COVID-19 Update

Thursday, May 21, 2020

 

HCS Parents: I know many people have read the CDC’s guidance for opening up schools next school year. At Houma Christian School, it is definitely our intent to open up normally next school year while implementing recommended safety protocols. We are still waiting on the state of Louisiana to formally announce mandates for opening up Louisiana schools before making any final decisions. We will continue to monitor and update our Warrior family as we get new information. Blessings

 

COVID-19 Update
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

 

Great news!   Governor John Bel Edwards announced in his press conference yesterday afternoon that Louisiana will move to Phase I of Reopening of Louisiana starting on Friday.  We are excited at Houma Christian School because we can now finally plan our end of the year events.  Below are important announcements regarding important upcoming events.  

 

High School Graduation:  

We are excited to announce that Houma Christian School will have high school graduation on Friday, May 29th at Living Word Church at 7:00pm.   We will stay within the 25 percent capacity which follows the Phase 1 guidelines put out by the state.  All seniors will be allowed tickets for admission of 6 guests which will be strictly followed.  All attendees must have a ticket to attend graduation.  We will livestream the graduation ceremony on to the HCS Website and Facebook page.

 

Senior Prom:  

HCS will also have senior prom on Saturday, May 23rd from 7:30 – 10:00 at Houma Christian School.   Only high school seniors will be allowed to attend with a guest.  All guests must be approved through administration.  More information will be forthcoming on the senior Remind App.

 

Senior Chapel:

Houma Christian School Senior Chapel will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:00 at Living Word Church with graduation practice following immediately after.  Parents and siblings will be allowed to attend.  Ms. Pat Carlos will send out more details for senior chapel on the Remind App.

 

Cheerleading (Varsity and Junior High) and Color Guard Tryouts:

The sponsors will be sending out information very soon for dates and times of tryouts.  We will make sure to follow all Phase I guidelines with social distancing and capacity protocols.  Please make sure to check out our website and Facebook pages for updates.  Mass text will be sent out also.

 

Football/ Cross Country/ Volleyball: 

Houma Christian School will make announcements for tryouts and practice on the Houma Christian Website and Facebook page.  We will also send out through mass text on Webpams.  Be on the lookout for important updates and announcements.

 

We will send more information to our parents about picking up their child’s belongings and dropping off textbooks and devices.  We will send out a detailed schedule by the end of the week.

 

COVID-19 Update
4/29/20


Good morning, Warrior Family. Praying everyone is doing well and staying strong as we begin
to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. In these times of crisis and chaos, peace and
hope are such precious commodities. And no one can give us peace and hope like God through
His Son, even during these uncertain times. Paul reminds us in Ephesians that not only does
Christ bring us peace, but He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Let’s keep Christ at the center and
trust that He will be our peacemaker and comforter through these frightening times.
Last week the Governor extended the stay-home mandate until May 15th. While this decision
does not really change what we are currently doing, it does prevent us from making a definitive
decision about senior graduation and prom. We were really hoping to at least set dates and
times at this point. We are not surrendering the idea of having both of these prestigious events
in person at some point in the near future. We will give vital information about several of the
upcoming events in this update.


Senior Graduation:

As much as we would like to make decisions today in regards to graduation, we want to wait until May 11th when it is possible that the governor may change the restrictions on gatherings. It is our heart to have a traditional graduation even it means pushing it back to late June or early July. We appreciate everyone being supportive and patient about these decisions.


Senior Chapel:

We will also wait to make a final decision on Senior Chapel as we would like to have a live traditional chapel. We will notify everyone as updates become available.
 

Prom:

We also want to wait to make a decision about prom until we get more information about lessening restrictions. I know all the high school staff and students are in favor of still having prom at some point. If we do not get favorable news about restrictions on May 11th, we may have to look for an alternate plan for prom.


Athletic Awards:

We will have a virtual awards program this year. Coach Chuck Battaglia is already working on this program with all the HCS coaches. Once completed, we will post the program on our FACEBOOK and YouTube page.


Senior Last Day of Instruction:

Friday, May 8th : Just a reminder that there will be no final exams this year.

Last Day of Instruction for Pk-11th:

Friday, May 22nd : Teachers will begin to wind down instruction the week of May 18th – 22nd to collect textbooks and devices and return all student possessions left at school.


Elementary Awards Programs:

Each elementary teacher will present a virtual awards program for their students that will be aired on the HCS FACEBOOK page.


