Cross Copy Weekly – Sept. 28, 2018

Testing Day MOVED!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ACT has changed the testing day from Tuesday, Oct. 2 to Tuesday, Oct. 16. On that day, Juniors will take an official ACT (payment of $44.50 is due now), and freshmen and sophomores will take the PreACT (cost covered by LHSN). Seniors will have Oct. 16 off to visit colleges and work on applications!

Please note that Oct. 2 will be a normal school day for all grades (Maroon; blocks 1-4). Parents of any senior who already has plans for a college visit that cannot be changed, should notify the office in order for the senior to be excused on Oct. 2.

Crusader Homecoming 2018

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!

Class by Color Day: Freshmen – Brown; Sophomores – Red; Juniors – White; Seniors – Black
Pajama Day: Appropriate pj’s and slippers… and maybe a blankey!
Wacky Tacky Day: Stripes, Plaid, and Polks Dots?! Put together an outfit as twisted and mismatched as you can imagine!
Squad Day: Get 3-5 of your friends together and dress as a group. You could be cartoon characters, a musical group, a sports team, you name it!
Maroon & Gold Day: Represent LHSN by going all out in maroon and gold! We’ll wrap the week up with a pep rally at the end of the school day.

Coronation Pep Rally & Powder Puff Football on Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. out in the stadium.
•  All Fall Sports teams recognized!
•  Homecoming Court Representatives crowned!
•  Senior nominees introduced!
•  Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff game!

Friday – Homecoming Football game vs. Burroughs at 7:00 p.m. Student Council will be selling $1 raffle tickets. You could win a Crusader Spirit Pack including LHSN Spirit Wear, FREE concessions, and more! You can also enter a Field Goal contest to try to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. All current LHSN students wearing Maroon & Gold will receive 1 free raffle ticket.

“Galaxy Gala” – the Homecoming Dance – happens Saturday, 7:00-10:30. Crusaders will blast off to the dark side of the moon and float through the Milky Way as they enjoy a night of music, food, and fun. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at 9:00. Tickets are $10 in advance (at lunches or through Smart Shopping Cart) and $15 at the door. Students bringing a guest from another school must download a guest permission form from OnCampus or pick one up in the office, and submit the completed form to the office by Friday, Oct. 5.

Students of the Month

Each month, September through April, the faculty chooses one student from each grade who demonstrates outstanding qualities or abilities. The four students are recognized after chapel, presented a certificate, and have their pictures displayed in the front hallway. Congratulations to the following students (pictured left to right) for leading by example and being named “Students of the Month” for September.

Taylor Robinson (grade 10) was nominated by Miss Bork, who wrote, “I have been very impressed with Taylor’s work in Honors English so far this year. She was a leader in her group during our first socratic seminar, her project on point of view in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird showed critical thinking, and her posts on our class blog are interesting and insightful. I look forward to reading her essay exploring the use of code switching in Harper Lee’s classic novel. In addition to her exceptional work, Taylor participates in class and is not afraid to ask clarifying questions when needed. Her work has earned her a 99.5% in the class so far.”

Deaven Crigler (grade 11) was nominated by Mr. Schoedel, who wrote, “Deaven is an exceptional Advanced Biology student. He sets an example for his peers by consistently coming to class prepared. He shows focus when working in the lab and turns in high-quality lab reports. He’s not afraid to ask questions in class and spends extra time outside of class to ensure his labs and lab reports are done correctly. Deaven is off to an impressive start this semester. He currently has the highest grade in the class and was the only student to receive a “Freakin’ Brilliant” stamp on the first test.”

Katie Laffold (grade 12) was nominated by Mr. Endorf, who wrote, “Katie is currently one of the top academic students in a very strong Accounting class. The attention to detail Katie has makes her a true asset to the classroom. Her work ethic is impeccable as she not only completes her work, but assists others in class who may be struggling. Katie has also been recognized by the office staff for going above and beyond her call of duty as she answers phones and greets visitors at her post in office procedures. She has even stayed after school during busy times to help out. Katie is off to a great start to her senior year and it’s about time we recognized her achievements in the classroom and the school overall. She’s a great ambassador for Lutheran North and a proud Crusader.”

