Cross Copy Weekly – Feb. 3, 2017

Principal’s Posting

It’s always good to see graduates of LHSN achieve success in life. This past weekend I was privileged to attend a ceremony in Springfield, MO, honoring the 2017 inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. One of these honorees is Jim Crane, LHSN Class of 1972 and owner of the Houston Astros since 2011.

Jim Crane played baseball and basketball at Lutheran North and went on to become a standout pitcher at the University of Central Missouri. He still ranks first in complete games (23), first in career shutouts (7), and third in strikeouts (215) for the Mules. Jim threw a shutout striking out 18 batters, which is still a school record, in the opening game of the NCAA Division II College World Series in 1974.

Mr. Crane achieved equal success in the business world and in the 1980’s founded Houston-based Eagle USA Airfreight, which grew to 10,000 employees and over 400 facilities in 139 countries. He said, “I hired a lot of athletes because, while they weren’t straight-A students, they knew how to work as a team and work hard.” In 2008 he formed Crane Worldwide Logistics (CWL), a premier global provider of customized transportation and logistics services. Mr. Crane is also the CEO of Crane Capital Group, Champion Energy Services and works with the Crane Foundation.

As a philanthropist, Mr. Crane donated $1 million toward Lutheran North’s athletic facilities and was the primary underwriter of a $1.2 million renovation of the Mules’ baseball field. Under his leadership, the Astros Foundation has provided athletic fields for Houston youth and supported several MLB diversity initiatives.

“When I was young, my mom and dad taught me that you have to work hard. And I learned how to treat people,” Crane said. We are thankful that LHSN was able to provide some of that training! Jim Crane is one of our inaugural “Crusader Hall of Honor” inductees.


Students of the Month

Congratulations to these four Crusaders who are the January “Students of the Month” and pictured left to right as follows:

Jesse Ochoa (grade 10) was nominated by Ms. Ambler who wrote, “Jesse has done a total 180 this semester. He has done all of his homework and participates in every class. He has lots of friends in this class, but he hasn’t let them distract him. He stays focused and on task. He has improved so much that his grade is now way above average in my class. I am very proud of him and impressed with his new attitude and hard work.”

Joel Brutlag (grade 12) was nominated by Mr. Wittler who wrote, ”Joel is one of the most consistent workers in both my Physics and Calculus courses. I have come to expect that consistency after having him in my Pre-Calc classes last year. Joel is a student of few words in my class, but his achievement in the coursework speaks volumes. I have also seen Joel’s leadership in other facets of LHSN. His leadership on the cross country team and the yearbook staff attests to his character as well.”

Carl Walker (grade 9) was nominated by Ms. Ambler who wrote, “Carl is an exceptional student in my Spanish I class. He always does his homework and classwork, and goes above and beyond just getting an A. I can count on him to be the first student I call on to set the example, because he is always paying attention and knows what to do. Carl currently has a 100.4 in my class. He is such a joy and a blessing to have in class, as I am sure he is to all of his teachers.”

Andrew Ballenger (grade 11) was nominated by Mr. Endorf who wrote, “This year Drew has had one of the highest overall scores if not the highest in all of his business classes. Those classes include Accounting (both semesters) and Entrepreneurship/Business Management. Drew works ahead in accounting and asks very detailed questions as he strives to always do his best while helping those around him understand business concepts along with debits and credits. He definitely works hard in all he does. On the soccer field Drew was voted the hardest working and that accolade was evident as he never backed down from competitors who were many times bigger than himself. In the classroom Drew is diligent with his studies as he completes assignments, takes tests, and presents projects, all of which are of the highest quality.”


Crusader Signings

“National Signing Day” was Feb. 1, and all six Crusader football seniors signed Letters of Intent to play college football. Pictured left to right are:

Jordan McDowell – Garden City (KS) Community College
Chris Avery – Quincy University
Kyrell Roberts – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Jordan Sommerville – University of South Dakota
Aqeel Glass – Alabama A & M University
Devin Hart – Missouri Valley College

We would like to congratulate these seniors on their accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom, that will enable them to pursue their dream of playing college football. The Lutheran North Football Program compiled a record of 37-15 during the past four years while winning 3 District Championships. God’s blessings to our senior football players on all of their future endeavors.


