Thank You, Veterans

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1872 – 1918

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Mrs. Harwell ensures that her 7th & 8th grade English students understand the importance of Veterans’ Day

Reformation Day

On this day in 1517 — 500 years ago — scholar and monk Martin Luther is said to have nailed 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Though he had many complaints about corruption in the Catholic Church of his time, Luther’s main ideas were that the Bible is the central religious authority and that people may reach salvation only by their faith and the grace of God; Christians could not buy or earn their way into heaven. This eventually led to a split with the Roman Catholic Church and the birth of Protestantism and greater freedom of religion and expression.

As part of their study of some of the great thinkers and writers of the Reformation, Mrs. Noble’s English classes were treated to her dressing up as a monk and changing her classroom door into the door of the Wittenberg church. It not only surprised but delighted her students, especially since she brought some  homemade snacks too!

Where Are They Now? – Alana Price

Congratulations to Class of 2017 graduate and “Spirit of HCS” award winner Alana Price!  The freshman history and education major has been accepted into an honors class for social and behavioral sciences at Holmes Community College.

In her social media post about this impressive achievement, Alana stated, “They only take 30 people!!! #thanksHCS.”  We were happy to be part of your educational experience, Alana, and we love our Cougar alumni!

Upper-School Report Cards

Everyone is beginning to wonder, “Where are the Upper-School report cards?!”  Hopefully, this post will clear up a few things for you:

First, 9 weeks’ exams were given the 4 days before Fall Break; any students who were absent during that time had to make up missed exams this week.  Teachers then need a little more time to grade them and calculate averages.  As a result, we postponed running report cards for a few days until we could be certain that all students had time to complete exams.

Next, please remember that we have a new grading and report-card system, My Student’s Progress (MSP).  Teachers and administrators are still learning the “ins-and-outs” of this system, and it takes some time to work out the bugs.  This is the other reason report cards will be going out a little later than usual.

Report cards will be mailed by end of day Friday, October 13th.  Thank you for your patience as we make improvements!