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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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Parent Update | August 8

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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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Parent Update | September 5

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September 5 2014

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
Swimming Highlight
• Inside the Classroom
• Football Highlight
• Around the Castle

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Digital Abandonment

More and more I am finding students digitally abandoned. Whether students are abandoned in things like education, being handed an Ipad and told to interact with knowledge via the screen rather than human interaction, or students arrive home from sports practice to find a family enamored with a glowing rectangle, the impact of being digitally abandoned greatly shapes how students view relationships, learning, and their own character. 

In the Principal's Blog this week we discuss a topic that is more and more common in the lives of our families. We encourage you to join us in watching author Sherry Turkle, who's recent book Alone Together unites her cultural analysis gathered through her role as the director, and founder, of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

To watch the video, and read the blog, CLICK HERE>>

Bridge Jumping Highlight

Hillcrest students jumped on a bus after sports practices and traveled to a local swimming location with Hillcrest staff. 

Joining Hillcrest's staff, students watched as some staff overcame fears while others monitored the event from the platform and the water. 

This event is a small slice of some of the mentor activities our staff do with students. Building rapport and encouraging new experiences, staff use fun events to create in-roads for deep conversations about life, faith, and learning that are bound to lead to deep conversations in the months ahead.

To watch the video, CLICK HERE>>

Principal Isaac | Understanding The Times

Understanding the Times is a senior level course. The class is designed to ask and answer big questions related to how the Christian faith is practically lived out.

In this most recent video from Principal Isaac's class you will hear a brief overview of some of the introductory material on belief and the impact external influences have.

To watch the video, CLICK HERE>>

Football Highlights Excite School

Hillcrest Football is very exciting. If you watched the game last week you would know. Grabbing a lead early, Hillcrest's guys played iron-clad defense to hold-off their opponent and emerge the victor.

The exciting part last week was the game, but students in street clothes added to the excitement as they played in the band, worked concessions, and cheered for their friends on the field.

To watch the highlight video, CLICK HERE>>

Around the Castle

Sports Schedules
Football has a game in Bertha-Hewitt tonight. Catch sports events for next week by visiting the school calendar>>
 
   
Key Club Meeting
Key Club is hosting an ice cream social at the home of Brad and Trena Martinson on Saturday, September 6 from 7:30-8:30pm
   
Twins Game
Hillcrest is traveling to the Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, September 8th. Students and parents will leave Hillcrest at 8am and plan to return around 7pm.
     
Band and Choir Retreat
Band and choir students will gather at the home of Armin and Cheryl Jahr for a retreat on Saturday, September 13th from 7-10pm.
   
BEST Robotics Competition
The Fergus Falls' area robotics team will participate in a competition on Saturday, Ocotober 20th in Fargo at the NDSU campus.
   
Homecoming Week
Homecoming is September 22-28 this year. Most activities are listed on the school calendar>>
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Parent Update | August 28

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August 22, 2014

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Undseth Outlines Class
Move-in Highlight
Principal Outlines Year
Parent Orientation
Around the Castle

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Hillcrest starts LiveStream for 2014-15 with the Football Game on Friday, August 29 at 7pm Central.
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Building a World Reading Dead People

English instructor Steve Undseth reads dead people. His new literature course may just change some young lives by introducing them to the deceased. 

One of the texts Mr. Undseth will likely employ, teaching students to read the classics, is Louise Cowan and Os Guinness' Invitation to the Classics. Cowan shares, in the preface to the book, how she walked from her childhood faith due to a Religion class in her undergrad studies. She states being challenged with the historicity of the scriptures as a primary crack in the foundation of her faith. What she identifies as the key to bringing her back to Christ is a significant surprise.

To read about Mr. Undseth's class, and watch the video intro to his class, please visit the Principal's Desk>>.

Move-in Day a Highlight for Many

Life at Hillcrest involves a bit more than just classes. Students have great conversations with meaningful adults, participate in some awesome activities throughout the year, and build life-long friendships as they experience all that Hillcrest has to offer. 

This little highlight video from the first week shows some students connecting during what is the beginning of an awesome year at Hillcrest Academy. 

To watch the video online, please visit the Video Blog>>.

