Paperless Progress Reports

Parents,

Our new grading program, MSP, gives us the capability to “go paperless”; we are going to attempt this with 3rd term progress reports. Please follow these steps in order to access your child’s progress report beginning Thursday:

  1. Log into your MSP account.
  2. Your student’s name and grades should be displayed in a progress report format.
  3. If you would like to see individual assignments (past or upcoming), click on the class name, and a new window will open.
  4. Click on “View Detail” to see the grades for each assignment.
  5. You may also check your child’s attendance for each class here.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the counselor, Tony Ritter.

Help Us Prevent the Flu!

This year’s flu is not only running rampant throughout 49 of the 50 states, it is gaining strength (mutating) and showing no sign of slowing down any time soon. As the local and national news have reported in recent days, many schools and school districts are having such high numbers of students with the flu that they are having to close their doors for a few days in order to disinfect. Parents, you can help us prevent this from happening at Hillcrest by being watchful and taking a few simple steps. The following information comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and was last updated January 24, 2018.

You or your child may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever (*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

What should I do if I get sick?
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions), it’s best for you to contact your doctor early in your illness. CDC recommends that people at high risk for complications should get antiviral treatment as early as possible; the benefit is greatest if treatment is started within 2 days after illness onset. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick; you should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill.

How long should I stay home if I’m sick?
CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

What should I do while I’m sick?
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

Elementary Events

The Mississippi Reading Fair Competition provides students with the opportunity to share their favorite book through a storyboard display or digital presentation. The following students represented Hillcrest at the state level: (bottom row left to right) Jordyn McGee – 5th grade, Wesley Lindsey – 5th grade, Caden Thornton – 4th grade, Andrew Kuhn – 6th grade; (top row left to right) Teagan Hammond – 4th grade, Kayla Epperson – 4th grade, Savannah Morton – 4th grade, TJ Mitchell – 6th grade, Danielle Wallace – 6th grade.

Congratulations to the following students who were given awards for their hard work: 1st place – Savannah Morton (4th grade), for fiction; 1st place – Wesley Lindsey (5th grade), fiction and best character portrayal; 3rd place – TJ Mitchell (6th grade), non fiction.

The first-grade class had their Penguin Program this morning, sharing songs and their knowledge of the adorable, aquatic animals.

Even the administrators got in on the penguin fun!

Student Spotlight – Hayley McCann

Hayley McCann has spent the majority of her life at Hillcrest Christian School; this senior has been attending HCS for 13 years. Hayley is a member of Honor Society and the color guard, and she plays soccer and has been a member of the archery team. Outside of school, one of her greatest accomplishments has been trying out for and successfully earning a place as a member of the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons; this requires a great deal of hard work and dedication over a period of 3 months, often practicing and performing from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week.

Hayley believes her best characteristics are her willingness to stand up for herself as well as for others when they need or want help. Still, she understands that if people aren’t determined and willing to work, they won’t achieve their goals; her advice to her peers and to underclassmen is “Work hard every day in everything you do, and never take anything for granted because life moves by quickly.” Her favorite Bible verse — Psalm 102:11-12 — also reminds Hayley that time is short; it states, “My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass. But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.” She says these words likewise stress God’s power over her own and show her that “I should never try to live my life alone, but always live it through him.”Throughout her years here, Hayley says Hillcrest has been an encouraging place to further her walk with God, and that HCS has also provided her with caring teachers whom she has always known she could talk to (such as her favorite teacher since K-5, Mrs. Michael). After she graduates in May, Hayley plans to attend East Mississippi Community College and then to transfer to Mississippi State University to major in Wildlife Agriculture Conservation. She hopes eventually to move to Texas and to become a Wildlife Biologist.