Parent Update 2/24/12

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In This Issue

The Principal's Desk
Parent Prayer
College Corner
Around the Castle

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Focused Attention

A local educator spoke of a new "one-for-one" education program that places iPads into the hands of students in the classroom. Boasting that the program will increase sustained interracial contacts and improve educational opportunities designed to close the achievement gap, many school districts across the nation have sought the aid of technology in instructing students. The technologies are said to promote literacy and mathematic skill development as well as provide other individualized academic interventions.

Those lofty goals for the 10 inch glass, metal and plastic device make education sound mechanistic. Principal Isaac communicates how Hillcrest seeks to engage their students as God's image-bearers. His message speaks of how Hillcrest is honing the time-tested tradition of education and mentorship through their intentional faculty and staff instruction. Click Here>> to watch the video and read the story.

Parent Prayer

There is a movement happening in the halls of Hillcrest. Many students have talked about a renewed passion for following Christ in the past few weeks as a result of understanding God's design and contemplating the reality of Jesus' love.

These testimonies are a reflection of a number of nights local Hillcrest parents gathered to pray for the student body this fall. Gathering in the faculty workroom, parents prayed for a hedge of protection around students, requesting from Christ an opportunity for students to bask in the Gospel teachings at Hillcrest Academy.

The parent prayer sessions are continuing this spring with a renewed vision and passion. Many parents are expressing the joy of connecting with families who have similar passions for their children. Through the hour of prayer, parents have been able to unite and share praises and concerns.

Parent Prayer occurs from 7:30-8:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. There is also a joint effort to communicate some praises and petitions via email as well. Please sign-up to receive prayer updates via email here: /parent-prayer-chain/  

College Corner

In this weeks College Corner we introduce parents to the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP offers the opportunity for students to receive college credit for what they already know. Students are able to earn qualifying scores on up to 33 introductory-level college subject examinations and accelerate their education.
Exams run 90-minutes and cost only $77 each. Administered at 1,700 test centers, exams can earn students college credit which is accepted at 2,900 colleges and universities. CLEP offers exams covering material taught in courses that is generally taught in the first two years of college. Most CLEP exams are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.

For more information regarding CLEP exams, visit the CLEP website here>>. Hillcrest has provided assistance for students to complete the exam. If you would like more information or to request assistance for your student to study for and take a CLEP exam, please contact Ruth Juliot via email (

Around the Castle

Tri-College Math Competition
Hillcrest seeks to continue a strong showing at the Tri-College Math Competition at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN rom 8am-4pm. There are 45 students representing Hillcrest.
Basketball Schedule
The Lady Comets open the week while the Men close out the week and a 2-game week at HLA. Click on the Basketball to see a schedule.
Knowledge Bowl
Hillcrest will be sending the Knowledge Bowl team to represent the school at the Concordia College meet on Wednesday. Students will leave at 8:45 am and return at 2pm.