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Back-to-School | 2020-2021

 
 
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We are ready for the 2020-2021 school year! 
 
While this year may not look like any other before it, there are things that will undoubtedly remain the same at HHCA:
 
  • Mentors will pour into the lives of our students every day, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Students will learn through the lens of a Christian Worldview, helping them to see the world as God sees it.
  • The relentless pursuit of excellence will be woven throughout all that we do.
 
 
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Our school theme for this year comes from Colossians 2:6-10:
 
Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

 
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There is a wealth of information in the sections below to help you prepare for school. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions by emailing questions@hhca.org. 
 
 
 
As we return to school on campus, it is more important than ever that we work in partnership with families and students to maintain as healthy a campus as possible. This will require a heightened measure of each of us doing our part, whether on campus or at home. 
 
However, even with every precaution, we cannot entirely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  To that end, we are asking all families to sign a Family Health Partnership Agreement that acknowledges the full understanding of our partnership and inherent risk. 
 
This document will require an electronic signature from all parents / legal guardians.  It will be emailed via DocuSign from the HHCA Business Office.
 
THE AGREEMENT MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED AND RETURNED PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (AUGUST 5TH) FOR YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND IN-PERSON CLASSES. 
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on our Health and Safety Team below:
 

Doug Langhals, Head of School

dlanghals@hhca.org 

 

Rachel Bagenstose, CFO/HR Director

rbagenstose@hhca.org 

 

Tabatha DeWitt, Director of Technology

tdewitt@hhca.org 

 

Parker Collins, Academic Dean

pcollins@hhca.org 

 

Steve Bryant, Director of Security

sbryant@hhca.org 

 

Jen Bowen, School Nurse

jbowen@hhca.org

 

 

In June, HHCA announced a virtual option ("HHCA Online") for families who do not wish to return back to campus this fall. This option will enable students to maintain a strong connection to HHCA.  HHCA Online offers a team of individuals dedicated to partnering with families and classroom mentors to ensure the best possible experience while students are working from home. Participants will work through Google Classroom and a blend of recorded and live-stream classes.

 

If you have any questions or would like to enroll in HHCA Online, please email questions@hhca.org. The deadline to apply is July 24, 2020.

 

The HHCA Online Team:

 

Parker Collins, Academic Dean

pcollins@hhca.org 

 

Lynn Thurlow, HHCA Online Director

lthurlow@hhca.org

 

Caitlyn Lankowski, Online Learning Coordinator

clankowski@hhca.org
 

Ashley Beebe, Family Liaison

abeebe@hhca.org 

 

We recognize that this option only provides a portion of the HHCA experience and have adjusted the tuition rate accordingly (Lower School $8,000; Middle School $10,000; Upper School $12,000).

 

For the 2020-2021 school year, this same tuition model would be prorated to all HHCA families in the event we were forced to move the entire school off-campus for an extended period of time due to COVID-19.


Another reality that we are preparing for as we move into the fall is attendance challenges. The new health guidelines may force students and faculty to have prolonged absences off-campus if they are impacted by COVID-19. 

 

Students who are absent will be able to keep up with their daily classes just like any other student who is a part of HHCA Online through Google Classroom and a blend of recorded and live-stream classes.


We will not be following our traditional attendance policies for exam exemptions and grade reduction for students in grades 8-12.


Please note that should there be any cause for postponing on-campus instruction (hurricane disaster, COVID-19, etc.), our online instruction platform will be activated for all students.

 

Below is a video with FAQs about the HHCA Online program. The deadline to apply is July 24, 2020.

 

 

Email questions@hhca.org to apply (by the deadline of July 24th) or for more information.

 

 
Every Friday is Spirit Day at HHCA! 
Students will receive a Spirit Shirt (complimentary) at Orientation or the first week of school.  These can be worn every Friday with jeans (no holes or tears). 
 
WE NEED YOUR STUDENT(S) T-SHIRT SIZE BY THURSDAY, JULY 23, AT NOONPlease click here to submit a t-shirt size for each student NO LATER THAN Thursday, July 23, at 12:00 PM. 
 
 
If your child has any medical needs, allergies and/or medication that needs to be administered during the school day, please contact our new school nurse, Jen Bowen, prior to the first day of school  If your student needs to take medication during the school day, please bring it with you to the nurse's table at New Family Orientation on August 3 or Returning Family Orientation on August 4. 
 
All students must have completed and submitted Magnus Health forms prior to August 2. These can be accessed through MyHHCA on hhca.org
 If you submitted immunization records during the application process, there is no need to upload another report. Our school nurse will complete this step for you.
 
