Parent Note – January 13, 2020

PARENT NOTE – January 13, 2020
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
At Highland Christian, we believe ALL students can and will learn at high levels!
In the classroom, teachers use formative and summative assessments to track student growth on a day to day, week to week, and year to year basis. Among the many assessment tools we use are state tests and national tests. Using data to inform decision making Continue reading Parent Note – January 13, 2020

Parent Note – January 6, 2020

PARENT NOTE – January 6, 2020
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Welcome back, and happy 2020! We hope that you and your family had a restful Christmas break filled with family, friends, and time celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. As we enter into the second half of the school year, it is important to remember our “method to the madness” and why we do what we do.

Why be a PLC?
Highland Christian is a professional learning community for multiple reasons:
1. It provides teachers with a targeted focus and strategies for assisting students to learn at the highest of levels!
2. It gives teachers and students ownership and confidence that they will meet the guaranteed and viable curriculum. All students will learn!
3. It helps all students learn – meeting the unique needs of each child! Nobody slips through the cracks.

How are students part of a PLC?
1. Students are able to understand their role in the classroom and what to do if they:
a. Are struggling with the material (how to receive assistance).
b. Have mastered the material (use classroom resources to move beyond grade-level standards).
c. Self-assess their level of mastery to focus on the “what’s next”.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are all about working hard to provide academic benefit to our students. Thank you for your partnership as you encourage your student(s) to ask questions in class, promote diving deeper with the resources available (Learning.com, IXL, Nearpod), and assist with work outside of the 8:30 – 3:10 school day. Together, we are making a huge difference!

Kyle R. Weener – Principal

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Thanks you! Thank you!  The faculty and staff of Highland Christian would like to thank all of our HCS families for the wonderful goodies, gifts, and Christmas wishes this holiday season.  We pray that all of you had a joyous Christmas season!
2. Important Reminder: There is no late start this Wed., Jan. 8.
3. Looking for a Christian preschool or kindergarten experience?  Your child will blossom at Highland Christian School!  We invite you to join us for our PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE next Monday, January 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Through hands-on discovery, teacher led instruction and small group activities, your child will develop new skills, build positive relationships and grow in character as they build their knowledge of God’s world and His Word.   Learn more about the curriculum, classroom practices, and learning communities at Highland Christian School (PreK-Gr8), 3040 Ridge Rd., Highland, IN.  For more information, visit www.highlandchristian.org or contact Jodi at 219-838-0356 ext. #16.
4. Congratulations to the junior high spelling bee winners!  The sixth grade top spellers were Kacie Carter, Nick Neibert, Dane Scheeringa and Abbi Smith. Seventh grade finalists were Ethan Clark, Isabelle Kenney, Adam Molenaar, Armaan Sen, and Hannah Tyssen.  The top eighth graders were Moriah Colar, Hayden Gorham, Sophia Oostema, and Janna van Belle. Former spelling champion Moriah emerged as the winner and will be representing Highland Christian School at the Regional Competition on March 10.
PTO NEWS
1. Join us on Friday, January 17 for Family Trivia Night from 6-8. We’re going to play Bible Jeopardy! RSVP on Facebook or email pto@highlandchristian.org so we have enough snacks for everyone.
2. Are you interested in being on the PTO board next school year? We are looking for about 5 people who want to help fund-raise, put on family events and help keep a healthy relationship between teachers, parents and students. Contact Liz St. George for an application lcwhite79@yahoo.com or 724-513-4072.

ATHLETIC NEWS
1. Thursday, Jan. 9 – 6th, 7th, 8th girls vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

TRIP NEWS
1. Beginning in February TRIP orders for physical cards will be only three times a month.  The first Thursday of the month will be the TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store and the second Thursday through the end of the month will be the physical card orders for TRIP.  Online ordering for Escrip and Reloads is available 24/7!  Need to sign up for online ordering?  Contact the TRIP office for more information (219-838-0356, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org ).
2. Next TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store is Thurs., February 6th from 8:15 to 9 a.m.
3. TRIP orders with payment (paper and online) are due Thurs., Jan. 9th by 10 a.m.
4. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team A – Jan. 14; Team B – Jan. 21; Team C – Jan 28; Team D – Feb. 4; Team A – Feb. 18; Team B – Feb. 25; Team C – Mar. 3; Team D – Mar. 17; Team A – Mar. 24

