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Hillcrest E-Connect 6/10/2016

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Why Bathrooms Aren't the Problem
HLA Staff Pray over Next School Year
Alumni Keep the Faith

Why Bathrooms Aren't the Problem

A college coed's face was nearly lifeless as pebbles fell from her cheek from where she lay on the ground near a dumpster. An athletic college swimmer stood to attention when two Swedish students biking across campus saw the young man. The swimmer appeared to grope in the dark over a young woman's silhouette in the shadow of a dumpster. The two foreign students called the man to stop before the college swimmer took off running. The swimmer ran because he was performing lewd acts to the unconscious woman. 

The foreign students tackled the young man and held him facedown to the ground before authorities arrived to take the perpetrator into custody. The young man and young women likely carried puzzled looks on their faces over the proceeding hours, trying to make sense of a night gone wrong. The coed likely struggled through stages of grief in overcoming the reality of her abuse. The young man likely scratched his head. He may have been simply practicing what he learned in his California college's orientation. California needs a new handbook, preferably one that teaches virtues. Read the full article>>

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Staff Pray Over Theme

The staff gathered to pray over the school theme this week. Read more about the the theme for the 2016 school year. Read the Full Story>>

Comets Close Seasons

The Comets set a number of records this season in nearly every sport. Catch how some of them closed their season, and read how an 8th grade student is tarrying into the summer with his Comet jersey. Read the full story>>
Principal's Desk

Forming Healthy Habits

The first weeks out of Hillcrest are hard for everyone. There is a new routine and a longing to reconnect with people who have formed strong habits in the hearts of students and staff. Find out some of the steps Hillcrest takes to help students develop healthy habits that you can repeat at home through the summer.  Read the Article>>

Remembering Growth

Some of the coolest things at Hillcrest are when students stepup to lead. During Prayer Day this happend alot. Watch a quick highlight that shows this. Watch the Video>>

Alumni News

Alumni Keep Faith

60-80% of teens leave their faith in college. Read how Hillcrest Alumni aren't. Read the Full Story>>

Egge Shares HLA Vision

"This staff, under President Brue, is so well rehearsed that all I have to do is pick up the baton and they will play the piece," Joel Egge noted as he assumed a role as Hillcrest's interim President. Read more of interim President Joel Egge's address from Hillcrest's 2016 graduation>> 

Comet Calendar

   
Open Gym
Hillcrest's Athletic Department is conducting open gym for athletes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-9pm. Please note that June 13-22 there will not be open gym because the gym floor is being refinished.
   
Hillcrest-Eleva Strum Basketball Camp
Hillcrest is hosting the Eleva-Strum Basketball Camp from June 26-29. Register by contacting Gregg Preston (gpreston@ffhillcrest.org)
   
School Prayer Time
Hillcrest is hosting a special school prayer time June 24 at 7pm in the Hillcrest chapel. All parents, students, and friends of Hillcrest are invited to attend. 
   
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Hillcrest E-Connect 6/3/2016

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Watch Hillcrest's 2016 Graduation>>
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Christian Ed Offers Best Teaching of Tolerance

Board of Directors Names Interim President

Students Hear of Staff's Love at Graduation
Brue Closes 25 Years with Heartfelt Speech

Christian Education Offers Better Lessons in Tolerance

Students in public schools are receiving a miseducation in tolerance thanks to a new mandate from the State Department. President Barak Obama decreed schools need to grant unfettered access to school facilities for students who choose their gender. The act speaks against discrimination, calling for greater tolerance in how students self-identifying as transgender participate in school.

