On Friday I had the opportunity to welcome a new Comet to Hillcrest. I met with the soon-to-be seventh grade family in our Student Union. I was able to get to know this student who said his reason to come to Hillcrest was to grow in his faith. After our meeting where we were able to tell him some of the ways he’ll grow in faith both intellectually and spiritually. I took his parents into the foyer of the Student Union. I mentioned that the Student Union building was a place where I was trained in the Gospel in Bible college and seminary. We hold a very special tradition of Christian training at Hillcrest that reflects the power of Christ in the legacy of men and women committed to Christian education.
Below you’ll have a chance to see a brief example of how we acknowledge the roots of Hillcrest that are continuing to expand into our current student body. I was humbled by our awards chapel as Principal Isaac mentioned names of Lutheran Brethren leaders and past students who passed away during their time in the Castle. There is a strong history of students being instructed in God’s word, and there were a number of awards that acknowledged the character of our past leaders and honored students that continue to be displayed in our current student body with students who are embodying the character of Christ in the memorials to past influencers at Hillcrest Academy.
You’ll also have the chance to listen to two messages from our closing chapel service from Ryan Garvin and Sam Ihrke. They led the spiritual formation of our school with great confidence in Christ. I was blessed to hear Sam recount the theme with a strong presentation on the Gospel while highlighting the character of Christ. I was also encouraged as I realized the alignment of the heart of our staff and faculty with the will of God as Ryan Garvin communicated some of the purposes and hopes we have in the chapel program.
To close I am very proud of our academic program that continues to instruct students in the final moments of class. The lessons our students have gained will last and carry them well into adulthood. We recently completed a survey of our 10 year alumni as part of a goal we have at Hillcrest to hold the same care for the strength and purpose of our program for our 28 year old alumni as we do for our 18 year old alumns. What I hear coming out of Mr. Isaac’s class shows that our approach to education goes beyond a final exam or a college placement. We really believe that the things being taught in class are really true and have eternal significance. I hope you’re encouraged by what is being instilled in the classrooms of the Castle.
I hope to see you at graduation. If you’re unable to make the trip, let me know when you might be in town or if you would like to visit with me while I am on the road this summer, sharing what is happening in your school.
Brad Hoganson | President
Comets Put Capstones On Trivium Approach to Education
Last week Hillcrest's Understanding the Times course put a capstone on Principal Isaac's practice of the trivium in class. Sitting opposite each other, the the students popped open their text book and looked into the eyes of their fellow classmates. Principal Isaac gave them instructions to begin explaining the different worldviews to their counterpart in a sequenced and ordered fashion. After two minutes the groups would mix-up, with students venturing to other parts of the classroom to share their knowledge. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>
Senior Sam Ihrke closed Hillcrest's final chapel by revisiting the school theme that he and Mr. Ryan Garvin have used as an outline to guide their communication of the Gospel in Chapel READ AND LISTEN TO SAM'S MESSAGE HERE>>
A host of alumni who have passed away have their story told every year around graduation time. Families have elected to honor their loved ones through named endowment scholarships that honor the personalities and characteristics of alumni who have passed away. Awards given during the Award Chapel help pass along the memory of those alumni who have passed. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE AWARDS CHAPEL>>