Cross Copy Weekly – Dec. 2, 2016

Principal’s Postingbrackman

E-learning Days – Winter is approaching, and with it comes the possibility of inclement weather and school closings. But, thanks to technology, learning can still happen even when students and faculty cannot be in the school building. The e-learning virtual school day will last from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and virtual attendance is mandatory. Students will receive a link to the attendance form via their school email account and are required to check in by 9:00 a.m. E-learning days are considered official school days; absences and tardies are recorded and counted. Uniforms are not required! 🙂

Just like a normal school day, students are expected to complete all assigned tasks, discussions, and activities by the assigned deadline. Consequently, students should always have their iPad and school materials at home each night to be prepared.

Whether or not we have school during inclement weather depends on several factors. If it is already apparent the evening before, we may have an e-learning day. Otherwise, we may 1) have no school, 2) start at 9:30 a.m., or 3) dismiss early. Typically, weather-related decisions will be announced in several ways. A phone blast will be sent to families and television stations notified. As time permits, email and text message blasts, as well as website updates will also follow. Let it snow… we’re ready!

Nominations needed! – The next Crusader Hall of Honor class will be named in the fall of 2017, but the deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2016. The Crusader Hall of Honor recognizes graduates with outstanding achievements and individuals who have made significant contributions of time and talent to the school. Please visit our website for more information and to download a candidate nomination form.


ConcertSing Noel!

The LHSN Christmas Concert featuring vocal and instrumental music ensembles will be this Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Come enjoy the sounds of the season and the message of the Savior proclaimed by our awesome student musicians.


SOM 11:16Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students (pictured left to right) for leading by example and being named “Students of the Month” for November.

Toni McConnell (grade 9) was nominated by Mr. Dixon, who wrote, “Toni has really exceeded all expectations in Freshman English. She has consistently high quiz scores, she actively participates in all classroom activities, and offers insightful commentary in her reading journal. She received one of the highest grades on the Freshman English Elements of Fiction unit test. However, she came to the early-morning make-up session in order to get the best grade she could. This demonstrates a real commitment to excellence.”

Becca Roth (grade 10) was nominated by Mr. Langefeld, who wrote, “Becca has had a very good first semester. Her grade in Chemistry is a 98% so far. She is always prepared for class with her homework complete. She comes to see me outside of class to clarify individual homework questions or to help prepare for a test or quiz. Becca has me pre-check her labs before they are due so that she knows for sure that she is going to have a correct lab report.”

Eric Webster (grade 12) was nominated by two teachers. Mrs. Dulski wrote, “Eric shows continued progress and success in the French language. He actively participates in class and chooses to speak French even when he is unsure. Recently, he earned an ‘A’ on a unit test and an ‘A’ on his teaching project. He is a delight to have in class.” Mrs. Burreson added, “Eric has been in my small group for three years—his freshman year he was a member and then his sophomore and senior years he has been one of the Peer Ministers in my small group. Eric always comes to small group prepared to lead and with a smile on his face. Eric is genuine in his relationships and sets a good example. Eric has proven himself trustworthy and reliable. I appreciate his leadership and service on a daily and weekly basis and on Faith in Action days. I’ve appreciated Eric’s willingness to use his vocal talents for singing in Concentus and in the musicals. But I also appreciate hearing his voice singing in chapel every day. Eric is in the Counseling Center in an independent lab. I appreciate his sense of humor and the good-natured banter we can share. I enjoy our discussions about college and his future. He surely is one of Lutheran North’s finest.”

Shannon Ambler (grade 11) was nominated by Mr. Langefeld, who wrote, “Shannon has been in my classroom for three semesters now. She works hard and puts in extra time as necessary to clarify her understanding of topics and techniques that we are learning. She is willing to see me outside of class for purposes of review as we prepare for tests and quizzes. I think one of Shannon’s outstanding characteristics is her persistence and her steadiness. Shannon has had an ‘A’ grade in all three semesters of Chemistry. That is not an easy task and it is a testimony to her character.”


