Parent Update 9/7/2012


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In This Issue

The Principal's Desk
A Month of Prayer
Hillcrest Highlights
College Planning
Around the Castle

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Bill Nye: Creationism Not Appropriate for Children

Bill Nye has a goal to make Science applicable. His popular TV series Bill Nye the Science Guy is considered a classic Saturday afternoon pastime that occupied most American 20-somethings a decade-ago. A recent video that has gained popularity through Youtube is shown above. It clearly points out his perspective of the world.

Bill Nye's attack on educating students in Creation is a boisterous attempt to stave-off the growing sentiment among many students that evolution's holes are inexplicable, making it a failed theory. 

Watch the video and read the full commentary at The Principal's Desk.

A Month of Prayer

In addition to parent prayer occuring Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:15am in the Hillcrest reception room, Principal Isaac invites all faculty and parents who are available to join him in prayer each school morning through the month of September. 

The parent prayer time occurs from 7:45-8am, allowing parents to drop their students-off at school, spend some time in prayer and head-off to work. 

Hillcrest Highlights

Hillcrest students have an incredible school experience. From meaningful classes with instructors who build mentor relationships to weekend activities that include rope-swings and steaks, the experience at Hillcrest is priceless. 

At Hillcrest we strive to communicate to parents and other family members what life in the halls of HLA is like. We do this through a comprehensive photo and video archive that is updated periodically on our website. We encourage your family to huddle around the computer and watch the videos. These videos are designed to give you a quick overview of Hillcrest week-by-week. To see the videos please visit our Video Blog here>>

College Planning

College planning can be stressful, especially for students who are graduating. We encourage families to take some of the stress out of the college planning process by discussing goals and aspirations for your students prior to their 11th grade year. 

One tool you may want to explore is the BigFuture college planning tool offered by the College Board. The same organization that organizes the SAT test, The College Board has created a nice step-by-step tutorial for parents who have students in 8th through 12th grade.

Visit the BigFuture site here>>

Around the Castle

Sunday Night FCA Meeting 
Hillcrest's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter will meet at 7pm on Sunday Sept. 9th at the home of Gregg and Marie Preston. Athletes are encourage to attend at the Preston home at 535 W. Vasa Ave. in Fergus Falls, Mn.
 Parent Prayer 
Hillcrest parents, students and staff are gathering in the month of September to pray together. Join staff and parents in prayer from 7:45-8am in the Hillcrest Chapel. Please direct any questions to Wayne Stender (
Athletics at HLA 
The JV football Volleyball, Football and Boys' and Girls' soccer teams have home games this week. Visit the calendar online to make plans to cheer on the Comets!
Soccer Tailgating 
Starting at 1pm on Saturday the 15th the dormitories will support their friends playing Soccer on the home field by tailgating lunch as they cheer the comets to victory!
Upcoming Events at HLA 
Saturday, Sept. 15th the Dorms will host a Volleyball tournament. On Sunday, Sept. 23rd the dorms will host a paintball tournament at 2:30pm,  and on Friday October 6th the dorms will host a grand opening for the Comet Cafe and their patio The Adiron-deck beginning at 7pm.

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