August 4
HHCA Online Orientation REVISED DATE (families drop-in between 10-11 AM)
New Family Orientation REVISED DATE
See details in the Orientation section below.
 
August 5
First day of school - LOWER SCHOOL (K-5th grade on campus)
8:00 AM - 2:40 PM (Lower School)
 
August 6
First Day of School - MIDDLE SCHOOL (K-8th on campus)
8:00 AM - 2:40 PM (Lower School)
8:00 AM - 2:55 PM (Middle School)
 
August 7
First Day of School - UPPER SCHOOL (K-12th on campus) 
8:00 AM - 2:40 PM (Lower School)
8:00 AM - 2:55 PM (Middle School)
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Upper School)
 

HHCA Online Orientation | Tuesday, August 4th

HHCA Online families are invited to drop-in between 10:00-11:00 AM to pick up materials. Please come to the main entrance.
 
New Family Orientation | Tuesday, August 4th
New families have been given a designated time to attend, determined by the first initial of the student's last name. Please come during your designated time as assigned below.  When you arrive come to the main, front circle drive near the front lobby and check-in!
 
A-M: 12:00-1:00 PM

N-Z: 2:00-3:00 PM
 
What happens at Orientation?
 
  • New Middle and Upper School students will connect with their student ambassador.

  • Families can meet HHCA mentors, see classrooms, and gather general information for the school year.

  • Meet our new school nurse, Jen Bowen, and drop off any medication your student will need during the school day. 

  • Connect with representatives from various school groups such as Athletics and Fine Arts Boosters and Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF).

  • Student spirit shirts (worn on Fridays) will be distributed. Please submit your student's t-shirt size by Thursday, July 23, at 12:00 PM HERE.

  • Face coverings will be distributed (masks with lanyards for K-5 and buffs for 6-12, 1 per student).
 
  • Lower School families may pick up their Car Rider Numbers. 
 
HHCA guests on campus are asked to wear a face-covering and adhere to physical distancing, when feasible, inside campus buildings; face coverings are not required when physical distancing can be maintained at outdoor campus locations. In all situations, physical distancing will be expected and encouraged.
 
 
 

The greatest question HHCA has to answer is how will we move forward in light of the reality of COVID-19. As we consider the moment we find ourselves in, we believe there are only two realistic options.  We all must realize that as life begins to get moving again, virus infections will continue to rise. This is a harsh reality, but one that statistically cannot be denied. Thus, schools have two options: (1) keep moving with safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19 or (2) revert back to “quarantine” and only offer online school.

 

Both of these options have significant positives and yet potentially greater negatives:

 

  • The positive of the return to quarantine is clearly the hopeful immediate health benefits of isolation. The negative is the overall impact on quality of life and interpersonal socialization.

  • The positive of moving forward with offering school in-person is the overall impact on quality of life and interpersonal socialization. The negative of this path is the potential health realities of contracting COVID-19.

For some, this is not a complicated decision to make. Those who find themselves in one of the at-risk groups, to pull back and continue in isolation is an obvious answer. The challenge comes for those who are not at risk and who seemingly move through the virus with very minimal complications. Medically speaking, there are so many unknowns around this particular strand that it is nearly impossible to project the overall impact.

 

HHCA has chosen to move forward confidently, with wisdom, being mindful of the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of each of our students. Our goal is to protect the health and wellness of our HHCA community while also delivering an excellent education.

 

It is indeed possible, and important, to move forward this fall with excellence in both areas. You can find two articles that outline the importance of on-campus education HERE and HERE.

 

We will continue to monitor health and wellness guidelines with flexibility and adjust plans as needed.  We move forward with confidence in God’s plan and His provision as we walk down this path. Is there absolute certainty of how everything will come together and what the upcoming school year will look like? Absolutely not. However, there is complete confidence in the fact that God has a perfect plan as we enter the fall.

 

We are prepared to safely host students on our campus this fall with a plan developed on information drawn from the best available science and public health guidance and the expertise of educators. We expect the plan may evolve and be adapted over time, and we will remain committed to providing the most responsible and safe reopening possible.

 

HHCA’s reopening plan for this fall (outlined below) is founded on two driving questions:

  1. How can we create a safe and healthy environment for our students?

  2. How can we deliver an excellent education experience for our students?
You can find HHCA's full plan to reopen school for the 2020-2021 school year HERE.
 
