Cougar Store Reopens!

Today is the official, grand re-opening of the Cougar Store, just around the corner inside the Lower School building, from 2:00 through 6:00 PM!  We have all new inventory with a wide variety of game-day and school-spirit gear to choose from; plus, many of last year’s items are marked down.  And with only 111 days until Christmas, it’s not too early to start thinking about getting gifts for all the Cougar fans in your house… Come on by and do some shopping!

Student Spotlight – Eddie Martin, Jr.

Senior Eddie Martin, Jr. came to Hillcrest 10 years ago and has become well known all over school as “the funny guy.”  In fact, the Upper School student body voted him as Wittiest last year. However, while he does have the ability to make people laugh, Eddie takes athletics and his grades seriously. He is often recognized by his football and track coaches as one of their hardest workers, and he understands the roles determination and a positive attitude play in all of his endeavors.  Still, Eddie certainly likes to bring the fun to everything he does, and he advises younger students of Hillcrest to “make the most of your time while you’re young.”  His favorite teacher throughout his years at HCS was Coach Ware, whom Eddie remembers also as being someone who “made football and class fun.”

Outside of school Eddie finds enjoyment in hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends, and he also enjoys working out to improve his athletic skills.  His favorite memory from his time at Hillcrest is another result of his commitment to sports; Eddie states that the season the football team brought HCS to its first playoff game in about 12 years’ time is one he will never forget.

As his high-school years draw to a close, Eddie is beginning to make plans for success in his future. First, he intends to keep his favorite Bible verses, Proverbs 3:5 – 6, as a guide throughout life for keeping strong in his faith.  They state, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Not too straight, though, as after his graduation next May, Eddie plans to attend college, but first, he says, “I’m going to Disney.”

Step Out in Faith!

As we approach the halfway point of the first term of a new school year, it is helpful to remember that while Hillcrest prepares our students academically for success in college, above all, this school is committed to being Christ-centered, rooted in unchanging Biblical truths, and to leading students to view life from a Christian perspective.  To this end, chapel services are an essential element of the overall education of all young people who attend HCS, beginning in the lowest levels of the elementary school and extending through their high school graduation.

Growth in character and conduct, rooted in Christian values, are fundamental to the mission of our school; therefore, spiritual life at HCS carries through the classrooms, the playing fields, and the halls every day.  In order to ensure this occurs, God’s Word is introduced at the Lower School level, with an emphasis on living by the behavior principles promoted in the Bible.  This lays the foundation for understanding the Biblical concepts which are taught when our students reach Upper School: discipleship, godly discretion, wisdom and discernment.  However, the ultimate focus of chapel in Upper School is to encourage each student’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Upper School chapel programs typically include devotions and teachings given by faculty or guest speakers, but some of the most meaningful and memorable experiences come from our students themselves.  When their peers share how God is working in their lives, young people feel a greater connection to one another, helping them to realize that they are not alone.

Upper School students are encouraged, if you feel the Lord’s leading, to share your faith during this year’s chapel assemblies.  If you would like to lead in worship, or to pray, or to give your testimony, please talk to Coach Horner.  “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

Important: Upcoming Testing for 10th, 11th, 12th Graders

Parents, in an effort to ensure that our students are well prepared to enter college, the Upper School requires the following achievement / college entrance exams for our 10th through 12th grade students:

Seniors will take the ACT here at Hillcrest on Tuesday, October 3rd.  The cost of this test is $46.00, due by Friday, September 29th.

Juniors will also take the ACT on October 3rd, and they will take the PSAT here at HCS on the following Wednesday, October 11th.  The cost of these two tests is $62.00 ($46.00 for the ACT and $16.00 for the PSAT).  Again, these fees are due by Friday, September 29th.

Sophomores will take the PSAT along with the junior class on October 11th.  The cost for them is $16.00, also due by Friday, September 29th.

Checks should be made out to Hillcrest Christian School — please put your child’s grade and which test(s) they will be taking in the memo line — and should be brought to the school counselor, Mr. Ritter.

Study Skills for School Success

Middle School students grow accustomed to hearing these words from their teachers: “Don’t forget to study for your test tomorrow,” but many of them don’t truly know how to study.  This is the reason Hillcrest’s 7th graders are required to take a semester of Study Skills.

In middle school, students are expected to do their work more independently than they may have during their elementary-school years; this requires analytical skills your child may not have developed yet, such as getting organized, taking good notes, and making plans before actually sitting down to study.  Furthermore, as children become more independent, they are less likely to ask parents for advice or help.  Often they will have to go through some trial and error to come up with the methods most compatible with their individual learning styles.  Study Skills is a class designed specifically to help 7th graders discover those methods and to help them succeed in junior high, high school, and beyond.

Below are pictures of Mrs. McCrory’s students working in groups to create posters of the study strategies they have recently learned and will soon be putting into practice.