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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The Gingerbread Man Hunt

What better way to get to know your new school surroundings than to follow a freshly baked Gingerbread Man! Luckily, he left helpful clues along the way.

We also took the opportunity to compare and contrast several versions of “Gingy” stories with a variety of characters and settings. We had to learn to spell f-o-x so Gingy would feel safe enough to return to our room for good. Of course, we had to promise not to eat him (even though he looks delicious). Friends don’t eat friends.

Later in the year, a little Gingy will have a sleepover at each friend’s house and write up a sleepover report for our Gingy Journal. While enjoying the excitement of the hunt, we had the chance to work on building our class community, solving problems and riddles, communicating through writing as we read and then composed notes to him, and even turning right and left as we went from place to place.

Mrs. Linda Warneke, Kindergarten

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