Holland Christian High School

Student Handbook & Community Code

2017-2018

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950 Ottawa Avenue - Holland, MI 49423

616.820.2905

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Equipping Minds and Nurturing Hearts to Transform the World for Jesus Christ


TABLE OF CONTENTS

ATTENDANCE

Guidelines for Students

Kinds of Absences

TARDIES

DRESS CODE

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Detention

Cheating and Plagiarism

Suspension

Substance Abuse

MISCELLANEOUS

Bus Information

Lockers

PE Locks

Motor Vehicle Policy

Stealing

Student Residence Policy

Closed Campus Lunch

Eating Location

Prohibited Items

Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Use

Internet Policy

Vandalism Policy

Weapons Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

Christian Respect & Dignity

CURRICULAR POLICIES

Careerline Tech Center

Class Load Requirements

Classroom and Media Selection Policy

Common Grade Scale Still using

Electronic Communications Policy (Cell Phone)

Courses Taken Outside H.C.H.S.

Diploma Requirements

Dropping of Classes

Foreign Exchange Students

Grade Point Average / Granting of Credit

Graduation Ceremony

Incompletes

Independent Study

Pass/Fail Credit

PATH for Accelerated Math and ELA

PE/Health Requirement for transfers

Testing Policy

Senior Exam Exemption

Weighted Grades with Addition

GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

Books

Chapel and Assemblies

Counseling and Guidance

Fees

Fire, Tornado and Lockdown Drills

Noon Hour

School Services

Senior Serve Day

Service Hours - (Service Hour Form) Click Here

SOGO - Seniors Off-Campus Growth Opportunity

Student Teachers

Study Hall and Study Habits

Substitute Teachers

Transcripts

Work Permits

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

EXTRA CURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT

Introduction

Philosophy

Eligibility

Academic Eligibility

Behavior Eligibility

Implementation

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY OPPORTUNITIES

*Athletics

Boys/Girls State

*Debate

*Dutch Dance

Book Club

Equestrian Club

Film Club

*U.S. FIRST

International Club

Forensics

Living Hope Singers

*M.I.F.A. One Act

Music

Model United Nations Program

Scripta

Student Council

Teen Court

*Theater

ATHLETIC POLICIES


HOLLAND CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CODE

Holland Christian High School is a Christ-centered community of students, faculty and parents engaged in preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. In order for the community to function effectively, a common set of expectations and guidelines are necessary. The following code identifies these expectations that flow naturally from our school-wide philosophy and goals. While total agreement about each guideline is impossible, consistent application can be expected as we seek to establish a positive school climate.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES

ATTENDANCE

Our policy encourages punctuality and regular attendance by all students. We believe this is important for these reasons:

  1. No student can achieve his or her full potential by receiving the benefit of only part of an assignment or discussion. Research clearly demonstrates that regular attendance is the single greatest predictor of academic success.
  2. Good work and attendance habits, cultivated in school, will help students be prepared for lifetime work and higher education.
  3. Attendance is part of a student's permanent school record: college admissions' counselors and prospective employers invariably inquire about a student's attendance record.

Guidelines for Students

  1. Once at school students are required to sign out on the dismissal sheet located in the office before leaving school. Students must obtain parent and office permission before leaving school at other than normal times. Students must sign in when coming into school after the school day has started.
  2. Before returning to any missed class, students must bring a note from their parent to the office, have the parent call the office, or email Kelli Van Eerden (Attendance Secretary) at kvaneerden@hollandchristian.org, explicitly stating the time and reason of absence. There is an answering machine at 616-820-2905 when we are out of the office for your convenience.
  3. If students or parents do not present a parental excuse for a student absence  within two days following return from the absence, the absence will be counted as unexcused, and a Lunch Detention (provided student has not already served three noon detentions) will be assigned to the student.
  4. Between 8:10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., students must use the east doors (Main HS entry - ENTRANCE A). You are required to check in at the main high school office any time you come and/or go during the school day.
  5. Students must be in attendance for at least one half (3 periods) of the school day in order to be eligible to participate in after-school extra-curricular activities (athletics, theater, pep band, LHS, etc.). Exceptions to this policy are handled on a case by case basis by the administration.

Kinds of Absences

  1. Parent - Excused Absence:

Excused absences include all the absences which parents determine are necessary or important reasons for their child to miss school. This includes those times beyond the student or parent’s control such as illness, doctor appointments, or family emergencies, and may also include educational experiences, such as college visits, and other family times deemed important by the parents. When the absence is planned, students should meet in advance with their teachers. In case of illness students can check Moodle/Google Classroom for work missed. Upon their return to school students will be given the opportunity to make up work they missed, and teachers will seek to provide instruction missed when possible and when requested. STANDARD POLICY = Students should make up all tests and work within a time frame equal to twice the number of days that they were absent. (i.e. absent one day = two days to make up work.). Teachers may give an additional day or so within reason if there are circumstances that inhibited the student from making up the work within the standard time frame.

 Note:

  1. Vacation Absence and Extended Parent Excused Absences:

  1. School Activity Absence:

This absence includes those times when an approved school event (like a field trip, athletic contest/travel, music performance, etc.) takes the student out of class during the regular school day. These absences do not count against the student's total number allowed per semester. It is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher for work missed. Deadlines for makeup work will be determined on an individual basis (not to exceed the standard policy for make-up work).

  1. Unexcused Absence (Truancy):

The office will assign a After-School Detention for every period missed, up to a maximum of three After-School Detentions. Students will not be allowed to make up quizzes, tests, or assignments.

