January has been an absolute whirlwind of a month! I’d hoped to write you sooner, but it’s been hard to find time to breathe!
We had a great time during “Spirit Week” the week before last. I think the highlight for the students was the special lunch on Thursday where the older students were paired with the younger to get to know one another better. The high schoolers felt like celebreties, and many of them commented on how neat it was to get to know some of the elementary students! I loved seeing the students reach out to one another in a simple way like that and build school spirit throughout the entire school–elementary and secondary alike.
Homecoming offered a special moment to honor the seniors and welcome back several alumni. And the themed dress days were just hilarious. Next year we’ll work to give you more advanced notice on the themes, so you have more time to shop for that “perfect” outfit. I want to let the elementary students in on all of the themed dress days next year, as well.
We went from Spirit Week right into accreditation week, with the team from SCACS here to evaluate whether or not to renew our accreditation. I’m pleased to announce that the SCACS president affirmed our renewal for another five years and highly commended our school for the job we’re doing. They also made some excellent suggestions for ways we can improve, mostly in the area of putting on paper what we’re already doing and planning. Thank you for your prayers for us during this successful review.
And from accreditation right into “Open House” this week! I hope you’ll come visit sometime over the next three days. I’d love to meet and get to know you better. And would you consider inviting someone else to come with you? I’m convinced there are other likeminded families in the area who would be great fits for HPCS. You can help us identify these families and let them in on what’s going on here. Most of our classes have room for added students without the need for additional faculty hires. And there’s no better way to help us keep tuition costs low than to grow the student body to our enrollment cap.
Finally, a quick heads up about a service opportunity coming in April. We’ve been invited to partner with Special Olympics, and I’d like to take the entire high school, grades 9-12, to the event. So on April 8 we’ll plan to bus all the 9-12 graders (with the exception of those in the school musical that week) over to Furman, where our students will partner with Special Olympians for the day to cheer them on and assist them in the day’s activities. I’m praying that this opportunity will help our students appreciate the true joy that comes from getting our eyes off ourselves and focused on serving others.
Hope to see you soon,