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Second semester teacher conferences will be Thursday, Mar. 2, between 1:00 and 8:00. Parents of students who are experiencing any difficulty in class(es) are encouraged to request conference time with the respective teacher(s). Parents who have students with failing grades are expected to make appointments with the teachers of those classes. Current grade status is always available through onCampus.

Appointments must be made in advance, using the link at the end of this article to access an electronic form. The link is also posted on the Parent Resource page of the LHSN website. The deadline to request conferences is Feb. 17.

After you request conferences, we will schedule your appointments. An appointment post card giving time and room location for your conferences will be mailed to you Feb. 24. Watch for it in your mailbox!

We will have two half-days of school on Thursday, Mar. 2 and Friday, Mar. 3. Dismissal will be at 11:30 both days; please make arrangements for your student(s) to be taken home. Athletic practices will generally be held immediately following classes on both days. Please check with coaches. Click here to sign up!


Crusaders in HiSTEP

Seven Crusaders spent the day Monday being trained in HiSTEP (High School taught Education Program) through the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA). The students learned to make presentations on topics such as drugs, alcohol, friendships, decision-making, bullying, etc. Now ready to go out and speak to our Lutheran elementary schools and assist in DARE presentations are new program graduates: Jessica Hines, Keeley Klotzer, Zairai Moore, Rayonna Pollvogt, Rebecca Roth, Grace Sprivey, and Alida Theard.

Advanced HiSTEP training was given by NCADA to Lloyd Abernathy, Shannon Ambler, Adia Buford, Lily Kate Burreson, Taylor Ewing, Cameron Helmich, Phil Irving, Dallis Johnson, Jake Thompson, Eric Webster, Rachel Winkler, and Matt Zeuschel. These returning students will now serve as group leaders in the program. LHSN is proud of all our HiSTEP students!


Hoops Classic – TOMORROW, Feb. 4

Join us as we continue a Crusader Tradition! The “Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic” features all five basketball teams from each school. The spirited competition is hosted this year by Lutheran South.

Come cheer on the Crusaders!hoops-classic-logo_1
12:30      Freshman Boys
2:00       JV Girls
3:30       JV Boys
5:00       Varsity Girls
7:00       Varsity Boys
GO BIG NORTH!!

Other activities will include:
Food Collection for the Seminary
 Knockout and Shooting Contests
Spirit Wear sales
Alumni Hospitality Room
Hoops Zone activities for kids
Selfie Stations to share your Crusader experience

Adult admission for the entire day is $5; high school and younger are free! Support your teams, enjoy concessions, meet old friends, and be a part of Hoops Classic! Note: Booster passes are not valid for Hoops Classic; Shield Society passes can be used.


Nurse’s Notes

It is that time of year again – the cold and flu season. In an effort to prevent illness and keep Crusader families healthy, here is information regarding the seasonal flu.

KEY FACTS ABOUT INFLUENZA (FLU)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu
* Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
* Cough
* Sore throat
* Runny or stuffy nose
* Muscle or body aches
* Headaches
* Fatigue (very tired)

How Flu Spreads
Droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, people might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Period of Contagiousness
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms start and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

Onset of Symptoms
The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1-4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

Flu Prevention
* Get a flu vaccine each year
* Cover coughs and sneezes (with tissue, elbow or sleeve – NOT hands)
* Wash hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
* Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing
* Stay home when you are ill
Information obtained from cdc.gov


Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Feb. 4 – Hoops Classic @ Lutheran South (see above)
  • Feb. 4 – StuCo Polar Plunge @ Lake St. Louis
  • Feb. 7 – TJ’s Pizza & Dessert Orders Pickup, 3-6 pm
  • Feb. 11 – Vendor Event @ Grace Chapel, 10:00-2:00 (see flyer)
  • Feb. 12-14 – College Bus Tour
  • Feb. 16 – New Student Registration, 7 pm
  • Feb. 17 – Senior Breakfast and Class of ’17 Picture, 7:15 am
  • Feb. 17 – DEADLINE to request Parent Conferences
  • Feb. 17 – Girls’ Retreat, 6-10 pm
  • Feb. 18 – Mothers’ Club Meeting, 9 am
  • Feb. 18 – Winter Dance, 7-10 pm
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3

Cross Copy Weekly – Jan. 27, 2017

 Principal’s Postingbrackman

History and Celebration – This is the time of year when we celebrate Lutheran Schools, both in general and, specifically, our Lutheran Schools in St. Louis. Along with Lutheran Schools around the world, we’ve taken time to recognize the great ministry and network we have collectively. Tomorrow we culminate our week-long celebration of National Lutheran Schools Week with the annual Academic Fair. Just as we have done for the past 40+ years, LHSN will host and celebrate students from our partner Lutheran elementary schools in a wide variety of academic, music and art events.