 
 
 
August 4 - HHCA Online and New Family Orientation Day
August 5 - First Day of School - LOWER SCHOOL (K-5th on campus)
August 6 - First Day of School - MIDDLE SCHOOL (K-8th on campus)
August 7 - First Day of School - UPPER SCHOOL (K-12th on campus)
 
September 4 - No School, Faculty/Staff Work Day
September 7 - No School, Labor Day
September 23 - Online Learning Day (students will work on assignments from home)
 
October 12 - No School, Columbus Day
October 13 - No School, Faculty/Staff Work Day
 
November 3 - Online Learning Day (students will work on assignments from home)
November 23-24 - Online Learning Days (students will work on assignments from home)
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break
 
December 9-11 - Exams (8th-12th)
December 11 - Last Day of First Semester
 
January 4 - Faculty In-Service Day
January 5 - First Day of Second Semester
January 18 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 27 - Online Learning Day (students will work on assignments from home)
 
February 15-19 - Winter Break
 
March 15 - No School, Faculty/Staff Work Day
 
April 2 - No School, Good Friday
April 12-16 - Spring Break
 
May 26-28 - Exams (8th-12th)
May 28 - Last Day of School
May 29 - Senior Graduation

 
This year's school supply list is below.
 
You can also download this list on the sidebar of this page.
 
Update: (7/23/20) Additional information has been added below regarding the required 13" laptop sleeve for 7th-12th grade students. 
 
School Supply List

 

Dedicated to developing ongoing, supportive, and collaborative relationships, our Guidance Team's goal is to ensure that every family is equipped with the knowledge and encouragement to make prayerful decisions concerning the direction of their student's life. HHCA Guidance is committed to empowering students to use their God-given strengths as they engage the world. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

To help Middle School students reach their full potential, the Guidance Team aims to create an individualized academic and social/emotional growth plan for every student. The team meets with students and families to offer support. Working with the Guidance Team, students have the opportunity to take personality and strength assessments and interest inventories.  

 

UPPER SCHOOL

Throughout Upper School, our Guidance Team partners with students and families to provide personalized counsel as students develop plans for their futures based on their skills and interests. The team helps families plan and select courses that capitalize on student skills and interests while building their transcripts and GPAs for their desired post-graduate plans. Adjustments are made along the way as students learn more about themselves and hone in on their priorities and future goals. Utilizing a breadth of tools, resources, and experience, our Guidance Team empowers students and families to make the best decisions about their education and feel confident about the future, pointing them in the direction of success. 

 

HHCA Guidance Team:

 

Jen Murphy, Guidance Counselor (6th-11th grades)

jmurphy@hhca.org 

 

Mary Delle Robinson, College and Career Advisor (College & Career Advisor)

mrobinson@hhca.org 

 

Bridget Short, Registrar

bshort@hhca.org 

 

Caitlyn Lankowski, Online Learning Director

clankowski@hhca.org 

 

 
Lower School | 8:00 AM - 2:40 PM
The Lower School schedule will be structured by grade and location.
 
Middle School | 8:00 AM - 2:55 PM
The Middle School schedule is very similar to last year's schedule with seven class periods. Chapel will be held on Thursdays, with E-10 group time and Bible class every day.
 
Upper School | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our Upper School will transition to a new schedule model for the coming school year. This new schedule translates well with new guidelines and procedures we will have in place due to COVID-19. It is beneficial in a number of ways as it relates to advancing our academic vision. The varied class times allow multiple teaching methods to be utilized. It also facilitates more small group and individual learning opportunities, promotes student-led learning passions, and assists with the concurrence of on-campus and online learning.  

 
 
MyHHCA is a hub for important school information.  You can access MyHHCA through hhca.org
 

This is where you access student schedules, grades, report cards, and more.  Also, on the MyHHCA toolbar you'll see a RESOURCES tab. This is where you'll find links to the Student Handbook, dress code specifics, Boonli (for lunch orders), bus registrations information, as well as the link to your Magnus Health Portal where your student's health records live.

 

New parents/families will need to create a MyHHCA account. If you do not yet have a user name, click here and select "forgot my login".  You will be prompted to create a new account. 

 
Middle School and Upper School schedules will post to parent and student MyHHCA accounts about a week prior to the first day of school.  
 
The calendar tab in MyHHCA can be customized to show class schedules, assignments, games, practices, and other school events.
 
Middle School electives will run on an A/B day schedule.
The first day of school for Middle School students, Thursday, August 6, 2020, will be a B day. After that, the Middle School elective schedule will alternate every other day for the balance of the semester.  Schedules, and whether it is an A day or B day, display on the calendar in student and parent MyHHCA accounts.
 
