Heritage Christian School San Diego

Weekly Newsletter

April 1, 2024

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Important Upcoming Dates


April 1 - Final High School Formal Registration Deadline

April 1 - HCS Academy & Junior Academy Open House

April 2-4 - Onsite SAT Testing

April 4 - School Board Meeting

April 8 - Junior Academy Open House

April 10-17 - At Home SAT Testing

April 12 & 13 - Singin' In the Rain Drama Production

April 15 - HCS Academy Meet & Greet

April 15 - Senior Graduation Registration Deadline

April 16 - High School Formal

April 17 - Beach Volleyball Tryouts

April 17 - SD Symphony Sound & Silence Reg Deadline

April 17 - All HSL Accounts Parked

April 18 - Early Class Registration Opens for Leadership

April 18 - Junior Academy Meet & Greet

April 19 - Class Registration Opens for HCS Members

April 19 - SD Symphony Sound & Silence Field Trip

April 22 - Train Ride & Pacific SW Railway Reg Deadline

April 22 - Class Registration Opens for Everyone

April 22 - Class of 2025 Senior Meeting

April 23 - Train Ride & Pacific Southwest Railway FT

April 23-27 - HCS Concert Band Tour


April 1


April 8


April 11


April 15


Complete School Calendar Here

From the Board of Directors

What We Leave Behind

by Pastor Eric Maggio, HCS Board Member

What we leave behind, our legacy, it’s not something we always think about but it really should be.  If you had to give your child one last piece of advice what would it be?

King David right before he died said this to his son Solomon: “‘I am about to go the way of all the earth,’ he said. ‘So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.’” (1 Kings 2:2-3)

I like that David actually tells Solomon to “act like a Man.” That makes me laugh every time I read it.  To a large extent, our culture has devalued what it means to be a man. It has even defined such a thing as an undesirable trait, but this was not always the case.

Read full article here.

Administrative Updates & Announcements From the Office

SIS and Re-enrollment now OPEN

You are now able to log into your SIS account using this new link: https://sis.hcssd.org/opensis/. Please bookmark this page for easy future access and remove any saved/bookmarked links used previously in all your devices.

You will need to change your password in order to log in. Type in your username and then click on Forgot password to request the change. We recommend you use whatever password you use for HSL. Then log into SIS using your username and new password.  

Re-enrollment - When you're ready to re-enroll for for the 2024-2025 school year, you may do so following the instructions below.

  1. In your Parent portal, select the Students tab from the left panel.
  2. Select Re-Enrollment from the drop down menu. This will list all your currently enrolled students.
  3. For each listed student: select YES or NO in the Re-enrolling? column and select and option from the Grade Level Options column (Advance, Remain or Do Not Enroll).
  4. If you are enrolling a new student, click the New Student Enrollment button and complete the information for that student.
  5. Read the HCS Statement of Faith and HCS Policies-Parent Responsibilities and check the I agree boxes for both Father and Mother.
  6. Click SAVE to submit your re-enrollment.

Upon successful re-enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email. No re-enrollment fees are due at this time.  

Please contact the office with any questions or encounter any technical issues.

Attention Senior Class of 2025

April 22 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Del Cerro Baptist Church Sanctuary

5512 Pennsylvania Ln, La Mesa, CA 91942

Class of 2025, please make plans to attend this information and planning meeting.

This is an important meeting for all incoming seniors, particularly if this is your first graduate. Drafts of transcripts, dates and deadlines, and more will be covered in this meeting. It is strongly recommended that at least one parent attend. Students are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

Upcoming seniors in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawings for a yearbook, a coupon for 50% off one formal ticket, and a coupon for 50% off the Disney ticket price for grad night. This will be the official kick-off to your upcoming final year of high school! We hope to see you there.

Please Plan Ahead

All HSL accounts will be PARKED and rendered unusable on April 17th ahead of class registrations. If there is anything you wish to sign up for on HSL, be sure to do so before April 17th.

To be UNPARKED, you will need to have completed the following three things:

  1. Re-enrolled for the 2024-2025 school year
  2. Be current on your financial account
  3. Have submitted 1st-semester grades

Accounts will be unparked once these three things have been completed according to the following schedule:

  • April 18th - Lead teachers at an academy or co-op class day and everyone on the HCS Leadership Team
  • April 19th - HCS members
  • April 22nd - New families

Important Reminder!

