Student-Centered Science

Mr. Russell has been promoting Student-Centered Learning in his upper-level courses, Physics and Advanced Placement Chemistry. According to a 2015 article on Edutopia, “Student-centered classrooms include students in planning, implementation, and assessments. Involving the learners in these decisions will place more work on them, which can be a good thing. Teachers…. ‘share’ power by empowering learners.”

Above, Physics students are conducting an experiment to measure the distance and speed of a golf ball rolling down an inclined ramp in order to calculate acceleration. Senior Cullen Wood (seated, right) also built the ramp and earned extra credit for his efforts.

Above, Senior Sarah Grace Brownlee explains how electrons occupy orbitals for her A.P. Chemistry classmates.

Hillcrest Welcomes New Faculty

Hillcrest is proud to welcome the following new faces to our faculty this year; they are able and ready to deliver wisdom and energy to our Cougar students!

BACK ROW, from L to R: Nolan Jones – Band Director and Music teacher; Marietta Hall – Sixth Grade; Mary Beth Davis – English and Jr. High Bible; Chris Halbach – High School Bible and Football Coach; Anna Simmons – Fourth Grade; Brett Warren – Football Coach and History; Kelsey Hanson – K5; Sarah Clark – Art   FRONT ROW, L to R: Libby Davis – Sixth Grade; and Carla Beard – K3

Upper School Schedule Information

Students in grades 7 through 12 will pick up their class schedules for the school year Tuesday morning, August 7th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This will coincide with New Student Orientation at the Upper School beginning at 10:00 AM and will give students a chance to find their classes and lockers, and to greet their teachers. Student Council members will be stationed at tables in the front foyer of the administration building that morning to pass schedules out.

The school counselor has spent a great many hours during the summer break consulting faculty, checking transcripts, and ensuring that each of our students is on track to meet all requirements for graduation, along with standards set forth by our accreditation bodies and by NCAA (for those planning to play sports at the college level). At the same time, every effort has been made to accommodate student course choices; remember, however, that Hillcrest is a small private school, and classes may not exactly reflect expectations, but they will always work toward the goal of preparing our students for college and career. As a result, please be aware that the master schedule has been set — books are ordered, teachers have studied and prepared — so there will be no schedule changes (per administrative direction), other than for the following exceptions:

  • Student has been placed into a class which he/she has already taken
  • Student wishes to drop or add an extracurricular activity — athletics or band — which meets during a specific class period

These changes may only take place within the first week after school has begun, and students must fill out a request.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, August 7th, and then to kick off another great school year bright and early on Wednesday, August 8th!

Fourth Grade Field Trip Fun

The fourth grade class boarded the bus at 6:30 Monday morning for their trip to New Orleans. First, they visited the Insectarium/Butterfly Garden. The students were able to touch the second largest type of centipede, and saw many beautiful butterflies, but they enjoyed sampling a variety of flavored bugs at the “Bug Cafe” best of all. Next, they visited the Aquarium, where they saw jellyfish, sea turtles, and sharks. The students were even able to pet a stingray. Mrs. Stegall says, “In science we learned that God created sea creatures on the fifth day, and each creature has what it needs for survival in its environment. From the tiny ant to the large shark, the whole trip reminded us what a great God we have.”