Total Absences

Because the school believes attendance and participation in class is part of achieving credit, any student who exceeds 12 absences (school activity absences do not count) in one semester will receive no credit for that class. Communication will be made to the student and parent(s) regarding excessive absences by the counselors, administration, or the Attendance Secretary as necessary. Exceptions may be made by the administration if the student can present a signed doctor’s statement indicating that the student’s absence(s) from school is valid. These exceptions are not guaranteed and will be handled on a case by case basis.

Tardies

Promptness to class, like regular attendance, is important to success. At the same time, we realize that there will be times when you are unavoidably late to class. Consequently, we have adopted the following plan:

        1 free tardy per week - no penalty

DRESS CODE

In keeping with the mission of Holland Christian Schools, the Holland Christian School community recognizes the important impact of student dress on the learning environment. We understand that all of our lives, including our dress bring honor or dishonor to our God. We also embrace our identity as a Christian school and how we dress impacts our witness for Christ to the world. While these principles impact our most basic commitments regarding dress there is more to which we would challenge the HC community.

Guidelines for Girls:

Guidelines for Boys:

Additional Guidelines for All:

Consequences:

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. In the end, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace by those who have been trained by it.” - Hebrews 12:11

  1. The philosophy, goals, standards, and procedures that follow are intended only as guidelines. Rules and standards of conduct along with accountability are necessary in order to promote an environment that is safe and is in accordance with the Holland Christian Mission.

As Christian parents and educators, we discipline students because we love them and it is our scriptural duty. We discipline in order to help students learn to choose desirable behaviors instead of unacceptable ones. When students make wrong choices, we seek to help redirect, guide, heal and restore. Our goal is that hearts are changed and better choices are made in the future. It is important that we seek to prepare them to make wise choices when we are not around, not simply to control them while we are with them. 

The faculty and staff are committed to making every effort to deal with behavior issues through relationships before more severe steps are necessary. Our hope is that this is accomplished through good classroom management, relationship building between staff and student, and careful and timely communication with home. If the problem does not improve, a meeting will be scheduled between parent, student, teacher and administrator.

Holland Christian High School has developed the following guidelines and procedures regarding student discipline:

  1. Class management expectations

When behavior issues come up in the classroom:

  1. Detention 

Students may be assigned either a noon detention or an after-school detention depending on the severity of the incident and/or per the number of allowed noon detentions. Students will be notified via email and parents will be copied when they are assigned a detention. Failure to attend a detention by the assigned day/date without reasonable notice from a parent may result in a further consequence.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Holland Christian High School values honesty and integrity in student work. As a Christian community, we will operate with academic integrity in daily work and on any assessment/paper being completed. Cheating or plagiarism on any assignment or evaluation is not only an academic infraction, but also a violation of our community standards as a Christian School. Cheating and plagiarism will be taken seriously by all teachers and administrators at HCHS. Cheating and Plagiarism are defined as:

There must be clear evidence of cheating/plagiarism for this policy to be used. In each case of cheating/plagiarism the teacher will notify the student, parent and the Dean of Students to communicate the offense as well as the consequence.

*Please note that both the person sharing and the person receiving the material in question will face consequences. 

Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a zero on the work in question. Students may be allowed to make up the work for reduced credit. Repeated offenses will result in further disciplinary actions including up to losing credit for the class and/or suspension or expulsion.

Suspension

In-school or out of school suspension may be used by the administration as discipline for more serious offenses such as fighting, vandalism, stealing, the use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco, repeated skipping of classes, and other offenses which violate the spirit of Christian community. A student may be suspended for one to three days. The parents will be informed of any suspension. In addition:

Probation

Probation status means a student is placed in a more tentative category with regard to enrollment, and that there will be closer monitoring of behavior and closer counseling/support for the student. However, there will also be some restrictions for a student who is on probation. Probation indicates a student will not be able to represent Holland Christian at public performances or athletic contests, and will need to forfeit membership in student activities and organizations. A student will be put on probation for major offenses where a repetition would be considered a serious violation of Christian principles and school philosophy. A letter stating terms of the probation will be sent to the parents with a copy on file in the superintendent's office.

Expulsion

A student can only be expelled only by the Executive Committee of the School Board, upon recommendation by the principal. When the principal recommends that expulsion is warranted, he/she shall suspend the student immediately from the school until such time as the recommendation to expel can be heard by the Executive Committee. The student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be notified immediately and will be given a hearing with the Executive Committee of the Board prior to their taking action, if requested.

Appeal Process

The student and his parents or guardian may ask to appeal the expulsion to the entire School Board if they feel the decision by the Executive Committee was unfair. The request for appeal shall be in writing and shall be presented to the superintendent within three days of the expulsion decision. Either the parent(s) or guardian(s) may present the appeal to the Board. The decision of the School Board will be considered final.

Substance Abuse

Holland Christian High School is committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free campus. As a Christian school, we want our students and families to know the dangers of occasional use and the potential for addiction. Consequently, we reserve the right to search at anytime all vehicles, lockers, backpacks, purses, duffel bags and persons for drugs/alcohol and contraband of all types. We also reserve the right to request that any student undergo immediate drug/alcohol screening by a school-approved physician/laboratory. While no test will be administered without the consent of a parent, failure to consent to the test will be considered as admission of use. The expense for the test will be the responsibility of the school if the test is negative. If the test is positive for drugs or alcohol, the expense will be the responsibility of the student and or parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student will be dealt with according to the following guidelines:

VIOLATION CATEGORIES

Category I violations include, but are not limited to:

Category II violations include, but are not limited to:

Category III violations include, but are not limited to:

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS -- School consequence (Offense #  then Category Type is protocol)

Category

 I

Category

 II

Category

 III

1st Offense

1 Day ISS

Day of + 1 Day of OSS

3 Days of OSS

2nd Offense

2 Days of ISS

Day of + 2 Days of OSS

Indefinite Suspension & return at discretion of administration

3rd Offense

3 Days of ISS

Return at discretion of administration

Indefinite Suspension & return at discretion of administration

*See below for specific consequences for student involved in extra-curricular programs.