Parent Note – December 16, 2019

PARENT NOTE – December 16, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians:
In last week’s message, I successfully blew my cover as a Lions fan when I mistakenly called Mitch Trubisky – Matt Trubisky. As a Michigan native, your grace is appreciated. As we enter into the last week of the 2019 school year, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas Continue reading Parent Note – December 16, 2019

Parent Note – December 9, 2019

PARENT NOTE – December 9, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been said that there is no “I” in “TEAM”.  This phrase rings true on the athletic field and in the classroom.  The classroom is a collection of players led by their coach (the teacher) to accomplish the objectives and the goals set out by the institution.
Imagine if Matt Trubisky showed up for the game an hour late Continue reading Parent Note – December 9, 2019

Parent Note – December 2, 2019

PARENT NOTE – December 2, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I trust you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Abby, Ezra, and I were able to travel to Michigan and spend the holiday with my parents in Holland, Michigan.  One of our highlights was walking on the Lake Michigan shoreline with the entire family. As we walked along the shore, laughing, throwing frisbees, and running up and down the dunes, I paused to take a mental snapshot Continue reading Parent Note – December 2, 2019

We’re halfway there!

We’re halfway to our goal!  To all who have given already – THANK YOU!!  If you’d like to give, click here to give online.

Contributions to the 2019 School Improvement Appeal will be used for a group of updates that are not fully funded through our annual budget (view full appeal here).  These include:

  • Technology Upgrades. With Windows 7 end of  life scheduled for January 2020, we will need to replace 36 computers in our building with new units operating Windows 10.  The estimated cost for this project is $25K.
  • School Security Upgrades. Highland Christian School has actively implemented many safety systems to ensure the well-being of our students.  This summer we contracted with FEA Physical Security Consulting Services and have received their recommendations for changes that will reduce additional threats and promote greater security.  There will be ongoing costs with this project.  This year’s costs are $10K.
  • Athletic Uniform Replacement. Athletic uniforms have an expected lifespan of 6 years.  Our most recent round of uniforms was purchased in 2014.  We will need to replace these for the 2020 school year and project this cost to be $5K.

Highland Christian School is a community funded school.  Thanks for taking part in the vision to see students academically equipped, biblically grounded and spiritually nurtured to impact the world for Christ!

 

 

Parent Note – November 25, 2019

PARENT NOTE – November 25, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we are just days away from Thanksgiving. This is the second of three Blue Note messages that highlight our thankfulness for the partnership we have between the school, home, and church.
Today, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the strong Continue reading Parent Note – November 25, 2019

PTO Sponsored HCS Merch Sale

YOU’RE PART OF THE PACK – SHOW SOME PACK PRIDE
PTO Sponsored HCS MERCH SALE

Orders will be taken between Nov 18 and Dec 3rd.
Product will be delivered the week before Christmas Break.
Print a paper form here.

(scroll over images in gallery for additional information about each item)

We love Highland Christian School and are glad to be "Part of the Pack" with YOU. HCS branded merchandise is now on-sale during our PTO Sponsored HCS Merch Sale! Images above are representative of the merchandise. Unless otherwise noted, orders will be sent home with students.
  • 28 oz plastic hydrator, flip top, blue with white logo
    Price: $10.00 Quantity:
  • 12 oz stainless steel; silver with blue etching
    Price: $18.00 Quantity:
  • 18"x24" double-sided white sign with blue print and huskies logo (background will be white not neon green)
    Price: $15.00 Quantity:
  • blue husky with orange tongue on white background
    Price: $10.00 Quantity:
  • grey scarf with blue, white & orange husky embroidery (add $5 if personalizing with a name)
    Price: $18.00 Quantity:
  • Price: $14.00 Quantity:
    blue and grey beanie with blue, white, & orange husky embroidery
  • Add $5 for each item you are personalizing. List item and indicate what name you wish to be embroidered on it.
  • Payment must be received by December 3rd. Please indicate how you wish to pay for your order below. Payment can be made by cash, check or money order. When you make your payment in the office please indicate that it is for an online order.
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  • Payment must be received by December 3rd. Please indicate how you wish to pay for your order below. When you make your payment in the office please indicate that it is for an online order.
  • If this field is left blank, your merchandise will be sent home with your student.

Parent Note – November 11, 2019

PARENT NOTE – November 11, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for taking the time to attend conferences last week. We pray this was a rewarding experience where you were able to learn about the positives of standards based grading, the ways we will differentiate for your child moving forward, and how you can best support your child with the results of the NWEA scores (specifically, Continue reading Parent Note – November 11, 2019