Quality Education

Focusing on ‘the main thing’

My last e-newsletter contained three reflections of the 2014-15 school year and took a glimpse at the 2015-16 school year. For this e-newsletter, I asked our principals for their reflections on the 2014-15 school year. Here are some of the responses: We’re blessed by the atmosphere of a close Christian family of folks who love… Read more »

St. John–Emmanuel’s Stellwagen to enter his alma mater’s hall of fame

St. John–Emmanuel Lutheran School teacher David Stellwagen was inducted into the Concordia University Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 11. David was a four-year letterman in basketball and tennis at Concordia University Chicago. He finished his basketball career with 1,246 points, placing him fifth on the university’s current all-time scoring list. His 355… Read more »

It’s a family affair

Enrollment season has begun (CLHS has its Concordia Day on Friday, and FWCS will present its school showcase soon). Be it a move from one school to another or the enrollment into school for the first time, parents will be determining the best fit for their children. It makes me reflect upon discussions we’ve had… Read more »

Faith in reading

Memories of reading to our kids are just that–memories. Our kids are in college or into the work world; we haven’t read to our kids in years. However, Dana and I read to our kids a lot when they were young. From Bible story books to animal books to various authors and interests, we read… Read more »

Communities of hope and healing

In our hyper-connected, digital age, Earth really has become a “small, small world.” But despite all our gadgets and “always on” connectivity, the world can still be a cold and lonely place. In two separate, tragic incidents in Indianapolis, high-school youth committed suicide. Kids are more “social” than ever before yet talk about being lonely…. Read more »

TLSP and LSEM: a successful partnership

It’s the most important part of education: reading. Last week, resource-room teachers from The Lutheran Schools were trained in the Orton Gillingham system. Not a curriculum per se, the Orton Gillingham instructional program provides the needed resources for students of all abilities and ages to gain needed strategies for reading. Orton Gillingham is seen by… Read more »

No arguments here

Although Chuck Weisenbach and I may not see eye-to-eye on all matters theological, I have to say I concur wholeheartedly with the points he made in his letter published in the Indianapolis Star on June 27. Weisenbach is the principal at Roncalli High School, a very well-regarded Catholic institution in the state capital. Of course,… Read more »

Can I have that in a sentence, please?

Achievement. OK, it’s supposed to be I before E except after C. So … Achievement. A-C-H-I-E-V-E-M-E-N-T. Achievement. Whew. I got that right, and I’m still in the competition. But like most of us who’ve found spellcheck to be a true blessing, I’m no competition for Lutheran South Unity School seventh-grader Lwin Moe Aung, who’s off… Read more »

Concordia fifth-graders help IPFW celebrate

Fifth-grade students at Concordia Lutheran Elementary School in Fort Wayne are doing their part in Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s signature 50th anniversary project, Sculpture with Purpose. The Concordia Lutheran School fifth-graders have decorated a bicycle that will be featured in artist Suzy Hendrix’s “A Time for You,” one of the 50 Sculpture with Purpose… Read more »