Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break that was filled with all of the love and joy that the promise of Christmas brings. We are excited to be back and thankful that we continue with in-person learning!
Exams will take place January 11-14. If your student does not have an exam during the assigned exam time they do not need to be on campus.
1st Semester Exam Schedule
- Monday, January 10
- Full day of school – Friday bell schedule with Flex instead of chapel
- Tuesday, January 11
- 8:45-10:15 am – Period 1 exam
- 10:30-12:00 pm – Period 2 exam – Tech Center required. Students may leave the 2nd hour exam when finished. The Tech Center will be notified that you may be late.
- Wednesday, January 12
- 8:45-10:15 am – Period 3 exam
- 10:30-12:00 pm – Period 4 exam – Tech Center required
- Thursday, January 13
- 8:45-10:15 am – Period 5 exam
- 10:30-12:00 pm – Period 6 exam
- Friday, January 14
- 8:45-10:15 am – Period 7 exam
- 10:30-12:00 pm – Make up slot
Second semester begins on Tuesday, January 18. As we begin a new semester our prayer is that the adjustment to different classes and teachers goes smoothly. In the rhythm of a high school, January is the time when we plan activities to help students look forward to the next school year. Please encourage your student to check the Daily Announcements for information on special activities that are occurring that will help them in making decisions about what courses to take next year. Registration for next year’s classes will begin at the end of January and information about the process will be coming out soon. Detailed instructions will be posted on our Registrar Page. If you have any questions please contact your student’s counselor.
Christian education is a partnership between home and school. If you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share with me please do not hesitate to email or call. If you would like to meet in person and have a cup of coffee, please let me know when it would work for you to come in and we will find a time that works.
Praying for a semester filled with spiritual and academic growth!
/ GENERAL INFORMATION
2022 – 2023 CLASS SIGNUP
Students will be signing up for their 2022-2023 classes in the coming weeks. Registration information for current 9th-11th graders will be presented to students virtually in Family Flex groups on January 26, 2022. We strongly encourage parents to talk with their student(s) about the options and opportunities that are available. Current students will submit their course selections online before 8:00 am, Friday, February 11, 2022. Registration information will be updated on the Registrar Page prior to January 26.
/ FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
CHAMPS COUPON BOOKS
2022 CHAMPS coupon books are now available for $30 at the High School Office. Learn about our coupon book digital option on this Athletics Blog Post about CHAMPS
Scheduling/Cancellations/Game information can be found on the Athletics Page.
July 3-10, 2022 is a dead week for all athletics.
/ UPCOMING FINE ARTS EVENTS
THE MOST EXCELLENT ’80S: A NIGHT OF KILLER JAMS AND MOVES (A LIVING HOPE SHOWCASE EVENT)
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance as they celebrate music from the 1980s. Showcase 2022 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19 at 7 pm in the HCHS Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale in February. Stay tuned for more information!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL BANDS, WHICH WAS SELECTED TO PERFORM AT THE ANNUAL MICHIGAN MUSIC CONFERENCE IN GRAND RAPIDS!
This HCHS group is one of 7 bands from across the state invited to perform at the 2022 conference. The group will play for music teachers and musicians from all over the state of Michigan on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. The HC musicians will also be performing a world premiere of a composition commissioned by the HC Music Boosters for this special event. You are also invited to attend! Tickets for the HCHS performance at DeVos Performance Hall will be available to the general public at the box office and also via this link: https://michiganmusicconference.org/tickets/
/ COUNSELORS CORNER
SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS AND PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS
We will have representatives from the Tech Center presenting virtually to our students about what the Tech Center has to offer, should they be interested in attending Tech Center beginning junior or senior year. All sophomores and any interested juniors will be able to watch this presentation during Family Flex on Wednesday, January 20, 2022. Students who are interested will receive a link to the virtual presentation.
SENIORS AND PARENTS OF SENIORS
Just a reminder that if you have improved ACT/SAT scores you would like your intended college/university to have, you MUST have your new and improved scores sent directly from the ACT or SAT organizations. Your transcript that is uploaded to Common App and Parchment does NOT list your test scores. If you did not put down the 4 digit codes for the college(s) you wish to receive your test scores when you registered for the SAT/ACT, you must log back into your account and request that your new scores be sent, and there will be a slight fee from the testing organization. If you have questions about this, please contact your counselor.
ACT AND SAT TESTING
- Upcoming ACT test dates are February 12, April 2 and June 11, 2022. HCHS is a testing site this school year. You can also search for other testing sites in our area when you go to the ACT website to register.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are March 12, May 7, and June 4, 2022. HCHS is currently a testing site for just the March date. You can search for other testing sites in our area when you go to the SAT website to register.
- There is information about free ACT and SAT Preparation; also, pick up a free “Preparing for the ACT” and a free “SAT Student Guide” booklet in the counseling office.
- Here is a chart of the upcoming ACT and SAT dates, including the registration deadlines. This covers the 2021-2022 school year, so we hope you find this helpful as you look ahead for possible testing dates that work for your student.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
When a senior applies to a college, the college will consider that student for all institution-based aid and all state and federal aid (information is obtained through FAFSA). For a listing of scholarships see the Scholarship section on the Counseling Page This listing is updated as new scholarship announcements are received.
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. The Federal Student Aid website, will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process.
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 online at the NCAA clearinghouse website. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. For a complete listing of NAIA schools and an application visit the NAIA website. Students should also request their transcript be sent to the NCAA eligibility center via their Parchment account. NAIA eligibility center requires that transcripts be uploaded directly to their website by the school (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for that). It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements and make sure his/her senior courses ensure eligibility. Underclassmen who are considering playing college athletics should begin the eligibility process via the eligibility centers.
11-14 – HS Exams
17 – MLK Day (No School)
18 – Second Semester begins
24 – HS Showcase (7 pm)
5 – Band/Orchestra Basketball Fundraiser game (7 pm)
21 – Winter Break (No School)
24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 – 8:30 pm)
3 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:30 – 6:30 pm)