El Restaurante de Señora Stovall

Last week in Spanish II, students applied newly learned vocabulary to script their own restaurant scenes. Throughout the week, students worked in groups to create a scene, write a conversation, and construct their own props. They had to agree about which characters they would play and how each line should be spoken using correct food vocabulary, verb conjugations, and word order. Each group had to include the same elements of a normal restaurant encounter: greetings, asking for a table, ordering food and drinks, paying the bill, and saying goodbye. Once they met these requirements, all the groups added their own creative flair to make their restaurant scene fun and/or funny. Some groups had silly waiters, customers who stole silverware, or relatives who refused to leave a tip. One group even had a customer who brought a stuffed cat named Lasagna!

After all of their hard work during the week, students enjoyed watching the other groups as each performed their restaurant scenes for the whole class on Friday. Did the students succeed AND have fun? ¡Por supuesto! (Of course!)

Pageant Winners

This past Saturday night, 18 beautiful young women had the opportunity to primp and put on their finest and then to “strut their stuff” across a stage in Hillcrest’s 2017 High School Beauty Pageant. Though the idea of walking under bright lights before 3 judges and a large audience caused anxiety and fears of tripping onstage, each contestant carried herself with grace. Congratulations to the following young ladies who placed: Fourth Alternate – Addie Cothern, Third Alternate – Sandy Myers, Second Alternate – Kaylyn Turner, and First Alternate – Brianna Foy.  Congratulations, of course, also must go to 2017’s Most Beautiful – Hayley McCann!

From L to R: Kaylyn Turner, Brianna Foy, Hayley McCann, Sandy Myers, Addie Cothern

Though the overall purpose of the pageant is to crown one young woman as Hillcrest’s Most Beautiful, sponsors hope each girl will realize that in everything she does – whether preparing for and participating in a pageant, doing school work, or being involved in extracurricular activities – her ultimate goal should be to spend eternity with God in heaven.  Therefore, each year, the junior class/pageant sponsors choose a Biblical theme for Beauty Pageant; this year’s theme came from Proverbs 31:30, which reads, “Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.”  It is important for all young women to remember that although people tend to focus on appearance, the Lord can see our hearts, and our lives should clearly demonstrate that we belong to Him. As a result, at every pageant, one young woman is presented with the “Spirit of HCS” award. Each contestant casts her vote for the participant who best represents the woman described in Proverbs 31 – one who is kind, selfless, graceful, compassionate, flexible, and who consistently demonstrates a Christ-like attitude. Receiving this award is a great honor, and this year’s winner was senior Alana Price.  Congratulations, Alana!

Teachers Improve Financial Fitness

While students hopefully enjoyed a day off from school yesterday, their teachers were hard at work, learning about “Financial Fitness for Life.”  This in-service presentation sponsored by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education featured lessons which not only were intended to help teachers plan better for their own futures, but also included activities and skills which teachers can pass along to students. Some of the specific areas covered were recognizing income and assets, mastering a budget by understanding fixed vs. variable expenses, and learning advantages and disadvantages of credit. These are skills which can be used in almost any classroom setting, not just in Economics or business classes: for example, English classes might study vocabulary related to finances; math classes can calculate costs based on interest rates; and social studies classes might explore the history of banking and how the industry has changed in America and throughout the world.

In order to practice teaching, instructors must earn a professional license, and this must be renewed every 3 to 5 years. Because a teacher’s daily actions influence students’ lives — their brain development, their character, their aspirations, and their self esteem — each state puts a process into place to ensure that those who assume this role have the necessary skills and expertise.  The workshop held on Monday will help Hillcrest’s faculty toward that end.