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One of the things I love about our middle school is we get to have chapel every week. Mr. Haig does a great job of leading us in worship and, usually, we have a speaker from our staff or community speak to the students. We have had a lot of great chapels this year. Recently we had Mrs. Geuder shaping clay on her pottery wheel while she described how we are like clay. One of the ideas she shared is that, when we submit to the Potter’s hand, we are moldable. Then, to be strengthened, we go through a firing process. During the firing process we are like pottery in that pottery undergoes a chemical change and can’t go back to what it was. I appreciated this visual connection Jenny made.

We also had a prayer chapel led by Mrs. Lundy. She had four different prayer stations set up and students and staff went to different stations to pray. In one of the stations we traced our hand and wrote down our prayer requests and then taped them to the wall. Once they were on the wall we spent time putting our hand on any traced hands and prayed the person’s prayer request.

This week Bryant Russ prepared us for Lent and talked about how we need to submit to our Lord Jesus. We need to do God’s will by setting aside our wants and needs and doing what our neighbors need us to do. Bryant closed with reminding us that Jesus submitted to God by following his will and dying on the cross for our sins. He didn’t want to die on the cross but wanted what his Father wanted. Bryant then invited us to have ashes in the shape of a cross put on our foreheads if we are willing to submit to God.

May God bless you and each of your students as we partner together in equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Christ!

Tom Strikwerda

March at HCMS

Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!

Tickets are now on sale for our MS play The Wizard of Oz. The performances will be March 10 @ 7 pm, March 11 @ 7 pm, and March 12 @ 2 & 7 pm. You may purchase tickets to watch in-person or streamed live. All tickets can be purchased on the Theatre page.

Spring Sports

Boys and Girls Track, Girls Soccer, and Boys Tennis are slated to begin on March 21! Make sure you are signed up on Final Forms for the sport your student is interested in to receive information from the coaches. Students must have a valid physical form on file before they are able to participate. Thanks.

Parent Board

8th grade families: Save the Date! Wednesday, June 1 there will be an 8th grade service and celebration. More details to follow!

Parent Board is looking ahead to next year! Would you like to be part of our team? Help us plan Walkathon, Snack Shack, 8th grade celebration, and show teachers our appreciation throughout the year! Please contact if you’d like to hear more, or to sign up!

Important Dates


  • 10: MS play, 7 pm
  • 11: MS play, 7 pm
  • 12: MS play, 2 pm & 7 pm
  • 18: End of quarter 3
  • 21: Beginning of quarter 4
  • 22: Band Extravaganza
  • 24: PSAT for 8th grade (morning)


  • 1: Spring break begins
  • 11: School resumes
  • 19-21: Spanish placement for 8th grade
  • 28: MS choir concert


  • 11, 12: Half days for Tulip Time
  • 12: Grandparents Day
  • 19, 20: 7th Grade Camp
  • 30: Memorial Day