Homecoming Week Information

With Homecoming TODAY — Friday, September 22nd — students, alumni, and other members of the Hillcrest family have many questions about activities and expectations.  Here is your go-to source for all things Homecoming-related:

This year’s theme is “Born in the U.S.A.”

Upper School Dress-up Days:
Monday – Tacky Tourists
Tuesday – Cowboys vs. Indians
Wednesday – Patriotic Day
Thursday – Athletes vs. Math-letes
Friday – Spirit Day

Class Competitions: Each day there will be games in which the Upper School classes will compete for points.  At the end of the week, points are tallied from dress-up days, games, and floats, and first and second place winners overall are decided; these classes will receive a yet-to-be-decided prize later in the school year.

Class Dues: The dues for every member of each grade are $10 and can be given to the Secretary / Treasurer or to the President of your grade.  Any extra funds go into the class account for future class events.

Floats: Two grades will work together to design, construct, and decorate a total of 3 floats for the parade which begins at 11:10 AM on Friday.  Student Council members are responsible for coordinating work days and times and for finding an adult driver to pull trailers/floats.  Contact the following Class Presidents for more information:
12th & 9th Grades – Amber Speegle & Beth Hammill
11th & 8th Grades – Sarah Grace Brownlee & Maddison Turner
10th & 7th Grades – Ashley Myers (7th grade does not elect class officers.)IMPORTANT! Friday Class Schedule: Students are expected to attend class as usual until 11:05 AM, and attendance will be taken.  Cheerleaders, football players, band members, Homecoming maids, and float riders will be dismissed at 10:50 AM to get lined up for the parade.  Students will have had weeks to construct and complete their floats and will not be allowed to continue to work on them Friday.  All students must remain in class until they are officially dismissed.  The pep rally will begin immediately after the parade is finished and will take place in the high school gym.

High School Dance:  Held in the high school gym from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM.
*Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased from Mrs. Browning.
*If a student’s date does not attend Hillcrest, prior approval must be given for his/her attendance by the principal.  Forms for outside dates are available from the front office and are due NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 19th and can be turned in at the front office.
*Suggested attire is dressy-casual; semi-formal is acceptable, but not required.  All dress should be modest and appropriate.  HCS teachers and administration (chaperones) reserve the right to refuse admission to a student and/or guest if dressed inappropriately.
*No parents are allowed inside the gym an hour before or during the dance.

Junior High Dance:  Held in the elementary gym from 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
*Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased from Mrs. Harwell.
*Only 7th and 8th grade Hillcrest students are allowed to attend — no older dates, and no dates from other schools.
*Suggested attire is dressy-casual; semi-formal is acceptable, but not required.  All dress should be modest and appropriate.  HCS teachers and administration (chaperones) reserve the right to refuse admission to any student dressed inappropriately.  Students who would like a place to dress after the game (in order not to have to go home and miss much of the dance) will be accommodated.
*No parents are allowed inside the gym 30 minutes before or during the dance.

HoCo Day 4 – Athletes vs. Math-letes

Day four of Homecoming week found athletes and math-letes competing against one another in more “Minute to Win It” games.  The competition was fierce as they used balloons to blow cups off a table, moved m&m’s from one plate to another using only a straw, and “hiked” toilet paper to a classmate who had to catch it with one hand only.  As of today, the Junior class is leading in the points, but “it ain’t over ’till it’s over”: Tomorrow class floats will be presented as part of the Homecoming parade, and anyone can still take the lead!

HoCo Day 2 – Cowboys & Indians

On day two of Hillcrest’s 2017 Homecoming week, the Upper School campus was overtaken by cowboys and Indians, and one representative from each class participated as part of a team to compete in a Family Feud-style game.  While the girls’ team started out strong, in the end the guys’ team of cowboys, led by Coach Horner, took the victory today.

Student Spotlight – Kayla Tate

Kayla Tate has been a Hillcrest Cougar for 6 years; now in her final year at HCS, she serves as chaplain of Student Council, a water girl for the varsity football team, and a member of both Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.  When she’s not at school, she enjoys traveling, watching YouTube videos, sleeping, and dancing.  In fact, her love of dancing also influenced her favorite memory from her years at Hillcrest.  Kayla states, “My seventh-grade Homecoming dance lasted 4 hours, and we danced all night long.  It was the best.”

Kayla’s favorite teacher at HCS is Ms. Lauren Stovall. She reflects, “Ms. Stovall always had a positive attitude during class, and she would share her faith with us.  Even though I no longer take her class, she still checks on me and prays for me.” That quality is something which Ms. Stovall and Kayla have in common: Tate is known among her peers for being bold about her faith in God.  No doubt her favorite Bible verse has inspired some of that boldness.  Kayla loves 1 John 4:4, which states, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”  She says that this verse “reminds me that God’s strength lies within me, and it challenges me not to blend in with the world but to be a shining light for Christ.”  She also believes that her caring attitude and her problem-solving skills are among her greatest strengths, along with her creativity and artistic abilities.

After she graduates in May, Kayla plans to attend “whichever college God leads me to.”  No matter where that is, she intends to focus on her studies first and then to make new life experiences, always seeking to change for the better.  That wise attitude and optimistic outlook extends to the advice she has for lower classmen: “Take time to appreciate where you are right now.  Even though a situation may look troubling at the moment, there is always a positive sign around or at the end of it.  Enjoy life the way it is.”