In the fall of my senior year at Denver Lutheran High, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. My family and I were shocked, scared, and confused. Suddenly the certain future we all took for granted was full of questions, and they no longer concerned what dress I would wear to Homecoming. Instead, it was: what treatment will she need? Will it be painful? How much will it cost? What will it do to her body? How will it affect our family and her work? And scariest of all, will she make it through?
Mistakes happen. Everyone at Lutheran High School understands that. Part of learning and growing is failing occasionally, and then striving to do better the next time. And an element of that process is being held accountable for one’s behavior — but in a manner grounded on love, integrity, and discipleship.
I’m going to ask a question. Instead of responding immediately, be still for a few moments and reflect on the feelings it stirs up.
Have you ever felt inadequate?
What do you feel?
What memories have been dredged up?
What kind of conversation are you having with yourself or God in this moment?
Books spark lively conversations in Mrs. Robbins’ room, and this is largely due to an enlightening confession from the Freshman English teacher herself: “I was a reluctant reader in high school, like many of my students, which is why I love my job. I, too, can impact students and hopefully help them develop a love for literature that was not there before.”
What is Access?
Access enables and bolsters the success of every Lutheran High School student with a learning difference, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other diagnoses, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this study-hall-style class, eligible students receive individualized attention and instruction specific to their unique needs. While in Access, students can work on school assignments, study for tests, connect with teachers, and work on strategies to address school-related issues, such as organization, time management, communication, and study skills. And throughout the Access period, the teacher is there for students, with regular check-ins to ensure follow through, troubleshooting, and overall support.
Commitment to student participation is one of the qualities that sets LuHi apart from other schools. With close to seven hundred students, LuHi is large enough to have the resources to challenge students, but small enough for students to excel in academics and multiple activities.
It’s hard to believe, but this year’s Fall Sports Season is quickly approaching playoff time. Let’s recap how our teams have done so far and what we have to look forward to as they begin to wrap up.
As you settle into this semester at Lutheran High, whether you’re a new freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, there are so many opportunities laid out before you like an all-you-can-eat buffet: classes, friends, clubs and activities, sports, jobs, college applications…the list goes on and on.