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Hillcrest E-Connect 8/26/16

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Hillcrest Program Prepares Prudent Pupils
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2 Keys to Preparing a Prudent Pupil

Many students are preparing for school in the coming weeks. Hillcrest students already have a week under their belt, and it is easy to see the difference it is making on the students. Many have had their ideas challenged. They are working out how to live in a tight-knit community of people who make mistakes. They need wisdom. They need prudence. And Hillcrest's program is used by God to build the four cardinal virtues. Today, I show you two steps to prepare a prudent pupil. Read the full article here>>
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Student Highlights

Students experienced their first fun-filled weekend at Hillcrest. The student life group organized an olympic weekend that was filled with games, laughter, and fun in the water. Watch the Videos>>

School Store Online

Hillcrest is working with local retailers to provide an online school store. The apparel in the online store is designed specifically for parents and alumni, while the on-campus store is organized by Hillcrest's marketing class for student apparel. Visit the Online Store>>
Principal's Desk

Inside the Classroom

With the push of a button or the click of a mouse, our eyes are filled with images of terrorism, starving refugees, and natural disasters. On Day 1 of Gregg Preston’s Global Studies class, he asked each student to tell him what threat they considered most concerning in the world today. Read the Full Story>>

Comet Quintessence

At Hillcrest we believe there are five quintessential aspects of our school experience that impact every student. We define these as friends, faith, academics, athletics, and mission. We will begin outlining each of those in a series of blog posts. The first one posted a while ago speaking to mission. Read the Full Article>> 

Alumni News

Hillcrest is Unique Place

How should we think of Christian Education? Many people have offered answers. Here is another. It is worth your consideration (for your own thinking) and may well be a foundational concept for schools like Hillcrest. Read the Full Story>>

New President Search

We would like your feedback! The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (HLA, Hillcrest) Presidential Search Committee is seeking input on what friends and supporters of Hillcrest would like to see in the next Hillcrest President.  Provide your feedback by August 31, 2016 by responding to the brief survey. Your responses will be confidential. Complete Survey>>

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Girls Soccer Kicks Off 2016 Sports
The Football team is holding their annual scrimmage at HLA today at 8:30am. Keep up to date on Hillcrest Athletics HERE>>
 
   
Phelps Mill Picnic
Sunday, August 28, Hillcrest is hosting a picnic at Phelps Mill for students and families. Please RSVP to Craig Nersten if you plan to attend (cnersten@ffhillcrest.org)
   
Friday Night Activity
Students will dress to get wet this Friday as they prep for the dorm water wars beginning at 8pm
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Hillcrest E-Connect 8/20/16

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Keys to Cultivate Courage
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3 Keys to Cultivate Courage

This is the first of a seven part series outlining simple ways Hillcrest Academy forges virtuous students. Hillcrest's students are not perfect. That is not the goal. The goal is to have a virtuous student who knows grace, and gives it freely. Our culture at Hillcrest is an offering to parents to propel students to a future that honors God and loves man. What students do with their training is out of our control. But it is easy to see that the first building block in virtue, cultivating courage, is an exercise that benefits students and enhances the community. Read the full article here>>
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Student Highlights

Students moved into the dorms this week. It was a highlight for many to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. A few videos from the weekend were created to capture the moments. Watch the Videos>>

Preston Brings Message

Some students are experiencing culture shock this week. Mr. Preston knows the feeling well. His devotional closing the Welcome Week Huddle devotion times inspired many students as they look to a new year. Watch Mr. Preston's Presentation>>
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Student Letter Inspires

Sometimes smiles are burned into the minds of Hillcrest faculty and staff. Sometimes, it isn't the smiles, but it's the hard conversations. A recent letter to a staff member highlights the latter. Read the Full Story>>

Culture Analysis

Being a parent is difficult with the world changing so quickly. We use a number of sources to help us stay on top of current trends. One of the favorites by a few staff is BreakPoint. The President of the Colson Center, John Stonestreet, is a regular commentator who has spoken at Hillcrest. Visit BreakPoint>>

Alumni News

Alumna Found Family

Hillcrest became like my family,” said Nhi, softly. “The other school told me about Jesus, but didn’t bring me to Him.” The lifestyle of HLA’s teachers and staff, the interest they took in not only teaching her subjects but investing in her life and budding faith, were irresistible. Read the Full Story>>

New President Search

We would like your feedback! The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (HLA, Hillcrest) Presidential Search Committee is seeking input on what friends and supporters of Hillcrest would like to see in the next Hillcrest President.  Provide your feedback by August 31, 2016 by responding to the brief survey. Your responses will be confidential. Complete Survey>>

Comet Calendar

Girls Soccer Kicks Off 2016 Sports
The Girls' Soccer team plays Fergus Falls at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls on Thursday. Keep up to date on Hillcrest Athletics HERE>>
 
   
Friday Night Activity
This week's Friday Night Activity is Romans and Christians, a hide-and-seek game with a historical twist. Students will start the game at 8:30pm
   
Phelps Mill Picnic
Sunday, August 28, Hillcrest is hosting a picnic at Phelps Mill for students and families. Please RSVP to Craig Nersten if you plan to attend (cnersten@ffhillcrest.org)
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Hillcrest E-Connect 8/13/16

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Hillcrest Announces New Theme
Comets Step Into Virtue Laden Teaching
President Egge Gives View From Castle Window
Catch Up on Things Happening Around the Castle

School Theme Unveiled

This year the theme is FreeDone. After an hour discussing important aspects of the previous year, Hillcrest staff and instructors settled on the theme FreeDone in June. Hillcrest's creative team set about capturing the concept that salvation is found in Jesus Christ and it is wholly free. The theme verse from Galatians 5:1 reiterates a truth that staff want students to internalize this year. Namely that their salvation rests in Jesus Christ and it is already accomplished. Read more about the school theme here>>
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Staff Display Love

Throughout the summer Hillcrest staff have been praying over the student body. While many students will see their teachers care, Hillcrest staff make a strong impact on the lives of the students as well. Watch a quick video of a HIllcrest staff member who shared some of her love for the senior class last year. Watch the full video>>
Principal's Desk

So Much More

FreeDone is Hillcrest's theme this year. It is a concept the oozes out of the classroom where students hear a lot about freedom and grace. Hillcrest's classrooms have a lot to say about retaining freedom and teaching students the concepts that build a free people. The Principal's Desk is embarking on a 7 part series that will spell out how Hillcrest instructs students to retain freedom and live as redeemed people.  Read the first entry>>
Alumni News

Notes from Pres. Egge

Today, when I look up from my computer screen, I see waving evergreen branches, the steady Otter Tail River, and the deep blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds. What contrast for my eyes and spirit to look from one reality to the other. Which is most important, significant, and meaningful? Is it what I see on my monitor or see through my 2nd story office window? Read the Full Story>>

Comet Calendar

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.
 
   
Mall of America
Dorm students are going to the Mall of America on Sunday, October 4. For more info contact Craig Nersten (cnersten@ffhillcrest.org).
   
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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