The move is seen as a lesson in tolerance. This tolerance holds stiff intolerance for opposing views. It cites the civil rights era and references Title IX for legal authority. A backlash from critics with a traditional view of sexuality is being cast as intolerant. What the mandate needs is an education in tolerance. Read the full article>>
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Baseball Advances

Baseball won, throwing their second best pitcher in a play-in game. They rested their ace and face the top team in the section Thursday. Read the Full Story>>

Track Runs to Sections

Hans Frank-Holzner doesn't like being second. Fortunately for him, he has a team that shares that distaste and as the Comets took to the track they ran an inspired race that many wish they could relive. Read the full story>>
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Love Heard at Grad

Dawn Synstelien showed everyone why so many students love Hillcrest. The love the staff and teachers have for each student is contagious. It's a love they've developed in experiencing and understanding the love of God.  Watch the video>>

NHS Speaker Lives Talk

When Pastor Kevin Foss walked on stage earlier this year he was unaware of the cancer in his body. His message outlining the four pillars of the National Honor Society (NHS) at the NHS induction ceremony called students to build four walls of faith. Kevin's words are resonating in the strength of Christ in the aftermath of Pastor Foss' recent surgery and road of cancer treatments he is facing. Read the full story>>

Alumni News

Board Names Interim

The Board of Directors appointed Rev. Joel Egge, former President of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and former President of the Lutheran Brethren Schools, as interim president of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. A search committee is meeting to conduct the search for Hillcrest's next president over the next several months. Read more>>

Brue Closes Tenure

Steve Brue closed 25 years of faithful service at Hillcrest with a speech at the Alumni Brunch. The speech gave a picture into how Steve viewed his time at Hillcrest as a continuation of strong leadership at Hillcrest. Watch the video>>

Comet Calendar

Reid Ouse Basketball Camp
Hillcrest is hosting a Basketball Camp through Reid Ouse Training June 6-9. Registration Info>>
 
   
Open Gym
Hillcrest's Athletic Department is conducting open gym for athletes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-9pm. Please note that June 13-22 there will not be open gym because the gym floor is being refinished.
   
Hillcrest-Eleva Strum Basketball Camp
Hillcrest is hosting the Eleva-Strum Basketball Camp from June 26-29. Register by contacting Gregg Preston (gpreston@ffhillcrest.org)
   
School Prayer Time
Hillcrest is hosting a special school prayer time June 24 at 7pm in the Hillcrest chapel. All parents, students, and friends of Hillcrest are invited to attend. 
   
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September 21 2015

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
• Union Open House
• Girls' Soccer Growth
• Community Time
• Devotional Impact
• Homecoming Weekend
• Around the Castle

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Classroom Impact in the Real World

Last week was typical, but atypical as well. Teachers were found starting classes with meaningful devotions. Some shared personal experiences that tied into lessons. Others took classes through an introduction to a book of the Bible or devotional series. For Gregg Preston's history class, they heard of his alma mater and a new issue they're championing, and his story had ripple effects outside Hillcrest's halls.

To read the story, please CLICK HERE>>

Student Union Open House

Hillcrest is hosting an open house during Homecoming week. The activity will show friends and family the completed Student Union, Hillcrest's newest addition to the campus.

The new building was renovated this summer. Located in the heart of the campus, the area is quickly becoming the new place to be for students, housing the dining hall, campus coffee house, and a great location for studying and hanging out on weekends.

Families are invited to attend a free lunch from 11am-1pm on Saturday, September 26, with a dedication ceremony at 12pm.

Ladies' Soccer Shows Great Improvement

There is a lot to cheer for at Hillcrest this fall. Students in hallways are singing new songs rehearsed in choir. Big ideas are fleshed-out in Chapel as teachers dig deep into the minds of students and pull out complex thoughts using curriculum. Fall sports are revealing the character of Hillcrest's student body and resilience is a good descriptor.

Hillcrest's girls soccer is taking large strides in improvement. Their first game was played after a couple short weeks of practice. Hosting a cross-town match against the Fergus Falls Otter, Hillcrest fell 3-0 in the opener.

To read the full story, CLICK HERE>>

Community Time: a Highlight for All

Students gathered for Community Time during the faculty meeting and prayer time. While teachers and staff prayed over students, students were gathering to compete in games and play get-to-know-you games. These activities are part of what makes Hillcrest a top ranked Christian boarding high school.

To watch the Community Time highlight, and other highlights, CLICK HERE>>

Devotions Make Academic and Personal Impact

Gregg Preston introduces students to the first chapter of Mark after some assigned reading. His explanation is Gospel centered and is a small piece on why and how Hillcrest is a top ranked Christian boarding high school.

