HS Newsletter – December 2019
Dear Parents and Students,
December has arrived and with it comes a time of preparation. From the academic side this means preparation for the end of the first semester which includes completing final course assignments and preparing for exams. For your family it might be a time to prepare how you will spend the two week break that we have from school either at home or traveling. Maybe it’s preparing your house to receive guests over the holiday season. For some it is planning your family Christmas get together and deciding on what foods will be prepared and what gifts will be given. It can be one of the busiest times of year! In all of the busyness of this wonderful season my prayer is that we do not lose sight of the most important preparation of all, preparing for the birth of the Christ Child and experiencing the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love that is Advent.
Our first week back from Christmas break will be Winterim. Winterim is designed to provide learning experiences where students can explore a field of study outside of traditional curriculum and creates a relevant environment for teachers to fulfill the mission of HC – “Equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.” The Winterim team has been working hard to offer exciting classroom and internship experiences for our students. It is a great opportunity that is unique to HCHS. Second semester regular class schedule will begin on January 13.
We have a teacher and a group of students that go to the Holland Rescue Mission once a week before school to serve breakfast. While they were serving the week before Thanksgiving they heard that the Mission did not have enough donations to purchase the amount of turkeys needed to serve the annual Thanksgiving dinner to those in need in our community. After hearing this the students returned and asked to share the need with our student body during chapel and request donations. Of course, the answer was yes and the need was shared. I am so blessed to share with you that the HCHS community responded and over $3,500 was raised in two days and presented to the Mission. There was a camera crew from a local news station at the mission to capture the moment, which was wonderful, but what the cameras missed was what I got to experience. I had the honor of watching students live out their faith and the belief that they are blessed to be a blessing. The joy they had as they counted out the donations and shared the total with others was truly a personal gift. They were sharing Jesus with the world.
I am so blessed to walk these halls every day with your children. They are a gift and I can not thank you enough for sharing them with us.
Wishing you all a Blessed Advent and Christmas season. I am excited to begin 2020 together and can’t wait to see what God has planned for us in the New Year!
In Christ’s Love,
/ General Information
The High School office will be closed during the Christmas Break (December 23 – January 3.) The Administration Office will be closed for the holidays from December 24 through January 1 and will resume normal office hours on January 2.
Anyone interested in Dutch Dance may sign up in the high school office and also pick up an information packet.
Bittersweet Ski Club Information
Bittersweet Ski Club forms are available in the office! We have the ski club cards available for purchase in the office when you return your signed form and payment. Student and adult cards are $18 each. If you plan to ride the bus to Bittersweet (12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21 & 3/6), you must pay $25 when you purchase your card. Then each time you ride the bus there will be a $5 fee. Checks should be made out to Holland Christian.
2020-21 Class Signup
Students will be signing up for their 2020 – 2021 classes beginning in late January. Registration information for current 9th – 11th graders will come out by mid-January. All parents are encouraged to discuss with students the opportunities that are available. Current students will submit their course selections online by February 13, 2020.
Tuesday, December 17
8:45-10:15 am 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
10:30-12:00 pm – Make up slot – Tech Center Required
- 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 first semester courses until you take your exams.
- All lunch account negative balances must be paid before exams may be taken.
- All books must be returned and fines paid in the Media Center before exams may be taken.
- All students should check with the bus driver to find out the bus schedule for exam week.
/ From The Athletic Department
2020 CHAMPS coupon books are now available for $25 at the High School Office.
Scheduling/Cancellations/Game Information can be found on the Athletic page on the Holland Christian website.
/ Upcoming Fine Arts Events
24 Hour Theatre Performance will be presented December 7 at 7 pm in the High School Auditorium. There is a $5 admission fee.
The High School Music Department invites you to its annual band, orchestra and choir Christmas concert on Saturday, December 14, in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts, located on the campus of Hope College. We will be offering two performance times for those who would like to attend: one at 2:00 pm and one at 4:00 pm. General admission is free; no reservation is necessary. We look forward to sharing in the celebration of our Savior’s birth through our music.
“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 will be available online starting February 1, 2020. All reserved tickets are $10. High school student tickets are available in the student section for $8.
/ 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 testing went well. According to the College Board website, students should be able to access their scores online beginning December 9.
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 for the February and June test dates. 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). The scholarships your son/daughter should apply for are those sponsored by private organizations. For a listing of scholarships, visit the scholarship portion of the Counseling Department page on the website. 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.
7 – 24 Hour Theatre Performance (7 pm)
12 – World Cultures Event (5:30 – 7 pm)
14 – BOC Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm, Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College
17, 18, 19 and 20 – HS Exams
23 – January 3 – Christmas Vacation
6 – 10 – Winterim
27 – HS Showcase (7 pm)
8 – WinterFest Dance, HS Cafeteria (8:30 pm)
14 – Staff Development (No School)
17 – Winter Break (No School)