Christian West (grade 9) was nominated by Mrs. Pierson, who wrote, “Since the beginning of the school year, Christian has put in numerous hours outside regular rehearsals to ensure he knows the music. He is a knowledgeable musician, and he often helps his peers during class. Christian has shown himself to be responsible, has displayed leadership, dedication, and is very respectful toward authority figures and peers.”

Dr. Tim Brackman

After recognizing the above Students of the Month following chapel on Thursday, the assembly surprised Principal Brackman by recognizing his recent accomplishment of earning his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. Congratulations, Dr. Brackman! As his certificate states, “When leaders keep learning, faculty and students succeed!”

Fun 4 Purpose Presents Scholarships

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Kingdom State University Church (KSU) held its 3rd annual Fun 4 Purpose Community Carnival. The event was highlighted with the presentation of three $500 scholarships, one of which senior Raevyn Ferguson received. Students were encouraged to enter an essay competition about the importance of understanding “purpose.” We congratulate Raevyn!

Thanks to all who attended the carnival or helped in any capacity. Look for it again next year!

KPLR 11 Star Student of the Month 

Senior Amaya Earls has been selected as Star Student of the Month for September by KPLR 11. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, a broadcast team came to LHSN to film footage for KPLR 11’s Sports Extra segment that will air on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Many of Amaya’s Crusader teammates gathered around her while she was being interviewed by Rich Gould.

Amaya is a graduate of Immanuel-Olivette grade school. During her four years at Lutheran North, she has been a three-sport athlete, excelling in basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Congratulations, Amaya!

On the Air

Dr. Tim Brackman, Principal of Lutheran North High School, and Dr. Michael Starks, Lutheran North Middle School Director, joined Andy Bates and Sarah Gulseth on KFUO radio Wednesday to talk about the exciting news of the Lutheran North Middle School opening in fall of 2019. They discussed the need for this education in North County, and the difference this new Middle School will make in the lives of students. To listen to The Coffee Hour segment, click here.

Wednesday evening, in combination with our High School Transition night, LHSN hosted the first-ever informational introduction to our new Middle School. Families in attendance expressed much interest! Enrollment will open October 1st for all incoming 6th, 7th & 8th grade Jr. Crusaders, as well as LHSN students. No need to wait; start the process now!

To enroll or learn more about Lutheran North’s plans, visit, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter @lhsnstl.

Restaurant Fundraiser 

Project Graduation will have a McTeacher’s Night at McDonalds, 9131 W. Florissant on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4-8 p.m. Satisfy your Big Mac attack and help Project Graduation at the same time!

The next Project Graduation meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. All junior and senior parents are invited!

Freshman & Sophomore Parents!

If you’re looking for something to do that is close to school while your freshman or sophomore is attending the Homecoming dance on Oct. 6, please join us for a PARENT SOCIAL hosted by the Mothers’ Club.

The social gathering will be held at a home in Ferguson – about 5 minutes from campus –  and is just an opportunity to get to know each other.

If you are interested in attending, please email Denise DiMercurio,, or Mary Shay,, for more information.

Calling All Bowlers!

LHSN Family Bowling Night will be Sunday, Oct. 7 (no school on Monday) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Crest Bowl, 650 N. New Florissant Road in Florissant. Tickets may be purchased in the Main Office and cost $13. If you have a group of 6 and you purchase the tickets together, the cost will be $12.00 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit Project Graduation ’19. The Senior Class thanks you!

Seniors:  The FAFSA becomes available on October 1st! Students received an email from Mrs. Burreson about what is needed to complete the FAFSA. They may set up their account at or by using the myStudent Aid app. Both parent and student need a FSA ID and may set them up prior to Oct. 1 at

The deadline to register for the Oct. 27 national ACT is today, Friday, Sept. 28.