Principal Calls Jesus a Liar, Lunatic, or Savior

Explaining the narrow claims of Jesus, Principal Isaac highlights how the only option for rational people is to call Jesus a liar, lunatic, or savior. Confident that the entire universe points to Jesus Christ being the savior, Principal Isaac gives students a brief overview of the path they are all going to embark on this year at Hillcrest Academy.

To hear Principal Isaac's message, visit the HLA Today Blog>>

Parent Orientation and Student Handbook

Parents gathered to receive a brief overview of the Hillcrest program. The orientation meeting consisted of a dormitory introduction, communication channels for families, and a message from Principal Isaac highlighting the important aspects a parent needs as families are ministered to at Hillcrest Academy.

To view the parent orientation, or to read the student handbook, please visit the Orientation and Handbook Page>>.

Around the Castle

Sports Schedules
Sports competitions kick-off this weekend with soccer games and the football scrimmage on Saturday. Catch the entire week of events by visiting the school calendar>>
 
   
Watermelon Bash
A series of watermelon games and events will occur Sunday, August 24 from 3-5pm.
   
Key Club Meeting
Hillcrest's first Keyclub service group meeting is Thursday, August 28 at 2:25pm in the Junior High Classroom 1.
     
Valleyfair Trip
Students are encouraged to come along for the annual Valleyfair amusement park trip on Sunday, August 31 from 6:30am to 9pm. The cost is $50. Students may sign-up in the Comet Cafe.
   
Labor Day Weekend
Hillcrest observes the Labor Day holiday. There will not be classes on Monday, September 1. The dorm students will participate in a grill-out, and off-campus students are invited to visit campus.
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Parent Update | May 18

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May 18 2014

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
Raise Funds by Shopping
• Dave Strom Passes Baton
• Graduation LiveStream
• Around the Castle

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Hillcrest's graduation festivities are live streamed on the LiveStream Events Page. To watch select events from the weekend live, visit www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.

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Hillcrest Privileged with International Blessings

This week a family asked Promotions Director Wayne Stender about how the International population has grown at Hillcrest. The question was centered in an observation that Hillcrest has a diverse student body. His excitement to answer this question is rooted in the mission of the school; believing Hillcrest's diversity unifies students, and is part of God's redeeming work from the Tower of Babel to Pentecost.

To read this piece coming from the Principal's Desk by Promotions Director Wayne Stender, Please CLICK HERE>>

Support HLA Through Regular Shopping

With graduation around the corner a number of students will receive gift cards from supportive relatives and friends. We want to encourage you to consider purchasing those gift cards, and organizing your everyday spending, to support Hillcrest through Scrip.

Scrip is a fundraising option Hillcrest is employing to support families paying tuition. Scrip is basically gift certificates from national and local retailers. They’re the same gift certificates that you buy at the store. Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including JCPenney, The Gap, Shell, Pizza Hut, Red Lobster and many, many others. 

Scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift certificates to our organization at a discount. Member families like yours buy the certificates for full face value, they redeem them for full face value, and our school keeps the difference as revenue. And scrip is exciting, because everybody wins: 

  •  The retailer gets cash up front and repeat business… 
  •  You get a powerful fundraising alternative that involves no selling… 
  •  Our school gets to support your family's commitment to Hillcrest through this fundraising option that pays towards your student's individual tuition account...

The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money for Hillcrest without spending a single additional penny. Just spend your regular shopping dollars with scrip at the stores that participate in thescrip program! And SCRIP can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline and even dining out. 

The funds raised through the SCRIP program go back into supporting families with tuition. Revenue created with SCRIP supports scholarships for your family, along with supporting Hillcrest.

Families may participate in the scrips gift card program by visiting www.shopwithscrips.com to sign-up. In creating your account use Hillcrest's code: 83AFA3C735588. The cards may be ordered online or through Hillcrest's volunteer coordinator. To inquire for more information please contact Wayne Stender (218.737.6408 | wstender@ffhillcrest.org).

Dave Strom Passes Baton after 23 years

In the fall of 1991, Dave Strom started teaching at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Twenty-three years ago he stepped into the classroom for the first time as the choir director. Now, Mr. Strom is pursuing pastoral leadership. Throughout his years at Hillcrest, Mr. Strom has led the choir from coast to coast. He has created a legacy of professionalism in the fine arts that is a hallmark of Hillcrest Academy’s Music Department.