MISCELLANEOUS

Bus Information

(See www.hollandchristian.org/busing for more information)

Even though HCHS is not directly involved in the busing of students, each student riding a bus is reminded of some very worthwhile rules:

Lockers

Each student has been assigned a locker with a built in lock. Students must use their assigned locker for the school year. Students may decorate the inside of their locker if it is done tastefully and items are hung with magnets only. Damage to lockers is subject to the $25 fine and the vandalism policy.

PE Locks

Students are strongly encouraged to use a lock (available from the PE teachers for $5) in the locker rooms to safeguard their personal property and belongings.

Motor Vehicle Policy

Taking a motor vehicle to school is a privilege. All students who plan to drive a car or truck to and from HCHS must register their vehicle and obtain a parking permit, which must be affixed to the rear view mirror.

Students may park in the student lots located on the West and the North sides of the high school building. Parking spaces on the East side of the building, (front), are reserved for visitors. Students parking in the visitor lot are subject to a $10 fine.

The parking lot is off-limits during the school day. Students who need to access the parking lot during the school day must get permission from a teacher or the office prior to going to their car. Students violating this policy will be given a Lunch Detention. Exception is Tuesdays at lunch for seniors (only).

Disabled/Accessible spaces may only be used by those with Disabled/Accessible plates/hangers/placards. Students parking in these spaces without proper plates/hangers will get a $20 fine.

Student automobiles must be parked properly between the lines in the designated lots. It is expected that all vehicles will be driven slowly and carefully while keeping parking lot noise to a minimum. In the event of full capacity in the student lot, the administration will advise students when and where additional parking will become available.

Failure to follow these regulations will cause the following penalties:

  1. Parking Violations

Not properly displaying a parking sticker or not parking within the marked spaces:

  1. Speeding

The speed limit in and around the parking lots (which include the entrance and exits) is 10 MPH. If you are observed speeding the penalty is:

3. Reckless Driving

This would be driving in a careless manner through the parking lot that demonstrates a willful disregard for the safety of others. (This would include actions like swerving between cars while speeding through the lot, dangerous passing, spinning donuts, drag racing, etc.)

4. Excessive Noise and Tire Squealing Violations:

Stealing

Occasionally students will report that they are missing textbooks, calculators, or other personal items. It is important to realize that the Holland Christian community regards stealing as a serious offense. Any student who takes or receives property that does not belong to him/her will be required to make restitution and may be subject to further disciplinary action as determined by the administration. Students caught stealing may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Holland Christian is not responsible for loss, damage or theft, of cash, jewelry, clothing or other valuables.

Student Residence Policy

Because the home, church, and school form an important partnership in the ongoing process of providing Christ-centered education, Holland Christian Schools require that all current students must reside with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) or a school and parent approved guardian. Students who fail to abide by this policy will be not allowed to attend Holland Christian High School.

Closed Campus Lunch

Holland Christian High School operates as a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the grounds, especially during their lunch period, without the permission of the office. Tuesday (Block Day) is an exception to this rule, as seniors are allowed to leave for lunch. Parents who want to take only their student(s) out for lunch must personally check them out in the office. Youth leaders or older siblings (out of high school) may also sign them out. Other student requests to leave campus for lunch will ordinarily be denied. Students who leave campus unexcused for lunch will be required to serve an after-school detention.

Eating Location

During a normal lunch period all food and drink items must be consumed in the cafeteria. On block days students may eat in main street and/or outside.

Prohibited Items

Students should not bring any items to school that would be considered a nuisance, distracting, or dangerous. Items that would be included in this area include, but are not limited to, the following: pets, pepper spray, air horns, etc..

Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Use

The school prohibits the use of any video device from any restroom, locker room or other location where students and staff “have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” A student improperly using any device to take or transmit images will face disciplinary action up to and including suspension, loss of privileges, and may be recommended for expulsion.

Students shall use the general bathrooms and locker rooms available for student use based on their biological sex at birth; however, private accommodations can be made for special needs that arise.

Internet Policy

Any student who "posts" inappropriate pictures and/or comments in a public forum via the Internet and/or sends them to others (this includes pictures or information displaying illegal activities,) is suspect to school discipline and possibly law enforcement consequences. The Internet policy includes any social networking sites; i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.

Vandalism Policy

The Board of Holland Christian Schools adopted a policy on vandalism for our schools. The School Board states:

NOTES:

  1. Any malicious activity at school that is deemed to be a "computer hacking" offense will be subject to the terms of the vandalism policy.
  2. The vandalism policy also pertains to any negative student actions taken against faculty homes or their private property
  3. "Turfing" on school grounds is also subject to the terms of the vandalism policy.

Weapons Policy 

The Board of Trustees of Holland Christian Schools seeks to create a safe environment where each student and each staff member can live and work in the way God intended. Therefore, Holland Christian Schools will not tolerate behavior that creates an unsafe environment or a threat to safety.

In compliance with State and Federal laws, the Board shall permanently expel any student who possesses a dangerous weapon (including tasers), or facsimile, or who commits either arson or criminal sexual assault in a Holland Christian School building or on Holland Christian School property, including school buses and other school transportation, and at school activities or contests.

Technology Acceptable Use Policy

All Holland Christian High students are required to read and sign the online Acceptable Use Policy before using the Holland Christian Computer Network, including the Internet. Students thereby indicate an understanding of this policy, and agreement to adhere to the code of conduct and usage policies.

