Maroon Messenger: October 2018
Hello Parents and Friends,
We continue to have a good year at HCHS! In early September we hosted our annual parent night and I greatly enjoyed meeting and visiting with several of you. It sounded like many of you took this opportunity to meet our wonderful teachers and get a sneak peek into their hearts and classrooms as they shared a bit about themselves and the classes they are passionate to teach.
I love it when the activities of our days and the skills and behaviors learned and practiced by our students live out our theme of Preparing a Table. I have been hearing several stories of our students going out and serving our community. The other morning on my way to work, I was reminded of the true dedication when I saw a group of our students heading into the Holland Rescue Mission, led by one of our marvelous teachers. Our Discipleship Practices help us to think of different ways we can Prepare a Table, which is living life the way God designed and intended it to be.
This month, students completed the first MAP testing session. In the weeks ahead we will begin to get some data and will be learning how we as a school can best use this data to improve instruction for each individual student.
We also recently hosted the movie presentation of Screenagers. Screenagers takes a deeply personal approach into the vulnerable corners of family life, including exploring struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. We had a very good turnout and those who came appreciated the information, education, and strategies for parents that were shared.
As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. We are grateful to partner with you in equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s been another great month and we look forward to seeing the growth of your child each and everyday.
Thanks for all you do,
HCHS Interim Principal
All students who drive to school are required to display a parking permit on their vehicle. They are available in the office.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences for High School will take place on Thursday, October 11 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The Administration Office will be emailing you sign up directions.
Picture retakes will be October 10 from 10:25 – 11:45 am. If you have not taken a photo yet please plan to have your photo taken. If you are unhappy with your school photo just return the package you purchased and a new photo will be taken.
Click here for dates with NO busing.
TRIP is on Wednesdays – 7:30 am – 9 am
Upcoming TRIP dates: October 3,10,17,24, 31 and November 7, 14, 28 (No trip on 21)
Winter Sports Tryouts
Boys Basketball, November 5
Competitive Cheer, November 5
Girls Basketball, November 12
Boys Swim/Dive, November 19
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.
The PE staff has combination locks available to purchase for $5. It is highly recommended that students use a lock for their clothes during class.
The Maroon and White Shop
We’re open every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm . Come and check out all the new items for your entire family!
The Maroon & White Shop is looking for volunteers for Wednesday mornings. Two shifts are available 8-10:30 or 10:30-1:00. Contact Dawn Mulder @ email@example.com if you are interested.
You are cordially invited to attend the Tuition Grant Fund Auction on Saturday, October 13. It’s held on Holland Christian High School’s Main Street and is a fun evening that exists to raise money for Christian education, working to make it more affordable for everyone. We take a delicious dinner catered in style by Alpenrose, and add live music, energetic emcees, and interesting people. In addition to entertainment and fellowship, you get to bid on over 130 fabulous gifts graciously given by our community, all to support Holland Christian’s Tuition Grant Fund. We offer a wide variety of items and price points on the buy-a-line auction so that anyone can participate in the fun. Register here and if you have questions, contact Leanne Halma at 616-820-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We have invited parents to attend a meeting with their 11th grade student. This is our junior check-in meeting, when we discuss topics such as post-high school plans, course selection for senior year, standardized testing, college visits and applications, and financial aid for college. We have emailed the link to each counselor’s calendar for parents to make an appointment. These meetings are all held during the school day, but if you are unable to attend, your student will still have one with his/her counselor and receive all the information.
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.
College Visits, Fairs & Activities:
For a complete listing of colleges visiting HCHS visit 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 November 3 (regular deadline is October 5), 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 November 3 and March 9 test dates. To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.org.
- There is information about free ACT and SAT Preparation on the Holland Christian website; also, pick up a free “Preparing for the ACT” and a free “SAT Student Guide” booklet in the counseling office.
- PSAT: Students who signed up for the PSAT will be taking it on Wednesday October 10, 2018. More details will be emailed to those students.
FINE ARTS EVENTS
Come and celebrate Holland Christian High School’s Festival of Fine Arts! From student sculptures to fiddle tunes, from choral anthems to the deep sounds of the tuba, prepare to enjoy a rich diversity of the arts.
- The Band and Orchestra Fall Pops Concert is on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm.
- The Choir Concert is on Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm.
- The Fall Art Exhibition will be on display in Main Street from October 29 – November 5. Come eat snacks, listen to music, and soak in art!
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 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.
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.
SWINGIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY
Annual Swingin’ the Night Away is Friday, November 9, 6:45 pm.- 9:30 pm. in the HS Cafeteria. Free dance instructions from 6:45 pm.- 7:30 pm. and 7:30 pm. – 9:30 pm. Dancing, vocal soloists, and HC Jazz Bands. Enjoy desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 at the door. Due to popular demand, Swinging’ the Night Away will also be held on Friday, March 22, 2019!
For all the upcoming Living Hope Performance dates and locations see the Events Calendar.
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
October 10 Picture Retake, 10:25 – 11:45 am
October 11 Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
October 13 Tuition Grant Fund Auction, HS, 6:00 pm
October 16 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
October 25 & 26 CEA Staff Development (No school)
October 25 & 26 All Tech Center Students must attend Tech Center
October 29 – November 5 Fall Art Exhibition, Main Street
October 30 Band & Orchestra Fall Pops Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm
October 31 Business & Industry Drive
November 1 Fall Choir Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm
November 9 Swingin’ the Night Away, HS Cafeteria, 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm
November 12 Veteran’s Day Assembly, HS Gym,8:45 am
November 15 – 17 Cinderella, HS Auditorium, 7 pm
November 21 Half day of school (No late start)
November 22 & 23 Thanksgiving Vacation
November 30 – December 1 24 Hour Theatre
December 18 – 21 HS Exams
December 22 – January 6 Christmas Vacation
HC EVENTS CALENDAR – Click here
CHAPEL SCHEDULE – Click here