To read the full article, visit Hillcrest's HLA Today Page>>

Graduation LiveStream

Hillcrest's graduation is a memorable time for students, but it is also memorable for alumni, friends and family. While we hope all will attend the events during graduation, we understand the challenges with travel and schedules at this time of the year. With this in mind, we LiveStream our graduation ceremonies.

Friends and family may view online the Senior Class Night on Saturday, May 24 at 7pm and the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 25 at 10am. 

To view the events, please visit Hillcrest LiveStream Events Page>>

Around the Castle

Tournament Time for Baseball, Softball and track
The spring sports calendar is nearing the end, with tournaments and section meets coming up for the competitive athletics program at HLA. To view the schedule of events, please visit our Athletics Page>>.
 
   
Finals Week
Finals Week begins Monday, May 19th, with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday half-days.
   
Graduation Festivities Begin
Graduation festivities begin Friday, May 23rd with the all school concert at 7pm at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN
     
Valley City Football Camp
As graduation closes the 2013-14 school year, football camp opens the 2014-15 session. The camp is slated for June 1-3.
   
Summer Weight Room Open
Hillcrest's Booster Club is organizing a special weight room training June 1st at 7pm in the Student Activities Center. The weight room hours are posted on Hillcrest's school calendar>>
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Parent Update | May 10

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May 3 2014

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Principal's Desk
Amy Twedt
Dominican Mission
• Junior/Senior LiveStream

Live Streaming

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Why I Want to Go on Tour

Our Concert Band returned from their tour a few weeks ago. They attended a presentation titled Science and Faith: Are they really in conflict? Eric Metaxas, moderating in the video above, led the night of lecture and questions and answers with Oxford University professor, John Lennox, and the Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, Stephen Meyer.

Hearing two of the most influential scientists who are committed Christians speak on the battle between science and faith is undoutedly a hightlight for any student. I, personally, am jealous that my sons were able to sit through the influential lecture. It's part of the experience of our tour program that makes me wish I could attend every trip we coordinate for our students.

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Amy Twedt Explains Call

Hillcrest has been blessed by the Twedt family and their commitment to training students to know Jesus. Amy has served at Hillcrest in a number of teaching roles. Her time at Hillcrest this year has been significant for many students. 

Recently Amy answered a call to join a Christian school in Haiti. The Chapel message linked in the picture explains her call to the school, the heart of the school and challenges students to draw near to Christ with their hopes and dreams.

To view the video, please CLICK HERE>>

Dominican Mission Highlight

The Dominican mission team presented some of the highlights from their trip in chapel this week. 

To catch their highlight video and understand some of the incredible experiences the students had, please CLICK HERE>>

Junior-Senior Banquet LiveStream

The Junior/Senior banquet is livestreamed tomorrow night, Saturday, March 3rd at 5:30pm.

To watch the grand march live, please logon. The grand march live stream will is also archived following the completion of the event.

Pictures are also posted online following the event.

To watch the grand march live, please CLICK HERE>>
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Parent Update | May 3

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May 3 2014

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Principal's Desk
Amy Twedt
Dominican Mission
• Junior/Senior LiveStream

Live Streaming

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Why I Want to Go on Tour

Our Concert Band returned from their tour a few weeks ago. They attended a presentation titled Science and Faith: Are they really in conflict? Eric Metaxas, moderating in the video above, led the night of lecture and questions and answers with Oxford University professor, John Lennox, and the Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, Stephen Meyer.

Hearing two of the most influential scientists who are committed Christians speak on the battle between science and faith is undoutedly a hightlight for any student. I, personally, am jealous that my sons were able to sit through the influential lecture. It's part of the experience of our tour program that makes me wish I could attend every trip we coordinate for our students.

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Amy Twedt Explains Call

Hillcrest has been blessed by the Twedt family and their commitment to training students to know Jesus. Amy has served at Hillcrest in a number of teaching roles. Her time at Hillcrest this year has been significant for many students. 

Recently Amy answered a call to join a Christian school in Haiti. The Chapel message linked in the picture explains her call to the school, the heart of the school and challenges students to draw near to Christ with their hopes and dreams.

To view the video, please CLICK HERE>>

Dominican Mission Highlight

The Dominican mission team presented some of the highlights from their trip in chapel this week. 

