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HCCS Offers Enrichment Opportunities for Homeschooling Families


HCCS is pleased to announce the first L.A.M.P.S. program will begin on Monday March 12th. The L.A.M.P.S. program is designed for homeschooling families who would like instruction in Latin, Library, Art, Music, Physical Education, and/or Science and provides 12 weeks of instruction through the end of the school year, on June 1st. HCCS offers a limited number of part-time enrollment options for these subjects in grades K-6.  The formation of the heart and mind of a child is a great joy and responsibility of parents, and HCCS is pleased to partner with parents who choose to educate their students at home to provide supplemental instruction or enrichment opportunities.

See the detailed schedule for information about the L.A.M.P.S. offerings by subject and day. For information about enrolling and tuition for the L.A.M.P.S. program, please call the school office at 804-708-0048 or request an information packet.


Reader’s Theater of “Bronze Bow” Reveals Protagonist’s Heart Transformation


On Thursday, March 1st, Mrs. Robin Bruce’s 6th grade Language Arts enjoyed a presentation of the development of the character of Daniel from Elizabeth Speare’s “Bronze Bow”. This story is set in during Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, primarily in Capernaum.  One student, Lee Carter, was assigned to portray the character of Daniel from the beginning of the story, which saw the loss of his parents from brutal Roman authorities and other challenges. Another student, Joseph Weis, portrayed the character of Daniel after the conflict of the story, through which (spoiler alert) Daniel survives, rises to the challenges of caring for his sister Leah, wisely chooses friendships and nobly assumes responsibility.

The two different representations of Daniel demonstrate his character development. The challenges shaping him include the hardships of working in a blacksmith shop, wrestling with dilemma’s over the meaning of strength, the pain of the loss of family members, a growing understanding of Jesus’ grace in hardship, as well as the happy rescue of a beloved sister, Leah. In the beginning of the story, Daniel thinks the “bronze bow” refers to a physical weapon one pulls back to shoot, but Jesus makes it clear He means one’s heart must be strengthened, rather than solely the physical body! As the novel ends, Daniel is a changed man due to a transformed heart because of the Christian message.

Both students did an admirable job fielding questions from their teacher and classmates about their character’s perspective at different stages of development.  Parents and siblings enjoyed this “reader’s theater” presentation, which demonstrated understanding of character development, plot, and story line, as well as the transformation of a young man’s heart moving closer to Jesus through life’s journey.


Class Presentations honor leaders for President’s Day


In honor of President’s Day, Mrs. Adam’s first and second grade students honored our American President’s on Monday, February 19th in Heritage Hall. Each student selected a president of their choosing to research and shared important facts, quotations, and interesting tidbits about their selected leader. Additionally, there were two presentations of First Ladies. Beginning with the first president and ending with the current president, the students used posters, pictures and impersonations to bring the presidencies to life.

The morning was full of surprises: all heads turned when Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy entered Heritage Hall sleekly attired and donning long black gloves. Who knew President Lincoln had a pet turkey named Tom? Nancy Reagan made an appearance waving her American Flag as she expressed love and support for her husband. And while it is commonly known that James Madison was instrumental in drafting the Constitution, it is less well known that he was the shortest president standing at five feet and four inches tall!

The presentations concluded with first grader Josiah James singing the names of all 45 presidents in chronological order, inspiring the first and second graders to learn the song, as well. HCCS strives to develop a lifelong love of learning in students, and it is a joy to watch students grow in knowledge and respect for our nation and its leaders!

Parenting expert and author John Rosemond shares wisdom with HCCS Community


On Tuesday February 13th HCCS hosted an evening with America’s most-widely read parenting authority, author John Rosemond. Community members, parents, friends and faculty welcomed Mr. Rosemond for a 90-minute session entitled “The Obedient Child in 3 Simple Steps”. Mr. Rosemond shared specific strategies with parents to create peace in the home. He explained that these effective parental attitudes and behaviors were once the norm of generations past and the environment many of our parents were reared in.

Rosemond, who has a syndicated weekly column in over 220 newspapers and has authored more than 20 books on parenting, discussed the lack of emotional resilience in children today and the staggering rates of depression and self-destructive behaviors of teens and young adults. He highlighted the difference between child-centered family life and family life directed by parents operating primarily in the role of the husband and wife.

Mr. Rosemond urged parents to lead their children with authority when giving instructions- speaking from an upright position, using as few words as necessary, and not engaging in question/answer about the instructions. Parents should expect obedience the first time instructions are given. Thank you to Mr. Rosemond for caring deeply for the next generation and the current generation entrusted to guide them!


