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.
Last Monday, March 2nd, we celebrated Read Across America Day. Our day was filled with lots of fun STEM type activities to help us connect with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Hollatz started us off by reading The Foot Book, since we were all wearing crazy socks. We practiced skip counting to find out the number of girls’, boys’, and adults’ feet we have in our class. We talked about taking care of our earth after we read The Lorax, then balanced pom poms on top of Truffula trees we’d made. Fair treatment for all was our topic after hearing Yertle the Turtle, then stacked as many turtles as we could. Everyone had a chance to work together to stack 100 read cups to represent a giant hat after we read The Cat in the Hat. We ended our special day with two cool gifts to take home. Everyone got to choose a Dr. Seuss eraser and pencil! Oh the thinks you can think!!
By: Mrs. Cook, 1st Grade
From sea to shining sea, American schools celebrated “Read Across America” this week. St. John’s Lutheran School was no exception. In every classroom, teachers discussed their own favorite, age-appropriate books during informal book talks. Students, therefore, were exposed to unfamiliar books, prompting many to jot down titles and authors on cards provided by their teachers. Teachers also provided a “free reading” period of time in their teaching schedules, further emphasizing the enjoyment and creative stimulation that reading for pleasure can provide. Students gratefully took advantage of their teachers’ gift of reading time.
By far, the favorite part of our SJLS “Read Across America” activities was the costume choice that many students (and some brave teachers!) made to honor a favorite literary character. The halls were filled with min-Harry Potters, junior-Where’s Waldos, and faux-Dr. Seuss characters. Discussions and laughter overflowed on campus, as students attempted to guess their peers’ literary characters.
Students focused on reading. People wore costumes. Laughter erupted. All told, the day was a complete success. Oh, the places we went!
By: Mr. Smith, 7th grade
Throughout the month of February, second grade has been spending a lot of time learning about important people in our history. We began by writing in-class reports on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, which enhanced both their writing skills and their understanding of our country’s past. Now, they are working diligently on their own reports on an important American of their choice. But we still have more important Americans to honor: them! Over the course of the next week or two, the students of second grade will get to share what they would do as president of the United States, and consider what it be like if they were the ones sitting in the Oval Office. They will be asked to consider what would be hard about being president, what they would enjoy, what problems they would solve, and more! They may be young now, but you never know! These may be questions they may get to answer for themselves one day!
By: Mrs. Lauren Morner, 2nd grade
Recently, our 6th graders dove into the Engineering Design Process. Each student individually took on the challenge of designing and building an insulating device that can hold 200mL of hot water and trap the most heat for 20 minutes. To prepare for this challenge, the students studied the transfer of heat, differentiated between insulators and conductors, and researched good household materials to use as insulators.
Once the research and designs were created, it was time to build their devices! Each student built their own unique design and tested it. Once they tested their device the 6th graders had the opportunity to analyze their trial one data, reflect on the effectiveness of their design, and modify their thermos for a second trial!
To reflect on the whole Engineering Design Process from start to finish, the students wrote a personal narrative to add to their middle school writing portfolio. They published their narrative on Flipgrid and had the opportunity to encourage one another by commenting on each other’s videos.
Whew! Our 6th graders worked hard to sharpen their 21st Century skills as they thought critically, used creativity to design and build their thermos, collaborated with others, and communicated their experiences with the engineering design process!
By: Yvette Stuewe, Middle School Science
Mrs. Nelson’s kindergarten class had SO much fun celebrating the 100th day of school! We have been learning and growing for 100 days and that called for a celebration. Our class has been working hard learning how to count to 100, write our numbers to 100, and challenging ourselves figuring out different ways to break 100 apart into equal groups. On the 100th Day we were able to use our skills to complete many fun 100 themed activities.
We made fun hats with 10 colorful strips and put 10 stickers on each strip. 100 stickers to wear all day.
We used number recognition and counting to stamp our way to 100 gumballs.
Each student brought a different food item to class. We made predictions about what type of food would be the heaviest, lightest, highest volume, and least volume. Each student counted out 100 pieces of their food by making 10 groups of 10. We weighed each item and them compared and contrasted. When we were finished we dumped the leftover (untouched) food into a giant bowl and created a delicious 100th day trail mix. Yum-yum…we enjoyed it for an afternoon snack.
As part of our weekly homework each student brought in 100 pieces of an item of their choice. We had a show and share and then displayed our eclectic groups of 100 on a collection board.
100 Sprinkles Smarter! We made fun cupcakes with 100 sprinkles on each. We counted out 10 sprinkles of 10 different colors.
Each student wrote a sentence and illustrated a picture about one thing they have learned in the first 100 days of kindergarten. We have learned so much and have grown academically, socially, and spiritually.
Thank you, Jesus, for a successful first 100 days of school!
By: Mrs. Laura Nelson, Kindergarten