Phenomenal Women

YMCS confTwenty-three phenomenal Crusaders attended the YMCA Young Women’s Leadership Conference held at the St. Louis Marriott on Nov. 18. Ms. Pruitt arranged for the girls to be among 700+ young women from area schools to enjoy presentations on a variety of topics, vendor displays, keynote speaker, and lunch. LHSN’s own Courtney Harris presented a session on her organization, “Bash Out Bullying.”

Attending and pictured left to right were Tamara Booker, Ms. Pruitt, Alecea Lewis, Jasmine Bibby, Alexis Lewis, Tristyn Stewart, Brittany David, Toni McConnell, Alexa Halliburton, DorLisa Buford, Tia Booker, Morgan McKenny, Kaniya Sanders, Jo’Nasia Brannen, Aa’ishah Glass, Precious Clark, Kaja Horton, Asia Dunford, Alle Huntspon, Kendal Moore-Hughes, Raelyn Weaver, and Tyra Booker, Elysha Kennedy and Natashia Davis. Not pictured: Dana Holden.


Empowered LeadersMegan Meier Conf.

Ten students, mostly TREND members, attended the Megan Meier Empower Leadership Workshop on Nov. 21 at Maryville University with Mrs. Burreson and Ms. Marshall. The workshop focused on anti-bullying and awareness of cyberbullying. Students will bring efforts back to Lutheran North to combat bullying of any type.

Crusaders attending and pictured left to right included Mrs. Burreson, Amaya Earls, Jonah Koch, Aaron Fackler, Becca Roth, Precious Clark, Courtney Harris, Zairai Moore, Jessica Molden, Alida Theard, Robert Wright, and Ms. Marshall.


Grateful Students

Blessing bookAll LHSN students were recently given an opportunity to write a note of appreciation to teachers for the Thanksgiving Blessing  book which was put together by the Mothers’ Club. Notes could be written to specific teachers or to the staff as a whole. This compilation of student reflections was distributed to all faculty and staff members before Thanksgiving so they could see the many ways LHSN is a blessing to students and families.

signing Christmas cardsCrusaders are also taking time to sign Christmas cards to be sent to elementary school students in grades 5-8. It is hoped that a personal note from a Lutheran North student will make the recipient feel a connection to LHSN and make him or her want to be a part of this caring community!


‘Appreciation’ Donationsappreciation II

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the request for donations for the Faculty/Staff Breakfast and Christmas gift. Donations are accepted in the main office at any time, but preferably by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

This small token of appreciation is a nice way to thank teachers for the care and dedication they give students on a daily basis all year long. The Crusader Mothers’ Club requests every family to participate! To help with the breakfast, sign up on Sign Up Genius (see email of 12/1) or return the form to the office. Donations can be cash or check payable to Lutheran North. Access the form here.


Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Dec. 3 – Christmas Concert, 7 pm (see above)
  • Dec. 7 – Appreciation Breakfast Donations Due (see above)
  • Dec. 9 – Senior Pancake Breakfast, 7:15 am
  • Dec. 14 – Pick up Poinsettia Orders, 3-6 pm
  • Dec. 19-21 – Finals (early dismissal)
  • Dec. 21 – Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast, 7 am
  • Dec. 22 thru Jan. 3 – No School, Christmas Break
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way – a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘prepare the way for the lord, make straight paths for him.'” – mark 1:2-3 niv

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ConcertChristmas Concert

Sing Noel! The Christmas Concert featuring Lutheran High School North vocal and instrumental music ensembles will be on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Lutheran North’s gymnasium. Enjoy the sounds of the season and the message of the Savior as proclaimed through exciting renditions of classic carols and worship songs performed by our student musicians. No admission is charged. A freewill offering will be received for the music department.


