Parent Update 2/3/12

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In This Issue

The Principal's Desk
IPBC Winter Weekend
College Corner
Around the Castle

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The Voice

The link above will take you to a reflection of Eric Metaxas' message at the National Prayer Breakfast that occurred in Washington D.C. this week. Metaxas, the author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, was the guest speaker for the meeting that included President Barak Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. 

Metaxas is a gifted writer, but he is also a potential stand-up comedian, drawing laughs from many and causing some Hillcrest staff to bust into laughter at their desks. He was in rare form at the Prayer breakfast as his message is the topic of this week's Principal's Blog. Join us for the video and a short reflection on prayer.

IPBC's Purity and Holiness Retreat for Teens

Inspiration Point Bible Camp's Winter Weekend is approaching quickly. Bob Tissot, author and creator of the Purity and Holiness curriculum, will be addressing the camps. If you haven't had a chance to register your child, there is still space in the first weekend, February 10-12. 

Bob Tissot will also address the Hillcrest student body during the spring semester's Spiritual Formations Week. Classes will involve Mr. Tissot and a crew of local adults who will address the issue of Purity and Holiness. Join us in prayer over this intentional day-session on Tuesday, February 14th

College Corner

In this week's College Corner we share some basics regarding college campus visits. 

Visiting a college is one of the most exciting and informative processes in choosing post-secondary education. It's best to visit colleges before applications are due. This enables a confident decision that the colleges your student is applying to are places they would like to be. 

A great time to start looking at colleges is in the fall semester of a student's Junior year. Traditionally college visits are planned for the spring semester of a student's Junior year through the fall semester of a student's senior year. Most colleges have application deadlines of November of a student's senior year.

It's best to visit a college when school is in session. A visit when school is in session allows parents and students to see day-today activities and understand the overall climate of the school.

It's best to plan a college visit well ahead of time. When visiting, prospective families want to ensure they can see coaches, teachers and spend valuable time with the financial aid and admissions department. Families should try to schedule personal meetings with staff members in the department the student would like to enroll into. This means that visits should be scheduled Monday-Thursday, as Fridays are often difficult days to track-down faculty and staff for informative meetings.

High school holidays that fall on Mondays are great opportunities to schedule college visits. College classes don't meet during a Reading Period, Exam weeks or Saturdays and Sundays. One should also avoid trying to schedule college visits over Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas week, winter and spring breaks and summer. Usually admissions offices are too busy to meet with students in April and May, so it is best to avoid those months for an intentional college visit.

Around the Castle

Basketball Schedule
The Lady Comets are leading the way this week with two games, Tuesday and Thursday. The Men have a game to close out the week on Friday. Click the Basketball to see the full schedule of practices and games.
Jr. High Ski Trip
The annual Jr. High Ski Trip is planned for Friday, February 10th. Students will be meeting for a 7:45am departure and will return by 3:00pm.
SAT Registration Deadline
Friday, February 10th is the deadline to register for the March 10th SAT test. To register for the test please visit the SAT Test Website here>>
ACT Test Date
The ACT Test will be given for those registered on Saturday, February 11th at the Fergus Falls Community and Technical College.