For the 2018-2019 school year, a brand new middle school elective was introduced, “Drama Club“. Drama Club students have the opportunity to practice acting and improv skills, work with partners and in teams, and learn the craft of stage acting. Students also have the opportunity to write and perform original scripts!
During elective class, we have an amazing time together laughing, rehearsing, and coming up with unique ways to tell stories.
All of this practice helps the Drama Club students with their most important work: sharing God’s word. The Drama Club has performed throughout the school year in chapel and at the fall pep rally. Their skits emphasize the truth of God’s love and His calling in our lives through humor and drama.
As their teacher, I am thankful for all the Drama Club students’ hard work and their willingness to get up in front of the school to share the Good News!
We are looking forward to a great spring semester-the Drama Club will be performing in chapel throughout it, and lead the school through our Holy Week chapel series before Easter.
Stephanie Ann Van Blarcom
One of the most precious traditions here at St. John’s is our annual Kindergarten and First Grade Advent program. Over the years, thousands of people have had to pleasure of witnessing the story of Christmas as told by our wonderful students.
The angels, Mary and Joseph, and the Star of Bethlehem are played by our kindergartners. The first graders play the part of the shepherds, the wise men, and Herod. Each class recites pieces of the story of Christmas and sings traditional hymns in their sweet voices. Every child is costumed and enthusiastically plays his or her part.
The children begin practicing well before Thanksgiving. Mrs. Audrey Mink, our chorale director, teaches and guides the children in how to use their musical gifts to share the story of God’s great gift, Jesus.
The students present the story of Christmas twice, once for our school and again in the evening for the congregation. The event is always well attended and is truly one of the most heart-warming Advent treasures to experience here at St. John’s.
By: Mrs. Demarest, 1st grade
Over the past few weeks third graders have been learning about taking care of our earth. We have learned about how precious natural resources are and how we can conserve them by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Last week students in my classroom had a fun opportunity to look around their homes for objects that were either no longer needed or would typically be trash. Their assignment was to create something useful out of these unwanted objects. This allowed students to experience firsthand what it means to reuse. It was a fun seeing what our students came up with!
Miss. Lincoln, 3rd grade
Members of the St. John’s Lutheran Middle School community – students, parents, and teachers – gathered in the Sanctuary on Saturday, 7 December 2019. Their purpose: coming together to praise Jesus by participating in the annual student-led Advent worship service. Under the direction of Mrs. V.B. and Mr. Mejia, students celebrated the birth of Jesus through the words, songs, and musical instruments.
As you can imagine, the logistics of putting together, rehearsing, and performing a worship service with almost 300 students do not come together quickly. As is always the case, St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students have been working toward creating this annual tradition since before the Thanksgiving holiday, utilizing their elective course and daily advisory periods in rehearsals. The results of the students’ work have been spectacular, as St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students took the reins of the worship experience and the Middle School mass choir filled the Sanctuary with songs of praise in honor of the Christ Child.
Why do we invest so much time and effort in this endeavor? Following the injunction of Jesus Christ Himself, our mission as Christians is to “go and tell” of our life-changing, soul-saving faith in Our Lord (Matthew 27). Can you imagine a better way to undertake such a mission than through St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students sharing the uplifting message of Christ’s birth, as delivered through inspiring words and music?
We praise our Triune God for the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ – who came to Earth in physical form to live among us, to teach us God’s Word, and to suffer and die in our place, for our sins. His resurrection confirms that we, too, will rise from death and join Him in Heaven.
Kevin G. Smith, 7th grade
Thursday, November 21st was an evening of collaboration and celebration by the middle school music students! These students played a concert in the church sanctuary, offering their praise to God and demonstrating the results of their hard work. The middle school praise band and praise chorus “Musicking for Jesus” kicked things off by singing a variety of Advent, Christmas, and general praise songs.
This band included student singers, percussionists, bassists, and guitarists. Next up was the intermediate band, composed of 5th-7th graders in their second year of band. This group especially enjoyed playing “Creatures in the Attic,” which included a variety of unusual instrument techniques such as a trombone glissando, key-clicking, and playing whatever notes they wanted! Then came the handbell choir, which played a couple of pieces based on classical music themes.
The advanced band played next, playing a variety of songs including the hymn “Psalm 42,” a medley of Sousa marches, and a fanfare and processional. The concert ended with an audience favorite by both the intermediate and advanced bands—Raiders March from the Indiana Jones movies!
By: Krista Elliott, Band/General Music Teacher
In Mrs. G’s First Grade they are reading some books by Laura Numeroff about a mouse that likes cookies and goes to school!
The mouse does the same things at school that we do. He eats lunch, plays soccer, and eats cookies! He also reads books and does hard math problems.
He makes such a mess at the science experiment table that he must take a bath in the school bathroom.
We made our own books with sentences and here we are with a picture of the mouse that we drew and colored ourselves.
We hope you like our drawings!
Mrs. G – 1st Grade
Third graders were rockin’ the last week of school at their “Rockin’ Recorder” concert! This concert culminated their year of recorder lessons in music class. In class, students learned how to read music, play a wind instrument, work together as a group, and persevere as they play the recorder. They also take part in the “Recorder Karate” program, as they earn different colored “belts” that wrap around their recorder. They enjoyed showing off the belts they have earned based on the different songs they have learned and mastered. Parents, families, 2nd graders, and 1st graders were in the audience to listen to their progress. The younger students are now looking forward to third grade so they can play the recorder, too! Third graders now have a great foundation to build upon as they are given the opportunity to join band in fourth grade and also play the ukulele in fourth grade music class. We love our “Rockin’ Recorders” and the third graders who play them!