Maroon Messenger: February 2019
I can not believe how fast my first month as your principal has gone and that February is already here! Part of the reason it feels like it has gone so quickly is because as I write this letter on the last day of January over the past 2 weeks we have had 5 snow days, one 2-hour delay and one holiday. Since second semester began on January 7 we have only had 7 days of school plus Winterim week. That’s why it feels like it has gone so quickly! As I reflect back on the past month I am amazed by all of the wonderful things that are happening at HCHS everyday. I began my first week experiencing Winterim 2019 and it was a huge success! It took so much planning and organizing to make this an impactful experience for our students. Classes were designed to give students in-depth experiences both in the classroom and out in the community. We also had 168 juniors and seniors participating in internships all around the country. These opportunities could not happen without all of our faithful supporters who served as guest instructors and opened their doors to us and gave our students an experience that we could never duplicate without their support. Winterim could not happen without strong direction and leadership and we are blessed to have Heidi Nykamp and Aaron Meckes (Winterim Directors) and Lydia Frens (Winterim Internship Director) working together to make this experience a reality. We thank God for an exciting and safe learning experience for all involved. I’m looking forward to next year!
Snow and cold weather days aside, second semester is off to a good start and staff and students have begun engaging together in new courses, new goals and new expectations for the semester.
This is also the time of year where we find ourselves beginning the second half of this school year as we are looking ahead to the next school year. One of our looking ahead events is the High School Showcase. Because of a snow day this past Monday the event was cancelled and has been rescheduled for February 4 at 7. This event is for prospective incoming 9th grade students and their parents to come and meet our teachers and many of our current students as they learn about our mission and a bit of what life at HCHS will be like for them if they become members of the Holland Christian High School family.
Information is being shared with current freshmen through juniors about class choices for next school year as well as the process for how to sign up for their classes. We have a lot of detailed information for parents on our website about the process as well as a video that was created by our Registrar, Ms. Jefts, to support you through the process. The link to this video will be sent out to you in the next week. Parents are always welcome to schedule a meeting with their student’s counselor for additional support.
As I walk the halls of our building and as I think about all of the amazing opportunities that are available for our students, I am reminded how blessed we are to be part of such a faithful community of Christ followers who strive daily to make the mission of Holland Christian a reality in the lives of our students. Thank you for partnering with us!
In His Service,
Winterfest is coming! Semi-Formal Dance will be Saturday, February 9 (8:30 pm – 11:30 pm) in the High School Cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale on Main Street February 4 during lunch for $10 each, or $15 each at the door the night of the dance. Because of weather and school cancellations, Guest Forms will be accepted through Wednesday, February 6 at 3:00 pm.
2019 – 2020 Class Signup
Students will be signing up for their 2019 – 2020 classes in early February. All parents are encouraged to discuss with students the opportunities that are available. Updated information is available on the Holland Christian website on the Registrar’s page. Here is where you will also find course descriptions for all classes. In addition, an instructional registration video will be posted this week. Parents and students will be notified by email when that video is available.
Current students will submit their course selections online before 8:00 am, Friday, February 22. Incoming freshman and their parents can also attend the registration session at the High School Showcase on Monday, February 4.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM: HOST FAMILIES for 2019/20
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 making a significant and lasting impact, please contact Karen DeRoo at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019-2020 TUITION GRANT APPLICATION
The 2019-2020 tuition grant application will be available on February 1 at www.factstuitionaid.com. Applications are due by April 15. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Terry VanDerKolk at (616) 820-2807 or email@example.com.
Bittersweet Ski Club Information
Bittersweet Ski Club forms and cards are available in the office! Stop in anytime and purchase student ski club cards once your form is filled out. We are sold out of adult cards. Student cards are $17 each. Checks MUST be payable to Holland Christian Schools. Cash will also be accepted.
There will be a bus leaving from the High School on February 8, 22, and March 1, weather permitting. Details and sign up sheets available in the office.
Dead Week (no team activities or use of facilities): July 1 – 7
Preseason Downtime (limited activities for fall teams): August 1 – Start of Season (August 14 for Swim & Volleyball, August 12 for All Other Sports)
FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT
A Night at the Disco: Hits from the 70’s (A Living Hope Showcase Event)
Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance as they celebrate music from the 1970’s. Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian High School Auditorium. Reserved tickets will be available online starting December 8. Tickets can be ordered here. Order tickets early for the best seats!
