The new requirements require cultural competency training. Cultural competency sounds like a good thing. It sounds like the goal is to have a greater understanding of the various backgrounds of students and families served to help them achieve. There seem to be a respect of others while all are moving toward higher academic achievement. Unfortunately, the new requirements show this doesn’t appear to be the cultural competency they’re requiring.
You can hear their singing down the hall on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The doors to the chapel are propped a bit. That's where the sound escapes and rushes down the hallways. It’s a movement of the Spirit of God that is gracing Hillcrest three times per week before school begins.
Hillcrest launched a competitive math team after a student researched the competitions. A few meetings followed with Hillcrest’s guidance counselor, Principal Isaac, and the math department at Hillcrest. After registering for the competitions with the Minnesota State High School Leauge (MSHSL), Hillcrest ventured to their first competition, excited to see how they stacked up against the competition.
Hillcrest found a greater path in the playoffs Monday after beating East Grand Forks (EGF) in a slippery match. With rain falling the Comets quickly jumped out to a lead and displayed greater will to be the second seed entering playoffs on Saturday.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy is excited to announce that Elise Wutka is a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Elise received a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Principal Isaac sat down with Ryan Garvin after the first four weeks of school to visit on how the classical approach is impacting his classroom as Hillcrest continues training students in a Biblically-based view of the world.
The Hiking club started their year with a simple walk to Lake Alice, visiting the Fergus Falls River Walk. Principal Jeff Isaac started the club to introduce students to the beauty of mid-western Minnesota. In two weeks the group will visit Maplewood State Park. The group connects with former Hillcrest instructor Lowell Quam who teaches students basic plant recognition and often takes students to his favorite fruit trees and plants on their walk to show some of the wild fruit grown in the area.
Students shuffle through their final class periods to venture to their dorm rooms. Some plop down on their bed in exhaustion. Others make lists of the school supplies they need before Friday. Sports practices carry the rhythm of the school to the next beat. Character is formed in the football player who gets knocked down and resolves to get up again; the volleyball player who misses her mark and needs to collect herself, make an adjustment, and approach the line again; the soccer player who gets cleated while dribbling the ball and needs to push through the pain to touch the ball to a team mate. Resolve is learned best in practice. The theme wafts throughout nearly every aspect of life at Hillcrest. Practice makes purpose.
Twenty-five people from Hillcrest's staff, faculty, and administration are embarking on the two year Colson Fellows program. Hillcrest staff not only receive training from the Colson Fellows, but will provide important feedback as the Colson Center works to hone their training program for schools and churches around the nation. The other schools selected for the pilot program are located in North Carolina and Texas. Both have over one thousand students. This year Hillcrest will enroll 180. Of the three schools, Hillcrest has the largest number of participants with twenty-five. The other schools will enroll seventeen people combined.