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Middle School Newsletter: February 2024

Dear Middle School Parents,

In the past month, I’ve attended three funerals, including one this week for Laura Kool, aged 38, and the daughter of Bob Kool, who dedicated over 40 years to teaching at HC. Each service held moments of reflection and celebration, emphasizing the positive impact each person had on others, closely tied to their families. This week’’s funeral movingly mentioned how Laura’s last breath on Earth was followed by her next one in front of Jesus.

During the funeral, the pastor referenced and spoke on the following texts:

  • John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

I’m sharing this to encourage you to live with the awareness that our time on Earth is finite. Teach your children to love their neighbors, and prioritize a relationship with God, as these have eternal value. Living for Christ brings peace, even in life’s most challenging moments. I hope you find both peace and joy as you navigate the journey of raising your middle schoolers.

God bless,

Tom Strikwerda

February at HCMS

8th Grade HS Registration:

High School Course Registration for incoming 9th graders is due February 16. Our registrar, Dan Vos, will be available at the middle school on February 5 during Homeroom to answer any questions students may have.

Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent Teacher conferences will be held February 29 from 5:30-8:30 and March 7  from 3:30-6:30. Instructions for conference sign-up will be emailed to you in February. We look forward to meeting with each of you!

From the Parent Board:

The Parent board has a tradition of providing meals for staff during conferences. Look for an announcement in the daily announcements to sign up to help provide food on February 29 and March 7.

Spirit Week

Spirit week is coming up in February! Check the daily announcements for dates and themes.

TRIP Program:

Are you getting the most help you can for paying your tuition?  The TRIP program is designed to help you pay tuition without extra cost to you.  Have you checked it out lately?  There are so many instant and electronic opportunities now available that make it easier, more convenient, and comfortable to use!  Take a quick look at it and see how easy it’s become.  Give it a try and see if it doesn’t lighten your financial load.  Help is always just a quick question away.  We love to help you make it work for your family! You can find out more information by going to our webpage.

Important Dates


  • 16: ½ Day- Professional Learning
  • 19: No School
  • 29: Parent Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:30


  • 7: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30
  • 7-9: MS Play Charlotte’s Web
  • 19: Band Extravaganza
  • 21: 8th Grade PSAT (½ day for 8th grade only)
  • 22: Swingin’ the Night Away & End of Q3
  • 25: Begin Q4
  • 30: No School- Spring Break!