Course Selections

New Grade Nines

We look forward to our new grade 9 students starting in the Fall. If you are a parent of a grade 8 student preparing to come to HDCH please apply online here.

If you have any questions please connect with Kris Slootweg at the main office by calling 905-648-6655 or email kslootweg@hdch.org.


COURSE SELECTION

Students are in the process of selecting their courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Although it may seem soon to be thinking about next year, early information helps us to prepare more effectively.

It is critical that parents and guardians are involved in the process of course selection, helping students keep in mind their goals for the future, graduation requirements, and their particular gifts and passions.

In order to encourage this, we are hosting course selection online again. This will be done through the myblueprint.ca website. Staff from our student services department has been visiting classes last week and this week in order to walk students through the course selection process.

Parents will have received a reminder email that includes log-in information. If you want to see the full details of our program, please look over our 2019-2020 Course Calendar, available at http://hdch.org/course-calendar/

For helpful resources on Course Selection, visit the Student Services group on EDSBY. On-line course selections should be completed by Dec. 21.


Vaccination Reporting

In accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is working to ensure that they have up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton.

Parents are required to communicate their children’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public HealthDetails about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website.

Please note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session.  Further details can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to Public Health at publichealth@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5250.


In case of wintery weather

Now that we are getting closer to winter, it seems prudent to remind you of what to do if you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful.

We will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


For Your Information

HDCH Board Update

On Monday evening, the HDCH Board met here at the school. The Board of Hamilton District Christian High stewards the vision and resources of the school through good governance and sound leadership. Board Directors act as custodians of the vision and mission, support and hold accountable the Principal, support and promote the school, and keep improving our vision for Christian education.

Monday night was an opportunity to thank the retiring Directors, Brenda Breukelman, Doug Sluys, and Tina VanDyk. The Board also welcomed three new Directors who were elected by Membership at our Fall Meeting: Andrea DeJong, from Jarvis; Ed Mafa, from Fonthill; and Trixie Zimmerman, from Caledonia. We’re grateful for the range of experiences, expertise, and leadership that these three bring.

In addition to dialogue around vision, the Directors determined Board roles for this year. Your 2018-2019 Board Executive is:

  • Aaron Schat, Chair
  • Allan Buist, Vice-All
  • David Kingma, Secretary
  • Ed Mafa, Treasurer

All the Directors will be participating in various committees of the Board, including Campus Renewal, Contract Partnership, Finance, and more.
As a community, we are grateful for the energy and time that these people invest in leading and guiding our school.


Moms MATTER

We are grateful for the support of our school community for Moms in Crisis with Parenting Support Services of Hamilton. With your help, the Parenting Class filled 22 buckets with comfort items ready for new moms.


Course Selections

Next week, our grade 9 through 11 students will be selecting their courses for 2019-2020. As well, grade 12’s will be indicating their intentions for next year.

Later this week, parents and students will receive an email with more information about how to select courses for next year and how to indicate their choices online.


Exceler8

We enjoyed hosting over 150 Grade 8 students here at HDCH last week. What a jam-packed day of fun activities, connecting with new and old friends, and making our future HDCH students feel comfortable.

We also hosted our annual Grade 7 and 8 Parent Information Evening. We were pleased to welcome around 80 guests – almost double the number of attendees from last year.

We were thrilled to welcome 3 of our current HDCH students to participate in a Q&A session. A parent asked how Spiritual Formation happens at HDCH. One of our students who are currently in grade 11 offered to answer. She said this (paraphrased a bit) …

“At HDCH, we have what you would consider to be normal Christian School things like Bible Class, Worship in Assemblies and Devotions to start the day. But where I have the most spiritual formation is in the way our subjects are taught here at HDCH. It’s in the regular classes and projects that I am spiritually formed.”

It was a beautiful moment. It was a thoughtful testimony of what our teachers & staff work hard at daily – desiring the worldview of ‘Christ in All things’ to permeate all things at HDCH.
If you have a current student in Grade 7 or 8 and want to set up a meeting, tour, or for your grade 8 students a shadow day please connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell, Director of Admissions and Advancement. She can be reached by email at gdoucetcampbell@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655, ext. 113.


MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is open every day after school, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mr. Hordyk hangs around to help and facilitate projects. If you are interested in making a project of any sort, drop by and say hi.


Homework Help

Looking for a little support with your homework? Drop by the Grove after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4.


Vaccination Reporting

In accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is working to ensure that they have up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton.

Parents are required to communicate their children’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public HealthDetails about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website.

Please note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session.  Further details can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to Public Health at publichealth@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5250.


In case of wintery weather

Now that we are getting closer to winter, it seems prudent to remind you of what to do if you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful.

We will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


For Your Information

Take our Kids to Work Day

Today ~ Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Grade nine students have been spending the day “shadowing” their parents (or relatives or family friends) at their places of employment.

If you would like more information about this important initiative, please visit Learning Partnership website.


Moms in Crisis support

The drive for items for new moms supported by the Parenting Support Services of Hamilton is underway! We are collecting donations of self-care and well-being items for new moms who need support including:

  • shampoo
  • body wash
  • toothpaste
  • socks
  • candles
  • journals
  • scarves
  • colouring books
  • pencil crayons
  • tea, etc.

Are all welcome donations for new moms in need. Buckets in each homeroom are ready to be filled and will be collected until Friday the 16th.

The parenting class have also been eagerly learning how to knit and crochet baby mittens to gift to the new moms and babies we are supporting!

Exceler8 Day

November 22 for Grades 9s
HDCH is excited to welcome our future knights to campus on November 22nd. To accommodate our guests, Grade 9 students have the day off. Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes will be running as normal.


MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is open every day after school, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mr. Hordyk hangs around to help and facilitate projects. If you are interested in making a project of any sort, drop by and say hi.


Homework Help

Looking for a little support with your homework? Drop by the Grove after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4.


Vaccination Reporting

In accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is working to ensure that they have up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton.

Parents are required to communicate their children’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public HealthDetails about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website.

Please note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session.  Further details can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to Public Health at publichealth@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5250.


In case of wintery weather

Now that we are getting closer to winter, it seems prudent to remind you of what to do if you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful.

We will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


Re-enrollment & Course Choices 2019-2020

Even though we’re just over a quarter of the way through this school year, we are starting to plan for the next one! As part of this planning, our Student Services Staff will be visiting all of our grades 9 through 11 students in their classes starting December 4, to introduce them to make course selections for next year. Because this process is an important one for students and parents to work through, we’ll be sending our students home with a worksheet that you can look at together.

If you want to start thinking about it now, there are course selection tips here. And parents, you can expect to receive an email with more detail on Monday, November 26.

Learn more >>

Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting

November 5th

Come and be part of what’s happening at Hamilton District Christian High! Hear an update from the Principal and Board Chair, and connect with fellow HDCH community members.

Please join us:
7:00 – Coffee & Registration
7:30 – Membership Meeting
8:30 – The Voice

The documents for our Monday, November 5th Membership Meeting have been posted to our website. Have a look at the agenda, read highlights from our Principal, Board Chair and Director of Finance, glance over the audited financial statements, and join us that evening to hear more in person.

Note: Bios for the nominees to the Board of Directors will be available the evening of November 5th. Should you have miscellaneous items you would like considered for the agenda, please contact Allan Buist, Board Chair by November 2nd.


The Voice

Nathan Siebenga will update us on our ambitious proposed plans to enhance learning opportunities for our students. This conversation began back in 2010 when the leadership and Board of Directors started studying facility renewal, and sustainability.

Walk through the newest, more detailed drawings for a proposed new secondary school and discover more about:

  • What our learning spaces could look like
  • How we stay adaptable and sustainable well into the future.
  • How a new school will help us to cultivate deep community engagement and foster multi-generational connections

We hope you’ll join us on November 5th to hear a vision for exceptional learning spaces that could bless HDCH students for the next 60 years–and beyond.


