“Coming Attractions”

We have another busy week here at Hillcrest, so we thought you parents might appreciate an update!

First, please don’t forget the annual Patrons’ — that’s you, parents and guardians! — Meeting in the high school gym beginning at 6:30 tonight.  We are more than half way finished with this school year, so tonight’s meeting is an important time to catch up on several issues.  It will feature briefings from the Board, previews of an upcoming marketing campaign and our next year’s enrollment push, and the unveiling of our school’s new smartphone app.  Not to mention, our Cougar cheerleaders and the One Spirit One Sound band will perform, and that is always a treat!

Along with the meeting, the Uniform Resale Store is open today from 3:00 to 6:00 PM in the junior high building; it’s a sometimes aggravating fact that children tend to grow, so if you have or need any new sizes to finish the school year, this is the perfect opportunity to take care of that.

Then, tomorrow night is Senior Night for the basketball season.  Please come support our Cougars on the court as they face off against Winston here at home.  It will also be a bittersweet night as we spotlight and bid farewell to our senior team members; the varsity girls will be featured first, approximately around 6:00 PM.

Also this week: The high school Envirothon team will compete Wednesday, and they’re on a mission to bring the state trophy back to Hillcrest.  On Thursday the JV basketball teams will miss school in order to participate in a tournament at Parklane.  Finally, the varsity basketball teams will play at PCS on Friday beginning at 6:00 PM.

One more upcoming event to note… Please be in prayer for and spread the word about our first Open House next week — February 15th from 8:00 AM to Noon — for prospective students in grades K3 through 6th.  HCS has so much to offer to families in the surrounding communities and beyond, and we want to share not only our outstanding academic and athletics programs, but more importantly, the love of our Savior with as many children as possible.  Cougar families, please help by telling those who need us that they have a home at Hillcrest.

Asagunla Signs with Warriors

Congratulations to senior Mayowa “Mario” Asagunla who participated in National Signing Day, one of the most celebrated days each year for college football fans.  Mario signed his letter of intent, committing to East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, and he will play football for the Warriors.

Mario with his mother, Mary, and head football coach / athletic director Todd Montgomery

Your Cougar family is so proud of you, Mario!!

Student Spotlight – Thomas Cain, Jr.

Thomas Cain, better known throughout Hillcrest’s halls as “Junior,” is a senior who has been attending HCS since sixth grade; he is a member of the Cougar varsity basketball and baseball teams.  Outside of school, Junior enjoys playing even more sports, and he also likes to hang out with his friends.

Junior is known for his laid-back attitude and a quick sense of humor most of the time, but he is all business when it comes to athletics.  He attributes his success in this area of his life to the fact that he is “constantly working out, trying to get better.”  However, he also recognizes his true source of strength –the Bible verse which guides him is Philippians 4:13, which states, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” — and Junior says this promise always reminds him to stay strong in his faith as well as in every other task.  Still, whether in athletics or in academics, he knows that it pays to prepare.  His advice to fellow classmates and younger students at Hillcrest is as follows: “Always study ahead of time because teachers will not reschedule for you.”

Junior’s favorite memory from his years at Hillcrest happened earlier this year, when the varsity boys’ basketball team beat Jackson Prep on their home court, a feat which hasn’t happened “in a long time.  It was a big deal,” he states.  Junior hopes to continue defying expectations on the basketball court when he goes to college in the fall, while also earning a degree in a yet-to-be-decided major.

Sweet Successes

Hillcrest students of all ages have been experiencing success in a wide variety of areas lately, proving that hard work does indeed pay off.

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team, who won two matches in the MAIS Quiz Bowl Tournament at the Clyde Muse Center of Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus last Friday.  Our “resident geniuses” beat the teams from Parklane and Canton Academy in their matches; unfortunately, however, they did not accumulate enough points to move on to the next round.  Regardless, we are proud of each of you and of your efforts this year.

Congratulations also must go to our tiniest Cougars… K3 students are now able to recognize, say, and spell color words correctly.  Furthermore, after 100 days in school, they are able to count to 30, and they recognize numbers 1 through 10.  Keep up the good work!  Mrs. Dottie is proud of her students, and so is the entire Cougar family.

Penguins on Parade

Last Friday, January 27th, Mrs. Head’s first-graders presented a program entitled, “We Are the Penguins.”  With the help of music teacher Mrs. McDonald, they sang songs such as”My Red Sled” and “Winter Fun,” and they showed off their knowledge of the different species of penguins.  We doubt that the North or South Pole has ever seen penguins as cute as these!