From the Tall to the Small
Isn’t this photo great? I love it because it reminds me of the many changes, both outward and inward we see throughout students lives at Hanford Christian School. We have an incredible opportunity to impact students for Eternity during their most impressionable years. That’s a privilege and responsibility that we don’t take lightly.
As the end of the school year quickly approaches I would like to challenge all parents to encourage their children to continue reading this summer. Zonderkidz has a great program to keep students reading throughout the summer months. It is a 100 Day Bible Reading plan that runs Memorial Day weekend (May 27th) through Labor Day (September 3rd).
These short chapter-long Bible readings are a great way for kids to grow in their faith while keeping up on important reading skills. Don't have 100 days? No problem! The reading plans are broken into seven different shorter themes. Along with the reading plans, we have great tips for parents to encourage their growing readers.
Click the link below to download the reading plan! Have a wonderful summer. We look forward to seeing our students back on campus this August!
What To Ask When Considering a Christian School
Welcome back to Principally Speaking! It’s hard to believe May is drawing near. We have been busy on campus this spring semester! Our Open House was very well attended and I was impressed by some of the questions parents were asking. If you or someone you know is considering a Christian school the following are questions I recommend you ask the Principal and staff.
The school exists first and foremost to educate your child. What are the school’s test scores? How do they measure up state standards? Does the school have special programs for students with learning disabilities? If your child were to fall behind in class how would the school handle it? These are all very important questions to ask any school you are considering for your child. We strongly believe our purpose is to educate students. What makes HCS unique is we also “equip and inspire your child to serve the world for Christ.” HCS has a 15:1 student/teacher ratio. This allows teachers to quickly and easily identify specific learning disabilities and challenges. At HCS we are blessed with a Resource Specialist who assists students to learn according to their particular strengths and interests.
What is the mission of the school? This is what makes the school unique and why the school exists! The mission at HCS is “To educate, equip and inspire every student to serve the world for Christ.” You can see this woven throughout our school and in everything we do. Ask the school you are considering for specific examples of how they are living out their mission statement.
What is the re-enrollment rate? This is a great way to see current parents satisfaction with the school! We have been richly blessed with a 99% re-enrollment rate at our school for next school year. Some years our re-enrollment rate fluctuates due to military families moving in and out of the area. If you’re not happy with any school’s re-enrollment rate ask more questions; and take into account some families may have to move.
Along the same lines of re-enrollment, what is the teacher’s retention rate at the school? Turn-over rate can be a good insight into the health of the school as well. I myself, taught Kindergarten at HCS for 15 years before stepping into the role of Principal. My love for HCS and Christian education runs deep. We have many teachers that have taught at HCS for years, one teacher has been teaching here for 41 years!
Wherever you send your child to be educated is important and all parents deserve to be well informed. My prayer is these questions can help assist you to ask the necessary questions when considering any school for your child!