Maroon Messenger: November 2018
Dear HCHS Parents,
Our students (your child) are such a blessed gift straight from God. It’s part of what makes this calling at school such a high one. We are entrusted to become part of the story of young adults who belong to our Heavenly Father. This past month we had two evenings of Parent Teacher Conferences that provided the opportunity for parents and teachers to dialogue about this important partnership that we have with each other. Thank you to all who were able to attend. We also had two days this past month which allowed teachers the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Educators Association (CEA) conference. This year we headed to Indiana with 1,100 other Christian educators.
November always seems to be a month of transitions. We see the reality of where we are in the school year (halfway through the semester, 25% of the year already over for seniors, students wondering about post-high school action steps, fall sports season wrapping up and winter sports beginning). This transition hits students in a variety of ways. Suddenly we are in a sprint to the end of the semester. Exams are less than 8 weeks away but there is still time to redirect students who might not be learning all that we desire for them to learn. This redirection might be a skill issue or it might be a will issue. Good communication in a variety of ways (student to teacher, teacher to student, student to parent, parent to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher) is vital to achieving our common goals. This might come as a suggestion from a parent or from a teacher that a transition might be needed for them in how they are approaching their studies.
I want to wish you all a great season of Thanksgiving. As you think about preparing your table for thanksgiving, keep in mind all the wonderful things God has given to us. We really do have so much to be thankful for as a school community. I am thankful for your child, I am thankful for our fantastic teachers and I am thankful for our partnership with you in their educational experience.
Thanks for all you do,
HCHS Interim Principal
VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY
You are invited to join us for our Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 12. Our program will begin at 8:45 am in the High School Gym, with coffee in the Cafeteria immediately following.
Instant TRIP: Wednesdays 7:30 am – 9 am
Future TRIP dates: November 7, 14, 28 (No trip November 21)
To our National Merit Commended students:
Ted Bass, Savannah Page and Ryan Storteboom
We are currently meeting with the seniors (individually) to make sure they have all the information they need to make decisions regarding their futures. We are encouraging college bound seniors to get their applications in by Thanksgiving vacation to have the best opportunities for financial aid. We are offering to assist non-college bound seniors with career selection, information, and job placement.
COLLEGE VISITS AND OPEN HOUSES
For a complete listing of colleges visiting the HCHS campus and for various open house dates at colleges and universities, visit the Counseling Department page of the HCHS webpage.
TWO GREAT BOOKLETS
Available for students in the counseling office: Preparing for the ACT booklet contains full-length practice tests, information about the optional writing test, strategies to prepare for the test, and what to expect on test day. The SAT Student Guide contains information about the SAT, test-taking advice and tips, and an official practice test.
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.
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. Go to www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. The website will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process. Also, in winter of your senior year of high school, you will receive a reminder to complete the FAFSA.
Throughout the school year, various scholarship opportunities will be posted online through the Counseling Department. A listing of outside scholarships, both regional and national, will be updated as we receive notices of scholarships. Beginning in the second semester, there will be information online about the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation Scholarships that are open to Holland Christian students and also internal HC scholarships, which are for Holland Christian students only. Be sure to check the Scholarship portion of the Counseling Department website.
- Upcoming ACT test dates are December 8 (regular deadline is November 2), 2018, February 9 (regular deadline is January 11), April 13 (regular deadline is March 8) and June 8 (regular deadline is May 3), 2019. HCHS is a testing site for each testing date this school year. Register for the test at www.actstudent.org.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are December 1, 2018 (regular deadline is November 2), March 9 (regular deadline is February 8), May 4 (regular deadline is April 5), and June 1, 2019 (regular deadline is May 3). HCHS is a testing site for only the March 9 test date. To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.org.
The October 10 PSAT testing went very well. According to the College Board website, students should be able to access their scores online beginning December 12.
If you are considering attending a Division 1 or 2 university and hope to compete on an athletic team, you MUST complete an NCAA application eligibility form on line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. This is the student’s responsibility. If you are considering participating in athletics at a NAIA school (private schools that award athletic scholarships), you MUST register with the NAIA Clearinghouse at www.playnaia.org. This is the student’s responsibility.
UPCOMING FINE ARTS EVENTS
The Choir Concert is on Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm.
Holland Christian High School’s musical performance of Cinderella is just around the corner! We are thrilled to share this classic, family-friendly story of kindness & courage. Join us on November 15, 16, & 17 at 7:00 pm and November 17 at 2:00 pm to experience the magic of Cinderella, brought to life by over one-hundred HC students across cast, crew, and pit orchestra. Tickets can be purchased online at hchs.ludus.com.
SWINGIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY
Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, November 9 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. in the HCHS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45-7:30 p.m. and from 7:30-9:00 p.m. there will be dancing, vocal soloists, HC Jazz Bands and a guest band called the Old Timers Jazz Band! Enjoy desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 at the door. All ages are invited to join the fun!
For all the upcoming Living Hope Performance dates and locations see the Events Calendar.
Winter Sports Tryouts
Boys Basketball, November 5
Boys Swim/Dive, November 19
Competitive Cheer, November 5
Girls Basketball, November 12
Ice Hockey, November 1 and 2
See the website for Scheduling/Cancellations and Game Information.
All athletes must have an approved pre-participation physical form (dated after 4/15/18) on file in the Athletic Office before they may try out. The form is available here.
2019 CHAMPS Coupon Books
2019 CHAMPS Coupon Books will be available after Thanksgiving break.
Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance the Good.
On Thursday, November 8, Holland Christian will be hosting our second annual Q Commons. Join with 25,000 other people around the world to hear global and local speakers address the topic of The Power of We. Tickets are $10 for the evening, and are now available. If this year’s event is anything like last year, the seats on Main Street at HCHS will fill up fast! Find more details and register at qcommons.com/holland.
Tuesday, December 18
8:45-10:15 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 19
8:45-10:15 am Period 3 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 4/5 Exam – Tech Center Required
Thursday, December 20
8:45-10:15 am Period 6 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 7 Exam – Tech Center Required
Friday, December 21
8:45-10:15 am Period 8 Exam
Make up slot 10:30-12:00 pm – Tech Center Required
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
November 1 – Fall Choir Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm
November 9 – Swingin’ the Night Away, HS Cafeteria, 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
November 12 – Veteran’s Day Assembly, HS Gym, 8:45 am
November 15 – 17 – “Cinderella”, HS Auditorium, 7 pm (also 11/17 at 2 pm)
November 21 – Half Day (No late start)
November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Vacation
November 30-December 1 – 24 Hour Theatre
December 12 – World Cultures Night
December 15 – BOC Christmas Concert, 2:00 & 4:00 , Zeeland Performing Arts Center
December 18, 19, 20, 21 – HS Exams
December 22 – January 6 – Christmas Vacation
January 7 – 11 – Winterim