First Day of School is in the Books!

The first day of the new school year was Monday, August 8th, and what a great day it was!  Teachers and staff welcomed many new faces along with even more familiar ones, and if the first day was any indicator, 2016 – 2017 might be Hillcrest’s best year yet.

In the lower school, both the youngest and oldest students seem happy to be surrounded once again by friends and favorite teachers.

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Upper school students are happiest, it seems, in the cafeteria.

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And teachers are studying up on the latest methods and information to pass along to our scholars.


No doubt, there will be many successes, some failures, good days and bad, and a little bit of everything in between throughout the coming months, but as always, it will be another unforgettable year for the Hillcrest Cougar family.

Important Policy Updates

Parents, please notice that under the “Forms, Documents & Links” heading on the sidebar we have added the Absentee and Make-up Work Policies for the Upper School.  Both have recently been re-worded in order that the rules regarding these issues may be more easily understood.  Teachers have also been made aware of changes to the policies and procedures and will be following them strictly.

Please take the time to familiarize yourselves and your children with the protocol for when they have to miss classes so that the school year will run smoothly and be a successful one!

Band Back at It

The One Spirit, One Sound Band completed a week of camp at Hinds Community College, and began to put together their field show — “Light” — for the 2016 football season.  Pictured here are senior band members officially welcoming new director, Joshua Landrum, into the OSOS family.


Cheerleaders Conquer Camp

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The 2016-2017 HCS Varsity Cheerleading squad attended camp in Destin, Florida, and earned numerous honors, including Overall Superior Squad, 2nd-place in Extreme Routine, 3rd-place in Sideline Cheer, and 3rd-place in Game Day.  Congratulations, ladies and Coach Williams! Your hard work paid off!!

Summer Reading (Upper School)

Tests on assigned novels for summer reading will be given in each student’s English class on Monday, August 15 (and on Monday, August 22, if two novels are required), after school resumes on August 8, 2016.  ALL students – returning and new – are required to complete summer reading.

A.P. 12th Grade                       Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
                                                  Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

12th Grade                              Silas Marner – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
                                                 Animal Farm – George Orwell

A.P. 11th Grade                      Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
                                                 One Writer’s Beginnings – Eudora Welty

11th Grade                            The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
                                                Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Adv. 10th Grade                  The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
                                               Life of Pi – Yann Martel

10th Grade                           The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

Adv. 9th Grade                    The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
                                               Lord of the Flies – William Golding

9th Grade                             Lord of the Flies – William Golding

8th Grade                             Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes

7th Grade                            Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

If two novels are assigned, tests will be given in the order listed.