Keep working on applications. Keep in mind the goal to have all applications finished by the end of October. Once finished, start on scholarship search with Naviance,, and the financial pages of college websites.

Senior Sweat orders have been distributed to seniors. Please see the order form for details. The first order is due with payment by Oct. 15.

Juniors:  Tuesday, Oct. 16 (Note change in date!), is for most their first official ACT. Make sure your student is ready to go with a good night’s sleep, breakfast, #2 lead (not mechanical) pencils, eraser, and calculator. Cell phones are not allowed in testing rooms. Payment of $44.50 is now past due and should be turned into the Counseling Center prior to testing.

Students should be prepping for the ACT with their Method Test Prep account.

Students should start adding colleges to their “Colleges I’m Thinking About” list in Naviance… and keep their grades high!

Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) offered at school on Wednesday, Oct. 10. This is an optional exam and the cost is $20. Taking the exam is a great opportunity for the student to compare his/her performance and comfort level with the two tests (SAT and ACT). Sign-up form and payment are due to the Counseling Center by Friday, Oct. 5. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Buford.

Freshmen and Sophomores:  Testing day is Tuesday, Oct 16 (Note change in date!). All 9th and 10th grade students will take the PreACT. Make sure your student is ready to go with a good night’s sleep, breakfast, #2 lead (not mechanical) pencils, eraser, and calculator. Cell phones are not allowed in testing rooms.

Saint Louis University 1818 Advanced College Credit enrollment closes on Sunday, Sept. 30. Please make sure students enrolled in ACC courses in English, history, Spanish, calculus, and advanced chemistry are signed up by Sunday. Students have had multiple reminders. Payment is due prior to Dec. 1, 2018. Watch for a bill from SLU.

Flu Shots Here!

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect you and your family from the flu. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. You can join the effort to fight flu by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging people to protect themselves and their family by doing the same.

Flu shots for the seasonal flu will be offered by Shop ‘n’ Save Pharmacy at LHSN on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Main Office/Health Room. Flu shots will be available to all students, family members, faculty, and staff over the age of 13 years. A parental consent form must be completed for ages 13-17.

Please sign up for a flu shot in the main office and pick up a consent form by Tuesday, Oct. 16. The consent form must be completed to receive a flu shot. Your pharmacy insurance card information can be entered on the form or you can bring your pharmacy insurance card with you when the shot is received. You may print the form here and call the office, (314)389-3100, to reserve your spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Jane Mark.

Annual Auction – Nov. 16

The 40th annual Auction & Gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at The Coronado, located at 3701 Lindell Blvd. Our theme this year is “Havana Nights.”

Join us for salsa dancing, cigar rolling and much more! Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Please save the date and plan to attend this festive evening! We are currently seeking volunteers and donated items. To get involved now, contact Kippin Schelp at 314-833-2908 or Donation, advertising, and sponsorship forms are available at

Lutheran Prayer Breakfast

The annual Lutheran Prayer Breakfast will be Oct. 31 at Orlando’s in Maryland Heights. The Rev. Dr. John Nunes will speak and a full breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. See this flyer for more info and purchase tickets online here.

Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Oct. 1-6 – Homecoming Week (see above)
  • Oct. 2 – McTeacher Night, 4-8 pm (see above)
  • Oct. 6 – Fr. & Soph. Parent Social (see above)
  • Oct. 7 – Family Bowling Night, 7-10 pm (see above)
  • Oct. 8 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
  • Oct. 9 – TJ’s Order Pick-up, 3-6 pm
  • Oct. 10 – PSAT/NMSQT Test (see above)
  • Oct. 11 – Mothers’ Club Dinner & Devotion, 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 12 – Faith in Action Day, 8-12 (Early Dismissal)
  • Oct. 16 – Testing Day (see above)
  • Oct. 16 – Project Graduation Meeting, 6 pm
  • Oct. 16 – Deadline to Sign up for Flu Shot (see above)
  • Oct. 18 – Flu Shots, 1-4 pm (see above)
  • For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.

Scripture Verse

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13