Cross Country Conqueror

Congratulations to 9th-grader Kayleb Scarborough!  He finished 4th at Monday’s Cathedral Cross Country Invitational held at the Duncan Park Golf Course in Natchez.

This is Hillcrest’s first year to have a cross country track team, and Kayleb had the highest finish for any HCS runner in our inaugural season!

Where Are They Now? – Alana Price

Congratulations to Class of 2017 graduate and “Spirit of HCS” award winner Alana Price!  The freshman history and education major has been accepted into an honors class for social and behavioral sciences at Holmes Community College.

In her social media post about this impressive achievement, Alana stated, “They only take 30 people!!! #thanksHCS.”  We were happy to be part of your educational experience, Alana, and we love our Cougar alumni!

Upper-School Report Cards

Everyone is beginning to wonder, “Where are the Upper-School report cards?!”  Hopefully, this post will clear up a few things for you:

First, 9 weeks’ exams were given the 4 days before Fall Break; any students who were absent during that time had to make up missed exams this week.  Teachers then need a little more time to grade them and calculate averages.  As a result, we postponed running report cards for a few days until we could be certain that all students had time to complete exams.

Next, please remember that we have a new grading and report-card system, My Student’s Progress (MSP).  Teachers and administrators are still learning the “ins-and-outs” of this system, and it takes some time to work out the bugs.  This is the other reason report cards will be going out a little later than usual.

Report cards will be mailed by end of day Friday, October 13th.  Thank you for your patience as we make improvements!

How to Help Your Kids Be Better Students

We have made it through the first term of school, and teachers and students alike have gotten “into a groove” now. However, teachers across the nation have learned a few things about how to help your children be successful in school; in a 2012 article by Mari-Jane Williams, the Washington Post asked teachers in several school systems what parents can do to help their children be better students. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say:

1. Let your child see you making mistakes

Karen Stamp, a kindergarten teacher, said parents need to remember “that they are their child’s first teacher and their lifetime teacher…. Make mistakes, and let them see that you can make mistakes and laugh at it so they will think it’s not a big deal and you can move on easily,” Stamp said.

2. Use e-mail to keep in touch

E-mail is a great way to reach your child’s teacher without having to play phone tag, said Caitlin Liston, a sixth-grade science teacher.  “E-mail is great for teachers because we can have a record of a conversation or print things out to put in a student’s file as a reminder,” Liston said.  That communication shouldn’t be limited to when there’s a problem, said Tammie Ferguson, a first-grade teacher. It’s also “very refreshing for teachers to hear that their students are talking about what they’ve learned in school.”

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