Maroon Messenger: May 2018
I know that I have communicated this to you before but I wanted to tell you I think your kids are amazing. They are respectful and cooperative and fun-loving and so talented. Sure, there are times when things are tough or there are hiccups and not-so-fun things to work through, but for the most part they are great and I care deeply for them all.
I also want to thank you for supporting HCHS and me personally during my time here over these past three years and especially during these last few weeks. It has been my honor to serve your children and to lead them and the staff during some very difficult years. I absolutely love working with high school aged students and have always strived to do what is best for each individual student. I will truly miss this place and your kids. But I’m not done quite yet!!!!
May is an extremely busy time for schools, students, and for families. I’ve been very busy working on the staffing model for 2018-19. We have five new teachers we are hiring and we say goodbye to three. There will be some obvious busy work as we onboard a new high school (interim) principal and a whole lot of other things that need to get done before I walk out the door for the last time. Please join me in praying for these things and especially our Seniors as they finish up their education at Holland Christian High School.
HCHS is an amazing school! I thank you for your partnership and for allowing me/us the privilege of working with and for your precious children. I know that I will always have a special place in my heart for HCHS and that I will take a little HC with me as I move to Haiti and continue to serve God there. I covet your prayers for this transition for Shelly and me and invite you all to come and visit us sometime. 🙂
Let’s finish well together!
Serving the King in his Kingdom,
Darryl De Ruiter, Principal
Upcoming TRIP Dates:
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Summer TRIP Hours: (Summer tables are at the High School and Rose Park locations only, 7:30-9:00)
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22, 29
TULIP TIME SCHEDULE – 11:15 dismissal – (No Late start this week)
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
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
You are invited to join the Holland Christian School Orchestras at the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm. This concert will feature a musical variety including Beauty and the Beast, a grand composition by Johannes Brahms, and a new composition by senior Andrew Gretzinger. See the wonderful progression from 4th to high school orchestras, a beautiful picture of education at Holland Christian.
Join the Holland Christian High School Bands at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts as they present their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy jazz music, the Holland Christian drumline, the sounds of the movie Moana, the music of Mozart and Puccini, and a tribute to our seniors.
You are invited to join the choirs of HCHS as they perform their final concert of the year on Wednesday, May 16, in the HCHS Fine Arts auditorium at 7:30 pm. This concert will feature a wide variety of vocal music performed by the Men’s Ensemble, Treble Ensemble, Advanced Choral Ensemble, Living Hope Singers, and several soloists. Come join us as we celebrate another great year of singing together!
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)
SENIORS AND SENIOR PARENTS
Remember that your son or daughter must have completed the 10 service hours required by May 18 to receive a diploma. Please encourage them to complete the requirements as soon as possible. Check PowerSchool under homeroom to see if your student has an “S” = satisfactory or “I” = incomplete and contact their family group teacher with questions.
Seniors End of the year schedule
May 11 All library fines and materials returned to the Media Center
May 14 Honors Evening, HS Auditorium, 7 pm (by invitation only)
May 17 The bookstore will be open all day 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.
May 18 Service hours due (10 hours per year)
May 18 Senior Service Project
May 21 Senior Exams for students who are required to take them (Lecture Hall)
May 22 Graduation Rehearsal (required) 10 am at Central Wesleyan
May 22 Graduation Ceremony – 7:30 pm at Central Wesleyan (No tickets needed)
June 18 – 22 Diploma pick up
Reminder: The “After Graduation Party” follows graduation. We would like to have 100% participation. If you haven’t sent your reservation/donation form in yet please do so today. Plan to load buses at 9:30 pm sharp and return approximately 5:30 am on Wednesday.
Senior Exam Exemption: During the second semester, seniors may work towards being exempt from their final exams. Our policy allows seniors who have either a B average through the final day of a course, or who 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) to be exempt from taking the exam in that course.
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, library materials/books must be returned (or overdue fees paid) and your hot lunch and 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.
SENIORS/PARENTS OF SENIORS
Parents of Seniors: On Monday, May 14, we will hold an Honors Evening for seniors who have been awarded scholarships from colleges or private agencies. Parents are invited to this special evening, which will begin at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium and will include refreshments. The due date for turning in scholarships has passed. If you did submit one to the counseling office, please plan on attending Honors Night.
If you did not already RSVP, please complete the form your son/daughter was given when documentation was turned in or e-mail email@example.com with “Honor’s Night RSVP” in the subject line. If you choose to e-mail, please include the name of the student and the total number of people from your family attending the program.
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 should request their transcripts be sent to NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers via their Parchment account . It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements & make sure his/her senior courses insure eligibility.
Juniors/Parents of Juniors
ACT registration deadline for the June 9, 2018 ACT is May 4, 2018. Go online to www.actstudent.org to register. SAT registration for the June 2, 2018 SAT is May 3, 2018. Go to www.sat.org/register to register.
Many students visit colleges in the summer, especially those that are distant from home. The counselors recommend that you look at online guides beforehand that can help you prepare for a productive college visit.
BITS AND PIECES
Tuesday, May 29 –Tech Students may leave 2nd hour exam when finished/Tech will be notified you may be late.
8:45 – 10:15 – 1st hour
10:30 – 12:00 pm – 2nd hour
Wednesday, May 30 – Tech Required
8:45 – 10:15 am – 3rd hour
10:30 – 12:00 pm – 4/5th hour
Thursday, May 31 – Tech Required
8:45 – 10:15 am – 6th hour
10:30 – 12:00 pm – 7th hour
Friday, June 1 – Tech Required – Last day of Tech Center for Juniors
8:45 – 10:15 am – 8th hour
10:30 -12:00 pm – Make up slot
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 second semester courses until you take your exams.
- All students should check with the bus driver to find out the bus schedule for exam week.
- All books must be returned and fines paid in the Media Center before exams may be taken.
- All lunch accounts must be paid up before exams may be taken.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you for keeping ditto in your thoughts and prayers as our volunteers work tirelessly to support Christian Education. Please consider our store when you shop, donate, or choose to volunteer. We thank our God from whom all blessings flow!
Upcoming Busing Information
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)
Tuition Grant Fund Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 8, Wuskowhan Players Club.
Women’s Golf Event will be Tuesday, May 16. Our annual women’s event that includes nine holes at the beautiful Diamond Springs Golf Course followed by a delicious lunch catered by Alpen Rose Restaurant. For reservations call (616) 820-2805 or email email@example.com for more information.
Important Calendar Dates
May 4 – World Cultures Events
May 8 – Thursday Schedule
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 – All School Convocation – Modified Wednesday schedule – (Late Start today)
May 15 – Orchestra Concert, Jack Miller Center (7:00 pm)
May 15 – Women’s Golf Event, Diamond Springs Golf Course
May 16 – Tuesday schedule – (NO Late Start this Wednesday)
May 16 – Spring Choir Concert, HS Auditorium
May 17 – Band Concert (7:30 Kollen Park), HS Backup location
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
May 29 – June 1 – HS Exams