Special Chapel Service

Funke familyTanzania Missionaries! Eric Funke, 2000 graduate of LHSN and former LHSN math/science teacher (2004-2011), returned with his wife, Linda, and son, Michael, to speak about their current mission work in Tanzania. He showed a video and also led the Crusaders in singing. Chapel offerings this quarter are helping to support the Funkes’ ministry.

Christmas Child50 boxes filled and ready to be shipped to children worldwide!  Through “Operation Christmas Child,” each Crusader small group chose the age and gender of a child and then brought items to fill a box. Contents range from personal care items to toys, candy, and school supplies – all of which will bring happiness to a child this Christmas! This project was sponsored by TREND (Turning Resources and Energy in New Directions) with help from a Thrivent Action Team grant.


ValpoLeadership Retreat at Valpo

Four LHSN students participated in The Paul and Dorothy Lange Lutheran High School Leadership Retreat at Valparaiso University Nov. 11-13. Dr. Paul Lange was the founding Principal of Lutheran High School in St. Louis (1946-1957) and served as Superintendent of the Lutheran High School Association until 1962. He devoted his entire life to Lutheran secondary education and profoundly influenced the growth and spread of Lutheran high schools.

The retreat is “designed to engage Lutheran high school students in a leadership community that witnesses to and embodies Christ’s life of faithful service.” Joining participants from around the country were Crusaders Jack Krone, Lily Kate Burreson, Shannon Ambler, and Zack Hohenstein.


Master PlanLHSA Facilities Master Planning Initiative Update

For the past several months, the Lutheran High School Association (LHSA) administration and Board of Trustees have been proactively and diligently studying the future of the LHSA and our two campuses, Lutheran North and Lutheran South. Many of you have participated in the study process as a focus group member, as a respondent to the market research survey conducted last spring, as part of a special interview or meeting, or perhaps served on the Facility Planning Committee. As a Board, we have been engaged in the study process along with a number of our Lutheran elementary school principals, local pastors of Lutheran congregations, congregational delegates, Lutheran Elementary School Association leaders, and the Lutheran Foundation. As you can see, this has been a very comprehensive and thorough study. And, for all who took part in sharing their insights and experience, we are deeply grateful.

The Facility Planning Committee has been partnering with our consultants from Zwick and Gandt Architecture here in St. Louis, and the Meitler firm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who specialize in faith-based school planning. To date they have presented the following to the Committee and to the LHSA Board:

  • Comprehensive report on community demographics for St. Louis County;
  • Assessment and five-year projection of enrollment for both Lutheran North and Lutheran South;
  • Market research survey results from both current high school parents and Lutheran elementary school parents;
  • Comprehensive facility evaluation of both campuses with cost analysis;
  • Analysis of finances for Lutheran North, Lutheran South, and the Association organization including five-year financial projections.

At the present time, the Facility Planning Committee and LHSA Board, in collaboration with the consultants, are reviewing and discussing the great amount of information and data that has been presented. This information is being used to develop potential options regarding the future of the high schools. While a number of possible scenarios are being evaluated and considered, including the location, renovation and/or updating of facilities for the future, no decisions have been made.

A final report presenting the data conclusions and consultants’ recommendations will be presented to the Facilities Planning Commission and the LHSA Board by the end of 2016. We ask that you continue to keep this important work in your thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,
John Schmidt, Chair
Lutheran High School Association Board of Trustees


Blood Drive a Success!

The blood drive, sponsored by National Honor Society, produced 37 units of life-saving blood. Since every unit collected can be broken into multiple components, over 110 individuals may be impacted from the donations at this drive alone. Many first-time donors, as well as veterans, participated. Giving blood invokes a variety of emotions, as seen here, but in the end all were rewarded with the good feeling that comes from helping out someone in need. Thank you, LHSN community!