Remember to advance your student's grade level in your Profile. HSL does not do this automatically. You could run into issues registering for age/grade-restricted classes, clubs, and events if your student is not listed in the correct grade.

Some classes and/or campuses tend to fill quickly. Be certain you can register when you qualify.

Principal's Choice Award Nominations

One male and one female student from the Class of 2024 will receive a Principal's Choice Award during the graduation ceremony. Any parent, coach, or teacher within the HCS community may nominate students. While not all nominees need to qualify in all six of the below categories, these categories will be used in determining selections.

Qualifying Considerations:

  1. No disciplinary action in their high school years
  2. GPA - 3.3 or above
  3. HCS Student Life - someone who is involved in the community of HCS via clubs or classes
  4. Community involvement - leadership or volunteer work in other ministries
  5. Church involvement - involved in church life such as Bible study, youth group, serving in church positions, etc.
  6. Has attended HCS for at least all four high school years.

Please email your nominees (as many as you would like) to principal@hcssd.org no later than May 1st. Please include responses to all six categories if known with your nomination. The selected students will be announced at the graduation ceremony.

New Episode of Homeschool Talk with HCS: Imparting a Biblical Worldview to Our Children

HCS mom Allison Wardrip, joins Principal Vicki Stormoen on the latest episode of the podcast discussing the importance of teaching a biblical worldview to our children.

Access the podcast on our Buzzsprout site or search for Homeschool Talk with HCS on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Podcast Addict, and more. Subscribe to the show to be notified when new episodes are uploaded. 

Do You Know Who Our Board of Directors Are? Yes, they're In Our Website!

Who makes the tough decisions that make our wonderful school run according to our bylaws?

If you don't already know them, visit the Board of Directors website page to meet the HCS dads who make up the school board. Read their bios, find their contact email address, link their blogs, and more.

Changes for the 2024-2025 School Year

A few administrative changes are coming your way. You'll find them listed here for quick reference.

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 School Year Now Closed. In the past, we accepted enrollments all year long. Moving forward, enrollment for the current year will close when enrollment for the upcoming year opens.

"Academy Only" Level Terminated. Access to both academies will only be available to enrolled HCS members.

Enrolling as a Senior Fee Increase. The additional fee to newly enroll as a senior or graduating year has increased to $500 per student. This fee only applies to students who are not already enrolled in the school.

Tuition Increase. Monthly tuition will increase by $2.00/month for K-8 and $5.00/month for K-12. New Enrollment and Previous Family Enrollment fees will increase by $5.00 for the first student. There is no change to the currently enrolled re-enrollment fees.

Service Levels Dissolved. In the past, we offered "Full" and "Class Day" service levels. Going forward, there will be no service levels. Everyone is a member paying a base tuition rate. Members are able to add on additional services (classes or clubs) for differing increased costs. See the new fee sheet on the website for details.

Class Days Term Update. In an effort to further distinguish between Academy classes and Class Day classes, we are changing the terminology for class days to "Co-op Class Days."

The Four Co-op Class Day Campuses. With the renaming of one co-op class day and the moving of another, the four Co-op Class Day Campuses are:

Bonita Co-op Class Day Escondido Co-op Class Day San Diego Co-op Class Day Santee Co-op Class Day

New Club. Flag Football will be added to our sports offerings for the 2024-2025 school year.


Both Academy Schedules Posted

The Junior Academy and HCS Academy schedule for the 2024-2025 school year have been posted on HSL. See Academies website page for details about registration requirements.

HCS Membership Required

Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, access to HCS Academy and Junior Academy will be available only to HCS enrolled members. The "Academy Only" access level will no longer be available. This is one more benefit of being an HCS member.

Open Houses

HCS Academy

April 1 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

New Life Presbyterian Church


Junior Academy

April 1 & 8 | 9: 30 am - 3:00 pm

Mission Trails Church


Both Academies will be holding two Open Houses in the coming weeks. You must RSVP for these. These are the only two dates per Academy where you can sit in on classes. This is not a drop-off event. Parents must be present. Contact the appropriate Lead to RSVP.

Academy Meet and Greets

Save the Date

HCS Academy - April 15 | 6:30 pm

New Life Presbyterian Church

Junior Academy - April 18 | 6:30 pm

Mission Trails Church

Both Academies have new teachers for next year. Come out to meet them and hear about some changes happening to both Academies for the 2024-2025 school year.

Mark your calendar so you don't miss it. No RSVP is required for this event.