Upper School electives WILL NOT be on an A/B day schedule this year. They will be semester-long or year-long classes.

Steps to print a schedule from a MyHHCA parent account:
1. Choose "Children" (select child)
2. Choose "Schedule"
3. Choose "View full schedule"
4. Click on the small icon with two pieces of paper, located in upper right portion of calendar
5. There are several options. We suggest Student Schedule - By Day Name. (Note: Student Schedule – By Day Name (Grid) will display well for middle school but is not ideal for upper school.)
6. For the dates, choose 8/10/20-8/14/20.  This will give you a full week.
7. Generate the report or choose the desired export option (pdf, Word, Excel). 

Steps to print a schedule from a MyHHCA student account:
1. Choose "My Day"
2. Choose "Schedule"
3. Choose "Month View"
4. Click on the small icon with two pieces of paper, located in upper right portion of calendar.
5. There are several options. We suggest Student Schedule - By Day Name. (Note: Student Schedule – By Day Name (Grid) will display well for middle school but is not ideal for upper school.)
6. For the dates, choose 8/10/20-8/14/20.  This will give you a full week.
7. Generate the report or choose the desired export option (pdf, Word, Excel). 
 
Bell Schedule
The bell schedule is found in your MyHHCA account.  Click here to go to the Resource Board on MyHHCA.  
 
Schedule Questions
If you have questions about a Middle or Upper School schedule, please contact a Guidance Team member below:
Grades 6-10: Jen Murphy jmurphy@hhca.org
Grades 11-12: MaryDelle Robinson mrobinson@hhca.org


 

Please do not drop-off students before 7:30 AM. Students not participating in after school activities should be picked up according to their dismissal time. 

 

K-7th Grade Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Main circle drive (near the lobby doors)

 

8th-12th Grade Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Gate by the cafe entrance

 

 
Click here for the HHCA dress code and school uniform information.
 
Uniform Retailers
Uniforms may be purchased from Lands End (online), Tommy Hilfiger (online), or Uniform Work and Sport (online or in-store on HHI).
 
 
We also have an HHCA School Spirit Store open through August 7th! The store offers adult t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, shorts, hats, and accessories. Click here to shop! The online store will be open through August 7th and orders will be delivered by August 30th.
 
 
HHCA offers the opportunity to purchase healthy school lunches prepared daily by our very own in-house chef, Brooks Rinehart.
 
The August menu is now available and Chef Brooks is ready to take your order! 
 
Click here for information about lunch and follow the link to set up your Boonli account, which will enable you to see the menu and place orders.  The school password is hhca1. 
 
UPDATE!  The HHCA school bus has limited availability on the LowCountry Community Church stop. All other drop-off/pick-up locations are FULL. (7.31.2020).
 
Contact Rachel Bagenstose if you have any questions. 
 
HHCA offers bus service for students to and from Bluffton every day and will offer service for HHI families to Bluffton beginning in January.  Click here for more information about riding the bus and for details about pick-up and drop-off locations.
 
 
 
Every grade at HHCA has a PTF Grade Representative (PTF Grade Rep). This parent volunteer helps keep class parents in the loop about things going on within the HHCA community. We're so thankful for our PTF Grade Reps and all the ways they make our HHCA community stronger! 
 
If you'd like to serve as a Grade Rep this year, we still have a few spots available. Contact PTF President Heidi Beck for more information. 
 
PTF is a great way to plug in and get to know other HHCA parents.  
If you have an HHCA student, you are a member of the PTF (Parent Teacher  Fellowship) and invited to attend meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:15 AM. Save the date for the first PTF meeting of the school year, on August 11th just after drop-off at 8:15 AM in the cafe. We'll spend some time praying for our students and our school and make plans for the upcoming school year.
 
2020-2021 PTF Grade Representatives
 
Kindergarten | Tina Toomer, tinanskip@yahoo.com
 
1st Grade | Austin Kristoff, austinkristoff@gmail.com
 
2nd Grade | Marsha Hunter, mhunter7355@gmail.com
 
3rd Grade | TBD
 
4th Grade | Jenny Nelson, jenny@mayrivercustomhomes.com
 
5th Grade | Miranda Shipman, mir1269@hotmail.com
 
6th Grade | Stephanie Santos-Songer, santos.songer@gmail.com
 
7th Grade | TBD
 
8th Grade | Lindsay Ernst, lindsay@gmail.com
 
9th Grade | Rachel Anderson, ratoothfairy@yahoo.com
 
10th Grade | Barbara Vilanni, bvillani1@hotmail.com
 
11th Grade | Ashley Hahn, ashleyrhahn@aol.com
 
12th Grade | Jen Harsta, jharsta@global-business.net

 

 

HHCA is excited to launch a new communication platform for all sports, school clubs and more: RepU.

