Harford Christian News

The 11th Annual Golf Tournament

Despite the wet conditions, 81 golfers came out to support Harford Christian School Athletics.  The Lord gave us our first rainy golf tournament day in the 11 years that this event has been occurring.  I cannot express how thankful I am to the sponsors, donors, players and staff who helped make this year’s tournament possible.  And a big congratulations to the winning team of Brian Akers, Alex Monk, Gene Hoak and Justin Cross!!

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HCS Field Hockey 

The HCS field hockey team became the Tome Invitational Tournament champs over the weekend.  HCS out scored opponents 11-0 in a total of three games during the day Saturday.  Congratulations team!
All-tournament honors went to: Melissa Good, Julia Smith, Crystal Kline, Taylor Dawson and Lily Loomis, who received the tournament MVP honor.

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HCS is Accredited by the American Association of Christian Schools.  

aacsIt is official! We have received word that Harford Christian School has been fully accredited by AACS.

After completing a rigorous self-study process, Harford Christian School hosted a team of educators for a peer review on April 20-22, 2015. The visiting team has recommended Harford Christian School for full accreditation to the American Association of Christian Schools Accreditation Commission which met on June 24, 2015.


New and Improved High School Computer Lab

Thanks to the generous donations that enabled Tim Olinger, Director of Information Technology to install all new equipment, students will return to school and find an upgraded and transformed computer lab! We are as committed as ever to continuous improvement and advancements in technology.  High school students will also begin to use iPads to access course materials this year.  Check out our high school computer lab!  The elementary computer lab revamp is also nearing completion.

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HCS Takes 4th Place in the Bel Air Independence Day Parade

Harford Christian School went all out with patriotic attire, school spirit and a float that was pure Americana on display.  Our decorated bus, van and float accompanied by students, parents, alumni and staff smiled and waved to the crowd along the route.  The school took 4th place in the float category.  Thanks to all who helped make this an extra-special showing. Read what the Baltimore Sun (Aegis) had to say.  Enjoy our photo album!

International Study Tour to Germany and Austria

Mrs. Olinger’s German class just returned from an amazing 2-week trip to German and Austria. The weather was wonderful and the sights were breathtaking.  The chaperons really enjoyed touring with this great group of students.


Celebrating  the Service of Patti Parkes and Irene Reding

patti and ireneOn Sunday, June 7th, Harford Christian School and Reformation Bible Church celebrated the ministry service of Irene Reding and Patti Parkes. Both are retiring after many decades in the labor of love that is Christian education.

The Lord placed Harford Christian School in Mrs. Reding’s path in the 1970s, when she and her husband were looking for a better school for their son, David.  She soon began volunteering in the elementary library. When she became an official employee, she was hired to anchor the high school library and supervise study halls. She has served a full 43 years since then. Few could rival the length of service, nor the fond appreciation from students and alumni.  Mrs. Reding stated that HCS is her second family and that her new ministry will be praying for the students and ministry even more fervently than she has been during time that she has enjoyed on campus.  Mrs. Reding loves flowers and she was presented with some beautiful perennials that will be planted at her home for her to enjoy their beauty and fragrance in her retirement. “Irene, 43 years is indeed a lifetime of ministry and we do more than congratulate you this evening – – we thank you for all you have done for us”, said Principal Wilson.

Before finding Harford Christian School, Mrs. Parkes already began her teaching career first in Tallahassee, Florida and then in Cape May, New Jersey.  Upon the recommendation of two friends from Shelton College, Patti and her husband, Harley, inquired regarding a teaching ministry at HCS.  In 1974 Harford Christian School employed a high energy young woman from New Jersey who would soon become the 4th grade teacher and cheerleading advisor. Over the years, Mrs. Parkes has worn many hats including editing the school newsletter, playing and teaching piano, coaching cheerleading and softball, advising honor society and more.  In the 1980s Mrs. Parkes taught 6th grade and in 1992 she began to teach Jr. High English until 2011. Principal Bryan Wilson was finally able to convince Mrs. Parkes to join him in administration as assistant principal.  Mrs. Parkes ends her 34 years with plans to spend time with her 5 grandchildren.  Mrs. Parkes expressed,  “I have been in many, many schools, and like Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz, “there is no place like home.”  There is no place like Harford Christian.  Truly, we are a unique Christian school, which, hopefully, will endure through another 50 years.  It has been a huge privilege to have been a part of this wonderful ministry for all of these years.”  Mrs. Parkes was presented with a beautiful painting of an eagle in flight to display in her home.

