Second-Grade Reading Fair

Hillcrest’s second grade classes recently held a reading fair.  The boys and girls worked very hard on creating storyboards for their favorite books, pointing out the important elements and artistically displaying them in any way they wished. Mrs. Engels and Mrs. Tynes are so proud of their students, as they transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

Envirothon Preps for Competition

According to, “The mission of the North American Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work toward achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.” This is accomplished by educating young people in the principles and practices of resource management and ecology and through practice in making complex resource management decisions.

Hillcrest’s Envirothon team and sponsor Mrs. Matthews went to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science yesterday to participate in training in order to prepare for their upcoming competition on March 23rd.  They viewed presentations and attended meetings about soils, forestry, wildlife, and aquatics, and they took part in hands-on studies about pollution and conservation.  This workshop was in addition to their at-least weekly early morning meetings, in which members further their knowledge in this wide variety of areas. Their goal is to once again win at the district competition on March 23rd (held at the Tomato Museum in Crystal Springs), and if they succeed in that, to bring the trophy back home at the state competition in late April.

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!

100 Days of School

No, these are not tiny centenarians, they are Hillcrest’s kindergarten students, dressed as if they are 100 years old and celebrating their 100th day of school!  Oh, what fun!

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” – Confucius