A New “Baby” at LHSN
Lutheran North recently was able to use donated funds to acquire a baby grand piano! Mrs. Rusnak has been on the lookout for one for quite some time and happened upon this beauty at an estate sale over the summer. She had our expert piano tuner, Mr. Ken Gerler, check it over completely and he gave it an excellent score. The owner was eager to have Lutheran North purchase her piano and a reasonable price was agreed upon.
Mrs. Rusnak, Mrs. Pierson, and our talented Crusader musicians will make good use of this beautiful piano. It can be rolled to the gym for chapel services (pictured) and concerts, and is kept in the music room for classes and rehearsals.
We continue to be proud of our LHSN music department. The instructors and students work very hard and the results are truly outstanding. If you have never been to a concert at Lutheran North, we highly recommend you do so. Mark your calendar for the Christmas Concert on Dec. 2!
Fun 4 Purpose Presents Scholarships
On Saturday, Sept. 16th, Kingdom State University Church (KSU) held its 2nd annual Fun 4 Purpose Community Carnival. The event was highlighted with the presentation of two scholarships to Lutheran North seniors. Students were encouraged to enter an essay competition in which they were asked to write about the importance of understanding purpose.
KSU was pleased to award $500 scholarships to the winning contestants, Jessica Hines and Alida Theard. Congratulations, ladies!
Crusader Homecoming 2017
Lutheran North will celebrate Homecoming next week with a variety of special activities. Please encourage your student to participate in Spirit Week and plan to attend the Thursday night Pep Rally and the Friday night Football Game!
Monday: Emoji Day
Tuesday: Animal Print Day
Wednesday: Career Day
Thursday: Hippie Day
Friday: Maroon & Gold Day
Thursday, Oct. 5 – Varsity Volleyball vs. Crossroads at 4:30. The Coronation Pep Rally will begin at 5:30 out in the stadium with concessions available. All fall sports teams will be recognized and the Homecoming Court introduced and crowned. The Varsity Soccer game vs. Orchard Farm will immediately follow the Pep Rally under the lights!
Friday, Oct. 6 – School day (for LHSN students) Pep Rally 2:30-3:00 in the stadium. JV Soccer vs. U. City at 4:00. Varsity Football vs. Mater Dei begins at 7:00. Halftime festivities will include introduction of the new Crusader Hall of Honor members and recognition of the Homecoming Court.
Saturday, Oct. 7 – Homecoming Dance, “Safari Sunset,” 7:00-10:30. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Parents can pay for tickets through the Smart Shopping Cart system. Students bringing a guest from another school must download a guest permission form from OnCampus (Students/Topics), and submit it to the office by Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Thank you, football fans, for your generous support of our Lutheran High Schools in Houston!
For last Friday’s football game against Lutheran South, we decided to accept donations for hurricane relief efforts in Houston rather than charge admission to the game. With those donations, as well as donations at the concession stand, $935.26 was collected.
Lutheran North’s first quarter chapel collections will also go to the Lutheran High Schools in Houston.
for Parent/Teacher Conferences
ACT Prep Course
The ACT Prep Course will be offered Wednesday evenings, Jan. 3-Feb. 21, 2018. Students will be assigned to a section based on ACT scores (either the practice test or an official score). See the attached flyer for details and to register. THE COURSE IS NOW OPEN TO ANY STUDENT.
Paying for College-FAFSA/FSA ID
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on Sunday, Oct. 1. This is the required form for receiving any federal or state need-based aid for paying for college. Please make sure you have a Federal Student Aid ID. To get this, go to FSAID.ed.gov. You will need this ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.
To be prepared to complete the FAFSA online, use the worksheet linked here. Then, complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.ed.gov. It is free and has an option to use an IRS data retrieval tool. This tool had some issues last year but has been improved to be secure and safe. It is highly recommended to use the tool to import some of your data directly from your tax return (if you filed electronically).
Need-based financial aid is based on the FAFSA and a family’s (parents and student) ability to pay, not the willingness to pay.
9th-11th Graders and Parents
Want to see what you may be expected to pay for college even though you can’t yet complete the official FAFSA? Pull a copy of your most recent tax return and go to this website for the FAFSA4caster: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate. Don’t wait to plan for the financial impact of college. All colleges have a net price calculator on their sites which can help you estimate your costs. Many of those will ask for the results of the FAFSA4caster.
A+ Means Two Years of Free College Tuition!
Lutheran North is now an A+ school. To have the option of these funds, please complete the A+ Agreement form which students are bringing home this week along with the A+ Student Manual. We encourage ALL families and students to sign up and meet requirements in order to have this as an option. Completing the form does not obligate a student to use the funds, but failing to complete them will deny a student the funds. All the A+ information is also available to students and parents in OnCampus in the Bulletin Board of the group LHSN Parents. A quick overview of the A+ program can be viewed here.
Mark your calendar for the Junior Parent College Night scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Your students were recently introduced to the Naviance program which we use for college planning. Ask your students about the results of their personality inventory. Ask them to show you about the college search options. It’s a fun way to start talking about the future!
GRADES matter! Whether applying for college or a scholarship or hoping to play sports in college, GRADES are a critical factor! Admissions, many scholarships, and sports eligibility require minimum standards be met. Don’t delay in encouraging students to do their best, to see teachers for help, and to set aside quiet, device-free, time for homework. Please monitor grades in OnCampus. Contact the office if you don’t know how to access your child’s grades.
Under the Big Top!
Come one, come all to the greatest auction on earth! This year’s auction theme, “Under the Big Top,” is sure to entertain with jugglers, stilt walkers, fire breathers and more! Enjoy a cotton candy cocktail, bid on some great items, and stay for the after-party with live music and dancing. There is something for everyone!
The Lutheran High School Association Dinner Auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at the DoubleTree Westport.
Want to help? We need people to set up, decorate, and work the silent auction booths. Do you own a business? We would love for you to advertise or donate items. We can always use tickets to sporting events or other entertainment venues, gift certificates, and services. Look for donation, advertising, and sponsorship forms in the mail soon or download them here. Donations can be dropped off anytime at the LHSA office.
Invitations to the auction will be mailed the first week of October. RSVP to be a table sponsor and receive preferred seating and special, after-dinner drinks. Most importantly, please come! The dinner auction supports tuition assistance, campus improvements, and other items. It also is a great opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our schools!
Upcoming Events & Reminders
- Sept. 29 – Deadline for Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up (see above)
- Oct. 2-7 – Homecoming Week (see above)
- Oct. 7 – “Safari Sunset” Homecoming Dance (see above)
- Oct. 9 – No School (Professional Development)
- Oct. 10 – TJ’s Order Pickup, 3-6 pm
- Oct. 12 – Early Dismissal, 11:30 am and
Parent Teacher Conferences by Appointment, 1-8 pm
- Oct. 13 – Early Dismissal, 11:30 am
- Oct. 17 – Project Graduation Meeting, 6 pm
- Oct. 19 – LHSA Delegates Meeting @ LHSN, 7 pm
- Oct. 20 – Faith in Action Day, 12:00 Dismissal
- Oct. 21 – Mothers’ Club Meeting, 9 am
- Oct. 24 – Flu Shots, 1-4 pm
- Oct. 26-28 – Fall Play “Strange Boarders” 7 pm
For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.