As Craig Nersten began moving the chapel chairs into small circles we had an idea that his plan for the Sports Week Formations chapel service was a little unorthodox. Standing at the door, Craig began to place students into specific groups, separating students based on ethnicity and gender. The result was almost 15 separate multi-ethnic groups that would engage in Craig's theme for the late night session. Craig's big idea was to challenge students by letting them know his goal for the year.
The Principal's Blog this week introduces some of the training students will receive in the dormitory during their family group bible studies. To read the entire Principal's blog CLICK HERE>>.
Move-in time is exciting at Hillcrest. This year brought a plethora of new students who traveled from around the world to receive warm welcomes from the local and returning students at Hillcrest Academy.
Check out this quick highlight to see some of the faces and activities for students throughout their first day in the castle. You can watch the highlight on the Hillcrest Academy Video Blog.
Sports Week Formation Meetings
Students enjoyed a number of spiritual formation meetings throughout the sports week. A few faculty and staff members shared their heart and what their hopes are for the school year. As we recorded these sessions we were impressed by how attentive the students were, showing a great deal of maturity and also a desire to receive the intentional discipleship and mentorship the faculty and staff are offering students.
Life is pretty exciting around Hillcrest. Every few days we try to post new photos and updates on our Facebook page.
Check out some of the recent photos from around the Castle at our Facebook Page.
Around the Castle
Glendalough Picnic An all-school picnic is scheduled in Glendalough State Park outside Battle Lake, MN for Sunday, August 18th. Buses leave from the dormitories at 12:30pm and will return at approximately 6pm. Jr. High students are invited to attend with their parents. Local parents are invited to attend as well and are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner for their families.
Opening Picnic The Opening Picnic at Hillcrest is Monday, August 19th beginning at 5:30pm on the front lawn of Hillcrest Academy. Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy a meal and watch a game of softball between the Senior class and the faculty and staff. Various ice-breaker activities will occur throughout the game to build community amongst the Hillcrest families attending. A short parent meeting will follow the softball game while the students participate in ice-breaker activities.
Sports Activities The Lady Comet Soccer team plays Fergus Falls H.S. Thursday with the Boys Soccer team in Bemidji on Saturday. The Football team travels to Wheaton for a scrimmage Saturday as well. Visit the Athletic Page to see the full schedule of practice and games.
Sand-Pit Volleyball Tournament Saturday, August 24th the dormitories will host a volleyball tournament for high school students. The tournament will begin at 2pm with teams being formed at the court, separating local, on-campus and international students evenly among the teams.
High School Valley Fair Trip The high school will travel to a local amusement park on Sunday, September 1st. The cost for the trip is $50 which includes transportation, a lunch meal and the park pass including a pass to the waterpark. Students may sign-up for the trip in the Comet Cafe during the school day.