Science Students Create Systems of the Body Exhibit

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Mrs. Stein’s 3rd-6th grade students are hands-on this week creating an interactive science project to display in the Heritage Hall Classroom. To learn the six systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous, Mrs. Stein’s students are creating life-sized replicas of each student and the systems.

The students conducted research of each system, reading about each organ, highlighting the important information and recording this information to incorporate onto their life-sized body. Then each child’s form was traced and cut out of bright red, blue or green paper.  In this kinesthetic learning activity, each student created replicas of the different systems: cutting, coloring, and taping each organ “flap” in the proper position, and included the information researched under each “flap”.

Students will complete their “bodies” on Thursday, Feb. 8th. In science fair format, next week our younger HCCS students will visit the Systems of the Body Exhibit in the Heritage Hall classroom, eager to view the life-size bodies and listen as their older classmates teach them about each system!


Students Compete in 3rd Annual Spelling Bee


On Friday, January 26th, the students of HCCS gathered in Heritage Hall to take part in the 3rd Annual Spelling Bee!  First and second grade teacher Alisa Adams organized and led this much anticipated event with the support of the faculty in the classroom and parents at home. Each year during the spelling bee, students have an exciting opportunity to demonstrate mastery of their spelling words and to practice their public speaking skills in a competitive and caring environment.

Students participated by grade level, one round at a time. From the kindergartners to middle school students, each student stepped up to the podium and spelled aloud their assigned word before the student body and on looking audience of parents and supporters.

HCCS is pleased to report that every student made it through the first round of the friendly competition! In fact, many of the students were so well prepared for the spelling bee that in order to narrow the field of competitors, “challenge words” from higher grade levels were asked of these conscientious students. Many lessons were learned from this spelling bee, including how to win and lose graciously after giving your best effort. It was an E-X-C-I-T-I-N-G event for all!


Out with the Old, In with the New… Playground!


Since the early days of this school year, plans have been in the works for a new and improved playground at Hunter Classical Christian School! This endeavor was met with great excitement by all our students – from our littlest pupils on up. The new playground is a joint venture between HCCS and Dover Baptist Church. Throughout the fall, the Shared Use Committee, consisting of the HCCS administration and church leaders, has collaborated with builders to design an exciting playground and expand it’s footprint. The playground will be roundly appreciated by both the HCCS community and the Dover Baptist Church parishioners.

On January 8th, little faces fogged up the classroom windows to watch the bulldozer carry away the last of the former playground and level the rich, dark earth.  Despite more snow and ice last week, the new equipment arrived. With great enthusiasm, the students have seen the new playground emerge – a playground without splinters and able to withstand wear and tear, rain, snow, hail, or scorching heat. A second round of uncooperative weather delayed the final steps of preparing the playground and offered an excellent lesson in “delayed gratification” for the children. At last, on Wednesday January 24th, the students gleefully greeted the new playground equipment and put each one of the 10 swings to good use. The students take to heart the mantra of “work hard, play hard” at HCCS!


Keyboarding Kicks-off for 5th and 6th grade students


The 5th and 6th grade students begin keyboarding this week!  Experts agree that the most important computer-related skill your child can learn is to type, and the best time to introduce this skill is when children have the hand-eye coordination, focus, and finger span to learn properly.  At HCCS, we believe 5th grade is the ideal time to introduce keyboarding into our curriculum.

Students will be introduced to proper keyboarding techniques through teacher-guided instruction and online drills by Mrs. Bruce, the homeroom teacher, and Mrs. Stein, the math and science instructor.  They will learn proper posture, finger position, eye placement, and correct reaches, as well as a basic overview of the computer and internet safety guidelines.

The keyboarding class meets several times each week in the afternoon.  Studies have shown the best way to develop “muscle memory” that allows keyboarding to become a subconscious activity, is to practice often with short periods of practice that allow students to learn two to three keystrokes at a time. We will follow this practice and watch as QWERTY will take on new meaning to our 5th and 6th graders!


Science Students Embrace the Cold to Freeze and Thaw Matter


While the temperatures have dropped well below freezing on campus at HCCS, the science experiments are heating up for Mrs. Adams’ first and second grade students! The class used these frigid temperatures to gain a first-hand understanding of the changes in matter between states in their science studies. On Thursday January 3rd, each child partially filled a cup with water and marked the liquid level with a permanent marker, along with their name. They placed these cups outside at the end of the school day. When the students returned to class on Friday, the liquid had changed to solid ice. The students easily observed how liquid expands when frozen because the bottom of each cup was no longer flat and the ice had grown above the previously marked level in their cups. The ice slid out and students could see and feel the formation of the solid matter from the liquid water. The discussion was lively as students made connections between matter as a liquid and as a solid.  A post-experiment survey confirmed that this experiment resulted in 0 cases of frostbitten students!

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