Did you know there are approximately 800 Lutheran elementary schools, 90 high schools and 10 universities, serving 250,000 students and their families?

National Lutheran Schools Week leads directly into our winter Spirit Week. This is a local celebration of Lutheran North and Lutheran South, culminating with the Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic basketball games next Saturday. This year’s classic will be hosted at Lutheran South. Our teams appreciate your support; come on out and cheer us on!


spirit weekSpirit Week

Crusader Nation will gear up for the Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic with a rousing Spirit Week. We hope all Crusaders participate! Following are the guidelines for the week. Students are reminded to always keep dress appropriate for our school.

Monday – Rep Your City (wear any type of St. Louis gear)
Tuesday – Dynamic Duo (dress as a famous pair or trio)
Wednesday – Class by Color (9-green, 10-blue, 11-white, 12-black)
Thursday – Beach Day (flip flops, Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, etc.)
Friday – Maroon & Gold (Crusader spirit)

Spirit Points will be awarded to everyone who wears the appropriate theme attire and checks in with StuCo in the morning before class. Pictures will be taken of those wishing to compete for the daily Spirit Award. The class that earns the most points will get ice cream at a lunch.

A Pep Rally at the end of the school day on Friday will recognize all the winter sports teams. GO CRUSADERS!


Nurse’s Notescolds & flu

It is that time of year again – the cold and flu season. Please remember to provide your student with the necessary over-the-counter cold and cough medicine for relief of their symptoms before coming to school. The school does not carry medicine for relief of cold symptoms, or cough medicine. If a student would require a repeat dose of the medicine while at school, school policy requires that the medication be brought to the Health Room in the manufacturer’s original packaging with a written note from the parent/guardian giving the nurse consent to administer the medication as indicated on the label.

Also, please review the school medication policy in the Handbook, which does NOT allow students to carry and self-administer any medication while at school, unless the medication is for emergency treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis when a physician has provided a written treatment plan. The school stocks generic Tylenol, Ibuprofen, an antacid, and cough drops to be administered by the school nurse upon permission granted by the parent/guardian.

A student may not attend school with a temperature greater than 100 degrees. A student may return to school after he/she has been fever free (temperature less than 100 degrees), without fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours.

Thank you for adhering to these policies. And remember, “Wash your hands and say your prayers, because Jesus and germs are everywhere!”


Diversity Awareness Partnership

LHSN is privileged to have a connection with Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), a non-profit organization based in Webster Groves. DAP collaborates with St. Louis area sports teams, businesses, and schools to develop more diverse and inclusive environments.

Through the DAP EXPLORE Career Immersion program, area high school students of color are given the opportunity to be mentored by professionals in a variety of fields, including Accounting (PwC), Agriculture Science (KWS), Bioscience (BioSTL), Energy (Ameren), Financial Services (Edward Jones), Food Science (DuPont), Patient Care (SSM Health), Healthcare (Centene), and Law (Husch Blackwell). The EXPLORE program focuses on connecting students of color to professional mentors and developing important skills to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce in our region. Students and industry partners are excited to build connections that could potentially lead to future internship opportunities.

Tre'vonIn addition to Tom Xu (pictured in last week’s Cross Copy Weekly), sophomore Tre’von Williams is also participating in the Bioscience program. Earlier this year, Tre’von enjoyed the Agriculture Science program, as well.

This school year, interested LHSN students can still take advantage of the Healthcare and Law EXPLORE programs. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. For more information and an application form, click here.


February CelebrationBlack History

In an effort to celebrate its diversity and unify cultures, LHSN will have several special events in February. The Black History Council, led by senior Raven Moore, will be hosting an assembly every Thursday during chapel time. The culminating activity will be the “Celebration of African American History Expo” on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Watch for further information and plan to attend!


Hoops Classic – Saturday, Feb. 4

Join us as we continue a Crusader Tradition! The “Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic” features all five basketball teams from each school. The spirited competition is hosted this year by Lutheran South.

