Parent Note – September 14, 2020

This week your child will continue to take MAP tests in the areas of Mathematics and English. From an early age, national assessments (like NWEA) highly correlate with college readiness. At Highland Christian, we use the 70th percentile as the target for our district goals. This score strongly correlates with a 24 on the ACT.

These assessments are used to direct instruction, provide support, and adjust curriculum to meet the needs of all of our students. This year in the junior high, RtI (Response to Intervention) groups are being created with data we receive. Each child will be appointed to a learning community where staff will remediate, promote grade level goals, or provide enrichment beyond grade level standards. Instruction will vary and be individualized to ensure every child the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Why do we say all of this? We want to not only acknowledge the “why” and “how” of NWEA testing, but to also share our commitment to seeing every child succeed at their highest levels.

“You made my whole being. You formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.” (Psalm 139: 13-14 ICB)

1. HCS Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29.  You may order online at  Please watch for more information in next week’s Parent Note.

1. THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year’s Candy Bar Sale!!  There are still some sales that need to be turned in.  If you were unable to turn them in last week please do this week.  Thank you!!
2. PTO is still in need of 5 volunteers for this school year.  This is a great opportunity to get involved at Highland Christian!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rose Galvan.  ( or 219-242-6342)  There is a PTO meeting tonight, at 7:00pm in the teacher’s lounge.  If you’d like to check out a meeting, and see what PTO is all about please feel free to join us!
3. Muffins for Misses is this Wednesday, September 16 from 7:15-8:15 a.m.  All Huskies may bring a special lady – whether it’s a mom, aunt, grandma, family friend or neighbor for muffins, coffee, fellowship and fun.  A few changes to be aware of this year:  It is going to be outside, so please bring chairs or a blanket to enjoy your muffin.  All food and drinks will be individually packaged (gluten free available).  Please note that because of the need to have food and drinks individually packaged, unfortunately there will not be coffee served.  We hope to see you there!  If there is anyone that is willing to help with this event, please contact Rose Galvan. ( or 219-242-6342)

Monday, Sept. 14 – Soccer practice – 3:30-5:00
Cross Country Meet at Illiana – boys at 4:30, girls at 4:50
Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Soccer and volleyball practice – 3:30-5:00
Wed., Sept. 16 –  Soccer and volleyball practice – 3:30-5:00
Thursday, Sept. 17 – Volleyball scrimmages – 3:30 start
A & B soccer vs. DeMotte – AWAY – 4:00 & 5:00

1. ThankScripingDay is coming to online participants on Thursday, Sept. 17th!  If you’re not signed up for the TRIP online ordering contact Ann Lynch at or 219-838-0356, ext. 199.
2. Dekker Lighting has been added to the TRIP Voucher Program.  Dekker Lighting is located at 2142 US – 41 in Schererville, 219-227-8520.  Their rebate is 5% back on purchases.  Contact Rhonda or Amy for more information on purchases.
3. Panda Express $25 (7%) and Walgreens $25/$100 (4%) have been added back to the TRIP order form.
4. TRIP orders are due (paper and online) this Thursday, Sept., 17th by 10 a.m.
5. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 9/14/20):  Arby’s – 9%; Outback – 15%; Shutterfly – 11%.
6. Team A (Julie Sitter, Larissa Vander Pol, Missy Buikema) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Sept 15th.   TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.