Maroon Messenger: April 2018
Hang on ’cause here we go. Post-Spring Break school is crazy! It is crazy fun but also crazy busy. There is this unique time each year in the education world where we focus on wrapping up the current school year while at the same time doing a bunch of planning for the next school year. Returning students have already signed up for classes for 2018-19. Many seniors have already made decisions about where they’ll be and/or what they’ll be doing next year, while others are still in that process. The staffing model for next year is being developed and teachers will be receiving contracts shortly after we all return from spring break. Good stuff! Busy stuff! Important stuff!
Thank you to all who were able to make it to the recent Parent/Teacher Conferences. It was great to see and visit with so many of you and I always love to see the partnership of Christian education in action. Thank you for supporting your kids and our teachers so well. I also appreciated the many kind words and encouraging conversations I was able to have with many of you regarding my recent announcement that I will not be returning to HCHS after this year.
Holland Christian Schools is in great hands because this school belongs to the King of kings. You can be certain of this truth. Really good people have been called and hired to lead and serve here in a variety of roles and you can, and you should, trust that they know what they are doing when it comes to education and to providing a quality, biblically-based education that is equipping the minds and nurturing the hearts of your kids so that they can transform the world for Jesus Christ. The partnership in this endeavor only works when trust is present. Pray for and encourage the board, the administration, the teachers and staff daily. They need it and they deserve it. A new principal will be sought and eventually hired. Trust that process and the eventual decision(s) made.
Thank you for supporting your kids and Holland Christian High School.
Darryl DeRuiter, HCHS Principal
2018-2019 TUITION GRANT APPLICATION
Grandparents and Grand-Friends Day at the High School
At Holland Christian we teach our students to be wisdom seekers and to faithfully listen to the Word of God as it guides our path. As wise influences in their lives, you are invited to Grandparents/Grand-Friends Day at the high school, a day where you are able to go to class, experience chapel, enjoy conversations over coffee and cookies, and go out for lunch. Join us on April 20, 2018 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. See you then!
Holland Christian High School Theatre Presents The Westing Game
The unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game, as they must discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on, and the only people who hold all the clues are one Westing heir and you. This intimate, blackbox-style adaption of Ellen Raskin’s Newberry-winning novel is one you’ll not want to miss!
Tickets are available on hchs.ludus.com. Performances are April 19 and 20 at 7:00 pm and April 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
The Holland Christian High School Choirs and Orchestra invite you to their annual oratorio concert as they perform portions of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Christ Memorial Church.
The Athletic Department of Holland Christian Schools is offering students entering grades 7-12 the opportunity to complete a state-required athletic physical. This required physical will allow your student to participate in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Note: If you bring your student to their personal physician, the exam must be dated after April 15 to be valid.
Physicals will be given Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 PM at South Washington Family Medicine (Lakeshore Health Partners, 904 Washington Ave., #210) for the nominal fee of $15. For a simple and quick appointment, please click on this link. The 2018-2019 physical forms are also available through this link.
HCHS Athletics offers summer camp opportunities for students of all ages! Registration and details including dates and times for each camp are here.
Summer dead week: July 2 – July 7
HS Fall Sports Start August 8 (Football Starts August 6)
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) is a fundraising program available to help offset the cost of Holland Christian tuition. The more you use the TRIP program the more you earn.
Instant TRIP is available on Wednesdays 7:30 am – 9 am at Rose Park and the High School. First come, first served!
Future TRIP dates
April 11, 18, 25 (No trip April 4 – Spring Break)
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM: HOST FAMILIES for 2018/19
Holland Christian is blessed to have incredibly dedicated families who are passionate about raising their children with a Christian education. There are international parents who dream of providing the best education in the world for their children and are willing to sacrifice enormously for that. Holland Christian can provide teenagers around the world with a quality life-impacting Christian education. If you would like more information about being a host family and receive a generous stipend for making a significant and lasting impact, please contact Karen DeRoo at email@example.com
PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP
- Attendance Guidelines for Students – Once at school students are required to sign out on the dismissal sheet located in the office before leaving school. Students must obtain parent and office permission before leaving school at other than normal times. Students must sign in when coming into school after the school day has started.
- After 8:10 a.m. students must use door A on the east side of the building, as we are a secure campus with all doors locked during the school day. Remember to check in the main office to come and/or go during the school day.
