Parent Update 1/18/2013


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In This Issue

Principal's Blog
Students in Chapel
• Students for Life
• College Corner
• SnowDay ONE WORD
• Around the Castle

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The Long for Structure

Big Bird is still alive and well. For some longing for redemption in entertainment, they're grateful Mitt Romney's threat to defund PBS hasn't occurred. The tax-payer funded Public Broadcast Service (PBS) has quadrupled viewership with one fell-swoop of a hit TV drama called Downton Abbey. The video above echos the cry of Downton, to unite the social structure of the past with contemporary thinking today. 

To read the article and see the video above visit the Principal's Blog .

Students in Chapel

Amy Zimmerman is a first year student at HLA, and as a Senior she is enjoying every minute of it. Hear a quick testimony and listen to some of the worship coming out of the student led Chapel services that occur Friday morning. You can watch the video at our Campus Ministries Blog.

Students for Life Presents at Christian Grade school

The Hillcrest Students for Life club recently presented the pro-life case for a local grade school in Fergus Falls. Morning Son Christian School's chapel is a 45 minute time for grade school students to be encouraged in their faith, in addition to their course work at the Biblically-based school. Hillcrest students were invited to bring a message of life to the school through the Students for Life club.

We invite you to watch a video sampling of the message brought to the grade school students at our Campus Ministries Blog.

FAFSA for Seniors

Hillcrest's guidance department is working to help students move into the College or University setting. As part of their work in this area we have elected to communicate some practices families should work on in the coming months. This week we talk about Financial Aid, namely FAFSA.

Financial aid is intended to help families pay of college. The federal government has instituted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as a universally accepted form to determine a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Basically, the difference between the cost of attending a school and a student's EFC is that student's financial need. Schools try to come as close as possible to meeting a student's financial need. Following January 1, families can submit the FAFSA application. The earlier a student applies for FAFSA the more likely they are to receive the financial aid they need to attend their desired school. It is encouraged for families to apply for FAFSA online as it is quicker and often protects against errors that could cause a delay in the financial aid process (ONLINE FAFSA APPLICATION). Not all education institutions accept FAFSA, contact your potential college or university to ensure their involvement in the FAFSA program.

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Snow-day ONE WORD

Students at Hillcrest enjoyed an ice storm last week. The part of the ice storm they enjoyed was the opportunity to sleep-in on Friday morning. Hear some of their reactions in this week's One Word.

Around the Castle

Saturday Morning Comet Camp 
Comet Camp kicked-off on January 19th in the New Gym. If you'd like to register your grade school student for camp please visit the Comet Camp Page on the Hillcrest website. 
Saturday Basketball Double-Header 
Comet Basketball will be rocking in the New Gym Saturday, January 19th at 1pm. Stop by and cheer on the Comets as the Guys and Girls play host to Wheaton.
Comet Athletics
The Comet Basketball teams play Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. Check out the schedule and make plans to cheer them on through the Comet Practice Schedule
Jr. High Spelling Bee
The annual Jr. High Spelling Bee is held in the Hillcrest Chapel on January 29th at 8:30am. For more information please contact Kathy Doering (
Super Bowl Party
The Dorms will host a Super Bowl Party Sunday, February 3rd at 4pm for high school students. For more informaiton contact Craig Nersten (