Kindergarten Commencement

On Monday, June 8th, the Class of 2027 and 2028 celebrated their graduation from kindergarten. It is the cutest event of the year. “I’m so proud of them and their work. They performed their play, songs and verses so well also!  I’m incredibly thankful to the parents who entrusted their little ones to me for this year,” said K5 teacher, Lois Mercer.

Class of 2015 Commencement 

On Friday, June 5th, 42 seniors crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. They join more than 1,300 graduates over the school’s nearly 50 year history.

Dr. Larry Saunders delivered the commencement address, reminding seniors that they serve Christ through serving others. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.

Read what the Baltimore Sun had to say.



Music in the Parks Competition

On Saturday, May 30, the Harford Christian School High School Band traveled to Hershey High School to compete in the Music in the Parks competition. The band was judged on two selections and received 1st place in the IA Division beating public and private schools from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The HCS Band also received a Best of Show trophy for all concert bands, scoring higher than all schools in the IA (<1000 students) and IAA (1000+ students) Division. The band then spent the afternoon and evening enjoying a fun day together at Hershey Park.

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Senior Awards Chapel

On Friday, May 29th, Harford Christian School held its Senior Awards Chapel, recognizing students for their outstanding accomplishments.


Al Cesky Scholarship Award

The Al Cesky Scholarship is awarded each spring to one male and one female scholar-athlete from each high school in Harford County.  The scholarship is awarded to  high school seniors who excel in both athletics and academics, and who best demonstrate the values reflected in the life of Al Cesky. Over the history of the Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation, it has awarded over $850,000.00 in scholarships to outstanding scholar-athletes.  We are pleased to announce this year’s Harford Christian School’s recipients Susanna Edwards and Paul Franco.

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May Day at Harford Christian School

One of the most anticipated outdoor fun days at Harford Christian School is May Day.  The Lord delivered a gorgeous day for all of the festivities.

Grandparents’ Day at Harford Christian

Grandparents enjoyed time with their grandchildren as they learned, enjoyed their special performances and were treated to a special luncheon. Enjoy more photos on our Facebook Page.







Elementary Outdoor Concert

On Tuesday, May 19th, the HCS elementary band students performed outside on a most beautiful day that God provided.  Enjoy more photos on our Facebook Page.

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HCS Outstanding Scholars

The Harford County Delegation to Annapolis hosted the Annual Outstanding Scholars Banquet for the five top scholars from each high school in Harford County.  HCS congratulates Sue Edwards, Gregory Garner, Annie Henderson, Danielle Reifer, and Justin Yang for their academic diligence spanning their high school years.

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Undefeated MACS Champions

After an undefeated season in MACSAC, the Harford Christian School Varsity Girls soccer team looked poised to claim their 7th consecutive league championship. Their opponents were the Frederick Christian Defenders who came in with just one loss in league play. For the first fifteen minutes of the game, HCS dominated possession, but FCA kept them out of the net with some stout defending. Then Nicole Reifer went on a dribbling run down the left side past three defenders and opened the scoring for the HCS Eagles. Harford Christian found the net four more times in the first half and five more times in the second half. Lily Loomis led the way with her second hat trick in as many games en route to being named All-Tournament MVP. Nicole Reifer, along with seniors Lissie Druyor and Annie Henderson, were also named to the All-Tournament team for HCS.

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Elementary Concert Honors Military

On Friday, May 1st, HCS student joyously performed patriotic tunes in a red, white and blue, all-American concert to honor our military.

Nine Straight Harford County Envirothon Victories!

