Middle School has New Friends From Korea -Reflections from 6th Grade

What a great day to begin a visit with our guests from Korea! Over the next couple of weeks, thirty students from Korea will be shadowing our Middle School students. Fifteen are shadowing our 6th graders and we had fun meeting them for the first time today!

Each guest from Korea traveled from class to class, with a St. John’s partner, to see what American schools are like and to immerse themselves in the English language.

In 6th grade science, the guests got to see active learning with the laptops as we reviewed for an upcoming test in a FUN way. Our students came to class with digital flashcards that they created on Quizlet to help them prepare for the upcoming test. We used some of the student sets to play games with the whole class. The students were shuffled into random teams and then challenged to collaborate and identify the answers to the questions the quickest.

We also got to know each other better in Christian Faith and Life as our St. John’s students shared their New Year’s resolutions and how God can support them throughout the upcoming year in accomplishing their resolutions.

In language arts they played Kahoot games together using the laptops. They learned about ancient Greece in history, and translated a story about a secret agent in Spanish. In math, they worked on solving pre-algebra problems and got to explore the universal language of numbers together!

We all ended the day watching our school’s Geographic Bee in the Auditorium.

In talking with our St. John’s 6th graders at the end of the day, some of their additional highlighted moments occurred during lunch when they really got to know each other better.

Some of these highlighted moments were:

  • Learning how to say words in Korean including greetings and the names of different types of sports balls
  • Teaching our guests how to play volleyball
  • Teaching our friends how to play Duck, Duck, Goose and enjoying fun laughs together
  • Introducing American foods to our guests such as Cheezits and Takis

Overall, we had a fantastic day and are very honored to have guests all the way from Korea!  It was very exciting to see our students take the Korean students “under their wing,” guide them around in such a kind way, and truly show interest in learning about them and their culture as well as introducing them to our school and culture.

As we continue the visit over the next couple of weeks, our prayer is that our guests from Korea see Jesus in us, learn about our culture, and develop strong friendships with our St. John’s students! What a blessing for us all!

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6th Grade Outdoor Education

For the past seven years, St. John’s sixth grade class has called Palomar Christian Conference Center, home. Every year during the fall, our sixth graders are given the opportunity to explore God’s creation and enjoy an outdoor, hands-on learning experience they will never forget. For four days the sixth graders are able to unplug and open their hearts and minds to the world of science in a whole new way. Students participate in various science classes, observe nature firsthand, horseback ride, zip-line, work through various team building exercises, grow together in God’s Word, and praise God through their voices.

This year our devotional time was focused on being, “Redeemed, Renewed, and Reformed” through Christ.  Each night, a different teacher or group of teachers led a campfire devotion, and each morning students broke into small groups to dig deeper into Scripture. Outdoor Education gives students the chance to connect to God and their classmates in worship, grow together in small group Bible study, and when returning home, share their faith with others through what they’ve learned at camp.

Thank you St. John’s for providing us with opportunities to grow in our faith! We are extremely grateful!

By: Miss Sara Doyle

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The 6th Grade Junior Martin Luther Competition – The 10th Anniversary

As a Lutheran church and school, we are proud of our Christian heritage and the Junior Martin Luther Competition was designed as a way for us to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther.  It was his courage that laid the foundations of our faith today.  Every 6th grade student since 2008 has spent the month of October participating in a variety of classroom learning activities that exposed them to a deeper understanding of Martin Luther’s life, his relationship with God, the condition of the early church during his lifetime, and the good news of our Salvation that is found in the New Testament.

Mr. Mercier’s homeroom finalists were Ali, Chase, and Sydney. The alternate for Mr. Mercier’s homeroom was Regan.  Mrs. Stuewe’s homeroom participants were Paul, Alexis and Justin.  The alternate for Mrs. Stuewe’s homeroom was Patrick.  Miss Doyle’s homeroom finalists were Hayden, Kathryn, and Brandon. Miss Doyle’s alternate was Matthew.  Their participation in class, quality responses to weekly reflection questions, results from the Reformation in Disguise scavenger hunt, knowledge and understanding of Luther’s Table Talk memoirs, memory test scores, and Luther’s Dates quiz results were just a portion of the criteria that earned them a spot in this year’s competition.  This competition consisted of several rounds of questions that pertain to the important dates in Martin Luther’s life, his favorite passages from Scripture, his Table Talks memoirs, his small catechism, and much more.

This was a single elimination event.  One incorrect answer removed a finalist from the competition.  All correct answers were confirmed with the statement, “this is most certainly true.”  After 55 minutes of intense competition, Alexys from Mrs. Stuewe’s homeroom won the competition!  After winning the competition, Alexys proceeded to nail the 95 theses on the Castle Church door.  Last year’s winner, Bella, presented her with a Martin Luther bobble head doll along with the Luther Cup Trophy that will be displayed in her homeroom for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.  Her picture from this event will also be displayed in the Middle School hallway on the Junior Martin Luther Legends wall of fame.  Congratulations to Alexys!

Past Jr. Martin Luther Winners!

    • 2008 Winner, Abby Bogh
    • 2009 Winner, Will Schmid – Who could not be with us today because he is attending college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • 2010 Winner, Kate Wegener
    • 2011 Winner, Caitlyn Vossen – Who was not able to join us because of a previous scheduled commitment.
    • 2012 Winner, Jake Dabrow
    • 2013 Winner, Rachael Warren
    • 2014 Winner, Skylar McMahan
    • 2015 Winner, Jordon
    • 2016 Winner, Bella

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Towers!

Recently the 4th graders learned about the Tower of Babel.  They also got to participate in a fun activity of building the tallest tower they could out of plastic cups.  The challenge was that at first they could not vocally communicate with each other.  Just like when God made the people speak in many different languages so that they would have trouble completing their tower to heaven.  After a few minutes, the class then could talk and their towers were nothing short of amazing.  The lesson learned is that when we give God the glory and work well together, all things are possible!

 

Miss Clark’s 4th Grade Class

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GOD’S DOING, OUR GIFT–GRACE (GOD) = SAVED (JESUS) = FAITH (HOLY SPIRIT)

For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

God loved us so much that he sent His Son Jesus to be the final sacrifice for our sins.  By doing so, Jesus made us right with God and gave us the gift of eternal salvation through faith.  Our faith in Christ comes from the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The whole process of eternal life is simple–God’s gift of grace to us.

Mrs. Kruse’s seventh grade class has spent time digging deeper into this scripture passage through Bible study, memory work and creating their own faith seal.  First, the students wrote the scripture verse. Then, in groups, they created a song and/or actions to go with the verse.  Finally, they shared the verse from memory.  In addition, the students dove deeper into scripture to determine the context of Ephesians 2:8-9 and find related scripture passages to help in understanding the key concepts in the passage such as “saved”, “grace”, “faith”, “gift” and “works”.  The students also studied how Martin Luther used this passage in his ministry to point out inaccuracies in the doctrine and traditions of the church during his life.  Students continued by reviewing Luther’s seal and explanation and then created their own faith seal and explanation.  Throughout the school year, the students will continue to study God’s Word and Luther’s Small Catechism and through the work of the Holy Spirit grow in their faith so that they too can be a witness of God’s saving grace through faith in Christ to all.

By: Mrs. Laura Kruse, NBCT