School Starts Monday, August 24!
School begins for all Holland Christian elementary and middle school students, from preschool through eighth grade, on Monday, August 24! However, high school students will have a check-in/picture day, and freshmen have their orientation on Monday, August 24, but begin school on Tuesday, August 25:
Middle School First Day of School Information
Monday, August 24: We start school this year with a full day. This year start and end times will be staggered by five minutes per grade to allow for more room in our hallways. 6th grade will run from 8:05-3:00, 7th grade from 8:00-2:55, and 8th grade from 7:55-2:50.
Due to the middle school renovation schedule, our Middle School Orientation day will be embedded in our first day of school and will include a tour of the building as well as our school picture day. If you would like to order school photos, go to this website. Please note, the Middle School yearbook is included in the yearly activity fee and does not need to be ordered separately. Each student will receive one at the end of the school year.
Upon arrival on the 24th, your student will meet up with their homeroom teacher outside to walk in the building with their homeroom together. An email went out from homeroom teachers on Monday, August 17.
In our best effort to keep our students appropriately socially distanced, the following is the suggested drop off time for each grade level:
Drop Off Times: Pick Up Times:
6th Grade: 7:50-8:00 3:00
7th Grade: 7:45-7:50 2:55
8th Grade: 7:40-7:45 2:50
At the end of the day, each grade level has a designated zone to wait for parent pickup/bus transport.
High School Check In/Picture Day
Check in day is Monday, August 24 and will take place on Main Street from 11:30 am to 3 pm. This is a chance for you to have your picture taken for your student ID, walk around the building and find your locker, purchase a sports pass (optional), deposit money into your hot lunch account, and pick up a parking permit (if driving). Returning 10th-12th grade students, you will not get your laptop on check in day; you will receive it during 1st hour on Tuesday, August 20.
All students (including seniors) must have their picture taken whether or not the pictures are purchased. These pictures are necessary for the yearbook, student transcripts, I.D.’s, and for our student management software. Seniors, this picture will be on your high school transcript. If you would like to order photos, go to this website.
To help speed the picture taking process we would like to suggest the following schedule, though if the times do not work for you, it is okay to come at a different time:
9th Grade 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
12th Grade 11:30 am – 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
Picture Make up day will be Thursday, September10. The deadline for senior pictures is September 25.
High School Student Orientation Day, August 19
All freshmen will be part of our Student Orientation Day. This day is to be a transition day that creates a sense of belonging for incoming students and an overall supportive and positive atmosphere on our campus. The first day for freshmen and other new students will be Monday, August 24, at 8:00 am. Senior class leaders will lead incoming freshmen in small group games, mixers and on a scavenger hunt around the school. Students will be given a copy of their schedule and meet their teachers for a few minutes in each class. Students will be treated to a pizza picnic lunch and will be dismissed at 11:30 am. After this, freshmen can stop on Main Street between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for pictures. All freshmen will also receive their laptop at this time. Masks will be required on this day. Specific instructions will come in your email the week prior.
New 10th – 12th Grade Students: These students will have an orientation on Monday, August 24 from 9 am – 11:00 am. You will attend Laptop Boot Camp following this. You will be sent more details soon.
“Laptop Boot Camp” is mandatory for all students who are new to the laptop program (students coming from HCMS or ZCS do NOT attend Laptop Boot Camp). You should plan to stay from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and attend “Laptop Boot Camp,” an introduction on how we use the laptops at HCHS (understanding Moodle, exploring PowerSchool, etc.). You will receive your laptop at this meeting.
All students report on Tuesday, August 25, at 8:00 am. Be sure to have your class schedule with you. And we can’t wait to actually see you in person!