The Harford Christian School Envirothon A-Team has won its 9th consecutive Harford County championship.  It was a substantial victory with a 31 point spread between HCS and North Harford High, the second place team. The areas tested were soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and a special conservation topic.  The HCS team will represent Harford County in the Maryland State Envirothon in St. Mary’s County in mid-June.  Congratulations to team advisor Ada Stambaugh and A-Team members Danielle Reifer,  Natalie Meise, Nich Giro, Brooke Fletcher, and Savannah Kane.  The B-Team winners are Nicole Reifer, Hannah Good, Christian Taynor, David Hughey, and Andrew Sadowski. Pray for our team as they diligently prepare for the state competition in June.

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HCS Envirothon A-Team and B-Team


Spring Play “Sense and Sensibilty”

Harford Christian student actors and actresses took the audience through the twists and turns of romance, secrets and betrayal in Jane Austen’s timeless classic. “Sense and Sensibilty” cast, stage help, lighting and sound team, and directors are to be congratulated on the Friday and Saturday presentations on stage.  Their investment of time and hard work brought immeasurable enjoyment to those who were able to view the production. Special thanks to Mrs. Pittack and Mr. Fleming who directed and coached the students through a challenging practice season interrupted by unusual winter weather.

The Hors d’oeurve Theatre on Saturday was an indescribable culinary delight provided by Mrs. Lydia Olinger and her team.  The students who attended to the refreshments of the guests possessed all of the grace and professionalism of banquet waiters and waitresses. The beautiful table decorations were as pleasing to the eye as the hors d’oeurves and desserts were to the palate!  Enjoy our photo album below.


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The 2014-2015 All Harford Boys Basketball team, selected by The Aegis sports staff, included Harford Christian’s own Sean Hughes. Sean has earned the Aegis Boys Basketball 1st Team All-county honors. Earlier this year Sean achieved his goal of of a 1000 points as well as all time leader in steals.  Congratulations Sean.

Honor Society Induction

Sixteen new members were inducted into the Harford Christian Honor Society on Thursday, March 26.  Each of these extraordinary young people has a superior citizenship record and an excellent academic record, maintaining a 3.3 GPA throughout their high school years.

These students look forward to unique privileges and service opportunities as they represent Harford Christian School and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Past service projects have included helping orphans in Africa, supplying Sunday schools in Jamaica, raising over $5,000 for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and collecting almost 3/4 ton of food for the Maryland Food Bank.

Congratulations to these very special young people!


 Maryland Association of Christian Schools Music Festival

On March 13th HCS did not have a normal school day.  Only this time, it was not because of weather.  Member MACS schools from around the state descended upon the campus of HCS for the Annual MACS High School Music Festival.  Check out the gallery of HCS excellence and gifts from our Lord!

Click on the links to view a PDF of the MACS competition results:   Academic Testing    Music Competition    Arts Competition 


2015 Excellence Fair

Even with a snow cancellation and re-schedule to the following Monday, the annual Excellence Fair at HCS was a huge success!  Fifth graders took the kindergarten basement by storm with their country projects and various cuisines.  First graders displayed their history projects outside of their room, while second, third, fourth, and sixth grade projects filled the lower level of the elementary.  This year’s projects were truly a display of excellence!



stem6On Friday, February 27, 2015, a 6-member team from Bob Jones University hosted a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity for 60 of our high school students.  In two different groups of thirty students, each group was divided into ten teams of three.  The groups of three assembled a robot and were then challenged to program the robot to complete three different scenarios in three different settings.  The HCS students impressed the BJU team by their speed and attention to detail.  Great job HCS students and thank-you Mrs. Peregino for overseeing the activity!


Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team MACSAC Champions

After achieving a perfect 8-0 league record (21-3 overall), the HCS girls varsity basketball team defeated league opponent Granite Baptist on Monday evening in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference championship game by a score of 51-37. For outstanding play in the MACSAC tournament games, Lily Loomis and Crystal Kline received All-Tournament honors while Taylor Lavin was named tournament MVP.

For outstanding play throughout regular season league games, All-Conference teams were named after the game. Lily Loomis and Maddie Purdy received first team honors, and Melissa Good, Taylor Lavin and Crystal Kline received second team honors.

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HCS Boys’ Varsity Basketball MACSAC Champions

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Basketball team on winning a 3rd consecutive MACSAC Championship by defeating Granite Baptist 61-36 yesterday. The boys were awarded the #2 seed in the Maryland Christian School Tournament. Congratulations on a great season.