To watch the introduction, please CLICK HERE>>

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming weekend kicksoff on Friday, September 25 at 5:30pm. Friends and family are invited to attend a tailgating party before the homecoming football game versus Park Christian at 7pm.

Saturday, September 26 the entire community is invited to the new Student Union for a free lunch from 11am-1pm. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 12pm.

Around the Castle

Homecoming Athletics
Homecoming is a busy with athletics. To catch the schedule, view the SPORTS CALENDAR>>
 
   
Football Tailgating
Friday, September 25 at 5:30pm Hillcrest is hosting a pulled pork tailgating party on the football field. 
   
Homecoming Football Game
Friday, September 25 at 7pm, on the Hillcrest Football Field, the Comets play the Park Christian Falcons for the Homecoming game.
     
Rock and Bowl
From 9:30pm-12am on Friday, September 25, students are invited to Northern Aire Lanes for the annual Rock and Bowl Party.
   
Student Union Open House
Saturday, September 26 from 11am-1pm, a free lunch offered in the Student Union for the Union Open House. The dedication is at 12pm.
     
Worship Night
Saturday, September 26  at 7:30pm, HLA staff are joining forces with the student worship team to provide a worship night for the school.
   
Teacher Extension/Mid-quarter
Monday, September 28 there are no classes at Hillcrest to mark teacher extension day. The day marks the mid-quarter.
   
Band and Choir Retreat
Saturday, October 3 from 7-10pm is a band and choir retreat. A bonfire followed by team building will be held at the Jahr house.
 
   
Jr. High Envirothon
Wednesday, October 7 from 9am-1pm the Junior High class will participate in the local Envirothon at Prairie Wetlands.
   
Fall Honors Music Festival
On Friday, October 9 select band and choir members will participate in the district Fall Honors Music Festival at MSUM.
   
Fall Music Concert
The fall Music concert is Saturday, October 10 at 7pm at Bethel church.
   
MEA Weekend
Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, is the Minnesota Educators Association weekend. There are no classes Thursday and Friday.
   
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September 28 2015

In This Issue

Principals Desk
Football Wins
• Hillcrest Highlights
• Teacher Profile
• Around the Castle

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School Mission Statement | Principal's Desk

Gathering in Hillcrest's historic chapel is a group of students going through a nearly century long tradition. With sunkissed cheeks the students have a certain glow. Their shirts read, "Live. Learn. Go.", a motto at Hillcrest that will grow real through explanations of Hillcrest's culture, explained during orientation.

In the Principal's Desk this week you will read about the opening of orientation and how Hillcrest's mission statement impacts the campus. You'll also have the opportunity to watch Mr. Isaac's address to the student body on the first day of school.

To read the article, and watch Principal Isaac's address, please CLICK HERE>>.

Comet Football Makes Statement

Providing 381 yards of total offense is a great way to start the season. Hillcrest had little trouble establishing home field advantage after Senior Chris Tungseth scampered for a first down on a fake punt, capitalizing on what seemed to be a quick 3-and-out opening drive to start the 2015 football season. Scoring on the first drive of the season, the Comets established their 2015 season and cruised to an opening night win.

To read a full recap of the game, please CLICK HERE>>

Highlights Show First Week at HLA

Hillcrest highlights are watched countless times by parents and grandparents throughout the year. Hillcrest's marketing team created two highlights communicating some of the excitement surrounding move-in day and the first week of classes. 

To watch the highlights, please CLICK HERE>>

New Face Behind the History Books

Hillcrest is excited to welcome Mr. Ryan Garvin to the classroom. Ryan is working alongside Mr. Gregg Preston in the History department. 

Ryan's passion is guiding students to see Jesus. In writing his bio he noted, “God has sharpened my desire to come alongside others in a mentoring capacity as I have intentionally surrounded myself with mentors of my own.”

