Parent Update | February 7, 2014

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February 12 2014

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Principal's Desk
Staff Testimony
• Hillcrest Highlights
• HLA Today
Around the Castle

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Common Core Challenges

"The ancients knew that in order for men to be truly free, they must have a liberal education that includes the study of literature, history, mathematics, science, music and art. Yes, man is made for work, but he’s also made for so much more… Education should be about the highest things. We should study these things of the stars, plant cells, Mozart’s requiem… not simply because they’ll get us into the right college or into the right line of work. Rather, we should study these noble things because they can tell us who we are, why we’re here…"
~Professor Daniel B. Coupland~ 

This week in the Principal's Blog Principal Isaac addresses something that is sweeping across the country through the Common Core Standards. Referencing a video from Hillsdale college, Principal Isaac introduces a piece of the issues Common Core presents. Looking at literature, Principal Isaac shows how one class takes a section of literature presentation and preparation at Hillcrest, showing how students receive a Biblically-based liberal arts education. 

We invite you to watch the video in it's entirety, and read a small sample of how Hillcrest is preparing students to live a life of significance. You can view the video and read the blog on Hillcrest's website at the Principal's Desk>>

Staff Share in Chapel

Front Office assistant Dawn Synstelien shared her testimony in chapel this week. Introducing her struggle for vision to the students, Dawn speaks of the obstacles she has faced through eye surgeries and uncertainity with her eyesight. 

Students heard Dawn's call to share their story, and they had it modeled for them as Dawn shared insecurities and her ultimate triumph with Christ in spite of her challenges.

We encourage you to watch the video of Dawn's testimony and to share it with friends and family as an encouragement. You may view the video and share it through Hillcrest's Campus Ministries Page>>

Hillcrest Hallways Highlight

Students at Hillcrest have been hitting the books hard the past few weeks. Our media team sat in a few classes to capture some of the Biblically-based training the students are receiving.

Catch the highlight video on our Video Blog>>

HLA Today

Hillcrest students have been busy this semester. Joining with friends and Hillcrest staff, students have enjoyed second semester classroom time and their student activities.

Recently Hillcrest's HLA Today staff recalled some of Hillcrest's highlights from January. You'll get the chance to read about Karaoke night, Hillcrest's newest students, how broomball has taken Hillcrest by storm and the impact snow days have on dorm life. You'll also have a chance to read a piece documenting Hillcrest Junior Jonathan Eckhardt's journey of faith through a challenging time.

To read the stories please visit the HLA Today Page>>

Around the Castle

Chicago Mission Meeting
Participants in Hillcrest's Chicago Field and Study trip will meet Thursday, February 13th at 2:20pm in the science lab.
Sports Activities
Boys Basketball plays state ranked Battle Lake on Thursday night at 7:30pm. Check out the other activities from the athletic department by visiting  the Athletics Page>>.
Senior High Knowledge Bowl
Wednesday, February 26th the Senior High Knowledge bowl team travels to Moorhead for a knowledge bowl meet at Concordia College.  
Concert Choir Performance
Hillcrest's Concert Choir will perform at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls on Sunday, March 2nd. 
ACT Registration Deadline
The ACT test registration deadline for the April 12th exam is Friday, March 7th. 
SAT Test
Saturday, March 8th the SAT exam will be given at Hillcrest Academy. 
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