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100 days100 Days Smarter!

Miss Mercer’s K5 students celebrated 100 days of school. There was much excitement and activity.  Our Kindergarten students are 100 days smarter!



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The results are in! HCS students and staff collected well over 3/4 ton of food for the Kids Helping Kids campaign! 1678 lbs., to be exact! Please extend our thanks to everyone who contributed.

The winners are as follows:

Third place and a class dress-down day goes to Mrs. Bueche’s 5th grade.

Second place, earning a dress-down day and ice cream, goes to Miss Mercer and the K-5 class.

FIRST PLACE, with pizza and a dress-down day, goes to Mrs. Freeman and her second graders!

Congratulations, everyone!

Dr. Lloyd Scarborough Offers Students Engineering Expertise


On Wednesday afternoons, 2003 alumnus, Dr. Lloyd Scarborough, III, teaches Computer Programming and Introduction to Engineering to eager students.  Dr. Scarborough brings a wealth of knowledge to his alma mater. The engineering class focuses primarily on mechanical engineering. The students also learn computer programming and were able to practice their programming skills in JavaScript.

Dr. Scarborough is a graduate of Harford Christian School who went on to obtain his Bachelors Degree in Engineering at Grove City College, Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Scarborough is delighted to give back to HCS and we are so blessed to have him.


Jr. High Basketball Team Wins MACSAC Championship

Congratulations to our Boy’s Junior High basketball team on winning the MACSAC junior high championship on Saturday against Frederick Christian Academy.

Coach Myers summed up the game – “The team finished with a 3 -0 record season within MACSAC Division play and tied with Frederick Christian Academy. Rosedale Baptist School boys played at HCS in the semi-final game. After defeating Rosedale, we traveled to Frederick, MD. to play FCA on their home court. Last year FCA beat HCS in the semi-final game on our home court.

The boys from both schools played a very competitive game. At half time, HCS had a 9 point lead. HCS would defeat FCA by 14 points with the final score 43 to 29.”  Congratulations to Coach Myers and the Jr. High Basketball team for a job well done.

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Secret Snowballs!

While we were outside shoveling snow, our Kindergarten class was enjoying a fun-filled afternoon making snowballs out of shaved soap. There is no question whether the activity was enjoyable when you see an expression like this!



Athletic Director Cheri Lefever – Certified Athletic Administrator

Did you know that our own Mrs. Cheri Lefever has achieved the distinction as Certified Athletic Administrator?  The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Cheri Lefever, Athletic Director at Harford Christian School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Cheri has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Cheri is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.
The NIAAA is a national professional organization.  Click here to read the full press release.

Eagles Athletics News!

Congratulations to all of our basketball teams this week! Game results are below:

Middle School Girls defeated Rosedale Baptist 37- 10 to advance to the MACSAC Championship on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. @ Frederick Christian School.

Middle School Boys defeated Rosedale Baptist 48- 22 to advance to the MACSAC Championship on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. @ Frederick Christian School.

Junior Varsity Boys defeated Arlington Baptist 47- 40

Girls Varsity defeated Carroll Christian 41-35

Boys Varsity defeated Carroll Christian 96-11

Come out and support both Varsity teams next week as they play in the MACSAC playoffs!

 Sean Hughes Achieves 1000 Points in Eagles Basketball

seanOn Tuesday, January 13th, the Harford Christian School Boys’ Varsity took on Calvary Baptist School in a MACSAC conference game. Coming into the game, Senior Guard/Wing, Sean Hughes, needed just 18 points to reach the 1000 point milestone for his career. Mid-way through the fourth quarter, Hughes knocked down a three point jumper from the right wing to surpass the 1000 point plateau, but it is no surprise Sean achieved this goal. Hughes has had his eyes set on lofty goals since he arrived at HCS for his sophomore year in 2012-2013. Hughes came to HCS after attending a semester at C. Milton Wright HS and a semester at Fishburne Military Academy. Right away, the coaching staff recognized that God had gifted Sean with raw athleticism, ability, and great potential to become one of the most prolific players in school history.

