A&P Labs

Having recently studied the various systems of the body, students who are taking Human Anatomy and Physiology are now dissecting pigs in the lab. The following are a few reasons that schools use fetal pigs to instruct students in anatomy:

    • Pig and human anatomy are rather similar.
    • Dissection provides a different style of learning — hands-on.
    • Dissection allows students to see the body’s structures in three dimensions (unlike in a textbook) and how the organ systems are interconnected.

Why Hillcrest Exists

During this morning’s Upper School chapel, students were told that they were about to take a test, and that it would be the most important test of their lives. Scott Carter, Southeast Regional Director of USA Youth Outreach and a close friend of science teacher Mr. Russell, asked students the following three questions:

  1. Do you know about Jesus, or do you know Him?
  2. Are you convinced, or are you converted?
  3. Are you religious, or do you have a relationship?

He spoke passionately about the differences in belief and ritual versus closeness and real change; in the end, he told us, the real question is whether Jesus exists in our heads or lives permanently in our hearts. And then, he issued an altar call unlike any other, in which all eyes would remain open and students would boldly walk before the entire school. What happened next was astonishing and beautiful: A large crowd of students hurried toward the gym floor to claim true salvation and revival in their lives. They prayed and were reminded that today’s decisions should not be temporary, and that with Jesus living inside them, they have the power to change the world, beginning right where they are. Then, the tears and hugs began. Going back to class after such a powerful experience was difficult, to say the least.

Some of you may remember that in early November, we published a post here entitled “A Reminder,” which asked “the entire Hillcrest family to remember our school in your prayers: Remember to thank the Lord for the work he is doing on our campus and beyond, and ask him to bless our students, faculty, and staff so that we may continue to ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven’ – Matthew 5:16.” Today was the answer to those prayers. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for our school and for these students who unashamedly proclaimed their faith. Please continue to pray for continued growth, for the courage to resist the enemy, and for boldness to share the truth about our Lord.

MAIS Band Clinic 2018

MAIS Band Clinic, an intense three-day experience which allows band students to sharpen their musical skills with students and directors from across the state, was held January 4 – 6 at Hinds Community College. Students learn new musical pieces and techniques for two days after trying out for and being placed in one of two ensembles; on the final day of Clinic, they perform in a concert to showcase their talents, and it is always a beautiful finale to a worthwhile event.

This year’s Clinic featured 93 participants from 7 different schools. Representing Hillcrest were the following: Jesse Fountain – Alto Saxophone, Luke Tynes – French Horn, Phillip Hutchins – Alto Saxophone, Micah Parkinson – Alto Saxophone, and Jared Bewley – Baritone Saxophone.

Congratulations, gentlemen, on a job well done!

Student Spotlight – “The Crutch Kings”

Seniors Isaiah Brown and Max Chandler have been “lumped together” in the minds of Hillcrest’s Upper School student body and faculty since mid-football season, as that is when both of these young men suffered injuries on the field which left them on crutches and in need of surgery.

Isaiah Brown is finishing his fourth year at HCS, where he is a member of Honor Society and the football team, and he runs track. Football, in particular, has provided Isaiah with some of his most memorable experiences: He recalls recovering a fumble and running it back for our only touchdown against Copiah and completely failing at freestyle rap during a pep rally last year as two of his favorites. Football also contributed to his being a member of the “crutch kings”; in fact, his advice to lower classmen is “Don’t score a touchdown against Copiah, or they will tear your ACL.”

Isaiah believes his strengths are social interaction, teamwork, public speaking, and memorization; these are skills which he uses in all areas of his life, such as singing in his church’s choir and working hard in Mrs. Noble’s senior English class, which he enjoys because it “is the most challenging class I have taken at Hillcrest.” Once he graduates this May, Isaiah plans to pursue a career in pharmacy and to find the cure for cancer.  That determination, along with his favorite Bible verse — Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” — will undoubtedly lead to his being successful.

Maxwell Chandler began attending Hillcrest in his sophomore year; he is a member of both the football and soccer teams and has earned recognition for both sports: He was named 1st team all wide-receiver in football, and offensive MVP in soccer. Most Cougar fans know him better as one of the members of the HCS “Hype Squad” — the guys who create and perform skits in between varsity basketball games in order to entertain the crowds. Along those same lines, Max recalls that dancing with the cheerleaders during the Homecoming pep rally was fun and has become a favorite memory. But Max is more than just a fun-loving and outgoing guy; leadership and his work ethic are the qualities which he believes to be his strongest.

Maxwell’s favorite teacher shares some of his personality traits: He states that Coach Horner is an “awesome, witty guy who genuinely cares about his students.” Max plans to show his care for others as well after he graduates later this year; he has plans to attend Hinds Community College in order to major in nursing. This desire to help others is also evident in his favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 27:17, which states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Max says, “I believe we are called to disciple one another, and the best way to do that is through action.” Finally, Max has the following advice to his fellow classmates and to the lower classmen of HCS: “Everything you do, do to your best ability. No regrets!”

Bell Ringers?

In the Upper School, a bell is the signal to begin or end each class. A bell ringer, on the other hand, is an activity commonly used by teachers — Hillcrest’s faculty among them — at the start of a class. This brief assignment typically consists of a question, problem, or task to engage students when they first enter the classroom every day, with the goal of helping them get in the habit of being on task and prepared to learn immediately upon coming into class and settling in their seats. While the students complete their bell ringers, instructors often tend to administrative duties, such as taking attendance and passing out papers. Some teachers use bell ringers as a quick assessment to determine whether students are understanding the material taught or meeting learning goals; others assign bell ringers which discover what students know about a topic before it is taught; still other instructors use their bell ringer activities to review concepts which students may have forgotten. Teachers then individually decide if or how to grade the bell ringers they assign.

So, parents, if you see these activities listed among the assignments when you check your children’s grades, now you have an idea of what they are as well as of the purpose they serve. Bell ringers are yet another tool Hillcrest teachers use in order to provide meaningful instruction to our students and to maximize learning from bell to bell.