HCS News

Week of September 19, 2022

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Important Dates
Office Hours: M T W F 10 am - 3 pm; Th 12 pm - 5 pm


Sept 21 - San Diego Rescue Mission Service Day

Sept 23 - HCS Academy Social

Sept 23 - 6th Grade Camp Registration & Deposit Deadline

Sept 26 - USS Midway FT Registration Deadline

Sept 28 - USS Midway Museum Field Trip

Sept 30 - Senior Yearbook Bio Submission Deadline

Oct 1 - Online Course of Study Due

Oct 4 - Moms Bunco Night

Oct 5 - Riley's Farm Gold Rush Adv Registration Deadline

Oct 12 - Riley's Farm Gold Rush Adventure Field Trip

Oct 13 - School Board Meeting

Oct 18-21 - 6th Grade Camp

Oct 19 - San Diego Rescue Mission Service Day

Oct 21 - School Pictures Make-up Day

Oct 21 - October Senior Social Event

Oct 22 - Teach Them Diligently Conference


Sept 19 - Academies

Sept 22 - DC/ESC

Sept 26 - Academies

Sept 29 - DC/ESC 

Oct 3 - Academies


Oct 10 - Academies

Oct 13 - DC/ESC

Oct 17 - Academies

Oct 20 - EC/CLMT/BON

Administrative Updates & Announcements From the Office

New Podcast Episode

The Public School Experiment

The third episode of our new podcast, Homeschool Talk with HCS is up! In this episode, Principal Vicki Stormoen and Producer Lilia Sepulveda address some common objections to homeschooling and the misconception that homeschooling is the new kid on the block. Listen in as Principal Vicki gives us a brief history of the birth of public education in America and how it has fared academically in comparison to homeschooling.

Click here to access the podcast on the website or search for Homeschool Talk with HCS on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Podcast Addict, Amazon Music, and more.

Which Account Do I Use For What?

Are you confused about the three different logins you have at HCS? Downloadprint and use this diagram to help keep track of what you can find/do through each of the three different programs we use: SIS, HSL, and Bill & Pay. Also note the things you can find through the Members Only section of the website; including this diagram.

Congratulations to our school accountant, Tracy West, for being the first person to successfully complete the WORD passage this school year. All those who complete the passage will be listed in the newsletter, featured on the website, and receive a WORD decal. Collect a new decal every year while hiding God's WORD in your heart. 

Updated Parent/Student Handbook

As mentioned previously, we will be highlighting changes to the Parent/Student Handbook here for the next several weeks. The new handbook may be found in full on the website in the Members Only section under Documents. You can link directly to it from here

One of the changes removes the "No Dating" language found in previous editions, and changes that section to a "No Touching" policy. While we appreciate families have different standards related to dating and PDA (public displays of affection), we simply state that PDA is not allowed in HCS settings. The policy reads as follows:

No Touching

Heritage Christian School has a “no PDA” (public display of affection) policy. This means that students should refrain from touching at HCS events.  Touching includes, but is not limited to, hand holding, hugging, arms around another student, sitting on another student’s lap, or kissing.

The School Office Could Use Your Help

From time to time the office admin team could use volunteers to help with small administrative tasks. We have put together a live online sign-up portal that will run year-round. HCS parents and high school students with availability are invited to participate. High School students are eligible to receive credit for hours volunteered. Visit our iVolunteer online portal any time for a list of open tasks and sign up for them. 

Current Listings:

1-2 people to put together Welcome folders. 

1 person to research California PSP's.

10 people to make phone calls to new HCS moms.

Student Work Permits

All work permits from last year are now expired. If you are still working at the same job, please notify the office for an updated permit. Email mail@hcssd.org. This may be all completed through email. 

Course of Study (COS) Is Now Open

The Course of Study, or COS, must be submitted online through the Student Information System, SIS, before Friday, October 1, 2022. The COS is a list of the courses a student will complete during a school year including the course descriptions, book titles, and publishers.


If you need assistance logging in to the Student Information System, please contact the school office before the due date of October 1st to avoid the $25 late fee for submissions entered after the deadline. Once you are logged on to SIS, go to Course of Study and then click on a student's name to fill out the form.

If you would like help entering their Course of Study, there are options!

  1. Vicki Stormoen will be able to assist you at EC Class Day or Academy (when she is not teaching).
  2. Tracy West will be able to assist you at DC Class Day. 
  3. The office will host a COS entering party on September 30th. No appointment required. Stop by anytime between 10:00am - 3:00pm and someone can sit down with you to enter this together. Please bring a laptop if possible.

This is something that you only need to do once a year! If you change curriculum or courses throughout the year, there is no need to update your Course of Study!

Class Days

Shampoo & Conditioner Donation Drive

For The San Diego Rescue Mission

Partnership with the San Diego Rescue Mission continues this year at HCS. The need for the month of September is shampoo and conditioner of any size. There will be a collection bin at each class day.

Please contact Charmin Goble at (714) 321-1240 with any questions.

Events & Field Trips

Community Service Hours

Opportunity for High Schoolers

September 21, 2022

9am - 12pm

HCS is scheduled to provide community service at the San Diego Rescue Mission, the third Wednesday of every month from September 2022 through May 2023, from 9am-12pm. Students must be in high school to participate.