During Sean’s first season in an Eagles uniform, he helped lead the team and men’s basketball program to their first MACSAC conference Championship and the MCST D2 State Championship, the first State Championship in program history. He was recognized with many awards, including team MVP. Hughes was not satisfied with the success. He began early morning and late night workouts with Coach Sean Westerlund to help improve and refine his game. In his junior year Sean led the basketball team to its second consecutive conference championship and first D1 MCST appearance in 9 years, and another team MVP award, but once again, Sean wanted more.

Entering his senior year, Sean had many goals as an individual, but more importantly, goals for the team. In the second game of the year, Hughes became the program all time leader in steals, previously held by 2013 graduate John Wilson. The team currently stands at 12-3 and Sean has his eyes set on a third conference championship and a D1 State Championship. Coach Westerlund summarized, “I have worked with Sean quite closely since his arrival, and seeing him achieve one of his goals of a 1000 points brought me great joy, and as a coach I was just beaming with pride. This milestone is just a microcosm of how hard Sean has worked. He is just a flat out gifted athlete. I have watched him grow and mature as a basketball player and a young man. I am extremely proud of him, and I know he will keep getting after it, and continue to pursue his goals and push the team towards success for this season.”

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Click on the image to the right and download HCS, Eagles Athletics or Eagles Connect wallpapers for your favorite device.  Click on the screen size below the image.  The image will open in a separate page.  Save it to your desktop, right click and choose “save as desktop background”.


Kindergarten and Elementary Christmas Concert

On December 19th, our preschool and elementary students delighted a packed house with Christmas music, songs and recitations.  Families also enjoyed piano music, bells and even kazoos!  The beautiful princesses and toy soldiers stole the show and our high school band put the finishing touch on the evening. Guests were treated to wonderful holiday baked goods and beautiful crafts sold in the German Christmas market before and after the performance.  Enjoy the photo gallery!  More images can be found on our Facebook page.


 welcomeHigh Point 2014

When late-October rolls around the senior high students at Harford Christian School head north to Camp High Point, near Reading, Pennsylvania.  This October was no exception.  Once again, students in grades 10-12 attended the dynamic retreat.  Whether enjoying flag football, engaging in grade level competition, or relaxing with an intense game of Jenga, good times were not hard to find. The sophmores took top honors this year!


Congratulations to the Winters

HCS congratulates Mary and Earl Winters on the completion of Bachelor of Science degrees in Bible.  This is a journey that both Mary and Earl have made together over the last several years.  What better study partner could you ask for than your spouse?  Mary has served on the HCS staff in the role of elementary secretary for nearly two decades.  We applaud her courage and commitment to continuing education.


High School Christmas Concert

On Friday, December 12th, our high school students delivered a wonderful Christmas Concert filled with uplifting songs, sacred hymns and delightful holiday performances.  Our vocal and hand bell choirs, instrumental soloist and the concert band filled the air with the wonderful sounds of Christmas.  Don’t miss our Kindergarten and Elementary Concert next Friday at 7:30 PM!



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The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outside Holiday market event in downtown Philadelphia – at Love Park – on the west side of City Hall, which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. Vendors in more than 60 wooden booths sell traditional European food, sweets, drinks and holiday crafts. Our German students entertained visitors to the market with Christmas Carols sung in the German language. The students represented the school well and enjoyed their time in the City of Brotherly Love. Photos of our students performing were even used to promote the event!


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Our K-4 students were working hard this week on their gingerbread houses. These students are as sweet as their projects!





Getting Ready for the Christmas Concert

Performances are being rehearsed and costumes are in the works for our most delightful presentation of the year.  Please don’t miss our Kindergarten and Elementary School Christmas Concert next Friday, December 19th.  You won’t want to miss it!  Once again our German Christmas Market will have crafts available before and after the concert.Getting Ready for the Kindergarten and Elementary Christmas Concert

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The beautiful tree in our high school lobby is not only full of beautiful ornaments but also special gifts and memories!Trimming the Tree at Harford Christian



Students Rehearsing for Special Christmas Events 

Our students are singing their hearts out and practicing their instruments in preparation for what are sure to be uplifting and enjoyable holiday performances December 12th and  19th. Our Christmas Concerts and the German Christmas Market are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy sacred hymns, Christmas favorites and a little holiday humor.  Take a look at what has been going on behind the scenes!