 

This new app is your "go-to" for athletics communication, team schedules, rosters, team announcements, Eagles sports news and more. It will also be used for school clubs such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and more.

 

Follow the instructions below to get updates and learn more:

 

  • Download the RepU app HERE or search for RepU sports in your app store.
  • Scroll down to South Carolina and select Hilton Head Christian Academy as your school.
  • Create an account and sign in.
  • Be sure to "allow" notifications when you first sign in so you will get updates.
  • Click on Add/Edit Favorites then click on the star for the teams you would like to get notifications about.
  • While in the app you can click on any team and get the schedule, roster, news and more about that team.

 
There are a few ways for you to stay up-to-date from week to week with things happening on campus and within the HHCA community. 

Check your inbox every Thursday for HHCA Next Week. This email highlights what is happening on campus in the coming week and gives a heads-up on things coming a bit further down the line. The first edition of HHCA Next Week for the coming school year will be emailed on July 30th.


HHCA.org houses the school calendar and a bank of school news items -- aka the HHCA Newsreel. Both of these items live on the hhca.org homepage, towards the bottom.

Also, be sure to follow HHCA on Facebook and Instagram for additional updates and stories.

 

SC families now have access to funding that allows them to participate in the education environment of their choice. The recently announced SAFE Grants program provides support for families seeking schools that best fit their child’s needs and allow students to attend the schools they love.

 

HHCA is a participating school in this important program that was designed to help families who may be struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Here is a list of helpful links and information:
General information: https://bit.ly/3jrj1sW
Informational Video: https://bit.ly/2CmQ1Cj
Parent FAQs: https://bit.ly/39ddWzO
SAFE Grants 101: https://bit.ly/2ZMwwMa

 

 
Don't forget your summer reading assignment!  Click here for all summer reading lists and assignments.
 
At HHCA, there are numerous opportunities for students of varying skill levels to participate in our award-winning sports programs. 
 
Click here for a list of all fall sports with contact information for coaches.
 
 
 
Car Rider Numbers are assigned to Lower School families at Orientation. Please display your number in the windshield of your car to pick up your student in the main circular drive.  If a student is being picked-up or is riding home with someone else, you MUST send a note in writing, email or call Mrs. Higgs. This is especially important for Lower School students. We cannot release a student without parental permission.   
 
 
HHCA Kindergarten students DO NOT need a backpack!  They will receive an HHCA book bag at Orientation to use for the school year. All other students DO need a backpack. 

 

In order to allow our faculty and staff to properly clean and prepare the campus for the following school day, HHCA will not be able to offer After Class Enrichment (ACE, our after school program) this year. We hope to resume this service to families very soon.

 

Here are a few miscellaneous reminders: 

  • Bring a water bottle every day!  Lower School students should bring a water bottle AND a morning snack every day.
  • Kindergarten students DO NOT NEED A BACKPACK!  They will be given an HHCA bag to use every day. 
  • Students in 1st-12th grade will need a backpack.
  • School supplies will be provided for all Lower School students. This is included in Lower School tuition.
  • Lower School students do not need different clothes/uniform for P.E. They will not change clothes. Middle and Upper School students WILL need a PE uniform.
  • No sandals, boots or light-up shoes for Lower School students.
  • Label EVERYTHING! Our lost and found bin overflows quickly with unmarked items.  
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Download 2020-2021 school supply lists below:
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Download the 2020-2021 School Calendar (highlighting faculty/staff work days, online learning days, holidays and breaks) below:
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Find HHCA's "Vision 2020: Full Reopening Plan" HERE.
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DEADLINES:
 
Please complete the form HERE regarding spirit t-shirt sizes dues, which are due July 23 at 12:00 PM.
 
HHCA Online enrollment deadline is July 24th. For more information or to enroll, email questions@hhca.org.
 
Family Health Partnership Agreements were emailed to all parents/legal guardians via DocuSign. They require the electronic signatures of all parents/legal guardians  prior to the first day of school for all students returning to school on campus.
 
Student health information in the Magnus health portal are due by August 2nd. Reach out to Nurse Bowen for more information.