Parent Update | August 30 2013


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In This Issue

• Principal's Desk
Video Highlights
• Classroom Dedication
• College Corner
• Around the Castle

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Instructor's Series Presents Passion at Hillcrest

A new series started within the marketing office presents the passion behind instructing students to know and understand God and His world. Armin Jahr has started the series as he introduces some concepts in science that he has found to drive him deeper into his love and relationship with Jesus Christ. 

The article that accompanies Mr. Jahr's video in the Principal's Blog this week discusses how Christianity is at the heart of scientific innovation and discovery because of the fundamental starting point. The blog addresses a period in history where the fundamental starting point inhibited other religious faiths from innovating and discovering the root to the Bubonic plague. The piece highlights how Christianity was the belief system that birthed scientific innovation. 

To read the article and see Mr. Jahr's video regarding his passion to teach students in the discipline of Science, click here>>

Student Life at HLA

There are a number of exciting things that happen at Hillcrest that parent might or might not hear about. Through a unique mentorship program with the marketing office at Hillcrest, students have been able to capture some of the "lesser known" sides of Hillcrest to create highlight videos and short snippets of things that are happening in the student life.

To view some of the more recent work from this mentorship program visit the Student Video Blog.

Classroom Open House and Dedication

The classroom renovation will receive a dedication service and a special tour for parents and friends of Hillcrest will occur during the homecoming weekend. 

The event will take place from 1:30-3pm following the Parent Teacher conferences which begin at 8:30am on Saturday, October 5th.

College Corner

In this week's College Corner we encourage parents to begin talking with their students regarding how career and college relate. Here are a few tips and discussion starters that like to use as we interact with students on a daily basis. We hope you find them helpful:
• Talk about college regularly. Relate it to jobs, careers, school, sports, your life and the lives of other adults in your child’s life, etc.
• Ask students what they want to do when they grow up and relate that job or career to what they could study in college to do it.  Talk about jobs and careers in daily life. When going to the grocery store, talk about managing a grocery store or a farmer raising the produce or creating the advertisements seen on television;  if shopping for a new home, talk about building houses, or being a Realtor or an architect; driving in the car, talk about designing cars, building bridges or cleaning up the trash in the world by becoming an environmental scientist.  Students may not think past the checker or bagger at the grocery store, and may need a little more explanation to understand how other people and jobs fit into the picture. This may also be a good time to clarify the difference between a job and a career. 
• Go to sporting events (yes, sports!) or cultural and educational activities on college campuses.  Plan to spend some extra time just wandering around campus, especially when students are around.  Walk through buildings and the library, sit in a classroom, etc.  This gives a student a visual image to place themselves into, that will go with their ideas about college in their future. 

Around the Castle

Sports Activities
The Football team heads to a scrimmage Saturday while the Soccer and Volleyball teams gear up for competition Monday, Tuesday and Friday before the Football team's end-cap game on Friday the 30th. Visit the Athletic Page to see the full schedule of practice and games.
Dorm Shopping Trip to West Acres
The dormitory is planning a shopping trip to the Fargo Mall on Saturday, September 14th from 3-10pm. Off-campus High school students may sign-up for the trip in the Comet Cafe. There is a fee to cover the cost of transportation. More details regarding the fee will come in later parent communication.
ACT Registration Deadline
The ACT registation deadline for the Oct. 26th test administered in Fergus Falls is Friday, September 27th. To register online pleae visit:
Homecoming Week
Homecoming week is an exciting time for students and parents. Homecoming weekend is an especially busy weekend with Volleyball and Soccer games throughout the week, the Homecoming Football game Friday night, Soccer games and parent teacher conferences Saturday along with the classroom open house and dedication and all-school concert. To see the full schedule click here>> 
Classroom Open House and Dedication
During Homecoming weekend a special classroom open house and dedication will occur on Saturday, October 5 from 1:30-3pm. This is open to the community, so bring your friends!

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