To read more on Mr. Garvin, and hear why students are in good hands in his classroom, please CLICK HERE>>

Around the Castle

Sports Practices
The Boys' Soccer team kicks-off a double-header on Saturday. To see what other sports are happening at HLA, visit the SPORTS CALENDAR>>
 
   
Phelps Mill Picnic
Sunday, Aug. 30 Buses for dorm students will leave after church at 11:30am for Phelps Mill. Off-campus students/families are invited to attend, but should plan their own ride. The group will stop at Grannys Pantry in returning to Hillcrest. ETA at HLA is 6PM
   
Laser Tag
Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7pm the dormitory is hosting the first Laser Tag night in the Main Building Gym. 
 
     
Valleyfair Trip
Sunday, Sept. 6 the dormitory is scheduling the annual Valleyfair trip. Students will depart at approx. 6AM and return at approx. 10PM.
 
   
HLA Homecoming
Homecoming is scheduled for the week of Sept. 21. The homecoming football game is Friday, Sept. 25 at 7pm vs. Park Christian.
   
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August 8, 2015

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
New Teacher Mentor
• Taking it to the Streets
• New Calendar System
• Around the Castle

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Take some time to look behind as we look ahead. Revisit some highlights from Graduation 2015 HERE>>

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Student Union Update

In a few short months Hillcrest added a new dining hall and student union. The Union is nearly complete, with carpet installed today that finishes-off a new gathering area.

Share our news with your friends. There is a special Union website that charts progress and explains the project. To see the progress CLICK HERE>>

Hillcrest Commissions Teacher Mentor

Michele Foss grew up in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. 16 years of teaching experience, and mentoring by her mother who is an award winning teacher, gives Michele a classification as a master teacher by many who have witnessed her instruction in the classroom.

Michele is Hillcrest's new Teacher Mentor. The position is designed to provide support and instruction for Hillcrest's faculty as they communicate Biblical truth in the classroom.

Michele notes, "I know that God has instilled in me a desire and a gift to teach. I am called not only to teach a set curriculum, but to teach that curriculum through the lens of a Biblical Worldview." To read more of Michele's story, read her bio by CLICKING HERE>>

A Summer of Engagement

Hillcrest staff are taking a breather after a busy summer. Time on the road talking to prospective Hillcrest families has placed some staff members in some interesting situations.

One situation saw Marketing Director Wayne Stender speak to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser on the streets of Seattle. Wayne guest speaks occasionally for the Worldview classes at Hillcrest, bringing in his training from the Charles Colson Center for Christian Worldview. The encounter is detailed in the Principal's Blog and is a brief glimpse at how our staff and instructors practice what they preach in the classrooms. Read his discussion with the fundraiser HERE>>.

Hillcrest Offers New Calendar Solution

There are a lot of activities at Hillcrest. Sometimes these activities change and adjust to meet the needs of our diverse student body.

Hillcrest launched a new calendar solution to provide friends and family an alert mechanism in the event that their favorite activities are rescheduled. Subcribers can receive notifications via email or text, alerting followers to new events, rescheduling, or cancellations. Followers subscribe to alerts based on the activities they want. So, if you're a Basketball fan and love to follow the upcoming Varsity players, you can subscribe to the JV Basketball alert. If you're a parent and your daughter is in the drama club you can receive alerts on the practice times by subscribing to the drama group.

To view the calendar and subscribe to groups and events, please CLICK HERE>>

Around the Castle

Sports Practices
Sports Practices begin for Football on Aug. 9, and for other fall sports on Aug. 16. To view a listing of times see the SPORTS CALENDAR>>
 
   
Dorm Move In
Sunday, Aug. 16 marks the move in day for Hillcrest students. The move in starts at 1pm with a 6pm grill out for Hillcrest families.
   
Opening Picnic
THe Opening Picnic is Monday, Aug. 17 at 5pm. A parent info meeting will follow at approximately 6pm.
     
Student Orientation
Starting Tuesday, August 18 at 9am each class will conduct a focused orientation. To view the orientation schedule, please CLICK HERE>>
   
First Football Game
The first football game of the year is Saturday, August 22 at 7pm vs. Hancock at Hillcrest.
   
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