This week Hillcrest watched a list of students go from 38 to 11. The list held names of those who have a 70% or lower in any one class. While some might think the move was a simple academic improvement of the student body, the reality is that the movement of students off the list has more to do with virtue than necessarily gaining a few points for a correct answer in a class.
These statistics reveal 96% of Hillcrest students are attending two year or four year college programs, including students who are actively seeking direction through gap year programs. Hillcrest Academy continues to hear from students and parents alike that their school program is equipping students for college life, but more importantly to lead their life as students who know Jesus and are making Him known in the world.
Take, for example, these lovely ladies who come to us with vast life experiences and insight from decades of church work, nursing, parenting, and grand-parenting. The smiling faces of people like Marilyn Ewan and Grace Kvamme welcome students at the Comet Cafe--dispensing hot beverages and Skittles with equal parts wit and humor--providing a crucial element of companionship that spans generations.
"No one gives grace better than a parent who humbly admits that he desperately needs [grace] himself."
I wonder if the mail carriers notice anything different when they come through the front doors on chapel day. I think back to the other day when I walked into the front hall. Staff and faculty were in the hallway, a soft echo of singing to the sounds of a couple hundred students lifting their voices in loud praise accompanied by guitars, piano, and drums. Praise seems to raise naturally from these halls.
Principal Jeff Isaac from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy announced today that Eric Konynenbelt has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Principal Isaac to this scholastically talented senior.
I remember the day our first child was placed in my arms. I sighed and rolled my eyes toward heaven as my heart whispered, “Mine...all mine...Parenting is not first about what we want for our children or from our children, but about what God in grace has planned to do through us in our children.
Recent studies show that it takes meaningful relationships with 6-8 adults for a young believer to transition successfully through high school and college with an intact faith. How and where do parents find these influential people to mentor and model a believing lifestyle for their child?
68% of Americans believe the Bible is a comprehensive guide to living a meaningful life. But the Bible isn't in schools because many find it outmoded. Here are three fundamental reasons the world needs to study the archaic Christian faith, and get back to a Biblically-based view of the world.
Students heard the value of a consistent, coherent, and complete view of the world as Principal Isaac and Wayne Stender teamed up to dissect the school theme.
Principal Isaac revealed that every student needs to address the question of what caused everything in the universe, going into the reason everything looks and appears structured and designed. Mr. Stender asked how the world views explain why things are broken in the world. Racism and power struggles are some of the palpable issues recently facing students that Mr. Stender used as examples of brokenness. Principal Isaac then asked how we fix these problems, and what humankind turns to in fixing and redeeming the brokenness of the world. Mr. Stender then closed by asking what we're working towards and why peace and harmony are sought after in worldviews that say the universe came to exist in chaos and order. In all of this, students heard a special presentation for why a Biblically-based view of the world makes sense.