Firm Foundations 2018/2019

August 17, 2018   ♦   October 31, 2018   ♦   February 1, 2019

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Greenfield

Theme:  “Teaching the Truth”
Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture

Presenter:  Brad Alles

Cost:   $60 – includes all materials

August and October dates feature Brad Alles and the topics of Faith Integration and Defending the Faith in this Post-Modern Culture.

February event involves directed site visits to quality area schools along with debriefing and planning activities.

August 17  –  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (no lunch)
Opening service at 10:00 a.m. with the LHSAGM High School staffs; joint opening service followed by Brad Alles setting the stage for the year and teaching regarding Christian World View, etc.

October 31  –  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

February 1, 2019  –  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Deadline to register is August 8.

 

November 1-2 – North/South Teachers’ Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

North/South Wisconsin Districts Teachers’ Conference
November 1-2, 2018
Kalahari Resort and Conference Center

THEME:   “Overcome”  I John 5:2-5

KEYNOTES:

David Cooks
Rev. Jeff Schrank

FEATURED SPEAKER:  Ted Neitzke

REGISTRATION FEE: $110 per person (includes meals)

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** NEW THIS YEAR **

  • Separate high school track
  • Built-in time for grade level/content level sharing

 

 

 

 


Sectionals – updated 9/4/18
Presenters – updated 8/30/18


Each staff member should complete the registration worksheet and return it to their administrator. This will assist with online registration. Registration deadline is October 15. 

 

 

 

 


LODGING:    $114 for a standard room (two queen beds)
Room reservations need to be made by September 29. Contact the Kalahari at 877-253-5466. Ask for a room in the block “North/South Teachers’ Conference – LCMS 2018. They should provide information on submitting your tax exempt certificate.

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If you are interested in being a part of this conference, here is contact information for the various areas:

 

2017 NLSA School Shepherd Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2017-18 NLSA School Shepherd, Pastor Peter A. Schmidt, who serves at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pastor Schmidt has faithfully service this school and congregation since 1995.

The Lutheran School Shepherd Award has been established by National Lutheran School Accreditation to honor a faithful pastor who has provided outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school. This award allows NLSA to honor an outstanding school pastor. In addition, we can identify the practices and tangible means of support that have impacted his school in many positive ways. Through this process, NLSA also recognizes many faithful pastors who were nominated by their district and provide extraordinary support, service and encouragement for Lutheran schools throughout the United States.

Pastors are nominated by accreditation visiting teams during an NLSA site visit and endorsed by their district as candidates for this award. Each nominee must complete an application packet that illustrates the following traits. All pastors who were nominated have demonstrated exemplary support and encouragement for their school and are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Understands and articulates a clear philosophy of Lutheran Education.
  • Provides spiritual encouragement, guidance and support for the school.
  • Engages and participates in school activities.
  • Works well with the school governing body and/or parent advisory associations.
  • Champions the school.

When answering the question “Why do you love your school?” Pastor Schmidt replied, “It is because of the joy of daily seeing the Holy Spirit work in a setting where Jesus is unashamedly welcomed and worshiped, and His love is modeled by teachers, staff, volunteers and students. For me, any education without quality instruction in the Word of God is an incomplete education.”

Pastor Schmidt went on to say, “While at a conference over 20 years ago, I heard former Nebraska District President, Eldor Meyer, make the comment to pastors, A good shepherd smells like his sheep. I have had the joy and privilege of serving in a pasture that includes a Lutheran grade school with many sheep that are not necessarily members of our congregation, but are still a part of the Beautiful Savior family. I am very thankful for the privilege of being able to share Jesus and His love through teaching His Word and, by God’s grace, exemplifying what it means to follow Christ.”

Pastor Schmidt’s service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and school exemplifies the traits of a faithful school shepherd. NLSA is pleased to recognize his service and contributions to Lutheran education.

2017/2018 Firm Foundations


Firm Foundations – Professional Development

August 14, 2017
November 3, 2017
February 2, 2018 

Martin Luther High School
5201 S. 76th St.
Greendale

Focus:  Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Ideal Team Player”

All participants are required to purchase and bring the book with them to the sessions.

Schedule
August 14 – 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
November 3 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
February 2 – 7:30 am – 3 pm*
 

* times are subject to change

Registration Fee:  $60 – book is not included in the registration fee.

Register online by Friday, August 4.

 

St. Paul’s, Grafton Principal Receives National Recognition

Mr. Michael Yurk, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton was selected as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals established the program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

“Mr. Yurk was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a nationwide search process conducted by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS),” said Mr. Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools for the LCMS.

A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Yurk previously held the position of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Luther High School North in Chicago, Illinois.  He has served as principal of St. Paul Lutheran School since 2008.

In October, Mr. Yurk and his wife will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, private and overseas schools.

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

During Mr. Yurk’s tenure at St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Paul has been honored with National Lutheran School Exemplary Status.  Mr. Yurk was named the 2016-17 South Wisconsin District Administrator of the Year and was a finalist for the Herb Kohl Excellence in Education Leadership Award in 2017.  Mr. Yurk currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Educators Association (LEA).

Since its inception, the LCMS School Ministry has served as a Lutheran School professional educational association and now represents 2080 elementary school principals throughout the nation.  The LCMS maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.