Contact Charmin Goble at (714) 321-1240. 

6th Grade Camp

Registration Now Open

October 18-21, 2022


$270 for Campers / $170 for Counselors

Registration & Deposit Deadline: 9/23/22 @ 9pm

Full Balance Deadline:10/7/22

Register Here

During the 4 days and 3 nights at Indian Hills' sixth grade camp your students will experience Jesus through the wonder of His creation. Students will learn the power, creativity, and intelligence with which Jesus created the universe as well as how God uses science to reveal Himself. The classes are designed to broaden your student's perspective and encourage them to think critically about the world they live in. And of course they will have tons of fun making new friends and bonding as a class. Sign up today!

Moms Bunco Night

In Honor of New HCS Moms

October 4, 2022

6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Del Cerro Baptist Church

5512 Pennsylvania Ln, La Mesa, CA 91942

Calling all HCS moms! Let's get together for a rousing night of Bunco and meet some of our new HCS Moms. New Moms, this night is for YOU! We will have a brief time of introducing the new moms and then settle in for some food, fellowship, and fun. Prizes will be awarded in five different categories. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Don't miss out on the fun. 

Veteran HCS moms: Bring an appetizer, snack, or dessert item to share if you feel so inclined.

New moms: Do not bring anything, just enjoy an evening in your honor.

Please RSVP for planning purposes no later than October 2nd. Register on HSL.

California Field Trip

April 3-5, 2023

Heritage is going on a California trip to Sacramento and San Francisco. This trip is opened to all families of all ages. Students in seventh grade and above can travel without parents. This is an all inclusive trip with everything provided for you.

Visit the field trips webpage for details. Contact Lydia Amos at lydia@amosfamily.us for more information.

Registration Open For The Following Field Trips

USS Midway Museum

September 28, 2022

10:45 am

Register by 9/26/22

Riley's Farm Gold Rush Adventures

October 12, 2022

9:30 am - 1:45 pm

Register by 10/5/22

Knott's Berry Farm

November 4, 2022

9:45 am - 8:00 pm

Register by 10/16/22

Visit the Field Trips web page for our field trips policy and to register for currently open field trips.
Senior Section

The Countdown Is On!

Seniors should be receiving their senior portraits very soon. In the meantime, start searching for your favorite baby picture and solidify your senior quote for the yearbook. 

When all items have been secured, submit your senior bio online on our website.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet the Music Club Parent Committee

The Music Club is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd-12th with its various groups in both choir and band. The season officially began on September 9th The volunteer parent committee works hard to teach our students all levels of music. There are six different groups that make up the Music Club. Be sure to thank these parents when you see them around for their efforts in providing this performing arts opportunity for our families.

Committee President

Christa Beyenhof

Committee Vice President

Brittany Norris

Committee Secretary

Tracy Kiffe

Committee Treasurer

Shannon Stephenson

Media Coordinator

Sarah Sedgwick

Music Librarian

Leah Panos

OneAchord Choir

Jennifer Shippee

Everyone on our volunteer leadership team has wonderful and unique strengths. We encourage you to visit our Volunteer Spotlight webpage to read about each individual.

Yearbook/VMA Fun & School Spirit
2023 Yearbook Now On Sale

Our Yearbooks sell out every year, so make sure you reserve your copy before it's too late. Visit our Yearbook/VMA webpage to pre-order your copy today. Three months payment plan available through our publisher, Jostens.
Yearbook on Instagram
Yearbook on Facebook
Yearbook on YouTube
Classifieds & Helpful Resources
Submissions by our members or alum for events or opportunities that are NOT sponsored by HCS.

John Jensen Receives National Award for the CLT10

September 8, 2022

John Jensen has been named a 2022 National Award Winner by the Classic Learning Test for his outstanding performance on the CLT10 assessment. This award recognizes Jensen for scoring in the top 1% of all CLT10 test-takers in the 2021-22 academic year.

The CLT10 is a college preparatory exam and PSAT® alternative designed for 9th and 10th graders and offered by the Classic Learning Test. Evaluating English, math, and critical reasoning skills, it provides a comprehensive measure of achievement and aptitude and engages students with classic texts from the most influential authors and thinkers across time. Since its inception in 2016, Classic Learning Test has sought to offer assessments steeped in more intellectually rich and rigorous content than other standardized tests.

John Jensen has made a remarkable achievement. Out of the thousands of sophomore students who take the CLT10 every year, only the top 50 students receive National Awards. Along with the title of National Award Recipient, Jensen has earned a $2,500 scholarship to any of the CLT Partner Colleges. 

Visit the CLT website for complete list of national and regional CLT10 award winners and their school name.  

Hartland Christian Camp

Hartland Christian Camp located in Badger, California invites you to temporarily unplug from technology and reconnect with family at one of their two Home School Family Camps.

For more information about their Spring Home School Family Camp happening May 7-12, 2023 or the Fall Home School Family Camp  happening August 31-September 4, 2023, contact Bryan Case at (559) 337-2349 or visit their website www.heartlandcamp.com.

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