CHRISTIAN RESPECT AND DIGNITY POLICY AND PROCEDURES

(Used by permission of Logan Christian School)

One of the tasks of the Christian school is to assist students in understanding who they are as image bearers of Christ and how this impacts all of life's relationships. A Christian school must provide an environment that is free of offensive kinds of behavior. Students need to learn what it means to be coworkers with others, to be supportive of one another, and to respect and guard the dignity of others. Students, staff, and the school community are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, Christian manner, and demonstrate respect and dignity toward others. Any conduct which subjects another person to unwarranted or unwanted comments or actions due to race, sex, national origin, or physical characteristics is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated.

It is the policy of Holland Christian Schools to maintain a safe learning and work environment that is free from bullying. 

Definition 

Bullying is repeated intentional harmful behavior initiated by one or more students and directed toward another student. For our purposes, it takes place in the school, on school property, on school field trips, or with use of school owned technology. Examples of bullying are as follows:

Awareness

Reporting

CURRICULAR POLICIES 

Students are responsible for being aware of all academic requirements and should plan their schedules to meet all requirements. The counselors and registrar are available to assist in this process. Click here for Curriculum Guide

Careerline Tech Center

Students who participate in this program must be concurrently enrolled at Holland Christian and must be taking at least three classes at HC. Students who choose to attend the Tech Center must fulfill all the course requirements at the Center, including attendance of classes.

Class Load Requirements for Full-time Students

All students must be continuously enrolled in at least five courses for credit in order to be considered a full-time student at HCHS.

Classroom and Media Selection Policy 

Periodically, parents and/or students ask why certain materials (books, videos, CD's, etc.) are used in the teaching of a particular course. They may also inquire about the materials available in the media center. We have a specific policy that we follow - approved by our Board of Trustees - that guides us in making these decisions. We provide that policy for you here so you understand the rationale we use and to impress on you the deliberate process we have followed to make sure our mission as a Christian school is advanced.

Our Philosophy and Mission

The mission of Holland Christian Schools is to provide an education of the highest quality that prepares children to live for Christ in a global society, that exists in partnership with Christian parents and that integrates into the curriculum a reformed understanding of the Christian faith. This mission helps to keep us focused on the task of helping our students “to know God and enjoy Him forever”.

As teachers and school committees select materials for the classroom and for use in the Media Centers we are well aware of the great influence these materials can have on the student’s ability to learn and glorify God with that learning. In that selection process we believe:

Criteria for selection of materials

  1. Materials for use in the classroom

In each of our courses, moreover, we are guided by several principles when, in particular, the mass media are brought into our lessons. These principles are as follows:

  1. Materials for the Media Centers

It would be easier, of course, to simply avoid all such mass media and thus avoid the risk of harming our young people. However, the risk of their leaving high school with no tools by which to discern the good and bad in the media would be far more harmful in our opinion. After all, the Bible itself is very honest in its depiction of sin, never sugarcoating it or diminishing its harmful effects. No doubt Biblical writers knew that knowledge of such sin is necessary for our understanding and appreciation of God’s grace. We should do no less in our classrooms.

Finally, we welcome communication from parents on this issue. When a particularly sensitive film or novel is going to be confronted, we will communicate that to parents in advance. If they consider it necessary in such instances, we will provide an alternate assignment.

Rest assured we do have the best interests of our students at heart when it comes to the media we select for study. We want our students to be wise about media so that they can appreciate it in a way that is enjoyable and enriching, God glorifying, and culturally transforming. It is a big responsibility, we know, but a vital one besides. Consequently, we assume it willingly.

(We also have a specific procedure we follow if you object to our selection of materials. The details of the procedure and the specific form to be completed as part of the process are available in the school office.)

Common Grading Scale

Teachers at Holland Christian High School use a common grading scale to convert percentage grades into letter grades. The following chart illustrates this grading scale. The percentage in the first column is the lowest percentage that would still earn that letter grade. For example, any grade less than 87% but greater than or equal to 83% would be converted to a “B” letter grade.

Low Cutoff

Percentage        Letter Grade         GPA Equivalent

96                A                4.000

91                A-                3.667

87                B+                3.333

83                B                3.000

80                B-                2.667

77                C+                2.333

73                C                2.000

70                C-                1.667

67                D+                1.333

63                D                1.000

60                D-                0.667

0                F                0

Electronic Communications Policy (Cell Phone)

  1. If necessary to use your a cell phone at school it may be used before school, between classes and during the lunchtime.
  2. If a cell phone is used or heard during class the cell phone will be turned in to the office for the remainder of the day.
  3. Chronic abuse of the cell phone policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the HCHS Administration.
  4. Inappropriate use of electronic devices will be subject to these cell phone guidelines.

Courses Taken Outside HCHS

Students must receive approval from the administration to take courses at another approved school. Students may take core classes at another institution only after attempting and failing the class at HCHS. A student who is deficient in credits due to failure may take only one course per semester in another approved school. Elective and enrichment courses may be taken to accelerate the student's academic program. In all cases and upon approval, the final grade and appropriate credit will be indicated on the student transcript.

Diploma Requirements

  1. The senior year must be completed in residence. Foreign Exchange students are exempt from this requirement.
  2. A minimum of 22 required and elective course credits must be completed in grades 9 -12 (see Curriculum Guide).
  3. Christian service hours - 10 hours must be completed each year of high school. For more information talk to your family group teacher.
  4. A student must have 8 semesters of attendance in grades 9 - 12. Students may graduate after seven semesters at HCHS with administrative approval. Starting with the class of 2019, any student who graduates early must understand and agree to the following conditions:
  1. Student will not be allowed to participate (‘walk”) in the  graduation ceremony.
  2. Student will not be allowed to attend any senior event held during second semester (i.e. Jr/Sr Banquet (Could be a guest), Awards Night, Senior Serve Day, all night party, etc.).
  3. Student will not be allowed to apply for any scholarships offered second semester through Holland Christian High School and for HCHS students.
  4. Winterim is still required senior year. (Can use credit recovery option if gone)
  5. Student will not be allowed to enroll in any AP/College Dual Enrollment courses senior year.  
  6. Student will not be able to participate in any extracurricular activities during second semester (including those that begin during first semester).
  7. If student is interested in the Israel trip, placement will be at a lower priority. Student will not be able to take Discipleship (as it is only offered second semester). Students who take Discipleship are given highest priority for the trip.

