School News

HCCS Celebrates Harvest Helpers Chapel


On Wednesday, November 22nd HCCS celebrated Harvest Helpers Chapel in the historic Dover Church chapel. In this season of Thanksgiving, the students shared their blessings with others by collecting donations of money and canned goods for the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services. After singing “We Gather Together” and hearing a message from Father Mills encouraging the students to love others by serving them, each student brought forward their offering of canned goods. Many of the students made a donation to the Clinic of $5, as well, which allowed them to enjoy the first “dress-down” day of the school year, trading in their uniform for casual clothes of their choosing.

We hope this Thanksgiving you celebrate the blessings of family, friends, and neighbors and draw near to the One who so generously blesses. Happy Thanksgiving!


Ken Mills Leads Monday Chapels and Parent Prayer Time


Every morning, HCCS students and faculty start their day with chapel. On Mondays this year, Father Ken Mills, husband of HCCS Kindergarten teacher Gigi Mills and pastor of Holy Cross Reformed Episcopal Church, has been delivering the chapel lesson to start each week. So far this year, he has focused his teaching on the Protestant Reformation and the reformer Martin Luther. As the school year continues, he will teach the students lessons from the Gospel of Mark, as well as seasonal lessons focused on Christmas and Easter. After chapel Father Mills leads a prayer-time for parents and faculty, which is often enlivened by his piano playing and vocal training. We are grateful our students receive a solid grounding in biblical history from Father Mills!

Father Mills has not always been a man of the cloth. Full time vocational ministry is his second career, a calling he took up after retirement from his first vocation.  In addition to pastoring his church in Midlothian, leading HCCS Monday chapels, and building relationships with the students and families of HCCS, Father Mills has been keeping himself busy studying for his Ordination exams. On October 25th, he passed his exams and was ordained on November 11th! Stay for chapel and prayer on an upcoming Monday and be sure to congratulate Father Mills on his Ordination.


Guest Educator Lewis Lawson Delivers Chapel Lesson on Faith in Adversity


On Wednesday, November 1st, Lewis P. Lawson, a veteran educator, visited HCCS to share his childhood experiences and teach on the importance of faith during times of adversity.   Mr. Lawson’s chapel talk detailed his early love of cowboys of the “wild west”, which led to his brothers encouraging him to saddle up and “ride” their St. Bernard dog, only to be bucked off and break his nose on the curb of the road.  As if that weren’t enough, a few years later eight-year-old Lewis, tussled with his brother when everything “went black.” He had a broken neck. Bed-ridden and immobile for 3 months while recovering (fortunately he was not paralyzed), he still remembers a fellow-patient and young girl in the hospital giving him her only toy.

After the chapel message, Mr. Lawson’s skillful story telling engrossed the 3rd-6th graders in Language Arts class as he shared the etymology of the following “sesquipedalian” words: “halcyon”, “legardemain”, “mountebank”, “cynosure”, “antediluvian”, and  “shibbolith”.  You should have heard the stories of where these words originated!  All the students were riveted and cannot wait for him to return in January!


French Students Develop a Taste for the Culture


“Avez-vous faime?” Yes, I am hungry! Each Monday during lunchtime, the fifth and sixth grade students gather for “Le déjeuner français,” or French Lunch.  During this mealtime, Madame Peete teaches French vocabulary and phrases relating to food and meals.  This year, the students have learned how to ask and respond to the questions “are you hungry?” and “what would you like to eat?”  At HCCS, students begin to study French in fifth grade after already studying Latin since third grade.

The students are developing a vocabulary to navigate the dining experience from beginning to end. They have learned the names of various shops where food may be purchased, such as la boulangerie (the bakery), as well as the corresponding names of the shopkeepers, “le boulanger” (the baker) and their wares, “le pain” (bread).

Students at HCCS will not only develop knowledge of the French language, but also an understanding and appreciation for the culture.  As the year progresses, students will continue to learn to speak in French about the items in a place setting, proper mealtime etiquette, as they expand their food vocabulary and conversational abilities. One of the most exciting aspects of French Lunch is the opportunity to cook and sample French foods! Bon appetite!

Completely Kids Richmond Features Story about Hunter Classical Christian School


The feature article of Completely Kids Richmond on Friday October 20th entitled, “One Parent’s Journey to Hunter Classical Christian School” shares the story of Carrie Michalski, mother of Kindergartner Liam, in selecting HCCS to be her son’s “home away from home.” Deciding on a school is a weighty responsibility and parents often consider many factors: academic rigor, moral development, class sizes, and cost, to name a few. Carrie writes, “We wanted somewhere that would allow individual attention for our child, and somewhere that placed importance on community and growth of character as well as academics.” We are thankful the Michalski family found their home at HCCS! Read the full article here.

Language Arts Students to Perform “The Duel” during October 26th Open House


“The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, Side by side at the table sat, ‘Twas half past twelve, and (what do you think!), Nor one nor t’other had slept a wink!”, opens the well-known children’s poem, “The Duel”. This short, active poem by Eugene Field, an American Poet of the late 19th century, will be performed by Mrs. Bruce’s Language Arts class.

The students are making their own costumes and will perform this poem as a skit in Heritage Hall on October 26th at the HCCS Open House during refreshments. Come at 9:30am for the Open House and stay for the skit!

Students Ventured to Lloyd Family Farm for Fall Fun and Learning

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On a beautiful Friday morning October 13th, the HCCS community left campus for a day of fall fun at Lloyd Family Farm.  Students, parents, and younger siblings joined their teachers for a morning of wagon rides, corn maze exploration, animal petting, and pumpkin picking.

The children spent the morning soaking in the beauty of the scenery of the horse farm, including a tour of the stables and pens to see and learn about the animals up close. The baby pigs and petting the horses were the highlights of the time in the stables.  Afterwards, the students explored the corn maze – and everyone made it out to tell the tale! The younger siblings played in the sand play place before everyone partook of a picnic lunch.  A trip to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect one rounded out the afternoon!

Reading Pals Foster Friendship and a Love of Reading Across the Grades

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Fridays are exciting for many students, but at Hunter Classical Christian School, students aren’t excited to end the week, but to read with their “Reading Pals”! The refrain, “I can’t wait until we have Reading Pals today!” echoes through Heritage Hall even as students arrive in the morning.

Reading Pals connect lower and upper grade students during weekly Friday afternoon read aloud sessions. At this point in the school year, lower grade students choose books and upper grade students read those books to the lower grade students.  Read More

Kindergartners Paint the Beauty of the Season


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Mrs. Mills’ Kindergartners took to the classroom of the great outdoors on Wednesday October 4th of this beautiful autumn week. The students conducted a detailed nature study, followed by al fresco painting under the tutelage of Reverend Mills. The activity synthesized several recent lessons: a nursery rhyme learned in the classroom about fall, a Scripture verse memorized for recitation, and the science of blending primary colors to make a secondary color. Read More


Students Explore the Field Day of the Past


image1On Friday September 15th, Hunter Classical Christian School ventured out to enjoy the first field trip of the year: The Field Day of the Past, a 3-day show remembering local history and preserving historic buildings, all with the feel of an old time country fair.

The students visited several living history exhibits and tried their hands at chores of the past: grinding corn, panning for gold, working the sawmill, and branding wooden placards with an iron forge, among others. Students explored the historic permanent structures on the grounds including the local general store, an antique garage, and gas station, and also visited the petting zoo.
A picnic lunch and a rowdy pig race rounded out the afternoon! Faculty, parents, and students alike gained a better understanding of the rich history of the surrounding Goochland County, and an appreciation for those who came before us and their vision to preserve our collective history.