growing into the person God created them to be!
I want to thank you for your support last week when we had Thursday and Friday off of school for staff to attend the annual CEA conference. This event is an opportunity for Christian school educators from the midwest to gather together and participate in professional development activities. These activities included topics concerning teaching and learning as well faith formation. A highlight of the event for me is an opportunity to worship together with fellow Christian educators and to lift each other up as we walk the road we have been called to walk – the road of Christian education.
As we move into this season of Thanksgiving we are reminded of just how blessed we are as individuals and as a school family. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s life. They truly are a gift to us.
/ GENERAL INFORMATION
VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY
You are invited to join us for our Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 11. Our program will begin at 8:45 am in the High School Gym, with coffee in the Cafeteria immediately following.
To our National Merit Semi-Finalist:
Tuesday, December 17
8:45-10:15 Period 1 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 2 Exam – Tech Center required. Students may leave 2nd hour exam when finished/Tech will be notified that you may be late.
Wednesday, December 18
8:45-10:15 am Period 3 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 4/5 Exam – Tech Center Required
Thursday, December 19
8:45-10:15 am Period 6 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 7 Exam – Tech Center Required
Friday, December 20
8:45-10:15 am Period 8 Exam
Make up slot 10:30-12:00 pm – Tech Center Required
/ COUNSELOR CORNER
DECISIONS FOR SENIORS
We are currently meeting with the seniors (individually) 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.
TEST PREPARATION BOOKLETS
Available for students in the counseling office: Preparing for the ACT booklet contains full-length practice tests, information about the optional writing test, strategies to prepare for the test, and what to expect on test day. The SAT Student Guide contains information about the SAT, test-taking advice and tips, and an official practice test.
All students seeking financial aid (institution based & state & federal funds) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA has been available for you to complete since October 1. Be sure to check the financial aid link on each college website for their deadline. The final deadline for consideration of state financial aid in Michigan is March 1. For information on obtaining your FAFSA ID, go to StudentAid.gov.
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. Go to Federal Student Aid website for information on next steps in the financial aid process. Also, in winter of your senior year of high school, you will receive a reminder to complete the FAFSA.
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 Department page on our website.
Helpful resource for financing college
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Upcoming ACT test dates:
HCHS is a testing site for each testing date this school year except for the April 4 date. Register for the test at www.actstudent.org.
- December 14, 2019 (regular deadline is November 8)
- February 8 (regular deadline is January 10)
- April 4 (regular deadline is February 28)
- June 13 (regular deadline is May 8), 2020
Upcoming SAT test dates:
HCHS is a testing site for only the March 14 test date. To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.org.
- December 7, 2019 (regular deadline is November 8)
- March 14 (regular deadline is February 14)
- May 2 (regular deadline is April 3)
- June 6, 2020 (regular deadline is May 8).
The October 16 PSAT testing went very well. According to the College Board website, students should be able to access their scores online around December 9-11.
If you are considering attending a Division 1 or 2 university and hope to compete on an athletic team, you MUST complete an NCAA application eligibility form on line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. This is the student’s responsibility. If you are considering participating in athletics at a NAIA school (private schools that award athletic scholarships), you MUST register with the NAIA Clearinghouse at www.playnaia.org. This is the student’s responsibility.
/ FINE ARTS
FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS
Come and celebrate Holland Christian High School’s Festival of Fine Arts! From student sculptures to the movie music, from choral anthems to the deep sounds of the tuba, prepare to enjoy a rich diversity of the arts. The HS Band and Orchestra Fall Pops Concert is on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the HS Auditorium. The Choir Concert is on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. also in the auditorium. The Fall Art Exhibition will be on display in Main Street from November 4-7. Come eat cookies, listen to music, and soak in the art!
Holland Christian High School’s musical performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is just around the corner! We are thrilled to share this fun, family-friendly interpretation of the classic Bible Story. Join us on November 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:00 pm and November 23 at 2:00 pm to experience Joseph, brought to life by over one-hundred HC students across cast, crew, and pit orchestra. Tickets can be purchased online at hcs.ludus.com.
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 8, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5, and goes to support the music program at HCHS. New to swing dancing? No worries! Dance instructors will be on hand to teach us the basic steps of swing, so the evening can be enjoyed by novice and experienced dancers alike. (6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 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.
Living Hope Events
All upcoming Living Hope Performance dates and locations can be found on the Holland Christian Events Calendar.
/ ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Winter Sports Tryouts
- Ice Hockey, November 4
- Competitive Cheer, November 11
- Girls Basketball, November 11
- Boys Basketball, November 18
- Boys Swim/Dive, November 25
See the athletics website for Scheduling/Cancellations and Game Information.
All athletes must have an approved pre-participation physical form (dated after 4/15/19) on file in the Athletic Office before they may try out. The form is available on our website.
4 – Band and Orchestra Fall Pops Concert, HS Auditorium, 7:30 pm
7 – Fall Choir Concert, HS Auditorium, 7:30 pm
8 – Swingin’ the Night Away, HS Cafeteria, 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
11 – Veteran’s Day Assembly, HS Gym, 8:45 am
15, 16, 22 & 23 – “Joseph”, HS Auditorium, 7 pm (also 11/23 at 2 pm)
27 – Half Day (No late start)
28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Vacation
12 – World Cultures Night
14 – BOC Christmas Concert, 2:00 & 4:00 , Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College
17, 18, 19, 20 – HS Exams
21 – Christmas Vacation begins
January 6 – 10 – Winterim