SCHOLARSHIP LISTINGS/SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
For a listing of scholarships and summer opportunities available to all class levels, go here and click on “Scholarships” or “Opportunities.” The listing is updated as the guidance office is notified of scholarships and summer camps. Notice of listing updates for scholarships will be in the daily announcements.
AP testing will be offered at Holland Christian High School in May for AP Calculus, World History, US History, Spanish, Statistics, Portfolio Art, and Psychology. The fee is $94 per test; checks should be payable to Holland Christian Schools. Sign ups will run from February 25 – March 15, 2019. Students will be given a link to sign up online, and then payment must be brought in the high school office by March 15. For more information, pick up an AP Testing Bulletin from an AP class teacher or click here to read it online.
CAREERLINE TECH CENTER
Careerline Tech Center is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 for students considering a Tech Center program for the 2019-20 school year. The Open House will run from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Careerline Tech Center is located at 13663 Port Sheldon Street, Holland MI 49424. Questions call 616-738-8950.
For those students who signed up to attend for the Tech Center observation day that was on January 31, due to the snow days it has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2019. If you had signed up for the observation day, you are automatically signed up to go on February 7.
JUNIORS & PARENTS – ACT/SAT PREP
Juniors will have the opportunity to take ACT/SAT prep sessions on Wednesdays February 6 and 27, and March 6, 2019 at HCHS during Family Flex times. Junior parents and students have been notified of this via email, and students have had the opportunity to sign up for the sessions they are interested in.
Students may take the ACT/SAT as often as they wish; colleges accept the highest score. The test is also used for scholarship purposes. Juniors are encouraged to take one of each test to see which one is stronger for them; they are then encouraged to focus on which test better suits them. The next scheduled ACT is April 13, 2019 with a registration deadline of March 8, 2019. The next scheduled SAT is March 9, 2019 with a registration deadline of February 8, 2019. Check with your son’s/daughter’s possible colleges to see if the optional writing section of the ACT or SAT is required for admission. To register and view all upcoming testing dates and testing locations visit www.actstudent.org for the ACT and www.sat.org for the SAT. A fee is charged for testing. Students who qualify based on family income may receive a fee waiver in the guidance office.
JUNIORS & SENIORS
HELPFUL BOOKLETS: Free copies of “Preparing for the ACT” and “The SAT Student Guide” are available in the counseling office. Feel free to stop by and pick them up!
COLLEGE ATHLETICS/NCAA & NAIA ELIGIBILITY
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. If an NCAA or NAIA application is made online, a copy of the completed form must be given to the counseling secretary for submission of the student’s transcript to the eligibility centers. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements & make sure his/her senior courses insure eligibility.
SENIORS & PARENTS – FINANCIAL AID
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 www.StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
Do you want to get the most out of your money for 2019?
- Spend only what you are already spending on normal family expenses.
- Yet you receive money towards your tuition.
Make it your resolution to use TRIP for whatever you can and let it work for you!
Come to a TRIP (tuition reduction program) informational meeting!
What: T.R.I.P. 101
Where: Courtyard Marriott on 8th Street in their coffee lounge
When: Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Bring: Laptop or Ipad if you want to begin your T.R.I.P. process at the meeting
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
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 10, 17, 24 (No trip April 3 – Spring Break)
Upcoming Busing Information
The days our public school partners will NOT be providing transportation.
Zeeland Public Schools
April 19 (No PM transportation)
May 8, 9, 10 (No PM transportation)
Holland Public Schools
February 26 (No PM transportation)
March 12 (No PM transportation)
May 8, 9 (No PM transportation)
West Ottawa Public Schools
May 9 (No PM transportation)
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
February 9 – WinterFest Dance, HS Cafeteria (8:30 pm – 11:30 pm)
February 15 – Staff Development (No School)
February 18 – Winter Break (No School)
February 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March 2 – Spring Kids Stuff Resale (8 am – Noon)
March 5 – Parent Teacher Conferences (3:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
March 15 & 16 – Living Hope Showcase (7 pm)
March 22 – Swinging the Night Away (6:45 pm – 9:30 pm)
March 26 – Band Extravaganza (7:o0 pm, Jack Miller Center)
March 29 – April 7 – Spring Vacation (No School)
April 8 – School resumes
April 13 – Oratorio Concert (7:00, pm Jack Miller Center)
May 3 – Jr/Sr Banquet