Co-Op Class Days

Co-Op Class Day Schedules Are Now Posted on HSL

You will find the schedule for all four co-op class day campuses on HSL. Some schedules are still missing some class descriptions and will continue to fill in missing information before registration opens.

Co-Op Class Day Campuses


Laura Walmsley and Jessica Valdez



Allison Wardrip


San Diego (formerly EC)

Emily Weld


Santee (New campus for 2024-2025)

Nicole Empizo and Allissa Womack santeeclassday@hcssd.org

Events & Field Trips

High School Formal

Registration Closes Today - April 1

April 16 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Calling all High School Students. Join us for a memorable evening at this year's High School Formal, The Golden Age of Hollywood! Registration is open and is $80/person until March 18th; then it increases to $90 on March 19th. Use the Learn More button to visit the website for registration, dress code requirements, song request submissions, and other important information.

San Diego Symphony Sound & Silence

Field Trip

April 19 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Students are invited to join characters Sound and Silence on an interactive journey across the universe exploring answers to the question: What is music? Students will meet the musicians, sing along and play along with the orchestra, and listen to contrasting works by some of history’s greatest composers. Geared towards grades 3-5. All welcome. Registration closes 4/17/24

Train Ride & Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

April 23 | 10:15 am - 12:45 pm

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum invites you and your students to travel back in time aboard 1930s vintage passenger cars to explore the rich railroad history and beautiful scenery of San Diego county. After the train ride enjoy over 90 pieces of equipment on display for your students to see, feel, and experience. Bring you lunch for a picnic after the museum. Registration closes 4/22/24

Clubs & Sports

Football Survey

We are excited to see so much interest in football!

The recent Zoom meeting revealed that everyone would like to have some "park days" to get together and let the boys play around and get to know each other while the parents discuss ideas and details for the club to start in the fall of the the 2024/2025 school year.

This would be open to boys from 5th to 12th grade. We are looking to get together starting in mid April and continue to meet for a few months. 

Please fill out this survey to help us coordinate the meets.

Last Day to Register for

Beach Volleyball Today

Beach volleyball season here! It will run from April 17th to May 29th at South Mission Beach.

Registration closes on April 1st. The fee is $125/player. Players registered by April 1st are guaranteed a T-Shirt. Don't miss it. Visit the volleyball website page for more details.

Visit the Drama Club website page to purchase tickets today.

Senior Section

Graduation Registration

Is Now Open

ALL class of 2024 seniors must register to graduate even if they are not planning on participating in the Graduation Ceremony. This is the way you will receive your diploma. This is the only form you will be filling out for all things related to graduation, diplomas, graduation program details, ordering graduation items, etc. The deadline to fill out this form is April 15th.

You must log into your HSL account to complete this form. It is found under Events/Senior Events: Graduation Registration

Senior Swing Dance

(Rescheduled from January)

April 30 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and join your fellow seniors for a 50's 50s-style swing dance! This event was rescheduled from January. Visit the Monthly Senior Social Events website page for details and registration. Registration closes 4/28/24.

Class of 2024

Senior Dinner

May 8 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Senior Dinner is a special time between the seniors and their parents. Held as a casual event over dinner, senior parents are able to give a short, public blessing to their seniors. Seniors are also welcome to write a thank you letter to their parents, and read it aloud or share privately. Catered by Ranch Events. Visit the Senior Events website page for details and registration. Registration closes 4/29/24.

College Bound Resources

Looking for Scholarships?

Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to college scholarships, trade school scholarships, and financial aid tools. Their goal is to help you find scholarships to make college or vocational school more affordable.

It is a leading scholarship database. The platform is designed to simplify the scholarship search for high school, trade school students, and college students. No more digging to find scholarships you qualify for. Students create a profile and get personalized scholarship recommendations.

Fastweb isn't just for scholarships. They provide students and their parents with helpful information to help them navigate their educational journeys– from college or trade school, throughout college and/or graduate school, and into career.

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NORMAL OFFICE HOURS: 10 AM - 3 PM | T & TH (In-Person) | M & W (Remote)

1. Vikki Grieshaber (field trips, front desk-work permits/driver's ed docs, general info, RaiseRight, library)

2. Tracy West (billing)

3. Jane Richards (school records, transcripts, high school evaluations, Class Day concerns)

4. Lilia Sepulveda (school calendar, website, newsletter, social media, podcast, school merch)

5. Vicki Stormoen (principal)

6. Emmie Palacios (events, yearbook)

7. Judy Beckmann (clubs)


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