Ronnie     Zairai     JakePrecious     Grayson     DonovanLloyd     Alysha     Becky


To Do List

  Order Poinsettiaspoinsettia
Support Project Graduation by ordering poinsettias for the Christmas season. These gorgeous plants make wonderful gifts and festive decorations! The deadline for placing an order is Tuesday, Nov. 22 and delivery is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Order form 

thank teachers√  Donate to Appreciation Breakfast
Donations for a faculty/staff appreciation gift are requested from each family by Dec. 7 and volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 21. It’s a good way to thank the teachers for their dedication! Form

√  Take Surveysurvey
If you haven’t already done so, please take the AdvancEd parent survey! Your input is very important to us and for the improvement of our school. Access the survey here.

registration√  Re-enroll
Re-enroll your student online with your username and password (previously sent in a letter); set up your payment plan and pay the registration fee in SMART. Then re-enrollment is complete and you’ve saved $50 by doing it before Jan. 15!
Click here to do it now.


Counselor’s Corner

1818SLU 1818 ACC Tuition is Due – For juniors and seniors enrolled in ACC/1818 courses, all tuition payments for Saint Louis University college credit courses are due BEFORE Dec. 1st. As of Dec. 1, any student who has not made payment will be dropped. Please contact the 1818 office at SLU with any questions regarding your account. The contact number is 977-3142 (option 4). See Mrs. Burreson with any general questions about dual enrollment.

college toursJuniors Visit Local Colleges – On a recent Thursday morning, all Crusader juniors visited local colleges after researching and ranking which of the three schools might be a good fit for them. Students experienced admission presentations and campus tours in an effort to prepare for more college visits in their future. Students visited either St. Louis University, Webster University, or the University of St. Louis-St. Louis.


Auction

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Winter Sports

Five LHSN basketball teams are practicing hard to prepare for the season, which will get underway as follows:basketball
Girls Varsity – Lutheran St. Charles Tournament, week of Nov. 28
Girls JV – Metro League Tournament, week of Nov. 28
Boys C Team – Metro League Tournament begins Nov. 29
Boys Varsity and JV – Home vs. Metro East Lutheran on Dec. 1
Boys Varsity – St. Charles West Tournament, week of Dec. 5

wrestlingWrestling at Principia Tournament on Dec. 3 and then a Tri-Meet with MICDS at Burroughs on Dec. 7.

swimSwimming Tri-Meet at Principia on Dec. 8 and then a Dual Meet at McCluer South-Berkeley on Dec. 14.

For a complete listing of Crusader winter sports, please refer to the calendar in OnCampus or at lhsnstl.org, or call the office, 389-3100. Spectators are always welcome!


Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Nov. 19 – LHSA Fantasy Faire Dinner Auction @ DoubleTree-Westport
  • Nov. 22 – Deadline for Poinsettia Orders (see above)
  • Nov. 23-25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 30 – Deadline for SLU 1818 Tuition Payment (see above)
  • Dec. 3 – Christmas Concert, 7 pm (see above)
  • Dec. 7 – Appreciation Breakfast Donations Due (see above)
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. –1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

Cross Copy Weekly – Nov. 11, 2016

Student Recognition

During the school year, both the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce recognize area students for outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, and extra-curricular activities. Lutheran North administrators select Crusaders they feel qualify and the chosen students are honored at the respective monthly luncheon meetings. So far this school year, Dallis Johnson, Chris Avery, Philip Irving, and Matt Zeuschel have been recognized as Chamber of Commerce “Students of the Month.” Congratulations, Crusaders!

Dallis  Chris  Philip  Matt


World Quest 16World Quest

The 2016 Lutheran North World Quest squad of Jake Thompson, Chloe Liu, Shane Ring, and Raven Moore  finished in a tie for 14th place with 45 points – only 6 from third place – at the annual competition held at Webster University last Thursday. Thirty-two schools were present at the event and topics ranged from “United Nations” to “Women in Technology” to “Race in the World,” etc. The Crusaders enjoyed participating and represented LHSN very well!


Isaac SAll State!

Sophomore Isaac Stout earned All State honors at the State cross country meet last Saturday. He was one of only two from the Metro Conference to earn such honors this season on the boys’ side. Isaac finished  25th, passing 18 runners over the last mile of the course. He is the 12th Crusader in the last 9 years to get an All State medal.


