I wrapped up my first year in the office of the president at Hillcrest this week. It was a year of growing in the Lord as we sought the Lord’s direction and planned for what Hillcrest will look like in the coming years. I’m excited to bring this update to you, and look forward to meeting with you over coffee or lunch to share more about what God is doing in your school. You’ll see a few things below that will show you what’s happening on campus. You’ll hear from Ryan and Amy Garvin on the school theme, get a chance to hear our new podcast, and hear how we celebrated the Fourth of July. There is a lot currently happening at Hillcrest, but you should hear how we closed out our year.
We tied up our final board meeting of the 2017-18 fiscal year in June. Hillcrest is partnering with Morning Son Christian School, a local Christian school in Fergus Falls, to launch a classical Christian junior high. We purchased the curriculum for Morning Son’s sixth grade and are providing administrative support as they initiate the program for their sixth grade program and we make plans in the coming year for greater partnership as we operate the 7th and 8th grade classes on our campus. The junior high students will learn Latin, engage in reading the classics, and will see how the Bible is the foundation for every subject they are studying. It’s a great move that is in line with our overall vision and purpose, and we’re excited to see how God expands this program to impact our high school in the coming years.
I’ve been in a number of meetings with our synodical leadership to strengthen relations and continue to look for areas where we can offer our expertise to encourage the church. We have joined with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren to create a youth magazine called Identity that is tackling issues students are facing. We are providing support for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview as we have almost 20 of our staff who will go through their worldview training to give feedback on how the program can benefit teachers and Christian school administrators. I’m taking the class, with Principal Isaac, and at least one staff member from almost all of the departments at Hillcrest. This was completely voluntary, and I am honored to lead the staff we have at Hillcrest. They’re life-long learners who care desperately about how they see the world and are passionate to align their classes with God’s design. It’s going to be a great two-year program that we tackle together.
Hillcrest is also launching a series of parenting supports. In conjunction with advertising partnerships with Salem Media and World Magazine, we are launching a resource as a foray into broadening our ministry reach into a greater national and international market. We believe we have unique perspectives on how families can build faith into the lives of young people, and we’re excited to see what God does with this venture.
In closing I want to apologize if you’ve called Hillcrest to find me or a few other staff members and have had to leave messages with our office staff. We’re putting on miles this summer! I just returned from Washington, where I was able to connect with some friends of Hillcrest at Warm Beach Bible Camp. Other staff members have been in Wisconsin, Rollette, ND, and are heading down to Rochester on Sunday to fill pulpit for pastors who are taking some deserved time on vacation this summer. Next week I will be at Ebenezer in Minneapolis as other staff members travel to New York to talk to prospective students and to meet up with friends of Hillcrest while visiting partner churches to bring updates from Hillcrest Academy.
We are honored to be your school, and are looking forward to another great year at Hillcrest. Our admissions team is busy processing applications, praying over every family’s application in seeking Godly guidance and wisdom as they are tasked with crafting the make up of our student body. If you know of students who need a place to build Christian faith and Christian leadership skills, in a high contact mentor environment, send them my way. I would love to meet the family, explain our program, and pray with them about considering joining our student body this fall.
Brad Hoganson | President
School Theme Announced and Explained
Ryan and Amy Garvin have led Hillcrest's theme creation efforts over the past two years. During this time Hillcrest has had some well developed themes that have impacted the school life and been integrated into the classroom. We took time with them this week to get a picture of the theme and how it was created to guide the students during the 2018-19 school year. WATCH THE INTERVIEW ON THE SCHOOL THEME>>
Hillcrest launched a podcast in February to help families stay updated on what is happening in Hillcrest's halls. With the wrap-up of the school year the podcast was paused to enhance the festivities around graduation and support staff as they venture to local supporting churches. This week we recast the podcast. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE>>
Comets and the Fourth
The Fourth of July is a special time for our students in America. This week we celebrated, after first remembering that the idea of freedom is importantly informed by the Judeo-Christian worldview. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
HLA Outlasts Depression
The Depression closed many schools and ministries as the country worked to overcome financial hardship. Hillcrest has a strong tradition of committed teachers and leaders, and a simple story to understand this is housed inside the school outlasting the Great Depression. READ THE STORY HERE>>