Math and Science Minds

Last week, Mississippi College held its annual Math and Science Tournament, in which more than 1,000 Mississippi high school students take tests to compete for “bragging rights,” as well as for scholarships. Talented students completed 50-minute written exams in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics. All those who place in the top 20 percent on each test are offered scholarships.

Hillcrest sent a team of the following students: JoJo Moss, Jared Bewley, Sarah Grace Brownlee, Jazmyn Ellis, Gage Mitchell, Katelynn Phillips, Kaylyn Turner, Ashley Myers, Trinity Powell, Leah Wells, and Aliza Williams. Congratulations to senior JoJo Moss; he scored in the top 20 percent on the math and chemistry tests and has been offered a $2,000 scholarship to Mississippi College!

Paperless Progress Reports


Our new grading program, MSP, gives us the capability to “go paperless”; we are going to attempt this with 3rd term progress reports. Please follow these steps in order to access your child’s progress report beginning Thursday:

  1. Log into your MSP account.
  2. Your student’s name and grades should be displayed in a progress report format.
  3. If you would like to see individual assignments (past or upcoming), click on the class name, and a new window will open.
  4. Click on “View Detail” to see the grades for each assignment.
  5. You may also check your child’s attendance for each class here.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the counselor, Tony Ritter.

Elementary Events

The Mississippi Reading Fair Competition provides students with the opportunity to share their favorite book through a storyboard display or digital presentation. The following students represented Hillcrest at the state level: (bottom row left to right) Jordyn McGee – 5th grade, Wesley Lindsey – 5th grade, Caden Thornton – 4th grade, Andrew Kuhn – 6th grade; (top row left to right) Teagan Hammond – 4th grade, Kayla Epperson – 4th grade, Savannah Morton – 4th grade, TJ Mitchell – 6th grade, Danielle Wallace – 6th grade.

Congratulations to the following students who were given awards for their hard work: 1st place – Savannah Morton (4th grade), for fiction; 1st place – Wesley Lindsey (5th grade), fiction and best character portrayal; 3rd place – TJ Mitchell (6th grade), non fiction.

The first-grade class had their Penguin Program this morning, sharing songs and their knowledge of the adorable, aquatic animals.

Even the administrators got in on the penguin fun!

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

This morning Hillcrest juniors took the ASVAB — the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery — which, according to, is “a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.” It tests four critical areas — Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge — in order to not only determine whether a person is eligible to enlist in the U.S. military, but also how qualified test-takers are for vocational specialties and even enlistment bonuses.

However, the ASVAB is useful even for students who may not have any desire to enlist in the armed services; the test can introduce them to careers which they may never have considered studying and pursuing. As part of this program, students also take surveys about their interests and personality characteristics; their ASVAB scores then help match them with possible careers. When students receive their scores in the near future, they will also receive a report which shows them the areas of the test on which they scored highest, and then they can access a designated website to explore future options based on those results.

All smiles after they finished the test!