The first day of the new school year was Monday, August 8th, and what a great day it was! Teachers and staff welcomed many new faces along with even more familiar ones, and if the first day was any indicator, 2016 – 2017 might be Hillcrest’s best year yet.
In the lower school, both the youngest and oldest students seem happy to be surrounded once again by friends and favorite teachers.
Upper school students are happiest, it seems, in the cafeteria.
And teachers are studying up on the latest methods and information to pass along to our scholars.
No doubt, there will be many successes, some failures, good days and bad, and a little bit of everything in between throughout the coming months, but as always, it will be another unforgettable year for the Hillcrest Cougar family.
Parents, please notice that under the “Forms, Documents & Links” heading on the sidebar we have added the Absentee and Make-up Work Policies for the Upper School. Both have recently been re-worded in order that the rules regarding these issues may be more easily understood. Teachers have also been made aware of changes to the policies and procedures and will be following them strictly.
Please take the time to familiarize yourselves and your children with the protocol for when they have to miss classes so that the school year will run smoothly and be a successful one!
The One Spirit, One Sound Band completed a week of camp at Hinds Community College, and began to put together their field show — “Light” — for the 2016 football season. Pictured here are senior band members officially welcoming new director, Joshua Landrum, into the OSOS family.
The 2016-2017 HCS Varsity Cheerleading squad attended camp in Destin, Florida, and earned numerous honors, including Overall Superior Squad, 2nd-place in Extreme Routine, 3rd-place in Sideline Cheer, and 3rd-place in Game Day. Congratulations, ladies and Coach Williams! Your hard work paid off!!
Tests on assigned novels for summer reading will be given in each student’s English class on Monday, August 15 (and on Monday, August 22, if two novels are required), after school resumes on August 8, 2016. ALL students – returning and new – are required to complete summer reading.
A.P. 12th Grade Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
12th Grade Silas Marner – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Animal Farm – George Orwell
A.P. 11th Grade Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
One Writer’s Beginnings – Eudora Welty
11th Grade The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Adv. 10th Grade The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
10th Grade The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
Adv. 9th Grade The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
9th Grade Lord of the Flies – William Golding
8th Grade Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes
7th Grade Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
If two novels are assigned, tests will be given in the order listed.