A student who has transferred from a four year school to HCHS for the senior year is eligible for a regular HCHS diploma. A student who has transferred from a local home school, HC2 or similar part time program for their senior year will receive a Home School Connection diploma.

Dropping of Classes

Since we wish to encourage students to attempt courses that challenge or intrigue them, we have a policy that enables them to do so without great risk of being stuck in a failing situation. A student who drops a class may join a study hall or another class within 10 school days of that new semester (with teacher and parent approval). A student who drops a class after the 10 day period may take a study hall. If the class is dropped on or before the end of the 6th week of school, the grade will not be calculated into their GPA. If the drop takes place after the 6th week, the grade is recorded as an “F”, becomes a part of the permanent record and will affect student eligibility.

Foreign Exchange Students

We encourage juniors and seniors to consider a foreign exchange experience in order to gain a rich appreciation for another culture. Students must, however, satisfy all core requirements at Holland Christian. Elective credit may be earned for coursework successfully completed at the exchange school.

Grade Point Average / Granting of Credit

Student progress reports can be viewed any time in Power School. The current grade in PowerSchool reflects the cumulative result of all work done since the beginning of the semester. Grades for individual assignments and test can also be viewed in PowerSchool. Grade point average is calculated on all subjects. One semester of any class is worth .5 credits; a full year of any class is worth 1.0 credits. When a student repeats a class that has been failed previously, both courses will appear on the final transcript. However, only the second grade will be used in calculating the grade point average.

Graduation Ceremony

Senior students who will qualify for a diploma (regular, HC2, certification of completion) at Holland Christian will be invited to participate in the graduation ceremony. Exception: Students choosing to graduate early (after 7 semesters) are not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Incompletes

All incompletes must be made up within the first two weeks following the conclusion of a marking period. If the work has not been completed, a zero(s) will be assigned for the incomplete work and final grade calculated appropriately. Any exceptions to this policy must be worked out in advance with the individual classroom teacher.

Independent Study

Independent study is an option for course work in which a student determines an area of concentration in consultation with a faculty member. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore a particular curricular interest in depth and at his/her own pace. This program is designed for students who are already taking a full load (5 classes for credit) and/or seek to enhance their academic program. Click on this link to view more details.

Pass/Fail Credit

Upperclassmen may choose to take an elective course with a pass/fail arrangement. Under this option, the teacher simply awards a "pass" grade to the student who meets the course's minimum requirements. The student must communicate this choice to the teacher and their counselor within the first two weeks of the course.

PATH Credit(s) for Accelerated Math and ELA

Holland Christian High School no longer gives high school credit(s) to students who have completed PATH courses in either Math or ELA while in Middle School. Students may be able to take advanced classes in these areas and the PATH experience can be used to help determine appropriate placement as schedules are developed.

PE/Health Requirement for transfers

Students who transfer to HCHS after their freshman year who have not had PE will be required to take one PE course (.5 credit). If they have not taken Health, they will be required to take one semester (.5 credit) online (at the family’s expense).  Option to take with freshmen.

Testing Policy

Our testing policy has been designed to give students every opportunity to be successful in their academic work. In order to help students prepare for tests as well as manage their busy schedules, teachers ordinarily give students a minimum of three class days notice for tests and major assignments. No student will be expected to take more than two tests on the same school day. A quiz is not considered a test.

To facilitate this policy:

  1. In the event that a student has more than two tests scheduled for one day, the student should work with his/her teachers to determine when a test can be taken at another time.
  2. Students are to inform teacher(s) involved of any test conflict a minimum of two class days prior to the test.
  3. Students who end up with more than two tests on one day due to a shortened or canceled class the previous day will be expected to take all assigned tests.

Senior Exam Exemption

During the second semester, seniors may work towards being exempt from their final exams. To earn this exemption seniors must meet at least one of the following: 

  1. Have a B average in the course for which there is an exam through the final day of that course
  2. Have handed in all homework on time with a passing grade and have no more than two days absent in that course for the whole semester (for any reason except school activity”)

Weighted Grades with Addition

Classes taken at Holland Christian High School that are designated as Advanced Placement or AP in the course title  will be calculated on a 5 point scale (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1, F=0). The GPA will still be calculated by dividing the sum of all grade points by the number of credits taken but will result in a higher GPA due to the added points. This practice results in what is commonly referred to as a "Weighted GPA”. The resulting Weighted GPA will be used to determine the student's class rank and will be reported on the student’s transcript. It will also be used for all other purposes and reports.

GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

Books

Books will be distributed in classrooms on the first day of school. Books need to be returned at the end of the semester in good condition. If a book is damaged and/or not returned, the student will be assessed the cost of replacing the book.

Chapel

As a school community we meet three times throughout the week for chapel. These chapels are scheduled, organized and coordinated by the Faith Formation Committee of Student Council. Each chapel is designed to give students and staff and opportunity to express their individual faith in a corporate setting. We also believe that chapel is formative. That in our regular attention to the rhythms of the liturgies of life that we learn a life of worship. As it is part of the school day, students and staff are required to attend, be on time, sit in their assigned Family Group seat, and take accurate attendance.

Hallways

To show courtesy to others, we expect students to refrain from running, pushing, shoving, shouting, or causing congestion in the halls.