Preschool Thanksgiving Celebration

Our littlest students dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians and enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. The banquet table was adorned with gords, fall flowers arrangements and pie! They enjoyed making crafts and listening to stories.  Thanks be to God for his abundant blessings!

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Reformation Celebration

This year Reformation Bible Church did something very different and special to celebrate the Protestant Reformation.  Indeed it is something to be celebrated.  It was the beginning of religious freedom throughout Europe and the world.

On November 1st, a Medieval Feast  including performances, readings, prayers and singing was held in the Zeigler Auditorium. This was a sold-out event that was a gift from God. The presenters stirred the souls and edified even those who believed that they had a good understanding of the Reformation.  Please visit our photo album by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW.  This is another special ministry event that is worth repeating. We hope you will join us next year.



Homecoming and Alumni Reunion

On October 11, Harford Christian School had its first Annual Homecoming and Alumni Reunion.  Praise God for holding off the rain for this event. We hosted between 200 and 300 people throughout the morning and afternoon.  Families enjoyed the open air markets put together by the teachings staff, a moon bounce, hay wagon and pony rides.

One of the highlights of the events was dedication of the HCS soccer field to Coach Harley Parkes and his family.  Coach Parkes was a part of the HCS ministry for 40 years. His passion was coaching soccer. He coached more than 450 players over 47 seasons and 22 conference championships. Another highlight was the naming of our eagle mascot.  Two of our students each won a crisp $100.00 bill for submitting the winning name – Baldwin!

The festivities were concluded with an exciting varsity soccer game, HCS vs. Redeemer and varsity field hockey, HCS vs. Tome School.  If you didn’t make it this year, you do not want to miss it next year.  Our next newsletter will announce the date for an even more special event including the celebration of our 50th Anniversary!

Click on the image below to view the long awaited photo album!



Fire Prevention Clean Sweep!

fp for webIn coordination with Fire Prevention Week our kindergarten and elementary students utilized their creativity and artistic skills to make posters for the regional contest.  We are delighted to announce that HCS students won all grade level categories in competition with the Dublin/Darlington region schools.  Special congratulations are extended to the following Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners.


  • Matthew Olinger                      Kindergarten
  • Eden Burge                                 1 st Grade
  • Lily Richardson                       2 nd Grade
  • Paige Bueche’                            3 rd Grade
  • Ella Holbrook                            4 th Grade
  • Braiden Michel                        5 th Grade

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Senior, Natalie Purdy received this year’s Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Award. Natalie is a member of Eagles’ varsity volleyball and soccer teams. She earned All-tournament honors at two volley ball tournaments.  Natalie is an active member of the HCS band and was a flute finalist for the Maryland Association of Christian Schools. She is a member of the National Honor Society and served as Junior Marshall last year.  She has volunteered as counselor at music, soccer and Bible camps. She volunteers as a teacher’s aid this year, has volunteered at the Harford County Public Library Summer Reading Program and an adult day care program in Harford County.  Congratulations, Natalie, on this well-deserved recognition.

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The Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning teamed up with Harford Christian School for a Tree Planting Project. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 302 K-12 students planted 352 trees along a stream at the Harford Christian School. The Department of Planning and Zoning provided the funding for the project through the Governor’s Stream Restoration Challenge Grant. The new forest will continue to be a source of outdoor learning activities at the school and will help to increase environmental literacy for years to come.


Dedication of Parkes Field

On October 11, 2014, during our 1st annual Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Gala, the HCS soccer field was dedicated to Coach Harley Parkes and his family.  Coach Parkes was a part of the HCS ministry for 40 years. His passion was coaching soccer. He coached more than 450 players over 47 seasons and 22 conference championships.

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Friends and families from HCS enjoyed tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Chic-fil-A in Forest Hill on Monday, October 13th.  Some of the proceeds from meals that are purchased on that day will benefit Harford Christian School.  A “representative” from Chick-fil-A visited with our students.  As you can see, the children were delighted to engage their special guest!