Come cheer on the Crusaders!hoops-classic-logo_1
12:30      Freshman Boys
2:00       JV Girls
3:30       JV Boys
5:00       Varsity Girls
7:00       Varsity Boys

Other activities that day include:
Food Collection for the Seminary
 Knockout and Shooting Contests
Spirit Wear sales
Alumni Hospitality Room
Hoops Zone activities for kids
Selfie Stations to share your Crusader experience

Adult admission for the entire day is $5; high school and younger are free! Support your teams, enjoy concessions, meet old friends, and be a part of Hoops Classic! Note: Booster passes are not valid for Hoops Classic; Shield Society passes can be used.


Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Jan. 27-28 – Lutheran Elementary Music Festival & Academic Fair
  • Feb. 4 – Hoops Classic @ Lutheran South (see above)
  • Feb. 7 – TJ’s Pizza & Dessert Orders Pickup, 3-6 pm
  • Feb. 11 – Vendor Event @ Grace Chapel, 10:00-2:00 (see flyer)
  • Feb. 12-14 – College Bus Tour
  • Feb. 16 – New Student Registration, 7 pm
  • Feb. 17 – Senior Breakfast and Class of ’17 Picture, 7:15 am
  • Feb. 17 – Girls’ Retreat, 6-10 pm
  • Feb. 18 – Mothers’ Club Meeting, 9 am
  • Feb. 18 – Winter Dance, 7-10 pm
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. – Isaiah 26:4

Cross Copy Weekly – Jan. 20, 2017

Principal’s Postingbrackman

E-Learning day follow-up
You may have noticed that Lutheran North was one of the only schools in the area that hosted a digital learning day last Friday – another example of Crusaders being different in innovative  ways. One of the most important factors in student success is time on task. E-Learning days are not the same as regular classroom instructional time. However, they do provide an opportunity for instruction to continue — and this is good for students! With our first E-Learning day of the year in the books, here is some feedback about the day.

It was fun to watch the attendance list as students checked-in on Friday morning. The first student to confirm attendance did so as early as 6:47 a.m. and most students had done so by the 9 a.m. deadline. The latest on-time entry (8:59:55) showed real skill in time management as well. 🙂

Since we don’t have many E-Learning days each year, they aren’t part of a regular routine. Most students took the day seriously and met the assignment deadlines. However, this is an area we’ve identified as an opportunity for improvement. Students need to understand that these assignments are real and must be completed according to the instructions given. This is good training for college when the syllabus will be your student’s Bible and deadlines will be no joke. All in all, the day was a success. Still, we will continue to refine processes so we remain leaders in the ever-changing world of education. Thanks again for your cooperation and support!


Tom XuCongrats!

Congratulations to sophomore Tom Xu, who was accepted to the EXPLORE Bioscience program through the Diversity Awareness Partnership. The EXPLORE program focuses on connecting students to professional mentors and developing important skills to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce in our region.


IMG_1140Chamber of Commerce
“Student of the Month”

Lutheran North senior Kyra Morris was recognized as a Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce “Student of the Month” at the Chamber’s luncheon meeting on Jan. 11. Kyra was chosen because of her high achievements as a Crusader. Congratulations, Kyra!


Praise DanceHigher Praise Dancers

The idea of a Crusader praise dance team came when Ms. Tequila Pruitt started working at LHSN last fall. Ms. Pruitt has been doing praise dance since her youth and has taught children and adults this non-verbal style of praise and worship. She makes sure the dancers understand the words to the songs, how they pertain to God’s Word and how to apply them to their lives. The choreography is always soulful and worshipful, and the focus is always on God, not the dancers themselves.

The mission of the LHSN Higher Praise Dancers is to draw others to Christ. Movement has the power to stir the senses and emotions and convey a message that cannot be expressed through song alone. This past Sunday, Higher Praise edified worship at the Lutheran Church of the Living Christ and the group has several more engagements scheduled.

Current members of Higher Praise are Kensierrah Rogers, Kennedi Whitmore, Kaja Horton, Jihra James, Allison Huntspon, Natashia Davis, and Jasmine Bibby.


TJ'sDEADLINE Tuesday!
TJ’s Pizza & Dessert Sale

The LHSN Music Department is sponsoring a TJ’s Pizza, Dessert and Cookie Dough sale. Students were given an order form and instruction letter. If you haven’t seen it, ask your student! We encourage you to share the form with your friends, family, and co-workers this weekend. The form must be returned – with payment – by Jan. 24. Checks should be payable to “LHSN.” Orders will be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 7, between 3:00 and 6:00 in the Counseling Center.