Counseling and Guidance

Full-time enrollment in Holland Christian Schools entitles all students to access counseling and guidance services. Services are available to students (and parents) by appointment. Additionally, each student will be contacted by his/her assigned counselor for an individual appointment at least once during the school year. The counselors' offices are located next to the high school office.

Fees

The student fee is included in your tuition. This fee provides the student with many benefits including: textbooks, laptop and fee which covers usage, insurance, support and maintenance, the literary book (Scripta), the yearbook (Footprints), special assemblies, and individual class fees (particularly laboratory fees), maroon graduation robe, cap, tassel for seniors, and parking sticker if driving.

Lost/Stolen Items

Holland Christian is not responsible for loss, damage or theft, of cash, jewelry, clothing or other valuables.

Medication At School 

Students may not carry medication (prescription or over the counter) with them on campus. Students taking prescribed or non-prescribed drugs during school hours must have a medication form completed by a parent on file in the front office (forms available in office). All medicine must be brought in the original container. The school has the right to prohibit the administration of any drugs or procedures that appear to be beyond the ability of unlicensed school personnel (e.g. injections). Questions relating to the taking of medication at school should be directed to the school office. Failure to turn in medication to the office may result in disciplinary action.

Students Driving to Educational Sites

Students are allowed to drive their own car for a school educational trip provided that parents/guardians have completed the online permission form (signed and dated) at the beginning of the school year. Students who do not have a signed permission slip must ride in transportation provided by the school.

Fire, Tornado and Lockdown Drills

These drills will be conducted on a regular basis. Procedures for evacuation are posted in every classroom. Students are expected to become familiar with these instructions.

Lunch Period

Each student is assigned a lunch period during the school day. All students who eat a lunch should use the cafeteria (exceptions on Tuesday)and Wednesday) and need to stay in Main Street during lunchtime. The parking lot is off limits. Appropriate behavior is expected during the lunch periods.

School Services

Many students and parents inquire from time to time about aptitude, achievement, intelligence, and vocational interest tests. Students interested in taking these tests on an individual basis should consult the counseling office. The counseling office should also be contacted for all information concerning the State of Michigan Scholarship Test, the PSAT (elective for sophomores and juniors), and all college entrance tests (ACT, SAT, etc.).

Senior Serve Day

Senior Serve Day is optional. On the day after the seniors last day of school, seniors can serve at a local charity during the morning with their friends or a group event might be organized. After the service is completed, we will meet for a grilled lunch and social time. 

Service Hours - (Service Hour Form) 

 All students at Holland Christian High School are required to meet a “service hour” requirement of ten hours each year of their high school career. This is the minimum requirement; many students choose to do more. Holland Christian added a service hour component as a requirement for graduation to encourage students to take their faith and beliefs out into the world. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must become your servant,” and “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” As people of God, saved by grace, we feel called to live a life of service for God. It is our desire that students have the joy of experiencing different and diverse opportunities to serve God by serving others. Many times we do not know the joy of something until we actually experience it ourselves, so we want to encourage, support, and sometimes prod students out of their comfort zones and into new areas of experience. This matches the kind of environment that we desire to set both inside and outside the classroom.

God has given all of us gifts that we can use for others. Every student can feel a sense of accomplishment as they use the unique gifts and opportunities that God has given them. Be creative and adventurous, caring and compassionate. Be a leader and a servant. As you have been blessed, be a blessing. We pray God’s blessing on you as you reach out to others.

All Service hours must meet the following criteria:

  1. No hours may be performed for pay.
  2. No hours may be done for a family member (meaning for their benefit, if they are the supervisor of a service project you may work with them).
  3. You may not count hours that were assigned by a court or a judge.
  4. The service hour year runs from the first day of summer vacation through the last day of exams.

The following projects qualify for any of the forty required hours:

Any mission project

Any Nursing Home project

Bibles for Mexico Thrift Store

Big Sister/Big Brother

Bridge

Buen Pastor

CASA (through Hope College)

C. R. W. R. C.

Child Care

Christian Service Club

City on a Hill

Community Action House

Compassionate Heart Ministry

Cornerstone Ministries

Ditto

Evergreen Commons

Good Samaritan Center

Habitat for Humanity

Holland Rescue Mission

Kid’s Hope

LEAP Program at 14th St. CRC

Project Pride & other environmental projects

Right to Life

S.E.R.V.E

Salvation Army

Soup Kitchens

Special Education Ministries

S.T.S. or equivalent

S.W.I.M

Teaching in church (Sunday school, Bible school, Worship Center, etc.)

Tutoring in other schools (PREP @ Montello Park Church)

Urban Youth Ministries

Volunteer Camp Counselor (Like Camp Sunshine, Grace, Camporee, etc.)

Work at a Hospital

Youth Group leader (Cadet Counselor, GEMS, Awana, Jr. High, etc.)

Youth Group Mission/Work Projects

The following qualify for up to fifteen hours:

Clean up, lawn care, windows, etc. for elderly

Southside Fun Day

Family Research Council

Fund Raisers where money goes to help others

Humane Society

Ice Busters, mowing lawns, raking leaves, etc. for those who cannot themselves.

Praise band, group at church (not at or connected with school without permission)

Recreation League (coach, umpire/referee)

Sound System at Church

Teen Court

Tutoring in Inclusive Education

Youth Advisory Committee (city wide)

The following do not apply without special prior permission from the Director of Student Life:

Preparation time for any of the above

Work done for relatives

Anthon fund raisers (bike-a-thon, run-a-thon, walk-a-thon, etc.)

Work done for pay

Nursery or ushering in church

Special music

Committee work

Fund raisers for yourself (Example: money for a youth group trip)

Students are encouraged to contact their church elder/deacon/council member for ideas and or needs that exist within their church.

