Just two years ago, an article about the benefits of in-person learning wouldn’t have needed to appear on this blog. Oh, how much the world has changed! The coronavirus has affected the entire world but certainly has caused more decision fatigue and stress in certain groups, such as teachers, school kids, and their families.
We have been blessed to plan, develop, fund, and see-through such a large construction project to provide the best environment for our students and LuHi families. Beginning with Phase 1 (the football field) and continuing with Phase 2A (new weight room and remodel of Forge classrooms) and Phase 2B (75 parking spots, additional upper floor bathrooms, upgraded lighting, renovated performing arts room, opening of the main corridor). The final plan for Phase 2 is the western expansion that will include a new cafeteria, a new college guidance center, and new classrooms.
What’s Your “Thrive”?
What does a thriving life look like to you? Does it make you think about good fitness and nutrition? Maybe lots of success in your work and educational projects? Landing scholarships, getting top grades, and already saving for your retirement funds in savvy long-term accounts?
Lutheran uses Canvas as our Learning Management System. All students and teachers utilize Canvas for grades, course calendars and test dates, course notes and materials, to-do lists and more. Teachers are required to update course content material for the week every Monday morning. We believe in continuity, which is why you won’t see teachers using different platforms in their class. Canvas is integrated with Google Single On so students only need one username and password to access Canvas, their school email address, and school computers. LuHi aspires towards cohesiveness in the classroom, regardless of the subject matter.
Lutheran High School is with the majority of schools across the country that has switched to remote schooling. Currently, the official end date for Colorado’s stay-at-home order is April 30th, but these orders may be extended at any time if there’s no real change in the spread of the virus. Obviously, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, families, and wider community. It’s potential that all students will finish out their current school year from home.
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.
More than likely you know a young person who struggles with mental illness. Today, mental health problems are diagnosed more frequently than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. More than twenty percent of youth ages 12-25 are now experiencing or will experience a serious mental disorder.
It’s been about two years since we sat down with you and asked some questions. Is the timing right to do this again?
Absolutely. I enjoy a forum to speak candidly about the big picture of Lutheran High School and all the things we are currently working on.
Each year, the administration at Lutheran High starts looking towards next year to think through what we can add, expand, and improve to make our school even better equipped to serve students in the future. This year is no different. We are excited to share plans to expand all aspects of the school from athletic and academic to the physical building.
After a student makes it through middle school, sometimes all the parent hopes is for their child to survive high school. But LuHi has a greater vision. “If we put students in the right environment surrounded by the right people where culture matters and Christian worldview is taught, God will work through them,” says Executive Director Dan Gehrke. “I’m amazed at their faiths and I’m amazed at what they accomplish.”