School Pictures:

We have been notified that Lifetouch has shut down their printing studio due
to COVID-19. Parents/students will still receive their packets when they resume printing, and
pictures are sent to school. If they are not able to print the pictures, then all picture packets
will be refunded.


Teacher Appreciation Week:

May 4 th – 8 th . We will have an opportunity for parents and
students to safely show their appreciation to our amazing teachers and staff. They have been
working so hard through these tough times to continue to provide the very best education to all
our students. We will have tubs out in front of the gym next week labeled with the names of
teachers and staff. We are asking our awesome warrior family to show their appreciation by
dropping off letters of thanks, encouragement, and/or appreciation gifts. Parents and students
may drop off cards and gifts on May 6 th and May 7 th from 8:30 – 12:00 under awning in front of
gym.

The staff of Houma Christian School loves and misses all our students and parents dearly and
will rejoice in the day that we finally get to return to some sense of normalcy. Please continue
praying for our school, community, and country.

Blessings

HCS Administration

COVID 19 Update
April 16, 2020

As many of you already know, the governor has extended the shelter-in mandate to the end of the school year which means all schools in Louisiana will be closed for the remainder of the school year. This is not the decision we were wanting to hear, but understand that safety for our students and staff is most important. Even though students and staff will not be able to physically attend school, Houma Christian is committed to continue providing instruction for the rest of the school year. Our teachers have been working very hard to provide the very best instruction for all students using the digital format. We understand that distance learning has been a big adjustment for our students and teachers, but we will continue working hard to make sure students receive the valuable instruction they need to ensure mastery of competencies and standards needed for success next school year.

Elementary Grades: Pre-K – 6th Grade:
Teachers will continue to provide interactive online lessons for elementary students. The main focus for the fourth nine weeks will be mastering competencies and standards and not academic grades. The final grade for elementary students will be an average of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine week grades. We will be evaluating those students that are possibly in danger of failing through our School Building Level Review Committee and will be in contact with those parents. Parents, please remember to take full advantage of all the resources provided to help your child succeed. We have the homework hotline phone numbers available on our website. Also, please communicate with your child’s teacher as they are ready and willing to assist you and your child. The last day for elementary instruction will be May 22nd.

High School Grades: 7th – 12th:
Teachers will continue utilizing Google Classroom to provide your child instruction for the remainder of the school year. Students are receiving grades for assignments and assessments. Parents, please make sure your child is participating in Google Classroom and turning in assignments in a timely fashion. The final spring semester grade will be an average of the 3rd and 4th nine weeks. There will be no final exams this school year. The last day of instruction for seniors will be May 8th. The last day for instruction for the rest of high school is May 22nd. Parents should be monitoring their child’s progress through webpams and teacher communication.

High School Graduation and Prom:
Houma Christian School will have a graduation ceremony and Prom! We will send out a day and time as the restrictions are lessened or removed for gatherings. Stay tuned.


Junior Ring Ceremony:
Junior Ring Ceremony will be held in the Fall TBA. More information about allowing students to acquire their rings beforehand will be announced.


Athletic Awards Program:
We will celebrate the achievements of our student athletes. More information will be coming on Awards Programs.

Varsity and Junior High Cheerleading Tryouts:
The goal is to host tryouts at school once the restrictions are lifted. We may have to move to alternative formats if the restrictions are not lifted in the coming weeks. The cheerleading sponsors will be in contact with those students and parents with further information. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

We want to thank all our parents and Warrior family for all the support you have shown through this unprecedented crisis. We understand that many families have experienced severe financial hardships due to COVID 19. If you are struggling to make tuition payments, please do not hesitate to contact Natalie at admin@houmachristianschool.com. We love and miss each one of you and pray that you and your family stay safe through this tragic event. Blessings

Parent/Student/Teacher COMMUNICATION:

BLENDED                 Bloomz PKZRP8  nina_pontiff@houmachristianschool.com

6th Mrs. Kathy       Bloomz KSKDM6 kathy_mooring@houmachristianschool.com

6th Mrs. Jen            Bloomz MFQEH7 jennifer_amedee@houmachristianschool.com

5th Mrs. Danielle   Bloomz FDXSFK  danielle_laughlin@houmachristianschool.com

5th Mrs. Macy        Bloomz FDXSFK  macy_bergeron@houmachristianschool.com

4th Mrs. Mandy     Bloomz B9VTC6  mandy_rhodes@houmachristianschool.com

4th Mrs. Tiffany     Bloomz B9VTC6  tiffany_corso@houmachristianschool.com

3rd Mrs. Katie         Bloomz 5UJC49    katherine_duthu@houmachristianschool.com

2nd Mrs. Natalie    GroupMe              natalie_lirette@houmachristianschool.com

