Sarah Grace Brownlee has been named Hillcrest’s STAR Student for the 2018-2019 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. Established in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration. Their theme this year is “Reach For The Stars,” and Sarah Grace will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 11 at the Jackson Convention Complex. This is a prestigious event co-sponsored by well-known corporations such as AT&T, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Nissan North America, Inc., Walmart, and many more, as well as by MEC members from local communities across the state.
Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both ACT scores and scholastic averages are used to determine each school’s STAR Student. Each STAR Student is then asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the one who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Sarah Grace chose Mrs. Lindsey Noble, her 11th-and-12th-grade English teacher, as her STAR Teacher.
Over 650 STAR Students and Teachers will be recognized at the Celebration. The top 20 students –The ALL-STAR Scholars – will receive scholarships, and their STAR Teachers will receive monetary awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi ALL-STAR Scholar for 2018-2019 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation Scholarship.
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
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.