To catch their highlight video and understand some of the incredible experiences the students had, please CLICK HERE>>

Junior-Senior Banquet LiveStream

The Junior/Senior banquet is livestreamed tomorrow night, Saturday, March 3rd at 5:30pm.

To watch the grand march live, please logon. The grand march live stream will is also archived following the completion of the event.

Pictures are also posted online following the event.

To watch the grand march live, please CLICK HERE>>
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Parent Update | March 21

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March 21 2014

In This Issue

• Principal's Desk
• Drama Production
• New Website
• HLA Today
• Student Testimonies
• HIT
• Around the Castle 

Live Streaming

Hillcrest will LiveStream the drama production this weekend at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 22. Visit www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.

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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." These were the first words to flow from Bill Anders' mouth on the Apollo 8 mission December 24, 1968. The most watched television broadcast at that time, the Apollo 8 mission paused to read the opening verses of the Bible as they announced, "We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all of the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send you."

This broadcast caused Madalyn Murray, an athiest activist who was denied asylum in communist Russia, to file a lawsuit against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), trying to force the government to ban public prayer in outer space. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the case, stating they didn't have jurisdiction beyond the troposphere. However, Murray's work was already accomplished when she successfully banned prayer in public schools in 1964, one year after she successfully banned Bible reading through a Supreme Court decision.

In this week's Principal's Blog we consider the events that pulled prayer out of public schools. This week Hillcrest will celebrate prayer day, a highlight that was common for most of our students' grandparents in their daily public school classrooms. Hillcrest's dedication to spiritual formation, praying every day in classes and before lunch, feeds into the significance of an entire day devoted to prayer. It makes going to school at Hillcrest about so much more than a diploma.

To read the Principal's Blog please CLICK HERE>>

13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview

Hillcrest's Drama Club is performing 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. The two scene play documents a struggling college looking to increase enrollment by accepting applications from a plethora of students. The college interviews are the final stage in the process and as the admissions staff sort through the applicant's interviews the audience is left laughing at the ridiculous nature of the interviews.

Performances for the play are Saturday, March 22 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm. The performances are also LiveStreamed on Saturday night at: www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.

To see a teaser to the performance please visit our student video blog>>

New Website Communicates Steady Tradition

Hillcrest has a strong emphasis on communicating our program. Knowing many students come to know Jesus Christ as their savior in the halls of the school, we believe it imperative to present the school in an attractive and captivating way. This emphasis, to communicate Christ in a way that shows we care, was an impetus in building our new website. 

We invite you to visit the website. Browse student testimonies under the current Parents Tab, read some of the foundational history and documents under the Discover HLA field and gain an understanding at how students are equipped in a Christ-centered Bible-based environment through The Program drop-down menu. 

To see the new website, please CLICK HERE>>

HLA Today

Hillcrest's journalism class presents current stories from Hillcrest Academy. Their objective is to report how Hillcrest continually fulfills its mission statement - equipping students in a Christ-centered Bible-based environment for a life of significance - while giving unique perspectives staff, parents and students might not have. 

In this week's edition the staff present HIllcrest's work in training students for college, working through a few pieces the guidance office seeks to accomplish in routine meetings with individual students. Hillcrest's mission trip, a story on students in youth group and a testimony from Korean student Jason You all speak to Hillcrest giving students so much more than a diploma.

To read the stories and browse pictures please visit our HLA Today page>>

Student Testimonies

Junior Maddie Veum shared some challenging circumstances God has guided her through. Working to understand the hardships and navigate forgiveness, Maddie shared her struggle, and God's call of redemption, on her life as she has forgiven and lives in peace. 

To see Maddie's Testimony, and that of other students, please visit our video blog>>

Hillcrest Invitational Tournament

Hillcrest's annual Basketball tournament is gearing-up for 50+ teams to visit the campus from around the United States. The teams will compete in four different divisions over the two day tournament. 

To view the tournament schedule and find more information regarding the Hillcrest Invitational Tournament visit the tournament webpage>>

Around the Castle

Spring Sports
Baseball and Softball are doing drills in the gym waiting for the last banks of snow to melt. Games will start soon as warm weather rolls around. To view the practice schedule visit our Athletics Page>>.
 