PLEASE NOTE these sales incentives: Get 1 FREE item for every 10 items sold! See the letter stapled to the form for details. Plus, the LHSN student who sells the most items (must be 40 items or more) will receive a BEATS EP! If the highest sale is less than 40 items, the prize will be a Kindle Fire. Be sure to include your name and phone number on the front of the order form, and list your FREE product choices also on the front. A printable order form is available here.


tech newsfrom the
Dean of Students

LN students should not download VPNs onto their iPads!!

What does VPN mean? Virtual Personal Network

What does a VPN do? A VPN allows an iPad user to bypass firewalls and restricted sites that the school has blocked for your child’s safety. It also prevents our school technology personnel from monitoring your child’s internet access while he/she is in the school building.

Please remember that your child’s iPad is school-owned and has been set up to perform the tasks that we need the student to do both in and out of school. LHSN has installed software for your child’s safety and to help locate lost or stolen iPads. All students and parents have signed the LHSN iPad Lease Agreement before receiving their iPads.

LHSN monitors and receives notification from our software company when a child has downloaded a VPN onto his/her iPad. Students who do download VPNs onto their iPad will face disciplinary action. Please instruct your child not to download a VPN. Thank you for your help and support.


mothersMothers’ Club Tomorrow!

Big news for our upcoming Mothers’ Club meeting this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. in room 102.  The new LHSN Praise Dance group will be performing for us at the end of the meeting (see article above)!

Our exciting guest speaker at the beginning of the meeting will be Michelle Marshall, Lutheran North’s Social Worker, covering the topic of “Stresses of High School Students and High School Parents.” As always, Mothers’ Club will provide a morning snack and an attendance prize. So, please bring your favorite morning drink and enjoy a packed hour with LHSN Moms!


National Lutheran Schools Week

NLSW '17Lutheran North, along with 2,300 other Lutheran Schools across the country, will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 23-27. This year’s celebration focuses on the theme “Upon this Rock,” based on Isaiah 26:4, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

The week will include special dress codes and events as follows:

Monday – “Jesus is the ROCK” – Crazy Shoe Day
Tuesday – “Upon the ROCK of Ages” – Small Group Chapel activities
Wednesday – “The House upon the ROCK” – Seniors’ Special Persons Day
Thursday – “Upon the ROCK of Refuge” – Water bottles for students
Friday – “Building upon the ROCK” – Jeans & Christian T-shirt Day

In addition, the theme will be emphasized through announcements, daily devotions, chapel messages, and special activities during Small Group time. The Lutheran North community is so thankful to be Upon this Rock!

Please note that Jan. 25 will NOT be a late start day. Classes for all underclass students will begin at 8:00 and seniors are invited, with their Special Persons, to breakfast at 7:30. Seniors will return to their regular classes following chapel.


hoops-classic-logo_1Hoops Classic – Feb. 4

Join us as we continue a Crusader Tradition! The “Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic” features all five basketball teams from each school. The competition is hosted this year by Lutheran South.

Click here for all the details and plan to come cheer for our Crusader teams!


shoppersVendors Galore!

Grace Lutheran Chapel will host their 5th annual Valentine Vendor Event, featuring over 40 vendors and food trucks on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event involves many LHSN families as members of Grace, and many of the vendors happen to be North moms!

Grace is located at 10015 Lance Drive in Bellefontaine Neighbors, at the intersection of Highway 367 and Chambers Road. For more information call 314-369-0647 and see the attached flyer.


Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Jan. 21 – Crusader Mothers’ Club Meeting, 9 am (see above)
  • Jan. 21 – Trivia Night at Atonement, 7 pm (flyer here)
  • Jan. 23-27 – National Lutheran Schools Week (see above)
  • Jan. 24 – TJ’s Pizza & Dessert Order Deadline (see above)
  • Jan. 25 – NOT a Late Start Day! (see above)
  • Jan. 27-28 – Lutheran Elementary Music Festival & Academic Fair
  • Feb. 4 – Hoops Classic @ Lutheran South (see above)
  • Feb. 11 – Vendor Event @ Grace Chapel, 10:00-2:00 (see above)
    For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance – Eccl. 3:4