“We’re in the middle of a chapter on ethics, in our worldview class.” Principal Isaac’s eyebrows raised as he continued explaining the background of his class, “Ethics are taught, morality is caught. It started with that. They had to think about that, what does it mean…I didn’t really give them any context.” His class referenced the family to understand the quip. If a dad doesn’t live out what he’s teaching at home, the family isn’t going to either. “Then we took a look at 1 Corinthians 15:33…in summary, it’s the verse that says, ‘bad company corrupts good character’.”
“Our school functions on three core values. They all go together. We want to develop student’s intellect. We want to build their faith. And we want to strengthen their character.” Principal Isaac stood in front of Hillcrest’s chapel full of parents and prospective students. The audience was attending a Tuesday night open house to learn what students enjoy about Hillcrest’s learning environment. What they found was direct and Bible-focused.
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.