   
Senior High Knowledge Bowl
The Knowledge Bowl team competes for a chance to compete in the state competition today. Results will post on our Facebook Page>>
   
13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview
Hillcrest's drama club is performing on Saturday, March 22 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm in the Hillcrest Chapel. Find out more here>>
     
Choir Concert
Monday, March 24 at 7pm the Concert Choir will perform at Bethel Lutheran Brethren church in Fergus Falls.
   
Prayer Day
Tuesday, March 25 marks Hillcrest's spring semester spiritual formation with Prayer Day. The day begins at 8:25am and concludes at 2pm
   
Vocal Ensemble Contest
Hillcrest enters another contest this week with the vocal solo/ensemble contest held at Pelican Rapids Secondary School on Wednesday, March 26.
   
HIT Tournament
The Hillcrest Invitational Basketball Tournament begins Friday, March 28th. More information is found at the tournament website>>
   
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Parent Update | February 22, 2014

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Hillcrest's Concert Band is finalizing their spring tour. Catch their Christmas concert performance to hear the talent they're bringing on the road HERE>>
February 23 2014

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
Winter Weekend
• Secret Sister
• HLA Today
• Chapel Testimony
• Around the Castle

Live Streaming

HLA playoffs are not able to be LiveStreamed. Visit the Hillcrest website this week to find out how you can tune in to the games.

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Missional From Day One

We often hear the Hillcrest is experience is unique. In researching our history for the accreditation process, and a new website build in production, we came across some of the founding documents for the school. We wrote up a brief history of Hillcrest in this week's Principal's Blog to help you understand that Hillcrest's history is unique in scope and mission compared to other Christian schools. Hillcrest truly has been missional, from day one. We believe we are continuing to fulfill the charge of the founders of Hillcrest Academy, and we are excited to share this brief piece of history with you.

Read more about Hillcrest's missional foundation by visiting the Principal's Blog>>

Introducing Hillcrest to Friends

Last weekend many students attended Bible camps for what is known as Winter Weekend. Hillcrest traveled to various camps showing a video made by marketing mentee Maddie Veum.

You can catch the video and see what Maddie put together to show her friends at bible camp by visiting the Video Blog>>

Secret Sister Successes

Last week students enjoyed a Hillcrest tradition. Secret brother week is a week where Hillcrest's ladies secretly select names of their male classmates and bake and spoil them for the entire week. On Friday the females identify themselves to their secret brother and the favors are returned in either a group dinner or through flowers, candies and snacks from the grateful boys to their secret sisters. 

A highlight was made to give you a taste of what the students experienced last week. You can watch the video at Hillcrest's Video Blog>>

HLA Today

Hillcrest's Journalism class has been busy collecting some of the best stories from Hillcrest this month. Publishing their fifth edition this year, the group turned to document a few staff members. Marking the retirement of Dean Erkenbrack and a brief testimony from Kendra Grothmann lead the publication with pieces on the spelling bee, nordic ski team and a glimpse at first impressions of Hillcrest rounding out this edition. 

To read the HLA Today please visit Hillcrest's HLA Today Page>>

Chapel Testimonies

Senior Zoey Schweitzer put down her guitar last week and picked up a pic to share her story. God has taken her on an incredible journey. We invite you to hear Zoey's renewed passion to serve Christ as she shares how she has been encouraged to move toward God at Hillcrest.

To catch Zoey's testimony please visit our Campus Ministries Page>>

Around The Castle

Basketball Playoffs
Comet Basketball starts their playoff run this week. Catch both the guys and girls playoff schedule by visiting our Athletics Page>>.
 
   
Senior High Knowledge Bowl
Wednesday, February 26th the Senior High Knowledge bowl team travels to Moorhead for a knowledge bowl meet at Concordia College.
   
Chicago Mission Meeting
Participants in Hillcrest's Chicago Field and Study trip will meet Thursday, February 27th at 2:20pm in the science lab. 
     
Concert Choir Performance
Hillcrest's Concert Choir will perform at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls on Sunday, March 2nd. 
   
ACT Registration Deadline
The ACT test registration deadline for the April 12th exam is Friday, March 7th. 
   
SAT Test
Saturday, March 8th the SAT exam will be given at Hillcrest Academy. 
   
