Hillcrest E-Connect 6/23/17

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Dear Parents,

We held our first all-staff prayer time for the summer on Wednesday. Dawn Synstelien opened her home as we sat on her porch in a semi-circle to hear updates on what God is doing in our staff during their preparation time away from the classroom. Mr. Garvin brought an update on the theme and devotional before Gregg Preston, Hillcrest's Boys Basketball Coach, shared a story from his time working with the ball players this summer. You'll find updates on both the theme and Mr. Preston's summer discipleship below.

Athletic Director Craig Nersten is excited to announce the new Girls' Basketball Coach, Hannah Draxten-Clark. A lead to a short bio is located below, as well.

President Brad Hoganson and his wife, Tracy, are in the final stages of packing up their home in Succasunna, New Jersey. They will start traveling to Fergus Falls next week and will bring a short video update in next week's Principal's update.

With the arrival of President Hoganson we say thank you to President Joel Egge, who served at Hillcrest in an interim capacity for the past year. President Egge brought a great deal of tradition and supportive vision to our campus this year. Having served as the President of the Lutheran Brethren Schools in the past, President Egge brought a unique love and care for Hillcrest and our ministry to students and their families. You will find a lead to a short story below that will introduce you in a greater capacity to President Egge, and will hopefully give you perspective to thank him as he continues to interact with Hillcrest.

Mrs. Amy Twedt is continuing her work in the office, helping families process enrollment documents and contacting families regarding school schedules. Her target to process the enrollment documents is the first week of July. Our school nurse will process the received forms over the next few weeks, as well. There may be a few questions she has on forms where she will reach out to you. If you have any questions on enrollment, please reach out to Amy via email (atwedt@ffhillcrest.org)

Wayne Stender is traveling to Seattle this week to visit Warm Beach Bible Camp with his family. Wayne will represent Hillcrest a the Lutheran Brethren Bible Camp in seeking to find more families to join our school this fall. Zach and Kristin Nersten work in our Resident Life department, and are traveling to Estes Park, Colorado this week to represent Hillcrest at the annual FLY Convention for the Association Free Lutheran Church. If you know of any families or students who would like to attend Hillcrest, or simply have questions about the school, please contact Wayne Stender (wstender@ffhillcrest.org).

We are honored to have your student a part of our school this year. We have confidence that the Lord is going to develop an intellect, strengthen their character, and form their faith throughout their year at Hillcrest. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns as we look forward to the new year. Email is the best way to reach me (jisaac@ffhillcrest.org). I look forward to hearing from you.

In God's stead,

Principal Jeff Isaac



June 28-20 - Craig Nelson Basketball Camp
July 10-14 - Reid Ouse Basketball Camp
July 18-19 - Breakdown Basketball Camp
Aug. 7-10 - Football Captain's Practice at 7PM
Aug. 11 - HLA Leadership Camp Begins at 2PM
Aug. 12 - Resident Halls Open at 12PM
Aug. 13 - Opening Picnic on Front Lawn at 5PM
Aug. 14 - 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Orientation at 9am in Chapel
                Cross-Country, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball Practices Begin
                All-Sports Parent Meeting at 7PM in Union
                Hillcrest Huddle for All Students at 8PM in Chapel
Aug. 15 - 11th Grade Orientation at 9am in Chapel
                Hillcrest Huddle for All Students at 8PM in Chapel
Aug. 16 - 12th Grade Orientation at 9am in Chapel
                Student Placement Tests at 12PM
                Hillcrest Huddle for All Students at 8PM in Chapel
Aug. 17 - Hillcrest Huddle for All Students at 8PM in Chapel
Aug. 18 - 10th Grade Orientation at 9am in Chapel
                Hillcrest Huddle for All Students at 8PM in Chapel
Aug. 19 - Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at 1PM Meet in Union
Aug. 21 - First Day of School at 8am

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Dorm Move-in is August 12 beginning at noon. All local families are invited to help students move-in, with a cook-out on the Boys' Dorm patio at 5PM. To see information related to school supplies, dorm packing list, and to register for transportation, please visit the PARENT INFO PAGE>>


Students are invited to attend Hillcrest's annual student picnic at Phelps Mill on August 27. The dormitories will load on the bus at approximately 1pm, and off-campus families are invited to drive to the park, for an afternoon of yard games, swimming, and a grillout picnic with burgers. Off-campus families are encouraged to bring their own food for the picnic. A grill is provided to cook burgers on.


The Opening Picnic is an incredible experience for families. A picnic dinner is served for Hillcrest families at 5PM on the Front Lawn, followed by a parent meeting while the students spend time with Resident Life Staff in get-to-know-you games. If you have any questions about the opening week at Hillcrest, please contact Wayne Stender at wstender@ffhillcrest.org


The annual Valleyfair amusement park trip is scheduled for September 3. The cost is $50, which includes transportation, the park ticket, and lunch at the park. This is a great bonding trip for students. Students should bring money for breakfast and supper. The buses leave at 6am, stopping at a bakery and truck stop for breakfast at approximately 8am. Lunch will be pizza, purchased by Hillcrest as part of the fee. On the way home buses will stop at a shopping center in Maple Grove for supper, returning to Hillcrest at approximately 10pm.


There is a fair amount of paperwork necessary to register students for Hillcrest. Mrs. Amy Twedt, Hillcrest's registrar, is processing all paperwork this year, using DocuSign as an online signature solution for families needing to complete forms. If you have any questions related to paperwork, enrollment, and registering for classes, please email Amy at atwedt@ffhillcrest.org


Every weekend there is an activity planned to bring students together in community. September 15th the main building gymnasium will turn into a laser tag course with lights, fog, and loud music transforming the gym into an obstacle course. Senior high students are invited to start playing on the 15th at 9:30pm, playing until curfew at 1am. Junior High students and families are invited to play at 7pm on September 16th, with the gym opening back up to high school students at 9pm. 

Announcing Hannah Draxten-Clark // Girls' Basketball Coach

Hillcrest is excited to announce Hannah Draxten-Clark as the new Girls' Basketball Coach. Hannah is a high school standout from Fergus Falls High School who attended Iowa State and played two seasons before an injury forced her from the hardwood to the coaches chair. Hannah served her final year at Iowa as a student-coach. GET TO KNOW HANNAH HERE>>
Basketball Coach Gregg Preston shared how students are continuing to grow and receive discipleship at a faculty and staff devotional prayer this week.


It started after one of the recent basketball get-togethers with the team. Coach Preston asked the guys what the Lord is teaching them this summer. The boys looked at each other in silence. Coach Preston offered a simple push, someone should say what God is teaching them as they are spending time in the Bible this summer. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>
Interim President Joel Egge is serving his final week at Hillcrest. His servant heart has made a significant impact at Hillcrest throughout this year.


Joel notes there is a distinct future for Hillcrest that is fulfilling God's design. He is starting to see a different future for God’s work at Hillcrest. “I don’t think we can imagine the harvest...the seed doesn’t know that the gardener sees and has an expectation of the harvest. There has been a harvest, but the coming one may be larger.” READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>


Luke Bowman is attending the Naval Academy next fall. Hear how he feels equipped for a life of eternal significance after his Hillcrest experience.
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