SOGO - Seniors Off-Campus Growth Opportunity

Seniors can participate in SOGO during a designated study hall to participate in growth opportunities, which include formal internships, volunteering activities, and other structured opportunities that demonstrate academic or related value. Formal applications must be filed at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the SOGO experience and a decision regarding the activity will be determined by the SOGO Committee.

Student Teachers

Holland Christian High School has an arrangement with area colleges and universities to help them with the training of their students for an educational career. These student teachers are assigned to work with one or more faculty members in order to learn the daily routines/practices of a teacher and acquaint themselves with the teaching profession. While at HCHS, they will be treated as teachers and have the same authority as any other faculty member.

Substitute Teachers

While at HCHS, substitute teachers will be treated as teachers and have the same authority as any other faculty member.

Study Hall and Study Habits

All students assigned a period for study will report to the study hall listed on their schedule. Most study halls meet in the cafeteria. Because study and library work are an important part of education, it is necessary for students to arrive on time and begin their assigned work immediately. Studying and study habits go beyond the confines of a study hall. Students and parents must realize that work will also have to be done at home. Students should have a place where they can study quietly and effectively. Parents cannot expect their son or daughter to succeed at HCHS if he or she is allowed to be "out" several nights each week. Although working at a part-time job may be beneficial, parents must guide students to see that a student's main occupation during these teenage years is achieving a quality education.

Official School and Publically Published Documents

Names of record on official school documents and in publically published documents shall be the legal and registered name of the student. A valid birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card, passport is proof of legal name.

Transcripts

Each Holland Christian student will have transcripts sent to the college or university of the student's choice for no fee. Students must request this via Parchment, a digital credential service that Holland Christian uses to securely send transcripts electronically to higher learning institutions. A final transcript will be sent to the college of your choice but must be requested by the student before graduation.

Work Permits

Students may obtain work permit forms in the high school office. Each work permit must be filled out by the student and by his or her employer. The student will then take the completed form, to the high school office. The school office will issue the actual work permit upon receipt of a properly completed form.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Holland Christian offers a wide range of activities outside of the classroom that give students opportunities to exercise their abilities and interests. There is a "Pay to Participate Fee" charged to all students involved in most extra-curricular activities to offset some of the costs of leadership. The fee will be $85 per student per activity (if required) and must be paid immediately following the selection or determination of the activity participants. All clubs must be approved by the Principal and must have a HCHS teacher/staff as club sponsor.

EXTRA CURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT

Introduction

The code of conduct contained in this document applies to all students who are involved in any extracurricular activity where they represent the school in a non-curricular capacity. Because those students are exercising what we believe to be a privilege rather than a right, they are held to a higher standard of behavior that the student who does not participate in such activities. The code covers participants on all athletic teams, including managers, statisticians, and other personnel. It also includes non-curricular groups such as: Boys/Girls State, Debate, Dutch Dance, Echo, Living Hope Singers, M.I.F.A., Model United Nations Program, Scripta, Teen Court, Theater, Science Olympiad, Student Council, and U.S. First.

Philosophy

 The extra-curricular activity program at Holland Christian High School is an integral part of the total school program. While the academic program is the foundation of the school and is offered to all students on an equal basis, the extra-curricular program is more selective and competitive in its focus and aims. Through extra-curricular programs students have the opportunity to develop physical skills and abilities, to work toward a goal with other members of the group, and to express/promote Christian values and attitudes. All of this is accomplished within a competitive framework that requires selection, sensitivity, and care on the part of the sponsor. Within this competitive framework, it becomes easy to lose our focus, to alter our perspective, and to place too much importance on winning and losing, particularly in athletics. At Holland Christian success is determined not by the scoreboard or performance ratings, but by the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we did our very best, in effort and in attitude, to represent our God, our school, and our group. While the “quest for victory” is a part of many extracurricular contests, our commitment to Christ demands that we reject “winning at all costs” and that we develop within participants a perspective on our activity that is consistent with our Reformed heritage. These demands place a significant responsibility on the Holland Christian sponsor who is called at all times to be a Christian role model for young people regardless of the score, the circumstances or other pressures that naturally arise as a consequence of competition. The conduct of an extracurricular participant is closely observed in many areas of life. It is important that their behavior be above reproach so that they will bring credit and honor to themselves, their parents, their school, and above all to God.

Eligibility

Because participation in extracurricular activities is viewed as a privilege, participants are required to meet the standard for eligibility in academic and behavioral areas (see below). All students may participate during pre-season tryouts. Students who are behaviorally ineligible may practice but not participate in competitions or performances during the ineligibility period. Academically ineligible students are not permitted to participate in practices, competition, or performances until their eligibility is restored. Further, a suspended student is always ineligible for the duration of the suspension for both practices/rehearsals and/or games/performances.

Academic Eligibility

Academic eligibility is determined weekly and will be based on the MHSAA guidelines for all HCHS extracurricular activities (must be passing 5 classes). At the end of each semester, eligibility will be based on the final semester grade. In order to be eligible for extracurricular activities, a student must meet the MHSAA guidelines or he/she will be ineligible for the next week.

Additional components of this opportunity:

Implementation

Academic progress reports for eligibility purposes will be run on Monday mornings. Students who are ineligible will be notified. The school will also notify a parent and coach/sponsor. Coaches/sponsors should make sure that ineligible students do not participate in practices or competitions during the ineligibility period. Participation of an ineligible student may result in forfeiture or an extension of the ineligibility period. The period of ineligibility will begin on the Tuesday following the communication of progress reports and extend for one week.