Student Learning Conferences

Student Learning Conferences

Parents and students, please mark your calendars to join us for Student Learning Conferences on Thursday, October 18 or Tuesday, October 23rd.

Next Tuesday morning, we will send parents an email notification with instructions on how to sign up for conferences. Please make sure that your Edsby account is set up now so that you can book appointments.

For assistance with Edsby, please contact Kris Slootweg at info@hdch.org.

At Student Learning Conferences, we invite students to join their parents/guardians in meeting with teachers to talk about their learning together.

  • Parents are encouraged to ask any questions they may have, listen to their child talk about his/her learning, and share their insights and perspectives during the discussion.
  • Students will talk about their work, what is going well, what they are proud of, and what is challenging; sharing ideas about what they need for their best learning.
  • Teachers will facilitate the discussion; listen to insights from students and parents; and share their own perspectives about student learning.

See also: FAQs for Parents

Student Learning Conference

 

Information

FYI

BRIDGE DAYS

Today is the first Bridge Day of the new school year. Twice a semester, each class has the opportunity to spend a double period diving deeply into their course material in one way or another. Class expands to the length of either the entire morning or the entire afternoon to make way for an extended learning experience.

Discover more about Bridge Days at hdch.org/connect-life-learning


Attendance

If your child will be late or absent, even for part of the day, please let us know by contacting info@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655.

You can tell us the day of, the day before, or even weeks in advance. Thanks for your assistance in this!


Edsby

We encourage parents to use Edsby, our secure online learning management system, to communicate with staff and to keep up with what’s going on around here. You’ll find:

  • daily announcements
  • you can report lates and absences
  • attendance
  • details about extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • booking details about Student Learning Conferences (closer to the date)
  • the school calendar
  • and so much more

For that and other how-to’s, you can visit:  https://edsby.com/help/parents/ 


Late Bus Service

To make it easier for our students to participate in after-school activities, we continue to provide a late bus service to Brantford and Burlington. Please note that, due to a driver shortage, there is no Jarvis late bus so far this year.

The late buses are available to any HDCH student at no additional cost. Starting today, buses leave at 5pm (Brantford) or 5:15 pm (Burlington) Monday through Thursday each week. Routes are as follows:

  • Brantford – stops at Book Road, Ancaster Fairgrounds (5:15pm), and Highway 2.
  • Burlington – stops at Walmart (Hwy 5 near Hwy 6 – 5:40pm) and Walmart (Fairview St at 5:55pm).

First Day

Welcome Back

Attendance

We work hard to always know where your kids are. If your child will be late or absent, even for part of the day, please let us know by contacting info@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655.

You can tell us the day of, the day before, or even weeks in advance. Thanks for your assistance in this!


Late Bus Service

To make it easier for our students to participate in after-school activities, we continue to provide a late bus service to Brantford and Burlington. Please note that, due to a driver shortage, there is no Jarvis late bus so far this year.

The late buses are available to any HDCH student at no additional cost. Starting today, buses leave at 5pm (Brantford) or 5:15 pm (Burlington) Monday through Thursday each week. Routes are as follows:

  • Brantford – stops at Book Road, Ancaster Fairgrounds (5:15pm), and Highway 2.
  • Burlington – stops at Walmart (Hwy 5 near Hwy 6 – 5:40pm) and Walmart (Fairview St at 5:55pm).

Edsby

We encourage parents to use Edsby, our secure online learning management system, to communicate with staff and to keep up with what’s going on around here. You’ll find daily announcements, attendance, the school calendar, and so much more. If you are new and haven’t received your Edsby invitation or if you have any other questions about it, please contact our office.


Welcome Yuma

We welcome a new black lab puppy Yuma (pronounced Ooma) to school this fall as she trains to be a guide dog with Lions Foundation of Canada. This is the second foster puppy that grade 10 student, Grace Burnip has worked with at HDCH. Yuma is full of energy and can’t wait to meet everyone.