A.S.P.I.R.E. to be Christ-like

Seventh and eighth grade students began the school year exploring and learning St. John’s Lutheran School’s behavior mindset traits of “accountability”, “safety”, “patience”, “integrity”, “respect”, and “empathy” in 7th grade Christian faith and life and 8th grade science.  They did this by examining God’s Word and participating in Nearpod lessons.  The culmination activity was to create an infographic of the six traits by including each trait, a Bible verse about each trait, ways they can show each trait in class and in life and an additional fact they learned.  The purpose of the activity was for students to start the year grounded in the foundation of God’s Word and know that it is through the Holy Spirit’s work in each of us that we can A.S.P.I.R.E. to show these Christ-like character traits all year long.

By Mrs. Kruse

The 30th Annual St. John’s Student Leadership Retreat

Every summer, two weeks before the upcoming school year begins, over twenty 6th,  7th, and 8th grade students from the St. John’s Lutheran School Student Leadership Team attended a “retreat.”  This year’s retreat was quite unique.  Even with the uncertainty of the details that surround the start of the  2020-2021 school year, our dedicated Student Leaders were able to receive the training necessary to help them lead our school during the upcoming year.  Our Student Leaders were also given the opportunity to plan, prepare and strategize for the major events they will be hosting during the upcoming school year, including:

  • Spring Spirit Week planning
  • Fall Pep Rally planning
  • Packaging 75 Open House “Survival Kits” for the incoming 6th graders
  • ASPIRE presentation training with Mr. Mercier
  • Habitudes (Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes) training with Mr. Mercier
  • Peer Counseling training with Miss Doyle

Student Leaders spent time doing team building activities in the gym.  Not only were these activities fun and engaging, but they were designed to help our students experience the power of effective communication.  Good listening, engaged body language, eye contact and being empathic were just a few of the skills that were practiced during our afternoon games.  These games also gave our Student Leaders an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun, safe, encouraging environment.

The St. John’s Student Leadership Team is excited to serve our school’s student body, our congregation and community.  What a blessing it is to have such a dedicated group of students and teachers who want to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people during the 2020-2021 school year.