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Parent Update | February 7, 2014

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Find out why Principal Isaac loves second semester at Hillcrest by CLICKING HERE>>
February 12 2014

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
Staff Testimony
• Hillcrest Highlights
• HLA Today
Around the Castle

Live Streaming

The Boys' Basketball team take-on state-ranked Battle Lake tomorrow. Watch the game at 7:30pm by visiting www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.

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Common Core Challenges

"The ancients knew that in order for men to be truly free, they must have a liberal education that includes the study of literature, history, mathematics, science, music and art. Yes, man is made for work, but he’s also made for so much more… Education should be about the highest things. We should study these things of the stars, plant cells, Mozart’s requiem… not simply because they’ll get us into the right college or into the right line of work. Rather, we should study these noble things because they can tell us who we are, why we’re here…"
~Professor Daniel B. Coupland~ 

This week in the Principal's Blog Principal Isaac addresses something that is sweeping across the country through the Common Core Standards. Referencing a video from Hillsdale college, Principal Isaac introduces a piece of the issues Common Core presents. Looking at literature, Principal Isaac shows how one class takes a section of literature presentation and preparation at Hillcrest, showing how students receive a Biblically-based liberal arts education. 

We invite you to watch the video in it's entirety, and read a small sample of how Hillcrest is preparing students to live a life of significance. You can view the video and read the blog on Hillcrest's website at the Principal's Desk>>

Staff Share in Chapel

Front Office assistant Dawn Synstelien shared her testimony in chapel this week. Introducing her struggle for vision to the students, Dawn speaks of the obstacles she has faced through eye surgeries and uncertainity with her eyesight. 

Students heard Dawn's call to share their story, and they had it modeled for them as Dawn shared insecurities and her ultimate triumph with Christ in spite of her challenges.

We encourage you to watch the video of Dawn's testimony and to share it with friends and family as an encouragement. You may view the video and share it through Hillcrest's Campus Ministries Page>>

Hillcrest Hallways Highlight

Students at Hillcrest have been hitting the books hard the past few weeks. Our media team sat in a few classes to capture some of the Biblically-based training the students are receiving.

Catch the highlight video on our Video Blog>>

HLA Today

Hillcrest students have been busy this semester. Joining with friends and Hillcrest staff, students have enjoyed second semester classroom time and their student activities.

Recently Hillcrest's HLA Today staff recalled some of Hillcrest's highlights from January. You'll get the chance to read about Karaoke night, Hillcrest's newest students, how broomball has taken Hillcrest by storm and the impact snow days have on dorm life. You'll also have a chance to read a piece documenting Hillcrest Junior Jonathan Eckhardt's journey of faith through a challenging time.

To read the stories please visit the HLA Today Page>>

Around the Castle

Chicago Mission Meeting
Participants in Hillcrest's Chicago Field and Study trip will meet Thursday, February 13th at 2:20pm in the science lab.
 
   
Sports Activities
Boys Basketball plays state ranked Battle Lake on Thursday night at 7:30pm. Check out the other activities from the athletic department by visiting  the Athletics Page>>.
   
Senior High Knowledge Bowl
Wednesday, February 26th the Senior High Knowledge bowl team travels to Moorhead for a knowledge bowl meet at Concordia College.  
     
Concert Choir Performance
Hillcrest's Concert Choir will perform at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls on Sunday, March 2nd. 
   
ACT Registration Deadline
The ACT test registration deadline for the April 12th exam is Friday, March 7th. 
   
SAT Test
Saturday, March 8th the SAT exam will be given at Hillcrest Academy. 
   
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Parent Update | February 2, 2014

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February 1 2014

In This Issue

Student Life Update
Chapel Testimony
Dorm Buffalo Wings
• Christian Ed. Night
Hillcrest Connection
Around the Castle
 

Live Streaming

There are LiveStream games Monday, Friday and Saturday this week. Visit www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.

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Student Life Update

Dormitory Director Craig Nersten has some activities up his sleeve this weekend and for the month of February. The January Broomball league has been a hit, and the February league looks to expand the number of players and teams. Buffalo Wild Wings was a great bonding activity for the dorm guys and more Friday night activities are planned. 

To see a full update of upcoming activities please visit the Campus Ministries Page>>.

Chapel Testimony