After homecoming, most students feel like they are Hillcrest Comets. The new students are blending in, and friendships are becoming more comfortable. There is a unique buzz in the hallways. Students greet each other with a high five, laughter pervades the halls during passing periods, and a settled ease has overtaken the classrooms. Lunch tables with a few scattered students have been replaced with lunch tables packed to overflowing, making room for new friends and reaching out to others to be a part. There is a unique attitude within Hillcrest that encourages an intentional inclusiveness. I have come to realize that attitude is a reflection of God’s grace on our campus and it is fun to watch it take hold.
This week our Network administrator Jason Walkup was interviewed in Chapel in a series called Viernes Con Erick (Friday’s with Eric). RA Erick Benjamin, who is from the Dominican Republic, is doing a series one Friday every month where he interviews a staff member who many students may not know well. Jason shared about his call to Hillcrest, taking a few moments to communicate how life struggles and difficulties are essential for students and adults alike. He said that in tough times we have an excellent opportunity to build character and refocus on Jesus. Our students appreciate Jason and his caring spirit. Sharing truth with our kids is one of the great things about working here. As the principal, it is encouraging to see how God has brought so many people to work on our campus who are here because of our mission.
We are looking forward to what God has in store for next week as we host our fall spiritual formations days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will hear teaching on Creation and the Fall. The teaching is combined with opportunity for students to reflect and pray together. I look forward to writing to you next week on what God has done through that focused time of faith building.
Please know that we are encouraged with the progress our students are making through this first quarter. We are glad to the have the opportunity to care and support your student, paying close attention to how each one is progressing and challenged academically. Living life in a tight knit community like Hillcrest is a life shaping experience. Know that we pray for them continually as we interact with them daily in our various roles on campus. We are honored that you have selected Hillcrest to partner with you in raising your child to grow in the knowledge of God and to know Christ intimately.
Grace & Peace,
Principal Jeff Isaac
Oct. 28 - Robotics team at regional competition at NDSU
Fall Festival in Main Building Gym at 6pm
Oct. 29 - Young Life Banquet in Student Activities Center at 5pm
Oct. 31 - Junior High Knowledge Bowl Meet at 8am
Prayer Day Session 1: Creation with Pastor Dale Hexum and Paul Larson
Nov. 1 - Prayer Day Session 2: The Fall with Pastor Clay Mitchell and Amanda Davison
Nov. 2 - Key Club Meeting at 5pm
Junior High Basketball at Underwood at 4pm
Nov. 4 - Campus Worship in Chapel at 10pm
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Volunteers Raise Hillcrest Above the Rest
There are two lovely ladies who come to us with vast life experiences and insight from decades of church work, nursing, parenting, and grand-parenting. The smiling faces of Marilyn Ewan and Grace Kvamme welcome students at the Comet Cafe--dispensing hot beverages and Skittles with equal parts wit and humor--providing a crucial element of companionship that spans generations. They are a pair of the growing number number of volunteers who are helping Hillcrest rise in the rankings of boarding schools. READ MORE HERE>>
Hillcrest's Fall Festival includes a costume contest and trick-or-treating in the dormitory. Students will begin the costume contest at 6pm in the Main Building Gym before going to the dormitories for a trick-or-treat event.
Fall Giving Drive
Hillcrest students are the beneficiaries of financial giving from people around the world make attending Hillcrest affordable for families. Hillcrest reaches out to donors through giving drives each quarter, communicating the stories of lives changed at HLA. SEE THE GIVING DRIVE HERE>>
Hillcrest has over 40 students in worship teams this year. That means staff are exploring extra opportunities to train students. In working this, staff have taken to hosting outdoor worship services, where students lead. There is an outdoor service being hosted Nov. 4 inside. FIND OUT MORE HERE>>
Mayor Visits Students to Bring Greeting from Fergus Falls
Mayor Ben Schierer drew smiles and laughter, giving students a sense of confidence as he brought a greeting from City Hall to Hillcrest students Monday. In his personable presentation he had the Norwegian students leaning forward, students from Africa thinking to their Christmas traditions, and a host of local students brimming with pride. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
Network Administrator Delivers Powerful Message in Chapel
Hillcrest Network Administrator Jason Walkup delivered a powerful message for students on Wednesday in a special chapel series called Viernes Con Erick. His words on forming character and drawing near to Christ in difficult times are echoing in Hillcrest's hallways, revealing the depth in Hillcrest complete staff program of people who buy into the mission of the Gospel and live it out daily behind the scenes in the Castle. LISTEN TO THE CHAPEL SERVICE HERE>>
New Numbers from Class of 2017 Reveal Impressive Stats
statistics reveal 96% of Hillcrest students are attending two year or four year college programs, including students who are actively seeking direction through gap year programs. Hillcrest Academy continues to hear from students and parents alike that their school program is equipping students for college life, but more importantly to lead their life as students who know Jesus and are making Him known in the world. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
Antunya Shares Hillcrest Experience
Junior Trevor Antunya has experienced some powerful growth in his first few months at Hillcrest. He is beginning to take his faith on as his own, growing responsible for his faith formation and development. LISTEN TO TREVOR'S STORY>>