Behavior Eligibility 

Like academic eligibility, behavior eligibility is based on a higher standard of behavior for co-curricular participants and includes behavior both on and off-campus.  The following applies to all students in all co-curricular activities, including athletics:

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY OPPORTUNITIES

*Athletics

The Holland Christian Maroons have a tradition of excellence in many sports. We wish to emphasize that while we enjoy winning, it is much more important that the name of Jesus Christ is honored in the manner of our playing and cheering. We compete as a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (Class B) in these sports:

Fall        

 * Boys: Cross Country, Football, Soccer, and Tennis

 * Girls: Cross Country, Golf, Sideline Cheer, Swimming & Diving and Volleyball

Winter

* Boys: Basketball, Swimming & Diving, Ice Hockey (CoOp with West Ottawa HS) 

 *Girls: Basketball and Competitive Cheer

Spring

* Boys: Baseball, Lacrosse, Track & Field, and Golf

* Girls: Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Lacrosse (CoOp with West Ottawa HS) , and Tennis

Boys/Girls State

Boys/Girls State is an annual program that is held at Michigan State University during the summer for selected students representing Michigan High Schools, where they can get a hands-on experience in running state government. The cost of the program is underwritten by the American Legion. See the counseling office for details.

*Debate

In addition to debate class, Holland Christian offers LEGISLATIVE debate as an extracurricular activity. Debate is open to all students whether or not they have taken the class. Debate begins in the fall and runs through January.

*Dutch Dance

Dutch Dance is a 2nd semester cultural activity open to guys and girls in the 9th grade and up. Practices begin in January for beginners and February for advanced dancers. A three-part dance is learned and practiced for the Tulip Time festivities in May. Dutch Dance groups that test out will be charged a reduced rate of $45. (No physical is needed to participate.)

Book Club

Book Club is a group of students, from all grades who love to read and discuss books. Students, led by a faculty member, meet approximately once a month to discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting. Discussions are lively and often students take turns reading excerpts from the book. Book club is a good way to meet other students and make new friends. Books that have been read include: The River Why, The Great Gatsby, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Brothers K, Blue like Jazz, Fahrenheit 451, Invisible and many, more!

Equestrian Club

Each fall a number of our students participate in several state-sponsored equestrian shows as members of the HCHS Equestrian Club. Participation is open to all interested high school students who wish to show their horses. The club is organized by parents and coached by a volunteer. Competition usually is scheduled for Saturdays in late September and early October.

Film Club

The point of Film Club is to be discerning of the media from a Christian perspective. We will discuss the values in each film as well as what artistic expertise was used and how. Film is an underestimated area of art; many people don't realize that film can express deeper meaning, much like a book, painting, or piece of music. Film club will explore these meanings. We will have to look beyond what is shown on screen to try and uncover what the director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and actors are trying to convey.

*U.S. FIRST

This national program (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science & Technology) partners our students with engineers from a local business. Together they construct a remote-controlled robot that participates in a robotics competition against other high schools across the United States. The intensive activity begins in January and concludes with the national competition in April.

International Club

International Club is generally held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month throughout the school year from 3:00 - 4:00. IC is open to all HCHS students. It is time for both American and international students to get to know each other and together learn more about different cultures. IC also holds weekend activities that are planned by student leaders.

Forensics

HCHS offers a public speaking and dramatic performance group, which is open to all students. Students can pick from events such as sales speaking, broadcasting, impromptu speaking, poetry, prose, duo, multiple and storytelling. The competition begins in the winter and ends in the spring.

Living Hope Singers

Living Hope Singers is a select group of singers that perform for various activities throughout the school year. Many of these performances are in churches on Sunday evenings. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-5:30 p.m. The group also presents a “Showcase” performance in late March.

*M.I.F.A. One Act

The Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA) is composed of a selected group of individuals who compete in a statewide theater competition. It is open to students who are interested in serving as either cast or technical crew members. The first competition is scheduled in late January. This group also participates in the Mid-Michigan Theater Arts Festival.

Music

There are many ways to express musical talents at Holland Christian. While most of these receive academic credit, they do require substantial out-of-school time for performances. We have the following groups: Concert Band, Freshman Choir, Honors Choir, Jazz Band, Living Hope Singers, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Pep Band and a variety of other small groups and ensembles. Auditions are held in the Spring.

Model United Nations Program

Model United Nations Program is a one-day, one-evening simulation of the way the United Nations discusses and attempts to find solutions to problems of the world. Economic, political, and social problems are acted upon. Students represent a particular country and attempt to solve those issues from their country's perspective. The school participates in the Model U.N. program at Hope College

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad tournament is an academic interscholastic competition which consists of a series of approximately 23 individual and team events which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines and between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and applications. Teams participate in a regional tournament. The winning team in that competition proceeds to state and possibly national competition.

Scripta

Scripta is both a student-produced literary and art magazine and a school-wide literary and art contest. All high school students are encouraged to submit written entries and artwork to be considered for publication by a staff of juniors and seniors. Each entry received is also evaluated by a judge who determines awards on the basis of construction and content. An editor's' award is given by the Scripta staff for the literary entry they feel is the best of those not given an award by the judge.

Student Council

Student Council is made up of elected representatives from the student body who are elected into one of three committees: Student Activities which organizes and runs school activities; Student Culture, which organizes and runs school events that promote student engagement; and Faith Formation, which organizes and runs fundraisers and chapels. It is an excellent activity to develop leadership skills.

Teen Court

This is an opportunity for high school students to take an active role in the judicial process by serving on a jury that acts on actual cases involving other teens who have been charged with a misdemeanor in Ottawa County. Students are given orientation and training sessions prior to participation. Watch the daily announcements for details. 

*Theater

Students have opportunities to perform in all-school productions twice each year. Typically, a full-scale musical is held in the fall and a non-musical play in the spring. A wide range of opportunities are given; not only in acting, but also in set construction, costumes, and lights - all chaired by students in leadership roles.

ATHLETIC POLICIES

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