Survey Updatesurvey

Thank you to everyone who has already completed the AdvancEd Accreditation Survey. Your input is very important to us and for the improvement of our school.

To date we have received completed surveys from over 90% of the faculty and nearly 90% of the student body. Let’s go, parents, it’s time to get YOUR homework done. The process is simple and only takes a few minutes. You can access the parent survey here. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Kristin Bork at kbork@lhsnstl.org. Thanks again for your assistance.


In the Mailmailbox

Parents should have received a mailing within the last week which included several important items.

Re-enrollment info
Re-enroll your student online with the username and password given in your letter; set up your payment plan and pay the registration fee in SMART. Then re-enrollment is complete and you’ve saved $50 by doing it before Jan. 15! Click here to do it now.

Poinsettia Order form
Support Project Graduation by ordering poinsettias for the Christmas season. These gorgeous plants make wonderful gifts and festive decorations! The deadline for placing an order is Tuesday, Nov. 22 and delivery is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Order form here.

Appreciation Breakfast form
Donations for a faculty/staff appreciation gift are requested from each family by Dec. 7 and volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 21. This is a good way to thank the teachers for their dedication!  Get form here.


oh my!Caps and Gowns and Announcements
…Oh My!

At the Senior Breakfast this morning, Jostens took the seniors’ height measurements and distributed packets for ordering graduation announcements, etc. Jostens will return on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to pick up the completed orders. If you haven’t seen the order information,  be sure to ask your senior for the packet so you don’t miss out on placing your order. May 18 seems like a long time away, but plans need to be made now!


Counselor’s Corner

chasing the dragonChasing the Dragon -Lutheran North’s Counseling Department will host a showing of the FBI documentary Chasing the Dragon on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 p.m. An agent from the FBI/DEA will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following the showing of this important piece on drug and opiate use. All students and families are encouraged to attend together.

1818SLU 1818 ACC Tuition is Due – For juniors and seniors enrolled in ACC/1818 courses, all tuition payments for Saint Louis University college credit courses through the 1818 program are due BEFORE Dec. 1st. As of Dec. 1, any student who has not made payment will be dropped. Please contact the 1818 office at SLU with any questions regarding your account. The contact number is 977-3142 (option 4). See Mrs. Burreson with any general questions about dual enrollment.


sign up geniusSign-up Genius

Parents, have YOU been receiving emails to sign up electronically for your required volunteer hours? If you are not receiving emails regarding these opportunities, PLEASE CALL BECKY KLOTZER, 314-833-2942, ASAP! 

Be watching for a Sign-up Genius email next week which will include a variety of winter sports volunteer opportunities!

First semester report cards (mailed out after Christmas) will include a status report on your family’s hours already served.


Vendor/Craft Fair –
Saturday, Nov. 12shopping

Please come to the Atonement Lutheran School gym, 1285 N. New Florissant Road, Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fair is sponsored by Atonement “Friends of Lutheran North.”

Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Nov. 12 – Atonement Vendor/Craft Fair, 10:00-2:00 (see above)
  • Nov. 14 – Blood Drive sponsored by NHS, 9:00-2:00
  • Nov. 15 – Project Graduation Meeting, 7 pm in Counseling Center
  • Nov. 16 – Jostens picks up Graduation Announcement orders
  • Nov. 17 – Chasing the Dragon Documentary, 7 pm (see above)
  • Nov. 19 – LHSA Fantasy Faire Dinner Auction @ DoubleTree-Westport
  • Nov. 22 – Deadline for Poinsettia Orders
  • Nov. 23-25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 30 – Deadline for SLU 1818 Tuition Payment (see above)
  • Dec. 3 – Christmas Concert (Band & Choir), 7 pm
  • Dec. 7 – Appreciation Breakfast Donations Due
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. – Psalm 100:5 ESV