Meaningful Economics

Last Thursday, March 22nd, 4th and 5th grade students, accompanied by Mrs. Stegall and Mrs. Watts, traveled to Millsaps College to compete in the ME* Competition hosted by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. In the Meaningful Economics Competition, students competed in three areas—basic skills, production, and problem solving. In the basic skills portion, students were tested on their basic knowledge of economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship. During production the students were tested on their ability to work together as a team and follow instructions. In the final portion of the competition, the problem solving activity, students were tested on creativity and cooperation by working together to solve a problem and create an advertising campaign.

Congratulations to one of our fourth-grade teams; they placed 1st in the fourth-grade division! They are pictured left to right on the front row—Savannah Morton, Kannon Cowart, Hallie Alexander, and Kayla Epperson, along with their teacher, Mrs. Stegall. Way to go, girls!

District Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to the following Upper School students who attended the District Science Fair at Porter’s Chapel Academy on Wednesday and placed in their class and category:

Back row, L to R: Medicine & Health 2nd place – Terriene Freeman; Behavioral & Social Science 2nd place – Samantha McWilliams; Physics 2nd place – Micah Parkinson; Zoology 3rd place – Skylar Pittman; and Environmental Sciences 1st place – Aaliyah Newsome

Front row, L to R: Math & Computer 1st place – Beth Hammill; Zoology 1st place – Payton McCoy; and Physics 1st place – Caitlyn McNamee

Those who placed 1st or 2nd will advance to the State Science Fair to be held at the Rankin campus of Hinds Community College on Wednesday, April 4th.

Mandatory ACT for 10th & 11th Graders

Tuesday, April 3rd (the day we return to school from Easter break), all sophomores and juniors will take the ACT. Please send $47.00 (checks should be made out to “Hillcrest Christian School”) to Mr. Ritter by next Thursday, March 29th.

For any students who would like to prepare or to see samples of the ACT tests ahead of time, here are a couple of websites which feature practice tests: and You must register / sign in to use these sites, but they are free to use.

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.