- Holland Christian High School operates as a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the grounds, especially during their lunch period, without the permission of the office. Tuesday (Block Day) is an exception to this rule, as seniors are allowed to leave for lunch. Parents who want to take only their student(s) out for lunch must personally check them out in the office. Youth leaders or older siblings (out of high school) may also sign them out. Other student requests to leave campus for lunch will ordinarily be denied. Students who leave campus unexcused for lunch will receive 2 lunch detentions.
- A reminder that all absences (except school related) count towards the 12 absences allowed per semester before loss of credit. Please see the student handbook on the Holland Christian website for more details on this policy.
SENIORS/PARENTS OF SENIORS
FAFSA & FINANCIAL AID: If you have filed your online FAFSA you will receive your SAR (Student Aid Report) by email. The SAR explains your eligibility for student aid and lists the calculation for your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Some colleges require an Aid Package from each college that you listed on your FAFSA application. This package is usually made up of (a) grants and scholarships (gift money you don’t need to pay back), (b) work-study (money earned by the student on campus), and (c) loans (you need to pay back + interest). The package may cover all of your need or a portion of it. The balance is your responsibility.
You are encouraged to compare packages from similar colleges. If you want to attend the college that did not offer you the best financial aid package, contact the college financial aid officer to see if they will match the best package.
HONORS NIGHT/GRADUATION PROGRAMS
We would like to celebrate the accomplishments of your seniors by including a list of all merit scholarship recipients in the Honors Night & Graduation Programs. If your senior son/daughter is receiving a merit scholarship (not financial aid) from a college you know he/she will be attending or from any other outside source, please provide Mrs. VanderLaan in the high school office with written verification of the award. You may copy the letter or the email notifying you of the award. Once we receive verification of the award, you may pick up an invitation to Honors Night. Please reserve the evening of Monday, May 14 for this event. It is a special night to acknowledge the hard work of our seniors. The due date for handing in proof of scholarships is April 26, and the due date to RSVP for Honors Night is May 4.
JUNIORS/PARENTS OF JUNIORS
Suggested ACT test dates for juniors are: June 9 (registration deadline May 4), July 14, (registration deadline June 15), September 8, October 27, and December 8. SAT test dates are: May 5 (registration deadline April 6), June 2 (registration deadline May 3) and August 25, October 6, November 3, and December 1. The ACT and SAT may be taken more than once; colleges accept the highest score for admission and scholarships. The Holland Christian High School code, used in registering, is 231965. To register visit www.actstudent.org and also www.sat.org/register. Holland Christian High School is a testing site for the ACT (not including the July 14 date); HCHS is also a testing site for only the November 3 SAT.
We encourage juniors to begin exploring specific colleges. Juniors and seniors may use parental approved absence days to visit colleges during a school day. For seniors, college visit days DO count toward the minimum of two absences for exam exemption. Spring break of junior year is an ideal time to visit colleges.
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 at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. NCAA rules require that official ACT scores come directly from ACT (www.actstudent.org) or SAT (www.collegeboard.com). 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. For a complete listing of NAIA schools & an application visit www.naia.org. Students can request their transcripts be sent to NCAA Eligibility Center and NAIA Eligibility Center through their Parchment account. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements & make sure his/her senior courses insure eligibility.
Tuition Grant Fund Golf Outing
Put together your favorite foursome and enjoy a round of golf on Tuesday, May 8 at the challenging and beautiful Wuskowhan Players Club. Space is limited, so reserve a place for your foursome early! Call (616) 820-2805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or more information.
Women’s Golf Event at Diamond Springs Golf Course
Our annual women’s event that includes nine holes will be held on Tuesday, May 15, followed by a delicious lunch catered by Alpen Rose Restaurant. For reservations call (616) 820-2805 or email email@example.com for more information.
2018 Living Stones Lecture Series and Dinner
The Living Stones Lecture will be held on May 1, at Holland Christian High School. The featured speaker is Andy Crouch, one of the preeminent Christian thinkers and authors today, focusing on the connections between culture, creativity and faith – work that finds him on speaker lists for many major Christian conferences and leadership events taking place around the world. To reserve your space for this inspirational evening, contact Tricia Koops at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 820-2805.