Tenth Annual Golf Tournament a Great Success

For 10 consecutive years the Lord has blessed the HCS Benefit Golf Tournament with wonderful weather, generous sponsors, willing volunteers, and golfers ready for a fun-filled day!  Many thousands of dollars have been raised in those 10 years, all to benefit HCS Athletics. We are so thankful to our sponsors who donated toward this worthy cause and to the golfers who came ready to play again this year! May the Lord continue to bless the ministry of Harford Christian School as He so faithfully has in this endeavor. Hope to see you on October 1, 2015 for the 11th Annual HCS Benefit Golf Tournament.  Check back for our photo gallery from the day!

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Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team Victorious in South Carolina!

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the HCS boys’ varsity soccer team boarded a plane to Greenville, South Carolina.  Their mission:  Two soccer matches in two days.  First up . . . Bob Jones Academy, who had not lost a high school soccer match in three years.  Final score:  HCS 1     BJA 0.  Next up . . . Friendship Christian Academy, a North Carolina perennial soccer power in the Christian school conference.  Final score:  HCS 6  FCA  0.  Well done boys!  Special congratulations go out to Tim Guertler – – Tournament MVP and  All-Tournament Team selections Alex Caldwell, Ian Edwards, and Paul Franco.

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Harford Christian at the Darlington Apple Festival

On Saturday, October 4th, Harford Christian exhibited at the Darlington Apple Festival.  The Lord delivered a beautiful fall day after some morning rain.  Volunteers handed out hundreds of red balloons displaying the Harford Christian name and logo to eager young children.  Our eagle stopped by to have his picture taken with a few visitors.  It was wonderful to engage prospective families and greet friends and families from our school and church when they stopped by.


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Sports programs have always been a significant part of the Harford Christian School experience. Though winning is important, the highest priority for HCS athletics is to develop Christian character.  Join us in supporting this great cause on Thursday, October 2, at Tanglewood Manor.  As always,  proceeds from the tournament go directly to the HCS athletic program. Give a significant boost to HCS student athletes by being a part of our annual Golf Classic. Download our flyer for  more details.


Meet Our New Teachers!

Harford Christian School welcomes new teachers, Miss Lois Mercer and Miss Natalie Myers.

lois for webIt will not take you long to realize that Lois has a bit of the Irish in her.  Her homeland is Northern Ireland.  Lois grew up in the context of Free Presbyterianism and that is quite a context in Norther Ireland. Mid-way through her high school track, her father was called to become a pastor at Faith Free Presyterian Church in Greenville, SC. Lois would finish high school in Greenville and pursue a 4-year degree at Bob Jones University.

natalie for webHarford Christian became acquainted with Miss Mercer during the principal’s visit for teacher recruitment each February for the past 4 years. We are pleased that God’s good Providence has her with us this year in kindergarten instruction.


Miss Natalie Myers, a 2010 graduate, wrote in her yearbook that in 10 years she wanted to be teaching at Harford Christian School.  We are pleased that it didn’t take 10 years to have the bright smile and cheerful personality of Natalie Myers back on campus at HCS.

Natalie entered HCS with Mrs. Hostetler. She loved her junior high English teacher named Patti Parkes and went on to pursue her degree in English Literature.  She graduated from Harford Community College and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree at Towson University. She graduated in the top 2% of her class. Miss Myers is pursuing her Masters in teaching through Liberty University.  Natalie joins the staff in Yearbook and Media Production, Speech and Fine Arts. Welcome back!


Volleyball Tournament Victory

volley ballOn Thursday, August 21, our varsity volleyball team traveled to Red Lion Christian School to play in their pre-season tournament. After falling behind 2-0 in the semi-final, HCS came back to win 3-2. In the finals, we fell behind again 2-0, only to make another remarkable comeback and win 3-2. Taylor Lavin and Natalie Purdy were named to the All-Tournament team and Kayla Brooks was named Tournament MVP.

5th Annual Harley Parkes Invitational Pre-seasonal Soccer Tournament

Each year for the past 5 years, this event is our first opportunity for game play.  “I was very pleased overall with our effort and level of conditioning”, said Varsity Coach, Tim Olinger.  Although HCS fell short in the championship, our players showed great effort for such a long, full day of soccer.

Families, friends and athletes enjoyed a mild summer day on the Harford Christian soccer fields.

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