1st Mrs. Chanda     Bloomz G6ZFTN  chanda_price@houmachristianschool.com

K Mrs. Jenny           Bloomz 8TPKHG jennifer_falgout@houmachristianschool.com

Pre-K Mrs. Jobeth  Bloomz F9Z3C2    jobeth_deloach@houmachristianschool.com

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Update: 4/2/20

This week, the governor of Louisiana has issued an extension to the existing stay-home order which was set to expire on April 13th. The stay-home order now extends through Thursday, April 30th. What does this mean for Houma Christian School? If the current stay-home order expires without being extended on April 30th, Houma Christian School will more than likely open soon after that time. Again, please stay tuned for announcements, updates and changes. In the meantime, teachers will continue to work very hard to provide your child the best Distance Learning instruction possible. If you or your child has any questions or needs help with assignments, please contact the teacher or use our homework hotline that is now available.

 

Graduation: Houma Christian School is very much committed to honoring and celebrating graduation with our 2020 Senior Class. We realize that this is one of the biggest accomplishments of a young person’s life, and we want to celebrate this milestone with our seniors. Again, we are still committed to have this great event, even if it means rescheduling it in May, June, or July. We are just not able right now to make a firm commitment on a day and time with the current uncertainty of the COVID-19. We will keep everyone updated as things change.

 

Prom: HCS is also committed to still having prom at some point this year. Our high school staff is anticipating and ready to host senior prom. Again, we really cannot commit to an exact day due to COVID-19, but we will do everything within our power to make prom a reality for our seniors. Please stay tuned for important updates.

 

Spring Athletics: We have not had any updates from the LHSAA announcing when or if spring sports will resume. Our hearts go out to all our athletes who have had their spring season taken from them. We are praying that all athletes will be able to resume practice and games very soon.

 

Field Trips: All planned field trips that were scheduled will be cancelled for the remainder of this school year.

 

Tuition: We know that this horrific event has caused both physical and financial problems for our Warrior Community. Many people have lost jobs or have had their salaries cut due to the shutdown. If you are struggling and need to service your account, please contact Natalie at admin@houmachristianschool.com.

 

**Houma Christian School will post new updates on the Houma Christian School website (COVID-19) and our FACEBOOK page. We will also send out important announcements through texts.

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

Update: 3/18/2020

• Houma Christian will have office hours (phone calls only) during the closure on Monday – Thursday from 8:00-12:00.


• If parents need to contact the financial department, please email Ms. Natalie @ admin@houmachristianschool.com


• The Houma Christian School Homework/Help Hotline will start Thursday, March 19th. The Homework Hotline will be open every Monday – Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00. This service is for all parents and students in elementary grades (Pk-6th). Please call the following numbers for help on assignments.


1. (985)665-2733 –Susan Trosclair- WAP Students
2. (985)208-4938 – Heather Bonvillain -Upper Grade Math
3. (985)217-5523 – Rebecca Luke
4. (985)208-4050 – Maggie Voisin
5. (985)791-7769 – Debbie Ledet

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

• Houma Christian School is monitoring all the local, state, and federal recommendations in regards to school closure and gatherings. We will keep everyone updated of any changes.


• The Spring Summative ACT Aspire for 3rd – 10th grade students for this year has been cancelled.


• All spring athletics at HCS have been cancelled for two full weeks including practice. We will re-evaluate whether teams will be able to resume practice at that time. Coaches will send out updates to athletes to announce any changes. We do encourage our student athletes to continue training at home to keep themselves in good physical shape if and when competition resumes.


• Junior High and High School Cheerleading Tryouts have been postponed. Dates for reschedule will be sent out by sponsors at a future date.


• All students in grades PK- 12 should be receiving communication from their teachers no later than Thursday to begin their Distance Learning Program. We are encouraging our parents to try their best to help their students engage in all the lessons. Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers for support if necessary.


• Houma Christian will still honor the vacation dates for Easter Break. If the state does lift the closure on April 13th, HCS students will not return until April 20th.


• Please say a special prayer for our awesome senior class and their families as they are missing a very important part of their senior year. It is hard to imagine what they are feeling right now. Praying we will be able to resume classes as soon as possible so we can reschedule all senior activities that are currently postponed. Hang in there Seniors.