BITS AND PIECES
Junior/Senior banquet – April 27
Street Parking on Front Ave. (street west of Museum)
Tulip Time Week Schedule
Wednesday, May 9 – 8-8:50 1st hour, 8:55-9:25 Honors Chapel, 9:30-10:20 2nd hour, 10:25-11:15 3rd hour , dismissal at 11:15 (Note: NO late start this week)
Thursday, May 10 – 8-8:45 4/5th hour, 8:50-9:35 6th hour, 9:40-10:25 7th hour, 10:30-11:15 8th hour, dismissal at 11:15
Compassionate Heart Ministry Fundraising Dinner
The annual Friends of the Heart Fundraising Dinner is quickly approaching and they are excited to share with you that Kirk Cousins will be the speaker for the event this year! The dinner is May 17, 2018 at 6 PM at Hope College DeVos Field House. Dinner Reservation: $100 per person; Meet & Greet Ticket: $50 per person
Registration is open for summer camps at HCS. We are excited to offer a variety of distinctively Christian camps for all ages (there are even some options for adults). Check out our offerings here. There are camps offered from June 4 through August 10. Some camps have a limited number of spots, so register soon.
Upcoming Busing Information Here
The days our public school partners will NOT be providing transportation.
Zeeland Public Schools
May 9, 10, 11 (No PM transportation)
Holland Public Schools
May 9, 10 – 1/2 day
West Ottawa Public Schools
May 10 (No PM Transportation)
Reminder senior exam exemption policy
During the second semester, seniors may work towards being exempt from their final exams. Our policy allows seniors to be exempt from taking the exam in that course if:
- they have either a B average through the final day of a course
- or 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).
Remember that your son or daughter must have completed the 10 services hours required by Friday, May 18 to receive a diploma. No final transcripts will be mailed out until all service hours have been turned in. Please encourage them to complete the requirements as soon as possible. Check Power School under Unplugged to see if your student has an “S” = satisfactory or “I” = incomplete. If your senior has questions about how many are owed, they need to talk to the family group teacher.
The following end of the year schedule should help you with planning:
May 3 Graduation Robe Distribution (during lunch in the office)
May 12 All library fines paid and materials returned
May 14 Honors Evening, HS Auditorium, 7 pm (by invitation only)
May 17 The bookstore will be open all day for Seniors to return their books. Please do not leave books on the bookstore ledge. If no one is in the bookstore just bring them to the office. If you need any books for your exam return them to the office after your exam.
May 18 Service hours due (10 hours)
May 18 Senior Service Project
May 21 Senior Exams for students who are required to take them
May 22 Graduation Rehearsal (required) – 10 am
May 22 Graduation Ceremony – 7:30 pm at Central Wesleyan Church
June 18 – 22 Diploma pick up in the high school office
Reminder: Graduation All Night Party is right after graduation. If you haven’t sent your reservation/donation form in yet please do so soon. Plan to load buses at 9:30 pm sharp and return approximately 5:30 am on Wednesday.
Diplomas will be available for pick up from the High School Office June 18-22. Diplomas can be picked up anytime between 8 am – 3 pm. Before students can get their diploma all service hours must be complete, all textbooks and library materials/books must be returned and your 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.
ADVANCE NOTICE – EXAM SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 29
8:45 am – 10:15 am – 1st hour
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – 2nd hour
Wednesday, May 30
8:45 am – 10:15 am – 3rd hour
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – 4th/5th Hour
Thursday, May 31
8:45 am – 10:15 am – 6th hour
10:30 am – 12:00 pm -7th hour
Friday, June 1
8:45 am – 10:15 am – 8th hour
10:15 am – 12:00 pm – Makeup slot
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
March 30 – April 6 – Spring Vacation (No School)
April 9 – School resumes
April 15 – Choir and Orchestra Oratorio at Christ Memorial Church (2 pm)
April 17 – Sports Physicals
April 19 – HC Society Meeting at HCHS (7 pm)
April 19, 20 & 21 – Spring Play – The Westing Game
April 20 – Grandparents/Grand-Friends Day
April 27 – Junior/Senior Banquet (Pinnacle)
May 1 – Living Stones Dinner and Fund Raiser
May 4 – World Cultures Events
May 8 – Tuition Grant Fund Golf Outing, Wuskowhan Players Club
May 9 – Honors Assembly – No late start
May 9 & 10 – Tulip Time (11:15 dismissal)
May 14 – Senior Honors Evening (7 pm) with Art Exhibition
May 15 – Women’s Golf Event, Diamond Springs Golf Course
May 15 – Orchestra Concert at Jack Miller Center (7 pm)
May 16 – Spring Choir Concert, HS Auditorium
May 17 – Band Concert (7:30 Kollen Park)
May 17 – Last Day for Seniors
May 18 – Senior Serve Day
May 21 – Senior Exams
May 22 – Commencement, Central Wesleyan (7:30 pm)
May 28 – Memorial Day Vacation