Maroon Messenger: June 2019
It is hard to believe that the 2018-19 school year has come to a close! I can’t express what an honor it has been for me to become part of the Holland Christian High School family! As we end the year please join me in congratulating the 2019 graduating class. These 170 Seniors celebrated their graduation on May 21 and we wish them well as they leave us to do whatever they are being called to do, both in the near future as well as for the rest of their lives.
We also say goodbye and thank you to teachers John Knoester, Tim Lont , Elizabeth Mogck, Maria Rooks, Amanda Cisneros, Paige Deur, Caitlin Skiba and Lydia Frens who will not be returning to HCHS next fall. We can not thank them enough for the love, time and support that they have given to our students over their time at HC! We are confident that God will bless them greatly as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. We are currently working to fill these positions and will communicate with you next fall whom God has called to fill the gaps.
As with all school years there are highs and lows and this year is no exception, but without a doubt it has been a wonderful year. I have watched students grow into becoming the young men and women that God created them to be and strive to support each other by creating a Christ centered community that brings Shalom to Chaos as well as welcomes and includes everyone by Preparing a Table for All. As much as these positive activities have been at the center of our year together, there have also been actions and behaviors over the year that have been obstacles to creating this type of community. Excluding others, tearing each other down, posting negative social media comments about others, playing music that contains racial slurs and using language that is not Christ honoring are also behaviors that have occurred. Please know the expectation is that we all will strive to create a learning environment that is Christ honoring and develops community. We know that there will be times when we fall short of meeting this expectation but also know that together, with God’s help, we will address the issue, learn from it, build each other up and strive to restore community. I am excited to see what God has planned for the future as we grow together and become a school community that is Christ honoring in all we do.
I want to wish you and your families a safe and relaxing summer. If you have any questions during the summer about school, please call the High School office at (616) 820-2905 and Kelli Van Eerden or Charity VanderLaan will help you.
It is an honor to serve as your Principal.
In His Service,
How to get your 18/19 grades online after June 5
- Log in to PowerSchool as either parent or student.
- Click on the “Grades History” icon on the left.
- Grades for the current school year will be listed
The columns for 2nd semester are:A2 (18 weeks of coursework), E2 (2nd semester exam), and S2 (2nd semester final grade – this is the important one that appears on transcripts and determines cumulative GPA).
Click here for the 2019 graduation video. Congratulations to Holland Christian High School Class of 2019!
From the family of Riley Hoeksema
Join us in a Random Acts of Kindness Day on June 19th (the anniversary of the accident). Imagine the Christian wave of kindness we can make! Riley had such a warm heart, kind spirit, and big smile. We want everyone to feel it on June 19. Join our Facebook page, “Riley’s Kindness” to receive ideas and to share the kind gesture you gave (or received!). There are business cards available at all Russ’ locations and Quality Car wash locations for you to hand out to the recipients of your kindness so they will learn the meaning behind our actions on this day! Please join us in spreading Riley’s kindness!
Diplomas and Transcripts for Class of 2019
Graduates please remember to pick up your diploma in the High School Office during the week of June 17 – 21. Diplomas can be picked up anytime between 7:30 am and 3 pm. Diplomas will not be mailed. If a final transcript needs to be sent to your college please request it via your Parchment account, if you haven’t already done so. Beginning August 1, 2019, any requests you make on your Parchment account are no longer free.
Senior Camp, Class of 2020
It is not too late to sign up for the Senior Camp on August 11 and 12. We would love to have 100% participation. Please complete the forms emailed to you as soon as possible.
School Start Letter
Watch for your school start letter to be emailed at the beginning of August. To ensure that we have the correct email addresses, home contact information and emergency contact information for you, please check and update your information in PowerSchool using the instructions located here. If you do not have a PowerSchool account yet, please watch for emails in August with the information you need to either create an account or add a new child to your account.
Future TRIP dates for the summer
June 5 & 19
July 3, 17 & 31
August 7 & 21 & 28
Transportation Options for the 2019-20 school year
The bus transportation information and registration forms for HPS, WO, ZPS, and HC have been updated on the website. Please register soon for the 19-20 school year as most forms are due by the beginning of June.
Each family requesting bus transportation for their children should access the forms for the appropriate transportation department from this website and follow the instructions listed. If you need assistance or have questions about registering for the upcoming school year please contact the Administration Office at (616) 820-2805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC INFORMATION
- Summer Sports Camps and summer athletic opportunities are available for students of all ages in a wide variety of sports. Details of these, along with online sign-up, can be found here.
- As a school that supports participation in multiple sports, we encourage every athlete to attend our Strength & Conditioning program that meets every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (June 3 – August 8) from 7:30-9:00AM at the stadium. More information can be found here.
- Dead Week – July 1 – 7
- HS Fall Down Time – August 1 – 13
- Athletic Physical Forms must be turned in before tryouts – we are now partnered with FinalForms for all athletic registrations and physical forms. More information can be found here.
- Impact Testing: As summer is approaching and you plan on playing a sport in the 2019-2020 school year, please remember to sign up for impact testing. Sign up sheet can be found at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4EACAA2CA0FB6-impact
Testing will be completed from the end of June to the beginning of August.If you have any questions please contact Karianne, the athletic trainer at email@example.com
Health Plans/Medications for 2019/20 school year
A reminder to get school health plans and medication orders completed by your child’s physician this summer so we have those on the first day of class in August. The forms are available on the website under parent resources. Please call or email Jane Borr, School Nurse Consultant with any questions at (616) 394-3414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming ACT and SAT dates are set, if you would like to plan ahead.
ACT – September 14, 2019 (registration deadline August 16), October 26, 2019 (registration deadline September 20), and December 14, 2019 (registration deadline November 8). HCHS is a testing site for these three ACT dates. Go to www.act.org to register.
SAT – August 24, 2019 (registration deadline July 26), October 5, 2019 (registration deadline September 6), November 2, 2019 (registration deadline October 3) and December 7, 2019 (registration deadline November 8). HCHS will be a testing site for the November 2 test. Go to www.sat.org to register.
June 17 – 21 Graduates pick up diplomas (7:30 am – 3 pm)
August 12 – 14 Fall Sports Tryouts
August 11 & 12 Senior Camp
August 19 Freshman Orientation from 8 am – 11:30 am (Lunch included at 11:30 am)
August 19 International & New Students (Non freshman)
Lecture Hall (9 am – 11:00 am) Cafeteria (11:00 am – 11:30 am Pizza)
Laptop Boot Camp (11:30 am – 12:15 pm) Lecture Hall
August 19 Student Check In/Picture Day/laptop pick up (11:30 am. to 3 pm)
Laptops will be available from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm in the Media Center
To help speed the picture taking process we would like to suggest the following schedule. If the times don’t work for you, it is okay to come at a different time.
- 9th Grade 11:30 am -12:30 pm
- 12th Grade 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm
- 10th Grade 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
- 11th Grade 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
- Anyone 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
August 20 All Students Report (8 am – 2:45 pm)
August 30 No School (Staff Development)
September 2 Labor Day – No School
September 27 Senior picture deadline, for details, click here.
Summer Office Hours
June 3 – June 28 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
July 3 – 5 Office Closed
July 1 – August 2 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (closed on Fridays)
August 5 – 16 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
If you need immediate service when the high school office is closed please call the Administration Office at 616-820-2805.
SAVE THE DATE
Holland Christian’s Annual Homecoming Family Weekend – Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14
Kid’s Stuff Resale – Saturday, September 21
Tuition Grant Fund Auction – Saturday, October 5