Dear HCHS Family,
What an incredible year this has been for our community with students who have made an immeasurable deposit into the lives of one another and the greater community. From a soccer championship and first-place MIFA theater performance to a strong Robotics performance at the World Championships and powerful choir, band, and orchestra concerts, HC students have displayed great courage and endurance in their relentless pursuit of excellence in all that they do. We have much to be thankful for in their achievements, and, yet, at our High School graduation this past Tuesday, Mr. Lemmen gave a powerful reminder to all of us that no matter how accomplished our students are, no matter how many championships they win or A’s they earn on their report cards, the most important attribute of their identity is that they are deeply loved by Jesus.
This past year, we’ve started an initiative called the Public Reading of Scripture (PRS) every Tuesday morning in an effort to live into Paul’s exhortation in 1 Timothy 4:13 to “devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, and to teaching,” and also because we want to live into the power that Scripture plays in the lives of those who hear it read to them. Two notable examples that come to mind are, first, the revival that took place during the reign of King Josiah when they found the book of the Law (2 Kings 22) and, second, when Ezra read the book of the law of Moses (Nehemiah 8). In both occurrences, as they read the Torah aloud, their initial reactions were the same: they lamented, realizing how far they had strayed from living how God desires for them to live—Josiah tore his robe (2 Kings 22:11) and the Israelites fell on their knees and wept (Nehemiah 8:9). However, in both occasions, their sadness turned into joy because they kept reading.
They kept reading how God still provided clothing to Adam and Eve after their fall; they read how God delivered their ancestors from slavery in Egypt and provided food for them in the wilderness; they read how God provided a bronze serpent for them to look at to receive healing from deadly snake bites; they read how God showed mercy to them time and time again even after they doubted, cursed, betrayed, and ignored him. They came to realize that their identity, their justification for existence is rooted in God’s deep, never-ending love for them, not in anything they accomplished. Our deep hope for our students is that they too may receive the love of God and that the true reality of his love for each of them may shine upon them as they walk through our hallways and as they journey beyond their high school careers.
Lastly, we have a few staff members who will be moving on to the next calling God has in store for them. With somber, grateful hearts, we say goodbye and thank you to Mr. Chris Jacobs, Ms. Katie Hernandez, Mr. Kurt Brinks, Ms. Anna Slenk, and Mrs. Charity Vander Laan. We cannot thank them enough for the love, time, and support that they have given to our students here at HC. We are confident that God will bless them greatly as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Thank you for partnering with us this year as we, together, seek to form resilient followers of Jesus with equipped minds ready to serve in his Kingdom and nurtured hearts that love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength and their neighbors as themselves. Thank you for transforming the world alongside us through our students who will embody the radical love of God, who bestows his love on us with reckless extravagance.
- Tuesday, May 30: Tech Students may leave 2nd hour exam when finished/Tech will be notified you may be late.
- 8:45-10:15am – 1st hour
- 10:30am-noon – 2nd hour
- Wednesday, May 31: Tech Required
- 8:45-10:15am – 3rd hour
- 10:30am-noon – 4th hour
- Thursday, June 1: Tech Required
- 8:45-10:15am – 5th hour
- 10:30am-noon – 6th hour
- Friday, June 2 – Tech Required
- 8:45-10:15am – 7th hour
- 10:30am-noon – 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 detentions have been served, and you will not receive credit for your second semester courses until you take your exams.
- 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.
How to get your 22-23 grades online after June 12
- Log in to PowerSchool as either parent or student.
- Click on the “Grades History” icon on the left.
- Grades for the current school history will be listed.
The columns for 2nd semester are A2 (18 weeks of coursework), E2 (2nd semester exam), and S2 (2nd semester final grade – this is the important one that appears on transcripts and determines cumulative GPA).
If you receive a grade of “CR” in a course, it means you received credit, but it will not count in your GPA.
Diplomas and Transcripts for Class of 2023
Graduates, please remember to pick up diplomas in the high school office during the week of June 12 – 16. Diplomas can be picked up any time between 8am and 3pm. Diplomas will not be mailed. If a final transcript needs to be sent to your college, please request it via your Parchment account, if you haven’t already done so. Beginning August 1, 2023, any requests you make on your Parchment account are no longer free.
Congratulations, HCHS Class of 2023! If you missed the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023 you can watch the recording online.
Senior Camp, Class of 2024
Yes, that’s right. Class of 2024, it is time to sign up for senior camp. Join your classmates for an overnight trip to Camp Michindoh August 13-14 for a time of fun, food, fellowship and faith. Please sign up for Senior Camp. This is an incredible way to begin our senior year together. If you have any questions please ask Mr. Russ or Mr. Koeman.
School Start Letter
Watch for your school start newsletter to be emailed at the beginning of August. To ensure that we have the correct email addresses, home contact information and emergency contact information for you, please check and update your information in PowerSchool here. If you do not have a PowerSchool account yet, please watch for emails in August with the information you need to either create an account or add a new child to your account.
HCHS Athletics offers summer camp opportunities for high school students. Please view our summer sports camps opportunities for the HCHS Athletic Department this summer!
Dead Week & Down Time
- Summer dead week: July 2-July 9
- Pre-season down time: July 31-August 6
- HS Fall sports tryouts: August 7
Athletic physical forms must be turned in before tryouts. We are partnered with FinalForms for all athletic registrations and physical forms.
Upcoming ACT and SAT dates
The ACT is offered September 9, 2023, October 28, 2023, and December 9, 2023. Go to www.act.org to register. HCHS is a testing site for these dates, and you will be able to select this location when you register.
The SAT is offered August 26, 2023, October 7, 2023, November 4, 2023 and December 2, 2023. HCHS is a testing site for the October 7 test. Go to www.sat.org to register.
- 13 and 14: Senior Camp
- 21: Freshman orientation from 8:00am – 11:30am (lunch included at 11:30am)
- 21: New students (non-freshman) 9:00am – 12:15pm (lunch included)
- 21: Student check in/picture day (11:30am to 3:00pm)
- 22: All students report (full day)
- 30: All School Convocation
- 1 and 4: Labor Day weekend, no school
- 22: Senior picture deadline (More details on Senior pictures)
Summer Office Hours (Tentative)
- June 6-7: Office closed
- June 7-30: 7:30am-3:30pm
- July 3-7: Office Closed
- July 10-31: 8am-1pm (closed on Fridays)
- August 1-18: 7:30am-3:30pm (Monday-Friday)
If you need immediate service when the high school office is closed please call the Administration Office at 616.820.2805.