Mandatory ACT for Juniors & Sophomores

As part of Hillcrest’s graduation requirements, students must be admitted to a college; that further requires that students take the ACT. In order to help with that, we have mandatory testing for our seniors and juniors in the fall of each school year, and again in the spring for juniors and sophomores. The mandatory spring ACT will be given Tuesday, April 2nd, to all 10th and 11th grade students at HCS. Please send $47.00 (checks should be made out to “Hillcrest Christian School” or “HCS”) to the front office NO LATER THAN Wednesday, March 20th.

For any students who would like to prepare or to see samples of the ACT tests ahead of time, ACT posts a practice booklet with helpful tips online. Click HERE to access it (and you may also print it if you would like).

There is no need for students to register on the ACT website for this testing date, as HCS has already taken care of that process. Students only need to register online for the Saturday test dates.

Also, don’t forget that Mrs. Lasseter offers an ACT Workshop here at Hillcrest! If you want to improve your score, or learn some tips and tricks for the test, sign up! Space is limited to 20 students per session.

Tuesday 3/26/19             5:00 pm to 7:00 pm     Math Only    $20

Thursday 3/28/19            5:00 pm to 7:00 pm    Math Only     $20

Saturday 3/30/19             9:00 am to 1:00 pm    Session 2 (Math, Science, & Strategy)        $40

Sunday 3/31/19               1:00 pm to 5:00 pm    Session 1 (English, Reading, & Strategy)      $40

Student Successes

Congratulations, Kaylyn Turner and Emily Lewis for being named President’s Scholars by Hinds Community College! Because of their 4.0 GPAs, they will be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa on March 22nd.
Congratulations to Lauren Denton, pictured here with her family; Lauren signed with Hinds Community College and will be a member of their track team in the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
Congratulations to Donovan Givens and Jazmyn Ellis! They were selected to represent Hillcrest on the MAIS All-Star basketball teams; they will play in the MAIS All-Star game on March 8.
James Adams, Ally Noone, Lexi Leger, and Leah Wells recently completed a student training program with Mississippi Sports Medicine; as a result, they will get to take a trip to the New Orleans Saints’ training facility later this month!
Congratulations to Alex Howell and Jared Bewley, both of whom auditioned to be members of Mississippi State University’s Famous Maroon and White Band, and made it!

Hillcrest Christian School to Offer Computer Science Courses with Amazon Future Engineer

Hillcrest Christian School is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and will receive funding from Amazon to start offering computer science classes to students this Fall. Hillcrest is one of more than 1,000 schools across the country currently signed up for Amazon Future Engineer, a national program aimed at making computer science accessible to all students.  

With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, HCS will offer Intro. to Computer Science classes through curriculum provider Edhesive.  Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week.  These courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of computer science education. All participating students will receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which gives them free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects along with content to learn about cloud computing.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Amazon to give our students this opportunity as they prepare to apply to college and build the skills for a rewarding career in technology and innovation,” said Mrs. Browning, Technology Instructor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available, but only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.  Computer Science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, and we are excited to be able to put Hillcrest students at the forefront of this rapidly growing field.

Varsity Boys “Got Game”!

Congratulations to the Cougar Boys’ Basketball team! They finished 2nd in the State AAA Tournament last week and now advance to the MAIS Overall Tourney at Mississippi College. As a result, they play tonight vs Copiah at 5:45pm. We need all Cougar fans to show up in Hillcrest blue and get loud in support of our team!

Congratulations also go to our Lady Cougars Basketball team; they placed 4th in the State AAA Tournament! Though their season is ended, we are so proud of their hard work over the past several months. Congrats to all coaches and players.

Hillcrest Students Rock the Reading Fair!

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the District Reading Fair, hosted here at Hillcrest’s Lower School gym, on Wednesday:

Jillian Hall, 6th grade – 1st place character portrayal, fiction

Wesley Lindsey, 6th grade – 1st place character portrayal AND 1st place in 6th-grade project, non-fiction

Colby Zillinger, 4th grade – 1st place character portrayal AND 2nd place in 4th-grade project, fiction

Dominique Austin, 6th grade – 2nd place in 6th-grade project, non-fiction

Price Foil, 6th grade – 3rd place in 6th-grade project, fiction

Kayla Epperson, 5th grade – 2nd place character portrayal AND 2nd place in 5th-grade project, fiction

Teagan Hammond, 5th grade – 2nd place character portrayal AND 3rd place in 5th-grade project, non-fiction

Campbell Hargett, 5th grade (not pictured) – 3rd place in 5th-grade project, fiction

Drew Ross, 5th grade – 3rd place character portrayal AND 2nd place in 5th-grade project, non-fiction

First and second place winners in the project category now have the opportunity to advance to the State Competition in April; we are so proud of all of our Reading Fair winners!